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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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3.8
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
GT (10000) - San Diego, 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
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
bkurtz (1078) - 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
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
Yves (3022) - 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.

3.8
MattShizzle (612) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Dark golden in color. A bit cludy, very fizzy. Pretty malty, somewhat sweet and strong tasting. Somewhat overcarbonated.

4.5
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 28, 2008
No 659 Rated 28 12 2008 Bottle brown, 330 ml, alc 8,4 percent, Appearance pours beautiful golden to amber honey body colour, carbonation of the body is soft, body texture is murky and very blurred, head is white, initially huge, slowly decreasing to small, very firm, leaving a nice lacing, really beautiful beer, Aroma very pleasant, perfectly sweet, flowery hoppy front, notes of sweetness from highly aromatic hops denoting iris flowers, coriander, vanilla, raisin, whipped cream, for sure there are those three grains present such as wheat, barley and oat, banana, gently leavy hops, a perfect combination of an aroma of a good and assertive Wheat Beer with its coriander, orange peal and perfumy hoppyness together with mature, oily, wheaty, leavy and herbal Abbey Tripel profile, Flavour front is sweet with flowery boom in your nose, especially iris flowers, than coriander, clove, ginger, many other spices like myrrh, vanilla, cinamon,stick, whipped cream, yeast strains, white wine grapes, gentle alcoholic warmth on palate, very herbal, oat, wheat, barley, corn and other cereal, gooseberry, raisin, pine tree wood, orange, clementine, lime, candid sugar, powder sugar, almond, very sophisticated, complex and assertive, wonderful expirience for a rater, THE BEST BEER I VE RATED SO FAR, Palate body is full, texture is very complex and apart from being oily it seems quite dry, carbonation on palate is medium, finish feel is very astringent with gentle alcoholic warmth

4.2
rds (230) - USA - DEC 26, 2008
A lovely, cloudy golden body with a white head, citrus aroma, and a big well rounded taste. A winning tripel.

3.7
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2008
Poured clear and golden with excellent white head. Smell of oats, cereals, and honey. Taste was sweet, with a bit of a bitter finish, cereal, herbs, and a nice fruitiness. Slightly oily on the palate, nice carbonation! Beautiful tripel, well balanced.


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