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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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4.3/5
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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%
Bros Score:
4.86
 
 
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Photo of trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11.2oz bottle) pours dark golden color with chunky white head. Very active carbonation. Aroma has belgian yeast, vinous fruit (grape?) And some spice. Taste is sweet malt with spice and a hoppy bitter finish. Thin to medium bodied and creamy texture. Finish is bitter and dry. The original and ultimate tripel

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Photo of jdklks
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of lucas1801
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Peaches13
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I am doing this review with a bottle that I am not sure if it was good, I had one last week and it wasnt tasting the same, maybe my palate is playing trick who knows!

The Triple has an orangish color, cloudly, very carbonated, the head came and dissapeared quickly. Her smell is very fruity with shy notes of hops and malt. Taste is spicy, alcoholic, esthylic, and carbonated, actually way too much carbonated, it was like I had a Westmalle that when diving too deep and went up too fast, bubbles in my mouth that didnt feel right.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my mind you can't really buy a better Tripel than this wonderful Trappist. It was poured into a typical Belgian snifter style glass and immediately sprouted an inch-thick, white, foamy, creamy head. It left excellent lacing. The body was amber colored, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was excellent, lots of banana, candy sugar, clove, citrus and sweet fruits. The bouquet was almost enough to sit and enjoy, but the taste was something else as well. You could definitely detect a large ammount of alcohol, but not nearly as much as is actually present. It is well-hidden behind a complex taste of clove, spice, sugars, mild hoppiness, yeasts and bananas. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated yet not very biting; it's creamy and refreshing and is absolutely excellent to the last sip. Please do yourself a favor and try this beer. Especially if you're a fan of Tripels like me.

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Photo of DJButters
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Etrusco
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mjc410
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my Chimay chalice yields an immovable, sub-one finger head, just the slightest hint of tan. The body is a murky yellow with a lot of floaties, even after sitting in my cellar for a year, and a half inche left in the bottle. Smell is richly aromatic, of caramel and candi sugar, cloves, scent, perhaps mildly spicy from the alcohol. Taste is milder than the smell, earthy, peppery, candi sweet, mildly acidic, very smooth. There's a nice citrus zest to it as well, although it finishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, and the carbonation is very high, leading to an almost effervescent feeling. A nice drinker, to be sure, that hides its alcohol well, and doesn't overwhelm with sweetness.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours up a slightly hazy pale yellow with a dense white head.

S - Some sweet malt, some pear in the aroma

T - Sweet malt flavor with some dried fruit in the background. Finishes with a little alcohol on the back of the tongue. Nice.

M - Full mouthfeel and carbonation

D - Well balanced beer. This will sneak up on you.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a big fluffy white head, and very heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Fruit and yeast on the nose. Peppery spice, clove, banana, orange peel. Very aromatic.

Taste: Sweet and fruity up front, before making way for a heavy spiciness of pepper and clove. There is a banana flavour in there, along with an orangey zest. Quite bitter hoppy finish that clings to the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and very lively on the carbonation. The texture is oily and slick.

Drinkability: An absolutely world class triple, I could drink this everyday. The flavours are perfect and moreish. This is a beer that has to be experienced.

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Photo of Harkrank
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of moulefrite
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is certainly different! The color is a thick, vibrant honey. The head is restrained, though the lace grips hard and rides out the journey. Aromas hint of tropical fruit bubblegum and of the high abv to follow. The mouthfeel is dry, aggressive and attacks without apology-very weighty. A strong bitter grasps the tongue and lingers. Again, fruity bublegum flavors, enveloped by rich, warming alcohol and more very extracted hop bitter. This is a real butt kicker, that would be best served with some food-where's the damn cheese?!

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Photo of diamondc
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass, the head is enormous, fluffy, sticky lacing, the foam just won't quit.

Aroma is of pears, melons, a little bit of mustyness.

The taste is a fruit extravaganza - grapes, pears, pineapple, & passion fruit. Ginger, cloves and banana bubblegum flavors come out after a few swigs. The hops come out quick though to tame the sweetness. The aftertaste is a bit dry, a bit like tasting the inside of a pecan shell by accident.

Mouthfeel / drinkability: Very smooth, low carbonation suprisingly for a tripel. Very easy drinking here, which you wouldn't expect for a 9% abv beer, either. Expensive, but definitely worth buying.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before January 1st, 2012.

Pours a hazy light gold color with copious amounts of frothy white head. Head has quite the staying power, leaving tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell consists of some spice and yeast.

Initial taste reminds me a bit of banana, though this is quickly washed away by the stronger malt and slightly raisin like taste. A bit of spice and yeast in the back. Certainly sweet and a bit boozy.

A very complex, interesting and tasty beverage. Made for sipping, not quaffing.

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Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stocean1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a two finger sudsy head into a chalice, cloudy light honey colored, good retention which could easily be regenerated with a swirl of the glass, slick lacing, yeasty brown bits floating on top and on the bottom of the glass

Smell is grassy, ethanol, floral hops, apricot

Taste follows the nose with some pepper coming through (my favorite aspect of this one), complexity grew as it warmed giving me some carmelized apple as well.

Medium bodied and not overly carbonated, this brew had a refreshing bitter kick, dry but not sweet.

A great complex tripel that is a definite "buy it when you see it"

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Photo of Vestlake
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BobMessina
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Kulrak
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with about 2cm of creamy white head that isn't going anywhere. Smells yeasty, sweet and spicy, with some banana and cloves. The flavor is actually cleaner than I expected from a tripel, though it isn't boring. There's a strong spicy hop flavor not quite balancing the wheaty/yeasty/malty sweetness, but it's strong enough to finish fairly clean. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy. Overall, I think I may have found my new favorite belgian.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold. With a 1 fingered head that remained for over an hour, this beer looked pretty through the entire meal. I kinda wish it had some lacing though, but I'm not sure if tripels are supposed to have lacing, so I won't factor that into my scoring too much.

Smell: Banana's and yeast hit the nose immediately, and then I recognize a nice brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Again the banana's and yeast, but now plums are added to the mix, and the brown sugar adds wonderfully. There is also a taste of lilac, or honeysuckle nuzzling around with the alcohol that is covered up very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and standard for a tripel, but I'll rate it above average for the nice body.

Drinkability: As I said above, the alcohol was masked very well, but what makes this a great beer is that it went with every food I ate. Bleu Cheese, Steak, Pastrami, Chicken in cilantro sauce, yams. Unbelievable.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle reads Best before 1/19/12

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a giant foamy head. The head lingers and adds to taste. Aroma is funk, with cloves and white grapes. Good carbonation gives this a nice kick in the mouth. Flavors include white grapes, yeast, and a hint of bananas and bubblegum. Flavors are very clean and refreshing. This is a good summertime Tripel.
Very little notice of the alchohol, just crisp clean Belgian goodness. Wish I could sip on some of these at Fenway.

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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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