Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Bottle conditioned.
First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley.
Tripel Karmeliet is a very refined and complex golden-to-bronze brew with a fantastic creamy head. These characteristics derive not only from the grains used but also from restrained hopping with Styrians and the fruity nature (banana and vanilla) of the house yeast. Aroma has hints of vanilla mixed with citrus aromas. Tripel Karmeliet has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness.

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Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pours light golden with a nice off white head. Aroma is banana and lots of spice. Flavor is a nice blend of light malts, banana, light fruits and lots of spice. Good stuff.

zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Golden blond, nice foamy head. Smells yeasty with a little spice and fruits. Tastes some caramel, peaches, citrus, some banana. a very well balanced tripel.

beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap @ Judges Bench-Ellicott City Md.-Light golden color w/a moderate white head. Sweet, dry hop aroma. Flavors of grass/grain/hay, banana, spice, reminded me a little bit of a Hefe. Light, dry, easy drinking brew. Very enjoyable; alcohol very well hidden, no Idea it was this high. Long dry finish; good brew!

Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Great beer. Great balance, great on the palate. Finish is almost perfect which prevents me from giving it the top rating. I must disclose that I am not big on the more fruity beers, so that is what moves it down a notch for me.

thailander (1) - USA - DEC 3, 2009 does not count
This is the best beer in the world! Those celibate monks up in Belgium sure know how to pack a wicked punch in this mighty beer killer. It has a fruity, rose-like taste that is unlike ’conventional’ beers. Cordon bleu stuff!

Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Bottle from the Eastchase Majestic. Hazy yellow pour with tons of white head and tons of black chunks. Lots of citrus, some spice, and banana aroma. Alcohol, banana, and spice!

RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Golden blonde pour into thick white foamy head that dissipates into melting lacing as carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass into a swirling pool of foam. Aroma of sweet yeasty bread, malted grain and grassy hops. Initial flavor of wheat bread and sweet banana citrus fading into a buttery finish with hints of peppery spice.

Cavie (4651) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Fratto. Hazy yellow pour with very apparent sediment in the pour. Spicy smell of lemon and citrus. Dry wheat. A bit of cilantro can be found also. Taste is spicy cilantro and citrus. A slight bit of black pepper. Finish is slightly sweet. Some bitterness. Flavorful but rough.

BeerIsMyGod (17) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Had this for the first time last night...came from the tap in its own glass. Had a tanned blonde color and soft head. I had a somewhat difficult time picking up the scent...I don’t know if it was where I was, or if my nose wasn’t working. The taste was fantastic though. It was hard to pick out an individual flavor, but it was a nice fruity blend that seemed to have a slightly peachy taste. In addition, I could sense a nice sugar lingering in the background. Overall, a great beverage that I want to try again...this time from a bottle.

larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2016 Poured from 750ml, beautiful light golden with medium off-white head. Sweet nose, with fruits and yeast. Little banana, nectarine. Taste was excellent; smooth, sweet, and dry.. Overall an excellent Tripel.

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