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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,898
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 287
Gots: 429 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of booga73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ne0m00re
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 33 cL bottle with best by date April 9th, 2011 into a red wine glass.
A: Pale golden and clear. It poured with a spritzy puffy carbonation that died from a strong head to a film with constant bubbles running up the glass.
S: Musty pineapple and bread with leafy ("green") hops, mildly tart apple, and some cinnamon.
T: Mild cinnamon bread with a tart bitter mustyness. There are some mild apples and a cleansing "mouthwash" alcohol.
M: Thin and spritzy, but relatively smooth.
D: Very good for the 9.5% ABV.

I know this is the definitive tripel--the origin of the style--but it never is as exciting as I expect it to be.

Photo of Greasy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of a0lbudman
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that does not fade fast
S-tart pear and banana smell with a good spice aroma in there
T-more like a grapefruit with a bitter hop aftertaste that has a spice kick that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-great beer that had many things going on at the same time

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

Poured from a 33 cl brown bottle into a Westmalle Trappist branded chalice

Pours pale, yet deep golden with occasional orangish hues. Thick, fluffy one and a half finger bright white head. Everlasting retention, evident Brussels lace on the chalice. Yeasty, light peppery spice, herbaceous, and light fruit notes. Opens crisp and clean, light fruit including hints of pear and apricot, yeasty esters, hints of white pepper, herbs and hay, accents of richness almost buttery, flora and nectar, and alcohol that occasionally pokes through. Medium-bodied, hints of syrup, yet creamy and silky. One of the best tripels brewed anywhere in the world. World class, indeed.

Photo of Luiz0930
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of csmiley
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is light gold and quite cloudy. A gentle pour still gave up about one inch of head. Retention was excellent. The thick layer and webs of lace were impressive.

S - Grain shows up first and reminds me of wheat fields. A thick malt aroma also pops in with hints of honey and candied sugar. Midway through some bread notes appear. The tial end contains some smooth alcohol and earthy hops.

T - The grain shows up in the flavor as well. The strong pale malt and honey profile follows that pretty quickly. Some sour fruit is in the flavor but is quite mild. Towards the end some bread and yeast are present. Alcohol is present throughout but does not overtake the other flavors. There is quite a nice balance in this beer.

M - Pushing full bodied with excellent carbonation. Finish is mostly full and sweet. After some time it starts to dry out a bit.

D - Drinkability is quite good. The beer goes down easy for me. All the flavors are what I look for in a good Tripel. A great brew that I would highly recommend.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Svendozen
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jaywes754
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of abrodsky
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Dcunicelli
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Photo of Long813
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of necoadam
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).

Photo of Profchaos20
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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