I have been brewing up some Belgian Strong Ales lately, and in my zeal to create some great beer, I have been drinking the classic Trappist Belgian ales lately. Tonight I will be reviewing Westmalle Trappist Tripel, which has 9.5% Alcohol By Volume (ABV).
Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a mildly hazy, golden colored beer, sporting a voluminous cream-colored head. Minimal lacing.
The nose has some pilsner malt, but is mainly focused on the yeast aspects, with lighter fruit notes, bubble gum accents and hints of spice.
The peppery spice picks up a bit of strength in the taste, following a pils malt base, apples, pears, background bubble gum, minimal hop bitterness with medium-low spicy hop flavor, hints of alcohol spice. Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, low warming and low astringency.
Westmalle Trappist Tripel is definitely one of the better Tripels in the game, and if you’re a fan of Belgian ales and haven’t come across this one yet, it is time to change your ways. A beer I don’t get often enough, due to my wanderlust.
Westmalle Trappist Tripel : A
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz