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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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4.3/5
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4,581 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#521
Reviews:
1,758
Ratings:
4,581
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.86
 
 
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Ratings: 4,581 |  Reviews: 1,758
Photo of jds16
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newdamage1
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from single-serve bottle

Look--Pours a classic hazy gold with excellent rocky head and persistent lacing throughout. As pretty a tripel as you will ever see.

Smell--Floral notes forward with dried fruit and apricot notes close behind, with classic Belgian yeast closing the deal. Excellent and inviting.

Taste--One notch below the aroma but still darn good. Excellent balance of malty sweetness, Belgian yeast, and a touch of bitterness at the end.

Feel--Outstanding carbonation and crispness makes this a very refreshing take.

Overall--Underrated versus the "big boys" of Belgium. Outstanding and highly recommended.

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Photo of einman
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mann0101
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rex_4539
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy, honey-like color, three finger white head, thick lacing, good carbonation.

S: Raisins, oak, wine.

T: Champagne-like taste, malty.

F: Hugely carbonated, difficult to drink.

O: Quite average beer. Not bad but nothing special.

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Photo of Bhawks10
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark gold with lots of sediment. Head is fizzy and disappears quickly. Smell is vibrant and fruity but slightly general and disappointing but overall favorable. Taste is as vibrant and fruity as the smell, but again, unfortunately, somewhat general and bland. Tastes possibly of banana. Mouth feel is a high point. Carbonation and vibrant once again, very refreshing and enjoyable. Overall, it's a very bright, fruity, and refreshing tripel, but not as distinct as I would like.

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Photo of ryanduke
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of axxe
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjacobsr
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bonns42
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: 750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Translucent gold with decent carbonation. Head settles at 1.5 fingers and sticks around for a while.

Aroma: Hint of rose petals, some alcohol, and tree fruits, like apricots or green apple maybe.

Taste: Crisp apricot, but not overly sweet. Brown sugar through the middle with some bread-like notes. Finishes with a lingering phenol and fresh-cut-grass taste that I haven't had in a tripel before. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Dry up front but coats the tongue and throat for the lingering aftertaste. Carbonation gives it a lively bubble in the mouth. Coats the tongue and stays there.

Overall: It's got a good flavor. It goes down easy for 9%, and is very enjoyable. Not my favorite, but very good overall.

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

True to its worldwide reputation, this is an all-time classic. Pours a beautiful golden color, very clear wand with a very big head. Awesome retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet, spicy and somewhat boozy. Ripe pears, candi sugar and spices. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste but it's barely noticeable. Medium body with cream-like carbonation.

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Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MoohMooh
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-opaque light gold that astonishingly appears to get more opaque after a while, with a huge head, not much lacing. Smells of grain/corn, citrus, apple cider, and orange, with a grassy, boozy feel. Taste is bitter and slightly spicy/peppery, with once again grain, stale bread(?), some apple, and banana. It feels warm and smooth, with medium carbonation, but a light body for a triple. Kinda harsh.

I feel it doesn't really hide its ABV all that well. That makes it a bit hard to get through and kinda mutes the various aromas. Pretty disappointed.

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Photo of kinggimp
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurzman
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _Adam_
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zshaft
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TroyE219
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Look: Not at all what I was expecting. After letting the sediment settle at the bottom of the bottle, the resulting pour was a crystal clear and gold in color. A solid 2-3 finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet banana, malted grain, slight hop, and a funk on the tail end.

Taste: Banana, bitter hop, malted grain, and a slightly funky finish.

Feel: Starts out light, but the middle to finish coats mouth with a buttery slickness.

Overall: One of the better Trappist beers I've had, not to mention one of the more affordable ones.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,581 ratings
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