jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 November 2006 Bottle from NSLC. Hazy yellow body topped with a fluffy white head that fades surprisingly quickly. Aroma is quite alcoholic with just enough pale sweet malt emerging beyond that. Sweet malt is initial whisp of flavour quickly giving way to dry alcoholic malt and a fair dose of bitterness. Medium to full effervescent palate (3+). It is pleasant and a solid example of a tripel, but it does not go above and beyond, and I doubt I could drink a second glass. 6+/3+/7/3+/15 - 3.5<P>
June 2005 - Beer Bistro Summer Festival. Hazy golden yellow body yiels a fairly small white head. Sweetly alcoholic aroma with mild spice. Very dry, effervescent with a spicy pepper quality that lingers in the finish. Medium body. A decent tripel but underwhelming. 6/3/6/4/14 - 3.3<P> May 2001 - I wasn’t overly thrilled with this one, it tasted alcoholy, and a bit spicy. It was a nice tripel, maybe that just wasn’t what I was in the mood for... Will have to try it again. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 From "Bistro des bières belges" on Montreal's south shore (bottle was 9,5% rather than 9 as shown here). The glass looks somehow oldish and interesting, looks even better once the golden beer is in it. It smells hmm.. perhaps yeasts and some hops too along with spices. The taste is more sour than most trappists I've had, alcohol level becomes obvious, spices stay on the tongue for a little time.
Re-rate: Very cloudy, huge head is slowly diminishing and asks for a 5 as far as appearance is concerned instead of the previous 4. Quite hoppy aroma (only a few months old 750mL). ALcohol gets more out as it warms. Floral, mellow yeastiness, hard to put a name on the flavors, but truly well blended. Balanced dryness, hoppy, lots of bready yeast, warming hay character, fieldish. Yep, this is the archetype of tripels, a perfect reference. Huge fluffy body, big carbonation, chewy.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I must send a big thanks to herbjones for giving me this one.
Appearance: This Tripel pours a hazy golden color with a big, foamy white head.
Aroma: The nose has a lot of spice & yeast in it. It is a very pleasant smell.
Taste: Westmalle Tripel tastes great. It's medium bodied, tingly on the tongue & a delight to enjoy.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pale, slightly hazy straw body. lots of carbomation and a HUGE rocky head. Yeasty and light aroma. pale malta, light grain character and bubblegum esters. Some lemony tart tomes. alcoholic and dry in the mouth. Full mouthfeel, but biting and astringent. Very warm. spices and some fruitiness emerge later.
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely golden color, with a great lasting head. Dry and fruit taste for this little number. The ABV is poorly masked though.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Westmalle Tripel is clean and beaufiful. It has some light fruitiness and combines this with a dry finish. Ther is a bitterness lingering on the tongue for some time. Perhaps some citrous, sour undertones.
Frank (2305) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden with a dense haze of tiny particles. Nice huge, foamy head. Thin sheets of lace. A piney/hoppy aroma--unexpected but pleasant. Extremely smooth and creamy. Perfectly carbonated. Alcohol well-hidden, you'd never suspect 9.5% (as was shown on my bottle). Soft, subtle, and delicious. I find myself nearly speechless. Just a beautiful, beautiful beer. Perfectly balanced. Leaves a tear in my eye.
thedm (4868) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours a medium head of fine to large sized bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a cloudy yeasty light orange brown body. It has a mild yeast-malt aroma and a strong yeast bread flavor. The mouthfeel is initially tingling but soon diminsihes. This is indeed a very nice well rounded brew.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My bottle (from Belgium) says that the alcohol is actually 9.5%. But anyway, holy geez! What a damn fine beer! This is the most complex brew I have ever had, with a fair amount of maltiness and a great hop finish, and it hides the alcohol DANGEROUSLY well. Truly an amazing beer.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is slightly fruity and sweet. Dense malt palate. Appearance is hay coloured with very nice head and lacing. Flavour is fruity with a lsight alcohol finish.