Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
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:
4,537
Reviews:
1,747
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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432
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870
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Photo of princessbay710
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a pleasant cloudy yellow with sporadic lacing. Smells of unique foresty yeast. The mouthfeel is frothy, I expected it to taste a lot more like it smells, but instead I'm getting something more lemony, zesty, and floral. This beer is both dense and fluffy in texture while maintaining a light and refreshingly satisfying taste that doesn't remind me much at all of any others I've had in the style.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grateful to try this monk made beer. Golden hue with darker floating clouds of yeast inside. Smells like, well, a good belgian yeasty tripel. Nice white foamy head, and some splashes of sticky lacing which eventually dissipate. Poured into a tulip glass out of a bottle bought here in Beaumont.

Tripel taste comes in full force. Yeasty, refreshing, with a little bit of a booze to it unlike many others in the style. A refined example of what many North American brewers attempt. A wheaty character combined with a summer type of scent which carries over into the beer. Some spice to it, perhaps coriander. The little bit of booze I feel adds a lot of character. An easy to drink, flavorful charactee with a lot of good culture behind it.

What can I say other then I love it? True belgian tripels have a character you won't find anywhere else in the world most likely due to their long running development of the yeast. A solid choice, although a little pricey for a 12 oz bottle. Definitely worth the try.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours an effervescent, bubbly, pale yellow color with a pure, satin white head of fine foam that laces the glass well and hangs around for a good five minutes before finally settling down.

Aroma: Banana bread, vanilla cookies, sweet ginger, mildly spicy clove, honeycomb and beeswax, notes of lemon balm and hints of bubblegum.

Taste: The flavor is creamy, floral and spicy with a slightly dry finish. Complex, with a nice long aftertaste.
Upfront there are flavors of saffron, spicy clove, mild fennel seed and slightly soapy coriander. Almost instantly it turns sweet, with creamy notes of sweet baked banana, savory cheese cake, vanilla bundt cake and soft hints of honey. The beer ends on warm, alcoholic notes of Anisette liquor, bitter lemon balm, crackers and white pepper. Maybe even some notes bubblegum and condensed coconut cream on the finish as it warms.

Feel: Alcohol profile is apparent, but in a clean way, with a soothing warmth that undulates from the initial flavors. Body is creamy with modest carbonation.

Overall: A pleasure to drink. Creamy, mildly effervescent and pleasantly alcoholic profile. Features a complex range of savory, floral, semi-sweet flavors and spices. Predominantly it reminds me of rosewater, anise cookies, banana bread and shortcake. One of the drier, more peppery versions of the style I have tried.

Rating: [A-] Excellent. 4.49/5

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gold orange color,slightly hazy. Yeast,spice,a bit of a sweet aroma. A perfect example of a Belgian in every aspect. I gave it a perfect rating due to the fact that I can't imagine how they could possibly improve this beer

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Photo of sparx1100
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fabulous brew that is both representative of the style and great on the tastebuds. Overall score is lowered because of the fairly steep price:quality ratio (which is the norm for Belgium-imported beers). [~$6/12 oz bottle in MA]

93/100

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Photo of adodds
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joshautry
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hudson2508
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nedster10
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lr300
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stefko
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of siebevl
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Briggsy43
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nousername
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Estria
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hammonje
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pau622
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ABabbidge
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(11.2 oz bottle, best before end 17/12/17... poured into an big wine glass)

L: pale amber liquid with sunbeam yellow edge highlights, and a fair degree of haze... tall, crackly, loose, spongy foam that simmered down into a messy collar

S: pungent, almost (dried-)ginger-like spice... potent banana and lemon peel esters... yeasty-doughy breadiness to the pale malt lingering below... perhaps a tiny hint of ground black pepper... the overall smell has great dimension and brightness

T: again, that lovely, cracking spice up front... deceptively rich yet dry malty foundation washing through with a dry finish sporting an essence of banana and delicate clove-y phenols... the middle has a mild sugary sweetness that does just enough to counterbalance the static ceiling of subtly scorching spice... the intensity and earthy depth of the overall taste is perhaps unparalleled within the style

F: medium-light bodied - the carbonation and hot, tonic alcohol seem to do a lot to attenuate, cut through, shatter, and/or vaporize (depending on the stage of the sip) whatever complex, sugary viscosity there is flowing through... the beer ain't quite bone dry like a champagne, but its not too far from it

O: forgot how damn delicious and drinkable this is... not much more they could do to improve the taste... top 5 in the style and something I haven't revisited often enough

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Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akolb
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whoa! Pours foamy. Honey-gold appearance. Aroma of pear, honey, white wine. Taste with bready, crackery, sweet malts, estery yeast, subtle spiciness, and warming alcohol. Fruity banana notes. Effervescent and prickly. A classic beer.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,537 ratings.
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