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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,578 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,578
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 240
Gots: 293 | 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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a dark-ish golden color with banana tinted edges. Cloudy, hazy, and basically opaque, as I would expect any tripel to be. Super volatile - even a modest and careful pour produces a humongous, cloud-like white head that takes up more glass space than the beer itself. Surprisingly enough, no real lacing left behind, save for a bit of wet legging that doesn't last forever.

The aroma is unabashedly sweet, complete with an almost pickled/vinegar like aroma and plays along with the sweetness in relatively competent harmony. Ripe, sweet, candied bananas, coated in sugar and swimming in a sea of malt. Lots of Belgian yeast, clove, orange peel, and other various spices. There's no doubt that there's a lot going on here - a very complex orchestration of malty goodness. Phenol alcohol character builds up as the beer gets warmer, cutting through the sweetness a bit, somewhat expected at 9.5% ABV. A mild, musky hop ending closes things out.

I take a sip and the first thing I think of is sweet water taffy - banana flavored of course. This beer gives off a "candied" sort of flavor, which doesn't really come as a surprise after smelling it. There's a mild musky bitterness up front to help balance some of the sweetness overload. Each sip reveals more and more flavors; rotten mashed mangoes, clove, leaves, Belgian yeast, sugar coated plums. Definitely a lot to take in.

At first, the alcohol is very low, but even with moderate warming, the phenol characters bounce out and attack the senses pretty heavily - maybe almost a bit too heavily. Despite the beer's sweetness, the heavy alcohol warmth and front-and-center hop bitterness do a valiant job of keeping this beer from seeming too sweet. Somewhat dry finish, medium bodied and carbonated pretty heavily.

Very nice tripel, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Most people have come to expect greatness from all of the trappist breweries, and why shouldn't they? Not my favorite tripel, but very good nonetheless.

03-11-2013 11:55:41 | More by tectactoe
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GuidedByBill

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-27-2014 02:23:22 | More by GuidedByBill
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srudow11

Nevada

4/5  rDev -7%

08-26-2014 23:47:24 | More by srudow11
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-26-2014 15:21:05 | More by sammyg832
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

08-25-2014 05:05:52 | More by MonkeyBread
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Nicolette10895

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-24-2014 20:20:20 | More by Nicolette10895
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KevinL

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

08-23-2014 23:12:40 | More by KevinL
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sureshot08

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-23-2014 22:00:47 | More by sureshot08
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nathanmiller

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

08-22-2014 20:00:24 | More by nathanmiller
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Kellerbj

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -6%

08-21-2014 22:21:04 | More by Kellerbj
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peacemakers48

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-21-2014 03:05:59 | More by peacemakers48
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Pooles26

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-20-2014 18:02:01 | More by Pooles26
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TequilaVoodoo


4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

08-20-2014 07:36:44 | More by TequilaVoodoo
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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-19-2014 23:32:25 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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WoostaBia

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-19-2014 16:46:13 | More by WoostaBia
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BenBull3030

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-18-2014 22:05:51 | More by BenBull3030
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RPH2327

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-18-2014 20:30:05 | More by RPH2327
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ZeppelinNL

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-18-2014 20:02:19 | More by ZeppelinNL
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RMKaylor


4/5  rDev -7%

08-18-2014 10:42:58 | More by RMKaylor
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kyle86

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-18-2014 05:11:46 | More by kyle86
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achilles2k

Nevada

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

08-18-2014 04:42:10 | More by achilles2k
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Jsteez

China

5/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured a creamy white head; a murky, yeasty, orange, deep golden color. Sticky and sugary lace on the glass. Bits of yeast and sediment floating around.

So complex I can't really find words to describe...sweet apples soaked in melted sugar, bitter twigs and earth; yeasty; candied dirt and sweet yams; malted and dried apricots; peaches and cream; the hops are quite subdued in the aroma.

Tasted like pine and pineapple coved in extra sugar and yeast; spices and pepper; phenols and esters galore; peaches and creamy cream; sugared malt with a hint of melted and toasted sucrose; pine and dirty earth covered in a layer of sweetened condensed banana syrup; aftertaste is sweet, yet balanced by a simple bitterness; light hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but it's well hidden. I don't have enough adjectives to describe. Good tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is chewy and syrupy; creamy and crisp. It feels full-bodied upon the first sip, but the overall body is light and dangerously drinkable.

What an experience. Great beer, very balanced and different from anything an American brewer could pull off IMHO.
**Second 5 rating I have given to a beer! Orval was the first.

08-17-2014 08:02:28 | More by Jsteez
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b_feterl

South Dakota

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

08-17-2014 03:52:25 | More by b_feterl
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Cdogg99

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-17-2014 00:45:57 | More by Cdogg99
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petewheeler

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-16-2014 20:32:27 | More by petewheeler
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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,578 ratings.