Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A-In Bordeaux glass, immediately formed a thick rich head of very large and small suds. It dissipated in about 2 minutes, and a thin cap remained until the glass was empty. No lacing, but nice bubbles were visible in the honey-hued hazy brew.
S-Slight hops, yeast, spice, fresh-baked baguette, bouquet of tropical fruits (mango, banana, citrus...), alcohol, wheat (hence the thick head). Every time I sink my nose in the glass, there's something new.
T-Hoppy wheat attack with smooth estery mid-palate that recalls stewed pears, honey, spice, and some herbs as well. The spice rides strongly into the finish, and the refreshing bitterness of the hops returns, and a hops-and-citrus-rind aftertaste lingers. Soft malt that appears midway through takes its leave promptly after the swallow.
M-The body complements the flavors nicely, and carbonation is perfect, but there's something about the mid-palate texture-flavor accompaniment where the ale seems to go limp, and the flavors overpower. Overall, it's hard to criticize much in this tripel.
D-This brew's nose was exceptional, and like its Trappiste cousins, it was highly drinkable. A voyage of the senses, and a pleasure to imbibe.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2008 03:21:55 | More by BoitSansSoif
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4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A: Golden, brassy in color with a slight haze and a towering frothy white head that mellows nicely to a layer of bubbles.
S: Fresh dough and yeast with layers of toasted malt, caramel, light candy sugar and delicate esters reminiscent of fresh apricot. A touch of grassy and spicy hops are noticeable but not strong.
T: Sweet but not overly sweet layer of candy sugar over a smooth, toasted grain profile that is clean and slightly drying. Light caramel, apricot and hay with a balancing push of hops that are both grassy and spicy with a white pepper character. Unique yeast has complexity without any clear distinction of fruit or spice but a definitive player in the taste nonetheless. Alcohol remains well hidden into the finish which is on the dry side.
M: Medium body beer with moderate carbonation and a smooth clean, dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden for it's strength.
O: Delightful beer with flavors that keep unfolding as this warms up. Top notch yeast and fresh clean tasting ingredients play credit to meticulous brewing practices and a stand out beer! I have passed this up many times but glad to finally sit down and taste it.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 02:39:20 | More by scottbrew4u
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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