Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by StrangeBrewer76:
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Hazy, very yellow in color. Pours like champagne. Big, fizzy head that dies back to a weak looking ring and a half-skin covering the surface.
Smell is really strong and nice. Very close to Mountain Dew. Second swirl I smell white peppercorns and grape leaves or stems. Earthy and light at the same time.
Tastes rather light for a Belgian tripel but very complex. After reading the bottle I can detect the presence of oats and wheat. The classic Belgian candy sugar taste makes a cameo at the final curtain but the finish is clean. There's a slight citrusy tang, probably from the yeast, that is pleasant though short of refreshing.
The mouthfeel is really nice. Light, as I said before but it goes through many stages. First a rush of soft bubbles on top of a layer of malt/grain body and tangy yeast, carbonation pricks the mouth all over then as the swallow happens, the malt and sugar tastes rise and the prickly carbonation wipes it all clean. Really cool.
What sets this apart from other tripels I've had so far is the drinkability. This one wins. The alcohol is invisible in the taste, cloaked in plain sight by the gossamer body of this very satisfying drink.
Score yet another for the Belgians. They sure can brew it.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2009 02:03:25 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: a light brown 330mL brown bottle with a very busy yet stylish old-school Belgian label depicting the wheat fields.
Appearance: pours a honey amber colour with fine carbonation. A big white head bursts up and settles to a creamy white finger, leaving thick lacing as it dropped. Looks awesome!
Aroma: smells of spice, pepper, wheat and orchard fruits. Quite complex and refreshing.
Taste: again the complexity of flavours come through nicely with some heavier brandy and heavy fruits.
Aftertaste: flows through to the finish, lingering for a time. Pretty easy drinking yet nice as a slow sipper.
Mouth feel: a moderate- to- fuller body, with the sharp carbonation avoiding it being too syrupy.
Overall: a good quality Belgian Tripel - nice complexity of wheat, Belgian yeasts, orchard fruits, spice and some heavier ABV notes. Well worth the price.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 00:50:52 | More by SmashPants
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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