Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden appearance, medium white head. Nose is citrus, yeast, mint, malty sweetness. Flavor is citrus, elderflowers, mint, some acidness, malty sweetness again, fresh and light. Well carbonated.
honeyballs (1) - USA - FEB 27, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a Belgian beer intended to be consumed in a trappist glass. When poured it is a charming saffron color, thick but delicate looking. I was baffled by the amount of fizziness this beer produced... it was almost champagne like. The head was high, frothy and light. This combination of exorbitant fizziness and towering spume was daunting, but the aroma leapt out of the glass and agilely enchanted my olfactory nerves. A tinge of honey haze, gently layered upon deep caramel and oceans of alcohol. Tripel Karmeliet is a hearty beer at 8%, but it wears its obvious wealth as a diaphanous crown. The mouthfeel is an ambiguity, concrete and bubbly. Taste is sandy, a Morroccan beach. An arrogant icewine. Immaculate and subtley echoing finish. I call this one "The Imperial Love Child."
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an awesome triple. Pours a lovely golden hue with a thin sheet of foam that never leaves. Aromas of bubble gum, honey and spices. Great big taste. Bananas, honey, mild hops and somthing almost like white wine. An excellent triple. Glad I have more.
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear yellow color, with a decent sized head. Constant bubbles coming from the bottom. Yeast dominated the aroma, but sweetness as well. Yeast in the taste, but also much more. Malts, some sugary sweetness. Hints of alcohol as it warmed. A very tasty beer. Sadly the last of my gift pack from Europe, but thanks Sue!
maeib (8051) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 Golden colour with typical ’triple’ aroma and taste of bananas and soapy alcohol. There is no head to speak of which is somewhat disappointing. The beer though is very drinkable. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.9. Average becomes 3.6
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells actually a little skunky at first, with some citrus/fruit-aromas; pours with lots of carbonation and a thick, pillowy head; mmm, sweet, slightly spicey, with hints of tropical fruits and oak/wood flavors; a nice floral hoppy presence; finishes a little dry and very refreshing for an 8%'er. Wonderful trip, one of my favorite brews.....
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled: a beautiful beer when poured into trappist glass, dirty yellow and hazy. the head was huge and thick, billowed over the glass rim without flowing over. smell of belgium yeast, wheat, musty. taste banana , sweet, very sweet and smooth medium bodied on the palate. leaves a tarte aftertaste. sipping beer not drinking.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden, straw-colored, honeyish yellow with a big, bold head and ample lacing.
Aroma of sweet apples, pears and spicy cloves.
Big mouthfeel, sweet dextrin with banana and plum fruit esters. Smooth and creamy all the way through.
A very nice tripel which I will elaborate upon when more sober. cheers.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Orange and coriander nose with like a demerara sugar tone. I have two of the "correct" glasses thanks to a special bottle shop, I suspect these help a lot with concentrating the smells.
The glass looks nice and makes the huge head look even bigger... This is what I think a tripel ought to taste like, I admit to not having tasted the ones rated higher than this due to availability (but a few in the same score range I have and don't like anywhere near this) and so I guess I should leave room for hypothetical improvements... the robustness of body like a dark double but with the light spiciness that makes the difference. The palate is absolutely smooth and has no edges that cut at the tongue. I am trying really hard not to give this 100% because I know that there are so many things I haven't tried that I need room to manouevre but I currently can't see anything beating this.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 Poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Very lovely thick white head over a slightly hazy golden pour. Fluffy and very inviting. The nose is loaded with sweet perfumy clovey spice. There is a nice sweet white grape fruitiness and a kiss of black pepper. Light cinnamon and a bit of sweet doughiness. Lots of soft apricot and a bit of pear as well. It had been a long time since I’ve had this and it is just as good as I recall.
From a 330 ml bottle, best before August, 2005. Slightly hazy, golden colour with a thick white head that fades to a long lasting lace. Smells fantastic, sweet smell of raisins over wheat and barley malt. Slight hints of alcohol, yeast, and some clove. Taste delivers what the smell promised, dried fruit, spices especially pepper, fading into slightly phenolic hops. Finish lasts and lasts. I loved this and would definately buy it again.