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:
4,548
Reviews:
1,749
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of kscaldef
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into a Chimay glass.

A: Very pale, clear yellow-straw. Small head of loose white foam receded in a minute or two. Very attractive champagne-like fine bubble trails in the glass, mixed with much larger bubbles

S: Great fruity esters and light clove and banana notes. Some bready aromas as well, and hints of raisins.

T: Lots of yeast character complementing bready malt. Fairly sweet on the tongue, but not heavy. Slight alcohol note on the finish.

M: Well-carbonated, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

O: A benchmark beer for the style. I'm dinging it a little on appearance, although that might be the fault of my pour. I surprised not to see more of a head, though.

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Photo of mfgreene
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jhm
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of dragnalus
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Melomanemusher
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ABokononist
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BigLittleHokis
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jhhollier
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mscudder
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer I always will return to! Best by 7/4/13 and poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - A cloudy hay-inspired yellow hue. Slight orange hue. Nice large white head sits atop the body. Beautiful stuff.

S - Like sticking your nose in a nice stack of hay. Notes of apples, pear and clove are present.

T - Dry with tastes of fruit (following the nose) and a fair quantity of honey on the rear. Complex yet well refined. A Trappist masterpiece.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Perhaps a tad too much for my liking.

O - This is a solid beer that is worth of praise. Little can be detected of the massive ABV. I prefer a beer that is not quite as dry but it is always a pleasure to revisit.

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Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of 4ster
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of KJabo
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before October 31, 2013. Poured without the yeast.

Clear golden yellow with a real big white head - really soapy in quality, with great retention and lots of lacing. Nose is spicy, herbal and some grassy notes. Light floral and a general sweetness about it. Taste has sweet typical golden tripel malts, spicing, alcohol and herbal flavours. A ligth fruity character as well, some pear and light fleshed fruits. Full body and the alcohol is far from hidden. Medium high carbonation. A really nice tripel, but the alcohol prevents this from being at the top of my list in the style.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the fortune of going to Belgium and visiting Westmalle. This was an amazing place, with a beautiful Cafe and a huge playground for kids! Of course I was going to try all their style, but I ordered the Triple first. I was surprised that this was the only place in Belgium that asked if I wanted the beer "chilled" or "room" (cool). The best part of this beer is the smell, not that the taste isn't great. I could sniff this hay-scented beer all day. It reminds me of the fields that surround so many of the rural areas of Belgium. Besides the price, this is always a beer that I turn to if it appears on the menu.

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Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Getting to the business end of Trappist brews now. Which makes one contemplate the lengths they'll have to go to get a bottle of Trappist Westvleteren 12... soon my lovely. In any case damn the Belgians for making such tasty beers, and also for not being Australia adjacent.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Appealing cloudy Tangerine body with a thin chalk lacing.

S: Sweet, vinous aromas (like a Botrytis wine) along with acidic pears and apples, with a hint of clove phenols. Along the lines of Duvel... promising.

T: Wasn't far off - a very Duvelesque taste; dry champagne yeast start to finish (even drier than Duvel), tart apple/pear centre, and hints of Wit Bier spice phenols and banana esters, topped off with a candi sugar sweetness that faintly hides the alcohol. A very impressively crafted brew.

M: Champagne fizz, lots of it, and a medium body.

D: Damn good beer this... not a glass of Duvel though. They are very similar in profile but the Duvel edges this in flavour with its less dry and more sweet notes. The dryness makes this beer possibly the closest thing I've tried to Champagne, and credit where credit is due it is a great brew.

Food match: Basil salmon terrine with confit de canard or a crispy salmon with lentils du puy and two-mustard crème fraîche.

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Photo of srv33
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange, with a big creamy white head. Scent of wheat, light citrus, oak, and and almond. Taste very much follows the nose, but there are additional notes of fruit (apricot, cherry,) pepper, lemon, and a really nice yeast profile, its very rich, and very creamy. It lingers on the tongue, with a peppery slightly bitter aftertaste. Despite the nice flavor profile, it isn't as sweet or with as much depth as I would have expected and the alcohol content isn't hidden very well. The mouthfeel is very odd, bites the tongue initially with lots of fine carbonation then is gone right away with a slightly bitter lingering ghost of the flavor profile. Still a classic Tripel, but ought to be just slightly under what its rated here.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a nice fluffy white head with good retention.

The taste is of sweet citrus, some grassy notes, and some toasted malt.

The taste is of very sweet fruit, some apricot is noticeable, some honey, yeast, and sweet sugar, also quite alcoholic.

Full body, crisp and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good beer, easy to drink a couple of these without noticing. I would get this again.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,548 ratings.
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