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Brouwerij Westmalle (Adbij der Trappisten van Westmalle)
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Review by Bitterbill on 02/06/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a massive and growing head of billowy foam. A delight to look at in my New Belgium chalice. Lots and lots of lacing is another plus.

The smell has notes of yeast, tart fruit, some banana, and a bit of clove.

The taste adds on to the pleasure of the smell, big time. First sip and I notice how pungently delicious it is. The yeast and tart fruit really work together nicely and make for a drying quality that makes me want to take more sips and yeah, being as strong as it is, sips are in order for sure but that doesn't hurt the drinkability much if at all.

There's some peppery and malty tones that I start to notice after the 3rd sip or so that bring in just the right amount of spice and sweetness to just trim the outer edge of the bitterness and that's all I want it to do. Me like the dryness factor here big time. ;^)

It has a medium thick mouthfeel to it that is just so silky smooth going down, it's scary.

I'm just about finished with this bottle and it's time to reflect on how great a drinking experience I just enjoyed. It's a hot summer day and I'm sipping on a brew that's 9.5%abv and I find it so damn refreshing! Go figure! This is truly a world class brew and I'm so happy I got a chance to drink this again after many years doing without. Thanks again, Joe!

Price: $4.75 Served In: Tulip

Review by younger35 on 08/12/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2011
I’ve had this lying around for quite some time. Decided tonight was the night. Watching the PGA Championship and some preseason football upcoming. Drank from my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a gigantic two finger bright white head. The beer is just permeated with bubbly goodness and the head is thick and gorgeous the entire beer. An absolutely PERFECT cap and collar are maintained along with loads of ringed up lacing.
Smell- Definitely no mistaking what style this beer is. Full of spicy yeast that’s fruity and bold. Hints of raisin and pear with that deceptively dark fruitiness that you don’t expect form a straw colored beer. That always blows my mind. Maybe a touch of grainy malt with a light sweetness but let’s face it, the yeast dominates.
Taste- Starts with a light pruney fruitiness that is deceivingly warm and almost brash. That’s not a putdown though as the hoppiness and dryness really work well with the boozy bite. I hate sweet beers and thankfully this isn’t at all. The hops seem more front and center than most Tripels which is okay in my book. Spicy at times with a sort of gingery/pepper note. The finish lingers with a sort of burnt brown sugar thing.
Mouthfeel- Aggressively crisp carbonation with a very sharp feel from the fine carbonation. Full bodied though like you’d expect from a Tripel which is always odd considering the alcohol.
Drinkability- Pretty nice beer as it’s much different from most other Tripels. I LOVE how the sweetness is severely subdued and those burnt, cloying candied sugars aren’t running rampant. The hops have more of a presence here that I really appreciate. Super nice beer that is easily available and will be my go-to Tripel when the mood strikes.

Price: $5.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 10/01/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Color is of melted lemon or banana popsicles, thickly set and murky with a largely tall, whipped smooth white frothy foam on top. Lacing all over the snifter in thick sheets and a very hefty skim (basically a small cap of smoothened white foam) remains present the entire glass. Impressive cap and beautiful thickset color.

Aroma is simple yet delicate with a pleasingly dry yeasty edge darted with some lemon peels and sugary sweetness.

Taste is well mannered with a soft fruity front, well rounded and pleasant to the buds. Drops of lemon, maybe some tidbits of white or green grapes skins in there add some interesting little drying additions to the finish where the yeasty dryness floats off any reminiscent fruityness left over. Nice fading dry finish thats a bit complex and softly yeilding.

Feel is nearly full with a soft well rounded fluffyness thats really nice. A bit of sparkle in the carbonation and yeastyness really keeps a great attraction to thee lips. And the drying finish is alluring with very late spices making an appearance across the far back of the palate.

One finely put together triple. A trifecta, or trifold, if ya will, of an ale. Has a soft pleasing presense in each sip with just the right amount of everything to keep it interesting.

Served In: Goblet

Review by RedHaze on 07/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 7 13 4 7 2010

Poured a light amber color with a thick white head with lots of lacing. Looks great.

Smelled of bananas, alcohol and slightly grassy with some cloves.

Taste of bananas, cloves, yeast, phenol. Everything was on more of the mild side. Was expected more full flavors from this one. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner that I expected, and I could really taste the alcohol.

Not quite as good as I thought it would be, not sure if this sat out in the light to long. I liked the dubbel more. Still a good beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 17 4 9 2009
Sam's Chicago

Westmalle's Tripel pours a slightly hazy apricot golden with handfuls of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A two finger dense white head formed on the pour that had incredible staying power. The rush of carbonation keeps the head strong. Leaves sticky spotty lacing after each swig. Really, a nice looking glass of beer.

The aroma is packed full of fresh ripe golden orchard fruits that are gleaming in the autumn sun. Yellow pears, slightly underipe peaches, and mildly tart green apples all smell fantastic. There's a hint of clove along with the pale biscuity like malt that makes up the canvas so the fruitiness of this tripel shines through. A sprinkling of candi sugar just sweetens the deal.

Flavor is pretty much in line with the aroma but as it warms I can't help but notice a sweet, but dry, wine like character. Big white grape flavors (not a big wine drinker so not sure of variety). The white grapes go nicely with the orchard fruits and actually take the front seat. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow. Very good.

Medium bodied with a lively carbonation that makes this beer creamy and somewhat frothy as it hits the tongue. Finishes extremely dry.

Good drinkability for such a high abv. brew. The alcohol will get in the way of this one though as it gets stronger as the beer warms.

An excellent tripel (one of my favorite styles). Up there with the best I've been lucky enough to sample so far. Unique and very enjoyable.

Reviewed: 9/16/07

Price: $9.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Oxymoron on 10/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 5 8 2009
Pours a semi-cloudy, lemon day with good visibility despite the yeasty pour. Limited head but does stay around the edges for the whole tasting and ok lacing.

The smell is noticeable with a malty and Belgium-esk aroma. Good malt backing with some Belgium pale representing the majority. Spices such as coriander and good representation of fruits, such as apricots and peaches, are presented.

The taste is exceptional. The malt is well noted well and balanced with a not-so-detectable-sugar and hop additions. The malt is well balanced with a touch of biscuit and maybe pilsner thrown in. There is a bite (reminds me of pilsner) from a earthy hop taste at top that brings a zing taste. The sweet malt taste is blended well with a sugary taste that is hard to pick up. The end is splash of citrus meets floral that rounds the beer out.

The end taste also brings a good smoothness that makes it so easy to drink. Overall a very tasty brew

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 05/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2008
I’ve been aging this beer for about 2 years I think and it has a date on the lable of 18/05/08, hey that’s today! Decided to drink this one today.

Quite a bit of sediment on the bottom so I put this one in the fridge for at least an hour and poured slowly. Poured a pale to golden color with minimal head, active bubbles race up from the side and center of the glass. A little stirring does produce about half an inch of foam.

Aromas of bananas, pears, apples, cherries, strawberries and a bit of alcohol. Very fruity and mellow. A little yeast and spices comes through as the beer breathes.

Taste is a bit boozy but with a complex and harmonious fruitiness. After a few sips I begin to taste the apples, pears, a bit of banana, and cherries. A bready flavor in the finish and aftertaste along with some bitterness.

Very carbonated, a bit prickly on the tongue and cheeks but goes down fairly smooth. The mouthfeel does smooth out after it gets to room temp.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Pours a dark golden color with a rediculously thick white head that lasted the whole drinking. Lacing was sick. Smell is very fruity, and floural. Taste is very fruitie, in a good way. It really blends well with the alcohol taste this brew has. As it warms the alcohol comes a little more up to the forefront. Very solid brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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