Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle...cork popped about 10' distance! Bottled March 2012.
Pours a large cloudy head that shrinks but hangs around with a full layer in my tulip glass. Some lace.
Golden color...very clear, clean.
Aroma of sweet amber malts, melon rind, black pepper, slight banana esters.
Significant carbonation...big mouthfeel.
Flavors of candy sugar, amber malts, grass, peppercorns, currents, citrus hops.
Let's let it open 15 minutes....
Ahh...this is a tripel with a bite! From what I recall Westmalle devised the Tripel style of beer. I remember 10 years or so ago doing a blind tasting with 23 Tripel-style brews. Ten of us chose our top three beers. The Westmalle came in around #8 or so, with St Bernardus, Watou and Triple Karmeliet taking the top three spots.
So much of a Belgian beer is in the yeast, and I think the esters of this Westmalle include some bitter notes, a burst like peppermint candy, a pungent herbal spritzer & spicy finish. Big, bold and tasty.

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This is a really nice looking beer, a hazy yellow-orange with a fairly fluffy white head. Smell is really nice fruit and Belgian yeast - exactly what a tripel should smell like. Flavor follows the nose - it's slightly sweet with a nice light fruit character up front, but the finish is more earthy and bitter than expected and a get a hint of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice tripel, but the earthy/bitter finish kind of throws off the balance to me. I know it's the original, but I think there are other tripels I like more.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,548 ratings.
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