Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,858 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,858
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 401 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4/5  rDev -7%

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

A: Pours a golden pale yellow cloudy body with a white head and persistent head, that when dissipates leave a lacing on the goblet.

S: Citric fruits and is very sweet, delicate and complex.

T: the flavor is very complex, resembling of fruits malts and smooth bitter hops with a complexity that is not found in a commom ale or lager, still it is a very delicate beer, the 9,5 % of alcohol just appear in the sweetness and a warmth feel, but is never intrusive in the flavor.

M: With its thick Body, no much carbonation and a little alcohol warmth Westmalle Tripel have a real complex mouthfeel, the hops prevail in the end, but in the begginning it leave a fruit and sweet spicy taste.

O: Westmalle is a real world class beer, not too expensive and very unique, one of my favourites beers. Everyone should try this liquid treasure once in the live.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of barczar
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy inch and a half ivory head that lingers.

Belgian yeast, pear, tangerine, and mango form the initial aroma. There's an underlying confectioners sugar sweetness, along with coriander and a hint of wheat. Somewhat musty.

Flavor is fruity and sweet initially, but it dries out considerably at the finish. Pear, belgian yeast, green apple, pineapple, ginger, and coriander underlie a slightly sweet, light bready malt body, becoming peppery at the finish. Very delicate, but complex.

Body is moderate, creamy, with fairly high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very nice belgian yeast ester character, and an excellent balance of sweetness and dryness.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rodlavers
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big-bottle, 25.4oz format. Poured into a Westvleteren Tulip.

Pours a hazy pale yellow banana color, with a huge foamy white head which does thin out, but leaves a really nice thin and bubbly layer on top. It's bright and holds light really well. Chunks of lacing just slide down the glass, no real cling.

Aroma is filled with spice, pepper, light lemon, and maybe a bit of smoke. It's citrusy and ever-so-slightly filled with fruit, but not overly.

Taste is similar, but way more forward. It's spicy/peppery and herbal, with elements of light lemon and some wood as well. It's "belgiany" with malt/breadiness apparent. Light fruit (apple, and maybe others) as well.

Feel is very complex; smooth and creamy but it's also effervescent, almost like champagne or chardonnay (which is where I believe it gets it's wood character). Alcohol is there as well.

I first had this beer about 18 months ago, and was given this larger bottle as a gift about 5 months ago. Westmalle Tripel is very interesting and unique, but I suppose I find most trappist ales that way as well. It's a good beer. It's refreshing and the right choice tonight as it's still really warm right now. I'll definitely grab another big bottle or several smaller. Cheers.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Westmalle Tripel

Best By 05/09/14. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a straw-golden color with a finger of fluffy, airy, bright white head. The head slowly deflates, leaving behind a wall of intricate lacing. Very good retention, some champagne-like effervescence, but average clarity.

S: Fruity esters, candied stone fruit, floral and clove, a bit of smoke (?), honey-coated apple, and tasty sweetish malt.

T: Slightly fruity malt, floral and spice notes again, a Diet Coke-like flavor or sweetness that is beyond me. This has a muddled finish, with a sharp graphite/pencil off-taste (maybe the yeast) with some sugar.

M: High carbonation, soft, medium body. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: I'm not sure what's going on with the flavor in this, but it's not really doing it for me. The aroma is quite appealing, though muted. I'm a little let down since this is supposed to be somewhat of a classic.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light gold (piss) colour. Leaves a foamy pure white head. There's small dark sediment at the bottom. Not particularly good lacing.

S: Bathwater, sherbet, nail varnish. Floral and a touch vinous.

T: Phew, no coriander flavour. It's slightly vinous. Has some sweetness. Not yeasty but there is some white bread. A bit of spice and peppery clove, a good bit of lacquer/nail varnish complemented with an appropriate bitter bite. It's quite floral. There's some of that hoppy bathwater that I get from English ales but not as strong as the head suggests. Nail varnish and summer fruits in the aftertaste. More citrusy as I get to the dregs. Leaves a sustaining Sprite-like citrus flavour in the mouth. At 9.5% it's very drinkable. Alcohol is well masked.

M: There's enough effervescence but it's very soft and fine. Foamy but in a good way.

O: This is now my third favourite Belgian pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 07/03/2014
Glass: Tulip

Not as bright or fruity as La Fin Du Monde, a more heavy pale malt-Westmalle yeast-hop bitterness tripel with cooked fruit flavors. The easy ethanol detectability was a bit of a let down, but the complexity of the beer and its overall flavors were quite enjoyable. Still, for $6.50 per 11.2oz bottle, this is not a particularly good deal, I can't see myself revisiting this with any sort of regularity.

Pours a voluminous white head of small-sized bubbles, which lasts an incredibly long time. Head collapses into a meringue-like thick cap atop the body of the beer, remaining throughout the entire glass. Lacing is very present, thick sheets adorn the entirety of the inner glass. Body is a fairly bright yellow-gold color, transparent, light binging out brighter yellow. Very strong and easily visible carbonation.

Aroma is of dried sweet grass, Westmalle yeast strain and its associated byproducts, poached pears and apples, honey, and pale malts with light candi sugar.

The flavors of the beer are predominantly of pale malt sweetness, Belgian yeast and its classic byproducts, modest hop bitterness, and cooked pears or apples: sweet and slightly fruity, with interesting yeast products, as the style warrants. Front of palate picks up on sweetness from pale malt extractives, spicy ethanol, Belgian yeast, poached pears, vanilla, and honey. Mid-palate detects honey, light candi sugar, Westmalle yeast and byproducts, dried lemon pith, white bread, vanilla, modest hop bitterness, and spiciness from the ethanol. Back of palate notes ethanol, pale malt sweetness, and Westmalle yeast. The aftertaste features mild bitterness that's balanced with lingering honey and candi sugar sweetness.

The beer is heavy-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gently foams this up on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is heavy, but smooth and foamy. Ethanol heat is easily felt across the palate, in the nostrils, and on the back of the throat. This one's strength isn't that deceptive. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness left on the palate.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a cloudy light lemony gold with two full fingers of puffy pure white head. The foam take a bit to settle, leaving only a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, citrus rind, and mild spice. I'm not getting that familiar banana scent that is common in so many tripels.

T: The beer starts out light and refreshing with mild a mild sweetness that sits well on the tongue. The beer then shifts to a good helping of bitter lemon and grapefruit rind. Some spice begins to make itself known towards the back end, where I also get a bit of alcohol burn.

M: Light bodied beer. It's light and refreshing as first sip, but this beer is not to be taken lightly. It packs a punch with it's bitters and high abv. It only lightly coats the palate, and moves off well, but there is a lingering syrupy quality after the beer is gone.

O: Good beer, but this is far from my favorite tripels. I would have liked a bit more banana/fruit component and make a bit less bitters. But overall it's solid. I would drink this again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,858 ratings.