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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,659
Hads: 4,221
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 371
Gots: 653 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of myelo
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light butterscotch appearance with bright white, rocky head and millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky lacing.

Fresh fruit sweet aroma -- caramelized banana, orange, with spicy cloves and yeast.

Taste is fruity and malty sweetness up front, with some spicy phenol in the middle and lingering dank hop bitterness balanced by honey and plum and apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautiful -- creamy rich with high but very smooth carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth.

If someone asks what a Tripel is all about, this is what you have them try.

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Photo of PintPiner
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful spicy/fruity aroma.

Lively head at first pour that subsides somewhat but remains to the bottom of the glass.

Beautiful golden honey color.

Highly carbonated, almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Complex malty flavor with lots of spicy depth.

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Photo of studentofbeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when i opened it, the first thing i thought was, did i open a cider by mistake? the smell was overwhelmingly tart apple and apple skin. even once poured into my ommegang goblet i detected a lot of sweet and tangy green apple as well as herbal and flower smells.

color was a slightly hazy but perfect hay color. nice head that fell to a slight lace as i drank.

first taste was a knockout--from cider it seemed to have morphed into a super strong ESB. the first taste was strongly english aley-- very bready and earthy. then came a sharp pepper bite mixed with some sour/sweet apple flavor and a bitter herbal aftertaste.

i find this an amazing beer. highly drinkable, imminently complex with flavor profiles from different styles and a strong 9.5 abv, its quite a beer. i only wish i could afford it more often.

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Photo of medic25
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color, with a little bit of a white head. Sweet, quite malty odor. The taste is a complex balance of flavors; raisin, candy sugar, very faintest trace of hops. For 9.5%, the beer goes down amazingly easily. Drinkability is tremendous; much lighter and crisper than some of the other sickly sweet tripels out there.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Lost Abbey tulip glass

A: copper color with no see through cloudly

S: spice with sweetness backing up the spice

T: Spice and a well balanced beer taste the sweet but not overly sweet

M: on the lower side of Medium mouthfeel

D: very drinkable its got no alcohol taste so for 9.5 % I would call this dagerously drinkable.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my mind you can't really buy a better Tripel than this wonderful Trappist. It was poured into a typical Belgian snifter style glass and immediately sprouted an inch-thick, white, foamy, creamy head. It left excellent lacing. The body was amber colored, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was excellent, lots of banana, candy sugar, clove, citrus and sweet fruits. The bouquet was almost enough to sit and enjoy, but the taste was something else as well. You could definitely detect a large ammount of alcohol, but not nearly as much as is actually present. It is well-hidden behind a complex taste of clove, spice, sugars, mild hoppiness, yeasts and bananas. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated yet not very biting; it's creamy and refreshing and is absolutely excellent to the last sip. Please do yourself a favor and try this beer. Especially if you're a fan of Tripels like me.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - Didn't really know what to expect here, I don't have much experience with the style so I had very few preconceptions. Starting off, I think I poured it a little rough because I had a 10 minute wait for the white spongy head to die down. There was thick lacing down the sides (thought I had a soapy glass at first). The color is a dull gold with a cloudy vision. It smells of fruit, spice and alcohol - it really has a strong but pleasant smell. You do not have to stress your olfactory skills here. The taste was fruit again, maybe apricot, with spices like nutmeg and cloves - great. Strong finish and very drinkable for such a strong brew. This makes me want to concentrate on this style for a bit.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer of '05. Wow.

Appearance: Hazy golden brew with spritzy, sustainable head.
Smell: Banana-y, slight clove and a nice, subtle dry hop aroma.
Taste: Complex malt and fruit flavors up front, a great yeastiness in the middle, and a wonderfully dry finish. Nice attenuation.
Mouthfeel: Bulky and divine! A nice, taut tripel that packs a solid punch. So much complexity with each sip.
Drinkability: A 'must sip' brew. This is one global great to be savored. I appreciate the yeasti-ness to this beer above all of the wonderful characteristics, and the fact that this beer is bottle-conditioned makes it quite evident and appealing. Outstanding.

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Photo of sespourteille
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely amazing. I write this review as i am being completely overwhelmed by its quality and craftsmanship. Served in a 9.4 oz bottle, it is great for sharing with others, everyone will like it. Make sure to check the bottle, the tripel is a noticeable difference from the other kinds.

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Photo of rarevos
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours an opaque golden-yellow. Thick head at first, quickly subsides to light lacing.

S: A mild grassiness and a hint of crisp apple sourness.

T/M: Robust grain up front with a nice sweetness. Just a tiny hint of fruit (the apple from the aroma) and some pepperiness to cut it. Bit of a grassy, "field aroma" that makes it somewhat rustic (not as rustic as a saison, though). Finish is dry and crisp with a light, pleassantly bitter tail.

D: Thankfully, this is really easy to get, and relatively inexpensive. It's a drier tripel, but it has a crispness/dryness that I absolutely crave. This and Cinq Cents are my go-to tripels. Drinks FAR easier than the 9.5% abv would indicate; this bad boy hides the alcohol extremely well.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw/golden color with a massive head of white that recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light malt, toasted marshmallows, light fruitiness and some yeast spiciness.

Taste is fairly light for a 9.5% beer, it is crisp and easy drinking to the point of being dangerous. It starts with light, crisp malt with soft fruit flavors that transitions into smooth, lightly toasted malts and subtle herbal hop aromatics. The finish is clean, crisp and has hints of bread and very light floral.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation. Very effervescent.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, deceptive and understated yet balanced and complex. This beer is not quite as malty or bready as many tripels I have had, it also has less intense yeast aromas. I loved this beer and will be drinking it much more.

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Photo of Albinoh
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice presentation, initial rocky head that settles to a lasting lace, some clings to the glass as the beer goes away. Turbid body, brownish-orange. Citric/lemon alcoholic aroma. Crisply and malty upfront with a yeasty sweetness following. Crispy but not extremely crispy. Medium smooth body. Bitter ending that stays in your mouth for long time.

Very nice, very well balanced, those monks really know what they are doing.

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Photo of alamere
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled dated 01-2011... not sure if that's the importation date or the actual bottling date... but seeing as how I'm drinking this on the West Coast in the USA.. that seems pretty recent!

poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A - It's hard not to gush madly about this particular beer to be perfectly honest... and why wouldn't you? This is what God himself intended beer to look like (probably?) It's not quite only straw colored... it's like straw with a darker orange-ish presence and as crystal clear as beer gets. I can see reflections of my life and the ghost of my past inside of this beer.. that's how clear it is. Pours a magnificent head and leaves a lacing that doesn't go away for the entire glass.. . actually.. I've been drinking this for 20+ minutes and there is still a foam across the top with a spiderweb pulling down the interior of my glass. Perfect, with tiny, tight, champaigne-like bubbles.

S - It's got a sweet smell with an herby, peppery hop presence that I don't actually recall the last time I tried this beer. I'd say some apple and pear in the smell as well.

T - It's hard not to give all 5's. This beer is one of the Kings of all beer for good reason in my opinion. It tastes fresh, with a sweetness at first and then an obvious malt presence, but not a super strong malt showing either but a cleanness that helps this beer go down VERY easily. It's got no hot alcohol notes at all and for an ABV of 9% goes down like a 5% beer. It's dry, but with an aftertaste that lingers in the best of ways.. Lastly, 12 seconds after you drink it, you get a warming alcohol splash in your esophagus. Again, this is exactly what God intended beer to taste like in my opinion.

M - What's not to like?? It's a dry beer, but feels light on the palette and isn't too heavy and cloying.

Overall - I almost feel bad as I've wanted to review some beers on beer advocate for awhile.. and I started with a bunch of the best beers in the world. It's been like a labor of love so far!! ha! Soon enough I'll get to the "Bud Light limes" of the world. ;)

This, however, is as good as beer gets in my opinion... this is one of the reasons that I even started drinking beers. I tried a few beers like this (after drinking a lot of bud light, etc) and thought to myself "Well, maybe I do LOVE beer?!!"

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Photo of horshamguy
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice glass.

A--Hazy gold with a bit of an orange tint. Large, creamy head that lasts forever and leaves perfect lacing. As good a head as I've ever seen.

S--Sweet & yeasty. Some fruits, like apricot. Mild but still complex with a lot going on.

T--Sweet & malty. Apricot & yeasts are the upfront tastes to me. A little bit of hops follow to balance it out. Damn near perfection.

M--Wow, creamy & mouthfilling. Plenty of carbonation to spread out the flavors. I'd have to call the mouthfeel perfect, at least to my tastes.

O--This one is awesome. I've tried countless American Belgian style tripels. This is the one that they're all trying to be when they grow up. Absolutely as good as it gets.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a monstrous head. It soon dissipates into a thin soapy lace. Amazing aroma; tropical fruits, orange zest, bannana, belgian candi sugars, honey, caramel and alcohol. I could spend hours "fussing" and "sniffing" on this one! Such a complex taste! There is so much going on here; fruity sweet, peach, grape and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Spicy and herbal; peppers and coriander. Big alcohol flavor. Belgian pale malts and yeasty. A bitter finish. Heavy mouthfeel and intensly high carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sipper for sure but very drinkable as the drink warms.
As one of BAs recent forums suggested, every now and then you get a truly "WOW" beer. This is one of them. I often wonder what truly constitutes a 5 score; this one can arguably make its case. As is, it comes pretty damn close.

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Photo of bluesfan1181
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving - 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a big 3 finger head that bellows out of the glass. Has a beautiful golden orange glow to it that, is cloudy with yeast. Lacing sticks around the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells of spiciness and yeast. Has fruit notes mixed in.

T - Hop bitterness and yeast on the front, fruitiness and alcohol on the back. Has a nice lingering taste that is pleasant.

M - Has mild carbonation that tickles your throat on the way down. Easy to drink for an ABV% of this volume.

Overall this is one of the best in the world. A true Trappist ale from Belgium. Worth every penny and one I will be visiting again!!!!

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What can anyone say that hasn't already been said? This is a super complex, ridiculously refreshing and ultimately wonderful beer.

Pale gold, sediment falls to the bottom of the glass. Head is two, almost three fingered, retention is excellent.

The scent is hoppy, citrusy, spicy. I smell a lot of lemongrass.

The hops come out at first, quickly fade into a sweet malts. Alcohol kick at the end. As it warms, the bitterness fades, and the alcohol comes out even more.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Leaves a nice, wet aftertaste that stimulates the taste buds and lingers for a while.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy medium golden with a few chunkies. The head was white, tall and fell slowly to the edges of the surface and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was citrusy spice with coriander and and light fruity esters from alcohol. The alcohol esters tickled the nasal passages and behind the citrus and spice was a nice candy malty backbone.

The flavor was light and citrusy with restrained and very complex spiciness of coriander and clove. The citrusy flavor had a pineapple and candy sweetness that was well balanced by hop bittering to keep the beer in line. The flavors were well done and worked together harmoniously.

The finish was just dry and continued to dry out well into the aftertaste with pleasant lasting flavors of citrus and spice. The body was just above medium with a creamy texture and nice carbonation. Alcohol was present, but restrained and barely made itself noticeable except for some slight warming after consumption.

33 cl bottle. 22/03/03 on back label. This beer was ranked second for the tripels when I rated it, too bad I cannot send it over the top. Excellent beer!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.

Smell – Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.

Taste – This is hard core. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.

The fruits are amazing. This is raw, organic, just bought at the local health food store kind of flavors. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel – This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that I’ve ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.

Drinkability – The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.

Comments – The say that this style originated right here at Westmalle. I can certainly believe it. There is a depth to this ale that I am failing to describe. This thing is awesome.

Update – This was the 12th beer that I review on the site. Now, in 2004, over 1,000 reviews later, I thought I’d re-write my rating.

I have had other Belgians that shared portions of these flavors, but nothing that brings them all together like this one. This really is the ultimate Tripel in my book and certainly sets the standards for all others. The balance is the key to this ale, IMHO.

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Photo of asabreed
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a wine glass (I swear I'll be getting proper glassware soon, as it's starting to bother me).

Appearance: For a basic wine glass, the lace is sticking insanely beautifully and well. The head still is above the beer, not huge but above it, as it's close to the last swallow. Hazy yellow with lots of bubbles pushing their way to the head of the beer.

Smell: Kind of a heart-stopper. It's a clean and beautiful aroma: lemon, slight grass, slight candi sugar, a bit of pepper and spice, and a bit of tart fruit (apricot and banana are discernible). Complex without being insane, and done almost perfectly.

Taste: I was hoping this would be as amazing as it is. And still it's surprising. It starts sweet, turns slightly toward some spice, turns faintly to some hops, and then turns to a malty, lip-smacking aftertaste. Through the swallow there are so many flavors it's hard to discern them all. Without a doubt, though, this is definitely perfect. Honey, tart fruit, and lemon grass come through the most it seems. Just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly without being overly carbonated. Medium to full body. Very very nice. This is love and care for sure.

Drinkability: I rarely give a 5 to drinkability, but this is just so beautiful in almost every way that it's impossible not to.

Beyond amazing, and completely worth the $5.40 I paid for the small bottle. I saw the caged and corked bigger bottles for around $10, so I'll definitely be picking up at least one next time I see it.

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Photo of mjord23
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(from notes, 3/26/12) Poured from a bottle into a Westmalle Trappist glass.

Happy Birthday to me! Looked up all the beers that they had, and it appeared this one was not to be missed... and it didn't let me down!

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden straw, with a light foamy head. The massive carbonation level keeps the beer from settling and just gives it a great appearance.

S: Sweet and citrusy, with subtle floral notes. Bananas and belgian yeast also are really prominent. Definitely makes you want to drink it!

T: Wow. All that was there in the smell really stands out in the taste. Malty, floral, honey, citrus... it's really flavorful and interesting. I keep going back for more. Definitely get the yeast, with some grassy notes and grapefruit towards the end. Finishes slightly bitter, but I like that, given the sweetness.

M: Highly carbonated, which I think works well for this beer. With such strong flavors, the high carbonation really keeps them moving and delivers them well. Drinks far to easily for a beer with this ABV!

O: Outstanding. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed the beer. I think the rest of the comments speak for themselves. If you can get your hands on it, do it.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter (best by 10/04/09 stamped on bottle).
A: Cloudy pale orange with thick, sticky white head that lasts forever and leaves nice lacing.
S: Sweet herbal aroma. Lemon citrus, light malt and hop, and spice.
T: Amazing sweet spice and malt. Rustic notes of grass...interesting similarity to Hennepin. Very complex brew.
M: Very nice and light on the tongue...coats so the wonderful taste can linger and deepen!
D: Extraordinarily drinkable! ABV extremely well hidden. Literally could drink this all day.

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Photo of SnowFlowMfg
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great example of a triple; probably the best i've had so far.
Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

It appears somewhat cloudy. I figure this is from the yeast left in the bottle. Saw a clump of the "bread" or whatever it is to. Not bad though. Still looks good with a nice tight head.

Smells pretty typical of a tripel; yeasty and kinda funky. However, this one was a little less intense but still good.

Tastes amazing; especially as it warms up. Really refreshing with lots of tripel flavor packed in and minimal alcohol burn and yeastiness. Slight bitterness on the finish to balance it out. Delicious.

Mouthfeel initially was very bubbly with high carbonation but it mellowed out very quickly. It was smooth, thick, and a little oily. Refreshing and crisp. Extremely drinkable.

What a great beer. As others have said before me, this is a tripel by which to judge others. I'm very impressed. Be warned though, this is extremely easy to drink. A great way to put down $6+ of beer really quick.

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Photo of masonl
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A cloudy hay color. Shades of orange

S: A dominant smell of yeast. Strong smell of coriander and other Witbierish spices.

T: Explosive. A rush of sweet malts,mild hops, and diverse spices. Coriander and orange zest permeate.

M: Very acidic and highly carbonated. Both in a very good way. Each sip is a refreshing pallet cleanser and a reminder of how damn good this beer is.r

D: Great drinkability. For the alcohol content and the intensity, one can handle just the appropriate amount.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) brown glass bottle that has a very noticeable thick raised ring around the collar which has the words Trappistenbier molded into it. Cream colored classic looking Westmalle obverse label lists the Tripel at 9.5% ABV; the crown cap is a matching color coded affair. Reverse label indicates that this is a part of the new batch of Westmalle now being imported by Merchant Du Vin, the Best Before date is 02/09/06. Accounts for 60% of production at Westmalle and is only available in bottles (unlike the Dubbel).

Appearance: Soft peach infused pale golden body has turbidity that is hazy but which lends a powerful look. White head rises and stays at ½” thick throughout. This one looked incredibly impressive when served into a Chimay goblet (as I broke my Westmalle one). Conventional looks for the style, but impressive head retention and the lovely soft golden body just set this one off in the goblet, I could stare at this one for hours.

Nose: A damn fruity nose which has a lot of spiced hops in the middle. Peripheral smells whiff of bubblegum, toasted malts and yeast fight for centre stage with the lesser detectable aromas of freshly skinned Satsuma oranges and freshly baked white bread that seemingly appears at higher temperatures.

Taste: A reflection of the complex nose in parts, the profile is clearly temperature dependent, like a distillation column the serving temperature seemingly dictates which of the distillate flavors is promoted to the front. Rounded toasty malts, breaded dough and fruity yeast traits make way for an assault of sharp spices and soft yet bitter hops in the back end, the intensity of each changing as the Tripel warms to room temperature. Alters from a the initial profile of soft and fruity at the freshly released chilled 45°F (7.2°C) to a sharper richer and hoppier offering as it approaches 55°F (12.8°C). The finish is exceptionally clean and very rewarding.

Mouthfeel: Marvelous, full-bodied, bold and big on the palate - the carbonation is utterly perfect, sheer silky feel on the tongue and on the cheeks. Warming in the swallow, the 9.5% alcohol is there but it is tamed and only comes through when needed to give you a gentle reminder that you may fall foul of this one if you have a few too many of these!

Drinkability: It is rumored that the Dubbel and Tripel styles evolved from Westmalle. And as with the Dubbel, I do always tend to think of the Westmalle Tripel as the guardian of the style, particularly because of its sociable quaffability. Again, as with the Dubbel, this one is equally satisfying on its own, or with food. I could drink this one all day, if there is such a thing as a 9.5% “session” Tripel – this is it. A dangerously attractive libation that has kicked my ass more times than I care to recall. Drinker beware.

Overall: A fantastic fresh example of one of my all time favorites. If it *does not* say Imported by MdV on the reverse label put it back on the shelf and go seek some of these fresher examples that MdV are now importing.

Easily my favorite of the brace of Westmalles. So much better when fresh in my opinion, I wouldn’t even bother aging these.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.