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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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world-class

3,503 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 267 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Doppel07

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey-lemon and yeasty body with swirling carbonated jets and a thick spumous white head. Yeasty aroma of oranges, coriander, mellow esters, and honey. Certain flavor characteristics specifically remind me of Orval, oddly. Great malt-sour-bitter balance here. Darkened sugar flavor and sweetness. Nice even palate. This beer has great synergy... the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. My favorite tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 04:44:53 | More by Doppel07
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Cloudy golden color. Slight, foamy, white head. Slowly settles leaving some spotty carbonation on the surface. Leaves substantial spotted lacing which quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light malt, citrus, and pine.

T: A sweet pungent malt. Pecan shells, some lemon citrus, and pine nuts. Sweet, bitter hops.

M: Light body, full flavor. The piny aftertaste remains. Strong alcohol, but not overpowering.

D: Great sipping beer.

Really solid atmosphere. Great appearance, and simple but full nose. More complexity in the palette, and really full flavor. Nice balance. Overall, this is a pretty great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 23:05:59 | More by bmwats
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Tripel is beautiful, bubbly, and balanced.

It poured a stunning sparkling pale gold, with a massive head that filled more than half of a tulip-shaped glass. It left very thick rings of lace throughout the glass. The smell and taste were yeasty and sweet, with hints of banana, lemon rind, and sweet spices. The feel is an explosion of bubbles with a very long-lasting bitter finish. The aftermath is a perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Westmalle Tripel is absolutely delicious, with an extremely happy appearance and feel. This would be great as hot weather refresher or as a special occasion celebration.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 20:14:13 | More by MetalHopHead6
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better trappist ales I have had. I enjoyed Orval more personally, but it was a bit different of a style.

Westmalle's Tripel has a rich golden color with a nice head. It has smells of citrus, and alcohol that comes with tripel's.

Tastes like alcohol and belgian yeasts. Has a hint of citrus taste to it. Great beer all around!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:20:24 | More by Spineypanda
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gskitt

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really good. Tripels are not my favorites but this was really good. I have been waiting to try this beer. Pours a pale of pale golden, hints of orange. Marshmallow head, just huge. Smells of malt, malt, and more malt. Tastes of malt, yeast, very bready, uncooked dough for a sweetbread. tiny bubbles of carbonation. A bit of a dry fruity finish. Overall, great!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 23:09:55 | More by gskitt
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with an outstanding malt/spiciness balance with spiciness being over malt; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible tripel as expected. All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Completely outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:38:13 | More by superspak
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beautiful, soapy head swells to three fingers and looks extremely sticky, which is eventually verified by the lace that clamps onto the side of the glass as the head slowly degrades.

The body is a bright lemon meringue with particulates suspended amid the storm of of unending carbonation.

Smell: A combo of herbs and ester scents. Through the cratered head notes of pear, cinnamon, vanilla, clove, and brandy alcohol are escaping. It is complex, but it could definitely be bigger.

Taste: The fruit esters are much stronger than in the nose. Pear is still coming through, but there is also apricot, raisin, and lemon. The clove starts to kick in about middle of the drink to the finish, which is joined with the brandy and stewed cherries taste.

The aftertaste is where the spicy herbs and slight booziness come into play. Very complex, and oh so very good.

Mouth feel: The feel is medium to full, which is a quality in Belgians I am really starting to appreciate. Obviously, there is some warm alcohol, but it is incorporated well with the beer, and with out it, this beer would not be near as fun.

Overall: The beer is a delight to drink, a real wonder to look at, and feels complete. The nose could certainly be more pronounced, but the thick head might have something to do with that. You already know it is a great Tripel, so what are you waiting for exactly?
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This is the review for the 86-87 vintage of the Westmalle Tripel.

Appearance: The white, two finger head bubbles quickly, but fades at about the same rate, leaving only a film behind. The body is a cloudy, darker amber, with a considerable amount of dark particulates. No carbonation to be seen. 3.5

Smell: The nose is all about alcohol flavors up front. It really smells like taking a whiff of a brandy. There is also a honey sweetness to it. Under the alcohol, there is clove, some esters, mainly raisins and dates. No sniff is quite like the last one. So complex. 4.5

Taste: The brandy comes through strong on the palate too. There is also an oakiness here, like it was barrel aged. A honey sweetness starts to show about mid drink, as well as an almost whiskey like leather taste.

What is incredible though, is there is no burn at all. Instead, it is very sticky sweet. As the beer finishes, the esters are back in full swing: mainly a raisin and pear quality comes through, also a buttery caramelness. Just like the nose, this is incredibly complex. Oh yeah, and good. 4.5

Mouth feel: This is what really blows my mind about the beer. First, the stickiness of the brew is really pronounced, and this lends to a very full mouth feel, almost a chewiness. Finally, even though this beer has the smell and taste of being boozy, there is absolutely no burn in the swallow, really, incredibly smooth. 5.0

Overall: It was really exciting that this beer was not damaged after such a long period of cellaring, and the process has only made this beer all the more impressive. The flavor profiles are still robust, and seem different with each sip.

While the body and head certainly have not aged well, the taste and mouth feel are probably not things that I will ever experience again, unless I take the great care to age more bottles, and hey, if they turn out like this, it will definitely be worth the wait. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:07:05 | More by Pintofbrown
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a dense straw color. A 3 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a full coverage lacing. Sediment and carbonation are readily noticed.

The aroma is light but very good. It includes the usual culprits of bread, banana, and yeast, but also has some grass and cotton candy notes.

The taste is also quite good although a little simpler. A small hint of malts mixed with a good dose of bananas and pears. A spicy pepper component is also noted. Alcohol is definitely present.

The mouthfeel was just a bit too carbonated for my liking and I think it takes away from the taste. It is medium-full body and quite thick. With all this, it is quite smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer and easy to drink although the carbonation was a bit distracting to me. I will definitely keep my eyes open for more and enjoy it when available.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:57:48 | More by SykDoc
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Cloudy, yellowish orange body; head settles fast

Smell
Mild aroma of banana and lemon

Taste & Mouthfeel
Mouthfeel is crazy! One little swirl and it ignites into a full mouth of creamy goodness; refreshingly citrussy and fruity; however, the heavy malts give it some weight

Overall
Complex and really enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 17:16:05 | More by JEdmund
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longarm

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 7.15.06. Maybe I'm having this when it's a little too green, but I have to clean-out the fridge.

Fluffy white head caps this cloudy, strawlike brew with little floaties carried by carbonating bubbles. The head fades quickly to a thin, but noticeable layer leaving very little lacing.

Dried fruit, mostly lemons on the nose interlaced with floral hops and wheat.

Potent alcoholic bite with strong acidity at first but an exceptionally dry finish begs another sip. After warming a bit of bubblegum flavor makes an appearance.

Clean, medium bodied mouthfeel. Some residual sweetness is balanced by high alcoholic content.

Not for the faint of heart when it's this green, but still an exceptionally easy beer to drink. The abv weighs-in at 9.5% so be careful of a boomerang. Next time I'll stock-up on several and cellar them for a year or two. Should help smooth-out the finish. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 20:10:30 | More by longarm
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/26/12.

Pours a murky light orange with a 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap. Chunky streaks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of white grapes, green apples, citrus fruit, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of white grape juice, citrus zest, spices, and mild Belgian yeast. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body and a crisp level of carbonation. Overall, this is a really good tripel and another great beer from Westmalle.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:18:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (best before 7/15/06)

This beer has a hazy, straw colored body with an orance hue. The head on this is absolutely gorgeous. The thick, dense, marshmallow head forms an uneven rocky peak in my duvel tulip. The fresh, sweet, candied smell fills the nose and gives great anticipation of whats to come with the taste.

The taste is remarkably light and crisp from the light carbonation bubbles. A peachy, citrusy flavors shines through and gives off a soft, perfect harmony, of bittering hops and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is so smooth, that you almost feel bad drinking a beer of this caliber so fast. The dryness in the finish is a perfect ending.

This beer is just fantastic. I am used to tripels that are a little more clear and carbonated, but this is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 00:31:38 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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philipt

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cellared for 1 year (previous review based on 330ml bottles without aging)

What does it mean to be a tripel? Three times better than any other beer...no, its much better than that. Westmalle may well be the best tripel on the planet (I haven't had every tripel on the planet, but of the ones I have had, its #1).

Bright golden body with a super-sized frothy white head. There is a significant yeast collection in the bowels of this bottle. Smells rich and complex. Malt, yeast, pear and apple, and even alcohol make-up the aroma. The taste is quite lively. Malty sweetness and yeast impart a definite fruity (particularly apple) association. The alcohol is not shy at all, and hits like a freight train towards the back of the mouth. A very warming beer. Finishes quite dry and the carbonation plays well in the mouth.

Did I mention that I really like this beer? This is a contender for the best beer tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 15:14:30 | More by philipt
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a beer i usually buy as a crate. It is one of the best triples that there are on the market. Also very easy to get in every supermarket in Holland.

I let the beer come to rest for at least a month. With the real chalice (a Westmalle thin glas) you enjoy the taste of a wonderful triple.

The foam stays really well in the glass and the co2 is not very strong. It is a beer which takes care of you for the rest of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 20:05:42 | More by Brabander
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle, 2 year old bottle yanked from the cellar

Poured into it's appropriate Westmalle Chalice

Smell, apples and grapes dominate the smell, notes of oak(?), and pear round it out

Taste, very sweet apple flavors really come through, notes of grape, and I swear hints of oak. Definite vanilla flavors as well, pretty strong, might be where I'm tasting oak. No identifiable bitterness, no alcohol as well, I taste nothing but sweet nectar.

Overall, I'm glad I pulled this bottle when I did. I don't have much experience cellaring Westmalle, as I try to only cellar 750ml bottles of Belgians whenever possible, and 750's of Westmalle are hard to come by in my parts. But the complexity of this one really came through, I have never tasted such a strong oak/vanilla flavor in this beer before. I can't wait to see how the other bottle I have tastes after another year.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 23:42:21 | More by leftmindedrighty
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Update
Last bottle I reviewed was bad I believe from improper storage. This is certainly a very tasty brew worthy of its Trappist designation. A bit hoppier than other tripels, but that adds to its character. Effervescent and full in the mouth, peppery nose, and ripe fruit taste make this a lovely experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 02:02:01 | More by HossMcGraw
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color with a bit of sediment floating about. Thin white head that remains. Leaves some good lacing on the glass as it goes down.
Belgian yeast, pears, sour apple, spice,a hint of banana, with much else...complex on the nose. A little bit of alcohol can be detected.
Taste is again Belgian yeast, with some more pear and slightly tart green apples. Hint of clove, and spice. Faint hint of pepper as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet a little heavier in body than expected--though I'd say it's just right.
Excellent drinkability. Great beer I've held off on trying for a long time. Don't know why I waited so long...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 22:58:43 | More by Parrotbeak
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BullCityB

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip, this beer had a head to rival Duvel. The beer itself was a light topaz, and I kid you not, the head had the texture of stiff meringue. Fantastic.

The nose was slightly underwhelming, but in the end, still good. Very spicy, both sweet and peppery, with a good nip of alcohol. A little fruit was there, as well, but it was in the background.

The flavor was fantastic. Tart, juicy apples, plenty of spice from the yeast, and a little bready malt on the finish, but just a little. Very dry and bracing, just as a Tripel should be. Alcohol is definitely noted, but not obtrusive. It's creamy and light in the mouth, just perfect for a warm spring day.

Overall, Westmalle Tripel has vaulted itself into my top beers. I had sampled another trappist ale a few hours before this one, and I thought it was very good, but not quite great. This one is truly top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 22:49:01 | More by BullCityB
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doktorhops

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Getting to the business end of Trappist brews now. Which makes one contemplate the lengths they'll have to go to get a bottle of Trappist Westvleteren 12... soon my lovely. In any case damn the Belgians for making such tasty beers, and also for not being Australia adjacent.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Appealing cloudy Tangerine body with a thin chalk lacing.

S: Sweet, vinous aromas (like a Botrytis wine) along with acidic pears and apples, with a hint of clove phenols. Along the lines of Duvel... promising.

T: Wasn't far off - a very Duvelesque taste; dry champagne yeast start to finish (even drier than Duvel), tart apple/pear centre, and hints of Wit Bier spice phenols and banana esters, topped off with a candi sugar sweetness that faintly hides the alcohol. A very impressively crafted brew.

M: Champagne fizz, lots of it, and a medium body.

D: Damn good beer this... not a glass of Duvel though. They are very similar in profile but the Duvel edges this in flavour with its less dry and more sweet notes. The dryness makes this beer possibly the closest thing I've tried to Champagne, and credit where credit is due it is a great brew.

Food match: Basil salmon terrine with confit de canard or a crispy salmon with lentils du puy and two-mustard crème fraîche.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 10:12:16 | More by doktorhops
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boblog

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with little lacing and small head.
Smell: Acidic citrus scent, with hints of malt.
Taste: Apple, orange/citrus taste are strong initially, with warm alcohol induced flavors coming with the malty after taste.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, and fairly heavy body, also nice strong carbonation.
Drinkablility: With a beer this strong and expensive I wouldnt advise more than one or two, but the taste makes me want to drink it all night long.
Overall: You can never go wrong with a trappist brew. I loved it along with every other trappist brew I have had the pleasure of sampling. Reminds me of the Chimay Tripple and an Orval a bit. Only a noob wouldnt enjoy such a high quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 01:21:19 | More by boblog
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treyrab

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one sets me at 5 out of the 6 Belgian Trappist breweries. Still need to try Achel. Poured this one into a chalice...

A: This is one of the best, if not the best, looking beers I have ever laid my two eyes on. It pours a semi hazy copper with a thousand floaties suspended stagnant in the beer. The vast carbonation flying up the glass does not even move the floaties...they just sit there suspended mid-glass. The head is a remarkable two finger in size and sits there the while time. Duvel is the only beer that rivals this for looks alone.

S: The smell is rather light, but I was expecting this for a tripel. It smells of light orange and lemon with a touch of yeast. Pepper also comes through in the scent.

T: Spectacular display of flavors come rushing through. Very dry tasting with orange peel and lemon with a touch of pepper. This is not sweet nor does it have much banana in the flavors. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but only adds to the pleasant taste.

Overall, this is a remarkable beer. One of the best, if not the best tripel I have ever had

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:04:37 | More by treyrab
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GallowsThief

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Thijs (Brabander) for finding this gem and affording me an opportunity to get one. Poured out of a brown bottle into my Duvel. Thijs tracked this down and it had been sitting in a basement since 1985.

A – Pours out a cloudy caramel brown with almost no head to speak of but amazingly good carbonation. Spotty lacing from what little head there was.

S - Has a great funky yeast smell. Very nice fruit smell with apples, orange and pears in there. Peppery spiciness.

T – Very mellow tasting. Has some honey like qualities in it. Apple still present. Taste what could be a grape presence. Still has quite a bit of alcohol in the end that you feel all the way down. Touch of spiciness left.

M – Very creamy and smooth. Still had good carbonation. Ran from sweet malts to a nice drying at the end.

O – Once in a lifetime opportunity to try a brew this old. It was well worth it. Still a wonderful tasting beer. I enjoyed every sip of this one. Thanks Thijs!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 00:42:18 | More by GallowsThief
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a massive and growing head of billowy foam. A delight to look at in my New Belgium chalice. Lots and lots of lacing is another plus.

The smell has notes of yeast, tart fruit, some banana, and a bit of clove.

The taste adds on to the pleasure of the smell, big time. First sip and I notice how pungently delicious it is. The yeast and tart fruit really work together nicely and make for a drying quality that makes me want to take more sips and yeah, being as strong as it is, sips are in order for sure but that doesn't hurt the drinkability much if at all.

There's some peppery and malty tones that I start to notice after the 3rd sip or so that bring in just the right amount of spice and sweetness to just trim the outer edge of the bitterness and that's all I want it to do. Me like the dryness factor here big time. ;^)

It has a medium thick mouthfeel to it that is just so silky smooth going down, it's scary.

I'm just about finished with this bottle and it's time to reflect on how great a drinking experience I just enjoyed. It's a hot summer day and I'm sipping on a brew that's 9.5%abv and I find it so damn refreshing! Go figure! This is truly a world class brew and I'm so happy I got a chance to drink this again after many years doing without. Thanks again, Joe!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 00:47:52 | More by Bitterbill
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date reads 15/07/06. Served in the Duvel tulip glass for maximum everything. Cellar temperature.

Appearance- Clear, medium gold with a four finger rocky head. Bubbles are surprisingly large and tumultuous... they pop and settle completely within about five minutes. Mild lacing, and the glass etching feeds the thin mat of foam continuously.

Smell- The first whiff of this beer actually "choked up" my nose... a wicked, alcohol-intense burn literally shut my nostrils down, like tripping a circuit breaker. After finding my feet again and going in for another, a monstrous banana-like character combined with creme brulee came forth. Sweet, heavy, dessert qualities abound on the nose in this one.

Taste- As with the aroma, there is a custard-like fatness, or weight to the taste... if that makes any sense. Upon the first swallow, I feel the ABV flow freely to my arms and legs, making it clear why these are not sold in bombers. Custard, pudding, cream pie filling... these all come to mind whilst describing the taste. Big pale malts with candi sugar are superbly balanced and proportionate... and the alcohol is WAY too well-disguised.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and mellow in the mouth, especially for the strength and complexity of the nose and taste. Goes down smooth, and the beer's warmth takes over and softens all the edges. I want to go to Belgium now, and be a monk. That brews great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 01:19:38 | More by yelterdow
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a cloudy yellowish brown (the color of a wit beer with some dirt in it) with an enormous fluffy beige head that sticks around tenaciously. Great retention; great lacing.

S:
Boozy, almost winey with the strong floral, yeast and vaguely citrus aromas that one would expect from a Belgian Tripel.

T:
Wow. Big, bold and boozy. Clover, honey, fresh-baked bread and a lingering sweetness that hangs in your nose a bit that almost reminds me of licorice.

M:
Effervescent and smooth. Medium body with a slow burning, rum-like finish.

O:
Really good tripel. It is a bit on the winey side for what I would ordinarily drink, but--being Belgian--it doesn't come off like a slap in the face. The presentation is about perfect. The smell hints at what's to come but doesn't spoil the surprise. The taste is sublime but is different from most tripels that I have had. All-in-all it is a worthy beer which I would have again and is very much worth finding.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:18:47 | More by TheDoctor
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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