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:
4,548
Reviews:
1,749
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
435
Gots:
877
For Trade:
6
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Photo of jneiswender
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Served cool.

A-fluffy white head, gold almost roan cloudy body.

S-slight vegetable, yeast, clove spice

T-some cotton candy, slight boozy warmth, coarse hop (medicinal)

M-medium and very fizzy

D-This was a nice beer that I would have again but I have to say it was somewhat coarse. Maybe it was an old bottle or something like that but it certainly was rougher than what I expected.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of amano_h
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of stomioka
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BJSmit
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 TGS
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Photo of jamie2dope
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that Westmalle is usually the Trappist that I pass on most often. After tasting the Dubbel the other night though, and being thoroughly intrigued, I decided it was time to give the Tripel another go. Poured in to my Westmalle chalice (thanks Julios) an inviting slightly dark golden color. Heading was awesome, big, white and fluffy, with many tiny air bubbles racing toward the head. Aroma is surprisingly clean, almost pilsner like in its dryness. I guess I was expecting a little bit more fruit or spice from the smell. Taste starts off with a big splash of hop bitterness, with traces of pineapple, pear and pepper in the back. It leaves the palate slightly numb after swallowing. Body is medium, and drinkability is high. Having said that though, this beer is incredibly complex, so I would advise drinkers to take their time with this one. I still can't say that Tripel is a style that I am overly fond of, but this stuff deserves respect. Like I said before, complex.

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Photo of AlvinLin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first bottle today, not sure why I waited so long. Excellent beer, I will have many more.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. poured into chalice
(best before: 1/30/15)

L: straw yellow ... very pale ... just a hint of gold at the bottom up to the light and some gold when you look down on it as it sits on the table; up to the light, pale yellow; not much of a head, enough foam to cover the top, white; not stick or lace; keeps a loose collar, big soapy bubbles; a little bit of debris, not much, floating in the bottom -- and the entire brew looks thick like a dubbel or quad, almost like Jello; not clear but not 100% opaque

S: white wine; sour grapes; sweeter as it warms up

T: sweet white wine; lots of sour grapes; starts off VERY sweet but is drying out just a bit as we go; no major alcohol taste, but just a few sips in you can feel that 9.5% ABV warming down the throat; if you take a bigger swallow, there is just a hint of alcohol in the taste

F: solid, bubbly, easy to drink ... it looks thick but feels much lighter than the appearance; dry

O: very enjoyable with enough sweetness up front to get me into it then dries out as you go, making it a super drinkable sipping beer -- and sip I am. again, that 9.5% ABV is not a missprint.

LOVE the fact that this seems just a hair different from the other triples (and Belgians in the pale family) I've tried. there is NO banana, no bubble gum, nothing cloying about it ...

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Photo of gutbuster
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours solid gold in color with a rolling, bubbly, long lasting white head that lingers all through the session. Heavy lacing along the glass.

Banana and lemon dominate the aroma profile, with just a hint of something spicy.

Banana nut Bread sweetness up front, with lemons and spices mingling mid palate and finishing spicy with just a hint of vanilla of all things.

Dry, with a medium carbonation and just a hint of heat.

I can drink this one any place any time. Truly an excellent brew.

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

Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy wax color, with a brilliant white 2" head that rather quickly fades to a thin lid, leaving spotty lacing down the sides.

Has a mild banana aroma, with a hint of honey malt with a hint of biscuit.

Starts with a mildly tart taste, mild malt, fair amount of carbonation, and a bit of lemon. Ends with a flourish of tart, drying out the tongue.

Medium bodied, creamy but light in its finsh.

I had high expectations for this one. While it is quite good, I'm not seeing the A+ given to it by the Alstroms.

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Photo of aufie
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of itracy63
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of TCgoalie
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to BuckyFresh for this gift!

Pours a golden yellow hue with a frothy white head. A bit of agitation makes the head really grow. Some splotchy bubbles stick to the glass to form some sporadic lacing.

The aroma packs a punch with all kinds of fruity yeast. Banana, clove, melon, and bready yeasts really stand out in the scent.

Spicy yeasts set the tone along with flavors of pine, banana, and tart apple. The yeast overtones combine very well with the fruit essence to create a balanced, tasty brew.

Medium in the mouth, the carbonation really comes through to give a full, airy feel. Not too dry in the end.

I truly enjoy this tripel and feel that it is very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MFMB
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,548 ratings.
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