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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,780 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 267
Gots: 359 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

fsck, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of wisegreensoul
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge 3" white head with great retention and thick lace. Hazy, gold peach color. Aromas of fruit (apples, apricots), yeast, and floral notes. Pineapple and apricot . Alcohol. Well hopped bitter finish. Crisp, high carbonation. Dry finish. Full mouthfeel. Creamy, rich and warming. Good drinkability...will drink again.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, May 17, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy dark orangeish color with alot of little chunkies in the bottom, tons of sediment, more than most beers i've had, and i'm getting up there with the number i've tried. smell is just fantastic, very aromatic, lots of fruity flavors in the nose, taste is very very good. has a small alcohol bite, it is a bit higher 9.5%, so thats to be expected. belgians are just soooo good, i havne't found one that hasn't been good.

1fastz28, May 06, 2008
Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in my basement at the perfect time, with my beer fridge badly lacking.

Bottle to Snifter

Pours a hazy apricot orange with a one finger, creamy white head. Solid retention and decent lacing.

Refreshing smell of sour grapes, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, phenols, musty yeast and alcohol.

Phenols, orange, and lemon peel upfront, which help cut the strong yeasty presence that follows. Sour aspects of apple and grape are also detectible, finishing off with a soft and warming alchol presence.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Refreshing, but I'd consider this one a sipper.

A nice, complex, and refreshing tripel. Everything was good, but nothing seemed to really stand out and make it excellent. The 9.5 ABV was decently hidden but could have been more so. If the alcohol was a bit more tamed in the taste, I would have given it a higher score in both taste and drinkability.

ludachris, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of freshflesh
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a nice 1 inch head. Aroma is wonderful and complex with hints of yeast, sweet fruit, sweet candy sugar, spiceness, and alcohol. In fact, this is the best smelling beer I've ever had---spent a good 5 minutes just sniffing before a taste. And what a taste it was. First impression is very fruity, pineapple and pears come to mind. Then, I start to get a spicey yeast taste. Finish is a little tart and just slightly hoppy. A little alcohol taste creeps in towards the last third of the glass. The mouthfeel was on the heavy side, with an amazingly smooth and creamy feel. This is an excellent beer, but because the price ($6/bottle) and the fact that the spiciness really asserts itself towards the end, will keep me from drinking this more than as the occassional treat.

cubedbee, May 05, 2005
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Mokafe, Brussels. For a tripel, it's rather light in color: a cloudy, peachy-lemony color, denser in the middle than on the edges. There are light streams of bubbles, too. Head is bright white, with small bubbles and a dense texture. Aroma is a bit sour, definitely loaded with oranges and yeast. Body is noticeably thick, and the taste is dominated by oranges. I was surprised; I expected something less fruity and more bready. ABV is well hidden, as this does not have any traces of heavy alcohol. This was very good but I've had other tripels that I've enjoyed more.

gfreed, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Digimaika2
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Attractive cloudy golden hue with a solid two fingers worth of bubbly stark white foam head. Very good retention and good lacing.

S: Strong orchard fruits (pear & apple) in addition to tropical fruits (banana & pineapple), yeast, spices (pepper & cloves), and an underlying buttered bread aroma. Also picking up a gummy candy-like scent. Can't believe how much fruit is in the aroma, and both tropical and orchard varieties. Wonderful and diverse smell.

T: Sweet pear, tangy and tart pineapple, bitter pepper, floral elements, and a bread-like malt backbone. Fantastic contrast between sugars and bitters with a great equilibrium reached. Alcohol hardly evident.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation for the style. Incredibly oily and viscous with a slight chewy texture and lingering dryness that works.

D: An exceptional tripel. The balanced quality of this coupled with the potent fruit elements makes this a winner for me.

Digimaika2, Feb 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before date of 6/4/07. Pours a deep gold with a nice fluffy 2-3 finger head, decent longevity and very nice lace. Smells of rich sweet malts, lemon and alcohol. Flavors of rich pale malts, lemon, apricots and honey with a definate alcohol presence. Slightly thick with a tartness in the aftertaste. Pretty easy drinking considering its 9.5%

sabrills70, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of roblowther
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a dense, persistant rocky head. It smells of peaches and apricots with just a hint of pepper. The taste is little short of heaven (no monk pun implied). The apricot and peaches are there, along with a flowery hop note and a dry but savory finish showing that pepper and a warm alcohol note. There is a caramel malt overtone that mellows the flavor and binds it all together in a delightful fashion. Mouthfeel is bubbly, with a satisfying oily, viscous quality that anchors the beer's light, fruity flavor. Drinkability is unsurpassed. I could drink these one after the other, particularly on a warm afternoon. A dangerous thing when talking about a 9.5% beer, so beware and enjoy!

roblowther, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Seanniek91, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of SGToliver
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of andthevolcano
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Necronomad
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Necronomad, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

raythealeman, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Greasy, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a comprehensive envisioning of the style. There are (what has now become) typical tastes of bread and sharp, yeasty spice that front for a transcendent fruitiness that is itself religious in scope. This oft boring, singular style is emboldened in a way I expect dubbels and quadruples to be, but never their pale counterpart.

Vinous with an almost glyceral yet refreshingly carbonated mouthfeel. Full and chewy at times, mild and quaffable at others. Repressed alcohol adds a good deal of structure, but no interference of flavor. Passion fruit, citrus reduction.

Needs age. Sharp, phenolic, and too hoppy when fresh.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Aug 06, 2004
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fabulous beer. Pours a beautiful murky gold with a lush velvetty head. Some nice lace remains on the sides.The smell is floral and malty with some alcohol esters and kind of a dandelion, heather combination in the floral aspect. Strong effervescence in the mouthfeel provides an excellent finishing sensation to a great beer. Drinkability is excellent for a beer of this potency. Outstanding!!!

rousee, Dec 26, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kingjohnh, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Shmeal, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of inebrius
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of very few reasons to get religion.

I like chewing wood, I sit around the campfire drinking beer, whittling a piece of cedar and drinking beer. When my friends and family have abandoned me for the warmth of the indoors and television or a game of scrabble I sit on the picnic table chewing wood, drinking beer, poking embers and musing. You may not want to know all these little personal things about me, but when a beverage transcends water, malted barley and hops, there is only one context in which it can be described: feeling.

That's right. As I sit in a shitty hotel room passing time I'm consoled by a sense of peace, because this little beer in front of me and I'm draining fast has put me in another place. It's golden hue. It's egg-creamy cap. It's aromas of backwater marsh reeds, anise cookies, sunblock at dusk and perfectly toasted marshmallows. It's spicy alcohol warmth that tastes just like chewing on a cedar shaving while drinking a carbonated pilsener reduction. They may just be monks, but they know a damn thing about spirituality.

inebrius, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of Rudgers73
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a honey color with a bit of cloudiness. There is a ton of carbonation roaring from the bottom of the etched Duvel glass along with a few chimneys formed on pieces of yeast on the sides. There is a thick 1 inch head that settles and thickens. The smell is grapey, appley, sweet, tart, and perfumey with alcohol. I can also smell the hops. Metallic. I like the flavor a lot. Complex, lively, and dynamic. Starts out with tart berries, maybe raspberries, then the bitterness comes in. Citrus notes come from the tartness and form a crisp edge that is greater pronounced from the carbonation effects. The alcohol is a little hot, and remind me of tobacco/juniper. The mouthfeel is live and rich with dry, bitter hops. The aftertaste becomes more and more bitter as the drink continues, but fortunately it sweetens in the malt dept. as it warms up. An exceptional tripel.

This is a great beer. One to be savored because it is complex, and also expensive. A good special occasion beer.

Rudgers73, Jan 15, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazy orange, with a giant 3 finger head, decent alcohol legs and total head retention throughout the entire glass. Smells of grapes, pears, apples, banana like scent from the yeast and a light subtle alcohol. The taste is much the same, green grapes, almost a dry Riesling flavor and complexity to it. Full of fruit and carbonation, this beer is great for any occasion. Light in body, lots of carbonation gives it a champagne like feel, crisp, refreshing and very dry. Overall, the Westmalle Triple is one of the best beers in the world for a reason, its delicious and a complete treat, cheers.

gabedivision, Jan 28, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.