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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

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

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Reviews: 1,696 | Ratings: 4,361
Photo of rkinsella
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange, cloudy. I left the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I decided not to drink it separately. Head was amazing! Thick like meringue, hung on the whole time. Great Guinness like lacing that left a nice pattern. 10 out of 10 for head and lacing. The total appearance was stellar!

Smell - Grass field, hops, a little earthy, doughy, bit of floral from the hops, definite alcohol whiff.

Taste - Smacks your forehead...hard! Spice and alcohol kick, followed by bitter hop finish. So intense I didn't taste much of anything else, maybe just a little lemon zest. Although the taste is very complex, it's hidden behind the alcohol and hops. But it is there. Tastes a little like a super strong Czech Pilsner. Dry finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Huge! Full, round and sparkles on the tongue.

Drinkability - Can't imagine having another because of the high ABV, but the flavor and mouthfeel suggests it.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold in color and hazy with some tiny particles floating around, despite a fairly gentle pour and leaving the yeast behind. The head dissipated quicker than expected and minimal lacing on the glass. Fruity and spicy aroma. White wine notes with a big bready character to it. The spice is still there in the flavor and it finishes dry with soft alcohol. Highly carbonated and effervescent. Medium bodied with a slight warming quality.

My expectations were high for this beer given its high ratings and my love for the style. But, somehow it just fell a little flat for me. I will certainly be revisiting it again soon.

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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 MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle to a snifter, the liquid is a pale straw yellow, cloudy very good carbonation. The head is smallish white and leaves some lace.

The smell is good fruity yeast, sweet with orange peel.

The taste is good as well hints of orange and lime with some spices, pepper, clovers allspice, over a wheaty malt. Very interesting. At first I did not think I liked it much but it really seems to be growing on me. But still glad it is a smaller bottle. Alcohol seems to be well covered.

The mouthfeel is light body, and well carbonation with small champagne like bubbles. I guess it is in style but I don't care for that much fizz.

The drinkability is ok, not stellar but not a bad beer at all.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of JoeyV
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass chalice

A: Cloudy golden with a substantial, persistent head

S: Mostly yeast and grain, slightly sweet

T: Quite sweet, but not overbearingly so - initial overtones of banana and kiwi followed by a number of spices, nutmeg in particular. I can definitely taste the high alcohol content.

M: Relatively thin compared to other similar beers I've tried in the past. Pairs nicely with the flavor.

O: It has the complexity of flavor that I've come to expect from Trappist beers, but it doesn't feel overly intense - instead it's quite refreshing and drinkable. Definitely one of my favorites from Belgium so far.

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Photo of WHROO
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden yellow with rocky head that holds nicely. Not filtered with particles floating around, & attractive sudsy lacing. A little carbonation, counted around 10 stream floating up the glass taking their time.
I got some lemony citrus in the aroma but not too strong. Could also smell the alcohol...but strained to get a definate malty nose.
The taste was more middle to back of the tongue & the ABV shone through - high in warm alcohol to finish. Also found it a lingering bitter & dryness. It was spritzy & dancy on the tongue.
But the whole high ABV taste reminded me of a spirit drink, & hence I am not sure how many of these I could have in one session (not that you'd want a heap)
I imagine this being a really nice cosy winters night drink.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad offering. Kind of pricey. Poured out to a cloudy tarnished golden colour with high carbonation. Well formed head remained consistant to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of fruits and light sugars were most noted, as was alcohol, being as it has a rather high ABV. Very good mouthfeel, with a smoothness that was crisp and direct, with the carbonation making tastebuds come alive and pay attention. Flavor was quite spicy, with a strong complexity of pears, bananas and grapefruit. Very complex beer. Finished well, with a sour-like aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all. As far as Tripels go, this is probably the best I have had. Recommended.

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Photo of guinnessman
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this one in a wesmalle Trappist chalice. It poured with a frothy white head and a golden yellow huge.
With smells of citrus, vanilla, and a musty barn like aroma made it intriguing to me. The alcohol does prevail but does not overpower. There is also a hint of mint that I noticed after a few sips. The mouthfeel is a pleasant texture and a very smooth. A faint tickle as it flows over the palate.
A fine Tripel!

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Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden appearance...big foamy white head. An ever so gentle swirl dislodges some chunky yeast. The aroma is fruity, sugary and alcoholic. In fact the first few sips are predominately alcohol. Once the beer warms the fruity (white grape, pear) complexities become evident but are subdued. A slightly sweet finish is quickly overtaken by a semi phenolic sensation. Hmm...curious given the stellar reviews here so far. I didn't think the alcohol was blended well with this one. Perhaps it was too fresh/young with a best by date of March 2004. Purchased in Europe, 33cL bottle, 9.5% abv.

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Photo of gfreed
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Mokafe, Brussels. For a tripel, it's rather light in color: a cloudy, peachy-lemony color, denser in the middle than on the edges. There are light streams of bubbles, too. Head is bright white, with small bubbles and a dense texture. Aroma is a bit sour, definitely loaded with oranges and yeast. Body is noticeably thick, and the taste is dominated by oranges. I was surprised; I expected something less fruity and more bready. ABV is well hidden, as this does not have any traces of heavy alcohol. This was very good but I've had other tripels that I've enjoyed more.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle served in my Gouden Carolus goblet. Bottled on 05/08/11 indicated on the bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, pale, orange-gold with a half-inch, fizzy, bright white head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent, soapy skim. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Copious tiny bubbles effervesced in solution from the stem to the underside of the cap. Nose is somewhat subdued but aromas are well-differentiated - spice, coriander, orange rind, light, toasted wheat. Taste follows nose - not as sweet as many of the tripels I've tried. In fact, there is a definite grassy, hops bittering that dominates the middle and finishes with a light, lingering herbal/medicinal bitterness and some citrus astringency. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a fizzy carbonation that is also somewhat prickly across the tongue. I have to be honest - I'm not sure what the hype is all about with this beer. It was decent, but the flavor profile was a little lackluster, and the carbonation was way too aggressive.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark translucent orange, small dissipating head, and not much lacing. Smell is spicy alcohol, like I'm about to taste an after-dinner drink. Taste is biting (for a tripel) hoppy in the middle of a wash of alcohol and spiced fruit. Mouthfeel is ok, a tad thin, leaving an oily coating which contributes to a long finish. I like my beers to show their alcohol. This one does, though somewhat harshly. Still, I've got to recommend it. Use it as a digestif.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge 3" white head with great retention and thick lace. Hazy, gold peach color. Aromas of fruit (apples, apricots), yeast, and floral notes. Pineapple and apricot . Alcohol. Well hopped bitter finish. Crisp, high carbonation. Dry finish. Full mouthfeel. Creamy, rich and warming. Good drinkability...will drink again.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow pour with a large, pillowy, white head. The aroma is delicately floral with some light apple, pear and lemon notes. It's a bit musty and yeasty as well with soft esters, a light honey sweetness, and some bready malt backbone. The flavor is delicate a dry with a fair btt of honey sweetness, some lightly floral hops, touches of banana and bubblegum are interspersed with a bready body and notable alcohol. The mouthfeel is dry, medium in consistency with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of Dmann
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very good beer but I do not think I got a completly fresh bottle. The pour was very good and this is easily one of the best looking beers I have ever seen with its excelent head, color and champagne like bubbles. The scent was hard to detect at first but then the tropical frutiness and doughy scents came through and were very nice. The flavor was very unique and not what I was expecting at all. The flavor was quite sweet but had a very dry off putting quality to it that made me think I got a bum bottle. There was not much flavor at all other than sweetness and dryness in the finnish. I will have to try another bottle for sure.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smell is strong yeast manifesting as banana and light spice. Alcohol as well. Taste is less sweet that I would have expected based on the aroma. Hefty banana taste with some sugariness, but it quickly drops off leaving a bitter yeasty finish. Very dry finish. Seems like high carbonation because of how quickly it drops off. Deceptively light tasting, but the alcohol never subsides. Tripels are not my style, but this is about as good as it gets from a tripel.

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Photo of Dreizhen
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light, clear, bubbly. If I didn’t know better, I would say this is champagne. Good head that dissolves somewhat quickly.

Smell: Light, a little hoppy, white grapes. At this point I’m wondering if I’ve been misled by the bottle’s packaging.

Taste: Bitter, hops, no grapes but just a hint of grapefruit. A little floral towards the end. More crisp than flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated, again very close to champagne.

Overall: Not bad. Not my favorite Trappist beer, but pretty good. The alcoholic content is well masked. Pairs well with some good Belgian frites. In fact, I started eating some between writing this and posting it. The beer is exponentially better with the fries.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass.

Appearance: Golden and hazy with a huge thick soapy head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and malty well balanced with hops, with some yeast banana and alcohol flavors at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit too much carbonated and dry at the end.

Drinkability: very good.

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Photo of goatherder
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale golden with some yeast haze and a classic Belgian head which just won't quit. First impression on the nose is pepper, followed by malts and fruits which are different on every sniff. Complex, peppery malt flavours are followed by some warm alcoholic notes. The bitterness is crisp and leaves a dry finish, yet with a full mouthfeel. Yum.

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Photo of Macca
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy light orange colour with a very generous head and great retention. That would be from the very visible carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Spicy alcohol aroma.

That is so well balanced! I was expecting an OTT whack of alcohol but it is beautifully integrated. A lovely persistent warmth. Some sweetness in there.

Mouth coating type stuff this.

It is a very well made beer but I didn't get a lot more out of it than the respect of it being well made.

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Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 28/09/10, best by 28/09/12. Almost too late!

A: Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge fluffy white head. Fades slowly leaving minimal lacing behind but excellent head retention. Lacing may be a result of bottle age.

S: Lots of yeast with a bit of citrus - lemon mainly. Refreshing grainy bread.

T: Super sharp and strong yeasty, grainy bread. Wow, overpowering really. Funky, I suppose. Finishes with a bit of tart apple, lemon, grass and a metallic twang at the very end which lingers between sips.

M: Fairly heavy but feels medium bodied with high carbonation. Fluffy, crisp flavor.

O: Very strong flavors in this tripel with good balance. However, fairly simplistic having said that. I think bottle age might have something to do with it, perhaps it's past its prime. Will have to revisit someday.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great fresh bottle, best by 7/15/06 stamped on the back. The pour produced a dense, foamy white head that laced the snifter the whole way down – impressive.

Aroma of phenolics, raisins and sugar cane candy. The taste noted these, along with a strong sugar cane rum suggestion and malt vigor.

Mouth went downhill a tad, too highly carbonated, resulting in a foamy feel, along with a strong presence of alcohol. I could still sip one bottle for an hour, but the foamy mouthfeel was annoying.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled a bottle purchased from a Trappist ale mixed case.

The beer poured a straw colour with a haze and a white head that settled at 2mm. The scents were initially dominated by hops and wheat with a hint of bitter citrus as an afternote.

The taste is dominate by hops, a very bitter beer. With an afternote of wheat and citrus fruit, but the taste of bitter hops continues. This beer has plenty of body, you know that this is a beer, not a lager.

The 3 for drinkability is due to the 9.5% this is way too much to drink all night, It is very pleasant, a worthwhile brew.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a case to split with friends, from one of the importers here in beijing.

330ml bottle, poured into tulip. "best by" of july 2009 (importer's label says bottled in july 2007)

deep straw and honey color with slight haze. to avoid yeast clumps, you will have to pour carefully, and leave a couple sips in the bottle. lovely 3-finger head that slowly fades to a constant one-ring. solid, demarcated lacing.

complex esters and phenols in the nose, with slight buttery note. fruits include apple, pear, and maybe golden raisins. hint of spice, bread and yeast.

flavor is strongly phenolic, but not completely distractingly so. manages to meld with a bready malt note and moderately strong hop bitterness, which in turn contributes to a mildly bitter finish. some white wine, especially on exhale.

moderate body that isn't thin, decently smooth. carbonation might be a tad on the prickly side. slightly astringent finish with touch of alcohol presence.

good, but i'm finding i prefer other tripels with less phenols.

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Photo of rarbring
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden beer, cloudy, a firm white head, leaving nearly no lacing.

The smell is mainly sour, lemon and sour milk, fruity - bananas and pears. Some yeast,

The taste has a rather clean sweetness, a rhubarb sourness, some alcohol and a good bitter finish.

High carbonation, almost foamy, complex body, a bit oily.

A good beer, warm and refreshing!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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