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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,791 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,791
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 363 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A- Hazy orange bright tan pour with some sediment landing in the glass at the end. Head dissipated quickly leaving carbonated bubbles flowing quickly upward.

S- Belgian yeast paired with light citrus fruit and overwhelming bananas. Alcohol is almost completely hidden behind the spices and aromas of yeast and fruit.

T- much like banana bread beers that I have had but with Belgian flair, and a bit lighter. This is a light airy tasting beer that allows the spices and fruit to dominate the palate. As the beer warms, the face will flush and the buzz of alcohol will find your senses. Just an experience, almost great as a one and done kind of drink.

M- almost a champagne like carbonation makes this more of a slow sipper. The complexity of flavors makes this an intimidating beer.

O- not my favorite Belgian style, as I prefer a dark quad. But this beer does a great job being a Tripel, as long as you expect a Tripel. Trappist beers are quite simply the standard by which most other beers should be measured as far as quality of ingredients and passion of brewing. I'm a fan.

FredZ, Sep 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

JeffSK, Sep 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Redmule33, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

rightcoast7, Sep 20, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Anaxagoris, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

chadwicktorres, Sep 19, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +15.3%

Scott414, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

toomuchhops, Sep 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%

11.2oz cold bottle, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Hazed over, murky tawny golden. Absolutely massive, foamy, impressive 3 finger head sticks around for the long haul as a foamy cap, modest lacing

Smell - Really complex and yeasty: licorice, bubblegum, apple cider, musty and spicy ripe fruits, a whiff of booze. Mystifying.

Feel/Taste - High carb helps the medium-heavy body seem light and airy, prickly at first but becomes creamy smooth, carries the huge flavor and scrubs the palate nicely. Like nose, taste is big and super complex: yeasty and a tad musty, sweet malt, ripe and sweet tropical fruits all day long, banana, apple, a bit vinous and spicy (clove), anise/licorice, alcohol flavor and astringency noted mid-palate that is fairly prevalent and unfortunately a bit abrasive, finishes fairly dry despite the big body.

Overall - What a monster of a beer. The flavor is so complex and in-your-face, it's very hard to believe there wasn't fruit and spices added to this. I just finished that little bottle and I'm pretty sure I caught a decent buzz. I feel like the alcohol presence becomes a bit much in this one, but it's still quite enjoyable.

Redneckwine, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%

rstokc, Sep 13, 2014
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,791 ratings.