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


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RATINGS: 3303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2009
Location: 750 from Gilly’s, Feb 09

Overall Impression: Really nice, drinkable beer. Fruity and sweet, but not overly so, definitely enjoyed this one, As far as flavors go, its not the most complex Tripel out there, but definately enjoyable.

bearlybrewed (41) - Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Golden light yellow with large white head. Absolutely wonderful nose of coriander, bready malts, lemon notes, flowers, hops and more. Light thin body, rich with flavors of coriander and orange/lemon peel. Was very citrusy and loved the spice finish. Bready malts and citric flavors are prevalent. Wonderful brew.

spatocks (1) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2009 does not count
Had on tap at Delirium cafe in Brussels, Belgium. Drinken from Karmeliet glass whose tulip shape seemed to hold on to the head for longer than expected and result in moderate to heavy lacing. Beer had a beautiful golden brown color and gave up hints of wheat and barley. Upon tasting, the most noticeable characteristic is the sweetness, which is quite strong for a tripel, but pleasant nonetheless. The beer tastes of light honey, minor nut, and some vanilla. The beer lingers for quite some time and leaves a sweet coating on the tongue and light floral or clove tastes in the back of the throat. An overall very good beer, probably best drinken on the colder side to prevent unintended similarities with weaker meads.

Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Pale and hazed with no head. Banana, yeast, melon, petrol and booze aromas. Orange, carrot, melon, mango and other tropical fruits with sweet malts and slightly sour/bitter finish. Smooth and easy. Deep and complex for its colour. I drank this alongside a Gruyere and Parmesan souffle. It was lovely with the rich cheesiness and it’s caramel flavours and sour notes played well with and slightly bitter cheeses.

Parket (586) - Bruges, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 bottle, the head fades away in less than one minute, golden colour, hazy, complex palate,grainy, sweet, loyal, subtile, fruity, soft acid. Great smell. But by far too sweet. May be a bit overrated?

linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Had it on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC. Strikes me as "tripel light" - I am surprised to read other RBers’ ratings! Probably the most "reserved", lightly flavoured tripel I’ve ever had.. which is not a good thing in my opinion. Would definitely drink again, but wish there was just more there.

jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Drank at JK Odonells. Absolutely delicious with a bold finsih if smooth yeast and hops.

Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours blonde with an overflowing head. Aroma was a let-down; very dull and vague. Flavor is quite tasty, of apricot, bread, and a lot of spice, coriander. Overall, very good, although perhaps a little overrated.

barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2009
330 ml bottle from a trade with hobbersr. pours clear golden with a steady white head. aromas of floral fruit, hops, light yeat notes. the flavour onthis one is so layered and subtle. its very well put together and almost perfect for the style. more hops and a bigger nose would make this my fav triple. top notch stuff, thx Riley!!

austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2009
33cl bottle. Lemony yellow, firm foamy head leaving tight lacing. Nicely wheaty aroma, soapiness, interesing minty spices and citric fruits. Smooth wheaty flavor, spices, grainy malts, white pepper and hint of alcohol. Strongly carbonated, refreshing lively palate. Probably my favourite Tripel so far, love those witbier notes.

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