Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
THOUGHTS: Incredible. I could barely describe the aroma and flavors because they weren’t quite like anything I have had before in a beer. I’ve had tripels before but this is somehow diffent. While not exactly what I think of as a tripel, it was even better. A little something in both the flavor and aroma was not pleasant to me, but it was minimal. It was underlying but kept it from being perfect.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a cloudy, light to medium amber, with an average, white head that mostly diminished, but did so slowly. The aroma was light malt, light to moderate yeast, along with honey, fruits, spices and a little alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic, whilte the finish was moderately to heavily sweet and bitter, lightly acidic and sour with an average duration. The flavor was very yeasty and seemingly hoopy toward the finish. The medium body was dry and somewhat syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a metallic and lightly alcoholic finish. BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2007
From bottle : Pours a hazy orangish color with lots of carbonation and a one finger white rocky head that has good staying power, and leaves wonderful lacing in cool designs all around the glass. Aroma is strong, fruits, a little alcohol..smells kinda dry, alot like a wine. Flavor is really good and mellow, hints of fruit and spice and a little yeast, alcohol is nowhere to be found. Palate is a thin medium, it starts out smooth and gets a little lively toward the end, leaves the palate dry after it is down the hatch. I really like this. douglas88 (9195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 330ml Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a energetic head. The taste is quite yeasty, with strong apple, spice, a little alcohol warmth and a bitter dry finish. Really nice, a sipping drink. Quite like a good wine, great drink. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle. Aroma has a good mix of yeast, apple and spice notes. Hazy golden body with good white head and floaters moving arround in pint glass. Flavor has a citrus apple along with the sour and spice in the mix. Thick body texture makes for a good sipping beer and less of the spice bite some tend to have for me anyway. Frutiy aftertaste on the palate good beer. Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2007
33 cl bottle. Poured a rusty gold with a thick and large head. Very pleasant aroma of dates, spice, yeast, musk, and citrus spritz. Complex fruit flavors and some yeastiness in the flavor with just a hint of clove. The finish warms in the mouth and reveals a lot of complexity. The abv is slightly noticeable in the finish and there’s also some slight bitterness. Laces beautifully. Probably better after a few other beers of in larger quantity.
rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Alcohol and light Belgian malt aroma. Light golden cloudy with some sediment. Starts slightly fruity with the middle going to an alcohol burn mellowing slightly in the finish. Slightly cream palate. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Aroma is fantastic, notes of hay, perfume, citrus, raisin, apple, pear, peach, pineapple, white wine, wood, and slight alcohol. Large fluffy white head that mostly diminished but left great lace. Hazy gold hue with an average amount of tiny particles. Flavor is spicey, sweet, with a little bitterness and alcohol on the chewy malt finish. Palate is soft, watery, and medium bodied. Wow, just a fantastic brew. Complex, refreshing, with spicy malts and perfume hops. Just a delight in every way. Would highly recommend and will try again. beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours a deep gold with amber highlights. Has that beautiful white head that settles into a lasting Belgian lace. Tight and excited carbonation. The aroma is fruity. the sweet malts immediately hit the palate, as do the tastes of peaches, apricots, and bread. This is a great beer. Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours golden with large foamy head. Nicely carbonated. Aroma is dark fruits / caramel. Taste is malty / spicy. Seems to get sweeter as the beer warms. Finish is crisp with a little bitterness. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
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.