Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
Tripel Karmeliet: I am not one to by $20 four packs of beer. But after a year of exploring beer on Beer Advocate, I was puzzled by how these expensive Belgian beers could have thousands of reviews and sky high ratings. Are they better that a New Belgium Triple? What is the fuss? So I sprung for a four pack of Tripel Karmeliet, which was the only A rated Tripel I could locate at my favorite beverage store. You have probably tried this brew, so you know the body is cloudy and golden in hue. The head is thick and billowy, laces well and forms wonderful patterns as you make your way to the last sip. The aroma is bountiful with amazing complexity. Which brings me to the flavor, or should I say experience. Waves of ever-changing notes wash over the palate. All of those adjectives you read in beer reviews, well, you can actually taste in this brew: tree ripe apricot, light dust of fresh ground cinnamon spice, warm homemade bread dough, lick of a cement trowel. In the Tripel Karmeliet these adjectives really do apply. Now I get it. But is it beer? After trying many brews, this Tripel blows you away with the complexity of flavors, and leaves you in wonderment of how did they do that? How can you brew beer with those notes? But really, the Karmeliet does not taste like beer, does it? I would not serve one to a beer lover who does not have a minimum of Belgian experience or he/she will think I just added fruit juices to an now ruined Budweiser.
12-17-2011 16:22:32 | More by iSip
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Date on bottle neck is 03/05/13.
Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that quickly fades into a few thin patches. Lacing is fairly light.
Smell: A very sweet and fruity aroma. Belgian yeast with some wheat and clove spices. Big presence of citrus orange and lemon with a hint of coriander spice. Also some hints of pear, pineapple, banana, and sweet pale malts.
Taste: Like the nose leads, a fruity and spicy taste. Belgian yeast with some wheat. Big taste of citrus oranges, lemon, pear, banana, and pineapple with a good spicy kick from cloves and coriander. Also some hints of caramel malts towards the finish. Tastes very fruit forward but not overbearing with the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the higher side. Crisp and prickly. Starts sweet and finishes dry. No alcohol heat felt.
Overall: A very good take on a Tripel. Nice use of fruit flavors and spices that complement each other well.
12-17-2011 07:45:42 | More by MattyG85
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
750ML poured into a tulip
appearance - clear,golden color with frothy white head
Smell - citrus, green apple, pear, belgian yeast, wheat, ginger, coriander, slightest hint of booze
taste - citrus dominates the palate, green apple, pear, wheat, ginger, honey
mouthfeel - medium bodied, high amount of carbonation, sweet start, dry finish, no hint of alcohol in the taste, smooth
overall - this is a great, refreshing Tripel, albeit somewhat difficult to get a hold of. If you like Tripels and you see it, be sure to try it, one of the best representations of the style
Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle
12-15-2011 01:43:14 | More by keithmurray
British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
I'm not entirely sure if this 300 year old recipe is a play on words or if it is, in actuality, a true Belgian Tripel...or is it a fermented Belgian ale that uses three separate grains? It's somewhat cryptic -- let's find out!
Appearance - A small to medium amount of bright, white head, yet consistent. Great retention. Light carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my official glass. A strong golden/ blonde beer with a slight tint of amber.
Smell - Quite a floral aroma. Typical of many Belgian Tripels, I'm smelling lots of orange peel/ citrus, yeast, mild 'bread' notes and candy sugar. A hint of caramel is noticeable, but not much. A bit of wheat here, too...which is interesting, given the recipe.
Taste - This is where this specific Triple stands out. With the combination of three different grains, you can see how it moulds and shapes this beer in complexity. Unlike most beers, Tripel Karmeliet uses oats. It's hard to notice at first, but the characteristics are certainly there (to be fair, I also grew up eating raw oats and oatmeal). Lots of wheat, and of course, barley. Very balanced. Perhaps a little on the sweet side, this beer boasts of Belgian candy sugar, orange peel, a pinch of bread, light toffee and a little bit of raisin. But most of all -- aside from the sugars -- it is the oat, barley and wheat I'm tasting.
Mouthfeel - Nice, crisp carbonation. For the most part, I find this beer's "mouthfeel" somewhere between light and medium heavy. Its sticky sugary characteristic almost gives the impression of it being a little heavier than it actually is. Very nice mouthfeel all around. You can feel this almost everywhere on your palate.
Overall - According to the Bosteels' website, "the name Tripel Karmeliet thus refers both to its origin and its in-bottle fermentation." I find that confusing. Are they saying that it *actually* has been fermenting twice and then the third time being the bottle?? I dunno. But regardless, this is a quality beer and one to be enjoyed on almost any occasion. I love the complexity and sweeter elements to help distract from the bitter, dryer flavors induced by the grains. Again, arguably a little too sweet in my opinion, but an excellent Tripel nonetheless!
12-14-2011 06:21:43 | More by Agent1
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
This was recommended when I first came to this site, and I finally found it. Let's see if it was worth the wait:
Mug filled with a highly translucent canary yellow with lots of carbonation. Kinda looks like I poured white wine actually. HUGE white, very hollow head resembling biscuit dough sticks around quite awhile. Smells like pineapple and pear (seriously, that's what it reminds me of) along with semi-sweet pastry, like would be used for a pie crust. Dryness comes in as well, though more subtle than I expected. Alcohol smell: none.
Taste follows the nose, plus a peppery bit in the back and more of the wheat. The dry character is dialed in to where it's clear but crisp, not overdone at all. Alcohol taste: none.
Goes down thicker than it looks, almost oily. Fizz dwindles to a tickle.
Is it a contradiction for something to be really subtle yet complex at the same time? Because that's what I'd say about this. Character without missing refreshment at all...I wish I could get this on-tap locally.
12-13-2011 05:52:54 | More by longbongsilver
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Golden colored when poured into snifter glass producing a three finger pillowy head that has excellent retention and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Citrus, banana, clove, sweet malt, bread, spices all contribute to the aroma parade.
T: Citrusy, malty sweetness, spicy and bready flavors combine in a wonderful combination. Slight boozy warming on back end.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.
O: Wonderfully well-balanced and delicious beer. I am so glad I found a four-pack and have another three to enjoy and savor. Highly recommend this beer.
12-09-2011 02:11:47 | More by Paincane
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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