Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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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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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden honey color with hints of orange. A large almost white head forms and hang out till the end.

Smell is Belgian yeast, light spice, golden raisin fruit.

Taste is very close to nose, yeast, spice, lightly fruity, with a yeasty tang aftertaste.

Feels very smooth, a medium to full body is lightened up by a nice bubbly carbonation. Hides its booze very well.

I am gaining a better appreciation for the Belgians, and this is a good one.


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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled 2/8/10) poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color with a decent cast of haze (but this could be because the bottle was disturbed a little bit prior to serving. Enormous, pillowy white head with great retention and Belgian lacing.

Aroma-Soft, mellow white bread/sourdough aroma with a touch of candi sugar sweetness. Lemon and orange esters with tons of perfumy, floral alcohols. Light herbal hopping. Elegant and fantastic.

Flavor-Sweet rock candy and white bread open before a touch of lemony esters shows through in the mid palate. Near the end it shows moderate hop bitterness and slight herbal hop flavor. The finish is bone dry and features a pleasant, floral alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body is accentuated by robust carbonation, which is high and at times effervescent. Bone dry in the finish but never astringent. Very slight alcohol warmth on the back of the palate.

There's a reason this beer spawned an entire style-it's simply fantastic. Delicious, elegant, awesome with food-there's nearly nothing that this beer can't do.

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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

probably my favorite of the trappist tripels. pours a clearish straw golden color with an excellent white head. light and airy. smells like a farm in august, cut grass, hay, pollen, and of course the belgian yeast. taste is a little sweet, but not bad as tripels go, well hidden alcohol, grassy hops, fruity and light spice as it wanes. even a hint of banana in there. epic mouthfeel, with tons of bright carbonation and a light body. overall a damn good tripel, exemplary of the style, but just a touch too light. doesnt arouse me necessarily, but its a nice easy drinking quality ale

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle.

Colour is a tone lighter than of honey's, with lots of bubbles.
Smells of fruit, banana and bubblegum.

Tastes good, fruity, with the alcohol present at the end of the sip.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Overall I found it average, I don't get all the praiseful reviews.

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

Westmalle Trapist Tripel. Best before 1/3/12 (oops), poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with yeast in suspension all over...the rocky white head slowly recedes and sticks to the glass.

S: Typical banana and clove, fruity yeast esters...grape bubble gum...light grassy notes.

T: Hugely refreshing palette. Moderate spice character, more grape bubble gum, and some dry, grassy, earthy notes. Not intensely fruity but there are hints of pear and other white fruits.

MF: Quite dry, medium-light body. Pretty active carbonation.

O: A solid tripel. I think its a bit overrated as it is solid and not spectacular in my opinion, but I can see why it is beloved.

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

From a 750 ml bottle, poured into my chimay chalice. Brewed on 11/2010... a year of bottle conditioning.

A: Golden hazy yellow, with a huge frosty head made up of millions of tiny bubbles. Light to moderate lacing with a great amount of head retention, which is great for such a high abv.

S: Aroma is mostly comprised of corriander, orange zest, munich and pilsner malt, and bartlett pears. Very aromatic house yeast phenols.

T: First notes are of some traditional belgian spices (nutmeg, clove, and corriander), this interplays with a spicy hop, that trade places back and forth. Secondary profile is of sweet candied sugar, belgian yeast and pear. Very dry aftertaste with malt forward, citrus bite and hop reemerging.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Slightly bitter. No alcohol hints.

O: This is the grandfather of all triples. Fantastic beer. Not as good as the rocheforts in my opinion, but the definitive belgian trappist brew. If you can find it, get it

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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