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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,584
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 240
Gots: 298 | 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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Photo of xgrigorix


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date printed on label (not that its relevant).

Bright yellowy orange colour, clear, with a slight chill haze (even at cellar temp). Topped by a humungous creamy white head. Tons of sticky lace left clingly to the glass.

Grassy, herbal, oranges, slightly funky, and the merest whiff of alcohol.

Sweet malt greets the tongue, followed by candied oranges, grass, herbal flavours (sage?). Quick, clean, very dry finish leaves a mineral flavour to linger as the throat warms from the high alcohol. Medium bodied with rugged pinpoint carbonation.

04-16-2004 17:14:45 | More by xgrigorix
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours a cloudy and bright goldenrod with a stupendously large white head that's frothy and whipped. It rises far out of my goblet, pits slowly as it falls, and leaves some great patterns of lace on the glass. A tremendously great looking beer--that's the only way to put it.

S: Lovely aroma. Tart and slightly sour pear, loads of white pepper and spice. Lemony aromatics, as well. Dry and yeasty, with a full aroma. Wonderful aroma.

T&M: The beer starts sweet with a pleasant maltiness that transforms into a yeast party that showcases light pear, green apple, and white pepper. Spiciness melds lovely with a more herbal hop spiciness on the back end. Finish is long and dry, with a reprise of hop flavor and dry yeast presence. Give this one a few sips--it takes a bit to open up. Body is full/medium with a very zesty carbonation that lifts the beer well.

D: It was boozy initially, but as I drank and gave it a few swirls the alcohol flavor faded drastically. A top-notch tripel.

08-05-2009 02:48:55 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-11-2014 22:13:45 | More by Danno48
Photo of Rwalford74


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-08-2014 11:25:42 | More by Rwalford74
Photo of Andonato


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-22-2013 02:35:12 | More by Andonato
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-20-2014 22:30:02 | More by JWalterWeatherman
Photo of Brian700


4.13/5  rDev -4%

Thanks to weare138 for sending me this beer a while back. I'm just now getting to drink it a few months later.This beer pours a clear straw yellow with a big billowy white head that sticks around and laces nicely down the glass.

The aroma is of citrus and coriander and some alcohol. I pick up on lemon and orange mostly. Very refreshing nose.

The flavor is citrusy sweet with somewhat of a dry finish. There is a lot of lemon, orange, and coriander that come through here. It's a very awakening and refreshing beer. I'll have to pick up some more of this.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend it.

08-27-2005 05:09:48 | More by Brian700
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-08-2014 00:28:41 | More by gutbuster
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2014 02:23:53 | More by Zekenyce
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

This is a fantastic beer. Best before 15/07/06 on bottle. Bottle has rings from recycling, based on that; it gives a good indication that people enjoy this beer. Beer poured nicely into a wide-rimmed glass, pale orange and ripe pear color sit underneath a nicely formed head. That dissipated to an eight of an inch and remained pretty much throughout its life. Smell is loaded with fruits, green grapes, grapefruit, and fresh cut something. When you have a beer that tastes as it smells you’re in good company-taste are full and lasting, does varies from start to finish. High alcohol content that is fused that fuses nicely with the senses. A definite must.

04-03-2005 15:23:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of Vengeance526


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a light hazy orange golden color with a pillowy white head that retains nicely and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Spicy aroma with a lot of yeast and some light fruits.

Taste starts off with sharp spices that soon mellow out and give way to fruity notes of pear and banana with candied sugar and yeast in the finish. Alcohol seems to be present throughout.

Medium bodied with a perfect carbonation level. Very complex and a top notch representation of the style. Another great Trappist ale that I look forward to having again.

10-12-2009 04:51:51 | More by Vengeance526
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-17-2011 23:02:56 | More by Leftofthedial
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-10-2012 20:03:28 | More by Jason_Quad
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4.13/5  rDev -4%

Drank this from a 330 ml bottle with a January 26, 2008 best-by date - oh, no I'm three days after the date! Decanted into a white wine glass. Poured initially with about two fingers of white foam that descends into a thick covering. Great retention with lots of lace. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

I can smell the glass from a foot away: there's a spicy fruit to it - bananas and apples. Brown sugar. Twinge of alcohol. Bready yeasty.

After the inviting aromas, the taste is a little disappointing. Mostly a mellow fruitiness with notes of the bready character. Touch of the brown sugar. I'm only a couple days past the best-by date, but maybe that's making a difference.

Mouthfeel sports a bright carbonation on the tongue. A little oily, too.

Overall, this is a great Belgian Tripel, but maybe it's just a tad past it's prime. Still, I'll definitely pick up one of these again.

01-31-2008 00:19:53 | More by ndekke39
Photo of abrand


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

This pours a golden orange color with essentially no head. Aromas are full of belgian yeast and some cherries. Nice smelling tripel. Taste is fruits up front with a warming alcoholic finish. Very smooth with some funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but doesn't leave you full. Overall a great belgian tripel.

01-27-2012 02:46:08 | More by abrand
Photo of ricke


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

Serving date: 2009-03-01. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with the Trappist collar around the neck. Freshness date (best before 2010-06-30) and glassware recommendations printed on the label.

Appearance: The pour is orange colored with a two finger ivory-colored sparkly head that settles after a short while but leaves a nice coat of foam.

Smell: Pleasant sweet fruit aromas (apricots). Earth and dry hay. Pepper, yeast and a gentle sting from the alcohol. The smell is somewhat reminiscent of white wine - very nice.

Taste: All in all a rather crisp taste with decent amounts of malts. Plenty of fruits - apricots, some banana, citric notes mostly in the form of lemon, and a vague taste of grapes that strengthens the resemblance of white wine I got from the smell. Rustic honey flavors. Big taste of peppery alcohol and spices. Subdued flavors of earthy yeast. The finish is rather bitter, more so than expected, and has a bold spicy alcohol character that seems to linger on forever.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that feels a bit sharp due to generous amounts of carbonation that feels very lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: A very good beer and as most Trappist beers, it showcases a very well balanced complexity. The alcohol is perhaps just a little too present, though. The white wine character I got, mostly from the smell but also to a lesser degree in the taste, was very pleasant.

03-02-2009 15:16:24 | More by ricke
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-24-2012 17:06:25 | More by bryehn
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4.95/5  rDev +15.1%

Pour = light straw, with a golden center. Soft billowy cloud for a head, carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Lacing is sticking to the glass as the head dissipates

Smell = green grapes, Apricots, some other tart fruits that I cant place, maybe some peach and golden raisins. Spicy belgian yeast scents as well.

Taste = effervescent and fruity, you get the grapes and apricots and green apple right up front, I would say it is almost like a fruity champagne, but not dry by any sense and not quite as sweet. Hints of cloves and bananas as well, Wow there is alot going on in this glass.

Westmalle founded this particular style of beer, and you can see why this is the standard by which all other Tripel's are judged. Delicious!!!

03-15-2012 21:47:18 | More by Bubbalito
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

05-22-2013 19:25:59 | More by drebrew
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-03-2013 03:17:21 | More by Kingcurio
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

An amazing head, upon uncapping this it reacted like uncorked champagne. Th color of the ale is gold in color with white gold colored head. The smell is like apple cider and spice. Taste is strong of spice and a hint of pear with a bitter fruit turning aftertaste which gets stonger and stronger with each sip. The beer feels medium bodied with lots of bubbles going on. Kind of stong and bitter fo a session beer though so one bottle would do me for the night.

11-15-2008 06:47:14 | More by hdofu
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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy, bright liquid gold, mixed with a little bit of darker shades, large head stays for ever, white and frothy

S: Spicy and crisp, I have a little bit of a cold, but it still doesn't seem "world class", it is still better than average though

T: Very spicy and phenolic, somewhat peppery, hops are a little noticeable and combine with the alcohol and carbonation to create a significant burn

M: Dry, high carbonation

O: I served this beer a little too warm, but it is still a great beer.

06-08-2013 21:54:21 | More by dpodratsky3
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-25-2014 00:47:40 | More by wellsnb
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 06:30:16 | More by hyuga
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-07-2014 16:37:41 | More by YobroitsJoe
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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