Saturday, 28 December 2013

Tripel Karmeliet

Tripel Karmeliet is brewed by Brouwery Bosteels in Buggenholt, Belgium. This potent tripel is a "3 grain beer" brewed using wheat, barley, and oats, according to a 17th century recipe, as per the label. It contains a raunchy 8.4% alcohol and comes in a 330mL bottle.

Karmeliet pours a staw gold colour. It's cloudy with a thick, bright white head. It has a tart aroma of apple and citrus, backed with some substantial yeastiness. It has a cheery flavour that is, at times, sweet, and, at times, tart, but always fairly refreshing. The big booze presence doesn't really play much of a part in the taste. This stuff is malty and fruity, with a classic Belgian yeast profile.

All told, this is a bottle of sunshine at 8.4% alcohol. I was hoping for a bit more flavour, but what I got was surprisingly nuanced and refreshing.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.

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