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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,631
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 312 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

carbonhaze74, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Wow ... this might be a perfect beer! I wrote some notes down while tasting half of the bottle, and then looked at some of the reviews -- and I think that I am not alone in loving this beer.

I picked this beer up on the recommendation of the woman at a bottle shop in Belgium (store description and location, below). This woman is a saint! What a great recommendation.

Appearance: (5.0) The tulip glass looked amazing with the gold color of the beer and eggshell head from the Triple.

Smell: (5.0) Hints of citrus, a little pepper and some apple. As the beer warmed, the smell became more pronounced.

Taste: (5.0) A good spice came through ... very nice. A small amount of alcohol.

Mothfeel (5.0) Good malt with slight carbination.

Overall (5.0) This must be the gold standard for all Belgian beers.

*** Le Moine Austère ***
Just up the road from us in Beligum, is a wonderful bottle shop called the Austere Monk (I'll review it after BA adds it: Le Moine Austère, Rue Dorez 8, Tournai, Belgium) (a review: http://www.monnuage.fr/point-d-interet/le-moine-austere-a41282). My wife and kids found the shop while touring the Grand Place and visiting the Christmas village. The family was excited to bring me to the store and even sent a few photos of the wall of bottles.

As I looked at the selection, I instantly wished that I knew more about Belgium beers. I understand a little French and shopkeeper was willing to bring to me some of the local beers and the traditional favorites. (Side note: it is *very* helpful to have a wife that speaks and understands French!) She pointed out which beers were still made by monks (down to five, she said), and those breweries which tend to create craft beers. She loves to make gift baskets, filled with beers, glasses and other treats. I can't wait to return!

sbrotschul, Dec 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Mdodge8837, Dec 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

HWren, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of duracell
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Poored from a 750mL bottle into a Leffe goblet. Bottled on the Sept. 8, 2011.

A - Golden yellow brew with a beautiful white creamy head. Good retention which disappears after about 5 minutes. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S - Excellent smell with yeast fruity notes. I pick out some caramel, buiscuity aromas.

T - A very very complex taste! Nice apple, caramel, buiscuity notes at first. Then I pick out some berries like blackberries, pleasently balanced by the hop which is kept up to a relatively low level.

M - Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, rather creamy! The carbonation is just right and the alcohol is kept up to a perfect level (quite hidden).

O - A very complex and very well balanced brew! Westmalle Tripel is definitely a World class beer!!!

duracell, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of cdwil
5/5  rDev +16.3%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

educorgan, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of RandyV
4.47/5  rDev +4%

Somewhat of a yeasty champagne on the nose, malt and apple as well. On the palate, spicy combined with some green apple tartness and the champagne grape and dryness fills the middle. The spice is pepper and maybe even some clove but the malt provides a nice balance to that, all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really tasty ale, something I could drink all the time. It almost makes me want to become a trappist monk just so I could get this from the source. Except my ADHD would make the whole chanting/prayer thing hard to focus on. Oh well.

RandyV, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BillDon, Dec 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

SATBMan, Dec 26, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -17.9%

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice

Golden hazy yellow, much like a hefeweizen or Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde.

Three finger head that was reduced in ten minutes, and disappeared after twenty minutes.

S: Barley, alcohol, and wheat

T: Wheat and barley malts, hop bitterness, and a subtle bite

M: Heavy, but not as heavy as some Russian Imperial Stouts or some other Belgians

Overall, this is a beer with a prestigious name that I would not seek out due to both price and the fact that I didn't care for it that much.

BierStein711, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

1003rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
11.2 oz

Best buy 26/5/12
Purchased single 11.2 from Bevmo, Chino Hills

App- A very hazy cloudy yellow with a bit of wheat/golden mixed into it. The head was a pretty potent and standing firm 2 fingers of off white. Was a little curious as to why this produced no cling or lace.

Smell- A bit peppery on the nose with a lot of wheat, yeast, dough and earthy behind it. A few whispy notes of string booze come up as well on a big pull.

Taste- A very classic and large Belgian Tripel. A lot of layers on this one with some dank green apple, white pepper, wheat and yeast on the flavor. I really enjoyed it and apprecaited the flavors and tingle of the 9.50 coming on strong at the end.

Mouth- A medium body Tripel with a medium prickly/bubbly carbonation level. The residual flavors are boozy, apples and pepper mixed with some fizzy yeast.

Drink- One of the classics. I can see why it's so highly rated. Been a long time since I had one of these so was nice to come back to a classic. Will always come back to this Tripel.

FosterJM, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Joshgonzales79, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

JacketIPA, Dec 23, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Westmalle Tripel pours a light gold color w/ a beautiful two finger eggshell head. Great lacing on the glass. Fairly cloudy and murky in appearance as well. The nose is nice- citrus, pepper, spices, apple, malt, yeast. Warming the beer to almost room temperature does wonders for the strength of the nose. The taste is a tiny step up. The same profile as the nose, but the flavors are bigger and bolder. Very complex, and it seems each taste reveals something slightly different. Feel is amazing- the perfect combination of a malty/yeasty backbone, spice, hops, bready chewiness and carbonation. All w/ a tiny alcohol burn on the aftertaste. I can't think of anything I'd change on the feel for this style- thus the 5. It's perfect. Overall, this is one of, if not the standard for Belgian Tripels. There are a lot of good ones out there, but maybe none better. I will always continue to pick this up and be thankful I can find it easily around Washington DC. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

Polasiuss, Dec 23, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden- yellow color with a frothy generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Fruity and slightly bready notes dominate.

Taste: The fruity and bready notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. Out of the fruity notes I pick out a grape taste. The fruity notes are balanced out by the bready notes and a clean somewhat dry finish. Very tasty and smooth. The alcohol is MIA in this one.

Mouth-feel: somewhere between light and medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Classic Belgian Tripel. No need for crazy ingredients when you got your technique down pat and your fermentation produces a great tasting complex beer.

IKR, Dec 23, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar/pint and the brew is a bright straw yellow color with a massive dense snow white head with a foamy frothy lacing on the glass.

Massive amounts of small bubbles continue to surface with brown bits rising and falling with the bubbles.

The smell is white sweet fruits and nice aromatic yeasts. Very unique aroma, with no apparent sign of candy sugar (which I'm not fond of).

The taste is very complex, lightly sweet fruit, yummy yeast, very minor candy sugar.

Very well balanced with the 9 1/2% abv. well hidden. Light bodied, with a nice mouthfeel that leaves the tongue and throat with a nice after taste.

I've shyed away from Belgiums, in part due to those with heavy candy sugar flavors; but this is a very enjoyable brew. It is spot on as far as the style description goes. Almost as if the style was writen while someone was drinking this as they wrote the style description.

RedneckBeerz, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

LDemarais, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 21, 2011
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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