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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,659
Hads: 4,224
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 372
Gots: 657 | 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 jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours a cloudy medium gold with a huge white head and above average lacing.

The aroma is light mostly hops and flowers, nothing standing out.

The taste is light and smooth for its abv, but I don't think this is the best trippel going. Its drinkable but nothing special for its acclaim.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and nebulous on the pour, the head mastodonic in size, frothy in its texture with the color a bright white, the residual lace forms a thin and sealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of "Bubble Gum" up front and some lemon like tones also present, quite crisp and fresh. Stingingly acidic, beautifully hopped, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and one quaffable beer and one I drink quite often.

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Photo of barczar
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy inch and a half ivory head that lingers.

Belgian yeast, pear, tangerine, and mango form the initial aroma. There's an underlying confectioners sugar sweetness, along with coriander and a hint of wheat. Somewhat musty.

Flavor is fruity and sweet initially, but it dries out considerably at the finish. Pear, belgian yeast, green apple, pineapple, ginger, and coriander underlie a slightly sweet, light bready malt body, becoming peppery at the finish. Very delicate, but complex.

Body is moderate, creamy, with fairly high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very nice belgian yeast ester character, and an excellent balance of sweetness and dryness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours the color of honey. Quite murky. The head on this beer is staggering. Looks like someone stuffed a muffin into my glass. The head is nearly solid. It retains its stature in legendary fashion.

S-A lot to decipher. Beligan yeast and Belgian hops first and foremost. Tons of spice. Bananas and cloves. The nose of a finely crafted Belgian brew.

T-This is a stalwart Tripel. Belgian hops and yeast are vivid. Fruits and spice pop up continually. Sweetness and bitterness match each other well. Wheaty and bready. Very intricate.

M-Full bodied. Carbonation is soothing. Understated bitterness. Alcohol is downed out by the feel and flavor.

O/D-Tripels generally don't excite me very much but this one is obviously special. So deep and multidimensional. This is one of those beers I shouldn't have skipped over when I first started out. Perhaps I would enjoy the style better if I had this Tripel when I was still a gumshoe.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011

A: orange-golden yellow with a 2 finger very frothy white head that lingers for a very long time

S: smells of yeast and a slight hint of apples

T: yeasty/bready, very sweet, a very faint taste of apples, a slight taste of bananas

M: moderate carbonation, crisp, but drying to the tongue

D: very well-balanced tripel and very easily drinkable


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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a Trappist beer for Easter seemed fitting

A: Beautiful golden color with a fluffy head.

S: Complex with mild sweetness, pepper and fruitiness (bananas?) in there. The alcohol really is present.

T: Complex with a definite Belgian yeast funk with hints of pepper and clove. Mildly spicy and no noticeable heat.

M: Plenty of carbonation on the palate with a dry finish

D: Definitely a sipper

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split 750ml with some dude

appearance: pale golden, slightly hazy, huge fluffy white head...quite inviting

smell: fruity hops, malty, alcohol apparent, clove, bananas, pear

taste: fruit in nose is present in the taste, alcohol well hidden but still up front,

mouthfeel: quite heavy, carbonated, alcohol tingles

drinkability: 1/2 a 750ml is sufficient

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Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle (two in a row in fact) into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the Tripel is a cloudy golden orange with a light, white 2-finger head that fades fairly quickly to a persistent skim leaving only a bit of scattered bubbly lace. It is well carbonated, with active streamers lasting the whole glass. The wonderful color and chill haze make this very visually appealing, although I'd like a rockier, longer lasting head.
The aroma is moderate, pineapple and banana with a slight spicy hop backbone and assertive yet clean alcohol.
The taste is also very nice and follows the aroma, grainy, fruity and spicy, and thanks to the high attenuation not at all sweet or cloying. The finish is very dry and clean, only a tad bitter, with noticeable but not overwhelming booze that increases as it warms, though certainly no fusels.
The mouthfeel is light and lively, yet still creamy and rich, and beguiles it's high ABV - masterful.
The drinkability of this is through the roof. It taste great, has superb depth, and is very clean with little indication of it's kick. Luckily, it is priced high enough that those that buy it will be savoring.
Westmalle was the first Tripel (at least by the Trappists, Drie Lindin's Witkap Pater is probably the originator), and is the benchmark of the style for a reason. This a fantastic beer. It has a very romantic old world history, yet it's execution is clearly indicative of their modern brewery and scientific approach. It's just too difficult for me to try to discern favorite beer, but Westmalle's Tripel is certainly high on my list. If you have a chance to get this, do so, take your time and savor all that it has to offer. And of course, don't serve it too cold!!!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.5% ABV, Serve at 45° - 50°F, Best before end 27/01/10.

My thanks go out to Bnieman for this one, getting me one step closer to tackling the top 100 list, and for sharing an awesome brew!

A - Hazy, poured with sediment, it's a golden yellow color with a puffy white head. Dense bubbles deflate slowly and leave some thick blankets of lace on the glass.

S - Awesome nose of Belgian yeast and sweet, light candi sugar. Crystal malts and wispy spicy floral hops. Nice balance going on. Hints of clay and spice with a touch of white grapes on the back end.

T - Sweet, but not overly sweet, it's got plenty of crystal malts and candi sugar balanced with a touch of white grapes and spice from the Belgian yeast esters. Delish!

M - Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth, a well-balanced feel leads through the highly carbonated and sweet beer to a lightly dry finish.

D - The alcohol is nowhere to be found, making this beer trouble if you've got a 750 of it. It's very drinkable with great balance. Based on the date, I'm sure it's got some age on it and it's still terrific!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle served in my Gouden Carolus goblet. Bottled on 05/08/11 indicated on the bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, pale, orange-gold with a half-inch, fizzy, bright white head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent, soapy skim. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Copious tiny bubbles effervesced in solution from the stem to the underside of the cap. Nose is somewhat subdued but aromas are well-differentiated - spice, coriander, orange rind, light, toasted wheat. Taste follows nose - not as sweet as many of the tripels I've tried. In fact, there is a definite grassy, hops bittering that dominates the middle and finishes with a light, lingering herbal/medicinal bitterness and some citrus astringency. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a fizzy carbonation that is also somewhat prickly across the tongue. I have to be honest - I'm not sure what the hype is all about with this beer. It was decent, but the flavor profile was a little lackluster, and the carbonation was way too aggressive.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color, nice cap of small dense bubbles, long lasting and some sticky lacing. Scent starts light and bready with a touch of peppery spice, kiss of lemon zest, sweet watery pear and fresh malted grain. Taste is lighter than expected, but components of scent come together nicely. The yeast is more muted than in other beers of the style and the alcohol is well hidden. Lots of nice sweet watery fruit flaors, floral touches and nice zing of lemon zest with some bitterness behind it. Medium bodied, quite dry with active carbonation. A nice Tripel with unique components, well hidden ABVs and a toned down "belgian" profile (yeast, sugar, spice).

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a hazy amber, not impressive - but the thick, white, rather persistent head promises a great ale. Strong aroma is creamy, fruity, malty, and slightly sweet. Flavor is crisp, fruity, malty, very satisfying, not overly complex but rather mouth-filling. Texture is smooth but edgy, and leaves a fruity and slightly hoppy aftertaste. It does have quite a bite to it, so beware - it ain't for sissies!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-ish golden color with banana tinted edges. Cloudy, hazy, and basically opaque, as I would expect any tripel to be. Super volatile - even a modest and careful pour produces a humongous, cloud-like white head that takes up more glass space than the beer itself. Surprisingly enough, no real lacing left behind, save for a bit of wet legging that doesn't last forever.

The aroma is unabashedly sweet, complete with an almost pickled/vinegar like aroma and plays along with the sweetness in relatively competent harmony. Ripe, sweet, candied bananas, coated in sugar and swimming in a sea of malt. Lots of Belgian yeast, clove, orange peel, and other various spices. There's no doubt that there's a lot going on here - a very complex orchestration of malty goodness. Phenol alcohol character builds up as the beer gets warmer, cutting through the sweetness a bit, somewhat expected at 9.5% ABV. A mild, musky hop ending closes things out.

I take a sip and the first thing I think of is sweet water taffy - banana flavored of course. This beer gives off a "candied" sort of flavor, which doesn't really come as a surprise after smelling it. There's a mild musky bitterness up front to help balance some of the sweetness overload. Each sip reveals more and more flavors; rotten mashed mangoes, clove, leaves, Belgian yeast, sugar coated plums. Definitely a lot to take in.

At first, the alcohol is very low, but even with moderate warming, the phenol characters bounce out and attack the senses pretty heavily - maybe almost a bit too heavily. Despite the beer's sweetness, the heavy alcohol warmth and front-and-center hop bitterness do a valiant job of keeping this beer from seeming too sweet. Somewhat dry finish, medium bodied and carbonated pretty heavily.

Very nice tripel, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Most people have come to expect greatness from all of the trappist breweries, and why shouldn't they? Not my favorite tripel, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It comes in a hazy golden color. A big white fluffy head that just sticks compared to other tripels.

A very fruity aroma without the breadiness of other tripels. Bright oranges, citrus, just a big pop of fresh citrus fruits. A wet hay, big on wine white grape. Some biscuit malt sweetness. It’s very floral.

The flavor does not follow through as much with its big fruit aroma. There’s still some peach and cherry flavors along with white grape and apple skin. There’s not much carbonation. There’s a biscuit breadiness. There’s a slight booziness in the finish of this. It really does stand out from other tripels because of this alcohol that hits you. Despite that, it’s a really clean and a very dry beer. Highly recommended for white wine lovers.

I had this blind taste tested with Chimay and La Fin Du Monde. This came in second, with La Fin being first. This is however where you want if you don't prefer sweet and fruitiness, but want some more strong flavors with booze, bitterness, and vinous flavors.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a light yellowish amber color, quite a nice haze to it, lots of pure white fluffly head leaving a good bit of lace.

S-the nose is solid, lots of lemon up front, hints of honey, hops set in lightly with notes of grassy hay and a bit of alcohol with some white peppery spice in the back.

T-the taste is quite a bit spicier. the lemon grass is strong up front, the honey lies underneath. a good malt body, yeasty and spicy, hints of alcohol with a fair bit pepper in the back. the hops are grassy and hay like with a light hop bitterness.

M-good feel, highly carbonated and ctive but not biting, lighter in body with a grainy crips finish and slightly juicy.

D-this is a well balanced complex brew that is quite good. the flavors are rich and the complexity is quite nice. this is a great brew!

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Photo of champ103
3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a lovely cloudy golden/orange color. A huge foamy head forms and leaves tons of sticky lace down my snifter.
S: A very strong aroma, but I don't find it very appealing. It is fruity with a bit of apricot, but it is also very pungent and funky.
T: Very tart, sweet, and kind of syrupy. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms. This is not the best tasting triple I have ever had.
D: The high alcohol content comes through and makes this hard to drink.

Overall, an average triple. This is not my favorite example of the style, but it is still worth a try.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.49/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a ridiculously large head despite very careful and slow pouring.
Bready yeast dominates the aroma, with some white wine, soft alcohol and sweet clean malt showing underneath. That doughy yeast is way too strong!
Flavours are pretty sweet! Add to that the very noticeable alcohol and you end up with a extremely cloying beer. In the background there's more of that overwhelming yeast and it all ends with a sharp finish that seems to be from the alcohol rather than the bitterness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle has a best by date of 06/11/10. Pours a cloudy dark gold color with a fluffy white head. Displays average retention and some lacing, pretty spot-on appearance for a tripel.

Nose is filled with tropical fruits...mangoes, papaya and maybe even a hint of banana. Fruitcake-like yeasty breadiness and a decent amount of cheesy hops (saaz perhaps?) and alcohol. Great nose on this beer.

Taste is grainy maltiness with a light fruit yeasty profile (think pears and other light fruit) and a rather unique, earthy feel to it. Alcohol and a decent dose of hoppy bitterness provides a nice drying effect. Mouthfeel is just short of medium. This is a very nice rendition of the style, probably not my favorite, but there is alot to like and great balance here.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Abbey in Miami Beach. Served in a Rochefort goblet.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that soon dissipates to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a frothy sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass and leaves little behind.

S- Somewhat boozy aroma with some Belgian yeast and candy-like sweetness. Semi-effervescent.

T- An initial solvent-like booziness clamps down but immediately lets go and allows the fruity esters to move in. Sweet and complex with some white wine and honey characteristics. Alcohol is apparent but works with the overall flavor profile. Hint of wheat in the back and nearly no bitterness.

M- Definitely the best part as it is spritzy and sharp with medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A no-nonsense tripel that begs to be appreciated through small sips.

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Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Glowing golden colored...perfect fluffy 1/4 head

S-Great aroma....Bubble gum, apples, apricots, some spicy alcohol notes...

T-Great taste....the fruitiness is up front, baked sweet apples, apricots, peaches, some bubblegum, and finally a nice spicy splash of alcohol.

M-Phenomenal...Creamy texture....no harsh alcohol sting....the alcohol adds a perfect element of spiciness...carbonation is spot on.

D-Wow..this lives up to its rep....wish I had about 4 more of these for tonight as this has the "it" quality to it. I want more of this and I want it now...that is the "it" quality. Unfortunately this is the only bottle I have but I can rationalize buying a few more of these despite its lofty price based on its level of brilliance.

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Photo of stcules
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange apperance, lightly veiled. A very beautiful, white, creamy head, very long standing.
Fresh malty smell, bread crust, yeast, with a bit of white flowers in the back, and some fruitiness. And the bitterness.
Full malty taste, a strong bread crust note, and a long lingering bitterness. Hint of pear, and a bit of alcohol, too.
Again malt and white flowers in the aftertaste, along witrh a good and strong hoppiness, balancing the beer.

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

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: A lovely, hazy golden-yellow just barely see-through. Stark white head is thick with impressive endurance. Lots of bubble trails and heavy lacing.

S: A very nice tripel smell of hops and sharp citrus.

T: Quite possibly the best tripel I've ever tried. The flavour is simultaneously sweet and sharp, with carbonation and hops and citrus providing a somewhat bitter, somewhat tart, titillating tonguefeel. Delicate floral (maybe hoppy?) flavours permeate the body, and the aftertaste is lightly dry and thoroughly pleasant. The long-lasting thick head only complements the taste as it slowly is drunk from the top.

M: Light, bubbly-tart, sweet, bitter, wet and dry; this beer has it all. Complex, interesting, and lots of fun.

D: The 9.5% is hidden for the most part, emerging only in the initial mouthfeel. Intriguing enough to hold my interest over time, but not distractingly so. Solid, delicious, dangerously drinkable. Great tripel.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: funk, apricot, and Belgian spices

Taste: funk, apricot, alcohol, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky with a bit of sourness in the middle, light bodied with high and prickly carbonation

Overall: A nice and clasic apricoty tripel that I am glad to say I have had. This is one that I would go to if I wanted an imported tripel. That said, although classic there are still at least a good five tripels that I can count that I would turn to before this one, especially with the higher than market price point.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Poured a nice golden color with tan sediment. A nice three-finger white head was formed but slowly subsided to a one-finger. The lacing was excellent throughout. The aroma was comprised of mainly fruit and alcohol. The flavors found were fruit, malt, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth brew. If it had other flavors on top of the ones already present it could be great. It was very enjoyable, however it was not overly drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: The beer is a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head. Thin lacing and a little sediment was noticeable. The aroma is very fruity, along with some yeast. Nedium body with a lot of alcohol initially, and it gets smoother very quickly. There is a nicely complex blend of fruit, spice, vanilla and hops. The finish is dry and fruity. I liked this one more than the Dubbel.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.