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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Ratings:
4,521
Reviews:
1,739
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of Bugsey
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msumike89
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mattboyer182
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Mll777
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trombone69
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

A bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A- i started to give it a good hard pour to get the head going then backed off a bit. Four fingers of brilliant bright white head rises above the glass and holds for a good long time before slowly receding but not without leaving a massive amount of sticky chunky lace everywhere down the glass and a nice sized island in the middle. The brew is a hazy orange yellow in color with a great sunset glow when held to the light. This is what a tripel should look like.

S- spiced fruit and yeasty goodness. Bananas and oranges with a touch of clove and something i cant place. Malts are bringing a bit of sweetness along with some bakery fresh bread. As things warm up a bit of the band aid come in.

T- Bang that hits ya. Opens up with a good bit of banana then a huge aggressive spice washes over everything. The spices are clean and bring a lot of fresh ground with them. Lots of yeast giving a powdery hit and a doughy bready thing. Some oranges and cloves with warming and a smoother spice.

M- feels thickish at first but only for a second then the killer carb kicks in and effervesces everywhere and bring the brew to almost a foamy feel. This sucker is super bone dry, good thing ive got another sip coming.

D- a classic to say the least, one could say a bench mark for the style. Ive been digging the trips lately and this one hit the spot.

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Photo of swid
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel pours a hazy, dark gold color into my tulip glass. A huge (2 in.+) cream-colored head forms and slowly collapses back into itself. Low carbonation, tons of lacing. Small clumps of sediment drift slowly along the bottom of the glass. On initial examination, the smell is fairly subdued, with a slightly sweet aroma predominating; but after a little bit, many aroma components can be found: rock candy, alcohol, clove, citrus, flowers, generalized spices...probably as many as a person could imagine.

All of the smells hinted at in the aroma come together beatifully in the taste. On first taste, this is a fairly sweet beer, with a surprisingly small touch of a dry alcoholic sweetness. Then, a taste that is both fruity and slightly spicy, in perfect balance. Finally, a tartness and slight bitterness sets in. I wish I could better describe how the various taste elements come together so well in this beer; you'll have to take my word on it. The mouthfeel is light, and neither "wet" nor "dry"; finishes mildy tart and with a floral spiciness, along with a distinct somewhere-between-chocolate-and-caramel aftertaste.

Those monks do know how to brew a devilishy good beer, and it shows. A most enjoyable beer.

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Photo of chickenm
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a huge frothy head. Strong yeasty, fruity aroma with some citrus and cloves. Really nice. Taste is similar to the smell, with apple flavors and a bit of light hops. Well carbonated, and has a fairly dry finish. It's maybe a bit on the alcoholic side for my taste. Overall it's one of the better tripels.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at a good temperature into a nice goblet.

Some good carbonation on the pour, with a good white foamy head. Very decent lacing with a cloudy body of a buttery dark gold consistency. Head does go, but stays in a 3mm ring and never leaves.

Bouquet at first is quite subdued... but it needs time to open up... An aggressive pour to give it bigger head really makes a difference. Hops and yeast and a sweet and sour component that I can't quite pinpoint. This is a very balanced nose where you can smell around and find things without one scent dominating the rest. Smells somewhat pilsner like and a faint sour zest (lemon/lime take your pick).

Faint apricot with good notes of yeast and bread. Big carbonated and bitter finish but dissipates as you drink more to a nice bread chew character with some lemon. Taste is "tangy" with a nice SNAP to it. Bitter at first but becomes more tolerable as you have more.

This is a beer that takes patience to get through but rewards greatly when you stick with it making a very high drinkability.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy apricot/ honey golden orange color. Fairly large, foamy, pillowy, pearly white head. Decent retention with a thin layer of lace with it being a bit thicker and sticky on the edge.

S - Good amount of peach and apricot along with some golden fruit and citrus. A lot of vanilla and some candi sugar. Touches of pale malt and some spices along with a touch of alcohol.

T - Some citrus and apple taste comes out first. A fair amount of pale malt with some spiced flavors. Mid sip the yeast and spices come out a bit more and some grassy hops. A touch of bitterness along with some sweetness with a candi sugar type of taste. Some alcohol comes out as well.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat smooth with a drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer that is has a diversity of flavors. A little more spiced and less sweet, and the ABV limits how much you can drink. However, I would gladly drink this again, and could see myself drinking more than one in a night (sipping them of course).

Notes: Best before 30/09/11. Not as much typical Tripel flavor as I was expecting. This is a bit less sweet and fruity (particularly lacking a stronger peach/apricot taste). A bit more like a BSPA. It is tasty nonetheless though. Solid beer that is an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 33 cL bottle with best by date April 9th, 2011 into a red wine glass.
A: Pale golden and clear. It poured with a spritzy puffy carbonation that died from a strong head to a film with constant bubbles running up the glass.
S: Musty pineapple and bread with leafy ("green") hops, mildly tart apple, and some cinnamon.
T: Mild cinnamon bread with a tart bitter mustyness. There are some mild apples and a cleansing "mouthwash" alcohol.
M: Thin and spritzy, but relatively smooth.
D: Very good for the 9.5% ABV.

I know this is the definitive tripel--the origin of the style--but it never is as exciting as I expect it to be.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a golden yellow color with an initially towering white head that eventually dies down to a finger's worth of foam.

S: Sweet malt and candi sugar come through initially with the yeast contributions following that. Pears, apples, and bananas provide some nice fruitiness.

T: The sugar component is quite strong and provides a great sweetness. Some banana bread sort of flavor along with a light bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a very full carbonation. Despite the sweetness of the beer, there's a nice dryness due to the carbonation.

D: I wish it tasted as good as it smelled, but still quite nice. One of the better tripels I've had.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Cool bottle with a ridge to grip while one pours. ( It could slip otherwise. ;-) )
Very pretty, yet very hazy autumn orange body with a 2 finger head that billows, almost alive.

s: Tart stone fruit, crackery pale malts, orange rind. Hints of a funky sourness.

t: Crisp malts, under ripe apricot, raw honey, over ripe banana, with an herby, spicy alcohol finish. There is a lot going on here.

mf: Medium body with vibrant carbonation that tickles the tongue with a peppery, alcoholic delightfulness. It does a good job to hide the alcohol, but not totally.

o: This is a great tripel. Not as many crests and waves as some American trips...one of the beers that makes me rethink a vacation in France to head to Belgium.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Half-inch head dissipating quickly. Golden straw color with no real lacing to speak of. Looked nice in its Westmalle goblet, but expected a little more to entice me.

S: A medicinal, alcoholic, and citrusy smell. Yeast and hop aromas also play into it, giving the sense of smell an inviting feeling due to the complexity.

T: Sharp yeasty taste with a lemony backing flavor. Alcohol at the forefront, but in a way that was backed quite well with many contrasting flavors. Also, maintained a sweetness that fit in well with the complex array of flavor.

M: Generous carbonation, giving it a nice bite with a dry finish. Very nicely done in terms of its feel on the palate and so many competing elements in the taste.

D: Would love many more of these because of the interesting interplay of taste characteristics, however the abv would definitely keep consecutive orders of this one limited.

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Photo of brunomorenodebrito
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden, white head with good retention. In the nose a really Pleasant fruity and spicy, maltiness is in second plan but it is a really balance aroma. In the taste fruitness is less intense, the earthiness is present and the biterness too. Great beer!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,521 ratings.
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