Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by leftmindedrighty:
4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
750ml corked and caged bottle, 2 year old bottle yanked from the cellar
Poured into it's appropriate Westmalle Chalice
Smell, apples and grapes dominate the smell, notes of oak(?), and pear round it out
Taste, very sweet apple flavors really come through, notes of grape, and I swear hints of oak. Definite vanilla flavors as well, pretty strong, might be where I'm tasting oak. No identifiable bitterness, no alcohol as well, I taste nothing but sweet nectar.
Overall, I'm glad I pulled this bottle when I did. I don't have much experience cellaring Westmalle, as I try to only cellar 750ml bottles of Belgians whenever possible, and 750's of Westmalle are hard to come by in my parts. But the complexity of this one really came through, I have never tasted such a strong oak/vanilla flavor in this beer before. I can't wait to see how the other bottle I have tastes after another year.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2007 23:42:21 | More by leftmindedrighty
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.