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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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: 1,696 | Ratings: 4,361
Photo of LordofthePings
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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 sterstar1
1.83/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to give a beer (especially a Trappist) a bad review but this beer was not very good at all. I had a few sips and then poured the rest of the 750 down the drain. I may have gotten a bad batch but I found this beer to be quite bitter and sour and not what I would expect from a Tripel.

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Photo of steven9000
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chimay chalice.

appearance- orange yellow color with good carbonation. 3 finger pillowy head. Looks like orange juice.

smell- Banana,oranges,pear, belgium yeast, some bready notes. Dont get ANY alcohol in the smell. Smells how a tripel should smell. Amazing.

taste- Its amazing. I get lots of fruit taste like oranges and pears. I also get a candy type taste like the hearts candys. I get lots of Belgian yeast. Just a faint bit of alcohol. Its warming going down. It also has a bitter finish

mouthfeel- its a medium mouthfeel that has a creamy mouthfeel. Love this beer.

Overall- This is to date my favorite tripel. The la fin du monde comes close though. All i can say about this beer is amazing.

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Photo of Longhorn22
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It is a pretty golden color, and the head is thick and beautiful white color. It lasted for a long time, and there is thick lacing.

S - This is the most average part of this beer. It smells like any other light yellow beers.

T - It is not the best flavor of any beer, but it is solid. Although it has a high ABV (9.5%) you can hardly taste it. The other flavors are reminiscent of a Duvel. Sweet, light, and a bit of hop.

M/D - It has a nice thick mouthfeel, but it doesn't have any negative after taste.

Bottom Line: This beer is great, but I feel like it is lacking one flavor to make it a legendary beer. I like when a beer has a theme or some unique tastes to it, but these beer leaves me wanting something more in terms of flavor. It has nailed it in terms of appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability, it just needs a signature flavor. Regardless, it is worth a try.

-Cheers

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Photo of Twincrasher
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice haed, dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S: Apricot and esters of banana and citrus fruit.

T: Simlar to above. Grapefruit and saison style almost. Alcoholic.

M: High alcohol makes for dry finish. High carbonation.

O: Good fro this type. Tripels not always my favorite.

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Photo of sitbooboosit
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale orangey yellow straw type colour. the head is white with a tinge of baige and very rocky/pillowy. Aroma is primarily of hops, not a lot of malt coming through- a slight pale malt aroma maybe. Hops are tangy citrusy spicey.
Slight pale malt character up front that gets overwhelmed quickly by a strong hop bitterness. the beer finishes with a peppery heat and a creamy warming mouthfeel.

This beer is fantastically crafted and a very good beer. I've never been a huge tripel fan. this is one of the best and while I enjoyed it, the rochefort 8 in the fridge is more to my liking.

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Photo of rjlemos
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What am I supposed to say about a Belgian Trappist Tripel ? That's awesome. Really awesome. Something totally singular, unique. Well, let's try to be technical...

A- Superb. It pours dark gold, but muddy. Great head, dense, that lasts forever.
S- Complexity !
T- Delicious. It goes realy nice and well, complex, but it starts to get goddamned strong in the end. The alcohol reveals itself and the aftertaste is really intense !
M- Great. It fills up your mouth and shows how strong it is !
D- It's not a beer to drink liters. In fact, it's really hard to drink quite much considering the amount of alcohol in it. It's a gourmet beer, not a six pack lousy soapy lager... but it goes really well. It's not a beer for sissies, you really have to be able to handle that !

Really great and unique ! We can say this is one of a kind, for sure.

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Photo of Dirty1
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought an 11.2 oz. bottle of this at Bev Max in Stamford Ct. this weekend. I poured it into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a cloudy dark gold with a slight orange glow. It had a huge thick creamy white head that stayed through most of the glass. It also had tons of heavy laceing through out.

S- Ahh, the sweet smell of Belgium triples is a thing of beauty! I first notice that lovely Belgium yeast and sweet candy sugar followed by some light bananas and citrusy hops. I also detect some alcohol in the background.

T- Wonderfull! Like the scent, I first notice yeast and candy sugar with a honey under tone. It also had some spice notes ranging from corriander and clove to white pepper. Next came some fruitiness manily light banana and citrus undertones of orange and light lemons. It also had a pleasent bitter grassy hops and a slight metallic twang. The alcohol was pretty well hidden but came through on the back end with a nice bite.

M- Medium body with a buttery, creamy feel. Lively carbonation that sent little bubbles up from the bottom in large numbers.

D- This is one of my favorite Trappist ales. Its balanced very nice and is a great example of a triple style ale. I could (and have on more than one occasion)knock back 4 or 5 of these at a sitting but be carefull they will sneak up on you! Cheers!

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Photo of Chapter40z
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Slightly pale hazy (even after the beer settled it seemed there was still suspended sediment) yellow, very little head that dissipated rather quickly.

S. A very upfront alcohol smell, also an acidic citrus smell.

T. First taste had a strong sharpness with a light fruity profile and a light hoppy finish.

M. Crisp, light almost a creamy delicate beer with some body.

D. It was a good beer not extremely drinkable not something you have to force down. I'd personally drink 2 or 3 of these and enjoy every moment.

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Photo of fizzgig
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl trappist bottle.

A: Hazy medium amber. Some head that dissipates before long, leaves a persistent ring.

S: Slightly sweet caramel or butterscotch. Malt give it a thick smell.

T: Moderate bitterness throughout, some kind of fruit like pear with some caramel.

M: Dense and malty, subdued carbonation that unlocks somewhat if you swish it around.

O: My favorite Trappist to date. I favor malty brews and this doesn't disappoint. Enough bitterness to notice without getting in the way of other flavors, a nice clean impression. I could brew a bucket of this and probably will at some point.

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Photo of ellman
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chill Hazed golden orange. Highly Carbanated

Smell: Light malts with peper and alcohol with a sour note to it.

Taste: Refreshing and crisp. high in alcohol, high in flavor for being this light color.

Mouthfeel: good body. with like a sparkling wine bubblelyness

Drinkablility: Not to many but with its full taste its a sipper.

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Photo of mbutter1997
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 3/1/08
A: Clear golden-amber pour with 1" thick white head, constant bubbles, decent glass retention. Saved the last 1/2" of beer in the bottle, mostly the bottle conditioning yeast, and drank separately...quick good in its own right.
S: Very nice bouquet of citrus, hops, yeast & malt. An overall wonderful aroma of a classical tripel.
T: Wow...an amazing blend of flavors. Mild citrus & alcohol undertones to flavors dominated by the malt & hops. Definitely the best tripel I have ever had.
M: A rich, smooth brew, moderate carbonation.
D: This is a beer to savor. It does down very smooth with a nice aftertaste. I will most certainly have this fantastic tripel again.

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Photo of browner
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi transparent value of copper/gold in color. Very tick head of off white and not lacy. Good triple blend of yeast ,candy and bitter citrus like. The triple alcohol is apparent so let it warm a bit before tasting. If you like triples this Belgian will present itself will a an interesting blend with added spice and fruit in the background.

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Photo of TitanTake
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pungent acidic smell and creamy mouthfeel.

Citrus flavor. Lingering aftertaste.

Almost impossible to pour without tons of head; tons of bubbles.

Very dry in the mouth. Strong, almost overwhelming taste, but stops just short of making making you quit.

This beer is my first Trappist Ale. I normally drink stouts or porters, so it's hard to fairly judge this against them.

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Photo of brundo4
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL Trappistenbier bottle into Chimay goblet. The color is a beautiful golden blonde. Very fine bubbly head. Mild retention and lacing. Clear and sharp. Looks very crisp.
Sour yeasty smell is the first to present itself. Hints of butter, tropical fruit. A bit piney and floral hop odor. Smells like a Belgian.
Bitter, crisp taste. Similar to a high gravity lager. Sweetens as it warms. Hops come through strongly but there is no oily dominance. The alcohol is well hidden. This beer is a precisely crafted ale with the impeccable balance and composition that is the signature of the Trappist monks.
The mouthfeel is similar to champagne except slightly thicker and creamier. Very carbonated. The word "crisp" represents each and every quality of this beer.
This is an extremely refreshing and drinkable brew, despite the alcohol content. However, one too many and you might wake up in some strange places.

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Photo of Throckmorton
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

amazing beer.

A - golden tan with protein and yeast, off white head of fine bubbles that lasts and lasts. lace down the side of the glass.

S- prominent yeast, some earthy and grassy tones.

T- fabulous yeasty flavors, lots of grass and hay, and undertones of vanilla, but not at all sweet.

M - not highly carbonated, nice on the tongue.

D - amazing, I'm glad I can't easily buy this beer or I'd be living under a bridge.

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Photo of Airedoggie
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale, hazy yellow-orange color. A big fluffy head like whipped egg-white. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: A light fruity and yeasty aroma - typically belgian. Spiciness of banana and cloves. Slight underlying alcohol smell.

T: Somewhat dry with maltiness and a hop bitterness. A complex taste especially crisp and dry at the finish. Alchohol is apparent.

M: Medium carbonation and very creamy mouthfeel.

D: Alcohol a bit too noticeable for me but still a wonderful quaff. More of a sipping beer to be enjoyed deliberately. Should go nicely with dinner.

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Photo of jktedder12
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. 2 finger foamy head with nice lacing; high retention. Poured a hazy yellow-wheat color with a citrus & yeast aroma. Citrus also predominant in the taste, primarily lemon, with a peppery flavor. Floral notes with clove also present. Crisp, dry mouthfeel with fair amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic tripel.

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Photo of FoundersFanatic
2.46/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Must have had a bad bottle as I love Trappist brews but this one was not good at all. Not even going to go through the rating as it was just bad. Skunkyish, stale, not much taste, not good at all. Total waste of money and not even sure if I would even try it again.

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Photo of LVituri
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acredito que ela seja a representante máxima do estilo. Não vejo defeitos nela. É totalmente condizente com a proposta tripel trapista. Uma cerveja com muita personalidade, força e qualidade. Uma ótima introdução para quem quer conhecer o universo belga de cerveja. Com certeza um dos melhores rótulo que já provei.

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've manage the beer department of a large liquor store the past year and have been homebrewing the past five years. Tasting Sept 7, 2015. Poured from a 11.2 fluid oz bottle at 50*F / 10*C. Bottle Best Before End Date: Mar 23, 2017.
LOOK: Golden yellow color, decent clarity, high carbonation and a big white long lasting head are perfect for this style. As is the AROMA, this characteristic is perfect for the style: complex, spicy and peppery.
TASTE: Although it is true to style, it is almost too much so. Very peppery and phenolic.
FEEL: It feels light to medium in body and easy to drink for its' alcohol content.
OVERALL: It is a great beer to pair with sweet or strong food as it can hold its' own alongside them.

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Photo of Gauss
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
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 koolchas
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml with best by date of 26/01/08 poured into a chimay goblet.

a: poured a dark golden, lots of carbonation (could not see though it when up to a light), nice head that quickly goes away but, forms somwhat white islands on the top due to all the carbonation. bubbly lace hands on the side of the glass on each drink.

s: very fruity; definetly a strong "pear" scent surrounded by a floral bouquet.

t: citrus and spice and everything is nice including the slightly bitter aftertaste.

m: imagine drinking a very dry champagne.

d: very smooth and alcohol content is masked very well. very easy to over do it with this one.

cheers!

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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one helluva good beer. Pours a cloudy golden out of the bottle and the aroma is dry and malty. Nice creamy white head. Lacing sticks around for a while on the glass. Taste is dry and clean. Malt and hops at the end. Great beer. My favorite style and an excellent exemplar of it.

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Photo of lawrence76
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely orange/light amber with an absolutely billowing white head which is so dense it forms its own weird shapes & semi-permanent structures which hold up regardless of the shrinking amount of beer upon which they stand

Aroma is hoppy & yeasty. Seems particularly fresh to me. Flavour is sweet maltiness at first, but only for a quick half-second. Soon a perceptable hop bitterness kicks in and mingles with a luxurious creamy body. Creamy. Smooth proteins roll over the tongue & whole mouth, coating you in happiness. At the end some hop aromatics become noticable.

Slight alcohol warmth.

Dangerously quaffable.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.