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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,481
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 258 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-26-2012 05:57:47 | More by scottiethebody
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-28-2014 01:09:39 | More by MattGrimley
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold color with a bit of haze into my Chimay goblet. Head forms easily and sticks around all the way through. It's white, thick, and fluffy with great lacing.

Aroma is carried by a strong, fragrant, yet simple yeast that has a lot of fruit going on. Pears, apples, and bannanas came to mind first. There are almost no hop notes, but the malt provides a strong base to carry the nose.

The flavor is strong and fruity much like the nose. Simple pale malt with a strong sweetness up front and a semi-dry finish. The flavor that comes to mind first is bannana split ice cream. The yeast is the main focus to the flavor, and is of very high quality. I would like some more hop flavor and a drier finish, but this hits the style dead on. There really isn't much else I'm looking for in a tripel, this hits it spot on.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:38:15 | More by jeffthecheff
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South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the local grocer. Poured into a huge snifter for some single consumption at around 50 degrees.
Holy head, this beer is topped with some intense foam that doesn't go anywhere. This is an absolute foam party and I am quite happy to be invited. Shes a beautiful gold and the foam is white as the clouds.
The smell is similar to dried fruits, white raisins, apricot, peaches...a little bit of alcohol hidden in there as well.
The taste is the same, not very sweet with an excellent crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect, nice and bubbly to carry the flavors down the tongue. Perfection.
I could drink this all day, every day. I am scared that the next beer I crack will ruin the lovely taste that this has left in my mouth, believe any hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 05:31:13 | More by grayburn
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-17-2012 04:32:14 | More by Honus1
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11oz bottle best before 3/28/15 into New Belgium globe

A-Intense golden color with compact and highly durable creamy white foam. Great lacing!

S-Very fruity aroma, with citrus, herbs, floral, long hops, malts and wheat.

T-Fruity taste, with peach, orange, spices and sugar candy. Long finish full of floral and spicy yeast.

M-Body is medium as is quite effervescent. Finish is dry, with a fruity bitterness that stays. Awesome carbonation!

O-Overall this was perfect after a hot day. Very clean, crisp and refreshing beer that is very complex. 300th review, perfect!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 12:40:05 | More by reebtaerG
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

Old gold colour, beautiful clear look to it. Nice white foam on top that adds some lacing.

Lot of pear and apple coming through on the nose to begin with. Some solid bread follows.

Bready. Not as vinous as i recall this to be. Yeast flavour has settled too. Instead, it is bread, some candi sugar and a little bit of the pear and apple that you smell. Very well done.

Medium to bigger bodied. No alcohol heat. Smooth and consistent. Longish finish that doesn't get too sweet at all.

Just a real pleasure to drink. This has cellared well. Seamless. I used to recall this as my favourite Tripel and favourite Trappist beer. This doesn't do much to alter that opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 11:05:27 | More by MrKennedy
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-29-2014 02:37:50 | More by kybeerdrinker
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

West-mall-eh looks really amazing, an opaque orange capped by a brilliantly white head that's creamy and muscular.

Quite a dense, complex smell, though well-balanced and not at all overpowering. There's doughy yeast, some citrus and sugar, a bit of pepperiness, and just a hint of the alcohol. The flavor, while equally complex, is different than the nose. The alcohol is more prominent, and lurks alongside the surprisingly bitter finish, making the finish a bit intense. On the other side of the sip, you get the expected yeastiness and a lot of sweetness. An estery, tropical fruit flavor lingers on your lips long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel is light and playful, and the only problem I have with this overall lovely and interesting beer is the intensely bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 21:38:10 | More by battlekow
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow color, surprisingly small white head. Spots of lace.

Smells of lemon, apricot, coriander, white pepper, candy, a bit of grassy/herbal hops.

Semisweet caramel, grassy hop flavor and mild bitterness, spice, and fruity esters harmonize perfectly. Complex, superbly balanced, and delicious.

Extremely fine bubbles give the impression of high carbonation, but without fizzing up too much. Mildly astringent.

Ridiculously drinkable.

Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 10:02:15 | More by Beerzebub
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-20-2013 00:32:00 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date printed on label (not that its relevant).

Bright yellowy orange colour, clear, with a slight chill haze (even at cellar temp). Topped by a humungous creamy white head. Tons of sticky lace left clingly to the glass.

Grassy, herbal, oranges, slightly funky, and the merest whiff of alcohol.

Sweet malt greets the tongue, followed by candied oranges, grass, herbal flavours (sage?). Quick, clean, very dry finish leaves a mineral flavour to linger as the throat warms from the high alcohol. Medium bodied with rugged pinpoint carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 17:14:45 | More by xgrigorix
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy and bright goldenrod with a stupendously large white head that's frothy and whipped. It rises far out of my goblet, pits slowly as it falls, and leaves some great patterns of lace on the glass. A tremendously great looking beer--that's the only way to put it.

S: Lovely aroma. Tart and slightly sour pear, loads of white pepper and spice. Lemony aromatics, as well. Dry and yeasty, with a full aroma. Wonderful aroma.

T&M: The beer starts sweet with a pleasant maltiness that transforms into a yeast party that showcases light pear, green apple, and white pepper. Spiciness melds lovely with a more herbal hop spiciness on the back end. Finish is long and dry, with a reprise of hop flavor and dry yeast presence. Give this one a few sips--it takes a bit to open up. Body is full/medium with a very zesty carbonation that lifts the beer well.

D: It was boozy initially, but as I drank and gave it a few swirls the alcohol flavor faded drastically. A top-notch tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:48:55 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-12-2013 20:16:23 | More by balinor
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-20-2014 22:30:02 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weare138 for sending me this beer a while back. I'm just now getting to drink it a few months later.This beer pours a clear straw yellow with a big billowy white head that sticks around and laces nicely down the glass.

The aroma is of citrus and coriander and some alcohol. I pick up on lemon and orange mostly. Very refreshing nose.

The flavor is citrusy sweet with somewhat of a dry finish. There is a lot of lemon, orange, and coriander that come through here. It's a very awakening and refreshing beer. I'll have to pick up some more of this.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 05:09:48 | More by Brian700
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. Best before 15/07/06 on bottle. Bottle has rings from recycling, based on that; it gives a good indication that people enjoy this beer. Beer poured nicely into a wide-rimmed glass, pale orange and ripe pear color sit underneath a nicely formed head. That dissipated to an eight of an inch and remained pretty much throughout its life. Smell is loaded with fruits, green grapes, grapefruit, and fresh cut something. When you have a beer that tastes as it smells you’re in good company-taste are full and lasting, does varies from start to finish. High alcohol content that is fused that fuses nicely with the senses. A definite must.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 15:23:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy orange golden color with a pillowy white head that retains nicely and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Spicy aroma with a lot of yeast and some light fruits.

Taste starts off with sharp spices that soon mellow out and give way to fruity notes of pear and banana with candied sugar and yeast in the finish. Alcohol seems to be present throughout.

Medium bodied with a perfect carbonation level. Very complex and a top notch representation of the style. Another great Trappist ale that I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:51:51 | More by Vengeance526
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-10-2012 20:03:28 | More by Jason_Quad
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 330 ml bottle with a January 26, 2008 best-by date - oh, no I'm three days after the date! Decanted into a white wine glass. Poured initially with about two fingers of white foam that descends into a thick covering. Great retention with lots of lace. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

I can smell the glass from a foot away: there's a spicy fruit to it - bananas and apples. Brown sugar. Twinge of alcohol. Bready yeasty.

After the inviting aromas, the taste is a little disappointing. Mostly a mellow fruitiness with notes of the bready character. Touch of the brown sugar. I'm only a couple days past the best-by date, but maybe that's making a difference.

Mouthfeel sports a bright carbonation on the tongue. A little oily, too.

Overall, this is a great Belgian Tripel, but maybe it's just a tad past it's prime. Still, I'll definitely pick up one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:19:53 | More by ndekke39
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

This pours a golden orange color with essentially no head. Aromas are full of belgian yeast and some cherries. Nice smelling tripel. Taste is fruits up front with a warming alcoholic finish. Very smooth with some funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but doesn't leave you full. Overall a great belgian tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:46:08 | More by abrand
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-01. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with the Trappist collar around the neck. Freshness date (best before 2010-06-30) and glassware recommendations printed on the label.

Appearance: The pour is orange colored with a two finger ivory-colored sparkly head that settles after a short while but leaves a nice coat of foam.

Smell: Pleasant sweet fruit aromas (apricots). Earth and dry hay. Pepper, yeast and a gentle sting from the alcohol. The smell is somewhat reminiscent of white wine - very nice.

Taste: All in all a rather crisp taste with decent amounts of malts. Plenty of fruits - apricots, some banana, citric notes mostly in the form of lemon, and a vague taste of grapes that strengthens the resemblance of white wine I got from the smell. Rustic honey flavors. Big taste of peppery alcohol and spices. Subdued flavors of earthy yeast. The finish is rather bitter, more so than expected, and has a bold spicy alcohol character that seems to linger on forever.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that feels a bit sharp due to generous amounts of carbonation that feels very lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: A very good beer and as most Trappist beers, it showcases a very well balanced complexity. The alcohol is perhaps just a little too present, though. The white wine character I got, mostly from the smell but also to a lesser degree in the taste, was very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 15:16:24 | More by ricke
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-27-2013 19:01:48 | More by cletusdog
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-24-2012 17:06:25 | More by bryehn
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4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour = light straw, with a golden center. Soft billowy cloud for a head, carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Lacing is sticking to the glass as the head dissipates

Smell = green grapes, Apricots, some other tart fruits that I cant place, maybe some peach and golden raisins. Spicy belgian yeast scents as well.

Taste = effervescent and fruity, you get the grapes and apricots and green apple right up front, I would say it is almost like a fruity champagne, but not dry by any sense and not quite as sweet. Hints of cloves and bananas as well, Wow there is alot going on in this glass.

Westmalle founded this particular style of beer, and you can see why this is the standard by which all other Tripel's are judged. Delicious!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 21:47:18 | More by Bubbalito
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,481 ratings.