Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle at a good temperature into a nice goblet.
Some good carbonation on the pour, with a good white foamy head. Very decent lacing with a cloudy body of a buttery dark gold consistency. Head does go, but stays in a 3mm ring and never leaves.
Bouquet at first is quite subdued... but it needs time to open up... An aggressive pour to give it bigger head really makes a difference. Hops and yeast and a sweet and sour component that I can't quite pinpoint. This is a very balanced nose where you can smell around and find things without one scent dominating the rest. Smells somewhat pilsner like and a faint sour zest (lemon/lime take your pick).
Faint apricot with good notes of yeast and bread. Big carbonated and bitter finish but dissipates as you drink more to a nice bread chew character with some lemon. Taste is "tangy" with a nice SNAP to it. Bitter at first but becomes more tolerable as you have more.
This is a beer that takes patience to get through but rewards greatly when you stick with it making a very high drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2011 00:09:45 | More by smakawhat
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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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