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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 490 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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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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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.

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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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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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