Tripel Karmeliet

I’m insanely happy that baseball is back. I bet you could tell since I’ve constantly mentioned it since Opening Day. I also love baseball because I find that beer pairs really well while relaxing and watching a game. Add grilling outside on a Saturday and you’ve basically found me at my happiest. I’m going to the game tomorrow and I love tailgating, so I can’t even describe my excitement. Onto tonight’s brew.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Tripel Karmeliet is a Belgian beer in 1996 was launched. It is a triple (6.4% by weight and 8% by volume) which in addition to barley also wheat and oats have been processed. In that respect, one might try a zesgranenbier (Double Triple) be called. Each of these grains is because in both raw and malted forms used.”

Random: I seriously can’t believe that a guy was beaten so badly after last night’s Dodgers-Giants game that he is in critical condition. I love baseball, but seriously, it’s just a sport.

This brew poured a cloudy yellow color with a two finger pure white head into my Duvel glass. The lacing left on the glass was significant. There was also a lot of carbonation visible on the beer. On the nose, I got the usual breadiness/yeastiness that I’ve come to expect from a Belgian. This was paired with some citrus notes. I especially got lemon out of this one. A slight hint of clove also came through. On the first sip, the breadiness definitely dominates the taste. Then, I got some slight spice, banana, and some sweetness. For a tripel, the booze on this is nearly undetectable. The citrus in the nose didn’t really appear in the taste. The brew ended up being really crisp and having more carbonation that I expected. This is probably the most drinkable tripel I’ve had. All the flavors work really well together. The finish lingered with a bit of yeast. Great beer and I definitely won’t have a problem killing this bomber.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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