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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow. Expansive, lacy head is quick to settle.

S- Floral-scented soaps, tropical flowers and fruits, passionfruit, Belgian yeast, fresh cut green grass. Faint spice.

T- Sweet, delicious malt with loads of classic Belgian Tripel flavor. The long, lingering sweet malt finish is seductive and invites further drinking.

M, D- Full, round, velvety feel. Impeccable balance. Creamy but fresh, given bouyancy by the fruitiness and CO2. Substantial, but not flabby or heavy. Well-crafted. A delight, and very enjoyable.

ETA: I have had a few Westmalle Tripels recently which were inconsistent in quality and varied so greatly from my review above that they one would never consider them the same ale. These have been much darker in color and had aromatic and flavor profiles which could best be described as oxidized and raisinated, and were just like a 20 year tawny Port wine. None of the complexity and fresh fruitiness of the excellent example reviewed above was apparent. Too old? Cooked in a store room possibly? Disappointing, unfortunately.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: In its Westmalle challace (which I forgot I had until I realized I was pouring the beer into it), a slightly cloudy, slightly chalky piss gold (it is, what can I say?) with a huge, pillowy, pure white head. Medium retention; a bit on the quick side for a tripel. Thick lace curtains on the glass. Dozens of streams of tiny bubbles race to the top.

Smell: On the rich side for a trip, with a sweet, bready cakelike spiceiness, yeasty white pepper/clove, and a definite citrus tang, though more sweet orange than sharp lemon. An undercurrent of honeyed malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The champ. Hands down. Period. Sweet nectar tangerine hits the palette first, followed by a swirling spiced bread flavor. There's a lemon-lime soda floating on top, with a creamy honey--and even a hint of sugar cookie--resting on the floor. It's a touch boozy (sort of like a Tom Collins), but the finish is a Middle Eastern combo of lime leaf, exotic spice and honey. It's as good as it gets; it's hard to describe how truly amazing this is. The mouthfeel is stellar as well, rich, smooth, creamy and a bit chewy.

Drinkability: I have to shave a half off for it's 9+ abv and $4.50+ price tag. But if I were Bill Gates, I'd have a walk-in fridge full of it; I could literally drink only this forever and be happy. IMHO, certainly the best tripel, and one of the best beers, this mortal coil has to offer. Divine inspiration, indeed.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bomber into a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a fluffy two finger head topping a pale orange body. The body is cloudy, yet translucent. I expected it to be a bit darker, but it was still very nice.

Smells like apricots and pepper. Faint aromas of exotic fruits and a slight follow up of alcohol.

Tastes very bright. Tangy apricot and fruity tastes wash through the mouth. Pepper and ... and something pleasantly bitter. Finally warming alcohol. Oh so pleasant warming alcohol.

Feels bright and carbonated in the mouth. Crisp and peppery in the sinuses and the back of the throat. This feels like high octane champagne in the mouth.

Aside from the price and high alcohol, I could drink this all day. I'd love to, but as it is, I'll keep them for special occasions.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into snifter/ Best by 6/11/10

P: Clear, effervescent golden honey with a 2 fingered pearly white head that's soapy, yet rocky. Shows good retention and sinks to a thin halo with an island.

A: Sweetly toasted pale malts along with bananas, apples, and peaches with some spice and alcohol to boot. Smells mouth-wateringly good!

T: The lightly toasted sweet pale malts are definitely hefty, as they have to be to hold up a flavor profile this intense! On top is a big ol' bowl of fruit that includes bananas, apples, peaches, and a citric twang that tingles the taste buds. Peppery-like spice is like a beautifully choreographed dance that does quite a number on the tongue, while the soft alcohol contributes nicely to the profile. I also get some floral hops on the back end, which only adds yet another layer to this complex, well-made beer in which all of the flavors really meld together nicely.

M: The Westmalle Tripel has a luxuriously smooth medium-full body that features a volumizing carbonation that blossoms in the mouth to give it a crisp, yet rich and creamy kind of feel. Perfection!

Notes: This is one of the best tripels that I've had yet! It's full-flavored, powerfully spicy, explosively delicious, but not quite as fruity as others. This is why tripels are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles! Highly recommended

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML into my Brooklyn tulip. Split the bottle.

A: Even a careful pour yielded over three fingers of fluffy white head. Not that much lacing but enough. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very clear golden color with great clarity.

s: Great nose. Tons of apples. Pears. Little bit of spice in there as well. A nice sweetness comes through as well.

T: This is a solid classic take on the style. Tons of fruit. Really great yeast. They must ferment this at a high tempature. Tons of apples, pears. Just a full boquet of light fruits. A touch of spice. Perfectly balanced.

D: Slight dry finish. Well carbonated. Perfect.

D: I could drink this all day long. Sure it is a big beer but it drinks great all seasons. In the winter it is hearty and in the summer it is light and refreshing.

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Photo of sloejams
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully into my chalice; a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains quite well with some gorgeous lacing. It has a sweet aroma with citrus fruits evident and the slightest hint of coriander. It tastes remarkable - sweetness in the yeast, some cloves and bit tart. Nice medium body with a warming alcohol feel. The 9.5 is very well hidden. I could drink a few of these.

The best tripel I've ever had. Delicious.

Monks, what can't they do?

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Photo of Trentonator
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We are under a tornado warning here in Kansas City. As such, I jokingly told my drinking companion that if we were going to die tonight, then we were going to go out whilst drinking good beer. Perusing my selections, I passed over the ubiquitous Chimays, the standard Samuel Smiths and both a Celebrator Doppelbock and Sierra Nevada. All great beers, without question, but I wanted the best of the best. Towards the back of the fridge, I spied the coveted Westmalle Tripel, which appeared like some sort of heavenly apparition (cue the choir music).

In an almost ritualistic pouring, with lightning flashing above and tornado warnings on the sirens and all over the TV, I poured the Westmalle into my chalice like wine into the Holy Grail. If this was to be my last "supper", then so be it. This is BEER as God intended it to be. The Trappist Monks know God, and they know beer.

After the pour, a thick white head appeared, resembling the ominous clouds on the Kansas horizon. As the ample head dissipated ever so slowly, outdoors the crescendo of thunder and display of lightning was complimented by a lacing and bubbly countenance fit for this most momentous occassion. I held my chalice to the erupting skies and entrusted my fate to the monks that crafted this legendary nectar.

Appearance is AWESOME, and the smell is intoxicating even before the heavenly brew touches your lips. Taste is complex, changing every few minutes depending on the temp of the beer. It is at once yeasty and bready, hoppy and thick. The mouthfeel is soft, but also candy-sweet and chewy. Hard to put a finger on, much like the concept of religion itself. But you KNOW it is right, and you know it is righteous.

Make no mistake, this is the Mona Lisa of beers. It is exquisite, breathtaking, stunning, mysterious, delicious and all encompassing. You don't just quaff this brew, you savor it, cherish it, and behold it as the nectar of the gods. A true masterpiece.

Thankfully, the tornadoes passed. But I am forever a changed man after my religious experience with this beer.

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Photo of julian89
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 3/14/12
Poured from bottle into Chimay sniffer.

Appearance: A nice inch of head with minimal lacing (what I love to see). Clear translucent amber gold. A good consistent bubbling from base of sniffer.

Smell: A crispy citrus smell. I get a hint of herbs and flowers which gives me a spring feeling.

Mouthfeel: Wow, fresh with excellent carbonation. A light and almost fluffy like feel. A nice "zing" hit on the front with a smooth feeling on the back.

Taste: High alcohol taste and very citrus like. The flavors seem almost enhanced by the mouthfeel.

Overall: Excellent, one of the better Trappist beers.

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Photo of jizdepski
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a maredsous goblet. absolutely beautiful brew. had an explosive white head that was very active and took on a life of its own. flecks of yeast were present beneath in the brilliant golden liquid below that eventually settled to the bottom. the smell hits you instantly, and from 2 feet away its quite pungent. very lively yeast, peppercorn, ripe fruits, corriander, lemon, and alcohol very noticeable. the taste is a knockout. the depth of flavor is unlike any tripel ive had. phenol alcohol is not hidden, and the coriander is a great companion to that. its got some grassy hops, tart fruits, and a wonderfully earthy yeast taste going on. excellent balance and very assertive. its got a medium body, which feels a bit thicker due to the high carbonation level. drinkability for this one is great considering the abv. maybe the only beer ive ever had that felt and tasted like it was "alive". best tripel i've tasted hands down.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a gold/pale orange with plenty of head that slowly diffused and left lots of beautiful lacing.

S: There is an immediate but brief golden raisiny sweet smell, then spices like coriander and some white pepper and finishes with an earthy strawlike/hay scent but not funky. There is a lot of depth in the nose and more and more aromas emerges as the beer warms.

T: Begins with hints of orange peel and honey and then the spices kick in: corriander, white pepper, some juniper berry, and then green grassy notes with a bitter hop finish. Perfect Balance of sweet and spice.

M: Great Carbination and nice light to medium body that carries the flavers very nicely.

D: Though the alcohol is not as forward as I would think there is a definate warming of the body and soul that makes this a great digestif.

This beer is how I enjoy tripels perfect balance and a good handle of the sweetnees.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured in two separate glasses, shared with wife

Appearance - Foggy golden yellow body with small white soapy head. Sticky soapy lacing.

Smell - Slight musky grain. Light alcohol. Apple. Almost citrusy.

Taste - Complex and smooth. Plenty alcoholic but not offbalanced or overpowering. No off flavors. Very very slight bitterness. May develop due to oxidization? Wasn't getting it so much at the beginning.

Mouthfeel - Smooth full bodied feel with medium light effervescence that works well with the alcoholic bite.

Overall Drinkability - Best Tripel I've had. Better than the Chimay.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle chalice-like glass. Beautiful frothy white head on top of a pale golden/orange colored beer. The aroma is rather citrusy.

They flavor is very fruity and yeasty. Sweet with a lot of of cider and citrus character. A touch of corriander too. A sweet finish that leaves a delicate malt taste on the palate.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance - Absolutely beautiful! I poured it slowly into the glass to try to hold back on a huge foam up. No matter, the head came to a thick very bubbly cloud of creamy whiteness. Even after relenting, a huge pillow of whiteness was left on top. As for the color, it was a delicious hazy gold.

Smell - Very malty and citrus. Somewhat of a familiar banana hefe-weizen like smell. Creamy smell slaps you across the face.

Taste & Mouthfeel - A very spicy crisp taste combines with a sharpe alcohol. Sheer bliss to drink as a wonderful banana creaminess melted into a fruity honey backbone. This beer is so smooth that it's hard to really describe how many flavors wash around in your mouth. So many fruits abound i'm not gonna even name them all.

Drinkability - Haven't had this beer in a while, and I forgot how incredible it was. Holds it lofty status as the top tripel in the world with gleaming results. It is the best Tripel around, accept no substitutes.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: tangerines with cream and sugar

Taste: bountiful dry hops, tangerines, tinges of rose, sugar, walnuts, barley pears, pine needle sap, with a scotch-like burn; crisp and tangy

Probably the BEST TRIPEL MADE, this beer is one of the most complex beers one could ever drink. Touched by the hands of god, these Trappist monks sure know how to shake it down.

Pair this beer with the finer things in life, such as, chateau briand, New Zealand lamb, or filet minion with properly prepared escargot and buttery vegetables: this beer and pairing is second to none

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Photo of OskarL
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange yellow with big creamy head that leaves a thin lacing around the glass. Sediment floating around.

S - Yeast aroma with lemon and spice

T - Citrusy, hoppy, nice belgian yeast taste

M - Full bodied, perfectly carbonated

D - Very drinkable potent tripel. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Westmalle Tripel. What all other tripels aspire to be. While an 11.2 oz bottle is on the pricey side ($5.99), it's well worth it. The first time I had this on draft, and thought I saw god in the head. (and I'm not even religious at all.)

A: From the 11.2 oz bottle, pours into my Unibroue glass with a cloudy gold/copper with a huge head. The head is reminiscent of white fluffy clouds that god stands on. Not really, but more like the head created by the greatest of yeast. The yeast of the gods.

S: Immense fruit and yeast with subtle hops and peppery spiciness. The aroma is intoxicating. Just like the beer.

T: Egads! Amazing. Tropical fruits with candy sugar and hints of hops and warming alcohol at the end. One of my top five beers of all time, to this point.

M: Moderately carbonated and chewy with some oily residue.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable brew; very well balanced and simply pure ecstasy in liquid form. While it is drinkable, it's a sipper, and a session with this one is not only bad form but also could make the next day rough. After maybe two or three, the palate might be too numb to savior this liquid gift from the gods of beer known as Westmalle.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a thick white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: Predominantly grainy and citric. There are also notes of banana (light), pineapple, peppery spice and alcohol.

Taste: Crisp grain and citrus upfront. The center is fruity with hints of banana. The finish is spicy with a light but persistent bitterness, and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Extremely tasty and drinkable.

Overall: An excellent tripel, perhaps one of the best that I've had.

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Photo of Marc_V
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle from Belgianbeershop.com. Westmalle Tripel is a hazy pale yellow beer with a moderate white head. The aroma is very yeasty, fresh and fruity (banana, citrus); very inviting. The beer is perfectly balanced between sweetness and bitterness. It's very refreshing, an ideal thirst quencher. Fruity and spicy accents. Moderately bitter finish. Excellent beer, one of my favorites.

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Photo of alexgash
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden honey apricot with a big, voluptuous white head. What a beauty this is. Way to go monks!
Sweet honey, candy sugar, fresh cut clover, tropical fruits (pineapple, passion fruit), peppery-spicy-hops, and a touch of alcohol all intertwine to create an sweet, herbal, medicinal delight. Aromatics are big and lean more toward the sweet side.
Palate starts off with moderately sweet malt flavors and hints of spicy hops. Then the big honey sweetness swells, along with some rummy fruit cocktail. Oh my this is sweet! As if on cue, an onslaught of peppery, herbal hops rings in with some balancing bitterness. The spicy, herbal bitterness and the sweet sugary malt fight it out as some medicinal alcohol sneaks in along with its friend yeast. All this crashes magnificently into a long, bittersweet finish, that's substantially warming. Terrific. This is a big-bodied ale that starts with a sparkling, tongue-tickling, effervescent feel and then moves hefty, mouth-coating feeling, that borders on syrupy. Although sweet and warming, this is surprisingly drinkable, and now I wish I had a 750 instead of this 330!

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Photo of Tim2000
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle.

Crystal clear golden brew with three fingers of rocky head and a hypnotizing stream of tiny bubbles rising from the botom of the glass.

Lots of fruit in the aroma, ripe pears and apricots. Some spiciness and alcohol coming through as well.

Sweet fruit hits the palate, pears come to mind. Medicinal flavours come to front after a few seconds as well as a peppery spiciness and a bit of an alcoholic bite. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves the lips sticky from the sugars. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a good level of carbonation.

There's really not much to say that hasn't been said already about this brew. Those monks sure know what they're doing.

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Photo of Roguer
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful golden hue, nice and cloudy. Pours a super thick white head, with beautiful retention. Excessive carbonation as expected.

S - Bright citrus hop notes, balanced by a syrupy sweetness, spices, a hint of banana; a spectrum of aromas to enjoy and dissect. This is the bouquet of beers.

T - This is what a Tripel should taste like. A malty sweetness is balanced by citrus and hops, small amounts of candi, a toasty malt in the background, slight honey and pear, all wrapped in a flower. In your mouth.

M - It's not as smooth-drinking as a Dubbel or Quad, but the mouthfeel is still nothing short of wonderful. Comes in like syrup, leaves like oil, all the while the carbonation exciting your tongue. The alcohol isn't the slightest factor in the taste or feel.

O - This has long been the Tripel by which I judge all other Tripels, and it has yet to let me down. Westmalle may not make the perfect Dubbel, but I have yet to find their equal with a Tripel.

Bottled May 2012.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle purchased in Japa poured into a fluted glass.

Look: Completely transparent wheat gold color with a voluminous fluffy white head that refuses to settle down quickly. The head is about two inches deep and takes up about a full third of the glass. Copious amounts of carbonation bubbles stream towards the top keeping the head supplied. Over time the head settles down and leaves sticky bubbles clinging to the glass sides.

Smell: Malty, fruity, floral, followed up by the barest hint of booze. Hints of honeysuckle and graham cracker come through along with green plum. Digging deep reveals some dry grassy notes.

Taste: Superbly sweet and malty, obvious chocolate and clover flavors. Phenols play in the background along with the booze in a pleasing way. The flavors just meld together wonderfully. Ripe fruit flavors like banana, apple and grape are present.

Feel: Crisp yet smooth and velvety at the same time. The carbonation is very subtle and barely bothers the tongue. The beer comes off very malty sweet, but it never becomes a heavy taste, the mouth feels refreshed after every swig. A hint of bitterness is detectable but is constantly scrubbed away by the malt sweetness.

Overall: This beer has achieved the whole package, from start to finish it stands out as exceptionally well balanced with clean bold flavors and a complex and pleasing nose. The smell and taste compliment each other incredibly well. All in all a true Beer of the World.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a beautiful and clear gold color. The white head is fairly fluffy and lasting despite having been poured several minutes ago and drunk several times.

Smell:
I get yeast, Belgian sugars, and a hints of apricot as well as a slight hay smell.

Taste:
Whoa. A really complex taste that I can only begin to guess what's in it. So far I've found honey, apricots, a bit of toffee, sugar, the yeast, and general sweetness.

Mouthfeel:
Crispy with an odd velvet, fluffiness.

Overall:
A fine Tripel and one of the best I've had. I might buy another one of these down the road as soon as I finish the other beers in my closet.

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Photo of jamesm7485
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing tripel, i wont rehash all the technical jargon here but it ranks as one of my top five ive ever tried, just very smooth easy to drink and a treat for all the senses. Nice light color with a quick to form reasonably long lasting head, one of my top Belgium's for sure and my top tripel

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,703 ratings.