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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,470
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 224
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that shows excellent retention, sticky to the sides of the glass and leaving a patchwork of lacing.

The aroma is nice combination of light fruity esters, grassy notes and spices. There are apples, dough, and a hint of alcohol burn in the nose as well.

The taste is a little less sweet with the spices really coming out - peppery. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not off-putting with the fruits lingering in the background with the light bready malts. The finish is very dry and peppery.

The mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and dry effervescent finish.

An excellent and very drinkable tripel that leans more on the dry and spicy side of things, which I like. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:49:18 | More by gford217
Photo of beerpirates


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

A - Poured cloudy yellow with tons of head that quickly dissipated leaving Nice lacing around the glass.

S - hmmm very Nice , lots of floral scents and bready yeast with hints of spices.

T - Slightly sweet upfront with the malts followed by slight citrus bitterness and spiciness. Has a dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - very smooth , Nice brew , even with the high abv , this Beer goes down very easy

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 17:38:03 | More by beerpirates
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 01/03/12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice.

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright gold color with plenty of bubbles coming up the beer. I suspect my careful pour to keep the sediment in the bottle resulted in a thin white foam across the top. This foam died back to a ring at the edge with a thin island of foam in the middle. Some little strands of lacing here and there. I'm beginning to suspect that a Tulip would be a better glass for this beer than the chalice to maintain a better head. Still, the color and bubbles are nice to look at. The lacing sparkles in the light which makes this a very good beer in the appearance department.

Smell: White grapes, pears, mild yeast, and an underlying sweetness to it all. On deep inhales you can get some definite boozy/alcohol smells. Again, nice.

Taste: Malt up front, and then immediately blending with a peppery/sour flavor, then a crisp dry taste and finally a lingering hoppy/grassy flavor. My nose is smelling one thing but my tongue is tasting another. I do not detect the alcohol despite smelling it. It's a complex brew.

Moutfeel: Nicely carbonated - cleanses the palate, but it goes away quick and does not linger. The carbonation is just right really. Too much and it scours the tongue. This brings a nice level of spicy sensation and then its gone.

Drinkability: I've had this before, and I think I still have yet to find the right meal with this beer. It went okay with fish and asparagus (too strong of a flavor clash) and before it didn't really match with a beef stew. I think this beer may be best alone. I would not mind a bigger glass to tease out all the smells and flavors, but I'm okay with just having one in an evening as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 22:22:08 | More by damndirtyape
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottled poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. I'm rating a pair of Tripels tonight, this is my second. This one pours a bright golden color that's hazy in appearance. Better head than I was expecting, with about a quarter inch of soap suds around the glass. Some pear and pineapple notes in the nose. Smells brighter than I thought it would, if that makes sense. First taste is dry, very dry, with a light mouthfeel and a huge alcohol-infused finish. As my palate acclimates I get more citrus, specifically lemon and orange, flavors. Theres' some nice things going on with the malt in this beer - it's almost sweet, kind of like French bread. Aside from the obvious alcohol - there's no where for it to hide, after all - there's a nice bright finish to this beer that's somewhat citrusy and grassy. It's hoppier than I expected, but that's not necessarily a criticism, as I feel it's very well balanced. Some Belgian beers have a tendency to be overly sweet however that is not the case with Westmalle. Indeed, it's dry but not overly so. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but not too watery. This is one balanced beer, and really well done. Maybe one of the best Tripels I've had, and that's saying something.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 23:16:23 | More by eclaycamp
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always around on nearly every shelf I see I decided to finally grab one and give it a proper try, after all, I have to. Poured into a which birch chalice and consumed on 08/13/2010.

The pour was a nice and cloudy golden yellow with a firm head of white perched on top for good measure. Settling quickly it left a decent amount of lace and a small puff on top.

Aroma is full of pears, apples, hints of light grasses and grains. Classic triple with a bit more fruit thrown in. Warming brings about alot more grassy notes and hints of light citrus which carry over well into the flavor. Smooth, loaded with light fruits that pop as it comes up near room temperature. Nice touches of light grains and a smooth, even feel hide the alcohol almost completely.

Overall not the best triple I have ever had, but it is very good. Very smooth and maybe one of the easiest to drink I have seen. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 03:40:56 | More by mikesgroove
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Pale yellow-orange body boasting three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Light citrus fruits, spices and yeast. Quite plain.

T: Mild notes of spices, citrus, yeast and some sweet maltiness.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Very frothy texture and leaves a sweet spicy finish. Alcohol shows up on the way down, but it's not that noticeable.

D: Decent over all, but to mild and plain for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:42:02 | More by Long813
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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen this on shelves for years. Never bothered to buy a bottle (not a big fan of Tripels). But, suddenly ... for no reason whatsoever ... I felt the need to grab a bottle. Must be a weird planetary alignment.

Pours a hazy, lemony golden yellow. Quarter inch of soapy foam. Gobs of white stuff cling to the glass. Hurm.

Smells like sweet sweetness with a bit of yeast zest. Eh. Boring. Maybe a hint of honey to it.

Taste is honey-ed malt with a sweet malt base, some yeast, a tad bit of grassy zest, and a smattering of mineral crackers. A bit of lemon ... maybe some other citrus in there, kind of like an orange rind. It's okay. Kind of grew on me after awhile, but really not my cup o' tea.

Nicely carbonated. Pleasant enough, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 09:30:48 | More by Overlord
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rating transcribed from a RB rating from awhile back. Must review this now that it's on the top 100.

On tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

Hazy golden-yellow color with a thick white head.

Yeasty aroma with a little citrus and spiced notes.

Flavor is yeasty as hell with fruit notes, sweet malt, spices, and well-disguised but noticeable alcohol.

Excellent palate - medium bodied with extremely lively carbonation, as I like in this style.

A solid, refreshing, and potent tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 17:31:32 | More by nickd717
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3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a little sour at first, but soon turns to a milder, Duvel-like aroma of creamy pale malts. The flavor is sweeter and maltier than the other big Trappist tripel, Chimay White. There's a bit of farmhouse funk in the malt, and drop of candy and caramel. It finishes with an obscured hops flavor that's grapefruit-y, but buried under the malt. Overall, I don't think the flavor is that amazing. Yes, it is quite nice, but not my favorite tripel. The carbonation is spot on, but a hint of alcohol detracts from it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 16:38:35 | More by Anthony1
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3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this atHerberg Vlissinghe in Bruges.

33 cL poured into a Westmalle Goblet.

A- Poured a slightly hazy crisp golden yellow, kind of a combination of lemon peel and hay, with a THICK creamy white head, that then quickly faded into some pretty intricate lace. Color is

S- Strong yeast followed by some nice straw malts and citrus fruits: lemon, pineapple. Bits of pepper in the smell as well.

T- Yeasty straw malt with a slightly bitter finish. Hints of lemon and a slight amount of funk.

M- Mouthfeel was the real star in this beer. It was really chewy with a perfect amount of carbonation and a really refreshing bite. The mouthfeel was so, well, fun.

D- The gold standard of Tripels. You can never go wrong with this beer, but if you want, you can find some that have expanded on this baseline.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 18:51:55 | More by jmhart
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West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice. Half beer, half head with a pretty timid pour. The off-white head surprised me as I was expecting pure-white. Not a problem, very thick and rocky, with ample lacing. Beer itself is a beautiful shade of gold, and is very clear with some floaties.

Aroma is that of light fruit...apple and pear. Some tutti frutti sweetness and some underlying bready yeasty notes. Taste is alcohol laced fruit...bready sweet malts and an initial hop spice that turns nicely bitter. Lovely blend of flavors. Alcohol stays strong throughout, warming the heart and soul.

Big bodied yet crisp and smooth in the mouth. Not at all a heavy or filling beer. A nice one to sip on a hot summer day.
I don't venture into the Belgians as often as I used to but glad to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 17:38:06 | More by ZimZamZoom
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale and opaque with an aggressively foamy head that leaves sticky lacing.

Aromas of honey and spice.

Rich and tangy but still lush and sweet yam and pie spice flavors.

Reasonably aggressive hops and a bitter finish.

Going in, I understood that this was iconic for the style and I can see why. A very stately beer with ripe but balanced flavor and one that masks its relatively high alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 22:34:10 | More by detlefchef
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one again. Rated it in late 2007, but I thought I may have had a bad sample that time.

Poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass. Nice head over golden-honey colored beer. Smells amazing. An explosion of fruit, banana. It's got an extremely lively mouthfeel and a flavor of banana, cloves and some hops. There is a lot of carbonation here, it's a really lively beer.

It's not the most drinkable beer, unfortunately. It's really enjoyable upfront, but it leaves a little aftertaste at the back of the throat. Like last time, I noticed some soapiness/residue that hung around between drinks.

Enjoy it with a meal though, and you've got no worries. Glad to have tried it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 21:47:41 | More by jar2574
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Read a thread about tripels and had a sudden craving. Picked up this 330 ml bottle at Green's for $4.49.

Poured into a tulip glass, golden and clear with a thick egg-shell head of fat bubbles that settle out to a nice raft of foam. Beads of bubbles continue to run up the sides in a perfect line, like something out of commercial. Why can't American brewers get this sophisticated carbonation?

Aroma of sweet pilsner malt, flour-dusted biscuits, and spicy-floral hops. Not much in the way of fruity esters, but a distinct yeasty note.

Dry and balanced right out of the gate. Every time a bit of sweet malt starts to come through, the spices and minerally tang beat it back. Some apple esters start to peek through gradually, along with white grape. Tannin-like bitterness lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is where the monks seem to have a direct line to God. Spritzy and champagne-like, with a slightly chaulky, but not grainy note. Dry, bright, clean and refreshing. Fills the mouth, but light in body. Totally alive on the tongue.

Truly world class beer. Perfect for summer food or most any time you want to indulge yourself. Give this to your wine-loving friends and see what they think.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 01:53:32 | More by firkinhophead
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle reads Best before 1/19/12

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a giant foamy head. The head lingers and adds to taste. Aroma is funk, with cloves and white grapes. Good carbonation gives this a nice kick in the mouth. Flavors include white grapes, yeast, and a hint of bananas and bubblegum. Flavors are very clean and refreshing. This is a good summertime Tripel.
Very little notice of the alchohol, just crisp clean Belgian goodness. Wish I could sip on some of these at Fenway.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 22:53:33 | More by Liverpool08
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle that I'm just now noticing was best by 2-10-10...

A - Cloudy orange and dark mustard body hides the massive carbonation that close inspection reveals. Large white head fades slowly in patches leaving a marshmallow in the middle.

S - Lemon, orange, apricot, fresh cut grass, and wildflowers. Smells like it's fresh, though the date states otherwise...

T - Apricot, plum, white raisins, combine with a subtle alcohol warmth on the palate. As it warms it presents a biscuit maltiness that almost balances the fruit and floral notes. There is a distinct bubblegum finish to this brew and I like it.

M - The fluffy head gets a mention here. Every sip along the way, the head leaves a nice mustache... Typical Belgian hypercarb is always good for a tingle.

D - Medium to low. Great brew, but @ almost 10% ABV this is a 1 and done for me unless we're partying... ;)

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 21:03:58 | More by ectomorph
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.
After all the hype, I had to try it and now I can say I did.
Appearance is good enough. Head retains well. Very effervescent with many flavors and feels to the palate. A citricy aftertaste. I'm a relative novice at appreciating complex beers so I may change my rating in the future, but so far, it's good, but not worth the very premium price.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 22:21:51 | More by NWer
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 04:55:31 | More by DanOLeary
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. This beer has one of the most out-of-control heads I have seen! It's about 3 fingers high, creamy, white, and very slow in its retreat from whence it came. Color is what I would call a hazy golden/straw. Some carbonation present, as well as a good deal of yeasty goodies at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is incredibly complex and refreshing. Up front you get that Belgian spicy yeast character, but I'm also detecting some tart fruits like apricot, orange, and maybe some grape in there as well. There is some alcohol detectable and some underlying dark fruit presence that gives the smell some serious depth.

Taste: Dryer than I expected right off the bat, but as you drink, the flavor opens up a bit into something more complex. Very citrusy and refreshing, with some lingering sweetness and yeast to add to the complexity. The alcohol is there, but not to the degree one would expect given the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Nice balance between crispness and alcoholic warmth. Very refreshing and complex. Finishes clean.

Drinkability: Sneaky ABV on this one. So crisp and refreshing, you might think you were drinking a beer with half the actual alcohol present.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:43:11 | More by BuckyFresh
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripels are one of my favorite styles and this one goes right up there with the best of them! It poures a golden wheat color with a nice thick white head. The aroma consisted of sweet malts, some floral aspects, and a little spice to it. The taste was just as good as the aroma. Although at 9.5%, the drinkability was scarily eeasy to consume. This is one of the best tripels I have had and will be having again!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 17:10:21 | More by Kala1073
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: This is the most beautiful beer in the room. Perfect golden color. Outstanding head - big and lasting.

Smell: Modest but alluring.

Taste: Citrus, metallic. Aftertaste of pear. Amazingly, not very sweet for the ABV.

Mouthfeel: crisp and tingling at the beginning. Gets a little flat if you don't drink it quickly.

Drinkability: I can't quit you.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 01:51:36 | More by pedrito
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, best before a year from now.

Pours a bright, light golden color with a fluffy white head and lots of carbonation. Some lacing left behind.

Aroma of Belgian ale, sweet fruits and yeast.

Tastes of malts and yeast first, which leads to a fruity sweetness, possibly citrus. Alcohol comes in strong once beer warms past fridge temp.

Nice mouthfeel, lively and a little oily.

It's a very tasty tripel, no doubt, but the apparent alcohol in the flavor hinders the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 14:44:07 | More by BranfordBound
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Rhode Island

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

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thick 2-3 inch head which does a number lacing your glass as you drink it. Aroma is full of faint spices and alcohol. Spices jump at you right away on the taste. Not much sweetness but a little lemon and orange up front as well. Yeast and breadyness also. Earthy hops and alcohol lead to a bit of bitterness at the finish. Nice light mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:02:47 | More by uustal
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden beer, cloudy, a firm white head, leaving nearly no lacing.

The smell is mainly sour, lemon and sour milk, fruity - bananas and pears. Some yeast,

The taste has a rather clean sweetness, a rhubarb sourness, some alcohol and a good bitter finish.

High carbonation, almost foamy, complex body, a bit oily.

A good beer, warm and refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 19:09:30 | More by rarbring
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3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a generous white head.

S: Lots of grapefruit in the nose with a nice earthiness underlying the citrus. Very inviting aroma with a slight hint of vanilla.

T: Somewhat watery with a lingering lemon rind bitterness. An alcoholic bite builds with subsequent sips. A slight hint of grapefruit with bitterness from noble hops.

M: Slightly on the dry side with a relatively pleasant aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable in spite of the high alcohol content. The flavor is somewhat underwhelming but it goes down quite easily and is remarkably refreshing. It's definitely the kind of beer that would sneak up on you over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 03:05:56 | More by EvilGnome6
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,470 ratings.