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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,855
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 397 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

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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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a peachy/orange color with a nice amount of carbonation that takes a little time for it to settle down. Smell consisted of tropical fruits, a little bit musty, yeasty, with some spice in the background. Taste was quite good. Lots of fruit hit the palate all over the place with some hops and malts balancing out everything. It was quite smooth and the right amount of carbonation was in there as well. One of the best tripel's out there. (Better be, it's from Belgium).

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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Pale yellow-orange body boasting three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Light citrus fruits, spices and yeast. Quite plain.

T: Mild notes of spices, citrus, yeast and some sweet maltiness.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Very frothy texture and leaves a sweet spicy finish. Alcohol shows up on the way down, but it's not that noticeable.

D: Decent over all, but to mild and plain for my liking.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Appearance: This beer appeared a hazy pale yellow while it was being poured. However, once it was collected in the glass, it was a strong, amber-orange color. The white head rose up to about one finger and then disappeared quickly. A thick patch of foam remained in the center of the glass for the entire drink because it was being fed from a strong column of bubbles rising from the bottom. There was a light sprinkling of lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Grapes, white wine, green apples, and yeast were the first smells to jump out at me. Further investigation revealed light spicy alcohol and a thin layer of roasted malts underneath. There was a spicy, almost peppery, bite on the nose, though it was very subdued. Overall, the aroma was okay, but it lacked depth. Kind of thin and airy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the tip of the tongue, with the carbonation developing strongly as the beer moved back in the mouth. It became very spongy feeling. Almost medium bodied.

Taste: Strongly vinuous and alcoholic. White wine and alcohol hit hard right from the start and continue to overpower all the other flavors through the finish and well into the aftertaste. Hints of yeast and sweet apple peak through from the background, as well as a hint of malt on the finish.

I've tried the beer quite a few times before and it has never impressed me. This is definitely one of my least favorite Trappist brews.

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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark translucent orange, small dissipating head, and not much lacing. Smell is spicy alcohol, like I'm about to taste an after-dinner drink. Taste is biting (for a tripel) hoppy in the middle of a wash of alcohol and spiced fruit. Mouthfeel is ok, a tad thin, leaving an oily coating which contributes to a long finish. I like my beers to show their alcohol. This one does, though somewhat harshly. Still, I've got to recommend it. Use it as a digestif.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Served in a really nice looking Westmalle chalice. Man... I want that glass. Some dude insisted on pouring it for me so I guess I looked like a newb. That dude later told me he was a D'Achouffe brewer. Fun experience.

A- Straight pour yielded a pretty quarter of an inch head which went down to an attractive 2mm layer. A true gold but not incredible. Lovely. Not much lacing. Could be the glass because this beer really seems to have some lacing potential. Yes, the second pour in the very same glass leaves goopy, spotty lacing. I guess it was the glass.

S- Strong fresh apple juice ride with alcohol in the sidecar. Nice. Smells a bit like a yeasty Goldschlager. Some ripe pineapple too. This would be a great smell for a cider and even a white wine. A little unexpected.

T- Slight clove is the first thing I detect. You can get whatever you found in the smell but grainier, more bitter, bubblegummy and metallic. Hops are here but I just don't have enough sips left to really call out all the flavors they're bringing (bummer eh?). A bit of a hard liquor finish.

M- full. Very foamy in mouth with highly fine and enjoyable carbonation. Don't know what to say other than this is great.

D- Maybe this is just my beerloving self speaking but I think a white wine drinker could really like this. Easy to drink but there is a weird bitterness that induces a half second reflexion before swallowing.

Drinking this for the first time in a packed bar was a bit overwhelming so I would like to try it again alone and at home.
As of yet I don't own a real chalice. This confirms my need for one.
Drinking this whenever you want, all day, is being spoiled.
This is the type of beer that helps you ''understand'' beer better. I'm sure (positive actually) there's lots better out there.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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