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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,518
Reviews:
1,738
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
862
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,518 |  Reviews: 1,738
Photo of holtlandon
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A small German restaurant the went into the basement of my old high-school in an aged victorian gold-rush town served this. I had to try it.

I was pleased at how simple the packaging was. The beer really spoke for itself. Look was great, and the foam (which I always love) was generous. It had a look of straw gold. The scent was sweet.

Tasting was an interesting experience. I expected to really taste alcohol due to the high abv - to my surprise, there was no bite, the level of alcohol taste was minor are balanced well. The taste reminds me of a hefeweizen toned down and not as murky. Banana & vanilla, maybe apricot.

I enjoyed this beer very slowly before dinner, and didn't dare eat any food with it to muddle the taste. It was well worth the money.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of ahommell
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. poured into chalice
(best before: 1/30/15)

L: straw yellow ... very pale ... just a hint of gold at the bottom up to the light and some gold when you look down on it as it sits on the table; up to the light, pale yellow; not much of a head, enough foam to cover the top, white; not stick or lace; keeps a loose collar, big soapy bubbles; a little bit of debris, not much, floating in the bottom -- and the entire brew looks thick like a dubbel or quad, almost like Jello; not clear but not 100% opaque

S: white wine; sour grapes; sweeter as it warms up

T: sweet white wine; lots of sour grapes; starts off VERY sweet but is drying out just a bit as we go; no major alcohol taste, but just a few sips in you can feel that 9.5% ABV warming down the throat; if you take a bigger swallow, there is just a hint of alcohol in the taste

F: solid, bubbly, easy to drink ... it looks thick but feels much lighter than the appearance; dry

O: very enjoyable with enough sweetness up front to get me into it then dries out as you go, making it a super drinkable sipping beer -- and sip I am. again, that 9.5% ABV is not a missprint.

LOVE the fact that this seems just a hair different from the other triples (and Belgians in the pale family) I've tried. there is NO banana, no bubble gum, nothing cloying about it ...

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Photo of BigJake6904
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at Bistro des Bieres Belges last night.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle, didn't really look for the date.

Hazy light gold body, thin foam that doesn't last long but the lacing makes up for it a bit. Nice fruity esters in the aroma that are reflected in the flavor. Great feel in the palate, just wished is had more retention for the head.

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Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Goofster
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dvmky
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, stamped best before 28/03/15

hazy bright straw yellow color, with huge foamy bright white head. lacing clings to glass in clumps. herbal earthy aroma, typical Belgian yeast esters. pale malt. taste is actually more mild, a bit of a peppery aftertaste though. medium body, higher carbonation. overall pretty nice, definitely to style.

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Photo of dank203
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy yellow-orange pour. huge aroma of grape, citrus, apricot, sweet fruit filled pastry, bit of farm. flavor hits with the spice, lemon zest. so much zing, and bite. very intense. gonna have to try this at a later date and re review, only had one small bottle

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Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of LuauLarry
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bryc9194
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Summer92
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Ginepiece
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ChayDudeBrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oneturbucfan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,518 ratings.
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