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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,589 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,589
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 241
Gots: 299 | 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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KristofH

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-16-2014 10:23:30 | More by KristofH
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utopiajane

New York

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a perfect white head of soft foam. Excellent retention and handsome lace. This beer glowed in the glass and was perfect to look at. Nose is banana, apricot, bubblegum, pale malt, lightly yeasty, complex and layered. Slightly medicinal. Some floral and hay. Perfumey with honey and light biscuit. There’s a quick breath of orange peel and a just enough spice. Taste follows the nose all the way. Buoyant on the palate, vivacious, balanced, supple and creamy. There’s a little clove on the palate that wasn’t on the nose as much. Finishes dry and slightly sticky.

This beer is outstanding, cultivated and refined. It’s not assuming but it is assured and significant in it’s exceptional character. A well done tripel like this is a sweet delight.

06-12-2013 12:23:47 | More by utopiajane
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a HUGE three finger billowy white head. Absolutely amazing head retention and gobs of lacing once the head finally does fade.

Incredible aroma of yeast and clove along with peaches and some bubblegum. Quite spicy but light and almost tropical at the same time. There is some light bread and vanilla as well. A touch of dark fruit and flowers.

Flavor of clove and peaches along with coriander and orange peel. More vanilla and tropical fruit along with a very light touch of biscuit. More perfume and flowers along with a breath of alcohol leading to a warmth in the chest. Very dry mouthfeel that finishes with just a slight bit of stickyness.

Overall, this is perhaps the benchmark for the Tripel style and an absolutely amazing beer. Truly perfection in every sense of the word and world-class.

05-06-2013 02:05:52 | More by rangerred
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

From the 11.3 fl oz. bottle stamped: 14/06/13-3-003325. Sampled on May 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow with a cloudy bottle conditioned character and a small fizzy head. On the nose there is yeast, pale malts, spice, and tart citrus with the hops downplayed. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with an appealing yeasty and malty character than quickly morphs into a tart, peppery, dry hopped finish. This is not something for everyday drinking but instead something to be savored.

05-14-2012 21:51:19 | More by puboflyons
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tastyville

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours nicely, Head is bright and frothy. Aroma is buttery and maybe a little spicy. Taste is complex and does not develop instantly, which I love! Flavor develops from front to back slowly and reaches it's peak at the back of the throat and leaves a little bit of dryness (not too much). Very good balance. I like that it has a high ABV while not overwhelming the balance. I want more!!!

02-21-2013 01:30:29 | More by tastyville
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Mora2000

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4%

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is fruity. I get a lot of orange and lemon notes as well as some floral notes. There is some grass from the hops as well as some Belgian yeast and a little bit of candy sugar. The flavor is heavy on the yeast and orange citrus notes. I also get some sweetness from the candy sugar and a little bit of pepper and coriander. There is a little bit of alcohol detectable. The beer is very easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic.

08-05-2011 02:05:23 | More by Mora2000
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Great smell of white wine, apples and citrus fruits when you pour this hazy gold beauty. Giant, rocky white head crowns the brew and laces impressively down the flute. Even with a careful pour it's impossible to hold this foam in the glass. Fine carbonation escapes and trickles to the surface as I admire this Triple before sipping.

Upfront fruitiness combines plum, currant and some full bodied yeastiness with Belgian earthy flavors. Alcohol cuts the sweetness and makes this one of the dryer triples I have tried. Hops are way in the background and don't contribute any noticeable flavors. Spiciness lingers in the dryish finish. This my first experience with Westmalle and won't be the last.

11-16-2002 16:34:42 | More by QXSTER1
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jbowers56

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +4%

A pale golden colour - cloudy. Fancy puffy head which leaves reasonable lacing.

Sweet malty fruits dominate the nose. Maybe dried apricots, pear, banana and some others. There is also a phenolic note, presenting cloves and some medicinal qualities. Alcohol is just barely noticeable.

Amazing. So much fruit, mostly the fruits I got in the nose. Sweetness is there but kept in check by a mild hop bitterness which blends very well with the spicy/phenolic qualities of the yeast.

So full in the mouth but never overly heavy. A beautiful beer to drink.

05-11-2010 12:41:45 | More by jbowers56
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cjgator3

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +4%

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice, this one is stunning. Pours a golden yellow color with a little bit of orange with a huge creamy off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and spices. Wow, what a fantastic aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma is absolutely amazing. There is some fruity malts and spices galore with a little bit of yeast and hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a really nice body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- What an awesome beer this is! Westmalle Tripel is probably the best beer from this style I've ever had. Highly Recommended!

01-31-2009 04:36:42 | More by cjgator3
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Am I cursing calling this Westmalle a Duvel-like Tripel?

L: almost perfect, nice foam, but in my opinion could be a littlelittle bigger.
S: not too complex; overripe bananas, a touch of orange, vanilla and cinnamon;
T: very nice hoppiness; the alcohol is an important element of the nice round taste, ending with a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste;
M: a 5,0! What do I need to say more.
O: a great tripel (I'm not the first to say this, I know); classic ofcourse.

Great to use in batter/bakery (fried vegetables).

08-28-2011 16:25:20 | More by Filosoof
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Probably the only beer i've ever given a 5 for appearance; pours a hazy, almost burnt gold with a magnificent off-white head that leaves incredible lacing and retains impressively. The aroma starts off with a big citrus fruit element (tangerine, apricot, lemon zest), straw, biscuit, candied sugar, spices and some ethanol. The flavor is also initially very fruity (with big apricot, tangerine,pear, peach and lemon character), as well as some damp straw, candied sugar, herbal and mineraly hops, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and an astringent and slightly tart finish with some alcohol warmth. Drinkability is unparalleled for a tripel (i find most too herbal, spicy or alcoholic). An excellent example of a tripel, perhaps the best there is...perfect balance between sweet and tart.

01-14-2006 05:11:51 | More by silver0rlead
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jackndan

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Westmalle Trappist Ale, Tripel: Poured from the thick, ring necked brown bottle. Gorgeous beer, thick rocky white head that lasts and leaves plenty of Belgian lace. The beer is a hazy golden color, and particularly when held up to light, it almost glows.

Great aroma, very nice banana/cloves and a whiff of new mown hay.

The taste is sensational. Extremely complex, and flavorful, I knew this was something special as soon as it hit my lips. Orange zest like flavors, coupled with spices and a bite of Saaz hops, and a bit of raisins and other dried fruits as well.

Smooth, creamy, rich mouthfeel.

05-23-2004 01:39:45 | More by jackndan
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IKR

California

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden- yellow color with a frothy generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Fruity and slightly bready notes dominate.

Taste: The fruity and bready notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. Out of the fruity notes I pick out a grape taste. The fruity notes are balanced out by the bready notes and a clean somewhat dry finish. Very tasty and smooth. The alcohol is MIA in this one.

Mouth-feel: somewhere between light and medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Classic Belgian Tripel. No need for crazy ingredients when you got your technique down pat and your fermentation produces a great tasting complex beer.

12-23-2011 04:27:48 | More by IKR
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RandyV

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Somewhat of a yeasty champagne on the nose, malt and apple as well. On the palate, spicy combined with some green apple tartness and the champagne grape and dryness fills the middle. The spice is pepper and maybe even some clove but the malt provides a nice balance to that, all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really tasty ale, something I could drink all the time. It almost makes me want to become a trappist monk just so I could get this from the source. Except my ADHD would make the whole chanting/prayer thing hard to focus on. Oh well.

12-27-2011 00:14:32 | More by RandyV
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Mandrake

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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jsh420

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4%

date on bottle 28/08/09

pours hazy golden orange yellow with lots of yeast and a big 2 finger head that left some lacing and had good retention

smells spicy barnyard funk of belgian yeast - very fruity

taste is much like the nose - spicy funk fruity - reminds of a saison with lots of spice

mouthfeel is medium body but crisp dry

drinkability is great - i wish a had more - think i will buy another bottle soon

01-23-2010 04:26:02 | More by jsh420
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KDawg

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4%

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a solid orange color that is slightly hazy with a good head. Perfect color for a trappist

the aromas aren't jumping, but very well blended. On the subtle side with aromas of orange peels, some florals, a slight touch of funk and all sorts of various citrus aromas as well

The feel is extremely well weighted and round. The flavors of citrus', orange peels, hints of earth, and white florals are deep and polished

This is a standard bearer, and for great reason. This is just a class beer that you want to drink and savor at the same time.

12-10-2011 05:33:39 | More by KDawg
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Pale golden, clear, capped by tons of white, fluffy foam. Plenty of carbonation. The head sticks around, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Light, spicy aroma, very yeasty with clean malts. Flavor is more malt, again very spicy and yeasty with a slight citrus twang. Mostly dry, silky, with foamy carbonation. A classic Belgian ale.

12-10-2010 14:22:07 | More by goldbot
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +4%

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.5% ABV, Serve at 45° - 50°F, Best before end 27/01/10.

My thanks go out to Bnieman for this one, getting me one step closer to tackling the top 100 list, and for sharing an awesome brew!

A - Hazy, poured with sediment, it's a golden yellow color with a puffy white head. Dense bubbles deflate slowly and leave some thick blankets of lace on the glass.

S - Awesome nose of Belgian yeast and sweet, light candi sugar. Crystal malts and wispy spicy floral hops. Nice balance going on. Hints of clay and spice with a touch of white grapes on the back end.

T - Sweet, but not overly sweet, it's got plenty of crystal malts and candi sugar balanced with a touch of white grapes and spice from the Belgian yeast esters. Delish!

M - Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth, a well-balanced feel leads through the highly carbonated and sweet beer to a lightly dry finish.

D - The alcohol is nowhere to be found, making this beer trouble if you've got a 750 of it. It's very drinkable with great balance. Based on the date, I'm sure it's got some age on it and it's still terrific!

10-14-2010 12:22:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
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cooter

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Ruddy yellow-ochre with lively carbonation, cloudy/billowy white head. Nose is heavily citrus. Taste is alcoholic, with grapefruit, lemon, bread, and some nice malts. A surprising amount of hop character and balance--fascinating with such strong malt. Very floral. My call? Delightful, beautiful, comfortable.

04-12-2005 03:16:01 | More by cooter
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eclaycamp

Kansas

4.47/5  rDev +4%

11.2 ounce bottled poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. I'm rating a pair of Tripels tonight, this is my second. This one pours a bright golden color that's hazy in appearance. Better head than I was expecting, with about a quarter inch of soap suds around the glass. Some pear and pineapple notes in the nose. Smells brighter than I thought it would, if that makes sense. First taste is dry, very dry, with a light mouthfeel and a huge alcohol-infused finish. As my palate acclimates I get more citrus, specifically lemon and orange, flavors. Theres' some nice things going on with the malt in this beer - it's almost sweet, kind of like French bread. Aside from the obvious alcohol - there's no where for it to hide, after all - there's a nice bright finish to this beer that's somewhat citrusy and grassy. It's hoppier than I expected, but that's not necessarily a criticism, as I feel it's very well balanced. Some Belgian beers have a tendency to be overly sweet however that is not the case with Westmalle. Indeed, it's dry but not overly so. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but not too watery. This is one balanced beer, and really well done. Maybe one of the best Tripels I've had, and that's saying something.

08-14-2010 23:16:23 | More by eclaycamp
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Golden coloured, with a fair amount of floaties but I stumbled bringing it up from the cellar and simply could not wait to open it until it settled as that could have been hours. Formed a very pretty foamy white head.

S = Very sweet with smells of the yeast, summer fields, flowers, herbs, fresh earth. Very complex and very pleasing.

T = Strong taste of fresh grains and slight phenol from yeast, slight sourness in the finish. Very complex flavors which are very well balanced. It is hard to believe it is as strong as it is since it goes down very easily.

M = Smooth, full bodied, good mouth coat, good carbonation level.

D = Definitely a very good tripel. I highly recommend this one.

02-01-2008 00:22:49 | More by Traquairlover
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Best before 11/07/07.

Huge pillowy white head atop a hazy light orange body with some particulate strewn about.

The nose: spicy, vinous, alcoholic, light fruit.

Big time spice, firm bitterness, and a combustible effervescence combine for an active but focused feeling on the palate. Bitterness grabs and hold the attention into the finish, where yeasty notes perk up as well.

Its carbonation may be a touch on the high side for my tastes -- but then again, this one seems like maybe its been bottle-conditioning for a while now -- but even so that's an issue that's easily taken care of by a few extra swirls of the glass.

The finish and aftertaste are suitably dry and spicy to ensure the glass isn't away from the lips for too long.

What a wonderful beer. Lively, flavorful, alluring, unique -- commands your attention.

07-02-2006 10:34:12 | More by VoodooBrew
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dstc

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a bottle into goblet. Pours a nice golden color with full white head that fall quickly leaving a fine head and fine lace behind.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity, citrus? Can also smell the alcohol in it.

Nice taste. Very nice in fact. Sweet just like the nose predicts. Spices and citrus right up front and a very slight bitterness at the finish. Warm feel of alcohol at the very end.

Creamy mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated but not overly so.

Very good beer. This has been sitting in my beer frig waiting for me to drink it and I can't believe I waited as long as I did. This is a great beer (as I was hoping it would be).

05-09-2007 19:15:45 | More by dstc
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Very nice tripel. Nice head. Very thick and clings well. Smells of banana phenol.

The taste is clovey and dry. Nicely spiced and not too dry. Very nice. Incredibly balanced, especially with such a high abv.

The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and refreshing.

This beer is very very easy to drink and I recommend that you try it.

05-16-2007 06:44:46 | More by jasonjlewis
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,589 ratings.