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

11.2 oz bottle best before 04/05/13 in a chalice.

This looks cloudy, golden, tonsss of tiny bubbles, beautiful two finger white head, pillowy and sudsy.

Smells of yeast, citrus, grass, malt, and bread.

The taste is initially fruity. The alcohol is present, but not detracting in any sort of way and adds some good character. It is also bready and grassy.

It has a medium body with a great complimentary level of carbonation and goes down smooth.

This thing is just way too good!

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

a: big thick creamy two finger tall head. hazy yellow body, plenty of bubbles rise to keep a froth on top.

s: spice, yeast, bread, fruit, malts and alochol.

t: a sweet bready malt body holds this together while being accompanied by spice and yeast with hints of light fruit.

m: starts crisp and lively with a medium to full body feel and good carbonation. has a creamy flow with a sharp dry finish accompanied by a warming feel.

o: the warming alochol seems to dominate this beer, just wish it was better hid.

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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: light straw color, hazy, light head with great lacing.

S: Fruity, sweet smell, reminiscent of apricots, very nice.

T: Excellent malt flavor, smooth, clean taste. Some alcohol warmth at finish.

M: Soft mouth feel, fairly high carbonation, but typical of style.

O: This is one of the best, it really defines the tripel style for me.

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

Dark lemon color, head almost white, evenly bubbled, not that long-lasting but pure. Champagne carbonation. Sweet, very weak resiny notes. Fresh hay, grassy, herbal notes, slightly spicy. Taste: quite complex. Distinct coriander, dark fruit flavor, some bruised apple. Grassy or fresh hay, a little spice. Afterward, a mineral/pencil lead finish. Warm in the stomach. Mouthfeel was light, fresh, danced off the tongue, slick, not heavy.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow ... this might be a perfect beer! I wrote some notes down while tasting half of the bottle, and then looked at some of the reviews -- and I think that I am not alone in loving this beer.

I picked this beer up on the recommendation of the woman at a bottle shop in Belgium (store description and location, below). This woman is a saint! What a great recommendation.

Appearance: (5.0) The tulip glass looked amazing with the gold color of the beer and eggshell head from the Triple.

Smell: (5.0) Hints of citrus, a little pepper and some apple. As the beer warmed, the smell became more pronounced.

Taste: (5.0) A good spice came through ... very nice. A small amount of alcohol.

Mothfeel (5.0) Good malt with slight carbination.

Overall (5.0) This must be the gold standard for all Belgian beers.

*** Le Moine Austère ***
Just up the road from us in Beligum, is a wonderful bottle shop called the Austere Monk (I'll review it after BA adds it: Le Moine Austère, Rue Dorez 8, Tournai, Belgium) (a review: http://www.monnuage.fr/point-d-interet/le-moine-austere-a41282). My wife and kids found the shop while touring the Grand Place and visiting the Christmas village. The family was excited to bring me to the store and even sent a few photos of the wall of bottles.

As I looked at the selection, I instantly wished that I knew more about Belgium beers. I understand a little French and shopkeeper was willing to bring to me some of the local beers and the traditional favorites. (Side note: it is *very* helpful to have a wife that speaks and understands French!) She pointed out which beers were still made by monks (down to five, she said), and those breweries which tend to create craft beers. She loves to make gift baskets, filled with beers, glasses and other treats. I can't wait to return!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poored from a 750mL bottle into a Leffe goblet. Bottled on the Sept. 8, 2011.

A - Golden yellow brew with a beautiful white creamy head. Good retention which disappears after about 5 minutes. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S - Excellent smell with yeast fruity notes. I pick out some caramel, buiscuity aromas.

T - A very very complex taste! Nice apple, caramel, buiscuity notes at first. Then I pick out some berries like blackberries, pleasently balanced by the hop which is kept up to a relatively low level.

M - Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, rather creamy! The carbonation is just right and the alcohol is kept up to a perfect level (quite hidden).

O - A very complex and very well balanced brew! Westmalle Tripel is definitely a World class beer!!!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,623 ratings