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.
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!