Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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2.68/5 rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Bottle poured a slightly clouded sparkling orange-gold ale into my trappist chalace. Discreet fluffy cap and wonderful lacing. Lively champagne-like effervescence.
The nose is greeted with an earthy-spicey-honey-apricot aroma..alcohol not overly obnoxious to the nose.
Medium body. Mouth feel is peppery from the carbonation/alcohol decernment.
Flavor is not overly complex with malt mixture, the dominant sweet brewers sugar mingles with caramel malt to give a sweet spiced cider tone, the hops are there but sit in the background providing a tartness reminiscent of sour apple with yeasty-earthy undertones...then the slap in the face... a short, dry, harsh alcoholic finish where the alcohol becomes very apparent and literally obliterates the flavor profile of the ale.
Not my cup of tea....not very drinkable and too sharp/harsh to be savored slowly. Perhaps a year or two in cellar will mellow it, but drunk fresh it's pretty harsh like a high classed euro strong beer. I echo Oakes sentiment: " what the hell is so special about this?"
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2006 21:23:50 | More by pootz
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