Tripel Karmeliet

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Tripel Karmeliet
ManufacturerBrouwerij Bosteels
Alcohol by volume8.4%

Tripel Karmeliet (Dutch for "Triple Carmelite") is a blond Belgian beer with high alcohol by volume (8.4%), brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels in Buggenhout, Belgium. It was first brewed in 1996 and uses three cereals: wheat, oats and barley.

This beer is still brewed according to an authentic beer recipe from 1679 derived from the old Carmelite convent in Dendermonde. The beer is then bottle-conditioned. [1]

As a result of high demand after winning the Best Pale Ale World Beer Awards in 2008, sales increased unexpectedly in 2009 and numerous pubs didn't have enough delivered. To meet the new demand, production was increased by 30% with the addition of a new brew vessel, accounting for an additional 6,000 hectolitres (130,000 imp gal; 160,000 US gal) annually.[2]

The bottle is available in 33cl and 75cl formats.

Aroma and taste[edit]

Tripel Karmeliet has a complex gold to blond color, with a little head. This is partly due to the cereals but also to the limited use of Styrian hops, the abundant herbs and fruity aroma (banana and vanilla) of the used yeast. This beer has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats, and it also has a spicy, lemony dryness almost reminiscent of quinine.[1]

Filled glass of Tripel Karmeliet


  • World Beer Awards 2008 – "World Best Ale", "World Best Pale Ale", "World Best Abbey Ale (Pale)"'[3][4]
  • World Beer Cup 2002 – Silver in the category Best Belgian-Style Tripel
  • World Beer Cup 1998 – Gold in the category Best Belgian-Style Tripel


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