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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brewed by:
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 Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akolb
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of yaron73
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle at "Gecko" restaurant in Brussels.

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Photo of ahooper710
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ah Westmalle Trappist, hello old friend, I've come to talk to you again.
Many have been consumed over the years, so a fresh one required for the purpose of this review.

Looks how a tripel should look, golden, not overly cloudy with a great head.

Aroma is clean and inviting, like your mamma's fresh laundered sheets, and the taste is even better. A little initial fizz, and a smooth finish, keeps you reaching for more. Every mouthful opens a new taste, generally plum based. This is what a beer should be, pure nectar.

Given this is 9.5% you would hardly notice, tastes strong but not harshly so.

Not much I can say other than try it if you haven't, this is no doubt a bench mark beer. You'll struggle to find too many better, but the search will go on none the less!!

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbulling
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jdell15
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11. 2 fl oz poured into a snifter, best by 12/04/18. Straw gold with a three finger fluffy white head. Good lace retention. Some sediment, I was able to keep the majority in the bottle. Very active carbonation visible. The aroma is pear, grape (like a white wine), and mild grains. The taste is in line, and throws in some mild sweetness and clove/pepper spice features. The mouthfeel is excellent, the huge carbonation release resulting in a medium low carbonation level on the drink, with heft and feel right in the middle. Overall, a well made and tasty Tripel that I look forward to revisiting.

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Photo of danflux
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lovely straw gold with a creamy, one-finger head
S: Immediate spice and zest and the trademark yeasty tripel character, there are also some warm, pilsner-like grain notes are present, some white grape here as well
T: It's odd to note this but to me there are a lot of immediate similarities between the grain profile of this and czechvar, it is immediately spicy and peppery with some lemon and a nice spicy hop bite, has a coppery feel to it as well offset by some sweetness, there is a subtle hint of tartness here as well and a certain zest I can't quite pin down, I think it might be lime
M: very sharp on the tongue, perhaps too sharp
O: Finally got around to reviewing this beer, the original tripel, an excellent beer, but I stand by my claim that St. Bernardus Tripel has more personality to it than this one does. I don't say that to take away from it, just as a comment. This is truly an exceptional ale and a bucket list beer no matter how easy it is for you to get it

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle best before 3/22/18; decanted into conical pint glass.

Pours a honey-golden color with a large foamy head with good retention and lacing. Nose: cloves, honey, a touch of pepper. Taste: banana, honey, mocha notes with through and through effervescence throughout; really top notch. Refreshingly medium bodied.

Opened to toast the discovery of Trappist - 1e, f, and g in the "Goldilocks Zone."

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally getting a chance to try this classic This beer pours clear gold with a large head. The aroma features a huge amount of clove, with apricot, banana, black pepper, and honey. The flavor is fruitier than the aroma, resplendent with apricot and banana, with an undercurrent of clove, nutmeg, dried lemon peel, and a dirty, dusky finish. The mouthfeel is fullish, with foamy carbonation, and a tea-like astringency. Overall I see why this is a classic - it is a gorgeous beer, and very moreish given the strength.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ64
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes taken 01/22/17:

On the back of the bottle it says best before 12/12/15. Okay, I should have had it sooner, but this is a 9.5% beer so I am not too terribly worried. I’ll review it aged for now, and if I think to, I’ll review it again fresh.

Honey amber, opaque and swirly with haze, but also a suspended matrix of semi-fine flecks. Bright off-white watery but rocky, and film-forming head of moderate retention. Lacing is thick and wide but sinks down quickly. Very sweet nose, a sweet white wine, light berries, some fresh-squeezed orange juice, esters and mild medicinal phenols, and a touch of vinegar, alcohol very much hidden, detectable with longer whiffs. As it sits, barely anything but caramel, soapy phenols, a drier white wine, a little yeast, and booze left to nose. And this more or less describes the palate as well, although caramel partly substituted with malt tartness, and the addition of brewing herbs or spices barely noticeable in the balance. Fairly yeasty and somewhat vinous aftertaste, though phenols and ethanol linger. I’d call it full-bodied but it is so creamy with abundant and fine tingly carbonation that everything else seems watery. Plenty of heat.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jodio
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,590 ratings
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