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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,703
Ratings:
4,381
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
16.39%
 
 
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Photo of wcudwight
3.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours the same gold color as my wedding band with a thick, creamy, head. Carbonation bubbles explode to the top. Thick lace. Smells bready and fruity with a faint alcohol smell. The front end of the taste is dominated my malty sweetness, then the alcohol kicks your tastebuds ass. All this leaves kind of a mildly hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Feels thick and creamy in the mouth.
It just doesn't seem to hide the alcohol that well to be very drinkable. Maybe my tastebuds aren't ready for the style. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I'm not rushing to try it again.

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Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).

T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven;t had a good tripel in a while. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while.

750 ML brown bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist Goblet.

A - A cloudy pale yellow-oragne color with a thin white head that has some staying power.

S - A fruity smell with a pretty big alcohol hint and some bubble gum aroma. A decent, well balanced smell.

T - Taste is a little more subdued than the smell with that same bubble gum type flavor. A little bit of alcohol in there. Not much of that fruity flavor. A bit of a fresh cut grass kind of taste ( I know that sound wierd)

M - Slick and bubbly on the tongue. Pretty decent feel.

D - I'm actually not really wowed by this one. By no means a bad Tripel but it doesn't leave me running back for more.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel
11.2 oz brown bottle
Month/Year notched for November 2004
11/07/07 labeled on the back
Served in a St Feuillien goblet

Pours a cloudy mustard yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that stream to the top of the glass. Chunks of sediment float on the bottom. Thin white lace that leaves random trails of the lace.

Rather clean nose with whiffs of pepper, herbs, pears and Belgian yeast.

Syrupy juice on the palate with a bubble gum and pineapple flavor. A tad spicy, very interesting. Creamy and smooth, yet tart and juicy. This is brewed and crafted perfectly. Highly complex and very drinkable.

Hands down, one the best Tripels I've ever had. Complex and guaranteed to stimulate the taste buds. Mighty enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of barrelman
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer really blows my mind when you combine its appearance with the rest of the characteristics.

There is so much flavor in a beer this light. It has the appearance of an MGD, but the similarities stop there. The body is rich. Taste hides the abv. so well, I find it hard to believe the facts (which I suppose come from monks, so you gotta believe them, huh?).

I find this to be a killer brew. woowed me from the pour. Cheers.

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Photo of Terp96
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Tripel I have had yet. I picked a 750ml of this on some advice from reviews I have read and I was not dissapointed.

Pours a hazy golden-range color into my Duvel tulip. Head is significant but dissapates leaving the lace behind.

Smell is wonderful. Very sweet and malty. Nice clove and alcohol overtones as well.

Taste is phenomenal. Malty sweet at first. You can really taste the Belgian candy sugar. It then becomes warming as the beer finishes hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel is very balanced. All the flavors seem to stay with you in between every sip. I have never had a beer that can do this. Fantastic.

Drinkability is dangerously good. You want to drink this more and more but it will sneak up on you.

All in all, one of the best beers I have ever had. I am not big on Belgians but this one is great. I just wish I could have it in Belgium. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Anyway, but for the price tag, I would buy cases of this stuff.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.

Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.

Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.

Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.

Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.

Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +9.4%
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 +3.7%
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 +0.2%
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 +12.9%
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 twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +15.2%
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 -12.6%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.9%
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 +3.5%
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 -8.2%
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%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 -6.3%
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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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,703 ratings.