Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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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Photo of Beginner2
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a favorite of many, among whom I am glad to be included.

Reviewed at length in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
This Tripel is reviewed also in the "1001" and most assuredly deserves that.

MJ's Great Beers of Belgium" gives one of his longest reviews to Westmalle. It is a treat for most everyone to read. His descriptions of Brother Thomas are lovingly funny. (It is a great testament to the universal transcendence of brewing that someone of Jewish heritage born in Yorkshire can have such a great relationship with a Trappist monk.)
MJ's 1999 Guide gives Westmalle's Tripel 4 of 4 stars (a rarity, less than 2% earn of over 2,000 beers reviewed... or at least that is my guess.) After an unusually lengthy description of the ingredients and process, he concludes "the Tripel expresses very full character waiting six months."

To me, 6 months is a long time to wait knowing how great this tripel is.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a hazy amber with a white soapy head and laced quite good. Aroma peach, banana, clove, sweet, spices. Taste fruityness, clove, spices. Very nice.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head stays up, always a good sign. Beautiful colour.

Peachy, apricotty aroma.

Fruity taste. Elements of Duvel happening. But much more bitter, rougher, less smooth.

I like the feel, thick and creamy and the right amount of acidity.

The taste is highly complex. Every sip is different.

This is much better than the Dubbel. Though it does not have enough fruitiness or sweetness to complement the bitterness, to make it truly amazing. Mixing this with Duvel in the same glass would correct it..! Will try at some point in future.

Overall, very good, though not the best...it does not give pleasure like Chimay Bleu or a Guinness does.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours - cloud orange yellow color with thick white head that lasts forever, excellent lacing.

Smell - The smell bursts with sweet banana notes a little bit of clove there are also some other sweet fruit smells I cant quite put my finger on maybe apple or pear.

Taste - The first thing I notice is a sweet bread taste a little but of honey and spice. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Feel - Very good carbonation, slightly dry little bite from the alcohol.

Overall - An excellent beer at a very good price.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with big poofy head that leaves lacing and a ring that's lasts the entire glass. Nose is...well this s how a triple should smell. Plenty of esters, a bit of spiciness, and just a hair nt of booze. Flavor was solid, but not as great as the nose. Honestly, l'd like it a bit drier. Mouthfeel was full yet light due to ample carbonation. A classic.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is of funk, sweetness and a slight spice. The taste follows with sweetness and spice in the front but with a nice balance of funk/barnyard. But the real highlight is the mouthfeel: Though the carbonation might seem a bit high, it is smooth with medium fine bubbles that complement the aroma and taste very nicely. And the body is just right for this style. Overall, a real winner!

(in a bottle at Knight's)

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass. Beautiful to look at, prodigious head with staying power that I could easily bring back with a few swirls of the glass. Well saturated golden color. This beer laced all the way down the side of the glass with aplomb. The yeast esters were readily apparent in this beer, it had some of that banana you'd be looking for in a tripel. In addition to that I got some lemon notes, more lemon pulp than peel. Spicing was more coriander than clove, also got some nutmeg in there. Finished pretty dry despite the sugars, more dry than the St. Bernardus Tripel I had alongside this one. There was a funky quality to the Westmalle that I wasn't expecting, but it did make for a really interesting drinking experience. I hesitate to say it was earthy, but it was a definite (non-Brett) funk that I don't recall having in other more straightforward tripels where belgian yeast byproducts and candied sugar is the predominant flavor profile. This was a wonderful beer that I'd happily have again. Preferably if someone else buys a bottle for me, it's not cheap.

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Photo of EMH73
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a two finger white head and excellent lacing. Citrus aromas first, followed by hops and spices-mostly pepper. Taste is lightly citrusy and floral with honey notes. Delicious malt and pepper flavors. Well carbonated with a light feel. A classic.

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Photo of nbbyrd
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, best before 27/01/2017. Poured into a tulip glass.
Look: Very effervescent, three fingers of tight bright white head, a bright yellow-orange in color, slightly hazy and some sticky white lacing that follows.
Smell: Lovely tart lemons and citrus, floral like sweet pear and white grapes/wine, reminiscent of a nice chardonnay.
Taste: White wine, lemony bitterness, a little spicy with some mild honey sweetness and clove that balances with the bready malt and subtle yeasty floral funk.
Feel: Dry and a little boozy, while still smooth and velvety. The big fluffy head and bubbles aren’t representative of the frothy medium carbonation present while you drink.
Overall: A very tasty tripel that reminds me so much of a cool refreshing chardonnay on a hot summer day. My second trappist ale that sure did not disappoint.

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Photo of timjg14
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious Belgian ale! Lots of head on first pour. Plenty of sediment towards the end if you don't pour carefully (which I didn't). Great aroma. Sharp citrus flavor, but not too overwhelming. Excellent carbonation. My wife absolutely hated it.

I don't remember enjoying a Belgian beer this much in a long time - possibly since the last time I was in Belgium, over 10 years ago.

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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 Curiosibeer
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Westmalle Trappist is also known as "The mother of all Tripels"! Just for that, since beforehand I knew I was going to make a major purchase when I saw this lady for sale. It's a real work of art! It is produced by Brouwerij van der Trappisten Westmalle (Westmalle, Belgium), with the same recipe since 1956 (although it was brewed for the first time in 1934). The aroma is fruity and lightly hopped. The taste is slightly bitter and fruity, with 9.5% alcohol are well perceived in the mouth. The finish is long.
Serve a goblet, between 8 and 14 degrees (room temperature). It is ideal to accompany dishes with red meats and strong cheeses.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bright colored pour with a decent head that did dissipate quickly but not fully. Scents of pear, apricots, and sweet tea. Interestingly, has many spice particles in the body. This may need some aging because it is quite boozy. Very smooth otherwise and not sweet, almost dry. Medium bodied.
Decent but not worth the cash. I'd go for Chimay, Rochfort, or Unibroue over this one.

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Photo of CHickman
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best Before 03/23/17: Pours cloudy gold color that leans towards orange with active bubbles racing up the middle to a fluffy and thick foamy bright white 2 finger head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which dissipated very slowly, leaving great foamy lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, toasted grains, caramel, wheat, lemon zest, mild booze, apple skin and other green fruits, light funk, mild honey, floral hops and soft spices including white pepper, coriander and very faint cinnamon or cumin. The malt is dominant but very sweet, inviting and soft as the spices and hops in the mix make it very complex and really enjoyable to inhale. The 9.5% ABV is extremely well hidden in the nose.

Tastes sweet and bready up front, with basically the same lineup as the nose: toasted grains, timid caramel, sweet malt, wheat, chalky yeast, lemon zest, pear, apple skin and other fruits, light funk, candied sugar, grass, honey, floral hops, brown sugar and spices including white pepper, coriander, allspice, cinnamon or cumin. There is some warming of the belly from the alcohol, but it is very well hidden inside the sweetness of the malt complexities. This is a classic in all regards as it's one of the core beers that sets the standard for what fermented malt should taste like. The brothers sure knew how to cook a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and buttery slick, like liquid velvet. It has a medium chewy body and weight, mild to almost non-existent carbonation and a finish that is sweet with mild funk, light bitterness and a sweet malty to bready finish. A meal in a bottle that hides the booze and flows down effortlessly.

I haven't had this beer in a few years and I remember it being very tasty, but this solidified it as excellent.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy straw colored pour with thin, but lasting white foam top. I bought two bottles, so hoping the other is different. Lots of pepper dominates the aroma. in there somewhere is some banana and bubblegum, but pepper and/or clove overwhelms. Flavor is unfortunately very similar. Hard to discern the subleties, but there is some malt sweetness. Finishes with a bite from the pepper.

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Photo of jtaylord
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden with a thick inch head that slowly disdapates. Fragrant smell with a smooth follow through. A plus Belgium.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a loud pop, pours a slightly hazy golden color & pretty white head. It smells delicious, lots of fruity goodness, mostly banana. Tastes as it smells with Only a hint of alcohol & maybe a tiny bit on the salty side. A very enjoyable beer. Excellent.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy medium gold with four monster fingers of light, foamy beige head that leaves elegant fancy tablecloth lace as it recedes.

Smells of spiced honey, soft banana, cloves, sweet pale malt, citrus zest and a kind of flower shop sweetness.

Tastes of honeyed citrus flesh, spicy candied apple and banana chip, mild bubblegum, peppery cloves and an orchard fruit skin hoppy bitterness.

Feels big and fuzzy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry with absolutely no evidence of alcohol.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. I was blown away.

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Photo of OlaB
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Cloudy golden color with with a creamy nice head that stays there for a while, high carbonation a lot of bubbles.
S: Honney,spices,sweet malts ,fruits like apples and pears ,flowers
T:Fruity,refreshing and creamy. first flavours that comes to my mind is apples, sweet malts and flowers. The aftertaste stays in my mouth for a long time after first sip .
F: Amazing, very creamy and bubbly. carbonated extremly well, the taste are very well balanced and the alcohol gives you that warm feeling imediatelly.
O:A top shelf beer that has almost all i want in a beer , a world class beer of best quality

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Photo of Taybeh
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle into a chimay goblet, pours a beautiful dull golden dandelion, slightly hazy, with a 2 finger thick and creamy head with ridiculous retention and excellent lacing. Nose brings a lot of yeast with light sweet cloves, a hint of allspice, some very ripe and creamy banana, and some juicy pear...flowery sweetness, but subtle and not cloying at all. I don't get much bitterness or peppery spiciness...the nose is promising, balances different notes, and is subtle, but it is probably the least amazing thing here. Taste is superb...brings out more peppery spiciness that really balances the sweet fruity (less banana and less pear...what remains is a little hard to distinguish) and flowery notes; this is beautifully subtle, has layers upon layers, with everything adding up perfectly to a whole that is far more amazing than each tasty part. The feel is the best thing about this...insanely smooth and creamy, lower carbonation than many tripels, great body with lots of substance but hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of otzhorse
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow with nice thick white head cloudy with some yeast floating
S: Flowery fruity aroma
T: Apricot and other light notes of citrus fruit, nice bitterness to malt balance
M: Carbonated well, medium body
O: Overall a wonderfully flavored beer with great characteristics. I will remember and seek out this beer in the future.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

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Photo of enrique_m
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Having this beer with brie, cheddar, bellavitano, and prociuto. The look is a translucent golden color with a nice lacing. It gave me about 3 inches of head and it has a malty smell. It has a nice refreshing apple like taste with a bitter bite. Overall this is a must have with a cheese tray.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a tulip glass - best before 10/03/16

Westmalle Tripel Ale poured a cloudy gold with an active carbonation that rushed to a nice looking rich and creamy white 1 3/4-finger head. The head held very well leaving behind chunks of foamy lacing. One of the best looking beers I have seen. The nose is full of light fruit, spice and candy sugar. The taste is very well balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, light fruit, banana, lemon, candy sugar and is spicy/peppery. The pleasant aftertaste is lightly sweet and bready. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a medium body and fine carbonation that lightly tickles the palate.

Westmalle Tripel is top shelf. I'll have another and another...you get the idea. Westmalle Tripel lives up to its fine reputation.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best tripels on planet earth. Rochefort and Westvleteren have their big dark quads.. well Westmalle has it Tripel. Enjoy the world's best tripel.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fruity (peach, apricot), herbal and spicy. A perfectly balanced beer. Full of character. You cannot make a better tripel. It's the landemark if the style, the one I compare every other tripel too

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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