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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,522
Reviews:
1,740
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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431
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862
For Trade:
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Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. best by 14 04 10

Pours a brilliantly clear vibrant light yellow-gold in color with a finger and a half of dense, rocky white head that never seems to face. An exquisite looking beer. Nice aroma with fruity esters (citrus and banana), a bit of phenols (peppery and spicy) and a very light malt character. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma. The phenols dominate the flavor but they aren't overwhelming in their intensity. The esters are again present but the citrus flavor is considerably more noticeable than the light banana and light pear flavors that linger at the edges. There is a bit of malt character that comes through but its fleeting and always supporting another flavor. Mouthfeel is quite good, medium-light body with effervescent carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, this brew manages to sneak in 9.5% ABV that is (damn near) impossible to detect. I enjoyed this quite a bit and I will certainly revisit this brew, hopefully with a fresher palate so I can more fully appreciate its excellence.

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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 Euroglot
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a superb frothy white head that retains very well....it looks like a bubble bath in the glass...the beer itself is golden in color and has a fair bit of yeast suspended within the liquid. Carbonation appears to be moderate and lacing is decent with lots of small patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This is like an intense version of a German Hefeweizen.....there is plenty of peppery spices, cloves, Belgian yeast strains, heavy floral notes, hoppy bitterness on the finish, and a lot of biscuit like sweet malt. Some fruitiness is noted as well....bananas, apple, pear to be precise.....This is quite a distinct aroma with many different faucets of smell hitting the nostrils.

T- Spicy to boot!.....Peppercorn and cloves are the two dominant flavors in this category.....the booziness of the beer is noticeable as well....it is quite warming as it goes down the hatch! The ripe banana, apple, and pear flavors are lovely....heavy grainy/grassy/bitter flavors as well near the end make this a very flavorful, balanced Trappist Ale....very nice!

M/O- Medium bodied and smooth, fine carbonation....this is a very nice beer from this line of Trappist Monks! Almost sour, and champagne like as well, with heavy alcohol yet it retains a velvety mouthfeel....this is most definitely a sipper, however, it is delightful and I will drink this in the future....full props on this one!

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger bright white foam head. Moderate lacing.

S: A little light on the nose at first, very clean, lemon, green apple, yeast and a tad amount of alcohol.

T: Very clean and crisp taste. Nice citrus flavor hits the palate first, followed by some light bready and yeast in the middle. The back end finishes soft as the citrus mellows out and the bready and yeast take over.

M: Leaves a dry clean crisp taste on the palate.

D: This beer goes down quite smooth, very clean, crisp and refreshing. Despite the higher ABV, this is certainly a beer you can have more of in a sitting

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful sun golden and light orange hazy body. Good carbonation and a large pillowy white head. Great lace and retention.
Smells of honey and dark molasses spiced and grassy.
Good malt base with plenty of hops coming through. Honey, molasses and alcohol mingling through to the aftertaste of grassy hops and an oily feel.
Full body and not too heavy.
Pleasant to drink but by no means a session beer.

-Oelergud

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Photo of TGS
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly next to St. Bernardus Tripel in a blind test. This was the first tripel I ever tried, and I promptly ranked it 5 in Hads.

A: Nice head that settles down after two minutes. Extremely murky gold color. Carbonation is active, not furious.

S: Brown sugar, booze, cooked apples. Vibrant and strong.

T: Quite sweet and a little hot, but man it tastes great. There's a fig taste at the back end that overlaps somewhat with the dubbel. Best tripel I've tasted.

M: Creamy and full, and a little sluggish with the carbonation compared to Chimay White.

O: Crazily satisfying, the paragon of the style. Substantially boozier than many of the others, and the higher ABV is likely somewhat responsible for the taste upgrade over all others.

The Westmalle/St. Bernardus showdown was the penultimate in a month of tripels, with Westmalle winning easily. Only Tripel Karmeleit vs La Fin Du Monde remains.

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Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a hazy yellow with orange/brown tint. Lots of sediment. Thick head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell - Citrusy all the way through

Taste - Citrus flavor is not as pronounced as the smell. Hints of caramel. However there is a nasty bite of some off flavor, tastes old.

Feel - Smooth, slightly chalky, slightly chewy, and a bit savory at the finish. Great masking of the ABV too. Very quaffable.

Overall - The flavor didn't really do it for me. I am thinking that I possibly got an old beer or that it wasn't shipped/stored properly since the best by date was 6/8/15. The beer was also very highly carbonated, as it started to foam over the bottle's lip upon opening (I have heard this can be a symptom of a bad beer).

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Photo of amano_h
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AlvinLin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of alelover
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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 srgj88
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 rale
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of lgmol
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssgunbond
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brheuer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of vancurly
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange/apricot. Pours a big off-white, uneven head.

Smells spicy. Soapy phenolics. Touch of lemon rind, musk candy, cinnamon, pineapple, aromatic malt.

Alcohol first, with spicy fruit & nut cake elements. Candy sweetness. Complex malts, and late hints of noble hops.

Aftertastes include ripe pear, a touch of blanched almond / macadamia nuts, essential oils of rosemary or thyme or eucalypt or similar aromatic herbs.

Very foamy in the mouth, followed by medium-to-full malt body that lingers, lifted by the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw colored body with a thick, silky white head with good retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A slight, malty smell with some banana esters.

T: A strong, alcohol taste that burns the tongue a little. Some banana esters are present in the aftertaste.

M: A fairly, light and crisp mouthfeel that was not exactly what I was expecting but pretty good overall.

D: A pretty good tripel overall. Ok drinkability, but the alcohol seemed a bit much (started to burn my mouth and throat as I drank more of it). I am not sure how much of it I would be able to handle, but if a tripel is your style, this is a fair example of one.

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Photo of AlexM
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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