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Brouwerij Bosteels

Brouwerij Bosteels
Tripel Karmeliet

Category: Trappist or Abbey Tripel

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 8.4%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Brouwerij Bosteels
Tripel Karmeliet

Category: Trappist or Abbey Tripel

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 8.4%
Brilliant light gold color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass, dried lavender, lady grey tea with cream, and lemon shmaltz scone with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long finish with suggestions of spiced melon and citrus, kiwi-coconut custard, praline, and pepper finish. An opulent and elegant tripel with outstanding flavor and balance.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy, Smooth & Mild, Spicy & Complex, Sweet & Fruity & Malty
Aroma Aroma: lemongrass, dried lavender, lady grey tea with cream, and lemon shmaltz scone
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of spiced melon and citrus, kiwi-coconut custard, praline, and pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: Low/Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Thai Green Curry, Duck Cassoulet, Blue Cheese
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An opulent and elegant tripel with outstanding flavor and balance.

The Producer or Importer

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The Producer or  Importer
1305 W. Oltorf Street
Austin, TX 78704
USA
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Trappist or Abbey Tripel

Trappist or abbey style tripels are pale gold to deep gold in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are characterized by high carbonation and a balance of yeast-driven flavors and alcohol. Yeast-driven flavors may range from lemon to orange to black pepper to clove, with better examples of the style including all these flavors. Paler malts are used when brewing these beers and contribute little to the overall flavor and aroma. Hop bitterness is low-to-moderate and contributes subtle floral and spicy flavors and aromas to the overall complexity. Popularized by Westmalle in 1934, this style quickly spread in popularity, with many Trappist and secular examples now commercially available. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Westmalle Tripel, La Trappe Tripel, Chimay White, St. Feuillen Tripel, Unibroue La Fin du Monde and Tripel Karmeliet.

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Trappist or Abbey Tripel