Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance- It's close to being a gusher and it seems to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a weak and hazy medium amber which appears as a mix of lemon and pale amber when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing is left behind.
Nose- Fairly typical tripel aroma. Starts off with banana, then some cloves and other phenols, followed by Belgian yeast. Very clean and very well rounded. Lacks a bit of complexity though. Swirling does nothing to show any new aromas. Perhaps a creamier banana but that's it.
Taste- Starts off with much of the same notes as the aroma. Lots of banana, but seemingly even more cloves. Very well rounded to the point of being creamy. Light Belgian yeast with hints of woodiness but seems to contain more clove and slight cinnamon than anything else. Not terribly complex but shows incredible balance and integration. Yeast lingers on the tongue but not in the back of the throat like most lingers. A little bit gritty, almost earthy. Tiny hints of apple but I feel like it's pointless to try to parse this beer too much. It might seem boring to a novice palate but the balance aided by the exquisite mouthfeel really puts this beer in to the very good, solid category. I really want to get another bottle for aging. It certainly isn't the best tripel I've had but it's certainly a very enjoyable one. Overall, banana is the dominant note.
Mouthfeel- Despite the slight grittiness, the mouthfeel provides the foundation for this beer's character. Light and airy but remarkably creamy and smooth. The low carbonation is perfect.
Drinkability- Almost incredible. I feel like this is almost drinking itself. And four bucks for a quality Belgian is damn good.
Overall- Very good, solid beer. Would be a great introduction to what a tripel should be or at least, what the template for a good tripel would be. Worth a try- even if you think you don't like tripels. Will repurchase when I get around to John's Market again.
10-19-2013 02:52:13 | More by artoolemomo
4/5 rDev -1.5%
12oz bottle from the St Bernardus Mixed Selection six pack served in a goblet.
Appearance is a little darker than most Belgian tripels I have had, and this has bubbles rising to the top and floaties suspended throughout. I like the look of this!
Smells like fruity yeast esters. Interesting.
Taste and smell really open up as it warms. Smells sweeter as it warms. When colder, dark roasted malts and then Belgin hops- no floral or citrus but oakish wood like hops and a drying type finish that never completely dries and is far from puckering. As it warms, the transition to hops seems faster and they get more pronounced. A little sourness stays on the back of your tongue after you have swallowed. Boozy, yeasty, hoppy, aged tasting, superbly crafted like a Belgian triple should be.
Mouth feel is slick and viscous and then the sizzle of carbonation then back to a smooth feeling. Nice mouth feel.
Overall this is an outstanding tripel. If I was going to drink a tripel, I would probably want this one or Allagash Curieux but I still have the St Bernardus Tripel on deck to try next. This Watou Tripel has an old antique/old world type taste to it that I do not get in Tripel Karmeliet or La Fin Du Monde. I like that taste of have been sitting in a cellar aging for a century so that is a bonus. Tripels are not my favorite style as generally the stronger hop presence is not my bag. For context, I like sweet beers in the style of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, Bruins, Dubbels etc.
09-20-2013 00:36:03 | More by Underrower
4/5 rDev -1.5%
BB October 25, 2013
Beer is slightly murky gold in colour. Moderately sized white head. Good retention.
Sweet malt, light fruits (peach, apple) and candy sugar are all there in the nose. Yeast. Smells quite sweet.
The light fruit is strong in the taste (peach, green grape, apple). Yeast adds a dryness, some spicy flavours. Sweet, but not nearly as sweet as I expected from the nose.
Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.
Overall, quite good. The standard St. Bernadus Tripel is certainly superior, but this is a nice beer.
08-08-2013 01:05:14 | More by jrenihan
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.