Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance: Pale golden yellow, hazy, with a giant, bright white head - chunks of fluffy lacing stick to the glass
Smell: Belgian yeast and sweet malts, quite clearly a Belgian Tripel - bananas, clove, some bubblegum - some spices - sweet, pale malts, and some sweet grains - plenty of candi sugar - some hay, some light fruits
Taste: Sweet malts, candi sugar, and yeast - pale malts and some light grains, with a touch of hay - Belgian yeast, with banana candy, sugary bubblegum, and some clove - slightly spicy, with some light fruits - tasty, but too sweet - increasingly phenolic as it warms up
Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation, smooth and grainy, medium body
Overall: A very good example of the style, but not epic
This is a solid tripel. It's pretty balanced, and it's distinctly Belgian. It's a little sweeter than I like a tripel, but it's good. Worth a try.
06-24-2012 21:03:33 | More by angrybabboon
3.3/5 rDev -22.7%
Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Hazed gold/dark straw. Head is fluffy and bright-white. Crazy retention. Drops to a fluffy cap that sticks around. Lively carbonation.
Smell: Ripe banana and bubblegum. Yeast is spicy and throws some clove with a big pepper component. Lemon, hay, and grass. Some sweetness. Pale malts and bready yeast. Yeast is aggressive. Apples and some pears. Very fruity with a pronounced floral edge.
Taste: Banana with a floral wrapper. Heavy yeast. Clove and bubblegum are dealt with a heavy hand. Pepper and apple sweetness. Sweetness is intense. Some pale bready malts. Floral honey. Grass and a mild earthy funk. Super Belgian and yeasty. Lemon flesh without the tart edge.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. High carbonation dries everything out. Clean finish with some lingering spice.
Overall: Unrelenting and unapologetically Belgian. You want to taste Belgian yeast, drink this. Too aggressive in the long run.
06-24-2012 20:55:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a creamy, milky gold. Slightly hazy. The head is huge and shows off the carbonation, but even without the head, the liquid is full of bubbles that never really stop. Head is huge and white, with all sized bubbles. Major sticky lacing.
Smells like a fruit farm. Lots of different kinds of fruits too...green apple, pear, grape, faint notes of citrus. Belgian yeast. Pepper and other spices.
I can taste why it's won awards. Fruit forward. Belgian yeast and Belgian sugars. Fruit cake. Spices and a touch of hops in the finish.
Complexity. Sweet mixed with tart mixed with spice. Plenty of cleansing carbonation. Acidic, but not overly so. Medium bodied. Just a note of bitterness in the finish. Slightest bit of heat in the swallow.
A tremendous beer all around. No weak spots. Easy to drink, smooth, alcohol is present, but plays nicely. Would love to have a few more of these.
06-23-2012 03:09:27 | More by RickS95
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice. Pours a pale straw yellow with a slight haze, and a 1/2" fizzy white head that reduces to a thin collar with a small island of foam.
Has a slightly funky, tart aroma, with hints of banana, bubblegum, and honey. Generally, this tripel has a mild, sweet smell.
Has a sweet honey taste, with orange blossom, hints of alcohol, sticky malt, apricot and green apple. Ends slightly bitter and dry.
Has a sticky-sweet medium bodied mouthfeel, ending dry and tacky. There's plenty of carbobation to give this an active feel as well.
A nice brew, but this is a bit too sweet for me. Gets a bit boozy as it warms. In some ways, it reminds me of a cordial or sherry more than a beer. I can appreciate that this is a nice ale; it just isn't the ale for me.
06-16-2012 02:03:25 | More by TheHoppiest
4.79/5 rDev +12.2%
A: hazy gold with a fat cap of lacey foam - it's one of those beers that foam up and overflow if you don't measure your pour
S: light fruits and soft floral notes
T: clean malt grains give it a strong simple elegrance; nearby: graceful pale fruits and banana gracefully interwoven with honey and floral/herbal accents
M: clean, fresh, soft, creamy, fuzzy
O: wonderful pay-off on an impulse buy - one of the best tasting and feeling tripels - right up there with Westmalle's tripel as two of the finest tripels in the world - I'm going to say that the Karmeliet has a more champagne-like character - perhaps the use of three grains (oat, wheat, and barley) creates the difference.
This one's been revisited a few times since my initial review, and always tastes top-tier.
06-10-2012 20:52:39 | More by Greywulfken
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
On Tap in Nancy, France.
Poured a golden blonde with about a finger and a half worth of head
Smell was timid though sweet with hints of banana
Taste was sharp with a smooth finish almost honey-like. No alcohol hints what so ever.
Mouthfeel was retained for several minutes before another sip was needed.
Overall a great Belgian style beer that showed its class.
06-05-2012 20:22:45 | More by Louski
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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