Westmalle Trappist Tripel
Brouwerij Westmalle

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #2
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #631
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
1,836
Ratings:
4,814
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SCORE
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mikeinportc from New York

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazy medium gold, with one finger of white head, that leaves a ring, and a thin layer of surface coverage. No lacing.

Smell is a moderately strong , yeasty mix of banana extract, light spiciness, and a bit of crackery malt that fades with the head.

Taste is bread crust , a fruity flavor that is not-quite apple, (cooked) banana , very slight clove , and coriander+black pepper spiciness. Occasional brief flashes of barely-there , dried lemon. There is a solventy/liqueurish/alcoholic presence that all of the above is embedded within. Light bitterness , and a drying finish that lingers awhile.

Feel is initially smooth, with very,very fine moderate carbonation that comes in mid-way . Drying finish.

Overall, thoroughly enjoyable , as always. A classic , for good reason.

Feb 16, 2021
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Robinshutedrums from England

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nice and golden in colour, smell is sweet, yeasty and strong. Taste is yeasty, strong and slight spicy notes. You can defo taste the ABV and Belgium yeast.

Feb 06, 2021
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Anders91 from California

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: nice golden color pours with a thick head head that sticks strong carbonation

Smell: banana, malt, yeast

Taste: malt, banana, a hint of citrus, and even more subtle complexities

Feel: smooth and carbonated

Every bit as good as La Fin Du Monde!

Jan 30, 2021
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Solargrin from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Have been exploring the local selection of Trappist beers. This is a good beer that has looks nice in a glass with a classic golden color body and a white head that leaves a nice lacing as it dissipates. I do wish it had a tad bit more carbonation but the balance of flavors more than makes up. Very pleased with this beer.

Jan 30, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

slightly hazy gold body pours with an excited foam white head billowing with impossibly high retention that leaves curtains of sticky lacing behind as it settles at probably the slowest rate I've ever seen so far

aroma is Belgian yeast followed by banana bread malt - clove and coriander close behind of course

taste follows the nose. banana spice bread malt, funky with pear and honey background. bubblegum spats against the booze heat in the background

feel is higher carbonation, lighter body, slightly oily and smooth with a crisp dry finish.

overall:
yeast takes the background of this Tripel but banana bread with spice hits nice in a traditional trip sense. clove and spices frontwards, pear and honey in the back.
classic....standard bearer for the Trip

Jan 07, 2021
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Beershaker from Canada (ON)

3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden, hazy, with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom. A LOT of white head, and it doesn't go away. Most of the content in glass is head.

Smell: This beer smells very malty.

Taste: Alcohol flavor is a bit too strong. Although it smells really malty, the alcohol taste is over-dominating, and it really takes the malt flavor away.

Feel: Medium-carbonation.

Jan 03, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing one of my favorite beers at long last. It pours a rich golden hue with decent head but doesn’t explode out of the bottle like other brews of this ilk. The aroma from the top of this cool bottle is banana, clove, with some funk. The taste is banana, clove funk, pear with a tiny alcohol burn. This is a strong beer but so damn drinkable and that makes it a dangerous beer as so many of the Belgians are. A little pricey but worth it, and this has a bottled on Nov 2019 and good till Nov 2021 and I’ve had these near fresh from a friends brother that brought it over from there but this is holding up well with no discernible loss of flavor though I am operating on my always suspect memory, cheers!

Jan 01, 2021
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xander10 from England

4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a small kronenbourg glass.
Look: pours light golden with a large fluffy white head that persists for quite a while. An exceptionally pretty beer with the typical vigourous and aggressive carbonation of Belgian ales rushing right up.
Smell: Yeasty, sweet banana bread. Delightful but mellow.
Taste: Sweet yeasty, banana flavour, very much a beer that isn't intimidatingly strong in flavour, instead pleasantly balanced.
Feel: Full Bodied and drinks like it had half the alcohol content it does, no alcohol noticeable whatsoever, which is impressive for 9.5%.
Overall: A wonderful beer. Best Trappist I've ever had.

Dec 25, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, born on 11/13/19, poured into a tulip glass at 43 degrees F:
L - hazy yellow orange color with a nice white head that lingered
S - banana with a slight breadiness
T - cloves and bananas on the nose, followed by a nice bit of belgian yeast
F - heavy carbonation, medium mouthfeel, there is a slight booziness to the beer
O - nice beer for the style, the yeast flavor isn't overbearing

Dec 20, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle to a glass chalice. Beautiful pour with gold body, creamy white head. Smell is bold and rich with aroma of banana, clove, fruits like strawberry, raspberry, some spiciness. Taste follows nose with sweetness up front, a bit sugary, then a bit of the banana, clove, and berries in the middle, it remains sweet throughout but finishes with some alcohol punch in the end. Mouthfeel is medium and soft with a light carbonation. Overall, this is excellent and sets the bar high for other tripels.

Dec 06, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Restrained pour into a chalice producing a cloudy yellow straw unfiltered brew sporting a 1" finger ivory head. Moderate carbonation.

S - Yeast, bread, clove, juniper, banana,

T - Spicy bite, yeast, banana, clove. Bitter.

M - Heavy. Full bodied. Medium viscosity. Crisp but lingering.

D - Lots of characteristics of a hefeweizen on this one. The banana and the clove notes are present in ample quality but lacking the sweetness of a traditional hefe. In addition, qualities of an IPA are present in terms of the hoppy bite, though subtracting floral qualities. Fantastic.

Nov 30, 2020
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Matthew_Watson from Canada (ON)

4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps my favourite Belgian tripel. Yeast and bready malts begin in the mouth with a citrusy finish and warm lingering notes. A must try for any beer lover!

Nov 26, 2020
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r-m-kaylor from New York

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 7 May 2015, so a bit past its best Before date...stored in cellar conditions.

9.5% abv, into Westmalle Chalis, almost clear - a bit murky, with soft yeast esters and mellow malt with a soapy white head which quickly settles into a white cap ring...sediment/yeast cake on the bottle's bottom...

On the nose, fruity subtle yeast with a solid malt backbone.

On the mouth, light and effervescent - past its prime, for those that like young ageable beer, but for those that like older mature ageable beer, this is a real treat that is not meant to be rushed, rather savored as one contemplates its many unique facets...

Slight warming on the way down...

Overall, this one aged pretty well - cheers.

Thanks for reading.

Nov 14, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold, good, thick head.

Smell: Toast, cloves, hint of fruit. Not very aromatic.

Taste: Fruity, boozy, sweet, very carbonated, herbal. Sweetness gets stronger as it warms up. Pretty complex.

Overall: I used to be really big on tripels when I first got into craft beer. I never got around to trying this one until now. It's a pleasant and complex beer, sweet but not too sweet, balanced with some herbal notes.

Nov 01, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great looking cloudy gold on the pour with a giant pillowy head and shrouds of lace. This fantastic tripel taste profile begins with banana, citrus, bread and fresh yeast. Complex and refreshing. Finish is smooth and well bodied, and the high ABV is not evident. One of the top 3 beers I've ever had.

Sep 27, 2020
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist 'Tripel' @ 9.5% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a hazy gold in the glass with a large white head leaving a streaky lace along the goblet
S-pungent , smelly , wonderful
T-wow , (nuff said)
MF-decent carbonation ,full bodied
Ov-yes please , & twice on Sundays
prost LampertLand

Aug 29, 2020
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plutonash from Latvia

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden, hasy, 2-finger head
S: Banana, bubble-gum, dried apricots, pear, melon, malty/bready, honey, caramel/toffee. A lot of different nuances to pick out, lovely!
T: Banana, dried fruits, malt, floral.
F: Smooth, creamy, can't taste the high abv, bitter/hoppier than anticipated (kind of throws the balance off for me)
O: Fantastic beer, with a godlike nose, good taste and worthy companion to any Belgian beer enthusiast.

Aug 27, 2020
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Robomunky from Washington

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What is there to say? It's the prototypical tripel. Not my favorite but who am I to say? It's a little bit sweeter than I prefer. It is generally excellent, though, and obviously something every beer lover should try every once in a while.

Aug 19, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a hazy copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Sme3ll is yeast, pears, apples. Taste is of spices, alcohol, some apples and vinegar. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I was expecting soooooo much more than this beer delivered.

Aug 19, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a lovely trappist. Better know as the mother of trappists, this lovely tripel starts of with hints of banana, citrus, pear, bread and fresh yeast. It's smooth, well bodied, delicate and complex yet refreshing. One of the greatest in the world.

Aug 13, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden with a white fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a white cap
S - Crisp, light fruits along with bready Belgian yeast, spices and earth notes
T - Follows the nose: Crisp light fruit notes pear, melon, apple, white grape and spices up front followed by bready Belgian yeast notes, phenols and esters along with bananas, cloves, and earth notes. A little bitter on the backend.
F - Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Light, crisp
O - A solid triple from Westmalle with the classic flavor profile.

Jul 25, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle*

This beer poured a cloudy tan orange and had about a two finger thick pillowy white head with great retention. There were a good amount of fast rising bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass as well, making this look very nice and refreshing to look at. No complaints here.

As expected, the aroma on this was pretty yeast-forward. I got all of the aromas that I expected: ripe banana, fresh cracked black peppers, cinnamon, cloves, and a bit of a caramel sweet note in the back end with a slight honey biscuit character to it from the malts.

The taste follows the nose, providing me with pepper phenol and yeast characters mentioned in the aroma in the front. This was followed by notes of pears and apples in the middle which then finished with a apple caramel taste with a medium to low level of hop bitterness.

The feel on this beer felt medium bodied to me and had a high amount of carbonation to it. This was fairly easy drinking and smooth despite the alcohol level which was definitely noticeable, but it wasn't too overpowering or overbearing on the beer. The dryness on this from start to finish was also satisfying for me, and made this very easy to drink.

This is definitely the best Tripel that I've ever had that's very yeast-forward and similar in character to other typical Belgian-style beers. The taste was good and decent, but the aroma and feel on this was definitely the winner. Despite the high ABV, this was very easy to drink, relatively dry from start to finish, and smooth. I'm definitely aging one to see how well this does with maybe 2 years on it. I will definitely update this review when the time comes.

Jun 12, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I have tried the top two in this category, go me! I have to say that while this is a really, really good Tripel, it is not the #2 tasting Tripel to me....but that is just my opinion. The mouth feel is just a bit off/strong to me and the finish is not super attractive. I still think it is a great ale, but I can't give it as high a rating as others.

May 31, 2020
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BigDanishDude from Denmark

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a westmalle chalice

L: one of the nicest looking beers you can get. Pours with a perfect amount of foam

S: classic triple head. Nice fruity aroma with the esters coming in clear

T: the classic triple. But with a twist. Nice banana and clove flavour. Perfect sweetness. Relatively strong hop flavours with some nice spice that I can't quite figure out that really makes this beer something special. Only flaw. And the reason this isn't a 5 is that it's slightly too bitter for me. Still good enough that I don't mind it too much.

F: nice full feel with just the right carbonation

All in all. Westmalle tripel is one of the best beers I've ever had and much better than their dubbel IMO.

Apr 26, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - hazy copper color with a big lasting white head, looks like a dessert with the big lasting head
Smell - banana clove spice Belgium scent
Taste - bitter sweet bubblegum, well balanced banana clove, not boozy for the high abv. Also, a little bit of vanilla and honey
Feel - medium creamy body with a light carbonation
Overall - really fantastic tradition tripel

Apr 04, 2020
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 4814 ratings