Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by PEIBeerGuy:
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
4.6/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This tripel from the monks of the Westmalle brewery has lots foamy head, the consistency of beaten egg whites. I had to pour this one in a couple of stages as the fast and tall head. It falls in a minute or so, but leaves lots of sticky lacing. The beer has a cloudy, honey colour. At first, it was kind of fun watching the sediment rise and fall in the glass, like a snow globe.
The smell is sweet, with yeast in the background. Tropical fruits like pineapple & lychee are there. A milder dough / spice smell rounds things out.
Given the style, and that it's 9.5% alcohol, it's quite surprising how easy (and pleasant) this one is to drink. It's almost like a lighter version of an IPA. Other than what's in the smell, you can also taste a bit of apple, and some oats / oatmeal in the background... the overall "brightness" of the beer hides it. The alcohol is so subtle... it's like it only acts as something to clear and brighten the flavours... keeping things in a subtle balance.
This is a really drinkable beer. Bright, light, and a bit of a bitter finish.
Overall, great! It should be accessible to anyone, even if they're not a drinker or strong, Belgian, or Trappist beers. This is some special stuff!
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2010 14:25:12 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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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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