Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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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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3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle dated "Best Before 01/03/12." Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: I tried to pour carefully but some sediment got in causing a hazy amber body with little almost no head, the head was white.

S: Slightly tart citrus fruit and some light malt hints.

T: Lemon upfront with pepper meshing well, there's a slight alcohol taste at the end. There's a lot going on, but this is what stands out. I can't say I'm a big fan.

M: Very crisp, medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

O: I'm not sure if the dating is European or American, if it's European, which I expect, then this is still before the best before date. If not then this may be bordering on too old to enjoy. I'll have to try this fresher.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

A: Nearly three fingers of smooth white head crown a lovely honey-colored brew that's about as cloudy as very hot tap water. The head settles evenly over a few minutes, leaving behind jagged slashes of lacing.

S: Some floral hops combined with very lightly toasted grain and pale malts. Very faint alcohol aroma. Yeasty twang is also very prominent, with notes of pears and citrus.

T: Oh this is lovely... A rather aggressive bitterness immediately grabs hold of the palate, while a faint fruitiness lightens things up a bit. A malty sweetness emerges slowly and balances out the hops well, but it never succeeds at loosening the latter's grip even through the finish. The malt is light and biscuity in flavor, while the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (emerging only a little in the middle/towards the end) and adds positively to the beer's body and flavor.

M: This beer both benefits and suffers from a rather robust carbonation. On one hand, it is undoubtedly needed to keep the beer from feeling too heavy. On the other, however, it's a little too much and it feels like I've shaken the glass up every time I take a sip. Besides this, the body is spot-on –medium-to heavy– while the mouthfeel is a little creamy once the bubbles subside. There's only the smallest alcoholic warmth in the throat after each sip. Complex finish.

O: This is a personal favorite that I've only recently rediscovered and represents (for me) the ideal tripel: big yet balanced, with a strong yeast presence. I prefer my tripels to be a little more hoppy, and I think that's why this one really sticks out. Delicious and worth every penny.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is gorgeous. Crystal clear and golden in color with a massive bright white head. Nose is subtle with hints of clove and other phenolic scents as well as some banana bread. Lacing is amazing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Medium in body and super crisp. Slight alcohol presence in the back of the throat. Flavor isn't as big as expected but the beer has a real big and long lasting finish.

Lots of clove and medicinal tastes. Spicy earthy hops are big and noticeable which is nice. Balances the delicate sweetness that the beer starts with. Some wheat undertones.

Some of the fruit flavors come alive as the beer warms, banana and apricot. Delicious.

Dangerously drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Beautiful soft golden orange with a slight banana hue to the body. Extremely hazy to the point of being totally opaque; unique given the relatively light color. Pours 1 inch of fluffy, ivory/eggshell head, which remained for literally the entire 20 minutes it took me to drink this miraculous ambrosia. I rarely get excited rating the appearance of a beer, but 5 is frankly an understatement.

S: Very gentle, summery aroma of wheat and ale yeasts with a floral hop bouquet. Notes of citrus. Not an overwhelming smell, which really belies the robust flavor experience ahead. On a positive note, I barely smelled the alcohol, despite the high ABV.

T: First reaction: this is one complex freakin’ beer. Rich malts, wheaty sweetness, baked fruits, summery spice, and notes of brown sugar and banana provide enough strong flavors to hide the 9.5% alcohol (until you get to the back). Yeasty citrus matches the aroma nicely. Surprisingly, all the tastes going on in this beer actually work together in perfect concert. And THAT is what separates a true Trappist, the product of generation after generation of monks perfecting their craft, from well-intentioned imitators. Whereas a lot of “abbey-styles” can come close to reproducing the wide range of flavors, only the real deal can make them come together so flawlessly into a unified, concentrated taste experience.

MF: Smooth and luscious. Silky texture fills the mouth without coating it. Makes its presence known, but then goes down easily. Not nearly as syrupy as some heavy abbey-styles. Once again: this beer excels where others try and fail.

D: This is, frankly, beer the way it was meant to be. I gave it a 4.5 for S, because I wish there was more of it. Rated it a 5 for A, T, MF, and D, only because I couldn’t give it anything higher. 5 is too low. Show some damned respect. Full body sits surprisingly light. While the ABV is fairly well masked, it will eventually catch up. That said, I received a single bottle as part of a gift basket, but could easily see throwing back a four pack. Do yourself a favor and drink this beer right now.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle best before 04/05/13 in a chalice.

This looks cloudy, golden, tonsss of tiny bubbles, beautiful two finger white head, pillowy and sudsy.

Smells of yeast, citrus, grass, malt, and bread.

The taste is initially fruity. The alcohol is present, but not detracting in any sort of way and adds some good character. It is also bready and grassy.

It has a medium body with a great complimentary level of carbonation and goes down smooth.

This thing is just way too good!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,614 ratings