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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,584 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,584
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 240
Gots: 298 | 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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maxwelldeux

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

06-02-2013 22:36:22 | More by maxwelldeux
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thefluker

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

07-14-2013 01:30:36 | More by thefluker
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deeplennon

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Pours nicely with an appetizing golden appearance. Aroma is possibly Saaz with some alcohol, and is good not great.

Taste has too much alcohol for me with not nearly enough sweet to balance. Very dry overall. Yeast character seems funky, though that could be the hops (again Saaz?) what it is is definitely a spicy characteristic that I want to attribute to the yeast. The amount of fruity yeast esters is lacking for the style.

While far from terrible I really don't like the flavor balance of this beer which leans too far towards alcohol. Might be my least favorite triple of the trappist and major abbey brands. Has always seemed overrated to me.

06-25-2007 06:45:19 | More by deeplennon
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bmf0

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

12-21-2012 15:43:07 | More by bmf0
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

10-29-2013 01:42:26 | More by DelicateDelirium
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hombrepalo

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-29-2014 13:51:13 | More by hombrepalo
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Johnny_Danger

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

05-06-2014 00:53:02 | More by Johnny_Danger
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mcss

New York

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

06-27-2012 03:17:45 | More by mcss
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AGust82

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-12-2014 22:54:48 | More by AGust82
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Sirre

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-05-2014 18:22:19 | More by Sirre
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thejoshgray

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-03-2013 20:21:38 | More by thejoshgray
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acashk

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-02-2013 02:52:18 | More by acashk
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

12-02-2012 05:05:06 | More by BYOFB
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peagasus

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

11-02-2012 15:29:43 | More by peagasus
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Hayley_86

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

07-29-2014 17:26:05 | More by Hayley_86
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jrjordao

Portugal

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

05-09-2012 12:48:05 | More by jrjordao
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kil


3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

06-09-2012 18:43:55 | More by kil
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a St Bernardus goblet. Pours a clear, honey gold with a billowy, ivory head that retains well, and leaves classic Belgian sheet lacing behind. Nice aroma of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. Mouthfeel has fizzy carbonation and hard alcohol bite. Alcohol hits the palate immediately, without any disguise. Not good. Hop and yeasty bitterness dominate the taste. At room temperature, some banana and pear tastes struggle to emerge, but don't really arrive. I found this Tripel difficult to finish, as the taste is all unpleasant bitterness and overwhelming alcohol. Maybe the yeasts got out of whack in this bottle, but it's the first Belgian Tripel I didn't like. Very ho-hum.

02-20-2004 03:12:11 | More by merlin48
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured into a Chimay goblet and had to slow down to keep the head contained, it practically jumped out of the glass. Golden yellow, head is white and not all that sticky.
Fruity sweetness along with some earthy notes in the nose. However, I got way too much funkiness and sourness combined with a weird bitterness in the flavor. I know this is a world class beer with tons of history, but this Tripel just isn't for me. I was able to drink the whole thing without a problem, but I don't think I'll be going down this road again.

03-26-2009 13:42:40 | More by joshuadlight
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured a light amber color with a thick white head with lots of lacing. Looks great.

Smelled of bananas, alcohol and slightly grassy with some cloves.

Taste of bananas, cloves, yeast, phenol. Everything was on more of the mild side. Was expected more full flavors from this one. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner that I expected, and I could really taste the alcohol.

Not quite as good as I thought it would be, not sure if this sat out in the light to long. I liked the dubbel more. Still a good beer.

08-20-2005 02:37:06 | More by RedHaze
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JackStraw22

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%

First off, this beer has easily the largest head I"ve ever seen on a beer, big white, fluffy, foam. Good retention, some lacing too. Cloudy, deep gold body with lots of bubbles. I like the aroma, very sweet, but a light sweetness. I hint of floral hops hiding in there too. Can really taste the alcohol in this, a little too much. It has a very dry finish, that actually leaves me thirsty. Doesn't taste as sweet as it smells

01-20-2005 02:56:09 | More by JackStraw22
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AdamMY

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -23.3%

I far preferred the Dubbel to the Tripel, The appearance was cloudy, and a bit uninspiring. The smell was nice but mostly oranges and pears, while the taste was quite nice tasting of oranges and cream, but slightly heavy on the Hops. The mouthfeel and drinkability were definitely below par.

03-01-2011 02:07:41 | More by AdamMY
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phisig137

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -23.3%

Bottle dated best by 9-20-07, pours a very hazy light gold color, with a three finger head. Falls quickly into a ring around the glass, leaving almost no lacing. Looks reminicent of a Hefe.

Aroma is full of grain and yeasty esters. Fresh bread is backed by a huge aroma of fresh apples, and a hint of strawberries. No alcohol present here. But also no spice, which I look for in a triple.

Flavor is well balanced, again with a strong apple character, with a bit of banana, and malty sweetness. No spicy yeast seems present here. No alcohol again. Flavorful, but not huge. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, and drinkability is quite good.

Good beer overall, but lacks a lot of the qualities of a triple that I look for. Not bad at all, just not all that great either.

09-07-2006 02:47:25 | More by phisig137
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beveritt

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. The bottle is short and stubby, with a raised ring of glass aorund the neck. The side of the label has places to motch a date, years and months, but nothing is notched. Imprinted on the back is the date 03/01/08. I assume that is a drink by date.

Appearance: Pours with about 1 inch of almost pure white head. This settles slowly, leaving a ring aorund the glass and a decent skim coating of foam. Lots of lacing. The beer itself is a beautiful honey color and very hazy.

Smell: A subtle sweet smell, citrusy and somewhat syrupy. Definite wheat tang. Slight smell of molasses or brown sugar.

Taste: Alcohol taste is fairly strong, maybe it would settle with some aging. Sweet malt undertones, with a bitter fruit aftertaste, not really pleasant. A slight hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carboantion. A great creamy finish.

Drinkability: A little bit disappointed. The appearance is great and the smell is pretty good. The taste however, I found unpleasantly bitter, not a hop bitterness, but an unripe fruit finish. Maybe this would benefit from some aging. Something I will definitely revisit.

02-06-2007 21:34:42 | More by beveritt
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bark

Sweden

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid hazy. The high white compact head slowly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving lots of lacing.

The strong smell is yeasty and very sweet. Fruity sour notes of apples and pineapples. I noted some alcohol and a hint of marzipan.

The taste is sweet with notes of nuts and exotic fruits. Some citric-sour bitter hints and a mild yeasty flavour. Complex notes of dough, lime peels, apricots and plums. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as notes of exotic fruits, dough and bitter herbs.

The carbonation is mild; small bubbles. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

Well... A triple above average. But not much more.

11-15-2008 21:17:19 | More by bark
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,584 ratings.