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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,945 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,945
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 303
Gots: 460 | FT: 3
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of freshflesh
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Goldorak
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date on this one: 04-02-05 Sampled late July 2006.

Appearance: Peachy and opaque, with a fair amount of chunky deposit, not much of a surprise for a such an old bottle. What was surprising was the lovely thick pearly white head, so far it seemed to have aged quite well.

Smell: Fusels seem to be a bit more tame than in a fresh sample, but were still fruity, if not a bit more vinous, but without being too maderized.

Taste: The age came through a bit more in the flavor, although carbonation was still in great shape. It made me think of an old attic or dusty basement, but in a good, fond memory kind of way. I was expecting the alcohol to be much more prevalent, but it wasn't playing the diva at all, even though it was bone dry in the finish. The yeast was perfectly balanced along with it and had a great body to hold it all in place. A classic.

Photo of taigor
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured cloudy yellow with tons of head that quickly dissipated leaving signifficant lacing around the glass.

S - Just like expected of tripel, lots of floral scents and bready yeast with hints of spices.

T - Slightly sweet upfront with the malts followed by slight citrus bitterness and spiciness. Has a dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Even though abv is slightly high it is very well masked, however carbonation is very high which makes this beer slightly less drinkable.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big white head that takes up half a tulip glass, then settles to a half inch of meringue. Body is dark yellow with some wit-like cloudiness. Smell is "clean," with a citrus and yeasty highlight. Alcohol is very upfront in the taste, and low level carbonation gives it an asti spumanti feel. Sweetness is vinous rather than malty. As others have suggested on the forums, this may be a hard style to understand. I certainly like it, but I keep expecting more of a "big beer" taste. But with this, I finally got to celebrate Easter with some beer made by monks (Oooh... I coulda had a Salvator, too!)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Hazed, golden beer, some floaties (not in a bad way). Hube white head, indicative of its high carbonation, with strong retention and thick lacing.

S-Peach-fruit esters, bready-sweet malts, yeasty undertone.

T-Bready-sweet maltiness dominates with an assertive spicy character. Quite enjoyable. Fruitiness is not widespread, but definately present. Drying alcohol appears near the middle-end, yet still smooth and not overpowering, but instead mixing nicely with the bread and biscuit sweetness.

M-High, but very creamy carbonation, very characteristic. Medium-full body is very luxurious and enjoyable, providing an exciting interplay with the carbonation.

D- Pretty comlplex, but perhaps lacking something in smoothness. Drinkable, but not exceptionally so.

Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of prdstmnky
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange, very cloudy body; big head with good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy; spicy; floral

Taste: Tangy fruit; strong alcohol; resiny hops

Remarks: Much better as it warms

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Photo of beerhast
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of nickhiller
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale blonde, thick creamy head two finger head and steady streams of carbonation give it the appearance of champagne, nice lacing and great head retention.

S: honey, Belgian yeast, light citrusy hops, a little grapefruit.

T: super sweet juicy start with a very bitter and dry finish. It's hard to tease out specific flavors other than the familiar

M: light to medium bodied, strong carbonation, sweet and syrupy start washes away to leave behind a dry bitterness in the throat.

D: Good not great. The mild nose, flavor and mouth belie the high ABV, but I found the sweet too sweet and the bitter too bitter.

Photo of Bobhoya
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of ThaCreep
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fragrant and floral, which emphasizes the power of hops, it offers a mouth tasting and very fragrant hops (such a variety of hops provides a variety of flavors) to the body creamy, like a biscuit, and palate of ripe banana, evolving according to the maturity of the beer. The finish is both sweet and warm. A true beer tasting. Beer complex.

Photo of Caskaway
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BrewMaster
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle chalice-like glass. Beautiful frothy white head on top of a pale golden/orange colored beer. The aroma is rather citrusy.

They flavor is very fruity and yeasty. Sweet with a lot of of cider and citrus character. A touch of corriander too. A sweet finish that leaves a delicate malt taste on the palate.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange with a bubbly white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and grain with some raisins and other fruit. Tastes of fruit, raisins, slight grain profile. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, dangerously drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of mickeymac
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After sampling Westmalle (dubbel) for the first time over the past weekend, I was lucky enough to find the tripel at my local shop. Although the dub was nice, this is a really terrific beer. It's lighter in color than expected but everything falls into line nicely. A bit of ripe fruit is present, but many other flavors are bouncing around. The alcohol is nicely hidden, making it nicely drinkable. Now I'm giving serious thought to attending the upcoming Westmalle night at Luckly Baldwin's.

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

Pale gold, crystal clear (without yeast). Big, snow white, foamy head. Soft peaks. Meringue like lacings.

Sweet lemon and candy sugar on the nose. Powdery yeast. Alcohol. Hint of spice (coriander?)

Citrus bitterness up front, nice, balanced hop profile. Pine. Barnyard malt. Peppery spice on the back of the tongue. Warming alcohol in the finish.

Refreshingly crisp for the strength.

Excellent tripel, I prefer it with food.

Photo of OleDixie
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On sale at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO for $2.99.

Slow pour into a 0.4 liter goblet yields a huge off-white bumpy frothy head over hazy light amber body with plenty of carbonation. Could not get all the bottle 330 ml bottle into the glass by a long shot. Head fades to a solid thick lid. Pretty beer.

Aroma is yeasty, earthy, funky, with lots of malt as well. Leather, horse blanket, bread dough. In the background are some dark-chocolate coated sweet dark fruits: dates, raisins, even some cherries(?!). A very complex aroma. Mmmmm.

Taste is, well, fascinating. All the yeasty-funkiness is there, but so much more. Bread dough, leather, baker's chocolate, a hint of the above-mentioned fruits. Nice long dry metallic-bitter-floral hops finish. There is a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is much richer than I expect for a Tripel. Great carbonation (expected) spread around a round-mouth fullness (unexpected). There must be a lot a residual malt-protein in this baby.

Drinkability is high. The alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. This feels like maybe 6%, but certainly not 9.5%. A sessionable Tripel? Maybe so.

One more example of a fine genuine Trappist Ale. Once again, believe the hype. Well worth the $2.99 sale price. Can't wait to try the Dubbel.

Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky slightly orangish gold. Huge persistent rocky white head. Aroma is citrusy and spicy. Lemons, cloves, slightly phenolic, apricots. Taste is spicy. Sweetness in the background. Yeasty and phenolic. Light fruits and citrus. A touch of alcohol. Complex and delicious. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Easily drinkable. Excellent.

Photo of dspinler
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,945 ratings.