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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,678 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,678
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 325 | FT: 1
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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Photo of blakelive784
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky honey golden color with visible yeast, with a soapy, 4 finger, white head. Retention is amazing, especially consider the high ABV. Very appealing.

S - Light spice, fruity esters, biscuity yeast, orange peel, coriander, pilsner malt, and light floral notes. Well balanced, inviting, though a bit reserved.

T - The delicious yeast is the most prominent note on the tongue, as it should be. The spice and fruit esters are very reserved, which is a bit unfortunate in my book. Hops come into play only where the need to, as it's a bit sweet. Alcohol does come through on the finish. While it could be hidden better, it's not obtrusive. Very well balanced.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and dry on the finish. Ideal, considering the style.

D - As the originator of the style, this is a very good beer, though I think I've had better tripels. I'd certainly give it try.

blakelive784, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of mugsy62388
5/5  rDev +16.3%

mugsy62388, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of danedelman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

danedelman, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of ChanceK
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ChanceK, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of beermaned
4/5  rDev -7%

beermaned, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Weter
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Weter, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -7%

dgeebs07, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of marcdalke
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

marcdalke, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of AlastairM
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AlastairM, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of CopeTech
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CopeTech, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

WesM63, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

bostonryan, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Baldpacker
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Baldpacker, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev -7%

bmur112, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

LJWalker, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of CP20
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CP20, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Campodog
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Campodog, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
4/5  rDev -7%

xnapshot, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel is tied for my all time favorite tripel and one of my favorite beers. This is such a delicious beer. I have enjoyed dozens of bottles, been to the Westmalle cafe quite a few times and had the Tripel (and Dubbel) on tap. See review of the Westmalle cafe (aka Cafe Trappisten).

The Westmalle glass is my favorite drinking glass and having a Westmalle tripel in it is great!

I am not going to give some type of sophisticated tasting description of this beer. Bottom line, this is one of the best beers out there. Tastes great, smooth liquid sweet honey.

4thelvofbeer, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev -7%

KornWallace, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Raven3464
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful golden straw body with a big foamy head.

Smell: Sweet malts, clove, and a hint of coriander are noticed early. A banana aroma becomes stronger as the beer warms. Maybe I have an old bottle but the aromas all seem a little too subtle.

Taste: Follows the nose. It starts with flavors of Belgian hops, clove and notes of sugar. There is grape flavor and some dry hop bitterness on the finish. A very complex beer but none of the flavors are really "deep." The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. There is a buttery feel that becomes noticeable as the beer warms; quite refreshing.

Overall: I don't know if it is as good as the "bros" say but it is still an impressive Tripel.

Raven3464, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Nuke77
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light golden hazy color with a super head of white. The smell is bread and lemony goodness. Lots of floral, fruit and yeast on the taste with some dry hoppiness on the finish. Great carbonation and dryness leaves a very clean feeling on the tongue. I can see why this is the Tripel standard. Excellent brew.

Nuke77, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev -7%

shagal, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bpackertx, Feb 12, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,678 ratings.