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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,641
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 314 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11.2 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Yellow in color, with a thin head of foam, little lacing. The Westmalle Dubbel is one of my favorite brews, so I had very high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint. The sweet aroma of fresh fruit is top notch. The taste hits with sweet, ripe banana initially, then rush of earthy spices and herbs that blends in with perfection. The carbonation is excellent and the finish is hoppy but sweet, and very crisp. The alcohol is surprisingly under control for a 9.5% ABV, and it seems to linger a bit in the background. It's an amazingly engineered trippel. It seems that every Trappist-style ale that comes out of Westmalle is liquid gold. A must for any beer aficionado.

ENogueira, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-ish golden color with banana tinted edges. Cloudy, hazy, and basically opaque, as I would expect any tripel to be. Super volatile - even a modest and careful pour produces a humongous, cloud-like white head that takes up more glass space than the beer itself. Surprisingly enough, no real lacing left behind, save for a bit of wet legging that doesn't last forever.

The aroma is unabashedly sweet, complete with an almost pickled/vinegar like aroma and plays along with the sweetness in relatively competent harmony. Ripe, sweet, candied bananas, coated in sugar and swimming in a sea of malt. Lots of Belgian yeast, clove, orange peel, and other various spices. There's no doubt that there's a lot going on here - a very complex orchestration of malty goodness. Phenol alcohol character builds up as the beer gets warmer, cutting through the sweetness a bit, somewhat expected at 9.5% ABV. A mild, musky hop ending closes things out.

I take a sip and the first thing I think of is sweet water taffy - banana flavored of course. This beer gives off a "candied" sort of flavor, which doesn't really come as a surprise after smelling it. There's a mild musky bitterness up front to help balance some of the sweetness overload. Each sip reveals more and more flavors; rotten mashed mangoes, clove, leaves, Belgian yeast, sugar coated plums. Definitely a lot to take in.

At first, the alcohol is very low, but even with moderate warming, the phenol characters bounce out and attack the senses pretty heavily - maybe almost a bit too heavily. Despite the beer's sweetness, the heavy alcohol warmth and front-and-center hop bitterness do a valiant job of keeping this beer from seeming too sweet. Somewhat dry finish, medium bodied and carbonated pretty heavily.

Very nice tripel, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Most people have come to expect greatness from all of the trappist breweries, and why shouldn't they? Not my favorite tripel, but very good nonetheless.

tectactoe, Mar 11, 2013
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Photo of Redneckwine
4.13/5  rDev -4%

11.2oz cold bottle, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Hazed over, murky tawny golden. Absolutely massive, foamy, impressive 3 finger head sticks around for the long haul as a foamy cap, modest lacing

Smell - Really complex and yeasty: licorice, bubblegum, apple cider, musty and spicy ripe fruits, a whiff of booze. Mystifying.

Feel/Taste - High carb helps the medium-heavy body seem light and airy, prickly at first but becomes creamy smooth, carries the huge flavor and scrubs the palate nicely. Like nose, taste is big and super complex: yeasty and a tad musty, sweet malt, ripe and sweet tropical fruits all day long, banana, apple, a bit vinous and spicy (clove), anise/licorice, alcohol flavor and astringency noted mid-palate that is fairly prevalent, finishes fairly dry despite the big body.

Overall - What a monster of a beer. The flavor is so complex and in-your-face, it's very hard to believe there wasn't fruit and spices added to this. I just finished that little bottle and I'm pretty sure I caught a buzz. I feel like the alcohol character becomes a bit much in this one, but it's still very enjoyable.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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