Monday, June 22, 2009

Tripel Karmeliet

I have gladly sipped this beer in the middle of winter, but this soft golden/orange hued Abbey style Tripel cries out to be enjoyed during the summer. Clover honey and Meyer lemon are the initial flavors that stand out, followed by a subtle hoppiness. Tripel Karmeliet is made with a combination of wheat, barley, and oats. I don't think I would have picked out all three of these grains on my own, but it makes for a nice blend of dough, cereal, spice, effevescent carbonation, but remains accessible to the Belgian novice, and the hardcore beer geek. My wife used a little bit to steam a Maine lobster, with grilled zucchini, and rosemary roasted potatoes for my Father's Day dinner. It was perfect!

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