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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 Sixpoint
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer.

My sample poured with a head that emerged well above the rim of the glass.

The aroma was of fruit, esters, spice, clove, and bananas.

The color was a murky yellow; kind of a golden straw color. Seemed to have a yeast and chill haze.

The carbonation was heavy but not spritzy; felt like the soft natural carbonation of proper bottle-conditioning.

It's amazing how fast you can drink this one, even though it's 9.5% alcohol. What danger!

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Read a thread about tripels and had a sudden craving. Picked up this 330 ml bottle at Green's for $4.49.

Poured into a tulip glass, golden and clear with a thick egg-shell head of fat bubbles that settle out to a nice raft of foam. Beads of bubbles continue to run up the sides in a perfect line, like something out of commercial. Why can't American brewers get this sophisticated carbonation?

Aroma of sweet pilsner malt, flour-dusted biscuits, and spicy-floral hops. Not much in the way of fruity esters, but a distinct yeasty note.

Dry and balanced right out of the gate. Every time a bit of sweet malt starts to come through, the spices and minerally tang beat it back. Some apple esters start to peek through gradually, along with white grape. Tannin-like bitterness lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is where the monks seem to have a direct line to God. Spritzy and champagne-like, with a slightly chaulky, but not grainy note. Dry, bright, clean and refreshing. Fills the mouth, but light in body. Totally alive on the tongue.

Truly world class beer. Perfect for summer food or most any time you want to indulge yourself. Give this to your wine-loving friends and see what they think.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours bright, hazy golden-orange color with a large white head that has very big bubbles in it and dissipates slowly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells of green apple and yeast, with some biscuity, floral, and grassy notes in the background.

Taste: Begings with a tart green apple flavor and some spice, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with yeast with medium hop flavor. Some notes of citrus/citrus peel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that stings a bit initially, but rounds out and feels more natural. Finishe swarm and sort of dry.

Drinkability: An exceptional tripel- all of the typical tripel flavors are here, but unlike most tripels, none overpowers the other. This is a deceptively easy-drinker for its high ABV, but it's definitely a beer worth savoring.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply stated one of my favorite beers.

It is not big and bold in flavor, but mellow and fully rounded. It has a gorgeous golden hue that is not entirely clear, and yet just shy of hazy in my opinion. The overall appearance of this beer is further enhanced by one of the best stemmed glasses I have seen (as with other Belgian Beers, Westmalle has its own glass, which in this case is a stemmed glass with cut optics and a classic looking Westmalle label).

This beer must be treated with respect - both out of heritage (a beer tradition going back to 1834, and this tripel coming about in 1934), and out of respect for its strength. At 9.5%, this is a beer best enjoyed contemplatively and in moderation.

In my opinion, one of the best Belgian Trappist beers, and one of the best Strong Pale Ale's in the world - truly a world class beer.

I highly recommend this beer, and two of its glasses have proudly become a part of my glass collection.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pale gold yellow color with a white foamy, but thick, head that lingers on. Smells like sweet bread and malts with a hint of fruits like pear. Taste has a mix of spice (pepper), sweet bread, alcohol, and a hint of fruit as it lingers in the mouth. Good amount of thickness, carbonation, and head. Even for a 9.5% ABV, the alcohol isn't too strong to kill the other flavors. This beer could be an any day any time kind of beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the mood to indulge myself a little I pulled this gem from the cellar, after letting it sit for nearly two years. The best before was 20/07/07 but I am drinking it 04/08/07... let's see how this one ages.

The first portion of the pour would reveal as much head as it would beer. Pearl white in colour, it stayed in equal proportion to the beer until about the half way point. While it would remain thick at its base, the head would thin out in some places, leaving a landscape appearance of soft, rolling foothills. The colour is peachy golden. It's almost an optical illusion trying to differentiate the bubbles from the yeast particles, both crowd the body from top to side to bottom.

A cascading aroma that literally "unwinds" the senses. A graceful and unimposing alcohol overcoats all. A lightly spicy yeast yields soft esters. A faint suggestion of fruit. A hard swirl excites a damp, phenolic wheat component that contrasts the otherwise dry character of the beer. The yeast, the esters... so lovely.

The 9.5% is quietly tucked away somewhere, most likely snugged behind the layers of lovely flavours. The carbonation has mellowed suitably over the last 2 years, the mouthfeel is nothing but smooth and graceful on the palate. It seems to dry out for an instance but a presence of flavour quickly resurfaces.

What a wonderful recipe! The yeast is most predominant, again carrying with it countless esters. The flavours all seem "suggestive" rather than upfront. It's a fusion of spices (I'd start with guessing cardamom and pepper), all so subtle but combine for a curious complexity. The inclusion of candi-sugar is very apparent and quite sweet. The taste finishes with the a lingering note of ripened fruit.

A marvelous tripel. Certainly one of the best examples of the style anyone could ever try. I'm not sure which I prefer - aged or fresh. It has held up well - perhaps improved, perhaps not. Either way, this is still something incredibly fantastic and I have savoured every single drop. I will always savour every drop. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of grayburn
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the local grocer. Poured into a huge snifter for some single consumption at around 50 degrees.
Holy head, this beer is topped with some intense foam that doesn't go anywhere. This is an absolute foam party and I am quite happy to be invited. Shes a beautiful gold and the foam is white as the clouds.
The smell is similar to dried fruits, white raisins, apricot, peaches...a little bit of alcohol hidden in there as well.
The taste is the same, not very sweet with an excellent crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect, nice and bubbly to carry the flavors down the tongue. Perfection.
I could drink this all day, every day. I am scared that the next beer I crack will ruin the lovely taste that this has left in my mouth, believe any hype.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle purchased at grocery store in Brussels. BB: Jun 25, 2017
Chilled and poured in a tulip glass
Spoiler alert: This is about the 4th or 5th one of these I've had....finally getting around to reviewing it. Needless to say, I really like it.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw colour. Lots of creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing on the walls of the glass.
Taste is bold and substantial, a nice blend of bready malt and yeasty phenols. Very assertive. Alcohol is there but not nagging or hogging the moment.
Aftertaste is dry and resiny, but not astringent. At 9.5% abv, this is a notable accomplishment. A subtle, well-balanced, dangerous brew. Excellent stuff....really a treat, and a true bargain here.

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Photo of AlexF
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is two extreme. No taste or bad taste, and too much flavour on the other end. We'll all agree that we prefer to eat and drink stuff that are leaning on the tasty side... but how often have we encountered things that were just TOO much? This beer offers perfect equilibrium in a Tripel.

Flawless appearance, huge foamy head, gold colour with lots of yeasts. Smells of orange, cherry and citrus in a not-too-fruity way.

Taste is once again very balanced. Fruitiness, malt, hop, everything mixes in a perfect way.

This beer is the best tripel I've tasted.

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Photo of endovelico
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful pillowy head, showcasing great retention and obstinate lacing. The color is amber to light gold with noticeable yeast haze.

S: Medium to medium high intensity. Rounded, elegant and complex. Upfront: Banana, Clove and Orange Blossom. Back: Roses and Bubblegum.

Taste: Medium to medium low intensity. Clove, Banana, Bubblegum. The holy Belgian trinity in perfect harmony.

Palate: Low bitterness. Small yeast bite. Medium bodied. Medium low to low carbonation. Chewy Texture. Velvety finish. Short lingering yeasty, banana gum aftertaste. Wheres the alcohol?

Overall: To try this is a must. It's super complex and elegant. This is definitely one of if not the best Triple I've had and one of the best beers overall I've had. And this is coming from a guy who isn't even into Tripples that much.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Westmalle Trappist Tripel Ale is simply delicious. I drank it from a Westvleteren Goblet, which I know isn't right.

(L) It has a murky golden hue color with a thin white head.

(A) It has modest aroma of caramel, yeast, and lemon.

(T) It has a really nice balance of flavors, grain, bread, yeast, honey and apple, perjaps some peach, and the alcohol is almost not detectable.

(F) Juicy, a little dry, very easy drinking.

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Photo of pkalix
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle- what's up with that cork? is it real cork? sweet bubble gum smell from the opening, awesome pour- beautiful head with medium lacing spotting down the side and retaining a ring from the high point. i like this in a beer. like the last reviewer said, has toned-down spices, but is very evenly balanced and is filling. awesome cloudy, yellow color. but i cannot taste the alcohol as he says, except maybe very minimally in the end. maybe it depends on how it's stored? i love this stuff. made the trip to Total Wine on Monday and got my Chimays and Duvels and Westmalles and have been licking my lips all week waiting for this moment to pour em in my glass. i know they're considered 'commercial' over there but maybe there's a reason for that. this stuff is great.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with no almost head. What little head it had didn't make it to my seat. Could be a flat bottle, but cant tell for sure. Future reviews with determine that. Very little smell to be had, but some sweet fruitiness and that belgian scent peaks it's head out for a bit.

Nice belgian flavor with spicy, sweet fruit flavor. Spice is not overpowering as I've experience with other triples. A bit of alcohol is present, but works great with flavor. I've found a near perfect triple flavor. Smooth warm mouth feel with very light carbonation (but again lack of carbonation may be related to flat bottle).

This is a very satisfying beer. One of the best flavor of it's type.

Notes: this looses big for appearence.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle purchased from Total Beverage, Murfreesboro TN

Appearance: super cloudy orange/gold, large white head that stays, lots of lacing

Smell: intense cloves, citrus, fruity

Taste: Super sweet, lightly malted, probably the smoothest trappist beer i've had. A hint of citrus, and some slight apple and grape with very earthy yeast notes coming through in the finish. A roller coaster of smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of carbonation; let this beer hang out in your mouth for a little bit, so many flavors come through.

Overall: My favorite trappist trippel so far. Perhaps not as magnificient as a Rochefort 10, but the complexity of this one can hold it's own. So smooth and flavorful, this is a very unique, amazing belgian beer that any beer advocate should try.

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Photo of Billolick
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a small bottle of this sublime nectar of the gods @ the Petite Abeille in NYC. Pours light straw, lemony and cloudy. Puffy white head, leaving the anticipated world class lacing. Nose is musty,nutty and yeasty. Spice, yeast and more nuttyness up front. Very pleasant soft mouthfeel. My kind of beer, spice, fruit, complexity. Intoxicating blend of flavors, smells, and textures. I'll take this to that desserted island and be satisfied beer wise for a long time.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

exceptional ale all the way around...

this beer is a light and mellow orange color...with a fluffy white head that fades over time...

smells fruity..and of alcohol....a very hearty smell...it hits you hard!

taste is bready...fruity...and a spicy character....

very dry on the mouth....some carbonation that sticks with you...

drinkability is great...although 4.99 a bottle it isn't too high..

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Photo of beerbrains
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured beautiful golden color with an admirable head that stayed around for about half the glass. The fragrance was a light fruit or floral. The taste was clean with nice fruit sweetness.

Simply put, a wonderful beer and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of dgallina
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange, with a very firm and long-lasting white head which creates lots of lace on the glass. Fruity and viney aromas. Lots of spice and some alcohol. Sweet and winey initial flavors, which deepen with spices and balancing bitterness into the middle. Finishes quite dry and with strong carbonation; almost champagne-like. Long-lasting taste which slowly spreads warmth throughout the body. High alcohol content is very well-balanced, creating a complex and very satisfying beer.

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Photo of JasW
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a beautiful three fingered head on top of a mildly hazy, golden straw body into a Spiegelau tulip glass. Tastes of glorious amounts of yeast and what seem like ever changing light fruit flavors, with the delightful mouth-puffing carbonation that is typical of the finest Belgian ale. Finishes with a mild astringency. This is without a doubt one of the world's finest.

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Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale golden color that's hazy as all hell with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. A thick off-white head starts strong and lasts throughout, leaving a heavy dose of lace down the side of my Trappist chalice.

Smell: Has a spicy and fruity nose with lots of banana and clove. Very nice...

Taste: Lots of banana, clove, and sweet malt character. Fantastic balance between them... The alcohol asserts itself in the flavor, but doesn't take over. Finishes spicy and aggressive with a great warming effect on the palate, along with a yeasty flavor. I love it...

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. It just begs for another sip...

Drinkability: Suprisingly high considering it's strength. It's lighter body and the fact that the alcohol is fairly well hidden make this a steady sipper. Be careful with this one, it could get you in trouble!

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy yeloww colour with a pure White head that stays the course of the brew.

S - Plenty of herb, lemon citrus, pears, clove and phenols present. You couldn't expect much more.

T - Plenty of fruits such as pears, apricots, pineapple and lemon citrus,with a hint of spice before it transforms to a mellow dark fruit flavour with absolutley no burn. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Along with the Chimay White this is the benchmark of the style. Nothing more to say.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at cafe trappisten in Westmalle. Poured into Westmalle chalice. Tall fluffy white head tops off the glass, high retention. Soapy, sticky lacing. Golden bidy, high clarity.  Aroma is fruity, slightly hoppy with a nice yeast smell profile. Taste is also nice and fruity, some banana from the yeast. Pairs well with spicy mustard and a light cheese.  Delicious, of course. 

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Photo of Stavage
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant deep hazy orange with a nice head that reduces to a patchy and pleasantly sticky lacing.

Smell is full of phenols, a bit of pepperiness, apple and apricot fruitiness and a nice full sweet maltiness.

Taste follows on from the smell, lots of apple and apricot fruitiness but in no way overdone and its well balanced by a medicinal phenolic spiciness. Lots of clove, a bit of pepper, and a sweet (but not too sweet) maltiness. Quite yeasty too. It all combines and balances very well into a very complex end result. Their is an alcohol hit I find pleasant but overall the booze content is very well hidden. There is a bitter hops finish, not much at all but a little more noticeable than other tripels I've had.

Fairly full bodied drink, lively carbonation pretty much in step with any tripel. Nice and smooth and creamy and leaves the palate feeling clean.

Not my favourite beer but a revelation in that it is hands down the best tripel I've ever had so its going to be up there near the top of my review list. The tastes are far more complex than others I've tried. Will be having this one again for sure.

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Photo of Hefe
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Chevy Chase maybe 3 or 4 mos. ago. Couldn't hold out any longer. 750ml corked bottle tasted on halloween 2003.

Appearance: Hazy golden hue with a rock solid head that won't quit.

Smell: Complex as all get out. Yeasty, fruity, winy, spicy, earthy. Yep, that about covers it.

Taste: Bam! but with more finesse, more even than the nose promised. The alcohol is there, but stays in the background, underpinning everything else. Yeast and honey, mix with a winey stone fruit flavor, and a mild spiced-hop character. The dry finish lasts for minutes

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, but there's weight here.

Drinkability: Esquisite, smooth, liquid gold.

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Photo of jellycabbage
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was very happy to find the Belgian-owned Delhaize grocery store here in Cologne, which stocks a few Belgian beers for a very reasonable price (this 12 oz bottle literally rang up for less than an kiosk espresso). One can only drink so much kölsch in Cologne.

A copper orange color fills the snifter glass - thick, maybe even syrupy, but with great clarity. The smell is citrus and sweet. The same citrus impression follows into the taste, but with mild spice hints (pepper?) that give an already delicious, gloriously drinkable beer a considerable, but totally harmonious, complexity. The carbonation comes off very natural; not at all strong. That incredible warming effect comes on immediately; as soon as I swallow I can feel it quickly sweeping to the back of my mouth.

I could seriously drink this all night. A debate around this household this year centers on the superiority of either this bier or the Karmeliet Tripel. Anyway, it's certainly one of my favorite triples. It'll be a sad, sad day when I again find myself in a situation where I can't enjoy this every week.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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