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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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95
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1,703 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,703
Ratings:
4,381
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
16.39%
 
 
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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

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Reviews: 1,703 | Ratings: 4,381
Photo of nbbyrd
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, best before 27/01/2017. Poured into a tulip glass.
Look: Very effervescent, three fingers of tight bright white head, a bright yellow-orange in color, slightly hazy and some sticky white lacing that follows.
Smell: Lovely tart lemons and citrus, floral like sweet pear and white grapes/wine, reminiscent of a nice chardonnay.
Taste: White wine, lemony bitterness, a little spicy with some mild honey sweetness and clove that balances with the bready malt and subtle yeasty floral funk.
Feel: Dry and a little boozy, while still smooth and velvety. The big fluffy head and bubbles aren’t representative of the frothy medium carbonation present while you drink.
Overall: A very tasty tripel that reminds me so much of a cool refreshing chardonnay on a hot summer day. My second trappist ale that sure did not disappoint.

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Photo of timjg14
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious Belgian ale! Lots of head on first pour. Plenty of sediment towards the end if you don't pour carefully (which I didn't). Great aroma. Sharp citrus flavor, but not too overwhelming. Excellent carbonation. My wife absolutely hated it.

I don't remember enjoying a Belgian beer this much in a long time - possibly since the last time I was in Belgium, over 10 years ago.

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Photo of Gauss
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

First off, let me say that I'm not really a fan of Tripels. Even though this beer is amazingly smooth, it just reminds me too much of champagne. It's barely a beer honestly. At 9.5% abv it's a hard hitter but the taste just isn't there. Again, maybe I'm just biased to the style but overall I'm just not impressed with it.

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Photo of Curiosibeer
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Westmalle Trappist is also known as "The mother of all Tripels"! Just for that, since beforehand I knew I was going to make a major purchase when I saw this lady for sale. It's a real work of art! It is produced by Brouwerij van der Trappisten Westmalle (Westmalle, Belgium), with the same recipe since 1956 (although it was brewed for the first time in 1934). The aroma is fruity and lightly hopped. The taste is slightly bitter and fruity, with 9.5% alcohol are well perceived in the mouth. The finish is long.
Serve a goblet, between 8 and 14 degrees (room temperature). It is ideal to accompany dishes with red meats and strong cheeses.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bright colored pour with a decent head that did dissipate quickly but not fully. Scents of pear, apricots, and sweet tea. Interestingly, has many spice particles in the body. This may need some aging because it is quite boozy. Very smooth otherwise and not sweet, almost dry. Medium bodied.
Decent but not worth the cash. I'd go for Chimay, Rochfort, or Unibroue over this one.

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

Best Before 03/23/17: Pours cloudy gold color that leans towards orange with active bubbles racing up the middle to a fluffy and thick foamy bright white 2 finger head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which dissipated very slowly, leaving great foamy lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, toasted grains, caramel, wheat, lemon zest, mild booze, apple skin and other green fruits, light funk, mild honey, floral hops and soft spices including white pepper, coriander and very faint cinnamon or cumin. The malt is dominant but very sweet, inviting and soft as the spices and hops in the mix make it very complex and really enjoyable to inhale. The 9.5% ABV is extremely well hidden in the nose.

Tastes sweet and bready up front, with basically the same lineup as the nose: toasted grains, timid caramel, sweet malt, wheat, chalky yeast, lemon zest, pear, apple skin and other fruits, light funk, candied sugar, grass, honey, floral hops, brown sugar and spices including white pepper, coriander, allspice, cinnamon or cumin. There is some warming of the belly from the alcohol, but it is very well hidden inside the sweetness of the malt complexities. This is a classic in all regards as it's one of the core beers that sets the standard for what fermented malt should taste like. The brothers sure knew how to cook a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and buttery slick, like liquid velvet. It has a medium chewy body and weight, mild to almost non-existent carbonation and a finish that is sweet with mild funk, light bitterness and a sweet malty to bready finish. A meal in a bottle that hides the booze and flows down effortlessly.

I haven't had this beer in a few years and I remember it being very tasty, but this solidified it as excellent.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy straw colored pour with thin, but lasting white foam top. I bought two bottles, so hoping the other is different. Lots of pepper dominates the aroma. in there somewhere is some banana and bubblegum, but pepper and/or clove overwhelms. Flavor is unfortunately very similar. Hard to discern the subleties, but there is some malt sweetness. Finishes with a bite from the pepper.

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Photo of jtaylord
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden with a thick inch head that slowly disdapates. Fragrant smell with a smooth follow through. A plus Belgium.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a loud pop, pours a slightly hazy golden color & pretty white head. It smells delicious, lots of fruity goodness, mostly banana. Tastes as it smells with Only a hint of alcohol & maybe a tiny bit on the salty side. A very enjoyable beer. Excellent.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy medium gold with four monster fingers of light, foamy beige head that leaves elegant fancy tablecloth lace as it recedes.

Smells of spiced honey, soft banana, cloves, sweet pale malt, citrus zest and a kind of flower shop sweetness.

Tastes of honeyed citrus flesh, spicy candied apple and banana chip, mild bubblegum, peppery cloves and an orchard fruit skin hoppy bitterness.

Feels big and fuzzy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry with absolutely no evidence of alcohol.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. I was blown away.

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Photo of OlaB
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Cloudy golden color with with a creamy nice head that stays there for a while, high carbonation a lot of bubbles.
S: Honney,spices,sweet malts ,fruits like apples and pears ,flowers
T:Fruity,refreshing and creamy. first flavours that comes to my mind is apples, sweet malts and flowers. The aftertaste stays in my mouth for a long time after first sip .
F: Amazing, very creamy and bubbly. carbonated extremly well, the taste are very well balanced and the alcohol gives you that warm feeling imediatelly.
O:A top shelf beer that has almost all i want in a beer , a world class beer of best quality

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

From an 11.2 oz bottle into a chimay goblet, pours a beautiful dull golden dandelion, slightly hazy, with a 2 finger thick and creamy head with ridiculous retention and excellent lacing. Nose brings a lot of yeast with light sweet cloves, a hint of allspice, some very ripe and creamy banana, and some juicy pear...flowery sweetness, but subtle and not cloying at all. I don't get much bitterness or peppery spiciness...the nose is promising, balances different notes, and is subtle, but it is probably the least amazing thing here. Taste is superb...brings out more peppery spiciness that really balances the sweet fruity (less banana and less pear...what remains is a little hard to distinguish) and flowery notes; this is beautifully subtle, has layers upon layers, with everything adding up perfectly to a whole that is far more amazing than each tasty part. The feel is the best thing about this...insanely smooth and creamy, lower carbonation than many tripels, great body with lots of substance but hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of otzhorse
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow with nice thick white head cloudy with some yeast floating
S: Flowery fruity aroma
T: Apricot and other light notes of citrus fruit, nice bitterness to malt balance
M: Carbonated well, medium body
O: Overall a wonderfully flavored beer with great characteristics. I will remember and seek out this beer in the future.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

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Photo of enrique_m
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Having this beer with brie, cheddar, bellavitano, and prociuto. The look is a translucent golden color with a nice lacing. It gave me about 3 inches of head and it has a malty smell. It has a nice refreshing apple like taste with a bitter bite. Overall this is a must have with a cheese tray.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass - best before 10/03/16

Westmalle Tripel Ale poured a cloudy gold with an active carbonation that rushed to a nice looking rich and creamy white 1 3/4-finger head. The head held very well leaving behind chunks of foamy lacing. One of the best looking beers I have seen. The nose is full of light fruit, spice and candy sugar. The taste is very well balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, light fruit, banana, lemon, candy sugar and is spicy/peppery. The pleasant aftertaste is lightly sweet and bready. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a medium body and fine carbonation that lightly tickles the palate.

Westmalle Tripel is top shelf. I'll have another and another...you get the idea. Westmalle Tripel lives up to its fine reputation.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best tripels on planet earth. Rochefort and Westvleteren have their big dark quads.. well Westmalle has it Tripel. Enjoy the world's best tripel.

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Photo of BeerLover50
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass from a 25.4oz bottle. Very pale golden color to it. Inch thick head that hangs around (the kind that froths up your upper lip). Nose is quite fruity, has that classic Belgian aroma. Taste is very sweet, with a pleasant aftertaste. This beer has a very relaxing feel to it, almost hypnotic. Simply a tremendous beer. One of my favorite Belgians.

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

33cl brown bottle with raised glass stamped "Westmalle" around the neck. Best Before 03/2017. My first top notch beer ever, so I must try it again and re-review it.

Appearance: beautiful cloudy golden with an enormous head, lots of carbonation and big bubbles. Some yeast floating inside and on bottom of the bottle.

Smell: sweet malts, spices and a fruity aroma I really like but don't know what it is. Sweet and bitter at the same time, very well balanced. The alcohol is in there, but its not agressive at all. Very complex.

Taste: very much like the smell with honey notes -delicious malts and honey-, some sweetness that developed in a nice bitter aftertaste, all this mixed with some fruity/spicy character in there. Feels like a very organic and natural mix of flavours.

Mouthfeel: really nice, the champagne like bubbles are a pleasure to feel, and the fizzy feeling remained in my mouth after and hour and a half of drinking it. This beer is creamy but not in a dense way, amazingly drinkable, and the alcohol warms you pretty quickly. Feels great and you regret not having more of this.

Overall: It's a great beer, I expected more fruitiness, but this is not a con at all, it's just the way it is: liquid gold.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy amber-straw, with a large soapy head that sticks around. nose; lightly boozy apple pie filling, sweet pear & banana - sounds a bit much, but the nose is actually fragrant. taste; mellow bready belgian yeasts, light citrus rind, tangerine pulp, light pear and banana. no peppercorn here and not very bitter, but the abv does bite a touch on the end. highly carbonated and medium mouthfeel. a stellar tripel, well-balanced, and perfectly malted with a strong fruit core. among the best tripels i've tried.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a superb frothy white head that retains very well....it looks like a bubble bath in the glass...the beer itself is golden in color and has a fair bit of yeast suspended within the liquid. Carbonation appears to be moderate and lacing is decent with lots of small patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This is like an intense version of a German Hefeweizen.....there is plenty of peppery spices, cloves, Belgian yeast strains, heavy floral notes, hoppy bitterness on the finish, and a lot of biscuit like sweet malt. Some fruitiness is noted as well....bananas, apple, pear to be precise.....This is quite a distinct aroma with many different faucets of smell hitting the nostrils.

T- Spicy to boot!.....Peppercorn and cloves are the two dominant flavors in this category.....the booziness of the beer is noticeable as well....it is quite warming as it goes down the hatch! The ripe banana, apple, and pear flavors are lovely....heavy grainy/grassy/bitter flavors as well near the end make this a very flavorful, balanced Trappist Ale....very nice!

M/O- Medium bodied and smooth, fine carbonation....this is a very nice beer from this line of Trappist Monks! Almost sour, and champagne like as well, with heavy alcohol yet it retains a velvety mouthfeel....this is most definitely a sipper, however, it is delightful and I will drink this in the future....full props on this one!

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Photo of D-Rock
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle purchased in Japa poured into a fluted glass.

Look: Completely transparent wheat gold color with a voluminous fluffy white head that refuses to settle down quickly. The head is about two inches deep and takes up about a full third of the glass. Copious amounts of carbonation bubbles stream towards the top keeping the head supplied. Over time the head settles down and leaves sticky bubbles clinging to the glass sides.

Smell: Malty, fruity, floral, followed up by the barest hint of booze. Hints of honeysuckle and graham cracker come through along with green plum. Digging deep reveals some dry grassy notes.

Taste: Superbly sweet and malty, obvious chocolate and clover flavors. Phenols play in the background along with the booze in a pleasing way. The flavors just meld together wonderfully. Ripe fruit flavors like banana, apple and grape are present.

Feel: Crisp yet smooth and velvety at the same time. The carbonation is very subtle and barely bothers the tongue. The beer comes off very malty sweet, but it never becomes a heavy taste, the mouth feels refreshed after every swig. A hint of bitterness is detectable but is constantly scrubbed away by the malt sweetness.

Overall: This beer has achieved the whole package, from start to finish it stands out as exceptionally well balanced with clean bold flavors and a complex and pleasing nose. The smell and taste compliment each other incredibly well. All in all a true Beer of the World.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect example of an authentic Belgian trappist tripel. Tons of carbonation and has a perfect balance of subbtle sourness and complex sweetness. Pours with a really nice, almost fizzy clean white head that dissipates quickly. Very good!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with light carbonation. The head is white and soapy looking, thick ring, thin layer on top.

S - Bready, pears, apples.

T - Bright and crisp. Pears, apples, Belgian spices, a little peppery, and some alcohol booziness, phenolic.

M - Medium body with gentle, but sprightly carbonation.

O - Enjoyed this beer but the phenolic character knocked the overall score down.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Large white head, two finger length. Body was cloudy, and had visible carbonation. Color was a golden dark yellow.

Smell: Light and fruity nose. Notes of vanilla, apple, pear, and a toasted note which I couldn’t identify (malt?).

Taste: Flavors were mainly citrus and spice, with subtleties of vanilla and alcohol.

Feel: Creamy and tingly, with an alcohol burn.

Overall Impression: I thought it was good, but the alcohol taste was a little overpowering over the other flavors.

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Photo of Yardsale
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow joy occupies the glass, with a fancy 2 finger foam hat that has some serious structural integrity and leaves thick rafts along the wall of the glass. Citrusy bread with delicate pepper emanate into ones nose, a feather light sulfur/urine note gently tucks the olfactory senses into bed with a gentle kiss, before ever so slowly backing out of the room. In exactly the opposite manner the first mouthful has taste buds rolling around in confusion, banana bread, peppery spices, apricot, pears? What else could possibly be in there? loads of tiny little bubbles and some lingering bitterness decide to cut the medium body and become life long friends.

Yes... This will do nicely.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,703 ratings.