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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,433 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 3,433
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 214
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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FleeVT

Florida

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

Brown bomber bottle with 2 different dates (born on and best before?) poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a beautiful glowing apricot which yellows on the edge of the glass and a tight off-white head that recedes to a 5mm layer on top.

S: A nice dose of malts, mild fruit esters, backed by fresh-cut grassy hops. Alcohol permeates throughout in a complimentary way.

T/M: Wow! First impression is chewy. This has a nice body with a velvety texture that I just didn't expect from it's appearance. A firm dose of pepper and alcohol provide the introduction. Fruit esters present themselves as peach, hints of citrus and banana, and apricot. Back has a hint of brandy in it with the hops from the nose.

Fantastic representation. I'd like to buy the world a Westmalle and keep it company.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:50:25 | More by FleeVT
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bum732

Lesotho

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

Pours a golden yellow, some yeast floaties, nice creamy head leaving tons of lacing. Smells of medicinal phenols, a nice earthy grassiness, touch of clove, soft sweet breadiness, honey, touch of vanilla, absolutely blissful. Tastes of creamy clove like malt with lots of phenolic layers throughout. Some grainy sweetness that is immediately followed by a clean bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with an earthy note. Alcohol is present, but not overwealming. Nice full creamy mouthfeel, just enough carbonation to make it pop.

I still find it amazing such a full bodied beer can be dry at the same time, just unbelievable. An amazing brew, truly the standard for all Tripels and by far the best i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:21:00 | More by bum732
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

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

My 300th review it looks to be a dandy

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach

A- The pour yields a huge frothy head. Mountainous, aromatic, pungent and sticks to my glass. a lime green color with yeasty floaties. The head is phenomenal, it just doesnt subside. 5 fingers.

S- wafts of sweet lemon grass and pepper. alcohol and bready malts complement the other smells. This is a beautiful smell.

T- a strong pepper spice hits you first followed by a sweet citrus (apricot/lemon maybe). The berady/yeasty malts produce some flavor as well.

M- the yeast covers your mouth and it is quite smooth and filling. This beer is a sipper. Goes down so smooth though.

D- a keg of this for a party would be great. This goes quick but beware the high abv will hit ya later.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 00:00:51 | More by Dodo2step
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

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

A - A bronze, apricot color with a little bit of haze. About a fingers worth of head that was slow to recede.

S - Bubblegum, clove and cotton candy.

T - A little bit of spice with a good helping of yeast. I am also picking up a bit of clove in there. The alcohol is hidden pretty well when warmed up a bit.

M - A good medium body with a good mouthfeel. Also a little warm from the alcohol.

D - Very drinkable and good for basically any occasion. I don't think I would want more than a glass or two of this at a sitting though.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:14:18 | More by Wisconsinality
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Evocatus

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pale gold yellow color with a white foamy, but thick, head that lingers on. Smells like sweet bread and malts with a hint of fruits like pear. Taste has a mix of spice (pepper), sweet bread, alcohol, and a hint of fruit as it lingers in the mouth. Good amount of thickness, carbonation, and head. Even for a 9.5% ABV, the alcohol isn't too strong to kill the other flavors. This beer could be an any day any time kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 17:47:51 | More by Evocatus
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JamesS

Indiana

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

Pours a great golden sun color with fantastic head and some excellent lacing. Great scent, huge wafts of banana and a slight citrus background with a large malty sweetness. Big malt bomb of flavor, huge thick taste with great sweet tones, a wonderful fruitiness with a slight banana aftertaste. Goes down very good, no noticable alcohol kick in it except for a nice warmth. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:51:43 | More by JamesS
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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

Pours a hazy golden with a massive, pillow-like white head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation patiently dissipating to leave trails of lacing in its path.

Great aromas of fruit such as apricot or pear, peppery spice, yeast, also featuring citrus and a bit sugary. These aromas and carbonation are aggressive as it warms and the glass funnels them to the nose.

Flavors resemble the nose with citrus characters, peppery spices, yeast, and nice alcohol warmth, and clove as it warms. The flavors just become more pronounced as the beer progresses.

This is a bit dry, but pleasantly so, with moderate to high carbonation, and a medium body with great alcohol warmth and a nice bite to finish.

Great beer, fun to drink, tons of flavor and character, and truly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 23:54:30 | More by CHADMC3
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A - Hazy golden, apricot with a foamy white head that leaves a thin layer of foam behind.

S - Bubblegum, citrus, cotton candy, lemon, apple, pear, spice, clove, wheat and white pepper. Complex, balanced and very nice.

T - Honey sweetness and spicy clove with apple, pear, lemon, belgian yeast, bready wheat and bubblegum blended in the background.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, slightly fluffy in the mouth with a touch of fullness due to the sweetness. Slight warming from the alcohol.

D - One of the better Tripels I have had. I would like it a touch dryer but it is still nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:11:49 | More by brewcrew76
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hustlesworth

Ohio

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

from the big bottle, 07 vintage with a synthetic cork.

A- pours a cloudy golden apricot color, warm and inviting, with an incredibly stiff cap of off white foam. slowly settling, it changes consistency from a mass of dense bubbles to a pile of loose dish-soapy foam, darkening in color, with pillars and arches of lace rising high up the sides of the glass.

S- incredibly floral, fruity, and yeast aroma, with caramel, sugar cookies, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar in the background. up front is wysteria, pear, apple, large bronze muscadine grape, peaces, nectarine, plum, with some pineapple and orange hop aroma, and some very floral alcohol.

T- taste is drier and less fruity than the smell, with pronounced alcohol flavor like pears and grapes mashed in a very young brandy. holding it in my mouth for awhile i notice stronger fruit flavors begin to emerge, with a perfume of lily, vanilla and lemon peel, apricot pasta flora, and woodsy chardonnay and marsala. there is a character throughout like that of chewing on apple skin and the taste of tannins are prevalent. caramel, sugar, and cookie flavors fade and the taste becomes more herbal and earthy with a mild peppercorn spice, red bell pepper, with bitter floral and lemon pith hops. the finish is long and gradual as it goes from sweet to bitter to malty to dry and fruity. as beautiful and orchestral as it is, there is some unknown spark keeping me from ethically giving it a prefect score. damn right close though. 4.90

MF- full, expansive, and velvety. like take those jumpsuits j-lo used to wear, cuddle up on her booty and the feel of that velour is pretty much identical to the soft caressing carbonation found here. the dryness is so smoothly transitional and soft-spoken that it merely whispers for another sip as i listen closely to the sweet refrain of my singing taste buds. near the end of the glass is a treat as well, and the carbonation becomes so plush that a creamy feeling takes over, taking softness to a whole nother level.

D- all around amazing, invoking poetic thoughts in my sometimes shallow mind. intriguingly tasty, balanced, flavorful, and interesting, this is it's own class of tripel. 9.5%abv would do little to deter me from drowning myself in this stuff should i ever acquire a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 05:25:23 | More by hustlesworth
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KI9A

Illinois

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

2002 Vintage.

My Dad had this in his basement, at 70 degrees for 7 years, in the drak. My step-sister brought it back for him in '02. He gave to me. I drank it!

A: Hazy, somewhat pale orange. Great head, great lace windows. Just a few floaters.

S: Bubblegum. Citrus. Bisquity, yeasty.

T: Wow. Where to start? Some clove, apple, pear, nutmeg (?). Alot there, but hard to pull out one thing. Works great! Awesome!

M: Medium body. Decent carbonation for age.

D: Smooth as hell. Wanted more, needing to try a fresh one now!! Cool thing is, Dad had TWO of these. I'm gonna wait another 1-2 years, and try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 00:43:49 | More by KI9A
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Casey10

Maine

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

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A - hazy golden color was a gusher when it was opened only lost a little bit a it was poured quickly into glass foamy head that dissapated quickly.

S - faint hint of spice and yeast.

T - good again spice definately belgian flavor.

M - some tartness kind of dry though.

D - Not a bad representation. I think I would rather have a la find du monde. but overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 19:13:37 | More by Casey10
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DerBayer

Germany

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

This really is like a Duvel - looks like it, smells like it tastes like it BUT not quite as good. I drink Duvel regulRLY AND THIS IS ALMOST AS GOOD but not quite out there yet. The smell is slightly weaker and the taste could be more intense and have some more complexity,

Nonetheless this is commendable like most Belgian pale ales!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 14:33:15 | More by DerBayer
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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

Poured into a tulip from the bottle.

A - Pours a very beautiful straw gold color with some slight haze and a very nice dense head that is about 1 inch. It has nice retention but eventually recedes to a film.

S - Some nice sweet fruit smell and some citrus as well. Dry yeast and malt present.

T - It starts of malty and bready with some sour hints then transitions into a sweet fruit taste that is balanced by some yeast flavor that is prevalent throughout. There is some pepper and coriander present as well which balances well with the sweetness and tartness. There is a bit of a hop flavor to it but its not very present although it can be perceived at the back end.

M - Crisp well balanced and refreshing.

D - Great drinkable beer with awesome taste and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 04:12:01 | More by JoEBoBpr
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy and bright goldenrod with a stupendously large white head that's frothy and whipped. It rises far out of my goblet, pits slowly as it falls, and leaves some great patterns of lace on the glass. A tremendously great looking beer--that's the only way to put it.

S: Lovely aroma. Tart and slightly sour pear, loads of white pepper and spice. Lemony aromatics, as well. Dry and yeasty, with a full aroma. Wonderful aroma.

T&M: The beer starts sweet with a pleasant maltiness that transforms into a yeast party that showcases light pear, green apple, and white pepper. Spiciness melds lovely with a more herbal hop spiciness on the back end. Finish is long and dry, with a reprise of hop flavor and dry yeast presence. Give this one a few sips--it takes a bit to open up. Body is full/medium with a very zesty carbonation that lifts the beer well.

D: It was boozy initially, but as I drank and gave it a few swirls the alcohol flavor faded drastically. A top-notch tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:48:55 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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drperm

Virginia

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

Appearance: I knew I was in for a winner when I saw it swirling in my Chimay goblet. Nice and unfiltered, like a dark witbier.

Aroma: It's like candy in the glass. Cotton candy, white chocolate, light caramel, raspberry, vanilla, lemon, wheat, homemade bread dough rising.

Taste: This beer explodes with flavour. Citrus, candy (but thankfully not too sweet!!), nice light hopping, toffee, caramel, allspice, bubblegum, nutmeg, a tart finish. It's a hair thin (but at 9.5% ABV it can be as thin as it wants!).

Palate: SO smooth, it's dangerous. I can taste the warming alcohol on the way down, but it is not at all harsh or unpleasant.

Overall: It definitely smells sweeter than it tastes. This is an all-around winner and underscores the qualities that make Trappist beers so special.

It is *excellent* with dhal. It proved a seamless match with the pear and chive chutney (loved those chives), and would be stellar with mango chutney as well. The sweet + curry equation is key. It was one of those times that I had the meal first and needed to pick a brew -- I took a chance and it worked!

This was a fairly fresh bottle. I've got another one of those that I purchased at the same time. I'm going to cellar it and see how the difference stacks up in a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 17:40:40 | More by drperm
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer a cloudy pale golden yellow with a rich full crisp white head. The head stays for a bit then leaves some lacing.

Huge smell fills the naisal cavities with a sharp boozy sent. A supreme blend of spices lay in this beer.

So smooth with tiny tastes of spice. For such a big beer it certainly is smooth. Roasted malts challenge the sweet malts in a beautiful battle to overtake the senses of my pallet.

The feel is carbonated and slick.

An extremely drinkable trappist.

Cheers,
Jordan.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 08:39:20 | More by JordanEllwanger
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

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

Enjoyed a 11.2oz bottle at Flanagan's Ale House in Louisville. Served in an Ommegang chalice.

A: Cloudy, golden body that produces a huge, rocky, white head about 1.5 fingers thick; head quickly reduces to a half-finger depth but is persistent through the glass and assists with some good lacing rings.

S: The nose is spicy and sweet - apple and pear fruitiness melded with cinnamon, cloves and white pepper. Musky wheat chaff note peaks out as you exhale.

T: Like the nose but much stronger and provocative - apple, pear and cloves are prominent; honey-like sweetness follows. Then a cereal/grainy note flashes in to offset the fruity sweetness. A peppery alcohol also comes to play and becomes quite persistent about halfway through the chalice. Aftertaste is yeasty bread with lingering peppery spiciness and light fruit esters.

M: Smooth and crisp carbonation; slightly fluffy.

D: Easy going and not overly powerful even at 8.5% ABV. Has some kick but this tripel is sweet and complex which makes this quite an enjoyable trappist beer.

Another sterling trappist ale; so many of them to choose from - it is hard to pick a favorite, but I think I might have to side with the St. Bernardus Tripel. Regardless, I have been waiting to try this tripel for quite some time and I left very pleased.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 02:09:31 | More by Buschyfor3
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lucasbm

Mississippi

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful straw/golden color. A creamy white head.
S - A lemon sourness, tart, and alcohol. The smell is far to complex for me to describe. It's truly a wonderful thing.
T - Definitely get some alcohol, a little yeasty, tart, a little malty and I get some wheat charters.
M - Carbonated and medium thickness
D - Overall a great complex beer. Enjoyed it till the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 23:22:38 | More by lucasbm
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brundo4

Illinois

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

Poured from 330mL Trappistenbier bottle into Chimay goblet. The color is a beautiful golden blonde. Very fine bubbly head. Mild retention and lacing. Clear and sharp. Looks very crisp.
Sour yeasty smell is the first to present itself. Hints of butter, tropical fruit. A bit piney and floral hop odor. Smells like a Belgian.
Bitter, crisp taste. Similar to a high gravity lager. Sweetens as it warms. Hops come through strongly but there is no oily dominance. The alcohol is well hidden. This beer is a precisely crafted ale with the impeccable balance and composition that is the signature of the Trappist monks.
The mouthfeel is similar to champagne except slightly thicker and creamier. Very carbonated. The word "crisp" represents each and every quality of this beer.
This is an extremely refreshing and drinkable brew, despite the alcohol content. However, one too many and you might wake up in some strange places.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 20:48:17 | More by brundo4
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours a cloudy medium gold with a huge white head and above average lacing.

The aroma is light mostly hops and flowers, nothing standing out.

The taste is light and smooth for its abv, but I don't think this is the best trippel going. Its drinkable but nothing special for its acclaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 20:23:23 | More by jrallen34
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Best by 17/07/10?

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange yellow color. Giant head diminished to a 1 finger constant white head of super thick foam that was even thicker right in the center of the glass. Sticky lacing in a few places on the glass.

(S)- Tons of cloves on the nose with bananna, lemon and clay. Some creamy yeast.

(T)- Agian, like the smell, there is tons of clove up front that makes way for sweet lemon/bananna fruits with a hay&clay funk. The finish is rather wheaty and dry with a dare I say, a light hoppy bite.

(M)- Has a thick texture in the mouth with a fairly strong body then most Tripels. Sweet, crisp and plenty of carbonation

(D)- Despite its 9.5%abv, this goes down pretty easy, even if you might feel it later. Its still a sipper though due to its complexities.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:23:13 | More by sweemzander
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azorie

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok this one I been saving for awhile, its about 1.5 years old. Not that I usually do that but it happened. Not my first Westmalle triple but I am re-reviewing it from deleting my old reviews. ok the review.

A: Poured into my Watou St b triple glass. Nice tall white lacing about 2 inches tall, over the top of a lemon orange color of the main beer. Did the swirling of the yeast and poured it into the glass, leaves the beer slightly cloudy. i let it warm up for the next phase.

S: first thing that hits my nose is the alcohol. I also get the yeast and the hops. i get orange hips, some herbs, some malt, some sugar, its very complex and very very good.

T: well its just devine, complex combo here, you get the warmness of the alcohol, you get the tartness of the citrus, Herby, some pepper like blend of tastes, just good stuff. The pale malt is there, and the yeast and the hops.

M: medium body, heavy carbonation in new bottles, not so much in this aged one.

D: easy to drank, its a sipper but its goes down smooth as silk.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 20:44:31 | More by azorie
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Kensai

Greece

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

Nice blond lady here. The Westmalle has a hazy yellow color that reminds of lager, but this Tripel Trappist beer is a lot more than that. It gives a nice persistent foam and never loses its fog-of-yeast.

The smell is amazing, you would expect it to be a dark beer from its odour alone, but it's not. The taste and mouthfeel leave few things to be desired. This beer delivers a strong kick and has a nice acidic (lemon) afterfeel.

You would love to drink more than one, since this one masquarades as a simple lager to an amateur, but then you're gonna pass by far the 0.05% limit in most countries! :)

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 10:43:12 | More by Kensai
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fbinla

California

4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle with a huge thick head that sticks around long enough to enjoy. Light golden color, with a vibrant carbonation.

Huge Aroma, funky farm smells, with fruit and yeast that just explode in your nose.

A nice medium mouthfeel with spicy, grainy, tart apple, a mild sweetness and mild bitterness.

Each smell and taste gives you a different experience as it warms up and oxygenates.

This is an amazing beer, controlled flavors that keep on giving, it's a piece of art. Reminds me of the quality and flavor of an aged $100+ bottle of wine. I need more and more then more. So easy to drink, with a 9.5% ABV it can creep up on you quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 07:10:59 | More by fbinla
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TheSarge

Illinois

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

Mounds of bright white head. Golden body with slight chill haze... Lacing last forever.

Funky smell upfront, blends into citrusy grapefruit aromas and candied sugar.

Citrusy, earthy, and strong alcohol presence.

Coarse, prickly, and chewy upfront with warm finish.

Highly drinkable especially in a cool environment... Actually leaves the palate a little wet.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 09:20:01 | More by TheSarge
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,433 ratings.