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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,659
Hads: 4,224
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 372
Gots: 656 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of BeerFink
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consuming roughly 5 months after the bottling date...

Pours a mostly clear golden color with some unidentified floating objects hanging around in the glass. The head is out of control! Tightly knit white head is trying to get out of my glass, really outstanding looking. Malty sweet aroma intensified by fruit, along with some spice, lemony notes, and alcohol. Flavor is VERY smooth. Lots of creamy malt forms a canvas upon which fresh fruit, spices, and alcohol paint a beautiful picture of flavor. There is more to the flavor going on that I can accurately describe - very complex. Alcohol is pretty warming in the stomach, but is not very noticeable in the taste at all. Great blend of bittering hops and sweet flavors. Low carbonation embellishes the very smooth, very full mouthfeel. Definitely a kick-ass beer! I really want to cellar some of this stuff and see how it changes (although it is damn good as is).

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Photo of Offa
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible trippel and possibly my favourite.

It is darkish lightly cloudy gold with a big, off-white head that is dense and lasting, leaving nice, even, creamy lace.

The aroma is alcoholic, winey fruit, grape skins, flowers, grape juice, grain and a hint of banana. It seems lightly spicey and pungent an in enticing way.

The taste and feel are a creamy alcoholic fruitiness, mostly raisins, grapes and a little stewed pear, with a bite. It has a tingly quality, along with herbs, citrus, grain.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz into simple tulip glass. The color was the deep golden, hazy liquid all previous reviews have described. A pillowy white head that quickly dissipated to a half-finger, then held from there. Not much lacing on glass - could be my fault.
The aroma was subtle blend of spice, dried fruit, citrus, and of course a nice touch of banana. Did have to get the nose in there to get details. Wife noticed some cinnamon and coriander. Wish I had that level of olfactory articulation.
The flavor is why we buy this beauty. The quintessential Tripel. The spice notes up front, the light citrus and dried fruit across the palate and the dry, yeasty finish (I made a full pour) - the definition of Tripel.
When I someday get a beer fridge, this will be a regular inclusion.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours out a slightly hazy orange-gold color. It is quite effervescent with nice bubbles streaming upward. There is a beautiful creamy white head with outstanding retention and trademark Belgian lacing. Then nose has nice fresh-smelling fruity aromas of oranges, bananas, and pears. There is no alcohol and not much of a hop presence.

The beer has a full body and a wonderfully firm, slick mouthfeel. The predominant flavors are fruity and citrusy, but there is a wonderful complex spiciness that balances it out and keeps it from tasting too sweet. The carbonation is just right and complements the spiciness nicely. As the beer moves across the palate, the flavors develop. The fruit flavors start to recede and a pleasant dry bitter, flowery note creeps in. The finish is dry and sustained and accompanies a faint, warming touch of alcohol.

I'm not a big fan of tripels, but I can see why this one is something of a standard. It has just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect blend of spiciness and bitterness to balance it out and keep it drinkable. This is the best tripel I have had yet and the only one I could see myself drinking over and over.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is banana and bubblegum. Chamomile, apple, and pear. White pepper, coriander. Floral and spicy hops. Honey and cracker malt. Oranges and spices. Balanced fruit, spice and malt character.

Pours hazy golden. Large frothy white head with good lacing.

Fruity and spicy on the palate with a surprisingly firm hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Graham cracker malt with citrus and coriander. Lots of malt character without being sweet. Clove and various baking spices. Spicy herbal hops with some fruitiness.

Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Lingering bitterness and spices on the finish. Very dry and crisp despite the amount of yeast character.

Incredibly complex and balanced. More spicy phenols than fruity esters and quite dry. The amount of hop bitterness lends me to think this beer is pretty fresh.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a hazy yellow-golden...foamy head that retained, and left broken lace all the way down...smell was citrusy, and mild, taste was outstandingly citrusy, fruity, complex...mouthfeel light bubbly, and creamy...drinkability is high!...not a session brew, due to the abv, but just wonderful...God! I love Belgians!!!

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Photo of Throckmorton
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

amazing beer.

A - golden tan with protein and yeast, off white head of fine bubbles that lasts and lasts. lace down the side of the glass.

S- prominent yeast, some earthy and grassy tones.

T- fabulous yeasty flavors, lots of grass and hay, and undertones of vanilla, but not at all sweet.

M - not highly carbonated, nice on the tongue.

D - amazing, I'm glad I can't easily buy this beer or I'd be living under a bridge.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big corked bottle into my giant snifter...the head on this baby is so big it still will take two glasses. Pours a fairly bright pale yellow with a head that will wows even with a gentle pour. Nose is funky Belgian yeast, rich and deep in the nose, with an undercurrent of fruitness and a delightfully aftertaste that is just barely sour in a light and wonderful way. There is no unpleasantness at all in any of the flavors. It's more bitter than one might expect, but this is not to say it's unbalanced. On the contrary, the balance is exceptional. I took this out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving and I would recommend to anyone drinking this to serve it at the proper temperature rather than right out of the fridge and in a glass other than a pint glass, one with curves that will bring out the nose. A true champion of beers, but one expects nothing less from any of the Trappists.

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Photo of stephens101
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I fucking love tripels! Ok, we got that out of the way. Pours a magnificent bright orange into a snifter. A huge off-white head full of scattered bubbles fills the glass to the rim and stays there for a while before slowly fading, around the sides first, which leaves a hill of froth in the middle of the glass, before it eventually fades all together and leaves big chunks and stringy lacing all around. Bold aromas of sweet bread, oranges, grapefruit and candy rise to the nose. Tastes spicy and melony up front with a good hit of alcohol heat immediate following. I like it a lot (in my best Jim Carey voice). Other various fruits, some malts, and bold helping of hop bitternes finish things off. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. I am duly impressed and am going to stop writing now so I can concentrate on how good this one is.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wonderful stuff. 11.2 fl oz bottle, a very unique top part inscribed westmalle. thank the monks for this. pours up cloudy and light amber, dark yellow. fluffy head of white stuff leaves nice lace down the glass. smell of light citrus fruit, maybe lemon, summer outside, and some spicy bits as well. taste is amazing. a bright, slightly fruity taste to start, alcohol slides in behind that, and a tart finish. would not drink this all night, too many flavors to deal with, but an stellar beer just the same.


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Photo of WhiteOak
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow. Expansive, lacy head is quick to settle.

S- Floral-scented soaps, tropical flowers and fruits, passionfruit, Belgian yeast, fresh cut green grass. Faint spice.

T- Sweet, delicious malt with loads of classic Belgian Tripel flavor. The long, lingering sweet malt finish is seductive and invites further drinking.

M, D- Full, round, velvety feel. Impeccable balance. Creamy but fresh, given bouyancy by the fruitiness and CO2. Substantial, but not flabby or heavy. Well-crafted. A delight, and very enjoyable.

ETA: I have had a few Westmalle Tripels recently which were inconsistent in quality and varied so greatly from my review above that they one would never consider them the same ale. These have been much darker in color and had aromatic and flavor profiles which could best be described as oxidized and raisinated, and were just like a 20 year tawny Port wine. None of the complexity and fresh fruitiness of the excellent example reviewed above was apparent. Too old? Cooked in a store room possibly? Disappointing, unfortunately.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: In its Westmalle challace (which I forgot I had until I realized I was pouring the beer into it), a slightly cloudy, slightly chalky piss gold (it is, what can I say?) with a huge, pillowy, pure white head. Medium retention; a bit on the quick side for a tripel. Thick lace curtains on the glass. Dozens of streams of tiny bubbles race to the top.

Smell: On the rich side for a trip, with a sweet, bready cakelike spiceiness, yeasty white pepper/clove, and a definite citrus tang, though more sweet orange than sharp lemon. An undercurrent of honeyed malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The champ. Hands down. Period. Sweet nectar tangerine hits the palette first, followed by a swirling spiced bread flavor. There's a lemon-lime soda floating on top, with a creamy honey--and even a hint of sugar cookie--resting on the floor. It's a touch boozy (sort of like a Tom Collins), but the finish is a Middle Eastern combo of lime leaf, exotic spice and honey. It's as good as it gets; it's hard to describe how truly amazing this is. The mouthfeel is stellar as well, rich, smooth, creamy and a bit chewy.

Drinkability: I have to shave a half off for it's 9+ abv and $4.50+ price tag. But if I were Bill Gates, I'd have a walk-in fridge full of it; I could literally drink only this forever and be happy. IMHO, certainly the best tripel, and one of the best beers, this mortal coil has to offer. Divine inspiration, indeed.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bomber into a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a fluffy two finger head topping a pale orange body. The body is cloudy, yet translucent. I expected it to be a bit darker, but it was still very nice.

Smells like apricots and pepper. Faint aromas of exotic fruits and a slight follow up of alcohol.

Tastes very bright. Tangy apricot and fruity tastes wash through the mouth. Pepper and ... and something pleasantly bitter. Finally warming alcohol. Oh so pleasant warming alcohol.

Feels bright and carbonated in the mouth. Crisp and peppery in the sinuses and the back of the throat. This feels like high octane champagne in the mouth.

Aside from the price and high alcohol, I could drink this all day. I'd love to, but as it is, I'll keep them for special occasions.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into snifter/ Best by 6/11/10

P: Clear, effervescent golden honey with a 2 fingered pearly white head that's soapy, yet rocky. Shows good retention and sinks to a thin halo with an island.

A: Sweetly toasted pale malts along with bananas, apples, and peaches with some spice and alcohol to boot. Smells mouth-wateringly good!

T: The lightly toasted sweet pale malts are definitely hefty, as they have to be to hold up a flavor profile this intense! On top is a big ol' bowl of fruit that includes bananas, apples, peaches, and a citric twang that tingles the taste buds. Peppery-like spice is like a beautifully choreographed dance that does quite a number on the tongue, while the soft alcohol contributes nicely to the profile. I also get some floral hops on the back end, which only adds yet another layer to this complex, well-made beer in which all of the flavors really meld together nicely.

M: The Westmalle Tripel has a luxuriously smooth medium-full body that features a volumizing carbonation that blossoms in the mouth to give it a crisp, yet rich and creamy kind of feel. Perfection!

Notes: This is one of the best tripels that I've had yet! It's full-flavored, powerfully spicy, explosively delicious, but not quite as fruity as others. This is why tripels are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles! Highly recommended

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML into my Brooklyn tulip. Split the bottle.

A: Even a careful pour yielded over three fingers of fluffy white head. Not that much lacing but enough. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very clear golden color with great clarity.

s: Great nose. Tons of apples. Pears. Little bit of spice in there as well. A nice sweetness comes through as well.

T: This is a solid classic take on the style. Tons of fruit. Really great yeast. They must ferment this at a high tempature. Tons of apples, pears. Just a full boquet of light fruits. A touch of spice. Perfectly balanced.

D: Slight dry finish. Well carbonated. Perfect.

D: I could drink this all day long. Sure it is a big beer but it drinks great all seasons. In the winter it is hearty and in the summer it is light and refreshing.

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Photo of sloejams
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully into my chalice; a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains quite well with some gorgeous lacing. It has a sweet aroma with citrus fruits evident and the slightest hint of coriander. It tastes remarkable - sweetness in the yeast, some cloves and bit tart. Nice medium body with a warming alcohol feel. The 9.5 is very well hidden. I could drink a few of these.

The best tripel I've ever had. Delicious.

Monks, what can't they do?

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Photo of Trentonator
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We are under a tornado warning here in Kansas City. As such, I jokingly told my drinking companion that if we were going to die tonight, then we were going to go out whilst drinking good beer. Perusing my selections, I passed over the ubiquitous Chimays, the standard Samuel Smiths and both a Celebrator Doppelbock and Sierra Nevada. All great beers, without question, but I wanted the best of the best. Towards the back of the fridge, I spied the coveted Westmalle Tripel, which appeared like some sort of heavenly apparition (cue the choir music).

In an almost ritualistic pouring, with lightning flashing above and tornado warnings on the sirens and all over the TV, I poured the Westmalle into my chalice like wine into the Holy Grail. If this was to be my last "supper", then so be it. This is BEER as God intended it to be. The Trappist Monks know God, and they know beer.

After the pour, a thick white head appeared, resembling the ominous clouds on the Kansas horizon. As the ample head dissipated ever so slowly, outdoors the crescendo of thunder and display of lightning was complimented by a lacing and bubbly countenance fit for this most momentous occassion. I held my chalice to the erupting skies and entrusted my fate to the monks that crafted this legendary nectar.

Appearance is AWESOME, and the smell is intoxicating even before the heavenly brew touches your lips. Taste is complex, changing every few minutes depending on the temp of the beer. It is at once yeasty and bready, hoppy and thick. The mouthfeel is soft, but also candy-sweet and chewy. Hard to put a finger on, much like the concept of religion itself. But you KNOW it is right, and you know it is righteous.

Make no mistake, this is the Mona Lisa of beers. It is exquisite, breathtaking, stunning, mysterious, delicious and all encompassing. You don't just quaff this brew, you savor it, cherish it, and behold it as the nectar of the gods. A true masterpiece.

Thankfully, the tornadoes passed. But I am forever a changed man after my religious experience with this beer.

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Photo of julian89
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 3/14/12
Poured from bottle into Chimay sniffer.

Appearance: A nice inch of head with minimal lacing (what I love to see). Clear translucent amber gold. A good consistent bubbling from base of sniffer.

Smell: A crispy citrus smell. I get a hint of herbs and flowers which gives me a spring feeling.

Mouthfeel: Wow, fresh with excellent carbonation. A light and almost fluffy like feel. A nice "zing" hit on the front with a smooth feeling on the back.

Taste: High alcohol taste and very citrus like. The flavors seem almost enhanced by the mouthfeel.

Overall: Excellent, one of the better Trappist beers.

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Photo of jizdepski
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a maredsous goblet. absolutely beautiful brew. had an explosive white head that was very active and took on a life of its own. flecks of yeast were present beneath in the brilliant golden liquid below that eventually settled to the bottom. the smell hits you instantly, and from 2 feet away its quite pungent. very lively yeast, peppercorn, ripe fruits, corriander, lemon, and alcohol very noticeable. the taste is a knockout. the depth of flavor is unlike any tripel ive had. phenol alcohol is not hidden, and the coriander is a great companion to that. its got some grassy hops, tart fruits, and a wonderfully earthy yeast taste going on. excellent balance and very assertive. its got a medium body, which feels a bit thicker due to the high carbonation level. drinkability for this one is great considering the abv. maybe the only beer ive ever had that felt and tasted like it was "alive". best tripel i've tasted hands down.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a gold/pale orange with plenty of head that slowly diffused and left lots of beautiful lacing.

S: There is an immediate but brief golden raisiny sweet smell, then spices like coriander and some white pepper and finishes with an earthy strawlike/hay scent but not funky. There is a lot of depth in the nose and more and more aromas emerges as the beer warms.

T: Begins with hints of orange peel and honey and then the spices kick in: corriander, white pepper, some juniper berry, and then green grassy notes with a bitter hop finish. Perfect Balance of sweet and spice.

M: Great Carbination and nice light to medium body that carries the flavers very nicely.

D: Though the alcohol is not as forward as I would think there is a definate warming of the body and soul that makes this a great digestif.

This beer is how I enjoy tripels perfect balance and a good handle of the sweetnees.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured in two separate glasses, shared with wife

Appearance - Foggy golden yellow body with small white soapy head. Sticky soapy lacing.

Smell - Slight musky grain. Light alcohol. Apple. Almost citrusy.

Taste - Complex and smooth. Plenty alcoholic but not offbalanced or overpowering. No off flavors. Very very slight bitterness. May develop due to oxidization? Wasn't getting it so much at the beginning.

Mouthfeel - Smooth full bodied feel with medium light effervescence that works well with the alcoholic bite.

Overall Drinkability - Best Tripel I've had. Better than the Chimay.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle chalice-like glass. Beautiful frothy white head on top of a pale golden/orange colored beer. The aroma is rather citrusy.

They flavor is very fruity and yeasty. Sweet with a lot of of cider and citrus character. A touch of corriander too. A sweet finish that leaves a delicate malt taste on the palate.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance - Absolutely beautiful! I poured it slowly into the glass to try to hold back on a huge foam up. No matter, the head came to a thick very bubbly cloud of creamy whiteness. Even after relenting, a huge pillow of whiteness was left on top. As for the color, it was a delicious hazy gold.

Smell - Very malty and citrus. Somewhat of a familiar banana hefe-weizen like smell. Creamy smell slaps you across the face.

Taste & Mouthfeel - A very spicy crisp taste combines with a sharpe alcohol. Sheer bliss to drink as a wonderful banana creaminess melted into a fruity honey backbone. This beer is so smooth that it's hard to really describe how many flavors wash around in your mouth. So many fruits abound i'm not gonna even name them all.

Drinkability - Haven't had this beer in a while, and I forgot how incredible it was. Holds it lofty status as the top tripel in the world with gleaming results. It is the best Tripel around, accept no substitutes.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: tangerines with cream and sugar

Taste: bountiful dry hops, tangerines, tinges of rose, sugar, walnuts, barley pears, pine needle sap, with a scotch-like burn; crisp and tangy

Probably the BEST TRIPEL MADE, this beer is one of the most complex beers one could ever drink. Touched by the hands of god, these Trappist monks sure know how to shake it down.

Pair this beer with the finer things in life, such as, chateau briand, New Zealand lamb, or filet minion with properly prepared escargot and buttery vegetables: this beer and pairing is second to none

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Photo of OskarL
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden color with a huge white fluffy head, leaves a lot of nice thick lacing 5

Smell - Soaked bread, pepper, citrus and apricot.

Taste - A very complex taste, ripe apricot up front, honey, earthy grain like, alcohol with some phenols in the background at the finish. Quite bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and smooth with soft carbonation.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.