Carmelite Triple-Grain Tripel Partial Mash

SKU: U0380

A medium-bodied, effervescent ale practically exploding with yeast and wheat malt character – kind of like a liquid multigrain bread.

This is a partial mash beer kit - see our Partial Mash Walkthrough for details.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Carmelite Triple-Grain Tripel Partial Mash

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A monastic ale that wears the agrarian roots of the brewing arts on its sleeve: three grains from northern European fields, an ancient yeast, a gift of flowers from the hop vine. Oats and wheat support a body built up by malted barley and undercut by sugar for “digestibility” (a more elegant term than the co-opted “drinkability”... thanks, InBev). The alchemy of yeast, hops, temperature, and time yields beguiling aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, earth, herbs, malt, alcohol, and wild honey. Burnished gold with a tight white glass-coating lacework.. Before you uncork your first bottle of this ponderous 8% abv sipper, we'd like to remind you that beer is food – treat your Triple-Grain Tripel accordingly and have it for dinner with some artisanal blue cheese or butter-basted roast chicken.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style Trappist/Belgian Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1081
Total Time to Make 3 months

Customer Reviews

I just had my first bottle of this and I can't believe that I brewed it !!! Absolutely wonderful Belgian style ale with the perfect combination of spice notes and tons of gravitas. I can't say how much I am blown away by this beer. One month in primary, two months in secondary, then added a pinch more yeast when bottling. Opened the first one at 10 days (today) and it is perfection in a bottle. Can't wait to see how it ages.

This is my first 5-gallon batch - I have been brewing 1- and 3- gallon batches for about 2 years. I was always nervous about going to 5 gallons but I'm glad I did. (Posted on 12/23/14)
Best Trippel Yet Review by Al
This is a keeper- brewed in Dec 2013, two weeks in primary, 2 months in secondary. Put in keg about 3 weeks ago and it is really becoming a great beer. Very fuity and light for the amount of alcohol present. Used the dry yeast Safebrew T58 and turned out excellent. Would recomment it. Nice taste and body feel. Will bottle and age some of this one to see how it turns out in a year! Highly recommend. (Posted on 2/20/14)
Very smooth tripel Review by piercho
I pitched over 400 billion of the recommended Ardennes and my final gravity was 1.01. Bottled result after one week is mildly estery, mildly spicey, with notable smoothness from the oatmeal. You'll need a bottling yeast for this one unless you keg. I expect to brew this one every summer when temps are suitable for the Ardennes, on par with the very best Tripels, highly recommended. (Posted on 1/31/14)
Great beer! Review by Andrew
Great overall beer, kit came with everything needed except I used a 1L yeast starter to help with assure the 8% ABV is attained. Will definitely buy again! (Posted on 1/20/14)
The best recipe NB has to offer Review by Benoit
Full taste on the palate and very long in complex fruity flavors. Full body develops after 12 weeks bottle conditioning, still a perfect score after 1 year in bottles. (Posted on 12/24/13)
"She's sexy and smooth....and leaves you wanting her more." Review by PhillyMac
I don't know why I've only done this beer once. I've converted wine drinkers into lovers of beer with this recipe. Let her sit in the secondary for over 2 months, waiting patiently but when she arrived she was the hit of the party. I guess I've stayed away because our first encounter was so magical...didn't see how I could improve on that. Ended up naming her "Carmen Jones" as an ode to Harry Belafonte'. I will capture her elusive beauty again. Of that, I have no doubt. (Posted on 11/16/13)
Simply Excellent Review by Paul
I agree with all the positive reviews here, and I very rarely give anything 5 stars. Complex and malty, "alcoholly" yet kind of light at the same time. Spices, floral, honey, vanilla tastes. So good. I fermented for 4 weeks, followed by secondary for 7, and then transferred to a keg and carbonated. It was excellent right away. I can't wait to see if it gets even better with a bit of age. (Posted on 9/8/13)
Still Aging Review by Alex
Beer is currently on its second week of aging, don't know how I will wait 2 more months. Starting gravity was a little low. I think it is because there was so much grain in the bag. (Posted on 8/8/13)
My first partial mash. Could not be happier! Review by Mark
Just followed the instructions as best that I could. Hit the expected OG on the head. I did ferment in the primary for 3 weeks as fermentation was not over after 2. This beer is everything that I wanted: opulent with quite an alcohol kick! Going fast, so I must reorder. (Posted on 3/23/13)
Best beer I ever brewed Review by JohnZZ
This is a fantastic tripel - better than any commercial brand that I have purchased. It gets better and better as the months go by (i.e., let it age beyond the recommendations!). It is Northern Brewer's best recipe, and I have tried a lot. (Posted on 12/29/12)
Rich and Delicious! Review by Lance
OG was 1.088 and FG was 1.006 at 10.75% alcohol. Talk about a winter warmer..this Triple is so complex and rich, that i cant believe I brewed it! I've been drinking the best triples (according to BA) lately in-order to prepare for cracking open this Carmelite and found that this is much more complex. I started fermenting it at higher temps like 73deg for 3 weeks and moved it to 67deg for the rest of the 4 month process. I returned to NB to buy another strong Belgian because this one will go fast. Dammmm Good! (Posted on 11/2/12)
Awesome Review by Steve
After 45 or so beers, this is definitely one of the top 3 I have ever made. I added a bit more grain and finished at 11.5%. Dangerously smooth and drinkable, and it is only 2 months old. Can't wait until it matures a bit, if it lasts... If you like triples, this can't be beat. (Posted on 8/21/12)
I put it up against the tripel's I've had over the years and it is just as good and better since i can say i made it!!! (Posted on 6/24/12)
Great! Add lemon zest Review by Justin
I can't add anything complementary that hasn't already been said. With that, I sampled my brew after a couple weeks in the secondary & it screamed "ADD LEMON!!!". So I did, and am not regretting it one bit (one half lemon's worth of zest, to be precise). Even if it's cold and dreary outside you'll feel like you've been sitting on the porch on a cool summer's eve watching another perfect day come to a close. (Posted on 5/12/12)
Fantastic Review by Jay M
I brewed this after new years and just got my first taste. WOW. This is the closed clone beer I have produced to date. (Posted on 4/19/12)
Anticipation! Review by Kurt
I just bottled my 1st batch of this after nearly 4 months in the secondary. I always end up with a partial bottle at the end and chill it for an hour or so. OMG this is wonderful -- Best pre-bottled beer ever and I have made dozens of batches. Can't wait for it to bottle condition.

The grain bill on this is bulky and I suggest using a BIG strainer rather than the mesh bag to strain.

Definitely will make it again. BTW -- I ran two batches of Saison to get my yeast population up and maximize yeast value. I do this with all my runs -- two batches of moderate gravity followed by a high gravity at the end (sometimes split and run batches 2 & 3 simultaneously). Plus the two Saisons give me something to enjoy while I wait for this to mature. (Posted on 3/14/12)
Wonderful! Review by Scotty G
The kit came out a bit drier than the commercial example but still excellent. The phenolic and spice from the yeast worked really well with the grain bill. It's a different beer from other tripels or Belgian strongs (not as sweet) but really excellent.

Only problem I had was doing the partial mash in a slightly undersized grain bag - I got poor extraction/rinsing from the center of the sock, and singed a small hole in the sock. I recommend converting this to an all-grain - why do you not have an AG kit for this beer, NB? (Posted on 3/13/12)
An excercise in patience Review by Quietlymakingnoise
Primary for 2 weeks, 2ndary for 4 months. Bottled, waxed the caps, and forgot about them. (It's the only way- you got to forget about 'em!) Try one bout once a month and it's crazy to watch it evolve. Great spice from yeast, and simply complex grains. (Posted on 3/2/12)
YUMMM Review by JimTheHick
So NB flaked and didn't send the second bag of grains with this kit - they resent the entire grain bill so I ended up using 1.5x of the malt bill (I also only used about 1/4 ounce of the coriander). ANYWAY, I put the wort from this beer onto the cake from my Surly Cynic and it took off like crazy. Added some sucrose after 48 hours to dry it out a bit, conditioned for over a month in secondary. It ended up about 10% and hot as heck out of the secondary. Bottle conditioned for a month and it was really great. Dry like a tripel, just enough hop flavor and the yeast is really nice. Great beer for inducing a winter's nap! (Posted on 10/27/11)
Buy two Review by Link
This takes three months to brew but waaaay less than that to drink. When you taste it, you'll wish you had another kit so you don't run out. (Posted on 7/10/11)
Complex, great finish Review by Newbee brewer
I am a beginner and this was my first partial mash. I followed the directions as exactly and tried it for the first time last night. It is a complex, rich, full-bodied ale with a great finish.I am siure it will only get better with age. (Posted on 6/23/11)
Freakin great brew Review by Southcliff brewery
This is without a doubt the best beer I've brewed to date. Normally, I love an ipa but this is totally different. Strong but with a fruity flavor to it. Highly recommended. (Posted on 5/16/11)
Perfect Review by Amanda
I normally brew all grain, but I wanted to try a PM for once. This is the best beer I've ever made. I'm ordering it again because I'm almost out! (Posted on 2/18/11)
An amazing brew! Review by aolson
I converted this partial mash recipe to an all-grain recipe and used Maris Otter as my base malt instead of the Belgian pale. No complaints - this brew turned out amazing. I just recently kegged it and carbed it, but I took many samples via my wine thief while this was in secondary, and it was fun to see how this progressed with age. I would strongly suggest to mash this recipe at 148/149. I did, and my FG hit 1.009 which brought my abv to 9.1%. This is definately a boozy, dry Tripel, but that is how tripels SHOULD be. I will definately do this recipe again. (Posted on 12/22/10)
Very, very good beer Review by BradN
This was my first partial mash beer. It is also the very best beer I have ever made.

I won't say that it's a perfect clone of the commercial version, but it's very close, and I will be starting another batch immediately.

If you like Carmelite TripleI, I highly recommend this PM kit!! (Posted on 11/28/10)
Perfect match Review by Brettsky
After falling in love with the beer from belgium with a similar name I had to try this. Man am I glad I did. However, after help with replacing windows this was gone in a weekend. Don't do what we did and overdo it. It tastes perfect and complex but it hits hard... (Posted on 11/17/10)

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