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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,567 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,567
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 237
Gots: 290 | 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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dgallina

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a cloudy golden-orange, with a very firm and long-lasting white head which creates lots of lace on the glass. Fruity and viney aromas. Lots of spice and some alcohol. Sweet and winey initial flavors, which deepen with spices and balancing bitterness into the middle. Finishes quite dry and with strong carbonation; almost champagne-like. Long-lasting taste which slowly spreads warmth throughout the body. High alcohol content is very well-balanced, creating a complex and very satisfying beer.

10-13-2004 23:23:54 | More by dgallina
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Largely clear, some sediment slipped into my glass, the liquid was a magical shade of tawny-gold. It is simply beautiful. And this says nothing about the whipped foam topping the beery nectar. The head was at least three fingers in height, the white mass was rocky and it held very well. The head was slow to fade, at the lowest point it was still a finger in height. Impressive. Subsequent lacing was patchy but it clung very well. This beer is pure eye-candy; I’m digging it. The complexity of the nose is very impressive. There is no dominant aroma, nothing stands out but it is not like every aroma is yelling over each other. No they are quite egalitarian, sometimes a smell of hay leads the charge but other times it was funky horse blanket, then again a fruitiness coupled with spice spoke up. There is also pepper, and licorice, sometimes there was a suggestion of bubblegum. Sugary. Tart. Musty. Oranges. Apples in a wooden basket next to an open jar of ginger and nutmeg…boy, was that some poetic drivel or what! Maybe, but it is true. I wish the potency was louder but this is a common complaint with me. Very inviting, I need to stop smelling and take a sip. The palate does have a start and a finish and one hell of a middle! This is unlike the nose. Upfront the palate is raw and surprisingly hoppy, firm bitterness that lingers into the middle where it is quickly teamed up with some well-placed astringency. A bite of alcoholic heat cuts the party short, or so I thought, but in actuality more friends were invited to the party. And they were a fruity bunch! Oranges mainly, lemony citrus too, some apples and grapes in the mix, and these guys start to dance with some spicy ladies. Nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and pepper performed a tasty tango. There were yeasty moments as well but the finish was quite herbal with a noticeable blast of malt (rather clean, very nice!). This ending is quite firm, I like that. In the aftertaste a peppery jolt mixes with some fruit, bubblegum and razor sharp acidity, oh so dry! Bring on a platter of cheese and fruit, please. The palate is heavenly from start to finish. Complex and damn tasty! There is nothing I’d change about the taste. Medium in body, big, lively carbonation, the body is both firm and pliable. Yet there is a softness about it. This is another impressive aspect of this beer. So drinkable, it is yummy beyond words. I could drink this daily and surprisingly it is available in Omaha, where I purchased this bottle for $5.00. I will buy more. I have to. It is so good. This is the best Tripel I have ever had and second best is somewhere in a distant abyss. Highly recommended.

10-13-2004 14:17:38 | More by bditty187
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Cloudy golden white body is topped by a billowing white head. The aroma is classic Belgian, with the farmhouse like smells of hay, horse blanket, and dust, along with pepper and mustard like spiciness. The taste is delicate, and a lot drier than others of the style. The alcohol is quite hot and spicy, and there is a fair level of hop bitterness as the beer laps the tongue. This Tripel does not try to hide the strength it possess, but instead tries to sweep you off your feet with it. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel only invites you to drink up and feel the magic.

10-12-2004 04:34:04 | More by rajendra82
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etaggie09

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: butterscotch color with a quickly diminishing off-white head. low to moderate carbonation. a nice cloudy golden color.

Aroma: sweet fruity lemony smell with some apricot and other fruit in it. some nice alcohol smells.

Taste: lemony citric with a fruity alcoholic kick. Oh wow! Nicely balanced malt and hop flavor. Dry aftertaste. Man this is good.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style. good carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Notes: This is the nectar of the gods. I love this beer.

10-11-2004 15:52:18 | More by etaggie09
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

From "Bistro des bières belges" on Montreal's south shore (bottle was 9,5% rather than 9 as shown here). The glass looks somehow oldish and interesting, looks even better once the golden beer is in it. It smells hmm.. perhaps yeasts and some hops too along with spices. The taste is more sour than most trappists I've had, alcohol level becomes obvious, spices stay on the tongue for a little time

09-28-2004 14:54:47 | More by Rastacouere
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

It poured nicely with a beatiful puffy well formed head and hazy dark gold body. The aroma is a true gift. Many good smells involved; clove/orange/spice/even cotton candy. On contact, it comes across as smooth yet peppery then soon transfers to coriander notes. The finish quickly shifts gears into a more bitter and grainy flavor. There is one last splash of a clove-like character deep in the palate. Another truly wonderful belgian offering.

09-22-2004 00:44:53 | More by Hhawk06
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

Another trappist beer that I have been waiting to try. Love the bottle and label. This beer pours out a golden orange color with a good size white head that builds and builds. Extremely effervesant. Looks almost like a snow storm. The smell is sharp, sweet and dry. Fruity and spicy. The head looks just like a white cloud.

The taste is amazing! So smooth and complex, it just blows me away. Spicy with some hints of fruit in the beginning. The middle is dry and then gives way to some alcohol and warming notes. The aftertaste is where I find the hop bitterness. Just the right amount.

A couple things suprised me about this beer. First would be how crystal clear it is. Second would be how effervesant it is. These take nothing away from the beer, it just suprised me. Find it and drink it. I love it!

09-21-2004 22:22:11 | More by CharlesRiver
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

Every time I smell this beer I get a good feeling and am happy that there are beers that are just perfect. Smell is very hoppy with some fuits and the taste is hard to beat. Lots of hops and also some malttaste. Cause of the high fermentation it's sometimes even to tempting, and mostly I only stop drinking this holy beer when there is no more.... Rare that a beer with almost 10% alcohol flows down so easily and taste that great!

09-21-2004 11:29:14 | More by paterlodie
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bashiba

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

The appearance is a very cloudy yellow orange with a tons of bright white head, while big peices yeast can be seen floating freely about and settling to the bottom. Takes a long while to pour and for the head to settle.

The scent is very sweet and lemony, but not particularly strong.

The taste is a great combination of Sweet and Bitter both showing up in high doses. You can taste some citrus, honey, butterscotch, and some minor alcohol notes. The taste seems very complex and lingers nicely on your tongue.

It has a very nice crisp and satisfying mouthfeel, even a little almost tingles a little. Very nice.

This is a very drinkable beer as long as you plan on enjoying it, very much a sipping beer, almost like a fine scotch or whiskey. I could drink this all night and probably find several nuances in the flavor I'm missing.
Great stuff.

09-20-2004 02:30:29 | More by bashiba
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

This beer is bright and light with a big white head. The flavours are fruity and yeasty with a light countenance to whole proceedings. I wonder if this beer lacks the depth of darker Trappist beers such as Rochefort 10 or Chimay Blue. This is a great beer in its execution and intent.,

09-19-2004 05:35:26 | More by canucklehead
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Sampled in a Westmalle chalice.
Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with visible yeast particles. The head starts of really big but becomes thin and patchy quickly, lacing is rather subdued. The aroma is of citrus fruits, perfumey malts, and herbal hops. The taste is sweet and spicey. Malts and kandy sugar mingle with a tangy citrus quality and very clear apple notes, its almost cidery. Theres great hop definition and a subtle phenolic character as well. Alcohol is evident but, like all good Belgium brews, definitely masks its full girth. The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious from a massive amount of fine carbonation bubble. This is a classic Belgium beer.

09-18-2004 02:14:26 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Doppel07

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3%

Dark honey-lemon and yeasty body with swirling carbonated jets and a thick spumous white head. Yeasty aroma of oranges, coriander, mellow esters, and honey. Certain flavor characteristics specifically remind me of Orval, oddly. Great malt-sour-bitter balance here. Darkened sugar flavor and sweetness. Nice even palate. This beer has great synergy... the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. My favorite tripel.

09-09-2004 04:44:53 | More by Doppel07
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BrewMaster

California

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle chalice-like glass. Beautiful frothy white head on top of a pale golden/orange colored beer. The aroma is rather citrusy.

They flavor is very fruity and yeasty. Sweet with a lot of of cider and citrus character. A touch of corriander too. A sweet finish that leaves a delicate malt taste on the palate.

09-06-2004 19:51:01 | More by BrewMaster
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Denali

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%

Package: 11.2 oz. Bottle. Bottle capped. Stamped date 19/11/05.

Appearance: Extremely thick foamy-soapy stubborn white head that subsides very slowly but still remains enough to coat the liquid and lace the glass. Slightly opaque orange-amber with lots of bubbles cascading to the top.

Smell: Nice aroma. Sweet malt. A little yeasty/bready. Hops aroma also notable. Slightly spicy (coriander?). Alcohol aroma also tickles my nose a bit.

Taste: Nutty and sweet malt flavor up front, but is also combined with bitter hops taste. Middle is more dominated by hops. Malt and hops then trade back and forth, eventually fading into a hoppy and then nutty aftertaste. But each sip brings a different dominant flavor – sometimes a nutty flavor dominates, other times the hops dominate, and yet other times the malt sweetness becomes more pronounced. Sometimes the alcohol pokes its way through and dominates as well. Long timeline of flavors going on here. One of the more complex tasting tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation with dry finish.

Drinkability: The heavy carbonation detracts from the drinkability a bit.

Comments: Enjoyable but not outstanding. Although there was a lot of complexity, I would have preferred more sweetness to balance the hops and alcohol bitterness.

09-04-2004 02:12:53 | More by Denali
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necoadam

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours out a peachy/orange color with a nice amount of carbonation that takes a little time for it to settle down. Smell consisted of tropical fruits, a little bit musty, yeasty, with some spice in the background. Taste was quite good. Lots of fruit hit the palate all over the place with some hops and malts balancing out everything. It was quite smooth and the right amount of carbonation was in there as well. One of the best tripel's out there. (Better be, it's from Belgium).

08-30-2004 19:12:41 | More by necoadam
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: A heavy orange brown color with a thin head. The body is cloudy and swish action shows some sediment in the bottom of the glass. "Sad raincoat in an autumn downpour."

Smell: Fruity smell overall, but mildly so. There were a few herb smells in there too - rosemary? I had hard time rating the smell. Tripels I have had so far are much more aromatic, but at the same time the subtle odors of this beer were still inticing to me. "A cool breeze of apple trees."

Taste: Taste is very powerful, more so than the smell leads you to believe. The tongue begins to water heavily as soon as the beer hits it. It has a sparky fruity flavor like old apple cider mixed with an alcohol and herb combination that is exquisite. "Vacation home; an early evening relaxer on the wrap around porch."

Mouthfeel: While I have already mentioned some of this, I feel it necessary to mention that the body is so thick that it really carries the flavors for a long time in your mouth, tongue, and throat. This is a seriously smooth beer. "Butter makes it better."

Drinkability: This beer is a good repeater. I think that its price is a little prohibitive from buying many of them. This is, however, not a session beer, so I'm not sure what I'd do with 12 or 24 of them. Hmmm, actually I do know what I'd do...and it'd be trouble. "Drink, Rinse, and Repeat."

08-28-2004 21:31:41 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

This pours out a murky light orange with plenty of floaties swimming around in the body. It has about 2 fingers high of white foam covering the top and leaves nice sheets of lace about the glass. The aroma is made up of yeast, spice and a slight sweetness. There is also a lemony zest coming from the aroma as well. The taste is spicy with a nice mild sweetness that gets balanced by a slight bitterness. The after taste is a bitter with a peppery bite to it. Mouthfeel is great with a very filling quality about it. This is also highly drinkable and goes down fairly easy for the style. Excellent all around beer that is one of my favorite triples.

08-26-2004 16:19:05 | More by meathookjones
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Trentonator

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

We are under a tornado warning here in Kansas City. As such, I jokingly told my drinking companion that if we were going to die tonight, then we were going to go out whilst drinking good beer. Perusing my selections, I passed over the ubiquitous Chimays, the standard Samuel Smiths and both a Celebrator Doppelbock and Sierra Nevada. All great beers, without question, but I wanted the best of the best. Towards the back of the fridge, I spied the coveted Westmalle Tripel, which appeared like some sort of heavenly apparition (cue the choir music).

In an almost ritualistic pouring, with lightning flashing above and tornado warnings on the sirens and all over the TV, I poured the Westmalle into my chalice like wine into the Holy Grail. If this was to be my last "supper", then so be it. This is BEER as God intended it to be. The Trappist Monks know God, and they know beer.

After the pour, a thick white head appeared, resembling the ominous clouds on the Kansas horizon. As the ample head dissipated ever so slowly, outdoors the crescendo of thunder and display of lightning was complimented by a lacing and bubbly countenance fit for this most momentous occassion. I held my chalice to the erupting skies and entrusted my fate to the monks that crafted this legendary nectar.

Appearance is AWESOME, and the smell is intoxicating even before the heavenly brew touches your lips. Taste is complex, changing every few minutes depending on the temp of the beer. It is at once yeasty and bready, hoppy and thick. The mouthfeel is soft, but also candy-sweet and chewy. Hard to put a finger on, much like the concept of religion itself. But you KNOW it is right, and you know it is righteous.

Make no mistake, this is the Mona Lisa of beers. It is exquisite, breathtaking, stunning, mysterious, delicious and all encompassing. You don't just quaff this brew, you savor it, cherish it, and behold it as the nectar of the gods. A true masterpiece.

Thankfully, the tornadoes passed. But I am forever a changed man after my religious experience with this beer.

08-24-2004 03:52:57 | More by Trentonator
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claytri

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

This pours a cloudy effervescent gold with a tannish head. There is also plenty of sediment. The aroma is of malt and fruit, and quite pleasing. The taste is almost a malty fruit punch. So many sweet tastes I can't pick them out, with a pleasant alcohol bite. The feel is a medium textured beer with a creamieness to it. This is a very good sweet beer with a nice bite to it. When in the mood it will be one I look for.

08-23-2004 00:30:14 | More by claytri
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rdrummer

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

One of the best of the Trappists in my opinion. I love the Westmalle Dubbel well, but the Tripel is my favorite. It pours a medium amber color with a cloudiness that is pleasant. There is a large white head with really long lacing. It is lightly carbonated and has a complex aroma of the yeast, citrus, and maybe banana. The taste is an amazing combination of sweetness and tartness with hints of clove, anise, citrus, figs, raisins, and an hint of hops at the end. There is a definite kick of alcohol but it is ameliorated by the sweetness of the malt.

It is heavy in the mouth for the lightness of the beer and is very clean and refreshing. Despite the alcohol content, I very much wanted another. I revisited this a day later with a similar experience. A great beer.

08-21-2004 22:55:57 | More by rdrummer
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -4%

Pours a hazy yellow with a huge frothy white head. Very lacy. Big white chucnks of lace throughout. Smlells lemony, peppery. Spicy and fruity, maybe nutmeg or allspice?

Taste is also lemony and spicy. Hints of cinnamon, black pepper and nutmeg. Yeasty. Some serious alcohol bite. Lightly fruity with bitter finish. A tripel with a distinctive hop profile? Very dry. Body is big and bold. Bitter, peppery aftertaste and damn dry on the tongue. Lots going on here and probably needs to smooth out with age a bit but a really bold beer.

08-21-2004 18:53:17 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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tjd25

France

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

A beautiful soft and silky head, smooth and lasting. Great. Opaque orange color body, with some light mahogany and golden notes. Fresh and yeasty notes of fruits. Bananas and grapefruit. Maybe vanilla and light sweet hints of strawberry. The taste starts with fruity and yeasty notes; then, the citric character remains, but a thick hoppiness appears, which combines flavors of citrus and a dark chocolate bitterness. A very warming alcohol character surrounds the mouth with some peppery notes. The mouthfeel is very interesting, very smooth and complex, with a hoppier character than other trappist brews.

08-14-2004 22:24:52 | More by tjd25
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Sampled 8/5/04 from a bottle marked "Best Before 5/16/04." After a medium pour, a good half of the chalice fills up with a huge, pure white head with small, persistent beads; almost a meringue-like quality. Vigorous carbonation currents rise through the center of the glass. Unfortunately, lacing is not as spectacular as the head itself would suggest. Color is a bright, brassy, golden-orange. Very subtle in the aroma department... grassy hop smell plays well over sweet--rather than dry--champagne aroma and sums up with a citric pithiness. Herbal (sage, basil (?)) elements are found yet deeper in the nose. Nosefeel is almost ethereally light, airy, and dry. Flavors are also firmly balanced: initial light, honeyish sweetness; main body of citrus peel and a barely bitter grassiness; finishes something like mandarin oranges and herbal tea (?!). (Trying to search for individual flavors... could this almost be too delicate?) Mouthfeel is warm without being alcoholic, smooth other than a touch of carbonation, and utterly dry in the finish. A superb sipping beer. Highly recommended.

08-12-2004 21:17:34 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a comprehensive envisioning of the style. There are (what has now become) typical tastes of bread and sharp, yeasty spice that front for a transcendent fruitiness that is itself religious in scope. This oft boring, singular style is emboldened in a way I expect dubbels and quadruples to be, but never their pale counterpart.

Vinous with an almost glyceral yet refreshingly carbonated mouthfeel. Full and chewy at times, mild and quaffable at others. Repressed alcohol adds a good deal of structure, but no interference of flavor. Passion fruit, citrus reduction.

Needs age. Sharp, phenolic, and too hoppy when fresh.

Relax, relax.
ng

08-06-2004 14:30:46 | More by ngandhi
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BeerManDan

California

2.55/5  rDev -40.7%

First of all, was not impressed with this beer. It tasted sour and unpleasent. I might have got a bad bottle of this Belgium Ale. It drank sour and had no flavor what so ever to be rated high. I wouldn't even consider it an average beer in the state that it was in. Sorry, pass on this one.

08-04-2004 20:46:46 | More by BeerManDan
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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