Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Ranking:
#919
Reviews:
1,782
Ratings:
4,654
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of nvr
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt-orange with two fingers of white foam that has a moderate retention rate. Aroma is Belgian yeast spice, clove, bananas, butterscotch and orange zest. Flavor profile is more butterscotch with a yeasty, spicy finish. Clove and bread are evident. Mouth feel is velvety, with a spicy finish. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a full Trappist triple ale that holds up well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MinerBob
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sally-the-drinker
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown color, with a thich foam when poured into a glass. Not carbonated beverage that flows smoothly. Has light bourbon and sweet notes to the flavor with a nice aftertaste. Would drink with thick heavy foods, like meats or soups.

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Photo of Rileford
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of golf4collet
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GaryG7
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell and feel are smooth. Even while drinking it, the high ABV isn't noticeable due to the smoothness. Like so many other Belgian tripels, the cost makes it only good for the occasional treat.

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Photo of VikingDAB
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rdmcnrmk
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/23/16
Best Before: 11/23/18

A: Amber colored beer that is translucent with a slight haze. A frothy, white head upon pouring that disappears over time, but that leaves a good amount of sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Minute bubbles of carbonation are visible throughout the entire drink.

S: The nose is sweet. Banana bread, overly ripened banana, butterscotch, toffee, burnt sugar. The alcohol is present.

T: The flavor is sweet, but there are some different things going on that prevent it from being too sweet for me. On the tip of the tongue you get similar notes found in the aroma, including the sweet banana, butterscotch, toffee, burnt sugar, nutmeg spiciness. While these flavors also carry throughout the palate, I am also getting some brighter notes of pear, some date, dried apricot. There is also a prominent bitterness, which prevents the beer from becoming too sweet.

M: Nice creaminess to the feel, with some moderate carbonation. The carbonation is not prickly, but rather it is more smooth. Warming presence on the palate and stomach from the alcohol.

D: Overall, this is a highly drinkable Belgian Tripel. It has some sweetness to it that is somewhat, although not completely offset by brighter, fruiter notes and bitterness. At $10.99 for a 750mL, I would make this a go to over the course of an evening any time. I picked this up today along with a couple others beers that I have not had in a number of years. I am glad that I decided to revisit this one.

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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle brewed on Aug 1, 2017. Pours a golden color with great head. Smells of yeast, banana, and spice. Medium feel with lots of carbonation. Taste is bready and fruity with hints of nutmeg, cloves, and floral hops. Outstanding!

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Photo of RayCannata
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy gold with an average white head.

Smell: Spicy fruit. Plums, orange, a tiny hit of hops, and sweet bread.

Taste: Malty and bittersweet. Noticeable spice and fruit notes from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and heavy carbonation.

Overall: Complex, well-balanced, and surprising.

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Photo of Mclusal
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfagella
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Afeo
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one should be a go to. Like, ordering a double meat, w/ onion, mustard instead of spread, add chile pepper at In N Out, go to. Like a Josephine Skriver centerfold, there is nothing wrong with this thing. Luscious, supple, buxom...

Pop the cap and give it a pour, my children. It doesn’t get better than this.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcrech
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites

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Photo of Anacross
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of puck1225
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer! Very fragrant: sweet, floral and fruity. The taste is of fruit like rich pears with a delicate sweetness. Nice honey notes. Beautiful head and lacing atop a slightly cloudy yellow body.

This is one of those beers that sometimes makes you think you should just stick with the classics!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,654 ratings