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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1,712
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4.28
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Photo of alexgash
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden honey apricot with a big, voluptuous white head. What a beauty this is. Way to go monks!
Sweet honey, candy sugar, fresh cut clover, tropical fruits (pineapple, passion fruit), peppery-spicy-hops, and a touch of alcohol all intertwine to create an sweet, herbal, medicinal delight. Aromatics are big and lean more toward the sweet side.
Palate starts off with moderately sweet malt flavors and hints of spicy hops. Then the big honey sweetness swells, along with some rummy fruit cocktail. Oh my this is sweet! As if on cue, an onslaught of peppery, herbal hops rings in with some balancing bitterness. The spicy, herbal bitterness and the sweet sugary malt fight it out as some medicinal alcohol sneaks in along with its friend yeast. All this crashes magnificently into a long, bittersweet finish, that's substantially warming. Terrific. This is a big-bodied ale that starts with a sparkling, tongue-tickling, effervescent feel and then moves hefty, mouth-coating feeling, that borders on syrupy. Although sweet and warming, this is surprisingly drinkable, and now I wish I had a 750 instead of this 330!

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Photo of Tim2000
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle.

Crystal clear golden brew with three fingers of rocky head and a hypnotizing stream of tiny bubbles rising from the botom of the glass.

Lots of fruit in the aroma, ripe pears and apricots. Some spiciness and alcohol coming through as well.

Sweet fruit hits the palate, pears come to mind. Medicinal flavours come to front after a few seconds as well as a peppery spiciness and a bit of an alcoholic bite. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves the lips sticky from the sugars. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a good level of carbonation.

There's really not much to say that hasn't been said already about this brew. Those monks sure know what they're doing.

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

A - Beautiful golden hue, nice and cloudy. Pours a super thick white head, with beautiful retention. Excessive carbonation as expected.

S - Bright citrus hop notes, balanced by a syrupy sweetness, spices, a hint of banana; a spectrum of aromas to enjoy and dissect. This is the bouquet of beers.

T - This is what a Tripel should taste like. A malty sweetness is balanced by citrus and hops, small amounts of candi, a toasty malt in the background, slight honey and pear, all wrapped in a flower. In your mouth.

M - It's not as smooth-drinking as a Dubbel or Quad, but the mouthfeel is still nothing short of wonderful. Comes in like syrup, leaves like oil, all the while the carbonation exciting your tongue. The alcohol isn't the slightest factor in the taste or feel.

O - This has long been the Tripel by which I judge all other Tripels, and it has yet to let me down. Westmalle may not make the perfect Dubbel, but I have yet to find their equal with a Tripel.

Bottled May 2012.

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

330 ml bottle purchased in Japa poured into a fluted glass.

Look: Completely transparent wheat gold color with a voluminous fluffy white head that refuses to settle down quickly. The head is about two inches deep and takes up about a full third of the glass. Copious amounts of carbonation bubbles stream towards the top keeping the head supplied. Over time the head settles down and leaves sticky bubbles clinging to the glass sides.

Smell: Malty, fruity, floral, followed up by the barest hint of booze. Hints of honeysuckle and graham cracker come through along with green plum. Digging deep reveals some dry grassy notes.

Taste: Superbly sweet and malty, obvious chocolate and clover flavors. Phenols play in the background along with the booze in a pleasing way. The flavors just meld together wonderfully. Ripe fruit flavors like banana, apple and grape are present.

Feel: Crisp yet smooth and velvety at the same time. The carbonation is very subtle and barely bothers the tongue. The beer comes off very malty sweet, but it never becomes a heavy taste, the mouth feels refreshed after every swig. A hint of bitterness is detectable but is constantly scrubbed away by the malt sweetness.

Overall: This beer has achieved the whole package, from start to finish it stands out as exceptionally well balanced with clean bold flavors and a complex and pleasing nose. The smell and taste compliment each other incredibly well. All in all a true Beer of the World.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a beautiful and clear gold color. The white head is fairly fluffy and lasting despite having been poured several minutes ago and drunk several times.

Smell:
I get yeast, Belgian sugars, and a hints of apricot as well as a slight hay smell.

Taste:
Whoa. A really complex taste that I can only begin to guess what's in it. So far I've found honey, apricots, a bit of toffee, sugar, the yeast, and general sweetness.

Mouthfeel:
Crispy with an odd velvet, fluffiness.

Overall:
A fine Tripel and one of the best I've had. I might buy another one of these down the road as soon as I finish the other beers in my closet.

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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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Photo of jamesm7485
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing tripel, i wont rehash all the technical jargon here but it ranks as one of my top five ive ever tried, just very smooth easy to drink and a treat for all the senses. Nice light color with a quick to form reasonably long lasting head, one of my top Belgium's for sure and my top tripel

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Photo of LXIXME
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A real big off white long lasting head rests above a almost clear particle filled golden honey colored well carbonated beer.

A well balanced nose with a multitude of smells coming through, cloves, banana, grains, yeast, prunes, grapes, and light spices.

Grains are mixed with light fruits and lighter spices to give this beer a well balanced easy to drink taste that isn't weak at the same time.

A medium bodied beer that seems to have a very slight syrupy quality that lends itself to a light dry aftertaste that has quite a bit of a lingering quality.

I could drink quite a few of these, if your buying, a little pricey compared the bulk of the beers around here.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky pale orange with great white cream head. Dense bubbles of all sizes and great retention. Very relaxing and yummy brew. Nose is of creamy fruit, nicely spiced, and fresh buttery bread. Smells viscous and thick. The aroma is massaging my brain. Tastes tart at first with various fruits (pear, apple, green grape) and is balanced by the frothy spiced bread and butter. Awesome. I am deciding now, after having this following Unibroue-Trois pistoles that Belgian style is one of my favorites. Mouthfeel is frothy and velvety. A good swirl in the mouth brings out the awesomeness.

I'm getting this again.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A classic beer with deep complex flavors! What is there to say that has not already been said! I would definitely get this beer on different special occasions!

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Photo of rdrummer
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of the Trappists in my opinion. I love the Westmalle Dubbel well, but the Tripel is my favorite. It pours a medium amber color with a cloudiness that is pleasant. There is a large white head with really long lacing. It is lightly carbonated and has a complex aroma of the yeast, citrus, and maybe banana. The taste is an amazing combination of sweetness and tartness with hints of clove, anise, citrus, figs, raisins, and an hint of hops at the end. There is a definite kick of alcohol but it is ameliorated by the sweetness of the malt.

It is heavy in the mouth for the lightness of the beer and is very clean and refreshing. Despite the alcohol content, I very much wanted another. I revisited this a day later with a similar experience. A great beer.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was received from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers man!

Pale yellow color beer with a nice white head. The beer is veiled and the head looks like a cloud. The head sticks well to the glass. In the nose, its fruity and sugary. Not much yeast here too. Very well balanced... lets dive in! Taste wise, wow! Fruity at the start and then I get some very smooth bitterness if I might say. Very nice beer. Its starts very smooth and then finishes with a very good bitterness that leaves you to want some more. Superb taste... Well balanced, complex, easy drinkability...

The best tripel I've tasted so far.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: straw colored pour spills into a dark hazy gold; thick creamy white head

S: sweet honey and orchard fruits

T: starts sweet but finishes dry; taste some fruity flavors, incredibly fresh-tasting. Gracefully sweet, floral, herbal.

M: medium-full bodied; nicely carbonated; dries elegantly

O: I've never had a true trappist ale before, but have heard much of the vaunted Westverleten. Unable to get one, I asked my distributor to recommend a tripel. When he pointed me to this beer, I had to try it.

I was thrown off at first when I saw there was a plastic cork. But having consumed the beer, I assume that it creates a better seal than a true cork stopper, and this beer really tasted freshly-brewed. I have never tasted a beer in this style as fresh-tasting as this.

I can't imagine a better beer. A good strong Belgian pale ale, bringing a sophistication and freshness that is palpable. This beer was a total surprise, and is instantly on my favorite beer list.

Revisited several times over the two years since initial review. Always fresh, crisp, and balanced, and with a sweetness and bright yeast and hop profile that will please any advocate. Confirmed world-class status each time.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bit of cloudiness and suspended yeast particles, with a glorious, slightly tarnished gold color and perfectly white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma of honey and bananas, along with spicy continental hops and raw alcohol. Perfect for the style. On the palate, incomparably smooth, with great complexity. Things start out with juicy bananas and sweet malts, then switch over to increased hop bitterness and a finish that's almost entirely dry. Mouthfeel is rich, with medium thickness at the beginning, then things thin out a bit and introduce a bit of alcoholic burn. This is a classic beer, the best tripel I've come across. Outstanding.

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Photo of GLM0011
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boozy at the end of every drink. Similar to the Duval but more fruit flavor in there. Not as fruity as the LaFIN duMonde which to me can be overfruity. Crisp drinkability.Very very nice. A new favorite because it takes the best qualities of other similar beers but with more balance. Complex this beer. The aftertaste is very refreshing. Its a pretty beer to look at. Overall this beer is truly awesome.Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temp in bottle-specific glassware.

Appearance: Truely a sight to behold, the head is magnifacent and billowy, making a dome of foam above the beer. Tons of carbonation visible, a steady stream rising from the Chimay shield etched in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Huge musty malts immedietly when the bottle is pryed open. Toffee and carmel, slightly grass. Sweet, with a nice belgien yeast component.

Taste: Very good, rich and full. Yeasty clove, alcohol is strong and adds flavor to the doughy flavor of this beer. Satisfying hop finish. These monks know how to brew a darn good beer.

Drinkability: Fanastic, this makes me want to try the Westmalle Dubbel. A near perfect sipper.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, dry candy sugar, hints of fruit and a nice yeast presence. In the taste, candy sugar and fruit notes, all mellow and a dryness that rides all the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of fruit. Best representation of style ever.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy amber-straw, with a large soapy head that sticks around. nose; lightly boozy apple pie filling, sweet pear & banana - sounds a bit much, but the nose is actually fragrant. taste; mellow bready belgian yeasts, light citrus rind, tangerine pulp, light pear and banana. no peppercorn here and not very bitter, but the abv does bite a touch on the end. highly carbonated and medium mouthfeel. a stellar tripel, well-balanced, and perfectly malted with a strong fruit core. among the best tripels i've tried.

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Photo of sitarist
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep golden/honey color with lots of sediment. The head is an off white, three fingers thick, and lasts awhile. There is lots of heavy lacing.

S- Spicy, fruity goodness. There is is a lot going on here. Ripe bananas, ripe tropical fruits, lots of spice, pickled ginger, I almost want to say a spiced rum. Very intriguing, sexual.

T- All that spicy, fruity goodness from the nose follows. Spicy with ripe fruits There is a sweet, nutty aftertaste. There is something at the tip of my tongue that I can't explain, I think it's love.

M- Thick and creamy yet a nice dose of carbonation to excite the taste-buds and balance everything out. Effervescent.

D- Its alluring and very well made, but also full of flavor, heavy, and has a high ABV. One bomber a night is enough, but I could have one every night.

F.T.- Ive had this beer several time and it all-ways WOW's me. Im surprised I didn't score this all 5's. I love tripels, and this beer is the reason why!

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Photo of waughbrew
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated: 12/08/05
Hazy light orange with humungous white head, good R&L. Goddamn beautiful aroma - bright, shining esters, smooth but very present phenolics. Flavor is long and continously morphing. Is it dry? Is it sweet? Light grainy taste and underlying alcohol carry it along. Feel is nice for such high carbonation. Dangerously drinkable. I usually do not understand triples, but maybe that is because they are usually not done very well. I love this beer and will always try to keep some in the cellar.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +11%

11.2 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Yellow in color, with a thin head of foam, little lacing. The Westmalle Dubbel is one of my favorite brews, so I had very high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint. The sweet aroma of fresh fruit is top notch. The taste hits with sweet, ripe banana initially, then rush of earthy spices and herbs that blends in with perfection. The carbonation is excellent and the finish is hoppy but sweet, and very crisp. The alcohol is surprisingly under control for a 9.5% ABV, and it seems to linger a bit in the background. It's an amazingly engineered trippel. It seems that every Trappist-style ale that comes out of Westmalle is liquid gold. A must for any beer aficionado.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper orange with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. A huge rocky white head that was very impressive.
S - Huge apple character at first, sweetness, light spice, malty with only mild hoppy notes.
T - Amazingly well balanced was my first impression, the apple flavor is huge, slight hoppiness, crisp, nice carbonation level. The beer was also very sweet and its taste developed as I drank it. Very complex.
M - Oily and smooth with a nice crisp hoppy finish.
D - Smooth and relaxing this beer tasted great an dI could easily go for plenty more of them.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer. I must have gotten lucky with the bottle I had because it was fresh. So delicious. So amazing, that I would drink this every day if I could. It poured a murky gold color with a little head that disappeared quickly. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, honey, and sage were all present in my wiffs. It tasted amazing. A great balance of all of the above with little sage after notes. It's a refreshing beer. A very easy beer to drink for a big guy.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a tiny one finger head. Poured into a wine glass.

The nose has a lot of sugary candy aroma. Some definate fruity notes as well, lemon, orange, as well as apple and pear.

Taste is initially quite sweet and sugary, like toffee or caramel. This is blended with a pronounced sour note. Fruits are sour tasting and the bitterness is held back. Not much alcohol gets through the complexity of the flavour.

Creamy and thick mouthfeel with a medium carbonation works incredibly well here. The creamy mouthfeel is what I noticed right away.

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Photo of inebrius
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of very few reasons to get religion.

I like chewing wood, I sit around the campfire drinking beer, whittling a piece of cedar and drinking beer. When my friends and family have abandoned me for the warmth of the indoors and television or a game of scrabble I sit on the picnic table chewing wood, drinking beer, poking embers and musing. You may not want to know all these little personal things about me, but when a beverage transcends water, malted barley and hops, there is only one context in which it can be described: feeling.

That's right. As I sit in a shitty hotel room passing time I'm consoled by a sense of peace, because this little beer in front of me and I'm draining fast has put me in another place. It's golden hue. It's egg-creamy cap. It's aromas of backwater marsh reeds, anise cookies, sunblock at dusk and perfectly toasted marshmallows. It's spicy alcohol warmth that tastes just like chewing on a cedar shaving while drinking a carbonated pilsener reduction. They may just be monks, but they know a damn thing about spirituality.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,425 ratings.
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