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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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95
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2,703 Ratings
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Ratings: 2703
Reviews: 1157
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-27-2001)
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output01x

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A slow pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that fizzes away to a crescent ring in less time than it takes to blink. The body is a bright, hazy slightly pale gold with what appears to be a never-ending army of concentration bubbles. Jumping from every available point of origin, running through every available liquid space, and violently crashing into every available portion of surface, this beer has to have some of the most energetic carbonation bubbles ever seen. These bubbles don't form jets, they form entire waves. Almost no lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

As this beer was poured, I almost thought I smelled Trix cereal. This should be interesting... Lemon zest, grainy wheat, banana pudding, white pepper, leaves, bread crust, green apple. One could literally go on for paragraphs describing all the different aromas and notes one could interpret from the nose of this beer.

Sweet, grainy (and I mean GRAINY) malt flavors dominate the tastebuds immediately with oily citrus zest and clove flavors rushing in soon after to help balance things out. Notes of bread pudding, whole grain bread, dark wheat, and brown sugar oatmeal are all discernible while an overlying slight alcohol flavor permeates all other flavors. Upon swallowing, the malt flavors really peak but soon fall off to an overly ripe banana which slowly transforms into a Runts banana candy flavor. This sticks around almost indefinitely between sips.

Medium bodied with some very exciting carbonation, this beer's mouthfeel gives it a rather deceptive drinkability. The body really allows for full taste bud immersion into this beer while never becoming coating or sticky (which one might expect from a beer of 8.4% ABV). The carbonation is just as expected. It fizzles, and rumbles, and explodes in your mouth, trying to disturb your delicious experience. Luckily, the body is big enough to stand up to the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:38:56 | More by output01x
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Pours a gorgeous hazy golden yellow. One finger of dense creamy white head, looking more like milk than foam. Great retention, awesome lacing, and a dense column of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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