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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,792 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,792
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 364 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dmadsen, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

berkshire413, Apr 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ummswimmin, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Dulliwhig
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into my favorite tulip glass. It would be hard to have any gripes about the appearance... Golden color, nice foamy head that stays for a bit then retreats to the edge of the glass with lacy haphazardly shaped continents. Spin the glass like wine and the head reappears! Yeast is suspended and swirls around in a random nature with the carbonation. Several streams of bubbles form and seems as if they would bubble forever if I could resist drinking the beer.

S - Smells like sour apples and lillies.

T/M - The immediate taste is crisp and somewhat dry with a sour bitterness that blends well with spiciness. If I were to guess the ABV, I would think it were around 7%. The sourness, while not being overwhelming, seems to melt the taste of alcohol away. The flavor of the beer almost serves as a chaser.

D - This is the kind of beer that I could drink at almost any time - I am ecstatic that this is brewed year round.

Dulliwhig, Jan 25, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kingjohnh, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Kingcurio
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Kingcurio, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Danilo_SP
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Danilo_SP, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of brheuer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

KristofH, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a perfect white head of soft foam. Excellent retention and handsome lace. This beer glowed in the glass and was perfect to look at. Nose is banana, apricot, bubblegum, pale malt, lightly yeasty, complex and layered. Slightly medicinal. Some floral and hay. Perfumey with honey and light biscuit. There’s a quick breath of orange peel and a just enough spice. Taste follows the nose all the way. Buoyant on the palate, vivacious, balanced, supple and creamy. There’s a little clove on the palate that wasn’t on the nose as much. Finishes dry and slightly sticky.

This beer is outstanding, cultivated and refined. It’s not assuming but it is assured and significant in it’s exceptional character. A well done tripel like this is a sweet delight.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of rangerred
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a HUGE three finger billowy white head. Absolutely amazing head retention and gobs of lacing once the head finally does fade.

Incredible aroma of yeast and clove along with peaches and some bubblegum. Quite spicy but light and almost tropical at the same time. There is some light bread and vanilla as well. A touch of dark fruit and flowers.

Flavor of clove and peaches along with coriander and orange peel. More vanilla and tropical fruit along with a very light touch of biscuit. More perfume and flowers along with a breath of alcohol leading to a warmth in the chest. Very dry mouthfeel that finishes with just a slight bit of stickyness.

Overall, this is perhaps the benchmark for the Tripel style and an absolutely amazing beer. Truly perfection in every sense of the word and world-class.

rangerred, May 06, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.3 fl oz. bottle stamped: 14/06/13-3-003325. Sampled on May 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow with a cloudy bottle conditioned character and a small fizzy head. On the nose there is yeast, pale malts, spice, and tart citrus with the hops downplayed. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with an appealing yeasty and malty character than quickly morphs into a tart, peppery, dry hopped finish. This is not something for everyday drinking but instead something to be savored.

puboflyons, May 14, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before end: 06/08/15

Hazy honey gold with a towering head of lumpy froth that lasts awhile. Aroma is a beautifully smooth blend of doughy yeast, dried fruit, flowers, oranges, spicy phenols, and sugar cookies. A little alcohol hovers over it all, but isn't a distraction. The flavor follows the same plan and further highlights the artful blending of flavors that is bold, yet easy to handle. Spicy, peppery yeast, apple, orange, flowers, and a soft pale malt sweetness all in a tidy, damn near crisp package. Fluffy and dry, not wearing down the palate with sweetness or overbearing yeast...just very pleasant and drinkable for 9.5% ABV. It's been too long since I've had one of these.

wedge, Sep 21, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely, Head is bright and frothy. Aroma is buttery and maybe a little spicy. Taste is complex and does not develop instantly, which I love! Flavor develops from front to back slowly and reaches it's peak at the back of the throat and leaves a little bit of dryness (not too much). Very good balance. I like that it has a high ABV while not overwhelming the balance. I want more!!!

tastyville, Feb 21, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is fruity. I get a lot of orange and lemon notes as well as some floral notes. There is some grass from the hops as well as some Belgian yeast and a little bit of candy sugar. The flavor is heavy on the yeast and orange citrus notes. I also get some sweetness from the candy sugar and a little bit of pepper and coriander. There is a little bit of alcohol detectable. The beer is very easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great smell of white wine, apples and citrus fruits when you pour this hazy gold beauty. Giant, rocky white head crowns the brew and laces impressively down the flute. Even with a careful pour it's impossible to hold this foam in the glass. Fine carbonation escapes and trickles to the surface as I admire this Triple before sipping.

Upfront fruitiness combines plum, currant and some full bodied yeastiness with Belgian earthy flavors. Alcohol cuts the sweetness and makes this one of the dryer triples I have tried. Hops are way in the background and don't contribute any noticeable flavors. Spiciness lingers in the dryish finish. This my first experience with Westmalle and won't be the last.

QXSTER1, Nov 16, 2002
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden colour - cloudy. Fancy puffy head which leaves reasonable lacing.

Sweet malty fruits dominate the nose. Maybe dried apricots, pear, banana and some others. There is also a phenolic note, presenting cloves and some medicinal qualities. Alcohol is just barely noticeable.

Amazing. So much fruit, mostly the fruits I got in the nose. Sweetness is there but kept in check by a mild hop bitterness which blends very well with the spicy/phenolic qualities of the yeast.

So full in the mouth but never overly heavy. A beautiful beer to drink.

jbowers56, May 11, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice, this one is stunning. Pours a golden yellow color with a little bit of orange with a huge creamy off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and spices. Wow, what a fantastic aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma is absolutely amazing. There is some fruity malts and spices galore with a little bit of yeast and hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a really nice body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- What an awesome beer this is! Westmalle Tripel is probably the best beer from this style I've ever had. Highly Recommended!

cjgator3, Jan 31, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Am I cursing calling this Westmalle a Duvel-like Tripel?

L: almost perfect, nice foam, but in my opinion could be a littlelittle bigger.
S: not too complex; overripe bananas, a touch of orange, vanilla and cinnamon;
T: very nice hoppiness; the alcohol is an important element of the nice round taste, ending with a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste;
M: a 5,0! What do I need to say more.
O: a great tripel (I'm not the first to say this, I know); classic ofcourse.

Great to use in batter/bakery (fried vegetables).

Filosoof, Aug 28, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the only beer i've ever given a 5 for appearance; pours a hazy, almost burnt gold with a magnificent off-white head that leaves incredible lacing and retains impressively. The aroma starts off with a big citrus fruit element (tangerine, apricot, lemon zest), straw, biscuit, candied sugar, spices and some ethanol. The flavor is also initially very fruity (with big apricot, tangerine,pear, peach and lemon character), as well as some damp straw, candied sugar, herbal and mineraly hops, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and an astringent and slightly tart finish with some alcohol warmth. Drinkability is unparalleled for a tripel (i find most too herbal, spicy or alcoholic). An excellent example of a tripel, perhaps the best there is...perfect balance between sweet and tart.

silver0rlead, Jan 14, 2006
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Trappist Ale, Tripel: Poured from the thick, ring necked brown bottle. Gorgeous beer, thick rocky white head that lasts and leaves plenty of Belgian lace. The beer is a hazy golden color, and particularly when held up to light, it almost glows.

Great aroma, very nice banana/cloves and a whiff of new mown hay.

The taste is sensational. Extremely complex, and flavorful, I knew this was something special as soon as it hit my lips. Orange zest like flavors, coupled with spices and a bite of Saaz hops, and a bit of raisins and other dried fruits as well.

Smooth, creamy, rich mouthfeel.

jackndan, May 23, 2004
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden- yellow color with a frothy generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Fruity and slightly bready notes dominate.

Taste: The fruity and bready notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. Out of the fruity notes I pick out a grape taste. The fruity notes are balanced out by the bready notes and a clean somewhat dry finish. Very tasty and smooth. The alcohol is MIA in this one.

Mouth-feel: somewhere between light and medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Classic Belgian Tripel. No need for crazy ingredients when you got your technique down pat and your fermentation produces a great tasting complex beer.

IKR, Dec 23, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat of a yeasty champagne on the nose, malt and apple as well. On the palate, spicy combined with some green apple tartness and the champagne grape and dryness fills the middle. The spice is pepper and maybe even some clove but the malt provides a nice balance to that, all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really tasty ale, something I could drink all the time. It almost makes me want to become a trappist monk just so I could get this from the source. Except my ADHD would make the whole chanting/prayer thing hard to focus on. Oh well.

RandyV, Dec 27, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a large white head that is very slow to dissipate, remaining until I finished the beer. Lacing is substantial. Smell is very complex, with bready notes, spices, cloves, peppery hints and an underlying alcoholic flavour. Tastes fruitier than I'd expected, with some banana and sweetness, along with some very nice spices, cloves obvious, and apparent hot alcohol, which was still pretty well-hidden for 9.5%. Feels thick and creamy, just beautiful, and is very drinkable. The pinnacle of the style, as far as I'm concerned. Just great.

Mandrake, Dec 19, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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