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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Reviews: 1,696 | Ratings: 4,361
Photo of KarlHungus
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy semi-transparent pale orange color. The one-finger head is white and creamy. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is huge, juicy orange peel, spices. The taste is full and juicy. Orange peel dominates the sip leading into a tangy finish, and onto a warm alcoholic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Overall, this is a very good tripel; one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before on bottle is May 19, 2012.

Pours a light golden colour with a full, frothy white head that settles down but stays present throughout. Lots of carbonation is visible.

I can smell belgian yeast, banana, and maybe a faint whiff of strawberry. Light fruits generally are very present. Very nice.

Taste is moderately sweet and quite fruity. A bit of spice, and some bitterness is also present. Alcohol is noticeable at the end. No particular fruit sticks out for me- the flavours are well balanced and it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- full bodied, and very well carbonated. Looking at the beer, I thought the carbonation would be too much for me, but I guess the appearance was deceiving. Feels great.

Quite drinkable, given how enjoyable it is, but the 9.5% is not exactly hidden. I wouldn't try (or want) to drink this quickly.

A very very good tripel!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible tripel of 9.5% ABV, of an opaque ocher color and a big and persistant whitey foam.
Smell and taste are characterized by delicious and unexpected sweet tones; they're also full of grainy tones and it's easy to feel the yeast.
Body, carbonation and bitterness are at perfect level, I believe this beer has the best feel of all I've tasted.

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Photo of Radome
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a goblet.

A - I had a gusher of foam immediately upon opening the bottle. This is probably because of shaking in my car, since I bought it out of a store cooler and immediately took it home and opened it. Color is golden with an orange tinge. The foam is thick and fluffy and off-white in color. My sample had yeast particles suspended in it, but I blame that on the car shaking again.

S - Wonderful aroma that is a mix of cotton candy sweetness, fruitiness (apple?), alcohol and subtle spices. Around the edge I get hints of musty old barrels or corks, like walking through a wine aging cellar.

T - Very complex taste. Has a hop bitterness foundation, but its not the focus of the beer. Malt and fruitiness is up front, then alcohol and candi sugar sweetness in the middle. There are low hops flavors and subtle spices in the end. Outstanding.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is very high, but the bubbles are small and it gives the beer a creamy, fluffy feel. Just a bit of a mouthcoating feel, but it fades quickly without being cloying.

D - Overall a beautiful, masterfully made beer. Complex aromas and flavors without being cloying or heavy. This beer works well with food or on its own as a night cap.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of puckjer
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, best belgian tripel i have ever had. beautiful golden orange color with a tight white head that laced all the way to the bottom of the glass. the complexity of flavors in this beer are truly remarkable. there is definitely something to be said about old world beers like this that have been superiorly perfected over time. like one of the other posters said, drink this in solitude and slowly to truly enjoy all that it has to offer.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Attractive cloudy golden hue with a solid two fingers worth of bubbly stark white foam head. Very good retention and good lacing.

S: Strong orchard fruits (pear & apple) in addition to tropical fruits (banana & pineapple), yeast, spices (pepper & cloves), and an underlying buttered bread aroma. Also picking up a gummy candy-like scent. Can't believe how much fruit is in the aroma, and both tropical and orchard varieties. Wonderful and diverse smell.

T: Sweet pear, tangy and tart pineapple, bitter pepper, floral elements, and a bread-like malt backbone. Fantastic contrast between sugars and bitters with a great equilibrium reached. Alcohol hardly evident.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation for the style. Incredibly oily and viscous with a slight chewy texture and lingering dryness that works.

D: An exceptional tripel. The balanced quality of this coupled with the potent fruit elements makes this a winner for me.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from an 11.2oz bottle into my Watou chalice. Poured cloudy orange-yellow, with yeast clumps included, and sticky white head which formed into islands within several minutes.

The smell is awesome, bready yeasty tripel aroma. Of course this is the original, so you'd expect this to fit the profile...

Taste is out of this world. Fruity esters and some very mild alcohol bite compete with the bready aroma.

This is very easy to find in Northwest Columbus, but on the expensive side (generally $4-$5 per bottle). Even so, very good and I will not hesitate to buy more. If I ever get to Belgium, I'll try to taste some fresh bottles.

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Photo of santa109
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 52 degrees. Best before date on the bottle is 15/10/2009.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a finger of thick foamy head into a chalice. Head retention is really good thanks to a healthy supply of bubbles. It leaves lacing throughout.

S: Wow, this is the quintessential tripel aroma for me, oozes with citrus. Pale malts are also noticeable and Belgian yeast is also very apparent.

T: Delicious citrus twang accompanied by a hint of spices. Yeast is apparent and there is also a slight medicinal character. Quite the interesting brew. When it warms up a little, the medicinal character becomes even more apparent and this beer truly becomes something special.

M: Slightly crisp at first and then it feels much more creamy and mellow. The thick head accentuates this creamy effect.

D: Alcohol is barely noticeable and the incredibly addictive taste make this a very drinkable beer. It's a good thing that the label states the alcohol volume because it's very well hidden.

Overall, this beer defines what a tripel should be. It goes down so smoothly and each sip is more enjoyable than the previous one. I'm so glad to have 10 of these left.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours into the goblet a darker gold than most tripels, a white head with fairly low retenention for a belgian ale, but laces very nicely

S- citrusy sweetness, spicey, crisp, classic tripel smell

T- a little bitter, sweet, spicey, goes more or less hand in hand with smell

M- very dry, very carbonated, taste remains in mouth for a good amount of time

D- A great brew, problaby my favorite tripel, something I would recomend and have bought repeatedly

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Photo of smilingPolitely
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such an enjoyable brew!
Pours with a nice creamy head, and deep yellow color - slightly cloudy. Nice mellow aroma, and amazingly smooth taste with sweet undertones and even balance all the way through. Silky mouthfeel but not too heavy at all.
A great drink for a relaxing evening.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden with hints of beige and grey. A creamy white head that has real staying power

S - Blueberry, grapes, candi sugar, pears, papaya, vanilla, biscuits, taffy, currant, some malt, caramel, toffee, sponge

T - Slight fruity sweetness which is followed by a surprising bitter that carries through til the end accompanied by malt tones and caramel. Spices and booze are predominant with subtle caraway and anise. Yeasty breadiness comes out under the fruit and provides a hearty base.

M - Velvety carbonation and a wonderful mouthcoating.

O - An excellent brew. Given that its relatively dry and pretty bitter, this one definitely goes to the top of the list for Belgain Tripels.

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Photo of drcarver
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours a hazy yellow with a large fluffy head sitting on top. Head last through the entire beer and lacing clings to the sides on the way down. Perfect.

S - spicy with bits of citrus exactly what is expected.

T - starts with sweet fruitiness followed by the spicy peppery and clove overtones. Finish with a combination of alcohol and medicine. A bit of breadiness but not nearly as heavy as in other brews.

M - clean and dry. carbonation is lively on a palate. aftertaste sticks on the sides of the tongue, but more of a feeling than a flavor.

D - yeah... if I could afford it.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clean but much lighter in color than I would expect from a tripel trappist. Poured with about a 1 -1/2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly. No sediment or residue in my bottle.

S- Clover and some orange and spice. My sense of smell is not the best but it definitely smelled of citrus/orange.

T- Surprisingly clean as I have grown used to St. Bernadous 12 which is far heavier (but an awesome beer). I am pleasantly surprised by the lightness of this. Completely satisfying and a great body to it but not overwhelming. Orange and clove taste with the alcohol being covered over for the most part. Delicious and refreshing. I will have to check out more trippels as I have become accustomed to quads.

M- Don't really know how to rate this. Very nice. No lingering aftertaste. Clean but with substance. Do yourself a favor and try it.

D- Absolutely!! One of the top 5 beers I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot). Would definitely recommend this to everyone I know and will be picking up more tomorrow. I bought 25 or so singles to give them a whirl and this is my third on and the best so far.

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Photo of elmore
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice. Slow pour yielded a creamy, thick pale head. Glowing golden orange color with a good amount of fine yeast sediment. Great retention with plentiful foamy lace left on the sides of the glass - this is definitely a Trappist ale.

Nose is of bready belgian malts and pungent yeast.

Tastes of biscuity light malts, coriander, apricots, lemongrass. A nice mild bitter stale grassy hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is champagne-like. This is very drinkable for the alcohol content. Every sip left me wanting more. This high ABV drink went down very fast.

Absolutely sublime tripel.

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Photo of rjlemos
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What am I supposed to say about a Belgian Trappist Tripel ? That's awesome. Really awesome. Something totally singular, unique. Well, let's try to be technical...

A- Superb. It pours dark gold, but muddy. Great head, dense, that lasts forever.
S- Complexity !
T- Delicious. It goes realy nice and well, complex, but it starts to get goddamned strong in the end. The alcohol reveals itself and the aftertaste is really intense !
M- Great. It fills up your mouth and shows how strong it is !
D- It's not a beer to drink liters. In fact, it's really hard to drink quite much considering the amount of alcohol in it. It's a gourmet beer, not a six pack lousy soapy lager... but it goes really well. It's not a beer for sissies, you really have to be able to handle that !

Really great and unique ! We can say this is one of a kind, for sure.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer.

My sample poured with a head that emerged well above the rim of the glass.

The aroma was of fruit, esters, spice, clove, and bananas.

The color was a murky yellow; kind of a golden straw color. Seemed to have a yeast and chill haze.

The carbonation was heavy but not spritzy; felt like the soft natural carbonation of proper bottle-conditioning.

It's amazing how fast you can drink this one, even though it's 9.5% alcohol. What danger!

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Read a thread about tripels and had a sudden craving. Picked up this 330 ml bottle at Green's for $4.49.

Poured into a tulip glass, golden and clear with a thick egg-shell head of fat bubbles that settle out to a nice raft of foam. Beads of bubbles continue to run up the sides in a perfect line, like something out of commercial. Why can't American brewers get this sophisticated carbonation?

Aroma of sweet pilsner malt, flour-dusted biscuits, and spicy-floral hops. Not much in the way of fruity esters, but a distinct yeasty note.

Dry and balanced right out of the gate. Every time a bit of sweet malt starts to come through, the spices and minerally tang beat it back. Some apple esters start to peek through gradually, along with white grape. Tannin-like bitterness lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is where the monks seem to have a direct line to God. Spritzy and champagne-like, with a slightly chaulky, but not grainy note. Dry, bright, clean and refreshing. Fills the mouth, but light in body. Totally alive on the tongue.

Truly world class beer. Perfect for summer food or most any time you want to indulge yourself. Give this to your wine-loving friends and see what they think.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours bright, hazy golden-orange color with a large white head that has very big bubbles in it and dissipates slowly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells of green apple and yeast, with some biscuity, floral, and grassy notes in the background.

Taste: Begings with a tart green apple flavor and some spice, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with yeast with medium hop flavor. Some notes of citrus/citrus peel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that stings a bit initially, but rounds out and feels more natural. Finishe swarm and sort of dry.

Drinkability: An exceptional tripel- all of the typical tripel flavors are here, but unlike most tripels, none overpowers the other. This is a deceptively easy-drinker for its high ABV, but it's definitely a beer worth savoring.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply stated one of my favorite beers.

It is not big and bold in flavor, but mellow and fully rounded. It has a gorgeous golden hue that is not entirely clear, and yet just shy of hazy in my opinion. The overall appearance of this beer is further enhanced by one of the best stemmed glasses I have seen (as with other Belgian Beers, Westmalle has its own glass, which in this case is a stemmed glass with cut optics and a classic looking Westmalle label).

This beer must be treated with respect - both out of heritage (a beer tradition going back to 1834, and this tripel coming about in 1934), and out of respect for its strength. At 9.5%, this is a beer best enjoyed contemplatively and in moderation.

In my opinion, one of the best Belgian Trappist beers, and one of the best Strong Pale Ale's in the world - truly a world class beer.

I highly recommend this beer, and two of its glasses have proudly become a part of my glass collection.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pale gold yellow color with a white foamy, but thick, head that lingers on. Smells like sweet bread and malts with a hint of fruits like pear. Taste has a mix of spice (pepper), sweet bread, alcohol, and a hint of fruit as it lingers in the mouth. Good amount of thickness, carbonation, and head. Even for a 9.5% ABV, the alcohol isn't too strong to kill the other flavors. This beer could be an any day any time kind of beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the mood to indulge myself a little I pulled this gem from the cellar, after letting it sit for nearly two years. The best before was 20/07/07 but I am drinking it 04/08/07... let's see how this one ages.

The first portion of the pour would reveal as much head as it would beer. Pearl white in colour, it stayed in equal proportion to the beer until about the half way point. While it would remain thick at its base, the head would thin out in some places, leaving a landscape appearance of soft, rolling foothills. The colour is peachy golden. It's almost an optical illusion trying to differentiate the bubbles from the yeast particles, both crowd the body from top to side to bottom.

A cascading aroma that literally "unwinds" the senses. A graceful and unimposing alcohol overcoats all. A lightly spicy yeast yields soft esters. A faint suggestion of fruit. A hard swirl excites a damp, phenolic wheat component that contrasts the otherwise dry character of the beer. The yeast, the esters... so lovely.

The 9.5% is quietly tucked away somewhere, most likely snugged behind the layers of lovely flavours. The carbonation has mellowed suitably over the last 2 years, the mouthfeel is nothing but smooth and graceful on the palate. It seems to dry out for an instance but a presence of flavour quickly resurfaces.

What a wonderful recipe! The yeast is most predominant, again carrying with it countless esters. The flavours all seem "suggestive" rather than upfront. It's a fusion of spices (I'd start with guessing cardamom and pepper), all so subtle but combine for a curious complexity. The inclusion of candi-sugar is very apparent and quite sweet. The taste finishes with the a lingering note of ripened fruit.

A marvelous tripel. Certainly one of the best examples of the style anyone could ever try. I'm not sure which I prefer - aged or fresh. It has held up well - perhaps improved, perhaps not. Either way, this is still something incredibly fantastic and I have savoured every single drop. I will always savour every drop. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of grayburn
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the local grocer. Poured into a huge snifter for some single consumption at around 50 degrees.
Holy head, this beer is topped with some intense foam that doesn't go anywhere. This is an absolute foam party and I am quite happy to be invited. Shes a beautiful gold and the foam is white as the clouds.
The smell is similar to dried fruits, white raisins, apricot, peaches...a little bit of alcohol hidden in there as well.
The taste is the same, not very sweet with an excellent crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect, nice and bubbly to carry the flavors down the tongue. Perfection.
I could drink this all day, every day. I am scared that the next beer I crack will ruin the lovely taste that this has left in my mouth, believe any hype.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle purchased at grocery store in Brussels. BB: Jun 25, 2017
Chilled and poured in a tulip glass
Spoiler alert: This is about the 4th or 5th one of these I've had....finally getting around to reviewing it. Needless to say, I really like it.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw colour. Lots of creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing on the walls of the glass.
Taste is bold and substantial, a nice blend of bready malt and yeasty phenols. Very assertive. Alcohol is there but not nagging or hogging the moment.
Aftertaste is dry and resiny, but not astringent. At 9.5% abv, this is a notable accomplishment. A subtle, well-balanced, dangerous brew. Excellent stuff....really a treat, and a true bargain here.

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Photo of AlexF
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is two extreme. No taste or bad taste, and too much flavour on the other end. We'll all agree that we prefer to eat and drink stuff that are leaning on the tasty side... but how often have we encountered things that were just TOO much? This beer offers perfect equilibrium in a Tripel.

Flawless appearance, huge foamy head, gold colour with lots of yeasts. Smells of orange, cherry and citrus in a not-too-fruity way.

Taste is once again very balanced. Fruitiness, malt, hop, everything mixes in a perfect way.

This beer is the best tripel I've tasted.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.