Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I pour an 11.2 oz. bottle into a room temperature pint glass, a massive 2-3 inch head (with good retention) appears atop a hazy and beautiful yellowish/orangish/gold brew.... There's very visible sediment floating throughout the drink due to the Belgian yeast in the bottle.... Plentiful lacing is left behind during the drink.

I take a whiff and immediately get funky Belgian yeast.... Following that, I get fruitiness like that of banana and a hint of apple.... There's even lemon citrus in the nose.... Sweet and spicy.... I love it.

As I'm sipping, spicy Belgian yeast hits the taste buds first.... There's also banana, lemon, a touch of honey sweetness, and a spicy apple cider flavor.... Delicious.

Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation to release all the flavors and spice on the palate.... Nice, smooth, and crisp with every sip.... Leaves a delicious lingering aftertaste.

Overall, I'm partial to Belgians.... I love them !!.... This is a truly perfect representation of perfectly balanced complexity that the Belgians are known for.... I love this beer, and will continue to enjoy it like I have for years past.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

Cloudy gold with 3 fingers of loose white head.

Orange juice, lemon, grassy noble hops, husky grains and some bubblegum.

Pretty spicy! Much more than what was detected in the nose. Hay and coriander along with pinches of clove, peppercorn and lemon zest. Orange juice, honeydew melon, barnyard and husky grains. Pilsner malts, earth, and dried grass. Touches of bubblegum.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, spicy, dry and warming.

Very earthy and spicy. Very easy drinking at 9.5%. Very tasty stuff!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Huge, bubbly, dense bright-white head on a hazy, burnt/dirty gold colored beer. Lively carbonation without being effervescent. Big chunks of lacing. Retention is crazy.

Smell: Banana, ester, spicy Belgian yeast, and some sweet pale malts. Bready and snappy. Big ripe fruit with apple coming through the back. Nice building clove spiciness. Backing alcohol. Vaguely waxy.

Taste: Clove laced banana and esters. Belgian yeast for days. Ripe banana, apple skin, clove spiciness with some bubblegum thrown in for good measure. Earthy and slightly dirty. Building alcohol warmth as the beer warms. Bready. So much yeast. Pale malts add some sweetness. Toasted malt backing is unique. Cloyingly Belgian. Raw honey edge. Phenolic, especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a solid, yet moderate carbonation. Lingering spiciness coupled with a moderate dryness.

Overall: Find "yeast bomb" in the dictionary. It's a picture of this beer.

So much yeast it's distracting. Each sip is a sharp punch of yeast aggression. Nice malts and carbonation make it drinkable, but the yeast hits so hard for so long it loses out overall.

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A - Cloudy golden-orange with a think foam head that lingers. Great Brussels lace as the head slowly recedes.

S - Yeast, tart apples with some spices. Some slight banana notes.

T - Strong, sharp yeast flavors with some subtle fruit notes and spice. A complex beer, which makes it difficult for me to describe.

M - Full and rich in the front, but melts away rather quickly. Nice pleasant flavor mentioned above linger on the tongue.

O - Probably the standard-bearer for the tripel style, and my favorite tripel as well. The alcohol is well disguised among the complex flavors. You can never go wrong with this beer. Enjoyed from my Westmalle chalice for this review.

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Golden orange colour with a huge, three fingers width head that is quite bubbly looking and gradually reduces in size over the course of about five minutes but stops after losing only half its size.

Fruity with a mainly apple smell coupled with a little bit of lemon. There is a lot of spice initially and although not an intense aroma it is a noticeable one. I can detect some pear, yeast and some grain to but everything is very well balanced aroma wise.

Mix of apples and pears along with a lot of yeast and sugar that combine to make a very sweet, almost cider like drink. There is some lemon and citrus along with a lot of spice and overriding sweetness.

Spicy and quite dry as you would expect but other than that the alcohol is well hidden in this one. There is medium to high carbonation along with full and creamy body.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 4,567 ratings
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