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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,651
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 318 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

maxwelldeux, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

thefluker, Jul 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

christoph28, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of deeplennon
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nicely with an appetizing golden appearance. Aroma is possibly Saaz with some alcohol, and is good not great.

Taste has too much alcohol for me with not nearly enough sweet to balance. Very dry overall. Yeast character seems funky, though that could be the hops (again Saaz?) what it is is definitely a spicy characteristic that I want to attribute to the yeast. The amount of fruity yeast esters is lacking for the style.

While far from terrible I really don't like the flavor balance of this beer which leans too far towards alcohol. Might be my least favorite triple of the trappist and major abbey brands. Has always seemed overrated to me.

deeplennon, Jun 25, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

bmf0, Dec 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

DelicateDelirium, Oct 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

hombrepalo, Jan 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Johnny_Danger, May 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

mcss, Jun 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

AGust82, Jan 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Sirre, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

thejoshgray, Jan 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

acashk, Jan 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

peagasus, Nov 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Hayley_86, Jul 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

jrjordao, May 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

kil, Jun 09, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a St Bernardus goblet. Pours a clear, honey gold with a billowy, ivory head that retains well, and leaves classic Belgian sheet lacing behind. Nice aroma of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. Mouthfeel has fizzy carbonation and hard alcohol bite. Alcohol hits the palate immediately, without any disguise. Not good. Hop and yeasty bitterness dominate the taste. At room temperature, some banana and pear tastes struggle to emerge, but don't really arrive. I found this Tripel difficult to finish, as the taste is all unpleasant bitterness and overwhelming alcohol. Maybe the yeasts got out of whack in this bottle, but it's the first Belgian Tripel I didn't like. Very ho-hum.

merlin48, Feb 20, 2004
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3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay goblet and had to slow down to keep the head contained, it practically jumped out of the glass. Golden yellow, head is white and not all that sticky.
Fruity sweetness along with some earthy notes in the nose. However, I got way too much funkiness and sourness combined with a weird bitterness in the flavor. I know this is a world class beer with tons of history, but this Tripel just isn't for me. I was able to drink the whole thing without a problem, but I don't think I'll be going down this road again.

joshuadlight, Mar 26, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber color with a thick white head with lots of lacing. Looks great.

Smelled of bananas, alcohol and slightly grassy with some cloves.

Taste of bananas, cloves, yeast, phenol. Everything was on more of the mild side. Was expected more full flavors from this one. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner that I expected, and I could really taste the alcohol.

Not quite as good as I thought it would be, not sure if this sat out in the light to long. I liked the dubbel more. Still a good beer.

RedHaze, Aug 20, 2005
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3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First off, this beer has easily the largest head I"ve ever seen on a beer, big white, fluffy, foam. Good retention, some lacing too. Cloudy, deep gold body with lots of bubbles. I like the aroma, very sweet, but a light sweetness. I hint of floral hops hiding in there too. Can really taste the alcohol in this, a little too much. It has a very dry finish, that actually leaves me thirsty. Doesn't taste as sweet as it smells

JackStraw22, Jan 20, 2005
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3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I far preferred the Dubbel to the Tripel, The appearance was cloudy, and a bit uninspiring. The smell was nice but mostly oranges and pears, while the taste was quite nice tasting of oranges and cream, but slightly heavy on the Hops. The mouthfeel and drinkability were definitely below par.

AdamMY, Mar 01, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 9-20-07, pours a very hazy light gold color, with a three finger head. Falls quickly into a ring around the glass, leaving almost no lacing. Looks reminicent of a Hefe.

Aroma is full of grain and yeasty esters. Fresh bread is backed by a huge aroma of fresh apples, and a hint of strawberries. No alcohol present here. But also no spice, which I look for in a triple.

Flavor is well balanced, again with a strong apple character, with a bit of banana, and malty sweetness. No spicy yeast seems present here. No alcohol again. Flavorful, but not huge. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, and drinkability is quite good.

Good beer overall, but lacks a lot of the qualities of a triple that I look for. Not bad at all, just not all that great either.

phisig137, Sep 07, 2006
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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