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
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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