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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,974
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 490 | FT: 5
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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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4/5  rDev -7%

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

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

(Beer consumed on 4/12/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Orange-yellow body, thick white foamy head.

S: Strong citrus (oranges?) aroma, slightly yeasty.

T: Yeasty off-tasting Belgian flavor, some oranges.

M: Foamy and astringent mouthfeel, leaves warm alcoholic aftertaste.

D: Drinkable, good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice

Pours a honey color with a moderate cloud. Towering head that refuse to dissipate. Head stays rocky and sticks vehemently to the sides of the chalice.

Smell is very floral and sweet. Roses and chrysanthemums, clover honey and sweet fruit. Earl Grey tea like hints of bergamot oil in the nose.

Flavor is sweet rolls and huge malt. Bready and sugary, the malt is very big here. Slightly dry as far as that goes with the sweetness in this beer. Honey with a mead like character comes in and then cedes to the drying sweetness of the alcohol. Caramel apples and dates on top of a huge hit of malt. Have I mentioned yet the malt is huge? Hop character, is there are any is completely muted bu the huge grain bill. This is a big beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Carbonation is soft and abundant. A meal in a bottle.

Very impressed, much more so than other trappistes and clones I've had the privelege to try.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very pretty crystal clear gold. The carbonation is good; the beer foams up when poured but settles to a fairly flat, yet rocky head, leaving some lace behind. Sweet malt in the nose, but otherwise smells neutral, no hops or esters. Tastes of soft, sweet, pils malt, a dash of peppery hop spice, a little bit sugary sweetness, then a hot, bitter finish. Rather coarse alcohol burn is unpleasant.

I remember this beer as much more complex than what I'm drinking right now, which seems to have more in common with a strong European lager than a Tripel. It's much too clean, hot and bitter compared to my previous tasting.

My experience with this beer was slightly improved once I poured some of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle into my glass. Adding the yeast sediment seemed to soften up with bitterness and add a little fruity character (I'm thinking apricot and maybe peach) as well as touch of a nutty flavor. Still "hot" in the finish though, which I still don't like.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A: body is cloudy, slight over-pour got some yeast, overall color is golden yellow. bright white head starts out as a finger and a half, then settles to a thick creamy layer, glass etching is actually helping in this case. also has a decent amount of lacing.
S: some light citrus, sweet malt with a touch of yeast.
T: a little yeast. mostly sweet malt with a light dry feeling. also has a certain spiciness to it.
M: high carbonation makes it very crisp
D: lets just say im trying not to drink this down all at once. this for being 9.5% should be a sipper but, its actually a drinker.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of keithmurray
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - white wine and champagne hit me off the bat, white grapes, sugar

Taste - white grapes, sugar, Granny Smith apple, bread

Mouthfeel - mdium bodied, lively carbonation, crisp, clean, a bit of warming on the way down, yet not a boozy beverage, a bit of sourness on the back end

Overall - Very Good Tripel . Recommended

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

Photo of Casey10
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A - hazy golden color was a gusher when it was opened only lost a little bit a it was poured quickly into glass foamy head that dissapated quickly.

S - faint hint of spice and yeast.

T - good again spice definately belgian flavor.

M - some tartness kind of dry though.

D - Not a bad representation. I think I would rather have a la find du monde. but overall a good beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy light orange colour with a very generous head and great retention. That would be from the very visible carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Spicy alcohol aroma.

That is so well balanced! I was expecting an OTT whack of alcohol but it is beautifully integrated. A lovely persistent warmth. Some sweetness in there.

Mouth coating type stuff this.

It is a very well made beer but I didn't get a lot more out of it than the respect of it being well made.

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

Had this first at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI; had fresher bottles later in Brussels, Belgium. Here, I will review the fresh bottles that I got a hold of in Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, practically shimmering golden yellow. Cloudiness and yeast flakes that scream "Unfiltered Freshness!" with gorgeous, fluffy white head like cream on a lemon meringue pie.

Smell: Complex. Extremely aromatic. Fruits, cloves, yeast; each just try to outdo each other in the competition to reach your nose.

Taste: Wow. Huge presence of banana. Cloves and spice are right behind. Full of creamy, biscuity, almost buttery goodness, like a freshly baked breakfast biscuit. Hops then hit like a slap in the face, ending on a bitter note.

Overall: The original Tripel; the Tripel that defines the style. This is a great beer only when it's fresh. I've had bottles of this that were stale and all you could get from it was a rotten-banana infused metallic hop bitterness. However, this is practically ambrosia when it's fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok this one I been saving for awhile, its about 1.5 years old. Not that I usually do that but it happened. Not my first Westmalle triple but I am re-reviewing it from deleting my old reviews. ok the review.

A: Poured into my Watou St b triple glass. Nice tall white lacing about 2 inches tall, over the top of a lemon orange color of the main beer. Did the swirling of the yeast and poured it into the glass, leaves the beer slightly cloudy. i let it warm up for the next phase.

S: first thing that hits my nose is the alcohol. I also get the yeast and the hops. i get orange hips, some herbs, some malt, some sugar, its very complex and very very good.

T: well its just devine, complex combo here, you get the warmness of the alcohol, you get the tartness of the citrus, Herby, some pepper like blend of tastes, just good stuff. The pale malt is there, and the yeast and the hops.

M: medium body, heavy carbonation in new bottles, not so much in this aged one.

D: easy to drank, its a sipper but its goes down smooth as silk.

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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another chance to taste a true Trappist beer. Great pour, it comes out a straw and cloudy gold, lots of carbonation and a good head make this a perfect looking beer. Aroma is peaches, pears and tangerines with a nice hint of whiskey in the background. Taste is citrusy with some berry in there, a not-too-sweet taste with a nice bitter dry aftertaste and a warming alcohol sensation as it goes down. Not my favorite Trappist brew, but a good beer nonetheless.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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