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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

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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#520
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1,759
Ratings:
4,582
pDev:
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Photo of thebeerprincess
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle with a best before date of 11/05/12 (11 May 2012) into a C&B Belgian beer glass. Pours a pale yellow with a nice foamy white head of about 2 fingers. Beautiful lacing on the glass as it simmers down. The beer is somewhat cloudy in appearance.

Examining the nose, I detect a sweet, malty, sugary aroma. There is also a fruity aspect to it--maybe some orange or other citrus smells in the nose as well.

The taste features a fantastic mosaic of sweet malts and sugars that impart a sweet syrupy quality and fruits such as banana, orange, and maybe some apple or pineapple. Infused together with some kind of an underlying sweet pastry taste. Honey is the quality/taste I am looking for here. The finish is dry and crisp and has a little bit of a spicy kick to it -- some black pepper perhaps. The 9.5% abv is extremely well masked.

Mouthfeel is lively as this tripel is well carbonated. Also coats the mouth nicely with the sweet components of the taste. A pleasure to roll around on the pallet. Overall a very enjoyable tripel. The second I have tried and I must say that I am definitely starting to warm to this style.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aged since 7/06

a - poured a one finger thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass that left a nice thick lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright golden color.
s - sweet and fruity with a hint of floral hops.
t - same as above but with a bit of grainy earthiness.
m - bubbly and medium.
d - highly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this dusty bottle at Plaza Liquors in Johnson City, TN. Dated 21/08/09, which means it was bottled 21/08/2007 according to an email I received back from the brewery. A nice find if I do say so myself!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/brownish yellow with thin bone-white head.

Nose: Creamy smelling with some light anise or maybe fennel notes.

Palate: Wide and fat, luscious and thick. Alcohol lends it a little prickle so it's not cloying. Sweet pale malt, fennel seeds, fresh smoky cream, some lime zest if you dig for it. Finish is dried about by the yeast (which adds a little flavor but is not intrusive). A nice flint-smoke note bods and weaves on the finish. Carbonation level is moderate to low.

Notes: My first Westmalle Tripel and it is freakin' awesome! Love the up front sweetness but the drying yeast. Great balance and length.

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-amber beer with chunks of sediment in it. It pours with a thick, white head that lasts the entire glass. The aroma sweet and fruity, with yeast, apricot, clove and banana notes prevalent. It is a very complex aroma that is reminiscent of some weizens as well as the standard triple smells. The taste is dominated by alcohol up front, which gives way to a very strong clove flavor. Sweetness fills in behind the alcohol fumes, which has hints of carmelized sugar and banana. A robust bitterness finishes off the flavor profile. A unique lingering aftertaste is also pleasant, and reminiscent of alcohol-laced bubble gum. The mouthfeel is very rich, and coats the tongue while still having a lightness to it due to the fine carbonation. The drinkability is good from the enjoyment factor, but the alcohol factor hurts it just a bit. An enjoyable beer that is well worth experiencing.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by stating that this is a damn good beer. Wonderful appearance as richly colored golden orangy look without much translucence. Big white foamy that looks gorgeous on top.

There's nothing wrong with the aroma, I just didn't catch anything strong or distinct just a little citrusy.

But Westmalle delivered flavor galore on the first taste. Citrus orange apricot and sweetness with a touch of maltiness & nice contrasting alcohol or hoppy bitterness that provides a perfecting balance.

This is a very refreshing beer in the classic Belgian tradition. This brewery makes a helluva dubbel and tripel. Niiice.

I drank this beer to the counds of Francisco Lopez' and the sounds of his Costa Rican rain forests.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Horseblanket/Barnyard, peppery, earthy, slight metallic or tin can flavor. Sweet powdered sugar.

Appearance: Light golden hue with floaters, awesome! Decent head that is white in color.

Flavor: Sweet Bubble Gum, HUGE alcohol flavor. Peppery with hints of Spearmint. Slight soapiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall Impression: WOW! These trappist "cats" or should I say Monks sure know how to brew up a great tripel. The bubble gum flavor makes this ale stand out. Nice and refreshing with a huge alcohol burn...nice! Defiantly grip a bottle of this one!

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Photo of Antyk
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Swooy
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grub
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from jaxon53 as part of the Brews N' Tunes Summer Tour '07. thanks jason!

330ml bottle, best before 03/01/08.

pours hazy deep yellow with a big fairly dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. bit of honey sweetness. bubblegum. very light non-clove spice...can't quite pick it out, but it doesn't smell like clove. big bready malt. hint of alcohol. bit of tangerine fruitiness. bit of floral hops.

taste is great. light alcohol. big bready malt. light honey and caramel sweetness. light toffee and butterscotch. more bubblegum. cardamom, and maybe a little clove lurking in the edges. medium-low bitterness level. some earthy hops, and a bit of floral character too.

mouthfeel is good. fairly high carbonation level. fairly light bodied with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. the carbonation level is just a touch high for my liking, but it is very well balanced and quite enjoyable. a good representation of the style.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle fittingly purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. Best before 9/28/12. I love the old-school looking label. I popped the top and poured into a goblet. A moderate pour yielded a ridiculous head with the ratio of head to beer being 2-1. The head was bone-white and retention was really good. The brew is golden with a lot of active carbonation and enough suspended yeast to make it a little hazy. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass.

This is my first Westmalle Tripel and I was a little surprised by the aroma, which reminded me of a cross between a Belgian dubbel and a can of Steel Reserve. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised as this brew clocks in at 9.5% ABV. Sweet esters compose a large portion of the smell. There is a solvent-like quality that tickles the nose hair and makes me think of racing fuel. Bubble gum aromas emerge, as do some grassy notes and a lingering woody character.

The flavor is much mellower than the aroma would suggest. Not that it isn't flavorful, but based on the scent I was expecting a booze bomb. Sweet bubble gum yumminess rolls on the tongue. Mild diacetyl flavors emerge but blend nicely into the malt, prompting me for the first time to describe a flavor as "biscuity". There is a biting bitterness on the back end, which appears to be the alcohol coming into play. Still, it is incredible how well the alcohol is hidden. If I had not read the label I would have no clue how alcoholic this actually is.

The beer is medium bodied but it still feels pretty light as it is aided by a healthy amount of carbonation. I simply cannot believe how smoothly this drinks. It's 9.5% alcohol, but there is absolutely no burn, and really no barbs of any kind. It's somewhat creamy and drinks dangerously easy. At this point I have to wonder how one goes about signing up to be a Trappist monk. I think I've discovered my calling.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for this outstanding religious experience of a beer.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Duvel Tulip Glass

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with 3 fingers of FROTHY white head... Almost looks like theres a bubble bath in my glass. The head is being fed by an abundant amount of carbonation that just keeps on coming. Getting some great lacing

S: Catching subtle hints of sweet fruit(pear, maybe some apple, grape and lemon zest), spice and bread with some serious boozy notes

T: Follows the nose quite nicely. Biscuity, sweet fruit, spice and booze. This beer gets a tad bit sweeter as it warms up along the way. Complex, tasty and very drinkable

M: Medium bodied and very effervescent due to the ample amount of carbonation. Boozy tones coat the mouth on the aftertaste

O: A very tasty triple. A very complex yet subtle beer at the same time. Wont pass this up next time I see it on the shelf

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Photo of nhindian
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Bottle provided as a generous extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - This is a very pretty beer, dark yellow, almost amber colored. A snow-white, 1.5-fingered head rests softly on top with excellent retention, lasting well over halfway through the duration of the beer. Lacing is great as well with tightly gripping foam latching on to the glass. Out of all the Trappist beers I've had, this has some of the most carbonation rushing from the bottom of the glass as multiple nucleation points spout out bubbles at a rapid pace. One of the best-looking Trappist beers I've had so far.

S - The smell is light and very enticing. A little bit of spice, but the fruits really take the stage here. Grapes and bananas fill the aroma and smells similar to champagne. Malts, some Belgian yeast, and a little alcohol help round everything out.

T - The taste is a nice representation of the notes in the aroma, with the grapes coming through much more strongly. The malts lead and bring a nice sweetness, a bit of candied sugar, and a solid amount of spice. Then the grapes really shine. As the beer finishes, the bananas, phenols, and a bit of alcohol come through. Really tasty beer here!

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. Nice, dry, spicy finish.

D - Drinkability is high. Not incredibly complex but the grape in this beer is addicting. Really easy to drink and at 9.5%, this will definitely creep up on you.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bugsey
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer to both look at and to drink. The color is golden and thick, and the head is creamy white, and slow to dissipate.

For a tripel, I think this one had a bit more of a bracing bite than others. Although it warmed up nicely. The flavor is spicy and herbal, but there is a bite there, something like apricots or something tigher, like grape skins. But the maltiness is heavenly, and the alcohol is so warming.

Very memorable.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the 21 beers I brought back from Belgium. Enjoying in one of the glasses i brought back from Brugge as well.


A - Beautiful hazy gold, pours a massive 4 finger head into my De Garre glass. When the head starts to go down it looks like a mountainous cumulous cloud. Average to below average lacing.

S - Dry, and semi sweet. Big on the yeast, hint of fruit. Not as big of an aroma as I get out of other tripels.

T - I love the yeasty goodness of this beer. Fruity with touches of apricot. A very nice tartness along with a slight bitterness at the finish. Has a solid sweet core.

M - Very light on the tounge, big carbonation.

D - The drinkabilty is out of this world for such a potent beer. As of right now, this is my second favorite tripel, only behind De Garre's house tripel.

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Photo of dph147
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought from Krogers in Morgantown, WV.

A - golden in color with strong carbonation with a nice white 1.5 finger head, Head retention held up, but not much lacing (I am using a pint glass supplied in hotel room which might be the reason for this).

S - sweet and of wet hay with some citrus tones.

T - sweet tasting with pleasant aftertaste of citrus.

M - very smooth and easy to drink.

D - very drinkable beer. hides alcohol well. Would grab another.

This lighter tripel was easy and enjoyable to drink. I really enjoyed this beer, but at $6 a pop, this might have outpriced itsejf,

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Photo of siebevl
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msumike89
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow golden color with an assertive head of tight mousy bubbles at first pour. It looked like this head intends to stick around awhile due to the copious amount of bubbles rising. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: I get lemony esters along with some grainy sweetness in the beginning through the foam. Some bready malt starts to show up a bit later after the head is just starting to give in.

Taste: Super effervescent with a lot of mouth washing carbonation. The citrusy notes dominate the beginning of the profile. This citrus fades a touch to give you a taste of the bready malt in the middle of the profile. The finish is rather dry due to (what I believe are) sugar additions. There is very minimal warming, which is surprising due to the ABV.

Opinion: This is a fantastic beer! Hands down...quality stuff! Since this is the hallmark of the style, I hate saying that I like another one better, but I think that I prefer the St Bernardus Tripel to this one. That is a stretch, but if you put both in front of me, and I only got to choose one... I would recommend this beer ANY day of the week!

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy, bright liquid gold, mixed with a little bit of darker shades, large head stays for ever, white and frothy

S: Spicy and crisp, I have a little bit of a cold, but it still doesn't seem "world class", it is still better than average though

T: Very spicy and phenolic, somewhat peppery, hops are a little noticeable and combine with the alcohol and carbonation to create a significant burn

M: Dry, high carbonation

O: I served this beer a little too warm, but it is still a great beer.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,582 ratings
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