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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,793 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,793
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 365 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

maxk, Nov 29, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

beerbiatchMD, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

deapokid, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Raebies
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Raebies, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

bnes09, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bbadger, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

cornucopia, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

dvanhandel, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

bubseymour, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MoreThanWine, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CelticAleMan, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Rico488, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Elemenopy, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Manoftyr, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

PunkFloyd, Nov 24, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jsnoek, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bfirkin45, Nov 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BigMike, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

captainbearcat, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

RepMichigan, Nov 22, 2011
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,793 ratings.