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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,443
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 218
Gots: 249 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz brown bottle

Westmalle Trappist Tripel was golden with good clarity (until I dumped in the yeast anyway). It had a large fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma was spice, fruit, and yeast. The taste was spices with a little fruit and a dry, warming finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was outstanding. This is an excellentTripel. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:41:06 | More by afinepilsner
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I opened the 11.2 oz bottle there was a bit of a gush of foam coming out of the top of the bottle. It had been stored in my cellar at 52 degrees and was unshaken/undisturbed before pouring. As a result, I had to tip the bottle quickly and noticed that a lot of the sediment has suspended in the brew. I poured just over ½ the bottle into a snifter glass where a fluffy/foamy white head formed about two fingers thick. It slowly settled leaving sticky lacing all inside the glass. The beer was a honey gold color that was fairly cloudy with plenty of floaters... I wish I had been able to pour a non-disturbed glass.

The aroma was very fragrant, with a ton of fruits.. There was a great deal of peach, some green apple and light cherry. Also a great yeasty nose with some great spice notes. Very nice...

Some slight rubber flavor...Initial sweetness followed by deep fruits and then right to the yeasty nature. Some real earthiness. Sweet Peaches, band aid. A touch of alcohol. Towards the end some hop bitterness sits atop a sweetness. Both linger together and are very nice. As you continue to enjoy you notice a caramel nature more and more. Interesting...

Mouth feel is a bit dry and crisp, despite the evident sweetness.

Just a classic Tripel.. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:24:26 | More by Reagan1984
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I figured this was fate. I drove by Surdyk's so see their flashing LED sign scrolling their specials. I just so happened to drive by when "Double (sic) and Tripel Single Bottles $4.44" I didn't even bother to see what it was I just figured it was a good deal.

So I made my way in, and purchased 1 Westmalle Tripel and 1 Westmalle Dubbel. I was very excited to try both because I have heard excellent things about both.

Poured from an 11 oz brown bottle with raised glass. The color is golden yellow with sort of a ruby touch. It would be more accurate to call it honey, as it's a slightly dark golden color. A giant pluming head is produced when poured into my Weizen glass (curse myself for not having the proper glassware!). Head slowly dissipates to a small dollop, which leaves no lacing.

Has a very complex aroma. Fruity, with floral hops in the background. Also a slight honey scent, along with a spicey twang.

Taste is equally as complex. It starts out fruity and citusy, with a strong acidic quality. Has a distinct bitterness, that is accompanied by more fruity flavors, spices and honey. Extremely appealing to me. Just as they website claims, this beer does have a great deal of elegance and finesse.

This beer is light in body. It houses moderate carbonation, and along with the moderate alcohol present, it makes for a great, but not excellent, mouthfeel.

I consider this one of the most enjoyable and drinkable beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying. The high alcohol is masked very well.

I believe the sale at Surdyk's ends today. I may have to go back and pick up a few more. I was very impressed by both the Tripel and the Dubbel, they did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:59:18 | More by Mistofminn
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought an 11.2 oz. bottle of this at Bev Max in Stamford Ct. this weekend. I poured it into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a cloudy dark gold with a slight orange glow. It had a huge thick creamy white head that stayed through most of the glass. It also had tons of heavy laceing through out.

S- Ahh, the sweet smell of Belgium triples is a thing of beauty! I first notice that lovely Belgium yeast and sweet candy sugar followed by some light bananas and citrusy hops. I also detect some alcohol in the background.

T- Wonderfull! Like the scent, I first notice yeast and candy sugar with a honey under tone. It also had some spice notes ranging from corriander and clove to white pepper. Next came some fruitiness manily light banana and citrus undertones of orange and light lemons. It also had a pleasent bitter grassy hops and a slight metallic twang. The alcohol was pretty well hidden but came through on the back end with a nice bite.

M- Medium body with a buttery, creamy feel. Lively carbonation that sent little bubbles up from the bottom in large numbers.

D- This is one of my favorite Trappist ales. Its balanced very nice and is a great example of a triple style ale. I could (and have on more than one occasion)knock back 4 or 5 of these at a sitting but be carefull they will sneak up on you! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 04:13:12 | More by Dirty1
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle with a best of date of 14/04/10 into a snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/light orange. Really fluffy, bright white head. It thins out, but keeps a consistent head the whole way through. Fair carbonation. It's a lot slower moving in the center than on the sides of the glass. I almost want to watch it for a few more seconds instead of tasting it, haha. Overall, looks really appetizing.

S - There's a lot of yeast in the nose. There's a lot of banana/fruitiness going on. It's a really intense, strong smell. There's definitely a bit of peppery-ness in there as well.

T - Wow. I was surprised with how powerful the nose was, and the taste is definitely the same. The flavors really mix well together here. On my first sip I was surprised to get some upfront malt flavor before getting smacked with some fruity flavors. The banana is there, but most noticeable to me is the apple flavor in the finish, which completely caught me off guard. I've only tried a few tripels, and none of them had any apple flavor that I can remember. This is great. There's some bitterness in the finish, too, but there isn't a discernible hop flavor from it.

MF - Really light and fairly thin. The carbonation is really lively, though. It just sort of hops(haha!) around in your mouth. I'm not really sure what food I'd pair this with(I only paired a tripel with food once, and I don't remember what it was), but I think it could go really well with a main course.

D - I have to say that this is probably the most drinkable Belgian I've had so far. That apple flavor is just fantastic. If price wasn't a factor, I could definitely get through a couple of these before the ABV started to catch up. However, the price tag doesn't allow for that(I think I spent $6 for the bottle), though I'll definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:23:17 | More by HitokiriNate85
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Yellowish-gold color with a hugh fluffy head. Leaves no lacing. The bits of sediment make it look beautiful in the light of the lamp.

S: Sweet honey, spices, vanilla, buttery and floral

T: Honey, vanilla, and a touch of citrus. Becomes gently spicy afterwards and just the lightest hint of alcohol. Not too bitter either.

M: Light body and good carbonation make it easy to sip or take gulps.

Overall, Another successful beer adventure! After analyzing the first few sips, this beer was easy to get lost in and take some big gulps. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 03:38:25 | More by OlRasputin989
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Westmalle Chalice can barely contain the meringue head as it looms over a cloudy, honey-gold elixir. The head drops eventually to a puffy pillow before dissipating entirely.

Roasted malts definitively, yet lightly, scent this beer, followed by straw and pear scents.

A sweet start brings on strong acid, followed by a moderate, bitter finish, with pepper, pear and lime accentuating this fine beer.

The light body is very dry with a soft carbonation and moderate alcohol level and is somewhat cleansing.

Great for contemplation or discussion with family. I'll have a second, but will be sure to sip both.

date consumed: 13 Oct 2008

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 21:57:31 | More by SLeffler27
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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with frothy foam that falls to a beautiful lace. Nose is orange slice jelly candy, lemon zest, pear flesh, grass, and pink peppercorn. There's a nice yeast spice, green apple, vanilla on the palate along with an open airy carbonation. Westmalle Triple is a very complex beer and as it warms brings a breadiness, pepper again, herbal notes, then the treasured candied sugar - crisp finish. Ultimately, a world-class beverage.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 07:10:24 | More by brandoneast
Photo of roadhouse


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet.

Appearance is a hazy golden, with only a half inch white head, surprising considering it foamed over and made a big mess upon opening it. Lots of fine sediment floating around in it as well. Not the best to look at. Head sinks down to a skim that retains quite well.

Aroma is pretty spicy with a heavy earthy tone that comes off slightly skunky. There's a light sweetness beneath all that.

The taste is sweet up front but quickly becomes spicy with the earthy component coming through strongly again. It's pretty hoppy overall with some herbal/spicy hops coming through towards the end. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light bodied but very creamy and just glides across the tongue. Excellent carbonation.

This one tasted great, I almost feel bad giving the appearance and smell ratings lower, but they really weren't that good compared to other tripels. While this is the original tripel, it's not the best out there. Great beer in any case.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 07:50:02 | More by roadhouse
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a hazy amber, not impressive - but the thick, white, rather persistent head promises a great ale. Strong aroma is creamy, fruity, malty, and slightly sweet. Flavor is crisp, fruity, malty, very satisfying, not overly complex but rather mouth-filling. Texture is smooth but edgy, and leaves a fruity and slightly hoppy aftertaste. It does have quite a bite to it, so beware - it ain't for sissies!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:15:30 | More by Cyberkedi
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bomber into a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a fluffy two finger head topping a pale orange body. The body is cloudy, yet translucent. I expected it to be a bit darker, but it was still very nice.

Smells like apricots and pepper. Faint aromas of exotic fruits and a slight follow up of alcohol.

Tastes very bright. Tangy apricot and fruity tastes wash through the mouth. Pepper and ... and something pleasantly bitter. Finally warming alcohol. Oh so pleasant warming alcohol.

Feels bright and carbonated in the mouth. Crisp and peppery in the sinuses and the back of the throat. This feels like high octane champagne in the mouth.

Aside from the price and high alcohol, I could drink this all day. I'd love to, but as it is, I'll keep them for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:59:23 | More by Klgkenny
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours up a slightly hazy pale yellow with a dense white head.

S - Some sweet malt, some pear in the aroma

T - Sweet malt flavor with some dried fruit in the background. Finishes with a little alcohol on the back of the tongue. Nice.

M - Full mouthfeel and carbonation

D - Well balanced beer. This will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:26:32 | More by hiikeeba
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 09:52:30 | More by beertunes
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold with a one finger frothy head.

S- Very clean with light phenols.

T- Light caramel with a slight candy sweetness. At mid point a mellow yet well spoken and complimentary hop note brings things to an apex. The finish is slightly dry with a slight alcohol note.

M- Light and pleasantly fizzy.

D- I could of gotten the bigger bottle.

Surely one of the best tripels out there, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 04:21:08 | More by Pauly2X
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this first at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI; had fresher bottles later in Brussels, Belgium. Here, I will review the fresh bottles that I got a hold of in Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, practically shimmering golden yellow. Cloudiness and yeast flakes that scream "Unfiltered Freshness!" with gorgeous, fluffy white head like cream on a lemon meringue pie.

Smell: Complex. Extremely aromatic. Fruits, cloves, yeast; each just try to outdo each other in the competition to reach your nose.

Taste: Wow. Huge presence of banana. Cloves and spice are right behind. Full of creamy, biscuity, almost buttery goodness, like a freshly baked breakfast biscuit. Hops then hit like a slap in the face, ending on a bitter note.

Overall: The original Tripel; the Tripel that defines the style. This is a great beer only when it's fresh. I've had bottles of this that were stale and all you could get from it was a rotten-banana infused metallic hop bitterness. However, this is practically ambrosia when it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 05:39:25 | More by thekanna
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aged since 7/06

a - poured a one finger thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass that left a nice thick lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright golden color.
s - sweet and fruity with a hint of floral hops.
t - same as above but with a bit of grainy earthiness.
m - bubbly and medium.
d - highly drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:14:14 | More by GPHarris
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-yellow brew topped with a near-white, frothy head that stays and stays. Copious lacing.

S: Very earthy. Lemon. Cereal grain.

T: Taste starts mellow, sweet, and lemony and then a very strong grapefruit-like bitterness comes on with the unmistakable taste of belgian yeast.

M: Very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D: As far as belgians go, this is pretty damn drinkable. I don't usually find belgians to be that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 02:03:40 | More by leif86
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

went to a holiday get together at a "wine" bar found out they also had a beer list about half of which was BMC but also had this for $12 for a 750mL bottle
bottle was received a bit too cold but the bartender knew enough to tell us to let it warm
once warmed a bit poored into a westmalle challis (They had all branded glassware) was bright amber, a bit cloudy with a thin white head
smell was of wine grapes with a bready overtone
taste was sweet light apple note a bit of a yeast presence, as it got warmer the sweetness really came out which was a bit overpowering, almost had the tatse like they fermented juicyfruit gum (seems to be my go to description for a tripel)
mouthfeel was crisp almost champagne like
very drinkable we even got a few less adventurous beer drinkers to buy a bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 06:59:02 | More by sliverX
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/2/08. Bottle. GUSHER! Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge, thick, foamy white head that leaves nice lacing on a Westmalle glass. Aroma of spcies (particularly clove), lemon/citrus zest, and the typical tripel skunk. Tastes like...a tripel! Lots of Belgian yeast and spices, maybe some cinnamon. As the beer warms some light fruits (especially apple) come out, but you really have to search for it. Mostly the beer is dominated by spices. Pretty drinkable as the 9.5% isn't noticed in the flavor or palate. Probably my favorite tripel, although this style is one of my least favorite.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 17:48:05 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Tripel is a cloudy dim golden ale with many big particles and a huge lumpy, foamy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a spicy barnyard aroma. It smells like a Saison to me. There are hints of fruit and possibly licorice and hay. It is medium bodied, a bit foamy, very smooth and the finish is clean. The flavor is peppery and leathery. It is spicy like clove and coriander. There is a grassy aspect to the taste. The flavors are very well blended. It's a solid Tripel, but I was expecting something to knock my socks off.
(rated Jul 2, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 06:54:40 | More by yesyouam
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color with a thick solid head. Quite a few very tiny bubbles constantly flow up through it.

Smell was sweet, more floral than anything, with some fruity notes.

Taste was spicier than expected, almost peppery. Quite a few spices in there, can't pick them all out, but seems to be some coriander and clove in there. The pepper flavors seem to hit first, followed by the spices, then ending with a hoppy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was good, a little better than what I would have thought. Leaves a lingering hops aftertaste.

Quite drinkable, and a good beer for a cold winter night. I found the overall spiciness to be very warming, I'm glad I tried this in the winter rather then the summer. I'm not overly familiar yet with this style, but I did enjoy it, although this wasn't enough for to me change what my favorite style is.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 23:34:24 | More by Vixie
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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/22/2006 (330mL):

Pours a huge white head, that is lasting, with some good lacing. Has a pale, cloudy, golden yellow color body. With an aroma of flowers, peeled grapes, and perfume. A semi-bitter taste, fizzy palate, with a clean aftertaste, and some slight alcohol. Not a very complex tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 04:06:16 | More by jujubeast6000


4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden amber with a few flecks of sediment that snuck past my careful pour. Two fingers of beautifully fluffy white head dissipated into a nice cap that left beautiful lacing.

S: The mild smell does not do this brew justice. I get bitter lemon peel and malt.

T: Wow. Apples, nuts, citrus and yeasty malts dominate the palate. I get some pleasant grassy flavors on the finish. What a pleasure.

M: Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel. The fine, delicate, almost champagne-like bubbles cleanse the palate and leave it beckoning for another sip.

D: At 9.50% ABV, I could easily drink too many of these. In fact, I plan on doing just that.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 04:12:20 | More by FACEMEAT
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark golden with just a few bits of floating sediment near the bottom. Huge fluffy head.

Aromas of fruity esters and spicy alcohol. A hint of cherry sourness in the background. Maybe some coriander as well. Spicy alcohol again on the taste. Dry and bitter finish that mellows as it warms, but is never as palatable as some tripels.

Medium bodied with good drinkability, but I was a little let down by this one. Good for sure, but I'll still take La Fin du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 08:20:02 | More by daythree16
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dry tripel. Pours gold with a big foamy head. Some cloudiness with yeast that quickly settled. Aroma is yeasty with some spice and mild fruit. The taste is sharp up front with strong malts, then eases into the sweet sugary finish, but ends dry. I've never had anything like it before.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:57:15 | More by magictrokini
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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