Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by Zimbo:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.6/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bit of a stealth beer this. Despite being an undisputed world classic you don't really hear much about it but when you do it never fails to deliver a controlled yet explosive payload. But with a religious reverence mind.
From a 330ml bottle to a Westmalle goblet, it is almost orangy straw yellow with an easy froth head which goes the distance. Beautiful penetrating nose of lemon rind, candy sugar, dried fruit and yeast.
Dry in the mouth, it always seems slightly more carbonated that I last remembered. Not at all off putting though. More dried fruit on first taste before delivering a long warm bitterness with spice and some notes of thyme and rosemary. Taste shows phenomenal development of complexity constantly evolving. The complexity just builds and builds setting up a colossal aftertaste as the 9.5% alcohol comes into play. There is a lightness of touch here with finesse and elegance but with a penetrating stern strength too. Truly remarkable how all this can be packed in there with such balance and restraint. Really kicks the brain, stomach and heart into action.
If you want to properly appreciate this beer do not refrigerate and do not serve below 8C. And drink it slowly with your wits about you preferably in a solitary tranquil environment.
As far removed from 'sessionable' as you can imagine. And I like it that way.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2011 09:13:14 | More by Zimbo
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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
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