Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Breaking in my new Gulden Draak tulip with this beer - I accidentaly (lucky accident - I hope?) bought two bottles of this, an 330ml and a 750ml - this is the 330ml bottle.
This pours out equal parts beer and head, completely filling the very large Draak tulip to its golden rim with eggshell white head, a big styrofoam brick that hangs out on top of a tawny orange-gold haze - visible yeast particulate and rising bubbles throughout. The lacing is chunky and foamlike, coating the interior of the glass, and the head refuses to budge, hanging out in frothy mountains and valleys.
Zippy Belgian yeast scent - lemons, orange peel, sweet sugar- a bit of banana bread. Faint, soft scent that betrays very little alcohol and has a coriander spice finish.
This is a very nicely layered Belgian that does absolutely nothing to offend - a significant achievement, in the grand scheme of Belgians. It begins with sweet fruit, apricot and orange, then continues to a slightly bready, spicy yeast, and finishes in two parts - first, pleasantly fruity-bitter, then, as the aftertaste continues to cruise along the back of the tongue, it becomes soft banana-caramel.
Slightly fizzy at first, definitely crisp - it fluffs up a bit in the mouth, becoming full and pleasant.
This is just the tiniest bit uninteresting, but that's actually a good thing. A lot of Belgians manage to offend, but this one does absolutely nothing wrong. Those monks sure know what the heck they're doing.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2006 03:54:08 | More by Tupperwolf
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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
96 out of 100 based on 3,123 ratings.