Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.
Smell Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.
Taste This is hard core. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.
The fruits are amazing. This is raw, organic, just bought at the local health food store kind of flavors. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.
Mouthfeel This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that Ive ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.
Drinkability The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.
Comments The say that this style originated right here at Westmalle. I can certainly believe it. There is a depth to this ale that I am failing to describe. This thing is awesome.
Update This was the 12th beer that I review on the site. Now, in 2004, over 1,000 reviews later, I thought Id re-write my rating.
I have had other Belgians that shared portions of these flavors, but nothing that brings them all together like this one. This really is the ultimate Tripel in my book and certainly sets the standards for all others. The balance is the key to this ale, IMHO.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2003 01:39:45 | More by RoyalT
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