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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 4,187
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 368
Gots: 622 | 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 bnes09
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful light gold colored ale. Lustrous, white, foamy head towers over the beer and gently recedes to a smooth layer of cream. Laces very well.

Beautiful aroma of fresh cut flowers, and grass. Bright, young, green, and yeasty. Lots of citrus character, mostly lemon, mingled in as well. This has to be the best smelling beer I have ever experienced.

Flavor is not as good as the aroma but still exceptional. Mild, bready malt character. Sweetness of sugar cane and apple fits very well. Hops are fresh with a grassy character and hint at bitterness without overpowering. Deep, complex and very tasty. Alcohol cannot be detected making it very dangerous.

Just heavy enough to call it medium bodied, but barely. Lively carbonation. Finish is crisp, smooth and clean. Perfect feel.

Wow! I am so glad when beers like this come along and remind me why I venture out and sample new brews. Such wonderfully complex flavors yet a light feel that is easy to drink. A true masterpiece in brewing.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was quite pleased (and suprised) to find this yesterday. I followed a Westleverten 12 with this, and thought this was better. This is my favorite style, and it doesn't get any better. Poured a magnificent head, with good retention. Golden color, great lace. But most of all, a great taste! Fruity, spicy, drinkable, with a helluva punch! If you like Cinq Cents, La Fin Du Monde, Tremens, Don De Dieu, etc., you'll love this. World class, all the way!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, tarnished gold color with lots of tiny floaters and a small but persistent head. Very fruity aroma (apricot & orange) with a spicy, bright, citrusy hop presence. Huge fresh hop flavor, spicy, with notes of basil or sage, with a biscuity malt flavor and fruity malt character, finishing dry, clean and delightfully bitter. Full carbonation but not too heavy.

Very close to perfect beer for me.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw this bottle sitting on the shelf and it was calling to me (a 750mL bottle poured into a chalice).
The first time I tried this was from a couple samples and I recall being stunned by the quality.
This time around the impact isn't as shocking.
This may be my favorite tripel.
It looks, smells and tastes the ways it seems a tripel should and does all those things very well.
It has a bitterness that I've found in other tripels, but it doesn't spill over into a sourness that turns me off. There is some grapefruit flavor without that grapefruit sourness.
Still tart.
Still dry.
Smells smooth and mild with a flavor of an impact that the nose only hints at.
The only major flaw I can find with this is the price and availability.
Though I suppose if it was cheaper and more available it might not be as good.
Ah well.

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Photo of unitas3
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the culmination of every great beer I have ever had. It pours the most beautiful pale orange honey blossom body perfectly unfiltered and utterly gorgeous. The lacing is concentrated and creamy leaves a nice layer on the glass when swirled. The distinct aroma is hinted with roasted apricots, lemon peel and dry alcohol.

This is one of the most challenging beers for me to review on taste. The complexity is pretty astounding. Lots of dried lemon peel and spice/rich yeast with sweet honey nuances and a dry/slick alcoholic bite that finishes smooth.

Taking a sip of this beer, for me anyhow, is like the scene in the movie Beerfest where they taste the secret recipe beer for the first time. Yes, it is magical.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel is tied for my all time favorite tripel and one of my favorite beers. This is such a delicious beer. I have enjoyed dozens of bottles, been to the Westmalle cafe quite a few times and had the Tripel (and Dubbel) on tap. See review of the Westmalle cafe (aka Cafe Trappisten).

The Westmalle glass is my favorite drinking glass and having a Westmalle tripel in it is great!

I am not going to give some type of sophisticated tasting description of this beer. Bottom line, this is one of the best beers out there. Tastes great, smooth liquid sweet honey.

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Photo of jlandis
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A peach/straw golden beer with a fluffy white head that in time fades to a thin white ring. The nose is full of tart green apples, white grapes, and a hint of spice. The flavor consists of strong spicy yeast with ripe green apples. Those green apples are quite tart! The finish is bitter and almost medicinal. The body is moderate with solid carbonation.

Once again I'm blown away by the trappist standard. These monks sure know how to brew a solid beer. The combination of ripe fruits and tart spice are a perfect sipping combination.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle
Best before end: 13/10/12
Served in a chalice

Appears bright yellowish gold, with a dense creamy head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is dominated by estery fruit. Some yeast, spice, and pale malts. Taste is incredibly balanced. Not much alcohol presence. Estery fruit and spicy phenols, followed by yeasty funk and malty sweetness. Light bitterness. Quick, dry finish with some residual sweetness. Medium bodied for the style, carbonation right on point. I would expect nothing less from a Trappist Tripel

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Photo of erz316
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

classically beautiful 11.2 fl oz brown bottle poured into my long last found chalice of westmalle (! haha!)

A - damn near perfect. there is an amazing hazy golden/brazen color that fill the chalice, with some yeast chunkies floating around. there are some few bubbles from the bottom, but they are doing little to keep the head full. the head could have filled up better but it will suffice ne'er the less. the head fades fast and leaves a thin layer in the middle of the chalice, it retains well around the side of the glass. goddamn I love these cistericans.

S - tart dried apricots, like the gourmet ones from california, and granny smith apples, are the most creative way I can come up with describing the smell; this binds the alcohol in a warm blanket and makes it smell enchanting. my cat has once again sampled some of the beer; from her face and look of utter disgust I will inform the reader that it is in my best belief that she is not a fan. Perhaps too strong? maybe she should just stick to old ales. moving on. there is a slight slight subtle underlayer of real sweet to the beer, like apple sauce, or caramel apples.

T - chewing the beer makes the malts come out in full force and you can reall appreciate the sweetness that they have to offer (this is one technique that I picked up from one of those silly sam adams commercials). there is a spicy bitterness that hits the front tip of the tongue; this makes a bit of burn and the special ting that bitter tastes do.the the finish has real dark fruits coming out, ripe as hell too, delicious purple plumbs and prunes. I might also add there is something that i would call dark/black cherry, it has a maraschino sweetness but is dumbed down with the ripeness of the plumbs and prunes and thus makes a black cherry flavour. kind of cool if you can taste it. as for the finish: the finish also has towards the end alcohol mixing in with fruit, but alcohol comes running in during the beginning of finish and afterward, but sooner than later it fades out. the after taste is slightly sweet, with dominantly malt taste.

MF - the feel is great, perfect except for the fact that I get an onslaught of bubbles in my mouth. the consistency is amazing, and I can really complain about nothing except for the few cat hairs in my drink. I once again will express my admiration for the trappiste: i love the quality products that come out of these institutions.

D - despite the intense crisp carbonation, that is to say: very small bubbles (unlike coke, more like mountain dew) that meake it easier to drink but also make you feel more bloated from the fact that you do drink more, I would drink this all night long; I am being literal. I will say it loud and plowed. all night long. me and this beer, I can forget my beautiful girlfriend or even making dinner for my self, I'll just pretend im a monk, and I'm fasting under one of those crazy rules of St. Benedict.

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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Ripe pear skin. That's the first thing that comes to mind when you hold a glass of this beer to your nose. There is a light sense of brown sugar and sweet bread dough. Not bread crust mind you. Dark grapes are also noted in the aroma. No hop aroma and only a hint of alcohol despite the 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: A deep yellow to light golden amber with a yeast haze. Effervesant carbonation bubbles can be seen rapidly rising to the top that produce a frothy billow of pure white head. Excellent retention and very good lacing.

Flavor: Light spices of coriander, clove, and alcohol combine evenly on the palate with a very gentle presence. The alcohol lingers the most through the middle where you'll find an almost peppery spice. This seems to come from a combination of the alcohol and yeast. While the flavors are light, there's a lasting sensation of color on your tongue into the clean finish. If there's a hop presence it's only found at the back of the throat and with an earthy/noble presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Alcohol presence is certainly noted with a warming presence in the mouth and through the finish. This beer warms you up as it goes down. The carbonation is high and seems to renew the flavor if you hold the beer in your mouth.

Overall: Since there is a fair amount of yeast in the bottle, a careful pour will yield a brighter and more clear beer. But I poured this into two glasses, and the second glass got much more yeast than the first. If you don't care for yeast in your beer, pour slowly. Personally I call small bits of yeast "flavor crystals" in my beer. The same goes for hop flakes, though you won't find those here. There is nothing overpowering about this beer and the flavors blend together surprisingly evenly, with the alcohol winning out only slightly. Hop presence is minimal while the beer exhibits a noble spice given off by the Wesmalle yeast.

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Photo of HogHill
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured my Westmalle Tripel into my Rochefort Chalice (oh the sacrilege!), there was barely any head, just a white dusting, but that's probably due to my pouring skillz. The body looks to be a yellow golden haze with some orange highlights.
The aroma that comes wafting to my nostrils as I dip my schnauz into the chalice is that of esters, mainly of the banana variety.
Taste: a complex estery masterpiece. It's a spicy, but balanced, great blend of the esters and yeast, with a sustantially body for a light golden ale.
Feels very carbonated on the tongue, lots of bubbly action which lends to a dry finish. At 9.5% it even leaves me craving for more! I love the Westmalle Tripel, a true classic.

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Photo of Hunter
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy apricot color, pillowy head of white foam. Several thin and active threads of carbonation. Nice lacing effects.

Smell: Notes of citrus, spice, hay, and candi sugar. Light and fresh.

Taste: Alcohol predominates as it hits the tongue, then gives way to a sweet, slightly smoky flavor. Hints of spice and hops. Complex without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation makes for a sharp, palate clearing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is clean, with a lingering taste of grassy citrus.

Drinkability: Lovely and rich, this is not something to have daily, but rather one to have on rare occasion, when you have the time and peace to savor it properly. It's a light a summery sort of beer, but the alcohol will warm you on cold nights just fine. Belgian ales are my favorite, tripels most of all. Westmalle certainly lives up to the Trappist tradition.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: As complex as love itself. It has three layers, The bottom being the lightest, a deep yellow to orange. The middle layer is darker and cloudier. The top layer is a thick head that sticks delightfully to the sides of the glass. Throughout there twists a tornado comprised of what appears to be particles of heaven-dust.

Smell: Strawberry ice cream, bananas, cinnamon, and the woman you wish you were with.

Taste: Immediate tartness gives way to softer fruity malts. Somewhat dry finish with (pleasingly) bitter alcohol. I can taste just a little licorice when I exhale.

Mouthfeel: Lively! Really smooth, though.

Drinkability: So far, so bloody good. How's that for a review being recent?

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From some notes of mine which I thought I lost.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a nice caramel brown with a two finger head that had good retention and left a lot of lacing.

S the nose on this one was sweet with notes of apples, some spicy yeast and a hint of alcohol.

T the taste of this one was sublime. First you get sweet fruit mostly apples followed by a bit of yeast, with the malts taking center stage with a caramel like finish that stays on your tounge.

M The mouthfeel was nice and full bodied with good carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Overall I loved this one. To me this is how a tripel should be. It smells great, tastes heavenly, and you can't even tell that it is well over 9% abv. My favorite tripel and possibly one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of myelo
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light butterscotch appearance with bright white, rocky head and millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky lacing.

Fresh fruit sweet aroma -- caramelized banana, orange, with spicy cloves and yeast.

Taste is fruity and malty sweetness up front, with some spicy phenol in the middle and lingering dank hop bitterness balanced by honey and plum and apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautiful -- creamy rich with high but very smooth carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth.

If someone asks what a Tripel is all about, this is what you have them try.

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Photo of PintPiner
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful spicy/fruity aroma.

Lively head at first pour that subsides somewhat but remains to the bottom of the glass.

Beautiful golden honey color.

Highly carbonated, almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Complex malty flavor with lots of spicy depth.

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Photo of studentofbeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when i opened it, the first thing i thought was, did i open a cider by mistake? the smell was overwhelmingly tart apple and apple skin. even once poured into my ommegang goblet i detected a lot of sweet and tangy green apple as well as herbal and flower smells.

color was a slightly hazy but perfect hay color. nice head that fell to a slight lace as i drank.

first taste was a knockout--from cider it seemed to have morphed into a super strong ESB. the first taste was strongly english aley-- very bready and earthy. then came a sharp pepper bite mixed with some sour/sweet apple flavor and a bitter herbal aftertaste.

i find this an amazing beer. highly drinkable, imminently complex with flavor profiles from different styles and a strong 9.5 abv, its quite a beer. i only wish i could afford it more often.

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Photo of medic25
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color, with a little bit of a white head. Sweet, quite malty odor. The taste is a complex balance of flavors; raisin, candy sugar, very faintest trace of hops. For 9.5%, the beer goes down amazingly easily. Drinkability is tremendous; much lighter and crisper than some of the other sickly sweet tripels out there.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Lost Abbey tulip glass

A: copper color with no see through cloudly

S: spice with sweetness backing up the spice

T: Spice and a well balanced beer taste the sweet but not overly sweet

M: on the lower side of Medium mouthfeel

D: very drinkable its got no alcohol taste so for 9.5 % I would call this dagerously drinkable.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my mind you can't really buy a better Tripel than this wonderful Trappist. It was poured into a typical Belgian snifter style glass and immediately sprouted an inch-thick, white, foamy, creamy head. It left excellent lacing. The body was amber colored, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was excellent, lots of banana, candy sugar, clove, citrus and sweet fruits. The bouquet was almost enough to sit and enjoy, but the taste was something else as well. You could definitely detect a large ammount of alcohol, but not nearly as much as is actually present. It is well-hidden behind a complex taste of clove, spice, sugars, mild hoppiness, yeasts and bananas. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated yet not very biting; it's creamy and refreshing and is absolutely excellent to the last sip. Please do yourself a favor and try this beer. Especially if you're a fan of Tripels like me.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - Didn't really know what to expect here, I don't have much experience with the style so I had very few preconceptions. Starting off, I think I poured it a little rough because I had a 10 minute wait for the white spongy head to die down. There was thick lacing down the sides (thought I had a soapy glass at first). The color is a dull gold with a cloudy vision. It smells of fruit, spice and alcohol - it really has a strong but pleasant smell. You do not have to stress your olfactory skills here. The taste was fruit again, maybe apricot, with spices like nutmeg and cloves - great. Strong finish and very drinkable for such a strong brew. This makes me want to concentrate on this style for a bit.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer of '05. Wow.

Appearance: Hazy golden brew with spritzy, sustainable head.
Smell: Banana-y, slight clove and a nice, subtle dry hop aroma.
Taste: Complex malt and fruit flavors up front, a great yeastiness in the middle, and a wonderfully dry finish. Nice attenuation.
Mouthfeel: Bulky and divine! A nice, taut tripel that packs a solid punch. So much complexity with each sip.
Drinkability: A 'must sip' brew. This is one global great to be savored. I appreciate the yeasti-ness to this beer above all of the wonderful characteristics, and the fact that this beer is bottle-conditioned makes it quite evident and appealing. Outstanding.

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Photo of sespourteille
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely amazing. I write this review as i am being completely overwhelmed by its quality and craftsmanship. Served in a 9.4 oz bottle, it is great for sharing with others, everyone will like it. Make sure to check the bottle, the tripel is a noticeable difference from the other kinds.

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Photo of rarevos
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours an opaque golden-yellow. Thick head at first, quickly subsides to light lacing.

S: A mild grassiness and a hint of crisp apple sourness.

T/M: Robust grain up front with a nice sweetness. Just a tiny hint of fruit (the apple from the aroma) and some pepperiness to cut it. Bit of a grassy, "field aroma" that makes it somewhat rustic (not as rustic as a saison, though). Finish is dry and crisp with a light, pleassantly bitter tail.

D: Thankfully, this is really easy to get, and relatively inexpensive. It's a drier tripel, but it has a crispness/dryness that I absolutely crave. This and Cinq Cents are my go-to tripels. Drinks FAR easier than the 9.5% abv would indicate; this bad boy hides the alcohol extremely well.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.