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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,904 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,904
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 290
Gots: 434 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking golden beer, a head that lasted till the end of the bottle, and an initially sweet beginning which seamlessly shifted to a very dry finish. The balance is just exquisite and it's easily the best tripel I've tasted. The only downside for me was the obvious alcohol, but man, this is a great drop. Not sure you'd want to drink more than one though.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled 8/25/2011; best before 8/25/2013) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color w/ a fluffy white head, vigorous champagne carbonation. Leaves a beautiful gossamer web of lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma is spicy, bready Belgian yeast, white pepper, and lemon with floral and herbal notes.

Taste is crisp, clean pale malt, delicate Belgian yeast, citrus & spice. So clean and pure. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light w/ a dry finish and a nice sharp bite from the carbonation.

Overall, this beer defines the style. Hard to image a tripel much better than this one.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow and hazy topped by two fingers of lacy and fairly retentive white head. Delicate aroma; notes of apricot, wildflowers, honey, green apple, and clove. A little whiff of alcohol adds complexity. Orchard fruits and a hint of banana are joined by a peppery note on the palate, with lemon zest and moderate bitterness in the short finish. Light-bodied and vigorously carbonated. Feels crisp, light, and bone dry. The feel of the alcohol detracts from that crispness just a little bit. A world class beer, deservedly a classic beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Drank on 3/14/12
Poured from bottle into Chimay sniffer.

Appearance: A nice inch of head with minimal lacing (what I love to see). Clear translucent amber gold. A good consistent bubbling from base of sniffer.

Smell: A crispy citrus smell. I get a hint of herbs and flowers which gives me a spring feeling.

Mouthfeel: Wow, fresh with excellent carbonation. A light and almost fluffy like feel. A nice "zing" hit on the front with a smooth feeling on the back.

Taste: High alcohol taste and very citrus like. The flavors seem almost enhanced by the mouthfeel.

Overall: Excellent, one of the better Trappist beers.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Westmalle Tripel, 22oz bomber: To celebrate Tom Boonen’s victory in the biggest Belgian sporting event (the Tour of Flanders), I popped the cork on one of Beer Advocate’s most highly rated Tripels, the Westmalle Trappist Tripel. While Tom Boonen’s victory for Belgium was fantastic, the Westmalle Tripel was not. No head developed, the aroma was thin and while the flavor was OK with tones of honey and almonds, there was not the complexity I was expecting from such a highly rated beer. The Westmalle Tripel was caramel in color and very hazy. The last glass from the bottle was near brown in color and thick with particulates. So maybe this bottle came from the bottom of the barrel, and not up to snuff. There were two dates on the label 7/1/2008 and 7/1/2010. I do not know what these dated referred to, but this bottle was purchased on 3/2012 and tasted on 4/2012, so another reason for the lackluster performance may be the age of this bottle. Anyway, I need to call them as I taste them, so the Westmalle will get a low score and one disappointed fan.

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4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first enjoyed this at the Bier Market in Toronto and not a week later was stunned to see it actually stocked at my local LCBO. There are a number of excellent reviews on this beer and I'm not sure I can add any more what has already been said about this spectacular brew. Complex and yet incredibly accessible. It is truly a treat for all senses - visually beautiful, tickles the nose with tempting sensations and finally it stuns the palette. Suffice to say that is truly one of the best beers available.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from the LCBO. Poured into a Chimay goblet in keeping with our Trappist theme. Light, hazy golden in colour, with a thick foamy head that possesses great retention. Sheets of lacing abound on the sides of the glass, and carbonation scurries forth from the depths. A great-looking brew indeed.

Light and airy, a bit of hops, fruit (apple and pear), yeast, pepper, clove and spices.

Wonderfully light and dry, Westmalle Tripel is certainly a pleasure to drink. The fruit is certainly there, but sweetness is not an issue, and so the hops and yeast flavor endemic to Belgium are allowed their chance at full attention. Again, pepper, banana, and floral hops are also present. Medium bodied, vigorous carbonation.

Complex and satisfying, this is certainly a brew worth seeking out.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden color with a one finger head and a lasting lacing that covers the top.

S: smell is spicy yeast, orange peel, and sweet malt.

T: tough to describe the initial taste, but it is yeasty and spicy with some fruity flavor. Malt takes over on the back end. The taste is also slightly bitter.

M: high carbonation and medium body give it a crisp feeling for a great summer beer.

O: tripels are great, and this is right at the top of my list. Excellent beer, even at more than $5 per bottle (33cl?).

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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