Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,858
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 400 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a two fingered head that laces nicely.

S - Banana and cloves, citrus and a little boozy.

T - Fairly spicey initially with the banana and clove and a hint of apples with a little boozy bitter finish.

M - Med bodied with med to high carbonation

O - A little over carbonated but nonetheless a complex, well balanced beer that is magnificent to consume.

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a solid orange color that is slightly hazy with a good head. Perfect color for a trappist

the aromas aren't jumping, but very well blended. On the subtle side with aromas of orange peels, some florals, a slight touch of funk and all sorts of various citrus aromas as well

The feel is extremely well weighted and round. The flavors of citrus', orange peels, hints of earth, and white florals are deep and polished

This is a standard bearer, and for great reason. This is just a class beer that you want to drink and savor at the same time.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden with hints of beige and grey. A creamy white head that has real staying power

S - Blueberry, grapes, candi sugar, pears, papaya, vanilla, biscuits, taffy, currant, some malt, caramel, toffee, sponge

T - Slight fruity sweetness which is followed by a surprising bitter that carries through til the end accompanied by malt tones and caramel. Spices and booze are predominant with subtle caraway and anise. Yeasty breadiness comes out under the fruit and provides a hearty base.

M - Velvety carbonation and a wonderful mouthcoating.

O - An excellent brew. Given that its relatively dry and pretty bitter, this one definitely goes to the top of the list for Belgain Tripels.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You can never go wrong with a beer under the 'Authentic Trappist Product' namesake. Now, to pick it apart!

Appearance - Great head retention! A very vivid golden yellow. Fairly cloudy and pours out nice (I have poured this into my official Westmalle glass because, well, I am a massive nerd!). The beer is very colorful and makes me think of a much bolder Belgian blonde ale when studying it from outside the bottle.

Smell - Not many notes coming through, aside from a bit of bread, lemon and a bit of herb. Most of what I'm smelling is predominantly the yeast coming through. Not a whole lot to take in here as far as fragrance goes, but that may be due to the strong head retention.

Taste - A very, very balanced Tripel! Quite complex and it stimulates almost every part of the pallet. Very lightly dry-hopped to help counteract the candy sugar. I can taste the following: vanilla, citrus, floral notes (from the hops), bread (aftertaste), slight pine (initial taste) and candy sugar (not too sweet). A beautiful beer.

Mouthfeel - This is where the head on this beer really comes into effect, giving it an amazing, smooth, buttery texture. Very creamy and helps pull this beer together. Perfectly carbonated. You definitely can feel this more on the roof or your mouth, but it still manages to stimulate all parts of the tongue (including the sides) and other areas of the mouth as well. Let it sit for a bit and you will see what I mean. Very well done, in my opinion!

Overall - This is a STAPLE Belgian beer. I must admit, I have had this dozens of times before, but it still surprises me each time I open a bottle. A very well done Tripel and great way to spend a cold winter night or hot summer day. Always nice to mix it up whenever you may not be in the mood for a delicious, complex quad...

More on that later! Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly lighter in appearance than most Tripels drank recently with a nice cloudy golden hue and 1 finger white head.

The aroma is very refreshing with a touch of malt but overall hint of yeast and fruitiness.

Taste is out of this world with the sweetness of the malts quickly fading and touches of pear and yeast quickly building with a refreshing, smooth, and crisp finish for a Tripel with 9.5% ABV.

To me, this beer is at the top pf the list for Tripels. It exemplifies the perfect combination of malts, yeasts, and hops.

Truly world class!

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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