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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,505
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 268 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -7%

01-01-2012 23:54:16 | More by Sinewave
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 22:43:27 | More by sjones5045
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden honey color with hints of orange. A large almost white head forms and hang out till the end.

Smell is Belgian yeast, light spice, golden raisin fruit.

Taste is very close to nose, yeast, spice, lightly fruity, with a yeasty tang aftertaste.

Feels very smooth, a medium to full body is lightened up by a nice bubbly carbonation. Hides its booze very well.

I am gaining a better appreciation for the Belgians, and this is a good one.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 07:23:30 | More by Drinkerofales
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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a goldenrod color with a tall white head in my snifter. Some tiny solids suspended in the liquid. Smells like sour apple, sweet malt. Yeast and spice in there too. Taste starts with a sweetness, then I get a saison funk, Tart citrus, And a little bit of alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is medium thick, light easy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:37:32 | More by gkunkle
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-31-2012 04:19:30 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 750ml into a Westmalle chalice style glass; fantastic golden orange colors with near white head and excellent lacing.

S: Pleasant spice and citrus nose

T: Initially somewhat fruity with spicy notes in a relatively quick dry finish. Definitely warming but not in an obtrusive way.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

D: Smooth and enjoyable, especially for the alcohol present; A tripel to measure all against.

Easily my favorite Trappist and an absolute favorite in the Abbey style Tripel catagory. If it wasn't so cost prohibitive I would enjoy it much more often. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 21:29:37 | More by SIRIUS2
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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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4.55/5  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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4.44/5  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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4.2/5  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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-20-2013 00:32:00 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-10-2012 00:52:25 | More by Psychmusic
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-01-2014 13:16:43 | More by ToddBeans
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-01-2014 05:58:01 | More by CSO
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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
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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