Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Single bottle (best by 01/03/12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice.
Appearance: Slightly hazy bright gold color with plenty of bubbles coming up the beer. I suspect my careful pour to keep the sediment in the bottle resulted in a thin white foam across the top. This foam died back to a ring at the edge with a thin island of foam in the middle. Some little strands of lacing here and there. I'm beginning to suspect that a Tulip would be a better glass for this beer than the chalice to maintain a better head. Still, the color and bubbles are nice to look at. The lacing sparkles in the light which makes this a very good beer in the appearance department.
Smell: White grapes, pears, mild yeast, and an underlying sweetness to it all. On deep inhales you can get some definite boozy/alcohol smells. Again, nice.
Taste: Malt up front, and then immediately blending with a peppery/sour flavor, then a crisp dry taste and finally a lingering hoppy/grassy flavor. My nose is smelling one thing but my tongue is tasting another. I do not detect the alcohol despite smelling it. It's a complex brew.
Moutfeel: Nicely carbonated - cleanses the palate, but it goes away quick and does not linger. The carbonation is just right really. Too much and it scours the tongue. This brings a nice level of spicy sensation and then its gone.
Drinkability: I've had this before, and I think I still have yet to find the right meal with this beer. It went okay with fish and asparagus (too strong of a flavor clash) and before it didn't really match with a beef stew. I think this beer may be best alone. I would not mind a bigger glass to tease out all the smells and flavors, but I'm okay with just having one in an evening as well.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2010 22:22:08 | More by damndirtyape
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
96 out of 100 based on 3,120 ratings.