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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,431
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 213
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly turbid yellowish orange. Generous one inch head. Yeast sediment floats around reminding me of a snowglobe after you shake it.

Smell is exactly what I expect from a good Tripel, yeasty biscuitty malt and Belgian yeast. Citrus notes as well.

Taste was also what I want. biscuity malt offset by a slightly astringent feel that plays well with the yeast. The malt backbone feels almost chewy on the back of the tongue. Surprisingly not boozy at all for 9.5%. I dont where the funk came from, but I really like it, unexpected for a Trappist!

The bite floats back along your tongue until it eventually fades.

What a Tripel!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:26:53 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every Trappist I’ve had has been awesome; especially the Tripels. It really is becoming one of my favorite styles. Here we have Westmalle, a beer brewed in a monastery that’s right outside of Antwerp, in northern Belgium. A classy, tradition label and a bottle that has a special indent in the neck reading “TRAPPISTENBIER” set the stage for this one; let’s see how it compares to its tasty Belgian counterparts.

A: Very, very foamy. The head conquers most of my glass as I pour, fizzing wildly and coming down into a white bubble-bath after only a few seconds. Some foam-forward lacing sticks around, as the head rapidly disintegrates to less than half an inch. The actual color of the body is a pale yellowish-gold, though it’s hard to focus on because of all the fizz rising through the body.

S: This is a mild one, for sure. I’m picking up mostly bright fruits – lemons, apple juice, bananas, pears. It’s the usual Belgian treatment, but without anything bold. The alcohol doesn’t even put up a big front in this 9.5% brew. There’s still complexity, though – you can pick out a slight essence of mixed grains, though they show up just in time to fight against the yeasts scents. Frankly, neither come out looking very strong. I’m not too sure about this one…

T: This palate starts out with a strong, lemony tang. It’s much more flavorful and enjoyable than the nose made it out to be mixing with some spice to create a familiar lemon-pepper character. Some skunk beneath makes its way out very delicately, laying its flavor across the tongue in a mild yet impressive way. Fruity grains move independently beneath the rest of the flavors, leaving just enough room to let some earthy hops come in for the aftertaste. Wow, this is great. The alcohol isn’t even detectable in the slightest, so watch out: this one can and will sneak up on you. The aftertaste is a combination of lemon and grassy hops, both of which provide some nice puckering sensations.

M: Smooth, thick, perfect. It warms on the way down (the ONLY indication of the 9.5% ABV), sometimes so much that it clears my nose. Fantastically chewy.

O: I’d really like to have this fresh; it has so many bright, complex flavors. I love how it threw me for a loop with a so-so look and smell, only to save itself by nailing the most important aspect of all: taste. And in spite of those slight imperfections, this really is a great Tripel that has done nothing but put me in the mood for more. The Trappists have done it again!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:34:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Excellent Tripel.
Pours a lively head of 2 fingers with a light straw colored body that is brilliantly evanescent. Smell brings to memory apples, pears, peaches. Taste is much more tart, an explosion of light fruit flavors. Mouth feel is very carbonated, complimenting the flavor nicely. Overall, one of the best tripels I have had, outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 20:02:12 | More by dsprainman
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best-before date of 16/02/13, 331ml bottle, young bottle

A - Generous amount of thick-in-places head, cloudy golden colour with perfect amount of carbonation. High amount of lacing and great head retention.

S - Apricot and peach, with a hint of alcohol. Sweeter, sharper wheat, light malts.

T - Medium-high carbonation. More round, less sweet wheat than in the wheat, hiding the high ABV quite well. Apricot and mild yeast. The ideal Trappist Tripel.

M - Medium body, very drinkable. Smooth with alot of flavour, and a well-hidden amount of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:24:36 | More by Beelzebeer
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing from a co-worker how this beer was all he drank when he lived in Belgium, I had to seek it out here. A bit on the pricey side for an 11.2 oz bottle but I just had to try it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden-orange colored body, with a big rich, fluffy and creamy white head. The retention is outstanding with a fairly thick cap lasting the entire time. The lacing is splotchy, sticky and bubbly. This is certainly the most gorgeous looking Tripel I've seen, and compliments the style perfectly.

S: Lemon zest, ripened banana, orange flesh and some profound yet still restrained, Belgian yeast notes. A touch of the spicy character you get from the style is here, also. It's very accurate to the style, nothing is jumping out or overpowering.

T: Light yeast and doughy malts come through first, giving this a grounded base to work from. A certain bitter citrus sweetness from perhaps lemon or grapefruit skins comes through mid-palate. Slight touches of honey and white grape come through in the finish, with nothing other than some spices into the linger. Very delicious, very balanced.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated but still retains a medium body. It's creamy, almost silky on the palate after the bubbles settle. Again, for the style this is exactly what you should be looking for.

I must say, this might be one of the best Tripels I've ever had cross these lips. Coming straight from Belgium, I'd really expect nothing less, but it goes to show that taking the traditional style and mastering it, showcases everything in the best possible light. That's not to say American brewers can't put their own twist on it, but if you want something true to style, this cannot be touched.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:10:02 | More by ShanePB
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this lying around for quite some time. Decided tonight was the night. Watching the PGA Championship and some preseason football upcoming. Drank from my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a gigantic two finger bright white head. The beer is just permeated with bubbly goodness and the head is thick and gorgeous the entire beer. An absolutely PERFECT cap and collar are maintained along with loads of ringed up lacing.
Smell- Definitely no mistaking what style this beer is. Full of spicy yeast that’s fruity and bold. Hints of raisin and pear with that deceptively dark fruitiness that you don’t expect form a straw colored beer. That always blows my mind. Maybe a touch of grainy malt with a light sweetness but let’s face it, the yeast dominates.
Taste- Starts with a light pruney fruitiness that is deceivingly warm and almost brash. That’s not a putdown though as the hoppiness and dryness really work well with the boozy bite. I hate sweet beers and thankfully this isn’t at all. The hops seem more front and center than most Tripels which is okay in my book. Spicy at times with a sort of gingery/pepper note. The finish lingers with a sort of burnt brown sugar thing.
Mouthfeel- Aggressively crisp carbonation with a very sharp feel from the fine carbonation. Full bodied though like you’d expect from a Tripel which is always odd considering the alcohol.
Drinkability- Pretty nice beer as it’s much different from most other Tripels. I LOVE how the sweetness is severely subdued and those burnt, cloying candied sugars aren’t running rampant. The hops have more of a presence here that I really appreciate. Super nice beer that is easily available and will be my go-to Tripel when the mood strikes.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:42:49 | More by younger35
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Hazy golden orange with a one finger white head that dissapated quickly. Light lacing throughout.

S- A little fruit, lemon, and a touch of malt

T- Lemon and spice. A little yeast. A little sugar. Hint of malt.

M- Medium carbonation. Dry and crisp.

O- Enjoyable. Easy to drink, but did not "wow" me. Potent. Expected so much more. Having bought it 7-8 months ago...perhaps I should have had it much sooner??!! Had a best before 01/03/12 date on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 20:25:41 | More by capeannbass36
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is fruity. I get a lot of orange and lemon notes as well as some floral notes. There is some grass from the hops as well as some Belgian yeast and a little bit of candy sugar. The flavor is heavy on the yeast and orange citrus notes. I also get some sweetness from the candy sugar and a little bit of pepper and coriander. There is a little bit of alcohol detectable. The beer is very easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:05:23 | More by Mora2000
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West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 25.4oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a nice creamy white 2 inch head.Plenty of lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, yeast, banana, lemon, spices, some sugars.

Taste - Huge lemon and honey flavor at first sip. Apple and yeast add some bold flavors. Pear and piney hops come out and add some bitterness. Alcohol warms along with spices to add some heat.

Mouthfeel - Thin but full of flavors. Sweetness coats tounge, Bitterness and alcohol warmth hit tounge. Aftertaste is a very perfume sourness that i dont overly enjoy.

Overall - Nice and tasty, with a little kick. Love the floralness and the warmth of booze. The killer is the odd aftertaste. The lemon and honey almost give this a mead like feel. Very tasty but this doesnt beat la fin du monde or st bernardus

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:10:30 | More by wvsabbath
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours bright hazy orange with a gigantic foam head hat lass. Some sticky lace.

Fruit, yeast, grain husk, and a slight lemon rind note. All very very good. A dry, almost -- carbonated water scent in there as well.

How can someone hate this beer? A bit more dry than domestic attempts, this still has some stone fruit, yeast, and chemical alcohol and wood, and a candied sweetness, and then it all dries out to a bitter finish. WTF! Crazy complexity; changes at it warms.

Fuller bodied, but still has some carbonated zip. The head is now just a skim and a ring clinging to the edge of the goblet. But it is still there.

Overall, a tremendous brew. You know you are drinking alcohol, but you also find that this is easy to drink -- I just keep reaching for it. It has been a while since I drank something from these guys. I won't make that mistake and wait again. Share his beer with friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:38:42 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice yellow color with a fluffy white head. the smell was nice strong belgian yeast and spice notes up front with a hint of bready grain in the back. the flavor was a bit of a let down afte rthe smell and appearance. The spice yeast flavors and the sweetness from the malts were pretty well packed i, but they were in a very narrow range of flavors. I don't know if i can explain it right. the mouthfeel was good, and overall a very good beer, but the flavor just seems to be in the middle somewhrere.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 17:48:40 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The body is a moderately pale and dense golden color with a thick foamy head that dissipates after a few minutes.

S - A very unique spicy (almost peppery) yet delicate banana aroma; very nice but quite modest when compared with other tripels.

T - Light, sweet, and refreshing to start; tapers off to a spicy and pleasantly boozy finish. Sip after sip, this one never ceases to amaze me.

M - Very mild carbonation (particularly when compared to other tripels) that dances on the tongue. Not too light and not too heavy; very refreshing.

O - Simply astounding. I would wholeheartedly recommend this one to anyone looking to try an archetypal tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 23:51:20 | More by mikedotnet
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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel: The mother of all Tripels! This is a must try beer. The benchmark example in which all others must be judged against in the style of Tripel. What is a Tripel? It is the name given by Trappiste Monks to a Strong Top fermenting Golden Ale. It earns the name Tripel because it takes three times the amount of ingredients to make in comparison to the simple beers made at the Abbeys. The beer is bottle conditioned with yeast to evolve over time like a Champagne, and it really is very much like Champagne. In the first 6 months the beer will be very fruit forward showing more pear and apple flavors, from 6 months to a year it will show much more of the hop character, and after 1 year those two characters will marry into a perfectly balanced beer. The bottle I am tasting is Seven months old. Westmalle is 9.5% ABV It has an darker blonde to honey-like color and a fluffy white head with a lengthy retention. Aroma is a blend of bright aromatic hops and subtle spicey yeast esters. Amazingly balanced and showing a great hop presence here. Cereal grains and honey support a lovely bitterness that is long but not highly toned. Great interplay of flavors. Not one truly dominates. A truly dry and crisp beer showing perfect structure, body, and a very complex flavor profile. This beer would be a great alternative to Champagne. It has a very similar flavor profile to some grower Champagnes I have tried that tend to have a softer bitterness and focus more on rich fruit and bread dough aromas with biscuity flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 17:37:53 | More by grotonmarketguy
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3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in corked-and-caged 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle. Bottled on 16/11/10. Poured into chalice.

A- Glowing light orange body. Incredibly cloudy. Pour reveals 1 1/2 fingers of fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S- Banana bread and orange peel form the base. Sharp notes of pepper and clean alcohol. Unsure of where this one is going.

T- Bananas, grapefruit and some other bitter citrus esters. Alcohol. The yeast is lively and spicy, as opposed to the bread-y taste one might expect. Not a mild taste. The alcohol is not hidden. A fair amount of pepper and spice. Bitter and slightly metallic in transition, and a bit medicinal. Some pine-y hops come at the close.

M- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is very dry.

O- I know this beer is pretty much universally lauded, but I found it to be just OK. It does have a stronger, more complex taste than many tripels. Not bad, but I'd take a Chimay White or a LFDM over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 05:27:27 | More by seabass87
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy wax color, with a brilliant white 2" head that rather quickly fades to a thin lid, leaving spotty lacing down the sides.

Has a mild banana aroma, with a hint of honey malt with a hint of biscuit.

Starts with a mildly tart taste, mild malt, fair amount of carbonation, and a bit of lemon. Ends with a flourish of tart, drying out the tongue.

Medium bodied, creamy but light in its finsh.

I had high expectations for this one. While it is quite good, I'm not seeing the A+ given to it by the Alstroms.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:14:15 | More by TheHoppiest
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle (about a year old) poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours dark gold, fairly hazy, with more than 2 fingers of off-white foamy head. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: Slightly funky belgian yeast, carmel/honey sweetness, spiciness (with a little clove), ripe fruits (a little apple and lemon zest, maybe pear/apricot). Alcohol is noticeable.

T: What struck me first was how sweet this was. Lots of carmel and honey sweetness building a really rich mouthfeel with a lot more malt than what I expect from a Triple. The Belgian yeast show the ripe fruits and slight funk, though there's more balance between the fruitiness and spiciness than typical. Alcohol again is a there in the finish, but not in an unpleasant way.

M: Close to a full body (as full as any Triple I've had), carbonation is right on with the style (moderately high). The honey/carmel quality gave this a very rich and cream mouthfeel with a semi-sweet finish (not what I expect from the style, but a pleasant surprise).

O: I wouldn't call this a typical triple, there's much more balance between malt (carmel and honey) and the dry, yeasty flavors. In hot weather, I'm not sure I'd like it too much, but treated more like a BSDA, and it's a treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:13:38 | More by Satchboogie
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: A lovely honey color, cloudy but not murky, cloudiness was due to highly active carbonation, it was like watching the ionization of perfectly rounded, miniscule atoms rapidly firing off one another. I expected it to feel like poprocks in my mouth and could not wait to try it.

Head: A creamy mountain resembling lemon gelato that stays and stays and stays. Laces seductively against the sides of the glass, mounded in the middle as if it had been lovingly whipped and longing to be mouthed. Refused to be ignored, every bottle tip created more head and reached your tongue before the body of liquid, but merged with the body rather than remained seperate.

Aroma: Vibrant lemon and honey, slightly grassy but not overwhelming.

Texture: The body alone was thin and bubbly. Blended with the head, however, it was incredibly smooth and frothy; the two are not oil and water, rather they make love to each other and let you feel and taste their intercourse. Swishing in your mouth is particularly enjoyable, a quite unusual sensation of an aerated pudding.

Flavor & Balance: Tasted as lively as it looked. The combination of citris, hops, and honey reminded me of sneaking my dad's honey-lemon Luden cough drops.The flavor was quite different, and to be preferred, from the bottle because the fabulous head burst forth and accompanied every mouthful to create a frothy, tart, yet sweetend element to make the drink more reminiscent of a lemon meringue pie. Excellent balance overall, complexity limited to three primary flavors, good but not exceptional for my personal palate preference.

Sustained Taste: Initially, aftertaste has slightly harsh hop element, then as the temperature in your mouth warms the residue, it thickens and sweetens into an exceptionally delightful citris, like a dolop of a mild lemon custard on the roof of your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:16:35 | More by Moon2Goddess
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dusty local honey in color, nose just explosive. vanilla bean, reduced bananas, orange peel, fun dip stick, white flowers for days. supple in the mouth, alcohol seamlessly integrated, round and regal. band aids, cloves and amaretto dominate throughout and the finish lingers. this comes correct on all levels. benchmark brew that i could drink thrice daily.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:55:48 | More by AndrewR
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange gold with a large pillowy head and impressive lacing

Nose is complex with pale malts, pepper and a surprisingly strong presence of spirits

Spirity pepper and pale malts are up front, the flavor becomes more complex with citrus notes and coriander present finishes surprisingly dry

medium bodied and creamy, very drinkable if not for the spirity presence body had deffinetly been thinned by the alcohol

Overall a very good Tripel

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 20:05:01 | More by HopBacchus
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of one of my favorite styles. Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle (with a cool "Trappisten Bier" raised glass ring around the neck of the bottle) into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy orangy/dull gold color with a medium size delicate, bubbly white head. Head retention is good for a Tripel. A covering remains throughout on the top of the glass. Lacing is practically non-existent.

This beer REALLY has to warm up before the smell catches up to the taste. It is worth it though. Belgian yeast, fruit (apples and pears) and peppery spiciness are all there.

Good Tripel flavor throughout. Belgian yeast, a little candi sugar sweetness, fruitiness (apples pears and maybe apricots) and some black pepper spiciness. I am usually reminded of a faint ripe cheese flavor when I drink a good Tripel like this one.

Mouthfeel is rich. There is a fair amount of alcohol bite up front. Not a bad thing but definitely there. This smooths out as you drink. The pepper definitely contributes positively to the mouthfeel.

Overall this is a solid Tripel, one of the best I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:34:06 | More by JayQue
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = great gold color with a nice thick head, nice cling on the sides prob due to the high abv

S = Clean smell with great fruit undertones

T = Again a clean taste with nice finish

M = Good cling and nice after taste

O = Great beer, very strong on the alcohol content but I like that part

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:24:58 | More by derekmorris7
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a muddy yellow color with a decent white head on it. The lacing is scattered and doesn't really stick to the glass all that well. The foam does stay on top of the beer though. The smell of the beer had a Belgian yeast aroma followed but some spices on the nose. The taste of the beer was smooth and a little floral. The spices dance on the tongue in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very drinkable. Overall this Trappist is quite good and doesn't really fail anywhere. It's enjoyable and well worth the time to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 22:52:47 | More by Knapp85
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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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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter
bottled on 6/14/2010; best before 6/14/2012

A: Pours a very hazy dark golden color, with an almost orange hue. There is a solid 2 fingers width of bubbly, sea foam white head, with moderate retention until it dissipates down to a thin film. Leaves a small amount of lacing, but not much.

S: Just after the pour the scent is all about sweet malts and Belgium yeast funk. A brisk swirl of the snifter brings out citrus aromas of orange and lemon zest, as well as a touch of alcohol. A peppery spice is also prominent, and there is a hint of banana. Very good aroma, but not quite as prominent or complex as some other Tripels I have had.

T: The first sip is loaded with an initial malt sweetness. There is also lots of spice, and a citrus bitterness on the backend. Although it maintains a balance of sweet, spice, and bitterness, early on it has a harsh character, like too much is going on and nothing stands out. However, once the beer warms, in the second glass poured from the bomber, the harness subdues and the flavors that are present early on become more distinct. Banana comes out instead of a generic malt sweetness. Instead of an indiscriminate citrus, flavors of orange, lemon, and tangerine come out. The spiciness now has flavors of pepper, coriander, and a subtle clove character. And at one point I even caught a hint of vanilla. It turned out to have a very pleasant and complete flavor profile.

M/D: Great smoothness, even with the high carbonation that is typical of the style. Medium bodied, and does a great job of masking the almost double digit ABV, as there is no hint of alcohol whatsoever. The bomber goes down so fast that it’s almost too easy to drink.

O: Overall this is an excellent example of one of my favorite styles of beer. Smells good, looks great, and has a well balanced flavor. However, personally I think Le Fin De Monde is a superior beer, with stronger aromas and a more complex flavor profile. Westmalle Tripel is certainly good, and it’s a beer I will most definitely have again, but if it was side by side with LFDM, it wouldn’t even be a question which one I would choose.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 21:12:02 | More by zac16125
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The original model for the style. Central Market had a 25% off sale, so I just had to get a bottle to review. Served in a New Belgium globe.

The beer pours a hazy, orangey, yellow with a spectacular white head. Good lacing and good bubble structure. Definitely above solid and what I look for in a beer. Trappist know how to do this stuff.

The smell is mostly banana and lemon with some muted Belgian spice blending in the background. The banana is a bit dry and I'd almost prefer a bit more citrus, if that makes sense. Good, but not great.

The taste is dry and spritzy. Well rounded with banana and spices that can only be from Belgium. The fruit mix is still not quite where I want it to be. Still, it's definitely "to style" :P. However, I'd rather have a LFDM any day of the week and that doesn't include the price difference.

This is a classic and the basis of the Tripel style, but I just don't like it as much as I feel like I should. If someone haded me one, I definitely wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:04:00 | More by UTCengOwl
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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