Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The Westmalle Tripel, the most famous of all triples and one that you won't likely forget. The look and smell have you thinking of perhaps a Duvel or maybe even a mild mannered pilsner, but within lies something much stronger. The strongest beer of the house indeed and one that, by all reports, will age well for 50 years or more.
My samples comes from an LCBO gift pack with a customary glass. It poured with some heavy carbonation and lots of activity but settled quickly leaving no trace behind. Smell-wise the fruity yeast tends to dominate.. pears, lemon and citrus fruits w/ cinnamon spice. But the taste, well it can hit you like a bombshell if you aren't prepared. The volume is turned up by 20dB and so is the alcohol content. However once your senses recalibrate you'll find there's some of the fruitiness up front, plenty of body and a very pronounced hoppy and alcoholic kick towards the end.
Mouthfeel is dominated by the carbonation, sharp on the tip of your tongue and dampening on the back. Drink-ability wise I'm suprised to see the high scores given out in the past. This is not a session beer, and drinking more than one or two is going to be out of the question for most.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2008 00:35:55 | More by Ralphus
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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
96 out of 100 based on 3,501 ratings.