Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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 deadonhisfeet
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours out a slightly hazy orange-gold color. It is quite effervescent with nice bubbles streaming upward. There is a beautiful creamy white head with outstanding retention and trademark Belgian lacing. Then nose has nice fresh-smelling fruity aromas of oranges, bananas, and pears. There is no alcohol and not much of a hop presence.

The beer has a full body and a wonderfully firm, slick mouthfeel. The predominant flavors are fruity and citrusy, but there is a wonderful complex spiciness that balances it out and keeps it from tasting too sweet. The carbonation is just right and complements the spiciness nicely. As the beer moves across the palate, the flavors develop. The fruit flavors start to recede and a pleasant dry bitter, flowery note creeps in. The finish is dry and sustained and accompanies a faint, warming touch of alcohol.

I'm not a big fan of tripels, but I can see why this one is something of a standard. It has just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect blend of spiciness and bitterness to balance it out and keep it drinkable. This is the best tripel I have had yet and the only one I could see myself drinking over and over.

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Photo of kurgan3
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rydev24
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of smt
4/5  rDev -7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Best before May 23, 2014.

A - Pours a hazy gold color with two or thre fingers of frothy white head. Good retention with a blanket of lacing.

S - Lemon peel, ground black pepper, banana, funky yeast. There are also fresh herbs and bubblegum sweetness. Very good aroma.

T - Begins sweet with bubblegum and clove belgian yeast flavors. Biscuity in the middle. Dry on the back end with some lemon and a slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

M - Prickly and aggressive carbonation that suits the flavors well. Refreshing with a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied with the alcohol well hidden.

O - One of the best trippels I have ever had. Fruity, sweet, biscuity, and dry. All of the qualities I want in a trippel with great drinkability at 9.5%. For a readily available, relatively cheap option, it doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of Maiacetus
3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DaveStroud
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yeast particles create a haze; pale gold colour; thick head has length

Aroma: white grapes; floral; boozy

Taste: fruity, lightly spiced yeast curls around the tongue and alcohol level plainly evident in sting that gathers in the back of the throat; finishes with pleasant and fairly strong spiced hops; some apple, grapes; overall the indiscernible combination of fruity and spicy yeast, hops, malt is not incredibly complex, but nonetheless enjoyable

Overall: a great balance of elements, but not quite as exciting as had hoped for

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 28/09/10, best by 28/09/12. Almost too late!

A: Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge fluffy white head. Fades slowly leaving minimal lacing behind but excellent head retention. Lacing may be a result of bottle age.

S: Lots of yeast with a bit of citrus - lemon mainly. Refreshing grainy bread.

T: Super sharp and strong yeasty, grainy bread. Wow, overpowering really. Funky, I suppose. Finishes with a bit of tart apple, lemon, grass and a metallic twang at the very end which lingers between sips.

M: Fairly heavy but feels medium bodied with high carbonation. Fluffy, crisp flavor.

O: Very strong flavors in this tripel with good balance. However, fairly simplistic having said that. I think bottle age might have something to do with it, perhaps it's past its prime. Will have to revisit someday.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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