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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to pick this up from Totowa and give it a try. I liked the Dubbel a lot and figured that this would be another one that would be complex and strong. Sure enough, that was the case too but this was so wonderful to behold and admire that it took a while just to take the first sip. A beer like this deserved to be sipped a pretty warm temperature too, so that wasn't a bad thing.

This had a beautiful golden hue to it with a head that was full and long-lasting. The lacing was nice too and once I got past the booze, the array of flavors was nice to behold. Peach, banana, pear, and some spice to go along with the hint of spice found here. The carbonation was on the level of soda but not too strong while the alcohol complemented everything nicely. Just a bit of tartness in the back too, which made each sip face nicely into the one afterwards.

The bitterness is present but underneath everything. Not a lot to dwell on while the alcohol is a bit more up-front. This had a great balanced to it but while the flavors and mild spice work well together, this is not something to be enjoyed quickly. Seasoned aficionados of beer will love this once it fully warms up and the it can be enjoyed to its potential.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours the color of honey. Quite murky. The head on this beer is staggering. Looks like someone stuffed a muffin into my glass. The head is nearly solid. It retains its stature in legendary fashion.

S-A lot to decipher. Beligan yeast and Belgian hops first and foremost. Tons of spice. Bananas and cloves. The nose of a finely crafted Belgian brew.

T-This is a stalwart Tripel. Belgian hops and yeast are vivid. Fruits and spice pop up continually. Sweetness and bitterness match each other well. Wheaty and bready. Very intricate.

M-Full bodied. Carbonation is soothing. Understated bitterness. Alcohol is downed out by the feel and flavor.

O/D-Tripels generally don't excite me very much but this one is obviously special. So deep and multidimensional. This is one of those beers I shouldn't have skipped over when I first started out. Perhaps I would enjoy the style better if I had this Tripel when I was still a gumshoe.

Photo of BourbonDemocrat
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml served into a Karmeliet tulip
Bottled on 25/08/13

A - Pours honey golden with sediment floating around. Giant 3 finger head that's bone-white in color and is very slow to sink and never dies completely. Chunks of 3D lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Tangy fruity esters. Pears, apples, grapes, taffy, wheat bread, damp hay, banana liquor, pepper, various unknown spices.

T - Spiced yeast, pears, tangy taffy, acidic and grapes, muted stone fruit. It grows spicier toward the middle with pepper and coriander. Thick pilsener malt, grassy with a citrus bite toward the end. Finishes spicy and dry.

M - Moderate prickly carbonation, heavy side of medium, alcohol is evident but welcomed, dry finish.

Super complex nose. The flavor is is very layered as well but does not match the nose.
I know it sounds cliche, but complex is the main word to describe this beer.

Photo of lnashsig
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 35!

Believe it or not, this is the first time for me to ever try Westmalle Tripel. My belgium self education continues! Poured from 12oz bottle into my Chimay Chalice. Pours a golden cloudy color, nice head with superior creamy retention. It blankets the top fully with lacing all over the glass. Beautiful. Smell- pears, sauvignon blanc grapes, dark fruits like prunes or raisins. Taste- so much going on here: sugar coated apricots, a sweet bready grain, nice sweet fruitiness. Super drinkable for the ABV, dangerously so. This is great, but I don't think I'm all that into the style.

Photo of kylethebrilliant
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jrjordao
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to tulip:

Pours a glowing straw gold with a massive, white, loose-gauge head and distinctive lacing.

The nose on this one is unsurpassed. I pray to god Westmalle comes out with an air freshener someday. Sweet bread and esters, clove, banana, subtle fig, cereal, more yeast.

The taste is almost equally as impressive. It's more pronounced than more tripels I've had. Huge yeast, some alcohol, sweet bread, pear, banana, very good.

The alcohol is more prominent than others in the style but it doesn't detract from the overall perfection of the beer.

Photo of schwee
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bobhoya
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of howard12
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Chadster1975
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SciFritz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of fruity esters, mostly mild orange and lemon. Pepper. Mild alcohol. Mild floral hops. Sweet light malts.

Appearance: Pale hold in color. Cloudy. Some larger bubbles slowly rising from the bottom. Medium white head dissolves slowly leaving lots of lacing and a thin layer that doesn't want to go away.

Taste: Bold well-rounded flavor. There's those esters in orange and lemon. Some clove and mild pepper spice. Mild phenols.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Lots of carbonation. Mildly drying.

Overall: Bold yet easily drinkable. Starts with the bold bittersweet fruits and ends with a light malt flavor. Never harsh.

Photo of beerslushy
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a crystal clear light straw yellow color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of fizzy and fine bubbled pure white head which lingers beautifully before dissipating and leaving a beautiful amount of lacing which literally covers the whole side of the glass
S: a very nice tartness and brightness which i would compare to green grapes
T: definitely finishes with a noticeable spiciness from the yeast, the beginning is nicely fruity and bright, the middle hits with a nice smooth maltiness which is very briefly followed by a slight alcohol bite which sneaks in just before the spiciness at the tail end, truly enjoyable and spot on for the style; after allowing the beer to warm up just slightly i have begun to see just the faintest hints of banana peel which hit just after the fruitiness in the taste
M: fizzy carbonation hits the palate a bit aggressively up front but is then backed off by a smooth creaminess which slides into a bit of a sticky and dry feeling which lingers on the palate long afterwards
O: top to bottom this beer is spot on for the style, its really incredibly well rounded and has wonderful depth and complexity on the palate

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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