Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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4.32/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Photo of Spikester
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed golden with one finger of dense white head. Good lacing appears as the slowly drops.
Smell is sweet malty candi sugar and light booze.
Taste is almost identical to the aroma. Sweet malts candi sugar some alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and somewhat crisp.
Overall like a highly refined strong lager. Tasty but a sipper for sure. Best by date May 23, 2020.

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Photo of osheamatth
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really tasty true Trappist ale, I think there are only 6 legitimate ones brewing ales. Pours golden yellowish with lots of head at the outset. Noticeable smell of sweet bread, spicy fruits and caramel. Big flavor punches of spice, cake, banana with plenty of malt and not overpowering yeast though noticeable. Nice feel in the mouth with the carbonation mixing nicely with all the flavors.



Overall: Complex, well-balanced, and surprising.

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Photo of IronLover
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by March 2020. Dark orange in color with a murky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a tall, rocky, creamy, off-white foam with excellent retention. Light bubble gum, fresh banana, and floral aromas with sugary fruit and caramel notes. Medium bodied with assertive, yet soft carbonation and pleasant, expanding warmth from the middle to the end. Fruity, malty and banana flavors up front with light bubble gum notes followed by medium light spicy bitterness. Malty and mellow peppery flavors on the back end that slowly expand to the end. Finished with light bubble gum and banana notes wrapped in spicy, peppery esters and a delayed dryness. Balance tips to the sweeter side with more fruity banana esters than spicy/peppery. Fabulous fresh aroma, feel and flavors.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 26C Belgian Tripel. Best before 7/03/19

Pours a large fizzy bubbly rocky head with decent lacing and nice retention, loads of sediment and fair haze, medium gold to straw color

Nose complex fruits out front, citrus mostly but some dried candied generic fruits, a bit of perfumey alcohol, mild spicy phenols much lower than expected, light grainy-sweet blond malts and touch of candi sugar sweetness, orange cake icing like, very mild background papery oxidation perhaps, also a touch of banana as it warms

Taste brings the citrus out front, with the sweet candy and malt it brings more icing covered orange cake flavors, more dried sweetened fruits, almost apricot like, peppery phenols are light, but perfumey spicy alcohol is not, mild grainy-sweet almost doughy malt, with mild candi sugar, a touch of spicy hops in there with medium to lighter bitterness, finishing a bit drier with lingering spicy hops and more yeast additions lingering, as well as some warming alcohol

Mouth is medium to fuller bod, seems sweet but isn't too much, mild warming spicy alcohol, very high effervescent carb

Overall not bad, doesn't seem as lively and fun as the Chimay version, and more alcohol as well, maybe it's on the older side, it is before the best by date but that could be set years out, but still a nice tripel

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Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle bb 6/26/2020 poured into a Westmalle goblet at just above fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours hazy light amber with an orange tint and and a fair amount of yeast particulate. The head is nearly white in color and rises quickly with a gentle pour. It recedes to a thin cap of tiny bubbles leaving a full lacing. The aroma is banana and bubblegum with some spicy notes as well. The taste is candy like malt with immediate peppery notes and a finish that fades toward dry with a clove kick. Very little bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with well above average carbonation. It's never cloying or sugary sweet and the finish is amazingly dry for the initial feel. No perceptible alcohol in the taste or aroma. Overall, excellent. Fantastic beer and a standard for the style. I should have been even more gentle on the pour so I won't dock for the floaties.

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Photo of hreb
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cL bottle distributed in the Dutch Caribbean market, clearly not very fresh on the shelf, but still dated best before 12/12/19. Served in a tapered tumbler. Beer is turbid and yellow, within a small amount of white head. Aroma is yeasty and lemony, and maybe a bit of candied citrus peel in the nose. Flavor has a great spice to it, a bit of caramel sweetness, but a very dry finish. Residual carbonation is high, which helps to cut through the thick and creamy body, and elevate the fruity esters. No sign of ethanol anywhere. Not the most complex Belgian tripel, but this is a very, very good beer, not to mention a classic.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: Best by 09/25/2019, tasted on 01/09/19.

Appearance: This lovely looking triple pours a deep orange/copper color with tons of floating particulate and resultingly little light penetration. It also produced a chunky three plus fingers of fairly white colored head

Aroma: Loads of funky belgian yeast, white grape juice, clove, sweet sugary banana bread, and some light spicy notes.

Taste: Pow, this one is a good deal sweeter than I had anticipated. It starts off nice and dry, almost champagne like with that beauitiful yeast funk but then it turns. Briefly it hits on the apple and pear fruitiness before a large sweetness blindsides and carries through to the finish. I also get various spices throughout. The common triple bubblegum taste rears it head prominently on the aftertaste. As it warms, it dries out a little, just a little and some hoppy bitterness comes forward. Also, when at room temperature, all the different aspects and flavors really harmonize creating a beautifully balanced yet bold triple. Only minimal hints of the abv exist and mainly in the form of warmth more than burn or ethanol taste. The body is nice and full as well. This is a great triple, but what hurts it to some degree is the price, $7 for a 11.2oz bottle is rough when I can get a four pack of North Coast Pranqster for $10.

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Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

원래 세종듀퐁이나 듀벨블론드같은 느낌의 맥주는 좋아하지 않았는데, 베스트말레 트리펠은 맛이 더 정제되었다고 해야되나.. 나쁘지 않게 먹을 수 있었다. 다만 천천히 음미하면서 먹어야지, 빠르게 먹기에는 조금 부담이 되는 맛이다. 거품의 유지력은 상당하며, 탁한 황금빛 액체에 효모 부산물들이 떠 있는게 보인다.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light copper colored and hazy with plenty of sediment floating about. There's a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is of light Belgian candy sugar and light sweet Belgian malt. I'm tasting sweet light Belgian malt and light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is light, crisp, dry, and refreshing.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing tripel! Poured from bottle to Westmalle chalice. I honesty can't believe I haven't had this one before, or at least I haven't written a review.
Classic tripel pour: clear, dark yellow, and effervescent. Lots of soapy foam. Big aromas of banana and bubble gum, bread and yeast cake.
Flavors explode: bubble gum, banana, clove, spice, bread. Sharp and clean. Prickly carb feel on the tongue.
Favor tripel ratings: Tripel Karmeliet, Dragonmead Final Absolution, Unibroue Fin Du Monde, then Westmalle.

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Photo of pants678
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/yellow, huge white foam.

Honey mead.

Floral bitterness leads off, slightly sticky sweetness. Definitely more of a dubbel or quad guy. Really old bottle though -- January 2017.

Finish is a tad soapy, pretty crisp.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that is brewed by Belgian Monks. A recipe that hasn't changed in a long time. They know what they are doing when they make a beer. They get all the aspects that makes a beer a beer. Nice head, good smell, nice body, great taste. This is just a classic. High ABV but it is masked quite well.

You get the classic Belgian flavors. You will find yeast, banana, malt, dark fruit, toffee, and sweetness.

A bit expensive, but you are supporting an amazing cause and good people. I'd drink this quite often if I could.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt-orange with two fingers of white foam that has a moderate retention rate. Aroma is Belgian yeast spice, clove, bananas, butterscotch and orange zest. Flavor profile is more butterscotch with a yeasty, spicy finish. Clove and bread are evident. Mouth feel is velvety, with a spicy finish. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a full Trappist triple ale that holds up well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of Sally-the-drinker
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown color, with a thich foam when poured into a glass. Not carbonated beverage that flows smoothly. Has light bourbon and sweet notes to the flavor with a nice aftertaste. Would drink with thick heavy foods, like meats or soups.

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Photo of GaryG7
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell and feel are smooth. Even while drinking it, the high ABV isn't noticeable due to the smoothness. Like so many other Belgian tripels, the cost makes it only good for the occasional treat.

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Photo of TheGent
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/23/16
Best Before: 11/23/18

A: Amber colored beer that is translucent with a slight haze. A frothy, white head upon pouring that disappears over time, but that leaves a good amount of sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Minute bubbles of carbonation are visible throughout the entire drink.

S: The nose is sweet. Banana bread, overly ripened banana, butterscotch, toffee, burnt sugar. The alcohol is present.

T: The flavor is sweet, but there are some different things going on that prevent it from being too sweet for me. On the tip of the tongue you get similar notes found in the aroma, including the sweet banana, butterscotch, toffee, burnt sugar, nutmeg spiciness. While these flavors also carry throughout the palate, I am also getting some brighter notes of pear, some date, dried apricot. There is also a prominent bitterness, which prevents the beer from becoming too sweet.

M: Nice creaminess to the feel, with some moderate carbonation. The carbonation is not prickly, but rather it is more smooth. Warming presence on the palate and stomach from the alcohol.

D: Overall, this is a highly drinkable Belgian Tripel. It has some sweetness to it that is somewhat, although not completely offset by brighter, fruiter notes and bitterness. At $10.99 for a 750mL, I would make this a go to over the course of an evening any time. I picked this up today along with a couple others beers that I have not had in a number of years. I am glad that I decided to revisit this one.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle brewed on Aug 1, 2017. Pours a golden color with great head. Smells of yeast, banana, and spice. Medium feel with lots of carbonation. Taste is bready and fruity with hints of nutmeg, cloves, and floral hops. Outstanding!

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy gold with an average white head.

Smell: Spicy fruit. Plums, orange, a tiny hit of hops, and sweet bread.

Taste: Malty and bittersweet. Noticeable spice and fruit notes from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and heavy carbonation.

Overall: Complex, well-balanced, and surprising.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one should be a go to. Like, ordering a double meat, w/ onion, mustard instead of spread, add chile pepper at In N Out, go to. Like a Josephine Skriver centerfold, there is nothing wrong with this thing. Luscious, supple, buxom...

Pop the cap and give it a pour, my children. It doesn’t get better than this.

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Photo of puck1225
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer! Very fragrant: sweet, floral and fruity. The taste is of fruit like rich pears with a delicate sweetness. Nice honey notes. Beautiful head and lacing atop a slightly cloudy yellow body.

This is one of those beers that sometimes makes you think you should just stick with the classics!

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Photo of jdurey
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Three fingers of head that lasts and lasts. Beautiful color- slightly cloudy, golden, opaque. Smell has clove and banana, some biscuit. First thing to hit the tongue is a bit of fruit. Reminds me of a hefe. Alcohol is well hidden here. Slightly warming aftertaste. And is that grapefruit? Mouthfeel is well balanced, not too carbonated or watery. Did I mention this is a beautiful beer? Reminds me of Duvel but tastes a bit lighter, believe it or not. This was an outstanding drink. Wish I could afford to have it more often.

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Photo of timon
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn this is good and just pure joy and happiness. Amazing head. Large, white and lasts forever--very tasty too. Beer looks like god's piss, like liquid gold and just a bit hazy (god has good piss). Tastes like apples, pears with a hoppy IPA-like grapefruit finish. Just lovely stuff.

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Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Golden and hazy in the glass. A billowing white head with great retention and lacing. The aroma featured the yeast, floral esters, clove, and candy. Bright flavors on the palate: some bubblegum, slight banana, and some clove. Rock candy finish. Dry and medium bodied. Outstanding.

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Photo of mrfosters
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 04/14/18, best by date on label 12/04/18 . Poured into a goblet at 50 degrees. Aroma was typically bready and yeasty with various spicy tones my nasal abilities could not really pinpoint. Two fingers of foam that dispersed to a white film by the finish , not much lacing. Very well balanced so , nothing , not alcohol , malt , hops or my imagination dominated. There was a slight tartness and i believe a peppery after taste, or, was that my imagination? Anyway I love this , and , I think I need to do a head to head with Chimay Cinq ,just for fun.

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Photo of miguebyte
2.77/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I am totally disappointed. Drink it only if somebody pay the bill for you. Otherwise do not waste your money. I have tried better tripel and so much cheaper

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Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 4,710 ratings