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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,187 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3187
Reviews: 1555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%


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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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Westmalle Tripel

Best By 05/09/14. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a straw-golden color with a finger of fluffy, airy, bright white head. The head slowly deflates, leaving behind a wall of intricate lacing. Very good retention, some champagne-like effervescence, but average clarity.

S: Fruity esters, candied stone fruit, floral and clove, a bit of smoke (?), honey-coated apple, and tasty sweetish malt.

T: Slightly fruity malt, floral and spice notes again, a Diet Coke-like flavor or sweetness that is beyond me. This has a muddled finish, with a sharp graphite/pencil off-taste (maybe the yeast) with some sugar.

M: High carbonation, soft, medium body. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: I'm not sure what's going on with the flavor in this, but it's not really doing it for me. The aroma is quite appealing, though muted. I'm a little let down since this is supposed to be somewhat of a classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 05:30:43 | More by pmarlowe
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light gold (piss) colour. Leaves a foamy pure white head. There's small dark sediment at the bottom. Not particularly good lacing.

S: Bathwater, sherbet, nail varnish. Floral and a touch vinous.

T: Phew, no coriander flavour. It's slightly vinous. Has some sweetness. Not yeasty but there is some white bread. A bit of spice and peppery clove, a good bit of lacquer/nail varnish complemented with an appropriate bitter bite. It's quite floral. There's some of that hoppy bathwater that I get from English ales but not as strong as the head suggests. Nail varnish and summer fruits in the aftertaste. More citrusy as I get to the dregs. Leaves a sustaining Sprite-like citrus flavour in the mouth. At 9.5% it's very drinkable. Alcohol is well masked.

M: There's enough effervescence but it's very soft and fine. Foamy but in a good way.

O: This is now my third favourite Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 07:22:49 | More by Hoppsbabo
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 07/03/2014
Glass: Tulip

Not as bright or fruity as La Fin Du Monde, a more heavy pale malt-Westmalle yeast-hop bitterness tripel with cooked fruit flavors. The easy ethanol detectability was a bit of a let down, but the complexity of the beer and its overall flavors were quite enjoyable. Still, for $6.50 per 11.2oz bottle, this is not a particularly good deal, I can't see myself revisiting this with any sort of regularity.

Pours a voluminous white head of small-sized bubbles, which lasts an incredibly long time. Head collapses into a meringue-like thick cap atop the body of the beer, remaining throughout the entire glass. Lacing is very present, thick sheets adorn the entirety of the inner glass. Body is a fairly bright yellow-gold color, transparent, light binging out brighter yellow. Very strong and easily visible carbonation.

Aroma is of dried sweet grass, Westmalle yeast strain and its associated byproducts, poached pears and apples, honey, and pale malts with light candi sugar.

The flavors of the beer are predominantly of pale malt sweetness, Belgian yeast and its classic byproducts, modest hop bitterness, and cooked pears or apples: sweet and slightly fruity, with interesting yeast products, as the style warrants. Front of palate picks up on sweetness from pale malt extractives, spicy ethanol, Belgian yeast, poached pears, vanilla, and honey. Mid-palate detects honey, light candi sugar, Westmalle yeast and byproducts, dried lemon pith, white bread, vanilla, modest hop bitterness, and spiciness from the ethanol. Back of palate notes ethanol, pale malt sweetness, and Westmalle yeast. The aftertaste features mild bitterness that's balanced with lingering honey and candi sugar sweetness.

The beer is heavy-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gently foams this up on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is heavy, but smooth and foamy. Ethanol heat is easily felt across the palate, in the nostrils, and on the back of the throat. This one's strength isn't that deceptive. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness left on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:34:35 | More by falloutsnow
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a cloudy light lemony gold with two full fingers of puffy pure white head. The foam take a bit to settle, leaving only a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, citrus rind, and mild spice. I'm not getting that familiar banana scent that is common in so many tripels.

T: The beer starts out light and refreshing with mild a mild sweetness that sits well on the tongue. The beer then shifts to a good helping of bitter lemon and grapefruit rind. Some spice begins to make itself known towards the back end, where I also get a bit of alcohol burn.

M: Light bodied beer. It's light and refreshing as first sip, but this beer is not to be taken lightly. It packs a punch with it's bitters and high abv. It only lightly coats the palate, and moves off well, but there is a lingering syrupy quality after the beer is gone.

O: Good beer, but this is far from my favorite tripels. I would have liked a bit more banana/fruit component and make a bit less bitters. But overall it's solid. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 19:36:31 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Roman5150

Spain

4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle purchased from Total Beverage, Murfreesboro TN

Appearance: super cloudy orange/gold, large white head that stays, lots of lacing

Smell: intense cloves, citrus, fruity

Taste: Super sweet, lightly malted, probably the smoothest trappist beer i've had. A hint of citrus, and some slight apple and grape with very earthy yeast notes coming through in the finish. A roller coaster of smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of carbonation; let this beer hang out in your mouth for a little bit, so many flavors come through.

Overall: My favorite trappist trippel so far. Perhaps not as magnificient as a Rochefort 10, but the complexity of this one can hold it's own. So smooth and flavorful, this is a very unique, amazing belgian beer that any beer advocate should try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 00:08:52 | More by Roman5150
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful golden hue, nice and cloudy. Pours a super thick white head, with beautiful retention. Excessive carbonation as expected.

S - Bright citrus hop notes, balanced by a syrupy sweetness, spices, a hint of banana; a spectrum of aromas to enjoy and dissect. This is the bouquet of beers.

T - This is what a Tripel should taste like. A malty sweetness is balanced by citrus and hops, small amounts of candi, a toasty malt in the background, slight honey and pear, all wrapped in a flower. In your mouth.

M - It's not as smooth-drinking as a Dubbel or Quad, but the mouthfeel is still nothing short of wonderful. Comes in like syrup, leaves like oil, all the while the carbonation exciting your tongue. The alcohol isn't the slightest factor in the taste or feel.

O - This has long been the Tripel by which I judge all other Tripels, and it has yet to let me down. Westmalle may not make the perfect Dubbel, but I have yet to find their equal with a Tripel.

Bottled May 2012.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 20:17:50 | More by Roguer
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ST: 11.2oz poured into a chalice.

A: Cloudy orange with a huge towering white head that does not go away.

S: Apricot, lemon, pepper, herbal edge, lots of alcohol.

T: Crisp, spicy, apricot, very medicinal, lots of alcohol.

M: Heavy and round

O: Complex. The alcohol could be blended better, but the spicy, fruity flavor is very interesting and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:47:21 | More by ianjsullivan
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Chrysostom

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As always, I review to style (ala BJCP) modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), or else certain beers, excellent exemplars of styles I do not prefer, would receive worse marks than poor examples of my favourite styles.

As always, this review is live, not from notes. Trendy. Hipster-approved.

This, Westmalle, is the original Tripel. All other Tripels derive from this. Now, without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle, served at 50ºF, corked with Westmalle's notoriously hard-to-remove plastic/rubber cork. Poured in to Chimay chalice/goblet. This beer was aged for about one year before drinking.

A: Crystal-clear (after a year of aging) straw yellow colour, like unto an American Lager, with a two-finger, foamy head on a moderate pour which surprisingly slowly recedes in to a cap and ring, and which leaveth little lacing. Two The clarity is surprising, but to be expected after such aging. Trappist are just /supposed/ to be cloudy. Looks like a clear Duvel. Or, for that matter, a Budweiser. On second and third pours, has a slight cloudiness (rating increased), very similar to Duvel, with some white lees in the glass.

S: Citrus, apricot, apple, white wine (Chardonnay, this time), some wet dog or farm, some typical Belgian spice. Very minor alcohol. Sweet, malt, and hops come through all at once. Quite malty. Some noticeable Belgian funk. Mild alcohol.

T: Citrus, sour apple, Chardonnay (including the alcohol), fresh-cut grass and subdued Belgian funk. No spice apparent. No hops up front - malts dominate with a breadiness - but citrus-y hops hit pretty strongly on the mid-palate and finish. Clean finish, coats the mouth mildly, but there's obviously some hopping going on. Some crackers in the finish. Similar to the Chimay White but a bit bolder. Crisp.

M: Loose, spritzy carbonation with a bite. Pulls the beer together well.

D: High.

O: The quintessential Tripel. Try it.

To style: 98/100
To taste: 90/100

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 09:12:05 | More by Chrysostom
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Ilafan

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw this beer set off with a special section of "International Favorites" at my local liquor store, so I decided to give it a try. I also saw a clipped out paper stuck next to its label with the Beer Advocate's approval seemingly used as an endorsement.

WELL, dude and dudettes, I did not need to have my arm twisted!

The pour was unique. Its coloring is a vivid blond with a minimal head. In fact, at first glance, it looks like any old American lager. But my beer had some brown speckles in it. DTs? Maybe. But I saw them and liked them.

If you've read my other reviews, you'll know that I have a rotten sense of smell for beer. Basically, if I can smell the damn beer, I will rate it higher. And guess what? I could smell this beer. It was sweet and summer-like. Throw up a plus!

TASTE: the typical Belgian sweetness is tempered in this, and I find that refreshing. In fact, "refreshing" would be a good adjective for me to use to describe this beer. Mine was ICE cold and was very smooth. It had an ever-so-slightly sour aftertaste that was subtle. The high alcohol content (9.5%) was balanced well with an almost wheat-like , grass-like taste with an added sugar. I was delighted with its taste.

Overall, I like this beer. Is it worthy of its Top 250 status on our page? Maybe not. But you could do A LOT worse!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:29:21 | More by Ilafan
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, extremely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Grass, lemon, spice, banana, cove and pepper.

T-Nice balance of floral notes, spies, grass, lemon and pepper.

M-Light, extremely carbonated and dry.

O-The spice bite is great and at the same time it was balance. A great tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 01:45:37 | More by rlee1390
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: This was an almost perfectly clear, shining golden color. It poured with a massive, bright white head that was oddly made up of bubbles of various sizes.

s: Pears and apples sauteing in candi sugar with soft, dougie yeastiness. Absolutely sublime.

t: A bit drier than other classic examples of the style. Soft sweetness up front, tasting of very ripe pears, pastry dough, and some subdued candi sugar. The finish is a long, dry, pepeppery yeast note.

m: So soft and feathery.

o: A wonderful beer that took me way too long to try. Paired nicely with Cypress Grove's Purple Haze chevre.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 20:57:39 | More by DIM
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful hazy orange hue yields a tall fizzy bright white head. Tons of carbonation and an almost unfiltered appearance this is a gorgeous brew.

Hints of pear, apple, clove, wine and honey are found in the nose. The wine like smell gives a Chardonnay like scent.

The taste is tangy, sour and almost vinegar like. Some citrus or fruitiness but the tanginess is overbearing. A bit acidic and metallic there's hints of pear in the backdrop. Just too tangy for my palate, perhaps this is not my cup of tea, but I must say I'm disappointed in this Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 22:50:52 | More by KYGunner
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abijen

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first review on this site.
I had this beer on bottle. It might be my favorite trappist triple.
Lovely mouthfeel, full body, an average carbonation and a nice long bitter finish.
This beers has a great appearance. A golden color and a nice white frothy head.
It is not a beer that I always wants to drink cause of the quite high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 09:30:03 | More by abijen
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artdob

California

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Super meringue head.

Initially found it difficult to nose through the intensely thick head. Even after subsiding, still having difficulty getting much off the aroma. Mainly getting yeast esters. I recall the dubel from the same brewery being much more intense in this category.

Tastes of champagne laced with honey, chamomile tea with undetyong bitterness.

Warm and slight carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:40:54 | More by artdob
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-ish golden color with banana tinted edges. Cloudy, hazy, and basically opaque, as I would expect any tripel to be. Super volatile - even a modest and careful pour produces a humongous, cloud-like white head that takes up more glass space than the beer itself. Surprisingly enough, no real lacing left behind, save for a bit of wet legging that doesn't last forever.

The aroma is unabashedly sweet, complete with an almost pickled/vinegar like aroma and plays along with the sweetness in relatively competent harmony. Ripe, sweet, candied bananas, coated in sugar and swimming in a sea of malt. Lots of Belgian yeast, clove, orange peel, and other various spices. There's no doubt that there's a lot going on here - a very complex orchestration of malty goodness. Phenol alcohol character builds up as the beer gets warmer, cutting through the sweetness a bit, somewhat expected at 9.5% ABV. A mild, musky hop ending closes things out.

I take a sip and the first thing I think of is sweet water taffy - banana flavored of course. This beer gives off a "candied" sort of flavor, which doesn't really come as a surprise after smelling it. There's a mild musky bitterness up front to help balance some of the sweetness overload. Each sip reveals more and more flavors; rotten mashed mangoes, clove, leaves, Belgian yeast, sugar coated plums. Definitely a lot to take in.

At first, the alcohol is very low, but even with moderate warming, the phenol characters bounce out and attack the senses pretty heavily - maybe almost a bit too heavily. Despite the beer's sweetness, the heavy alcohol warmth and front-and-center hop bitterness do a valiant job of keeping this beer from seeming too sweet. Somewhat dry finish, medium bodied and carbonated pretty heavily.

Very nice tripel, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Most people have come to expect greatness from all of the trappist breweries, and why shouldn't they? Not my favorite tripel, but very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 11:55:41 | More by tectactoe
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herman77

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 12/10/13

A: Somewhat hazy golden yellow with some orange hues to it. Huge bubbly eggshell white head. Lots of soapy lacing

S: Pear, white grapes, lemongrass. A tiny bit of clove, yeast and just a small hint of hay/barnyard.

T: Very complex, new flavors with each sip. Lots of lemon citrus with some spice yeast, white grapes, more pair. Some Champagne like tastes as well. A bit of medicinal flavors on the backend (in a good way).

M: Medium body. Judging by the huge head when pored, I thought this would have really high carbonation, it is actually pretty average. Maybe the age reduced the amount of carbonation.

O: Very nice world class Tripel. Not quite as good as La Fin Du Monde, but pretty close. Good drinkability and the ABV is hidden well. Would like to try a fresher bottle, this was probably sitting at room temp for a long time at the liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:30:00 | More by herman77
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Sam21

Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip at cellar temp. Best by 5/2014.

A- The beer pours with a slightly hazy golden body and a quick expanding head that is beautifully white, soft, light, and creamy. The retention is outstanding and is being constantly fed by a very active carbonation. Big thick bands of lacing are left on the glass all the way to the last sip. 

S- The aroma is both softly spicy and fruity, which speaks to the yeast's influence. Soft sugary bubblegum, overripe banana, and cloves spice are nicely balanced by lightly tangy citrus malt tones. As the beer warms, the aromas show soft tropical fruit notes. 

T- The palate carries the same balance. Subtle citrus, overripe banana, and clove open up. The sweetness (reminds me of lemon peel, mango, and papaya) builds into a crescendo for the finish, which hides a touch of alcohol that is so well integrated that I feel like I am reaching by even mentioning it. The finish is dry and lively as the carbonation cuts though the sweetness leaving nothing but a lingering memory and a touch of bitterness. The hops are in perfect balance to the sweetness and add an overwhelmingly refreshing zip. Really well done. 

MF- Effervescent, light, and possessing of a nice juiciness as it rolls around the palate. It accentuates the flavors in the best way possible and really showcases this beers innate beauty. The carbonation is very full, extremely soft, and smooth. 

O- This beer is a real experience for those that enjoy Belgian/Belgian-style beers. The balance, complexities, and approachability are expertly done. At 9.5%, this beer is big, but is so soft and smooth. The integration of sweetness, yeasty spice, and hop bitterness is a work of art deserving of meditation, contemplation, and conscious enjoyment. I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, so take that into account, but this is one of the best Tripels I have come across thus far. 

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 23:30:45 | More by Sam21
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endovelico

Portugal

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful pillowy head, showcasing great retention and obstinate lacing. The color is amber to light gold with noticeable yeast haze.

S: Medium to medium high intensity. Rounded, elegant and complex. Upfront: Banana, Clove and Orange Blossom. Back: Roses and Bubblegum.

Taste: Medium to medium low intensity. Clove, Banana, Bubblegum. The holy Belgian trinity in perfect harmony.

Palate: Low bitterness. Small yeast bite. Medium bodied. Medium low to low carbonation. Chewy Texture. Velvety finish. Short lingering yeasty, banana gum aftertaste. Wheres the alcohol?

Overall: To try this is a must. It's super complex and elegant. This is definitely one of if not the best Triple I've had and one of the best beers overall I've had. And this is coming from a guy who isn't even into Tripples that much.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 12:17:51 | More by endovelico
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle with freshness date poured into a wine glass, produced a lovely soft head, really great retention. Colour is a bright medium gold. Leaves a nice film and good lacing.

Smell has some exotic fruit, pineapple. A lot of juicy fruitiness. Biscuity malt, nice florals coming through. Some hidden hop bitterness, all flows so inextricably together, changing all the time. Fantastic.

Taste is a fruity start some sugar/honey sweetness, nice really firm bitterness, fruity malt, biscuit, pineapple. So much going on, yet very few of the flavours stand-out too much, fruity apple, some fresh citrus hops. Some dry hops toward the end. The finish is dry and malty. The balance is pretty spot-on. It seems to be constantly developing, great complex flavour.

Mouthfeel is great, a classic tripel. Unbelievably drinkable for the 9.5% without any hot alcohol, just a noticeably big body feel to it. A hefty beer, yet performs exceptionally. Warming on the way down.

Lovely Tripel. Crazy drinkable and delicious. It flows together pretty seamlessly, I wouldn't have objected to the taste being a bit more aggressive on the palate, but it tastes great, the alcohol is hidden and has a good complexity. I quite like this beer, bit of a pricetag but its definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:57:46 | More by mick303
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a St Bernardus chalice.

A- pours a hazy light orange with a ridiculous off-white head (poured 3/4 head and 1/4 beer!). 1 finger head remains with thick walls and clumps of lacing higher up on the glass.

S- big citrus aromas (lemon and orange), bready notes, honey and lots of spices.

T- light malts, homey, lemon, spices, and bitter lemon rind with slightly metallic taste.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Fairly light and smooth at 9.5%.

O- nice tripel, bitter citrus rind grows on you or mellows as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:28:41 | More by kawilliams81
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tastyville

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely, Head is bright and frothy. Aroma is buttery and maybe a little spicy. Taste is complex and does not develop instantly, which I love! Flavor develops from front to back slowly and reaches it's peak at the back of the throat and leaves a little bit of dryness (not too much). Very good balance. I like that it has a high ABV while not overwhelming the balance. I want more!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:30:29 | More by tastyville
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ProblyAboutBeer

Belgium

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The odor was of butter and pepper. You can taste the alcohol at first sip, but it is contrasted with a malty sweetness and full body which distracts from any potential unpleasantness. Hops could be the origin of the spicy flavor and odor, as their bitterness floats above the malty blonde brew. When eaten with cheese, it is reminiscent of hop candy: sweet and floral.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 16:36:19 | More by ProblyAboutBeer
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intensify

Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-* 11 month old bottle. Bottled on 5/11/11, poured into a Orval Chalice on 4/17/12.

A- Golden yellow body. 2 finger, creamy head with dips and hills which make it look like the Rocky Mountains. Retention was a 8/10 with decent lacing.
S- Mango, crushed bananas, hops in the background, candy sugar.

T- This is where this beer is unique and entirely isolated from its other Trappist friends. Oh so sweet throughout the whole sip, leaving an almost sweet/bitter finish. Finishes with a sour and bitter taste. Mangos, bananas, cracked pepper, candy sugar, bready and biscuity, finishing with a slight taste of booze. Well balanced.

M- Carbonation was surely tamed a bit in the 1 year this beer was kept in my basement. Medium bodied, with a clean, crisp and filling finish.

O- Westmalle has always had a special place in my heart. It's a beer to sit down, relax and just enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:36:53 | More by intensify
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The pale amber tricks you right from the beginning. "It''s beautiful", you say. The aroma is potent, but the taste is powerful, both with apparent floral tones, that, surprisingly, let you glimpse a little bit of taste of candy. The sensation is dry, bitter, alcoholic, but it couldn't be otherwise. The aftertaste is fast, and leaves you perplexed.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:39:25 | More by HabiMendes
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle...cork popped about 10' distance! Bottled March 2012.
Pours a large cloudy head that shrinks but hangs around with a full layer in my tulip glass. Some lace.
Golden color...very clear, clean.
Aroma of sweet amber malts, melon rind, black pepper, slight banana esters.
Significant carbonation...big mouthfeel.
Flavors of candy sugar, amber malts, grass, peppercorns, currents, citrus hops.
Let's let it open 15 minutes....
Ahh...this is a tripel with a bite! From what I recall Westmalle devised the Tripel style of beer. I remember 10 years or so ago doing a blind tasting with 23 Tripel-style brews. Ten of us chose our top three beers. The Westmalle came in around #8 or so, with St Bernardus, Watou and Triple Karmeliet taking the top three spots.
So much of a Belgian beer is in the yeast, and I think the esters of this Westmalle include some bitter notes, a burst like peppermint candy, a pungent herbal spritzer & spicy finish. Big, bold and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 06:17:25 | More by DenverLogan
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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