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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,787
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 362 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

afi4lifer, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of expatsteve
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to review this again, after trying it in the context of a trappist ale tasting with Golden2wenty1.

Appearance: Orange yellow, with suspended yeasts creating a cloudy appearnce. Brief 1/3 inch head, with light suds cover. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready malts, some good piney hops, apple skins, golden raisins, grass, lemongrass, lemon zet and a little apple cider in the finish. Phenomenal.

Taste: Honey, hops, lemongrass, giniger and a little apple skin and pepper. Hints of breadiness, a little passion fruits. Assertive hops in the finish. Milder malts than I remember when last I drank this. The booze is perfectly masked.

Mouthfeel: Perfect lighter body for a tripel. A little pine birstle in the finish, with smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Great - definitely one of my favorite beers. Just like their dubbel, Westmalle's tripel could be considered a standard of the style. Exceptional.

expatsteve, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of pBRale
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10-26-11
Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Almoste completely off-white foam on the pour--this one gushed on me and actually overflowed out of the tulip glass and the bottle (would not recommend an aggressive pour). The beer is cloudy golden yellow in appearance with a twinge of orange. The head settles slowly and there is a nice big puff of head retained in the center, and there are sticky patches of thin lace all over the glass.

Smell: Spicey hops and a very pleasant yeast aroma that imparts a dynamic fruitiness to the beer (consisting of pear, pineapple and green apple). Overall the aroma is good but a bit subdued.

Taste: Some fruitiness up front, then a lot of nice yeasty flavor followed by a blast of alcohol and some more yeast and then some spice, some crisp clean pine, and a warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with high carbonation and a nice, smooth finish. Good feel.

Overall: Very alcoholic, but in a very pleasant way. Smooth, refreshing, and an excellent beer. If only it were more affordable ...

pBRale, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of dwren89
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy, active yeast visible, golden yellow, slight orange hue in the light, foamy white head with good staying power

Aroma: not very strong fruit esters, though detectable banana and clove, no noticeable malt aroma or hop aroma

Taste: definite banana and clove taste, well rounded bready malt profile to round out yeast flavor, no noticeable hop character. Spicy phenols carry flavor and deliver a well rounded fruity, spicy, and softly malty flavor. No alcohol solvency, no diacetyl detected.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, prickly to the tongue, medium body, finishes dry and with a malty residue left in the mouth.

Overall Impression: Certainly more drinkable than a Quad, this ale bears similar taste resemblance to a German hefeweizen, however it's medium body, roundness of malt character, and lack of wheaty astringency make it easily discardable. If those characteristics were not enough, the obvious Belgian influence is easily recognized in the yeast complexity.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

adamcthomp, Apr 17, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had originally at a tasting this summer. Purchased this bottle out of fear that we would never have it again in chicago. 330ml bottle, purchased at sams. This beer pours a hazy blonde orange with nice full half inch white head, which leaves lacing. The retention on this is super good, even when i agitated it, it wont budge.
The smell, sweet pale malts, apple, and other light fruit esters, some grass and light hop character definitely of belgian origin, also a tinge of pepper and minor pleasant alcohol scents. The taste is much the same as the as the smell, with some crisp medium sweet pale fruit pulled across the tongue by subtle bitter hop flavor.
This is better than I remember it. It is an essential version of a tripel, this one in particular is great for consumption with food. How ever there are several triples I might opt for just drinking. All the same this is a tripel well worth seeking out.

mmcave, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of despond
5/5  rDev +16.3%

despond, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of SickBrew
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: This confirms my new found love of Belgians! Just a few wifs and my mouth is watering. I loved the fruity aromas which are complicated with some peppery tones.

Appearance: I'll just say...effervescent, and with a beauty of a head and long lasting. Viagra?

Flavor: It tastes like it smells! It's definitely complex and sooo nice. I think I'll need another bottle.

Mouthfeel: Crazy. There something awesome going on in there.

Overall: Great! This is what Belgians are all about.

SickBrew, Aug 04, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jamis, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of NewGeneric
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this just a few minutes ago watching poker. Poured a hazy orange with frothy white head that left almost no lacing, with plenty of sediment floating around. Smelled pretty hoppy and of fruity yeast. Tasted of fruity yeast, malt, and light hops. Somewhat smooth, but overcarbed. Could drink a few.

NewGeneric, Jul 08, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by dated 29/06/13. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Only slightly hazy golden in color. Pours with a finger of head which quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top of the beer. Bubble intermittently rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Clove honey, floral, and phenolic notes dominate. Some ripe pear in the background.

Taste. Starts out with a honey like sweetness, which is complimented by a strong floral component. A some bitterness cuts this introducing a spicy quality that lingers for a while. A sweetness similar to rum soaked apricot takes over. Just before the finish it again turns spicy, this time with clove and a slight amount of coriander. Finishes relatively dry, with a lingering floral quality.

Mouthfeel. Absolutely luscious, super rich with dense and tight carbonation. Truly perfect compliment to the flavors present in this one.

What more is there to say. This one is nearly perfect. Really appeals to the trappist lover in me.

jtingue, Jul 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

cycoduck, Jan 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Vogie, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Mendicant, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Synapstic, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jcallover34, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

prender1482, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of STEG
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened and it started to flow out of the bottle, but I was ready with an Ommegang Chalice. Pours a realy nice orange hue with some yellow in there as well. Nice head retention and some yeast at the bottom. Smell is very understated, you really have to work for it, yeasty bread, orange, lemon and some banana in here as well, with some belgian funk as well. Taste is interesting, i'm getting orange cream soda, yeast and some bitterness towards the end. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth with a lingering bitterness afterwords. I like to have this on occasion when I'm in the mood for triples.

STEG, Aug 20, 2010
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

theleechster, May 13, 2013
Photo of JoeMayo
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden color that appears almost cloudy in the center. The head is rich and foamy with a really creamy appearance. The lacing is intricate and goes down the whole glass.

S- Obviously lots of belgian yeastiness and a nice spice profile. Wheat, bananas, mild clove and a light easter aroma come through.

T- Wow, it's way smoother than it smells (not that it smells bad). It's complex, yeasty, very spicy, yet refreshing. It's slightly sweet with banana notes.

M- Creamy and refreshing with a slight alcohol warmth.

D- It would be way more drinkable if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

JoeMayo, Sep 03, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Anze, Mar 29, 2013
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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