Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by JustinBathurst:
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a cloudy apricot with a big white head. Lots of lace with this one.
The aroma is electric hops in great, bushy abundance, and faint traces of lemon peel, pennies, and whiffs of alcoholic danger.
The taste is intensely coriander and cloves, with doughy malt, zingy citrus tang, celery, and the ever-increasing bitterness of the hops (which are not as intense as this tripel's smell would make you think). The aftertaste was coppery and a bit menthol-like due to the higher alcohol content, but at no point did I ever feel that I was drinking something 9.5%. Commendable, and, perhaps, dangerous.
While I quite enjoyed this tripel, I felt that it lacked much in the aroma department and merely came across as an okay example.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2007 03:28:17 | More by JustinBathurst
More User Reviews:
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
96 out of 100 based on 3,122 ratings.