Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4/5 rDev -7%
Chewy yeast, and creaminess weight and barley malt. . Get the right glass. Balanced but alcohol is there. Carbonation, significant fruit and some spice. Complex aroma and taste.
Had a year later and really appreciated beautiful head and doughiness. Had a fresh bottle two years later and really noticed mouthfeel, pineapple ester.
Seven years later, and pineapple in a good Belgian yeast.
01-13-2004 03:57:32 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Best before 5/26/12.
Pours a murky light orange with a 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap. Chunky streaks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of white grapes, green apples, citrus fruit, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of white grape juice, citrus zest, spices, and mild Belgian yeast. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body and a crisp level of carbonation. Overall, this is a really good tripel and another great beer from Westmalle.
01-27-2012 04:18:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head and some pretty good lacing.
S: Nice yeasty spiciness atop some slightly-sweet malt character. A bit of alcohol.
T: Beautiful spicy character with plenty of powerful fruit coming through as well. Vague hop character in the background.
M: Nice and quite crisp. Excellent carbonation and feel overall.
D: The classic of the style, and something I'd always like to have a little bit of lying around.
05-15-2010 11:59:55 | More by Thorpe429
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
A: It poured hazy golden yellow into a snifter glass with a huge, foamy white head. There's a medium level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: Aromas of alcohol are present in the nose, along with smells of spices and yeast.
T: The taste is very complex, well balanced and includes some bitterness from the hops, sweetness in the form of candi sugars, yeastiness, and spices.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and rather strong. The finish feels both dry and sweet and the carbonation lends a good degree of smoothness.
D: This beer is a definite sipper (but in a good way).
04-29-2010 01:24:15 | More by metter98
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Coruscating gold with plumes of particulates so fine they nearly escape notice. The head is breathtaking in its magnificence. It's bright white, huge and hugely rocky. Scattered chunks of lace cling to the sides of the glass, although they could be more numerous. A second pour further animates the beer and breathes even more life into the beautiful crown of foam.
The nose is more spicy than fruity and falls just short of the bar set by the appearance. It's a little lacking in depth and breadth, but I'll reserve final judgment until more of the foam is gone. The aroma is of spiced pears and musky hops with an overlay of well-integrated alcohol.
Westmalle Trappist is an excellent tripel. While it's more boozy than most, that doesn't bother me a bit. The alcohol is so well-incorporated and such an integral part of the flavor profile that to lessen it would be to lessen the beer as a whole. Overall, I'd say it's less fruity and less sweet than most. The emphasis here is on spices (white pepper, cardamon, clove) and an almost arid dryness.
I prefer more candi sugar, but it's hard to argue with the bracing, snappy dryness. Westmalle Tripel isn't a training wheels tripel and it forces its drinker to appreciate it on its own terms or not at all. As expected, it opens up with warming and the various aspects of its personality become both better defined and more tightly interwoven. This is great beer.
The mouthfeel is medium-full. Like most Belgian beer, it feels lighter and more airy thanks to the abundant carbonation. The best word that I can think of to describe the mouthfeel is 'quality'. Less or more of anything wouldn't work nearly as well.
Westmalle Tripel is one of the best examples of the style that I've ever had, along with the outstanding De Dolle Dulle Teve. Even though it doesn't taste like what I've always thought was my preferred tripel profile (fruitier and sweeter), it's still more than impressive and is compulsively drinkable. Bottom line: this tripel is a home run.
09-03-2005 14:45:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of soapy lacing around the sides of the glass
Smell: Extremely complex and each time I sniff I pick up different aromas - apricot, vanilla, balsa wood, barnyard funk, candy sugar, banana, and medicinal tones
Taste: Expecting the usual tripel profile, I was quite surprised not to pick up the sweet tones on the front of the palate; starts out very yeasty and bready with some unripe tropical fruit and green apple flavors that are quickly subsumed by a bitter, almost medicinal aspect; the finish is quite unusual, with the bitterness dominating in a not unpleasant way
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and velvety, with plenty of carbonation
Drinkability: With its tannic bitterness, this is not a beer I want to consume in quantity, but it is an interesting change of pace and would work well with sharp cheese
11-23-2005 22:11:06 | More by brentk56
4.3/5 rDev 0%
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow/brown colored brew with a huge bubbly head with better then expected retention. Aroma is quite complex with some different spices that are quite hard to identify and no trace of that high level of ABV. Carbonation is great with an above average body but still lighter then expected, I also noticed a lot of less or sediment floating around. Taste is quite refreshing with again the mix of spice overshadowing the malts and hops. Overall, a very good tripel but still not enough to make this the best Trappist.
04-23-2004 18:28:41 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
This is among the best of the trappist. Looks peachy and coppery. Highly carbonated and formed a rocky and persitant foamstand that laced well and shows good legging. Smells very sweet of honey, fresh fruits and berries, spices, alcohol, and that unique belgian souring. Tastes malty and candy sweet. Powdered sugar and honey. Sweet fruits of pears, peaches, and raspberries. Spices of clove, corriander, all-spice, ginger and pepper. Sweet alcohol becomes a bit harsh and phenolic in flavor. Remains firm in body throughout the session. High, sweet alcohol combined with the carbonation becomes numbing and playful through the entire mouth. Finishes dry and hot, leaving mild tartness, sourness and lingering hop flavor (noble varieties). This is a very complex and well matured, handled beer. I'm sorry that I have passed this one up so many times previously.
07-31-2005 21:05:10 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Always around on nearly every shelf I see I decided to finally grab one and give it a proper try, after all, I have to. Poured into a which birch chalice and consumed on 08/13/2010.
The pour was a nice and cloudy golden yellow with a firm head of white perched on top for good measure. Settling quickly it left a decent amount of lace and a small puff on top.
Aroma is full of pears, apples, hints of light grasses and grains. Classic triple with a bit more fruit thrown in. Warming brings about alot more grassy notes and hints of light citrus which carry over well into the flavor. Smooth, loaded with light fruits that pop as it comes up near room temperature. Nice touches of light grains and a smooth, even feel hide the alcohol almost completely.
Overall not the best triple I have ever had, but it is very good. Very smooth and maybe one of the easiest to drink I have seen. Certainly worth a try.
08-14-2010 03:40:56 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
A: The pour is a golden yellow color with an initially towering white head that eventually dies down to a finger's worth of foam.
S: Sweet malt and candi sugar come through initially with the yeast contributions following that. Pears, apples, and bananas provide some nice fruitiness.
T: The sugar component is quite strong and provides a great sweetness. Some banana bread sort of flavor along with a light bitterness.
M: The body is medium with a very full carbonation. Despite the sweetness of the beer, there's a nice dryness due to the carbonation.
D: I wish it tasted as good as it smelled, but still quite nice. One of the better tripels I've had.
09-15-2010 21:29:32 | More by womencantsail
3.15/5 rDev -26.7%
Appearance: Pale straw-colored body topped with a profuse, foamy white head.
Smell: The aroma is marked by citrus, green apples tartness, and candy sugar. Slight hints of the alcohol content peek through in the nose.
Taste: All at once, it's sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Very much like a dry white wine. Wraps up with a rather pronounced alcohol finish full of yeasty notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that is slightly watery with a fizzy cabonation.
Drinkability: A rather dispiriting experience. Sadly, this is one of my least favorite of the trappist beers.
08-26-2006 02:05:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
This beer poured out as a muddy yellow color with a decent white head on it. The lacing is scattered and doesn't really stick to the glass all that well. The foam does stay on top of the beer though. The smell of the beer had a Belgian yeast aroma followed but some spices on the nose. The taste of the beer was smooth and a little floral. The spices dance on the tongue in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very drinkable. Overall this Trappist is quite good and doesn't really fail anywhere. It's enjoyable and well worth the time to try it.
07-11-2011 22:52:47 | More by Knapp85
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours a deep hazy golden color with a huge blooming head that leaves a masive amount of lacing,I get a large dose of grassy hopps in the aroma with a light spiciness.Flavor has a smoky quality along with a big dose of grassy hop finishing big and spicey.A beer full of flavor just what I was looking for very well done.
04-16-2004 00:51:40 | More by oberon
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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