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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,481 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,481
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 258 | FT: 1
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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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a huge frothy head. Strong yeasty, fruity aroma with some citrus and cloves. Really nice. Taste is similar to the smell, with apple flavors and a bit of light hops. Well carbonated, and has a fairly dry finish. It's maybe a bit on the alcoholic side for my taste. Overall it's one of the better tripels.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 02:33:35 | More by chickenm
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This will be my second Trappist Ale, I just wanted something a bit high class for today. Sadly, once again the second I popped the top on this one, it overflowed. Ahh well, I poured in into a Chalice onto the review.

Appearance: As I said, the bottle overflowed when it was opened, so I was in a bit of a rush to pour. A solid thumb of sustaining but not lacing head was the result. The beer's body has very fine carbonation hidden within it's cloudy yellow depths. There is quite a lot of yeast sediment with this one, especially near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: You can very clearly smell the alcohol as it is clearly dominant and is in need of being reigned in. Smells more like a white wine then a beer, as grapes and notes of apricots, orange peel and yeast are in the background.

Taste: Once again, you can clearly notice the high alcohol content, which is hurting this beer for me. Starts with a sweeter, calm sweet malt an fruity taste that builds into somewhat excessively strong crescendo as yeast and sour apples make thier presence know. It is then abruptly silenced by a strong alcohol presence which itself is reigned in somewhat by earthy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Well the aftertaste doesn't linger, which is good. The carbonation, makes it's presence known throughout the beer. However, the high alcohol content isn't masked very well as it offers a bit of a acidic solvent feeling.

Drinkability: I dunno, I can't see wanting more then one of these at a time. The sour and sweet elements don't mesh that well, the high alcohol content doesn't make for good sessioning, and honestly is more of a wine then a beer. That and the high carbonation is causing a bit of belching.

Final Thoughts: I'll be honest, I'm disappointed by this beer. That is probably because I'm not much of a wine drinker, and this beer drinks more like a wine. In this case, I feel that too much effort went into making this beer a "high class" beer and it just isn't doing anything for me. I mean, it's ok and I'd take it if it were offered (although I somehow doubt that would be the case) but I can't in good faith, score it that highly.

Edit: <Whoops, forgot to talk about the appearance>

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:33:01 | More by TheHammer
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice (yeah, I know, Westmalle in an Orval is a high sin).

Appearance: Pours a hazy light brown color (reminiscent of apple juice). Has a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of apples and grapes. Like a lot of Belgians, this one has a kind of wine-y flavor.

Taste: Has a wine-like flavor with some noticeable alcohol flavor. Also has hints of apples and some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously smooth with a nice, crisp finish. The high alcohol content gives it a nice warmth as well.

Drinkability: Damn good, like most Trappist beers. Not my favorite but still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 22:27:11 | More by wahhmaster
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Airedoggie

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale, hazy yellow-orange color. A big fluffy head like whipped egg-white. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: A light fruity and yeasty aroma - typically belgian. Spiciness of banana and cloves. Slight underlying alcohol smell.

T: Somewhat dry with maltiness and a hop bitterness. A complex taste especially crisp and dry at the finish. Alchohol is apparent.

M: Medium carbonation and very creamy mouthfeel.

D: Alcohol a bit too noticeable for me but still a wonderful quaff. More of a sipping beer to be enjoyed deliberately. Should go nicely with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 18:47:49 | More by Airedoggie
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Mokafe, Brussels. For a tripel, it's rather light in color: a cloudy, peachy-lemony color, denser in the middle than on the edges. There are light streams of bubbles, too. Head is bright white, with small bubbles and a dense texture. Aroma is a bit sour, definitely loaded with oranges and yeast. Body is noticeably thick, and the taste is dominated by oranges. I was surprised; I expected something less fruity and more bready. ABV is well hidden, as this does not have any traces of heavy alcohol. This was very good but I've had other tripels that I've enjoyed more.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 20:13:29 | More by gfreed
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heissebier

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 750 mL corked bottle with a two dates stamped on the back: 11/02/09 and 11/02/11. Very confusing because I bought until my roommate suggested the dates were printed euro-style. After wrestling with the cork for some time, we were ready start drinking.

Appearance- A beautiful, cloudy light orange, almost but not quite amber hue. A small white head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a lot lacing. The bubbles making up the head vary in size quite considerably, but for the most part are very small.

Smell- Complex and incredibly rich, very wine like. The smell is dominated by malt, with highlights of pepper, citrus, and banana. The alcohol is somewhat present, but in a classy, refined way.

Taste- Wow. This was my first tripel and it tasted absolutely nothing like I expected. Completely blew my mind (and palate). An incredibly complex flavor that comes at you in waves. The main taste is a spicy, peppery alcohol with a mix of complementing flavors that I find hard to describe. Kind of fruity with some mellow hop bitterness. Leaves a taste in your mouth reminiscent of homemade yeasty bread.

Mouthfeel- Very, very smooth with a subtle carbonation that complements the taste very well. Not too light or heavy but very warming. I could see myself sitting in a castle and drinking it.

Drinkability- Fantastic! One of my favorite beers to date. Hard to set down. A little too on the alcoholic side, though. Leaves a warm, happy feeling inside of you.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 01:37:28 | More by heissebier
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Whiteweasel

Illinois

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a chalice. On the bottle: 11-2-09 and 11-2-11, which I believe to be the "born on date" and the "best by date" which means this must be very fresh, only 2 weeks old (unless I'm mixing up the American and European date conventions). A big thank you to my roommate Heissebier for providing tonight

Appearance: Looks beautiful. A pale golden colour and is rather hazy. Head is white an consists of large-ish bubbles. Head is moderate but disappates very quickly and leaves little on the surface of the ber. However lacing is very prevalent.

Smell: Smells glorious. Most prominently like wheat, and belgian yeast. However very strong notes of banana, grapes, citrus and tropical fruits. A little bit peppery and smells sweet. Spicy with a little clove. Smells like a sweet white wine right out of the bottle.

Taste: Wow just when I thought I'd tasted everything, this comes along. So complex and new. Where to begin? Biggest surprise was the peppery flavour which dominates. Requesite wheat taste, but with something else in there too that I can't even begin to describe. Something hoppy or bittering and spicy in there. Banana flavour but clove is more apparent than the fruitiness. Very distinctive but hard to describe taste. I think there's some trace of nutmeg

Mouthfeel: Feels great in your mouth. Its not effervescent which is a nice change from the La Fin Du Monde, but is very smooth. Boozy warmth is very evident and contributes both to the taste and mouthfeel. It melts in your mouth

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable but probably hard to drink a ton of. Not exactly a session beer for more reasons than purely its high ABV but its very tasty nonetheless and I would be happy to have an entire bottle by myself methinks.

A fantastic beer that I would be pleased to have on a regular basis. The best Tripel I've had as of yet. Westmalle represents the style very well. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 01:31:29 | More by Whiteweasel
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ultrasupergenius

United Kingdom (England)

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

This is simply stated one of my favorite beers.

It is not big and bold in flavor, but mellow and fully rounded. It has a gorgeous golden hue that is not entirely clear, and yet just shy of hazy in my opinion. The overall appearance of this beer is further enhanced by one of the best stemmed glasses I have seen (as with other Belgian Beers, Westmalle has its own glass, which in this case is a stemmed glass with cut optics and a classic looking Westmalle label).

This beer must be treated with respect - both out of heritage (a beer tradition going back to 1834, and this tripel coming about in 1934), and out of respect for its strength. At 9.5%, this is a beer best enjoyed contemplatively and in moderation.

In my opinion, one of the best Belgian Trappist beers, and one of the best Strong Pale Ale's in the world - truly a world class beer.

I highly recommend this beer, and two of its glasses have proudly become a part of my glass collection.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 13:32:29 | More by ultrasupergenius
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

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

Since my introduction to the Karmeliet Tripel I had to adjust my opinion about tripels. I remembering tasting this Westmalle some 10 years ago and not finishing the bottle. A new chance since my sister gave it to me as a present.

A: A golden yellow color with a huge fluffy white head.

S: Light malts, grapefruit, peach, candi sugar and floral hops.

T: Like the smell suggests. There's a slight metallic tinit to it but not disturbing. A little bitter in the aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

D: Well, I guess it's official.... I like tripels as a style. This one is good for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 10:47:19 | More by PapaEugene
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madtrixter787

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle from local Wegmans.

Appearance: Poured into tulip glass that brought out an enormous head. Gives way to nice lace around edge and a pale yellow body.

Smell: Nice mixture of fruit and yeast, while the alcohol gives your nose an awakening.

Taste: At first, seems nice but not too much, but as you drink down the glass, this beer really comes around on you. Very nice subtle complexities that make this a wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, but not as much as I was expecting.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but remember the abv at 9.5%. Overall I had a very enjoyable experience with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:11:40 | More by madtrixter787
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle has a best by date of 06/11/10. Pours a cloudy dark gold color with a fluffy white head. Displays average retention and some lacing, pretty spot-on appearance for a tripel.

Nose is filled with tropical fruits...mangoes, papaya and maybe even a hint of banana. Fruitcake-like yeasty breadiness and a decent amount of cheesy hops (saaz perhaps?) and alcohol. Great nose on this beer.

Taste is grainy maltiness with a light fruit yeasty profile (think pears and other light fruit) and a rather unique, earthy feel to it. Alcohol and a decent dose of hoppy bitterness provides a nice drying effect. Mouthfeel is just short of medium. This is a very nice rendition of the style, probably not my favorite, but there is alot to like and great balance here.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 01:07:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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Travlr

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light amber with large white head, medium persistence and nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and black pepper, faint spiciness in the background. Taste starts with citrus, coriander and pepper, progresses to a slight bitterness which is long lasting. Nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 17:30:24 | More by Travlr
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an open wine glass intended to simulate a chimay glass.

Pours dark cloudy yellow with moderate white foam. Light orange hue. The looks of this beer tells you this will be enjoyable.

Fruity alochol nose.

Strong Belgian yeasty taste with a bittering hop throughout. Very powerful carbonation. Pretty damn good beer.

Punch of alcohol in the finish - very strong. The 9.5% is very apparent. Tasty, but potent - drinkable from a taste perspective but a few of these and one is down for the count.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 14:26:38 | More by KTCamm
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

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

Flat fours are a rarity in my book. Either you have impressed me enough to bump you up higher or you have failed to live up to my expectations and I punish you for it. This beer is good, just as the 4 indicates. For my money, I prefer Orval, but I still think this is a damn fine brew.

A: Hazy gold with a massive ivory head.

S: Cripy! Dehydrated banana, clove, citrus peel, and yeast.

T: Big and sweet, which is suprising given the nose. A mild hop bitterness is back there, but I would have prefered a sharper bite to counterbalance the bready yeast and sweet malts.

M: Creamy feel going down. Dry and crisp on the finish. Medium body with appropriate carbonation.

D: The high alcohol content certainly warms the soul, but not so much that it rules out a second chalice of this brew. Delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:07:38 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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zoso493

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy golden color into my Chimay chalice with an impressive two and a half finger, foamy head. Above average head retention and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of bready yeast, clove, banana with an impressively crisp sweetness about it.

Taste: Quite unlike the smell. A big explosion of sweet, sugary malts, some bitter hops laced in the middle, and ends with a stinging taste of Belgian yeast. As it warms, it takes on more of a yeasty quality, with hints of dark fruit coming out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and leaves your mouth feeling pretty dry and crisp. Very good.

Drinkability: Well it's almost in double-digits in the ABV but it's not bad for drinkability. You can definitely tell there some alcohol in there, but it goes down pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 20:53:37 | More by zoso493
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BeerSingh

India

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

Poured from a corked and caged bottle bought from Wegman's, Faifax, VA

A : Beautiful golden yellow with an illuminated body. Big, fluffy head with a great retention - throughout the entire session

S : Sweet and malty nose, very inviting. The whiff will whet your palate and invite you to try it

T : Big malt and sugary character, infused with a well knit hoppy patttern. In other words, excellent balance.

M : A little boozy and warming on the palate, very nice and moist.

D : Great, complex brew to savour. Do not try to chug this.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 10:50:20 | More by BeerSingh
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky gold into the glass. the pour produces a nice thick creamy white head that lasts with lacing.
the aroma is mild... it's got some citrus, and just a hint of musty funk. whisps of corriander, and i think i smell some herbal hoppiness.
the taste has got some of the requisite tropical fruit, but it remains fairly restrained. there is a nice chewy bready yeastiness that meshes with some of the spicy vaguely corriander type flavors. there is a substantial amount of hops at the back end balancing some of the other sweet things going on. there is a pervasive pepperiness to go with the it's tanginess. with warmth, some of the fruitiness (pineapple, citrus, etc.) take on a little bit of a green slightly unripe character.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with coarse active carbonation.
the drinkability is good, the alcohol is very well hidden with it's only indicator being a little bit of warmth in the throat. a beauty.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:31:04 | More by kmo1030
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

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

Second of three brews on my latest night out to Porters Pub in Easton, Pa. It was classic Euro brew night for me and this legend was next on my list.

A: Cloudy apricot color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film but leaves good lacing.

S: Aromas of yeast, clove, banana, and citrus merge into a lovely bouquet.

T: Starts out Belgian spices and yeast which are followed by light fruits (banana, apple, citrus) kicking in mid-palate. The classic belgian flavors are then balanced very nicely with a bitter hop finish.

M: Medium bodied with just a tad too much carbonation.

D: A lovely tripel and a classic that lives up to it's name. I always love trying these old style Belgians whose longevity is something for modern beers to asipre. An excellent after dinner drink, as it is light, sweet, and easy to drink. Just a notch below must try, but highly recommended none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:14:15 | More by jdg204
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Brabander

Netherlands

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

This is a beer i usually buy as a crate. It is one of the best triples that there are on the market. Also very easy to get in every supermarket in Holland.

I let the beer come to rest for at least a month. With the real chalice (a Westmalle thin glas) you enjoy the taste of a wonderful triple.

The foam stays really well in the glass and the co2 is not very strong. It is a beer which takes care of you for the rest of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 20:05:42 | More by Brabander
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TheStoutAholic

Iowa

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

A - If you do not pour it carefully you will get a glass full of head, but don't worry boys and girls it will sink quickly so you can fill up the glass correctly. I personally prefer every beer to be poured into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

S - Smells AMAZING a bit of bready and honey smell of the typical trappist or Abbey Ale.

T- Make sure you chill this, it usually isn't refrigerated when you buy it, if you heed my words you will love this. It tastes of honey and has the refreshing heaviness of bread. Has a fruity spiciness to it.

M - Carbonation, Honey, bread is all combined to create one of the most beautifully formed orchestra, it is music to my tastebuds.

D - With an 9.5% I am not able to taste the alcohol, this drink has some carbonation to it but you can just taste how natural it is. The honey intermingles with the fruity breadiness of a top quality Trappist.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 06:02:36 | More by TheStoutAholic
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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

Sep 26, 2009
small bottle. pours a cloudy orange colour. definately a sipper, not a bad alc.% taste, but you can feel it running through you with each drink, it made me shiver, in a good way. Pretty solid beer overall. Definately worth another try if I come across it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:42:00 | More by WeedKing4
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Mavajo

Georgia

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

Pours a nice straw/golden with an abundant fluffy white head. Good lacing. Head is of appel/pear/banana sweetness. Taste is the same. No really bitterness here. Significant carbonation - creamy and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable and provides a burning, warming senation.

Overall, it's very drinkable. You could down these like a nice session beer. There's a distinct light fruity aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 00:43:49 | More by Mavajo
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Cloudy gold, with over two fingers of a very bright white head that lasted long, and laced superbly. The smell...tangerine, orange peel, nutmeg, honey, macintosh apple, pear, juicyfruit, and candi sugar. Wow. The taste...all of the above, starting off with fruit and spice, dissolving to herbal grass, and then finishing a dry, bitter orange peel, with a peel aftertaste. Utterly amazing. Spritzy on the palate, and deceivingly thin, with superbly hidden alcohol. Tastes like a session beer, and dangerously so, given the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 21:37:33 | More by donniecuffs
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy orange golden color with a pillowy white head that retains nicely and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Spicy aroma with a lot of yeast and some light fruits.

Taste starts off with sharp spices that soon mellow out and give way to fruity notes of pear and banana with candied sugar and yeast in the finish. Alcohol seems to be present throughout.

Medium bodied with a perfect carbonation level. Very complex and a top notch representation of the style. Another great Trappist ale that I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:51:51 | More by Vengeance526
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gyllstromk

Belgium

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

Pours light yellow, with haze that gives it a glowing character when held to the light. Huge, frothy head. Nose is light melon, lemon, and cloves. Flavor leads with tangy lemon/citrus marmalade or lemon curd. Finish is powerful, deep clove with a subtle tartness. The finish is where it shines. A very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 19:08:13 | More by gyllstromk
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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