Monday, August 22, 2011

Tripel Karmeliet

I can't seem to get enough of the Belgian strong ales. Today's beer is a tripel. It comes in a brown 330mL bottle, with 8.4% alcohol/vol. And it looks like it has won multiple awards too. The label lists the ingredients as: water, malt, wheat, oat, hops, and yeast. Interesting blend!

When opened, the fruity aroma was quite pronounced. I could also smell a lot of yeast. When poured, it formed a generous head that lasted a while supported by lots of small bubbles. The beer itself had a light gold colour. The yeast smell had all but disappeared, leaving just the fruitiness.

The first sip didn't live up to my expectations. The beer tasted unfinished. I can't really describe it better than that. It had a medium feel in the mouth, and almost no warmth from the alcohol. There was only a slight bitter aftertaste, and didn't taste hoppy at all. As far as Belgian ales go, there are far better choices.

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