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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with a fine effervescent carbonation that produces a big white foamy head and leaves plenty of lacing and a residual layer of foam that never quits.

Mellow but prominent aroma with notes of grain, bread, and raisins. Alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms. Spicy bread flavor with a bit of candi sugar that resolves to a dry herbal finish.

Medium body that seems very light for the style. The carbonation probably contributes to that.

This beer stands apart from a lot of tripels in its rounded malt character and a feeling of lightness and finesse.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of qumrangeorge
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third favorite trappiste behind Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 8. This westmalle trippel carries on the traditional trappiste beers with its secret spices, although there must be a hint of coriander in the mix. Excellent a steak dinner. I would begin the evening tasting so to set the standard on the follow-ons.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy, dull golden-yellow while yielding a creamy finger plus of white head; decent retention, lacing.

nose is a nice potpourri of fruit, spice, belgian yeast and alcohol esters. i get a touch of clove, maybe a trace of hops... the flavor is somewhat dry with the aroma characters all pulling through - fruit, spice, yeast - and there's a distinct hoppy bitterness in the background, plus a bit of a tartness... more bitterness and some booze coming in the finish. overall a good beer, but to me i'm not sure i'd rank this as the ultimate example of a belgian tripel. in fact i'm sure i wouldn't: solid but far from my favorite trappist offering.

medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. very drinkable considering the well-blended 9.5% ABV. i would recommend this beer, but would advise one to keep his or her expectations in check going in - i was prepared to be blown away by the tripel archetype and that just didn't happen, unfortunately.

originally reviewed: 10-31-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.3 fl oz. bottle stamped: 14/06/13-3-003325. Sampled on May 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow with a cloudy bottle conditioned character and a small fizzy head. On the nose there is yeast, pale malts, spice, and tart citrus with the hops downplayed. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with an appealing yeasty and malty character than quickly morphs into a tart, peppery, dry hopped finish. This is not something for everyday drinking but instead something to be savored.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a stemmed goblet glass. Best before date is 26/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a light and very hazy brownish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of white head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a good amount of cloves and coriander spices. Lots of wheat grains. Big hints of fruits with some banana, pear, apple, orange, lemon, and white grapes. Also a little hay, pepper, and citrus hops. Very yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy. Nicely complex.

Taste: Tastes as great and complex as it smells. Big taste of spice upfront from the Belgian yeast and cloves. Wheat grains add some bready taste throughout. Big mix of fruity esters. Vibrant notes of oranges, banana, pear, white grapes, lemon, and apple. Also mixed in are some coriander and pepper spices. A great combination of sweet fruits, spices, and moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation on the heavier side of medium. Very creamy. Somewhat prickly. Fruity and very drying in the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: An outstanding authentic Belgian Tripel. A great complex mix of yeast, wheat, and fruity esters.

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

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Golden and hazy, some suspended yeast visible. Big initial head that crawls downward but never fully leaves the scene. Barely any lacing except for little clusters that polkadot the sides.

S - Standard for a tripel. Nice phenol presence. Not too strong on the hops, good platform for the banana and clove to dance on.

T - Very well balanced. Esters and phenols at the forefront that lead into a nice and subtle sweet caramel. Hopped just enough to balance the sweetness. Alcohol there but hiding behind the incredible balance.

M - Pleasant carbonation. No astrigency. Lightly dry finish.

O - It's reputation is well deserved. Not the biggest fan of tripels but this one is deserving of being an exception. One I would return to.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to pick this up from Totowa and give it a try. I liked the Dubbel a lot and figured that this would be another one that would be complex and strong. Sure enough, that was the case too but this was so wonderful to behold and admire that it took a while just to take the first sip. A beer like this deserved to be sipped a pretty warm temperature too, so that wasn't a bad thing.

This had a beautiful golden hue to it with a head that was full and long-lasting. The lacing was nice too and once I got past the booze, the array of flavors was nice to behold. Peach, banana, pear, and some spice to go along with the hint of spice found here. The carbonation was on the level of soda but not too strong while the alcohol complemented everything nicely. Just a bit of tartness in the back too, which made each sip face nicely into the one afterwards.

The bitterness is present but underneath everything. Not a lot to dwell on while the alcohol is a bit more up-front. This had a great balanced to it but while the flavors and mild spice work well together, this is not something to be enjoyed quickly. Seasoned aficionados of beer will love this once it fully warms up and the it can be enjoyed to its potential.

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4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours the color of honey. Quite murky. The head on this beer is staggering. Looks like someone stuffed a muffin into my glass. The head is nearly solid. It retains its stature in legendary fashion.

S-A lot to decipher. Beligan yeast and Belgian hops first and foremost. Tons of spice. Bananas and cloves. The nose of a finely crafted Belgian brew.

T-This is a stalwart Tripel. Belgian hops and yeast are vivid. Fruits and spice pop up continually. Sweetness and bitterness match each other well. Wheaty and bready. Very intricate.

M-Full bodied. Carbonation is soothing. Understated bitterness. Alcohol is downed out by the feel and flavor.

O/D-Tripels generally don't excite me very much but this one is obviously special. So deep and multidimensional. This is one of those beers I shouldn't have skipped over when I first started out. Perhaps I would enjoy the style better if I had this Tripel when I was still a gumshoe.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml served into a Karmeliet tulip
Bottled on 25/08/13

A - Pours honey golden with sediment floating around. Giant 3 finger head that's bone-white in color and is very slow to sink and never dies completely. Chunks of 3D lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Tangy fruity esters. Pears, apples, grapes, taffy, wheat bread, damp hay, banana liquor, pepper, various unknown spices.

T - Spiced yeast, pears, tangy taffy, acidic and grapes, muted stone fruit. It grows spicier toward the middle with pepper and coriander. Thick pilsener malt, grassy with a citrus bite toward the end. Finishes spicy and dry.

M - Moderate prickly carbonation, heavy side of medium, alcohol is evident but welcomed, dry finish.

Super complex nose. The flavor is is very layered as well but does not match the nose.
I know it sounds cliche, but complex is the main word to describe this beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 35!

Believe it or not, this is the first time for me to ever try Westmalle Tripel. My belgium self education continues! Poured from 12oz bottle into my Chimay Chalice. Pours a golden cloudy color, nice head with superior creamy retention. It blankets the top fully with lacing all over the glass. Beautiful. Smell- pears, sauvignon blanc grapes, dark fruits like prunes or raisins. Taste- so much going on here: sugar coated apricots, a sweet bready grain, nice sweet fruitiness. Super drinkable for the ABV, dangerously so. This is great, but I don't think I'm all that into the style.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to tulip:

Pours a glowing straw gold with a massive, white, loose-gauge head and distinctive lacing.

The nose on this one is unsurpassed. I pray to god Westmalle comes out with an air freshener someday. Sweet bread and esters, clove, banana, subtle fig, cereal, more yeast.

The taste is almost equally as impressive. It's more pronounced than more tripels I've had. Huge yeast, some alcohol, sweet bread, pear, banana, very good.

The alcohol is more prominent than others in the style but it doesn't detract from the overall perfection of the beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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 4,582 ratings
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