Tripel - Brouwerij West

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 06-01-2011

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 25
Photo of travolta
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy orange color with minimal retention or form, but very nice lacing.

Nose: Orange cream popsicle, some peach, pear and spice.

Taste: Perfectly crispy for a tripel. I taste lime and chemical citrus, an alcoholic finish. Not as malty as I would like, but well balanced. You can taste that attention is paid and this is a quality brew.

Photo of hopsputin
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: a thick, hazy bright orange with some nice copper & caramel notes in here. 2-3 finger solid slightly off-white head that is seeming to fade as i type this out. nice looking brew

s: sweet pears, banana, vanilla, strawberries, something slightly wheaty, a nice stone-fruit presence, more over-ripe pear. a unique smelling tripel

t: flavor follows the nose pretty well. starts off with the ripe pears and stone fruit. that fades into a nice yeast-spice (pepper and coriander). moves back into some sweetness coming from from the malt. the end of this has just the slightest hint of funk, and a very small alcohol presence

m: its on the lighter side, but quite well carbonated, so fills the mouth

o: what is sticking out to me is the mixture of fruit in here. normally with tripels i'm used to banana and clove. the pear was an interesting little addition here. i don't think this is better than some of the traditional beers of the style, but its definitely worth a try. my one complaint is that it could use a touch more spice presence to balance the sweetness

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a cloudy copper color with a creamy white head that leaves only a little spotty lacing down the glass.
The aroma is spice and a little yeasty funk and a bit of biscuit and citrus.
The taste is quite nice with a bit of banana and spice and a bit of dried fruit along with candied fruit and a decent lingering, light bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is medium, slightly bubbly and sticky.
Overall, a decent tripel that I quite enjoyed.

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber/coral head with a crisp ivory head.

Aroma: Notes of grapefruit, raspberry, caramel, and 'earthy grape' - is how I would best describe it.

Taste: The aforementioned fruits come through with a spicy and earthy backbone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with fairly light carbonation.

Overall: Considering that this was my first from Brouwerij West, and that I have had better Tripels, I found this to be quite enjoyable. However, I would have enjoyed a bit more carbonation. All in all, very good.

Photo of Chico1985
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Updated from a 3.75 'Had' score. 500ml poured into a Fantome tulip.

Appearance - Dark orange beer with a good finger of white head. Ring and patchy cap remain after some time.

Scent - Caramel apple, toasted bread, yeast, bits of grapefruit, some red grape.

Taste - More banana, clove and spices here. Yeast, toffee and grainy malts. Still some apple and pear going on, some potent earthy hops. Kind of a pilsner vibe underneath Belgian yeasts and fruits. A bit boozy.

Mouthfeel - Decent body with sufficient carbonation, maybe a little overly spiky+foamy. Light booze warmth but not bad.

Overall - Not the most put-together tripel I feel, but good.

Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze and a moderate-to-strong effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam with decent retention. Not bad!

Smell: moderately sweet malt with a hint of pear character and a light yeastiness. There's also the appearance of some alcoholic heat here; not bad, but not completely clean.

Taste: sweet malt with a cloying character that I don't like. Tripels are supposed to be sweet, sure, but this is kind of off-putting. Beyond that, the alcohol is a little hot but it is generally pretty clean.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, mouth-filling creaminess.

Overall: this beer has its ups and downs. I feel like the cloying, alcoholic flavor characteristics are a bit of a drawback (albeit not wrong for the style). I think maybe the brewer could come around for another shot at this; maybe make it a little mellower.

Photo of Jree261
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Copper and amber unfiltered Belgian style tripel with a dark eggshell foam.

Smell-Spices, toasty

Taste-warm butter toast and a bitter citrus finish.

Mouthfeel-creamy and smooth with a good hot finish.

Overall-Good stuff, the mouthfeel and the finish really stabalize the beer as a whole and make it better.

Photo of mhaugo
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Unfiltered amber honey. Small islands of foam scattered across the surface.
Smell: Like a musty, damp old house. I can almost smell the mineral layer coating the leaky pipes. In the background someone is baking sweet bread, but the aroma comes and goes. And the plum tree in the backyard is over-ripe and dropping its fruit.
Taste: Sweet, woody cherry pits. The sweetness is mildly offset by a restrained astringency, but the sugars prevail in the end. No bitterness to speak of.
Mouthfeel: Thick, round, and mostly flat. Rests like a brick on my tongue. A slight, yet gradually increasing, warmth from the alcohol.
Overall: I don’t know… I’m trying really hard to like this brewery. I appreciate their “damned to marketing” approach with the rotating labels. Very punk rock. But I’ve yet to be terribly impressed with one of their beers. The BJCP style guidelines say that a tripel should have “substantial carbonation”, yet this beer is decidedly under-carbonated. There is no bitterness to offset the sweetness, and the alcohol gets a bit hot as the beer warms. I hope they can tighten things up, or we may have to terminate our short-lived romance.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy apricot-yellow body with a thick cream of light beige that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a slow carbonation of tiny bubbles that trail up the glass.

S- The spicy phenol hint blends with a dried yeast aroma and some hints of earthy hops that take on some lemon pith and dry white wine notes in the finish.

T- The dried yeast character has some club soda ester notes and a dry finish with a softly pungent green hop flavor. The after taste shows the pungent hops growing more bitter and taking on a dandelion greens flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a carbonic acid bite in the fizzy finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a well-built Tripel that is mild in yeast character and depth. I prefer Tripels with a bit more fruity ester and some more depth aswellas just a touch of sweetness to it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this one for at least 9 months now I think?

Pours oddly clear with an amber/gold hue. Thin head. Mild character on the nose that speaks "Belgian ale." Could deal with more, but who cares. Flavor is pretty decent. Has a nice fruit edge with the prerequisite Belgian sweetness. Could be more sharply defined also. Aside from that there is a yeasty and slightly bready edge. Pretty good, overall, and echos old school Belgian ales from the other side of the pond. But it's just an echo and not all the way there.

Photo of impending
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-

500ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy mid tone orange, yellow tinged dense head receded fairly quick to a cap which retained nicely, ok lacing.

Aroma is of sweet summer fruits, spicy with a touch of camphor plus a surprising pleasant note of dirty old sock.

The flavor is full and deep, evolves over a significant range. Sweetness stays in check as does the mildly dry twang before the aftertaste which too evolves significantly, into a lingering minor bitter. Medium full bodied smooth mouthfeel.
very nice
cheers
jd

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive golden amber in the tall Saxo tulip. Handsome foam that lasts well and swirls new patterns with every sip. Inviting aroma of fermenting fruit and biscuits.

Quite an intense taste. There is really a lot of the Belgian yeasty flavor. The taste starts off fruity and a little tart, swings into some warm malt with a fair sweetness, and then dries out to that classic bitter yeasty funk. It seems like that dry mineral sensation flattens out the flavors and even borders on harsh.

An interesting beer, and a textbook example of brewing with a very flavorful strain of Belgian yeast. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego. The bottled version is 8.5% ABV.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast with light orange and stone fruit juice. Flavor follows aroma with stone fruit juice, sweet malt and Belgian yeast. The taste is an odd combination of sweetness with a finishing dryness. Finishes with lingering phenolic fruit and tripel spices giving a additional bitterness to the hops. Medium bodied. Perhaps a bit astringent in the finish. Overall a lightly flavored, but enjoyable take on a tripel.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright white, large head with a slightly cloudy golden body. Too cloudy to me.

S: A little apple, but not fruity other than that. A little horseblanket or wet dog, maybe more than a little, too much for my appreciation of the style.

T: Wow, nothing wrong here, just absolutely nothing going on. Maybe just a little basic Belgian yeast, perhaps a little tartness, but I've gotten more complexity from an Amber Ale.

M: Despite the head, the mouthfeel is rather flat.

O: Not bad, absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, just also not much to say about it in the "right" category, let alone outstanding or interesting...

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would go for again.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting @ Wally's. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light-golden with a solid 1" white head which leaves stringers of lace.

N: Sweetish malts, slightly fruity (pears), yeasty, faint booze.

T: Clean malts are on the sweet side, with yeasty fruit and some slight alcohol heat.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes with smooth and silky.

O: Enjoyable take on the style.

Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my favorite styles I approach this one with caution. Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a large globe glass. Offers a touch of haze and a good sticky head of foam. Good start...

Nose of yeast and some pils malt, decent balance but a bit lacking in 'brightness'. Decent but not overwhelming yet it does improve with warming.

Taste is a bit sweet for the style yet pleasant. Bit rubbery in flavor given the subdued yeast component and notable residual sweetness. Decent feel with a touch of citrus on the finish. Can't quite close the deal however, needing more yeast esters and a drier finish.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey color with a tight, white head that fizzes quickly leaving a sheet of lacing.

Smells of golden fruits and some spice.

Tastes of bright fruits up front with some bread. Apples and pears lead off with a moderate amount of sweetness. This moves into honey and sweet bread notes. Touches of clove and coriander come on the end and add depth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a fairly standard tripel and nothing particularly special.

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle at a tasting. I rated several factors of this Tripel "average", though I'm not sure what an average Tripel tastes like. Orange in color with a handsome head. The nose has similar characteristics noticeable in Brain's other beers- noticeable phenols with slight citrus. Very dry tasting; unusual for the style. Some orange, but the phenols tend to bump out the fruitier subtleties. Perhaps a Tripel for Tripel haters, it plays against expectations.

Photo of ikantspel
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint glass bottle served into a duvel tulip

numbered bottle 351/6500

pours an orange jello color with a full lively head.

belgian yeast smell mixes in with some spices and banana bread in the nose

flavor starts off with a champagne like booziness to it. the phenolic spices kick in and sorta even it out. a tad bit of sweetness comes and goes away like the wind. as you continue to sip the booziness goes away and balances off right.

glad i kept sippin this up. this brewery is just starting out ill be on the lookout for their blond. cheers

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gentle poured into a glass revealing its slightly hazy yellow amber

S: Ginger and phenolic takes a comfortable seat in your upper nose

T: Not as dry as i was hopping for but the taste is nice, revealing a ginger like flavor with mild to low hops that help excentuate the fruit like flavors

M: Like i said, was hoping for a dryer beer but this one was still solid

O: A solid offering and greatly enjoyed amongst friends

Photo of Mollerina
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden Straw Color, Medium Haze, Fluffy Head, Low Lace

S: Light Citrus (lemon), Sweet Dried Fruit (apricot)

T: Sweet (apricot) Spice (white pepper corn)

M: Light/Medium Bodied, Slight Carbonation, Light Residual Film

O: The appearance is great. Would like to see more lace. Smell is quite nice. Taste is just okay. The finish needs work. Possible bottle leeching. Noteworthy mouth feel and nice residual film. Could be more complex.

Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden color, fair clarity: hazy but charming. An impressive off-white creamy head with great retention: hints of Belgian lace left behind as the head dies down.

Aroma: Complexity of spicy, citrus, and sweet maltiness. Generious amounts of peppery and clove like phenols. A nice floral orange hint with a malty sweetness; no hop aroma.

Flavor: The profile was a complexity of spice, fruit and sweetness. Upfront bitter orange flavor with a spicy pepper backbone; the complexity if offset by the lingering bitterness of the beer. Hop bitterness may be too high for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light boy with a pleasant creaminess. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol is balance by the sweetness.

Overall: Very drinkable, but not outstanding. The draft version has better dryness and balance of flavors. Label art does not reflect the quality of the beer and is a bit confusing when associated with the beer. Not a classic example of the style but still an amazing beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a hint of orange and a big white head.

S: As usual for tripels, there is lots of sweet malt with plenty of fruit. Big time banana and pear with just a hint of sweet apples. There are lots of spice notes, too: clove, coriander, and mild pepper.

T: The flavor is very similar with an emphasis on sweet malt/bread and toffee. There is, however, noticeable booze which is the main problem with this beer. Nice spices of coriander and clove along with the same banana and pear fruit notes.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty nice beer. The booze is really the only knock on it, but pretty solid.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Riders Club Cafe in San Clemente. On to the beer:

Looks paler orange with hues of yellow. The lace it whips up is in solid quantity. In the nose, it is very sweet with lots of candied fruits and a lashing of bubblegum. Like the nose, its taste is sweet. First comes candi sugar, then bubblegum, candied apricot and a kiss of clove round it out. A little of the beer's alcohol is felt, giving off a peppery sensation. Medium bodied, slightly smooth, low carbonation....I think some extra carbonation would help balance out the beer, which is already pretty tasty.

Nice Belgian style tripel to come out of Palos Verdes.

Tripel from Brouwerij West
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.