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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,787 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,787
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 362 | FT: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

zachattack555, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly next to St. Bernardus Tripel in a blind test. This was the first tripel I ever tried, and I promptly ranked it 5 in Hads.

A: Nice head that settles down after two minutes. Extremely murky gold color. Carbonation is active, not furious.

S: Brown sugar, booze, cooked apples. Vibrant and strong.

T: Quite sweet and a little hot, but man it tastes great. There's a fig taste at the back end that overlaps somewhat with the dubbel. Best tripel I've tasted.

M: Creamy and full, and a little sluggish with the carbonation compared to Chimay White.

O: Crazily satisfying, the paragon of the style. Substantially boozier than many of the others, and the higher ABV is likely somewhat responsible for the taste upgrade over all others.

The Westmalle/St. Bernardus showdown was the penultimate in a month of tripels, with Westmalle winning easily. Only Tripel Karmeleit vs La Fin Du Monde remains.

ZethOfTheNorth, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Yoozeo
4/5  rDev -7%

Yoozeo, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

DrunkenMonk, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of active head. Retention is very good and lacing is excellent.

S: This beer smells quite dry and spicy. Peppercorn and dried apricots dominate with a bit of a mustiness that adds to the complexity. Clean, but complex.

T: Sweeter than I expected, I get caramel and dried apricots with peppercorn and spicy phenols. The beer remains fairly dry, but maintains a sweetness that is great for the style.

M: A touch on the thick side with soft, but active carbonation.

O: A great tripel. A nice sweetness with great spiciness that remains balanced and complex.

coreyfmcdonald, Apr 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Steve_Oldrati, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Satyr179, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev -7%

deonreds, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of RaphaelSC
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden pale yellow cloudy body with a white head and persistent head, that when dissipates leave a lacing on the goblet.

S: Citric fruits and is very sweet, delicate and complex.

T: the flavor is very complex, resembling of fruits malts and smooth bitter hops with a complexity that is not found in a commom ale or lager, still it is a very delicate beer, the 9,5 % of alcohol just appear in the sweetness and a warmth feel, but is never intrusive in the flavor.

M: With its thick Body, no much carbonation and a little alcohol warmth Westmalle Tripel have a real complex mouthfeel, the hops prevail in the end, but in the begginning it leave a fruit and sweet spicy taste.

O: Westmalle is a real world class beer, not too expensive and very unique, one of my favourites beers. Everyone should try this liquid treasure once in the live.

RaphaelSC, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

smbslt, Apr 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

DerekKetelaars, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of barczar
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy inch and a half ivory head that lingers.

Belgian yeast, pear, tangerine, and mango form the initial aroma. There's an underlying confectioners sugar sweetness, along with coriander and a hint of wheat. Somewhat musty.

Flavor is fruity and sweet initially, but it dries out considerably at the finish. Pear, belgian yeast, green apple, pineapple, ginger, and coriander underlie a slightly sweet, light bready malt body, becoming peppery at the finish. Very delicate, but complex.

Body is moderate, creamy, with fairly high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very nice belgian yeast ester character, and an excellent balance of sweetness and dryness.

barczar, Apr 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Lare453, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

SStein, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

MAUEX_MFA, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mcmullem, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JSchock7, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of rodlavers
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big-bottle, 25.4oz format. Poured into a Westvleteren Tulip.

Pours a hazy pale yellow banana color, with a huge foamy white head which does thin out, but leaves a really nice thin and bubbly layer on top. It's bright and holds light really well. Chunks of lacing just slide down the glass, no real cling.

Aroma is filled with spice, pepper, light lemon, and maybe a bit of smoke. It's citrusy and ever-so-slightly filled with fruit, but not overly.

Taste is similar, but way more forward. It's spicy/peppery and herbal, with elements of light lemon and some wood as well. It's "belgiany" with malt/breadiness apparent. Light fruit (apple, and maybe others) as well.

Feel is very complex; smooth and creamy but it's also effervescent, almost like champagne or chardonnay (which is where I believe it gets it's wood character). Alcohol is there as well.

I first had this beer about 18 months ago, and was given this larger bottle as a gift about 5 months ago. Westmalle Tripel is very interesting and unique, but I suppose I find most trappist ales that way as well. It's a good beer. It's refreshing and the right choice tonight as it's still really warm right now. I'll definitely grab another big bottle or several smaller. Cheers.

rodlavers, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Janeinma, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Satan70
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Satan70, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Westmalle Tripel

Best By 05/09/14. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a straw-golden color with a finger of fluffy, airy, bright white head. The head slowly deflates, leaving behind a wall of intricate lacing. Very good retention, some champagne-like effervescence, but average clarity.

S: Fruity esters, candied stone fruit, floral and clove, a bit of smoke (?), honey-coated apple, and tasty sweetish malt.

T: Slightly fruity malt, floral and spice notes again, a Diet Coke-like flavor or sweetness that is beyond me. This has a muddled finish, with a sharp graphite/pencil off-taste (maybe the yeast) with some sugar.

M: High carbonation, soft, medium body. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: I'm not sure what's going on with the flavor in this, but it's not really doing it for me. The aroma is quite appealing, though muted. I'm a little let down since this is supposed to be somewhat of a classic.

pmarlowe, Apr 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Callmecoon, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

oriolesfan4, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light gold (piss) colour. Leaves a foamy pure white head. There's small dark sediment at the bottom. Not particularly good lacing.

S: Bathwater, sherbet, nail varnish. Floral and a touch vinous.

T: Phew, no coriander flavour. It's slightly vinous. Has some sweetness. Not yeasty but there is some white bread. A bit of spice and peppery clove, a good bit of lacquer/nail varnish complemented with an appropriate bitter bite. It's quite floral. There's some of that hoppy bathwater that I get from English ales but not as strong as the head suggests. Nail varnish and summer fruits in the aftertaste. More citrusy as I get to the dregs. Leaves a sustaining Sprite-like citrus flavour in the mouth. At 9.5% it's very drinkable. Alcohol is well masked.

M: There's enough effervescence but it's very soft and fine. Foamy but in a good way.

O: This is now my third favourite Belgian pale ale.

Hoppsbabo, Apr 17, 2013
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,787 ratings.