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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,590
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 242
Gots: 301 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of descartes


3.58/5  rDev -16.7%

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Murky light orange color with half finger of head.
Smell: Rich malty aroma, hints of apple and a whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Slight fruitness in the middle, otherwise the hop/carbination combo overpowers anythinge else.
Mouthfeel: Feels thin and wattery.
Drinkabitlity: Not my thing, could tone down the hops and have a slightly thicker body.

01-02-2006 14:10:43 | More by descartes
Photo of davidchollar


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

got this in the mail a few weeks ago as a birthday present to myself, and i've been waiting so patiently for tonight. i'm still quite new to the world of belgian beer, but i know enough to be really excited about trying one of the top tripels for the first time.

poured into a chalice, an amazing cloudy dark gold with a head that is huge and thick. this foam dies down after a few minutes but never goes away, adding to the appeal of this fine brew. smells delightful. thoughts of lots of fruit and spicy gum. definitely malty, but i do not smell 9.5% abv.

nor do i taste it. there is an alcohol presence that is very obvious, but it works with the flavor - enhancing it rather than dominating it. i look at the abv as a warning. sip this 750ml bottle slowly man, i can almost hear this beer advising me. wow. i am not disappointed, this one kicks ass.

01-01-2006 16:09:31 | More by davidchollar
Photo of bignick


4.9/5  rDev +14%

I drank this on X-mas 2005.

This is a tremendous beer. It pours a cloudy gold with a great head. It smells floral and of alcohol. The taste is wonderfully complex. The fruity yeast flavor has many layers. I detect apples and oranges and just an overall fruity sweetness. The alcohol comes through, although this is, nonetheless, a dangerously drinkable beer.

12-29-2005 19:34:49 | More by bignick
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.9/5  rDev +14%

Pours a beautiful golden brown color with a strong head and lacing. Smells of sweet hops with woody flavors with undertones of orange and apple. Has a calming affect that is really nice. Feels slightly warm and smooth in your mouth. Goes down warm and smooth.

12-27-2005 09:57:01 | More by Erdinger2003
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

A great beer. Straw yellow with a thick fluffy white head. There's an alcoholic bite to the smell, which smells sweet and somewhat like apples and pears.

Tastes like spiced plum, yeast, malts and apples. There are hints of sugar and hops.

Carbonation is well done, and this is an enjoyable sipping beer.

12-27-2005 05:47:07 | More by BDTyre
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

What a fabulous beer. Pours a beautiful murky gold with a lush velvetty head. Some nice lace remains on the sides.The smell is floral and malty with some alcohol esters and kind of a dandelion, heather combination in the floral aspect. Strong effervescence in the mouthfeel provides an excellent finishing sensation to a great beer. Drinkability is excellent for a beer of this potency. Outstanding!!!

12-26-2005 01:15:06 | More by rousee
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temp in bottle-specific glassware.

Appearance: Truely a sight to behold, the head is magnifacent and billowy, making a dome of foam above the beer. Tons of carbonation visible, a steady stream rising from the Chimay shield etched in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Huge musty malts immedietly when the bottle is pryed open. Toffee and carmel, slightly grass. Sweet, with a nice belgien yeast component.

Taste: Very good, rich and full. Yeasty clove, alcohol is strong and adds flavor to the doughy flavor of this beer. Satisfying hop finish. These monks know how to brew a darn good beer.

Drinkability: Fanastic, this makes me want to try the Westmalle Dubbel. A near perfect sipper.

12-24-2005 19:46:13 | More by TastyTaste
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Ontario (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +14%

Clear gold with a big poofy white head. There are a few small bits of yeast (I guess) floating around, and a constant stream of small bubbles maintains the head. Lots of lace sticking to the glass as the head fades to a thin layer.

Big, alcoholic smell. Fruity, grassy. Medicinal. Smells fresh and delicious.

Somewhat sweet, lots of bitterness up front, and in the aftertaste. Complex flavours I can't really describe. Slightly nutty, banana chips.

Feels light, with the carbonation attacking the tastebuds quickly. Turns creamy with a slight drying later on.

Too high. Feeling a bit lightheaded already. But so good, I could drink this all night long. (All night would be something like an 1 hr, then I'd fall asleep)

12-21-2005 01:37:11 | More by allergictomacros
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Pours a cloudy orange with a large white head that is very slow to dissipate, remaining until I finished the beer. Lacing is substantial. Smell is very complex, with bready notes, spices, cloves, peppery hints and an underlying alcoholic flavour. Tastes fruitier than I'd expected, with some banana and sweetness, along with some very nice spices, cloves obvious, and apparent hot alcohol, which was still pretty well-hidden for 9.5%. Feels thick and creamy, just beautiful, and is very drinkable. The pinnacle of the style, as far as I'm concerned. Just great.

12-19-2005 17:46:11 | More by Mandrake
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3.35/5  rDev -22.1%

Okay so I picked up a 750 ml of this one because it happened to be the exact same price as 12 fl oz. Go figure. It pours out nicely. Amber body with a frothy, pillowy white head. Could appear more carbonated, but the head remains thick and tall the entire time I drink this. The smell is earthy and grassy. A little sugary, but not anything for me to complain or boast about too eagerly. The taste is pretty average though. It is not particularly special as far as the style goes. The alcohol shines out a little too much. Overall, it is an earthy, yeasty, grassy flavor. No real deep complexity to talk about. It makes for an average medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly not as alcohol warming as I might expect from the flavor. Drinkability is decent, but because there are so many excellent members of the style available, I can't give it high marks in this category.

12-17-2005 07:49:05 | More by cracgor
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -22.1%

This beer poured to a quickly forming slowly dissipating white head. Smell is smoky and woody, quite nice actually. Taste is not terrible but rather harsh, as reflected in it's rather high ABV. mouthfeel is equally as harsh, the high ABV is once again. This beer is to be sipped and savored, overall not too bad but at the same time hard to swallow. Not something to be consumed in excess, but something to enjoy every now and again in small quantities.

12-17-2005 04:13:06 | More by funkengruven
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -26%

Pours the same gold color as my wedding band with a thick, creamy, head. Carbonation bubbles explode to the top. Thick lace. Smells bready and fruity with a faint alcohol smell. The front end of the taste is dominated my malty sweetness, then the alcohol kicks your tastebuds ass. All this leaves kind of a mildly hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Feels thick and creamy in the mouth.
It just doesn't seem to hide the alcohol that well to be very drinkable. Maybe my tastebuds aren't ready for the style. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I'm not rushing to try it again.

12-16-2005 04:41:05 | More by wcudwight
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).

T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style.

12-13-2005 01:51:31 | More by Derek
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%

Haven;t had a good tripel in a while. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while.

750 ML brown bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist Goblet.

A - A cloudy pale yellow-oragne color with a thin white head that has some staying power.

S - A fruity smell with a pretty big alcohol hint and some bubble gum aroma. A decent, well balanced smell.

T - Taste is a little more subdued than the smell with that same bubble gum type flavor. A little bit of alcohol in there. Not much of that fruity flavor. A bit of a fresh cut grass kind of taste ( I know that sound wierd)

M - Slick and bubbly on the tongue. Pretty decent feel.

D - I'm actually not really wowed by this one. By no means a bad Tripel but it doesn't leave me running back for more.

12-06-2005 00:00:18 | More by EStreet20
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

Westmalle Tripel
11.2 oz brown bottle
Month/Year notched for November 2004
11/07/07 labeled on the back
Served in a St Feuillien goblet

Pours a cloudy mustard yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that stream to the top of the glass. Chunks of sediment float on the bottom. Thin white lace that leaves random trails of the lace.

Rather clean nose with whiffs of pepper, herbs, pears and Belgian yeast.

Syrupy juice on the palate with a bubble gum and pineapple flavor. A tad spicy, very interesting. Creamy and smooth, yet tart and juicy. This is brewed and crafted perfectly. Highly complex and very drinkable.

Hands down, one the best Tripels I've ever had. Complex and guaranteed to stimulate the taste buds. Mighty enjoyable. Recommended.

12-04-2005 00:40:17 | More by Hibernator
Photo of barrelman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer really blows my mind when you combine its appearance with the rest of the characteristics.

There is so much flavor in a beer this light. It has the appearance of an MGD, but the similarities stop there. The body is rich. Taste hides the abv. so well, I find it hard to believe the facts (which I suppose come from monks, so you gotta believe them, huh?).

I find this to be a killer brew. woowed me from the pour. Cheers.

11-28-2005 01:56:57 | More by barrelman
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

This is the best Tripel I have had yet. I picked a 750ml of this on some advice from reviews I have read and I was not dissapointed.

Pours a hazy golden-range color into my Duvel tulip. Head is significant but dissapates leaving the lace behind.

Smell is wonderful. Very sweet and malty. Nice clove and alcohol overtones as well.

Taste is phenomenal. Malty sweet at first. You can really taste the Belgian candy sugar. It then becomes warming as the beer finishes hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel is very balanced. All the flavors seem to stay with you in between every sip. I have never had a beer that can do this. Fantastic.

Drinkability is dangerously good. You want to drink this more and more but it will sneak up on you.

All in all, one of the best beers I have ever had. I am not big on Belgians but this one is great. I just wish I could have it in Belgium. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Anyway, but for the price tag, I would buy cases of this stuff.

11-25-2005 17:48:05 | More by Terp96
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.

Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.

Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.

Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.

Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.

Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb.

11-25-2005 00:41:24 | More by scruffwhor
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of soapy lacing around the sides of the glass

Smell: Extremely complex and each time I sniff I pick up different aromas - apricot, vanilla, balsa wood, barnyard funk, candy sugar, banana, and medicinal tones

Taste: Expecting the usual tripel profile, I was quite surprised not to pick up the sweet tones on the front of the palate; starts out very yeasty and bready with some unripe tropical fruit and green apple flavors that are quickly subsumed by a bitter, almost medicinal aspect; the finish is quite unusual, with the bitterness dominating in a not unpleasant way

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and velvety, with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: With its tannic bitterness, this is not a beer I want to consume in quantity, but it is an interesting change of pace and would work well with sharp cheese

11-23-2005 22:11:06 | More by brentk56
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

This brew pours a cloudy semi-transparent pale orange color. The one-finger head is white and creamy. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is huge, juicy orange peel, spices. The taste is full and juicy. Orange peel dominates the sip leading into a tangy finish, and onto a warm alcoholic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Overall, this is a very good tripel; one of the better ones I have had.

11-20-2005 18:18:57 | More by KarlHungus
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%

The Westmalle glass is a thing of beauty, and so is the sweet Tripel within.

Pours a hazy golden honey colour almost seeming to glow from within, with a thick and lacy white head. Aroma was apples, sweet malts, caramel, banana and spice. Taste was a very strong sweet honey up front, with a clovey spicy middle, and some balancing hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was creamy and very smooth, even with the effervescence. The high ABV is well hidden, but is definitely warming on the tongue and throat. This is a great beer, and a fantastic Tripel, but definitely not a session beer, one a day is enough.

11-17-2005 18:39:47 | More by tatterdash
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4.3/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Mostly clear, golden color with little head that forms "islands" and little lacing.

Smell: Some alcohol, sweet smelling, yeasty and pleasant.

Taste: Wheaty, yeasty, sweet (candy notes), hint of anise with an alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: very fizzy on the tongue, goes down smooth, a bit of a creamy feeling.

Drinkability: Great for winding down at the end of the night, could never get tired of this one!

Overall a great beer and would recommend it to anyone!

11-16-2005 04:37:14 | More by stof0048
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

In my mind you can't really buy a better Tripel than this wonderful Trappist. It was poured into a typical Belgian snifter style glass and immediately sprouted an inch-thick, white, foamy, creamy head. It left excellent lacing. The body was amber colored, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was excellent, lots of banana, candy sugar, clove, citrus and sweet fruits. The bouquet was almost enough to sit and enjoy, but the taste was something else as well. You could definitely detect a large ammount of alcohol, but not nearly as much as is actually present. It is well-hidden behind a complex taste of clove, spice, sugars, mild hoppiness, yeasts and bananas. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated yet not very biting; it's creamy and refreshing and is absolutely excellent to the last sip. Please do yourself a favor and try this beer. Especially if you're a fan of Tripels like me.

11-13-2005 19:56:22 | More by sinistrsam
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

I just recently rediscovered the tripel, and I'm trying to hit all the big ones again and re-evaluate. Appears a cloudy gold color, with some yeast swimming around. Big white head that doesn't quite last. Smell is very grainy, full of yeast and a strong pizza dough scent as well as some almost tart grassy scents. Taste has a soft sweet malt backbone. Light grassy hops accent a spicy, yeasty, estery taste. A slight alcohol kick gives this beer a nice edge. Love the balance between sweet and spicy. Nice and subtly complex, and balanced enough to pull it off. Gotta hand it to the trappist monks once again.

11-10-2005 03:53:27 | More by twelvsies
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

Deep golden body with a creamy white head. Mild haziness. Decent head retention and gorgeous Belgian lace. Aroma of Belgian yeasts, vinous and citrus fruit, clove, sweet malts, candi sugar… ok already its complex. On to the taste. Sweet malts and Belgian sugar balanced with orange and clove spices. Mild alcohol presence, but well balanced with the Medium body and carbonation. Light bitterness and moderate carbonation. Crisp in the mouth with a slightly drying finish.

My favorite beer. Well-balanced complexity with nice warming alcohol presence that is noticeable but not overwhelming. Every time I drink one of these I notice something new in the layers of flavor and aroma. Never boring, always amazing.

11-10-2005 01:12:45 | More by Shovelbum
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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