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This beer is Belgian tripel; it’s the version that defines the style. It’s light in color, has a gorgeous rocky, white crown and is simply a pleasure to look at. The aroma’s intense but not overwhelming, balancing the pale malts, gentle alcohol, and yeasty spiciness associated with the style. Westmalle’s flavor is initially sweet with mild, fresh pear notes, lemony hops, and a touch of spice. Effervescent and seemingly thin for its ABV, the beer finishes clean with a lemon-hop aftertaste that’s present but quiet. The beer’s balance is simply incredible given the complexity of the drink; to taste where the bar has been set for Belgian tripels, look no further than Westmalle’s version.


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