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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 4,190
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 371
Gots: 628 | FT: 8
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of beertaster13
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful goldne orange with a white froth head that rises and rises, setiments of yeast will fall into the glass. The smell is of apricots with a nice honey grain. A hint of banana yeast will water the mouth. Cloves and other spices will creep in. The taste is crisp, with a toasty banana liquor, a apricot sauce will add sweetness, exotic spices will warm the throat. Definetely a strong toasty beer.

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Photo of timjr2500
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick but light white head on top of a golden-yellow body. The head does persist longer than on most beers but looks about average for a Trappist, a bit on the light side actually.

It smells very fruity, my premonition is apricot, and a lingering spice of cinnamon or nutmeg surrounding the nose.

Its taste is cunning, like a traditional belgian, but it lacks the same power of certain Trappists. The more I drink though the better it gets, but I think where this beer is lacking for me is the yeast. I like the crispness that the tight carbonation provides but I think it could go further to exploit the Belgiam yeast that makes the Trappist so special. Although it may just need a few more years in the bottle before it lives up to the expectations of beers like Rochefort.

Its a nice beer but I do think it is a bit overpriced. Maybe I'm paying for tradition or something but I do believe that its more than I would expect to pay for something unaged and a bit rough around the edges, but overall and above average beer.

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Photo of Redteketed
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A golden good heading appearance. Fruity, malty smell, even a little hoppines and isn't that coriander in the background. Nicely in balance conforming style.
Light sweet/bitter taste, including the sence of fruit and malt. Full body. Dry sticky mouthfeel and a nice hoppy, spicy aftertaste.

Yes, according style a nice beer, but I prefer Westmalle dubbel.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Westmalle Tripel pours two fingers of dense foam over a cloudy
yellow brew. The nose is rich fruit (fig and banana) so typical of
the style. the flavor is bright malt with herbal hop notes and a more
grassy hop finish. Alcohol tang is an important part of the flavor and
mouthfeel both- at 11.2% it's strong without being too overbearing.
As the brew warms the alcohol comes back under control, but it's
still a bit raw. Very very dry. Well worth a try, but a sipper for certain.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I poured this beer as carefully as i could and it still produced a massive 3 finger foamy white head. Grainy, cloudy golden yellow color. Nice spotty lacing with decent retention.

S - Nice fruity aroma, with strong pear aroma's and hints of citrus and mango. Quite earthy with a slight hop presence.

T - Not as sweet as i expected. Quite dry and really spicy up front. I dont know what the spices are but i guess people have found pepper and cardamom. I wish the taste followed the smell more closely.

M - Extremely dry on the palate, and at the back of the tongue. Very crisp and fine carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this beer, bur the flavor was not my favorite in this style. Its drinkable, but given the dryness, i doubt i would want to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of keanex
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle dated "Best Before 01/03/12." Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: I tried to pour carefully but some sediment got in causing a hazy amber body with little almost no head, the head was white.

S: Slightly tart citrus fruit and some light malt hints.

T: Lemon upfront with pepper meshing well, there's a slight alcohol taste at the end. There's a lot going on, but this is what stands out. I can't say I'm a big fan.

M: Very crisp, medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

O: I'm not sure if the dating is European or American, if it's European, which I expect, then this is still before the best before date. If not then this may be bordering on too old to enjoy. I'll have to try this fresher.

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Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle with a tall, soft head. The aroma is a little sour at first, but soon turns to a milder, Duvel-like aroma of creamy pale malts. The flavor is sweeter and maltier than the other big Trappist tripel, Chimay White. There's a bit of farmhouse funk in the malt, and drop of candy and caramel. It finishes with an obscured hops flavor that's grapefruit-y, but buried under the malt. Overall, I don't think the flavor is that amazing. Yes, it is quite nice, but not my favorite tripel. The carbonation is spot on, but a hint of alcohol detracts from it.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle with best by date of 05/08/11 poured into a Chimay goblet

a - deep, hazy golden color, two-inch white head with awesome retention and lacing, really great looking beer

s - very yeasty and bready aroma, notes of lemon citrus and white pepper, light boozy heat

t - mildly sweet and spicy lemon and white pepper up front, midpalate is pretty yeasty with a sourdough bread component, more lemon and pepper on the finish with a surprisingly strong bitterness that really dries out the finish, decent amount of alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, moderate to slightly higher carbonation, well-balanced finish that is on the dry side, good amount of alcohol warming

d - decent in terms of drinkability, but the alcohol is definitely more noticeable than many examples of the style I've had, and there is a bitterness that I've not encountered in most other tripels, overall, however, it's not too harsh on the palate and there is a decent amount of complexity in the flavors that keep it interesting

This beer's entry into the top 100 made me realize I'd never actually tried it. Pretty decent tripel, overall, but I've definitely had other examples of the style I've enjoyed much more.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 cl bottle poured into An Brainblasta goblet in the Porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Four finger head of nice thickness, very good retention, and a bit of cream. Hazy yellow colour. Very appealing. Head retains impressively well for 9.5% ABV. I'm excited to try this.

Sm: Fresh slightly citrusy scent, maybe some yeast.

T: Fresh open of a little cream to a complex body of estery citrus hops that are subtle but lovely. Fresh barley. A hint of bittering hops. The three acts work together; the transitions are seamless. Built and balanced well.

Mf: Very coarse, bringing out the flavours in the body. Starts wet but gets very dry, especially at the climax. Too heavy for the complexity (or perhaps more appropriately, lack thereof).

Dr: Too coarse and dry, but hides its 9.5% ABV extraordinarily well. I'd have it again at a better price, perhaps in Belgium.

An influential beer that I need to revisit in more depth.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this before, but reviewing for the first time.

Appearance- A nice light gold. Quite cloudy. Three inches of full, creamy, meringue-like head. A huge, rocky dome, on the level of a Duvel. Laces beautifully. Settles very slowly.

Smell- Strong yeast. A little grain. Some lemon zest, clove and grass clippings.

Taste- Very sharp, almost pops. Some grain, and lots of the strong yeast. Lemon, clove, peppery. The grain really comes through, and it gets astringent. The booze is stronger than I'd expect. It's a little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Nice. Good solid body.

Drink- A little boozier than I expected.

This one is grass + grains + booze + lemon. It's a nice beer, but not a favorite.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big, white, Belgian head, mountainous and snowy with thick, cloudy lace. Body is a bright orange-amber with tiny bits of sediment in evenly-distributed suspension. Bold and classy.

Smell: Apple tartness, cinnamon spice, earthy yeast, sharp grain alcohol, pear and pineapple juice sweetness. Very fresh, bright, and invigorating. You can tell it's a strong one, but the alcohol does not overwhelm. Burnt sugar and grassy notes emerge as it warms.

Taste: Snappy, slightly astringent alcohol along with a very vinous and fruity malt character, finishing with an orange rind bitterness and a dry, yeasty tartness that sticks to your tonsils.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sticky, and medium-bodied. It could be creamier, but at least the alcohol doesn't scorch the palate (as it does in some other tripels).

Drinkability: This a powerful beer, both in flavor and in alcohol, but it is still quite drinkable. It has all the depth, flavor, and boldness of a red wine, making it a great pair for beef.

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Photo of Jredner
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of spice, bannana and yeast. Cloudy pale yellow in color with a two finger thick white head. White fruits, spice and alcohol with some hints of darker fruits in the finish. Tasty, but the alcohol is a lot more unwieldy than the more nuanced Dubbel.

Not quite as drinkable as the Dubbel due to the more noticeable alcohol, but still a great beer. Perfect nightcap beer on a cool night.

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Photo of TJBurgess
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a Delirium Snifter.

A: poured slow, but still a tremendous amount of pure white head. Probably 3+ fingers worth slowly dissolves leaving about a finger left. Color is almost pure gold and non-transparent.

S: delightful fruit smell with orange peel and lemony scents. Nothing special, but still good and inviting.

T: the typical Tripel taste comes right through. Unfortunately, there's not much else. Plenty of carbonation, but the alcohol seems to dilute the overall taste. Not that there's a huge alcohol presence, but its enough to wonder where the rest of the complexity went.

M&D: plenty of freshness and clean finish with this amount of carbonation, but still falls behind some of the other tripels and the top of the class. Glad I tried it, but not something I would spend a good amount of money on given how much I prefer others in this grouping.


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Photo of silenius
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy warm light honey color with a billowy white head that settles quickly. Lazy pinpoint bubbles rise to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

Nose contains bannas, lemons, a hint of apple and a doughy yeast smell.

The taste is a peppery hops flavor that seems a bit dull to me. The finish is short.

The mouthfeel has a creaminess to it that I found enjoyable.

I'd reach for a different Belgian if given a chance for another, though. I'll probably buy it again, but with so many choices, it won't be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Straw yellow, slightly hazy appearance. Huge, rocky, white head. Good lacing as I drank. Legs with a swirl.

Scent was earthy and some Belgian funk. Spice - coriander perhaps. Sweet - candi sugar. Touch of citrus and some alcohol.

Sweet more than bitter. Citrus notes. cotton candy. Spicy/herbal at the finish. Bitterness increased some as it warmed, but still sweet overall. Alcohol was quite hot.

Medium - in body. Medium + in carbonation. Dry. Alcohol warming quickly noticeable.

Good, but would probably benefit from some aging. ABV a bit too hot at this point, IMHO.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold colored beer with a thick slow fading head.Aroma is citrusy.Taste is light citrus,some dark fruit,sugar cane and alcohol.It seems that there is no effort to hide the alcohol since it comes out immediately after the first sip.It was good but was it worth the 16.50 I paid for it?? Probably not but still good and drinkable!!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

July 2007 vintage 750ml bottle served in a 33cl Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: golden orange with 1 finger of head

Smell: fruity and complex with a slight yeast smell

Taste: complex bitterness, bubbly and refreshing, sweet fruity finish, apricots, slight hop bite to even it out

This is a fine triple and I wish it was produced more often to keep the price down.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/22/2006 (330mL):

Pours a huge white head, that is lasting, with some good lacing. Has a pale, cloudy, golden yellow color body. With an aroma of flowers, peeled grapes, and perfume. A semi-bitter taste, fizzy palate, with a clean aftertaste, and some slight alcohol. Not a very complex tripel.

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Photo of Denali
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Package: 11.2 oz. Bottle. Bottle capped. Stamped date 19/11/05.

Appearance: Extremely thick foamy-soapy stubborn white head that subsides very slowly but still remains enough to coat the liquid and lace the glass. Slightly opaque orange-amber with lots of bubbles cascading to the top.

Smell: Nice aroma. Sweet malt. A little yeasty/bready. Hops aroma also notable. Slightly spicy (coriander?). Alcohol aroma also tickles my nose a bit.

Taste: Nutty and sweet malt flavor up front, but is also combined with bitter hops taste. Middle is more dominated by hops. Malt and hops then trade back and forth, eventually fading into a hoppy and then nutty aftertaste. But each sip brings a different dominant flavor – sometimes a nutty flavor dominates, other times the hops dominate, and yet other times the malt sweetness becomes more pronounced. Sometimes the alcohol pokes its way through and dominates as well. Long timeline of flavors going on here. One of the more complex tasting tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation with dry finish.

Drinkability: The heavy carbonation detracts from the drinkability a bit.

Comments: Enjoyable but not outstanding. Although there was a lot of complexity, I would have preferred more sweetness to balance the hops and alcohol bitterness.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A hazy golden color with some yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Huge bubbly fluffy head that you have to be careful of even on a non agressive pour. Glass lacing sticks throughout.

S: Sweetness with hints of fruit, sugar and yeasty spicy smells.

T: Wow, I was overcome with the sweetness initially on this beer. Flavors of banana, lemon, honey, sugar, yeasty musty spicy flavors and a hint of hops at the finish. I have had a nice selection of tripels before, but I believe this is the sweetest one I have tasted. Finish is lingering sweet and the taste of alcohol.

M: Full and coating with lingering sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. Alcohol is fairly prevelant.

Overall I thought this beer was a bit sweet, but boy was it complex. I will give this another go as I can find it at a store in NJ in singles. I know this is a world class beer, but I just didn't get the uber sweetness.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to NBB globe glass. Best by 3/10/12. Beer pours a dark hazy gold with a finger white head. Good retention and lacing though the beer is rather unassuming. Yeast particles easily visible in pour. The aroma is rather subdued. Hints of citrus, belgian yeast character, and perhaps a hint of roasted malt but not much. The flavor builds on the aroma for a smooth and light flavor, which is impressive for a 9.5%abv. Hints of citrus, mild bitterness, and toasted malts. Not an abundance of flavor like I would expect based on previous Trappists. Lower end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, though perhaps I had it too late as a lot of the flavor I was expecting just wasn't there. Very easy to drink and hides the alcohol extremely well.

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Photo of jockoELP
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to gold with white head. Firm foam lingers well in the glass. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. A nice dry hoppy finish after each swallow but not as strong as expected. Fizzy from start to finish makes it quite enjoyable. Some say the taste is bitter after the temperature warms up but I didn't notice enough to deter me from finishing.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 nrpellegrini
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the biggest head I've ever seen. It did not stop rising, I'm glad I was prepared because I had to catch the overflowing head with my note.

Hazy golden color with ginormous white head. Smelled of wheat and smooth hoppy spices. Tasted crisp, left a refreshing spice sting to the mouth on some sips. Good mouthfeel, very rich and smooth. Didn't pick up to many typical tripel tastes... not many fruit flavors and little more spice in this one. Went down well and easy.

Side note: this beer was much better the longer I had it opened. Best drinks were towards the end.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Burby and Bates in Orono. Only place in the state I've ever seen it. Slightly murky yellow body with characteristically thick off white head. Smells malty, citrusy, and a bit spicy. Tastes citrusy, sweet, somewhat piney. Very tasty. Medium-to-full bodied. Not my favorite tripel, but a very good one anyway.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.