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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,582 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,582
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 240
Gots: 296 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Darker golden yellow body. Good clarity. Large fluffy white head. Moderate amount of lacing left behind after each sip.

S: Bright lemon-yeast notes emerge up front. Light hay, wheat, banana, clove, and pear round out the nose.

T: Like the nose, there is a blend of classic belgian yeast by products: banana, lemon, clove and perhaps some pepper. Nice wheat/hay like malt notes. A bit raw, but tasty.

M: Moderate body with effervescent carbonation. Nice drying finish.

D: A classic tripel that is worthy of its reputation. Personally, I prefer the St. Bernardus Tripel and Tripel Karmeliet over this offering.

09-26-2010 23:48:50 | More by callmemickey
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stcules

Italy

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Deep orange apperance, lightly veiled. A very beautiful, white, creamy head, very long standing.
Fresh malty smell, bread crust, yeast, with a bit of white flowers in the back, and some fruitiness. And the bitterness.
Full malty taste, a strong bread crust note, and a long lingering bitterness. Hint of pear, and a bit of alcohol, too.
Again malt and white flowers in the aftertaste, along witrh a good and strong hoppiness, balancing the beer.

09-26-2010 09:58:39 | More by stcules
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel
Brouwerij Westmalle (Adbij der Trappisten van Westmalle)
Belgian Tripel
9.5% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of August 31, 2011 poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice on September 25, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Pours very clear, bubbly, golden yellow with a big white creamy and rocky head, with great retention and magnificent lacing. Very beautiful beer. The last part of the bottle was stirred and poured in the end, and was murky light brown as expected.

Aroma 4/5
Spicy, phenolic, with banana like notes.

Taste 3.5/5
Opens faintly fruity, followed by spice, and then a dry bittering finish. Alcohol warmth and aroma is felt, but is not harsh. The aftertaste is long and spicy with a very present bitterness. I didn't get the fruitiness that I was expecting from this beer, although I know that this is the quintessential tripel, so my expectations were misplaced. Yet, the fact remains that the taste wasn't to my liking. Perhaps a fresher bottle, or a different setting will do more justice to this beer.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Crisp, effervescent, and light on the palate. Yet, not refreshing, because of strong spicy notes; not a fault by any means!

Drinkability 4/5
The taste is not very pleasing to me, which is a shame considering this is the "mother of all tripels". However, drinkability is still very good, and the high alcohol is barely felt which is spot on for this style.

09-26-2010 05:27:53 | More by tewaris
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked this up mainly because I havent had anything from this Trappist brewery and because its in the top 100.

750ml corked with a synthetic cork. These damned things are always a bitch to get out. Best before end: 03/08/11 Bottled on: 03/08/09. Poured into a Goose Island Matilda chalice.

A- Hazy, creamy gold color with a big white head. Retention could be a little bit better but its still nice.

S- This is a very spicy smelling tripel. Lots of earthy, bready and chalky smelling yeast. Cotton candy, bubble gum, citrusy hops.

T- Like the nose suggested, this indeed is a very spicy tripel. Lots of stuff going on from the yeast. Apple pie, medicinal alcohol, citrus hops, some banana.

M- BONE DRY. Really one of the driest beers Ive ever had. Nicely carbonated. Not too much, not too little. It makes for a very refreshing, albeit warm with alcohol, beer.

D- Copious amounts of alcohol but the dry finish helps counter that.

09-25-2010 04:10:09 | More by MbpBugeye
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -21.4%

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Served cool.

A-fluffy white head, gold almost roan cloudy body.

S-slight vegetable, yeast, clove spice

T-some cotton candy, slight boozy warmth, coarse hop (medicinal)

M-medium and very fizzy

D-This was a nice beer that I would have again but I have to say it was somewhat coarse. Maybe it was an old bottle or something like that but it certainly was rougher than what I expected.

09-24-2010 23:38:31 | More by jneiswender
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jizdepski

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

poured into a maredsous goblet. absolutely beautiful brew. had an explosive white head that was very active and took on a life of its own. flecks of yeast were present beneath in the brilliant golden liquid below that eventually settled to the bottom. the smell hits you instantly, and from 2 feet away its quite pungent. very lively yeast, peppercorn, ripe fruits, corriander, lemon, and alcohol very noticeable. the taste is a knockout. the depth of flavor is unlike any tripel ive had. phenol alcohol is not hidden, and the coriander is a great companion to that. its got some grassy hops, tart fruits, and a wonderfully earthy yeast taste going on. excellent balance and very assertive. its got a medium body, which feels a bit thicker due to the high carbonation level. drinkability for this one is great considering the abv. maybe the only beer ive ever had that felt and tasted like it was "alive". best tripel i've tasted hands down.

09-23-2010 21:50:51 | More by jizdepski
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DovaliHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a very hazy golden/straw color with a HUGE- FLUFFY as shit white head. Scent is a tiny bit funky with a bit of hay...followed by amazing smelling fruits (apples, pears, bananas). I also pick up some yummy Belgian yeasts and spices. Taste is very floral and a tad bit boozy. I love me boozy beers though! I get floral and fruity notes like crazy! Amazing spiciness makes the alcohol, flowers, and apples/bananas/pears blend almost perfectly. The beers is so bold and tasty, it's amazing! Mouthfeel is perfect for this style and drinkability is great!

09-22-2010 06:59:42 | More by DovaliHops
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

poured into Chalice a hazy straw, super thick foamy white head which dissipates eventually. Nice lacing on this one.
Aroma was mild with hints of hay, lemon grass, floral, alcohol. Tastes of flowers, spice, yeast, grass, and slightly sweet. Flows over the tongue nicely with crisp carbonation, slightly dry finish with a brush of alcohol. Once it warmed up I noticed the flavors really opened up. I'm really glad I got to try this and look forward to having this again, this is an amazing Tripel!

09-19-2010 19:30:51 | More by BayouBengal1537
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

A: The pour is a golden yellow color with an initially towering white head that eventually dies down to a finger's worth of foam.

S: Sweet malt and candi sugar come through initially with the yeast contributions following that. Pears, apples, and bananas provide some nice fruitiness.

T: The sugar component is quite strong and provides a great sweetness. Some banana bread sort of flavor along with a light bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a very full carbonation. Despite the sweetness of the beer, there's a nice dryness due to the carbonation.

D: I wish it tasted as good as it smelled, but still quite nice. One of the better tripels I've had.

09-15-2010 21:29:32 | More by womencantsail
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DPFRD

Arizona

5/5  rDev +16.3%

A- Pours a turbid deep yellow to amber with a nice lacey head. Looks beautiful and enticing.

S- What a lovely smell! Fruit esters followed by a little hop spice with a dose of breadiness and tinges of yeast. Little bit of booze in the nose that mixes perfectly with the other aromas. The smell gets more intense as you let this beer warm.

T- A little dry up front, then bready with banana yeast and Belgian-candi undertones, some fruit esters and a hint of hops. A very complex, incredible assemblage that ceases to amaze and just gets better the longer the beer sits.

M- Incredible. Crisp, perfect amount of carbonation, not at all syrupy. Just delightful.

D- This is truly the mother of all tripels, and currently my favorite ale to rock on. It's just done so well. The mix is fantastic, and for being 9.5% it really goes down smooth. The vibe of it is great if you have a few too. Grab a 750ml, a chalice, and sit down and enjoy it all to yourself. This beer just opens up the warmer it gets, so let it chill and you will ride this brew to heaven.

09-14-2010 21:17:11 | More by DPFRD
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QuestionableScum

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev 0%

Pours a golden yellow colour, with pillowy white head, lacing looks excellent.

In the aroma I get banana, lots of spiciness, the characteristic belgian yeast smell, other light fruits, and alcohol.

In terms of flavour it starts out with lots of spiciness up front (has a somewhat peppery quality). There is also a very prominent sweetness that has a banana, apple and pear feel to it, along with elements of a slightly bready sweetness, that I am having difficulty describing. Overall it has a relatively dry quality, with lots of spiciness and enough fruity flavours to balance out the alchohol and spiciness. Excellent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Perfect amount of carbonation, and has a very crisp feel to it.

Drinkability is good, but again this is a beer to enjoy relatively slowly, not to chug.

09-13-2010 02:57:10 | More by QuestionableScum
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

I hear tell this is the be all, and all for traditional tripels.

Dark straw color with a large, cream puff head. Diarrhea splatter lace left by a foam dollop that rides down the glass.

Aroma is dry champagne-ish hay and tropical fruit and spiced pear. I was told that this would be dry but this is so perfectly crisp and dry that it wipes the palette after each sip. Spicey, and lightly sugary. It's heaven in a glass.

09-12-2010 16:08:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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Freshcraft

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

pours a hazy straw, super thick foamy head which dissipates ever so slowly. Amazing lacing on this one. Aroma was mostly mild with hints of hay, floral, and spring breeze. Tastes of flowers, spice, yeast, grass, and slightly sweet. Bubbles over the tongue nicely, slightly dry finish with a brush of alcohol. Overall this is an amazing Tripel!

09-12-2010 02:30:45 | More by Freshcraft
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dasenebler

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

11oz. bottle, Netherlands distr.

Pours a lightly foggy gold with a massive, four-finger head. Clumpy lacing and epic retention at about one to two fingers.

Aroma is alcoholic and phenolic. Nothing jumps out at me here, though it is pleasantly spicy and fruity.

The flavor is awesome, with a big warming punch of earthy spices, wildflower honey, and dried hops. Starts sweet but rapidly dries out on the palate. This is not the driest of tripels, but it is definitely on that end of the spectrum. Notes of clove, apple and caramel. Swift, bitter finish leaves one craving another sip. Mouthfeel is god damn perfect: huge, fluffy, soft and chewy with ample carbonation. Despite this beer's potency, it drinks smoothly.

This is the best Tripel I've had. There needs to be a petition to put Westmalle atop its category! Down with that Canadian impostor! Long live Westmalle!

09-11-2010 17:15:04 | More by dasenebler
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cpanossian

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Westmalle Triple served in goblet from bottle at their Trappisten Cafe, served at "room" temperature (I think the waiter meant to mean cellar temperature?)

Lovely aroma - spicy coriander cloves bittering hops. Tasted as good as it smelled - clean refreshing. Stong carbonation from center of goblet. Thick creamy head with generous lacing.

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer at "room" temperature. Maybe one of my favorites this trip to Europe.

09-08-2010 13:24:30 | More by cpanossian
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bohemiandonut

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

Such high hopes for this one. A difficult *pop* and I know I won't be let down.

A frothy, mountainous head adorns the cloudiest of amber seas. Phenols drape an estery festival of petrified sunfruit, a bacchanalian dream scent, slow-motion ambrosia.

Such nectar hits the tongue like open sky, atavistic myth-sweat, a ribbon of grace invoking chardonnay hallucinations, oaky strength and chilled air. Of course, all the chords are played just right, apple seed and pear skin, but it's that twang of imprecision, that vaulting waveform of microscopic turbulence, which marks this for perfection.

Westmalle here has captured everything transcendent in the Belgian style. My entire spirit is transfixed by what seems to be a beer with never-ending complexity. Could I improve on this? God no.

09-03-2010 05:08:39 | More by bohemiandonut
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

A-pours a light yellowish amber color, quite a nice haze to it, lots of pure white fluffly head leaving a good bit of lace.

S-the nose is solid, lots of lemon up front, hints of honey, hops set in lightly with notes of grassy hay and a bit of alcohol with some white peppery spice in the back.

T-the taste is quite a bit spicier. the lemon grass is strong up front, the honey lies underneath. a good malt body, yeasty and spicy, hints of alcohol with a fair bit pepper in the back. the hops are grassy and hay like with a light hop bitterness.

M-good feel, highly carbonated and ctive but not biting, lighter in body with a grainy crips finish and slightly juicy.

D-this is a well balanced complex brew that is quite good. the flavors are rich and the complexity is quite nice. this is a great brew!

09-01-2010 02:08:42 | More by cpetrone84
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -4%

11.2oz bottle at Delaney's, poured into its signature Westmalle chalice. Cheers to proper glassware!

A: Lightly hazy medium-amber body with a finger of frothy white head. Less than stellar retention in the wide goblet, but I'll give proper glassware the benefit of the doubt. The overall picture is lovely.

S: Bready malt dominates, accented by some delicate fruity esters, a touch of floral hoppiness, and a healthy amount of booze. The chalice doesn't make it smell very intense, but it's clearly a refined and well-balanced Tripel.

T: Starts out with supremely dry, bready malt, followed by a wave of yeasty fruit, then finally some earthiness and alcohol. The 9.5% isn't shy, but it never really distracts from the beer's depth of flavors, either. It only improves as it warms, too, getting fruitier and spicier. Excellent.

M: Surprisingly light bodied, and pleasantly effervescent. Blissful.

D: Not at all bad for the style, but not nearly as good as it could be due to the apparent alcohol.

Notes: Great, classic Tripel. I liked it far better this time than the first time I tried it over a year ago, but in my opinion it still pales in comparison to St. Bernardus Tripel. The flavors are beautifully balanced and integrated, but the harsh booziness really takes away from the overall package, keeping it from being truly world class.

Cheers!

08-30-2010 19:03:48 | More by woosterbill
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scottfrie

California

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy honey-citrus orange with a huge, billowing, dense, white collar head that kept increasing in size after I finished pouring my glass. The top of the head became firm like meringue and stayed as a dollop of cream on top of the beer the whole bottle through. A ton of very sticky lacing was left down the glass as well.
S: Smells of sweet golden fruits and peppery Belgian spices. I pick up notes of pear and doughy yeast as well.
T: Medicinal notes of both dark and golden fruits along with some subtle pepper, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, and other spices. Yeast has a touch of banana. Finish is warm with alcohol and slightly cough-syrup like, which is a bit off-putting to me. Aftertaste is bitter, almost sour, and lightly sweet.
M: Ultra creamy and silky mouthfeel over a full, rich body. Like I said, the alcohol is noticeable, but well integrated. Definitely bolder than other tripels. Finish is dryer than most.
D: It's no La Fin Du Monde, which is my favorite, but this is an excellent, well crafted beer. It could be a little sweeter and fruitier, and maybe less boozy and medicinal, but who am I to argue with a world class beer. I'm glad I tried it, but I'd probably drink La Fin, Chimay or St. Bernardus before this.

08-30-2010 03:09:07 | More by scottfrie
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%

Aroma is of tart fruit....yeast....and a whiff of alcohol. Not surprising for the ABV.

Pours a nice, dark blonde color. Thin head.

Tastes initially semi-sweet, but fades into somewhat of a tart grape fruitiness that reminds me of a relaxed version of some pinot gris I've had. Spiciness is minimal. Some yeast is apparent on the backend. A little bit of citrus peel hops dance on the back of the tongue at the swallow. Alcohol is noticeable from the first drink on the exhale, although it isn't to the point of being a serious distraction.

Drier and less spicy than others I've had, this is still a tasty beer...at 7 bucks a bottle, it is something I'd only buy sometimes. Among tripels, I tend to favor the sweeter, spicier ones, so this wouldn't fall among the upper echelon.

08-30-2010 02:44:58 | More by NODAK
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev 0%

11.2 oz. bottle from Market Street Wine, downtown location, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden apricot sunset, darker than many tripels I've known, with lots of flashes of peach and amber making for a radiant but deep body. The most striking characteristic of this beer's appearance is, unsurprisingly, the massive crown. Dense, rocky, and uniform to perfection - there's literally no blemish here - the three-finger high head is magnificent, very attractive, and has fantastic retention, only slowly beginning to sink around the edges and leave massive clumps and blobs of soapy, crusty lace clinging to the sides of the tulip.

Aroma: Tropical fruits and Candi sugar abound. Grapefruit, pineapple, fuji apple, peach, and mango intermingle with spicy, clove-like phenols and cracked, dry, biscuity malts.

Taste: Dryer than I expected, and that's a good thing. The underlying foundation is wholesome and simple, with a nice simplistic malt base of simple cracked pilsner-esque malts, a few well-attenuated honey overtones, and a smack of Candi sugar. The complimentary flavors are where this beer shines through, with gorgeous phenols and yeasty spice notes complimenting tropical fruits and bright citrus. Cloves, star anise, and hints of white pepper mingle with kiwi, peaches, and nectarines for a robust and enjoyable tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Bright, lively, crisp, and - just like the appearance - remarkably uniform, for an even, creamy, and smooth mouth. The amount of carbonation here is pretty good with all the flavors going on - that is, it's on the high end, but it works remarkably well with the spiciness and fruitiness of the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A classic brew I'm alarmed that I haven't tried until now, so thanks to the Bros for reorganizing the top 100 and reminding me to pick one of these up. Allegedly, the quintessential tripel, and no surprise why - it hits all the high points and hits them all remarkably well. Quenching and flavorful, with a gorgeous appearance and great mouth, this beer should be a benchmark. The 9.5% is nowhere to be found, either - a summer appertif if there ever was one.

08-29-2010 23:14:49 | More by CrellMoset
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billab914

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy, dark golden/yellow color with a thick and fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows the Belgian yeast and spice flavor to it with some banana, apple and clove all coming through. Just a hint of citrus comes through as well. Pretty nice and smooth aroma overall and very nice for the style.

The taste has a nice mix of belgian yeast and spice along with some fruit and citrus notes. It has some notes of clove, pepper, apple and lemon all coming through. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the taste as well. It finishes on the drier side with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation and thick frothy head really give it a thicker and creamy feel. Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it and was nicely balanced. The only thing that hurts it a bit is the alcohol that comes through. That is a pretty small negative in the big picture of the beer though. Very good beer for the style overall.

08-29-2010 21:59:03 | More by billab914
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

excited to try this one have been meaning to pick up a bottle for a while.

poured from bottle into my tulip glass. one of the most beautiful pours i've seen in a long time. golden haze with a billowing amazing overflowing pillow of white foam. waiting for the beer to warm up to the temperature i want and there is still a massive pillow of head guarding the beer.

smell is spice and a unique menthol smell like i have never got from a tripel, let alone a beer. not sure i like this nose.

taste is a bit different than the smell and a bit better. nice hint of funk with a clean bittering coming through. spice is there too. nutmeg and pepper.

mouthfeel is interesting on this one...i dont say this often about beers, but there was a bit more carbonation than i would like. tingles on the tongue. medium bodied.

overall a very clean drinkable tripel. the large amount of carbonation hurts my ratings for drinkablity.

08-29-2010 03:16:03 | More by pdoran10
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daledeee

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Somehow, I have not had this one.

I poured this and said to myself "It's been a while since I saw a head like that" A cloudy bright yellow orange with a spillover head with lacing to match.

Nose is spicy and fruity.

Taste changes as you drink. The first few sips are about as intense of Belgian hops and malt as I have ever had. As the beer airs out, it mellows and becomes more fruity, sweet and yet the Belgian hops.... Lemon peel is also a major component of this beer. All in all, unique and very refreshing. Mouth feel is very bubbly and yet has body. Alcohol was very warming at first but seemed to mellow as the beer warmed. A fine beer indeed.

08-27-2010 21:24:15 | More by daledeee
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impending

California

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%

A-

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy rich honey, no attempt at retaining the yeast, magnificent dense frothy head - perfect.

No tripel has a finer aroma, so many layers, so many notes. I can hold this the furthest from my nose than any other tripel and still sense the entire scent.

everything is simply superb

It has a nice trick - after the trailing bitterness fades a quiet echo of banana appears!
cheers
jd

08-27-2010 21:16:00 | More by impending
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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