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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
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world-class

3,973 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 490 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Ratings: 3,973 | Reviews: 1,618
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with giant three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Banana. Belgian yeast. Subtle spice. Vibrant and fresh.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Banana and sweet malt. Spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm going down.

O: Best Tripel I have had.

Photo of nhindian
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Bottle provided as a generous extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - This is a very pretty beer, dark yellow, almost amber colored. A snow-white, 1.5-fingered head rests softly on top with excellent retention, lasting well over halfway through the duration of the beer. Lacing is great as well with tightly gripping foam latching on to the glass. Out of all the Trappist beers I've had, this has some of the most carbonation rushing from the bottom of the glass as multiple nucleation points spout out bubbles at a rapid pace. One of the best-looking Trappist beers I've had so far.

S - The smell is light and very enticing. A little bit of spice, but the fruits really take the stage here. Grapes and bananas fill the aroma and smells similar to champagne. Malts, some Belgian yeast, and a little alcohol help round everything out.

T - The taste is a nice representation of the notes in the aroma, with the grapes coming through much more strongly. The malts lead and bring a nice sweetness, a bit of candied sugar, and a solid amount of spice. Then the grapes really shine. As the beer finishes, the bananas, phenols, and a bit of alcohol come through. Really tasty beer here!

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. Nice, dry, spicy finish.

D - Drinkability is high. Not incredibly complex but the grape in this beer is addicting. Really easy to drink and at 9.5%, this will definitely creep up on you.

Photo of sjones5045
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful head on this beer, its a fluffy, pillow-like, long-lasting, white head made with bunches of tiny bubbles. The beer is this hazy golden color like honey. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: It has that expected deep fruity character with the traditional Belgian yeasty background.

T: Nice light flavor here. It tastes of summer fruit (peach, plum, etc) with a strong malty base. Relatively clean for an ale.

M: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Highly carbonated in fact. Coats the palate, and for a light bodied beer, it sticks around a while after the swallow.

D: Very high, the alcohol is well hidden in this which can be very dangerous.

Photo of Jameswoody
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dherling
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy golden with a big head and moderate lacing. Malty smell with aromas of raisins and citrus. Flavors are similar to the aroma with just a hint of alcohol. Otherwise tastes well-balanced with both hoppy and malty characteristics. Plenty of carbonation and a dry texture.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of slitherySOB
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, brown/orange with a HUGE head. Head was so huge that I kept having to wait for it to settle(which took forever) before I could pour more in. Plenty of lace sticking to the chalice. Smells of pungent alcohol, grapes, biscuits, lemon, grassiness, and spices. Very fruit and spicey taste. Bit of lemons, apricots and pepper wrapped in an earthy malt tone. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and slick. Very drinkable.

Photo of santoslhalper
2.53/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the look is very appealing with deep and radiant gold hues, it is also lightly hazed. A number of fine fuzzy particles are noticeable. The head was most impressive while wearing a fluffed bright white blob engulfing my entire snifter. All points aside this looks great

S: the nose is full of pears, some spices, and a chunk of apple. A light grainy funk is in the mix as well Overall the nose is not as dense or complex as I would have thought. Still, things smell pleasant

T: the palate starts full of spices with cloves, crushed pepper, with a ginger-like quality. The grain notes are mild and in a good way. Some light fruit notes are showing as peach and apple move around. Overall this Tripel is mildly bitter and sweet with some dryness...and in a class of its own

M: feel is smooth and clean with a mild body. Carbonation is pronounced but not over the top. Seems spot on for the style

D: after this session I can say this is always a winner

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into goblet.

A- Bright golden color. Massive head. Head does not stick to inside of glass.

S- Smells different than most Tripels. Slight alcohol scent.

T- Taste is dry with nice finish. Rather bland compared to others of the style.

M- Light and clean.

D- Definitely very drinkable.

Overall there are several others in the style that I prefer to the Westmalle Tripel.

Photo of Satan70
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hansgruber
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Peyton5410
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of tjd25
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful soft and silky head, smooth and lasting. Great. Opaque orange color body, with some light mahogany and golden notes. Fresh and yeasty notes of fruits. Bananas and grapefruit. Maybe vanilla and light sweet hints of strawberry. The taste starts with fruity and yeasty notes; then, the citric character remains, but a thick hoppiness appears, which combines flavors of citrus and a dark chocolate bitterness. A very warming alcohol character surrounds the mouth with some peppery notes. The mouthfeel is very interesting, very smooth and complex, with a hoppier character than other trappist brews.

Photo of DruRho
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of itracy63
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Goldorak
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date on this one: 04-02-05 Sampled late July 2006.

Appearance: Peachy and opaque, with a fair amount of chunky deposit, not much of a surprise for a such an old bottle. What was surprising was the lovely thick pearly white head, so far it seemed to have aged quite well.

Smell: Fusels seem to be a bit more tame than in a fresh sample, but were still fruity, if not a bit more vinous, but without being too maderized.

Taste: The age came through a bit more in the flavor, although carbonation was still in great shape. It made me think of an old attic or dusty basement, but in a good, fond memory kind of way. I was expecting the alcohol to be much more prevalent, but it wasn't playing the diva at all, even though it was bone dry in the finish. The yeast was perfectly balanced along with it and had a great body to hold it all in place. A classic.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange with a bubbly white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and grain with some raisins and other fruit. Tastes of fruit, raisins, slight grain profile. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, dangerously drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of taigor
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured cloudy yellow with tons of head that quickly dissipated leaving signifficant lacing around the glass.

S - Just like expected of tripel, lots of floral scents and bready yeast with hints of spices.

T - Slightly sweet upfront with the malts followed by slight citrus bitterness and spiciness. Has a dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Even though abv is slightly high it is very well masked, however carbonation is very high which makes this beer slightly less drinkable.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange, very cloudy body; big head with good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy; spicy; floral

Taste: Tangy fruit; strong alcohol; resiny hops

Remarks: Much better as it warms

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big white head that takes up half a tulip glass, then settles to a half inch of meringue. Body is dark yellow with some wit-like cloudiness. Smell is "clean," with a citrus and yeasty highlight. Alcohol is very upfront in the taste, and low level carbonation gives it an asti spumanti feel. Sweetness is vinous rather than malty. As others have suggested on the forums, this may be a hard style to understand. I certainly like it, but I keep expecting more of a "big beer" taste. But with this, I finally got to celebrate Easter with some beer made by monks (Oooh... I coulda had a Salvator, too!)

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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