Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Getting to the business end of Trappist brews now. Which makes one contemplate the lengths they'll have to go to get a bottle of Trappist Westvleteren 12... soon my lovely. In any case damn the Belgians for making such tasty beers, and also for not being Australia adjacent.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice.
A: Appealing cloudy Tangerine body with a thin chalk lacing.
S: Sweet, vinous aromas (like a Botrytis wine) along with acidic pears and apples, with a hint of clove phenols. Along the lines of Duvel... promising.
T: Wasn't far off - a very Duvelesque taste; dry champagne yeast start to finish (even drier than Duvel), tart apple/pear centre, and hints of Wit Bier spice phenols and banana esters, topped off with a candi sugar sweetness that faintly hides the alcohol. A very impressively crafted brew.
M: Champagne fizz, lots of it, and a medium body.
D: Damn good beer this... not a glass of Duvel though. They are very similar in profile but the Duvel edges this in flavour with its less dry and more sweet notes. The dryness makes this beer possibly the closest thing I've tried to Champagne, and credit where credit is due it is a great brew.
Food match: Basil salmon terrine with confit de canard or a crispy salmon with lentils du puy and two-mustard crème fraîche.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2012 10:12:16 | More by doktorhops
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5/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A small German restaurant the went into the basement of my old high-school in an aged victorian gold-rush town served this. I had to try it.
I was pleased at how simple the packaging was. The beer really spoke for itself. Look was great, and the foam (which I always love) was generous. It had a look of straw gold. The scent was sweet.
Tasting was an interesting experience. I expected to really taste alcohol due to the high abv - to my surprise, there was no bite, the level of alcohol taste was minor are balanced well. The taste reminds me of a hefeweizen toned down and not as murky. Banana & vanilla, maybe apricot.
I enjoyed this beer very slowly before dinner, and didn't dare eat any food with it to muddle the taste. It was well worth the money.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 06:17:04 | More by holtlandon
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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