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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,479 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,479
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 258 | 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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Mac19872

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-03-2012 01:58:28 | More by Mac19872
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-17-2013 08:25:19 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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generallee

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet. A best before date is printed on the back of the bottle.

Appearance: The body has slightly hazy appearance with a bright golden yellow color. Also there is some nice visible carbonation and lots of little bits of floating yeast in the body. On top sits a tall, stiff, white head that has great retention and make lots of slick lacing that coats the glass before slowly sliding down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The nose is full of fruity and funky yeast, sweet malt and fresh wet hay.

Taste/Mouth Feel: There is mild sweetness from the malt and fruity/funky yeast. There are notes of apple, pineapple, golden raisin and lemon zest that are wrapped up in a mild warming alcohol. Hops are very light and the finish gets slightly tart and dry with just a hint of hop bitterness. The body is about medium to full with a smooth rounded feel and the carbonation is in perfect balance to cleanse the palate for the next sip.

Notes: This is one of the finest beers that I have had in my opinion, and worthy of a perfect score as I can't find anything to improve on except for maybe the yeast sediment in the appearance but I like the yeast in Trappist beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 23:01:26 | More by generallee
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shatnerosmotic

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-15-2011 04:48:29 | More by shatnerosmotic
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-18-2011 17:59:52 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-16-2011 21:46:11 | More by RyanPS
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dwren89

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy, active yeast visible, golden yellow, slight orange hue in the light, foamy white head with good staying power

Aroma: not very strong fruit esters, though detectable banana and clove, no noticeable malt aroma or hop aroma

Taste: definite banana and clove taste, well rounded bready malt profile to round out yeast flavor, no noticeable hop character. Spicy phenols carry flavor and deliver a well rounded fruity, spicy, and softly malty flavor. No alcohol solvency, no diacetyl detected.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, prickly to the tongue, medium body, finishes dry and with a malty residue left in the mouth.

Overall Impression: Certainly more drinkable than a Quad, this ale bears similar taste resemblance to a German hefeweizen, however it's medium body, roundness of malt character, and lack of wheaty astringency make it easily discardable. If those characteristics were not enough, the obvious Belgian influence is easily recognized in the yeast complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:46:04 | More by dwren89
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justme

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-04-2014 22:20:17 | More by justme
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pianoman511

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-02-2013 00:18:12 | More by pianoman511
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MrVonzipper

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-15-2011 05:41:53 | More by MrVonzipper
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-26-2013 22:11:41 | More by cclark67789
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zachpaschal

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-03-2014 01:22:21 | More by zachpaschal
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Dan114

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-07-2014 02:02:45 | More by Dan114
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Riverared

Alabama

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-11-2012 05:40:09 | More by Riverared
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joeponte

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-03-2013 17:49:48 | More by joeponte
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Ed_from_Ohio

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite beer in the world. Delightful, young or old. Rich, golden, hazy appearance. Light, lacy head. Full of flavor, rich and full, then finishing crisp with nice bitter profile, not overwhelming alcohol. Would buy over and over again. Drank a few that had aged 12mo+, and a more complex, robust flavor was experienced.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:03:51 | More by Ed_from_Ohio
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diogo

Portugal

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-27-2014 17:07:09 | More by diogo
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freewill35

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2011 08:44:12 | More by freewill35
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Ralphs66

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-15-2011 13:27:38 | More by Ralphs66
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despond

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-20-2011 03:43:38 | More by despond
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-09-2013 20:38:42 | More by EBeckett3
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Dwtucker90

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-08-2012 18:01:25 | More by Dwtucker90
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sbrotschul

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow ... this might be a perfect beer! I wrote some notes down while tasting half of the bottle, and then looked at some of the reviews -- and I think that I am not alone in loving this beer.

I picked this beer up on the recommendation of the woman at a bottle shop in Belgium (store description and location, below). This woman is a saint! What a great recommendation.

Appearance: (5.0) The tulip glass looked amazing with the gold color of the beer and eggshell head from the Triple.

Smell: (5.0) Hints of citrus, a little pepper and some apple. As the beer warmed, the smell became more pronounced.

Taste: (5.0) A good spice came through ... very nice. A small amount of alcohol.

Mothfeel (5.0) Good malt with slight carbination.

Overall (5.0) This must be the gold standard for all Belgian beers.

*** Le Moine Austère ***
Just up the road from us in Beligum, is a wonderful bottle shop called the Austere Monk (I'll review it after BA adds it: Le Moine Austère, Rue Dorez 8, Tournai, Belgium) (a review: http://www.monnuage.fr/point-d-interet/le-moine-austere-a41282). My wife and kids found the shop while touring the Grand Place and visiting the Christmas village. The family was excited to bring me to the store and even sent a few photos of the wall of bottles.

As I looked at the selection, I instantly wished that I knew more about Belgium beers. I understand a little French and shopkeeper was willing to bring to me some of the local beers and the traditional favorites. (Side note: it is *very* helpful to have a wife that speaks and understands French!) She pointed out which beers were still made by monks (down to five, she said), and those breweries which tend to create craft beers. She loves to make gift baskets, filled with beers, glasses and other treats. I can't wait to return!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 00:36:59 | More by sbrotschul
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spakman

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-05-2013 23:20:30 | More by spakman
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nickthetick

Maryland

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: like an over ripened orange and hazy, not really cloudy but still opaque. Half to one finger of white head that thins out. Slightly effervescent and leaves small amounts of thin lacing.

S: oranges and dark citrus fruits with a good amout of fruity yeast esters and biscuity malt notes. Its heavy on the malt and yeast but the hops are defiantly present.

T: same dark citrus fruits and still heavy on the malt and yeast. Biscuit is there through the whole taste and it ends with something similar to a granny smith apple taste (I now there is a word for it that starts with a D but I can't remember it). A bit peppery in the after taste that lingers.

MF: it has a medium body and is creamy, its also fairly effervescent. The alcohol isn't at all noticeable and the flavors transfer into one another smoothly. This is a filling beer that could easily double as a small meal!

D: you can almost taste the rarity! Yum! All kidding aside this beer has been brewed to a standard that can not easily be met. There is a special feeling you get when you drink a trappist ale. They are brewed to such prefection that not only are they the tastyest beers in the world they also have a story. This is an easy buy again when I can find it!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:09:32 | More by nickthetick
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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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