andywandy (18) - ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank from a bottle. the appearance was deceptively golden but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Cloudy with an impressive outlasting head. I agree it has an initial malty taste which soon is replaced by a fruity taste. Very easy to drink. I would definitely recommend it as one of the best belgian beers.
Stew41 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Karmeliet Tripel (BB June 2007)
Lighter in colour than expected – murky light amber. Very persistent thin, creamy head, quite impressive actually. Sweet malty nose, good balance, slight edge of cooked fruits. Surprisingly light to taste given the style and the 8% abv. Malt power evident on the nose eases off somewhat but the balance remains. Mild fruity notes lurk under the initial layer of malt sweetness and some faint hoppy notes to finish. Shows a heap of elegance (the beer’s most attractive feature) and would go close to being the most easy drinking tripel I have ever consumed. I’ve found the Karmeliet a touch abrasive in the past and it should be noted I ‘cellared’ this beer for about 9 months so perhaps the short term aging contributed to the smooth palate? A winter beer for summer perhaps
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Very fruity, with a strong aroma, although it is a bit short on the bite for an 8%. Not a big fan of tripels and when revisiting this it was very sweet. Good - with one of the best glasses going around, but falls just short.
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: If you have not tried this beer, do so. It speaks for itself. A very tasty, oustanding Belgian tripel.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours classic hazy yellow with large creamy white head. Notes of carmel and banana along with brown sugar. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Corriander, flowery and carmel begin to attack the pallate at first, followed by a slight brown sugar and yeasty notes. Finishes cleaner than most triples I have had. Great
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Comes in one of the best beer glasses I’ve ever seen. The Flur De Lys enscribed tulip Holds a full head, lovely golden hue. The flavour is classic Belgian strong ale sweetness - banana and honey - combined with wonderfull spices: corriander powder, cinamon and nutmeg. Its strong but the alcohol takes second place to flavours. As a long time Duvel drinker I can’t believe its taken me this long to find this beer - Its a truly wonderfull drink. Re sampled recently, and I’ve knocked it down a peg or 2. Got to be tough with those high marks!
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Cloear golden in colour with a rather large head. Malty and yeasty with notes of coriander, caramel, spices and flowers.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Two 0.75lt green bottles, bought from the same shelf in the same time. Very strong white head both, but the second I guess too carbonated even for this style. Nice golden colour thou a little hazy, due to bottle re-fermentation. Yellow fruits, hints of pineapple, very spicy, a little too yeasty and well balanced the first, while very unpleasant alcoholic feelings in the second. Nevertheless a good beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Ashley’s: Clear gold in color with a white head. Aroma of corriander, yeast, spice and some floral notes. Flavor, spicy and bready, yeast. Some light fruits as well. I hated this when I had it the first time, but I really had a thing against belgians at the time. This was pretty solid stuff.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased some time ago at Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Served with mussels. The mussels were the highlight. Notes of hay, banana, and bread great the nose, while the palate leads into a strong wheat presence, more banana, lemon zest. Struck me as overly carbonated, a bit thin, and not as complex as the 3.9 score would begin to suggest. Lacked the stronger hops presence I was hoping for as well.