Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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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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