Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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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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4.59/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Trying this for the first time. Tasted 9 April 2014.
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.
Smell is bright and alive. Lovely yeasty esters with fruit (banana) and gentle spice, plus some residual sweetness in the back. Yum.
Taste has both the sweet, flavorful side and the clean, crisp side. Outstanding. Warm and fruity, a bit of sugar, a faint hint of spice, and only the tiniest touch of bitterness. Balanced, varied, and delicious. Not even a sniff of alcohol.
Feel is fabulous as well. Smooth and fairly light, with a fuzzy carbonation that spreads throughout. Keeps the flavors buzzing around.
One of the best tripels I've had, for sure. Excellent across the board. Great depth, varied flavors, and a delicate balance. Wow.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 03:56:59 | More by zeledonia
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
95 out of 100 based on 2,703 ratings.