Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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5/5 rDev +16.3%
Presentation: It was poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet. A best before date is printed on the back of the bottle.
Appearance: The body has slightly hazy appearance with a bright golden yellow color. Also there is some nice visible carbonation and lots of little bits of floating yeast in the body. On top sits a tall, stiff, white head that has great retention and make lots of slick lacing that coats the glass before slowly sliding down the sides of the glass.
Smell: The nose is full of fruity and funky yeast, sweet malt and fresh wet hay.
Taste/Mouth Feel: There is mild sweetness from the malt and fruity/funky yeast. There are notes of apple, pineapple, golden raisin and lemon zest that are wrapped up in a mild warming alcohol. Hops are very light and the finish gets slightly tart and dry with just a hint of hop bitterness. The body is about medium to full with a smooth rounded feel and the carbonation is in perfect balance to cleanse the palate for the next sip.
Notes: This is one of the finest beers that I have had in my opinion, and worthy of a perfect score as I can't find anything to improve on except for maybe the yeast sediment in the appearance but I like the yeast in Trappist beers.
06-25-2009 23:01:26 | More by generallee
5/5 rDev +16.3%
Appearance: hazy, active yeast visible, golden yellow, slight orange hue in the light, foamy white head with good staying power
Aroma: not very strong fruit esters, though detectable banana and clove, no noticeable malt aroma or hop aroma
Taste: definite banana and clove taste, well rounded bready malt profile to round out yeast flavor, no noticeable hop character. Spicy phenols carry flavor and deliver a well rounded fruity, spicy, and softly malty flavor. No alcohol solvency, no diacetyl detected.
Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, prickly to the tongue, medium body, finishes dry and with a malty residue left in the mouth.
Overall Impression: Certainly more drinkable than a Quad, this ale bears similar taste resemblance to a German hefeweizen, however it's medium body, roundness of malt character, and lack of wheaty astringency make it easily discardable. If those characteristics were not enough, the obvious Belgian influence is easily recognized in the yeast complexity.
06-12-2013 21:46:04 | More by dwren89
5/5 rDev +16.3%
Favorite beer in the world. Delightful, young or old. Rich, golden, hazy appearance. Light, lacy head. Full of flavor, rich and full, then finishing crisp with nice bitter profile, not overwhelming alcohol. Would buy over and over again. Drank a few that had aged 12mo+, and a more complex, robust flavor was experienced.
04-15-2014 18:03:51 | More by Ed_from_Ohio
5/5 rDev +16.3%
Wow ... this might be a perfect beer! I wrote some notes down while tasting half of the bottle, and then looked at some of the reviews -- and I think that I am not alone in loving this beer.
I picked this beer up on the recommendation of the woman at a bottle shop in Belgium (store description and location, below). This woman is a saint! What a great recommendation.
Appearance: (5.0) The tulip glass looked amazing with the gold color of the beer and eggshell head from the Triple.
Smell: (5.0) Hints of citrus, a little pepper and some apple. As the beer warmed, the smell became more pronounced.
Taste: (5.0) A good spice came through ... very nice. A small amount of alcohol.
Mothfeel (5.0) Good malt with slight carbination.
Overall (5.0) This must be the gold standard for all Belgian beers.
*** Le Moine Austère ***
Just up the road from us in Beligum, is a wonderful bottle shop called the Austere Monk (I'll review it after BA adds it: Le Moine Austère, Rue Dorez 8, Tournai, Belgium) (a review: http://www.monnuage.fr/point-d-interet/le-moine-austere-a41282). My wife and kids found the shop while touring the Grand Place and visiting the Christmas village. The family was excited to bring me to the store and even sent a few photos of the wall of bottles.
As I looked at the selection, I instantly wished that I knew more about Belgium beers. I understand a little French and shopkeeper was willing to bring to me some of the local beers and the traditional favorites. (Side note: it is *very* helpful to have a wife that speaks and understands French!) She pointed out which beers were still made by monks (down to five, she said), and those breweries which tend to create craft beers. She loves to make gift baskets, filled with beers, glasses and other treats. I can't wait to return!
12-30-2011 00:36:59 | More by sbrotschul
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,571 ratings.