For almost 170 years, the Westmalle brewery has only used the purest water, malt, hops, sugar and yeast in their beers. The Brewery has made several investments over the years with their sights set on creating the highest quality Trappist beer in the market. Westmalle’s Tripel is an excellent example of the quality they have achieved over the years.
The beer pours a hazy pale gold with light orange hues. The one finger soapy white head dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves a light lacing behind. Lively bubbles rising in the glass offer a testament to the beer’s moderate carbonation.
Aromas of wheat and yeast hit you upfront. Notes of dried stone fruits, namely apricots and white cherries, mix with a potent aroma of over ripe banana and honey. A light clove note adds complexity while citrus peel and coriander brighten the bouquet. There is also a hint of grassy and herbal hops that linger in the background from the first sniff to the last.
The palate delivers what the nose hinted at. Notes of banana and apricot are apparent while the elusive white cherry show up every now and again. A distinct spice note of coriander is highlighted by hints of white pepper and clove. Bright flavors of citrus rind lift and balance the spice. A touch of honey adds sweetness to the dry yeast and bitter grassy/herbaceous hop notes. Several of the flavors noted are akin to many European wheat beers.
Westmalle Tripel is a classic. Its complexity allows it to be crisp and refreshing yet dense and warming. This is a terrific Trappist! Try pairing it with baked brie, prosciutto and basil wrapped shrimp or spiced orange flan.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5
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