Tripel | Brouwerij West

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij West
California, United States
brouwerijwest.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DoubleJ on 06-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would go for again.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive golden amber in the tall Saxo tulip. Handsome foam that lasts well and swirls new patterns with every sip. Inviting aroma of fermenting fruit and biscuits.

Quite an intense taste. There is really a lot of the Belgian yeasty flavor. The taste starts off fruity and a little tart, swings into some warm malt with a fair sweetness, and then dries out to that classic bitter yeasty funk. It seems like that dry mineral sensation flattens out the flavors and even borders on harsh.

An interesting beer, and a textbook example of brewing with a very flavorful strain of Belgian yeast. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego. The bottled version is 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting @ Wally's. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light-golden with a solid 1" white head which leaves stringers of lace.

N: Sweetish malts, slightly fruity (pears), yeasty, faint booze.

T: Clean malts are on the sweet side, with yeasty fruit and some slight alcohol heat.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes with smooth and silky.

O: Enjoyable take on the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a hint of orange and a big white head.

S: As usual for tripels, there is lots of sweet malt with plenty of fruit. Big time banana and pear with just a hint of sweet apples. There are lots of spice notes, too: clove, coriander, and mild pepper.

T: The flavor is very similar with an emphasis on sweet malt/bread and toffee. There is, however, noticeable booze which is the main problem with this beer. Nice spices of coriander and clove along with the same banana and pear fruit notes.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty nice beer. The booze is really the only knock on it, but pretty solid.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this one for at least 9 months now I think?

Pours oddly clear with an amber/gold hue. Thin head. Mild character on the nose that speaks "Belgian ale." Could deal with more, but who cares. Flavor is pretty decent. Has a nice fruit edge with the prerequisite Belgian sweetness. Could be more sharply defined also. Aside from that there is a yeasty and slightly bready edge. Pretty good, overall, and echos old school Belgian ales from the other side of the pond. But it's just an echo and not all the way there.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast with light orange and stone fruit juice. Flavor follows aroma with stone fruit juice, sweet malt and Belgian yeast. The taste is an odd combination of sweetness with a finishing dryness. Finishes with lingering phenolic fruit and tripel spices giving a additional bitterness to the hops. Medium bodied. Perhaps a bit astringent in the finish. Overall a lightly flavored, but enjoyable take on a tripel.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Riders Club Cafe in San Clemente. On to the beer:

Looks paler orange with hues of yellow. The lace it whips up is in solid quantity. In the nose, it is very sweet with lots of candied fruits and a lashing of bubblegum. Like the nose, its taste is sweet. First comes candi sugar, then bubblegum, candied apricot and a kiss of clove round it out. A little of the beer's alcohol is felt, giving off a peppery sensation. Medium bodied, slightly smooth, low carbonation....I think some extra carbonation would help balance out the beer, which is already pretty tasty.

Nice Belgian style tripel to come out of Palos Verdes.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze and a moderate-to-strong effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam with decent retention. Not bad!

Smell: moderately sweet malt with a hint of pear character and a light yeastiness. There's also the appearance of some alcoholic heat here; not bad, but not completely clean.

Taste: sweet malt with a cloying character that I don't like. Tripels are supposed to be sweet, sure, but this is kind of off-putting. Beyond that, the alcohol is a little hot but it is generally pretty clean.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, mouth-filling creaminess.

Overall: this beer has its ups and downs. I feel like the cloying, alcoholic flavor characteristics are a bit of a drawback (albeit not wrong for the style). I think maybe the brewer could come around for another shot at this; maybe make it a little mellower.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright peach tinted gold pour produces a lacy, rapidly dissipating 1” white foam collar.
S: Stone fruit – peach to apricot, citrus, more general fruit, traces of brown sugar, hint of floral.
T: Fruit, peach, orange, spice, tropical, biscuit to bread crumb, light caramel, coriander, some hard candy and banana with a mild herbal bitterness.
F: Very creamy medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A very easy to drink tripel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow pour with slight haze, small 1/3" white head. Aroma of alcohol and yeast.

Taste, boozy. I guess almost every tripel is. Some fruity yeast esters, more bitterness than expected despite not tasting anything in the way of hops beyond said bitterness. Yeast doesn't do the traditional banana, comes in with some apple and pear like notes. Some sweetness, didn't find the carbonation as high as most tripels.

Tough style to make in this region and have people think you have something to offer beyond what Belgium brings to the table.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy apricot-yellow body with a thick cream of light beige that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a slow carbonation of tiny bubbles that trail up the glass.

S- The spicy phenol hint blends with a dried yeast aroma and some hints of earthy hops that take on some lemon pith and dry white wine notes in the finish.

T- The dried yeast character has some club soda ester notes and a dry finish with a softly pungent green hop flavor. The after taste shows the pungent hops growing more bitter and taking on a dandelion greens flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a carbonic acid bite in the fizzy finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a well-built Tripel that is mild in yeast character and depth. I prefer Tripels with a bit more fruity ester and some more depth aswellas just a touch of sweetness to it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle at a tasting. I rated several factors of this Tripel "average", though I'm not sure what an average Tripel tastes like. Orange in color with a handsome head. The nose has similar characteristics noticeable in Brain's other beers- noticeable phenols with slight citrus. Very dry tasting; unusual for the style. Some orange, but the phenols tend to bump out the fruitier subtleties. Perhaps a Tripel for Tripel haters, it plays against expectations.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Unfiltered amber honey. Small islands of foam scattered across the surface.
Smell: Like a musty, damp old house. I can almost smell the mineral layer coating the leaky pipes. In the background someone is baking sweet bread, but the aroma comes and goes. And the plum tree in the backyard is over-ripe and dropping its fruit.
Taste: Sweet, woody cherry pits. The sweetness is mildly offset by a restrained astringency, but the sugars prevail in the end. No bitterness to speak of.
Mouthfeel: Thick, round, and mostly flat. Rests like a brick on my tongue. A slight, yet gradually increasing, warmth from the alcohol.
Overall: I don’t know… I’m trying really hard to like this brewery. I appreciate their “damned to marketing” approach with the rotating labels. Very punk rock. But I’ve yet to be terribly impressed with one of their beers. The BJCP style guidelines say that a tripel should have “substantial carbonation”, yet this beer is decidedly under-carbonated. There is no bitterness to offset the sweetness, and the alcohol gets a bit hot as the beer warms. I hope they can tighten things up, or we may have to terminate our short-lived romance.

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Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Tripel from Brouwerij West
3.65 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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