Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: purchased from Leura Cellars. A stylish and incredibly thick embossed 330mL brown bottle with a nice trappist label. Simple but elegant.
Appearance: pours a fairly viscous vibrant honey yellow with champagne-like fine carbonation. A big fluffing head bursts up to three-fingers even with a gentle pour (mind you my snifter is draining so I am using a tulip so fair enough) and settles to a half-finger thick white head. Not much lacing.
Aroma: quite muted on the nose, but what is there is a clean and fresh combination of Belgian yeasts and sour dough, orchard fruits and some spices. Some alcohol over the top but is not distracting.
Taste: more sour than your usual tripel - plenty of alcohol and Belgian yeasts, with some wheat, cloves, orchard fruits and a touch of malt. Not my favourite tripel flavour, but still pretty outstanding.
Aftertaste: the flavours last a good long while - quite dry all the way through thanks to the alcohol and the sourness.
Mouth feel: a thick body that really works quite well. Moderate in carbonation with a smooth yet dry feel.
Overall: quite a drinkable tripel, but probably not the best I have had, particularly since it is one of the dearest. It is more sour and tart than most which I like, but it lacks some complexity. That said, it does have a wonderful orchard fruit and spice flavour that pokes its head out between the alcohol and sour dough.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 13:00:11 | More by SmashPants
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