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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#521
Reviews:
1,763
Ratings:
4,593
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.86
 
 
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437
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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is esters, clove, banana, Belgian Yeast. Taste follows the smell but is more intense in spiciness. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn. Crisp massive carbonation, medium to thick body. Great spicy brew!

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Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Westmalle goblet from a 33 cl bottle.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Appearance: Slightly hazed golden sunshine tone with a large two finger sized head leaves nice evenly dispersed rings of lacing around my chalice. Aroma: Rich fruit undertones slight spiciness touch of pineapple/tropical fruit notes, not bad candi sugar sweetness bready yeast tones. Taste: Alcohol presence is strong in the forefront, rich syrupy malt profile candi sugar subtle spicy flavors with a touch of herbal hops. Seems a bit brash and one dimensional right now with aging I think this beer will be the classic it once was, but the new Merchant du Vin importers get this one to the US fresher than ever, however I think it will only improve with some aging maybe three months or so to come together as a classic triple. Mouthfeel: Alcohol tickles the nose and back of the throat, fine carbonation very effervescent medium bodied triple ale. Drinkability: Excellent the great sipping brew, complex but still a tad green the bottle says it's good to age well into 2005.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance started out closer to a 3 finger white foamy head that quickly settled to a one and a half finger head and held adequately for a good "tripel." It had a good hazy yellow/golden orange colored body with a fair amount of stringy lacing a bit all over the place. The smell had some slight wheat, nice fruity (probably closer to a "pear" aroma), and a bit of yeast. The taste was a wheaty maltiness with a slightly yeasty iciness I get when I normally do most tripels, yeasty wheat aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, it sat super dry, wow, never had a dry tripel, but ok, no worries, honestly really doesn’t affect much in my opinion, but probably about a medium in body, fairly sessionable. Carbonation seems good for the style and for me. Overall, this was kinda wheaty for a tripel, but hey who’s complainin’, good tripel that I would have again, get it if you see it.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

I sampled a small bottle of this sublime nectar of the gods @ the Petite Abeille in NYC. Pours light straw, lemony and cloudy. Puffy white head, leaving the anticipated world class lacing. Nose is musty,nutty and yeasty. Spice, yeast and more nuttyness up front. Very pleasant soft mouthfeel. My kind of beer, spice, fruit, complexity. Intoxicating blend of flavors, smells, and textures. I'll take this to that desserted island and be satisfied beer wise for a long time.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at a good temperature into a nice goblet.

Some good carbonation on the pour, with a good white foamy head. Very decent lacing with a cloudy body of a buttery dark gold consistency. Head does go, but stays in a 3mm ring and never leaves.

Bouquet at first is quite subdued... but it needs time to open up... An aggressive pour to give it bigger head really makes a difference. Hops and yeast and a sweet and sour component that I can't quite pinpoint. This is a very balanced nose where you can smell around and find things without one scent dominating the rest. Smells somewhat pilsner like and a faint sour zest (lemon/lime take your pick).

Faint apricot with good notes of yeast and bread. Big carbonated and bitter finish but dissipates as you drink more to a nice bread chew character with some lemon. Taste is "tangy" with a nice SNAP to it. Bitter at first but becomes more tolerable as you have more.

This is a beer that takes patience to get through but rewards greatly when you stick with it making a very high drinkability.

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

Bottle shared by Nick last night- I can't believe this is actually the first time I've had this one.

This pours a slightly hazy pale orange, with a tight one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like honey covered apricot, pear, sharp grassiness, freshly baled hay, and a sort of indistinguishable Belgian spicing.

Though the tripel will never be one of my favorite styles, this is undeniably delicious and a paragon for the style. It's wonderfully complex- soft stone fruit- peach and apricot, with a surprisingly high level of grassy hoppiness, some pear, hay, and clove esters. It all comes together very nicely- and demands to be respected.

This is surprisingly light bodied, soft and airy, with a normal level of carbonation. It's quite sneaky- you wouldn't know there's any alcohol in this.

Probably the best tripel out there- this is absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a monstrous head that lingers for a very long time. Lacing quite present. The nose is extremely sweet with strong citric tones. Even and smooth on the mouth with malty sweetness and a bit of a bitter edge that follows on the trail end. Mouthfeel is typical. You could drink a lot of this in a sitting...if you could tolerate the 9.5% alcohol. This is a great brew whose best feature and contribution to beer world is that it is so readily available and has probably helped enlighten a lot of people as to what the possibilities for beer are.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,593 ratings
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