Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
In a snifter at cellar temperature, as is proper, duh.
Now that's just absurd. When I pour this stuff, the massive four-finger head of white fluff forms so fast that it fills my snifter more than any actual liquid does! Once it died down a bit and I began the second pour that was necessary to get a decent amount of beer in my glass, the head then proceeded to build into a hill rising above the rim of the glass. Huh. The beer itself is a fairly dark golden-orange.
In the aroma I get more hops than I usually expect out of Belgian things. There are a whole lotta enticing hops and bread to smell here. Definitely some citrus as well, and maybe even a bit of sweet mango or melon. Lovely.
It tastes like tart green apples and lemons at first, moving on to become increasingly hoppy and bready in the finish. The hoppiness here isn't as bitter as an IPA, but it does keep this from being as sweet as other tripels. While it's malty as expected, it really does have a pretty strong, slightly resinous hop flavor. Tasty!
The carbonation is high, but the effervescence doesn't harass the tongue. Somehow good Belgian beers can do this...
A teriffic tripel.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 03:26:21 | More by Kuaff
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
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