Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,557
Reviews:
1,750
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
441
Gots:
878
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Holderness
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fabulous brew that is both representative of the style and great on the tastebuds. Overall score is lowered because of the fairly steep price:quality ratio (which is the norm for Belgium-imported beers). [~$6/12 oz bottle in MA]

93/100

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Photo of adodds
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joshautry
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hudson2508
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nedster10
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lr300
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stefko
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of siebevl
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Briggsy43
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nousername
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Estria
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hammonje
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pau622
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ABabbidge
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(11.2 oz bottle, best before end 17/12/17... poured into an big wine glass)

L: pale amber liquid with sunbeam yellow edge highlights, and a fair degree of haze... tall, crackly, loose, spongy foam that simmered down into a messy collar

S: pungent, almost (dried-)ginger-like spice... potent banana and lemon peel esters... yeasty-doughy breadiness to the pale malt lingering below... perhaps a tiny hint of ground black pepper... the overall smell has great dimension and brightness

T: again, that lovely, cracking spice up front... deceptively rich yet dry malty foundation washing through with a dry finish sporting an essence of banana and delicate clove-y phenols... the middle has a mild sugary sweetness that does just enough to counterbalance the static ceiling of subtly scorching spice... the intensity and earthy depth of the overall taste is perhaps unparalleled within the style

F: medium-light bodied - the carbonation and hot, tonic alcohol seem to do a lot to attenuate, cut through, shatter, and/or vaporize (depending on the stage of the sip) whatever complex, sugary viscosity there is flowing through... the beer ain't quite bone dry like a champagne, but its not too far from it

O: forgot how damn delicious and drinkable this is... not much more they could do to improve the taste... top 5 in the style and something I haven't revisited often enough

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Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akolb
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whoa! Pours foamy. Honey-gold appearance. Aroma of pear, honey, white wine. Taste with bready, crackery, sweet malts, estery yeast, subtle spiciness, and warming alcohol. Fruity banana notes. Effervescent and prickly. A classic beer.

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Photo of yaron73
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle at "Gecko" restaurant in Brussels.

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Photo of ahooper710
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ah Westmalle Trappist, hello old friend, I've come to talk to you again.
Many have been consumed over the years, so a fresh one required for the purpose of this review.

Looks how a tripel should look, golden, not overly cloudy with a great head.

Aroma is clean and inviting, like your mamma's fresh laundered sheets, and the taste is even better. A little initial fizz, and a smooth finish, keeps you reaching for more. Every mouthful opens a new taste, generally plum based. This is what a beer should be, pure nectar.

Given this is 9.5% you would hardly notice, tastes strong but not harshly so.

Not much I can say other than try it if you haven't, this is no doubt a bench mark beer. You'll struggle to find too many better, but the search will go on none the less!!

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbulling
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,557 ratings.
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