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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,950
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 304
Gots: 461 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Somewhat of a yeasty champagne on the nose, malt and apple as well. On the palate, spicy combined with some green apple tartness and the champagne grape and dryness fills the middle. The spice is pepper and maybe even some clove but the malt provides a nice balance to that, all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really tasty ale, something I could drink all the time. It almost makes me want to become a trappist monk just so I could get this from the source. Except my ADHD would make the whole chanting/prayer thing hard to focus on. Oh well.

Photo of BillDon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of BierStein711
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice

Golden hazy yellow, much like a hefeweizen or Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde.

Three finger head that was reduced in ten minutes, and disappeared after twenty minutes.

S: Barley, alcohol, and wheat

T: Wheat and barley malts, hop bitterness, and a subtle bite

M: Heavy, but not as heavy as some Russian Imperial Stouts or some other Belgians

Overall, this is a beer with a prestigious name that I would not seek out due to both price and the fact that I didn't care for it that much.

Photo of MsRif
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1003rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
11.2 oz

Best buy 26/5/12
Purchased single 11.2 from Bevmo, Chino Hills

App- A very hazy cloudy yellow with a bit of wheat/golden mixed into it. The head was a pretty potent and standing firm 2 fingers of off white. Was a little curious as to why this produced no cling or lace.

Smell- A bit peppery on the nose with a lot of wheat, yeast, dough and earthy behind it. A few whispy notes of string booze come up as well on a big pull.

Taste- A very classic and large Belgian Tripel. A lot of layers on this one with some dank green apple, white pepper, wheat and yeast on the flavor. I really enjoyed it and apprecaited the flavors and tingle of the 9.50 coming on strong at the end.

Mouth- A medium body Tripel with a medium prickly/bubbly carbonation level. The residual flavors are boozy, apples and pepper mixed with some fizzy yeast.

Drink- One of the classics. I can see why it's so highly rated. Been a long time since I had one of these so was nice to come back to a classic. Will always come back to this Tripel.

Photo of Joshgonzales79
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Tripel pours a light gold color w/ a beautiful two finger eggshell head. Great lacing on the glass. Fairly cloudy and murky in appearance as well. The nose is nice- citrus, pepper, spices, apple, malt, yeast. Warming the beer to almost room temperature does wonders for the strength of the nose. The taste is a tiny step up. The same profile as the nose, but the flavors are bigger and bolder. Very complex, and it seems each taste reveals something slightly different. Feel is amazing- the perfect combination of a malty/yeasty backbone, spice, hops, bready chewiness and carbonation. All w/ a tiny alcohol burn on the aftertaste. I can't think of anything I'd change on the feel for this style- thus the 5. It's perfect. Overall, this is one of, if not the standard for Belgian Tripels. There are a lot of good ones out there, but maybe none better. I will always continue to pick this up and be thankful I can find it easily around Washington DC. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden- yellow color with a frothy generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Fruity and slightly bready notes dominate.

Taste: The fruity and bready notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. Out of the fruity notes I pick out a grape taste. The fruity notes are balanced out by the bready notes and a clean somewhat dry finish. Very tasty and smooth. The alcohol is MIA in this one.

Mouth-feel: somewhere between light and medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Classic Belgian Tripel. No need for crazy ingredients when you got your technique down pat and your fermentation produces a great tasting complex beer.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar/pint and the brew is a bright straw yellow color with a massive dense snow white head with a foamy frothy lacing on the glass.

Massive amounts of small bubbles continue to surface with brown bits rising and falling with the bubbles.

The smell is white sweet fruits and nice aromatic yeasts. Very unique aroma, with no apparent sign of candy sugar (which I'm not fond of).

The taste is very complex, lightly sweet fruit, yummy yeast, very minor candy sugar.

Very well balanced with the 9 1/2% abv. well hidden. Light bodied, with a nice mouthfeel that leaves the tongue and throat with a nice after taste.

I've shyed away from Belgiums, in part due to those with heavy candy sugar flavors; but this is a very enjoyable brew. It is spot on as far as the style description goes. Almost as if the style was writen while someone was drinking this as they wrote the style description.

Photo of LDemarais
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The color is a golden/orange with some nice yellow highlights and a thin layer of head that leaves quickly with no lacing.

The smell is bready with some nice malty sweetness and a yeasty aroma that is common for triples.

The taste is a bit fruity and really is a surprise how much of an orange flavor comes out. There is a waxy citrus flavor that is also a bit malty sweet but gives real rooted flavor that seems very organic and not fake. There is some nice banana flavor mixed with some light lemon or lime flavor.

The feel of this beer is smooth, real, and has such a character all it's own. This may be the best Triple I have had. The sweetness is compact and comes out at just the right times. It feels well constructed as it moves over your taste bud and delights the sense. One of my favorite beers to date.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer poured a tall white head made up of many moderately large bubbles that stood atop a slightly hazy gold body. Beautiful lacing is present for a short time, but does not vanish entirely.

Smell: Very light in odor, but also very crisp and fresh. You can smell a light sweetness with some fruity tones and some yeast character to give it a slight amount of fullness.

Taste: Wow! So delicious, wonderful light fruit notes, white grapes and apple. This is really a genuine example for the style, somewhat like a champagne. A slight bitterness and yeasty base balance out the sweetness and provide a full body. Amazingly crisp and well balanced, prime example of the style.

Mouthfeel: More than any other beer I have had this beer carbonation totally enhances the flavor. The champagne like carbonation burns at first, opening your pallet to the flavor and robust body.

Overall: Incredible, so delicious and fresh, and beautiful to behold. For a beer that is so easy to get it is hard to say anything negative at all, a go to for the style and a beer that will certainly be featured in my fridge very frequently.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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