Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.13/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy, dark golden/yellow color with a thick and fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.
The aroma shows the Belgian yeast and spice flavor to it with some banana, apple and clove all coming through. Just a hint of citrus comes through as well. Pretty nice and smooth aroma overall and very nice for the style.
The taste has a nice mix of belgian yeast and spice along with some fruit and citrus notes. It has some notes of clove, pepper, apple and lemon all coming through. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the taste as well. It finishes on the drier side with a moderate bitterness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation and thick frothy head really give it a thicker and creamy feel. Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it and was nicely balanced. The only thing that hurts it a bit is the alcohol that comes through. That is a pretty small negative in the big picture of the beer though. Very good beer for the style overall.
08-29-2010 21:59:03 | More by billab914
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
A hazy golden colour, the generous white head was quickly reduced, but produced nice lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma, doughy malt, light hops and a bit of alcohol. Smells pretty nice, but a little bit muted overall. Good combination of flavours, with fruit, cloves, and moderate sweetness balancing a drying bitterness. Short finish that is a little sweet with light peppery spice and alcohol warmth. Medium body, moderately high carbonation produce an initially light, airy texture.
06-26-2005 13:59:25 | More by DrJay
3.45/5 rDev -19.8%
portion of large, fresh bottle served in 6 oz glass.
A - slightly cloudy; golden
S - malty; a bit fruity & hoppy
T - sour; a bit dry & spicy; slight bitter/sour aftertaste
D - very drinkable for a high alcohol beer. Should pair well with many cheeses and other foods.
Superb for type, but have a solid preference for Westmalle Dubbel.
10-01-2010 03:31:16 | More by chinchill
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
330ml picked up at the Coop for about $5.50.. shared with Brenda .. mine from a Tulip.. listening to United DJ's Little Louis Vega.
Creamy head atop a golden straw brew.. pretty nice lacing.
Aroma is spiced fruits.. lightly spiced baked apples.. fresh baked bread and a side of applesauce... something is missing although I can't figure it out. Lemon shortbreads ... a little alcohol.
Flavor is prevelant fruitiness and Belgian spicness.. Pale malts and an unexpected earthiness that is appealling... more hoppy as it warms to room temp. For no other description.. this tastes "fresh". Body is a near perfect medium with a good carbonation.
I have nothing to really criticize this brew other than, I think I prefer slightly bigger boned triples... and the price can be prohibitive ... gets a little boozy as it warms up.
12-28-2007 09:59:41 | More by JohnGalt1
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
01-27-2009 02:13:20 | More by Tone
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with small floaties that serve as nucleation points keeping the one-finger white head at a thin pancake the life of the beer. The head leaves thick lacing on the glass.
Smells of spices and bananas with a good amount of grassiness. There's also a bit of alcohol there, but not enough to be obtrusive.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts spices and bananas with a light amount of grassy flavors joining in midsip. The ending is more dry than an average trippel with a bit of alcohol warming.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could sip on this beer all day.
Overall this isn't as fruity as many other trippels, but everything is in very nice balance. Well worth a shot.
04-28-2009 22:29:21 | More by glid02
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before October 31, 2013. Poured without the yeast.
Clear golden yellow with a real big white head - really soapy in quality, with great retention and lots of lacing. Nose is spicy, herbal and some grassy notes. Light floral and a general sweetness about it. Taste has sweet typical golden tripel malts, spicing, alcohol and herbal flavours. A ligth fruity character as well, some pear and light fleshed fruits. Full body and the alcohol is far from hidden. Medium high carbonation. A really nice tripel, but the alcohol prevents this from being at the top of my list in the style.
08-14-2012 17:38:16 | More by liamt07
4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended.
01-01-2009 09:52:30 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.
S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).
T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.
M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.
D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style.
12-13-2005 01:51:31 | More by Derek
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Orange and nebulous on the pour, the head mastodonic in size, frothy in its texture with the color a bright white, the residual lace forms a thin and sealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of "Bubble Gum" up front and some lemon like tones also present, quite crisp and fresh. Stingingly acidic, beautifully hopped, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and one quaffable beer and one I drink quite often.
12-20-2002 12:00:27 | More by Gusler
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is esters, clove, banana, Belgian Yeast. Taste follows the smell but is more intense in spiciness. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn. Crisp massive carbonation, medium to thick body. Great spicy brew!
09-05-2008 23:50:29 | More by johnnnniee
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011
A: orange-golden yellow with a 2 finger very frothy white head that lingers for a very long time
S: smells of yeast and a slight hint of apples
T: yeasty/bready, very sweet, a very faint taste of apples, a slight taste of bananas
M: moderate carbonation, crisp, but drying to the tongue
D: very well-balanced tripel and very easily drinkable
02-05-2011 05:32:14 | More by THECPJ
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured this from an 11.2oz bottle into my Watou chalice. Poured cloudy orange-yellow, with yeast clumps included, and sticky white head which formed into islands within several minutes.
The smell is awesome, bready yeasty tripel aroma. Of course this is the original, so you'd expect this to fit the profile...
Taste is out of this world. Fruity esters and some very mild alcohol bite compete with the bready aroma.
This is very easy to find in Northwest Columbus, but on the expensive side (generally $4-$5 per bottle). Even so, very good and I will not hesitate to buy more. If I ever get to Belgium, I'll try to taste some fresh bottles.
10-02-2005 20:17:38 | More by TurdFurgison
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
split 750ml with some dude
appearance: pale golden, slightly hazy, huge fluffy white head...quite inviting
smell: fruity hops, malty, alcohol apparent, clove, bananas, pear
taste: fruit in nose is present in the taste, alcohol well hidden but still up front,
mouthfeel: quite heavy, carbonated, alcohol tingles
drinkability: 1/2 a 750ml is sufficient
08-21-2005 02:32:42 | More by dirtylou
4.43/5 rDev +3%
After hearing from a co-worker how this beer was all he drank when he lived in Belgium, I had to seek it out here. A bit on the pricey side for an 11.2 oz bottle but I just had to try it. Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Hazy golden-orange colored body, with a big rich, fluffy and creamy white head. The retention is outstanding with a fairly thick cap lasting the entire time. The lacing is splotchy, sticky and bubbly. This is certainly the most gorgeous looking Tripel I've seen, and compliments the style perfectly.
S: Lemon zest, ripened banana, orange flesh and some profound yet still restrained, Belgian yeast notes. A touch of the spicy character you get from the style is here, also. It's very accurate to the style, nothing is jumping out or overpowering.
T: Light yeast and doughy malts come through first, giving this a grounded base to work from. A certain bitter citrus sweetness from perhaps lemon or grapefruit skins comes through mid-palate. Slight touches of honey and white grape come through in the finish, with nothing other than some spices into the linger. Very delicious, very balanced.
M: Bubbly, well carbonated but still retains a medium body. It's creamy, almost silky on the palate after the bubbles settle. Again, for the style this is exactly what you should be looking for.
I must say, this might be one of the best Tripels I've ever had cross these lips. Coming straight from Belgium, I'd really expect nothing less, but it goes to show that taking the traditional style and mastering it, showcases everything in the best possible light. That's not to say American brewers can't put their own twist on it, but if you want something true to style, this cannot be touched.
08-14-2011 14:10:02 | More by ShanePB
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice aug28 2009
A glows a golden orange with lots of sediment, giant fluffy head, nice lace and pretty good retention. this is looking like a good thing
S tropical fruit, spices, yeast and maybe some citrus quite complex really
T also quite complex, it tastes as it smells but with some clove perhaps and the yeast is more noticeable with some booze i could not smell
M light in the mouth with lots of bubbles, little bite with the finish and it feels like it explodes when it enters your mouth
D i did not have any huge problems drinking this beer, but it was not smooth as silk, and i dont think i would drink them back to back
not the best triple I've had but one of the best for sure. this is one of those beers you will just have too try and judge for yourself
08-29-2009 08:51:00 | More by wordemupg
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.
Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.
Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.
Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.
Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.
Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb.
11-25-2005 00:41:24 | More by scruffwhor
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.
Appearance: light golden blond color with a hint of opacity. Relatively persistent 1-finger head as a nice adornment.
Smell: fruity, sweet, syrupy yet peppery. There's quite a nice complexity there. There even seems to be a slight hop aroma, so rarely seen in this style. Bravo!
Taste: a delicate flavor, much more delicate than the aroma. Wheat flavors, some of that peppery quality, even a little bready. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall, subtle but tasty.
Mouthfeel: creamy, creamy, creamy. This kind of well-integrated carbonation is what I love in a Trappist ale.
Drinkability: a tasty tripel, which in my book is always exceptionally quaffable.
09-04-2009 01:57:17 | More by flagmantho
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from a 330ml bottle (two in a row in fact) into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the Tripel is a cloudy golden orange with a light, white 2-finger head that fades fairly quickly to a persistent skim leaving only a bit of scattered bubbly lace. It is well carbonated, with active streamers lasting the whole glass. The wonderful color and chill haze make this very visually appealing, although I'd like a rockier, longer lasting head.
The aroma is moderate, pineapple and banana with a slight spicy hop backbone and assertive yet clean alcohol.
The taste is also very nice and follows the aroma, grainy, fruity and spicy, and thanks to the high attenuation not at all sweet or cloying. The finish is very dry and clean, only a tad bitter, with noticeable but not overwhelming booze that increases as it warms, though certainly no fusels.
The mouthfeel is light and lively, yet still creamy and rich, and beguiles it's high ABV - masterful.
The drinkability of this is through the roof. It taste great, has superb depth, and is very clean with little indication of it's kick. Luckily, it is priced high enough that those that buy it will be savoring.
Westmalle was the first Tripel (at least by the Trappists, Drie Lindin's Witkap Pater is probably the originator), and is the benchmark of the style for a reason. This a fantastic beer. It has a very romantic old world history, yet it's execution is clearly indicative of their modern brewery and scientific approach. It's just too difficult for me to try to discern favorite beer, but Westmalle's Tripel is certainly high on my list. If you have a chance to get this, do so, take your time and savor all that it has to offer. And of course, don't serve it too cold!!!
03-24-2007 23:28:41 | More by ccrida
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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