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

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RATINGS: 3440   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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3.7
Davros (3178) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2009 Orange/amber pour with good clarity. Half-inch persistent head. A lot of wheat on the aroma, as well a perfumy orange blossom, soft alcohol, some spicy and floral hops and a bit of lemon. Flavour is quite similar, but with the expected doughy belgian yeast coming through. Highly effervescent, very prickly. Some alcohol warming on the palate. The wheat put a spin on things, but otherwise this is just a typical belgian tripel, albeit quite a tasty one....

3.2
ha1ag (904) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2009
Bottled, tnx to Viktor! Color is hazy yellow, with thick creamy slightly off-white head. Nice lacing. Nose is fruity and slightly alcoholic. Aroma has fruits, malt. Flavour is dominated by sweet hops and alcohol. Carbonation gives it a pleasant mouthfeel and hops take care of the aftertaste. Nicely brewed triple, but I can’t see the many 4+’s. Alcohol is too much dominant for that.

4.2
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle from jessup plaza. poured a nice reddish yellow color with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma was nice and spicy with lots of sweet malt and some clove. Taste was nice and refreshing with lots of sweet malt and clove. Very drinkable and good.

4.4
40ounce (1) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2009 does not count
My favorite Tripel so far. Golden color with nice carbonation. Great finish with hint of alcohol. Great mix of flavors.

4.9
MrGGen (334) - ITALY - MAY 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2010 Il colore è giallo dorato uno sfocato,con una testa bianca compatta e spessa. L’aroma fruttato dolce,di lievito.Gusto dolce e fruttato.Finale un pò amaro con lievito e una lieve punta alcoolica.Eccellente tripel.

4.2
delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 4, 2009
33cl bottle poured into a Chimay Trappist glass. Nice golden color with about one finger of head. Smells like spiced apples. Tastes spicy and hoppy with a some fruit undertones. Very well balanced beer. Great brew.

3.6
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Classic Belgian yeast, clover like and a light hop floral aroma. Color was golden, with a creamy low carbonation head. Flavor had mostly clover, with some ripe apple and perhaps even pineapple. Palate was creamy with a light alcohol tinge at the finish. Good stuff, but not spectacular.

4.3
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Shared by a friend of Bobby91W at DLD--Matt maybe? From a 3 liter bottle that was ’95 vintage I believe. This was reallyy incredible. Soft yellow pour. The aroma was light with yeast, and caramel scents as well as a bit of lemon. Really refreshing flavor. Lightly sweet fruits, apples, pears, with a hint of citrus. Great brew!

4.2
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 This by far to this date is the best damn triple I have ever had sampled at DLD from a gaint bottle from some generous soul poured yellow and hazy with tight carbonated head of a million bubbles aromas of banana,,spices,citrus and malts the taste was sweet from all of the above just a truely out standing triple

4.4
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2009
Is there a better tripel than this? Not for me. Straw color, fluffy head, banana/clove in the nose, great sweet candy flavor, and tons of good alcohol.


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