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Brouwerij Westmalle (Adbij der Trappisten van Westmalle)
Westmalle Trappist Extra

Westmalle Trappist

Into the Westmalle chalice she goes, bottled April 7th 2022, Best Before 2 years from that date. Had this beer several times since May of 2021 when I used it to christen the re-launch of this blog. Honey colored, clouded pour with a great head out of the bottle. Thin, persistent folio on the surface, and some thinnish, clinging lace. Nose gives up some simple malts, maybe a little honey or banana, but it's pretty muted. Opens a little on warming of course. Mouthfeel is extraordinary...

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Westmalle Trappist

Additional notes: Over time this has become my favorite Dubbel by light years, but mainly because it doesn't have many of the characteristics of many others in the style, especially the appearance. The beautiful, deep red clarity on it belies the so typical, dirty dishwater appearance for many others in the style. There's also a light, fruitless that comes with this beer that for me, places it in a category I might call "Light Quad" or "Light BDSA" IF such a thing made any sense. Original...

Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Additional notes 11/11/22 (pictured) It's so funny to look back at notes form twenty odd years previously. Not much has ever changed about the quinessential Tripel in the world for me. Drinkability, excellence and sheer pleasure rule, with all of the attributes that a classic Tripel description holds (white pepper, moderate spice, alcohol presence etc.), all wrapped up in that creamy Westmalle mouthfeel. Original notes 12/11/04 I was extremely surprised by this beer, not by the quality or the...