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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,855
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 397 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of morallybankrupt
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden with some particles in suspension, but I accidentally mishandled the bottle, so I won't dock it for that. Huge creamy-looking eggshell white head doesn't budge an inch. Thick rings of lacing are left in its wake.

S: Light fruity aromatics of pear and perhaps apple. A touch of white pepper and some other vague spices. Chalky yeast and a light musty scent. Over-ripe banana comes out more as it warms. Spicy alcohol is barely perceptible. Textbook.

T: Bite of clove initially, white pepper and spicy yeast take over quickly. Estery fruit tastes of sliced apple and pear. Spike of alcohol comes with some tropical fruity notes in tow. Some green and grassy hop bitterness. Chalky yeast toward the end. Malt flavors are biscuity, cracker-like, and faint. Finishes very dry with a touch of lingering bitterness and chalky yeast.

M: Highly effervescent, the lively carbonation is sharp and scrubbing. Medium bodied, very creamy. Slight suggestion of warmth from the alcohol.

O: This is it, the OG. The beer that popularized the style, and a trappist classic. Readily available, and a must-try for anyone interested in the style or in Belgian beer in general.

Photo of vkv822
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a bright golden yellow with quite a bit of yeast sediment throughout and an extremely thick, foamy white head.

The aroma is quite estery and boozy.

Taste follows the nose, estery and boozy for the most part with some spicy phenols.

Medium light, fluffy mouthfeel.

A decent beer, though I feel the alcohol and phenol notes are too prominent at times.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 05/19/2012

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall off-white head that reduces to about a half finger tall head with a slight thicker patch in the center and significantly thicker at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The Belgian yeast is very much front and center in the aroma and that is something that really draws me into this beer. There is a lot of the spiciness contributed by the yeast, more pepper than clove but both are present. There is also some presence of banana and citrus.

T: Very well balanced and nice complexity to the flavor. I get lots of citrus and banana fruit presence along with the spiciness of the Belgian yeast - definitely more pepper than clove but both are there. I also get some almost some saison like flavors as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer and one of the best in the style, very easy to drink and hides the presence of high ABV alcohol very well (very little noticed in either in the taste or the aroma). This has a great complexity and nice balance of flavor. Definitely one to get again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

look ~ pours a straw color and is fairly hazy. actually, it looks a lot like a wit. The head is good: two fingers of white moussy head off a hard pour, falls very slowly, and leaves some nice lacing. No real visible carbonation in the glass.

smell ~ really, really nice. belgian yeast is front-and-center for this one: bubblegum, spices (mostly pepper rather than clove), and fruits (banana and citrus). not a lot of the malt character comes through. some nice hop crispness, which falls into the same spicy-fruity range as the yeast and is hard to pin-point exactly in relation to the yeast.

flavor ~ also exceptional and very well balanced. pretty much the same characters as the i got on the nose, but with a bit more of the grainbill coming through. malt-wise, i get some light breadcrust and a bit of wheatiness. The yeast character is the same balance of spices (pepper) and fruit (banana and citrus). hop bitterness is medium-high and has a bit more of a floral and herbal character than on the nose, which plays well into the finish. not as much heat as i'd expect from the abbv, but some nice high-alcohol floral notes. finish is fairly dry.

feel ~ light body and higher carbonation support the lighter flavors (i think it would feel more 'muddled' with a heavier body). the higher carbonation also dries out the finish and plays well with the hops.

a real treat. complex without being muddled: the flavor has a lot to offer and explore with each sip. highly tasty and drinkable, this one is really sneaky given the abv.

i really love trips and this one is quite literally the grand-daddy of them all!

Photo of C63AMG
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jsulko
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a yellow straw color with a decent amount of slight off white head.

Smell is fruity with a sweetness and the distinctive yeast as well.

Taste is very smooth with the sweetness and a hint of spice on the finish. No alcohol burn on the finish.

One of the best of the style that I have had.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mjord23
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(from notes, 3/26/12) Poured from a bottle into a Westmalle Trappist glass.

Happy Birthday to me! Looked up all the beers that they had, and it appeared this one was not to be missed... and it didn't let me down!

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden straw, with a light foamy head. The massive carbonation level keeps the beer from settling and just gives it a great appearance.

S: Sweet and citrusy, with subtle floral notes. Bananas and belgian yeast also are really prominent. Definitely makes you want to drink it!

T: Wow. All that was there in the smell really stands out in the taste. Malty, floral, honey, citrus... it's really flavorful and interesting. I keep going back for more. Definitely get the yeast, with some grassy notes and grapefruit towards the end. Finishes slightly bitter, but I like that, given the sweetness.

M: Highly carbonated, which I think works well for this beer. With such strong flavors, the high carbonation really keeps them moving and delivers them well. Drinks far to easily for a beer with this ABV!

O: Outstanding. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed the beer. I think the rest of the comments speak for themselves. If you can get your hands on it, do it.

Photo of SebD
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

200th review!

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy straw yellow color to it with a bit of gold. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of cloves, bananas, spices, belgian yeast, bready notes and citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice fruity character, mainly citrus and bananas, nice peppery spiciness, cloves, bready belgian yeast and slight grassy bitterness. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance, feel and complexity.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Great Tripel!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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