Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour from our 750 mL corked bottle, giving us a highly carbonated-looking and somewhat hazy brew of a pale golden color. It holds a snow white head of two and a half fingers, which takes forever to die down. Once it finally begins to depart (which it never does completely), there is thick, bubble bath-like lacing stuck around the chalice. Of note, the last few glasses of the bottle produce an even murkier pour, with gritty yeast bits darting around the bottom of the glass. The aroma is composed of some spice, including clove and ginger, esters, faint vanilla bean, and citric orange to balance its contributory 3-grain bill. The taste follows quite closely to the aroma. The front is predominantly grainy, with wheat as the spokesperson. The middle continues with fully apparent, but appropriately subdued, spice. The citrus notes from the nose also begin to fulfill their roll, making the beer continue with a slight bitterness. There is an undeniable sweetness that also kicks in around this point, which helps transition into a clean, estery/fruity finish. The aftertaste is spicy and orangey but, mostly, is an expertly melded model of the strongest components of the flavor profile. The beer is medium bodied and warming, with a slight syrupy feel that nicely coats. There is huge carbonation throughout, but it tends to cool down by the end. The abv is high but appropriate, making the sipping a bit slow, per usual.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how well the beer is blended. With such complex, and strong, competing flavors, it can be hard to find a nice balance. This, however, is not the case here. We are left with a final product that is immeasurably clean and delicate, with inseparable undertones which are robust and delicious.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2010 21:03:45 | More by TheBrewo
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