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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,520
Reviews:
1,738
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
862
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Bunuelian
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being the first beer to denominate itself a "Tripel", I've longed for this beer too much.

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a bright orange, deep, tilting to a yellow hue. It forms a two-finger head, creamy and dense, with good retention. After the head wanes it becomes a permanent thin layer of foam.
Nice lacing.

Enticing and assertive bouquet.
Phenols, honey, bread, lots of fruit as in apricot, peach, lots of banana, apple, mild orange, spices and a herbal hint. Fresh aromas.

What an incredible beer.
It begins with a moderate carbonation that introduces a blast of flavor.
The first thing to hit is an intense sweetness in the form of caramel, honey and fruits as in apple, banana and peach. The malt backbone is huge and states its presence as well.
Short after a mild bitterness appears and balances the flavor, along with a hint of sweet liquor and spices as pepper and clove.
The aftertaste introduces a sudden, assertive and renewed sweetness with a floral hint that is very refreshing, and it lingers long until bitterness makes it fade away. Westmalle tripel leaves a dry sensation in your mouth that makes you crave for another sip.
It is smooth, medium to light body, nice medium carbonation.
I found this beer to have more depth while still chilled, though moderately chilled.

World class beer for sure, an outstanding tripel, and a new favorite.

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

Photo of KensWorld
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dcf5ve
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nicole309
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of lhwjanssen
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a hazy yellow orange with a beautiful foamy head. Smells of light citrus and hops with fruit notes. The taste is very smooth with full fruit and citrus creamy flavors that just melt on your tongue. The beer is so smooth and creamy that it is hard to stop drinking it, this ranks as one of the best tasting beers I have had. The entire feel of this beer from start to finish is pure enjoyment, top favorite.

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Photo of JB62
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickthom24
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Griphon
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Watersox
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of muchos
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L. Hazy Golden-orange with a massive fluffy head which fades very slowly.
S. Softly sweet, spicy yeast, spicy hops. Fruitier as it warms, raisins, pears, apples, bananas. Smells incredible.
T. Taste follows the aroma, and then some. Soft sweetness, spicy, grapefruity and piney in the aftertaste. Smooth, crisp, flavorful.
M. Smooth, plenty of carbonation.
O. Most bitterness I've tasted in a Belgian-style beer. Great. Cheers!

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Photo of Tbull
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tripel pours a beautiful slightly opaque, orange color with a small amount of brown sediment and a medium foamy white head. Like this abbey’s dubbel, the smell is fairly mild for a Belgian beer with hints of banana and alcohol. The flavor is pleasant, but actually surprisingly mild as well. It is also not as complex as I imagined it would be based on other people’s reviews, but maybe I just don’t have a refined enough palette. There are notes of banana, yeast, a little earthiness, and some apricot. The finish is exceptionally dry with a pretty big punch of alcohol. This is a really nice tripel with crisp flavors. I have to say that it is really a lot simpler than I thought it would be though with less of a fruit presence than I have had in most tripels. I think overall I prefer the Westmalle dubbel to this one. It is a very good tripel without a doubt, but I think it’s a bit overrated.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states best before September 9, 2017. Consumed on June 11, 2016.

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jimmyeng
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.33cl special European bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark gold/amber pour with thin snow white head that dissipated pretty quickly. No lacing on my glass, although I may have messed up the pour, given others' reviews. Lots of visible carbonation - this one was bubblin'.

S: Not much here. Some yeast and lemon, but otherwise unremarkable.

T: Initial sip bites the tongue. Yeast and wheat flavors up front with unmistakeable lemon/citrus finish. I found the alcohol taste to be pretty strong in this one. Warm finish. You definitely know it's a tripel.

F: Medium body. Very carbonated and yet creamy as it sits on the tongue and as the beer warms a bit. Pretty unique feel from my perspective. Really liked it.

O: A great tripel. Good for sipping slowly and allowing the carbonation to dissipate a bit. Thoroughly enjoyable, although it would be well served to pull back on the alcoholic aftertaste a bit.

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Photo of dabear85
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slim_720
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,520 ratings.
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