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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#521
Reviews:
1,763
Ratings:
4,590
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.86
 
 
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Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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 mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of itracy63
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of TCgoalie
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 moodyxc9
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a 11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice glass. It pours a hazy light orange color with about 1 finger of head that goes away quickly and leaves just a little lacing. The smell is a good blend of fruit and hops. The taste has a good citrus/spicy note to it, with a good balance of hops at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, and even at 9.5%, this is a very drinkable tripel.

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

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

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours bright, hazy golden-orange color with a large white head that has very big bubbles in it and dissipates slowly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells of green apple and yeast, with some biscuity, floral, and grassy notes in the background.

Taste: Begings with a tart green apple flavor and some spice, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with yeast with medium hop flavor. Some notes of citrus/citrus peel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that stings a bit initially, but rounds out and feels more natural. Finishe swarm and sort of dry.

Drinkability: An exceptional tripel- all of the typical tripel flavors are here, but unlike most tripels, none overpowers the other. This is a deceptively easy-drinker for its high ABV, but it's definitely a beer worth savoring.

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Photo of corysmith01
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was received from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers man!

Pale yellow color beer with a nice white head. The beer is veiled and the head looks like a cloud. The head sticks well to the glass. In the nose, its fruity and sugary. Not much yeast here too. Very well balanced... lets dive in! Taste wise, wow! Fruity at the start and then I get some very smooth bitterness if I might say. Very nice beer. Its starts very smooth and then finishes with a very good bitterness that leaves you to want some more. Superb taste... Well balanced, complex, easy drinkability...

The best tripel I've tasted so far.

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Photo of KevinL
4/5  rDev -7%

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

A very earthy smell highlighting Belgian yeast and some citrusy hops. In picking up some other subtle fruit notes and a touch of spice, maybe banana, apple, pear, and some cloves or peppercorns. Quite an inviting looking beer. The color is a pale yellow with very active carbonation.
It tastes a lot like it smells with, for me, the pepper and/or cloves coming to forefront on the palate. It has a very light and airy mouthfeel with some nice bubble fuzz. Leaves my mouth with a doughy sort of after taste. This is a quality brew. I'd love to get a few more and experiment with some cellar aging

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Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darcange
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of afksports
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jim_carignan
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle had a best before date of 23rd July 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: It poured a hazy golden straw colour with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving thin soapy like lacing.
S: There were aromas of bready malts, caramelised banana, candied sugar, slight bubblegum ending with lemon sour?
T: Tastes of sweet bready malts, orange, pear maybe some lingering banana ending with some slight alcohol.
M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Creamy and also somewhat sticky.
O: This was a decent tripel. The best thing about it was its look especially the thin soapy lacing. The taste itself was decent, but nothing too special either.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with cloudy, hazy amber body, almost like honey. More yeasty particles than the population of china. Beautiful white creamy head, very good retention. Some lacing

Smell, apples and pears, zesty lemon, reminds me of lemon sorbet. Whiff of alcohol

Taste, sweet alcoholic fruity esters, lasting hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol and yeast also, very fruity, dry and crisp

....mmm....is it better than tripel karmelit? probably. would i buy it again? definatly. This is a genre defining beer, if you want to know what a tripel should be, this is it

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Photo of DBosco
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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