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Tripel Karmeliet with Around the World in 80 Days

Tripel Karmeliet best paired with Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

The booze review

A stunningly-strong blond beer (£2.99, Waitrose, Feb 2015) with tropical fruit sweetness and long length. At nearly eight and a half percent alcohol, this is a beer that packs a punch no matter how playful it is on the palette. It’s bound to get you in a good mood, anyway.

Initial notes of mango and banana fold into a mouthfeel of sweet and smooth brioche, which is delightful. It seems to have all the hallmarks of the exotic while the bready and wheat notes transport you to Europe as if you were sipping it in Belgium itself. Wonderfully light in body too, so it’s very “moreish”.

Its made from barley, wheat and oats – of which the oats certainly shine through – and the infinitely tasty Styrian hops. In fact, this beer is a masterpiece.


Around the World in 80 Days (2004) image courtesy of Walt Disney; Tripel Karmeliet image courtesy of Bosteels Beer.

The film match

By contrast, let’s face the facts: Around the World in 80 Days – the 2004 version – is not a masterpiece. But it is nonetheless brilliant.

Just like the beer, it combines both the playful and the exotic, whilst transporting you to all the places Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan travel.

While the film doesn’t exactly “pack a punch” like Tripel Karmeliet, the high alcohol in the beer will make you giddy just in time for the film’s silly slapstick comedy and amusing one-liners.

The contast then is rather bliss. Enjoy a good laugh and a bloody good tipple – to me, that’s a stellar night in.

BFW Rating


£££ (Medium-High)

Belgium, EU.


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