Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Bosteels "Tripel Karmeliet"
75 CL green glass bottle, corked & caged, seemingly without freshness dating unless the "26-17" on the cork means something

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's been quite some time since I've enjoyed a Tripel Karmeliet. Well, at least properly. I recall having it at a pub in Salzburg, Austria with my wife in 2016 (?). I ordered it for her but she wasn't fond of it so I finished it off, but only after having already had several beers of my own! Anyway, it's poured a just slightly hazy yellow gold body beneath a massive head of bright white foam that I had to let settle before I could get it back to a three finger thick cap. Plenty of fine bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface. The aroma is something special. It's sweetish with malt and softly fruity, but also softly herbal, floral, earthy and spicy. It's fresh, and inviting. The flavor follows with sweet malt that's grainy, some distinctly spicy hops, and yeasty notes of banana and ripe apricot. The head at this point has dropped but it maintains a creamy cap, and arms and branches of lacing reach up along the sides of the glass. It's interesting in that it seems light in body and yet it has a dextrinous feel to it. Back to the flavor, I'm not finding the wheat or the oats (it's brewed with barley, wheat and oats, all of which are used in both their raw and malted forms), but it doesn't seem like just barley. There's some richness to the malt but it's not full, and although it's sweetish it's not sweet. I think that maybe the banana and vanilla from the yeast make it seem a little sweeter than it really is, but at the same time it's not a very bitter beer either. No, you could certainly plow through a few of these if you wanted to, only to have the alcohol hit you in the end. It's 8.4% abv which isn't really that strong in terms of beers these days, and yet that's still pretty strong. Fortunately the alcohol never shows, which is fantastic. It finishes mostly dry, with whatever residual sweet malt that's there fading quickly, and it's fairly lemony and a bit herbal. I've noted that the mouthfeel feels light and yet kind of dextrinous at the same time, and maybe that has something to do with the effervescent, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. That's something that you can't really get on draught in my opinion. It gives a light bristle to the tongue which then turns to a caress, and then finally, if you haven't swallowed it yet, it becomes more airy and pillowy. It's beautifully done and has a real elegance to it, as does its flavor and aroma. Ahh, it just occurred to me, the mouthfeel might have something to do with the use of oats!
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As soon as I opened my bottle, foams start to form. Smell is so nice to a level I can't help but to sip right away. That smooth feel of beer, kicks in together with a creamy, sweet fermented taste. After my first sip I'm immediately in a trance! This is one of the best beers I've tasted. My previous no.1 was Allagash Tripel Ale. Should try this beer more often and see which one suits better for my taste... or, both of them already do.

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Overall, an outstanding well made and well balanced beer.

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L- Darker side of straw coloured, very light clouding, pours with vast white head [I suggest you pour VEEERY slowly, or you might be hanging around!] that slowly recedes but this beer even 1/2 way through drinking still has good ongoing carbonation.
S- Spicy, certainly coriander and fruit.
T- Rich and then a moment later balanced into slightly sour. Spicy. Puddingy. Think: Xmas pudding infused with rum.
M- Heavy ABV%, and yet still refreshing, perhaps from the spicy edge. Not in the slightest OTT nor cloying.
O- It's a pretty astonishing beer; how it so discretely has you drinking an 8.4%ABV without realising it's that high is a rare thing. It's lovely, shame it costs £3 a bottle [330ml) from Waitrose London!
ps. My wife doesn't really drink much at all, just occasionally/socially and yet when we were living in Germany she decided that this was 'The One' for her. There is something very special about it.

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