SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best by 01/01/08. Pours a hazy gold with a huge, dense, rock solid white head into my giant Tripel Karmeliet tulip, a chalice fit for a king. The carbonation leaves behind a curtain of lacing as it subsides. Big time grains in the aroma, like a saison. Light fruitiness and spicy yeast also in the nose. Samre flavors with the malt adding some richness to the graininess, crisp hops and subtle alcohol in the finish, also. Balanced, medium/full body. Great brew.
LolaLovesBeer (17) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle; it poured a honey, gold color with a great big fizzy head! The aroma is that of banana, vanilla and plenty of yeast, it smells fantastic! For a moment I thought I might just continue to enjoy its aroma and never drink it so as not to be disappointed but I quickly got over that. The flavor and palate are as awesome as the aroma! The carbonation is kind of a lot but it didn’t really impede the flavor. This is a great Tripel!
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Hazy orange-gold color with a thin layer of foam. Aroma is spicy. Full of coriander, lemon zest, yeast, malts and biscuits. Flavor begins with a smooth yet spicy malt flavor then goes nicely into a fruity and sweet middle and a malty and spicy finish with a little bit of alcohol. Alcohol is pleasantly hidden under all the wonderful fruit flavors. Very good.
robklg (13) - Enschede, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First thing you notice is bubbles like champagne..
Very rich taste, , a little lemon and other refreshing fruits, a bit spicy as well. This would be a great drink in spring or summer to drink outside short bitter aftertaste. Very good.
kylelackner (13) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks and smells the part. I am not a lambic fan, and a wild yeast aroma and flavor is certainly noticeable. However, this is the best use of those flavors I have enjoyed to date. It has the full mouthfeel that some lower quality tripels lack, and is much more balanced than many of its sweeter competitors in the category.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint @ Ginger Man, Austin: Cloudy orange-yellow color, small head, diminishing. Aroma of orange, spicy. Odd spice, orange, fizzy mouthfeel, kind of flat.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow color with a thick white head. Lots of banana bread in the aroma and flavor. Pleasing dry finish. Very enjoyable.
chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Served in a Orval glass. Hazy like a weiss beer. Plesant aroma of ripe banana. This has some saaz hops as well. This is a bit complex, both sweet and spicy. This tastes similar to Duvel, but drier.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMMMMMMM. A great example. Even if you can’t get it in certain, famous Belgian bars, the Tripel Karmeliet is worth seeking out and exploring. Hypnotic.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a rich gold with a strong, long lasting head. Aromas of banana and lime are dominate with a hints of softer fruits. Flavor is very sooth and crisp. Again banana dominates with the help of vanilla, but a myriad of other fruits and a light spiciness makes for a great depth. This is probably my favorite tripel or golden ale to date.