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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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96
world-class

3,189 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3189
Reviews: 1555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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SmashPants

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: purchased from Leura Cellars. A stylish and incredibly thick embossed 330mL brown bottle with a nice trappist label. Simple but elegant.

Appearance: pours a fairly viscous vibrant honey yellow with champagne-like fine carbonation. A big fluffing head bursts up to three-fingers even with a gentle pour (mind you my snifter is draining so I am using a tulip so fair enough) and settles to a half-finger thick white head. Not much lacing.

Aroma: quite muted on the nose, but what is there is a clean and fresh combination of Belgian yeasts and sour dough, orchard fruits and some spices. Some alcohol over the top but is not distracting.

Taste: more sour than your usual tripel - plenty of alcohol and Belgian yeasts, with some wheat, cloves, orchard fruits and a touch of malt. Not my favourite tripel flavour, but still pretty outstanding.

Aftertaste: the flavours last a good long while - quite dry all the way through thanks to the alcohol and the sourness.

Mouth feel: a thick body that really works quite well. Moderate in carbonation with a smooth yet dry feel.

Overall: quite a drinkable tripel, but probably not the best I have had, particularly since it is one of the dearest. It is more sour and tart than most which I like, but it lacks some complexity. That said, it does have a wonderful orchard fruit and spice flavour that pokes its head out between the alcohol and sour dough.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 13:00:11 | More by SmashPants
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A- Pours like sparkling apple cider. Thinner appearance than you would expect from a 9.5% ABV tripel. Mine's cloudy with some floaters.

S - Milder smell than I expected. Just light Belgian spice, honey and maybe some pineapple.

T - Hits the palate bright and prickly like you would expect a Belgian pale to, but quickly delivers on buttery sweet richness. Banana, ginger, light clove and white pepper take center stage. Tart apples and pineapple make an appearance. Gets a little boozy as it warms up, but that only adds to the interest. A creamy vanilla profile also comes trough in the back half of this bottle.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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