Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.2/5 rDev -25.6%
From my notes 5/28/07 - Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Slight malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced to slightly sour. Finish has some alcohol and sourness. Not nearly as good as bottle. On-tap at Summertime Restaurant Scheveningen, NL. 5 ($6.85) for a 330ml glass.
06-22-2007 19:11:12 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev -7%
Pours a hazy golden ale with a minimal head.
Smell is sweet pineapple and guava fruit with requisite dose of coriander. Spicy black pepper and spearmint are the next scents I can detect. Sweet honey and flowers make up the malt part of the scent. Hops make themselves know only as a little woodiness. Noticeable alcohol but it doesn't detract from the scent and serves as a carrier for other scents.
Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Honey and fruit are the first flavors to come out, then coriander and flowers. Spice is subdued here except for black pepper.
Mouthfeel is not bad.
An OK triple but I had expected more from this one compared to its little brother the Dubbel. Worth a try. This is a beer I will try again from another source and see if it has a bit more wow factor to it.
10-13-2005 02:31:07 | More by Zorro
4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
My family just bought a new HDTV and XBOX360, and soon we'll be getting surround sound installed! I'm going to celebrate with a beer I have high expectations for: Westmalle Tripel. Purchased at the Wine Exchange for $4.99 (330 ml bottle), on to the beer:
This is a very heady and carbonated brew. It pours hazy straw yellow into a chalice, leaving on top a head that shows resistence to fading. Aroma is mellow and sweet. Mixture of phenols, spice, grass, and candy sugar. I like it so far.
The taste of this tripel is what gives Trappist beers a good name. Not too intense and full of different flavors. Some peppermint-like sweetness, medicinal, grassy, light brush of pepper, and spice. Balance is drop-dead beautiful and lighter than one might think given the 9.5% ABV, which helps make this brew dangerously drinkable.
I may not sound all that excited in this review about Westmalle Tripel, but this is one beer that's worthy of the hype. Without question, a highly recommended pick by me, and one beer I'm going to share with my buddies in the future.
03-28-2008 07:38:30 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.58/5 rDev -16.7%
TOP 100 Tick FTW!!!
Poured into unibroue snifter.
Pours 1.5 finger of white head. Nice retention, but no lace. Color is a hazy pale gold.
Aroma: Dried apples and pears are the dominate fruit flavors here. Some cloves and spice notes. Belgian yeast shows with some bready malts. Herbal floral hop profile.
Taste: A bit of booze shows, coriander and spices are big, dried apples and pears again. Yeast, bready malts. The taste follows the nose fairly identical.
Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and dry. Medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. A bit hot as well with more alcohol showing than I would like.
Overall, a decent tripel, but too much carbonation and a bit too much alcohol showing. Somewhat drinkable. I dig a bit of it.
10-06-2010 22:40:26 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev -7%
A - Pours a cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation which produces a nice small foamy white head, some lacing afterwards.
S - Scents of malts, spices, grapes, bannanas, and yeast.
T - The taste is kinda sweet and malty, carbonated, nice clean finish.
M - Medium body, pretty complex brew.
D - Drinkable. This is a nice tripel, but I like the dubbel much better.
09-04-2006 20:20:04 | More by Wasatch
4.13/5 rDev -4%
This beer was in a stubby brown bottle, poured into a glass, clear straw yellow with yeast sediments.
The smell was of clean alcohol and belgian yeast.
Taste follows the nose, malt sweetness accompanied by a strong burst of alcohol. Some bubblegum is noted and just a whiff of belgian hop in there too.
Mouthfeel smooth and quite crisp.
Drinkability is good, this beer is kick arse in every way. Big strong belgian liquid love.
04-05-2009 19:16:03 | More by Stinkypuss
4.43/5 rDev +3%
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with an outstanding malt/spiciness balance with spiciness being over malt; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible tripel as expected. All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Completely outstanding.
08-20-2013 04:38:13 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, enormous whipped meringue head, long lasting retention, nice lacing. Hard to ask for more.
S: Very distinctive Belgian yeast character, slight alcohol, spices, fruits.
T: Fluffy and light. I always look forward to drinking any trappist ale. Fruity and spicy, Westmalle Tripel is well balanced and very flavorful.
M: Light body, slight warming alcohol finish.
D: A great beer that I'd certainly drink again.
04-30-2010 01:12:37 | More by Huhzubendah
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
In the mood to indulge myself a little I pulled this gem from the cellar, after letting it sit for nearly two years. The best before was 20/07/07 but I am drinking it 04/08/07... let's see how this one ages.
The first portion of the pour would reveal as much head as it would beer. Pearl white in colour, it stayed in equal proportion to the beer until about the half way point. While it would remain thick at its base, the head would thin out in some places, leaving a landscape appearance of soft, rolling foothills. The colour is peachy golden. It's almost an optical illusion trying to differentiate the bubbles from the yeast particles, both crowd the body from top to side to bottom.
A cascading aroma that literally "unwinds" the senses. A graceful and unimposing alcohol overcoats all. A lightly spicy yeast yields soft esters. A faint suggestion of fruit. A hard swirl excites a damp, phenolic wheat component that contrasts the otherwise dry character of the beer. The yeast, the esters... so lovely.
The 9.5% is quietly tucked away somewhere, most likely snugged behind the layers of lovely flavours. The carbonation has mellowed suitably over the last 2 years, the mouthfeel is nothing but smooth and graceful on the palate. It seems to dry out for an instance but a presence of flavour quickly resurfaces.
What a wonderful recipe! The yeast is most predominant, again carrying with it countless esters. The flavours all seem "suggestive" rather than upfront. It's a fusion of spices (I'd start with guessing cardamom and pepper), all so subtle but combine for a curious complexity. The inclusion of candi-sugar is very apparent and quite sweet. The taste finishes with the a lingering note of ripened fruit.
A marvelous tripel. Certainly one of the best examples of the style anyone could ever try. I'm not sure which I prefer - aged or fresh. It has held up well - perhaps improved, perhaps not. Either way, this is still something incredibly fantastic and I have savoured every single drop. I will always savour every drop. A wonderful beer.
08-05-2007 04:29:06 | More by biegaman
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured a nice light amber/yellowish body into a snifter with a big, fluffy clumpy head. The towering head died down to a 'film' with very nice lacing.
Smell of complex yeast and floral tones. Biscuit and citrus mostly dominated. noticed some alcohol as well.
Taste had more citrus than biscuit, with hints of herbs and quiet spices.Hops were noticeable, just enough to calm the malt down a bit.
Left a crisp feeling on the palate, but the malt still lingered.
09-26-2006 21:36:26 | More by Mebuzzard
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from the bottle at a good temperature into a nice goblet.
Some good carbonation on the pour, with a good white foamy head. Very decent lacing with a cloudy body of a buttery dark gold consistency. Head does go, but stays in a 3mm ring and never leaves.
Bouquet at first is quite subdued... but it needs time to open up... An aggressive pour to give it bigger head really makes a difference. Hops and yeast and a sweet and sour component that I can't quite pinpoint. This is a very balanced nose where you can smell around and find things without one scent dominating the rest. Smells somewhat pilsner like and a faint sour zest (lemon/lime take your pick).
Faint apricot with good notes of yeast and bread. Big carbonated and bitter finish but dissipates as you drink more to a nice bread chew character with some lemon. Taste is "tangy" with a nice SNAP to it. Bitter at first but becomes more tolerable as you have more.
This is a beer that takes patience to get through but rewards greatly when you stick with it making a very high drinkability.
01-07-2011 00:09:45 | More by smakawhat
4.73/5 rDev +10%
A real big off white long lasting head rests above a almost clear particle filled golden honey colored well carbonated beer.
A well balanced nose with a multitude of smells coming through, cloves, banana, grains, yeast, prunes, grapes, and light spices.
Grains are mixed with light fruits and lighter spices to give this beer a well balanced easy to drink taste that isn't weak at the same time.
A medium bodied beer that seems to have a very slight syrupy quality that lends itself to a light dry aftertaste that has quite a bit of a lingering quality.
I could drink quite a few of these, if your buying, a little pricey compared the bulk of the beers around here.
06-11-2012 21:48:09 | More by LXIXME
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Poured a bright, hazy golden sunset orange with a big, bready, 3 finger white head that was fully lasting.
S: an aromatic farmhouse yeastiness full of fresh oranges, citrus, and light bananas.
T: yeasty, with sour oranges, sour fruit (apples, pears) mostly dominating. There was a light hint of grassiness along with a good acidity bite in the middle of the drink before yielding to a soothing fade of sour velvety oranges. There is a nice dry citrus sourness, and fresh breadiness that finished things out leaving a soft gentle residual coating on the tongue along with dry spicing.
M: light and creamy with a lively carbonation bringing out the complexity of wild fruitiness.
D: great drinkability and example.
11-13-2008 23:51:35 | More by beerthulhu
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours a slightly hazy golden, although very bright, nice white head forms, tons of lace. Smell is sweet and clean, very crisp honey, crisp hops, wheat, citrus, lots of malty goodness, very rich. Taste is Sweet malt, some banana, honey, alcohol, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium, slight alcohol burn, nice and smooth. Good trappist but there are better.
08-14-2005 17:10:35 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a massive, billowy head. Great heat retention and some sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation released from the bottom.
S: Nice aroma of light fruit, mostly banana and a bit of orange and both lemon and orange zest. Some light spice mixed in and Belgian yeast.
T: Great light fruit flavor with oranges, pear, and a little bit of banana. There is a little bit of yeast and some light spice, but its not overpowering like some tripels. The flavors blend together very nicely.
M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.
O: Fantastic beer, certainly classic in the style. Incredibly easy drinking. No sign of 9.5% at all.
10-19-2011 01:18:04 | More by mdaschaf
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Lightly hazed golden with streams of carbonation rising rapidly. A big and full rocky white head adorns the surface. Retention is as good as it gets. Aroma is musty and fruity (as in pineapple and mango). A little breadiness as well on the nose. There's a real nice intermingle of hops and fruit on the palate. Apricot and tangerine. Some yellow pepper. A slight sting of alcohol, but nothing that is out of context. Dry finish. A little hebal. A little earthy. Clean maltiness. Body is light and refreshing. This one's good. I like it.
04-24-2004 04:43:37 | More by Bighuge
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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