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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Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is of tart fruit....yeast....and a whiff of alcohol. Not surprising for the ABV.

Pours a nice, dark blonde color. Thin head.

Tastes initially semi-sweet, but fades into somewhat of a tart grape fruitiness that reminds me of a relaxed version of some pinot gris I've had. Spiciness is minimal. Some yeast is apparent on the backend. A little bit of citrus peel hops dance on the back of the tongue at the swallow. Alcohol is noticeable from the first drink on the exhale, although it isn't to the point of being a serious distraction.

Drier and less spicy than others I've had, this is still a tasty beer...at 7 bucks a bottle, it is something I'd only buy sometimes. Among tripels, I tend to favor the sweeter, spicier ones, so this wouldn't fall among the upper echelon.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle from Market Street Wine, downtown location, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden apricot sunset, darker than many tripels I've known, with lots of flashes of peach and amber making for a radiant but deep body. The most striking characteristic of this beer's appearance is, unsurprisingly, the massive crown. Dense, rocky, and uniform to perfection - there's literally no blemish here - the three-finger high head is magnificent, very attractive, and has fantastic retention, only slowly beginning to sink around the edges and leave massive clumps and blobs of soapy, crusty lace clinging to the sides of the tulip.

Aroma: Tropical fruits and Candi sugar abound. Grapefruit, pineapple, fuji apple, peach, and mango intermingle with spicy, clove-like phenols and cracked, dry, biscuity malts.

Taste: Dryer than I expected, and that's a good thing. The underlying foundation is wholesome and simple, with a nice simplistic malt base of simple cracked pilsner-esque malts, a few well-attenuated honey overtones, and a smack of Candi sugar. The complimentary flavors are where this beer shines through, with gorgeous phenols and yeasty spice notes complimenting tropical fruits and bright citrus. Cloves, star anise, and hints of white pepper mingle with kiwi, peaches, and nectarines for a robust and enjoyable tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Bright, lively, crisp, and - just like the appearance - remarkably uniform, for an even, creamy, and smooth mouth. The amount of carbonation here is pretty good with all the flavors going on - that is, it's on the high end, but it works remarkably well with the spiciness and fruitiness of the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A classic brew I'm alarmed that I haven't tried until now, so thanks to the Bros for reorganizing the top 100 and reminding me to pick one of these up. Allegedly, the quintessential tripel, and no surprise why - it hits all the high points and hits them all remarkably well. Quenching and flavorful, with a gorgeous appearance and great mouth, this beer should be a benchmark. The 9.5% is nowhere to be found, either - a summer appertif if there ever was one.

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Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy, dark golden/yellow color with a thick and fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows the Belgian yeast and spice flavor to it with some banana, apple and clove all coming through. Just a hint of citrus comes through as well. Pretty nice and smooth aroma overall and very nice for the style.

The taste has a nice mix of belgian yeast and spice along with some fruit and citrus notes. It has some notes of clove, pepper, apple and lemon all coming through. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the taste as well. It finishes on the drier side with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation and thick frothy head really give it a thicker and creamy feel. Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it and was nicely balanced. The only thing that hurts it a bit is the alcohol that comes through. That is a pretty small negative in the big picture of the beer though. Very good beer for the style overall.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

excited to try this one have been meaning to pick up a bottle for a while.

poured from bottle into my tulip glass. one of the most beautiful pours i've seen in a long time. golden haze with a billowing amazing overflowing pillow of white foam. waiting for the beer to warm up to the temperature i want and there is still a massive pillow of head guarding the beer.

smell is spice and a unique menthol smell like i have never got from a tripel, let alone a beer. not sure i like this nose.

taste is a bit different than the smell and a bit better. nice hint of funk with a clean bittering coming through. spice is there too. nutmeg and pepper.

mouthfeel is interesting on this one...i dont say this often about beers, but there was a bit more carbonation than i would like. tingles on the tongue. medium bodied.

overall a very clean drinkable tripel. the large amount of carbonation hurts my ratings for drinkablity.

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Photo of daledeee
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Somehow, I have not had this one.

I poured this and said to myself "It's been a while since I saw a head like that" A cloudy bright yellow orange with a spillover head with lacing to match.

Nose is spicy and fruity.

Taste changes as you drink. The first few sips are about as intense of Belgian hops and malt as I have ever had. As the beer airs out, it mellows and becomes more fruity, sweet and yet the Belgian hops.... Lemon peel is also a major component of this beer. All in all, unique and very refreshing. Mouth feel is very bubbly and yet has body. Alcohol was very warming at first but seemed to mellow as the beer warmed. A fine beer indeed.

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Photo of impending
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy rich honey, no attempt at retaining the yeast, magnificent dense frothy head - perfect.

No tripel has a finer aroma, so many layers, so many notes. I can hold this the furthest from my nose than any other tripel and still sense the entire scent.

everything is simply superb

It has a nice trick - after the trailing bitterness fades a quiet echo of banana appears!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a big fan of tripels, I've waited far too long to try what many consider the world's best. 11.2 oz into a tulip.

Pours a perfectly see-through light orange. White head retains nicely and leaves very good lacing.

Smell is pale malt, ripe light fruits, vanilla and spice notes. A little faint but nice.

Vanilla, clove, citrus and lemon, bubblegum. Pretty hefe-like in my opinion. Very boozy at first, alcohol is present the whole time, but mostly just adds a nice warming effect to the beer. Flavors really shine as it warms. Lingers in the aftertaste, really great.

Mouthfeel is incredible here, very smooth, malty and creamy. Carbonation is a little lower than usual for the style and in my opinion at a perfect level. If the booziness was toned down just a tad this would be an easy 5.

An excellent tripel. Price is worth the quality, will definitely get it again.

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Photo of infi
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11 oz. bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a nice half-inch foamy head, full of tight, tiny white bubbles. The retention duration is incredible, with the lacing being very sticky and spiderweb-like. The pour is fairly translucent and full of floating yeast sediment. I wished I poured the bottle a bit more gently to prevent this excessive amount. But nonetheless, a pretty beer in the glass overall. Smell is full of citrus aromas, more towards orange skin and pith, peppery spice and bananas.

Taste is a bit heavy on the booze at first, but it continues into this incredible phase of immense bubblegum-like sweetness and maltiness. It's hard for me to put my glass down; it's thoroughly delicious. The alcoholic heat upfront can be disheartening, but the end result is quite impressing.

Mouthfeel is copious with carbonation and liveliness. Very champagne-like. And the drinkability is very easy and high. Best tripel I've tried so far. I was a bit skeptical to try this due to its passing of the best before date of 2/25/10, but I was surprised to find it still drinking and tasting very well.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle with best by date of 05/08/11 poured into a Chimay goblet

a - deep, hazy golden color, two-inch white head with awesome retention and lacing, really great looking beer

s - very yeasty and bready aroma, notes of lemon citrus and white pepper, light boozy heat

t - mildly sweet and spicy lemon and white pepper up front, midpalate is pretty yeasty with a sourdough bread component, more lemon and pepper on the finish with a surprisingly strong bitterness that really dries out the finish, decent amount of alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, moderate to slightly higher carbonation, well-balanced finish that is on the dry side, good amount of alcohol warming

d - decent in terms of drinkability, but the alcohol is definitely more noticeable than many examples of the style I've had, and there is a bitterness that I've not encountered in most other tripels, overall, however, it's not too harsh on the palate and there is a decent amount of complexity in the flavors that keep it interesting

This beer's entry into the top 100 made me realize I'd never actually tried it. Pretty decent tripel, overall, but I've definitely had other examples of the style I've enjoyed much more.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold color with a bit of haze into my Chimay goblet. Head forms easily and sticks around all the way through. It's white, thick, and fluffy with great lacing.

Aroma is carried by a strong, fragrant, yet simple yeast that has a lot of fruit going on. Pears, apples, and bannanas came to mind first. There are almost no hop notes, but the malt provides a strong base to carry the nose.

The flavor is strong and fruity much like the nose. Simple pale malt with a strong sweetness up front and a semi-dry finish. The flavor that comes to mind first is bannana split ice cream. The yeast is the main focus to the flavor, and is of very high quality. I would like some more hop flavor and a drier finish, but this hits the style dead on. There really isn't much else I'm looking for in a tripel, this hits it spot on.

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Photo of maleman
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass (hey, everything else was dirty!). bottle said to drink before 9/4/11. my slow pour was apparently not slow enough as a gigantic fluffy head appeared that took a significant time to recede into a one-finger froth layer. lots of clingy lacing. looks great!

S - lots of yeast...really bready. no alcohol notes that i can detect. some spice...clove, maybe?

T - the taste follows the smell as far as the yeast is concerned, but wow! the alcohol is not hidden on the tongue...was a little surprised it was as strong as it was when i didn't pick it up with the nose. still, very balanced otherwise with no overbearing spice that sometimes is present with the genre.

M - leans a little past medium-bodied...very filling. better than average carbonation and a bit of aftertaste that isn't too strong. tastes in the upper back of the mouth.

D - fits the style well. i would guess that like many brews the draft version would be even more tasty. i won't pass up this brew if i have a chance in the future to partake!

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Photo of berley31
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, fluffy, creamy white head that took forever to shrink down to 1/2-finger, and left thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Body is a light golden color, and quite hazy. Effervescent.

S: Perfect balance of fruit (orange and lemon) and spices, neither of which were overbearing.

T: Spicy as a Tripel should be, but not overly so. Some fruit is present as well. Very dry finish, with a light bitterness. Very tasty.

M: Light-medium bodied, very high carbonation, with a slight alcohol warmth when swallowed.

D: A damned-fine Tripel, one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle, well before the drink by date.

Clear golden pour with a stupendous foamy head that eventually dissipated completely. I snuck a little yeast in there after the foam settled a bit.

Fairly strong alcohol smell wafting out of the glass. Not particularly inviting.

Similar taste, with a bit of funkiness to boot. Got better as it warmed, but the alcohol wasn't well hidden in this. Mild bitterness up front with a malt backing.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Somehow really drinkable and satisfying. Probably fulfills the "digestible" requirement better than any beer I've had.

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Photo of collinsroth
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured ironically into a Coors Light pint glass by the 19 year old waitress who clearly did know the irony of her choice of glass for a beer of this quality!

A burnt orange color is accompanied by a soft and lingering head of fluffy foam. The head is truely exceptional on this beer.

A fresh taste, with a touch of alcohol, but mostly a more refreshing taste than most Triples. I find many Triples to have carbonation that is very noticeable, but this was not the case here. Very smooth. I could not place the exact flavors, but they were a real treat.

Aftertaste is pleasant and not overwhelming. The beer made the accompanying meal delightful - it matched well with the fish tacos that I oddly paired it with.

Instantly became one of favorite beers....

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Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful tripel, golden pour and frothy head white head. Aromas of bread dough (grains, flour and a bit of acidity) Flavor: still bread dough citrus like acidity (lemon) and apple. Interesting belgian yeast profile. Nice dry finish all the hops are here floral & fruity.
A classic.

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Photo of Chaney
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle in Occoquan, Virginia at a new Belgian restaurant call "Cock and Bull." Belgian beer and waffles - gotta love it!

A: After pouring into a Westmalle chalice, I noticed intense bubbles right away. The color was a cloudy, burnt orange with about 1/2 inch head.

S: Fruity, with mild caramel notes. I detected the characteristic Belgian yeast with plum and citrus.

T: VERY smooth, with a slight but comfortable alcohol burn. Dark fruit a plenty in this one!

M: Carbonation is bubbly, almost champagne-like. There is no offensive sticky residue in the mouth and I would definitely describe this as a very "clean" beer.

D: I am simply in love with the mouthfeel in particular with this one! Also,the nutty and fruity taste of the Westmalle is addictive. Amazing stuff!

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

Just by the luck of the draw, I picked this one out of a long beer list last night.

Pours out with a slightly burnt orange color and has a modest, light head. The smell and taste have some strong fruit flavors and the carbonation is tight enough to leave it with a clean finish. The amount of alcohol in this brew is pretty high, but does not overpower the senses.

Overall, one of the finest beers I have come across. Given the chance, I would pick this one again in a second.

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Photo of STEG
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened and it started to flow out of the bottle, but I was ready with an Ommegang Chalice. Pours a realy nice orange hue with some yellow in there as well. Nice head retention and some yeast at the bottom. Smell is very understated, you really have to work for it, yeasty bread, orange, lemon and some banana in here as well, with some belgian funk as well. Taste is interesting, i'm getting orange cream soda, yeast and some bitterness towards the end. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth with a lingering bitterness afterwords. I like to have this on occasion when I'm in the mood for triples.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that shows excellent retention, sticky to the sides of the glass and leaving a patchwork of lacing.

The aroma is nice combination of light fruity esters, grassy notes and spices. There are apples, dough, and a hint of alcohol burn in the nose as well.

The taste is a little less sweet with the spices really coming out - peppery. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not off-putting with the fruits lingering in the background with the light bready malts. The finish is very dry and peppery.

The mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and dry effervescent finish.

An excellent and very drinkable tripel that leans more on the dry and spicy side of things, which I like. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

A - Poured cloudy yellow with tons of head that quickly dissipated leaving Nice lacing around the glass.

S - hmmm very Nice , lots of floral scents and bready yeast with hints of spices.

T - Slightly sweet upfront with the malts followed by slight citrus bitterness and spiciness. Has a dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - very smooth , Nice brew , even with the high abv , this Beer goes down very easy

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 01/03/12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice.

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright gold color with plenty of bubbles coming up the beer. I suspect my careful pour to keep the sediment in the bottle resulted in a thin white foam across the top. This foam died back to a ring at the edge with a thin island of foam in the middle. Some little strands of lacing here and there. I'm beginning to suspect that a Tulip would be a better glass for this beer than the chalice to maintain a better head. Still, the color and bubbles are nice to look at. The lacing sparkles in the light which makes this a very good beer in the appearance department.

Smell: White grapes, pears, mild yeast, and an underlying sweetness to it all. On deep inhales you can get some definite boozy/alcohol smells. Again, nice.

Taste: Malt up front, and then immediately blending with a peppery/sour flavor, then a crisp dry taste and finally a lingering hoppy/grassy flavor. My nose is smelling one thing but my tongue is tasting another. I do not detect the alcohol despite smelling it. It's a complex brew.

Moutfeel: Nicely carbonated - cleanses the palate, but it goes away quick and does not linger. The carbonation is just right really. Too much and it scours the tongue. This brings a nice level of spicy sensation and then its gone.

Drinkability: I've had this before, and I think I still have yet to find the right meal with this beer. It went okay with fish and asparagus (too strong of a flavor clash) and before it didn't really match with a beef stew. I think this beer may be best alone. I would not mind a bigger glass to tease out all the smells and flavors, but I'm okay with just having one in an evening as well.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottled poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. I'm rating a pair of Tripels tonight, this is my second. This one pours a bright golden color that's hazy in appearance. Better head than I was expecting, with about a quarter inch of soap suds around the glass. Some pear and pineapple notes in the nose. Smells brighter than I thought it would, if that makes sense. First taste is dry, very dry, with a light mouthfeel and a huge alcohol-infused finish. As my palate acclimates I get more citrus, specifically lemon and orange, flavors. Theres' some nice things going on with the malt in this beer - it's almost sweet, kind of like French bread. Aside from the obvious alcohol - there's no where for it to hide, after all - there's a nice bright finish to this beer that's somewhat citrusy and grassy. It's hoppier than I expected, but that's not necessarily a criticism, as I feel it's very well balanced. Some Belgian beers have a tendency to be overly sweet however that is not the case with Westmalle. Indeed, it's dry but not overly so. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but not too watery. This is one balanced beer, and really well done. Maybe one of the best Tripels I've had, and that's saying something.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always around on nearly every shelf I see I decided to finally grab one and give it a proper try, after all, I have to. Poured into a which birch chalice and consumed on 08/13/2010.

The pour was a nice and cloudy golden yellow with a firm head of white perched on top for good measure. Settling quickly it left a decent amount of lace and a small puff on top.

Aroma is full of pears, apples, hints of light grasses and grains. Classic triple with a bit more fruit thrown in. Warming brings about alot more grassy notes and hints of light citrus which carry over well into the flavor. Smooth, loaded with light fruits that pop as it comes up near room temperature. Nice touches of light grains and a smooth, even feel hide the alcohol almost completely.

Overall not the best triple I have ever had, but it is very good. Very smooth and maybe one of the easiest to drink I have seen. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Long813
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Pale yellow-orange body boasting three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Light citrus fruits, spices and yeast. Quite plain.

T: Mild notes of spices, citrus, yeast and some sweet maltiness.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Very frothy texture and leaves a sweet spicy finish. Alcohol shows up on the way down, but it's not that noticeable.

D: Decent over all, but to mild and plain for my liking.

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Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen this on shelves for years. Never bothered to buy a bottle (not a big fan of Tripels). But, suddenly ... for no reason whatsoever ... I felt the need to grab a bottle. Must be a weird planetary alignment.

Pours a hazy, lemony golden yellow. Quarter inch of soapy foam. Gobs of white stuff cling to the glass. Hurm.

Smells like sweet sweetness with a bit of yeast zest. Eh. Boring. Maybe a hint of honey to it.

Taste is honey-ed malt with a sweet malt base, some yeast, a tad bit of grassy zest, and a smattering of mineral crackers. A bit of lemon ... maybe some other citrus in there, kind of like an orange rind. It's okay. Kind of grew on me after awhile, but really not my cup o' tea.

Nicely carbonated. Pleasant enough, I suppose.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,613 ratings