Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,633
Hads: 4,125
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 350
Gots: 569 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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 BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl custom European-style brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "trappist" around the neck.

Appearance: Cloudy pale orange with a nice head! It's got the whole Brussels Lace going on with a creamy, bitty head that sticks a retains with little awakening (swirling in the glass).

Smell: Tart apricot, lemon grass, pepper, pale malts and alcohol all wrapped in a slighly pungent aroma.

Taste: A bit crisp upfront with a slick mouthfeel. Many layers to this brew: fruit (ripe passion/apricot), big burst of spicy alcohol, fresh cut hay flavour, dextrin sweetness, raw honey, yeast and a slight medicinal background flavour. Complex. Very complex.

Notes: The quintessential triple in our humble opinions. An exceptional beer, blissful to taste. Roughly 9% abv. (784 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My sister: This beer is EMANCIPATED!!! It's like honey with an aftertaste of utter beerness. Tripulent and succulent, with a gluey texture. Pretty colour.

My girlfriend: It's quite nice. Inspiring.

Me: Best triple ever. Pretty fresh and complex. Even good on a hot Aussie summer day. I'm getting more; much more. Only problem - its drinkability heightens majorly in the colder weather. Goes really well with pine nuts! (424 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a stemmed goblet glass. Best before date is 26/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a light and very hazy brownish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of white head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a good amount of cloves and coriander spices. Lots of wheat grains. Big hints of fruits with some banana, pear, apple, orange, lemon, and white grapes. Also a little hay, pepper, and citrus hops. Very yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy. Nicely complex.

Taste: Tastes as great and complex as it smells. Big taste of spice upfront from the Belgian yeast and cloves. Wheat grains add some bready taste throughout. Big mix of fruity esters. Vibrant notes of oranges, banana, pear, white grapes, lemon, and apple. Also mixed in are some coriander and pepper spices. A great combination of sweet fruits, spices, and moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation on the heavier side of medium. Very creamy. Somewhat prickly. Fruity and very drying in the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: An outstanding authentic Belgian Tripel. A great complex mix of yeast, wheat, and fruity esters. (1,249 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Largely clear, some sediment slipped into my glass, the liquid was a magical shade of tawny-gold. It is simply beautiful. And this says nothing about the whipped foam topping the beery nectar. The head was at least three fingers in height, the white mass was rocky and it held very well. The head was slow to fade, at the lowest point it was still a finger in height. Impressive. Subsequent lacing was patchy but it clung very well. This beer is pure eye-candy; I’m digging it. The complexity of the nose is very impressive. There is no dominant aroma, nothing stands out but it is not like every aroma is yelling over each other. No they are quite egalitarian, sometimes a smell of hay leads the charge but other times it was funky horse blanket, then again a fruitiness coupled with spice spoke up. There is also pepper, and licorice, sometimes there was a suggestion of bubblegum. Sugary. Tart. Musty. Oranges. Apples in a wooden basket next to an open jar of ginger and nutmeg…boy, was that some poetic drivel or what! Maybe, but it is true. I wish the potency was louder but this is a common complaint with me. Very inviting, I need to stop smelling and take a sip. The palate does have a start and a finish and one hell of a middle! This is unlike the nose. Upfront the palate is raw and surprisingly hoppy, firm bitterness that lingers into the middle where it is quickly teamed up with some well-placed astringency. A bite of alcoholic heat cuts the party short, or so I thought, but in actuality more friends were invited to the party. And they were a fruity bunch! Oranges mainly, lemony citrus too, some apples and grapes in the mix, and these guys start to dance with some spicy ladies. Nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and pepper performed a tasty tango. There were yeasty moments as well but the finish was quite herbal with a noticeable blast of malt (rather clean, very nice!). This ending is quite firm, I like that. In the aftertaste a peppery jolt mixes with some fruit, bubblegum and razor sharp acidity, oh so dry! Bring on a platter of cheese and fruit, please. The palate is heavenly from start to finish. Complex and damn tasty! There is nothing I’d change about the taste. Medium in body, big, lively carbonation, the body is both firm and pliable. Yet there is a softness about it. This is another impressive aspect of this beer. So drinkable, it is yummy beyond words. I could drink this daily and surprisingly it is available in Omaha, where I purchased this bottle for $5.00. I will buy more. I have to. It is so good. This is the best Tripel I have ever had and second best is somewhere in a distant abyss. Highly recommended. (2,653 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel, poured into a Chimay goblet.

Beautiful appearance, emits a golden-orange halo of color, hazy and illuminating from the light. Frothy large silky white color head. It maintains and lasts and lasts. Ripe fruits in the nose especially, oranges and honey. Layes of sweet phenols lay across the nasals. With underlays of sugar, cream, vanilla, and spice- reminiscent of a banana pie which is incredibly appealing. Crisp cooked edges borderlining a burnt crust scentalation. Smell is fabulous, and takes you to another dimension.

Taste is tangy and sour upfront, with a mix of belgian candied-sugar malt thrown into the mix. Residual sweetness all the way up until a nice amount of spicy floral hop bitterness, meeting halfway, the sweetness is swept over by the spiciness of the hops. Soon after another sweet wave comes back into play, and balances with the hops, the result is a sweet tangy lingering bitter that transcends the palate nicely. It feels like the flavors are bouncing around all over your tongue, it's definitely a treat. I felt that the mouthfeel was perfect, and the overall drinkability was exceptional. This bottle had to be fresh, the hop character was incredibly strong.

An almost perfect Tripel, it just has so much to offer. This was beyond tasty. I recommend it highly. (1,326 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO as part of the 2008 LCBO Spring Release. 9.50% abv, 33cl bottle. Best before 10/15/2009. Served at cellar temperature. Poured into Chimay chalice, and a little into a nosing glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy orange, massive off-white rocky and foamy head with lots of large bubbles trapped in the mire. A little suspended lees. This is wonderful to behold. Leaves some marbled rocky foam, leaves a magnificent wall of lace.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, oranges, icing sugar, lots of spice!, banana, clove, apricot, some light resin - citrus? Lemony bubble gum. Apple. Compact nose, almost impenetrable. Subtly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, yet creamy and smooth, carbonation is excellent, not too aggressive as to sting but very refreshing, even for such a high abv beer.

Crystallized oranges, orange rind, bourbon, yeast, vanilla, cake mix, whipped cream, light grapefruit, super peppery (Talisker!), spicy in general too. Lime juice. Palate is sweeter than the finish but it still possesses a subtle sweetness to it that is utterly enjoyable. Alcohol complements all the flavours exceptionally well. Well balanced, not too sweet or yeasty, fruity tangerine apricot bready finish. Hoppy resins leave it lightly bitter (yes!). Warming too, alcohol is very well hidden but catches up with you. This is wonderfully easy to drink.

This is the PERFECT Tripel, better IMHO than even the great Fin Du Monde, and hands down the best beer I have ever had. It is leaving me speechless.

In short: This beer is absurdly good. No beverage has ever impressed me like Westmalle Tripel has. Bravo! (encore)

Second time around: still a wonder to me. Lots of tangerine on the palate this time. (1,742 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a honey color with a bit of cloudiness. There is a ton of carbonation roaring from the bottom of the etched Duvel glass along with a few chimneys formed on pieces of yeast on the sides. There is a thick 1 inch head that settles and thickens. The smell is grapey, appley, sweet, tart, and perfumey with alcohol. I can also smell the hops. Metallic. I like the flavor a lot. Complex, lively, and dynamic. Starts out with tart berries, maybe raspberries, then the bitterness comes in. Citrus notes come from the tartness and form a crisp edge that is greater pronounced from the carbonation effects. The alcohol is a little hot, and remind me of tobacco/juniper. The mouthfeel is live and rich with dry, bitter hops. The aftertaste becomes more and more bitter as the drink continues, but fortunately it sweetens in the malt dept. as it warms up. An exceptional tripel.

This is a great beer. One to be savored because it is complex, and also expensive. A good special occasion beer. (995 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great Belgium tasting find from the grassroots market in Jacksonville. Drank this one straight from the 12 oz. bottle.

A: Extremely heady beer. From first pop of the cap, this beer was oozing out a creamy, orange spiced froth. Rich orange with a slight haze to the body.

S: Smells of ripe mango, passionfruit, citrus and lemongrass.

T: Sour apricot, ripe peach and spring hay on the front end, not much bite from the hops, with a dried fruit finish. Not sweet.

M: Lush and creamy with nice amount of micro-carbonation fizz on the tongue. Not bitter, alcohol present but well blended.

D: Delicious and highly recommended. Great springtime beer. This one will give you a buzz. Pair with BBQ chicken, fresh fish, mild cheese like farmers cheese or fruits and steamed vegetables of any kind. (801 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My family just bought a new HDTV and XBOX360, and soon we'll be getting surround sound installed! I'm going to celebrate with a beer I have high expectations for: Westmalle Tripel. Purchased at the Wine Exchange for $4.99 (330 ml bottle), on to the beer:

This is a very heady and carbonated brew. It pours hazy straw yellow into a chalice, leaving on top a head that shows resistence to fading. Aroma is mellow and sweet. Mixture of phenols, spice, grass, and candy sugar. I like it so far.

The taste of this tripel is what gives Trappist beers a good name. Not too intense and full of different flavors. Some peppermint-like sweetness, medicinal, grassy, light brush of pepper, and spice. Balance is drop-dead beautiful and lighter than one might think given the 9.5% ABV, which helps make this brew dangerously drinkable.

I may not sound all that excited in this review about Westmalle Tripel, but this is one beer that's worthy of the hype. Without question, a highly recommended pick by me, and one beer I'm going to share with my buddies in the future. (1,062 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful light gold colored ale. Lustrous, white, foamy head towers over the beer and gently recedes to a smooth layer of cream. Laces very well.

Beautiful aroma of fresh cut flowers, and grass. Bright, young, green, and yeasty. Lots of citrus character, mostly lemon, mingled in as well. This has to be the best smelling beer I have ever experienced.

Flavor is not as good as the aroma but still exceptional. Mild, bready malt character. Sweetness of sugar cane and apple fits very well. Hops are fresh with a grassy character and hint at bitterness without overpowering. Deep, complex and very tasty. Alcohol cannot be detected making it very dangerous.

Just heavy enough to call it medium bodied, but barely. Lively carbonation. Finish is crisp, smooth and clean. Perfect feel.

Wow! I am so glad when beers like this come along and remind me why I venture out and sample new brews. Such wonderfully complex flavors yet a light feel that is easy to drink. A true masterpiece in brewing. (993 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was quite pleased (and suprised) to find this yesterday. I followed a Westleverten 12 with this, and thought this was better. This is my favorite style, and it doesn't get any better. Poured a magnificent head, with good retention. Golden color, great lace. But most of all, a great taste! Fruity, spicy, drinkable, with a helluva punch! If you like Cinq Cents, La Fin Du Monde, Tremens, Don De Dieu, etc., you'll love this. World class, all the way! (452 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, tarnished gold color with lots of tiny floaters and a small but persistent head. Very fruity aroma (apricot & orange) with a spicy, bright, citrusy hop presence. Huge fresh hop flavor, spicy, with notes of basil or sage, with a biscuity malt flavor and fruity malt character, finishing dry, clean and delightfully bitter. Full carbonation but not too heavy.

Very close to perfect beer for me. (401 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw this bottle sitting on the shelf and it was calling to me (a 750mL bottle poured into a chalice).
The first time I tried this was from a couple samples and I recall being stunned by the quality.
This time around the impact isn't as shocking.
However,
This may be my favorite tripel.
It looks, smells and tastes the ways it seems a tripel should and does all those things very well.
It has a bitterness that I've found in other tripels, but it doesn't spill over into a sourness that turns me off. There is some grapefruit flavor without that grapefruit sourness.
Still tart.
Still dry.
Smells smooth and mild with a flavor of an impact that the nose only hints at.
The only major flaw I can find with this is the price and availability.
Though I suppose if it was cheaper and more available it might not be as good.
Ah well. (840 characters)

Photo of unitas3
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the culmination of every great beer I have ever had. It pours the most beautiful pale orange honey blossom body perfectly unfiltered and utterly gorgeous. The lacing is concentrated and creamy leaves a nice layer on the glass when swirled. The distinct aroma is hinted with roasted apricots, lemon peel and dry alcohol.

This is one of the most challenging beers for me to review on taste. The complexity is pretty astounding. Lots of dried lemon peel and spice/rich yeast with sweet honey nuances and a dry/slick alcoholic bite that finishes smooth.

Taking a sip of this beer, for me anyhow, is like the scene in the movie Beerfest where they taste the secret recipe beer for the first time. Yes, it is magical. (732 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel is tied for my all time favorite tripel and one of my favorite beers. This is such a delicious beer. I have enjoyed dozens of bottles, been to the Westmalle cafe quite a few times and had the Tripel (and Dubbel) on tap. See review of the Westmalle cafe (aka Cafe Trappisten).

The Westmalle glass is my favorite drinking glass and having a Westmalle tripel in it is great!

I am not going to give some type of sophisticated tasting description of this beer. Bottom line, this is one of the best beers out there. Tastes great, smooth liquid sweet honey. (569 characters)

Photo of jlandis
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A peach/straw golden beer with a fluffy white head that in time fades to a thin white ring. The nose is full of tart green apples, white grapes, and a hint of spice. The flavor consists of strong spicy yeast with ripe green apples. Those green apples are quite tart! The finish is bitter and almost medicinal. The body is moderate with solid carbonation.

Once again I'm blown away by the trappist standard. These monks sure know how to brew a solid beer. The combination of ripe fruits and tart spice are a perfect sipping combination. (536 characters)

Photo of Allpe45
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle
Best before end: 13/10/12
Served in a chalice

Appears bright yellowish gold, with a dense creamy head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is dominated by estery fruit. Some yeast, spice, and pale malts. Taste is incredibly balanced. Not much alcohol presence. Estery fruit and spicy phenols, followed by yeasty funk and malty sweetness. Light bitterness. Quick, dry finish with some residual sweetness. Medium bodied for the style, carbonation right on point. I would expect nothing less from a Trappist Tripel (523 characters)

Photo of erz316
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

classically beautiful 11.2 fl oz brown bottle poured into my long last found chalice of westmalle (! haha!)

A - damn near perfect. there is an amazing hazy golden/brazen color that fill the chalice, with some yeast chunkies floating around. there are some few bubbles from the bottom, but they are doing little to keep the head full. the head could have filled up better but it will suffice ne'er the less. the head fades fast and leaves a thin layer in the middle of the chalice, it retains well around the side of the glass. goddamn I love these cistericans.

S - tart dried apricots, like the gourmet ones from california, and granny smith apples, are the most creative way I can come up with describing the smell; this binds the alcohol in a warm blanket and makes it smell enchanting. my cat has once again sampled some of the beer; from her face and look of utter disgust I will inform the reader that it is in my best belief that she is not a fan. Perhaps too strong? maybe she should just stick to old ales. moving on. there is a slight slight subtle underlayer of real sweet to the beer, like apple sauce, or caramel apples.

T - chewing the beer makes the malts come out in full force and you can reall appreciate the sweetness that they have to offer (this is one technique that I picked up from one of those silly sam adams commercials). there is a spicy bitterness that hits the front tip of the tongue; this makes a bit of burn and the special ting that bitter tastes do.the the finish has real dark fruits coming out, ripe as hell too, delicious purple plumbs and prunes. I might also add there is something that i would call dark/black cherry, it has a maraschino sweetness but is dumbed down with the ripeness of the plumbs and prunes and thus makes a black cherry flavour. kind of cool if you can taste it. as for the finish: the finish also has towards the end alcohol mixing in with fruit, but alcohol comes running in during the beginning of finish and afterward, but sooner than later it fades out. the after taste is slightly sweet, with dominantly malt taste.

MF - the feel is great, perfect except for the fact that I get an onslaught of bubbles in my mouth. the consistency is amazing, and I can really complain about nothing except for the few cat hairs in my drink. I once again will express my admiration for the trappiste: i love the quality products that come out of these institutions.

D - despite the intense crisp carbonation, that is to say: very small bubbles (unlike coke, more like mountain dew) that meake it easier to drink but also make you feel more bloated from the fact that you do drink more, I would drink this all night long; I am being literal. I will say it loud and plowed. all night long. me and this beer, I can forget my beautiful girlfriend or even making dinner for my self, I'll just pretend im a monk, and I'm fasting under one of those crazy rules of St. Benedict. (2,925 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended. (482 characters)

Photo of DanOLeary
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Ripe pear skin. That's the first thing that comes to mind when you hold a glass of this beer to your nose. There is a light sense of brown sugar and sweet bread dough. Not bread crust mind you. Dark grapes are also noted in the aroma. No hop aroma and only a hint of alcohol despite the 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: A deep yellow to light golden amber with a yeast haze. Effervesant carbonation bubbles can be seen rapidly rising to the top that produce a frothy billow of pure white head. Excellent retention and very good lacing.

Flavor: Light spices of coriander, clove, and alcohol combine evenly on the palate with a very gentle presence. The alcohol lingers the most through the middle where you'll find an almost peppery spice. This seems to come from a combination of the alcohol and yeast. While the flavors are light, there's a lasting sensation of color on your tongue into the clean finish. If there's a hop presence it's only found at the back of the throat and with an earthy/noble presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Alcohol presence is certainly noted with a warming presence in the mouth and through the finish. This beer warms you up as it goes down. The carbonation is high and seems to renew the flavor if you hold the beer in your mouth.

Overall: Since there is a fair amount of yeast in the bottle, a careful pour will yield a brighter and more clear beer. But I poured this into two glasses, and the second glass got much more yeast than the first. If you don't care for yeast in your beer, pour slowly. Personally I call small bits of yeast "flavor crystals" in my beer. The same goes for hop flakes, though you won't find those here. There is nothing overpowering about this beer and the flavors blend together surprisingly evenly, with the alcohol winning out only slightly. Hop presence is minimal while the beer exhibits a noble spice given off by the Wesmalle yeast. (1,919 characters)

Photo of HogHill
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured my Westmalle Tripel into my Rochefort Chalice (oh the sacrilege!), there was barely any head, just a white dusting, but that's probably due to my pouring skillz. The body looks to be a yellow golden haze with some orange highlights.
The aroma that comes wafting to my nostrils as I dip my schnauz into the chalice is that of esters, mainly of the banana variety.
Taste: a complex estery masterpiece. It's a spicy, but balanced, great blend of the esters and yeast, with a sustantially body for a light golden ale.
Feels very carbonated on the tongue, lots of bubbly action which lends to a dry finish. At 9.5% it even leaves me craving for more! I love the Westmalle Tripel, a true classic. (701 characters)

Photo of Hunter
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy apricot color, pillowy head of white foam. Several thin and active threads of carbonation. Nice lacing effects.

Smell: Notes of citrus, spice, hay, and candi sugar. Light and fresh.

Taste: Alcohol predominates as it hits the tongue, then gives way to a sweet, slightly smoky flavor. Hints of spice and hops. Complex without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation makes for a sharp, palate clearing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is clean, with a lingering taste of grassy citrus.

Drinkability: Lovely and rich, this is not something to have daily, but rather one to have on rare occasion, when you have the time and peace to savor it properly. It's a light a summery sort of beer, but the alcohol will warm you on cold nights just fine. Belgian ales are my favorite, tripels most of all. Westmalle certainly lives up to the Trappist tradition. (864 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: As complex as love itself. It has three layers, The bottom being the lightest, a deep yellow to orange. The middle layer is darker and cloudier. The top layer is a thick head that sticks delightfully to the sides of the glass. Throughout there twists a tornado comprised of what appears to be particles of heaven-dust.

Smell: Strawberry ice cream, bananas, cinnamon, and the woman you wish you were with.

Taste: Immediate tartness gives way to softer fruity malts. Somewhat dry finish with (pleasingly) bitter alcohol. I can taste just a little licorice when I exhale.

Mouthfeel: Lively! Really smooth, though.

Drinkability: So far, so bloody good. How's that for a review being recent? (711 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From some notes of mine which I thought I lost.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a nice caramel brown with a two finger head that had good retention and left a lot of lacing.

S the nose on this one was sweet with notes of apples, some spicy yeast and a hint of alcohol.

T the taste of this one was sublime. First you get sweet fruit mostly apples followed by a bit of yeast, with the malts taking center stage with a caramel like finish that stays on your tounge.

M The mouthfeel was nice and full bodied with good carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Overall I loved this one. To me this is how a tripel should be. It smells great, tastes heavenly, and you can't even tell that it is well over 9% abv. My favorite tripel and possibly one of my all time favorite beers. (799 characters)

Photo of myelo
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light butterscotch appearance with bright white, rocky head and millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky lacing.

Fresh fruit sweet aroma -- caramelized banana, orange, with spicy cloves and yeast.

Taste is fruity and malty sweetness up front, with some spicy phenol in the middle and lingering dank hop bitterness balanced by honey and plum and apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautiful -- creamy rich with high but very smooth carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth.

If someone asks what a Tripel is all about, this is what you have them try. (552 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.