Founded in 1836, Westmalle Brewery is located in the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in the Antwerp province of Belgium. All of the beer is either produced by monks or overseen by monks. They began brewing beer in 1836 and in the 1930’s they introduced the world to a strong pale ale known as Tripel, this was the first time the Tripel name was used to describe a beer.
DUBBEL: 95 Points
This Belgian Style Dubble is available year-round.
Brewer’s Description: “The cream-colored foam collar smells of special malt and leaves a nice pattern in the glass. The flavor is rich and complex, spicy and fruity with a bitter-fresh finish. It is a balanced quality beer with a soft mouthfeel and a long, dry finish.”
My Description: I really enjoyed this Dubble, it has a slightly higher bitterness level than other Trappist Dubbels, which is nice because it gives the bitter lovers a great beer to drink. It has a good sized tan colored head that retains well. The aroma is on the sweeter side with fragrant notes of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. It is medium/full bodied with a higher carbonation level. Up front you will taste the sweet caramel notes as well some dark fruit flavors like figs, there is also some malt presence as well. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of spice and a hint of alcohol. Overall, the beer is balanced and delicious. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, lamb chops, or cedar plank salmon.
ABV: 7% Color: Hazy Brown/Red Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 3/10
TRIPEL: 97 Points
This Belgian Style Tripel is available year-round.
Brewer’s Description: “It is a complex beer with a fruity aroma and a beautiful, nuanced hop nose. It tastes sweet and creamy in the mouth with a bitter touch of fruit flavor. An exceptional beer, with plenty of finesse and elegance, and a wonderfully long finish.”
My Description: The recipe has been unchanged since 1956 and I see no reason to start now. It has a big bubbly head with an amazing retention; the head lasts the whole way producing some good lacing as well. The aroma smells big and fresh with fragrant notes of spices, some floral hops, apricots, and lemon. The nose on this beer is so beautiful and only gets better as it warms up. Overall, the beer is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and dry in the finish. Up front you will taste some sweetness with notes of light fruit and lemon with a touch of coriander. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with more of the spices coming through like cloves. The alcohol is not hidden but subtle enough to not take away from the overall enjoyment of the beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled fish, Hawaiian pizza, or a lighter chicken dish.
ABV: 9.5% Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10