Among my many visits in Ghent these past two weeks was a small drinking session with my second host brother Thibaud. For our third drink we were joined by Thibaud’s friend Henri, who just so happens to be my first host brother!
After a Julius strong blond ale, brewed by Hoegaarden, I joined Thibaud in his Tripel Karmeliet intake. Quite possibly Thibaud’s number one Belgian beer, the Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels in East Flanders is also a personal favourite of mine. For those of you back in Canada, it is readily available in many liquor stores.
Appearance: beautiful gold, full head, 8.4%
Nose: Belgian yeast, spice, banana, apricots
Palate: a gentle carbonation, mangoes, balanced hint of malt and hops
Finish: smooth, stone fruits, a hint of alcohol
Rating: 4/5 Excellent