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

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RATINGS: 3427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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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4.3
jporter (2) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
Great tripel grain beer, best taste comes when drank in the original glass. White head with a beautiful golden base. I simply love this beer with its nice fruity taste. The beer tastes quite light aswell! Recommended to all!

3.4
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of Belgian yeasts, wheat, banana, spices, some faint apple and pear in the background as it warms. For me, the palate was a spice bomb. The base brew, while strong and solid in the mouth, objectively well constructed, lacked any real character for me. Instead, unearthly amounts of spices were added to give it some flavor. Maybe the spices covered up whatever flavor there was under there, but all I got out of it was a pretty bland beer loaded with spice. Not bad, surely, not weak at all or anything, but nothing stunning.

4.4
smith4498 (3641) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a clear golden yellow with off white head. Strong aromas of Belgian yeast and bananas. Sweet malty flavor with a hoppy finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. One of the best tripels I have tasted. Excellent!

3.5
LilBeerDoctor (3904) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Bottle. Pours a murky yellow with a fairly sizeable white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some light fruits (apple, pear, citrus). Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, and wheat. Strong mouthfeel, but I felt that the taste was one dimensional. I didnít really care for this one.

Update 2/13/10: Lots of Belgian spices in this one in the aroma and flavor with some light fruits in the background but the spices definitely dominate. The malt base is just not as strong as the other top-notch tripels. A decent tripel but not at the top of my list.

3.9
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Bottle: the aroma is both yeasty, spicy and herbal, freshly ground black peper, sage, mint, coriander, cardboard, strawberry flavored bubble gum, some hay, very complex on that department, flavor wise itís malty sweet(banana like) with some herbal hops, weak alcohol notes, weak vinous notes and a nice dry finish, the overall flavor is quite delicate and quite simple compared to the aroma, itís an easy drinking medium bodied nice triple.

3.7
rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Beautiful clear golden color, smallish white head. Good, but not amazing. Iíd almost characterize it as a light tripel, with a crisp finish.

3.9
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2008
pours a nice golden color huge frothy white lasting head much like duvel, nice sweet aroma fruit, coriander, spices.. lots of bubbles. some alcohol on the finish, pretty nice beer.

4.5
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
This is a phenomenal beer. It pours a golden color with a small white head. It has huge hints of bubble gum/ fruitiness in it. Very mellow and balanced between fruit and grain tastes. One of my new favorites.

4.2
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Realized have never rated this fine brew.On tap at PP C Bad. Nice golden yellow color with a small white head. Yummy nose of sweet fruitiness and belgian yeast. Very luxurious in and smooth in your mouth. Some good mellow spice with citrus fruit and malt. Nice very good finish. One of my favorite tripels for sure.

4.2
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip produced a big billowy head on top of a golden yellow head Aromas of wheat and grasses along with a nice subtle spice background and of course Belgian yeast Flavors of spices (pepper, coriander and clove) Sweet malt, and citrus fruit, as it warms there is a light alcohol presence as well A wonderfully light crisp mouthfeel its making me wishes it was summer time while the snow is falling out side A great Belgian I can see why it won some medals I wish they would change the bottle color green glass is not cool. Extremely drinkable will gladly seek this one out again


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