Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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4,521
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Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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ST: 11.2oz poured into a chalice.

A: Cloudy orange with a huge towering white head that does not go away.

S: Apricot, lemon, pepper, herbal edge, lots of alcohol.

T: Crisp, spicy, apricot, very medicinal, lots of alcohol.

M: Heavy and round

O: Complex. The alcohol could be blended better, but the spicy, fruity flavor is very interesting and worth trying.

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As always, I review to style (ala BJCP) modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), or else certain beers, excellent exemplars of styles I do not prefer, would receive worse marks than poor examples of my favourite styles.

As always, this review is live, not from notes. Trendy. Hipster-approved.

This, Westmalle, is the original Tripel. All other Tripels derive from this. Now, without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle, served at 50ºF, corked with Westmalle's notoriously hard-to-remove plastic/rubber cork. Poured in to Chimay chalice/goblet. This beer was aged for about one year before drinking.

A: Crystal-clear (after a year of aging) straw yellow colour, like unto an American Lager, with a two-finger, foamy head on a moderate pour which surprisingly slowly recedes in to a cap and ring, and which leaveth little lacing. Two The clarity is surprising, but to be expected after such aging. Trappist are just /supposed/ to be cloudy. Looks like a clear Duvel. Or, for that matter, a Budweiser. On second and third pours, has a slight cloudiness (rating increased), very similar to Duvel, with some white lees in the glass.

S: Citrus, apricot, apple, white wine (Chardonnay, this time), some wet dog or farm, some typical Belgian spice. Very minor alcohol. Sweet, malt, and hops come through all at once. Quite malty. Some noticeable Belgian funk. Mild alcohol.

T: Citrus, sour apple, Chardonnay (including the alcohol), fresh-cut grass and subdued Belgian funk. No spice apparent. No hops up front - malts dominate with a breadiness - but citrus-y hops hit pretty strongly on the mid-palate and finish. Clean finish, coats the mouth mildly, but there's obviously some hopping going on. Some crackers in the finish. Similar to the Chimay White but a bit bolder. Crisp.

M: Loose, spritzy carbonation with a bite. Pulls the beer together well.

D: High.

O: The quintessential Tripel. Try it.

To style: 98/100
To taste: 90/100

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I saw this beer set off with a special section of "International Favorites" at my local liquor store, so I decided to give it a try. I also saw a clipped out paper stuck next to its label with the Beer Advocate's approval seemingly used as an endorsement.

WELL, dude and dudettes, I did not need to have my arm twisted!

The pour was unique. Its coloring is a vivid blond with a minimal head. In fact, at first glance, it looks like any old American lager. But my beer had some brown speckles in it. DTs? Maybe. But I saw them and liked them.

If you've read my other reviews, you'll know that I have a rotten sense of smell for beer. Basically, if I can smell the damn beer, I will rate it higher. And guess what? I could smell this beer. It was sweet and summer-like. Throw up a plus!

TASTE: the typical Belgian sweetness is tempered in this, and I find that refreshing. In fact, "refreshing" would be a good adjective for me to use to describe this beer. Mine was ICE cold and was very smooth. It had an ever-so-slightly sour aftertaste that was subtle. The high alcohol content (9.5%) was balanced well with an almost wheat-like , grass-like taste with an added sugar. I was delighted with its taste.

Overall, I like this beer. Is it worthy of its Top 250 status on our page? Maybe not. But you could do A LOT worse!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,521 ratings.
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