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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,495 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,495
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 226
Gots: 264 | 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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Day_Man


1/5  rDev -76.7%

03-12-2012 23:49:16 | More by Day_Man
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sterstar1

Colorado

1.73/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to give a beer (especially a Trappist) a bad review but this beer was not very good at all. I had a few sips and then poured the rest of the 750 down the drain. I may have gotten a bad batch but I found this beer to be quite bitter and sour and not what I would expect from a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 15:28:44 | More by sterstar1
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BillKuhnel

New York

2/5  rDev -53.5%

05-05-2014 13:54:07 | More by BillKuhnel
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -53.5%

11-22-2012 02:11:06 | More by cfalovo97
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HWren

New Mexico

2/5  rDev -53.5%

12-29-2011 04:40:55 | More by HWren
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Raziel313

California

2.25/5  rDev -47.7%

09-19-2013 08:13:21 | More by Raziel313
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FoundersFanatic

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Must have had a bad bottle as I love Trappist brews but this one was not good at all. Not even going to go through the rating as it was just bad. Skunkyish, stale, not much taste, not good at all. Total waste of money and not even sure if I would even try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:01:42 | More by FoundersFanatic
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearence: Pours an incrdedibly clear light orange with a huge, creamy, frothy, mountainous white head that stays forever.

Smell: The smell is fruity and spicy, with a suprising amount of yeast and wood notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This tastes like crap. No fruitiness at all, no good spices, just a strong alcoholic flavor mixed with a crappy, yeasty adjucnt flavor. The aftertaste is the only saving grace. While it's mostly dominated by alcohol, there's also a tiny bit of fruitness. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkbaility and Overall: This is one of the more dissapointed beers I've had lately. Maybe it was just a bad bottle, but nothing about it really tasted good. It's pretty, and smells nice, but goes downhill from there. Not one I'd really like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 04:09:46 | More by santoslhalper
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Jameswoody

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

07-31-2013 05:22:05 | More by Jameswoody
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Hajimasabi

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

01-17-2012 02:25:16 | More by Hajimasabi
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DangYankee

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

05-05-2014 02:37:06 | More by DangYankee
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ejw127

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

12-03-2011 22:19:46 | More by ejw127
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

2.53/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Slightly orange brown cloudy color with a thin white head.

S - Grainy and almost like wet dog. I hate to day that but it does.

T - It tastes better than it smells at least although I am still not impressed. It is a little sweet and very grainy. A little bitter also.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Did not like this one at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 02:10:54 | More by jeffmonarch
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It's cloudy amber with a big head and has lots of visible silt particles floating about.

S - strong estery malt with a robust alcohol presence

T - sweet malt with light fruit tones, then a very strong peppery alcohol flavor and a medicinal funk to finish

M - medium-low carbonation, medium body. When the peppery alcohol flavor hits there is a feeling of scouring or medicinal cleaning (somewhat similar to astringency but different). There is a potent throat warming feeling as well.

D - the medicinal alcohol flavors and antiseptic mouthfeel are too crazy in this brew, it looks great in the glass though

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 08:25:40 | More by Grunewald
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BeerManDan

California

2.55/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First of all, was not impressed with this beer. It tasted sour and unpleasent. I might have got a bad bottle of this Belgium Ale. It drank sour and had no flavor what so ever to be rated high. I wouldn't even consider it an average beer in the state that it was in. Sorry, pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 20:46:46 | More by BeerManDan
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a one finger head that quickly receded to just surface skim that did linger to the end. Sporadic lacing. Color is a densely hazy yellowy-orange amber.

Aroma - Sweet and spicy, and some alcoholic astringency.Can smell diacetyl. Little bit of candied fruit.

Taste - A bready malt at first, a surprise given that I could not detect it in the aroma. Gives way to a spicy alcohol medicinal taste. And that diacetyl that I mentioned. The alcohol makes its presence very known, which is something that always turns me off, even though I like, and actually prefer, high abv brews - but they have to do their best to make it as undetectable as possible, or at least integrate it into a sublime part of the overall flavor profile. Also, diacetyl is another major turn off to me. Finish is sweet and very dry.

Mouthfeel - full, with moderate carbonation. Leaves you very dry.

Drinkability - the high abv alone limits this to one serving of 750 ml ( or two 12 oz.'ers etc, you get the idea...), but for me this just wasn't something I'd want another one of, at any rate. The diacetyl and alcohol taste pretty much ruin this for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 19:11:17 | More by ultralarry2006
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Lambstrong

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a golden copper color. This is one foamy beer and creates a huge head. There is a subtle spicy aroma and I picked up coriander spice with a slight orange zest. There is definatley upfront spice with a peppery bitter aftertaste that I found a little disagreable. It's the aftertaste that ruins this beer for me. As for mouthfeel, this is a highly carbonated Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:30:58 | More by Lambstrong
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notchucknorris

California

2.64/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a huge two finger cream colored head. Looks really awesome.

S: Uh oh. Skunk and funk. First thing I smelled was a blast of skunk, followed by a pretty big dose of brett. Pretty sure it's not supposed to smell like this. Some toasted oak, almond meal, and Belgian yeast.

T: In a word- unbalanced. Stays between big flavors of sweet Belgian yeast and a pretty substantial bretty funk flavor. Aspirin and heavy bready malt as well. Again, I don't think this bottle is right. I'll revisit and rewrite if necessary.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 01:12:48 | More by notchucknorris
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured a slightly clouded sparkling orange-gold ale into my trappist chalace. Discreet fluffy cap and wonderful lacing. Lively champagne-like effervescence.

The nose is greeted with an earthy-spicey-honey-apricot aroma..alcohol not overly obnoxious to the nose.

Medium body. Mouth feel is peppery from the carbonation/alcohol decernment.

Flavor is not overly complex with malt mixture, the dominant sweet brewer’s sugar mingles with caramel malt to give a sweet spiced cider tone, the hops are there but sit in the background providing a tartness reminiscent of sour apple with yeasty-earthy undertones...then the slap in the face... a short, dry, harsh alcoholic finish where the alcohol becomes very apparent and literally obliterates the flavor profile of the ale.

Not my cup of tea....not very drinkable and too sharp/harsh to be savored slowly. Perhaps a year or two in cellar will mellow it, but drunk fresh it's pretty harsh like a high classed euro strong beer. I echo Oakes sentiment: " what the hell is so special about this?"

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 21:23:50 | More by pootz
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drowninginhops

South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had for a year at this point. served in Duvel glass from 1PT 9.4 fl oz bottle.

A: Hazy yello in color, some active carbonation, white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing

S: Yeast, some citrus, and indiscernible fruits

T: See Smell.

M: Light, almost crisp. No carbonation.

D: Underwhelmed, just average in my taste. I will try again encase i got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:12:01 | More by drowninginhops
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet corny malts with some lightly spiced grassy hops and some alcohol. It's almost malt liquorish.

The flavor is sweet malts with a decent grassy hop finish and some spices (coriander). The is some noticeable alcohol in the finish and becomes pretty hot as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with decent carbonation.

Overall, I've had much better Tripels. This was too strong in alcohol, overly sweet, and pretty simplistic.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 06:47:14 | More by Beaver13
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

2.75/5  rDev -36%

11-26-2012 14:23:46 | More by crosenkrantz
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JDV

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -36%

07-14-2014 19:44:33 | More by JDV
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allbrigs

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -36%

03-08-2013 05:22:24 | More by allbrigs
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solo103

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -36%

04-22-2014 16:07:17 | More by solo103
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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,495 ratings.