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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,441 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,441
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 215
Gots: 249 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Seth brought back some trappist brews he picked up in Belgium. Not sure if there's any difference in these vs. what we get in the US. Served in my Darkness goblet. Best before 04/09/10 - so this already a few years old.

A - Three fingers of egg-white foam, which is ridiculous in a goblet. Great retention and beautiful lacing. Opaque orange-peach color with plentiful bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Bread, white wine, lemon citrus, yeast, spices and pepper, a touch of musty funk - there's almost a wheat beer quality to this with the strong coriander smell. There's some also caramel maltiness in the background. Solid tripel smell.

T - The taste is less interesting than the smell - actually kind of disappointing. Lots of pepper, lemon, and yeast, and some hints of sweet fruits. Again, there are some elements of wheat beer. No hint of the 9.5% listed on the bottle.

M - Creamy, medium body, solid carbonation. Nice slightly sticky and warming residue. Very satisfying in this regard.

D - One bottle is pretty easy drinking, but the carbonation and ABV would stop me before I got through two of these.

I'm finding I prefer quads to tripels by quite a significant margin.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 04:19:09 | More by MasterSki
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Yimosan

Florida

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle onto my tulip glass.

A: Cloudy peach color with a thick creamy, almost pillow-like head that went on for a long time. Beautiful lacing throughout my glass.

S: I get some citrus and spice (Coriander & Nutmeg). Also, maybe it was my imagination, but I smelled some caramel way way in the back.
(I have been drinking a lot of Porters lately)

T: The initial impression was a bit bitter, however, as the beer warmed up in my glass it mellowed out a lot.

M: Full bodied, creamy and long lasting on the palate.

**I can see why this beer rates as high as it does, it is spectacular, however, I thought it was too bitter for my taste...worth mentioning, Tripel is my favorite variety.

On the ABV, 9.5%...WOOHOO!!! Drink a few of these and you will be talking some Flemish in no time flat, or so you'll think!!!

Salud!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 22:13:04 | More by Yimosan
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goblet

New Jersey

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

poured it into a goblet from a well design glass bottle.

A, hazy golden orange with a nice amount of carbonation which makes a thick white foamy head that reduces quick to a thin layer that stays.

S, alittle sweet and sugary with hay and bit of spice aroma .

t, some noticeable orange peel,spicy yeast gorgeous malt and hops it`s complex and sweet .

M, definitely sweet yeast that doesn`t over power the tongue but leaves a citrus like after taste .

D, is this drinkable YES i find this beer a little to sweet but well made ,give me a another .

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 14:27:15 | More by goblet
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rslomin

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very foamy head, cloudy yellow-orange color
Smell: bananas, spices, similar nose to a hefe-weizen beer
Taste: malty, grainy, similar taste as Duvel, but more alcoholic
long, bitter aftertaste

Reminds me of a mix between a Duvel ale and a Bavarian Hefe Weissbeer, but more alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:47:55 | More by rslomin
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boynabubble

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber and hazy in appearance. Leaves a three finger bubbly head. Lots of head retention.

S- A pleasant mix of hops, caramel, coriander and other spices, and bubblegum.

T- Light but complex. Nice warming alcohol notes. A hit from the hops up front. Cinnamon. Sweet fruity finish.

M- Light but full feeling. The hops make for a clean mouthfeel.

D- A thirst quenching beer that hides it's 9.5% abv very well.

This is very good but I much prefer the Westmalle Dubbel over the Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:23:52 | More by boynabubble
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MunchkinDrinker

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a VERY big white head even with a light pour. Nice lacing though.

S - Very rich and sweet smell. Slight caramel, malts, some other things that i can't put a finger on.

T/M - Sweet malts up front, hop bitterness in the back. Some of the caramel sweetness makes its way in there in the middle. There's alot of other little flavors that play around well together. Very Nice. Feels wonderful. Carbonation is nice and frothy rather than stinging or non-existant. I wasn't expecting the floral flavor in the back to hit so hard though.

D - Very pleasant to drink. Not too sure how many i'd drink in a row though.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 04:05:11 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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afoersch

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a duvel tulip.

comes out the color of honey - actually, it matches the 'honey oak' desk on which it's sitting extraordinarily well. Thick, off-white head is HUGE at first, dies down steadily over the next minute or two, until a nice half-inch is left (helped out by the scoring in the glass).

smells strongly of what i can only describe as 'outdoors' - some wet hay, wet leaves, subtle flowery scents and general earthiness, followed by sweet fruits, namely apples, pears, and a tiny bit of peach.

taste is... woah, cinnamon up front? bready, still floral, and the sweetness is muted but present. disregard that, sweetness is just latent - let it sit in your mouth a good while longer than usual. apples and pears are still there, joined by honey and more woody and earthy fllavors.

feels big but light, sloshy; not watery, but 'loose' in the mouth. carbonation is enjoyable, but borderline soda-esque. reminds me of RC cola as far as mouthfeel, actually... just without the sugary graininess. just about as drinkable, too - can only handle so much at once, but that's not to say it isn't easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 01:47:14 | More by afoersch
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MisterClean

California

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a golden-yellow color, with a 2 fingered head, dissipated slow and left some nice lacing.

S/T - Bread and spicy hops. Surprised no candi sugars.

M - Well balanced, but a little too hop dominated. Made the feel slightly thin.

D - Would not say no to this beer, it is good, but could improve on the mouthfeel and with some added taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 05:37:33 | More by MisterClean
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice

Pours a honey color with a moderate cloud. Towering head that refuse to dissipate. Head stays rocky and sticks vehemently to the sides of the chalice.

Smell is very floral and sweet. Roses and chrysanthemums, clover honey and sweet fruit. Earl Grey tea like hints of bergamot oil in the nose.

Flavor is sweet rolls and huge malt. Bready and sugary, the malt is very big here. Slightly dry as far as that goes with the sweetness in this beer. Honey with a mead like character comes in and then cedes to the drying sweetness of the alcohol. Caramel apples and dates on top of a huge hit of malt. Have I mentioned yet the malt is huge? Hop character, is there are any is completely muted bu the huge grain bill. This is a big beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Carbonation is soft and abundant. A meal in a bottle.

Very impressed, much more so than other trappistes and clones I've had the privelege to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 00:31:06 | More by wheatyweiss
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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

Bottle into chalice.

Pours cloudy orange-gold, with a massive, pillowy white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is candied sugar, spicy yeast, apricot & tropical fruit. Bit boozey, in a nice way.

Taste is candy sweetness, beautifully spicy yeast, overripe fruit and a yeasty, alcohol bitterness. Finish carries a clean hop bitterness, spicy sweetness, rich golden fruitiness.

Sticky, but with a crisp carbonation.

Beautifully complex, yet balanced. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 21:02:56 | More by JohnQVegas
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into Chimay goblets.

Appearance- bright gold, finger-and-a-half off white head.

Smell- some funky, musty, farmy yeast aroma is definitely noticeable. Also sweet, sugary, fruity aromas. It isn't a good smell, to be honest, a bit like how a really good cheese can smell really unappetizing. Tuna? Wet hay? I don't know, it smells bad to me. Hopefully the taste will make up for it, like a funky cheese.

Taste- malty, fruity, and dry. Very, very dry. The alcohol ads some bite to the mouthfeel, and some heat to the spice profile. The main flavors are sugar, alcohol, and a hint of fruit and spices. Swallow is clean, with a dry, tart, sweet apple flavor. Aftertaste is surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel- crisp, light, full body, easy on the swallow. All around pretty good.

Drinkability- pretty good.

To be honest, I am a bit let down by this beer. I really enjoyed the Westmalle Dubbel last night, and was looking forward to their triple tonight, but I find it to be a much more simple, less deep and interesting beer, which isn't terrible in and of itself, but it does leave me feeling a bit let down. The bottle says best before 2010, so I don't think that is the issue here.

Upon edit: the more I drink this, the less I like it. After my review, I read some other reviews, I have none of the complex, nice flavors or aromas that other people mention, and frankly, not much positive flavor or aroma at all. To me, this is like a cheap, sparkling white wine. Dry and sweet all at once, with too much of both and no real balance. I would prefer this to a Bud Light or something, but there are any number of good beers I would rather spend my money on than this.

Hate to bash a Trappist, but this is really lacking, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:52:49 | More by WalrusJockey
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TehAnkh

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, passionfruit-like yellow with 1 finger of off-white head that doesn't make a point of sticking around long or leaving much lacing in its wake. Sediment seems to be unavoidable, as it was allowed to settle and warm on the counter and still managed to give me a chunky looking beer.

S: Some light fruits make themselves apparent, along with a little bit of an herbal hop presence that I would describe as somewhat musky. The alcohol really comes through on the nose also.

T: Mildly hoppy, some light grains and light fruits make an appearance, but I'm having trouble getting any standout flavors here. Once again, the alcohol seems to take this beer over, ruining any chances it might have had at leaving any kind of lasting impression.

M: The mouth feel is probably the best aspect of this beer, I found it to be somewhat thick and creamy, nice light carbonation, and very very smooth going down. Nice.

D: I'd maybe have another one, but I don't think I'd buy this again. It's drinkable enough, but as Tripels go, you can do much better things with your money.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 21:17:00 | More by TehAnkh
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Chapter40z

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Slightly pale hazy (even after the beer settled it seemed there was still suspended sediment) yellow, very little head that dissipated rather quickly.

S. A very upfront alcohol smell, also an acidic citrus smell.

T. First taste had a strong sharpness with a light fruity profile and a light hoppy finish.

M. Crisp, light almost a creamy delicate beer with some body.

D. It was a good beer not extremely drinkable not something you have to force down. I'd personally drink 2 or 3 of these and enjoy every moment.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 01:03:01 | More by Chapter40z
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cjgator3

Florida

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

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice, this one is stunning. Pours a golden yellow color with a little bit of orange with a huge creamy off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and spices. Wow, what a fantastic aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma is absolutely amazing. There is some fruity malts and spices galore with a little bit of yeast and hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a really nice body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- What an awesome beer this is! Westmalle Tripel is probably the best beer from this style I've ever had. Highly Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 04:36:42 | More by cjgator3
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strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

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

The look in my Westmalle goblet is cloudy, soft (disturbed sediment?) gold/apricot with a generous finger of frothy, compact head. It's bright, soft and looks great but I wished the head would retain a little bit better. Malty, yeast and fruit notes of deep complexity coming off of the aroma... apricot, orange, pear, ginger with a lingering alcohol spiciness... very, very complex aroma that I really like. Most of those complex and involving layers carry on into the taste, there is a pervasive alcohol burn through the sip. Light sugar-cookie breadiness underneath the palette of fruits (which evens out over time to be dominated by lingering orange rind). No one thing is extremely present, it's uniformly balanced. The beer is incredibly soft, rich and velvety-smooth in the mouth, there's a little kick in the very front of the sip from the mild carbonation but not too much. At 9.5% this one goes straight to the head... but for the style it's nicely drinkable.

Where my go-to Tripel, Unibroue's La Fin du Monde, is a zesty, fun rush of a beer, Westmalle's take on the style is soft and voluptuous and layered. I like the big juiciness and spice of La Fin more, but Westmalle, while more subtle, is more complex and feels even better in the mouth. It's easy to see why these beers are one-and-two on the BA Tripel rankings! My rating for La Fin is slightly higher but this is still a knockout of a brew, I wish I could find it more readily!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 03:03:11 | More by strangemusic
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prsguitarsr4me

New York

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

One of the smoothest and beers I've had. Great creamy head, aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste isn't as flavorful as it is smooth - still lots of flavor, of course. Feel is really exceptional, like I've been saying - smooth off the charts. Alcohol is blended well the 9.5% isn't obvious, but the beer has a nice kick to it. Great beer - I'd like to try it next to La Fin Du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:28:23 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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Lambstrong

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a golden copper color. This is one foamy beer and creates a huge head. There is a subtle spicy aroma and I picked up coriander spice with a slight orange zest. There is definatley upfront spice with a peppery bitter aftertaste that I found a little disagreable. It's the aftertaste that ruins this beer for me. As for mouthfeel, this is a highly carbonated Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:30:58 | More by Lambstrong
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Tone

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark yellow color. Huge, 1 3/4 inch head with great retention and great lacing. Smells sweet, of earthy malts, vaguely of citrusy, and slightly of hops. Fits the style of a Tripel. Heavy and chewy mouth feel with high carbonation levels. Tastes strongly of alcohol and some sweet/earthy malts. Slight hop kick is noticeable in the aftertaste. A citrusy background flavor also comes through after a few sips. The alcohol flavor is strong enough to hinder the drinkability. Overall, a good beer, but it packs quite the punch.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:13:20 | More by Tone
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet, hopefully that won't upset the beer gods! The smell of this one might be the weakest aspect despite it still being top notch, but the taste is phenomenal. Exactly what you should look for in a tripel.

I could drink this one all day long, one of my favorite beers so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:05:39 | More by theboozecruise
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Dulliwhig

Pennsylvania

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

A - Poured into my favorite tulip glass. It would be hard to have any gripes about the appearance... Golden color, nice foamy head that stays for a bit then retreats to the edge of the glass with lacy haphazardly shaped continents. Spin the glass like wine and the head reappears! Yeast is suspended and swirls around in a random nature with the carbonation. Several streams of bubbles form and seems as if they would bubble forever if I could resist drinking the beer.

S - Smells like sour apples and lillies.

T/M - The immediate taste is crisp and somewhat dry with a sour bitterness that blends well with spiciness. If I were to guess the ABV, I would think it were around 7%. The sourness, while not being overwhelming, seems to melt the taste of alcohol away. The flavor of the beer almost serves as a chaser.

D - This is the kind of beer that I could drink at almost any time - I am ecstatic that this is brewed year round.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 21:43:01 | More by Dulliwhig
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guild337

Virginia

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

This beer is on a different playing field from all the other Trappists. It still has all the complexity, and flavor that the others have, but the experience is somehow deeper, and I love it for that little bit extra. The monks of Westmalle have created something special here (or continue to create something special that has been around for ages).

A - Beautiful, yet lightly golden coloring. An extremely frothy and rich, thick head. I let that dissipate as I enjoyed the aroma.

S - Very flowery, and fragrant. Lots of flavors here, but nice and slightly sweet citrus smell.

T - A welcome difference in this beer is that it is not too sweet at all, like some Belgians can be. Beautifully dry, and just a hint of tartness make this brew as complex and delicious as any classic wine could ever hope to be.

M - Again I emphasize the dryness of this beer. It is just a great, and uniquely different experience for me, and I love it.

D- This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly, and paired with some food. Not so much a session beer (for price, and alcohol content). But I would have some every week, if I could afford that. A world class beer, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 21:04:25 | More by guild337
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erz316

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

classically beautiful 11.2 fl oz brown bottle poured into my long last found chalice of westmalle (! haha!)

A - damn near perfect. there is an amazing hazy golden/brazen color that fill the chalice, with some yeast chunkies floating around. there are some few bubbles from the bottom, but they are doing little to keep the head full. the head could have filled up better but it will suffice ne'er the less. the head fades fast and leaves a thin layer in the middle of the chalice, it retains well around the side of the glass. goddamn I love these cistericans.

S - tart dried apricots, like the gourmet ones from california, and granny smith apples, are the most creative way I can come up with describing the smell; this binds the alcohol in a warm blanket and makes it smell enchanting. my cat has once again sampled some of the beer; from her face and look of utter disgust I will inform the reader that it is in my best belief that she is not a fan. Perhaps too strong? maybe she should just stick to old ales. moving on. there is a slight slight subtle underlayer of real sweet to the beer, like apple sauce, or caramel apples.

T - chewing the beer makes the malts come out in full force and you can reall appreciate the sweetness that they have to offer (this is one technique that I picked up from one of those silly sam adams commercials). there is a spicy bitterness that hits the front tip of the tongue; this makes a bit of burn and the special ting that bitter tastes do.the the finish has real dark fruits coming out, ripe as hell too, delicious purple plumbs and prunes. I might also add there is something that i would call dark/black cherry, it has a maraschino sweetness but is dumbed down with the ripeness of the plumbs and prunes and thus makes a black cherry flavour. kind of cool if you can taste it. as for the finish: the finish also has towards the end alcohol mixing in with fruit, but alcohol comes running in during the beginning of finish and afterward, but sooner than later it fades out. the after taste is slightly sweet, with dominantly malt taste.

MF - the feel is great, perfect except for the fact that I get an onslaught of bubbles in my mouth. the consistency is amazing, and I can really complain about nothing except for the few cat hairs in my drink. I once again will express my admiration for the trappiste: i love the quality products that come out of these institutions.

D - despite the intense crisp carbonation, that is to say: very small bubbles (unlike coke, more like mountain dew) that meake it easier to drink but also make you feel more bloated from the fact that you do drink more, I would drink this all night long; I am being literal. I will say it loud and plowed. all night long. me and this beer, I can forget my beautiful girlfriend or even making dinner for my self, I'll just pretend im a monk, and I'm fasting under one of those crazy rules of St. Benedict.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 01:36:43 | More by erz316
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bowersdm

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cL bottle poured into a Trappist Rochefort chalice

A - dark brown, no head (probably because all of the carbon dioxide was lost when the bottle was opened. It shot out of the bottle just like it did when I opened the Westmalle dubbel)

S - yeast, citrus fruits, hops, spices, and malt. a very, very good aroma that words cannot do justice to.

T - spicy citrus flavor, a little bit of malt, bananas, alcohol. the hops are as noticeable in the taste as they are in the nose

M - a tad on the too carbonated side

D - I really enjoy beers that have a noticeable alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 08:55:31 | More by bowersdm
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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

11.2oz brown bottle

Westmalle Trappist Tripel was golden with good clarity (until I dumped in the yeast anyway). It had a large fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma was spice, fruit, and yeast. The taste was spices with a little fruit and a dry, warming finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was outstanding. This is an excellentTripel. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:41:06 | More by afinepilsner
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

When I opened the 11.2 oz bottle there was a bit of a gush of foam coming out of the top of the bottle. It had been stored in my cellar at 52 degrees and was unshaken/undisturbed before pouring. As a result, I had to tip the bottle quickly and noticed that a lot of the sediment has suspended in the brew. I poured just over ½ the bottle into a snifter glass where a fluffy/foamy white head formed about two fingers thick. It slowly settled leaving sticky lacing all inside the glass. The beer was a honey gold color that was fairly cloudy with plenty of floaters... I wish I had been able to pour a non-disturbed glass.

The aroma was very fragrant, with a ton of fruits.. There was a great deal of peach, some green apple and light cherry. Also a great yeasty nose with some great spice notes. Very nice...

Some slight rubber flavor...Initial sweetness followed by deep fruits and then right to the yeasty nature. Some real earthiness. Sweet Peaches, band aid. A touch of alcohol. Towards the end some hop bitterness sits atop a sweetness. Both linger together and are very nice. As you continue to enjoy you notice a caramel nature more and more. Interesting...

Mouth feel is a bit dry and crisp, despite the evident sweetness.

Just a classic Tripel.. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:24:26 | More by Reagan1984
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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