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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,676 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,676
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 324 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kyle86, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Hautacam
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear with a huge head...like Duvel....makes you wait. Laces and drops to about 1/8" after several minutes. Lots of bubbles...pretty lively.
First whiff is faintly like a pilsner...then mild grainy, earthy, must.
Really complex taste...starts a little tart and yeasty..hay, grain, barnyard-wool , a little sweet malt...hops kick in with lemon/orange, pepper....alcohol shows up, but subtle....yeasty-malt dry finish. Aftertaste is a balance of malt, wool and hop bitter, and it lasts a while after each sip. Alcohol more evident as it warms up.
Mouthfeel is great...medium body...high carbonation.
All in all , a very nice Tripel...unique.

Hautacam, May 27, 2006
Photo of WeedKing4
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2009
small bottle. pours a cloudy orange colour. definately a sipper, not a bad alc.% taste, but you can feel it running through you with each drink, it made me shiver, in a good way. Pretty solid beer overall. Definately worth another try if I come across it again.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

SD-Alefan, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Padron4KM
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle
Pours cloudy orangy/yellow with large chunks of yeast floating about.
I had this bottle sitting undisturbed for three days and poured carefully, yet I still ended up with a lot of yeast.
Head was a decent size but it was short lived.
Aroma was fruity and yeasty and spicy. A little orange peel.
Flavor is spicy, with some floral hop and some citrus zest in the finish.

Padron4KM, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, it’s a nice murky dirty blonde color and is topped off with a really thick and creamy head that simply sticks around and will not subside. The lacing is pretty welcoming too! The aroma is nice and complex, but no one smell is over powering. It’s light and floral overall with hints of citrus, malts, various grasses and an ever so mild alcohol smell. It’s got a medium-to-full mouth feel and is remarkably refreshing. The flavor is pretty good and is bitter overall, the spices and malts hit you up front almost as soon as you take a drink. Mild apple notes come through and there is a hint of an earthy flavor as well… the flavor is very impressive and I have to say this is one awesome beer.

vickersspitfire, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev -7%

slvrmon82, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of jsnoek
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jsnoek, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of drebrew
4/5  rDev -7%

drebrew, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Xandrose, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Greasy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Greasy, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of citrus fruit, possibly orange. Nice underlying sweetness in the aroma. Highly caromanted and a pale gold in color with a white head. Candi sugar flavor and some orange on the tongue. Smooth drinking with a medium body. Overall quite pleasant.

jreitman, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of kspongeworthy
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

kspongeworthy, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

earlholman, May 14, 2013
Photo of janubio
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml. bottle poured in a Westmalle chalice glass. Good nice head with a lace that seems to last forever. Smell of frutis, lemon grass , alcohol, sherry wine. Spicy. Good carbonation, thick and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, maybe apricots, hints of tropical fruits, some citrus,almonds, spicy. Long dry finish. I understand why this is considered the classic example of a belgian tripel. Excellent.

janubio, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of mintjellie
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow and hazy topped by two fingers of lacy and fairly retentive white head. Delicate aroma; notes of apricot, wildflowers, honey, green apple, and clove. A little whiff of alcohol adds complexity. Orchard fruits and a hint of banana are joined by a peppery note on the palate, with lemon zest and moderate bitterness in the short finish. Light-bodied and vigorously carbonated. Feels crisp, light, and bone dry. The feel of the alcohol detracts from that crispness just a little bit. A world class beer, deservedly a classic beer.

mintjellie, Apr 16, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love those Belgians but am a little confused with this one. First of all this is an amazing looking beer. A nice pale orange, hazy, with a huge rocky white head. Great retention and that Belgian lace that I love. Smell I didnt much care for. Although there was some yeast, sweet fruits, and bit of bread I thought the alochol was overpowering, this I didnt not expect. When it was first a little cooler, and as it warmed, I couldnt get away from the alcohol. I expected it to be present, but I thought it dominated. The taste was pleasant. Very good Tripel flavor, some fruits and spices, that sweet candi sugar, a bit of grassy hops and that bite of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel was a little fuller than I expected but still pleasant and overall it was a good, drinkable beer.

bunnyhustle, Sep 12, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

AMCPhD, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of KI9A
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

My Dad had this in his basement, at 70 degrees for 7 years, in the drak. My step-sister brought it back for him in '02. He gave to me. I drank it!

A: Hazy, somewhat pale orange. Great head, great lace windows. Just a few floaters.

S: Bubblegum. Citrus. Bisquity, yeasty.

T: Wow. Where to start? Some clove, apple, pear, nutmeg (?). Alot there, but hard to pull out one thing. Works great! Awesome!

M: Medium body. Decent carbonation for age.

D: Smooth as hell. Wanted more, needing to try a fresh one now!! Cool thing is, Dad had TWO of these. I'm gonna wait another 1-2 years, and try again.

KI9A, Aug 12, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Mar02x, Apr 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Steve_Oldrati, Apr 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very estery aroma, bready and yeasty. There's also a nice pils malt aroma too with hints of candi sugar. And there's a spicey hop component too. Great complex aroma.

Deep gold and very clear. Thick pure white head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Lots of slow rising tiny carbonation bubbles all over the glass.

Starts out sweet but has a decent amount of hop bitterness. There's a fruity fermentation flavor that's like golden raisins. Lots of malt flavor and some spicey/peppery notes. But the finish is kind of oversweet, not malty, but sugary. But it's still pretty amazing.

medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely hides the 9+ percent. Feels like a standard ale going down.

Deceptively drinkable which is common for the style. It's complex and interesting. Pretty much a classic, but not necessarily the best, example of a tripel.

czechsaaz, Oct 31, 2006
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled 2/8/10) poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color with a decent cast of haze (but this could be because the bottle was disturbed a little bit prior to serving. Enormous, pillowy white head with great retention and Belgian lacing.

Aroma-Soft, mellow white bread/sourdough aroma with a touch of candi sugar sweetness. Lemon and orange esters with tons of perfumy, floral alcohols. Light herbal hopping. Elegant and fantastic.

Flavor-Sweet rock candy and white bread open before a touch of lemony esters shows through in the mid palate. Near the end it shows moderate hop bitterness and slight herbal hop flavor. The finish is bone dry and features a pleasant, floral alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body is accentuated by robust carbonation, which is high and at times effervescent. Bone dry in the finish but never astringent. Very slight alcohol warmth on the back of the palate.

There's a reason this beer spawned an entire style-it's simply fantastic. Delicious, elegant, awesome with food-there's nearly nothing that this beer can't do.

plfahey, Feb 04, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,676 ratings.