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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,648
Hads: 4,185
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 369
Gots: 621 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DiUr
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best tripel i have had. Beautiful looking, the ripe pear aroma is just perfect and the taste so complex i won´t even begin to try to describe it. World class indeed.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/3 - Monk's Pub (Downtown Chicago). I enjoyed this bottled beer, but I typically prefer draft beer. The look and smell were somewhat neutral. I like the taste, not as heavy or strong as I expected, but a pleasant beer to drink. I like this beer and would like to find a draft version at some point down the road.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer probably 3-5 times before. I never quite liked it until this sample today. I think I was getting skunked or old bottles in the past. Maybe the yeast was stirred up a bit? They all had this flavor I didn't quite like, a staleness which was a turn off. I couldn't quite understand why people kept calling this tripel one of the best. Today I had a bottle which was fantastic. This is what a tripel should be. Estery and dry, peppery aftertaste. The color is pale gold, nice white head with good retention. Improves as it warms. Not a fan of the initial smell but this too improves as the beer sits for a few minutes. Overall I loved this bottle, now I know what all the hype was about!

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Photo of HawkFalco
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted:Jan. 14, 2014
Purchased: Dec. 19 2014 11.2 oz. bottle
Served cold from the fridge.
Look: Poured cloudy lemon yellow. Formed two fingered creamy white head that lasted but a minute or so.
Smell: Citrus and melon in the nose. Nose continues to open up with warming and greets you with every return trip to the glass.
Taste: First taste in the mouth is a mix of complex lemony citrus, fruity melon in a yeasty beer deliciousness. This gives way to a bitter hoppy bite that pleasantly lingers and pairs well with the fruity tastes.
Feel: Light in the mouth but not watery. Nice level of carbonation lasted well until the end. Very refreshing.
Overall: I generally don’t care for bitter beers but this is proving an exception. A lot going on here. I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised at how well I took to this brew. Tad expensive but I will certainly buy again.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Dark amber with a fluffy off-white head
Smell: Barely present save for a strong hint of alcohol
Taste: Nutty, citrusy, with a whiff of apricot or peach
Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden honey color with tints of orange. Big white head. Apricots and banana on the nose with hints of pepper. Peppery taste upfront with noticeable alcohol, then honey and banana, a hint of citrus and, yes, pineapple. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Good stuff overall, but not as close to perfection as their dubbel.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz into simple tulip glass. The color was the deep golden, hazy liquid all previous reviews have described. A pillowy white head that quickly dissipated to a half-finger, then held from there. Not much lacing on glass - could be my fault.
The aroma was subtle blend of spice, dried fruit, citrus, and of course a nice touch of banana. Did have to get the nose in there to get details. Wife noticed some cinnamon and coriander. Wish I had that level of olfactory articulation.
The flavor is why we buy this beauty. The quintessential Tripel. The spice notes up front, the light citrus and dried fruit across the palate and the dry, yeasty finish (I made a full pour) - the definition of Tripel.
When I someday get a beer fridge, this will be a regular inclusion.

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Photo of interzen
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass - best before August 2016

Look: Pours a clear, golden yellow with a diffuse white head and some lacing. Although it doesn't have the clarity of a krystalweizen I didn't see the haziness that some other reviewers have noted - maybe my pour left most of the yeast in the bottle.

Smell: A bit disappointing in that it's barely there. Seriously, even serving at the 'correct' temperature I was getting faint whiffs of banana with a hint of alcohol. Not much in the way of yeast and the spice notes were also in the 'barely there' category. It certainly lacked the aromatic onslaught of other tripels I've had.

Taste: Aah, *that's* more like it - packed full of citrus with malt and yeast notes and a hint of pepperiness. Slightly flowery/grassy flavours to finish. Suitably complex.

Feel: A mouthful of this and it doesn't feel like something with 9.5% ABV - slightly, tingly carbonation but otherwise quite a light and dry feel.

Overall: It's from Belgium and it's a tripel, so it was pretty much a given that I'd like this, and I do. For something that nearly hits double figures ABV-wise it's extremely drinkable without tasting like paint stripper. I've got another bottle in the 'cellar' so it'll be interesting to see how aging treats it.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as sweet or fruity as Americans' perhaps first tripel love, Le Fin du Monde.

As a matter of fact, it's quite well-balanced for how boozy it is- betraying this only in the nose.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/16/2011. Poured a hazy yellowish-orange color, with a half inch head that slowly dissipated to a thin film that laced nicely. Aroma was a bit subdued, with some pepper, banana, clove, and funky yeasty notes. The flavor was outstanding, with some citrus, flowery, grassy, and bready notes coming through. The mouthfeel was light, somewhat dry, with a great finish. Perfect carbonation sets off the mouthfeel nicely. This is an outstanding beer, the time in the cellar really melded all the complex flavors perfectly.

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Photo of john0721
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle.

Yellow with a white creamy head.

Nose is ok but not the beers strength.

Banana with some mild hop bitterness in the flavor.

Creamy on the palate.

Overall an excellent, classic example of the style.

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Photo of JasW
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a beautiful three fingered head on top of a mildly hazy, golden straw body into a Spiegelau tulip glass. Tastes of glorious amounts of yeast and what seem like ever changing light fruit flavors, with the delightful mouth-puffing carbonation that is typical of the finest Belgian ale. Finishes with a mild astringency. This is without a doubt one of the world's finest.

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Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BB 11/06/16

Pours clear yellow with a hint of an orange hue. Tons of head that makes a gorgeous cap and bubbles pouring upwards. Peppery nose with hints of booze and bananas. Body is very light for such a high ABV. Pepper, pears, banana, grass & hay. Clean finish my that warms slightly. Great beer.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: (3/3) Golden with light haze and very thick creamy head that sticks around for a while
S: (11/12) Delightfully banana-clovey with some pepper and alcohol to balance it out
T: (18/20) Solid banana and sweet malt flavor with incredibly clean finish
M: (5/5) Very bubbly and solid dryness on finish
O: (8/10) Wow. Refreshing and sweet? I didn’t think it was possible. This is a solid beer, and one I’ll keep looking for in the future. It’s such a treat when a beer like this is generally easy to find, but so delicious. The more I drink it, though, the alcohol just wallops me over the head.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

APPEARANCE - Clear golden with a 2-finger head that dissipates. Great lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - A little sweet, herbaceous.

TASTE - A balance of bitter and sweet, herbaceous notes. Floral. Not overly boozy.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation. Light, not gooey.

VALUE - A bit high.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Nice beer, goes down easy.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Purchased from on base Camp Hansen, Okinawa Shoppette...

A - Pours a golden haze, two fingers of creamy white head which laces nicely

S - Sweet and spicy on the nose with strong belgian yeast a really true sampling of the flavor profile

F - The flavor is a sweet bready nectar showing off honey , almonds, hazlenuts and other malt forward notes

M - Creamy and full bodied, warming and sticky

Overall a really great Tripel, the best I've had in a while... recommend highly.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Has a massive big head, and a golden yellow color.

Great aroma of wheat, yeast and a refreshing bitterness.

Has a beautiful balance of wheat, sugar and some bitter hoppy notes. Perfect smooth mouthfeel with a dry ending supported by the carbonation which is present but not distracting, adds freshness to the beer. No spices present, but a nice bitterness at the end, which goes along with an overall sweet character, lovely combination. Bitterness never grows too present.

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Photo of dorosjim
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Simply put this is an incredible beer. Super clean and dry with lots of great hearty bread notes and a touch of fruity sweetness. Incredibly brisk and refreshing, vinous like character. Great replacement for champagne!

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

October 3, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, tulip

A – Dark yellow with orange tint, extremely high carbonation with tons of bubbles in the beer itself. Four inches of craggy, rocky white foam that seems to last forever. About ½ inch left when all is said and done.

S – Citrus, reminiscent of nectarine, orange peel, curacao. Peppery and tangy. Some alcohol warmth in the background. Maybe some banana, bubble gum.

T – Foamy, dense, orangey and slightly peppery. Some earthiness, mushroominess. Very mild, floral hop flavor, just a touch of hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. A lot more banana, some bubble gum.

M – Foamy and effervescent. Somewhat thin, but the bubbles coat the tongue and leave a sweet finish. Thinness seems to be from the alcohol, is not a flaw. Slightly syrupy on the finish.

O – Not quite the knockout tripel I was expecting based on the reputation, but a very good example of the style.

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Photo of seedyone
5/5  rDev +17.1%

From bomber at home. For a triple this is very light in color, aroma & taste. I don't mind any of that since it's a damn fine brew. All busy in the glass, the head is a fine cake of pure white floating on a blonde lake of subtlety. Everything here is low key except the enjoyment which it is in the extreme. Balanced sweetness & dry. Medium body. Despite all this 'comfy' talk, this is a memorable bottle.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

A – A pale roasted malt colour of very pale amber meets the eye. A single finger of busy head erupts in the glass but this dissipates very quickly to a thin cover and leaves minimal lace. I know some on here have said it leaves large head but this is a fresh bottle poured into a chalice in Holland and it has a sensible head so I feel confident this is the way it is meant to be.

S – The first thing I notice is plum followed by some mild citrus notes possible lemon grass. There is also a good smell of candy sugar pale malts and apricot.

T – The apricot and plum are very evident here. There are some sweet pale malts as expected from the appearance but there is also more complex depth such as spicy booze flavours, some grassy/leafy flavours with a crisp bite.

MF – Medium body with great boozy tingle but really very smooth.

O – A very drinkable number. This is the best triple I have come across by far and although I was once not a fan of the style this has converted me.

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Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before end: 06/08/15

Hazy honey gold with a towering head of lumpy froth that lasts awhile. Aroma is a beautifully smooth blend of doughy yeast, dried fruit, flowers, oranges, spicy phenols, and sugar cookies. A little alcohol hovers over it all, but isn't a distraction. The flavor follows the same plan and further highlights the artful blending of flavors that is bold, yet easy to handle. Spicy, peppery yeast, apple, orange, flowers, and a soft pale malt sweetness all in a tidy, damn near crisp package. Fluffy and dry, not wearing down the palate with sweetness or overbearing yeast...just very pleasant and drinkable for 9.5% ABV. It's been too long since I've had one of these.

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Photo of FredZ
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Hazy orange bright tan pour with some sediment landing in the glass at the end. Head dissipated quickly leaving carbonated bubbles flowing quickly upward.

S- Belgian yeast paired with light citrus fruit and overwhelming bananas. Alcohol is almost completely hidden behind the spices and aromas of yeast and fruit.

T- much like banana bread beers that I have had but with Belgian flair, and a bit lighter. This is a light airy tasting beer that allows the spices and fruit to dominate the palate. As the beer warms, the face will flush and the buzz of alcohol will find your senses. Just an experience, almost great as a one and done kind of drink.

M- almost a champagne like carbonation makes this more of a slow sipper. The complexity of flavors makes this an intimidating beer.

O- not my favorite Belgian style, as I prefer a dark quad. But this beer does a great job being a Tripel, as long as you expect a Tripel. Trappist beers are quite simply the standard by which most other beers should be measured as far as quality of ingredients and passion of brewing. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz cold bottle, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Hazed over, murky tawny golden. Absolutely massive, foamy, impressive 3 finger head sticks around for the long haul as a foamy cap, modest lacing

Smell - Really complex and yeasty: licorice, bubblegum, apple cider, musty and spicy ripe fruits, a whiff of booze. Mystifying.

Feel/Taste - High carb helps the medium-heavy body seem light and airy, prickly at first but becomes creamy-smooth, carries the huge flavor and scrubs the palate vigorously. Like nose, taste is big and super complex: yeasty and a tad musty, sweet malt, ripe and sweet tropical fruits all day long, banana, apple, a bit vinous and spicy (clove), anise/licorice, alcohol flavor and astringency noted mid-palate that is fairly prevalent and unfortunately a bit abrasive, finishes fairly dry despite the big body.

Overall - What a monster of a beer. The flavor is so complex and in-your-face, it's very hard to believe there wasn't fruit and spices added to this. I just finished that little bottle and I'm pretty sure I caught a decent buzz. Unfortunately, I feel like the alcohol presence becomes astringent and just too absrasive in this beer, which is really holding it back from a very high rating. Still, a tasty, interesting beer, just not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Gotta say this is definitely very good. I would not go as far as to call it world-class, but it definitely beats most brews out there. First off, it is overly sweet. If you like sugary beers, then this is definitely world-class. It is smooth and goes down real easy and I think the biggest appeal to this beer is that it can go with any meal.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.