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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,199 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3199
Reviews: 1555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Ed_from_Ohio

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite beer in the world. Delightful, young or old. Rich, golden, hazy appearance. Light, lacy head. Full of flavor, rich and full, then finishing crisp with nice bitter profile, not overwhelming alcohol. Would buy over and over again. Drank a few that had aged 12mo+, and a more complex, robust flavor was experienced.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:03:51 | More by Ed_from_Ohio
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Mongrel

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours like sparkling apple cider. Thinner appearance than you would expect from a 9.5% ABV tripel. Mine's cloudy with some floaters.

S - Milder smell than I expected. Just light Belgian spice, honey and maybe some pineapple.

T - Hits the palate bright and prickly like you would expect a Belgian pale to, but quickly delivers on buttery sweet richness. Banana, ginger, light clove and white pepper take center stage. Tart apples and pineapple make an appearance. Gets a little boozy as it warms up, but that only adds to the interest. A creamy vanilla profile also comes trough in the back half of this bottle.

M - big, creamy mouthfeel as it warms up. Long, semi-dry honey finish.

A very nice tripel, but I'm not sure it lives up to the hype. I prefer a couple new world tripels like Long Strange Tripel and La Fin du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:35:35 | More by Mongrel
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FFreak

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale hazy golden yellow with overflowing head. Yeasty and slightly alcoholic and sweet on the nose with a tiny bit of spice. Very well balanced sweetness to bitterness, with great carbonation and body. This is my first try of a Trappist beer and this one is super.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 20:20:31 | More by FFreak
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

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

A: Golden, brassy in color with a slight haze and a towering frothy white head that mellows nicely to a layer of bubbles.
S: Fresh dough and yeast with layers of toasted malt, caramel, light candy sugar and delicate esters reminiscent of fresh apricot. A touch of grassy and spicy hops are noticeable but not strong.
T: Sweet but not overly sweet layer of candy sugar over a smooth, toasted grain profile that is clean and slightly drying. Light caramel, apricot and hay with a balancing push of hops that are both grassy and spicy with a white pepper character. Unique yeast has complexity without any clear distinction of fruit or spice but a definitive player in the taste nonetheless. Alcohol remains well hidden into the finish which is on the dry side.
M: Medium body beer with moderate carbonation and a smooth clean, dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden for it's strength.
O: Delightful beer with flavors that keep unfolding as this warms up. Top notch yeast and fresh clean tasting ingredients play credit to meticulous brewing practices and a stand out beer! I have passed this up many times but glad to finally sit down and taste it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:39:20 | More by scottbrew4u
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holtlandon

Oregon

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A small German restaurant the went into the basement of my old high-school in an aged victorian gold-rush town served this. I had to try it.

I was pleased at how simple the packaging was. The beer really spoke for itself. Look was great, and the foam (which I always love) was generous. It had a look of straw gold. The scent was sweet.

Tasting was an interesting experience. I expected to really taste alcohol due to the high abv - to my surprise, there was no bite, the level of alcohol taste was minor are balanced well. The taste reminds me of a hefeweizen toned down and not as murky. Banana & vanilla, maybe apricot.

I enjoyed this beer very slowly before dinner, and didn't dare eat any food with it to muddle the taste. It was well worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 06:17:04 | More by holtlandon
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Premo88

Texas

3.88/5  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 ...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 23:22:18 | More by Premo88
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at Bistro des Bieres Belges last night.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle, didn't really look for the date.

Hazy light gold body, thin foam that doesn't last long but the lacing makes up for it a bit. Nice fruity esters in the aroma that are reflected in the flavor. Great feel in the palate, just wished is had more retention for the head.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 13:49:14 | More by papat444
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, stamped best before 28/03/15

hazy bright straw yellow color, with huge foamy bright white head. lacing clings to glass in clumps. herbal earthy aroma, typical Belgian yeast esters. pale malt. taste is actually more mild, a bit of a peppery aftertaste though. medium body, higher carbonation. overall pretty nice, definitely to style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 03:11:36 | More by jmdrpi
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dank203

New Jersey

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

hazy yellow-orange pour. huge aroma of grape, citrus, apricot, sweet fruit filled pastry, bit of farm. flavor hits with the spice, lemon zest. so much zing, and bite. very intense. gonna have to try this at a later date and re review, only had one small bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 23:04:51 | More by dank203
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msquared36

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with a crisp white, billowing head. One of the softest foams I've ever seen, leaving thick lacing down the glass.

Scent is yeasty with a hint a sweetness and alcohol.

Taste is malty and sharp. A little sweetness and alcohol, similar to the smell.

Nice refreshing carbonation yet still smooth.

Complex but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 22:39:41 | More by msquared36
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a Westmalle chalice.

Bottled on 12/02/2013 and enjoyed on 14/02/2014.

A: slightly cloudy hay/gold colored with a fluffy white head that lasts for quite a while. When the head finally does break it leaves nice lacing and a thin film of foam.

S: cloves, spices, Belgian yeast and some fruits like banana.

T: spices, cloves, a peppery taste, yeast, and a bookings that sticks around.

M: higher carbonation with a medium body.

O: a very nice tripel with a lot of character. I really liked the spice and pepperyness of this beer. I found this beer got even better as it came to room temperature. All the cards on the table, I prefer the dubbel over this, but it is still a damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 23:30:56 | More by polloenfuego
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BVukelich

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, golden color with a creamy, thick head. Nothing unique in the aroma, typical (or maybe this one sets the standard) for Belgian Tripels. Personally, I thought the alcohol came across stronger than the 9.5% stated but it was still smooth and balanced. Viscosity was a bit thicker leaving an obvious coating on the roof of my mouth. It didn't last long and the aftertaste was earthy and a bit fruity. I love Belgian Tripels so it is rare that I can score one average or lower.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 17:48:11 | More by BVukelich
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Spiral517

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 30/01/15 into a tulip glass. This is only my second Trappist brew and I'm pretty sure it's my first tripel.

Cloudy, light copper color with a decent sized, bubbly head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving a very thin head afterward with some lacing on the glass. Good amount of bubbles floating up. Held up to the light I can see some floaties of some kind in there.

The initial aroma really surprised me because it immediately brought back memories of stroh's beer that I drank back in the 80's. It surprised me because I was expecting an exotic aroma but instead was reminded of some cheap beer I drank in high school and college. It actually worried me a little about what the taste was going to be like. Now that it's poured the smell has evolved some and is getting nicer. Sweet with a little funk poking its head out.

The taste is wonderful! I am not great at picking out flavors but I am getting a very nice, light sweetness and some barnyard funk. Really delicious.

The mouthfeel is great. Just the right amount of carbonation and a creaminess without being heavy that suits my palate just right.

Overall I like this much better than my only other Trappist brew which was Orval. I highly recommend this one and would buy another in a heart beat!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:24:14 | More by Spiral517
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SmashPants

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: purchased from Leura Cellars. A stylish and incredibly thick embossed 330mL brown bottle with a nice trappist label. Simple but elegant.

Appearance: pours a fairly viscous vibrant honey yellow with champagne-like fine carbonation. A big fluffing head bursts up to three-fingers even with a gentle pour (mind you my snifter is draining so I am using a tulip so fair enough) and settles to a half-finger thick white head. Not much lacing.

Aroma: quite muted on the nose, but what is there is a clean and fresh combination of Belgian yeasts and sour dough, orchard fruits and some spices. Some alcohol over the top but is not distracting.

Taste: more sour than your usual tripel - plenty of alcohol and Belgian yeasts, with some wheat, cloves, orchard fruits and a touch of malt. Not my favourite tripel flavour, but still pretty outstanding.

Aftertaste: the flavours last a good long while - quite dry all the way through thanks to the alcohol and the sourness.

Mouth feel: a thick body that really works quite well. Moderate in carbonation with a smooth yet dry feel.

Overall: quite a drinkable tripel, but probably not the best I have had, particularly since it is one of the dearest. It is more sour and tart than most which I like, but it lacks some complexity. That said, it does have a wonderful orchard fruit and spice flavour that pokes its head out between the alcohol and sour dough.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 13:00:11 | More by SmashPants
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 24/08/13. Medium hard pour resulted in three fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Triple.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 01:26:35 | More by HoneyLamb
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brunomorenodebrito

Brazil

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden, white head with good retention. In the nose a really Pleasant fruity and spicy, maltiness is in second plan but it is a really balance aroma. In the taste fruitness is less intense, the earthiness is present and the biterness too. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:08:42 | More by brunomorenodebrito
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LVituri

Brazil

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acredito que ela seja a representante máxima do estilo. Não vejo defeitos nela. É totalmente condizente com a proposta tripel trapista. Uma cerveja com muita personalidade, força e qualidade. Uma ótima introdução para quem quer conhecer o universo belga de cerveja. Com certeza um dos melhores rótulo que já provei.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 12:34:24 | More by LVituri
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a0lbudman

Alabama

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

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that does not fade fast
S-tart pear and banana smell with a good spice aroma in there
T-more like a grapefruit with a bitter hop aftertaste that has a spice kick that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-great beer that had many things going on at the same time

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:28:30 | More by a0lbudman
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Kuaff

Alaska

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

In a snifter at cellar temperature, as is proper, duh.

Now that's just absurd. When I pour this stuff, the massive four-finger head of white fluff forms so fast that it fills my snifter more than any actual liquid does! Once it died down a bit and I began the second pour that was necessary to get a decent amount of beer in my glass, the head then proceeded to build into a hill rising above the rim of the glass. Huh. The beer itself is a fairly dark golden-orange.

In the aroma I get more hops than I usually expect out of Belgian things. There are a whole lotta enticing hops and bread to smell here. Definitely some citrus as well, and maybe even a bit of sweet mango or melon. Lovely.

It tastes like tart green apples and lemons at first, moving on to become increasingly hoppy and bready in the finish. The hoppiness here isn't as bitter as an IPA, but it does keep this from being as sweet as other tripels. While it's malty as expected, it really does have a pretty strong, slightly resinous hop flavor. Tasty!

The carbonation is high, but the effervescence doesn't harass the tongue. Somehow good Belgian beers can do this...

A teriffic tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:26:21 | More by Kuaff
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Takahiro

Netherlands

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light golden, with very thick foamy head that lasts a while
S: banana, cloves, vanilla, faint alcohol
T: some hop bitterness, melding with alcohol, creamy and rounded malt, alcohol warmth that is noticeable longer after few sips
M: silky smoothness, no husky malt, dry finish
O: great beer. i should have cooled a bit more

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:32:54 | More by Takahiro
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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Golden blonde, with a thick and dense white head. Sticky lacing all the way down. Gorgeous.

S- Peach and citrus, some biscuit malt, spice, and that signature indescribable Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Very sharp burst of malt sweetness all around. Not too sweet, however, and not too fruity either. Very well balanced, with a dull bitterness throughout.

M- Slight fizz, and a bit of a bitter finish. Pleasing.

O- I really love the tripels that aren't too focused on being sweet. This one is very great.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 22:12:36 | More by BWED
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle Poured into a Westmalle goblet

A: An excellent golden hue with plenty of visible carbonation, not a considerable head with little lacing. Only remotely opaque, but not completely translucent, bit of a haze

S: Yeasty notes combined with a pungent malty punch some citrus blend with a bit of a spicy loveliness.

T: Develops quickly with an initial bitterness that fades to a subtle sweetness. Complicated but not over the top. Strong potent flavor for a tripel, aggressive spice with a lingering honey warmth departs with a nice alcohol after taste

M: Light body, mouth filling with the tingling of the carbonation. Watery and smooth, rests on the tongue nicely

O: Not exactly a beer you can really put down, not something I would recommend for ‘game day’; but a powerful and delectable tasting beer with ABV to boot. It is obvious that this beer was brewed with intense dedication. Anyone seeking a rewarding tripel will be more than impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:09:28 | More by ZagZagg
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy, light amber or pale gold depending on lighting, full light head, vanishes in just a few minutes, little persistent lacing
S: Sharp, yeast, orange
T: Slightly sweet, astringent, tangy, alcohol, yeasty, orange, herbal
M: Mild bite, medium-bodied, slightly dry finish
O: Significantly more "chemically" than I expect from a Trappist ale. Ok, but with a strange taste.

750mL / $14.99

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 05:04:34 | More by RandomExile
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itsscience

Florida

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

The beer has an opaque orange color with visible carbonation. The aroma was quite strong with big biscuity malt smells and yeasty funk. Tasting it, I again got the huge biscuit notes, which were balanced with slight yeast bitterness. I tasted spice, grass, and a bit of banana to add the slightest touch of sweetness in an overall dry beer. Goes down effervescent and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 15:43:33 | More by itsscience
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, biscuit malt, pears and spices. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Spices, biscuit malt, yeast, leafy, herbal hops and fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, spicy, dry and warming. Wonderful Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:27:27 | More by mikeg67
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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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