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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,187 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3187
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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paleoplant

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the fortune of going to Belgium and visiting Westmalle. This was an amazing place, with a beautiful Cafe and a huge playground for kids! Of course I was going to try all their style, but I ordered the Triple first. I was surprised that this was the only place in Belgium that asked if I wanted the beer "chilled" or "room" (cool). The best part of this beer is the smell, not that the taste isn't great. I could sniff this hay-scented beer all day. It reminds me of the fields that surround so many of the rural areas of Belgium. Besides the price, this is always a beer that I turn to if it appears on the menu.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 23:34:15 | More by paleoplant
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nickd717

California

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rating transcribed from a RB rating from awhile back. Must review this now that it's on the top 100.

On tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

Hazy golden-yellow color with a thick white head.

Yeasty aroma with a little citrus and spiced notes.

Flavor is yeasty as hell with fruit notes, sweet malt, spices, and well-disguised but noticeable alcohol.

Excellent palate - medium bodied with extremely lively carbonation, as I like in this style.

A solid, refreshing, and potent tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 17:31:32 | More by nickd717
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clody golden orange with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma of grape, pear and floral alcohol. Dry fruity taste with hints of apple, grape and pear as well as a slightly sour yet crisp alcohol finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 09:07:33 | More by corby112
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Cafe Trappisten across from the abbey. Pours a great-looking, slightly cloudy gold with a thick white head that gradually recedes into a film. Very nice lacing.

Smells of sugar, hops, light fruits, malt, and alcohol. This carries on to the taste, but the sugar ends up dominating, closely followed by the fruits (peaches, apples, apricots) and the alcohol, which is not masked very well at all. A bit of malt helps to balance it a bit, but it is still weighted heavilly towards a heady, sweet, alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is good and thick, with a creamy head. Slight carbonation and a bit of alcoholic bite--very interesting.

Overall a good beer, but too sweet to be anything other than an occasional sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 19:30:17 | More by philipquarles
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On sale at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO for $2.99.

Slow pour into a 0.4 liter goblet yields a huge off-white bumpy frothy head over hazy light amber body with plenty of carbonation. Could not get all the bottle 330 ml bottle into the glass by a long shot. Head fades to a solid thick lid. Pretty beer.

Aroma is yeasty, earthy, funky, with lots of malt as well. Leather, horse blanket, bread dough. In the background are some dark-chocolate coated sweet dark fruits: dates, raisins, even some cherries(?!). A very complex aroma. Mmmmm.

Taste is, well, fascinating. All the yeasty-funkiness is there, but so much more. Bread dough, leather, baker's chocolate, a hint of the above-mentioned fruits. Nice long dry metallic-bitter-floral hops finish. There is a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is much richer than I expect for a Tripel. Great carbonation (expected) spread around a round-mouth fullness (unexpected). There must be a lot a residual malt-protein in this baby.

Drinkability is high. The alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. This feels like maybe 6%, but certainly not 9.5%. A sessionable Tripel? Maybe so.

One more example of a fine genuine Trappist Ale. Once again, believe the hype. Well worth the $2.99 sale price. Can't wait to try the Dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2007 04:25:44 | More by ColoradoBobs
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 5/28/07 - Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Slight malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced to slightly sour. Finish has some alcohol and sourness. Not nearly as good as bottle. On-tap at Summertime Restaurant Scheveningen, NL. €5 ($6.85) for a 330ml glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2007 19:11:12 | More by jdhilt
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lawrence76

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely orange/light amber with an absolutely billowing white head which is so dense it forms its own weird shapes & semi-permanent structures which hold up regardless of the shrinking amount of beer upon which they stand

Aroma is hoppy & yeasty. Seems particularly fresh to me. Flavour is sweet maltiness at first, but only for a quick half-second. Soon a perceptable hop bitterness kicks in and mingles with a luxurious creamy body. Creamy. Smooth proteins roll over the tongue & whole mouth, coating you in happiness. At the end some hop aromatics become noticable.

Slight alcohol warmth.

Dangerously quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2007 19:53:44 | More by lawrence76
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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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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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