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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,730
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 344 | FT: 1
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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

od_sf, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

HookemHoos, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Philousa
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 12/10/13 (or is that 10/12/13?).

Pours a cloudy tan with light billowy head that settles to nothing, only coming out with a swirl. Aroma is light with vanilla, coriander, and Belgian Pilsner malt. Once the yeast is poured to mix (recommended), all sorts of pungent, floral, and fruity esters pop out of the glass. The candied sugar is evident, but not overpowering as is the alcohol presence. That signature tangy Belgian malt is strong up front and sweet with some of the candied sugar surfacing for a bit before the bittering hops take over.There is some vinous, grassiness to it that stays on the back of the tongue. It's very barnyardish, which I appreciate. I'm sure this is to hide the alcohol content a bit, but it lingers just a bit too long for my taste. But wow, what a difference some yeast makes! The bitterness is assuaged by the yeasty body somehow and I don't get the stagnation in my mouth. Dry finish with slightly watery viscosity.

This is all about the aroma. Even when I drink it, I enjoy the beer better when it sits in my mouth and has time to get to the nose a bit. It's part of the experience, I get it, but the taste really doesn't live up to the first act. I'd stick with a St. Bernardus, which is cheaper and probably fresher. I'd like to go to Belgium to try this fresh to test my hypothesis. To Belgium! For science!

Philousa, Aug 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of gnikola
3/5  rDev -30.2%

gnikola, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of BBP
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little pale for a tripel. Decent head and some gorgeous lacing. Retention is solid as well.

The aroma is quite nice in this. It's balanced and lets the spice come through as well as some hops and a really floral aspect to it.

It tastes far more bitter than most tripels I've had to date, but this could perhaps be due to the fact that it's not very sweet at all. One of the things that sets it aside is that it has what tastes like a good addition of lemon zest, only adding to the hops bitterness. I could almost be happy calling this a belgian IPA.

The body is medium to light in fullness, and medium in weight. The finish is dry and slightly sticky. The carbonation was a little overdone, although I feel that way about many tripels.

Overall, this is a solid Tripel and worth picking up. I may stock up on this while the LCBO is stocking it. FWIW, I find La Fin Du Monde is a nicer option for the money, but this is a bit more bitter and welcoming for me personally. This also drinks like nothing which works both to it's advantage and against it while the drinkability is high, but my glass is empty far too fast.

BBP, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bkwhoppa66, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

wellsnb, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of jmalex
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappist brewery #4 for me. I've delayed drinking this one long enough. Time to drink!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Trois Pistoles chalice a very hazy golden color. A one finger head forms on top and holds essentially forever. Lacing is present but in small amounts. A glorious picture of a beer.

SMELL: Smells slightly yeasty, a bit pungent, heavy on citrus fruits, and has an almost candy-like sweetness. Apricots begin to come out as does a slight alcohol burn. I think I could keep going and get a million more flavors as it warms, but I want to drink. Suffice to say, this beer smells incredibly complex.

TASTE: A pungent and bitter beginning gives way to a sweetness high on a dry sugariness and flavors of golden raisins and sweet oranges. The sweetness combined with traditional abbey yeast flavors last to the very end and then some. A slight bit of alcoholic heat comes out at the end, but seems to add to the beer's complexity more than detract from it. The sweetness of the beer is a bit high, but this is a taste to behold.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly below medium bodied with a fine sharp carbonation. Light and smooth.

DRINKABILITY: I'm beginning to understand just how special a beer I'm drinking. And that was before I peeked at the ABV. 9.5%?! Yeah, you can't tell AT ALL. Stunning.

My 4th Trappist experience has proven to be the best yet. And I'm fully convinced that Westmalle Tripel is the tripel to end all tripels.

jmalex, Aug 14, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Gorgeous, golden hazy brew topped with gigantic, rocky white head leaving intricate lacing all over the glass. Perfect tripel look.

Aroma is spicy and very fresh, restrained fruitiness and little sugar. Not as complex a nose as expected.

The flavor is bracing and wonderful, snappy bitterness all along, surprising and standing in stark contrast to the overly sweet tripel-style brews across the US. This is a pleasingly dry brew with active crisp carbonation. Complex and well balanced. An excellent classic tripel.

kenito799, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle
The beer poured a murky gold colour into a chalice glass with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was very yeasty, with some malt and cloves. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and slightly champagne in nature. The flavour was that of yeast, malt, and cloves with a dry finish.

cyrenaica, Aug 22, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

Franch, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Seanniek91, Dec 04, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with about a finger width of foam. Head maintains pretty nicely with decent lacing.

Smell: Banana, cloves, spices and yeast

Taste: Sweat on first contact. Banana, spices and yeast. As the beer warms up it get more and more complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable tripel. I would be able to drink this once or twice a week and I don't think I'd be tired of it.

Axic10, Feb 12, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

celticfutblclub, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

CanisMajor, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of BobZ
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

BobZ, Jun 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7%

earlholman, May 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mikehillman, May 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Joshgonzales79, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

cjac, Apr 14, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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