Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tripel Karmeliet

Today I'm drinking Tripel Karmeliet brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels in Buggenhout, Belgium. How's that for alliteration? This beer is brewed with barley, wheat and oats using a 17th century recipe. The label is quaint and depicts several workers in a field with their barns in the background. I'm drinking a 330 mL bottle though this is bottled in wine-sized bottles as well.

Wicked awesome fruity aroma! Candi sugar, spicy and an enormous bouquet of fruits--peaches and pears and bananas. Creamy carbonation and a wonderful texture in the mouth are what strike me first. Hello basket of fruit, with pears and tart apples leading the way. The Belgian yeast is noticeable and adds plenty of intricacies to this beer.

Spicy nips hit your senses next and coupled with the 8.4% alcohol and aggressive carbonation, you are in for a real treat. Carbonation is high yet delicate, while the alcohol continues to warm after each sip is gone. Wheat is apparent and there is this background grainy flavor that pokes in and out. Terrific balance and flavors. Complex, kick-ass and delicious. One of my personal favorites!

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