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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,588 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,588
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 242
Gots: 298 | 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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bonbini26

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-09-2012 21:37:18 | More by bonbini26
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stump218

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-09-2012 20:43:49 | More by stump218
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BMoldy

New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Nearly three fingers of smooth white head crown a lovely honey-colored brew that's about as cloudy as very hot tap water. The head settles evenly over a few minutes, leaving behind jagged slashes of lacing.

S: Some floral hops combined with very lightly toasted grain and pale malts. Very faint alcohol aroma. Yeasty twang is also very prominent, with notes of pears and citrus.

T: Oh this is lovely... A rather aggressive bitterness immediately grabs hold of the palate, while a faint fruitiness lightens things up a bit. A malty sweetness emerges slowly and balances out the hops well, but it never succeeds at loosening the latter's grip even through the finish. The malt is light and biscuity in flavor, while the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (emerging only a little in the middle/towards the end) and adds positively to the beer's body and flavor.

M: This beer both benefits and suffers from a rather robust carbonation. On one hand, it is undoubtedly needed to keep the beer from feeling too heavy. On the other, however, it's a little too much and it feels like I've shaken the glass up every time I take a sip. Besides this, the body is spot-on –medium-to heavy– while the mouthfeel is a little creamy once the bubbles subside. There's only the smallest alcoholic warmth in the throat after each sip. Complex finish.

O: This is a personal favorite that I've only recently rediscovered and represents (for me) the ideal tripel: big yet balanced, with a strong yeast presence. I prefer my tripels to be a little more hoppy, and I think that's why this one really sticks out. Delicious and worth every penny.

01-09-2012 17:18:24 | More by BMoldy
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev 0%

Wow, this beer is gorgeous. Crystal clear and golden in color with a massive bright white head. Nose is subtle with hints of clove and other phenolic scents as well as some banana bread. Lacing is amazing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Medium in body and super crisp. Slight alcohol presence in the back of the throat. Flavor isn't as big as expected but the beer has a real big and long lasting finish.

Lots of clove and medicinal tastes. Spicy earthy hops are big and noticeable which is nice. Balances the delicate sweetness that the beer starts with. Some wheat undertones.

Some of the fruit flavors come alive as the beer warms, banana and apricot. Delicious.

Dangerously drinkable.

01-07-2012 22:39:30 | More by jtierney89
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

01-06-2012 17:33:53 | More by videofrog
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Rob315

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-06-2012 15:43:18 | More by Rob315
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jakesingleton

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-06-2012 13:33:17 | More by jakesingleton
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-05-2012 15:37:42 | More by Gregwa
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

01-05-2012 08:05:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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Faina

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-05-2012 04:05:02 | More by Faina
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keenanite21

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-05-2012 02:31:27 | More by keenanite21
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tclapper

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2012 03:13:47 | More by tclapper
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OMGTheyKilkenny

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +14%

11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Beautiful soft golden orange with a slight banana hue to the body. Extremely hazy to the point of being totally opaque; unique given the relatively light color. Pours 1 inch of fluffy, ivory/eggshell head, which remained for literally the entire 20 minutes it took me to drink this miraculous ambrosia. I rarely get excited rating the appearance of a beer, but 5 is frankly an understatement.

S: Very gentle, summery aroma of wheat and ale yeasts with a floral hop bouquet. Notes of citrus. Not an overwhelming smell, which really belies the robust flavor experience ahead. On a positive note, I barely smelled the alcohol, despite the high ABV.

T: First reaction: this is one complex freakin’ beer. Rich malts, wheaty sweetness, baked fruits, summery spice, and notes of brown sugar and banana provide enough strong flavors to hide the 9.5% alcohol (until you get to the back). Yeasty citrus matches the aroma nicely. Surprisingly, all the tastes going on in this beer actually work together in perfect concert. And THAT is what separates a true Trappist, the product of generation after generation of monks perfecting their craft, from well-intentioned imitators. Whereas a lot of “abbey-styles” can come close to reproducing the wide range of flavors, only the real deal can make them come together so flawlessly into a unified, concentrated taste experience.

MF: Smooth and luscious. Silky texture fills the mouth without coating it. Makes its presence known, but then goes down easily. Not nearly as syrupy as some heavy abbey-styles. Once again: this beer excels where others try and fail.

D: This is, frankly, beer the way it was meant to be. I gave it a 4.5 for S, because I wish there was more of it. Rated it a 5 for A, T, MF, and D, only because I couldn’t give it anything higher. 5 is too low. Show some damned respect. Full body sits surprisingly light. While the ABV is fairly well masked, it will eventually catch up. That said, I received a single bottle as part of a gift basket, but could easily see throwing back a four pack. Do yourself a favor and drink this beer right now.

01-04-2012 02:42:35 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
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MtnDewd

Georgia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-03-2012 18:35:10 | More by MtnDewd
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Antnyd82

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-03-2012 10:04:52 | More by Antnyd82
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-03-2012 03:47:51 | More by surlytheduff
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11.2 oz bottle best before 04/05/13 in a chalice.

This looks cloudy, golden, tonsss of tiny bubbles, beautiful two finger white head, pillowy and sudsy.

Smells of yeast, citrus, grass, malt, and bread.

The taste is initially fruity. The alcohol is present, but not detracting in any sort of way and adds some good character. It is also bready and grassy.

It has a medium body with a great complimentary level of carbonation and goes down smooth.

This thing is just way too good!

01-03-2012 02:43:56 | More by MattSweatshirt
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jdhende

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-03-2012 01:28:48 | More by jdhende
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PacNWDad

Washington

4/5  rDev -7%

01-02-2012 18:18:54 | More by PacNWDad
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truthcontortion

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-02-2012 14:58:22 | More by truthcontortion
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2012 14:04:51 | More by Stoffel
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cld253

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-02-2012 01:26:05 | More by cld253
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Maceyka

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2012 00:49:20 | More by Maceyka
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Sinewave

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

01-01-2012 23:54:16 | More by Sinewave
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

01-01-2012 22:21:28 | More by whartontallboy
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,588 ratings.