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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,441
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 215
Gots: 249 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-26-2014 20:54:22 | More by ahommell
Photo of ibbjamin


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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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
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured first 2/3 of the bottle into a tulip to reveal a body which was sunny yellow with a CO² enriched disposition resulting in a three finger collar of stark white foam. The composition of the head was of both impossibly large bubbles along the glass sides and tight, dense foam toward the middle.

The nose is sweet with rich malt...bubblegum almost...with gentle assistance from the barnyard-like yeast. The first taste is strong with concentrated malt dominating the tongue while CO² scrubs the inside of the cheeks. The midtaste is bright, chewy, and complex enough that no two sips seem identical. The finish is comprisedof a fresh crisp hop bite quickly overridden by the wonderful yeast promised by the nose.

This beer is very, very good...and adding the final 1/3 bottle (and subsequent yeast) only made it that much better. Definitely the best bottled Tripel I've had the pleasure of consuming.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 07:35:18 | More by IceAce
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2011 04:03:17 | More by sjstraub
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New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-19-2011 00:03:21 | More by KGarrett
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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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

07-17-2013 01:02:28 | More by KeKeKumba
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a dense straw color. A 3 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a full coverage lacing. Sediment and carbonation are readily noticed.

The aroma is light but very good. It includes the usual culprits of bread, banana, and yeast, but also has some grass and cotton candy notes.

The taste is also quite good although a little simpler. A small hint of malts mixed with a good dose of bananas and pears. A spicy pepper component is also noted. Alcohol is definitely present.

The mouthfeel was just a bit too carbonated for my liking and I think it takes away from the taste. It is medium-full body and quite thick. With all this, it is quite smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer and easy to drink although the carbonation was a bit distracting to me. I will definitely keep my eyes open for more and enjoy it when available.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:57:48 | More by SykDoc
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy, dirty-blonde body with a pillowy white head.

S- Malty with a slight pungent twang, a fruity sweetness, a touch of orange and some spice.

T- Fruity malt profile with a slight medicinal quality, notes of alcohol; has a dry finish with a slight trailing sweetness.

M- Crisp up-front that mellows towards the back, a long finish with a smooth feel.

D- A really nice triple; very easy to drink for such a high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 14:28:33 | More by TommyW
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-24-2012 19:02:35 | More by jmtpi
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fine, rich head that's about 2 fingers high. Straw coloring , hazy, lots of bubble action. 

S: Sweet and hints of spice.  There are grassy and pine elements as well as more typical banana and citrus aroma. 

T: Slightly peppery, honey, grapes, and a little sweetness at end

M: A bit syrupy, good carbonation, and a medium body. Alcohol provides a kick. 

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:55:59 | More by KMcG
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-08-2012 03:54:15 | More by Michigan
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-25-2013 03:05:37 | More by Greasy
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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this before, but reviewing for the first time.

Appearance- A nice light gold. Quite cloudy. Three inches of full, creamy, meringue-like head. A huge, rocky dome, on the level of a Duvel. Laces beautifully. Settles very slowly.

Smell- Strong yeast. A little grain. Some lemon zest, clove and grass clippings.

Taste- Very sharp, almost pops. Some grain, and lots of the strong yeast. Lemon, clove, peppery. The grain really comes through, and it gets astringent. The booze is stronger than I'd expect. It's a little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Nice. Good solid body.

Drink- A little boozier than I expected.

This one is grass + grains + booze + lemon. It's a nice beer, but not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:53:14 | More by callmescraps
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay chalice. Best by 5/19/12.
A) Hazy gold in color with a large, pilllowy white head. Huge amounts of carbonation. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
in this beer. Any transparency that there was is obscured when the sediment from the bottom is poured in.
S) Light fruits, a bit of spiciness, including pepper and clove, and bready malts in the nose. The nose becomes breadier when the yeats is added.
T) Very nice blend of citrus, spice and sweet malts. Flavors are incredibly well blended and difficult to pick out. A bit of sourness in the finish and aftertaste. When the sediment is added, that distinct Belgian yeast flavor is added to the previous mix.
M) Medium to full body, very soft mouthfeel with an ever so slight prickle of carbonation on the tongue.

This is one of the best Tripels I have had. It is right up there with St. Bernardus and Chimay. Wonderful flavors blended together seamlessly.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 16:44:34 | More by goalie33
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It rests with a creamy white head about 2/3 a thumb's thickness on top of a hazy pale gold beer. There's ample visible carbonation.

S: The smell is a bit hard to describe, it has a yeast smell to it but is also very light earthy smell to it. I pick up some alcohol smell as well.

T: It tastes pretty malty, with a semi-sweet flavor almost like nut-bread. Some of the minor flavors are alcohol, a little earthy spiciness (like bay leaf), and the familiar Belgian funk (pretty mellow).

M: Mouthfeel is about medium, despite the beguiling light color of the beer. There isn't much bitterness but it's just enough to play on the alcohol tinge. Carbonation is just right, it's wonderful.

O: This is a great beer. I can't say that it's 5.0 in my book, but it's near enough. Perhaps if I had this locally in Belgium it would score a 5.0 with a more prominent scent and an even greater flavor profile. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:41:31 | More by teromous
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-09-2013 11:03:33 | More by AlMarzo
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-16-2012 05:47:57 | More by Huffaroma
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a solid orange color that is slightly hazy with a good head. Perfect color for a trappist

the aromas aren't jumping, but very well blended. On the subtle side with aromas of orange peels, some florals, a slight touch of funk and all sorts of various citrus aromas as well

The feel is extremely well weighted and round. The flavors of citrus', orange peels, hints of earth, and white florals are deep and polished

This is a standard bearer, and for great reason. This is just a class beer that you want to drink and savor at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:33:39 | More by KDawg
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-01-2012 23:54:16 | More by Sinewave
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-14-2014 00:41:05 | More by dbarny76
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden honey color with hints of orange. A large almost white head forms and hang out till the end.

Smell is Belgian yeast, light spice, golden raisin fruit.

Taste is very close to nose, yeast, spice, lightly fruity, with a yeasty tang aftertaste.

Feels very smooth, a medium to full body is lightened up by a nice bubbly carbonation. Hides its booze very well.

I am gaining a better appreciation for the Belgians, and this is a good one.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 07:23:30 | More by Drinkerofales
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a goldenrod color with a tall white head in my snifter. Some tiny solids suspended in the liquid. Smells like sour apple, sweet malt. Yeast and spice in there too. Taste starts with a sweetness, then I get a saison funk, Tart citrus, And a little bit of alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is medium thick, light easy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:37:32 | More by gkunkle
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-31-2012 04:19:30 | More by FirstBrewsoon
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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