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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,659
Hads: 4,224
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 372
Gots: 655 | FT: 7
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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 BeerLover50
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass from a 25.4oz bottle. Very pale golden color to it. Inch thick head that hangs around (the kind that froths up your upper lip). Nose is quite fruity, has that classic Belgian aroma. Taste is very sweet, with a pleasant aftertaste. This beer has a very relaxing feel to it, almost hypnotic. Simply a tremendous beer. One of my favorite Belgians.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

33cl brown bottle with raised glass stamped "Westmalle" around the neck. Best Before 03/2017. My first top notch beer ever, so I must try it again and re-review it.

Appearance: beautiful cloudy golden liquid with a enormous head, lots of carbonation and big bubbles. Some yeast floating inside and on bottom of the bottle.

Smell: malts, spices and some fruity aroma I really like but don't know what it is. Sweet and bitter at the same time, very well balanced. The alcohol is in there, but its not agressive at all. It's very complex.

Taste: very much like the smell with honey notes - delicious malts and honey-, some sweetness that develop in a nice bitter aftertaste, all this mixed with some fruity/spicy character in there. It's a very organic and natural mix of flavours.

Mouthfeel: really nice, the champagne like bubbles are a pleasure to taste, and the fizzy feeling remained in my mouth after and hour and a half of drinking it. This beer is creamy but not in a dense way, amazingly drinkable, and the alcohol warms you pretty quickly. Feels great and you regret not having more of this.

Overall: It's a great beer, the best I've tried so far, but of course, it's the first world class I drank. I expected more fruitiness, but this is not a con at all, it's just the way it is: liquid gold.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy amber-straw, with a large soapy head that sticks around. nose; lightly boozy apple pie filling, sweet pear & banana - sounds a bit much, but the nose is actually fragrant. taste; mellow bready belgian yeasts, light citrus rind, tangerine pulp, light pear and banana. no peppercorn here and not very bitter, but the abv does bite a touch on the end. highly carbonated and medium mouthfeel. a stellar tripel, well-balanced, and perfectly malted with a strong fruit core. among the best tripels i've tried.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a superb frothy white head that retains very well....it looks like a bubble bath in the glass...the beer itself is golden in color and has a fair bit of yeast suspended within the liquid. Carbonation appears to be moderate and lacing is decent with lots of small patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This is like an intense version of a German Hefeweizen.....there is plenty of peppery spices, cloves, Belgian yeast strains, heavy floral notes, hoppy bitterness on the finish, and a lot of biscuit like sweet malt. Some fruitiness is noted as well....bananas, apple, pear to be precise.....This is quite a distinct aroma with many different faucets of smell hitting the nostrils.

T- Spicy to boot!.....Peppercorn and cloves are the two dominant flavors in this category.....the booziness of the beer is noticeable as well....it is quite warming as it goes down the hatch! The ripe banana, apple, and pear flavors are lovely....heavy grainy/grassy/bitter flavors as well near the end make this a very flavorful, balanced Trappist Ale....very nice!

M/O- Medium bodied and smooth, fine carbonation....this is a very nice beer from this line of Trappist Monks! Almost sour, and champagne like as well, with heavy alcohol yet it retains a velvety mouthfeel....this is most definitely a sipper, however, it is delightful and I will drink this in the future....full props on this one!

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Photo of D-Rock
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle purchased in Japa poured into a fluted glass.

Look: Completely transparent wheat gold color with a voluminous fluffy white head that refuses to settle down quickly. The head is about two inches deep and takes up about a full third of the glass. Copious amounts of carbonation bubbles stream towards the top keeping the head supplied. Over time the head settles down and leaves sticky bubbles clinging to the glass sides.

Smell: Malty, fruity, floral, followed up by the barest hint of booze. Hints of honeysuckle and graham cracker come through along with green plum. Digging deep reveals some dry grassy notes.

Taste: Superbly sweet and malty, obvious chocolate and clover flavors. Phenols play in the background along with the booze in a pleasing way. The flavors just meld together wonderfully. Ripe fruit flavors like banana, apple and grape are present.

Feel: Crisp yet smooth and velvety at the same time. The carbonation is very subtle and barely bothers the tongue. The beer comes off very malty sweet, but it never becomes a heavy taste, the mouth feels refreshed after every swig. A hint of bitterness is detectable but is constantly scrubbed away by the malt sweetness.

Overall: This beer has achieved the whole package, from start to finish it stands out as exceptionally well balanced with clean bold flavors and a complex and pleasing nose. The smell and taste compliment each other incredibly well. All in all a true Beer of the World.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect example of an authentic Belgian trappist tripel. Tons of carbonation and has a perfect balance of subbtle sourness and complex sweetness. Pours with a really nice, almost fizzy clean white head that dissipates quickly. Very good!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with light carbonation. The head is white and soapy looking, thick ring, thin layer on top.

S - Bready, pears, apples.

T - Bright and crisp. Pears, apples, Belgian spices, a little peppery, and some alcohol booziness, phenolic.

M - Medium body with gentle, but sprightly carbonation.

O - Enjoyed this beer but the phenolic character knocked the overall score down.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Large white head, two finger length. Body was cloudy, and had visible carbonation. Color was a golden dark yellow.

Smell: Light and fruity nose. Notes of vanilla, apple, pear, and a toasted note which I couldn’t identify (malt?).

Taste: Flavors were mainly citrus and spice, with subtleties of vanilla and alcohol.

Feel: Creamy and tingly, with an alcohol burn.

Overall Impression: I thought it was good, but the alcohol taste was a little overpowering over the other flavors.

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Photo of Yardsale
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow joy occupies the glass, with a fancy 2 finger foam hat that has some serious structural integrity and leaves thick rafts along the wall of the glass. Citrusy bread with delicate pepper emanate into ones nose, a feather light sulfur/urine note gently tucks the olfactory senses into bed with a gentle kiss, before ever so slowly backing out of the room. In exactly the opposite manner the first mouthful has taste buds rolling around in confusion, banana bread, peppery spices, apricot, pears? What else could possibly be in there? loads of tiny little bubbles and some lingering bitterness decide to cut the medium body and become life long friends.

Yes... This will do nicely.

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Photo of jooler
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is absolutely amazing. Smell is good and citrusy. The taste does not match the smell. Taste is more of banana bread taste. It's good but what I don't like is the extremely noticeable alcohol taste. But very crisp though.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's everything you've read. Aroma of fruit, spice, hay and familiar champagne. Pours a muddled, straw-colored gold with a pillowy head that lasts. Strawberry, lemon, orange rind, pepper, banana and grapes all blend together to create a mellow cascade that leads to a pleasant tartness that makes the mouth water. Really unique flavor profile. Finishes dry after every sip. A real pleasure that, for me, isn't an every weekend beer but one that has its place at the dinner table for special occasions. Beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike will enjoy and appreciate it.

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Photo of twage04
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good tripel but maybe a little big of a let down. The color is a hazy light orange with a long lasting head. Carbonation is typical for the style. Aroma isn't very strong but hints at some yeast and booze. Flavor is very boozy with the yeast imparting a background bubblegum fruit flavor. There is a tart flavor and a little bitterness. Overall an enjoyable beer but I'd almost go for a chimay white over this most of the time for a flavor that had more fruitiness and better hiding of the alcohol.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Cool bottle with a ridge to grip while one pours. ( It could slip otherwise. ;-) )
Very pretty, yet very hazy autumn orange body with a 2 finger head that billows, almost alive.

s: Tart stone fruit, crackery pale malts, orange rind. Hints of a funky sourness.

t: Crisp malts, under ripe apricot, raw honey, over ripe banana, with an herby, spicy alcohol finish. There is a lot going on here.

mf: Medium body with vibrant carbonation that tickles the tongue with a peppery, alcoholic delightfulness. It does a good job to hide the alcohol, but not totally.

o: This is a great tripel. Not as many crests and waves as some American trips...one of the beers that makes me rethink a vacation in France to head to Belgium.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a faint light straw yellow with a thick white head.

smells like flowers and spring! almost like bitter grass clippings! in a good way.

tastes like alcohol with some spice in it. like spicy grass, it's hard to describe. it has an alcohol burn to it as well. not as "clean" of a Tripel as I expected, some Tripels i've had were more like strong pale ales. this is different but I like it, much more complex taste.

has an alcohol taste to it but goes down smooth.

overall a pretty good beer, maybe too much spice and alcohol for me. much better than Victory's Golden Monkey! but not as good as St Bernardus' Tripel. but that's just my personal taste.

also this mellows out at room temperature, i prefer my beer on the cold side but this is better at room temperature.

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've manage the beer department of a large liquor store the past year and have been homebrewing the past five years. Tasting Sept 7, 2015. Poured from a 11.2 fluid oz bottle at 50*F / 10*C. Bottle Best Before End Date: Mar 23, 2017.
LOOK: Golden yellow color, decent clarity, high carbonation and a big white long lasting head are perfect for this style. As is the AROMA, this characteristic is perfect for the style: complex, spicy and peppery.
TASTE: Although it is true to style, it is almost too much so. Very peppery and phenolic.
FEEL: It feels light to medium in body and easy to drink for its' alcohol content.
OVERALL: It is a great beer to pair with sweet or strong food as it can hold its' own alongside them.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hay color. 1 finger head with slight retention. Small specks on bottom of glass.
Sweet yeasty smell followed by alcohol and urine type aroma
Spice up front, fruit type sweet goodness followed by dry alcohol.
Medium with slight carbonation.
Great example of the style. Let the thing warm up to experience the complexity.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Presenation- Brown bottle with Trappist inscribed around the neck

Look- light orange almost golden cloudy appearance 2- 2 1/2 fingers white head that left some lacing at first, with a couple very small floaters in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma- slight sour smell with some bready yeast a little spice and some citrus fruits

Taste- Citrus fruits and bready yeast and floral, followed by an spicy alcohol kick very very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body very crisp carbonation.

Overall- From the relatively few beers I've tasted since getting into trying everything I can get my hands on this is an excellent beer, If you get a chance you should try it!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow with green highlights. It has a white bubbly head that leaves a nice trail of lace.

Sour citrus yeast and floral bouquet in the nose.

Hoppy citrus sour yeast punch backed by a nice roasted malt. Notes of sour cherry, oak, nut, biscuit, and whole grain.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A classic beer with deep complex flavors! What is there to say that has not already been said! I would definitely get this beer on different special occasions!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 2014 bottle, opened Aug 2015

A - Yellowy peach body with a moderate haze and lovely carbonation in the glass. Nice retention and low lace on a pure white head.

S - Really nice, complex nose. White bread, banana, peach jam, straw, tart raspberry and bread pudding.

T - Floral (maybe lavender), pear, white bread, touch of banana, sunflower seeds, lemon, and a little grass.

M - Pleasantly medium-light body with great carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing. A great table beer for entertaining.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy golden yellow with a foamy 1-finger head. Medium carbonation

S: Yeasty, honey, spices and alcohol

T: It opens with an alcohol flavor, passing through some hop bitterness and finishing with some yeasty and bready notes

M: Medium to full body with a crisp medium carbonation

O: Good beer, but the alcohol flavor is a bit too strong.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into glencairn whisky glass. best before 02/02/17, consumed on aug 15 2015

a: golden yellow with a finger of white head from a controlled pour. the opacity will follow as i pour the rest of the bottle in

s: a nice hit of lemon in the front with some floral hop character. sweet banana and yeasty spice follow shortly after. hints of apricot, peach, and vanilla. all tied together by the notorious sweet belgian bready malt

t: floral, tangy lemon in the front and all around. notes of overripe banana, bread, honey, and clove-y spice scattered throughout. the phenolic band-aid character is present and sometimes strong, but softens significantly as the beer warms. some vanilla notes. finishes bready with an aggressive medium-plus bitterness

m: medium mouthfeel with plentiful bubbly carbonation. very dry finish

o: a very impressive belgian ale -- prominently fruity, massively complex as strong belgian ales are, and has a very appropriate dryness to counter the sweetness. a real rollercoaster of a beer. however, i'm very sensitive to the yeasty phenolic characteristics in belgian ales and i don't find them very pleasant, so taking time with the beer to let it warm worked wonders

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle purchased at grocery store in Brussels. BB: Jun 25, 2017
Chilled and poured in a tulip glass
Spoiler alert: This is about the 4th or 5th one of these I've had....finally getting around to reviewing it. Needless to say, I really like it.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw colour. Lots of creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing on the walls of the glass.
Taste is bold and substantial, a nice blend of bready malt and yeasty phenols. Very assertive. Alcohol is there but not nagging or hogging the moment.
Aftertaste is dry and resiny, but not astringent. At 9.5% abv, this is a notable accomplishment. A subtle, well-balanced, dangerous brew. Excellent stuff....really a treat, and a true bargain here.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 20 2017 and served slightly chilled.

This one pours a cloudy, pale golden-yellow colour, producing two fingers of pillowy, sparkling white-coloured head. Retention is every bit as good as you'd expect from a top-notch abbey outfit like Westmalle - it seeps away at a seemingly infinitesimal pace, depositing a thick curtain of lace as it wilts unevenly, eventually leaving behind a lumpier, more manageably-sized cap. The aroma includes a good mix of fruity esters and spicier, yeast-derived phenolics. Pale malt sweetness and candi sugar provide an appropriate backbone, with notes of pear, apricot, green grape, lemon pith and banana competing for my nostril real estate. Clove spice and floral hops also come through, rounding the nose off nicely.

Complex flavour - delicious, too. Grainy pale malts and sugary sweetness underlie a fruity blend of ripe apples and pears, as well as hints of banana, lemon pith and apricot. Quite floral and a bit grassy, with the spicy, yeasty phenolic character exploding toward the finish - lots of spicy clove, with an almost medicinal bitterness that desiccates the palate. The effect is similar to what I recall from their dubbel, but seems more pronounced here - with the higher abv giving it an added touch of warmth in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that results (at least initially) in a relatively prickly mouthfeel. It softens over time, however, becoming much smoother - and since this tripel only continues to improve as it approaches room temperature, there's no real excuse to rush through this one.

Final Grade: 4.43, an awesome A grade. Westmalle Tripel is without a doubt a very solid example of the style, with a rich, complex flavour profile and a luxuriously smooth, satisfying feel in the mouth. While I don't think I'd count it amongst my favourite tripels - mostly because the spicy phenolic bent is a bit much for me - it's still a seriously impressive beer. It's a steal at its $3.50-ish LCBO price point, and a beer that all Belgian ale aficionados should consider an absolute must-try. The other two bottles will be staying in my cellar for a while, because this is the sort of beer that you save for special occasions.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was like two different beers depending on when you drank it. Out of the bottle, it's good, a little prickly, some banana/pear sweetness with a kick of spicy, lightly yeasty notes. About thirty minutes in, though, once warmed up to cellar temps, this thing sings: soft, creamy body, the prickly phenols all smoothed out, this is delicately sweetened spiced pears. So much pear. Really amazing transformation.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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