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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Presenation- Brown bottle with Trappist inscribed around the neck

Look- light orange almost golden cloudy appearance 2- 2 1/2 fingers white head that left some lacing at first, with a couple very small floaters in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma- slight sour smell with some bready yeast a little spice and some citrus fruits

Taste- Citrus fruits and bready yeast and floral, followed by an spicy alcohol kick very very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body very crisp carbonation.

Overall- From the relatively few beers I've tasted since getting into trying everything I can get my hands on this is an excellent beer, If you get a chance you should try it!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow with green highlights. It has a white bubbly head that leaves a nice trail of lace.

Sour citrus yeast and floral bouquet in the nose.

Hoppy citrus sour yeast punch backed by a nice roasted malt. Notes of sour cherry, oak, nut, biscuit, and whole grain.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A classic beer with deep complex flavors! What is there to say that has not already been said! I would definitely get this beer on different special occasions!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 2014 bottle, opened Aug 2015

A - Yellowy peach body with a moderate haze and lovely carbonation in the glass. Nice retention and low lace on a pure white head.

S - Really nice, complex nose. White bread, banana, peach jam, straw, tart raspberry and bread pudding.

T - Floral (maybe lavender), pear, white bread, touch of banana, sunflower seeds, lemon, and a little grass.

M - Pleasantly medium-light body with great carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing. A great table beer for entertaining.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy golden yellow with a foamy 1-finger head. Medium carbonation

S: Yeasty, honey, spices and alcohol

T: It opens with an alcohol flavor, passing through some hop bitterness and finishing with some yeasty and bready notes

M: Medium to full body with a crisp medium carbonation

O: Good beer, but the alcohol flavor is a bit too strong.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into glencairn whisky glass. best before 02/02/17, consumed on aug 15 2015

a: golden yellow with a finger of white head from a controlled pour. the opacity will follow as i pour the rest of the bottle in

s: a nice hit of lemon in the front with some floral hop character. sweet banana and yeasty spice follow shortly after. hints of apricot, peach, and vanilla. all tied together by the notorious sweet belgian bready malt

t: floral, tangy lemon in the front and all around. notes of overripe banana, bread, honey, and clove-y spice scattered throughout. the phenolic band-aid character is present and sometimes strong, but softens significantly as the beer warms. some vanilla notes. finishes bready with an aggressive medium-plus bitterness

m: medium mouthfeel with plentiful bubbly carbonation. very dry finish

o: a very impressive belgian ale -- prominently fruity, massively complex as strong belgian ales are, and has a very appropriate dryness to counter the sweetness. a real rollercoaster of a beer. however, i'm very sensitive to the yeasty phenolic characteristics in belgian ales and i don't find them very pleasant, so taking time with the beer to let it warm worked wonders

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle purchased at grocery store in Brussels. BB: Jun 25, 2017
Chilled and poured in a tulip glass
Spoiler alert: This is about the 4th or 5th one of these I've had....finally getting around to reviewing it. Needless to say, I really like it.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw colour. Lots of creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing on the walls of the glass.
Taste is bold and substantial, a nice blend of bready malt and yeasty phenols. Very assertive. Alcohol is there but not nagging or hogging the moment.
Aftertaste is dry and resiny, but not astringent. At 9.5% abv, this is a notable accomplishment. A subtle, well-balanced, dangerous brew. Excellent stuff....really a treat, and a true bargain here.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 20 2017 and served slightly chilled.

This one pours a cloudy, pale golden-yellow colour, producing two fingers of pillowy, sparkling white-coloured head. Retention is every bit as good as you'd expect from a top-notch abbey outfit like Westmalle - it seeps away at a seemingly infinitesimal pace, depositing a thick curtain of lace as it wilts unevenly, eventually leaving behind a lumpier, more manageably-sized cap. The aroma includes a good mix of fruity esters and spicier, yeast-derived phenolics. Pale malt sweetness and candi sugar provide an appropriate backbone, with notes of pear, apricot, green grape, lemon pith and banana competing for my nostril real estate. Clove spice and floral hops also come through, rounding the nose off nicely.

Complex flavour - delicious, too. Grainy pale malts and sugary sweetness underlie a fruity blend of ripe apples and pears, as well as hints of banana, lemon pith and apricot. Quite floral and a bit grassy, with the spicy, yeasty phenolic character exploding toward the finish - lots of spicy clove, with an almost medicinal bitterness that desiccates the palate. The effect is similar to what I recall from their dubbel, but seems more pronounced here - with the higher abv giving it an added touch of warmth in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that results (at least initially) in a relatively prickly mouthfeel. It softens over time, however, becoming much smoother - and since this tripel only continues to improve as it approaches room temperature, there's no real excuse to rush through this one.

Final Grade: 4.43, an awesome A grade. Westmalle Tripel is without a doubt a very solid example of the style, with a rich, complex flavour profile and a luxuriously smooth, satisfying feel in the mouth. While I don't think I'd count it amongst my favourite tripels - mostly because the spicy phenolic bent is a bit much for me - it's still a seriously impressive beer. It's a steal at its $3.50-ish LCBO price point, and a beer that all Belgian ale aficionados should consider an absolute must-try. The other two bottles will be staying in my cellar for a while, because this is the sort of beer that you save for special occasions.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was like two different beers depending on when you drank it. Out of the bottle, it's good, a little prickly, some banana/pear sweetness with a kick of spicy, lightly yeasty notes. About thirty minutes in, though, once warmed up to cellar temps, this thing sings: soft, creamy body, the prickly phenols all smoothed out, this is delicately sweetened spiced pears. So much pear. Really amazing transformation.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazed dark straw under a huge white head which lingers long. Aromas of spring fruit and yeast. Tastes of honey, caramel sweetness, fruity, slight spices. Fairly strong ABV so go slow.

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Photo of tlema1
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: golden color, big white head, lots of carbonation
S: I get green apples
T: boozy finish, some fruit
F: clings to the tongue
O: not my favorite Tripel, but very well done

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Trapist beers I have had. Not my normal style but this one was a standout. Pretty malty and very big bold beer. Would seek out again.

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Photo of M_chav
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the full foamy head that this pours, a light yellow color to the beer - looks refreshing. Smells of the classic belgian yeast, get dates and raisens. Taste is strong with the alcohol - lots of yeasty bread feel and taste. a light bitter ending keeps this refreshing, just not my jam

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smell is strong yeast manifesting as banana and light spice. Alcohol as well. Taste is less sweet that I would have expected based on the aroma. Hefty banana taste with some sugariness, but it quickly drops off leaving a bitter yeasty finish. Very dry finish. Seems like high carbonation because of how quickly it drops off. Deceptively light tasting, but the alcohol never subsides. Tripels are not my style, but this is about as good as it gets from a tripel.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a white head of foam about three fingers high. Lots of lacing as it disappears slowly.
Cloudy golden sunshine colour, like rich honey.

Bananas citrus and yeast on the nose, even a bit of malt notes. Nice summery field smell of dry grasses and light fruits.

Wow! First sip knocks you back. Slightly sweet fruit gives way to a bitterness that is undertones by dried fruits yeasty bread and grains that keeps swelling until it becomes the dominant flavour. As the fruits hit their richest and darkest notes the warmth of the alcohol takes over and settles at the back of the throat into the chest. Nice hops and citrus on the tongue after. So much complexity to the flavours it's really stunning !

In the mouth its brightly carbonated with a bit of thickness.

Overall incredible beer. Such beautiful balance and changing transition of flavours is rare. Like walking through a summer meadow in the dry sun. Can't get enough.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Murky amber with thick white head that holds well with big bubbles.

S - Wheat, orange, passion fruit, lemon.

T - Starts off with a fairly strong alcohol burn, followed by a malty and citrusy middle. Finishes with an orange peel bitterness.

M - Thick with a strong alcohol burn.

O - A bit on the bitter side for a Tripel. Very boozy. Thick head, thick body. Strong flavors and smell. Very enjoyable

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Photo of beerbully
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a newly acquire Russian River chalice

L-Light golden, hazy / cloudy, 1 inch white foamy head with plenty of retention, thick lacing that coats the entire side of the glass

S-Typical belgian smell.........slight banana and clove........spicy / peppery yeast / funk

T-Follows the nose..........earthy spices / peppery notes from the yeast.......banana /clove ....some lemon

M-medium bodied, bubbly carbonation that fizzes on the tongue........mild alcohol burn......refreshing.........drinkable despite its ABV

O-solid Belgian Tripel

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -16.1%
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 +0.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +16.8%
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 MrDell
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a bright golden colour, perfectly clear with a huge white fluffy head and large, slow moving bubbles making up carbonation. Phenomenal head retention.

Aroma: Very fruity yeast aroma, pale malt, bubble gum, hop aroma and alcohol not overpowering on the nose considering. Very well balanced.

Taste: Ever so slight funk/musty flavour right up front that soon makes way to spices and a long bitter finish followed by a lovely big hit of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, nice lively carbonation and dry and bitter finish.

Overall: This bottle is 15 months old, and even in that short time it's clear that the flavours have mellowed and fused together when compared to a fresh bottle. The best before date is 2 years and I don't think it would improve with much more age on it than that. I do have a couple of bottles that are currently 2.5ish years old and I will keep these two just to see. I have been drinking a lot of St. Bernardus Tripel recently and while it is a fantastic Tripel, and perhaps more balanced/mellow than this, I do prefer this one ever so slightly. It is the original and best in its style. Love the flavours from this yeast strain. World class and one of my favourites of all time.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.71/5  rDev +10%
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 -7.9%
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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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.