1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tripel - Brouwerij West

Not Rated.
TripelTripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij West visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 06-01-2011)
View: Beers (9) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 04:28:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 21:52:17 | More by womencantsail
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-03-2013 01:49:23 | More by zeff80
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 15:32:29 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of SocalKicks
SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-14-2012 05:54:50 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of mactrail
mactrail

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:04:34 | More by mactrail
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-08-2014 02:22:34 | More by GClarkage
Photo of rhoadsrage
rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 15:04:44 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 15:25:14 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-12-2013 00:43:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:47:22 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of flagmantho
flagmantho

Washington

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 22:50:30 | More by flagmantho
Photo of mhaugo
mhaugo

California

2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:05:06 | More by mhaugo
Photo of ste5venla
ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-12-2013 02:09:27 | More by ste5venla
Photo of Smarty_Pints
Smarty_Pints

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-25-2013 03:34:36 | More by Smarty_Pints
Photo of thatoneguymike
thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-13-2014 01:10:20 | More by thatoneguymike
Photo of HalfFull
HalfFull

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:26:50 | More by HalfFull
Photo of vermilcj
vermilcj

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-25-2013 01:09:13 | More by vermilcj
Photo of Chico1985
Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:24:35 | More by Chico1985
Photo of CEDAMA
CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +35.9%

04-08-2012 05:18:55 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of ocelot2500
ocelot2500

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 03:15:03 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of RichH55
RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2013 22:51:36 | More by RichH55
Photo of jplopez21
jplopez21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-30-2013 22:19:12 | More by jplopez21
Photo of impending
impending

California

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:13:16 | More by impending
Photo of Wowcoolman
Wowcoolman

California

3.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:59:12 | More by Wowcoolman
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Tripel from Brouwerij West
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.