Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of kscaldef
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into a Chimay glass.

A: Very pale, clear yellow-straw. Small head of loose white foam receded in a minute or two. Very attractive champagne-like fine bubble trails in the glass, mixed with much larger bubbles

S: Great fruity esters and light clove and banana notes. Some bready aromas as well, and hints of raisins.

T: Lots of yeast character complementing bready malt. Fairly sweet on the tongue, but not heavy. Slight alcohol note on the finish.

M: Well-carbonated, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

O: A benchmark beer for the style. I'm dinging it a little on appearance, although that might be the fault of my pour. I surprised not to see more of a head, though.

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Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice. The ale is slightly cool, most likely within the recommended range of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale is hay-coloured, almost resembling a weizen. The ale is carbonated giving a decent head on each pour, but that head soon dissapates, leaving no lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a fruity nose, with hints of honey and peppercorn dominating.

Taste: As I let the ale sit in my mouth, the first sensation that I note is that of honey, giving the ale a sweet taste. There is also a hop character that adds a good amount of bitterness to the ale. There is also a definite alcohol presence that gives a warming sensation to the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, with the honey and hop characters providing a revolving sweet-bitter sensation.

Drinkability: The ale is limited, as most Belgians are, by the high abv. Despite that, this beer is very good and I certainly recommend it.

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Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).

T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden sunset orange with a big, bready, 3 finger white head that was fully lasting.

S: an aromatic farmhouse yeastiness full of fresh oranges, citrus, and light bananas.

T: yeasty, with sour oranges, sour fruit (apples, pears) mostly dominating. There was a light hint of grassiness along with a good acidity bite in the middle of the drink before yielding to a soothing fade of sour velvety oranges. There is a nice dry citrus sourness, and fresh breadiness that finished things out leaving a soft gentle residual coating on the tongue along with dry spicing.

M: light and creamy with a lively carbonation bringing out the complexity of wild fruitiness.

D: great drinkability and example.

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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.3 fl oz. bottle stamped: 14/06/13-3-003325. Sampled on May 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow with a cloudy bottle conditioned character and a small fizzy head. On the nose there is yeast, pale malts, spice, and tart citrus with the hops downplayed. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with an appealing yeasty and malty character than quickly morphs into a tart, peppery, dry hopped finish. This is not something for everyday drinking but instead something to be savored.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice, this one is stunning. Pours a golden yellow color with a little bit of orange with a huge creamy off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and spices. Wow, what a fantastic aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma is absolutely amazing. There is some fruity malts and spices galore with a little bit of yeast and hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a really nice body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- What an awesome beer this is! Westmalle Tripel is probably the best beer from this style I've ever had. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a massive and growing head of billowy foam. A delight to look at in my New Belgium chalice. Lots and lots of lacing is another plus.

The smell has notes of yeast, tart fruit, some banana, and a bit of clove.

The taste adds on to the pleasure of the smell, big time. First sip and I notice how pungently delicious it is. The yeast and tart fruit really work together nicely and make for a drying quality that makes me want to take more sips and yeah, being as strong as it is, sips are in order for sure but that doesn't hurt the drinkability much if at all.

There's some peppery and malty tones that I start to notice after the 3rd sip or so that bring in just the right amount of spice and sweetness to just trim the outer edge of the bitterness and that's all I want it to do. Me like the dryness factor here big time. ;^)

It has a medium thick mouthfeel to it that is just so silky smooth going down, it's scary.

I'm just about finished with this bottle and it's time to reflect on how great a drinking experience I just enjoyed. It's a hot summer day and I'm sipping on a brew that's 9.5%abv and I find it so damn refreshing! Go figure! This is truly a world class brew and I'm so happy I got a chance to drink this again after many years doing without. Thanks again, Joe!

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 2012: One of the best tripels around. Period...dot.dot.dot...no exceptions, although I’d choose a Karmeliet hands down. I consider this to be one of the standards for the style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clouded pale amber/orange thick two inch head that persists. Generous, consistent lacing all the way to the end.

S: Tart, sweet fruit, maybe apricot then malts and spice (almost pungent).

T: Lots of tastes - took several drinks to get at them. Apricot is first, followed by spicy alcohol, sweet (malt?). Slightly yeasty alcohol finish. This is a very complex beer - a lot going on.

M: Very big beer. Warms and coats the mouth.

D: Interesting drink, but with fullness and 9% abv, won't drink a lot. Not in a bad way.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark and cloudy orangish body with a mountainous head - took forever to die and left lace all over the glass. Smell is hearty, with some champange style smells coming through (partially due to high carbonation), including a hint of oak and dark fruits, along with light malts and spices, plus hints of tropical and citric fruits. Only a Belgian could pack this smell. Taste is more of the same, although a tad sour for my liking. The beer has a very crisp, almost biting feel to it, but still goes down smooth and there are flavors of fruits, figs, malts like caramel, some peppery spices and a hint of hops which leads to a quasi-dry finish (mostly fruity though). The ABV is hidden well, and this is a sipper over a session beer but this is one great beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice aug28 2009

A glows a golden orange with lots of sediment, giant fluffy head, nice lace and pretty good retention. this is looking like a good thing

S tropical fruit, spices, yeast and maybe some citrus quite complex really

T also quite complex, it tastes as it smells but with some clove perhaps and the yeast is more noticeable with some booze i could not smell

M light in the mouth with lots of bubbles, little bite with the finish and it feels like it explodes when it enters your mouth

D i did not have any huge problems drinking this beer, but it was not smooth as silk, and i dont think i would drink them back to back

not the best triple I've had but one of the best for sure. this is one of those beers you will just have too try and judge for yourself

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a case of this and have been drinking a couple of bottles a year. Its best to drink it within the first couple of years after bottling. On the more youthful bottles the nose is light fruit in various stages of ripeness mostly peach like but it becomes more like pineapple with traces of banana and then sherry as it ages. It pours straw gold with a slight haze under a 1” finely bubbled, rocky white foam cap. It has a fruit palate with peach and traces of bubble gum suspended in an outrageous texture halfway between liquid and foam that finishes with an assertive bitterness. The bitterness fades as it ages.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle - from the bank street lcbo for 3.75$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast, clove/coriander, floral

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains mixed with a honey sweetness. There is also some floral notes mixed with clove/pepper/coriander. It ends with a floral/spicy lemon aftertaste.

Overall - A beer that deserves its high score. The taste and smell are fantastic and it has a gorgeous appearance in the glass. One of the better tripels I've had and I look forward to drinking the rest of the bottles I picked up.

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Photo of DrJay
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden colour, the generous white head was quickly reduced, but produced nice lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma, doughy malt, light hops and a bit of alcohol. Smells pretty nice, but a little bit muted overall. Good combination of flavours, with fruit, cloves, and moderate sweetness balancing a drying bitterness. Short finish that is a little sweet with light peppery spice and alcohol warmth. Medium body, moderately high carbonation produce an initially light, airy texture.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It comes in a hazy golden color. A big white fluffy head that just sticks compared to other tripels.

A very fruity aroma without the breadiness of other tripels. Bright oranges, citrus, just a big pop of fresh citrus fruits. A wet hay, big on wine white grape. Some biscuit malt sweetness. It’s very floral.

The flavor does not follow through as much with its big fruit aroma. There’s still some peach and cherry flavors along with white grape and apple skin. There’s not much carbonation. There’s a biscuit breadiness. There’s a slight booziness in the finish of this. It really does stand out from other tripels because of this alcohol that hits you. Despite that, it’s a really clean and a very dry beer. Highly recommended for white wine lovers.

I had this blind taste tested with Chimay and La Fin Du Monde. This came in second, with La Fin being first. This is however where you want if you don't prefer sweet and fruitiness, but want some more strong flavors with booze, bitterness, and vinous flavors.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours the color of honey. Quite murky. The head on this beer is staggering. Looks like someone stuffed a muffin into my glass. The head is nearly solid. It retains its stature in legendary fashion.

S-A lot to decipher. Beligan yeast and Belgian hops first and foremost. Tons of spice. Bananas and cloves. The nose of a finely crafted Belgian brew.

T-This is a stalwart Tripel. Belgian hops and yeast are vivid. Fruits and spice pop up continually. Sweetness and bitterness match each other well. Wheaty and bready. Very intricate.

M-Full bodied. Carbonation is soothing. Understated bitterness. Alcohol is downed out by the feel and flavor.

O/D-Tripels generally don't excite me very much but this one is obviously special. So deep and multidimensional. This is one of those beers I shouldn't have skipped over when I first started out. Perhaps I would enjoy the style better if I had this Tripel when I was still a gumshoe.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.

Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.

Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.

Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.

Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.

Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before end: 09/04/11. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch and half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is bready malt, yeast, orange peel, and some fruit and spice (it just smells fruity and spicy in general, I couldn't pick out any one particular fruit or spice). Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of pear and an earthy taste noticable in the brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth but has a little too much carbonation for me. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. But overall, I liked this beer. I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Best by 17/07/10?

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange yellow color. Giant head diminished to a 1 finger constant white head of super thick foam that was even thicker right in the center of the glass. Sticky lacing in a few places on the glass.

(S)- Tons of cloves on the nose with bananna, lemon and clay. Some creamy yeast.

(T)- Agian, like the smell, there is tons of clove up front that makes way for sweet lemon/bananna fruits with a hay&clay funk. The finish is rather wheaty and dry with a dare I say, a light hoppy bite.

(M)- Has a thick texture in the mouth with a fairly strong body then most Tripels. Sweet, crisp and plenty of carbonation

(D)- Despite its 9.5%abv, this goes down pretty easy, even if you might feel it later. Its still a sipper though due to its complexities.

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Photo of barczar
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy inch and a half ivory head that lingers.

Belgian yeast, pear, tangerine, and mango form the initial aroma. There's an underlying confectioners sugar sweetness, along with coriander and a hint of wheat. Somewhat musty.

Flavor is fruity and sweet initially, but it dries out considerably at the finish. Pear, belgian yeast, green apple, pineapple, ginger, and coriander underlie a slightly sweet, light bready malt body, becoming peppery at the finish. Very delicate, but complex.

Body is moderate, creamy, with fairly high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very nice belgian yeast ester character, and an excellent balance of sweetness and dryness.

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Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid hazy. The high white compact head slowly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving lots of lacing.

The strong smell is yeasty and very sweet. Fruity sour notes of apples and pineapples. I noted some alcohol and a hint of marzipan.

The taste is sweet with notes of nuts and exotic fruits. Some citric-sour bitter hints and a mild yeasty flavour. Complex notes of dough, lime peels, apricots and plums. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as notes of exotic fruits, dough and bitter herbs.

The carbonation is mild; small bubbles. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

Well... A triple above average. But not much more.

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, although very bright, nice white head forms, tons of lace. Smell is sweet and clean, very crisp honey, crisp hops, wheat, citrus, lots of malty goodness, very rich. Taste is Sweet malt, some banana, honey, alcohol, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium, slight alcohol burn, nice and smooth. Good trappist but there are better.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly hazed golden with streams of carbonation rising rapidly. A big and full rocky white head adorns the surface. Retention is as good as it gets. Aroma is musty and fruity (as in pineapple and mango). A little breadiness as well on the nose. There's a real nice intermingle of hops and fruit on the palate. Apricot and tangerine. Some yellow pepper. A slight sting of alcohol, but nothing that is out of context. Dry finish. A little hebal. A little earthy. Clean maltiness. Body is light and refreshing. This one's good. I like it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, had a rich amber color and a thick texture. There was a big, big head and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma consisted of yeast, some malt, apples and spices. Very balanced and never obnoxious.

T: The flavor had lots of apples, Belgian yeast and spices. Nicely done, crisp, with a certain sharpness to it.

M: Highly carbonated, with a smooth finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Everything here seems to be done in proportion.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,692 ratings.