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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,571 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,571
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 240
Gots: 291 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

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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BamaBeachBum

Alabama

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-30-2011 05:27:23 | More by BamaBeachBum
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maxk

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-29-2011 12:16:18 | More by maxk
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

11.4 oz bottle poured gently into an oversized wine glass so as not to disturb the yeast.

A: Golden straw-colored appearance, very inviting. One finger of bright white head with nice velvety retention on the sides of the glass.

S: Minimal sweetness up front as I have come to expect with my experience with many American Belgian-style ales. Definitely some hay and/or sagey qualities.

T: Starts with a mild belgian sweetness. Some undertones of Chardonnay in the middle. Finishes with an appropriate and refeshing bitterness.

M: Lots of carbonation, however quite smooth.

Overall: Very very good. This is one I will have again. I am currently going to finish the last couple ounces left in the glass, including the yeast.

Thank you for reading my first beer review, salud!

11-29-2011 01:58:17 | More by beerbiatchMD
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

11-28-2011 20:12:51 | More by deapokid
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Raebies

Australia

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Holding the bottle up to the sunlight, I can see the cloudy beer with little flecks of yeast floating around inside. Pale cloudy yellow in the glass, lots of light fizz that settles quickly forming a firm head. It smells very crisp and clean, light fruityness. Reminds me of orval, without the barnyard funk.

Perfect level of light sweetness, not as sweet as other tripels. Slight tang, but smooth tasting. The warmth of the alcohol comes through without a boozey flavour. It's fairly close to perfect.

11-28-2011 07:48:56 | More by Raebies
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bnes09

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Beautiful light gold colored ale. Lustrous, white, foamy head towers over the beer and gently recedes to a smooth layer of cream. Laces very well.

Beautiful aroma of fresh cut flowers, and grass. Bright, young, green, and yeasty. Lots of citrus character, mostly lemon, mingled in as well. This has to be the best smelling beer I have ever experienced.

Flavor is not as good as the aroma but still exceptional. Mild, bready malt character. Sweetness of sugar cane and apple fits very well. Hops are fresh with a grassy character and hint at bitterness without overpowering. Deep, complex and very tasty. Alcohol cannot be detected making it very dangerous.

Just heavy enough to call it medium bodied, but barely. Lively carbonation. Finish is crisp, smooth and clean. Perfect feel.

Wow! I am so glad when beers like this come along and remind me why I venture out and sample new brews. Such wonderfully complex flavors yet a light feel that is easy to drink. A true masterpiece in brewing.

11-28-2011 07:27:43 | More by bnes09
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drh1382

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-28-2011 03:49:25 | More by drh1382
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-28-2011 03:48:04 | More by bbadger
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cornucopia

Puerto Rico

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-28-2011 02:42:27 | More by cornucopia
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-27-2011 23:54:00 | More by dvanhandel
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.97/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance - orange murky brew with lots of carbonation through body. 2-3 finger billowy head with excellent retention in fact 2 minutes after pour it grew another finger. It's alive!!!

Smell - Wonderful scents of bready, earthy straw notes. Also picking up some sweet scents and slight bannana scent

Taste - Fabulous complexity and balance. Sweet and malty start and a crisp hop finish. I can't belive this is 9.5% as although its strong in flavor its not boozy at all.

Mouthfeel - Great.

Overall - A nearly perfect beer in my book. Satisfying in every aspect that a beer could be.

11-27-2011 21:26:10 | More by bubseymour
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-27-2011 05:08:05 | More by schnarr84
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

Poured a white all-head which left a lasting white merengue floater. Hazed lemonade yellow color. Smell has sweet fruit and spice. Taste again has the fruit but it's dry and the taste is more along tropical fruit. There's also spice. A sour rye aftertaste persists in a fairly long finish.

11-27-2011 03:09:20 | More by MoreThanWine
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-27-2011 01:19:53 | More by CelticAleMan
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Rico488

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-27-2011 01:11:34 | More by Rico488
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Elemenopy

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-26-2011 20:28:58 | More by Elemenopy
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-26-2011 16:24:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-25-2011 17:14:45 | More by mdillon86
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Manoftyr

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-25-2011 04:19:57 | More by Manoftyr
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PunkFloyd

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-24-2011 08:03:57 | More by PunkFloyd
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-23-2011 05:28:37 | More by jsnoek
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-23-2011 02:30:38 | More by PEIhop
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bfirkin45

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-23-2011 00:56:29 | More by bfirkin45
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Decided it was time to get off my ass and finally try the Westmalle Tripel.
Here it goes:

A: Pours a really light golden yellow. Very clear with tons of effervesence. A beautiful thick and creamy 2 finger head tops it of.

S: Tons of Apple skin. Sweet white grapes. Peppery citrus. Ripened bartlett pear or asian pear. Light caramel and floral.

T: Huge belgian yeast notes. Lot's of apple skin and juicy white grapes. Some sticky dark fruit notes believe it or not.

M: Tons of effervesence. ALmost champagne like. Really dry on the finish.

Overall: There's a reason why this is world class beer and considered to be the best Tripel made. Try it and you'll know why.

11-22-2011 23:55:30 | More by BigMike
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-22-2011 15:32:00 | More by captainbearcat
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,571 ratings.