My dad was kind enough to give me a Trappist ale from Westmalle Abbey, so let's see what this Westmalle Tripel Trappist Ale monk brew is all about.
Westmalle Tripel Trappist Ale poured a cloudy pale yellow with green highlights, and was topped by a fizzy white head. The nose was incredibly fragrant, full or fruity banana and pear notes.
Westmalle Tripel Trappist Ale hit my mouth fairly carbonated, which was a nice preparation for the sweet and fruity flavor that quickly took over. That "classic abbey yeast" flavor was present throughout, and the ale ended on a pleasant, cut grass aftertaste.
This is a big beer... big flavor, big ABV. Although far from the most experienced Tripel drinker, I can say Westmalle exemplifies what a good abbey ale should be. Like most abbey-style ales, the complexity and sweetness of Westmalle Tripel makes it better suited to sipping than slamming down after a day in the yard, but the best things in life are worth slowing down for.