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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,898 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,898
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 287
Gots: 430 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of tappangordo
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HawkFalco
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted:Jan. 14, 2014
Purchased: Dec. 19 2014 11.2 oz. bottle
Served cold from the fridge.
Look: Poured cloudy lemon yellow. Formed two fingered creamy white head that lasted but a minute or so.
Smell: Citrus and melon in the nose. Nose continues to open up with warming and greets you with every return trip to the glass.
Taste: First taste in the mouth is a mix of complex lemony citrus, fruity melon in a yeasty beer deliciousness. This gives way to a bitter hoppy bite that pleasantly lingers and pairs well with the fruity tastes.
Feel: Light in the mouth but not watery. Nice level of carbonation lasted well until the end. Very refreshing.
Overall: I generally don’t care for bitter beers but this is proving an exception. A lot going on here. I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised at how well I took to this brew. Tad expensive but I will certainly buy again.

Photo of Peaches13
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rorjets
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of shughes99
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BESTIALEX
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ThomasC
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatheredwaters
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loudidonato
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waltc21
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this is a experience. Smooth and tasty.

Photo of Roxie_B
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Dark amber with a fluffy off-white head
Smell: Barely present save for a strong hint of alcohol
Taste: Nutty, citrusy, with a whiff of apricot or peach
Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy

Photo of RyanByorick
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden honey color with tints of orange. Big white head. Apricots and banana on the nose with hints of pepper. Peppery taste upfront with noticeable alcohol, then honey and banana, a hint of citrus and, yes, pineapple. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Good stuff overall, but not as close to perfection as their dubbel.

Photo of MisterGone
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz into simple tulip glass. The color was the deep golden, hazy liquid all previous reviews have described. A pillowy white head that quickly dissipated to a half-finger, then held from there. Not much lacing on glass - could be my fault.
The aroma was subtle blend of spice, dried fruit, citrus, and of course a nice touch of banana. Did have to get the nose in there to get details. Wife noticed some cinnamon and coriander. Wish I had that level of olfactory articulation.
The flavor is why we buy this beauty. The quintessential Tripel. The spice notes up front, the light citrus and dried fruit across the palate and the dry, yeasty finish (I made a full pour) - the definition of Tripel.
When I someday get a beer fridge, this will be a regular inclusion.

Photo of interzen
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass - best before August 2016

Look: Pours a clear, golden yellow with a diffuse white head and some lacing. Although it doesn't have the clarity of a krystalweizen I didn't see the haziness that some other reviewers have noted - maybe my pour left most of the yeast in the bottle.

Smell: A bit disappointing in that it's barely there. Seriously, even serving at the 'correct' temperature I was getting faint whiffs of banana with a hint of alcohol. Not much in the way of yeast and the spice notes were also in the 'barely there' category. It certainly lacked the aromatic onslaught of other tripels I've had.

Taste: Aah, *that's* more like it - packed full of citrus with malt and yeast notes and a hint of pepperiness. Slightly flowery/grassy flavours to finish. Suitably complex.

Feel: A mouthful of this and it doesn't feel like something with 9.5% ABV - slightly, tingly carbonation but otherwise quite a light and dry feel.

Overall: It's from Belgium and it's a tripel, so it was pretty much a given that I'd like this, and I do. For something that nearly hits double figures ABV-wise it's extremely drinkable without tasting like paint stripper. I've got another bottle in the 'cellar' so it'll be interesting to see how aging treats it.

Photo of msumike89
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwmson1
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of autigers10
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as sweet or fruity as Americans' perhaps first tripel love, Le Fin du Monde.

As a matter of fact, it's quite well-balanced for how boozy it is- betraying this only in the nose.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timontheroad
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/16/2011. Poured a hazy yellowish-orange color, with a half inch head that slowly dissipated to a thin film that laced nicely. Aroma was a bit subdued, with some pepper, banana, clove, and funky yeasty notes. The flavor was outstanding, with some citrus, flowery, grassy, and bready notes coming through. The mouthfeel was light, somewhat dry, with a great finish. Perfect carbonation sets off the mouthfeel nicely. This is an outstanding beer, the time in the cellar really melded all the complex flavors perfectly.

Photo of Tchun
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of john0721
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle.

Yellow with a white creamy head.

Nose is ok but not the beers strength.

Banana with some mild hop bitterness in the flavor.

Creamy on the palate.

Overall an excellent, classic example of the style.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,898 ratings.