Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by davod23:
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Vintage bottle of Westmalle Tripel. I understand that this is about thirty years old at this point. I had no idea whether this beer would even be drinkable at this point - 30 years is a long time.
The antique, rusty cap comes off unwillingly. Surprisingly, there's a hiss. Really? That's crazy. Pour is a clear, pale honey color. So far, so good - this doesn't look like it will kill me. No head, no real bubbles to speak of at all.
Aroma. Huh. This is surprising me so far. Banana candy, sweet cream, Belgian yeastiness. This is really pretty good.
Taste is really, very good. If this was a fresh brew, this would probably only get a 4.0 tops, but I am factoring in the fact that there's just no way this should be this good at this point. Sweet malt, banana, esters, Belgian soapy quality. Newspaper - clearly a bit of oxidation here, but it's not really that noticeable.
Mouthfeel is okay. Medium bodied, flat. Sweet, a bit syrupy.
Drinkability is really good. I split this bottle, but I kinda wish I had a whole bottle for myself.
Shockingly, shockingly good. I'm dumbfounded. Next time you're in your local beer shop and you see some of these lying around, make sure to pick up a couple. But only if they, themselves, are old enough to drink.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2010 03:25:29 | More by davod23
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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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