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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of Hautacam
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear with a huge head...like Duvel....makes you wait. Laces and drops to about 1/8" after several minutes. Lots of bubbles...pretty lively.
First whiff is faintly like a pilsner...then mild grainy, earthy, must.
Really complex taste...starts a little tart and yeasty..hay, grain, barnyard-wool , a little sweet malt...hops kick in with lemon/orange, pepper....alcohol shows up, but subtle....yeasty-malt dry finish. Aftertaste is a balance of malt, wool and hop bitter, and it lasts a while after each sip. Alcohol more evident as it warms up.
Mouthfeel is great...medium body...high carbonation.
All in all , a very nice Tripel...unique.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a light copper with a bright white head and active carbonation. The smell seemed muted, a bit of clove and some citrus friut, not much else. The taste makes up for the smell, orange candy and a peppery spicy bite, the alcohol is hidden in the taste but I can feel it warming my stomach. Light mouthfeel, highly carbonated to add to the peppery bite. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of bigman147
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour - Bright gold with a thick heavy white head. A lot of lacing on the glass. Also a noticible amount of sediment (yeast) in the glass. This gives it the combination of hazy unfiltered with the added benefit of allowing for proper cellaring.

Aroma - Very complex and ever changing. When I first opened the bottle, I was struck by the slight sulphidic/yeasty character. As the beer warmed slightly, I picked up more citrus (grapefruit/lemon) maybe even slight apricot. The yeast and malty aromas blending with the citrus makes for a pleasant aroma

Taste - 3 things stick out in my mind as far as taste. A very bready malty flavor that I found very pleasant. The sweetness was very forward and the bitterness as very late. The alcohol is very pronounced in the finish which makes me what to take the next sip before it develops completely. The taste is like a rollercoaster around my tongue (Sweet, Sour, Bitter). A little of everything and yet not too much of any. (thankfully no salty flavor)

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, very alcoholic finish. Bitterness is short but sweet without a horrible lingering.

Drinkability - This is tough. Its very good but I think the high alcohol @ 9.5 ABV%, it loses alot of the drinkable nature. Also the carbonation which is still very active is very filling. I found myself burping yeasty, sweet, hop bombs for a few hours after having it. Its very good and as many have stated "this is the mother of all tripels".

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Photo of Cresant
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. 11.2 oz. dated 6/4/07. Purchased at Whole Foods.

Rocky big head peaked around 3 inches and slowly subsided to lace. The body was a hazy golden brown. Held to the light I could see that the etched "D" at the bottom of the tulip was a bubble factory, sending a constant stream of tiny fizz toward the surface.

Smell was very nice, multi-layered. Sweet malts, bread dough, pancake syrup, and apricots. Hops so intense it smelled like driving past A-B in St. Louis.

The taste did not match the lovely aroma. A bit of molasses and nice hops appearance. An oily creamy flavor. The alcohol (ETOH) was well hidden from my tastebuds but not my brain. As the beer warmed the ETOH became more evident. A brandy-like taste warmed my mouth.

The mouthfeel was filling and champagne-like. Pleasant ETOH burn.

I cannot drink more than one per sitting, but with the high ETOH I don't want/need more than one. A fulfilling sipper.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Best before: 11/7/07.

Bright gold with shades of deep brown. Dense, white head about a finger high with good stability, leading to walls of thin and condensed lacing. Plenty of noticeable sediment scattered throughout this Tripel.

Bright citric fruit: lemon, lime, apple, pear. Semi-sweet Belgian candy with a touch of coconut. A bit of a 'farmhouse' mustiness with a warming wave of sweetened alcohol.

An initial apple, lemon acidity joined by a mellow, candied sugar sweetness. An underlying, biscuit-tinged musty quality followed by a distinct corriander spice. A deep, warming alcohol flavor is accompanied by a brief, sharp acidic quality and a touch of spice. Wonderfully balanced combination of flavors.

Medium bodied; light and highly carbonated.

A nice balance between the many different flavors, and pretty damn drinkable at 9.5%abv. A remarkably clean Tripel.

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Photo of longarm
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 7.15.06. Maybe I'm having this when it's a little too green, but I have to clean-out the fridge.

Fluffy white head caps this cloudy, strawlike brew with little floaties carried by carbonating bubbles. The head fades quickly to a thin, but noticeable layer leaving very little lacing.

Dried fruit, mostly lemons on the nose interlaced with floral hops and wheat.

Potent alcoholic bite with strong acidity at first but an exceptionally dry finish begs another sip. After warming a bit of bubblegum flavor makes an appearance.

Clean, medium bodied mouthfeel. Some residual sweetness is balanced by high alcoholic content.

Not for the faint of heart when it's this green, but still an exceptionally easy beer to drink. The abv weighs-in at 9.5% so be careful of a boomerang. Next time I'll stock-up on several and cellar them for a year or two. Should help smooth-out the finish. Great beer.

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Photo of crwills
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whoops, bad pour. I used an oversized wine glass, but still managed to overflow the damn thing. My bad.

Poured a cloudy gold with a MASSIVE fluffy head (obviously). Lots of lacing as it faded (which took basically the whole beer).

Aroma is bread, alcohol, dark fruits, some floral essences.

Tasty is sweet and malty, definitely some sourish grapes in the background, and berries. Great mouthfeel, thick and satisfying. Very little aftertaste.

This beer is extremely easy to drink, and I found myself wanting one (or two or three) more. Bad idea with 9.5 ABV. Beware! (But then drink it anyway).

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.56/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a one finger head that quickly receded to just surface skim that did linger to the end. Sporadic lacing. Color is a densely hazy yellowy-orange amber.

Aroma - Sweet and spicy, and some alcoholic astringency.Can smell diacetyl. Little bit of candied fruit.

Taste - A bready malt at first, a surprise given that I could not detect it in the aroma. Gives way to a spicy alcohol medicinal taste. And that diacetyl that I mentioned. The alcohol makes its presence very known, which is something that always turns me off, even though I like, and actually prefer, high abv brews - but they have to do their best to make it as undetectable as possible, or at least integrate it into a sublime part of the overall flavor profile. Also, diacetyl is another major turn off to me. Finish is sweet and very dry.

Mouthfeel - full, with moderate carbonation. Leaves you very dry.

Drinkability - the high abv alone limits this to one serving of 750 ml ( or two 12 oz.'ers etc, you get the idea...), but for me this just wasn't something I'd want another one of, at any rate. The diacetyl and alcohol taste pretty much ruin this for me.

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Photo of haz77
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slighly cloudy gold in colour. Big head that sits two fingers thick. Medium looking carbonation.

S - Honey, lemon rind, pear, green apple, white pepper.

T - Citrus fruit up front, with the other, sweeter fruits and honey making their way forward in the middle. Sweetness build right to the end before being (minimally) cut back in the dry, phenolic aftertaste. Some alcohol warmth there too, though well masked.

M - Medium body, very smooth, with a nice moderate carbonation.

D - Very tasty beer. One of my favourite Tripels.

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Photo of danielharper
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

(Beer consumed on 4/12/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Orange-yellow body, thick white foamy head.

S: Strong citrus (oranges?) aroma, slightly yeasty.

T: Yeasty off-tasting Belgian flavor, some oranges.

M: Foamy and astringent mouthfeel, leaves warm alcoholic aftertaste.

D: Drinkable, good beer.

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Photo of rjlemos
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What am I supposed to say about a Belgian Trappist Tripel ? That's awesome. Really awesome. Something totally singular, unique. Well, let's try to be technical...

A- Superb. It pours dark gold, but muddy. Great head, dense, that lasts forever.
S- Complexity !
T- Delicious. It goes realy nice and well, complex, but it starts to get goddamned strong in the end. The alcohol reveals itself and the aftertaste is really intense !
M- Great. It fills up your mouth and shows how strong it is !
D- It's not a beer to drink liters. In fact, it's really hard to drink quite much considering the amount of alcohol in it. It's a gourmet beer, not a six pack lousy soapy lager... but it goes really well. It's not a beer for sissies, you really have to be able to handle that !

Really great and unique ! We can say this is one of a kind, for sure.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour with a floatie or two, and well carbonated. Pleasing aromas of MacIntosh apple, pear, and a bit of spicy yeast. The fruit flavors become more lemon like on the palate, and mix well with the light malt and mild grassy hop notes. Surprisingly bitter finish, with notes of lemon rind at the end. A bit too dry for the style IMO (if that’s even possible). Not bad, but could be better.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, tarnished gold color with lots of tiny floaters and a small but persistent head. Very fruity aroma (apricot & orange) with a spicy, bright, citrusy hop presence. Huge fresh hop flavor, spicy, with notes of basil or sage, with a biscuity malt flavor and fruity malt character, finishing dry, clean and delightfully bitter. Full carbonation but not too heavy.

Very close to perfect beer for me.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The quintessential Tripel, smooth, fruity, highly alcoholic only but not in the tatse at all .. it is well hidden under all the spices and malts that this beer has.. this is golden and pale yet packs vibrant flavors and the punch of alcohol when imbibed. savor slowly in the proper goblet to enjoy this beer at its best.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, been waiting for the head in my goblet to go down so I could start this review for ten minutes now and its just barely receding.
Color is a cloudy orange cider and the mighty off-white head is commanding a solid inch and a quarter or more of goblet space. Lacing is starting to look impressive as well. One more pour and we'll start. Nose is yeasty and malty with faint spices. Cloves appear as well.
A little sip. Wow, powerful. Very malty all through the sip and cresendoed by a rush of alcohol right in the middle of the sip. A second draught reveals a multitude of fruit flavors and a refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is tight and highly bubbled, which seems like the style. Texture is smooth and quite easy on the throat.
This beer definitely improves as you progress through it. I also admit the beer may originally have been too cold. After the first sip and my my mouth adjusted to this powerful Belgian, This is an original beer, not quite like any beer that I can remember having. It took me a minute before I was able to figure out that this is a really good beer. If you like Belgians, you'll most certainly want to try this.

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Photo of Crosling
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light Gold. Dry, spicy and very yeasty aroma with scents of sweet fruity pale malts, herbs, bubble gum, lemon, tropical fruits, and noble hops. Strong bubble gum notes continue on towards the flavor profile, especially on the finish, along with notes of cotton candy, lemon and fruit. A nice beer. But there are so many better example of the style.

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Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice. The ale is slightly cool, most likely within the recommended range of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale is hay-coloured, almost resembling a weizen. The ale is carbonated giving a decent head on each pour, but that head soon dissapates, leaving no lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a fruity nose, with hints of honey and peppercorn dominating.

Taste: As I let the ale sit in my mouth, the first sensation that I note is that of honey, giving the ale a sweet taste. There is also a hop character that adds a good amount of bitterness to the ale. There is also a definite alcohol presence that gives a warming sensation to the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, with the honey and hop characters providing a revolving sweet-bitter sensation.

Drinkability: The ale is limited, as most Belgians are, by the high abv. Despite that, this beer is very good and I certainly recommend it.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky pale orange with great white cream head. Dense bubbles of all sizes and great retention. Very relaxing and yummy brew. Nose is of creamy fruit, nicely spiced, and fresh buttery bread. Smells viscous and thick. The aroma is massaging my brain. Tastes tart at first with various fruits (pear, apple, green grape) and is balanced by the frothy spiced bread and butter. Awesome. I am deciding now, after having this following Unibroue-Trois pistoles that Belgian style is one of my favorites. Mouthfeel is frothy and velvety. A good swirl in the mouth brings out the awesomeness.

I'm getting this again.

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Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy pale yellow color with plenty of bubbles rising to a nice dense off white head that falls slowly and leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma is nice sweet malts mingled with loads of tropical fruits mangos, bananas, some nice spice underneath mingled with earthy yeasts and alcohol hints.

Taste is nice fruity malts bananas, pears, grapes moves right into spice clove/nutmeg mingled with the earthy yeasts. Good malts hide the alcohol well some alcohol flavor mixes with the finish. Find myself not enjoying this as much at the last sip as the first, but still good.

Mouthfeel on this is almost full, hell full for a triple nice level of carbonation not too big.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable flavorable Tripel, good mouthfeel also helps this one out alot.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Westmalle brew that's right on style. LIght malt, light bread and sweet dough. Off-white, creamy head that was gone in 60 seconds. A bit haxy with some small particles. Moderate sweet flavor that lasted a lont time. Texture was dry with lively carbonation. There was a moderate alcohol finish.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle into a chimay goblet.

hazy orange with an inch of creamy white foam.

yeast, peach, and some spice in the aroma.

flavor is sweet and fruity, a touch alcoholic. balanced nicely with some bready malts, a clean finish and a slightly sour character. alcohol character hurts the drinkability some.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this on 03.03.06, a 330ml bottle best before 04/07/07. 9.5% ABV. I have had this several times over the last few years, but never got around to reviewing it.
Poured into a Chimay goblet, a nice amber brew with some haze and a good white head. Head diminished, but easily returned with a swirl of the glass.
Without going into too much detail (this is a well described beer on this database), I would say that this is a fine beer and an excellent tripel, though not my all time favourite one. It is very consistent and ages well.

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Photo of TheDodge
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good. Gravy.

At this point I've got maybe six beers that I'd consider 5's across the board; the creme de la creme, the absolute perfect examples of the breed. They are Aventinus weisenbock, St. Bernardus ABT12 quadruppel, Stone Russian imperial stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard American strong ale, Ipswich Original ale, and now Westmalle Tripel.

This stuff is absolutely absurd. It's got a noticeable sweetness, a broad palette of "fruity" flavors, and a warming alcohol prescence that hides itself and is perceived as a "spicyness". The real difficulty with this particular beer is taking in the breadth of flavors that are available before one has consumed too much of the stuff to be all that perceptive. This might be the central paradox of beer tasting, or at least Belgian beer tasting. Anyway, I can tell you this: I've tried the St. Bernardus Tirpel and the Allagash Reserve Tripel, and this one just absolutely trounces both of them, in my opinion. Amazing stuff!

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Photo of Jredner
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of spice, bannana and yeast. Cloudy pale yellow in color with a two finger thick white head. White fruits, spice and alcohol with some hints of darker fruits in the finish. Tasty, but the alcohol is a lot more unwieldy than the more nuanced Dubbel.

Not quite as drinkable as the Dubbel due to the more noticeable alcohol, but still a great beer. Perfect nightcap beer on a cool night.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date reads 15/07/06. Served in the Duvel tulip glass for maximum everything. Cellar temperature.

Appearance- Clear, medium gold with a four finger rocky head. Bubbles are surprisingly large and tumultuous... they pop and settle completely within about five minutes. Mild lacing, and the glass etching feeds the thin mat of foam continuously.

Smell- The first whiff of this beer actually "choked up" my nose... a wicked, alcohol-intense burn literally shut my nostrils down, like tripping a circuit breaker. After finding my feet again and going in for another, a monstrous banana-like character combined with creme brulee came forth. Sweet, heavy, dessert qualities abound on the nose in this one.

Taste- As with the aroma, there is a custard-like fatness, or weight to the taste... if that makes any sense. Upon the first swallow, I feel the ABV flow freely to my arms and legs, making it clear why these are not sold in bombers. Custard, pudding, cream pie filling... these all come to mind whilst describing the taste. Big pale malts with candi sugar are superbly balanced and proportionate... and the alcohol is WAY too well-disguised.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and mellow in the mouth, especially for the strength and complexity of the nose and taste. Goes down smooth, and the beer's warmth takes over and softens all the edges. I want to go to Belgium now, and be a monk. That brews great beer.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.