SpamOfDeath (6) - Springfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
1pt 9.4oz corked bottle. Golden yellow cloudy color with frilly lace head that reduces quickly. Strong aroma of alcohol, slight sweetness and hops. Full mouthfeel and sting bitter aftertaste that clears quickly. High alcohol content (since it's a tripel) means your tongue will go numb but you won't care cause it's so tasty. You could say it's like the IPA of Belgian tripels.
mjonesy07 (12) - Huntly, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy with a good creamy head. Sweet tasting with a bitter after taste. Nice lacing around the glass as the beer went down.
coldbrewky (1457) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Second beer with dinner at the only real steakhouse in Nieuw Vennep. Wet and slightly spicy. Big and sneaky. But not too sneaky. Went very well with the beef sirloin. For a beer so big, it truly is subtle. I had to be careful decending the tight spiral stairs from the old mill after finishing desert.
PauloAG (30) - BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 330cc bottle. Pours golden and cloudy with a foamy white head. It is a bit hoppy but mostly fruity and spicy. You can taste the alcohol. Fills nicely the mouth. Great beer.
williamstome (991) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour, nice foamy white head. Aroma is bananas, cloves and yeast. Flavor is banana, yeast, dates, raisins, and alcohol.
HammerTroll (590) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow color, small white head. Sweet bubblegum aroma. Medium sourness and sweetness. Medium body, average carbonation. Sweet finish. Heavily overrated, if you ask me.
(Svije Piva 0,33l bottle)
HomerBeerOdysy (39) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
APPEARANCE - Clear golden with a 2-finger head that dissipates. Great lacing.
AROMA/SCENT - A little sweet, herbaceous.
TASTE - A balance of bitter and sweet, herbaceous notes. Floral. Not overly boozy.
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation. Light, not gooey.
VALUE - A bit high.
OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Nice beer, goes down easy.
Ulysse (121) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First short-lived bubblegum aroma escaping upon opening the bottle. When poured in a stemmed glass it boasts its abundant white top. This head is made of rather large bubbles. Nose is filled by its malt slash bubblegum aroma. Smart tip: men, (or elderly women), grow a moustache and enjoy its fizzy embrace when those bubbles pass away in a last good bye kiss. This is probably the beer Iíve ordered most frequently during the last decade. Itís been consistent with its taste. Always delivering this strong flavor. I guess itís thanks to this beer and a couple others that I got into beers.
LaViolette (34) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good tripel trappist. Nothing to say about it, but to me it lacks some complexity, itís a very strong, straightforward beer. The colour is a quite golden and is very clear, it is very sparkling and well balanced, maybe a bit heavy on the alcohol content "realfeel".
Chad9976 (1246) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Belgian-style Tripel Ale is one of my favorite beer styles, and believe it or not, I actually have never had Westmalle Tripel before now. It receives rave reviews and many consider it the best of the style. I wouldnít go that far, though I can definitely see how people would come to that consensus. Itís classic Trappist all the way and definitely epitomizes the style. It is not quite the best-ever example of it, however.
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Trappist chalice. It had a best before date of 12/12/15 and cost $6.29 ($0.56 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale orange/golden hue over a hazy body. Spastic carbonation is visible and it never settles down. Pours to a two-finger, white, soapy head which never dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell: Potent aroma of white grape, or even white wine per se. Not much in the way of spice or banana, though.
Taste: You know youíre drinking an authentic Trappist brew when the beer lights up your tongue with a spicy sensation immediately. Though it smells of white grape, Westmalle Tripel tastes more of pepper, flaked maize, and a hint of banana (though none of those ingredients are actually in there Ė itís all yeast esters). A slight juicy sensation through the middle, followed by candy-like sensation of butterscotch and caramel (and no, itís not diacetyl). I was hoping for banana and citrus flavors, but they didnít seem to appear. Itís not so much bitter per se as it is spicy, though itís a pleasant despite being rather intense. Iíd be curious to try a fresher vintage since this style doesnít usually improve with age. An older bottle, at the very least, is still going to deliver for the style, though.
Drinkability: If you want a beer with a truly intense carbonation mouthfeel, youíll find it in a Trappist brew. Westmalle Tripel doesnít have a viscous mouthfeel, though it has enough intense micro carbonation to really give it some presence on the tongue. At 9.5% ABV thereís some mild warming sensation, though itís easily tolerable. Itís one of the driest beers I can recall, as the peppery character seems to suck all the moisture out of the mouth as it goes down. Some carbonation tends to get caught in the throat, but thatís to be expected.