Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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Style: 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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Ranking:
#600
Reviews:
1,340
Ratings:
4,166
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straw-colored and slightly hazy, the pour into a chalice ends with an epic, fluffy head that lasts for ages. Sticky foam results in nice lacing. Crisp, fruity aroma has more yeast character at first, but this fades as it warms. Green apple and pear notes emerge at the forefront, backed by a floral hop presence. I would rate the aroma higher, but it just doesn't have enough oomph behind it.

Flavor is nicely balanced with a touch of sweetness upfront. Hints of Belgian candi sugar are detectable. At first this tasted more like a saison, but I had served it while too cold. Becomes more impressive as it comes up to temperature. Ripe apple and pear qualities. The fine bubbles are soft for a vigorously carbonated, bottle-conditioned ale. Excellent balance with just a touch of bitterness toward the finish. Almost no alcohol presence at all.

Tripel Karmeliet is definitely worthy of its high stature. Despite weighing in at "only" 8.4% ABV, it has enough character to stand with the top examples of the style.

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BB 12/06/2014

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a massive, 4+ fingers if thick cream coloured head - excessively good retention (as in hurry the hell up, I want to drink you!!).

Smell. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast, apples and pear, a little banana and sweet spice.

Taste. Sweet and fruity belgian yeast again, sweet light malts, sweet and peppery spices, a bit of green apple and bananna. Not as sweet overall as I'm making it out to be, just sweet flavours if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, a fine tripel.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,166 ratings
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