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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,470 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,470
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 224
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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daythree16

Tennessee

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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magictrokini

California

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
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mjaskula

New York

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass.

Appearance: Golden and hazy with a huge thick soapy head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and malty well balanced with hops, with some yeast banana and alcohol flavors at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit too much carbonated and dry at the end.

Drinkability: very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 02:12:38 | More by mjaskula
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BierBrawlinator

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour is an orange-tinged golden color that is fairly clear with nice beading. It poured a two finger head with nice lacing and a moussey cap. The further down the bottle you get, the cloudier the beer gets.

The nose is a subdued bready, malty aroma. Some mild funk is detected along with some lemon and vanilla, kinda citrusy notes.

The taste is pilsner malty, kinda tangy, with a mild sweetness that is absolutely perfect. The mouthfeel is like silk on your tongue...smooth and creamy.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. I could drink these all day if not for the high ABV. A 25oz bottle is perfect. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 05:50:53 | More by BierBrawlinator
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clody golden orange with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma of grape, pear and floral alcohol. Dry fruity taste with hints of apple, grape and pear as well as a slightly sour yet crisp alcohol finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 09:07:33 | More by corby112
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Bankrobber77

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a .5 liter glass stein (wrong glass, sir!).

A - Color was a cloudy burnt orange, sort of like the color of old tangerines - lighter than some tripels I've seen. Head was foamy, left some nice lacing, and lingered like that guy at the party who's still there long after everyone else is gone but you actually don't want to leave.

S - Complex aroma, not able to put my finger on everything in there. A little spice, a little citrus, a little yeast.

T - I found the taste to be awfully complex - citrus, spice, yeast, and granny smith apple, among others. Great balance of malt and hops. A little bit sour on the finish. A cavalcade of fruity yeasty goodness!

M - Light but somewhat sweet/sticky feeling. Definite malty/sweet gumminess on your tongue & chops.

D - A very drinkable tripel. Complex enough to keep you interested, balanced enough to keep your mouth from getting tired, and just light enough to keep you from getting overly full. I could have two or three of these, but after that I'd need a change from the sweetness.

I'll definitely put this on my 'repeat performance' list.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 04:57:38 | More by Bankrobber77
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birchstick

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy yellow with a very frothy white head that stays around for a while. It was probably the creamiest head I have seen once it settled.

S - smells of grass, sweet malts, and some banana tones

T - At first this hit me like a ton of bricks. After I adjusted, I noticed it to be very sweet: banana; some sweet fruit (tart, green apple and pear); and sweet malts. There is a mildly bitter finish as well. Nice balance. Alcohol stood out a lot on the finish at first, but seemed to fade after the first couple of drinks. As this warmed, the earthiness and citrus flavors became more pronounced and this became very enjoyable. Since this is technically the founder of this style, I really can't take much off, however the booziness was a bit much for a while.

M - a bit carbonated and the alcohol burned as it went down; this also had a decently dry finish that made me keep wanting more

D - This is very light, crisp, and refreshing, which makes it very easy to take down. However, the 9.5% ABV makes it hard to drink many of these in a setting, albeit I wish I could. I thoroughly enjoyed my first encounter with this famed brew and I know I will run into many more times.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 04:41:18 | More by birchstick
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bark

Sweden

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid hazy. The high white compact head slowly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving lots of lacing.

The strong smell is yeasty and very sweet. Fruity sour notes of apples and pineapples. I noted some alcohol and a hint of marzipan.

The taste is sweet with notes of nuts and exotic fruits. Some citric-sour bitter hints and a mild yeasty flavour. Complex notes of dough, lime peels, apricots and plums. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as notes of exotic fruits, dough and bitter herbs.

The carbonation is mild; small bubbles. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

Well... A triple above average. But not much more.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 21:17:19 | More by bark
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hdofu

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing head, upon uncapping this it reacted like uncorked champagne. Th color of the ale is gold in color with white gold colored head. The smell is like apple cider and spice. Taste is strong of spice and a hint of pear with a bitter fruit turning aftertaste which gets stonger and stronger with each sip. The beer feels medium bodied with lots of bubbles going on. Kind of stong and bitter fo a session beer though so one bottle would do me for the night.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 06:47:14 | More by hdofu
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden sunset orange with a big, bready, 3 finger white head that was fully lasting.

S: an aromatic farmhouse yeastiness full of fresh oranges, citrus, and light bananas.

T: yeasty, with sour oranges, sour fruit (apples, pears) mostly dominating. There was a light hint of grassiness along with a good acidity bite in the middle of the drink before yielding to a soothing fade of sour velvety oranges. There is a nice dry citrus sourness, and fresh breadiness that finished things out leaving a soft gentle residual coating on the tongue along with dry spicing.

M: light and creamy with a lively carbonation bringing out the complexity of wild fruitiness.

D: great drinkability and example.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 23:51:35 | More by beerthulhu
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BierFan

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange with a big white head. Unfortunately there were specks of yeast throughout the beer because I had it on it's side while it was in my car, but that's my fault not the beers.

Smell: Sweet with an odd musty smell. Some citrus/lemon in the background.

Taste: Pepper and spiciness. Very robust and flavorful. A flavor of pepper and orange peel bitterness lasts long after the beer is gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 20:50:32 | More by BierFan
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one hides the alcohol very well. Enjoyed a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale before this, and the alcohol bite was much more evident in that than this Westmalle Tripel...

There are some fantastic pear notes in this, an intense spiciness, and a smooth balanced finish....A great beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 20:47:46 | More by darklordlager
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treyrab

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one sets me at 5 out of the 6 Belgian Trappist breweries. Still need to try Achel. Poured this one into a chalice...

A: This is one of the best, if not the best, looking beers I have ever laid my two eyes on. It pours a semi hazy copper with a thousand floaties suspended stagnant in the beer. The vast carbonation flying up the glass does not even move the floaties...they just sit there suspended mid-glass. The head is a remarkable two finger in size and sits there the while time. Duvel is the only beer that rivals this for looks alone.

S: The smell is rather light, but I was expecting this for a tripel. It smells of light orange and lemon with a touch of yeast. Pepper also comes through in the scent.

T: Spectacular display of flavors come rushing through. Very dry tasting with orange peel and lemon with a touch of pepper. This is not sweet nor does it have much banana in the flavors. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but only adds to the pleasant taste.

Overall, this is a remarkable beer. One of the best, if not the best tripel I have ever had

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:04:37 | More by treyrab
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Ljunkan

Sweden

3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color with a big white foamy head. Smell is very yeasty and spicey with notes of orange and citrus. Taste is sweet and fruity with lots of spices, citrus, green apples and orange. There's also a quite big alcohol touch which I'm not too found of. Feels unbalanced... I don't know. I have problem with this one, which is a bit weird since the actually aromas and flavours is nice, but maybe it's just a bit too sweet? Or is it the alcohol? Not very drinkable at all, but I'm gonna check it out some other time... I much prefer Chimay White if I want a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 11:59:46 | More by Ljunkan
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Westmalle Tripel, the most famous of all triples and one that you won't likely forget. The look and smell have you thinking of perhaps a Duvel or maybe even a mild mannered pilsner, but within lies something much stronger. The strongest beer of the house indeed and one that, by all reports, will age well for 50 years or more.

My samples comes from an LCBO gift pack with a customary glass. It poured with some heavy carbonation and lots of activity but settled quickly leaving no trace behind. Smell-wise the fruity yeast tends to dominate.. pears, lemon and citrus fruits w/ cinnamon spice. But the taste, well it can hit you like a bombshell if you aren't prepared. The volume is turned up by 20dB and so is the alcohol content. However once your senses recalibrate you'll find there's some of the fruitiness up front, plenty of body and a very pronounced hoppy and alcoholic kick towards the end.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the carbonation, sharp on the tip of your tongue and dampening on the back. Drink-ability wise I'm suprised to see the high scores given out in the past. This is not a session beer, and drinking more than one or two is going to be out of the question for most.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 00:35:55 | More by Ralphus
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

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

I have been sitting on my only Westmalle Triple for over 3 months now. I have been really looking forward to sampling this rave beer!

Poured into a goblet/chalice (Kapittel Watou) with an amber wheat color and a yeasty hue and deliciously apetizing multi-level thick head.

The first smells coming through are fresh baked bread, toasted candy sugar, fresh deep malted barley, and a touch of cloves mixed with coriander.

Wow the first taste is of bitter hops followed by a roundedly smooth hop/malt symphony and a light yeast almost witbier finish. The very last thing you sense is the reminder of hops in the back of your throat. The taste of this beer is everything you hope for in a triple (particularly if you are a lover of IPA's).

Mouthfeel is very full but not oily or overdone. This beer has one of the best balances to include mouthfeel that I have ever experienced.

I would call this beer exceptionally drinkable if not for the 9.5% ABV and the very high price tag (I ended up paying $6.75 for 1 11.2 oz bottle - OUCH!!!). Despite the price I will say that I plan on picking up 4 more to hold on to for about 2 years. I think in about 2-3 years this beer will peak. I loved it at around 4 months.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:21:54 | More by PerzentRizen
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william5586

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge fluffy white head that filled the top of the glass and refused to subside. Golden yellow color. Tons of lace that covered the entire opposite side of the glass as you drink.

S- spices and citrus

T- Sweet hoppy citrus taste. Spice and alcohol hits towards the end and warms nicely.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation

D-could drink as many as i had :]

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 21:24:27 | More by william5586
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy orange yellow with a ton of floating yeasties and a mountainess dollup of cream colored head. Sticky lacing in abundance.

Fantastic aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, candy sugar, lemon, and light caramel.

Tastes of malts, a sharp spiciness, lemon, banana, yeast, and white pepper. Finish is clean and dry. The 9.5% alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied, slightly tart and dry, and lightly carbonated.

Mmm...this tripel from Westmalle hit the spot. Easy to drink and easier to love. A must try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 01:44:13 | More by Monkeyknife
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AlexF

Quebec (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is two extreme. No taste or bad taste, and too much flavour on the other end. We'll all agree that we prefer to eat and drink stuff that are leaning on the tasty side... but how often have we encountered things that were just TOO much? This beer offers perfect equilibrium in a Tripel.

Flawless appearance, huge foamy head, gold colour with lots of yeasts. Smells of orange, cherry and citrus in a not-too-fruity way.

Taste is once again very balanced. Fruitiness, malt, hop, everything mixes in a perfect way.

This beer is the best tripel I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:55:36 | More by AlexF
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fav920

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anyone like La Fin Du Monde? So do I and this tripel is better! Pours a little darker than other tripels i've had, almost orange like an IPA. Mine was bottled 10/30/07, so got a bonus to find one a year old! Fantastic taste, very sweet, with a slight hop-bite, and very smooth. Could drink this all day if not for the ABV! If I could drink $10 beer every day, I would hope they all had such a quality taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:17:05 | More by fav920
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bilyboy65

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my standard tasting pilsner style glass.

A: Very cloudy and syrupy looking. Head is very white, thick and lasting. Marks the glass with every pull. There is little film on the glass to shout its high alcohol content. There is a lot of lacing from the head though.

S: For being so high in alcohol it has a very malty-sweet smell without a lot of alcohol behind it. Scents of sugar cane, yeast, malts and a mix of spices. The main spice being licorice.

T: Taste is also very complex. There is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, but its mainly a sweet flavor. Letting it sit on the tongue for a little bit you can really detect the licorice and sweet malts. Both kinda hide the yeast flavors.

M: Full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Surprisingly doesn't leave behind a trail of where its been.

D: Don't think drinking a lot of these are in order, but finishing one 750ml bottle won't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:53:20 | More by bilyboy65
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Bananaman

Sweden

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice tripel from Westmalle, I'm not a huge fan of their Dubbel, but this one is pretty original and really nice actually.

Hazy light-orange color with a huge white head.

Smells really nicely! Lots of apricot, citrusfruits and some hops.

Taste is really beautiful too. Lots of hops, it's quite bitter actually. Some nice notes of unmatured grapefruit and pineapple. The only negative thing is that the high ABV gets a bit much in the long run.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 16:17:16 | More by Bananaman
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bpwatl

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The monks clearly are blessed by God. I heard about this beer from a magazine and put in an order at our local beer store. The owner of the store said "good luck" because the monks didn't make very much this year. To my pleasant surprise, he called the next day and said he surprisingly had some in stock.

Aside from the monster head this beer creates it's an amazing product and worth digging around for!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 00:00:50 | More by bpwatl
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark and cloudy orangish body with a mountainous head - took forever to die and left lace all over the glass. Smell is hearty, with some champange style smells coming through (partially due to high carbonation), including a hint of oak and dark fruits, along with light malts and spices, plus hints of tropical and citric fruits. Only a Belgian could pack this smell. Taste is more of the same, although a tad sour for my liking. The beer has a very crisp, almost biting feel to it, but still goes down smooth and there are flavors of fruits, figs, malts like caramel, some peppery spices and a hint of hops which leads to a quasi-dry finish (mostly fruity though). The ABV is hidden well, and this is a sipper over a session beer but this is one great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 17:20:38 | More by clayrock81
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. best by 14 04 10

Pours a brilliantly clear vibrant light yellow-gold in color with a finger and a half of dense, rocky white head that never seems to face. An exquisite looking beer. Nice aroma with fruity esters (citrus and banana), a bit of phenols (peppery and spicy) and a very light malt character. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma. The phenols dominate the flavor but they aren't overwhelming in their intensity. The esters are again present but the citrus flavor is considerably more noticeable than the light banana and light pear flavors that linger at the edges. There is a bit of malt character that comes through but its fleeting and always supporting another flavor. Mouthfeel is quite good, medium-light body with effervescent carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, this brew manages to sneak in 9.5% ABV that is (damn near) impossible to detect. I enjoyed this quite a bit and I will certainly revisit this brew, hopefully with a fresher palate so I can more fully appreciate its excellence.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 01:48:34 | More by mnj21655
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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