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Westmalle Tripel Trappist Ale

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Beer Style: 
Trappist Ale
Serving Style.: 
330 ml Bottle
Alcohol Content: 
9.5% ABV
Where Purchased?: 
L.C.B.O.
Beer Rating: 
5

Westmalle Tripel Trappist Ale

This beer is Excellent!!! One of my favourites.
A huge bright white head on a beautiful golden coloured beer.
A light cloudiness with some great streams of bubble up the sides of the chalice,

The aroma is sweet, spicy and a touch earthy and the feel is so rich and full it amazed me.

The tastes are SO complex. Some ginger sits right on top with hints of chocolate, berries and honey. A touch of earthiness and a bright but light citrus taste. The beer makes your whole mouth sparkle and fills it with flavours.
It is so rich feeling that you almost have to concentrate to get to the flavours at all, I am having a tough time describing them because they are so complex and well blended that it is difficult to tell them apart.
The finish is very long and lingering with a light earthiness and citrus tingle over a sweetness and honey like flavour.

I have had this one put away for a while now, waiting for a special day to try it again. A rainy, cold, and windy Christmas eve seemed like the time and I was certainly not disapointed.
This Trappist Ale has made it to my (very short) all time favourite list. If you have never had a Trappist Beer before this would be a good one to start with, then you can have a lot of fun trying to find a better one.


Westmalle Tripel

I lived in the Netherlands for a year. In the grocery stores, this was one of the beers staring me in the face everytime I went to pick up some food. Always ended up buying some of this. If this was there, you can imaging the pickings were plentiful. This was perhaps the best beer I discovered while in the region. It is 9.5%, but tastes divine. Too bad the price isn't the same in Ontario as it was over there...

I can only wish the price and

I can only wish the price and availability were the same.
I'm a happy guy when I see it at the LCBO.



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Trafalgar Oak Aged Rye

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reviewed by:
Bruce Ticknor

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Serving Style:
650 ML Bottle
Where Purchased:
L.C.B.O.
Beer Rating:
2

Trafalgar Oak Aged Rye

A very thin and short lived white head on a pretty dark copper coloured beer.
The aroma is fairly faint, some malty sweetness, a hint of tannin, and a bit of sourness. Not unpleasant at all.

The feel is quite full, round, and creamy.
Taste is another thing.
I found this to be a fairly harsh and rough edged beer, although I found that it grew on me as I sipped at it.
There are flavours of nuts and grass which are quickly buried by a harsh dry bitterness which almost burns the tongue. The aftertaste is fairly sweet and grassy with hints of grapefruit citrus but which leaves a rough sensitive patch on the middle of my tongue.
The rye taste is present but is subtle and not pronounced.
As I said, some of the tastes grow on me but I can't get past the burnt tongue feel. It almost feels like an allergic reaction so maybe I am not being fair to this brew.




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