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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%
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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4.4
pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2016
750ml bottle poured into Chimay goblet (Tripel Karmeliet glass has been ordered). Served at refrigerator temp, which was too cold. At the start, had a mild, mildly honey sweet flavor with a fizzy lightness, almost like a spontaneously fermented beer without the sourness. Which is strange to think back on, really, because as it warmed, this beer bloomed into a full-bodied, yet delightfully crisp apple pear orange Belgian ale. Me, I would brew all beer with some combination of wheat and oats. Yeah, it’s the top rated beer in the style, but somehow I had not had it before. And a wine bottle costs $12 or less. Wow.

4.3
Doghair (464) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750. Straw yellow color with a good inch of white foam. Smell is wheat with a little lemon, not overwhelming. Taste is very smooth and balanced. Nothing really jumps out at me. A little citrus maybe. No alcohol taste which is pretty outstanding for a 8.5 ABV. Nice carbonation. Great medium palate. Overall this is a great, easy drinking beer.

3.7
Blueshawk (464) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
- gold-gelb trübe Farbe mit sehr guter Schaumbildung - intensive Aromen nach Harz, Pinie, einiger leichten Honigsüße und Gewürzen - Carbonisierung eine Spur zu hoch bzw. brausig - die Gewürze im Antrunk sind so vielfältig, dass es einem schwer fällt sie auseinander zu halten - nach einer gewissen Zeit setzt sich die Pinie dann aber durch - im Abgang zeigt sich dann noch eine schöne Hopfenbitternis Fazit: Sehr vielschichtiges und würziges Bier

4.2
Changed (463) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 12oz bottle. dark golden pour, huge white fluffy head, even after chilling for some time. carbonation is high, slight cloudiness is enjoyable for the eye- visible yeast floaters too. flavor is nicely balanced; fruity and also spicy with a nice hops presence. Overall, a great beer I wouldn’t mind enjoying again, even at 4.50 per bottle!

4.1
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JUL 20, 2008
Taste 7/8 bottle (07 I H) In my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Looks: Caramel, with a nice white foam. Aroma: Orange, wheat, florals. Very nice aroma. Taste: Spicy, orange, plum, nice little alcohol tinge. Creamy, good carbonation. Nice ratio of sour to malt body and hops finish. Oats add a nice silkiness and body to control the sweetness. Very good beer.

4.5
Villyzzz (463) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours golden with a big white head. Aroma Belgian yeast, fruits, and mild spices. Taste is quite sweet dried fruits, spices and some yeast. Really nice.

4
R2k2 (462) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2013
Sweet, and also a spicy aroma. When tasting, the sweetness remains behind and the spiciness comes forward. Slightly bitter and a nice full aftertaste. Zoet, en tevens kruidig aroma. Bij het proeven blijft de zoetigheid op de achtergrond, en komt de kruidigheid meer naar voren. Heel licht bitter en een lekkere volle nasmaak.

4.4
Gehbe (462) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - AUG 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2016 Slightly cloudy golden with a huge white head. Nose of citrus, grapefruit, zest, spice, some notes of yeast and dried banana, hints of light malt. Taste is well balanced, less sweet than expected. Medium body, high carbonation, dangerously drinkable for the amount of ABV. One of my favorite tripels ever...

4.1
TomTron (462) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours a clear yellow with a big time soapy head. Aroma has some citrus notes in it as well as the Belgian yeast, and it has a slight butteriness to it. Flavor is packed with spices and some lemon zest, along with the Belgian yeast rounding it all out. Carbonation is just like that of most tripels I’ve tried. THIS is the champagne of beers, and any beer connoisseur must have this at least once. CHEERS!


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