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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,648
Hads: 4,185
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 369
Gots: 620 | 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 papat444
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at Bistro des Bieres Belges last night.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle, didn't really look for the date.

Hazy light gold body, thin foam that doesn't last long but the lacing makes up for it a bit. Nice fruity esters in the aroma that are reflected in the flavor. Great feel in the palate, just wished is had more retention for the head.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, stamped best before 28/03/15

hazy bright straw yellow color, with huge foamy bright white head. lacing clings to glass in clumps. herbal earthy aroma, typical Belgian yeast esters. pale malt. taste is actually more mild, a bit of a peppery aftertaste though. medium body, higher carbonation. overall pretty nice, definitely to style.

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Photo of dank203
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy yellow-orange pour. huge aroma of grape, citrus, apricot, sweet fruit filled pastry, bit of farm. flavor hits with the spice, lemon zest. so much zing, and bite. very intense. gonna have to try this at a later date and re review, only had one small bottle

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Photo of msquared36
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with a crisp white, billowing head. One of the softest foams I've ever seen, leaving thick lacing down the glass.

Scent is yeasty with a hint a sweetness and alcohol.

Taste is malty and sharp. A little sweetness and alcohol, similar to the smell.

Nice refreshing carbonation yet still smooth.

Complex but drinkable.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a Westmalle chalice.

Bottled on 12/02/2013 and enjoyed on 14/02/2014.

A: slightly cloudy hay/gold colored with a fluffy white head that lasts for quite a while. When the head finally does break it leaves nice lacing and a thin film of foam.

S: cloves, spices, Belgian yeast and some fruits like banana.

T: spices, cloves, a peppery taste, yeast, and a bookings that sticks around.

M: higher carbonation with a medium body.

O: a very nice tripel with a lot of character. I really liked the spice and pepperyness of this beer. I found this beer got even better as it came to room temperature. All the cards on the table, I prefer the dubbel over this, but it is still a damn fine beer.

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Photo of BVukelich
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, golden color with a creamy, thick head. Nothing unique in the aroma, typical (or maybe this one sets the standard) for Belgian Tripels. Personally, I thought the alcohol came across stronger than the 9.5% stated but it was still smooth and balanced. Viscosity was a bit thicker leaving an obvious coating on the roof of my mouth. It didn't last long and the aftertaste was earthy and a bit fruity. I love Belgian Tripels so it is rare that I can score one average or lower.

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Photo of Spiral517
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 30/01/15 into a tulip glass. This is only my second Trappist brew and I'm pretty sure it's my first tripel.

Cloudy, light copper color with a decent sized, bubbly head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving a very thin head afterward with some lacing on the glass. Good amount of bubbles floating up. Held up to the light I can see some floaties of some kind in there.

The initial aroma really surprised me because it immediately brought back memories of stroh's beer that I drank back in the 80's. It surprised me because I was expecting an exotic aroma but instead was reminded of some cheap beer I drank in high school and college. It actually worried me a little about what the taste was going to be like. Now that it's poured the smell has evolved some and is getting nicer. Sweet with a little funk poking its head out.

The taste is wonderful! I am not great at picking out flavors but I am getting a very nice, light sweetness and some barnyard funk. Really delicious.

The mouthfeel is great. Just the right amount of carbonation and a creaminess without being heavy that suits my palate just right.

Overall I like this much better than my only other Trappist brew which was Orval. I highly recommend this one and would buy another in a heart beat!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: purchased from Leura Cellars. A stylish and incredibly thick embossed 330mL brown bottle with a nice trappist label. Simple but elegant.

Appearance: pours a fairly viscous vibrant honey yellow with champagne-like fine carbonation. A big fluffing head bursts up to three-fingers even with a gentle pour (mind you my snifter is draining so I am using a tulip so fair enough) and settles to a half-finger thick white head. Not much lacing.

Aroma: quite muted on the nose, but what is there is a clean and fresh combination of Belgian yeasts and sour dough, orchard fruits and some spices. Some alcohol over the top but is not distracting.

Taste: more sour than your usual tripel - plenty of alcohol and Belgian yeasts, with some wheat, cloves, orchard fruits and a touch of malt. Not my favourite tripel flavour, but still pretty outstanding.

Aftertaste: the flavours last a good long while - quite dry all the way through thanks to the alcohol and the sourness.

Mouth feel: a thick body that really works quite well. Moderate in carbonation with a smooth yet dry feel.

Overall: quite a drinkable tripel, but probably not the best I have had, particularly since it is one of the dearest. It is more sour and tart than most which I like, but it lacks some complexity. That said, it does have a wonderful orchard fruit and spice flavour that pokes its head out between the alcohol and sour dough.

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Photo of HoneyLamb
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 24/08/13. Medium hard pour resulted in three fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Triple.

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Photo of brunomorenodebrito
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden, white head with good retention. In the nose a really Pleasant fruity and spicy, maltiness is in second plan but it is a really balance aroma. In the taste fruitness is less intense, the earthiness is present and the biterness too. Great beer!

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Photo of LVituri
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acredito que ela seja a representante máxima do estilo. Não vejo defeitos nela. É totalmente condizente com a proposta tripel trapista. Uma cerveja com muita personalidade, força e qualidade. Uma ótima introdução para quem quer conhecer o universo belga de cerveja. Com certeza um dos melhores rótulo que já provei.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that does not fade fast
S-tart pear and banana smell with a good spice aroma in there
T-more like a grapefruit with a bitter hop aftertaste that has a spice kick that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-great beer that had many things going on at the same time

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Photo of Kuaff
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter at cellar temperature, as is proper, duh.

Now that's just absurd. When I pour this stuff, the massive four-finger head of white fluff forms so fast that it fills my snifter more than any actual liquid does! Once it died down a bit and I began the second pour that was necessary to get a decent amount of beer in my glass, the head then proceeded to build into a hill rising above the rim of the glass. Huh. The beer itself is a fairly dark golden-orange.

In the aroma I get more hops than I usually expect out of Belgian things. There are a whole lotta enticing hops and bread to smell here. Definitely some citrus as well, and maybe even a bit of sweet mango or melon. Lovely.

It tastes like tart green apples and lemons at first, moving on to become increasingly hoppy and bready in the finish. The hoppiness here isn't as bitter as an IPA, but it does keep this from being as sweet as other tripels. While it's malty as expected, it really does have a pretty strong, slightly resinous hop flavor. Tasty!

The carbonation is high, but the effervescence doesn't harass the tongue. Somehow good Belgian beers can do this...

A teriffic tripel.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light golden, with very thick foamy head that lasts a while
S: banana, cloves, vanilla, faint alcohol
T: some hop bitterness, melding with alcohol, creamy and rounded malt, alcohol warmth that is noticeable longer after few sips
M: silky smoothness, no husky malt, dry finish
O: great beer. i should have cooled a bit more

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Photo of BWED
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Golden blonde, with a thick and dense white head. Sticky lacing all the way down. Gorgeous.

S- Peach and citrus, some biscuit malt, spice, and that signature indescribable Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Very sharp burst of malt sweetness all around. Not too sweet, however, and not too fruity either. Very well balanced, with a dull bitterness throughout.

M- Slight fizz, and a bit of a bitter finish. Pleasing.

O- I really love the tripels that aren't too focused on being sweet. This one is very great.

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle Poured into a Westmalle goblet

A: An excellent golden hue with plenty of visible carbonation, not a considerable head with little lacing. Only remotely opaque, but not completely translucent, bit of a haze

S: Yeasty notes combined with a pungent malty punch some citrus blend with a bit of a spicy loveliness.

T: Develops quickly with an initial bitterness that fades to a subtle sweetness. Complicated but not over the top. Strong potent flavor for a tripel, aggressive spice with a lingering honey warmth departs with a nice alcohol after taste

M: Light body, mouth filling with the tingling of the carbonation. Watery and smooth, rests on the tongue nicely

O: Not exactly a beer you can really put down, not something I would recommend for ‘game day’; but a powerful and delectable tasting beer with ABV to boot. It is obvious that this beer was brewed with intense dedication. Anyone seeking a rewarding tripel will be more than impressed.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy, light amber or pale gold depending on lighting, full light head, vanishes in just a few minutes, little persistent lacing
S: Sharp, yeast, orange
T: Slightly sweet, astringent, tangy, alcohol, yeasty, orange, herbal
M: Mild bite, medium-bodied, slightly dry finish
O: Significantly more "chemically" than I expect from a Trappist ale. Ok, but with a strange taste.

750mL / $14.99

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Photo of itsscience
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

The beer has an opaque orange color with visible carbonation. The aroma was quite strong with big biscuity malt smells and yeasty funk. Tasting it, I again got the huge biscuit notes, which were balanced with slight yeast bitterness. I tasted spice, grass, and a bit of banana to add the slightest touch of sweetness in an overall dry beer. Goes down effervescent and crisp.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, biscuit malt, pears and spices. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Spices, biscuit malt, yeast, leafy, herbal hops and fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, spicy, dry and warming. Wonderful Tripel.

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Photo of TomSchuwer
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, golden color and a thick white head

S: Malty, banana and yeasty

T: Light sweetness and bitterness. Banana, sweet malt, honey and apricots. Afterwards you're rewarded with a nice alcohol warmth

M: creamy with fairly high carbonation

O: One of my favorites, best triple I've had (second best is achel blond:))

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish brown (the color of a wit beer with some dirt in it) with an enormous fluffy beige head that sticks around tenaciously. Great retention; great lacing.

Boozy, almost winey with the strong floral, yeast and vaguely citrus aromas that one would expect from a Belgian Tripel.

Wow. Big, bold and boozy. Clover, honey, fresh-baked bread and a lingering sweetness that hangs in your nose a bit that almost reminds me of licorice.

Effervescent and smooth. Medium body with a slow burning, rum-like finish.

Really good tripel. It is a bit on the winey side for what I would ordinarily drink, but--being Belgian--it doesn't come off like a slap in the face. The presentation is about perfect. The smell hints at what's to come but doesn't spoil the surprise. The taste is sublime but is different from most tripels that I have had. All-in-all it is a worthy beer which I would have again and is very much worth finding.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden colour with a good ~3" of vaguely off-white head. Long retention. Spectacular lacing; as the glass empties, craggy peaks of foam form.

S: Alcohol up front, but not unpleasant. Apples. Bananas. Sweet malts.

T: Balanced alcohol presence. Borderline-ripe pear. Apples. Peppery spiciness. Hoppy bitterness at the end with a nice dry finish...makes me want more.

M: Medium-light body. Lots of carbonation (although, again, not unpleasant). Smooth. The gassiness on the tongue makes the beer seem lighter than it is.

O: My first Tripel...and I really enjoyed this beer. Although you can tell there is alcohol in both the taste and on the nose this feels sessionable to me (definitely shouldn't session it though). Maybe not the best Tripel to start off on if you're new to the style but it worked for me! I felt like I was having fun drinking this beer; the fluffy appearance, the boozy and spicy tastes, and the bubbly-but-smooth feeling as it went down. Must try it if given the chance!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with lots of carbonation. The head - at one finger high, with a barely off-white shade - features excellent retention, a frothy texture, and great lacing.

S: Wow, this smells like a fantastic pilsner...except it's an ale...and it's 9.5%...and it's a year old. Aside from the surprisingly sturdy level of noble hopping, it also has a wonderful black pepper tone. There isn't much in the way of fruity esters, though - maybe there's a wisp of white grape here and there. Like many trappist ales, it's hard to really fathom why it works...and yet, it works so damn brilliantly.

T: It opens up with some notes of apple skin and white grape, while the finish is peppery and slightly hoppy. Occasionally a touch of cherry will appear. While I think the flavors are damn good, there's a reason that's all I wrote about the flavor profile...because it lacks some complexity. It's not dead simple though - and it definitely improves while sitting in the glass - but you don't get the typical twists and turns you do with, say, Rochefort 10.

M: The feel is heavy yet fizzy. And like a good tripel, there's nothing to suggest it's 9.5%. Given the fact that it's dry as shit and very well attenuated, this goes down with ridiculous ease.

O: I kind of wanted more depth, but as a means of creating an easy drinker without much palpable booze, it's a roaring success. I think the fact that I'm not a huge tripel fan has something to do with me not giving this some score well over 4+ (like I'm wont to do with anything made by monks in Belgium). I'd also love to compare it side-by-side with La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of haschauer
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Nice two finger head. Hazy golden in color. Little head retention, good lacing.

S- Mild wheat smell, some fruitiness as well.

T- Good malt balance, no hop flavor coming through for me. I get wheat and some fruitness with the taste as well.

M- Great mouthfeel, smooth not overly carbonated but still very good.

O- Great beer. I would drink again but I think I was expecting a little more considering the hype.

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Photo of scotorum
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter

a: Hazy gold with a finger plus white head which dissipated to moderate surface foam and periodic slabs of lacing.

s: Fragrant floral.

t: A very pleasing sweet floral blend accompanied by some bitterness, followed by a clean finish, after which the floral flavor returns in the throat as you exhale. Really amazing.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and a little silky.

o: A strong floral nose and flavor makes this stand out, like drinking peonies or roses.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.