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:
4,548
Reviews:
1,749
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of SheepNutz
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a 11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice glass. It pours a hazy light orange color with about 1 finger of head that goes away quickly and leaves just a little lacing. The smell is a good blend of fruit and hops. The taste has a good citrus/spicy note to it, with a good balance of hops at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, and even at 9.5%, this is a very drinkable tripel.

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

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

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours bright, hazy golden-orange color with a large white head that has very big bubbles in it and dissipates slowly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells of green apple and yeast, with some biscuity, floral, and grassy notes in the background.

Taste: Begings with a tart green apple flavor and some spice, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with yeast with medium hop flavor. Some notes of citrus/citrus peel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that stings a bit initially, but rounds out and feels more natural. Finishe swarm and sort of dry.

Drinkability: An exceptional tripel- all of the typical tripel flavors are here, but unlike most tripels, none overpowers the other. This is a deceptively easy-drinker for its high ABV, but it's definitely a beer worth savoring.

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Photo of elec
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a superb frothy white head that retains very well....it looks like a bubble bath in the glass...the beer itself is golden in color and has a fair bit of yeast suspended within the liquid. Carbonation appears to be moderate and lacing is decent with lots of small patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This is like an intense version of a German Hefeweizen.....there is plenty of peppery spices, cloves, Belgian yeast strains, heavy floral notes, hoppy bitterness on the finish, and a lot of biscuit like sweet malt. Some fruitiness is noted as well....bananas, apple, pear to be precise.....This is quite a distinct aroma with many different faucets of smell hitting the nostrils.

T- Spicy to boot!.....Peppercorn and cloves are the two dominant flavors in this category.....the booziness of the beer is noticeable as well....it is quite warming as it goes down the hatch! The ripe banana, apple, and pear flavors are lovely....heavy grainy/grassy/bitter flavors as well near the end make this a very flavorful, balanced Trappist Ale....very nice!

M/O- Medium bodied and smooth, fine carbonation....this is a very nice beer from this line of Trappist Monks! Almost sour, and champagne like as well, with heavy alcohol yet it retains a velvety mouthfeel....this is most definitely a sipper, however, it is delightful and I will drink this in the future....full props on this one!

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Photo of corysmith01
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was received from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers man!

Pale yellow color beer with a nice white head. The beer is veiled and the head looks like a cloud. The head sticks well to the glass. In the nose, its fruity and sugary. Not much yeast here too. Very well balanced... lets dive in! Taste wise, wow! Fruity at the start and then I get some very smooth bitterness if I might say. Very nice beer. Its starts very smooth and then finishes with a very good bitterness that leaves you to want some more. Superb taste... Well balanced, complex, easy drinkability...

The best tripel I've tasted so far.

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Photo of mrchrisray
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very earthy smell highlighting Belgian yeast and some citrusy hops. In picking up some other subtle fruit notes and a touch of spice, maybe banana, apple, pear, and some cloves or peppercorns. Quite an inviting looking beer. The color is a pale yellow with very active carbonation.
It tastes a lot like it smells with, for me, the pepper and/or cloves coming to forefront on the palate. It has a very light and airy mouthfeel with some nice bubble fuzz. Leaves my mouth with a doughy sort of after taste. This is a quality brew. I'd love to get a few more and experiment with some cellar aging

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Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darcange
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of afksports
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jim_carignan
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of cypressbob
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with cloudy, hazy amber body, almost like honey. More yeasty particles than the population of china. Beautiful white creamy head, very good retention. Some lacing

Smell, apples and pears, zesty lemon, reminds me of lemon sorbet. Whiff of alcohol

Taste, sweet alcoholic fruity esters, lasting hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol and yeast also, very fruity, dry and crisp

....mmm....is it better than tripel karmelit? probably. would i buy it again? definatly. This is a genre defining beer, if you want to know what a tripel should be, this is it

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Golden coloured, with a fair amount of floaties but I stumbled bringing it up from the cellar and simply could not wait to open it until it settled as that could have been hours. Formed a very pretty foamy white head.

S = Very sweet with smells of the yeast, summer fields, flowers, herbs, fresh earth. Very complex and very pleasing.

T = Strong taste of fresh grains and slight phenol from yeast, slight sourness in the finish. Very complex flavors which are very well balanced. It is hard to believe it is as strong as it is since it goes down very easily.

M = Smooth, full bodied, good mouth coat, good carbonation level.

D = Definitely a very good tripel. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice this beer is a hazy golden orange with just a centimeter of white head. Little to no lacing.

Right of the bat I get straw and apricot in the nose.

Smooth. This is delicious! Pear and peach esters shine through with hint of warming alcohol in the finish. This is enough to convince me plenty of flavor can be derived from single malts and belgian candy sugar. The yeast really takes this beer to another level. There is so much sweetness and yet such a dry finish. Tons of spice and yet everything molds together so well.

Fantastic tripel!

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Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/16/2011. Poured a hazy yellowish-orange color, with a half inch head that slowly dissipated to a thin film that laced nicely. Aroma was a bit subdued, with some pepper, banana, clove, and funky yeasty notes. The flavor was outstanding, with some citrus, flowery, grassy, and bready notes coming through. The mouthfeel was light, somewhat dry, with a great finish. Perfect carbonation sets off the mouthfeel nicely. This is an outstanding beer, the time in the cellar really melded all the complex flavors perfectly.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a hazy yellow with orange/brown tint. Lots of sediment. Thick head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell - Citrusy all the way through

Taste - Citrus flavor is not as pronounced as the smell. Hints of caramel. However there is a nasty bite of some off flavor, tastes old.

Feel - Smooth, slightly chalky, slightly chewy, and a bit savory at the finish. Great masking of the ABV too. Very quaffable.

Overall - The flavor didn't really do it for me. I am thinking that I possibly got an old beer or that it wasn't shipped/stored properly since the best by date was 6/8/15. The beer was also very highly carbonated, as it started to foam over the bottle's lip upon opening (I have heard this can be a symptom of a bad beer).

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Photo of JCam9981
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ToddThompson
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JTuomi
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,548 ratings.
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