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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,506 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,506
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 228
Gots: 268 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Mosstrooper

California

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours bright, hazy golden-orange color with a large white head that has very big bubbles in it and dissipates slowly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells of green apple and yeast, with some biscuity, floral, and grassy notes in the background.

Taste: Begings with a tart green apple flavor and some spice, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with yeast with medium hop flavor. Some notes of citrus/citrus peel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that stings a bit initially, but rounds out and feels more natural. Finishe swarm and sort of dry.

Drinkability: An exceptional tripel- all of the typical tripel flavors are here, but unlike most tripels, none overpowers the other. This is a deceptively easy-drinker for its high ABV, but it's definitely a beer worth savoring.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:16:33 | More by Mosstrooper
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goldbot

District of Columbia

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

Pale golden, clear, capped by tons of white, fluffy foam. Plenty of carbonation. The head sticks around, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Light, spicy aroma, very yeasty with clean malts. Flavor is more malt, again very spicy and yeasty with a slight citrus twang. Mostly dry, silky, with foamy carbonation. A classic Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 14:22:07 | More by goldbot
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sfprint

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From October 2010 notes:

A: Witbier like, cloudy yellow with a soapy head.

S: Partially citrus with dried banana, sweet bread.

T: Interesting the way the alcohol sits in it. Both present yet tastefully masked. Banana is more citrusy in the taste. A tad bitter and sour.

M: Stinging but I have the idea that it comes from the alcohol.

D: Interesting and intense. Not something I would drink often. Good yet hard to drink due to it's intensity.

Style: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 12:24:44 | More by sfprint
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:53:14 | More by callmescraps
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Kromes

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold color with a pure white dense head that sits on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation in the beer. Sudsy lace left all down the glass.

S: Bready malt with some belgian yeast funk and some fruit, coriander and what smells like nutmeg. There is also a slight hop aroma to the beer.

T: A very sweet and fruity taste at first with a touch of alcohol flavor and warmth. Gives way to a bready malt with some hop, fruit, peppery spice. The finish is peppery and warm from the alcohol and dry.

M: Great carbonation provides a spice and the finish is dry and slightly bitter.

D: A great beer. The strong alcohol is hidden nicely behind a ton of different flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 19:09:31 | More by Kromes
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice frothy white head with staying power, bubbles of all different sizes trapped in the froth, even after the glass was empty. Typical light amber pale ale color.

Surpassingly little aroma (or I had a cold), a little alcohol noticeable, but little else.

Well carbonated in the mouth - a little foamy even, immediate sweet grain flavor most prominent with some alcohol presence. Skillful interweaving of roasted malts and earthy bread from wood-fired oven. Light hops in the back of the palate with a little after burn from the high gravity.

Excellent tripel for tippling.

Reviewed 3-9-10

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:26:50 | More by tubacharlie
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velosuds

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 31/08/11. Paid $5.99 at Capital Market.

A-Pours a hazy pale to golden yellow hue with a magnificent three finger, bright white head with long lasting head retention and very heavy lacing. Hard to imagine a finer appearance.

S-"Honey and spice and everything nice" is my first impression. Spices (anise and cloves), honey, and pears. Very pleasant aroma.

T-Satisfactory balance of spice and sweetness, but doesn't quite match the appearance and aroma. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is very pleasant and welcome, but not evident in the taste. Definitely improved as it warmed.

M-Medium body is very smooth with nice carbonation level.

D-A very fine beer that is a bit spendy.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:30:41 | More by velosuds
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before end: 09/04/11. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch and half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is bready malt, yeast, orange peel, and some fruit and spice (it just smells fruity and spicy in general, I couldn't pick out any one particular fruit or spice). Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of pear and an earthy taste noticable in the brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth but has a little too much carbonation for me. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. But overall, I liked this beer. I'd buy it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:48:36 | More by bluejacket74
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nataku00

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (best by date of 31/08/11) into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange color that I can barely make out shadows through the beer. There was an initial two fingers of white foamy and soft head that started to dissipate to maybe half a finger, but clinging heartily to the inside of the glass. Tons of small bubble carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose has a nice yeasty spiciness, but most surprising was the alcohol presence. This is a fairly strong tripel. Malty and spicy.

Taking a sip, the soft but ample carbonation tickles your tongue with medium body. Coriander and peppercorn spiciness, some golden raisin fruitiness, and a biscuit sweetness. Alcohol presence as it warms up in your mouth, but not too overpowering. Nice dry floral hoppy finish as it goes down.

Fairly drinkable but the alcohol presence does warn you to slow down as you take a sip. One of the best tripels in the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:47:51 | More by nataku00
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale golden, good initial head, zero lacing.

Smells of citrus, spices, yeast.

Spices, yeast, tangerine, orange rind, honey, touch of alcohol. Hoppier in a west coast IPA way than some tripels, though it doesn't upset the balance.

Mouthfeel slick and smooth, slightly vaporous.

Can't go wrong here, a finely crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 04:54:45 | More by Strix
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fourplayed

California

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

pours a lite golden yellow with 2 finger head.

smells are mild fruits apples, peaches, yeasts , breads and some spice.

taste is an earthy mix of yeast, mildly sweet malts, hops, some fruit notes and spices which are mild.

lite to medium body, good zesty carbonation beginning to end, decent alcohol warmth, yeasty and dry hop finish.

A very good triple, not as fruity or sweet as some others, very worthy!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 18:39:09 | More by fourplayed
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chalsk

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious beer. Pours a nice golden color with a generous creamy head. Has an aroma of fruit, with nice yeasty notes. The carbonation level tries to balance the beer out but might be just a bit much. Otherwise everything comes together nicely with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:27:37 | More by chalsk
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jockoELP

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 06:29:13 | More by jockoELP
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masonl

Kansas

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A cloudy hay color. Shades of orange

S: A dominant smell of yeast. Strong smell of coriander and other Witbierish spices.

T: Explosive. A rush of sweet malts,mild hops, and diverse spices. Coriander and orange zest permeate.

M: Very acidic and highly carbonated. Both in a very good way. Each sip is a refreshing pallet cleanser and a reminder of how damn good this beer is.r

D: Great drinkability. For the alcohol content and the intensity, one can handle just the appropriate amount.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:18:09 | More by masonl
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punkrkr27

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:26:07 | More by punkrkr27
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jlandis

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A peach/straw golden beer with a fluffy white head that in time fades to a thin white ring. The nose is full of tart green apples, white grapes, and a hint of spice. The flavor consists of strong spicy yeast with ripe green apples. Those green apples are quite tart! The finish is bitter and almost medicinal. The body is moderate with solid carbonation.

Once again I'm blown away by the trappist standard. These monks sure know how to brew a solid beer. The combination of ripe fruits and tart spice are a perfect sipping combination.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 16:28:50 | More by jlandis
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass cloudy tan and dark yellow colour and a massive white head.

The smell is quite boozy, earth, spice and yeast notes abound. A bit too boozy, even for the style.

Sweet, fruity, grainy, earthy malts. There is a nice spice and bitterness present at the end. The boozyness of the smell is not evident in the taste. It is quite well balanced.

The beer has a too strong of a carbonation. However, it does complement the flavour nicely.

A bit too boozy and carbonated for me. However the flavour is excellent. I can see how it is considered a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 23:36:05 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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bamojr

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I looked down, and it was gone", pretty much sums up my experience with this one. Before I knew it the bottle was empty and I wanted more. This is a very fruity and spicy beverage with a great Tripel flavor that I expected. The crisp flavors made for a very drinkable brew with a great finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 20:42:48 | More by bamojr
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

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

From a bottle (11.2 oz, $5 at Whole Foods Bowery) into a stemmed glass. I really need to get some proper Trappist chalices.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a big, billowing white head made of huge bubbles. Pretty much what a tripel ought to look like.

S: A lot of dough, with some faint Belgian spicy yeast and a sugary, maybe rock candy sweetness. Very nice.

T: This one has some spice to it. There's a deep fruity sweetness that's complimented wonderfully by some spice. Cloves I think. There's also a sugary sweetness distinct from the fruit. A little booze in the finish. That spice lingers forever as an aftertaste.

M: Carbonation's made up of tiny, active bubbles. Thick for the style, and mouth-coating. Definitely enjoy this one with a glass of water.

D: It's a bit more intense than other tripels I've had, because of the spice and thickness. Not exactly easy-drinking, but very rich and rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:37:19 | More by CharlatanSin
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh my beautiful full and thick head. frothy and lush with tightness, this is what a head should look like! over an almost clear light golden body. Great attractiveness.

Aroma seems subdued, really just faint belgian yeasts and bready pre-baked doughs with faint fruits.

Ah the flavor picks up the aromas slack and comes full force with a spicy kick! Pepper and salt on crisp baked bread with light oils from olives come though and leave with a qucik dry finish, its a very refreshing tripel and leaves you reaching for the glass again. Some lemon and orange notes come through with a light zestyness also.

Chad

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 07:49:01 | More by ChadQuest
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Lazerlobe

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 1/3/12, served in a Westmalle chalice.

A: Active clean head and opaque golden body

S: Malus and Pyrus, heather, some crystallized sugar

T: Light Belgian spice, some fruity yeast esters, orange blossom honey, fading herbal hops. These flavors mix about but all simultaneously compliment each other. It's like a circle of people all giving each other back rubs!

M: Medium viscosity but a crisp feeling finish that refreshes the palate

D: Wow, I should take up afternoon drinking and make this my staple.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:38:24 | More by Lazerlobe
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StJamesGate

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a stiff solid meringue head that is going nowhere and a fascinating color gradation: palest white gold at the edges, peach in the middle, all with light catching on the cloudy particles. Little lacing. Nose is wax, banana milkshake, wildflowers, soap and a touch of booze. Overripe pear and white sugar up front, clove spice starts to burn through, then a big whiff of fusels hits, followed by some leathery notes, white pepper and a hint of leaf and lemon rind at the end. Prickly carbonation, soft, medium, very dry, some definite heat.

Flavors are pretty forceful and it just doesn't - cohere. Really feels like it needs a year in the cellar. I think I might prefer Karmeliet.

For reputation and how pretty it looked coming out of the bottles, a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 22:02:08 | More by StJamesGate
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Cheesemoose

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Hazy yellow with bright white head. Bubbly head with 3 fingers of head (on a mellow pour) that recedes into a thin film. Head slides down with each sip.

Nose is well balanced, with a good clove/spice character to it along with a fruit aromas. Alcohol is present in the far reaches, though it adds more to the spice character.

Sweet finish, extenuated by the fruit flavors present in the nose, played against a spice finish. Alcohol has more of a warming effect than anything. You get a majority of the flavors from the yeast, so do not discard.

The mouth feel is absolutely divine. Resonates well through the finish.

Alcohol warms you well, most noticeably in the cheeks and jaw. Strange to think you can localize the alcohol effects in your body.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:52:56 | More by Cheesemoose
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, dry candy sugar, hints of fruit and a nice yeast presence. In the taste, candy sugar and fruit notes, all mellow and a dryness that rides all the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of fruit. Best representation of style ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 11:46:11 | More by OWSLEY069
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Torps

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, honey-like deep yellow with an ample head and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, honey, coriander, bready yeast. Very crisp light taste. Very "bright" and refreshing with a hoppy dryness on the back of my tongue. Mouthfeel is exceptional. So full but with a fair amount of carbonation it doesn't feel syrupy. Drinkability is good. It was gone before I knew it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:31:45 | More by Torps
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,506 ratings.