Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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33cl bottle into glencairn whisky glass. best before 02/02/17, consumed on aug 15 2015

a: golden yellow with a finger of white head from a controlled pour. the opacity will follow as i pour the rest of the bottle in

s: a nice hit of lemon in the front with some floral hop character. sweet banana and yeasty spice follow shortly after. hints of apricot, peach, and vanilla. all tied together by the notorious sweet belgian bready malt

t: floral, tangy lemon in the front and all around. notes of overripe banana, bread, honey, and clove-y spice scattered throughout. the phenolic band-aid character is present and sometimes strong, but softens significantly as the beer warms. some vanilla notes. finishes bready with an aggressive medium-plus bitterness

m: medium mouthfeel with plentiful bubbly carbonation. very dry finish

o: a very impressive belgian ale -- prominently fruity, massively complex as strong belgian ales are, and has a very appropriate dryness to counter the sweetness. a real rollercoaster of a beer. however, i'm very sensitive to the yeasty phenolic characteristics in belgian ales and i don't find them very pleasant, so taking time with the beer to let it warm worked wonders

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,622 ratings