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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,627 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 247
Gots: 311 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

ddedhed, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of callmescraps
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

Had this before, but reviewing for the first time.

Appearance- A nice light gold. Quite cloudy. Three inches of full, creamy, meringue-like head. A huge, rocky dome, on the level of a Duvel. Laces beautifully. Settles very slowly.

Smell- Strong yeast. A little grain. Some lemon zest, clove and grass clippings.

Taste- Very sharp, almost pops. Some grain, and lots of the strong yeast. Lemon, clove, peppery. The grain really comes through, and it gets astringent. The booze is stronger than I'd expect. It's a little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Nice. Good solid body.

Drink- A little boozier than I expected.

This one is grass + grains + booze + lemon. It's a nice beer, but not a favorite.

callmescraps, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of teromous
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

A: It rests with a creamy white head about 2/3 a thumb's thickness on top of a hazy pale gold beer. There's ample visible carbonation.

S: The smell is a bit hard to describe, it has a yeast smell to it but is also very light earthy smell to it. I pick up some alcohol smell as well.

T: It tastes pretty malty, with a semi-sweet flavor almost like nut-bread. Some of the minor flavors are alcohol, a little earthy spiciness (like bay leaf), and the familiar Belgian funk (pretty mellow).

M: Mouthfeel is about medium, despite the beguiling light color of the beer. There isn't much bitterness but it's just enough to play on the alcohol tinge. Carbonation is just right, it's wonderful.

O: This is a great beer. I can't say that it's 5.0 in my book, but it's near enough. Perhaps if I had this locally in Belgium it would score a 5.0 with a more prominent scent and an even greater flavor profile. I would definitely drink this beer again.

teromous, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.47/5  rDev +4%

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a solid orange color that is slightly hazy with a good head. Perfect color for a trappist

the aromas aren't jumping, but very well blended. On the subtle side with aromas of orange peels, some florals, a slight touch of funk and all sorts of various citrus aromas as well

The feel is extremely well weighted and round. The flavors of citrus', orange peels, hints of earth, and white florals are deep and polished

This is a standard bearer, and for great reason. This is just a class beer that you want to drink and savor at the same time.

KDawg, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Beerzebub
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

Hazy yellow color, surprisingly small white head. Spots of lace.

Smells of lemon, apricot, coriander, white pepper, candy, a bit of grassy/herbal hops.

Semisweet caramel, grassy hop flavor and mild bitterness, spice, and fruity esters harmonize perfectly. Complex, superbly balanced, and delicious.

Extremely fine bubbles give the impression of high carbonation, but without fizzing up too much. Mildly astringent.

Ridiculously drinkable.

Great beer.

Beerzebub, Dec 18, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Rwalford74, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.47/5  rDev +4%

Pours cloudy golden honey color with hints of orange. A large almost white head forms and hang out till the end.

Smell is Belgian yeast, light spice, golden raisin fruit.

Taste is very close to nose, yeast, spice, lightly fruity, with a yeasty tang aftertaste.

Feels very smooth, a medium to full body is lightened up by a nice bubbly carbonation. Hides its booze very well.

I am gaining a better appreciation for the Belgians, and this is a good one.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Feb 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

gutbuster, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Psychmusic, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jrand2621
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jrand2621, Tuesday at 11:18 AM
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

A: Poured from a 750ml into a Westmalle chalice style glass; fantastic golden orange colors with near white head and excellent lacing.

S: Pleasant spice and citrus nose

T: Initially somewhat fruity with spicy notes in a relatively quick dry finish. Definitely warming but not in an obtrusive way.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

D: Smooth and enjoyable, especially for the alcohol present; A tripel to measure all against.

Easily my favorite Trappist and an absolute favorite in the Abbey style Tripel catagory. If it wasn't so cost prohibitive I would enjoy it much more often. Classic.

SIRIUS2, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of gkunkle
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a goldenrod color with a tall white head in my snifter. Some tiny solids suspended in the liquid. Smells like sour apple, sweet malt. Yeast and spice in there too. Taste starts with a sweetness, then I get a saison funk, Tart citrus, And a little bit of alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is medium thick, light easy carbonation.

gkunkle, Jan 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

scottiethebody, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Danno48, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MaxOhle, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Kingcurio, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Hefewiseman, May 08, 2013
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a deep gold color with a bit of haze into my Chimay goblet. Head forms easily and sticks around all the way through. It's white, thick, and fluffy with great lacing.

Aroma is carried by a strong, fragrant, yet simple yeast that has a lot of fruit going on. Pears, apples, and bannanas came to mind first. There are almost no hop notes, but the malt provides a strong base to carry the nose.

The flavor is strong and fruity much like the nose. Simple pale malt with a strong sweetness up front and a semi-dry finish. The flavor that comes to mind first is bannana split ice cream. The yeast is the main focus to the flavor, and is of very high quality. I would like some more hop flavor and a drier finish, but this hits the style dead on. There really isn't much else I'm looking for in a tripel, this hits it spot on.

jeffthecheff, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of grayburn
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Picked this up at the local grocer. Poured into a huge snifter for some single consumption at around 50 degrees.
Holy head, this beer is topped with some intense foam that doesn't go anywhere. This is an absolute foam party and I am quite happy to be invited. Shes a beautiful gold and the foam is white as the clouds.
The smell is similar to dried fruits, white raisins, apricot, peaches...a little bit of alcohol hidden in there as well.
The taste is the same, not very sweet with an excellent crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect, nice and bubbly to carry the flavors down the tongue. Perfection.
I could drink this all day, every day. I am scared that the next beer I crack will ruin the lovely taste that this has left in my mouth, believe any hype.

grayburn, Mar 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Andonato, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AWB3, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Jho3325, Jun 26, 2014
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.