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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Ranking:
#524
Reviews:
1,765
Ratings:
4,604
pDev:
10%
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4.86
 
 
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Hazy orange/apricot. Pours a big off-white, uneven head.

Smells spicy. Soapy phenolics. Touch of lemon rind, musk candy, cinnamon, pineapple, aromatic malt.

Alcohol first, with spicy fruit & nut cake elements. Candy sweetness. Complex malts, and late hints of noble hops.

Aftertastes include ripe pear, a touch of blanched almond / macadamia nuts, essential oils of rosemary or thyme or eucalypt or similar aromatic herbs.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw colored body with a thick, silky white head with good retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A slight, malty smell with some banana esters.

T: A strong, alcohol taste that burns the tongue a little. Some banana esters are present in the aftertaste.

M: A fairly, light and crisp mouthfeel that was not exactly what I was expecting but pretty good overall.

D: A pretty good tripel overall. Ok drinkability, but the alcohol seemed a bit much (started to burn my mouth and throat as I drank more of it). I am not sure how much of it I would be able to handle, but if a tripel is your style, this is a fair example of one.

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Nice, healthy head of white that stays up for a long time. Lots of carbonation and some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells of bready yeast, citric hops. There's some clove and bannana in there too.

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Nice taste. Very nice in fact. Sweet just like the nose predicts. Spices and citrus right up front and a very slight bitterness at the finish. Warm feel of alcohol at the very end.

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a: golden yellow with a finger of white head from a controlled pour. the opacity will follow as i pour the rest of the bottle in

s: a nice hit of lemon in the front with some floral hop character. sweet banana and yeasty spice follow shortly after. hints of apricot, peach, and vanilla. all tied together by the notorious sweet belgian bready malt

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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