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

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RATINGS: 3302   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
Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2007
Draught at the In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Copper color with creamy head. Sweetish, fruity and spicy aroma with clove and vanilla. Sweet, malty, grainy and spicy flavor with orange. Nice sweet, fruity and spicy finish. Somewhat sweeter on draught than in a bottle. This used to be one of my favourite blond beers but nowadays I prefer dryer beers. Yet, this beer has a nice balanced spicy-fruity fermentation characteristics which is often overdone in belgian and dutch beers.

4.5
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Wow, this one is great! I’m not a big belgian beer fan, i’m slowly getting into it. But this one, near perfect! From the golden color in the pour, to the fruity aroma, all the way to the taste of fruity/sweetness. Oh man, this is great

4
faroeviking (11331) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy bright golden colour with a very lively fizzy short lived head. Nice sweet fruity alco aroma. Good filling champagne mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and fruity with wheat, some spices, good maltiness and some yeast. Sweet fruity yeasty finish. Superb brew

4.1
notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Another beer on the "can’t believe I haven’t rated it yet" list - almost clear, bubbly, straw-colored pour, with a fizzy head - bright, fruity aroma, with notes of peach, apricot, candi sugar, background spicy qualities and light wheat/bread - fairly sweet, but with a nice spice and a light, earthy tartness in the background to balance it out - semi-tingly carbonation, keeping it from being as smooth as it could be - peach and apple, with the tang of fruit skins thrown in there - light vanilla and honey develops as the beer warms up - a nice alcohol warmth that never becomes overpowering - a tiny bit of banana and melon - nicely balanced.

3.5
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Pretty, peach-colored body with a large-bubbled head,which quickly fades away. The arom ais full: spicy, full of breads and wheat and a lingering fruitiness (melons?). Lots of carbonation. It dominates the mouthfeel with foam! Anyway, the flavor is good. Rich, full of fruits. Well-balanced sweet and yet not too astringent with the alcohol. Its just the carbonation that really gets to me.

4
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2007
As beautiful a beer as you’ll see, golden/hazy with an elegent foamy head. Some complex maltiness, though balanced, with a big lemon flavour dominating the palate. A great tripel (and probably my favourite glass.)

3.9
tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. Pretty nose of spices, fruits and yeast. A large bright white head leaves excellent lacing down to a bright gold beer. Quite musky, floral, sweet and sour flavor profile. This one’s all over the map. Lush, silky, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes yeasty, sweet and sour.

4.6
yespr (48895) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2007
Finally I got around rating one of my all time favourites. 33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a huge creamy/crispy slight off-white head. Aroma is orange peel, yeasty and some malt, the combination simply screams out what a true belgian tripel is. Flavour follows the aroma tightly, orange, spice and clear malty flavoured in a mellow malty sweetness. Finish is vaguely bitter but more malty and spiced. Very well balanced and still light. Uncomplicated (but not simple) and wellcrafted balance between the spices, malt and the yeast notes.

4
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
Bottlle. Dark gold, bubbly and slightly viscous, thin white head. Aromatic nose with usual cloves, sweet fruitiness and a little alcohol. Satisfying smooth, full mouthfeel, fruity sourish finish which lingers on the tongue. Warms and tickles on the way down. Very nice.

4
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a nice golden color and a large white head. Aromas of some fruit, probably apples. Pleasantly heavy taste with a very long finish. Good to drink.


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