Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Westmalle Triple and the Beer Bottle Headshot

It is not often I argue with the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize, but in this case I must. Over at Improbable Research, a group of Swiss researchers won a satirical IG Nobel Peace Prize for studying whether it is better to be hit over the head with an empty or full beer bottle. If they read the article in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, it would be clear that this was good science. In this case the researchers set out to determine whether full or empty beer bottles are sturdier and if they can withstand the force required to fracture the human skull. It turns out that empty bottles are stronger than full bottles and both are capable of fracturing certain areas of the human skull. At events where fights might break out (weddings) beer bottles can be formidable weapons and their availability should be restricted. The researchers explained that full beer bottles break easier due to internal pressure from carbonation and that beer is an incompressible fluid. Any force to a full beer bottle can increase pressure within the bottle and aid in its destruction. In case you were wondering, they used one half litre Feldschlosschen Original (pale lager) for this experiment. It was not known if they drank the beer in order to obtain empty bottles.

Westmalle Triple

Ratebeer 3.81 98th percentile
Beer Advocate A

I gotta start reviewing crappy beers, so that people don't think I like everything. This bottle will never be broken over anyone's head.

Taste +4

Before the glass gets to my nose I know it will be good. The nose is earthy, with dried fruit (apricots), spices and bread. Every sip is sweet and dry but very good. The alcohol warmth carries the same nose flavours all the way down. The bottle looks familiar, but I just can't put my fat finger on it. Perhaps I am just a bit tired.

Aftertaste +2

The alcohol provides a lot of warmth and kicks of a long residual coating of sweet apricots, yeast and grains. There is a delayed alcohol and yeast bite.

Alcohol Content +1 9.5%

The taste is not noticed but the warmth is appreciated.
Value +1

Any Trappist Ale is a good ale.

Ingame Enhancement +1

Still sick with the H1N1. It really isn't so bad. Drinking too many of these, that would be bad.

Overall 9/10

A very nice sweet, dry and strong Belgian Triple. Delicious.

Other Triples
St. Bernardus Tripel
Karmeliet
Phillips Surly Blonde

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