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

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Ratings:
4,534
Reviews:
1,745
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of KFBR392
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden brew. The carbonation continued to dance in this beer throughout drinking it. About a finger and a half worth of head when initially poured which for the most part stuck around. Enjoyed out of a Westmalle goblet glass.

Smell: Very subtle in the aroma. I liked it because it didn't attack the nostrils which too much of a bready yeasty aroma, but instead made you dig a little deeper to really enjoy the aroma. Some light fruit mixed well with a traditional Belgian aroma, very nice.

Taste: Wow. The front of this beer is a perfect combination of bright fruits, a combination of apple and pears which mixes with the perfect balance of yeast. Sometimes Belgian beers can feel too crisp and dry but I feel this beer got it perfect. The dryness rests on the palette, while the fruit and yeast presence continue to be felt. This beer refuses to stop attacking your taste buds and I love it.

Mouthfeel: Like I said in the taste, the crispness of this beer is noticeable but at the same time does not dominate this beer. It mixes perfectly with the smooth fruits. Wow really awesome.

Overall: probably one of the best Belgian Tripel's your money can buy. These monks are not messing around with their beer. I even think people not used to a Belgian beer would enjoy this, its rounded flavors really are appealing to any audience.

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Photo of nomad
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers I've relished in a few times without bothering to piece together a review. So here are some thoughts after varying results from different bottles. Dedication and much thanks to BA foxylady on this one...

Pours a gorgeous gold color with uber-abundant carbonation that keeps coming up all over the place. Has the softest looking thin head ever. Some great chunky lace and some soft lace, too.

Smell includes yeasty, light banana, and clove scents. Just through my nose I could pick up the very complex blend of malt, hops, and yeast. The younger the bottle (a problem with imports) the more fruity, fresh, warm, and appealing the scents will be.

The taste is an amazing cream and biscuit flavor, like a liquid bread from god. Has a succinct hops tinge that is superbly executed, it lies in the background and is very fresh. Has little earthy and herby notes, too. Warming from the alcohol, but ticks up the bits of sugary sweet swimming around in the flavors. A truly phenomenal taste, for me the definition of a tripel.

Has a long and pleasantly dry finish, a nice soft mouthfeel with small stabs at the tongue from the carbonation; both complement the cream, biscuit, herby, and sugar flavors so well.

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

11. 2 fl oz poured into a snifter, best by 12/04/18. Straw gold with a three finger fluffy white head. Good lace retention. Some sediment, I was able to keep the majority in the bottle. Very active carbonation visible. The aroma is pear, grape (like a white wine), and mild grains. The taste is in line, and throws in some mild sweetness and clove/pepper spice features. The mouthfeel is excellent, the huge carbonation release resulting in a medium low carbonation level on the drink, with heft and feel right in the middle. Overall, a well made and tasty Tripel that I look forward to revisiting.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes taken 01/22/17:

On the back of the bottle it says best before 12/12/15. Okay, I should have had it sooner, but this is a 9.5% beer so I am not too terribly worried. I’ll review it aged for now, and if I think to, I’ll review it again fresh.

Honey amber, opaque and swirly with haze, but also a suspended matrix of semi-fine flecks. Bright off-white watery but rocky, and film-forming head of moderate retention. Lacing is thick and wide but sinks down quickly. Very sweet nose, a sweet white wine, light berries, some fresh-squeezed orange juice, esters and mild medicinal phenols, and a touch of vinegar, alcohol very much hidden, detectable with longer whiffs. As it sits, barely anything but caramel, soapy phenols, a drier white wine, a little yeast, and booze left to nose. And this more or less describes the palate as well, although caramel partly substituted with malt tartness, and the addition of brewing herbs or spices barely noticeable in the balance. Fairly yeasty and somewhat vinous aftertaste, though phenols and ethanol linger. I’d call it full-bodied but it is so creamy with abundant and fine tingly carbonation that everything else seems watery. Plenty of heat.

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4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass. Accidently let a little yeast slip into the glass, but not too much.

Head forms almost as soon as it is poured into the glass and leaves two fingers worth of fluffy pure white head that dissipates into a white cap. Color is pale orange, dark yellow very pretty.

Smells of apples and hints of plum, both very maltly odors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and dense body that is at first overpowering but gets creamier and smoother as the beer warms. Taste of apples is present upfront, as the beer warms flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and hazlenut become dominate. Hazelnut flavor lingers after each sip.

Obviously this is not a beer that is meant to be chugged, but savored. Seems like this would be a great after dinner beer, very drinkable.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle I picked poured into a goblet glass. Date of 3/01/08 on the bottle yet not to sure what that means.

The color of this seems to be right on for the style. The color is a hazy amber color with hints of gold all throughout it. Also, a light amount of carbonation and sediment setting within it. A light, creamy head, rather frothy.

The smell on this is great. Very fragrant as I could smell it from a half a foot away when I was pouring it. Lots of fruit, smell of honey, deep grapes smell almost like red wine, apricot, also a bit of lime and other citrusy flavor coming off it, also a bit of yeast. Wow, I can't get it out of my head who much it smells like a burgundy or cabarnet or other big red wine.

Taste is a good mix of yeast flavors, mixed in with the lime and orange that I can smell as well. Also, I can taste the sugar that is supposed to be in it a little bit but not as much as I expected; yet still adds a bit of sweetness that I think is necessary for the complexity of the flavor profile. After the fruit and sweetness, the flavor fades away into the deep warming alcohol taste which is not over bearing at all given the alcohol content for this one. Have to say that the alcohol taste fits in pretty well wit the rest and offsets the fruit flavor rather well. Can also taste a bit of the red wine smell as well, could say maybe even date a bit. I also love the warming features of this beer. The alcohol does a superb job of keeping you nice and warm and a great beer to drink on a cold winter's night.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice on this one overall. Once we start drinking hit with a lot of carbonation in the mouth overall and that carbonation does not die down to quickly either. I really like that the carbonation does not leave at all but it sticks around for a long while in the mouth. Can taste a bit of bit of alcohol leaving at the end and that is the mouthfeel at the end is almost numbing from the alcohol taste at the end.

Overall, a good beer and one that I would not mind picking up a few others. I am kinda curious to try the dubbel as well since the Westmalle brewery definitely left a good impression on me. A bit of a sipper beer and a lot of alcohol so not one you could drink too many off at one time. Definitely a big beer and one that challenges you at first especially given the alcohol content and taste. One of the most fragrant beers I have ever set my nose upon.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 24/08/13. Medium hard pour resulted in three fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Triple.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,534 ratings.
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