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Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of thecheapies
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Westmalle Tripel. Served in a Westvleteren goblet. Best Before date of 05/23/14. More numbers follow the freshness date on the back label.

Enjoyed alongside St. Feuillien Triple.

Looks orange-lemon, with heavy haze. Coarse head still holds together really well. Maybe up to 3/4". Clear enough to notice some rushing carbonation streams.

Big bready notes like early morning bakery. Pepper, clove, banana, green apple, coriander, green banana, and lemon. Excellent nose. Yeast yields the nuttiness of granola with that very light sweetness, as if dosed with a touch of honey. Wholly realized and wholly complete. Nothing here is unwelcoming.

Oh, how the spices and lemon shine! Lots of coriander, pepper, and clove interlaced with a dry and zesty lemon note. So dry and spicy. Spices carom off of the taste buds and drone on longly in that finish. And, then there's the booze. Warm and sizzling with the carbonation and with that hint of rosewater. Malty grains taste like sourdough bread. Yeast is mostly nutty, but offers some estery and herbal apple-like nuances. Apple, like a sweeter green apple, reminiscent of Green Delicious. Still, the sugars are elusive. Just to say this beer doesn't have any particular shape of tartness despite the flavor composition described.

Very lively in carbonation, yet I wouldn't describe it as sparkling or fizzy. Just sudsy and busy. Busy, so as to scatter all of the different complex flavors about the mouth. Body is rich and a little commanding, especially with that booze element. Each swallow feels like a swell of 5º F.

Of course, this beer is what you can expect it to be--one of the best damn tripels on any beer store's shelf. When you savor this beer, your complaints will be few and rare. Enjoy!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, it’s a nice murky dirty blonde color and is topped off with a really thick and creamy head that simply sticks around and will not subside. The lacing is pretty welcoming too! The aroma is nice and complex, but no one smell is over powering. It’s light and floral overall with hints of citrus, malts, various grasses and an ever so mild alcohol smell. It’s got a medium-to-full mouth feel and is remarkably refreshing. The flavor is pretty good and is bitter overall, the spices and malts hit you up front almost as soon as you take a drink. Mild apple notes come through and there is a hint of an earthy flavor as well… the flavor is very impressive and I have to say this is one awesome beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Reviewed from notes 5-27-12

Trappist Beer Night!

Westmalle is one of my favorite representations of the Tripel style. Pours a beautiful amber-orange-gold, with a clean look and a frothy head. The nose is outrageous: spicy and sweet fruit with plenty of that classic Belgian ester. Maintains crispiness and is relatively dry, but still exhibits plenty of stick-around-for-a-while qualities with a bigger and juicier mouthfeel than a typical Tripel.

If Westie 12 is the trappist you want to sip while hearing monks relate Cistercian tales of yesteryear on a cold winter night, Westmalle Tripel is the one you want to share with the friars after a day working in the fields of grain. Truth.

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Photo of caseyscarb
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of davelag
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Tomhet
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the outset this thing is generating a massive, bright white head the dissipates at a crawling pace, leaving chaotic patterns of lacing all over the place; I love it. Appearance is a murky golden tinge that gives the impression that you're in for a treat. Aroma is absurdly refreshing: spiced cloves, cherries, figs, some green apple, obvious Belgian yeast, with some nice malt presence (I can't really describe the "neutral" character of the malt note I'm picking up, to be honest; it just provides some wonderful balance).

Yeast is the theme of the night. The first phase of the sip is a subdued version of what is to come: a snappy, fruity, bready combination that takes a second to hit full force but does so with impunity around the middle of the tongue. In some ways the taste is a bit more yeasty and bitter than the nose would suggest, but if you really dig for that miasma of spicy fruits, you'll find them in absolute harmony with the yeast and malts. Also worth noting is the ever-so-slight alcohol burn near the finish that is just enough to be consistently pleasing, especially in this season. Carbonation is fairly high and contributes to the "snappy" character of the beer, and it complements the smoothness of the brew perfectly. Overall, this is incredible and precisely what a tripel should taste like. Get at all costs.

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Photo of JellyJacket
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Labeorphile
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice golden Belgian color with typical cloudiness. Good head with solid retention and good lacing.

Fruity nose with banana and not overly sweet. Flavor stands up to nose and is well balanced with a good mouth feel. An outstanding overall beer that is one of my favorite Trippels.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of thejoshgray
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of fox227
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of vincechan
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of acashk
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of djkrause
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of cedelattes
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CoreyW
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Nice big white head. Color is quite clear light straw. Nice visible carbonation going on.

Smell: yeast, cloves, banana, freshly baked bread. Some earthiness.

Taste: a nice mix of spices and malt up front. Then some yeast, citrus and a light bitterness. More spices, but very complex, not just cloves. Light alcohol taste. Aftertase is a bit bitter (lemonpeel) and a bit earthy.

Mouth: this is quite big, full and clings to the mouth in a good way. Nice medium carbonation. Really good.

Overall this is really good. Much more complex than most in the style. I like it quite cold though, too warm and it gets a bit heavy.

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

Pours a dark, hazy yellow, with a tall head that goes away relatively quickly, leaving behind a thin lacing. Small sediments floating around. Sweet aroma, ripe bananas, pears, apples, dried grass and alcohol. As expected, the taste is also sweet, ripe fruit with a punch of spiciness from the alcohol. Nice carbonation. Warm after-taste, again, due to the alcohol. Will get sour with time, so drink it as fresh as possible.

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Photo of gr0g
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, reviewed from notes on 9/27/2012.

Hazy golden amber topped with a perfect fluffy white head. Yeasty phenols on the nose complemented by crisp green apple. On the palate, a faint honey sweetness gives way to a dry finish. The balance is just about perfect. Yeast character is less present than on the nose. Malt profile is faintly cracker-like, the flavor being dominated by fruit notes of apple and pear. Carbonation is vigorous but fine,bordering on creamy, but still within the norm for the style. Overall, more than a great beer - a work of art.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,590 ratings
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