Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by spoony:
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 750ml into a chalice.
A-Nice straw, light honey coloring. My wife said "goldenrod," but I would say lighter than that. The head was a solid one and one-half finger of creamy, thick foam that lasted quite a while.
S-I was a little disappointed here. I noticed the sweet yeasty notes you would expect, but I did not get the spice (coriander or clove) that I was hoping for. A little lemon and a touch of alcohol were also there.
T-Lots of sweetness. The flavors were mild banana and yeast with a touch of hops on the mid-palate. You also got a little pear, but you had to search for it. Alcohol was there, especially as the beer warmed, but never dominant. I would have preferred more coriander and clove, which were minimal.
M-Pretty full bodied with noticeable carbonation. The finish was sweet.
O-I've had this beer before and remembered liking it a lot, so perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was a little disappointed. It is a good beer, but not a complex or great beer.
Edit--I have since had this beer again on multiple occasions, and it is coming back into my into my good graces. Perhaps the bottle that I reviewed got overheated (because, honestly, that it what is tasted like...skunked). Regardless, I am bumping up the smell, taste, and overall score by a half to a full point.
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2012 01:28:08 | More by spoony
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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
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