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RATINGS: 2735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A strong, dry and spicy trappist ale. The product of a secondary fermentation lasting 5 weeks. This is a complex ale with a fruity aroma and a nice nuanced hop scent. It is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma. An exceptional ale, with a great deal of finesse and elegance, and with a splendid long after taste.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Poured an orange yellow color and had an aged aroma with a rocky white head. Initial bite in the taste with an alcohol character in the background. Smooths out as it goes down.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 15, 2003
The billowing head is amazing. It was a foamy ediface of flavor. Can I have another please?

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
schepers (32) - Limburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 For this tripel you can wake me up, day and night, summer and winter. At first it is a little bit overwhelming but with the second bottle the richness of the flavour is taken more easily. Alcohol seems to be a little bit strong in the first sip but gets less. Complex aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 November 2006 Bottle from NSLC. Hazy yellow body topped with a fluffy white head that fades surprisingly quickly. Aroma is quite alcoholic with just enough pale sweet malt emerging beyond that. Sweet malt is initial whisp of flavour quickly giving way to dry alcoholic malt and a fair dose of bitterness. Medium to full effervescent palate (3+). It is pleasant and a solid example of a tripel, but it does not go above and beyond, and I doubt I could drink a second glass. 6+/3+/7/3+/15 - 3.5<P> June 2005 - Beer Bistro Summer Festival. Hazy golden yellow body yiels a fairly small white head. Sweetly alcoholic aroma with mild spice. Very dry, effervescent with a spicy pepper quality that lingers in the finish. Medium body. A decent tripel but underwhelming. 6/3/6/4/14 - 3.3<P> May 2001 - I wasn’t overly thrilled with this one, it tasted alcoholy, and a bit spicy. It was a nice tripel, maybe that just wasn’t what I was in the mood for... Will have to try it again. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 From "Bistro des bières belges" on Montreal's south shore (bottle was 9,5% rather than 9 as shown here). The glass looks somehow oldish and interesting, looks even better once the golden beer is in it. It smells hmm.. perhaps yeasts and some hops too along with spices. The taste is more sour than most trappists I've had, alcohol level becomes obvious, spices stay on the tongue for a little time.
Re-rate: Very cloudy, huge head is slowly diminishing and asks for a 5 as far as appearance is concerned instead of the previous 4. Quite hoppy aroma (only a few months old 750mL). ALcohol gets more out as it warms. Floral, mellow yeastiness, hard to put a name on the flavors, but truly well blended. Balanced dryness, hoppy, lots of bready yeast, warming hay character, fieldish. Yep, this is the archetype of tripels, a perfect reference. Huge fluffy body, big carbonation, chewy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
I must send a big thanks to herbjones for giving me this one. Appearance: This Tripel pours a hazy golden color with a big, foamy white head. Aroma: The nose has a lot of spice & yeast in it. It is a very pleasant smell. Taste: Westmalle Tripel tastes great. It's medium bodied, tingly on the tongue & a delight to enjoy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
pale, slightly hazy straw body. lots of carbomation and a HUGE rocky head. Yeasty and light aroma. pale malta, light grain character and bubblegum esters. Some lemony tart tomes. alcoholic and dry in the mouth. Full mouthfeel, but biting and astringent. Very warm. spices and some fruitiness emerge later.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2003
Lovely golden color, with a great lasting head. Dry and fruit taste for this little number. The ABV is poorly masked though.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Westmalle Tripel is clean and beaufiful. It has some light fruitiness and combines this with a dry finish. Ther is a bitterness lingering on the tongue for some time. Perhaps some citrous, sour undertones.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Golden with a dense haze of tiny particles. Nice huge, foamy head. Thin sheets of lace. A piney/hoppy aroma--unexpected but pleasant. Extremely smooth and creamy. Perfectly carbonated. Alcohol well-hidden, you'd never suspect 9.5% (as was shown on my bottle). Soft, subtle, and delicious. I find myself nearly speechless. Just a beautiful, beautiful beer. Perfectly balanced. Leaves a tear in my eye.


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