Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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3.5/5 rDev -18%
11.2 oz bottle, one of the November offerings from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.
Tripel Karmeliet pours a pretty clear golden yellow. The clean white foam billows up to near four fingers in height, and it's quite a while before it's faded all the way back down. Everything looks great, except for the lacing (or relative lack-thereof). The nose is fruitier than I typically find in a tripel, and leans more towards pear than a menagerie of pale fruits. There's a bit of a phenolic edge to the aroma as well, with some clove and even a bit of coriander standing out in particular. The sweet-spicy balance is just a little off for me though. The malts allow some more room for granny smith apples and apricots, among others, to join the pears in the fruity open to the flavor profile. There's also a honey-like sweetness that weaves in around the fruits and manages to linger for just an extra second. As with the nose, the phenolic back end is primarily clove and coriander (though the clove is more dominant here than in the aroma), and it struggles a little bit to come through against the sweetness that came for it. Unsurprisingly I guess, given my above quarrels with the beer, I find the body to be a little bit too chewy and profound. The carbonation has a bit of pep and liveliness to it, but I imagine if it didn't have to cut through as much sweetness, it would really pop. Tripel Karmeliet is a fairly enjoyable beer, it just doesn't seem to be as well attenuated as most of the tripels I've really enjoyed.
11-27-2011 06:40:08 | More by axeman9182
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
I've been eager to try this one for a while...
A - An active, monstrous, audibly fizzy and airy pure white head comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Fades fairly quickly before displaying some decent retention at one finger's worth - also turning modestly creamy at this point... The color is slightly pale golden amber... A cyclone of small bubbled uber rapid carbonation rises in the center of the glass and is surrounded by some slightly larger and more moderate paced bubbles...
S - Grainy... A subdued Belgian yeast component... Fresh cut grass... Orange zest... Some very faint lemon notes... A very subtle spiciness - white pepper sticks out the most... A very faint alcohol presence... Lots of complexity and each whiff reveals a new scent or layer of depth...
T - Golden raisins... Honey... Orange zest... Lots of grassy notes... Candied sugars... Just a pinch of white pepper... Apricots... Bananas... A very tiny bit of booziness...
M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is rather brisk and much harsher than anticipated... A touch of sleekness... A bit of stickiness... Fairly dense...
D - A very very good Tripel, but a definite notch down from top of class grouping... Lots of good things going on but a bit rough around the edges in all categories...
11-27-2011 02:05:56 | More by philbe311
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
A-Pours a very pale golden straw color with probably more head than I've ever seen. There's a huge amount of fluffy white foam that fades away slowly leaving a layer of foam on the surface of the beer all the way to the end.
S-Sweet aroma, slightly grainy with some butterscotch and a slight baking spice aroma with some alcohol.
T-Fairly sweet tasting. Slightly grainy with some butterscotch and spice flavors.
M-Sweet, slightly sticky. Lots of carbonation with some alcohol warmth. A very light beer.
Overall, a very tasty tripel and true to the style, light, fairly alcoholic with some spiciness and a lot of carbonation.
11-25-2011 23:55:08 | More by adman08
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
A: Pours is pale golden, slightly hazy. A large creamy off-white head sinks after a while into fantastic lacings.
S: Obvious wheat; ripe bananas. Sweetness to the malt and loads of yeast and spices. Citric.
T: Sweet, but also dry malt. Loads of ripe bananas and oranges. Yeasty and spicy. Some honey lingering in the back.
M: Dry and semi-bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation as well as body.
O: Complex and lovely. Well crafted.
11-24-2011 18:24:55 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
750ml bottle split into a snifter and a chalice
Pours clear and bright yellow, big head, lots of carbonation. Ignoring the slow fading head, this looks a little like a champagne. Smell is yeasty and spicy.
Taste is incredibly fruity, a little spicy. I get a lot of banana and a little hint of clove. Some yeast flavor. This is really good.
Mouthfeel is very nice, fluffy, pleasant. Overall, I'm very impressed.
11-24-2011 06:28:03 | More by snaotheus
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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