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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,855
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 397 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

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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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little pale for a tripel. Decent head and some gorgeous lacing. Retention is solid as well.

The aroma is quite nice in this. It's balanced and lets the spice come through as well as some hops and a really floral aspect to it.

It tastes far more bitter than most tripels I've had to date, but this could perhaps be due to the fact that it's not very sweet at all. One of the things that sets it aside is that it has what tastes like a good addition of lemon zest, only adding to the hops bitterness. I could almost be happy calling this a belgian IPA.

The body is medium to light in fullness, and medium in weight. The finish is dry and slightly sticky. The carbonation was a little overdone, although I feel that way about many tripels.

Overall, this is a solid Tripel and worth picking up. I may stock up on this while the LCBO is stocking it. FWIW, I find La Fin Du Monde is a nicer option for the money, but this is a bit more bitter and welcoming for me personally. This also drinks like nothing which works both to it's advantage and against it while the drinkability is high, but my glass is empty far too fast.

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before 6/10/13 poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium hazy yellow with one finger of bubbly white head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Clove, Belgian yeast, spice, orchard fruit and light citrus notes.

T - Clove, spice, apple, pear, Belgian yeast and light citrus flavours. A lot going on here and the flavours come together nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour = light straw, with a golden center. Soft billowy cloud for a head, carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Lacing is sticking to the glass as the head dissipates

Smell = green grapes, Apricots, some other tart fruits that I cant place, maybe some peach and golden raisins. Spicy belgian yeast scents as well.

Taste = effervescent and fruity, you get the grapes and apricots and green apple right up front, I would say it is almost like a fruity champagne, but not dry by any sense and not quite as sweet. Hints of cloves and bananas as well, Wow there is alot going on in this glass.

Westmalle founded this particular style of beer, and you can see why this is the standard by which all other Tripel's are judged. Delicious!!!

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Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle dated best by 10/04/09. Some brief research shows that the best by date is two years after bottling, so it looks like this particular bottle is just shy of five years old.

Pour is a fiery golden-orange when held to light with plenty of floating yeast particles. The head is white and massive, topping out at around three fingers. Retention is excellent; a plush ring of foam remains throughout. There's lacing plastered all over the glass.

Aroma strikes me initially as quite fruity; green apples, white grapes, pears, etc. There's also some candy sugar sweetness. A little bit of bready malt comes through, and I'm also smelling a yeasty spiciness.

The flavor is made up of mostly sweet and spice. The white grape/pear/green apple flavor is prominent throughout, and the finish has an almost peel-like taste to it. The alcohol bite is long gone.

Medium bodied with a plush texture. Some dryness in the finish. Time has treated this nicely. Very easy drinker. Again, the alcohol is nowhere to be found...yet. I'll update this with a fresh comparison.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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