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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,005 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,005
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 326
Gots: 510 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Ratings: 4,005 | Reviews: 1,626
Photo of NilocRellim
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy-gold colour

Faint banana smell, like a nice Belgian Trappist should smell, with a bit of earthiness.

Mellow/balanced flavours, sweeter banana and spice. Very drinkable and sneaky considering it 9.5% ABV.

Would I buy it again? Definitely.

Photo of kitch
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle had a best before date of 23rd July 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: It poured a hazy golden straw colour with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving thin soapy like lacing.
S: There were aromas of bready malts, caramelised banana, candied sugar, slight bubblegum ending with lemon sour?
T: Tastes of sweet bready malts, orange, pear maybe some lingering banana ending with some slight alcohol.
M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Creamy and also somewhat sticky.
O: This was a decent tripel. The best thing about it was its look especially the thin soapy lacing. The taste itself was decent, but nothing too special either.

Photo of ajm5108
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very crisp & sharp citrus upfront, the brew remains very light and refreshing all the way, with some lemongrass and that earthy yeast / hay you expect. All exceptionally balanced and robust.

Photo of Gajo74
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a monstrous head. It soon dissipates into a thin soapy lace. Amazing aroma; tropical fruits, orange zest, bannana, belgian candi sugars, honey, caramel and alcohol. I could spend hours "fussing" and "sniffing" on this one! Such a complex taste! There is so much going on here; fruity sweet, peach, grape and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Spicy and herbal; peppers and coriander. Big alcohol flavor. Belgian pale malts and yeasty. A bitter finish. Heavy mouthfeel and intensly high carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sipper for sure but very drinkable as the drink warms.
As one of BAs recent forums suggested, every now and then you get a truly "WOW" beer. This is one of them. I often wonder what truly constitutes a 5 score; this one can arguably make its case. As is, it comes pretty damn close.

Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hazy gold tan with cottony foam.
Coriander and peppery spice, orange peel aromas.
Peppery orange on the palate.

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Boozy, thin, and generally unbalanced.

Photo of myelo
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light butterscotch appearance with bright white, rocky head and millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky lacing.

Fresh fruit sweet aroma -- caramelized banana, orange, with spicy cloves and yeast.

Taste is fruity and malty sweetness up front, with some spicy phenol in the middle and lingering dank hop bitterness balanced by honey and plum and apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautiful -- creamy rich with high but very smooth carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth.

If someone asks what a Tripel is all about, this is what you have them try.

Photo of Meganomiidae
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thin pale head, that quickly dissipates. Beautiful, hazy liquid gold.

S: Deep scents. White grape, citrus, grapefruit, fresh grain, and a bit of funk on the end.

T: Just a hint of stone fruit initially, quickly giving way to a cacophony of other flavors. Pear and grapefruit give way to hefty sourdough maltiness. Flavor is mildly sweet, fading to a pleasant bitterness that lingers after the taste. Complex and beautiful.

Feel: Again, like liquid gold. A beautifully smooth sip with just the right level of carbonation.

Overall: My first true Trappist tripel, and I have to say, I'm impressed. Not like all of the non-Trappist "tripels" that I've had previously. A+, thank you for existing, monks of Belgium.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Settles into the glass with a cloudy golden body with a hint of orange. Huge, foamy, frothy bone white head sits on top. Some sediment from the bottle made it into the glass. Aroma is fruity with pears, white grapes, tangerines, some white pepper and just a hint of skunk that you would find in a green bottle Heineken. Flavor brings through much of the fruitiness with a huge bready, yeasty flavor towards the end. Flavor is huge, prominent and potent. Body is much of the same, big, bready, full-flavored, everything you would expect from a world class Belgian. All in all very different than most tripels that I have tried. This one drinks heavier and has a very strong bread yeast component. That being said, besides the hint of skunk I was getting on the nose, this one is a great example of what the tripel style can be.

Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And the heavens opened up. That Westmalle yeast. That bright, eye-opening flavor. Big decadent foamy head. Aromatics all over the place. This beer downright sparkles on the tongue. Those marvelous, characteristic esters.

Yep. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a case of this and have been drinking a couple of bottles a year. Its best to drink it within the first couple of years after bottling. On the more youthful bottles the nose is light fruit in various stages of ripeness mostly peach like but it becomes more like pineapple with traces of banana and then sherry as it ages. It pours straw gold with a slight haze under a 1” finely bubbled, rocky white foam cap. It has a fruit palate with peach and traces of bubble gum suspended in an outrageous texture halfway between liquid and foam that finishes with an assertive bitterness. The bitterness fades as it ages.

Photo of humuloner22
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light straw yellow and kind of hazy with some floating yeast throughout. Light white head lingers with film like layer over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Banana yeasty esters, some stone fruit aromas, a little bit of apricot nectar and slight bit of something else that I cannot exactly narrow down. Pretty standard aroma for Belgian Tripels.

Taste: Yeasty and ester forward notes, bananas and some other notes in there, a little bit overly sweet and the finish is not as clean as I would expect from a Trappist beer. Good but I have had others in the style that are better.

Overall: Its been a while since I have had a Tripel and since this is one of the higher rated ones I thought I would give it a go, but I have had better. It think this one is a little more bitter and a little more lingering on the tongue than I would prefer of the style overall not a bad beer at all, very worthwhile to seek out, but not one I would go after all the time.

Photo of cujocon
2.36/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

9.5% ABV
11.2 oz Brown bottle $5.95 State Street
Appearance: Hazy amber honey color
Very tall head sticks around a while
Bubbles coming from glass like champagne, but not strong
Smell: Beery, sweet fruit, a little yeasty
Flavor: foamy, coats the tongue,long lasting bitter aftertaste
Too much bitter for me, like grapefruit pith
Overall: 2/5 Not to my liking at all. It tastes like what I expect a beer to taste like, which is why
I don't like beer. Bitter and sort of bland.

Photo of edkorganisation
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a first in tripel style i tasted. overall pretty tasty and has some sweet but i didnt enjoy aftertaste much. maybe i'm just nw to it, however that aside, smell and taste were enjoyable. good beer.

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible tripel of 9.5% ABV, of an opaque ocher color and a big and persistant whitey foam.
Smell and taste are characterized by delicious and unexpected sweet tones; they're also full of grainy tones and it's easy to feel the yeast.
Body, carbonation and bitterness are at perfect level, I believe this beer has the best feel of all I've tasted.

Photo of Mattygross44
2.49/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Cant get on the bandwagon hype just a little to fruity for me and sweet

Photo of SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint. Yellow-orange and hazy the beer is topped by a three finger rocky white head that settles to an uneven finger high foam. Lots of lacing. Aroma is spicy, green apple, young grapes, citrus, grass, and bread. Flavor is fruity yeast and spicy bitterness. Some grape juice sweetness, citrus zest, and alcohol which comes on the swallow. A solid medium-plus body that’s lightened up by active carbonation, creamy texture, on the semi-sweet side of dry on the finish.

Photo of bobwire
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favourite triple ever, if you ever could take one beer with you , this would be the one!

Photo of amick_wheeling
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Smooth, strong, and delicious.

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a hazy yellow with orange/brown tint. Lots of sediment. Thick head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell - Citrusy all the way through

Taste - Citrus flavor is not as pronounced as the smell. Hints of caramel. However there is a nasty bite of some off flavor, tastes old.

Feel - Smooth, slightly chalky, slightly chewy, and a bit savory at the finish. Great masking of the ABV too. Very quaffable.

Overall - The flavor didn't really do it for me. I am thinking that I possibly got an old beer or that it wasn't shipped/stored properly since the best by date was 6/8/15. The beer was also very highly carbonated, as it started to foam over the bottle's lip upon opening (I have heard this can be a symptom of a bad beer).

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color with a very active three finger head of big bubbles that soon disappear. 

S: The nose is somewhat weak, but that of fresh citrus fruit and cloves.

T: A very appealing mix of citrus, banana (which seems to be a reoccurring theme today), sweet honey, and hops. The 9.5%ABV is surprisingly almost nonexistent, save for a slight warming on the finish.

F: This one feels a bit lighter but still features enough body to satisfy, along with pretty active carbonation. 

O: Delicious. A beautifully crafted balance of sweet and bitter. I'm truly enjoying this glass right now, and it's getting even better as it warms up just a touch. I'll be back to this one again for sure.

Photo of DiUr
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best tripel i have had. Beautiful looking, the ripe pear aroma is just perfect and the taste so complex i won´t even begin to try to describe it. World class indeed.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/3 - Monk's Pub (Downtown Chicago). I enjoyed this bottled beer, but I typically prefer draft beer. The look and smell were somewhat neutral. I like the taste, not as heavy or strong as I expected, but a pleasant beer to drink. I like this beer and would like to find a draft version at some point down the road.

Photo of _MarkG_
4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my Favorites From Trapist

Photo of tjsmith910
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice. very damn nice i say

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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