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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,433
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 214
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle is one of the easy available trappists around here.
Also the most reasonably priced.

This tripel is very clear, with pieces of yeast on the bottom of my glass. The head is fluffy, the lacing is good. Very good carbonation.
The smell has a lot of pleasant yeast and malts, some citrus, banana and spices.
The taste is very hoppy, bitter, with some spices, also a bit of fresh baked bread.
The brew is slightly dry and bitter in the aftertaste, but the alcohol, and with 9.5 % it's not a little, is completely masked by the flavours. All that remains of it, is the warming feeling it gives.

Classic tripel with bready, yeasty, hoppy and spicy notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 12:36:14 | More by RuudJH
Photo of Paddez


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden brew topped by a medium sized head wich dissapears after a short while after wich small, puffy circles of foam start appearing.
The smell is very convincing: malty sweet and fruity, with bananas and some faint yeasty, caramelly and metallic notes.

The taste is (malty) sweet initially, but there are also lots of spices along with some fruity and caramelly flavours. A yeasty undertone gives some woody aspects to the beer. Flows out in a pleasant, hoppy bitter finish. Some tardness in the background as well. There are lots of things going on in this beer yet somehow it manages to remain very balanced. Most excellent.
Medium body. The carbonation is a little too aggressive in my opinion.
The drinkabillity is very good, especially considering you're drinking a 9,5° brew.

An excellent and well-balanced triple. One of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 18:48:48 | More by Paddez
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normal brown 33cl bottle. This one has been hanging around my garage for a couple of years or so. It had been left with a few other goodies boxed up waiting for me to break open when my regular beer stock began to shrink a bit. Best before 30th Oct 2008, so fairly old I guess and ready to go!

Poured into my Westmalle Trappist Challice (what else would you use, if you had one?).

I tried to pour it without getting any sediment into the glass, but I got excited and the whole bottle ended up within the challice. A few bits floated around in a golden hazy cloud of beer. On top sat a thin covering of white bubbles, which were forever being replenished by a rising torrent of other bubbles.

The aroma is all about degrees of sourness and how your nose picks it out. Fruit smells range from Gooseberries to Grapefruit through the spectrum of fruity colours available to man.

The taste is a explosion of flavours, fizzy and different. A bitter sweet mix of the best Belgium has to offer in a glass of Tripel.

The alcohol is evident throughout, but it doesn't detract from the overal complexity and pleasure this beer seems to exude.

A very, very good beer. I have loved it for years and forgot about my little pack of Belgian beers stashed away, some more crackers to come!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 18:09:37 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold color with a pure white dense head that sits on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation in the beer. Sudsy lace left all down the glass.

S: Bready malt with some belgian yeast funk and some fruit, coriander and what smells like nutmeg. There is also a slight hop aroma to the beer.

T: A very sweet and fruity taste at first with a touch of alcohol flavor and warmth. Gives way to a bready malt with some hop, fruit, peppery spice. The finish is peppery and warm from the alcohol and dry.

M: Great carbonation provides a spice and the finish is dry and slightly bitter.

D: A great beer. The strong alcohol is hidden nicely behind a ton of different flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 19:09:31 | More by Kromes
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Westmalle's Trappist Tripel a couple weeks ago for $5.49 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for a good Tripel so I decided to give this beer a shot, I see this is rated the 2nd best Tripel in the world on BA, I am pretty excited to try it so lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of 4/05/13. Poured from a brown Trappist 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

A- The label is pretty plain but it has a nice clean and classic look to it. It poured a hazy golden honey color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. One proper looking Tripel.

S- The aroma is very yeasty and fruity. It starts off with a pretty fruity aroma that mainly consists of different types of apples and pears along with some bananas and a slight pineapple aroma along with a real light grainy malt aroma. After that comes the Belgian yeast which adds those typical spice aromas like cloves, nutmeg, orange peel, and a little bit of coriander. I don't get much hops or alcohol in the aroma but I do get a little candied sugar. This Tripel has a nice aroma, I like the balance between fruits and spicy yeast, I like it.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely and is pretty similar. It starts out with all those fruits that I picked out in the aroma but it's the pears that stick out the most along with a little bit of pineapple. Next comes the Belgian yeast which imparts some nice spice flavors like clove, nutmeg, and Coriander, the yeast seems to stick out the most which is pretty typical and nice. I got some candied sugar towards the end that gave this beer a high amount of medium sweetness and I got a slight bit of alcohol, it also had a low amount of bitterness on the finish and a fruity and yeasty aftertaste. This beer tasted nice and clean, the flavors were balanced well and right where they should be.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little dry, medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good but I wish the carbonation was toned down just a little.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought that I was a very good Tripel that is for sure worthy of the title of second best Tripel in the world. This beer had great drinkability, it went down very smooth with hardly any alcohol coming through, this bottle went down faster then expected and if I had another one and nothing to do tomorrow then another one would be pretty hard to turn down. What I liked most about this beer was pretty much everything, I especially liked the way it looked and how great the balance between the fruits and the spicy yeast. What I liked least about this beer was the high amount of carbonation, I know this style should have a higher amount of carbonation but this one was a little to high, but it didn't affect the beer that much. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's a little pricey, but it's worth every penny and would make a great beer for special occasions. I highly recommend this beer, if Tripel's are your thing they don't get much better then this. I was really impressed with this beer, I expected a lot from it and it really did deliver, I think it is worth all the praise it gets. So far this is the best Tripel I have had, it is exactly how a good Tripel should be, Great job Westmalle, you can bet that I will be searching out the Dubbel and extra. This is one world class Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 04:57:35 | More by StoutHunter
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy dark gold color, tall, solid head with a few specks of sediment lingering in the foam. Bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass for minutes after pouring, not in the normal way where there is a stream of bubbles coming from a few spots, but. the bubbles are rising from seemingly everywhere. Little specks of sediment are floating around in the haze. I seem to like sediment (it dosent really bother me, and i feel like i want to get all I can out of the flavor of the beer) so I made sure to swirl around the bottle when there was about a quarter of it left to get the sediment up off the bottom.

S - sweet malt. It almost seems like a lemon-drop type flavor, just like the candy. I can already get a little whiff of the alcohol. A weird but surprisingly pleasing smell of extremely fresh sour cream comes from the froth after it has begun to warm.

T - The sweet malt really comes out in the taste. The lemondrop smell seems to turn into more of a honey flavor. Alcohol adds quite a bit to the flavor, giving it a little bite at the back of the tongue. Waited for it to warm a little and noticed a slight metallic aftertaste and the yeast flavor come out.

M - good carbonation. the sweet maltiness and alcohol add to the body, I would give it medium to full bodied.

D - The high alcohol is balanced perfectly by the sweetness. also the carbonation makes this somewhat more drinkable. At 9.8 percent, one bottle got me a buzz. Very drinkable for one bottle, but a hangover resulting from this would be brutal.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:21:08 | More by kreeper
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 3/1/08
A: Clear golden-amber pour with 1" thick white head, constant bubbles, decent glass retention. Saved the last 1/2" of beer in the bottle, mostly the bottle conditioning yeast, and drank separately...quick good in its own right.
S: Very nice bouquet of citrus, hops, yeast & malt. An overall wonderful aroma of a classical tripel.
T: Wow...an amazing blend of flavors. Mild citrus & alcohol undertones to flavors dominated by the malt & hops. Definitely the best tripel I have ever had.
M: A rich, smooth brew, moderate carbonation.
D: This is a beer to savor. It does down very smooth with a nice aftertaste. I will most certainly have this fantastic tripel again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 03:00:29 | More by mbutter1997
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a think foam head that lingers. Great Brussels lace as the head slowly recedes.

S - Yeast, tart apples with some spices. Some slight banana notes.

T - Strong, sharp yeast flavors with some subtle fruit notes and spice. A complex beer, which makes it difficult for me to describe.

M - Full and rich in the front, but melts away rather quickly. Nice pleasant flavor mentioned above linger on the tongue.

O - Probably the standard-bearer for the tripel style, and my favorite tripel as well. The alcohol is well disguised among the complex flavors. You can never go wrong with this beer. Enjoyed from my Westmalle chalice for this review.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:53:48 | More by FlyAwayPhil
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 75 cl bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold with a thick foamy head that lasts a while.

The smell is fantastic. Malty grains, citrusy tartness and a hint of the alchohol.

The taste is great as well. The alcohol is apparent. Otherwise, citrus, malts, and grains. Seems to work in harmony very well.

The mouthfeel is thick and bubbly. It warms a bit from the alcohol too.

A very drinkable beer but seems like it'll knock you out if you aren't careful. This one is a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 19:17:54 | More by Cylinsier
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Direct from Belgium thanks to a friend of mine who resides both there and my hometown.

Poured into an oversize goblet. A frothy mozzarella cheesy looking head. the same color as the first snowfall sits atop a golden straw color. The head retention of this one is great!

Crisp apples, a touch sour, and belgian yeast shine through on the nose. Aromatic sugars, rock candy are also noted.

Taste is a bit tart slight sweetness is there and you have the crisp apple thing going on. Typical Belgian sweetness. Esters.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly smooth and light on the palate. Complex but not overwhelming.

Quite a delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 05:48:29 | More by midnite2sixman
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Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an appealing golden-yellow/muddy orange with a nice head.

S: Knocked my socks off! Huge banana bread, peaches?, and some clove with light alcohol scent. Smells amazing

T: There is just a ton going on here. Great fruit up front. Tart-maybe slight lemon/acidic fruits. Mid-way through you get the alcohol but not overwhelming. Just adds a nice spice. Very impressive. Im sure ill pull a ton more on my second glass as this is complex.

M/D: Nice tingle from the carbonation but just enough to wake the palate. I could sip on this one all day. Nothing like a Trappist brew... :)

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:57:52 | More by OldRaysputin
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Hazy straw yellow pour with a four finger sticky, soapy snow white head that deflates to a meringue cap. Lacing is glued to the glass everywhere.

S- Lemon, bright yeast and a slight spicy pepper. There is apples, pears and candied sugar. Slightly grassy with a earthy hop bitterness.

T- Spicy pepper, lemon and apple with a nice breadiness. Yeast brightens up the mix and finishes with a sweet finish.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation with a warm finish.

O- I really don't think the monks can mess up beers. It's simply amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:44:25 | More by korguy123
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, cloudy, gold, topped by a long-lasting whipped cream head of gorgeous off-white foam. The look of this has masterpiece painted all over it.

The nose is a perfume crafted of gentle yeast, clove, light fruits, hints of candy, with mysterious herbal and earthy undernotes beyond my palate to decipher. The complexity of this mild bouquet is magnificent.

The taste is a rich delight of strong, vibrant flavor. Candy and spice front the sip, but it grows progressively darker, yeast, ripe peach, into a muted, delicicious herbosity. The flavors balance and harmonize into a long, juicy finish of sweet earthiness and clean bitter. Alcohol taste or burn are MIA. I regret the purchase of only one of these.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of full-bodied, plenty of carb., here it mixes well with the flavor, it holds a clean long finish. This is the mouthfeel of tripel perfected.

Drinkability is double red flag warning -- for extreme easy drinking...it's a sipper that wants to be more.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 00:47:54 | More by cavedave
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this 33cl bottle at a Vín Búð in Reykjavik, Iceland. I'm eating some Brie to accompany :)

A: poured into a wine glass. Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a hint of copper towards the middle. Thick, fizzy, off-white, two-finger head with excellent retention and heavy lacing.
S: Wheat and yeast, mild alcohol, white grapes.
T: My goodness, a little dry, notes of vanilla with a citrusy finish (almost ruby grapefruit-like), taste is all in the back of the tongue. Impossible to tell this is 9.5% Delicious!
M: Silky, mild carbonation, TOO drinkable?

This is the gold standard of the Belgian Tripel and I'm very glad I got to experience it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 00:56:41 | More by bradmann
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 330 mL bottle, into a snifter. The color is a fuzzy golden, with a nice foamy white head. The smell is a nice yeasty, estery mix. The taste is a good estery, candi sugar sweetness, with a strong yeasty taste to it, and some actually noticable hops in the brew, and almost no alcohol to be found. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, this is one that I could have for quite a while (price aside).

Well, I've finally had the chance to have my final Trappist brewery, and I'm glad I did. A very enjoyable tripel, with a good mix of sweetness and estery notes, and one I'll certainly have again!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 00:52:55 | More by beergeek279
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from the bottle.

A - Pours a very beautiful straw gold color with some slight haze and a very nice dense head that is about 1 inch. It has nice retention but eventually recedes to a film.

S - Some nice sweet fruit smell and some citrus as well. Dry yeast and malt present.

T - It starts of malty and bready with some sour hints then transitions into a sweet fruit taste that is balanced by some yeast flavor that is prevalent throughout. There is some pepper and coriander present as well which balances well with the sweetness and tartness. There is a bit of a hop flavor to it but its not very present although it can be perceived at the back end.

M - Crisp well balanced and refreshing.

D - Great drinkable beer with awesome taste and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 04:12:01 | More by JoEBoBpr
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, reviewed from notes on 9/27/2012.

Hazy golden amber topped with a perfect fluffy white head. Yeasty phenols on the nose complemented by crisp green apple. On the palate, a faint honey sweetness gives way to a dry finish. The balance is just about perfect. Yeast character is less present than on the nose. Malt profile is faintly cracker-like, the flavor being dominated by fruit notes of apple and pear. Carbonation is vigorous but fine,bordering on creamy, but still within the norm for the style. Overall, more than a great beer - a work of art.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:00:42 | More by gr0g
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very cloudy golden/yellow. Chunky sediment at bottom. Great, thick, full head that lasted through most of the drink. Bits of sediment actually rested on top of the head.
Smell: Wheaty. Bitter sweet hoppiness.
Taste: Wow - great taste. Great Belgian Ale! Hints of apricots. Bitter on your breath at the end.
Mouthfeel: Good, medium to heavy carbonation. Fills up and gets foamy on the slush.
Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. Fairly filling.
ABV: 9.5%
Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle

This beer was actually gifted to me, so I had no idea what to expect. LOVED it! Great Belgian Ale. I got a kick out of the appearance (I actually like to see a little sediment - and this one had some resting on the head 'til just about the very last drop.). This beer stands up well on it's own or I'd recommend with a light meal. Maybe some chicken or roasted veggies. It was surprisingly filling. But I would definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 06:24:33 | More by SFRider
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy, dirty-blonde body with a pillowy white head.

S- Malty with a slight pungent twang, a fruity sweetness, a touch of orange and some spice.

T- Fruity malt profile with a slight medicinal quality, notes of alcohol; has a dry finish with a slight trailing sweetness.

M- Crisp up-front that mellows towards the back, a long finish with a smooth feel.

D- A really nice triple; very easy to drink for such a high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 14:28:33 | More by TommyW
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a perfectly pale straw color that has a bit of haziness because I poured some of the yeast in accidently. The head is white and moderately soapy, with a creamy cap. Has excellent sticky lacing all the way down, as the brew dissipates to a thin, patchy cap of head.

Smell - Some sourness and a nice fruit character of peach, nectarine, apricot, etc. Some corriander and clove spiciness, with a slight touch of pepper. Sweet molasses notes way in the background, with a light malt note.

Taste - Light fruitiness of the same character as the smell. The tarness is much more reduced in the flavor. The spice is much more peppery now, with notes of corriander, but little clove. The finish is clean with some raw, doughy malt character and a rising alcohol warmth. The finish has suprisingly little earthiness, and rich caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied and decently smooth. The carbonation is a kick in the mouth...very strong. A bite up front, and it holds through almost the whole taste.

Drinkability - Very refreshing, especially with its strength in carbonation. I could easily down four or five of these in a night.

A fantastic tripel, definitely one of the best I've had, and probably the best example of the style. Gouden Carolus of St. Bernardus are better in my opinion, but not by a whole heck of a lot. Highly recommended tripel right here.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 05:42:19 | More by dblinkhorn
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a very tall bright white head that dissipates in segments leaving a rocky and bubbly lace. Nose is sweet bubblegum and spicy yeasts along with a bit of lemon grass. Taste begins sweet with candied sugar and a touch of honey along with some tropical fruit. There are some yeasty and doughy flavors that follow and some of the warming alcohol is noticeable. Refreshing and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 00:03:17 | More by Morris729
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nearly three fingers of smooth white head crown a lovely honey-colored brew that's about as cloudy as very hot tap water. The head settles evenly over a few minutes, leaving behind jagged slashes of lacing.

S: Some floral hops combined with very lightly toasted grain and pale malts. Very faint alcohol aroma. Yeasty twang is also very prominent, with notes of pears and citrus.

T: Oh this is lovely... A rather aggressive bitterness immediately grabs hold of the palate, while a faint fruitiness lightens things up a bit. A malty sweetness emerges slowly and balances out the hops well, but it never succeeds at loosening the latter's grip even through the finish. The malt is light and biscuity in flavor, while the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (emerging only a little in the middle/towards the end) and adds positively to the beer's body and flavor.

M: This beer both benefits and suffers from a rather robust carbonation. On one hand, it is undoubtedly needed to keep the beer from feeling too heavy. On the other, however, it's a little too much and it feels like I've shaken the glass up every time I take a sip. Besides this, the body is spot-on –medium-to heavy– while the mouthfeel is a little creamy once the bubbles subside. There's only the smallest alcoholic warmth in the throat after each sip. Complex finish.

O: This is a personal favorite that I've only recently rediscovered and represents (for me) the ideal tripel: big yet balanced, with a strong yeast presence. I prefer my tripels to be a little more hoppy, and I think that's why this one really sticks out. Delicious and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 17:18:24 | More by BMoldy
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripels are one of my favorite styles and this one goes right up there with the best of them! It poures a golden wheat color with a nice thick white head. The aroma consisted of sweet malts, some floral aspects, and a little spice to it. The taste was just as good as the aroma. Although at 9.5%, the drinkability was scarily eeasy to consume. This is one of the best tripels I have had and will be having again!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 17:10:21 | More by Kala1073
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

Old gold colour, beautiful clear look to it. Nice white foam on top that adds some lacing.

Lot of pear and apple coming through on the nose to begin with. Some solid bread follows.

Bready. Not as vinous as i recall this to be. Yeast flavour has settled too. Instead, it is bread, some candi sugar and a little bit of the pear and apple that you smell. Very well done.

Medium to bigger bodied. No alcohol heat. Smooth and consistent. Longish finish that doesn't get too sweet at all.

Just a real pleasure to drink. This has cellared well. Seamless. I used to recall this as my favourite Tripel and favourite Trappist beer. This doesn't do much to alter that opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 11:05:27 | More by MrKennedy
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New York

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet at slightly above cellar temperature. Best before 28/7/12.

A: White two finger head with tight bubbles. Almost crystal clear golden brown body. A crown of lacing graced the top of the goblet.

S: Quite a bit of bready yeast. Some banana, coriander and pepper. Strong fusel alcohol.

T: It’s tougher than usual to pick out individual flavors. Very balanced with the whole experience working in unison. Bready yeast, lots of pepper, some grassy hops, a bit of caramel, lemon, grain, and alcohol.

M: Very smooth. Medium body, very high carb. A touch astringent but the balance of flavors and pleasant carbonation makes drinkability quite high.

O: This was so balanced that it took work to pull the descriptors out of my brain. Certainly a classic constructed by brewers who really know what they’re doing.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:07:37 | More by mjtiernan
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,433 ratings.