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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,590
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 242
Gots: 301 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a snifter, it’s a nice murky dirty blonde color and is topped off with a really thick and creamy head that simply sticks around and will not subside. The lacing is pretty welcoming too! The aroma is nice and complex, but no one smell is over powering. It’s light and floral overall with hints of citrus, malts, various grasses and an ever so mild alcohol smell. It’s got a medium-to-full mouth feel and is remarkably refreshing. The flavor is pretty good and is bitter overall, the spices and malts hit you up front almost as soon as you take a drink. Mild apple notes come through and there is a hint of an earthy flavor as well… the flavor is very impressive and I have to say this is one awesome beer.

01-06-2013 03:07:31 | More by vickersspitfire
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2013 01:28:13 | More by MelissaMonosoff
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Reviewed from notes 5-27-12

Trappist Beer Night!

Westmalle is one of my favorite representations of the Tripel style. Pours a beautiful amber-orange-gold, with a clean look and a frothy head. The nose is outrageous: spicy and sweet fruit with plenty of that classic Belgian ester. Maintains crispiness and is relatively dry, but still exhibits plenty of stick-around-for-a-while qualities with a bigger and juicier mouthfeel than a typical Tripel.

If Westie 12 is the trappist you want to sip while hearing monks relate Cistercian tales of yesteryear on a cold winter night, Westmalle Tripel is the one you want to share with the friars after a day working in the fields of grain. Truth.

01-05-2013 18:07:33 | More by brewsclues
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-05-2013 07:34:52 | More by caseyscarb
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-05-2013 06:51:33 | More by davelag
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

From the outset this thing is generating a massive, bright white head the dissipates at a crawling pace, leaving chaotic patterns of lacing all over the place; I love it. Appearance is a murky golden tinge that gives the impression that you're in for a treat. Aroma is absurdly refreshing: spiced cloves, cherries, figs, some green apple, obvious Belgian yeast, with some nice malt presence (I can't really describe the "neutral" character of the malt note I'm picking up, to be honest; it just provides some wonderful balance).

Yeast is the theme of the night. The first phase of the sip is a subdued version of what is to come: a snappy, fruity, bready combination that takes a second to hit full force but does so with impunity around the middle of the tongue. In some ways the taste is a bit more yeasty and bitter than the nose would suggest, but if you really dig for that miasma of spicy fruits, you'll find them in absolute harmony with the yeast and malts. Also worth noting is the ever-so-slight alcohol burn near the finish that is just enough to be consistently pleasing, especially in this season. Carbonation is fairly high and contributes to the "snappy" character of the beer, and it complements the smoothness of the brew perfectly. Overall, this is incredible and precisely what a tripel should taste like. Get at all costs.

01-05-2013 06:24:11 | More by Tomhet
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-05-2013 05:01:01 | More by JellyJacket
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

Nice golden Belgian color with typical cloudiness. Good head with solid retention and good lacing.

Fruity nose with banana and not overly sweet. Flavor stands up to nose and is well balanced with a good mouth feel. An outstanding overall beer that is one of my favorite Trippels.

01-05-2013 01:23:22 | More by Labeorphile
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-03-2013 21:03:52 | More by Pelicanrocks
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-03-2013 20:21:38 | More by thejoshgray
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-03-2013 04:36:31 | More by fox227
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-03-2013 04:09:43 | More by vincechan
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-02-2013 02:52:18 | More by acashk
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-02-2013 02:41:38 | More by pin
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-31-2012 20:22:24 | More by pknyc
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-31-2012 17:36:00 | More by djkrause
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-31-2012 15:19:56 | More by cedelattes
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-31-2012 15:17:37 | More by CoreyW
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Nice big white head. Color is quite clear light straw. Nice visible carbonation going on.

Smell: yeast, cloves, banana, freshly baked bread. Some earthiness.

Taste: a nice mix of spices and malt up front. Then some yeast, citrus and a light bitterness. More spices, but very complex, not just cloves. Light alcohol taste. Aftertase is a bit bitter (lemonpeel) and a bit earthy.

Mouth: this is quite big, full and clings to the mouth in a good way. Nice medium carbonation. Really good.

Overall this is really good. Much more complex than most in the style. I like it quite cold though, too warm and it gets a bit heavy.

12-30-2012 20:26:26 | More by Maakun
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-30-2012 19:36:53 | More by Marius
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

11.2oz bottle, reviewed from notes on 9/27/2012.

Hazy golden amber topped with a perfect fluffy white head. Yeasty phenols on the nose complemented by crisp green apple. On the palate, a faint honey sweetness gives way to a dry finish. The balance is just about perfect. Yeast character is less present than on the nose. Malt profile is faintly cracker-like, the flavor being dominated by fruit notes of apple and pear. Carbonation is vigorous but fine,bordering on creamy, but still within the norm for the style. Overall, more than a great beer - a work of art.

12-30-2012 19:00:42 | More by gr0g
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-30-2012 15:28:51 | More by GreggBarton
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-29-2012 23:43:20 | More by johnnydicfore
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4/5  rDev -7%

12-29-2012 08:50:48 | More by Hardcore
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-29-2012 06:30:09 | More by MercerTraieste
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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