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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#520
Reviews:
1,763
Ratings:
4,590
pDev:
10%
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4.86
 
 
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Photo of csmiley
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is light gold and quite cloudy. A gentle pour still gave up about one inch of head. Retention was excellent. The thick layer and webs of lace were impressive.

S - Grain shows up first and reminds me of wheat fields. A thick malt aroma also pops in with hints of honey and candied sugar. Midway through some bread notes appear. The tial end contains some smooth alcohol and earthy hops.

T - The grain shows up in the flavor as well. The strong pale malt and honey profile follows that pretty quickly. Some sour fruit is in the flavor but is quite mild. Towards the end some bread and yeast are present. Alcohol is present throughout but does not overtake the other flavors. There is quite a nice balance in this beer.

M - Pushing full bodied with excellent carbonation. Finish is mostly full and sweet. After some time it starts to dry out a bit.

D - Drinkability is quite good. The beer goes down easy for me. All the flavors are what I look for in a good Tripel. A great brew that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leif86
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-yellow brew topped with a near-white, frothy head that stays and stays. Copious lacing.

S: Very earthy. Lemon. Cereal grain.

T: Taste starts mellow, sweet, and lemony and then a very strong grapefruit-like bitterness comes on with the unmistakable taste of belgian yeast.

M: Very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D: As far as belgians go, this is pretty damn drinkable. I don't usually find belgians to be that drinkable.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange-yellow with a two finger creamy eggshell head that quickly halves itself with minimal stickage. Looks like a hefeweizen. Small amount of sedement visible, looks like lots of carbonation.

S - Not sure if this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, but this also smells like a hefe - definitely a sweet banana underscoring a tang of alcohol.

M - Creamy, full of carbonation, sticky, coated aftertaste. Medium-body.

T - Very sweet, little banana, toffee and caramel. Grapes and alcohol to finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Delicious. Not too sweet, like some Belgians, and the alcohol isn't overly prominent. The ABV is pretty high; it's a good after-dinner sipper or nightcap.

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

Photo of HopBacchus
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange gold with a large pillowy head and impressive lacing

Nose is complex with pale malts, pepper and a surprisingly strong presence of spirits

Spirity pepper and pale malts are up front, the flavor becomes more complex with citrus notes and coriander present finishes surprisingly dry

medium bodied and creamy, very drinkable if not for the spirity presence body had deffinetly been thinned by the alcohol

Overall a very good Tripel

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Photo of Italiano86
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jds16
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Estria
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as sweet or fruity as Americans' perhaps first tripel love, Le Fin du Monde.

As a matter of fact, it's quite well-balanced for how boozy it is- betraying this only in the nose.

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Photo of Cycle69
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've picked this up a couple of times from the local Toom Bier store in Landsthul, Germany. I't a bit too pricey to be a regular "go to" bier but, if it weren't so pricey it would most be a regular. Cloudy amber with a nice head. Can bet a bit strong if you're not used to stronger biers. Cheers my friends.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into a Chimay glass.

A: Very pale, clear yellow-straw. Small head of loose white foam receded in a minute or two. Very attractive champagne-like fine bubble trails in the glass, mixed with much larger bubbles

S: Great fruity esters and light clove and banana notes. Some bready aromas as well, and hints of raisins.

T: Lots of yeast character complementing bready malt. Fairly sweet on the tongue, but not heavy. Slight alcohol note on the finish.

M: Well-carbonated, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

O: A benchmark beer for the style. I'm dinging it a little on appearance, although that might be the fault of my pour. I surprised not to see more of a head, though.

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Photo of tim007007
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BWED
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Golden blonde, with a thick and dense white head. Sticky lacing all the way down. Gorgeous.

S- Peach and citrus, some biscuit malt, spice, and that signature indescribable Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Very sharp burst of malt sweetness all around. Not too sweet, however, and not too fruity either. Very well balanced, with a dull bitterness throughout.

M- Slight fizz, and a bit of a bitter finish. Pleasing.

O- I really love the tripels that aren't too focused on being sweet. This one is very great.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice (yeah, I know, Westmalle in an Orval is a high sin).

Appearance: Pours a hazy light brown color (reminiscent of apple juice). Has a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of apples and grapes. Like a lot of Belgians, this one has a kind of wine-y flavor.

Taste: Has a wine-like flavor with some noticeable alcohol flavor. Also has hints of apples and some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously smooth with a nice, crisp finish. The high alcohol content gives it a nice warmth as well.

Drinkability: Damn good, like most Trappist beers. Not my favorite but still damn good.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of einman
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewed. Pours a hazy brass color with billowing soapy white head, settles slowly with a huge cap staying for the remainder with chunks of foam covering the glass. Smell: pear, white grape juice, sugar cookie, clove note; spicy with medicinal and herbal notes. Taste: slightly boozed pear with white grape and nectarine juice; pils-y graininess, spicy, gingerbread-ish, with a powdery/medicinal note. Fantastic. Best by 12/15.

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Photo of BillyB
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $19.99 for a six pack.
Bottles were covered in dust.
Poured a nice golden color with a two finger thick rocky white head.
Lots of carbonation. I was expecting it to be stale from the dust on the bottles but it was fine.
Strong aromas of alcohol,grapefruit, candi sugar, honey.
Similar taste. Strong alcohol warmth. Citrusy almost white wine-like taste. Crisp and a little dry.
The alcohol is a little much at first but it gets more drinkable.
Very pleasant beer.

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Photo of Aerol
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSingh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle bought from Wegman's, Faifax, VA

A : Beautiful golden yellow with an illuminated body. Big, fluffy head with a great retention - throughout the entire session

S : Sweet and malty nose, very inviting. The whiff will whet your palate and invite you to try it

T : Big malt and sugary character, infused with a well knit hoppy patttern. In other words, excellent balance.

M : A little boozy and warming on the palate, very nice and moist.

D : Great, complex brew to savour. Do not try to chug this.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle with freshness date. Lots of carb and initial foam. Color was a solid light gold. Mine had a lot of yeast floating around it in so not sure if best sample or not so will try again. Had nice sweet aroma typical of the style. Tast was excellent but had a tad too much alcohol taste to make me want to drink another soon unlike Allagash Tripel which I could enjoy on a regular basis. Overall a great Tripel and highly recommended. (4.0,RB,T,Y)

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,590 ratings
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