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

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RATINGS: 3443   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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4.1
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Pours a hazy yellow with a full white head that laces the glass. Smells of citrus, oranges. Tastes smooth with citrus and coriander. A great tripel.

4.5
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pours a hazy, straw color from 330 ml bottle, forming a white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Aroma of cloves, malts, hops and black pepper. Flavour of banana, yeast, malts, spices and peppery pears. Extremely smooth and crisp, lemons and coriander give a nice character that makes this beer awesome. Tremendous, would love to try on tap/cask version. Bought at Pricilla’s in MHC, NC.

4.2
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Comes highly recommended by the mystical Drbayern. Pours a blonde somewhat hazy yellow. Head disipated to nice lacing on the top. Good carbonation. Nose was malt and clove, with banana. Mouthfeel was very nice, coated my tongue and mouth. Cloves and bananas prevailed. Not sure what some of you were drinking!

2.8
That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra on tap at Fat Abbey’s. Wow this is rated high. I was not impressed. My notes for the night just say: kinda sucked. Could be my palate was raped by the Third Coast Old Stock I had right before however.

4.1
RedSox2004 (1897) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Hazy gold with a giant frothy head that left a solid film and very nice lacing. Fruit and honey aromas with an earthy yeastiness clearly evident. Complex flavor profile featured citrus fruits and a warmong alcohol feel. Some spice, pear and pepper are in the background, and all is gently offset by a hint of hops bitterness. Strong carbonation, medium mouthfeel, a very crisp and dry aftertaste. A wonderful beer, the epitome of the style.

3.9
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2008
It took me until now to rate this beer. Aroma is skunky. Straight up sulfur. Stop using green bottles, please. Even with the hour or so of being open, the sulfur has not dissipated. That aside, the zest of lemon, coriander, caramel, and yeast make up the taste profile of this beer (if only it could make up the aroma too). Taste-wise, this is the best tripel I have had to date. Aroma-wise, the worst. The finish on this beer lingers, yet does not cloy despite it’s sweetness. Very, very good beer, but bottling could use some work.

4.5
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2008
From bottle. Poured yellow with abundant head. Aromas banana, oranges and citrus spices. Classic Tripel in every sense,

4.4
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Sampled in Adeliade, Australia. Good quality beer. The glass was awesome! A very smooth brew that is certainly worth a try if you get the chance. Top quality.

3.7
mjs (7413) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 (Draught at Bull & Bear Inn, Stockholm) Poured golden and lightly hazy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained fruitiness and honey. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, mildly grass, sweetness, honey, malts, lightly yeast and mildly bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and fruity. Well balanced beer. Old rating: 7-3-7-3-14=3.4

3.3
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Enjoyed in a Tripel Karmeliet goblet at Delux Burger in Scottsdale. Served extra extra cold on draft. Unfortunate that it was so cold, awesome that it was on draft. First impression was very negative...almost Budweiserish. However, it improved significantly as it warmed up. I could really pick out the oats, wheat, and pilsener. Very little Belgian yeast character compared to most of the style, which was a bit of a disappointment.


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