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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,944
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 302
Gots: 460 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheMyers
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with a fine effervescent carbonation that produces a big white foamy head and leaves plenty of lacing and a residual layer of foam that never quits.

Mellow but prominent aroma with notes of grain, bread, and raisins. Alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms. Spicy bread flavor with a bit of candi sugar that resolves to a dry herbal finish.

Medium body that seems very light for the style. The carbonation probably contributes to that.

This beer stands apart from a lot of tripels in its rounded malt character and a feeling of lightness and finesse.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of qumrangeorge
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third favorite trappiste behind Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 8. This westmalle trippel carries on the traditional trappiste beers with its secret spices, although there must be a hint of coriander in the mix. Excellent a steak dinner. I would begin the evening tasting so to set the standard on the follow-ons.

Photo of MrJolly
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy, dull golden-yellow while yielding a creamy finger plus of white head; decent retention, lacing.

nose is a nice potpourri of fruit, spice, belgian yeast and alcohol esters. i get a touch of clove, maybe a trace of hops... the flavor is somewhat dry with the aroma characters all pulling through - fruit, spice, yeast - and there's a distinct hoppy bitterness in the background, plus a bit of a tartness... more bitterness and some booze coming in the finish. overall a good beer, but to me i'm not sure i'd rank this as the ultimate example of a belgian tripel. in fact i'm sure i wouldn't: solid but far from my favorite trappist offering.

medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. very drinkable considering the well-blended 9.5% ABV. i would recommend this beer, but would advise one to keep his or her expectations in check going in - i was prepared to be blown away by the tripel archetype and that just didn't happen, unfortunately.

originally reviewed: 10-31-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.3 fl oz. bottle stamped: 14/06/13-3-003325. Sampled on May 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow with a cloudy bottle conditioned character and a small fizzy head. On the nose there is yeast, pale malts, spice, and tart citrus with the hops downplayed. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with an appealing yeasty and malty character than quickly morphs into a tart, peppery, dry hopped finish. This is not something for everyday drinking but instead something to be savored.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a stemmed goblet glass. Best before date is 26/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a light and very hazy brownish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of white head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a good amount of cloves and coriander spices. Lots of wheat grains. Big hints of fruits with some banana, pear, apple, orange, lemon, and white grapes. Also a little hay, pepper, and citrus hops. Very yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy. Nicely complex.

Taste: Tastes as great and complex as it smells. Big taste of spice upfront from the Belgian yeast and cloves. Wheat grains add some bready taste throughout. Big mix of fruity esters. Vibrant notes of oranges, banana, pear, white grapes, lemon, and apple. Also mixed in are some coriander and pepper spices. A great combination of sweet fruits, spices, and moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation on the heavier side of medium. Very creamy. Somewhat prickly. Fruity and very drying in the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: An outstanding authentic Belgian Tripel. A great complex mix of yeast, wheat, and fruity esters.

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

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Golden and hazy, some suspended yeast visible. Big initial head that crawls downward but never fully leaves the scene. Barely any lacing except for little clusters that polkadot the sides.

S - Standard for a tripel. Nice phenol presence. Not too strong on the hops, good platform for the banana and clove to dance on.

T - Very well balanced. Esters and phenols at the forefront that lead into a nice and subtle sweet caramel. Hopped just enough to balance the sweetness. Alcohol there but hiding behind the incredible balance.

M - Pleasant carbonation. No astrigency. Lightly dry finish.

O - It's reputation is well deserved. Not the biggest fan of tripels but this one is deserving of being an exception. One I would return to.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,944 ratings.