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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,501 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,501
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 266 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a St Bernardus goblet. Pours a clear, honey gold with a billowy, ivory head that retains well, and leaves classic Belgian sheet lacing behind. Nice aroma of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. Mouthfeel has fizzy carbonation and hard alcohol bite. Alcohol hits the palate immediately, without any disguise. Not good. Hop and yeasty bitterness dominate the taste. At room temperature, some banana and pear tastes struggle to emerge, but don't really arrive. I found this Tripel difficult to finish, as the taste is all unpleasant bitterness and overwhelming alcohol. Maybe the yeasts got out of whack in this bottle, but it's the first Belgian Tripel I didn't like. Very ho-hum.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 03:12:11 | More by merlin48
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is certainly different! The color is a thick, vibrant honey. The head is restrained, though the lace grips hard and rides out the journey. Aromas hint of tropical fruit bubblegum and of the high abv to follow. The mouthfeel is dry, aggressive and attacks without apology-very weighty. A strong bitter grasps the tongue and lingers. Again, fruity bublegum flavors, enveloped by rich, warming alcohol and more very extracted hop bitter. This is a real butt kicker, that would be best served with some food-where's the damn cheese?!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 02:07:13 | More by moulefrite
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marburg

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant, crisp, fleshy yellow color with big, clingy electric white head. Consistent and lively carbonation. Phenolic, yeasty, estery -- green grape skins slathered in raw honey accompany a snappy peppery aroma.

Very heavy on the vivid fruit flavors with a crisp, drying hop finish. Lemon, orange, melon rind. Bubble gum flavored pop rocks. Peppery zinger of a finish cleans up after a brief flirtation with potent alcohol flavors. Supreme balance. Top notch flavors and complexity. Just a great, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 22:08:35 | More by marburg
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-
Great looking yellowish orange with pulp-like sediment falling to the bottom of the glass, and a very white head which exploded upon pouring and fizzled away slowly.

Smell-
Citrusy and maltiness with alcohol smell that catches your attention

Taste-
Starts out with an almost overpowering taste of alcohol in the beginning, but after settling a bit the taste becomes more mellow with a nicely balanced malt and citrus taste. Work at this one slowly and swish it around a little and it quickly turns into a very enjoyable brew with a big kick.

Mouthfeel-
Mouthfeel was a too carbonated just after the pour, but after it sat and fizzled out a few minutes it became very smooth and full.

Drinkability-
Being new to this style and Beliums in general it was a little overpowering at first. But by the time I was finished I was hooked and I wanted another, but at five dollars a bottle I only had one in the fridge.

Overall a delicious beer, but one to be careful of. It will sneek up on you quickly!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 22:52:04 | More by yeagerbm
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: The beer is a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head. Thin lacing and a little sediment was noticeable. The aroma is very fruity, along with some yeast. Nedium body with a lot of alcohol initially, and it gets smoother very quickly. There is a nicely complex blend of fruit, spice, vanilla and hops. The finish is dry and fruity. I liked this one more than the Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 14:44:01 | More by Dogbrick
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden yellow with peach highlights capped with a ferociously thick and lasting head. Firm aromas of green apples and citrus fruits dominate hints of cereal and yeast finishing on notes of vanilla and hops. A respectable bead rises from the glass and expresses itself in the first sip. Round and heady body gives the impression of thickness in the mouth. Butterscotch and vanilla combine with powerful malt flavours to usher in a sweetness that is eventually overpowered by a drying and long bitterness. Long finish to this beer. Looking forward to having an older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 18:13:24 | More by Beersignal
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Chewy yeast, and creaminess weight and barley malt. . Get the right glass. Balanced but alcohol is there. Carbonation, significant fruit and some spice. Complex aroma and taste.
Had a year later and really appreciated beautiful head and doughiness. Had a fresh bottle two years later and really noticed mouthfeel, pineapple ester.
Seven years later, and pineapple in a good Belgian yeast.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 03:57:32 | More by Sammy
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

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

An exceptional ale that craves being devoured. Truly tasty and dangerous. This is a big beer that seems gulpable.

The hazy amber body is topped by nice off-white foam that laces very beautifully. The nose is great. Plenty of fruit, spice, and rich maltiness.

The taste is awesome. Light clovish and anise notes layer over the fruity goodness and malt sweetness.

Crisp, clean feel adds to the drinkability of this beer. Make no mistake, this is a creeper that will get you.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 23:48:35 | More by AtLagerHeads
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dpend

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy deep orange with a nice pillowed head. Retention was amazing and lasted the whole tasting. Aroma was just as impressive, with a sweetness of malts,wheats and fruits and lingering alcohol.A very complex beer with the taste of layers of fruits and malts interchanging throughout. Smooth and oily with a robust dry finish.A true pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 12:31:29 | More by dpend
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Charthepirate

New York

4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Crap. My Flemish roomate promised me a bottle of this when his friend came down from Belgium. He was pretty high on it, so I didn't know what to expect.

Pours a hazy, slightly red orange. Not a pleasant color. The head is truly magnificent. Huge and billowing, I poured maybe a quarter of a liter, and the head shot strait to the top of my half liter mug. Billowy, lasting nearly the whole beer.

Smell is wonderful, the almost wheat like smell of belgian yeast, with an aroma of a fine white wine. Alchohalic notes and an overriding sweetness.

This beer seemed to dance across my tounge, a thousand and one flavors playing across it. My God. I don't think I can describe it, but I'll try. After the initial kiss of carbonation some bold spicy fruits come through. Apple, pear, banana being most prevelant. A wonderful boquet not unlike fantastic white wine accompanies and outlasts the fruit. Finally a whiff of pepper and alchohal in the back of the mouth and an outstanding dry finish. My god.

This beer is a joy on the mouth. It enters smoothly, with enough carbonation to be interesting. As you swallow it seems to bubble and disspate from the tongue. Simply astounding.

No doubt about it, one of the best beers i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 22:04:41 | More by Charthepirate
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Hefe

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Chevy Chase maybe 3 or 4 mos. ago. Couldn't hold out any longer. 750ml corked bottle tasted on halloween 2003.

Appearance: Hazy golden hue with a rock solid head that won't quit.

Smell: Complex as all get out. Yeasty, fruity, winy, spicy, earthy. Yep, that about covers it.

Taste: Bam! but with more finesse, more even than the nose promised. The alcohol is there, but stays in the background, underpinning everything else. Yeast and honey, mix with a winey stone fruit flavor, and a mild spiced-hop character. The dry finish lasts for minutes

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, but there's weight here.

Drinkability: Esquisite, smooth, liquid gold.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 03:20:26 | More by Hefe
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goz

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy medium golden/orange, large white head which laces decently. Aroma is vinous, lot's of grape, sugar cookie dough, and honey. Flavor is sweet (candied sugar?), doughie, and vinous, with alcohol also playing a decent part in the flavor front. Medium-full bodied, too much alcohol present, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 21:08:40 | More by goz
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ellman

Indiana

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

Appearance: Chill Hazed golden orange. Highly Carbanated

Smell: Light malts with peper and alcohol with a sour note to it.

Taste: Refreshing and crisp. high in alcohol, high in flavor for being this light color.

Mouthfeel: good body. with like a sparkling wine bubblelyness

Drinkablility: Not to many but with its full taste its a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 00:27:58 | More by ellman
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellowish-gold hue with a tantalizing layer of pure-white head (creamy on top and spongey beneath), slight haziness, some varied-size bubbles rising quickly

Aroma: a big bloom of banana and malt initially, then clove and a bit of cotton candy, wisps of alcohol, bubble-gum, isopropyl

Flavor: peppery alcohol flavor is dominant (like a stiff drink!); the alcohol blooms in the palate and sort of disappears, leaving: a grainy maltiness and some over-ripe pear fruitiness followed by a terse bitter taste (not so sure if it's from hops, though); the finish is pretty dry with the bitterness lingering long in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, champagne-like carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 14:38:29 | More by GreenCard
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Andreji

Colombia

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gave Westmalle another chance right in downtown Amsterdam while having lunch.

Pours a weiss like cloudy orange-gold with a nice dense creamy shining white head and some carbonation. lots-o-lacing.

The smell; wheaty, and abundantly spicy, even above a considerable feel of fruits. you can tell right off that its a rather dry tripel, an interesting turnaround from the usual strong but sweet appeal.

The taste was a total reassessment for me. there was still a strong alcohol character to it but now i've grown accustomed, rather fond of this reaction as an introduction to a very slight fruity feel, combined with yeast and grains that gave it a bit more of the spicy character. there's also some wheat as it becomes bitter, and the hops have a bit of a grassy character.

This is still not my favourite tripel but I've come to understand it is well worthwhile now. cheers to westmalle, finally.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 11:16:10 | More by Andreji
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Sigmund

Norway

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually prefer the Dubbel to this one. The Tripel is nonetheless a great beer. Colour is blonde and hazy, beer pours with an ENORMOUS head - too much, really. Lovely aroma of spices and citrus, flavour and aftertaste is spicy and quite bitter, not as complex and rounded as the Dubbel. Very potent with its 9.5% ABV, but the alcohol is relatively well hidden for a blonde. Like all trappistes well made, but not quite in the class of Rochefort.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 21:23:20 | More by Sigmund
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zerk

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a thin white head that leaves just a touch of lace. Aroma of banana, passion fruit, clove, and musty yeast. Flavor consists of tropical fruits, honey and cloves, with a dry and somewhat pungent hop bitterness. Has a pronounced flavor of alcohol in the finish. Carbonation is a little too high for my liking, with a light to medium body.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 17:37:28 | More by zerk
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BierReise

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 16-5-04. Poured without the yeast sediment and clear gold, added a bit of sediment which clouded slightly and gave it a tint of light orange. Aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of grapefruit, berries and white grapes. Alcohol also present in aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent finishing a bit dry. Flavor is yeasty and malty with citrus overtones. Alcohol also making an appearance giving a nice warming sensation. Overall a nice complex tripel with lots of character.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 21:13:49 | More by BierReise
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.

Smell – Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.

Taste – This is hard core. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.

The fruits are amazing. This is raw, organic, just bought at the local health food store kind of flavors. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel – This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that I’ve ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.

Drinkability – The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.

Comments – The say that this style originated right here at Westmalle. I can certainly believe it. There is a depth to this ale that I am failing to describe. This thing is awesome.

Update – This was the 12th beer that I review on the site. Now, in 2004, over 1,000 reviews later, I thought I’d re-write my rating.

I have had other Belgians that shared portions of these flavors, but nothing that brings them all together like this one. This really is the ultimate Tripel in my book and certainly sets the standards for all others. The balance is the key to this ale, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 01:39:45 | More by RoyalT
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TheDM

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a medium head of fine to large sized bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a cloudy yeasty light orange brown body. It has a mild yeast-malt aroma and a strong yeast bread flavor. The mouthfeel is initially tingling but soon diminsihes. This is indeed a very nice well rounded brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 22:14:34 | More by TheDM
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leeenglewood

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I acquired this bottle, 33cl,from a friend who had just been in Brussels so I assume this beer is fresher then most that are bought within the states. Poured a slightly dark golden color and possessed a head that lurked around for a few minutes. Taste was near nirvana with almost no hop being apparent but a perfect balance of the malt and hop was there not to make the sweetness cloying. Mouthful was a thick and was of thick and splendid malt making this beer extremely drinkable and almost addictive I wish I had permanent friends in Brussels to bring me samples of this fine beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 02:49:07 | More by leeenglewood
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jcalabre

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must send a big thanks to herbjones for giving me this one.
Appearance: This Tripel pours a hazy golden color with a big, foamy white head.
Aroma: The nose has a lot of spice & yeast in it. It is a very pleasant smell.
Taste: Westmalle Tripel tastes great. It's medium bodied, tingly on the tongue & a delight to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 18:10:52 | More by jcalabre
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jreitman

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of citrus fruit, possibly orange. Nice underlying sweetness in the aroma. Highly caromanted and a pale gold in color with a white head. Candi sugar flavor and some orange on the tongue. Smooth drinking with a medium body. Overall quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 09:53:34 | More by jreitman
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a 11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice glass. It pours a hazy light orange color with about 1 finger of head that goes away quickly and leaves just a little lacing. The smell is a good blend of fruit and hops. The taste has a good citrus/spicy note to it, with a good balance of hops at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, and even at 9.5%, this is a very drinkable tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 20:20:10 | More by SheepNutz
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nomad

Kansas

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

One of those beers I've relished in a few times without bothering to piece together a review. So here are some thoughts after varying results from different bottles. Dedication and much thanks to BA foxylady on this one...

Pours a gorgeous gold color with uber-abundant carbonation that keeps coming up all over the place. Has the softest looking thin head ever. Some great chunky lace and some soft lace, too.

Smell includes yeasty, light banana, and clove scents. Just through my nose I could pick up the very complex blend of malt, hops, and yeast. The younger the bottle (a problem with imports) the more fruity, fresh, warm, and appealing the scents will be.

The taste is an amazing cream and biscuit flavor, like a liquid bread from god. Has a succinct hops tinge that is superbly executed, it lies in the background and is very fresh. Has little earthy and herby notes, too. Warming from the alcohol, but ticks up the bits of sugary sweet swimming around in the flavors. A truly phenomenal taste, for me the definition of a tripel.

Has a long and pleasantly dry finish, a nice soft mouthfeel with small stabs at the tongue from the carbonation; both complement the cream, biscuit, herby, and sugar flavors so well.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 14:46:57 | More by nomad
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,501 ratings.