Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.5

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Brouwerij Westmalle Tripel

What the brewers say

“A complex beer with a fruity aroma and a nuanced hops scent. It is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma. And with a splendid long aftertaste.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Aroma is bright and fruity with hints of lemon, honey, cantaloupe, Con- cord grapes, lychees, and gooseberries. Light toasty-caramel malt and a light bit of honey. It’s almost like we switched to British beers. There may be subliminal spicy phenol, just a touch above wishful thinking.”

Flavor: “Classic Concord grapes are first on the tongue, followed by pineapple and banana. There’s a bit of black pepper that wasn’t in the aroma. Curiously, the flavor suggests Nelson Sauvin hops. Me- dium-high carbonation works well with the other elements. Very dry finish. The malt profile leans toward toasty caramel and mild hops flavor. Floral notes.”

Overall: “Less sweet and less complex than some of the others, but a creative take on the tripel. Well attenuated, dry, and spritzy, this is an interesting beer that stylistic stalwarts probably won’t like, but adventurous epicureans will no doubt embrace.”

What our editors thought



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