Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.34/5 rDev +0.9%
Here goes. I poured a 330mL into a tulip glass. A surprisingly higher than average level of carbonation - it has been a few years since I let a beer foam over! The brew wasw a lighter color than I expected - similar to a cloudy Americam Lager. It is a color I grew up on.
Inhale the nectar, and I sensed a floral bouquet, sweet cereal smell with a late hoppiness.
Taste: It starts with a bitter hop, replaced by a complex flavor profile, in turn returning to the bitter hop essence.
Mouthfeel: a very balanced texture, not unpleasant at all.
Overall, a very good beer but perhaps a smidgeon too much emphasis on hops.
01-22-2013 04:35:41 | More by Morpheus
British Columbia (Canada)
4.41/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow with a big white head. Massive fruity, bubblegum (juicy fruit) aromas climb out of the glass even before you get it near your nose. The taste has a lot of those same flavours, along with a crisp grassiness from the hops. For as sweet as this is, it is nicely balanced by a tart finish. This is an iconic trappist tripel for a reason. Near perfection.
01-21-2013 03:14:54 | More by CookstLiquor
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Corked and Caged Bottle. Sythetic cork (last one I had was a real cork...??) Poured into a Tulip-style glass.
A - Pours a big, white, bubbly head which quickly settles down. Lacing is good but it doesn't stick to the glass like an IPA would. Carbonation apparent, mostly clear.
S - Tart Citrus and Funk, mild esters (banana). Impressed that the slight funk is there. It was not expected. When I think of Belgian, this is what I imagine.
T - citrus flavor with a bit of biscuit in the finish. Not too sweet (a good thing in my opinion).
MF - Probably the best thing about this. It's a strong beer but it is lighter tasting and feeling than the ABV. It has a dry finish and is crisp. So impressed here.
Overall - I know it is one of the top 10 trippels of all the world. Just needed a reminder. Dangerously easy to drink, interesting mix of flavors, presents well (corked and caged). Awesome. Definition of the style.
01-20-2013 03:38:30 | More by mbunje
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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