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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,436 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,436
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 215
Gots: 245 | FT: 1
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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velosuds

Oregon

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 31/08/11. Paid $5.99 at Capital Market.

A-Pours a hazy pale to golden yellow hue with a magnificent three finger, bright white head with long lasting head retention and very heavy lacing. Hard to imagine a finer appearance.

S-"Honey and spice and everything nice" is my first impression. Spices (anise and cloves), honey, and pears. Very pleasant aroma.

T-Satisfactory balance of spice and sweetness, but doesn't quite match the appearance and aroma. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is very pleasant and welcome, but not evident in the taste. Definitely improved as it warmed.

M-Medium body is very smooth with nice carbonation level.

D-A very fine beer that is a bit spendy.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:30:41 | More by velosuds
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color with a bit of sediment floating about. Thin white head that remains. Leaves some good lacing on the glass as it goes down.
Belgian yeast, pears, sour apple, spice,a hint of banana, with much else...complex on the nose. A little bit of alcohol can be detected.
Taste is again Belgian yeast, with some more pear and slightly tart green apples. Hint of clove, and spice. Faint hint of pepper as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet a little heavier in body than expected--though I'd say it's just right.
Excellent drinkability. Great beer I've held off on trying for a long time. Don't know why I waited so long...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 22:58:43 | More by Parrotbeak
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DrewShalvoy

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-08-2013 03:57:55 | More by DrewShalvoy
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sloejams

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully into my chalice; a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains quite well with some gorgeous lacing. It has a sweet aroma with citrus fruits evident and the slightest hint of coriander. It tastes remarkable - sweetness in the yeast, some cloves and bit tart. Nice medium body with a warming alcohol feel. The 9.5 is very well hidden. I could drink a few of these.

The best tripel I've ever had. Delicious.

Monks, what can't they do?

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 22:01:39 | More by sloejams
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juju7

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the freshest example of this that I've had but it still holds up well. Hoppier than other trappist beers, but the hop aromas are fading n ths one. Apricot spice and herb dominate the nose. Alcohol has come to the fore a little on the palate. A massive mouthfeel, a touch hot. I'll edit this when I have a fresher one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 12:17:31 | More by juju7
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beerbtl

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-23-2013 19:49:27 | More by beerbtl
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Abbbp

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-17-2013 18:21:22 | More by Abbbp
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Phigg1102

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-17-2014 04:22:10 | More by Phigg1102
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-12-2014 21:42:12 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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jar2574

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one again. Rated it in late 2007, but I thought I may have had a bad sample that time.

Poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass. Nice head over golden-honey colored beer. Smells amazing. An explosion of fruit, banana. It's got an extremely lively mouthfeel and a flavor of banana, cloves and some hops. There is a lot of carbonation here, it's a really lively beer.

It's not the most drinkable beer, unfortunately. It's really enjoyable upfront, but it leaves a little aftertaste at the back of the throat. Like last time, I noticed some soapiness/residue that hung around between drinks.

Enjoy it with a meal though, and you've got no worries. Glad to have tried it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 21:47:41 | More by jar2574
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Ale (Tripel). 750 ml. Nov. 2009 vintage

Appearance:
Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Light golden, honey yellow with a fantastic billowing 1.5" head. Cumulus cloud white and about that puffy. Ample and persistent lace.

Aroma:
Fruitiness -- tart apricot and citrus. Spicy esters. Lemon grass?

Taste:
Beginning -- Crisp and smooth. Body -- Apricot and other fruit, honey, grassiness, earthiness, something medicinal. It segues from a earthy sweet malty bottom to a crisp finish -- Bitter earthy/grassy and lingering aftertaste, some warming alcohol at the very end.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Not very thick, a little spritzy and foamy at times. some biting sting from the carbonation. I could keep drinking this one even though the abv is pretty high for a tripel (9.5%).

Notes:
It's definitely a little more bitter than the Chimay Tripel, but still very complex. I can't decide which one I like better. There's definitely some sediment on the bottom. Is this one unfiltered?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:44:34 | More by BeerNemesis
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 22:43:27 | More by sjones5045
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-10-2012 00:52:25 | More by Psychmusic
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-31-2013 22:25:51 | More by Carl_R
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MJR

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale golden color that's hazy as all hell with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. A thick off-white head starts strong and lasts throughout, leaving a heavy dose of lace down the side of my Trappist chalice.

Smell: Has a spicy and fruity nose with lots of banana and clove. Very nice...

Taste: Lots of banana, clove, and sweet malt character. Fantastic balance between them... The alcohol asserts itself in the flavor, but doesn't take over. Finishes spicy and aggressive with a great warming effect on the palate, along with a yeasty flavor. I love it...

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. It just begs for another sip...

Drinkability: Suprisingly high considering it's strength. It's lighter body and the fact that the alcohol is fairly well hidden make this a steady sipper. Be careful with this one, it could get you in trouble!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 20:13:27 | More by MJR
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MaxOhle

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-21-2014 01:58:43 | More by MaxOhle
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Andonato

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-22-2013 02:35:12 | More by Andonato
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-04-2013 21:51:40 | More by BradMacMullin
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bit of a stealth beer this. Despite being an undisputed world classic you don't really hear much about it but when you do it never fails to deliver a controlled yet explosive payload. But with a religious reverence mind.

From a 330ml bottle to a Westmalle goblet, it is almost orangy straw yellow with an easy froth head which goes the distance. Beautiful penetrating nose of lemon rind, candy sugar, dried fruit and yeast.

Dry in the mouth, it always seems slightly more carbonated that I last remembered. Not at all off putting though. More dried fruit on first taste before delivering a long warm bitterness with spice and some notes of thyme and rosemary. Taste shows phenomenal development of complexity constantly evolving. The complexity just builds and builds setting up a colossal aftertaste as the 9.5% alcohol comes into play. There is a lightness of touch here with finesse and elegance but with a penetrating stern strength too. Truly remarkable how all this can be packed in there with such balance and restraint. Really kicks the brain, stomach and heart into action.

If you want to properly appreciate this beer do not refrigerate and do not serve below 8C. And drink it slowly with your wits about you preferably in a solitary tranquil environment.

As far removed from 'sessionable' as you can imagine. And I like it that way.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 09:13:14 | More by Zimbo
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-06-2014 03:34:00 | More by cwguy5
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-28-2012 23:50:09 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-22-2013 02:39:18 | More by AMCPhD
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JLeet

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-30-2014 16:20:22 | More by JLeet
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice straw/golden with an abundant fluffy white head. Good lacing. Head is of appel/pear/banana sweetness. Taste is the same. No really bitterness here. Significant carbonation - creamy and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable and provides a burning, warming senation.

Overall, it's very drinkable. You could down these like a nice session beer. There's a distinct light fruity aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 00:43:49 | More by Mavajo
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-20-2013 04:34:30 | More by seanwhite
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,436 ratings.