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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,476
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 257 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-17-2011 06:26:46 | More by Bobbydigi
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a nice foamy white head, lots of carbonation.

Smells of alcohol at first, some light fruit, pear, apple, mango, some clove spiciness, too much of an alcohol smell though.

Tastes yeasty, fruity, some spiciness. Some sort of lager taste also, and nice hop bitterness. This does not hide the alcohol well at all, perhaps with age...too alchoholic tasting.

Nice frothy mouthfeel, pretty drinkable for 9.5, except for the alchohol. La Fin du Monde puts this to shame..

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 00:26:12 | More by GodOfBeer
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking as much Belgian styles as I can find locally, but am too cheap to drink many of the beers actually from Belgium.
For Fathers day, I treated myself to a Rochefort 10 and this Westmalle.

This beer certainly has the intangeables that help out the score. So many Belgians begin with a noce head- only to lose it in minutes. This beer had a huge 3" head on it, and it stayed near a quarter inch through most of the beer. The beer was a cloudy and straw colored. The bouquet was wheat and light.
The taste was light and refreshing. Hundreds of tiny bubbles on the tongue. Bananas, grain, a little alcohol warming. really easy to drink for 9.5% as I expected, and it is easy to see why this is considered world class. Darn good.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:24:19 | More by Glibber
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

03-02-2013 06:07:42 | More by terence
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-30-2014 20:45:20 | More by banger7
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, golden straw color. Average sized, frothy white head that lasted at about a half centimeter for the entire beer. Lemon and zesty grains aroma, and fruity like white grapes. The taste has an array of fruity flavors, grapes, pears, apple peels, apricot, peach, and there is a candy-like sweetness. A bit spicy as well with some grassy/earthy hops. Some Belgian yeast flavor but overall its more about the very sweet fruitiness. Refreshing body, not quite sparkling but not quite sticky. Mainly just belly warming from the alcohol, way too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 20:04:29 | More by dfried
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool trappist bottle into a snifter...

Orange. Orangest beer I've seen. Looks like orange juice - with pulp. Huge marshmellow head.

Pleasing scent. I think the color is making me smell oranges.

Got a little bite to 'er. Stong flavor. Whoa. Good.

Mouthfeel is the worst characteristic to this beer. It taste so good but the feel is really harsh.

Overall: best tripel I've had in my limited beer career.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 04:40:03 | More by PatronWizard
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-15-2013 20:39:34 | More by Necronomad
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-04-2012 02:37:00 | More by Seanniek91
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-07-2014 13:10:46 | More by Bromine
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-25-2013 03:05:37 | More by Greasy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-12-2013 04:19:27 | More by dataylor21
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-03-2012 03:47:51 | More by surlytheduff
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4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml. bottle poured in a Westmalle chalice glass. Good nice head with a lace that seems to last forever. Smell of frutis, lemon grass , alcohol, sherry wine. Spicy. Good carbonation, thick and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, maybe apricots, hints of tropical fruits, some citrus,almonds, spicy. Long dry finish. I understand why this is considered the classic example of a belgian tripel. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 13:52:58 | More by janubio
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, it’s a nice murky dirty blonde color and is topped off with a really thick and creamy head that simply sticks around and will not subside. The lacing is pretty welcoming too! The aroma is nice and complex, but no one smell is over powering. It’s light and floral overall with hints of citrus, malts, various grasses and an ever so mild alcohol smell. It’s got a medium-to-full mouth feel and is remarkably refreshing. The flavor is pretty good and is bitter overall, the spices and malts hit you up front almost as soon as you take a drink. Mild apple notes come through and there is a hint of an earthy flavor as well… the flavor is very impressive and I have to say this is one awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:07:31 | More by vickersspitfire
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a golden color with a huge frothy white head. Nice retention and lacing

Smell- Spices and citrus such as orange.

Taste- Wonderful fruitiness and spice flavor. Finish is semi sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, nice crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability- There is a reason this beer scores a 90 on this site. This beer was great I'd love to try it aged.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 02:03:00 | More by Beerbuddha
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A bronze, apricot color with a little bit of haze. About a fingers worth of head that was slow to recede.

S - Bubblegum, clove and cotton candy.

T - A little bit of spice with a good helping of yeast. I am also picking up a bit of clove in there. The alcohol is hidden pretty well when warmed up a bit.

M - A good medium body with a good mouthfeel. Also a little warm from the alcohol.

D - Very drinkable and good for basically any occasion. I don't think I would want more than a glass or two of this at a sitting though.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:14:18 | More by Wisconsinality
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:21:39 | More by BobZ
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Best before May 23, 2014.

A - Pours a hazy gold color with two or thre fingers of frothy white head. Good retention with a blanket of lacing.

S - Lemon peel, ground black pepper, banana, funky yeast. There are also fresh herbs and bubblegum sweetness. Very good aroma.

T - Begins sweet with bubblegum and clove belgian yeast flavors. Biscuity in the middle. Dry on the back end with some lemon and a slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

M - Prickly and aggressive carbonation that suits the flavors well. Refreshing with a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied with the alcohol well hidden.

O - One of the best trippels I have ever had. Fruity, sweet, biscuity, and dry. All of the qualities I want in a trippel with great drinkability at 9.5%. For a readily available, relatively cheap option, it doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 02:03:47 | More by NoLeafClover44
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-06-2014 19:14:59 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-25-2014 17:19:25 | More by Roze
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-31-2013 22:25:51 | More by Carl_R
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $5.49 for a 12oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into my Chimay Chalice to review.

Light and fizzy white head of about an inch consistent of very large bubbles. Quite carbonated. Small floaters present; pour it slowly! A small frothy layer of head retention. Very cloudy golden straw yellow in color.

Nose is quite pale, with yeast, bread, Belgian Spice and banana dominating. Getting other spice note such as white pepper and mild clove. Biscuity malt and grassy hop help to balance and mellow everything out.

This is one of those beers that tastes even better than my nose predicted. Similar in characteristic to the nose, yet even better brought together and enjoyable.

Excellent mouthfeel. Creamy and medium bodied. Crisp and well carbonated, it has an almost invigorating feel. Somewhat dry on the close.

I tend to not be a fan of the style, so the fact that I enjoyed this one truly means it is among the best in its class.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 03:21:52 | More by ibbjamin
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-24-2012 19:02:35 | More by jmtpi
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden pour with hints of orange and a big fluffy white head. Has a dry, fruity aroma. Banana, lemon, yeast, and hints of spice. Unlike the Golden Monkey I had earlier, the alcohol in this is extremely hidden. This just has a light airy feeling to it in the flavors. Has a pretty dry finish and leaves some lingering vanilla on your palate. I found it to be very smooth, aided somewhat by the slightly viscous feel. I haven't had a lot of Tripels, but this is one of the best thus far.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 18:18:32 | More by alkemy
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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