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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Reviews: 1,696 | Ratings: 4,362
Photo of Absumaster
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a orange/ golden colour, with enough carbonation in it.
Smell is fruity and hoppy, with the smell of flowers, hops and solvent, changing as the brew warms up.
Taste is dry, but I still noticed some sweetness. Fruity, like over ripe bananas or some other exotic fruit and some solvent taste.
I have tasted this beer on numerous occasions and it is really striking to find that every time it tastes different. This might come from the variation in brewing, but I think it is mostly due to the unique yeast, being used, that reacts to small changes in it's environement like temperature and nutrients. This is a 'Must Taste' beer!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is terrific. It looks like apple cider with bits of the apple still floating around in it. Smell is also similar to cider, with a tart, almost sour quality that dominates the nose. When its initailly sipped there is not a lot of taste, but as it goes down you can taste it explode. Like most tripels you can taste a hint of the high-alcohol content, but its almost entirely masked. There is a distinct crispness to it that is not found in many other beers, but its still so well balanced that it goes down very easy.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dazzling golden yellow with a thin film of white head that was sustained by a field of bubbles.

Smelled of mandarin oranges, coriander, fresh cut roses, spicy yeast and of sweet green grapes.

The flavor contains a smooth, creamy and understated sweet wheat and peach sweetness accompanied by a floral and pungent grapefruit and citrus yeast. The way these two flavors blended effortlessly together to create one potent, yet smooth sensation is beyond my vocabulary. Finishes pleasantly dry and yeasty. When I exhaled after a sip, green grapes became very noticeable.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

This is hands down the best triple I’ve ever had. It’s understated flavor and complex blend of flavors makes this a fantastic beer.

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Photo of unclederby
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this baby into my Watou chalice.

Golden yellow, i get a one inch head which quickly dissapates to a thin foamy layer. Bits of yeast float still-like in the glass as sparse and tiny bubbles make there way up for air. Spotty sheeting...

The aroma is of yeast, coriander, and maybe a hint of peach in there. Perhaps just a bit of earthiness is detected as well.

Taste is biscuity and dry, the fruit in the nose goes mostly undetected (just a bit right up front) as the flavours lean more towards the floral.. A nice hop bitterness too, nice and even from start to finish. Drier than most tripels i've come across... reminding me a bit of Orval.

Rolls nicely over the tongue with a slight acidic burn, and the carbonation is abundant.

This thing is real easy to drink, and i'm putting it down perhaps too quickly. Crisp and clean like a good lager (but unmistakenly an ale), each sip begs for another... and i could easily go three or four deep on this one. Delicious, and perhaps a nice foil for spicy or mediterrainean foods.

I'll be back.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a big cloud of off-white foam that last and last. It has nice lacing with each sip.

S- This beer has a nice soft aroma of floral and light fruit notes with a hint of banana. There is a very soft note of cloves that is a bit orangey.

T- This beer has a nice smooth taste of fruit like oranges and pears with some pale malt flavors that blend into a peppery finish with some soft alcohol note. There is a faint carbonic bite that enhances the peppery finish. The finish is dry with a nice bitterness after the alcohol and pepper. As it warms the orange pepper flavor taste a bit more like grapefruit.

M- This is a medium-light beer with a slight fizz to the texture and some alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is very soft and smooth but it has lots of complexity. It's hard to describe all the distinct taste as they all blend from one to the other.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle.

Crystal clear golden brew with three fingers of rocky head and a hypnotizing stream of tiny bubbles rising from the botom of the glass.

Lots of fruit in the aroma, ripe pears and apricots. Some spiciness and alcohol coming through as well.

Sweet fruit hits the palate, pears come to mind. Medicinal flavours come to front after a few seconds as well as a peppery spiciness and a bit of an alcoholic bite. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves the lips sticky from the sugars. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a good level of carbonation.

There's really not much to say that hasn't been said already about this brew. Those monks sure know what they're doing.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, brown/orange with a HUGE head. Head was so huge that I kept having to wait for it to settle(which took forever) before I could pour more in. Plenty of lace sticking to the chalice. Smells of pungent alcohol, grapes, biscuits, lemon, grassiness, and spices. Very fruit and spicey taste. Bit of lemons, apricots and pepper wrapped in an earthy malt tone. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and slick. Very drinkable.

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Photo of descartes
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Murky light orange color with half finger of head.
Smell: Rich malty aroma, hints of apple and a whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Slight fruitness in the middle, otherwise the hop/carbination combo overpowers anythinge else.
Mouthfeel: Feels thin and wattery.
Drinkabitlity: Not my thing, could tone down the hops and have a slightly thicker body.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this in the mail a few weeks ago as a birthday present to myself, and i've been waiting so patiently for tonight. i'm still quite new to the world of belgian beer, but i know enough to be really excited about trying one of the top tripels for the first time.

poured into a chalice, an amazing cloudy dark gold with a head that is huge and thick. this foam dies down after a few minutes but never goes away, adding to the appeal of this fine brew. smells delightful. thoughts of lots of fruit and spicy gum. definitely malty, but i do not smell 9.5% abv.

nor do i taste it. there is an alcohol presence that is very obvious, but it works with the flavor - enhancing it rather than dominating it. i look at the abv as a warning. sip this 750ml bottle slowly man, i can almost hear this beer advising me. wow. i am not disappointed, this one kicks ass.

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Photo of bignick
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drank this on X-mas 2005.

This is a tremendous beer. It pours a cloudy gold with a great head. It smells floral and of alcohol. The taste is wonderfully complex. The fruity yeast flavor has many layers. I detect apples and oranges and just an overall fruity sweetness. The alcohol comes through, although this is, nonetheless, a dangerously drinkable beer.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden brown color with a strong head and lacing. Smells of sweet hops with woody flavors with undertones of orange and apple. Has a calming affect that is really nice. Feels slightly warm and smooth in your mouth. Goes down warm and smooth.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer. Straw yellow with a thick fluffy white head. There's an alcoholic bite to the smell, which smells sweet and somewhat like apples and pears.

Tastes like spiced plum, yeast, malts and apples. There are hints of sugar and hops.

Carbonation is well done, and this is an enjoyable sipping beer.

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Photo of rousee
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fabulous beer. Pours a beautiful murky gold with a lush velvetty head. Some nice lace remains on the sides.The smell is floral and malty with some alcohol esters and kind of a dandelion, heather combination in the floral aspect. Strong effervescence in the mouthfeel provides an excellent finishing sensation to a great beer. Drinkability is excellent for a beer of this potency. Outstanding!!!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temp in bottle-specific glassware.

Appearance: Truely a sight to behold, the head is magnifacent and billowy, making a dome of foam above the beer. Tons of carbonation visible, a steady stream rising from the Chimay shield etched in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Huge musty malts immedietly when the bottle is pryed open. Toffee and carmel, slightly grass. Sweet, with a nice belgien yeast component.

Taste: Very good, rich and full. Yeasty clove, alcohol is strong and adds flavor to the doughy flavor of this beer. Satisfying hop finish. These monks know how to brew a darn good beer.

Drinkability: Fanastic, this makes me want to try the Westmalle Dubbel. A near perfect sipper.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Clear gold with a big poofy white head. There are a few small bits of yeast (I guess) floating around, and a constant stream of small bubbles maintains the head. Lots of lace sticking to the glass as the head fades to a thin layer.

Smell:
Big, alcoholic smell. Fruity, grassy. Medicinal. Smells fresh and delicious.

Taste:
Somewhat sweet, lots of bitterness up front, and in the aftertaste. Complex flavours I can't really describe. Slightly nutty, banana chips.

Mouthfeel:
Feels light, with the carbonation attacking the tastebuds quickly. Turns creamy with a slight drying later on.

Drinkability:
Too high. Feeling a bit lightheaded already. But so good, I could drink this all night long. (All night would be something like an 1 hr, then I'd fall asleep)

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Photo of Mandrake
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cracgor
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay so I picked up a 750 ml of this one because it happened to be the exact same price as 12 fl oz. Go figure. It pours out nicely. Amber body with a frothy, pillowy white head. Could appear more carbonated, but the head remains thick and tall the entire time I drink this. The smell is earthy and grassy. A little sugary, but not anything for me to complain or boast about too eagerly. The taste is pretty average though. It is not particularly special as far as the style goes. The alcohol shines out a little too much. Overall, it is an earthy, yeasty, grassy flavor. No real deep complexity to talk about. It makes for an average medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly not as alcohol warming as I might expect from the flavor. Drinkability is decent, but because there are so many excellent members of the style available, I can't give it high marks in this category.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured to a quickly forming slowly dissipating white head. Smell is smoky and woody, quite nice actually. Taste is not terrible but rather harsh, as reflected in it's rather high ABV. mouthfeel is equally as harsh, the high ABV is once again. This beer is to be sipped and savored, overall not too bad but at the same time hard to swallow. Not something to be consumed in excess, but something to enjoy every now and again in small quantities.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours the same gold color as my wedding band with a thick, creamy, head. Carbonation bubbles explode to the top. Thick lace. Smells bready and fruity with a faint alcohol smell. The front end of the taste is dominated my malty sweetness, then the alcohol kicks your tastebuds ass. All this leaves kind of a mildly hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Feels thick and creamy in the mouth.
It just doesn't seem to hide the alcohol that well to be very drinkable. Maybe my tastebuds aren't ready for the style. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I'm not rushing to try it again.

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Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).

T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven;t had a good tripel in a while. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while.

750 ML brown bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist Goblet.

A - A cloudy pale yellow-oragne color with a thin white head that has some staying power.

S - A fruity smell with a pretty big alcohol hint and some bubble gum aroma. A decent, well balanced smell.

T - Taste is a little more subdued than the smell with that same bubble gum type flavor. A little bit of alcohol in there. Not much of that fruity flavor. A bit of a fresh cut grass kind of taste ( I know that sound wierd)

M - Slick and bubbly on the tongue. Pretty decent feel.

D - I'm actually not really wowed by this one. By no means a bad Tripel but it doesn't leave me running back for more.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel
11.2 oz brown bottle
Month/Year notched for November 2004
11/07/07 labeled on the back
Served in a St Feuillien goblet

Pours a cloudy mustard yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that stream to the top of the glass. Chunks of sediment float on the bottom. Thin white lace that leaves random trails of the lace.

Rather clean nose with whiffs of pepper, herbs, pears and Belgian yeast.

Syrupy juice on the palate with a bubble gum and pineapple flavor. A tad spicy, very interesting. Creamy and smooth, yet tart and juicy. This is brewed and crafted perfectly. Highly complex and very drinkable.

Hands down, one the best Tripels I've ever had. Complex and guaranteed to stimulate the taste buds. Mighty enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of barrelman
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer really blows my mind when you combine its appearance with the rest of the characteristics.

There is so much flavor in a beer this light. It has the appearance of an MGD, but the similarities stop there. The body is rich. Taste hides the abv. so well, I find it hard to believe the facts (which I suppose come from monks, so you gotta believe them, huh?).

I find this to be a killer brew. woowed me from the pour. Cheers.

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Photo of Terp96
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Tripel I have had yet. I picked a 750ml of this on some advice from reviews I have read and I was not dissapointed.

Pours a hazy golden-range color into my Duvel tulip. Head is significant but dissapates leaving the lace behind.

Smell is wonderful. Very sweet and malty. Nice clove and alcohol overtones as well.

Taste is phenomenal. Malty sweet at first. You can really taste the Belgian candy sugar. It then becomes warming as the beer finishes hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel is very balanced. All the flavors seem to stay with you in between every sip. I have never had a beer that can do this. Fantastic.

Drinkability is dangerously good. You want to drink this more and more but it will sneak up on you.

All in all, one of the best beers I have ever had. I am not big on Belgians but this one is great. I just wish I could have it in Belgium. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Anyway, but for the price tag, I would buy cases of this stuff.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.

Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.

Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.

Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.

Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.

Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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