Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 4,187
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 369
Gots: 624 | 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 ScaryEd
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a very, very light golden color. Almost pilsner-esque, with a large white, bubbly head.

I smell banana and cloves as well as some light, earthy funk.

The taste has a lot of banana and a grassy, lemony flavor, The alcohol is very much present and stings the tongue on every sip. At the end I taste a bit of orange peal which is quite pleasant.

This is a fairly smooth beer despite the ABV. It is medium carbonated and very drinkable. If it weren't for the ABV this would be an easily sessionable beer.

Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite Tripels. I love the earthy, grass-like taste mixed with the banana sweetness and lemon tartness. It's fairly light bodied all things considered, and isn't entirely overpriced (albeit still fairly expensive). Great beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at my Beer Club meeting where we sampled almost every available Trappist Beer, so some tough competition that night. Even with that said, this one tasted a bit flat and one-dimensional compared to the Westmalle Dubbel, so between the two, and for the same price, I'd go for the other. Still though, a pretty damn tasty beer, if you can get a good deal.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden-orange color with a moderate sized white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving just a slight ring of lacing around the edges and not much else. Very murky. Appears to be some sediment gathered at the bottom.

Aroma of banana, bubblegum, lemon and yeast are first to hit the nose. Grassy. Definitely some funk, but it plays well with the banana and bubblegum.

Taste is a lot heavier than expected. Booze hits strong right off the bat. Banana and a hint of lemon and orange, but now bready malts join the party in a rather strong way. Good amount of alcohol warmth. Fruitiness comes on stronger as it warms, revealing some grapefruit and pineapple.

Medium bodied. Not as thick as you'd expect based on the ABV. Goes down nice and smooth, works well as a high ABV summer beer.

Overall, a very good beer. Really complex flavor that incorporates hefes as well as some pale ale fruity qualities.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-larger bubbles but a nice golden color with a white head
- smell is sweet with very pleasant yeast notes
-amazing sweet spices mixed with very pleasant yeast notes, some fruit notes
- silk on the palate a very refreshing beer
- overall the best tripel i have had so far, will be buying again

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Photo of DavisEdwards
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An honest beer brewed from prime ingredients.
More than eighty years after its creation by the famous master brewer Hendrik Verlinden (1866-1940) Westmalle Tripel is still one of the best tripel beers ever.
By far my favourite Trappist beer, IMHO much better than Westvleteren.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is banana and bubblegum. Chamomile, apple, and pear. White pepper, coriander. Floral and spicy hops. Honey and cracker malt. Oranges and spices. Balanced fruit, spice and malt character.

Pours hazy golden. Large frothy white head with good lacing.

Fruity and spicy on the palate with a surprisingly firm hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Graham cracker malt with citrus and coriander. Lots of malt character without being sweet. Clove and various baking spices. Spicy herbal hops with some fruitiness.

Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Lingering bitterness and spices on the finish. Very dry and crisp despite the amount of yeast character.

Incredibly complex and balanced. More spicy phenols than fruity esters and quite dry. The amount of hop bitterness lends me to think this beer is pretty fresh.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Farnam House Brewing snifter. Best before date of 10/03/16. Sipped on while listening to Dynamite Hemorrhage radio.

Ap: Pours a huge pillowy head of three fingers atop a hazy golden yellow body. Lots of carbonation activity with some yeast floating about. Looks amazing.

Ar: On the nose light bubblegum, oxidized bananas, apple slices, moderate clove spice which I appreciate and confectioners’ sugar. Spot on for a triple.

T: Nice blend of oxidized banana/fruit flavors with a bit of citrus sweetness. The spice yeast phenols ala clove are stronger than the fruity esters but still with a good balance. Nice white frosting type sweetness kept in check by a firm bitterness and a very soft malt backbone. Alcohol comes off a bit spicy/perfume like with only a moderate warmth. Sip sip sip.

Mf: Effervescent with a medium feel. Sweet but not too sweet thanks to the dryness. Low alcohol warmth, quite drinkable.

Overall: Textbook classic triple. Huge head with good retention. Has a nice sweetness cut by the high carbonation and dryness. Great drinkability despite its strength. Good balance between the fruity esters and spicy yeast phenols; not too spice forward. One of those beers you should have if you’re at all into Belgian ales, as so many Belgian style US made beers are based off of this one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold in color and hazy with some tiny particles floating around, despite a fairly gentle pour and leaving the yeast behind. The head dissipated quicker than expected and minimal lacing on the glass. Fruity and spicy aroma. White wine notes with a big bready character to it. The spice is still there in the flavor and it finishes dry with soft alcohol. Highly carbonated and effervescent. Medium bodied with a slight warming quality.

My expectations were high for this beer given its high ratings and my love for the style. But, somehow it just fell a little flat for me. I will certainly be revisiting it again soon.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy-gold colour

Faint banana smell, like a nice Belgian Trappist should smell, with a bit of earthiness.

Mellow/balanced flavours, sweeter banana and spice. Very drinkable and sneaky considering it 9.5% ABV.

Would I buy it again? Definitely.

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Photo of kitch
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle had a best before date of 23rd July 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: It poured a hazy golden straw colour with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving thin soapy like lacing.
S: There were aromas of bready malts, caramelised banana, candied sugar, slight bubblegum ending with lemon sour?
T: Tastes of sweet bready malts, orange, pear maybe some lingering banana ending with some slight alcohol.
M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Creamy and also somewhat sticky.
O: This was a decent tripel. The best thing about it was its look especially the thin soapy lacing. The taste itself was decent, but nothing too special either.

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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 Gajo74
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a monstrous head. It soon dissipates into a thin soapy lace. Amazing aroma; tropical fruits, orange zest, bannana, belgian candi sugars, honey, caramel and alcohol. I could spend hours "fussing" and "sniffing" on this one! Such a complex taste! There is so much going on here; fruity sweet, peach, grape and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Spicy and herbal; peppers and coriander. Big alcohol flavor. Belgian pale malts and yeasty. A bitter finish. Heavy mouthfeel and intensly high carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sipper for sure but very drinkable as the drink warms.
As one of BAs recent forums suggested, every now and then you get a truly "WOW" beer. This is one of them. I often wonder what truly constitutes a 5 score; this one can arguably make its case. As is, it comes pretty damn close.

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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 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 Meganomiidae
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thin pale head, that quickly dissipates. Beautiful, hazy liquid gold.

S: Deep scents. White grape, citrus, grapefruit, fresh grain, and a bit of funk on the end.

T: Just a hint of stone fruit initially, quickly giving way to a cacophony of other flavors. Pear and grapefruit give way to hefty sourdough maltiness. Flavor is mildly sweet, fading to a pleasant bitterness that lingers after the taste. Complex and beautiful.

Feel: Again, like liquid gold. A beautifully smooth sip with just the right level of carbonation.

Overall: My first true Trappist tripel, and I have to say, I'm impressed. Not like all of the non-Trappist "tripels" that I've had previously. A+, thank you for existing, monks of Belgium.

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Photo of drmeto
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Follows the nose
-medium hop bitterniss
-fairly alcoholic
-high carbonation
Not as nicely balanced as other Tripels

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Settles into the glass with a cloudy golden body with a hint of orange. Huge, foamy, frothy bone white head sits on top. Some sediment from the bottle made it into the glass. Aroma is fruity with pears, white grapes, tangerines, some white pepper and just a hint of skunk that you would find in a green bottle Heineken. Flavor brings through much of the fruitiness with a huge bready, yeasty flavor towards the end. Flavor is huge, prominent and potent. Body is much of the same, big, bready, full-flavored, everything you would expect from a world class Belgian. All in all very different than most tripels that I have tried. This one drinks heavier and has a very strong bread yeast component. That being said, besides the hint of skunk I was getting on the nose, this one is a great example of what the tripel style can be.

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Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And the heavens opened up. That Westmalle yeast. That bright, eye-opening flavor. Big decadent foamy head. Aromatics all over the place. This beer downright sparkles on the tongue. Those marvelous, characteristic esters.

Yep. Dangerously drinkable.


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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a case of this and have been drinking a couple of bottles a year. Its best to drink it within the first couple of years after bottling. On the more youthful bottles the nose is light fruit in various stages of ripeness mostly peach like but it becomes more like pineapple with traces of banana and then sherry as it ages. It pours straw gold with a slight haze under a 1” finely bubbled, rocky white foam cap. It has a fruit palate with peach and traces of bubble gum suspended in an outrageous texture halfway between liquid and foam that finishes with an assertive bitterness. The bitterness fades as it ages.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light straw yellow and kind of hazy with some floating yeast throughout. Light white head lingers with film like layer over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Banana yeasty esters, some stone fruit aromas, a little bit of apricot nectar and slight bit of something else that I cannot exactly narrow down. Pretty standard aroma for Belgian Tripels.

Taste: Yeasty and ester forward notes, bananas and some other notes in there, a little bit overly sweet and the finish is not as clean as I would expect from a Trappist beer. Good but I have had others in the style that are better.

Overall: Its been a while since I have had a Tripel and since this is one of the higher rated ones I thought I would give it a go, but I have had better. It think this one is a little more bitter and a little more lingering on the tongue than I would prefer of the style overall not a bad beer at all, very worthwhile to seek out, but not one I would go after all the time.

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Photo of cujocon
2.36/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

9.5% ABV
11.2 oz Brown bottle $5.95 State Street
Appearance: Hazy amber honey color
Very tall head sticks around a while
Bubbles coming from glass like champagne, but not strong
Smell: Beery, sweet fruit, a little yeasty
Flavor: foamy, coats the tongue,long lasting bitter aftertaste
Too much bitter for me, like grapefruit pith
Overall: 2/5 Not to my liking at all. It tastes like what I expect a beer to taste like, which is why
I don't like beer. Bitter and sort of bland.

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Photo of edkorganisation
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a first in tripel style i tasted. overall pretty tasty and has some sweet but i didnt enjoy aftertaste much. maybe i'm just nw to it, however that aside, smell and taste were enjoyable. good beer.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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 SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint. Yellow-orange and hazy the beer is topped by a three finger rocky white head that settles to an uneven finger high foam. Lots of lacing. Aroma is spicy, green apple, young grapes, citrus, grass, and bread. Flavor is fruity yeast and spicy bitterness. Some grape juice sweetness, citrus zest, and alcohol which comes on the swallow. A solid medium-plus body that’s lightened up by active carbonation, creamy texture, on the semi-sweet side of dry on the finish.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a hazy yellow with orange/brown tint. Lots of sediment. Thick head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell - Citrusy all the way through

Taste - Citrus flavor is not as pronounced as the smell. Hints of caramel. However there is a nasty bite of some off flavor, tastes old.

Feel - Smooth, slightly chalky, slightly chewy, and a bit savory at the finish. Great masking of the ABV too. Very quaffable.

Overall - The flavor didn't really do it for me. I am thinking that I possibly got an old beer or that it wasn't shipped/stored properly since the best by date was 6/8/15. The beer was also very highly carbonated, as it started to foam over the bottle's lip upon opening (I have heard this can be a symptom of a bad beer).

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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