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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,589 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,589
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 241
Gots: 299 | 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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Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%

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Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Estonia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.44/5  rDev -20%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Nevada

4/5  rDev -7%

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Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Nevada

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.04/5  rDev -6%

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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,589 ratings.