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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Ranking:
#532
Reviews:
1,765
Ratings:
4,608
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.86
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trapist Tripel. Best before 1/3/12 (oops), poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with yeast in suspension all over...the rocky white head slowly recedes and sticks to the glass.

S: Typical banana and clove, fruity yeast esters...grape bubble gum...light grassy notes.

T: Hugely refreshing palette. Moderate spice character, more grape bubble gum, and some dry, grassy, earthy notes. Not intensely fruity but there are hints of pear and other white fruits.

MF: Quite dry, medium-light body. Pretty active carbonation.

O: A solid tripel. I think its a bit overrated as it is solid and not spectacular in my opinion, but I can see why it is beloved.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle, poured into my chimay chalice. Brewed on 11/2010... a year of bottle conditioning.

A: Golden hazy yellow, with a huge frosty head made up of millions of tiny bubbles. Light to moderate lacing with a great amount of head retention, which is great for such a high abv.

S: Aroma is mostly comprised of corriander, orange zest, munich and pilsner malt, and bartlett pears. Very aromatic house yeast phenols.

T: First notes are of some traditional belgian spices (nutmeg, clove, and corriander), this interplays with a spicy hop, that trade places back and forth. Secondary profile is of sweet candied sugar, belgian yeast and pear. Very dry aftertaste with malt forward, citrus bite and hop reemerging.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Slightly bitter. No alcohol hints.

O: This is the grandfather of all triples. Fantastic beer. Not as good as the rocheforts in my opinion, but the definitive belgian trappist brew. If you can find it, get it

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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours out a hazed light golden colour. huge snow white meringue like head supported by some very active carbonation. bits of chunky lace. yeasty, spicy and fruity aroma. tart apples and pears in the taste profile, complimented by some hefty sourdough breadiness and peppery alcohol spice. there is even some detectable flowery hoppiness that accentuates the residual malt sweetness. it's all interwoven so perfectly that sublimely balanced may not be a good enough of a desciptor. the body of this trappist tripel is full, lush and decadent. a lively carbonated mouthfeel allows everything to burst forth with vigor. drinkability is off the charts and unexplainable.

all i can say is that overall this is the epitome of the tripel style IMO. about perfect in every aspect and well deserved of the praise, respect and hype it has now and will have in the future. again, i'm not sure why it's taken me so long to review this gem...but..it's been quite awhile since i've given out all 5's, but the time has come. awesome stuff!

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3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to NBB globe glass. Best by 3/10/12. Beer pours a dark hazy gold with a finger white head. Good retention and lacing though the beer is rather unassuming. Yeast particles easily visible in pour. The aroma is rather subdued. Hints of citrus, belgian yeast character, and perhaps a hint of roasted malt but not much. The flavor builds on the aroma for a smooth and light flavor, which is impressive for a 9.5%abv. Hints of citrus, mild bitterness, and toasted malts. Not an abundance of flavor like I would expect based on previous Trappists. Lower end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, though perhaps I had it too late as a lot of the flavor I was expecting just wasn't there. Very easy to drink and hides the alcohol extremely well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy pale dull orange colour with a finger of white head with good retention.

S - Yeasty, spicy, banana, clove and bread.

T - Fruity, yeasty, plenty of complexity here. Sour orange rind, pineapple, clove, nice amount of heat.

M - Moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Lots of intricacy, absolutely delicious, just one of the best Belgians out there. A real classic.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazy orange, with a giant 3 finger head, decent alcohol legs and total head retention throughout the entire glass. Smells of grapes, pears, apples, banana like scent from the yeast and a light subtle alcohol. The taste is much the same, green grapes, almost a dry Riesling flavor and complexity to it. Full of fruit and carbonation, this beer is great for any occasion. Light in body, lots of carbonation gives it a champagne like feel, crisp, refreshing and very dry. Overall, the Westmalle Triple is one of the best beers in the world for a reason, its delicious and a complete treat, cheers.

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Poured into a snifter. Dark golden color with a perfect white colored head that stays till the end. Excellent carbonation.

Smell is subtle, with nothing too pungent. I smell citrus, a little yeast, and not much else.

It's light and smooth tasting. Citrus yes, but I don't get much more. Great carbonation and not much of an aftertaste.

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Best before 5/26/12.

Pours a murky light orange with a 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap. Chunky streaks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of white grapes, green apples, citrus fruit, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of white grape juice, citrus zest, spices, and mild Belgian yeast. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body and a crisp level of carbonation. Overall, this is a really good tripel and another great beer from Westmalle.

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750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,608 ratings