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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,557
Reviews:
1,750
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
441
Gots:
878
For Trade:
6
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Photo of DenverLogan
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle...cork popped about 10' distance! Bottled March 2012.
Pours a large cloudy head that shrinks but hangs around with a full layer in my tulip glass. Some lace.
Golden color...very clear, clean.
Aroma of sweet amber malts, melon rind, black pepper, slight banana esters.
Significant carbonation...big mouthfeel.
Flavors of candy sugar, amber malts, grass, peppercorns, currents, citrus hops.
Let's let it open 15 minutes....
Ahh...this is a tripel with a bite! From what I recall Westmalle devised the Tripel style of beer. I remember 10 years or so ago doing a blind tasting with 23 Tripel-style brews. Ten of us chose our top three beers. The Westmalle came in around #8 or so, with St Bernardus, Watou and Triple Karmeliet taking the top three spots.
So much of a Belgian beer is in the yeast, and I think the esters of this Westmalle include some bitter notes, a burst like peppermint candy, a pungent herbal spritzer & spicy finish. Big, bold and tasty.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

This is a really nice looking beer, a hazy yellow-orange with a fairly fluffy white head. Smell is really nice fruit and Belgian yeast - exactly what a tripel should smell like. Flavor follows the nose - it's slightly sweet with a nice light fruit character up front, but the finish is more earthy and bitter than expected and a get a hint of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice tripel, but the earthy/bitter finish kind of throws off the balance to me. I know it's the original, but I think there are other tripels I like more.

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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into tulip. Pours a slightly orange golden with amazing fluffy white head and perfect lacing. Great banana and Belgian yeast with ever so slight hop aroma. Sweet yeasty flavors with some banana and clove flavor. Its all about the yeast and malt balance here...its amazing. Perfect example of a triple.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bobv
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a one and a half inch white head over a yellow-orange body with thick lacing that hangs around for more than a few minutes. Nose of malt,, banana, spice, and as it warms a bit, candied fruit comes out. Taste follows wonderfully with a clean and smooth richness that is so, so good. 9.5 % abv is pretty well hidden. Nice feel and overall a joy to behold!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,557 ratings.
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