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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,673
Hads: 4,277
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 381
Gots: 704 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij Westmalle
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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 GreenWBush
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

$5.00/single, taken out of the discount tub of a local pub. No label; yeast collection ring and cap announce brewer and beer, respectively.

This poured out a perky peach-yellow with minimal sediment. Little to no head until vigorous pouring - only then did lace take its mark.

The nose of this beer was starkly bubble gummy; interspersed with wild fruit tones, especially lemon and orange. The hops take more of a presence on the nose than i'm used to per the style, which was a delight. With warmth the alcohol becomes a little less present but the fruits calm as well.

This is one damned tasty beer. So much going on; on one hand we've got a dry, hoppy, well-balanced sweet tripel. On the other hand there's a wine-y, starkly alcoholic effervescent creature lurking at colder temperatures.

The mouthfeel was slick with candied sugars and hop oil. This sucker went down waaaay to fast considering how expensive it was.

Fascinating. I would love to document how this one ages.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy golden color-a tad darker in color then a golden ale. Great big head that receedes after a bit. Huge fruity aroma-pineapple? Almost reminds me of a mai tai!!!! A hint of vanilla. Earthy and sulphury flavor-slight sweetness and a dryness in the finsh. Somewhat astringent though not in an unpleasant way. Good body-slight puckering effect. A very drinkable brew-well worth seeking out. Thanks to bashiba for the trade sample.

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Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of chunkies floating around; straw yellow in color with a pleasant head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles. Excellent sticky lace.

Strong pineapples in the aroma. There's also an earthiness to this, a mixture of pine needles and barnstalls.

Very rich, malty full flavors. There's the strong warmth of alcohol. This is wonderfully balanced--I'm used to trappist ales being all coyingly sweet malt. This beer is drier than those. The hop is much more pronounced, but this brew is far from being bitter. Interestingly, unlike other great beers that have the flavors fade in and out, this one is consistent yet complex blend of malt/hop.

This may be one the most drinkable trappist ales I've ever had. Other than the powerful alcohol warmth and the rich, rich body, this could be an excellent pale ale. With those differences, herein lies something special.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy medium golden with a few chunkies. The head was white, tall and fell slowly to the edges of the surface and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was citrusy spice with coriander and and light fruity esters from alcohol. The alcohol esters tickled the nasal passages and behind the citrus and spice was a nice candy malty backbone.

The flavor was light and citrusy with restrained and very complex spiciness of coriander and clove. The citrusy flavor had a pineapple and candy sweetness that was well balanced by hop bittering to keep the beer in line. The flavors were well done and worked together harmoniously.

The finish was just dry and continued to dry out well into the aftertaste with pleasant lasting flavors of citrus and spice. The body was just above medium with a creamy texture and nice carbonation. Alcohol was present, but restrained and barely made itself noticeable except for some slight warming after consumption.

33 cl bottle. 22/03/03 on back label. This beer was ranked second for the tripels when I rated it, too bad I cannot send it over the top. Excellent beer!

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Photo of alexgash
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden honey apricot with a big, voluptuous white head. What a beauty this is. Way to go monks!
Sweet honey, candy sugar, fresh cut clover, tropical fruits (pineapple, passion fruit), peppery-spicy-hops, and a touch of alcohol all intertwine to create an sweet, herbal, medicinal delight. Aromatics are big and lean more toward the sweet side.
Palate starts off with moderately sweet malt flavors and hints of spicy hops. Then the big honey sweetness swells, along with some rummy fruit cocktail. Oh my this is sweet! As if on cue, an onslaught of peppery, herbal hops rings in with some balancing bitterness. The spicy, herbal bitterness and the sweet sugary malt fight it out as some medicinal alcohol sneaks in along with its friend yeast. All this crashes magnificently into a long, bittersweet finish, that's substantially warming. Terrific. This is a big-bodied ale that starts with a sparkling, tongue-tickling, effervescent feel and then moves hefty, mouth-coating feeling, that borders on syrupy. Although sweet and warming, this is surprisingly drinkable, and now I wish I had a 750 instead of this 330!

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Photo of skybluewater
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow color. Smells of juicy fruit and maybe a little clove. Taste is wonderful, a little juicy fruit, a little yeast, with alcohol present, but not dominating. Despite that, this is a very drinkable brew (although I think I might revisit it in the summer months).

All in all, this one is darn good. Definitely a must-try.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/19/2005. Pours a flecky and hazed orangey peach color with a large, fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, doughy and bubblegummy, cottoncandy like sweetness as well as a yeasty nose. It's rather diffiucult to pinpoint specific flavors, it starts estery and sweet, and the alcohol burn tries to meld with the dryness in the lightly bitter finish. Rather yeasty tasting (I decanted entire bottle), probably attributing to a majority of the esters, phenols and fusel alcohols. This tripel is majestic in the sense of its complexity. It's a slow-sipper and should be savored as such.

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Photo of dgallina
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange, with a very firm and long-lasting white head which creates lots of lace on the glass. Fruity and viney aromas. Lots of spice and some alcohol. Sweet and winey initial flavors, which deepen with spices and balancing bitterness into the middle. Finishes quite dry and with strong carbonation; almost champagne-like. Long-lasting taste which slowly spreads warmth throughout the body. High alcohol content is very well-balanced, creating a complex and very satisfying beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Largely clear, some sediment slipped into my glass, the liquid was a magical shade of tawny-gold. It is simply beautiful. And this says nothing about the whipped foam topping the beery nectar. The head was at least three fingers in height, the white mass was rocky and it held very well. The head was slow to fade, at the lowest point it was still a finger in height. Impressive. Subsequent lacing was patchy but it clung very well. This beer is pure eye-candy; I’m digging it. The complexity of the nose is very impressive. There is no dominant aroma, nothing stands out but it is not like every aroma is yelling over each other. No they are quite egalitarian, sometimes a smell of hay leads the charge but other times it was funky horse blanket, then again a fruitiness coupled with spice spoke up. There is also pepper, and licorice, sometimes there was a suggestion of bubblegum. Sugary. Tart. Musty. Oranges. Apples in a wooden basket next to an open jar of ginger and nutmeg…boy, was that some poetic drivel or what! Maybe, but it is true. I wish the potency was louder but this is a common complaint with me. Very inviting, I need to stop smelling and take a sip. The palate does have a start and a finish and one hell of a middle! This is unlike the nose. Upfront the palate is raw and surprisingly hoppy, firm bitterness that lingers into the middle where it is quickly teamed up with some well-placed astringency. A bite of alcoholic heat cuts the party short, or so I thought, but in actuality more friends were invited to the party. And they were a fruity bunch! Oranges mainly, lemony citrus too, some apples and grapes in the mix, and these guys start to dance with some spicy ladies. Nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and pepper performed a tasty tango. There were yeasty moments as well but the finish was quite herbal with a noticeable blast of malt (rather clean, very nice!). This ending is quite firm, I like that. In the aftertaste a peppery jolt mixes with some fruit, bubblegum and razor sharp acidity, oh so dry! Bring on a platter of cheese and fruit, please. The palate is heavenly from start to finish. Complex and damn tasty! There is nothing I’d change about the taste. Medium in body, big, lively carbonation, the body is both firm and pliable. Yet there is a softness about it. This is another impressive aspect of this beer. So drinkable, it is yummy beyond words. I could drink this daily and surprisingly it is available in Omaha, where I purchased this bottle for $5.00. I will buy more. I have to. It is so good. This is the best Tripel I have ever had and second best is somewhere in a distant abyss. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden white body is topped by a billowing white head. The aroma is classic Belgian, with the farmhouse like smells of hay, horse blanket, and dust, along with pepper and mustard like spiciness. The taste is delicate, and a lot drier than others of the style. The alcohol is quite hot and spicy, and there is a fair level of hop bitterness as the beer laps the tongue. This Tripel does not try to hide the strength it possess, but instead tries to sweep you off your feet with it. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel only invites you to drink up and feel the magic.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: butterscotch color with a quickly diminishing off-white head. low to moderate carbonation. a nice cloudy golden color.

Aroma: sweet fruity lemony smell with some apricot and other fruit in it. some nice alcohol smells.

Taste: lemony citric with a fruity alcoholic kick. Oh wow! Nicely balanced malt and hop flavor. Dry aftertaste. Man this is good.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style. good carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Notes: This is the nectar of the gods. I love this beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From "Bistro des bières belges" on Montreal's south shore (bottle was 9,5% rather than 9 as shown here). The glass looks somehow oldish and interesting, looks even better once the golden beer is in it. It smells hmm.. perhaps yeasts and some hops too along with spices. The taste is more sour than most trappists I've had, alcohol level becomes obvious, spices stay on the tongue for a little time

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured nicely with a beatiful puffy well formed head and hazy dark gold body. The aroma is a true gift. Many good smells involved; clove/orange/spice/even cotton candy. On contact, it comes across as smooth yet peppery then soon transfers to coriander notes. The finish quickly shifts gears into a more bitter and grainy flavor. There is one last splash of a clove-like character deep in the palate. Another truly wonderful belgian offering.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another trappist beer that I have been waiting to try. Love the bottle and label. This beer pours out a golden orange color with a good size white head that builds and builds. Extremely effervesant. Looks almost like a snow storm. The smell is sharp, sweet and dry. Fruity and spicy. The head looks just like a white cloud.

The taste is amazing! So smooth and complex, it just blows me away. Spicy with some hints of fruit in the beginning. The middle is dry and then gives way to some alcohol and warming notes. The aftertaste is where I find the hop bitterness. Just the right amount.

A couple things suprised me about this beer. First would be how crystal clear it is. Second would be how effervesant it is. These take nothing away from the beer, it just suprised me. Find it and drink it. I love it!

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Photo of paterlodie
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I smell this beer I get a good feeling and am happy that there are beers that are just perfect. Smell is very hoppy with some fuits and the taste is hard to beat. Lots of hops and also some malttaste. Cause of the high fermentation it's sometimes even to tempting, and mostly I only stop drinking this holy beer when there is no more.... Rare that a beer with almost 10% alcohol flows down so easily and taste that great!

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Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a very cloudy yellow orange with a tons of bright white head, while big peices yeast can be seen floating freely about and settling to the bottom. Takes a long while to pour and for the head to settle.

The scent is very sweet and lemony, but not particularly strong.

The taste is a great combination of Sweet and Bitter both showing up in high doses. You can taste some citrus, honey, butterscotch, and some minor alcohol notes. The taste seems very complex and lingers nicely on your tongue.

It has a very nice crisp and satisfying mouthfeel, even a little almost tingles a little. Very nice.

This is a very drinkable beer as long as you plan on enjoying it, very much a sipping beer, almost like a fine scotch or whiskey. I could drink this all night and probably find several nuances in the flavor I'm missing.
Great stuff.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bright and light with a big white head. The flavours are fruity and yeasty with a light countenance to whole proceedings. I wonder if this beer lacks the depth of darker Trappist beers such as Rochefort 10 or Chimay Blue. This is a great beer in its execution and intent.,

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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 Doppel07
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey-lemon and yeasty body with swirling carbonated jets and a thick spumous white head. Yeasty aroma of oranges, coriander, mellow esters, and honey. Certain flavor characteristics specifically remind me of Orval, oddly. Great malt-sour-bitter balance here. Darkened sugar flavor and sweetness. Nice even palate. This beer has great synergy... the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. My favorite tripel.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle chalice-like glass. Beautiful frothy white head on top of a pale golden/orange colored beer. The aroma is rather citrusy.

They flavor is very fruity and yeasty. Sweet with a lot of of cider and citrus character. A touch of corriander too. A sweet finish that leaves a delicate malt taste on the palate.

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Photo of Denali
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Package: 11.2 oz. Bottle. Bottle capped. Stamped date 19/11/05.

Appearance: Extremely thick foamy-soapy stubborn white head that subsides very slowly but still remains enough to coat the liquid and lace the glass. Slightly opaque orange-amber with lots of bubbles cascading to the top.

Smell: Nice aroma. Sweet malt. A little yeasty/bready. Hops aroma also notable. Slightly spicy (coriander?). Alcohol aroma also tickles my nose a bit.

Taste: Nutty and sweet malt flavor up front, but is also combined with bitter hops taste. Middle is more dominated by hops. Malt and hops then trade back and forth, eventually fading into a hoppy and then nutty aftertaste. But each sip brings a different dominant flavor – sometimes a nutty flavor dominates, other times the hops dominate, and yet other times the malt sweetness becomes more pronounced. Sometimes the alcohol pokes its way through and dominates as well. Long timeline of flavors going on here. One of the more complex tasting tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation with dry finish.

Drinkability: The heavy carbonation detracts from the drinkability a bit.

Comments: Enjoyable but not outstanding. Although there was a lot of complexity, I would have preferred more sweetness to balance the hops and alcohol bitterness.

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Photo of necoadam
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a peachy/orange color with a nice amount of carbonation that takes a little time for it to settle down. Smell consisted of tropical fruits, a little bit musty, yeasty, with some spice in the background. Taste was quite good. Lots of fruit hit the palate all over the place with some hops and malts balancing out everything. It was quite smooth and the right amount of carbonation was in there as well. One of the best tripel's out there. (Better be, it's from Belgium).

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

Appearance: A heavy orange brown color with a thin head. The body is cloudy and swish action shows some sediment in the bottom of the glass. "Sad raincoat in an autumn downpour."

Smell: Fruity smell overall, but mildly so. There were a few herb smells in there too - rosemary? I had hard time rating the smell. Tripels I have had so far are much more aromatic, but at the same time the subtle odors of this beer were still inticing to me. "A cool breeze of apple trees."

Taste: Taste is very powerful, more so than the smell leads you to believe. The tongue begins to water heavily as soon as the beer hits it. It has a sparky fruity flavor like old apple cider mixed with an alcohol and herb combination that is exquisite. "Vacation home; an early evening relaxer on the wrap around porch."

Mouthfeel: While I have already mentioned some of this, I feel it necessary to mention that the body is so thick that it really carries the flavors for a long time in your mouth, tongue, and throat. This is a seriously smooth beer. "Butter makes it better."

Drinkability: This beer is a good repeater. I think that its price is a little prohibitive from buying many of them. This is, however, not a session beer, so I'm not sure what I'd do with 12 or 24 of them. Hmmm, actually I do know what I'd do...and it'd be trouble. "Drink, Rinse, and Repeat."

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

This pours out a murky light orange with plenty of floaties swimming around in the body. It has about 2 fingers high of white foam covering the top and leaves nice sheets of lace about the glass. The aroma is made up of yeast, spice and a slight sweetness. There is also a lemony zest coming from the aroma as well. The taste is spicy with a nice mild sweetness that gets balanced by a slight bitterness. The after taste is a bitter with a peppery bite to it. Mouthfeel is great with a very filling quality about it. This is also highly drinkable and goes down fairly easy for the style. Excellent all around beer that is one of my favorite triples.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We are under a tornado warning here in Kansas City. As such, I jokingly told my drinking companion that if we were going to die tonight, then we were going to go out whilst drinking good beer. Perusing my selections, I passed over the ubiquitous Chimays, the standard Samuel Smiths and both a Celebrator Doppelbock and Sierra Nevada. All great beers, without question, but I wanted the best of the best. Towards the back of the fridge, I spied the coveted Westmalle Tripel, which appeared like some sort of heavenly apparition (cue the choir music).

In an almost ritualistic pouring, with lightning flashing above and tornado warnings on the sirens and all over the TV, I poured the Westmalle into my chalice like wine into the Holy Grail. If this was to be my last "supper", then so be it. This is BEER as God intended it to be. The Trappist Monks know God, and they know beer.

After the pour, a thick white head appeared, resembling the ominous clouds on the Kansas horizon. As the ample head dissipated ever so slowly, outdoors the crescendo of thunder and display of lightning was complimented by a lacing and bubbly countenance fit for this most momentous occassion. I held my chalice to the erupting skies and entrusted my fate to the monks that crafted this legendary nectar.

Appearance is AWESOME, and the smell is intoxicating even before the heavenly brew touches your lips. Taste is complex, changing every few minutes depending on the temp of the beer. It is at once yeasty and bready, hoppy and thick. The mouthfeel is soft, but also candy-sweet and chewy. Hard to put a finger on, much like the concept of religion itself. But you KNOW it is right, and you know it is righteous.

Make no mistake, this is the Mona Lisa of beers. It is exquisite, breathtaking, stunning, mysterious, delicious and all encompassing. You don't just quaff this brew, you savor it, cherish it, and behold it as the nectar of the gods. A true masterpiece.

Thankfully, the tornadoes passed. But I am forever a changed man after my religious experience with this beer.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.