Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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4,536
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4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a two finger head with good retention and leaving an eternal lasting plate.
Nice aroma of peaches, mild cloves, Cointreau liquor, pineapple, a mild Belgian yeast and biscuit malt.
Tart citrusy flavor with notes of green grapes, core of pineapples, herbal hops, mild banana and vanilla, clear white peppers, bread malt and sour green apples. Dry and long aftertaste, elegantly spiced, bitter and a bit acid.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is there, but incredibly well hidden considering its magnitude.
Surprisingly unsweetened and relatively hoppy, which is compatible to the experts estimates of a little below 40 IBUs. The last one I had was somewhat different, which indicates this is a beer that does mutate over time; this one is 9 months to the expiration date. A vertical tasting should be nice.
This one has definitely to be drunk at room temperature. Outstanding Tripel that does not carry some characteristics of some Belgian beers that bothers me a bit, such as being overly sweet or completely neglecting hops when not necessarily appropriate. Amazing this is so old and still one of the most modern Tripel around.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 12/16/16

L-The beer pours a pale yellow until I botch the decanting as usual. The head is significant. it is foamy white and about 2 fingers in height. Lacing is moderate and lasting.
S- The nose is sweet with honey and candied fruit. I wanna say peach, but that isn't quite right. Nectarine maybe. Alcohol finishes the nose only after the sweetness has played itself out.
T-The initial sips were a little on the rough side. This bottle is getting older and I can't vouch for the storage. Alcohol is more than present. Bottom line is I'm drinking this too cold. After warming some the beer smoothes out nicely and mimics what I expected from the nose. The honey and fruits up front with some candy sweetness which is cut some by the warming alcohol at the finish.
F- The beer is highly carbonated. The prickliness of the carbonation helps smooth the transition of sweetness to the alcohol in the finish. Medium overall mouthfeel despite the high carb levels.
O- Obviously the beer is a really good example of the Tripel style. You know since they are one of the originators. Still I find this one a little strong on the alcohol presence for my personal tastes. I might enjoy this one more if it were on the younger side.

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Photo of briandaube
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bottle poured into Leffe glass. Bright orange gold liquid with one inch bubbly foamy white head that settles with great lacing. Smell is yeast esters, cloves, some creamy orange. Taste is similar, citrus and orange up front with yeasty spice flavors. Light malt and hop flavors in the finish. Body is light with a hefty carbonation, pretty dry. Drinkability is good for a 9.5% beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden with a small head. Little lacing left behind. There seems to be an awful lot of sediment in the bottom of my glass, making this a tad questonable with the appearance.
Smell is of soothing vanilla, cream, spice, pepper, warm alcohol and ripe pear.
Taste is of all the aforementioned aromas, blended into a warm and inviting concoction.
Mouthfeel is slightly stinging and dry due to the alcohol. A bit of a bitterness and sourness fizzes towards the back and sides of the mouth. Lacks the sweetness desired to become worldclass IMHO.
Drinkability is good for a triple. Not great, or overly appealing. ABV makes it slightly awkward but expected.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color, nice cap of small dense bubbles, long lasting and some sticky lacing. Scent starts light and bready with a touch of peppery spice, kiss of lemon zest, sweet watery pear and fresh malted grain. Taste is lighter than expected, but components of scent come together nicely. The yeast is more muted than in other beers of the style and the alcohol is well hidden. Lots of nice sweet watery fruit flaors, floral touches and nice zing of lemon zest with some bitterness behind it. Medium bodied, quite dry with active carbonation. A nice Tripel with unique components, well hidden ABVs and a toned down "belgian" profile (yeast, sugar, spice).

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is esters, clove, banana, Belgian Yeast. Taste follows the smell but is more intense in spiciness. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn. Crisp massive carbonation, medium to thick body. Great spicy brew!

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Photo of Kensai
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blond lady here. The Westmalle has a hazy yellow color that reminds of lager, but this Tripel Trappist beer is a lot more than that. It gives a nice persistent foam and never loses its fog-of-yeast.

The smell is amazing, you would expect it to be a dark beer from its odour alone, but it's not. The taste and mouthfeel leave few things to be desired. This beer delivers a strong kick and has a nice acidic (lemon) afterfeel.

You would love to drink more than one, since this one masquarades as a simple lager to an amateur, but then you're gonna pass by far the 0.05% limit in most countries! :)

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Photo of becktone
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 4-1-09

Done horizontally with Maredsous Tripel, Augustijn Tripel, and Kasteel Tripel.

Eye: Surprisingly this beer had both the best and worst head retention of the group. Into a Duvel glass it poured with a magnificent creamy head that gave way to rocky which gave way to...well pretty much nothing. It all collapsed. Color is a hazy yellow with some tinges of orange and almost some light brown.

Nose: Much less potent than I expected. This one has more of a controlled and balanced aroma than the Maredsous, the aroma here is more subtle and refined. Nice sweet malt presence that mingles nicely with the candied aromas. Sweet butterscotch aromas are in check with the malt and add complexity, alcohol is hidden. Light spiciness...its almost an afterthought of the yeast. Would that the aroma were more potent.

Tongue: Spicy notes, some alcohol an overall earthy tone and malt under it all supporting it. This is by far the best of the bunch. This one tastes organic whereas the Augustijn tastes forced. The forground taste of the alcohol gives balance to the beer. In comparison to the others this one is on the drier earthier side, getting a good amount of its character from the interaction of alcohol flavor with the rest of the beer. Good aftertaste as well. This is the best crafted of the bunch.

Feel and Drinkability: Dry finish, alcohol aftertaste stays in the mouth a bit as well as a mix of the rest of the beer's flavor. Low carbonation works well with this beer, it just seems to fit, if it were any higher I think it would detract from this beer's flavor. This is one that I'd pick up again, though there might be some others I'd go for first...Tripel Karmeliet for example.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a hazy orange and yellow color with a solid 1/2 inch off white head. Head fades quickly but remains at a bubbly 1/8 inch layer. Excellent hanging lace. Some yeasty bits in suspension. A bit more orange than more tripels.

S - Orange citrus and coriander spice with a strong powdery yeast component. A bit sweet but it blends well with the citrus and spice. Little to no hop activity. Some lemon and peach citrus as well.

T - Starts with a bit of lemon zest and some sugary sweetness. Yeast contributes a powdery, coriander spice as more citrus flavors kick in. Spice gets stronger as it warms, but alcohol makes no appearance. Very well flavored and disguised for a 9.5% beer.

M - Well carbonated with a powdery mouthfeel and a medium body. A tart and sweet finish.

D - Tripels are always very drinkable for me, and this one is no different. Denser than some with its chalky and powdery mouthfeel and darker color. Alcohol is well hidden and flavor stays enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its been a while since I had this brew. Worth checking out again. This beer pours a nice hazy peach color with a finger of head that falls to coat the liquid. The nose is raisiney, caramel, and spicey. I can pick up the candied sugar that was used for certain. The flavor is pretty nice as well. The raisin is not so sweet as the nose says. There is a little more graineyness as well. The alcohol plays nice and spicey as well. Not bad. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, rendering the drinkability a bit less than it could be. Overall, I like it, but I can think of other brews I would have before this one.

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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 sliverX
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

went to a holiday get together at a "wine" bar found out they also had a beer list about half of which was BMC but also had this for $12 for a 750mL bottle
bottle was received a bit too cold but the bartender knew enough to tell us to let it warm
once warmed a bit poored into a westmalle challis (They had all branded glassware) was bright amber, a bit cloudy with a thin white head
smell was of wine grapes with a bready overtone
taste was sweet light apple note a bit of a yeast presence, as it got warmer the sweetness really came out which was a bit overpowering, almost had the tatse like they fermented juicyfruit gum (seems to be my go to description for a tripel)
mouthfeel was crisp almost champagne like
very drinkable we even got a few less adventurous beer drinkers to buy a bottle

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

11.2 oz bottle. Best by 7/28/2012

Westmalle Tripel pours a hazy, light orange color with a full white head and loads of side-of-the-glass lacing.

Smell begins with a crisp light malt presence, followed by wafts of pepper, clove, and other spices; complemented well with a strong fruity pull-mostly orange, with perhaps a bit of apricot or pear as well--and a candied sugar finish. Pretty complex.

Initial taste is very fresh and crisp with a bit of bite. Soon followed by sugary sweetness, peppery sharpness, and fruity balance; finished with a burning alcoholic sting. I can specifically tasete pepper, clove, orange, honey, and a tiny bit of funk. Quite a bit going on here.

Sharp and crisp on the palate. Medium carbonation and dry finish. Quite a bit of bite.

On the whole, this is a very nice representation of the style. I can see why it's a classic beer. That being said, I think there are better tripels out there. Still, this is a fine, complex, and tasty brew. It is worth savoring.

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

Poured an orange yellow color, with a medium sized, rocky, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma seemed somewhat old, with oxidation, citrus fruits, toffee, yeast and alcohol. I found an initial bite in the taste, with some citrus fruits, white pepper, and an alcohol character in the background. Smooths out as it goes down.

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Photo of jdell15
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tywhite
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stubbie1
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks simply wonderful, thick white head, light gold color, slightly cloudy with some periling racing up the side of the class. Nice lasting head and an ever present lace. Aroma is a bit yeasty, apple and green grapes. Taste is sweet; fruit and mild musty bitter bite in the end. The 9.5 is nicely hidden in this brew. Overall a refreshing and enjoyable brew and at $5.03 for a 750 ml. (with tax) I will be enjoying this offer more often. If you see it one the shelf, pick it up.

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Photo of mscudder
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer I always will return to! Best by 7/4/13 and poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - A cloudy hay-inspired yellow hue. Slight orange hue. Nice large white head sits atop the body. Beautiful stuff.

S - Like sticking your nose in a nice stack of hay. Notes of apples, pear and clove are present.

T - Dry with tastes of fruit (following the nose) and a fair quantity of honey on the rear. Complex yet well refined. A Trappist masterpiece.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Perhaps a tad too much for my liking.

O - This is a solid beer that is worth of praise. Little can be detected of the massive ABV. I prefer a beer that is not quite as dry but it is always a pleasure to revisit.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ommegang chalice. 2-finger, pillowy yet sturdy head - can even see the bend at the bottom of the head line from where the glass was tipped. Light carbonation, a little cloudy. A nice bit of lacing when the head finally recedes.

Stlight orange peel essence with moderate yeast. A little coriander/clove and more tangy zest.

Nice, clean taste for a trippel. Decent, mild spice and hop profule. Alcohol is hidden very well in the tangy taste - this is very well-balanced.

Very refreshing for the style - crisp and clean.

Much more easy-drinking than expected. Very enjoyable Trippel.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- extremely dark brown, almost black...poured with a thick white head

S- hints of fruit, grapes, chocolately

T- wow, i was very impressed by this one, fruity but delicious, little malty, almost oatmealy

M- very carbonated

D- very drinkable

overall, this was a terrrific beer, i will definitely pick another one or few of these up

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Photo of Roeters
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian Goblet

A: Thick white head over an orange brew.

S: Slight earth/herbal aroma with a slight fruitiness.

T: Sweet herbal flavor with a slight yeasty fruitiness

M: Great body, with a release of carbonation across the tongue with sharp bite.

D: Great beer, always a good selection with a good complexity. I wish I had another one.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mounds of bright white head. Golden body with slight chill haze... Lacing last forever.

Funky smell upfront, blends into citrusy grapefruit aromas and candied sugar.

Citrusy, earthy, and strong alcohol presence.

Coarse, prickly, and chewy upfront with warm finish.

Highly drinkable especially in a cool environment... Actually leaves the palate a little wet.

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Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful tripel, golden pour and frothy head white head. Aromas of bread dough (grains, flour and a bit of acidity) Flavor: still bread dough citrus like acidity (lemon) and apple. Interesting belgian yeast profile. Nice dry finish all the hops are here floral & fruity.
A classic.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,536 ratings.
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