Tripel Karmeliet is a Belgian Tripel that’s brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a 330 ml bottle.
What You Need to Know
The Tripel Karmeliet is an award-winning Belgian beer whose recipe dates back to the late 17th century (more on that below). Three grains and a Belgian yeast strain contribute to a wonderful mouthfeel along with a delightfully complex aroma and palate. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The Tripel pours a relatively clear deep golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of dense, puffy off-white foam that shows fine retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a thin layer of mottled bubbles. Tiny bubbles continuously rise and gather at the bottom of the head.
The aroma is spicy with a scent of clove, musty grain, bubblegum, and fruity esters.
The palate begins with bready malt that transitions through sweet flavors of apple, pear, and banana. Spicy phenols of clove and pepper lend balance. And a dollop of honey rounds out the tasting.
Its feel is smooth with a medium body and nearly high carbonation. The sweetness lightly coats the mouth and it finishes dryly. The high alcohol content lends a modest warming sensation.
The Tripel Karmeliet doesn’t leave much of the trademark Belgian lace on the glass. The aroma is complex and pleasant. Perhaps the feel could use a tad more carbonation but is otherwise fine. And its high ABV isn’t noticed at all. The palate is superb with a lovely balance struck between esters and phenols. The Tripel Karmeliet is an all-around superb Tripel, and considering its low price point, is one of the best bargains to be had from across the pond.
Want do some cooking with the Tripel Karmeliet? Take a look at these recipes put together by Brouwerij Bosteels.