Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 4,187
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 369
Gots: 623 | 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 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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Reviewed live.

A- Beautiful head is about two inches thick. Beer is golden peach colored.

S- Mostly strong wheat notes, mild citrus hints. Somewhat subdued.

T- Wheaty, pear and other fruit notes, some citrus, and a mild hint of booze at the back end. Nothing overbearing.

M- Smoothy, creamy, slight carbonation.

O- Enjoyable and quite easy-drinking. Perhaps underwhelming considering the big expectations, but still a very good beer. The subdued nose surprised me, as I was expecting to get more fruity notes. This didn't entirely affect the taste, as plenty of flavor emerges. I'd certainly drink again, especially as the $6 price tag was reasonable.

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

A very earthy smell highlighting Belgian yeast and some citrusy hops. In picking up some other subtle fruit notes and a touch of spice, maybe banana, apple, pear, and some cloves or peppercorns. Quite an inviting looking beer. The color is a pale yellow with very active carbonation.
It tastes a lot like it smells with, for me, the pepper and/or cloves coming to forefront on the palate. It has a very light and airy mouthfeel with some nice bubble fuzz. Leaves my mouth with a doughy sort of after taste. This is a quality brew. I'd love to get a few more and experiment with some cellar aging

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Photo of Murrhey
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz standard pressure cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with massive bubbles and extremely active carbonation. Like a living creature it built itself up then settled down to smaller bubbles on a hazy orange-gold head.

S- Strong Belgian yeasts and Euro-style hops that add a citrusy, earthy tang. Some elements of a European Hefeweizen as well, banana and citrus are the two biggest notes. Yeasty and spicy as well. Peppercorns maybe? Complex, interesting beer.

T- Yeast returns, but hops and banana/clove combination takes over. Slightly alcoholic, but hidden well behind the fragrant and citrusy flavor of the beer.

M- Slightly vinous, with a medium bodied, alcoholic feel.

O- Wonderful beer. I'm starting to enjoy tripels more and more.

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Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Amber, hazy, small head that disappeared quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Phenol, fairly hoppy.

T: Clove, hoppy bitterness, some banana, bitter finish, slight boozy burn.

M: Smoothish, heavy thick texture, moderate carbonation.

O: I've sampled a few other tripels and this didn't really stand out as being great. It hid the booze quite well but as with Westmalle Dubbel I couldn't say I was impressed.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with an outstanding malt/spiciness balance with spiciness being over malt; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible tripel as expected. All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Completely outstanding.

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Photo of fizzgig
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl trappist bottle.

A: Hazy medium amber. Some head that dissipates before long, leaves a persistent ring.

S: Slightly sweet caramel or butterscotch. Malt give it a thick smell.

T: Moderate bitterness throughout, some kind of fruit like pear with some caramel.

M: Dense and malty, subdued carbonation that unlocks somewhat if you swish it around.

O: My favorite Trappist to date. I favor malty brews and this doesn't disappoint. Enough bitterness to notice without getting in the way of other flavors, a nice clean impression. I could brew a bucket of this and probably will at some point.

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Photo of mikefuski17
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The westmalle has a strong aroma. It has a great color when poured with a nice golden head. The flavor was strong as well but was great. The after taste was the cause for concern. My girlfriend likened it to gasoline although I didn't mind too much. It does go straight to the sinuses and opens them up. Overall, I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of deereless
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick craggy head, retention is impressive, spotty seam foam that blankets the side of the glass, vibrant yellow to gold in color – 4.50, S: Wonderfully light and floral nose with some bready yeasts and muskiness, medium sweetness mixed with black pepper – 5.00, T: Quite spicy and with noticeable candied sugar, dry and with a slight alcohol burn – 4.25, M: Quite light and airy – 4.25, D: Very drinkable Tripel, excellent example of the style - 4.50

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange with a bubbly white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and grain with some raisins and other fruit. Tastes of fruit, raisins, slight grain profile. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, dangerously drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best before date is March 7, 2014 which is almost a year from now.

Appearance: Pours an opaque amber and leaves a couple fingers of white fluffy head that lingers around for a long time.

Smell: Sweet malt accompanied by cloves, hint of banana, slight apricot, citrus rinds.

Taste: Banana and malt upfront, cloves, some earthy tones, bread, citrus rinds. Some alcohol is present but definitely does not hurt the flavor. Very interesting and very well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. The carbonation gives the body an pleasant bubbly feel.

Overall: This is a very high quality beer, and a top-notch tripel. Extremely well balanced flavors and a nice light yet substantive body for the style. This one was one of my first favorite beers and I finally got around to reviewing it. This is a terrific gateway beer for non-craft drinkers.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The head was a solid half-inch of thick, rich foam. Not much lacing...what managed to cling to the inside of my snifter quickly slid down and was assimilated into the cap. The color was clear golden perfection, with enough effervecent carbonation to keep things lively. The nose was slightly sour, with hints of fresh bread cut with notes of sweet malt. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thick.

The taste contained notes of bananas and cloves, which was surprising. Perhaps notes of fresh pears and dates/figs, with a spicy and boozy finish. The brew settled into my belly with a comfy warmth to be expected from a 9.5 ABV. I gotta hand it to these Trappist monks...if I wasn't getting laid, I guess I'd be brewing the best damn beer I could. They've done well here...I'm a fan of boozy Trappist brews, and this ranks up high on my short list. Without a doubt, I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 keithmurray
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - white wine and champagne hit me off the bat, white grapes, sugar

Taste - white grapes, sugar, Granny Smith apple, bread

Mouthfeel - mdium bodied, lively carbonation, crisp, clean, a bit of warming on the way down, yet not a boozy beverage, a bit of sourness on the back end

Overall - Very Good Tripel . Recommended

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Thanks to my friend Nick for just bringing this back to me straight from Belgium.

A: Slightly hazy yellow with a fine, off-white, 1 finger head that leaves large amounts of lacing.

S: Sweet fruit with some hints of spice and booze, yeasty bread aromas as well.

T: Ripe apricots and candi sugar. Spicy and slightly herbal tones, mixing with flavors of fresh baked sweet bread. Very slight and deceptive boozy notes. Spice and alcohol last in the finish.

M: Slick in the mouth with a medium-ish body and moderate carbonation. Alcohol also warms the palette.

O: This is an incredible beer! Sweet, yeasty, and tasty this brew just satisfies in every way. One of the greats, Westmalle Tripel is a beer that you should definitely try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange, very cloudy body; big head with good lacing

Aroma: Citrusy; spicy; floral

Taste: Tangy fruit; strong alcohol; resiny hops

Remarks: Much better as it warms

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Tripel has a thin, white head and a hazy, bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, with a few tiny, white specks suspended throughout. The aroma is of full, strong, pungent, sweet bread, with a slight sourness. Taste is of stinging yeast, peppery, banana, sweet bread, a good amount of harsh bitterness, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and one really does pick up the alcohol with this- think brandy. Westmalle Tripel finishes mostly dry, biting, and wonderful. A challenging, outstanding beer.


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Photo of Flounder57
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a stemmed chalice.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow with bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, spices, bready, yeast, and Belgian candy.

Taste: Same as above. Pretty tasty beer and booze is nice and warming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bready, a little boozy, low to medium carbonation, and medium to full bodied. Extremely drinkable.

Overall: Solid classic and one of the best. Many more to be enjoyed in the future.

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Photo of dwren89
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Dreizhen
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light, clear, bubbly. If I didn’t know better, I would say this is champagne. Good head that dissolves somewhat quickly.

Smell: Light, a little hoppy, white grapes. At this point I’m wondering if I’ve been misled by the bottle’s packaging.

Taste: Bitter, hops, no grapes but just a hint of grapefruit. A little floral towards the end. More crisp than flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated, again very close to champagne.

Overall: Not bad. Not my favorite Trappist beer, but pretty good. The alcoholic content is well masked. Pairs well with some good Belgian frites. In fact, I started eating some between writing this and posting it. The beer is exponentially better with the fries.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a perfect white head of soft foam. Excellent retention and handsome lace. This beer glowed in the glass and was perfect to look at. Nose is banana, apricot, bubblegum, pale malt, lightly yeasty, complex and layered. Slightly medicinal. Some floral and hay. Perfumey with honey and light biscuit. There’s a quick breath of orange peel and a just enough spice. Taste follows the nose all the way. Buoyant on the palate, vivacious, balanced, supple and creamy. There’s a little clove on the palate that wasn’t on the nose as much. Finishes dry and slightly sticky.

This beer is outstanding, cultivated and refined. It’s not assuming but it is assured and significant in it’s exceptional character. A well done tripel like this is a sweet delight.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy, bright liquid gold, mixed with a little bit of darker shades, large head stays for ever, white and frothy

S: Spicy and crisp, I have a little bit of a cold, but it still doesn't seem "world class", it is still better than average though

T: Very spicy and phenolic, somewhat peppery, hops are a little noticeable and combine with the alcohol and carbonation to create a significant burn

M: Dry, high carbonation

O: I served this beer a little too warm, but it is still a great beer.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with giant three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Banana. Belgian yeast. Subtle spice. Vibrant and fresh.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Banana and sweet malt. Spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm going down.

O: Best Tripel I have had.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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