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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3288   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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4.3
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 Cloudy, yellow, HUGE soapy head. Incredible nose of coriander, bready malts, lemon notes, banana, vanilla, flowers, hops and more. Medium-thin body, rich with flavors. Tastes as if coriander and orange/lemon peel was just added, very citrusy and spicy. Bready malts and citric flavors are prevalent. Not as soft as I would like but it contains subtle and delectable banana, vanilla esters that I dont get with many triples. Tasty as hell and a top 5 triple and world class brew.

4.6
omhper (25833) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2002
Golden coloured. Very malty and very complex. Balanced sweetness. Outstanding triple!

4.5
confusedboy0 (99) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2002
A good tripel too...............................................

4.1
Oakes (19027) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2001
Golden amber, huge head; incredible nose - very peachy, floral, yeasty w/coriander, pepper, leather, mint, sage - I could sniff at this for hours. Soft palate - sweet malts, flowers (know nothing about botany, so can't get specific), herbal hops, vinuous alcoholic depth, fresh coriander. Finishes with a gently dryness. By combining the yeast dryness that Westmalle fans love with the floral sweetness that Golden Rose and Zatte fans go for, this seems like the tripel for all people.

4.4
duke33 (69) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2001
Very good tripel. Slightly hoppy, but not too overbearing. Has an apple aroma to it, and is very smooth.

4.3
dins (266) - Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2001
Slightly malty for a belgian but very nice. Normal huge belgian head. Citrus notes. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Very nice hops without overpowering the other flavors.

4.3
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2001
A hazy gold with highlights of copper and big frothy white head. Grainy, spicy, and thick for the style. There is more going on in the aroma and flavor that I can easily express. Finishes with a lasting flavor of earty grain, rye?

4.7
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2001
It has a very nice golden colour, slightly cloudy. The aroma is very fresh, very pleasant. The taste is powerfull and well-balanced. Very long aftertaste.

4.7
NephYliM (16) - FRANCE - OCT 17, 2001
this tripel really is a good surprise. The taste is so different from the others : a kind of mix of fruits and sweet spicy tastes.

3.9
motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2001
certainly boisterous. and not over-the-top and sweet like some tripels. spicy and invigorating


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