Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours out a slightly hazy orange-gold color. It is quite effervescent with nice bubbles streaming upward. There is a beautiful creamy white head with outstanding retention and trademark Belgian lacing. Then nose has nice fresh-smelling fruity aromas of oranges, bananas, and pears. There is no alcohol and not much of a hop presence.
The beer has a full body and a wonderfully firm, slick mouthfeel. The predominant flavors are fruity and citrusy, but there is a wonderful complex spiciness that balances it out and keeps it from tasting too sweet. The carbonation is just right and complements the spiciness nicely. As the beer moves across the palate, the flavors develop. The fruit flavors start to recede and a pleasant dry bitter, flowery note creeps in. The finish is dry and sustained and accompanies a faint, warming touch of alcohol.
I'm not a big fan of tripels, but I can see why this one is something of a standard. It has just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect blend of spiciness and bitterness to balance it out and keep it drinkable. This is the best tripel I have had yet and the only one I could see myself drinking over and over.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2012 23:24:30 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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
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