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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,651 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,651
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 318 | 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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Ratings: 3,651 | Reviews: 1,578 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

Day_Man, Mar 12, 2012
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1.16/5  rDev -73%

Jaynyne, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of sterstar1
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.

sterstar1, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of BillKuhnel
2/5  rDev -53.5%

BillKuhnel, May 05, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -53.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of HWren
2/5  rDev -53.5%

HWren, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Raziel313
2.25/5  rDev -47.7%

Raziel313, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of FoundersFanatic
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.

FoundersFanatic, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of santoslhalper
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.

santoslhalper, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of Jameswoody
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Jameswoody, Jul 31, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Hajimasabi, Jan 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

DangYankee, May 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jeffmonarch
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.

jeffmonarch, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Grunewald
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

Grunewald, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of BeerManDan
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.

BeerManDan, Aug 04, 2004
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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.

ultralarry2006, May 02, 2006
Photo of Lambstrong
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.

Lambstrong, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of notchucknorris
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.

notchucknorris, May 30, 2013
Photo of pootz
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?"

pootz, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of drowninginhops
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.

drowninginhops, May 19, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
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.

Beaver13, Feb 11, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

crosenkrantz, Nov 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

JDV, Jul 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

allbrigs, Mar 08, 2013
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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,651 ratings.