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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3341   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2009
Few appear to acknowledge the disparity between contemporary and previous strengths of this beer. Well, I have a bottle of it from some years ago, which is 8.0% and new bottles of 8.4%. I presume I am imagining it to be sweeter than it was (but unlike many I dont see this as a bad thing...on the contrary....). This is a delicious beer, and I feel I have been harsh on it, but I have to travel a long way to get it now. Why have strong Belgian beers all but disappeared from our supermarkets? A joy to drink, I recommend it. Cheerio!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
homeslice (36) - , California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2009 Moderate orange appearance with yellow highlight, semi-transparent, thick white lasting top. Strong smells of yellow pears, white wine and mild spice. Tastes of caramel, pears, toffee, sugar, zesty lasting after taste. lightly carbonated. A memorable tasting. Refreshing on a warm day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wim (3781) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2009
gold blond coloured little sparkling body with a white head a spicy hoppy fruity aroma a spicy fruity hoppy grainy sweet taste with a mettalic spicy bitter finish nice one

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 9, 2009
On Tap at NachtBar. Not a big fan of this style but this stuff was very impressive. It had an awesome glass too! It was a hazy golden yellowish color with a white head that held pretty well. Dont have many notes on flavor and aroma, but I certainly recommend this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 1/5/09 notes: on tap, Wurstkuche in LA. Pours orange gold with a fluffy head. Aroma of wheat, sugar and candied fruit. Flavor strongly reminiscent of apple cider vinegar. Overall, this was a tasty beer, but I tried it side-by-side with Gouden Carolus Triple, and found the latter more complex and balanced. Great brew nonetheless. update bottled version 7/28/09: aroma is very yeasty, with balanced sweetness (vanilla, light-colored fruit), some floral fragrance, mixed grain (oats?) and a touch of hops (grassy, herbal primarily). This is just a very well-rounded beer, it gets a bit sweeter towards mid-palate, and that yeast profile is so distinct throughout. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 750 mL. Pours a beautiful cloudy blonde with a two-finger white head that has great retention. Lasts and lasts. Aroma is at first citrus, flowers, floral hops, vanilla and maybe a hint of macro lager graininess. Taste is nicely carbonated and fizzy upfront with nicely balanced flavor of floral hops, coriander, whipped cream, white grapes, and Belgian yeast. Lots of candied fruits. Nice clean and crisp finish. Awesome. Best tripel I have had to date.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pour is a clear gold with a big fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Nose is fruity yeast, straw, and spices. Flavor is crisp, clean, and very nice. Much like the smell. A quality brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (1068) - MOROCCO - JAN 2, 2009
Poured golden with a nice big head. Citrus aroma with some spices. Soem fruitiness, but not too sweet. Smooth and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
330ml bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with bit white head. Aroma is fruity, citurs, yeast and bread. Flavor is lemon, pears, other citrus and light fruits, yeast, some bread and a little hops. A lot better that what I thought it was going to be as I really do not like this style. Well made brew.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yves (2926) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2008
Hazy blond coloured beer with medium white head and only few carbonation. Fresh granny and hoppy aroma. Full palate bit sparkling, little creamy. Finish is bitter and herby. Top beer.


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