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

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RATINGS: 3426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2009
750 ml bottle. Popped the cork and was hit with a skunky and musty aroma. I had heard that the big green bottle was very prone to light damage and I was a bit worried at first that it was a skunky bottle. Pour was a clear golden with a big head. Once I actually got my nose into the glass there was a mix of spices and fruits. The actual taste was a nice surprise, yeast, banana, pear, and light toffee. Not at all what I would expect from the look of the beer. You get a bit of warmth in the finish, but not a harsh alcohol burn. All in all a rather complex beer that had me guessing from beginning to end.

3.5
madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle - Pours yellow with a nice white head. Smells skunky and musty up front, with sweet fruit underneath. I actually thought this bottle might be a little lightstruck, but the flavors underneath make me think twice. There are some apples, pears, and earthy flavors in there. Taste is fruity and complex, with wheat and smooth grain adding some balance. Itís spicy and hoppy, with some lemon notes on the finish. Warms a bit as it goes down the throat, but thatís the only indication of the 8%. The carbonation is dialed up a bit too much, but overall this is pretty nice. Itís sweet, fruity, and a little hot.

4
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
750 ml bottle. Spicy musty aromas, very saison-like, sweet malt, honey, sweet bread, spicy, grassy hops on the nose. Pours blonde with a solid white head. Dry, spicy, malty, mildly funky, with spicy, grassy, earthy hops, great funky flavor, one of my favorite tripels!

3.5
Tattoo (1) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2009 does not count
Iím very new at the Craft beers, but this one has left a lastinng impression on me, exceptional taste, especially to the untrained palate... mild (to my nose) aroma, finishes very crisp leaving a plesant aftertaste. My absolute favorite craft beer so far!

3.6
natejgood (508) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
The beer pours a clear, light golden color with tons of bubbles and a thick white head. Unfortunately, the beer that I drank smelled a little skunky. Iím not sure is that is how this beer always smells or if I just got bad one. Fortunately, the skunky smell did not carry over to the flavor. This is a rich, malty, sweet carmel and light in the mouth. The aroma kind of killed my rating on this beer, but otherwise it is an excellent beer.

3.8
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Cloudy yellow beer with mild sedimentation. Well defined, powerful, malty aroma. Complex, flavor with nice mouthfeel.

4.2
mixos (154) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 8, 2009
I íve got nothing new to say about this excelent tripel. One of my best beers in general and one of the top 3 tripels ever.

3.8
wouterpulinx (27) - BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2009
33 cl. @ Home, pours deep golden, medium white head. The head vanishes rapidly. Nose is very fruity, and malty. Nice fruity, hoppy aroma. Medium Long finish, nice beer!

3.7
chrisv10 (17262) - DENMARK - SEP 1, 2009
33cl bottle. Deep golden body with big white head. Flavour is fruit, caramel, sweet and hops.

3.6
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2009
@La Brasserie Cathedrale, Liege. Deep gold colour with small head. Malty aroma. Fine flavour, but quite aggressive palate with acidic carbonation. Nevertheless a fine and filling beer.


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