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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Beer Tasting Notes {Westmalle Tripel}

Oh gracious gift from the beer gods!  

If someone asked me (which they frequently do) what is my favorite style of beer, I would reply without hesitation :: Belgian Tripel or Belgian Golden Ale.  And if that person asked for a suggestion for the quintessential Tripel, Westmalle would most definitely be at the top of my list.

Westmalle Tripel
This is a 9.5% ABV Belgian golden ale that pours a beautiful cloudy golden-orange with a puffy white foam collar.  It has an intoxicating floral and yeasty scent with hints of lightly spiced bananas and pears.  The flavor comes through with what the nose promises, with a lightly sour yeast character and a light boozy warmth.  Medium bodied and easy drinking, but be forewarned - at 9.5% this beer plays at being light and sessionable, but the alcohol sneaks up on you.  In a very friendly, old-buddy-old-pal kind of way.  Almost as effective as a nice shoulder rub when it comes to relaxing you after a long day.  Excellent!


1 comment:

  1. I have not heard of this brand before. Look yummy! You sure do know your beer. :)

    debbie m
    dmoretti1967 at yahoo dot com


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