Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,858
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 400 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Westmalle Tripel. Served in a Westvleteren goblet. Best Before date of 05/23/14. More numbers follow the freshness date on the back label.

Enjoyed alongside St. Feuillien Triple.

Looks orange-lemon, with heavy haze. Coarse head still holds together really well. Maybe up to 3/4". Clear enough to notice some rushing carbonation streams.

Big bready notes like early morning bakery. Pepper, clove, banana, green apple, coriander, green banana, and lemon. Excellent nose. Yeast yields the nuttiness of granola with that very light sweetness, as if dosed with a touch of honey. Wholly realized and wholly complete. Nothing here is unwelcoming.

Oh, how the spices and lemon shine! Lots of coriander, pepper, and clove interlaced with a dry and zesty lemon note. So dry and spicy. Spices carom off of the taste buds and drone on longly in that finish. And, then there's the booze. Warm and sizzling with the carbonation and with that hint of rosewater. Malty grains taste like sourdough bread. Yeast is mostly nutty, but offers some estery and herbal apple-like nuances. Apple, like a sweeter green apple, reminiscent of Green Delicious. Still, the sugars are elusive. Just to say this beer doesn't have any particular shape of tartness despite the flavor composition described.

Very lively in carbonation, yet I wouldn't describe it as sparkling or fizzy. Just sudsy and busy. Busy, so as to scatter all of the different complex flavors about the mouth. Body is rich and a little commanding, especially with that booze element. Each swallow feels like a swell of 5º F.

Of course, this beer is what you can expect it to be--one of the best damn tripels on any beer store's shelf. When you savor this beer, your complaints will be few and rare. Enjoy!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one hanging out in the fridge for a bit. Enjoying in my Duvel tulip.

A - huge lovely white head, lots of bubbles visible through the hazy, golden body

S - sweet malt, fruit, spices

T - a very nice sweet fruitiness initially which gives way to a peppery finish. Just lovely.

M - solid body with amazing carbonation

D - One of the greats. Just a total classic. This obviously isn't a session or anything like that (though I've drank tripels like that before haha), but drinking it is a real joy, so of course it's getting a good drinkability rating =D

Really, this is so utterly enjoyable and one of those beers all Beer Advocates must have.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - hazy yellow orange color with a 1 finger white head. This head lasts forever :o Excellent lacing.

s - nice smell of yeast and citrus. Sweet smelling yet tart.

t - bananas and light citrus and fruit. A little spicy flavor. Alcohol peeks through in the middle leaving a nice warmth behind.

m - very carbonated, explains why the head retention is so good. Gives the beer a good tingling feeling.

d - This is a great beer. I had to take off a little bit for drinkability because the high abv will keep me from enjoying a lot of this beer :( In some beers the alcohol peeking through in the tastes is a bad thing for me, but with this one it seems to complement it. This is one of the first beers that I have had where I really can't think of anything that would make it better. Definitely will be coming back to this one.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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