Additional notes 11/21/23
Putting aside historical arguments regarding Westmalle, I generally think of Karmeliet as the quintessential Tripel. This is still true even after the InBev purchase of 2016.
Still sweet, and still a little lighter than some, all of the white pepper, fruity, sugary notes are present. Each drinking against the pillowy soft mouthfeel, this is a beer to be savored and adorded.
Original notes 04/23/05
Typical champagne style pale Belgian with the classic white, rocky head, light golden body and a high carbonation with a yeasty finish. Alcohol most definitely present, but under-developed to keep it non-pronounced and highly, highly drinkable.
Drinks lighter than your average Tripel.
Great example of the style, with fruit notes present but all combined beautifully to give a balanced beer with all the touches of a classic. Wonderful mouth balance and a dryish but lovely finish.