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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,199 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3199
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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TomSchuwer

Belgium

4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, golden color and a thick white head

S: Malty, banana and yeasty

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Banana, sweet malt, honey and apricots. Afterwards you're rewarded with a nice alcohol warmth

M: creamy with fairly high carbonation

O: One of my favorites, best triple I've had (second best is achel blond:))

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 19:11:54 | More by TomSchuwer
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a cloudy yellowish brown (the color of a wit beer with some dirt in it) with an enormous fluffy beige head that sticks around tenaciously. Great retention; great lacing.

S:
Boozy, almost winey with the strong floral, yeast and vaguely citrus aromas that one would expect from a Belgian Tripel.

T:
Wow. Big, bold and boozy. Clover, honey, fresh-baked bread and a lingering sweetness that hangs in your nose a bit that almost reminds me of licorice.

M:
Effervescent and smooth. Medium body with a slow burning, rum-like finish.

O:
Really good tripel. It is a bit on the winey side for what I would ordinarily drink, but--being Belgian--it doesn't come off like a slap in the face. The presentation is about perfect. The smell hints at what's to come but doesn't spoil the surprise. The taste is sublime but is different from most tripels that I have had. All-in-all it is a worthy beer which I would have again and is very much worth finding.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:18:47 | More by TheDoctor
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Gasc0igne

Australia

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

A: Pours a hazy golden colour with a good ~3" of vaguely off-white head. Long retention. Spectacular lacing; as the glass empties, craggy peaks of foam form.

S: Alcohol up front, but not unpleasant. Apples. Bananas. Sweet malts.

T: Balanced alcohol presence. Borderline-ripe pear. Apples. Peppery spiciness. Hoppy bitterness at the end with a nice dry finish...makes me want more.

M: Medium-light body. Lots of carbonation (although, again, not unpleasant). Smooth. The gassiness on the tongue makes the beer seem lighter than it is.

O: My first Tripel...and I really enjoyed this beer. Although you can tell there is alcohol in both the taste and on the nose this feels sessionable to me (definitely shouldn't session it though). Maybe not the best Tripel to start off on if you're new to the style but it worked for me! I felt like I was having fun drinking this beer; the fluffy appearance, the boozy and spicy tastes, and the bubbly-but-smooth feeling as it went down. Must try it if given the chance!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 11:34:44 | More by Gasc0igne
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with lots of carbonation. The head - at one finger high, with a barely off-white shade - features excellent retention, a frothy texture, and great lacing.

S: Wow, this smells like a fantastic pilsner...except it's an ale...and it's 9.5%...and it's a year old. Aside from the surprisingly sturdy level of noble hopping, it also has a wonderful black pepper tone. There isn't much in the way of fruity esters, though - maybe there's a wisp of white grape here and there. Like many trappist ales, it's hard to really fathom why it works...and yet, it works so damn brilliantly.

T: It opens up with some notes of apple skin and white grape, while the finish is peppery and slightly hoppy. Occasionally a touch of cherry will appear. While I think the flavors are damn good, there's a reason that's all I wrote about the flavor profile...because it lacks some complexity. It's not dead simple though - and it definitely improves while sitting in the glass - but you don't get the typical twists and turns you do with, say, Rochefort 10.

M: The feel is heavy yet fizzy. And like a good tripel, there's nothing to suggest it's 9.5%. Given the fact that it's dry as shit and very well attenuated, this goes down with ridiculous ease.

O: I kind of wanted more depth, but as a means of creating an easy drinker without much palpable booze, it's a roaring success. I think the fact that I'm not a huge tripel fan has something to do with me not giving this some score well over 4+ (like I'm wont to do with anything made by monks in Belgium). I'd also love to compare it side-by-side with La Fin Du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:52:32 | More by ThisWangsChung
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl oz bottle:

Into a chalice:

A: started out closer to a 3 finger white foamy head that quickly settled to a one and a half finger head and held adequately for a good "tripel", good hazy yellow/golden orange colored body with a fair amount of stringy lacing a bit all over the place

S: slight wheat, nice fruity (probably closer to a "pear" aroma), and a bit of yeast

T: wheaty maltiness with a slightly yeasty iciness I get when I normally do most tripels, yeasty wheat aftertaste, dry finish

M: super dry, wow, never had a dry tripel, but ok, no worries, honestly really doesn't affect much in my opinion, but probably about a medium in body, fairly sessionable, carbonation seems good for the style and for me

O: kinda wheaty for a tripel, but hey who's complainin', good tripel that I would have again, get it if you see it

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:54:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
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haschauer

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Nice two finger head. Hazy golden in color. Little head retention, good lacing.

S- Mild wheat smell, some fruitiness as well.

T- Good malt balance, no hop flavor coming through for me. I get wheat and some fruitness with the taste as well.

M- Great mouthfeel, smooth not overly carbonated but still very good.

O- Great beer. I would drink again but I think I was expecting a little more considering the hype.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 00:20:14 | More by haschauer
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter

a: Hazy gold with a finger plus white head which dissipated to moderate surface foam and periodic slabs of lacing.

s: Fragrant floral.

t: A very pleasing sweet floral blend accompanied by some bitterness, followed by a clean finish, after which the floral flavor returns in the throat as you exhale. Really amazing.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and a little silky.

o: A strong floral nose and flavor makes this stand out, like drinking peonies or roses.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 05:48:31 | More by scotorum
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Reviewed live.

A- Beautiful head is about two inches thick. Beer is golden peach colored.

S- Mostly strong wheat notes, mild citrus hints. Somewhat subdued.

T- Wheaty, pear and other fruit notes, some citrus, and a mild hint of booze at the back end. Nothing overbearing.

M- Smoothy, creamy, slight carbonation.

O- Enjoyable and quite easy-drinking. Perhaps underwhelming considering the big expectations, but still a very good beer. The subdued nose surprised me, as I was expecting to get more fruity notes. This didn't entirely affect the taste, as plenty of flavor emerges. I'd certainly drink again, especially as the $6 price tag was reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:58:02 | More by ONovoMexicano
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mrchrisray

New York

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very earthy smell highlighting Belgian yeast and some citrusy hops. In picking up some other subtle fruit notes and a touch of spice, maybe banana, apple, pear, and some cloves or peppercorns. Quite an inviting looking beer. The color is a pale yellow with very active carbonation.
It tastes a lot like it smells with, for me, the pepper and/or cloves coming to forefront on the palate. It has a very light and airy mouthfeel with some nice bubble fuzz. Leaves my mouth with a doughy sort of after taste. This is a quality brew. I'd love to get a few more and experiment with some cellar aging

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 23:56:56 | More by mrchrisray
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Murrhey

Montana

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz standard pressure cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with massive bubbles and extremely active carbonation. Like a living creature it built itself up then settled down to smaller bubbles on a hazy orange-gold head.

S- Strong Belgian yeasts and Euro-style hops that add a citrusy, earthy tang. Some elements of a European Hefeweizen as well, banana and citrus are the two biggest notes. Yeasty and spicy as well. Peppercorns maybe? Complex, interesting beer.

T- Yeast returns, but hops and banana/clove combination takes over. Slightly alcoholic, but hidden well behind the fragrant and citrusy flavor of the beer.

M- Slightly vinous, with a medium bodied, alcoholic feel.

O- Wonderful beer. I'm starting to enjoy tripels more and more.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 22:32:39 | More by Murrhey
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Amber, hazy, small head that disappeared quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Phenol, fairly hoppy.

T: Clove, hoppy bitterness, some banana, bitter finish, slight boozy burn.

M: Smoothish, heavy thick texture, moderate carbonation.

O: I've sampled a few other tripels and this didn't really stand out as being great. It hid the booze quite well but as with Westmalle Dubbel I couldn't say I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 14:28:22 | More by jonb5
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with an outstanding malt/spiciness balance with spiciness being over malt; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible tripel as expected. All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Completely outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:38:13 | More by superspak
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fizzgig

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl trappist bottle.

A: Hazy medium amber. Some head that dissipates before long, leaves a persistent ring.

S: Slightly sweet caramel or butterscotch. Malt give it a thick smell.

T: Moderate bitterness throughout, some kind of fruit like pear with some caramel.

M: Dense and malty, subdued carbonation that unlocks somewhat if you swish it around.

O: My favorite Trappist to date. I favor malty brews and this doesn't disappoint. Enough bitterness to notice without getting in the way of other flavors, a nice clean impression. I could brew a bucket of this and probably will at some point.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:57:15 | More by fizzgig
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The westmalle has a strong aroma. It has a great color when poured with a nice golden head. The flavor was strong as well but was great. The after taste was the cause for concern. My girlfriend likened it to gasoline although I didn't mind too much. It does go straight to the sinuses and opens them up. Overall, I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 17:29:56 | More by mikefuski17
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deereless

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick craggy head, retention is impressive, spotty seam foam that blankets the side of the glass, vibrant yellow to gold in color – 4.50, S: Wonderfully light and floral nose with some bready yeasts and muskiness, medium sweetness mixed with black pepper – 5.00, T: Quite spicy and with noticeable candied sugar, dry and with a slight alcohol burn – 4.25, M: Quite light and airy – 4.25, D: Very drinkable Tripel, excellent example of the style - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:48:50 | More by deereless
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange with a bubbly white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and grain with some raisins and other fruit. Tastes of fruit, raisins, slight grain profile. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, dangerously drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:42:50 | More by cyclonece09
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best before date is March 7, 2014 which is almost a year from now.

Appearance: Pours an opaque amber and leaves a couple fingers of white fluffy head that lingers around for a long time.

Smell: Sweet malt accompanied by cloves, hint of banana, slight apricot, citrus rinds.

Taste: Banana and malt upfront, cloves, some earthy tones, bread, citrus rinds. Some alcohol is present but definitely does not hurt the flavor. Very interesting and very well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. The carbonation gives the body an pleasant bubbly feel.

Overall: This is a very high quality beer, and a top-notch tripel. Extremely well balanced flavors and a nice light yet substantive body for the style. This one was one of my first favorite beers and I finally got around to reviewing it. This is a terrific gateway beer for non-craft drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:41:33 | More by Resuin
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Knuckles_Nuclear

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The head was a solid half-inch of thick, rich foam. Not much lacing...what managed to cling to the inside of my snifter quickly slid down and was assimilated into the cap. The color was clear golden perfection, with enough effervecent carbonation to keep things lively. The nose was slightly sour, with hints of fresh bread cut with notes of sweet malt. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thick.

The taste contained notes of bananas and cloves, which was surprising. Perhaps notes of fresh pears and dates/figs, with a spicy and boozy finish. The brew settled into my belly with a comfy warmth to be expected from a 9.5 ABV. I gotta hand it to these Trappist monks...if I wasn't getting laid, I guess I'd be brewing the best damn beer I could. They've done well here...I'm a fan of boozy Trappist brews, and this ranks up high on my short list. Without a doubt, I'll be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:17:04 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: funk, apricot, and Belgian spices

Taste: funk, apricot, alcohol, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky with a bit of sourness in the middle, light bodied with high and prickly carbonation

Overall: A nice and clasic apricoty tripel that I am glad to say I have had. This is one that I would go to if I wanted an imported tripel. That said, although classic there are still at least a good five tripels that I can count that I would turn to before this one, especially with the higher than market price point.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 21:47:41 | More by tigg924
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keithmurray

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - white wine and champagne hit me off the bat, white grapes, sugar

Taste - white grapes, sugar, Granny Smith apple, bread

Mouthfeel - mdium bodied, lively carbonation, crisp, clean, a bit of warming on the way down, yet not a boozy beverage, a bit of sourness on the back end

Overall - Very Good Tripel . Recommended

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:44:33 | More by keithmurray
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

Old gold colour, beautiful clear look to it. Nice white foam on top that adds some lacing.

Lot of pear and apple coming through on the nose to begin with. Some solid bread follows.

Bready. Not as vinous as i recall this to be. Yeast flavour has settled too. Instead, it is bread, some candi sugar and a little bit of the pear and apple that you smell. Very well done.

Medium to bigger bodied. No alcohol heat. Smooth and consistent. Longish finish that doesn't get too sweet at all.

Just a real pleasure to drink. This has cellared well. Seamless. I used to recall this as my favourite Tripel and favourite Trappist beer. This doesn't do much to alter that opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 11:05:27 | More by MrKennedy
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Thanks to my friend Nick for just bringing this back to me straight from Belgium.

A: Slightly hazy yellow with a fine, off-white, 1 finger head that leaves large amounts of lacing.

S: Sweet fruit with some hints of spice and booze, yeasty bread aromas as well.

T: Ripe apricots and candi sugar. Spicy and slightly herbal tones, mixing with flavors of fresh baked sweet bread. Very slight and deceptive boozy notes. Spice and alcohol last in the finish.

M: Slick in the mouth with a medium-ish body and moderate carbonation. Alcohol also warms the palette.

O: This is an incredible beer! Sweet, yeasty, and tasty this brew just satisfies in every way. One of the greats, Westmalle Tripel is a beer that you should definitely try if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 06:11:07 | More by KelsoSaaz
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange, very cloudy body; big head with good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy; spicy; floral

Taste: Tangy fruit; strong alcohol; resiny hops

Remarks: Much better as it warms

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:15:36 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Abbey in Miami Beach. Served in a Rochefort goblet.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that soon dissipates to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a frothy sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass and leaves little behind.

S- Somewhat boozy aroma with some Belgian yeast and candy-like sweetness. Semi-effervescent.

T- An initial solvent-like booziness clamps down but immediately lets go and allows the fruity esters to move in. Sweet and complex with some white wine and honey characteristics. Alcohol is apparent but works with the overall flavor profile. Hint of wheat in the back and nearly no bitterness.

M- Definitely the best part as it is spritzy and sharp with medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A no-nonsense tripel that begs to be appreciated through small sips.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:05:32 | More by Immortale25
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Tripel has a thin, white head and a hazy, bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, with a few tiny, white specks suspended throughout. The aroma is of full, strong, pungent, sweet bread, with a slight sourness. Taste is of stinging yeast, peppery, banana, sweet bread, a good amount of harsh bitterness, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and one really does pick up the alcohol with this- think brandy. Westmalle Tripel finishes mostly dry, biting, and wonderful. A challenging, outstanding beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 15:21:42 | More by RonaldTheriot
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