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

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RATINGS: 3304   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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4.4
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle at Spinnerstown. Sweet candied/citrus aroma. Golden body with tall fluffy head. Very sweet and smooth, hints of wheat, banana, clove and citrus. A great Tripel

3.8
mezr (158) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
750 ml bottle. Very pale, slightly cloudy, straw color. Huge, bubbly head. Almost no lacing at all. Aroma is light, pleasant, citrus, hint of cloves. Taste is interesting ... first fruity, but slowly is taken over by spice. As I continue to drink this it has evolved into a very enjoyable experience. Easy to drink, but causes me to pause and suddenly notice the variety of almost conflicting tastes going on. Yet it’s all so well balanced. Medium body, thin texture and fizzy. Very unassuming, but long finish. Subtle, but intriguing beer. Not the style that I normally drink, but I would come back to this one any time.

3.6
danielst (422) - AUSTRIA - MAR 4, 2010
33cl bottle: Light orange colour with a bright white head. The aroma is really interesting, muscat grapes and lemons with a hint of acidity from the high carbonation. Delicate honey-like sweetness on the palate, flavours of alcohol (prunes) and spicy hops. Subtle yeast character, pretty good.

4.6
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Poured straw color with a huge rocky head and the aroma was sweet with caramel notes. The flavor was dry with sweet caramel notes and the palate was nice but mostly dry. Overall a very good and tasty beer, excellent. Would definitely drink again and again.

4.1
swooper (1254) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2010
weizen and fruit aroma, golden, hazy, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, slick feel, lively, very heavy robust beerlong finish, fantastic blonde beer...thand Dita from Ghent

4.2
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Draft @ Toad in the Hole. Pours a very bright, deep, clear golden color; thin, tiny-bubbled white head with solid lacing; attractive pour. Very pleasant honey, cloves, and Belgian sugars in the aroma; seems well-attenuated for the malt complexity; hints of white pepper. Medium full body: beautifully cream, fluffy texture; loads of honey, complex esters, vanilla, and toasty malt character lingering underneath; hugely drinkable, creamy and nuanced as all get out; lovely tasty core. Long finish of mineral bitterness, toasty malts, and hints of honey and vanilla.

3.9
944play (431) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Draft in Ommegang glass at Toad in the Hole. Gold with diminishing white head. Recessive aromas of ripe tropical fruit and dough. Flavor is wonderfully rich and sweet up front with ample pils malt. Rolls off and deconstructs to a mostly dry finish with just a kiss of... hops? I was excited to have a chance to try this well-known beer without its having to suffer through green bottle hell.

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Abio (1868) - BERMUDA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bottle at home. Spicy/fruity aroma’s. A bit weird, but nicely balanced. Dark gold, almost orange, substance, nice white head. Nicely balanced taste, fruity and spicy together. Nice long aftertaste. One of the better, more tasteful tripel beers i have tasted. Only maybe a bit to sweet.. The taste reminds me someway of delirium tremens. But way better balanced.

3.8
gpjlefevre (2) - , Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2010 does not count
Nice overall tripel, good flavors and good classic abbey approach. Again best on tap or larger containers....

3.9
Tonkun (1306) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy golden pour with white creamy head. Citrus, floral, fruit, oat and spice. Very smooth with a lot of dried fruit, caramel, and cream.


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