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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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95
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Avg:
4.28
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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 brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of soapy lacing around the sides of the glass

Smell: Extremely complex and each time I sniff I pick up different aromas - apricot, vanilla, balsa wood, barnyard funk, candy sugar, banana, and medicinal tones

Taste: Expecting the usual tripel profile, I was quite surprised not to pick up the sweet tones on the front of the palate; starts out very yeasty and bready with some unripe tropical fruit and green apple flavors that are quickly subsumed by a bitter, almost medicinal aspect; the finish is quite unusual, with the bitterness dominating in a not unpleasant way

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and velvety, with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: With its tannic bitterness, this is not a beer I want to consume in quantity, but it is an interesting change of pace and would work well with sharp cheese

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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 tatterdash
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Westmalle glass is a thing of beauty, and so is the sweet Tripel within.

Pours a hazy golden honey colour almost seeming to glow from within, with a thick and lacy white head. Aroma was apples, sweet malts, caramel, banana and spice. Taste was a very strong sweet honey up front, with a clovey spicy middle, and some balancing hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was creamy and very smooth, even with the effervescence. The high ABV is well hidden, but is definitely warming on the tongue and throat. This is a great beer, and a fantastic Tripel, but definitely not a session beer, one a day is enough.

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Photo of stof0048
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear, golden color with little head that forms "islands" and little lacing.

Smell: Some alcohol, sweet smelling, yeasty and pleasant.

Taste: Wheaty, yeasty, sweet (candy notes), hint of anise with an alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: very fizzy on the tongue, goes down smooth, a bit of a creamy feeling.

Drinkability: Great for winding down at the end of the night, could never get tired of this one!

Overall a great beer and would recommend it to anyone!

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
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 twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just recently rediscovered the tripel, and I'm trying to hit all the big ones again and re-evaluate. Appears a cloudy gold color, with some yeast swimming around. Big white head that doesn't quite last. Smell is very grainy, full of yeast and a strong pizza dough scent as well as some almost tart grassy scents. Taste has a soft sweet malt backbone. Light grassy hops accent a spicy, yeasty, estery taste. A slight alcohol kick gives this beer a nice edge. Love the balance between sweet and spicy. Nice and subtly complex, and balanced enough to pull it off. Gotta hand it to the trappist monks once again.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep golden body with a creamy white head. Mild haziness. Decent head retention and gorgeous Belgian lace. Aroma of Belgian yeasts, vinous and citrus fruit, clove, sweet malts, candi sugar… ok already its complex. On to the taste. Sweet malts and Belgian sugar balanced with orange and clove spices. Mild alcohol presence, but well balanced with the Medium body and carbonation. Light bitterness and moderate carbonation. Crisp in the mouth with a slightly drying finish.

My favorite beer. Well-balanced complexity with nice warming alcohol presence that is noticeable but not overwhelming. Every time I drink one of these I notice something new in the layers of flavor and aroma. Never boring, always amazing.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful goldne orange with a white froth head that rises and rises, setiments of yeast will fall into the glass. The smell is of apricots with a nice honey grain. A hint of banana yeast will water the mouth. Cloves and other spices will creep in. The taste is crisp, with a toasty banana liquor, a apricot sauce will add sweetness, exotic spices will warm the throat. Definetely a strong toasty beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 02/09/06. Poured a hazy light yellow color with monstrous white head that left beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is fruity, sugary, yeasty, and just absolutely fantastic. Taste is fruity, yeasty, with hints of lemon.Superb. Finishes soft and smooth in the mouth with a nice warming feeling from the alcohol. A too easy to drink beer for 9.5%.

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Photo of LarryV
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy amber-yellow color with a fluffy, dense white head.
Head fades fairly quickly to a rocky layer of white fluff. Intense lacing from the creamy body of this brew. Nose is soft, yeasty, fruity, enticing. Mouthfeel is very creamy, coats the tongue with an explosion of flavor. Peppery, spicy followed by the sting of the alchohol. The taste lingers on the palate and continues to change.
This is a very nice, enjoyable tripel. Luscious.

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged two years in my fine closet.

Pours a pretty dark gold like fried chicken with a shiny white head that seems awful proud to be atop such a beer.

Very intense Belgian yeast, plums, and banana on the nose. Spicy ginger like a stripper only without VD. Or that stripper smell. Or really that's a bad comparison but damn does this beer make you want it!

And unlike that bitch Ginger (call me baby, please!) you can stick your mouth on this stuff without having a guy who smells like an ingrown toenail kick the shit out of you by a dumpster.

Remarkable rush of yeast spice, ginger and white pepper, moving quickly into poppy seed banana bread, ending on a fireworks fizzle of flaming fruit and hearth warmed alcohol.

This is fine, fine beer. Perfectly balanced--immensely flavorful without being overwhelming.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with a synthetic cork. Pours a hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy two-finger thick pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite yeasty, despite the beer resting unsettled for two weeks in my beer fridge. There is also lots of spicy yeast driven notes with pepper, ginger and lemon being most notable. As I get used to the aroma some fruit notes begin to pick up, with notes of green apple and tart pear being evident. The green apple note really becomes quite apparent after a bit.

The beer is full and peppery after my first sip. The beer almost has a creamy consistency and the spice notes give it a piquant sharpness that I like in a good Tripel. The spiciness hold throughout the taste profile of this beer, finishing with a sharp ginger like note at the end. This has a fairly full body to it, yet still remains quite dry on the palate, mainly I think because of the yeasty spiciness. As I mentioned this tastes quite yeasty as well, it gives it a sharp yeast bite to it. The beer has a light tartness to it that plays up the fruity aspects of the beer; mostly I get notes of green apple but there are notes of pear and a bit of tart plum as well, it also plays up the ginger note that is found in this beer.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful golden color, slightly hazy, very fizzy. Good head retention.

Smell - The nose has a sort of a breezy sweetness, with a subtle spiciness in the background.

Taste - The initial taste is an appley sweetness followed by an alcoholic hotness. I also detect a fruitiness common to many ales. This beer is not as spicy as other tripels I have tried. It is also just not as tasty as other tripels.

Mouthfeel - Solid body, but not thick or overwhelming. A little deceptive, given the 9.5% alcohol.

Drinkability - The alcohol detracts a little from the beer's drinkability, but it is still very good overall.

Comments - Maybe I missed something about this beer, but I do not think it is as great as the rankings appear.

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Photo of budsboy
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml screen printed bottle looks nothing like the picture here. Undated. Corked and caged.

Pours cloudy, pale straw, with a frothy white head that shrinks back to a 1/8 inch coating. Lots of little chunks of godly goodness suspended in there.

Spicy, fruity aroma. Mostly clove and banana, with a bit of ginger and a pinch of citrus thrown in. All-in-all inviting.

Clovey on the tounge. Banana flavor is there with some other ripe fruit. Apple, orange, lemon hints. Bitter, bitter finish, more tannin-like than hoppy. Warming going down. Vinous. Very complex, this. Hard to qualify.

Tight and light in the mouth. Highly carbonated, feels somewhat champaign like.

It is evident that this is a high-quality brew. Deep in complexity and warming for the soul. This may be a beer I will appreciate more as my palate develops, that is my gut feeling. It is simply one of the finest. Try some.

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Photo of sitbooboosit
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale orangey yellow straw type colour. the head is white with a tinge of baige and very rocky/pillowy. Aroma is primarily of hops, not a lot of malt coming through- a slight pale malt aroma maybe. Hops are tangy citrusy spicey.
Slight pale malt character up front that gets overwhelmed quickly by a strong hop bitterness. the beer finishes with a peppery heat and a creamy warming mouthfeel.

This beer is fantastically crafted and a very good beer. I've never been a huge tripel fan. this is one of the best and while I enjoyed it, the rochefort 8 in the fridge is more to my liking.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow golden color with an assertive head of tight mousy bubbles at first pour. It looked like this head intends to stick around awhile due to the copious amount of bubbles rising. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: I get lemony esters along with some grainy sweetness in the beginning through the foam. Some bready malt starts to show up a bit later after the head is just starting to give in.

Taste: Super effervescent with a lot of mouth washing carbonation. The citrusy notes dominate the beginning of the profile. This citrus fades a touch to give you a taste of the bready malt in the middle of the profile. The finish is rather dry due to (what I believe are) sugar additions. There is very minimal warming, which is surprising due to the ABV.

Opinion: This is a fantastic beer! Hands down...quality stuff! Since this is the hallmark of the style, I hate saying that I like another one better, but I think that I prefer the St Bernardus Tripel to this one. That is a stretch, but if you put both in front of me, and I only got to choose one... I would recommend this beer ANY day of the week!

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky gold with a monumental head. Smell is somewhat yeasty, almost cheese-like, with a coffee-like bitterness present behind its fruitier notes.

Taste is initially dominated somewhat by alcohol, but this fades before long, yielding to yeasty breadiness and a lovely fruit assortment of apricot, plum, and wild berry. It finishes juicy, not too dry at all despite the notable alcohol. This has the best aftertaste I've ever run into in a beer, a lingering apricot-and-citrus fruitiness.

Yum--this is a delectable tripel, without question my favorite to date. I could sip this stuff all evening if the bottle wouldn't run out...

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden ale with a minimal head.

Smell is sweet pineapple and guava fruit with requisite dose of coriander. Spicy black pepper and spearmint are the next scents I can detect. Sweet honey and flowers make up the malt part of the scent. Hops make themselves know only as a little woodiness. Noticeable alcohol but it doesn't detract from the scent and serves as a carrier for other scents.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Honey and fruit are the first flavors to come out, then coriander and flowers. Spice is subdued here except for black pepper.

Mouthfeel is not bad.

An OK triple but I had expected more from this one compared to its little brother the Dubbel. Worth a try. This is a beer I will try again from another source and see if it has a bit more wow factor to it.

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Photo of Morris729
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bright gold beer with lots of head and carbonation. It smells like white wine, with some additional fruitiness and a bit of musty yeast. The taste starts out friuty and becomes very spicy. There is just enough bitterness to balance it. The alcohol is not real obvious. The mouthfeel is very nice. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! 9.5%ABV It sure doesnt seem like it.
A brilliant orange color with a massive rocked top white head. That never ends and is quite creamy. Just like I would expect a Tripel to be.
The smell was most amazing, truly impressive. It was dominated by an orange peel scent and other assorted fruits. Very sweet. Also a hint of spice and...yeast and doughy, very complex. Maybe even a hint of nutmeg. Wow!
The taste blew me away. Amazingly smooth! Very sweet with a strong fruit presence and a bite of spice in there with a dry finish. Slight taste of alcohol with a nice warming inside. Well hidden the 9.5%. A myriad of flavors well balanced and blended to create a beer unlike any other Ive tried. Tart, Sweet, Alcohol, Dry, Fruit, Zest, Spice, Bitter, but yet very light and quite tingly in the mouth with the right amount of carbonation.
Im hooked!

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Photo of battlekow
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

West-mall-eh looks really amazing, an opaque orange capped by a brilliantly white head that's creamy and muscular.

Quite a dense, complex smell, though well-balanced and not at all overpowering. There's doughy yeast, some citrus and sugar, a bit of pepperiness, and just a hint of the alcohol. The flavor, while equally complex, is different than the nose. The alcohol is more prominent, and lurks alongside the surprisingly bitter finish, making the finish a bit intense. On the other side of the sip, you get the expected yeastiness and a lot of sweetness. An estery, tropical fruit flavor lingers on your lips long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel is light and playful, and the only problem I have with this overall lovely and interesting beer is the intensely bitter aftertaste.

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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 Dmann
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very good beer but I do not think I got a completly fresh bottle. The pour was very good and this is easily one of the best looking beers I have ever seen with its excelent head, color and champagne like bubbles. The scent was hard to detect at first but then the tropical frutiness and doughy scents came through and were very nice. The flavor was very unique and not what I was expecting at all. The flavor was quite sweet but had a very dry off putting quality to it that made me think I got a bum bottle. There was not much flavor at all other than sweetness and dryness in the finnish. I will have to try another bottle for sure.

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Photo of waldowin
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an authentic Westmalle goblet (purchased with the beer).

Pours a light golden color, pale yellow near the edges. Extremely dense white head about a finger thick, that stuck around for a few minutes, and then faded to a haze in the center.

Smells of golden raisins, brown sugar, oranges, limes, cloves and nutmeg. Wonderful.

Tastes even better. A bit dry, and not unlike champagne. A short burst of wheat sugars, and then the carbonation and spices take over, tangled together. It's very hard to pick out flavors on this one, they've mingled so well. Finishes with a bit of white grapes, cloves and coriander.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but wonderfully carbonated (just foams as you drink it), tingles of CO2 and alcohol trail along the tongue, and leave your mouth feeling like a white grape explosion. The alcohol is extremely deceptive, with very little effect at all.

I could drink this stuff all day. Tart, tangy, spiced, sweet, dry, juicy, this beer does it all, and so well. Extremely glad I can buy this locally, but wishing I could try it fresh off the taps in Belgium.

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