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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,470 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,470
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 224
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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JohnL9013

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a beautiful one-inch head. Excellent lacing.

S: A rather subdued, sweet smell with mild hops present. Very fresh smell despite coming all the way from Belgium.

T: The taste is outrageously good. This beer has a much higher hop presence than any Belgian I've had before but with the complexity and superb balance I expected. And I can't believe how fresh it tastes despite coming from halfway across the world...very impressive. This beer has a much stronger flavor profile than you'd expect. A simple, yet perfect balance of roasted malts and dry hops that lead to other great suggestions, I don't know what more to say.

M: Belgian beers are the only beers I can stand with a lot of carbonation in them...it just seems to feel right. Very crisp.

D: Watch out, this 9.5% beer will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:33:28 | More by JohnL9013
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very pretty crystal clear gold. The carbonation is good; the beer foams up when poured but settles to a fairly flat, yet rocky head, leaving some lace behind. Sweet malt in the nose, but otherwise smells neutral, no hops or esters. Tastes of soft, sweet, pils malt, a dash of peppery hop spice, a little bit sugary sweetness, then a hot, bitter finish. Rather coarse alcohol burn is unpleasant.

I remember this beer as much more complex than what I'm drinking right now, which seems to have more in common with a strong European lager than a Tripel. It's much too clean, hot and bitter compared to my previous tasting.

My experience with this beer was slightly improved once I poured some of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle into my glass. Adding the yeast sediment seemed to soften up with bitterness and add a little fruity character (I'm thinking apricot and maybe peach) as well as touch of a nutty flavor. Still "hot" in the finish though, which I still don't like.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:09:16 | More by marcobrau
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

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

Golden straw color with a bit of sediment floating about. Thin white head that remains. Leaves some good lacing on the glass as it goes down.
Belgian yeast, pears, sour apple, spice,a hint of banana, with much else...complex on the nose. A little bit of alcohol can be detected.
Taste is again Belgian yeast, with some more pear and slightly tart green apples. Hint of clove, and spice. Faint hint of pepper as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet a little heavier in body than expected--though I'd say it's just right.
Excellent drinkability. Great beer I've held off on trying for a long time. Don't know why I waited so long...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 22:58:43 | More by Parrotbeak
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jeremyn

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge creamy head that recedes slowly. Really pretty

Surprisingly floral, with lemon pith hop bitterness, typical belgian yeast, banana, alcohol. Surprisingly low on fruit flavors. I expect spices, citrus, tropical fruits, etc, but it is really dominated by hops. Someone could have told me this was a belgian IPA and I'd believe it.

Mouthfeel is sharp, big bubbles, fading to creamy, with a thick, mouth coating finish. Dryer than i expected.

About average drinkability for a belgian tripel. Not a lot to say here. The dry finish makes it easier to drink and the alcohol, even at 9.5%, isn't a big deal.

I've had this before and it was a totally different beer. This tastes fresher, but probably not as good. The last version was more ester-y with a lot more fruit going on. This is fortunately low in the candi-sugar taste that sometimes ruins tripels. However, I definitely prefer the fruity goodness of something like a karmeliet tripel over this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 14:56:50 | More by jeremyn
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

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

A - pours a hazy yellow with a large fluffy head sitting on top. Head last through the entire beer and lacing clings to the sides on the way down. Perfect.

S - spicy with bits of citrus exactly what is expected.

T - starts with sweet fruitiness followed by the spicy peppery and clove overtones. Finish with a combination of alcohol and medicine. A bit of breadiness but not nearly as heavy as in other brews.

M - clean and dry. carbonation is lively on a palate. aftertaste sticks on the sides of the tongue, but more of a feeling than a flavor.

D - yeah... if I could afford it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 23:44:13 | More by drcarver
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snpub540

California

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a straw yellow with some darker brown hues as well. Very clingy white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. It looked really nice in the glass.

Aroma was a mixture of biscuity malts, floral hops, and some peppery spice notes.

Taste was bready up front with a nice spicy flavor. Definately a little clove flavor in there. Alcohol fruitiness in the finish made for a nicely complex beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is good for such a high alcohol beer. Not harsh at all. Definately a solid Belgian that I am going to keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 15:49:41 | More by snpub540
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just picked up the Westmalle gift pack that included 3 Tripels and 3 Dubbels plus a beautiful looking chalice that will probably rival my Duvel tulip, I just know it.

A- Pours a golden honey with a fingers width of white head. No real lacing to speak of which is disappointing although the thin cap that remains on top of the body is a plus.

S- Much mellower than I'm use to with Tripels. The first thing I picked up on was bananna peels followed by a fruity sweetness. Bready yeast in the background.

T- Different from the smell. I get a lot of bubblegum flavor and some spice. Sour apple bitterness in the aftertaste mixed with alcohol.

M- I found the body to be lighter than usual for a tripel and the carbonation was a bit to much. Finish is dry and the alcohol really sits in the mouth for awhile.

D- Although this isn't my favorite style, I just didn't think it stacked up against some of the other tripels I've had. I wanted to enjoy it because I really love trappist beers, but there is definitely better options out there IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 05:52:10 | More by Dawkfan
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OskarL

Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden color with a huge white fluffy head, leaves a lot of nice thick lacing 5

Smell - Soaked bread, pepper, citrus and apricot.

Taste - A very complex taste, ripe apricot up front, honey, earthy grain like, alcohol with some phenols in the background at the finish. Quite bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and smooth with soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 17:05:28 | More by OskarL
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Ale (Tripel). 750 ml. Nov. 2009 vintage

Appearance:
Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Light golden, honey yellow with a fantastic billowing 1.5" head. Cumulus cloud white and about that puffy. Ample and persistent lace.

Aroma:
Fruitiness -- tart apricot and citrus. Spicy esters. Lemon grass?

Taste:
Beginning -- Crisp and smooth. Body -- Apricot and other fruit, honey, grassiness, earthiness, something medicinal. It segues from a earthy sweet malty bottom to a crisp finish -- Bitter earthy/grassy and lingering aftertaste, some warming alcohol at the very end.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Not very thick, a little spritzy and foamy at times. some biting sting from the carbonation. I could keep drinking this one even though the abv is pretty high for a tripel (9.5%).

Notes:
It's definitely a little more bitter than the Chimay Tripel, but still very complex. I can't decide which one I like better. There's definitely some sediment on the bottom. Is this one unfiltered?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:44:34 | More by BeerNemesis
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HalfFull

California

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

A side by side sampling with St. Bernardus Tripel. Westmalle's version is poured into a large wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Shows a dense inch of white foam from a careful pour as a rambunctious boil emanates from the bottom of the glass, yielding strong retention and superfluous lacing. Somewhat golden with a bit of amber on the pour.

Nose is still buried a bit below the foam cap, allowing some spice and a lighter sweetness to come forth. Opens up to reveal a deep earthy consistency, occasionally letting some alcohol notes waft through. But at 9.5%, this is big even for a Tripel.

Sweetness is more evident in the flavor with some light pear and a subtle citrus background. Offers a nice full body as the carbonation enhances yet doesn't overly cloak the flavors. Return of a grainy spice flavor on the close. Earthy fruit sweetness reminds me of cooked apple and light cinnamon. Very nice yet somewhat different for the style.

Feel is good on average, leaning towards being a bit too spritzy and foamy at times, yet very good after some exposure. Easy drinking given it's strength, offering a nice complexity and with no flagrant sweetness, yet masking its ABV quite well.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 06:20:30 | More by HalfFull
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dph147

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought from Krogers in Morgantown, WV.

A - golden in color with strong carbonation with a nice white 1.5 finger head, Head retention held up, but not much lacing (I am using a pint glass supplied in hotel room which might be the reason for this).

S - sweet and of wet hay with some citrus tones.

T - sweet tasting with pleasant aftertaste of citrus.

M - very smooth and easy to drink.

D - very drinkable beer. hides alcohol well. Would grab another.

This lighter tripel was easy and enjoyable to drink. I really enjoyed this beer, but at $6 a pop, this might have outpriced itsejf,

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:56:08 | More by dph147
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BrandonWardlaw

Texas

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

A: Golden-caramel, with lots of particulate. Off-white one-finger head. Served in a chalice.

S: Malt, caramel and a very light note of citrus.

T: Pleasantly bitter. Very earthy.

M: Quite carbonated.

D: Pretty high, but definitely a beer to savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 00:05:54 | More by BrandonWardlaw
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meeekyh

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2ozl bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Color is golden with a tint of orange. The beer is hazed, the head is fluffy and an easy 3 fingers. The lacing is moderate and bone white like the head.

Nose is nicely complex but more subdued than I expected. I am starting this beer at close to 40 degrees and will add smells as they present. Principally there is citrus and bread. There is cherry, some caramel, grapes, ah yes the depth is there as it warms.

The taste has a particular something I am enjoying, a tartness and sweetness mingling into a cherry flavor. Yep that's it. There is also a smidgen of bitterness and a smooth vanilla. The double-edged sword of warmth releases the tastes of alcohol, just a bit though.

I am pleased with the way this beer feels. It is full but without the surypyness that often comes with that, and a nice lack of strong aftertaste. The carbonation is abundant and bright and the finish is dry.

Drinkability is very high and the 9.5% ABV remains well hidden save for the nice warming sensation. Careful with that liver.

Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:55:57 | More by meeekyh
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sitarist

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep golden/honey color with lots of sediment. The head is an off white, three fingers thick, and lasts awhile. There is lots of heavy lacing.

S- Spicy, fruity goodness. There is is a lot going on here. Ripe bananas, ripe tropical fruits, lots of spice, pickled ginger, I almost want to say a spiced rum. Very intriguing, sexual.

T- All that spicy, fruity goodness from the nose follows. Spicy with ripe fruits There is a sweet, nutty aftertaste. There is something at the tip of my tongue that I can't explain, I think it's love.

M- Thick and creamy yet a nice dose of carbonation to excite the taste-buds and balance everything out. Effervescent.

D- Its alluring and very well made, but also full of flavor, heavy, and has a high ABV. One bomber a night is enough, but I could have one every night.

F.T.- Ive had this beer several time and it all-ways WOW's me. Im surprised I didn't score this all 5's. I love tripels, and this beer is the reason why!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:34:26 | More by sitarist
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

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

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a white head that settles slowly. Carbonation is vigorous, and lacing is good as well.

S: Smell is dry, with some alcohol present. Hints of candi sugar, banana peel, citrus, and straw are noted. Hops give the beer a floral aroma in the back.

T: Some honey and straw, along with banana, dried fruit, and spice. Hops dry out the finish of the beer, with flavors of grass and a hint of citrus.

M: A bit light for a Tripel, but still very flavorful with a long finish.

D: Although not my favorite beer of this style, Westmalle makes a Tripel that is very easy to drink, and tastes very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 05:52:14 | More by WYVYRN527
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Beerenauslese

California

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber with a copius head that lasts, leaving much lacing on the glass up until the last drop.

Smells of straw, citrus, leather, and sweet tropical fruit.

Tastes of lightly roasted malt, hops, some citrus, a little tropical fruit, and walnuts. Alcohol taste is restrained for 9.5%, almost undetectable against the rich background of flavors, except for the warmth it imparts.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a dry finish on the tongue.

This is a dry, eminently drinkable tripel, very clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:58:31 | More by Beerenauslese
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

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

Westmalle Tripel is beautiful, bubbly, and balanced.

It poured a stunning sparkling pale gold, with a massive head that filled more than half of a tulip-shaped glass. It left very thick rings of lace throughout the glass. The smell and taste were yeasty and sweet, with hints of banana, lemon rind, and sweet spices. The feel is an explosion of bubbles with a very long-lasting bitter finish. The aftermath is a perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Westmalle Tripel is absolutely delicious, with an extremely happy appearance and feel. This would be great as hot weather refresher or as a special occasion celebration.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 20:14:13 | More by MetalHopHead6
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with about a finger width of foam. Head maintains pretty nicely with decent lacing.

Smell: Banana, cloves, spices and yeast

Taste: Sweat on first contact. Banana, spices and yeast. As the beer warms up it get more and more complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable tripel. I would be able to drink this once or twice a week and I don't think I'd be tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 00:19:05 | More by Axic10
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Longhorn22

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It is a pretty golden color, and the head is thick and beautiful white color. It lasted for a long time, and there is thick lacing.

S - This is the most average part of this beer. It smells like any other light yellow beers.

T - It is not the best flavor of any beer, but it is solid. Although it has a high ABV (9.5%) you can hardly taste it. The other flavors are reminiscent of a Duvel. Sweet, light, and a bit of hop.

M/D - It has a nice thick mouthfeel, but it doesn't have any negative after taste.

Bottom Line: This beer is great, but I feel like it is lacking one flavor to make it a legendary beer. I like when a beer has a theme or some unique tastes to it, but these beer leaves me wanting something more in terms of flavor. It has nailed it in terms of appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability, it just needs a signature flavor. Regardless, it is worth a try.

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 05:19:10 | More by Longhorn22
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jspruit

Denmark

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 33cl bottle after seeing and hearing alot about it over the years.

Pours a nice light gold color with little bubbles and a large whitish 3 finger head.

Very enticing smells-a bit of everything with nothing really dominating: fruity, banana, sweet, yeast.

Fruity and balanced with sweet tones; nice banana/apple/raisin sort of taste. Also a bit malty and hoppy all at the same time with a hint of bitterness. Complex with some vanilla hints at the end.

Goes down full, but smooth and finishes a bit dry. The light carbonation does a nice number going down too.

Overall, for 9.5% ABV this is quite smooth and goes down great. Plenty of complexity throughout, but at no point is it overpowering. I probably wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting because of the ABV and its richness, but it's definitely a treat whenever you can get your hands on it and I'll do it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 11:18:34 | More by jspruit
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy, dirty-blonde body with a pillowy white head.

S- Malty with a slight pungent twang, a fruity sweetness, a touch of orange and some spice.

T- Fruity malt profile with a slight medicinal quality, notes of alcohol; has a dry finish with a slight trailing sweetness.

M- Crisp up-front that mellows towards the back, a long finish with a smooth feel.

D- A really nice triple; very easy to drink for such a high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 14:28:33 | More by TommyW
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srroos

California

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle (dated 7/6/2007) into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass:

A: Hazy orange with an abundant, fluffy white head. Head fades fairly quickly into a thin cap.

S: Sweet and fruity. Banana. Lemon peel. Yeasty.

T: Sweet banana and spices up front. Slightly bitter and yeasty finish. A lingering bitter dryness follows.

MF: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly viscous. Perfect!

D: Very smooth after some age. A good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:57:05 | More by srroos
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zoso1967

Michigan

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

Very attractive deep golden color with a fluffy and light head that is quite ample even with a gentle pour. Nice aroma of lemon zest, coriander and yeasty, bready sweetness. Taste is nice and sweet up front with plenty of spice notes. A little bit of clove, some black pepper, coriander, maybe some ginger and a citrus sing. I can detect the alcohol, but it actually adds to the taste rather than detracting. Nice dry finish. Very balanced and a wonderful tasting brew. Medium body with a surprisingly smooth drinkability. I would imagine I could through back a few of these, which is a dangerous proposition.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:02:25 | More by zoso1967
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taigor

New York

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

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

S - Just like expected of tripel, 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 very high carbonation.

D - Even though abv is slightly high it is very well masked, however carbonation is very high which makes this beer slightly less drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 14:03:41 | More by taigor
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omnigrits

Texas

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

I've been meaning to try this one for a while... can't say for sure what's held me back. Poured into a tulip.

Very typically Belgian tripel - light golden colour with a huge snow-white head and bags of lace. The head never goes away and is easily invigorated with a swirl of the glass. I'm getting a lot of hefeweizen aroma from this one - banana and bubble gum. A little floral hops perhaps but definitely fruity.

Very good flavour - subtle and sweet with a nice finish. I have to try one of these on a 100° Texas summer day. Good mouthfeel, strong carbonation. A very nice beer indeed and one that would be well paired with a dinner course I think.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:32:35 | More by omnigrits
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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