Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've had this beer in the DBF for quite a few months and tonight's blustery and damn chilly weather seemed the perfect match for this lovely brew.
Poured a wonderful-looking cloudy grapefruit juice in color, but it's not about the color, it's about the pillowy, immensely thick, long-lasting, glass-coating, lip-saturating (I picture an ad in a beer magazine with someone drinking a glass of this with a thick moustache of head asking "Got Westmalle?") head that sits atop the beer. Dare I say...breathtaking. Aromas are quite yeasty, mixed with orange peels, bubble gum, a can of pineapple juice, and a dash of earthy funk. What was more surprising for me was how different the taste was from the smell. There was a pervasive "perfume" flavor to this beer. Not overpowering or unpleasant by any stretch of the imagination, but a very distinct flavor that mixes with the other flavors: fruit juices, peppery spice, malty sweetness. Finishes on the dry side, with a dose of bitter hoppiness arriving on the scene. ABV is up there at 9.5%, but is cloaked nicely by the rest of what's going on here. Not as thick or chewy as expected. Not as good as other tripels I've had, but it's very good.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2005 13:47:22 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Westmalle chalice.
Pours a nice Hazy gold. Not much head that dissipated quickly.
Smells like sweet bread/malts. Also getting some light fruits like apples and pears. Slight banana smell.
Taste is malty and sweet like most trappist tripels. I get some crisp apple taste, as well as some banana, like a weizenbock almost, just not as fruity an floral.
Mouthfeel is tremendous. Very light and crispy. HIgh carbonation, which is nice and tingly. mentioned how it compared to a weizenbock. Not nearly as thick as that. Very light, with a slight malty craeminess.
Overall a very good beer. Not the best trappist I've had (doesn't say much since they're all amazing), but still a very good one. I enjoyed the apple flavor. faint, but definitely there. Like biting into a freah apple right off the tree.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 02:16:14 | More by BigRedDog
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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