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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,733 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,733
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 259
Gots: 346 | FT: 1
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel: The mother of all Tripels! This is a must try beer. The benchmark example in which all others must be judged against in the style of Tripel. What is a Tripel? It is the name given by Trappiste Monks to a Strong Top fermenting Golden Ale. It earns the name Tripel because it takes three times the amount of ingredients to make in comparison to the simple beers made at the Abbeys. The beer is bottle conditioned with yeast to evolve over time like a Champagne, and it really is very much like Champagne. In the first 6 months the beer will be very fruit forward showing more pear and apple flavors, from 6 months to a year it will show much more of the hop character, and after 1 year those two characters will marry into a perfectly balanced beer. The bottle I am tasting is Seven months old. Westmalle is 9.5% ABV It has an darker blonde to honey-like color and a fluffy white head with a lengthy retention. Aroma is a blend of bright aromatic hops and subtle spicey yeast esters. Amazingly balanced and showing a great hop presence here. Cereal grains and honey support a lovely bitterness that is long but not highly toned. Great interplay of flavors. Not one truly dominates. A truly dry and crisp beer showing perfect structure, body, and a very complex flavor profile. This beer would be a great alternative to Champagne. It has a very similar flavor profile to some grower Champagnes I have tried that tend to have a softer bitterness and focus more on rich fruit and bread dough aromas with biscuity flavors.

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A big ooof of cream-colored froth rose over honey/amber liquid, then settled, very slowly, into a lump of shiny solid material. A surge of drawn butter aroma is decorated with serene and subtle fragrances of ginger, muffin and mango. On the palate it is unctuous with flavors of molten, baked apples, butter cream, buttered peaches and pure, detailed, bitter resins.
These Westmalle products are fiercly bitter and dry with an abundance of iron-flavored boiled hops. This precisely balances the wickedly depraved, hedonistic flavors and textures. Are you ready for this?

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,733 ratings.