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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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#561
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4,631
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber-gold color, strong lasting foamy head

nose: spices, herbal notes with sage and orange zest fruitiness

palate: differing from the smell this has a strong malty character, with sweet notes, very austere and in the beginning an extremely bitter aftertaste ... the latter smoothens after 30' in the glas

P.S. 1: tasting from a RIEDEL Burgundy glass (which I suppose proved a good match: underlines the sweet notes)

P.S. 2: although this had a "best before 11/15/12" on the tag (I was tasting it on 11/10/12), I am pretty certain, it would keep another 3-5 years of cellaring, thus adding to smoothness ....

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boozy at the end of every drink. Similar to the Duval but more fruit flavor in there. Not as fruity as the LaFIN duMonde which to me can be overfruity. Crisp drinkability.Very very nice. A new favorite because it takes the best qualities of other similar beers but with more balance. Complex this beer. The aftertaste is very refreshing. Its a pretty beer to look at. Overall this beer is truly awesome.Highly recommend this one.

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a sexy golden yellow color with a littlew bit of haze and a nice white cap

S: Fruity esters, whiff of light spice and light banana, hint at spice, pears perhaps

T: A nice little spiciness balanced out with some lighter pears, aples, booze and even a banana.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean

O: Tasty and a pleasure to drink!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a 50 cl mug. Best before end: 16/02/13. Authentic Trappist Product.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a huge pillowy white head.

Smell: Flowery aroma with a strong yeast smell. Very nice.

Taste: Strong ale flavor. Spicy yeast taste with sour alcohol flavor bordering on a white wine.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel. Strong aftertaste.

Overall: Fantastic Trappist tripel. Look forward to more of the style.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A -I love watching the lacing on this one
S - Nothing too distinct
T - Smooth, alcohol well hidden with a nice aftertaste
M - Smooth, slightly bubbly and dry

I've drank this bottle on a number of different occasions (just to be sure that it was as consistent as i remembered!) and it is definitely the most enjoyable triple i have ever tried. Easily hides the alcohol content and i can have two 33cl bottles without effort.
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a claret.

Appearance-Beautiful. Blonde body with just carbonation shooting to the top of the glass. Head is a very frothy about 4 finger head, after a non-aggressive pour. Carbonation is wild. Retention is outstanding, which I expected and lacing is oustanding. Just a picture perfect beer.

Smell-Was expecting alot of spice but really just got some subtleness. Big lemony and peachy aroma and light breadiness.

Taste-Lots of Black Pepper, the first thing i really notice, some sweetness comes through. The lemon follows the aroma and the finish has some light booze along w/ some very subtle hops.

Mouthfeel-Very dry, reminds me of a Chardonnay in a way. Carbonation is very high.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very bright yellow-gold color capped by a head of creamy foam that would do justice to a hefeweizen - huge, billowing and lasting.

The aroma is very estery with the spicy, vaguely banana-like notes that I've come to associate with Belgian yeast. There's no lack of punch, either.

The flavor is very good, but a bit of a letdown. There's an aftertaste that just doesn't sit well with me. Pity because the rest of it is beautiful. Lightly sweet, very yeasty, great spicy notes - so much going for it but that aftertaste just knocks it down for me.

Medium bodied with OK carbonation but a little more to cut through the aftertaste would have been appreciated.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: straw colored pour spills into a dark hazy gold; thick creamy white head

S: sweet honey and orchard fruits

T: starts sweet but finishes dry; taste some fruity flavors, incredibly fresh-tasting. Gracefully sweet, floral, herbal.

M: medium-full bodied; nicely carbonated; dries elegantly

O: I've never had a true trappist ale before, but have heard much of the vaunted Westverleten. Unable to get one, I asked my distributor to recommend a tripel. When he pointed me to this beer, I had to try it.

I was thrown off at first when I saw there was a plastic cork. But having consumed the beer, I assume that it creates a better seal than a true cork stopper, and this beer really tasted freshly-brewed. I have never tasted a beer in this style as fresh-tasting as this.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-light yellow to golden color, hazy with a thick white head which dissipates slowly

S-heavy fruit and citrus with some malt and yeasty bread overtones

T-heavy fruit flavors with some citrus notes and baked bread, well-balanced with the alcoholic content nicely concealed in all that flavor

F-light to medium body with nice livrly carbonation

O-an excellent beer of this variety with nice complex flavors

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

poured into my duvel tulip

pours a hazy yellow, has a very rocky 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

lightly fruity on the nose, bits of grape, some sweetness, bits of citrus and some pepper.

lightly fruity again up front, has some orange skin flavors floating around in there as well, almost tannic at times, has a nice bit of sweet booze and spice on the finish.

very light in body, dry, very crisp, smooth, and light

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 12, 2011.

A: Cloudy yellow color with a twinge of orange. Fair head in my goblet. Could have been poured better to be honest. White head turned into just a thin layer.

S: Fruitiness up front followed by peppery yeast. Followed by a hint of alcohol.

T: There's a surprising richness to this beer. Definitely a nice caramel, with a fruitiness. Certainly a sweetness and a medicinal flavor. Nice warm alcohol finishes this beer.

M: Light almost oily mouthfeel. Nice carbonation helps to carry flavors.

O: Great beer. Hides the 9.50% ABV pretty damn well. Good introduction into the style.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,631 ratings