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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,792 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,792
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 365 | 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%

mrw1zard, May 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TKEbeerman, May 01, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy straw. Huge fat white head on the pour.
smell: sweet, yeasty, bready...with spice. As it warms and I sniff away...fruit and citrus. Awful lot of good stuff happening in this nose.
taste: a very slight letdown from the nose. Many of the same flavors coming through.
overall: Finally got to try this. Very nice. a bit more alcohol bite than expected (in a good way).

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

cram, Apr 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

lostrikis, Apr 29, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev -7%

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

DrunkenMonk, Apr 27, 2013
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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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Satyr179, Apr 26, 2013
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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
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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
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Satan70, Apr 18, 2013
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,792 ratings.