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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,659
Hads: 4,220
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 370
Gots: 651 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of JasW
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a beautiful three fingered head on top of a mildly hazy, golden straw body into a Spiegelau tulip glass. Tastes of glorious amounts of yeast and what seem like ever changing light fruit flavors, with the delightful mouth-puffing carbonation that is typical of the finest Belgian ale. Finishes with a mild astringency. This is without a doubt one of the world's finest.

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Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale golden color that's hazy as all hell with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. A thick off-white head starts strong and lasts throughout, leaving a heavy dose of lace down the side of my Trappist chalice.

Smell: Has a spicy and fruity nose with lots of banana and clove. Very nice...

Taste: Lots of banana, clove, and sweet malt character. Fantastic balance between them... The alcohol asserts itself in the flavor, but doesn't take over. Finishes spicy and aggressive with a great warming effect on the palate, along with a yeasty flavor. I love it...

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. It just begs for another sip...

Drinkability: Suprisingly high considering it's strength. It's lighter body and the fact that the alcohol is fairly well hidden make this a steady sipper. Be careful with this one, it could get you in trouble!

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy yeloww colour with a pure White head that stays the course of the brew.

S - Plenty of herb, lemon citrus, pears, clove and phenols present. You couldn't expect much more.

T - Plenty of fruits such as pears, apricots, pineapple and lemon citrus,with a hint of spice before it transforms to a mellow dark fruit flavour with absolutley no burn. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Along with the Chimay White this is the benchmark of the style. Nothing more to say.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at cafe trappisten in Westmalle. Poured into Westmalle chalice. Tall fluffy white head tops off the glass, high retention. Soapy, sticky lacing. Golden bidy, high clarity.  Aroma is fruity, slightly hoppy with a nice yeast smell profile. Taste is also nice and fruity, some banana from the yeast. Pairs well with spicy mustard and a light cheese.  Delicious, of course. 

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Photo of Stavage
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant deep hazy orange with a nice head that reduces to a patchy and pleasantly sticky lacing.

Smell is full of phenols, a bit of pepperiness, apple and apricot fruitiness and a nice full sweet maltiness.

Taste follows on from the smell, lots of apple and apricot fruitiness but in no way overdone and its well balanced by a medicinal phenolic spiciness. Lots of clove, a bit of pepper, and a sweet (but not too sweet) maltiness. Quite yeasty too. It all combines and balances very well into a very complex end result. Their is an alcohol hit I find pleasant but overall the booze content is very well hidden. There is a bitter hops finish, not much at all but a little more noticeable than other tripels I've had.

Fairly full bodied drink, lively carbonation pretty much in step with any tripel. Nice and smooth and creamy and leaves the palate feeling clean.

Not my favourite beer but a revelation in that it is hands down the best tripel I've ever had so its going to be up there near the top of my review list. The tastes are far more complex than others I've tried. Will be having this one again for sure.

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Photo of Hefe
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of jellycabbage
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was very happy to find the Belgian-owned Delhaize grocery store here in Cologne, which stocks a few Belgian beers for a very reasonable price (this 12 oz bottle literally rang up for less than an kiosk espresso). One can only drink so much kölsch in Cologne.

A copper orange color fills the snifter glass - thick, maybe even syrupy, but with great clarity. The smell is citrus and sweet. The same citrus impression follows into the taste, but with mild spice hints (pepper?) that give an already delicious, gloriously drinkable beer a considerable, but totally harmonious, complexity. The carbonation comes off very natural; not at all strong. That incredible warming effect comes on immediately; as soon as I swallow I can feel it quickly sweeping to the back of my mouth.

I could seriously drink this all night. A debate around this household this year centers on the superiority of either this bier or the Karmeliet Tripel. Anyway, it's certainly one of my favorite triples. It'll be a sad, sad day when I again find myself in a situation where I can't enjoy this every week.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. this is definitely my favorite Belgian.

a. slightly hazy straw color with extremely white head, looks a lot like a weissbier

s. smells like a weissbier, lemon and wheat

t. intense lemon, with wheat and alcohol, tastes like sustenance, a satisfying meal

m. rice and round, perfect

d. the most drinkable Belgian ever experienced, among my top beers of all time

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Photo of moulefrite
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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?!

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl brown bottle into a Westmalle Trappist branded chalice

Pours pale, yet deep golden with occasional orangish hues. Thick, fluffy one and a half finger bright white head. Everlasting retention, evident Brussels lace on the chalice. Yeasty, light peppery spice, herbaceous, and light fruit notes. Opens crisp and clean, light fruit including hints of pear and apricot, yeasty esters, hints of white pepper, herbs and hay, accents of richness almost buttery, flora and nectar, and alcohol that occasionally pokes through. Medium-bodied, hints of syrup, yet creamy and silky. One of the best tripels brewed anywhere in the world. World class, indeed.

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Photo of digr
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a snow white foamy head into a chalice. Head slowly dissipates over about 4 minutes.

S - Smell is that of belgian yeasts, with a hint of fruit and a farmhouse style tinge... yummy, and not too strong. No real hops in the nose.

T - Taste is clean Pilsner, belgian yeast flavors and a very dry finish and hops on the palate. The dyness leaves you looking for the next sip! And this is a Tripel.

M - Mouth feel is good, countered by the dry effect. Normally in a tripel you are left with a coating. Not here.

D - Very drinable despite the 9.5% ABV.

This is a great tripel, and standard for sure. The dryness is amazing considering the high ABV. In some ways very simple, but deceptive in that the flavors are all mixed well with no flaws.

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Photo of Sam21
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip at cellar temp. Best by 5/2014.

A- The beer pours with a slightly hazy golden body and a quick expanding head that is beautifully white, soft, light, and creamy. The retention is outstanding and is being constantly fed by a very active carbonation. Big thick bands of lacing are left on the glass all the way to the last sip. 

S- The aroma is both softly spicy and fruity, which speaks to the yeast's influence. Soft sugary bubblegum, overripe banana, and cloves spice are nicely balanced by lightly tangy citrus malt tones. As the beer warms, the aromas show soft tropical fruit notes. 

T- The palate carries the same balance. Subtle citrus, overripe banana, and clove open up. The sweetness (reminds me of lemon peel, mango, and papaya) builds into a crescendo for the finish, which hides a touch of alcohol that is so well integrated that I feel like I am reaching by even mentioning it. The finish is dry and lively as the carbonation cuts though the sweetness leaving nothing but a lingering memory and a touch of bitterness. The hops are in perfect balance to the sweetness and add an overwhelmingly refreshing zip. Really well done. 

MF- Effervescent, light, and possessing of a nice juiciness as it rolls around the palate. It accentuates the flavors in the best way possible and really showcases this beers innate beauty. The carbonation is very full, extremely soft, and smooth. 

O- This beer is a real experience for those that enjoy Belgian/Belgian-style beers. The balance, complexities, and approachability are expertly done. At 9.5%, this beer is big, but is so soft and smooth. The integration of sweetness, yeasty spice, and hop bitterness is a work of art deserving of meditation, contemplation, and conscious enjoyment. I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, so take that into account, but this is one of the best Tripels I have come across thus far. 

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber with a copius head that lasts, leaving much lacing on the glass up until the last drop.

Smells of straw, citrus, leather, and sweet tropical fruit.

Tastes of lightly roasted malt, hops, some citrus, a little tropical fruit, and walnuts. Alcohol taste is restrained for 9.5%, almost undetectable against the rich background of flavors, except for the warmth it imparts.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a dry finish on the tongue.

This is a dry, eminently drinkable tripel, very clean and refreshing.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar/pint and the brew is a bright straw yellow color with a massive dense snow white head with a foamy frothy lacing on the glass.

Massive amounts of small bubbles continue to surface with brown bits rising and falling with the bubbles.

The smell is white sweet fruits and nice aromatic yeasts. Very unique aroma, with no apparent sign of candy sugar (which I'm not fond of).

The taste is very complex, lightly sweet fruit, yummy yeast, very minor candy sugar.

Very well balanced with the 9 1/2% abv. well hidden. Light bodied, with a nice mouthfeel that leaves the tongue and throat with a nice after taste.

I've shyed away from Belgiums, in part due to those with heavy candy sugar flavors; but this is a very enjoyable brew. It is spot on as far as the style description goes. Almost as if the style was writen while someone was drinking this as they wrote the style description.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very estery aroma, bready and yeasty. There's also a nice pils malt aroma too with hints of candi sugar. And there's a spicey hop component too. Great complex aroma.

Deep gold and very clear. Thick pure white head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Lots of slow rising tiny carbonation bubbles all over the glass.

Starts out sweet but has a decent amount of hop bitterness. There's a fruity fermentation flavor that's like golden raisins. Lots of malt flavor and some spicey/peppery notes. But the finish is kind of oversweet, not malty, but sugary. But it's still pretty amazing.

medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely hides the 9+ percent. Feels like a standard ale going down.

Deceptively drinkable which is common for the style. It's complex and interesting. Pretty much a classic, but not necessarily the best, example of a tripel.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very crisp & sharp citrus upfront, the brew remains very light and refreshing all the way, with some lemongrass and that earthy yeast / hay you expect. All exceptionally balanced and robust.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light gold (piss) colour. Leaves a foamy pure white head. There's small dark sediment at the bottom. Not particularly good lacing.

S: Bathwater, sherbet, nail varnish. Floral and a touch vinous.

T: Phew, no coriander flavour. It's slightly vinous. Has some sweetness. Not yeasty but there is some white bread. A bit of spice and peppery clove, a good bit of lacquer/nail varnish complemented with an appropriate bitter bite. It's quite floral. There's some of that hoppy bathwater that I get from English ales but not as strong as the head suggests. Nail varnish and summer fruits in the aftertaste. More citrusy as I get to the dregs. Leaves a sustaining Sprite-like citrus flavour in the mouth. At 9.5% it's very drinkable. Alcohol is well masked.

M: There's enough effervescence but it's very soft and fine. Foamy but in a good way.

O: This is now my third favourite Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of jspruit
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 33cl bottle after seeing and hearing alot about it over the years.

Pours a nice light gold color with little bubbles and a large whitish 3 finger head.

Very enticing smells-a bit of everything with nothing really dominating: fruity, banana, sweet, yeast.

Fruity and balanced with sweet tones; nice banana/apple/raisin sort of taste. Also a bit malty and hoppy all at the same time with a hint of bitterness. Complex with some vanilla hints at the end.

Goes down full, but smooth and finishes a bit dry. The light carbonation does a nice number going down too.

Overall, for 9.5% ABV this is quite smooth and goes down great. Plenty of complexity throughout, but at no point is it overpowering. I probably wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting because of the ABV and its richness, but it's definitely a treat whenever you can get your hands on it and I'll do it again for sure.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hazy gold tan with cottony foam.
Coriander and peppery spice, orange peel aromas.
Peppery orange on the palate.

This beer was poetry in the bottle. Yum!

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : pale golden color, nice head, disturbed by yeasts.
Smell : powerful aromas, but distinguished.
Taste and mouthfeel : full taste, fruity yeast, subtly spicy flavor and alcohol.
Drinkability: Beer bodied in the style Trappist triple, to discover absolutely.

Review translated from french 11-19-2008.

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Photo of intensify
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-* 11 month old bottle. Bottled on 5/11/11, poured into a Orval Chalice on 4/17/12.

A- Golden yellow body. 2 finger, creamy head with dips and hills which make it look like the Rocky Mountains. Retention was a 8/10 with decent lacing.
S- Mango, crushed bananas, hops in the background, candy sugar.

T- This is where this beer is unique and entirely isolated from its other Trappist friends. Oh so sweet throughout the whole sip, leaving an almost sweet/bitter finish. Finishes with a sour and bitter taste. Mangos, bananas, cracked pepper, candy sugar, bready and biscuity, finishing with a slight taste of booze. Well balanced.

M- Carbonation was surely tamed a bit in the 1 year this beer was kept in my basement. Medium bodied, with a clean, crisp and filling finish.

O- Westmalle has always had a special place in my heart. It's a beer to sit down, relax and just enjoy.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.33l bottle poured in its own chalice.

A: Pale yellow hazy color. Huge white fluffy head with good retention and many many lacing left. Many particles floating around and in bottom of the glass

S: Complex. Very spicy and citrus. Orange zest, honey, vanilla, apples. Sweet with light notes of alcohol. Classic bready Belgian yeasts. Bubblegum! Sweet malts and flowery hops

T: Complex as the nose. Very spicy. Sweet malts upfront followed by a stingy hops bitterness. BTW, wonderful bitterness. Fresh malts and citrus hops. Orange zest, vanilla and liquor. In overall, despite of the fruity and sweet upfront, its taste is quite dry and bitter. Just perfect

M: Heavy creamy body and low carbonation. Dry bitter aftertaste and presence of alcohol

O: A world class beer, no more, no less. Expected Trappist quality. Mandatory to beer lovers

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with giant three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Banana. Belgian yeast. Subtle spice. Vibrant and fresh.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Banana and sweet malt. Spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm going down.

O: Best Tripel I have had.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. pours a gorgeous straw yellow/orange with a huge white head that hangs out for a while. Aromas of spices are the lead, with honey and grapes close behind. Outstanding carbonation. The honey flavors are definitely present. Tons of spices in this as well. Tastes like fall, with its hints of apples and pears and spices. Warms the mouth with its complex flavors. As with all trappists, try it.

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Photo of jsulko
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a yellow straw color with a decent amount of slight off white head.

Smell is fruity with a sweetness and the distinctive yeast as well.

Taste is very smooth with the sweetness and a hint of spice on the finish. No alcohol burn on the finish.

One of the best of the style that I have had.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.