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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,730 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,730
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 344 | 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%

NHhomebrewguy, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of RedChrome
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color was a very light yellow with a slightly hazed appearance. Inch and a quarter high white head was pillow like and took a few minutes to fade. Tiny sized bubbles were in abundance. Lacing in rings.

Very sweet fruit aromas. Bananas, peaches and cherries are blended with strength in that order. Earthy yeast is light against the sweetness. Almost nothing bitter to detect.

Sweet taste with a very strong plastic presence. This had an apple taste hidden behind the initial flavor. Despite the fruit, this one falls short of expectation from the aroma.

Decent feel on the sides of the tongue. Carbonation tingles for a while on all surfaces.

Overall a decent brew. This one would work with a plate of lamb kabobs. A solid beer, that pales when compared to others in the style. Try it if you get a chance, but look for others to rule the style.

RedChrome, Jun 25, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kyle86, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
Photo of TheDM
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a medium head of fine to large sized bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a cloudy yeasty light orange brown body. It has a mild yeast-malt aroma and a strong yeast bread flavor. The mouthfeel is initially tingling but soon diminsihes. This is indeed a very nice well rounded brew.

TheDM, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, and I really feel like a damn tripel tonight. Call me psyched.

A hazy radiant marigold color in the body, a shimmery soda pop white head clings menacingly.

Aroma is very sweet right up, a little like standing outside of a beehive, honey and earth. The aroma of the grain will smack you up.

A boozy flavor up front. The musty malt comes in right after that with a slightly wheaty and yeasty flavor. The yeasts are aggressive on the finish, which introduces a lot of the bitterness from the hops.

A wickedly carbonated brew, bubbly and explosive.

Tasty and well executed, but boozy and hot.

cnally, Sep 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Jho3325, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of claytri
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy effervescent gold with a tannish head. There is also plenty of sediment. The aroma is of malt and fruit, and quite pleasing. The taste is almost a malty fruit punch. So many sweet tastes I can't pick them out, with a pleasant alcohol bite. The feel is a medium textured beer with a creamieness to it. This is a very good sweet beer with a nice bite to it. When in the mood it will be one I look for.

claytri, Aug 23, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

cletusdog, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Mar02x, Apr 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

From bomber at home. For a triple this is very light in color, aroma & taste. I don't mind any of that since it's a damn fine brew. All busy in the glass, the head is a fine cake of pure white floating on a blonde lake of subtlety. Everything here is low key except the enjoyment which it is in the extreme. Balanced sweetness & dry. Medium body. Despite all this 'comfy' talk, this is a memorable bottle.

seedyone, Sep 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ChrisinRI, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of HoustonTX
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel, poured into a Chimay goblet.

Beautiful appearance, emits a golden-orange halo of color, hazy and illuminating from the light. Frothy large silky white color head. It maintains and lasts and lasts. Ripe fruits in the nose especially, oranges and honey. Layes of sweet phenols lay across the nasals. With underlays of sugar, cream, vanilla, and spice- reminiscent of a banana pie which is incredibly appealing. Crisp cooked edges borderlining a burnt crust scentalation. Smell is fabulous, and takes you to another dimension.

Taste is tangy and sour upfront, with a mix of belgian candied-sugar malt thrown into the mix. Residual sweetness all the way up until a nice amount of spicy floral hop bitterness, meeting halfway, the sweetness is swept over by the spiciness of the hops. Soon after another sweet wave comes back into play, and balances with the hops, the result is a sweet tangy lingering bitter that transcends the palate nicely. It feels like the flavors are bouncing around all over your tongue, it's definitely a treat. I felt that the mouthfeel was perfect, and the overall drinkability was exceptional. This bottle had to be fresh, the hop character was incredibly strong.

An almost perfect Tripel, it just has so much to offer. This was beyond tasty. I recommend it highly.

HoustonTX, Sep 12, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light copper with a frothy long-lasting 2 finger head. Only small chunks of lacing clung to the glass for a short period of time. Nice fruity aroma with some bready/yeasty notes and a slight alcohol detection. Flavors are full and rounded, balancing well. Fruity esters and a nice bready maltiness to balance. Some citrus, maybe oranges or tangerines. Slightly tart, making the back of my mouth tingle. Hints of alcohol also in the flavor. Hop bitterness also comes through, but in a pleasant fashion. Mouthfeel is medium viscocity, tongue coating and nicely carbonated. Overall this is an excellent sipping beer, with the flavors melding and blending so much better as it warms. A definite must-try for any Belgian fan.

domtronzero, Nov 05, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bobbydigi, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

terence, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Greasy, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was quite pleased (and suprised) to find this yesterday. I followed a Westleverten 12 with this, and thought this was better. This is my favorite style, and it doesn't get any better. Poured a magnificent head, with good retention. Golden color, great lace. But most of all, a great taste! Fruity, spicy, drinkable, with a helluva punch! If you like Cinq Cents, La Fin Du Monde, Tremens, Don De Dieu, etc., you'll love this. World class, all the way!

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 21, 2003
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay chalice. Best by 5/19/12.
A) Hazy gold in color with a large, pilllowy white head. Huge amounts of carbonation. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
in this beer. Any transparency that there was is obscured when the sediment from the bottom is poured in.
S) Light fruits, a bit of spiciness, including pepper and clove, and bready malts in the nose. The nose becomes breadier when the yeats is added.
T) Very nice blend of citrus, spice and sweet malts. Flavors are incredibly well blended and difficult to pick out. A bit of sourness in the finish and aftertaste. When the sediment is added, that distinct Belgian yeast flavor is added to the previous mix.
M) Medium to full body, very soft mouthfeel with an ever so slight prickle of carbonation on the tongue.

This is one of the best Tripels I have had. It is right up there with St. Bernardus and Chimay. Wonderful flavors blended together seamlessly.

goalie33, Mar 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

darcange, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of zerk
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a thin white head that leaves just a touch of lace. Aroma of banana, passion fruit, clove, and musty yeast. Flavor consists of tropical fruits, honey and cloves, with a dry and somewhat pungent hop bitterness. Has a pronounced flavor of alcohol in the finish. Carbonation is a little too high for my liking, with a light to medium body.

zerk, Sep 05, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

opwog, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz into a dfh snifter

A: pours a hazy golden orange with a massive three finger head, that takes a long couple of minuets to dissapate. Leavses rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: smells nice and fruity, apricots/oranges, lemon...like a delicious apple juice

T: a touch of caramel like sweetness then the citrus and apple like notes, really nice, reminds me of apple cider with some lemon and grapefruit very very tasty.

M: nice and lush with creamy medium carbonation... Great silky velvety mouthfeel.

O: this is an excellent beer, nice and sweet, but not overly so with great fruit notes, and a great mouthfeel, excellent.

PeterIngemi, Dec 27, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,730 ratings.