Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
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92.9%
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4.3 w/ 4,566 ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#518
Reviews:
1,754
Ratings:
4,566
Liked:
4,244
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
4.86
 
 
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Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/16/2011. Poured a hazy yellowish-orange color, with a half inch head that slowly dissipated to a thin film that laced nicely. Aroma was a bit subdued, with some pepper, banana, clove, and funky yeasty notes. The flavor was outstanding, with some citrus, flowery, grassy, and bready notes coming through. The mouthfeel was light, somewhat dry, with a great finish. Perfect carbonation sets off the mouthfeel nicely. This is an outstanding beer, the time in the cellar really melded all the complex flavors perfectly.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a massive, billowy head. Great heat retention and some sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation released from the bottom.

S: Nice aroma of light fruit, mostly banana and a bit of orange and both lemon and orange zest. Some light spice mixed in and Belgian yeast.

T: Great light fruit flavor with oranges, pear, and a little bit of banana. There is a little bit of yeast and some light spice, but its not overpowering like some tripels. The flavors blend together very nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Fantastic beer, certainly classic in the style. Incredibly easy drinking. No sign of 9.5% at all.

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Photo of mudbug
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a big fluffy head that sticks around to the bottom
Aroma of lemons, slight wet hay , fresh sea breeze
Taste, WOW Lots going on here, Citrusy up front sweet light maltiness with a nice bitter finish lots of fine carbonation sets off the bomb on the tongue.
A very good beer Bravo!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I buy this one every once in a while but never reviewed it.

Pours a honey color with a thin head. Decent lacing but I have seen much better heads/lacing in other trpels

Aroma is sweeter and less Belgian than other triples I have had. Aromas of hay and malty candy come through the most.

Taste is excellent. Those monks sure do know how to brew a good beer. So smooth and just the right amount of sweetness. This is my favorite tripel. You can taste the light candy syrup and it has just the right amount of Belgian funk.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp in the finish. Nice carb.

Overall I will have this beer many more times. It is very deserving of the top 100

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Photo of Troyone
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apple juice color with minimal white head and noticable action.

Sour, bitter, and beerish smell and has some florals in the background.

Some pale and wheat malt flavors, a hint of sourness, with some grapefruit/lime hops in the background.

Medium bodied, resinous, buttery, and has crisp carbonation with an alcohol warming.

Good Trappist beer, not a session beer for me just good.

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Photo of Solomon420
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle smuggled back from Belgium by me :)
the pour was nice, very nice colour, very characteristic of its style. The smell was fruity and airy, with spicy notes popping up from within. First swig I noticed a nice taste of citrusy pleasure followed by a small bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. Not overpowering and very expected from a Tripel. This one is easy to drink and a very well made beer. Its reputation preceeds it very well and I will jot this one down of beers to bring back from Europe during next years business trip.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden sunset orange with a big, bready, 3 finger white head that was fully lasting.

S: an aromatic farmhouse yeastiness full of fresh oranges, citrus, and light bananas.

T: yeasty, with sour oranges, sour fruit (apples, pears) mostly dominating. There was a light hint of grassiness along with a good acidity bite in the middle of the drink before yielding to a soothing fade of sour velvety oranges. There is a nice dry citrus sourness, and fresh breadiness that finished things out leaving a soft gentle residual coating on the tongue along with dry spicing.

M: light and creamy with a lively carbonation bringing out the complexity of wild fruitiness.

D: great drinkability and example.

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Photo of waldowin
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an authentic Westmalle goblet (purchased with the beer).

Pours a light golden color, pale yellow near the edges. Extremely dense white head about a finger thick, that stuck around for a few minutes, and then faded to a haze in the center.

Smells of golden raisins, brown sugar, oranges, limes, cloves and nutmeg. Wonderful.

Tastes even better. A bit dry, and not unlike champagne. A short burst of wheat sugars, and then the carbonation and spices take over, tangled together. It's very hard to pick out flavors on this one, they've mingled so well. Finishes with a bit of white grapes, cloves and coriander.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but wonderfully carbonated (just foams as you drink it), tingles of CO2 and alcohol trail along the tongue, and leave your mouth feeling like a white grape explosion. The alcohol is extremely deceptive, with very little effect at all.

I could drink this stuff all day. Tart, tangy, spiced, sweet, dry, juicy, this beer does it all, and so well. Extremely glad I can buy this locally, but wishing I could try it fresh off the taps in Belgium.

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Photo of Bankrobber77
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a .5 liter glass stein (wrong glass, sir!).

A - Color was a cloudy burnt orange, sort of like the color of old tangerines - lighter than some tripels I've seen. Head was foamy, left some nice lacing, and lingered like that guy at the party who's still there long after everyone else is gone but you actually don't want to leave.

S - Complex aroma, not able to put my finger on everything in there. A little spice, a little citrus, a little yeast.

T - I found the taste to be awfully complex - citrus, spice, yeast, and granny smith apple, among others. Great balance of malt and hops. A little bit sour on the finish. A cavalcade of fruity yeasty goodness!

M - Light but somewhat sweet/sticky feeling. Definite malty/sweet gumminess on your tongue & chops.

D - A very drinkable tripel. Complex enough to keep you interested, balanced enough to keep your mouth from getting tired, and just light enough to keep you from getting overly full. I could have two or three of these, but after that I'd need a change from the sweetness.

I'll definitely put this on my 'repeat performance' list.

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Photo of user785335
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kulrak
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with about 2cm of creamy white head that isn't going anywhere. Smells yeasty, sweet and spicy, with some banana and cloves. The flavor is actually cleaner than I expected from a tripel, though it isn't boring. There's a strong spicy hop flavor not quite balancing the wheaty/yeasty/malty sweetness, but it's strong enough to finish fairly clean. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy. Overall, I think I may have found my new favorite belgian.

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Photo of bjd88
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrBen
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, sweet, and fruity tripel that doesn't hold back. Nice presentation, nose, and color. It scores high in my style points, though I did give slightly lower marks on mouthfeel and drinkability. Yes, I expected to find the alcohol on the nose and palette fairly quickly -- it is 9.5% ABV, after all -- but I felt that in combination with what I perceived to be a little too much carbonation at times, those two categories couldn't break the 4.0 mark. That said, it's still a fantastic beer. However, I prefer others in the same style, such as St. Bernardus Abt 12, Pater Lieven Tripel, etc.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a pale straw color with three fingers of frothy white head on top. Very limited lacing. Opaque beer. A good bit of yeast floating around. Nose is really strong citrus (lemon, specifically). Lots of really sweet malt, and some spiciness. Flavor is really good. In no particular order: spices, warming alcohol, citrus. A touch of orange as the beer warms. Nothing to complain about here. Body is really good, sharp carbonation that's spicy and refreshing on the tongue. Medium to full body. I really liked this one. A tasty, refreshing tripel - not weighty, like some. Actually, a bit like a saison. Overall, definitely recommended.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazy orange, with a giant 3 finger head, decent alcohol legs and total head retention throughout the entire glass. Smells of grapes, pears, apples, banana like scent from the yeast and a light subtle alcohol. The taste is much the same, green grapes, almost a dry Riesling flavor and complexity to it. Full of fruit and carbonation, this beer is great for any occasion. Light in body, lots of carbonation gives it a champagne like feel, crisp, refreshing and very dry. Overall, the Westmalle Triple is one of the best beers in the world for a reason, its delicious and a complete treat, cheers.

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Photo of LarryV
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy amber-yellow color with a fluffy, dense white head.
Head fades fairly quickly to a rocky layer of white fluff. Intense lacing from the creamy body of this brew. Nose is soft, yeasty, fruity, enticing. Mouthfeel is very creamy, coats the tongue with an explosion of flavor. Peppery, spicy followed by the sting of the alchohol. The taste lingers on the palate and continues to change.
This is a very nice, enjoyable tripel. Luscious.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually prefer the Dubbel to this one. The Tripel is nonetheless a great beer. Colour is blonde and hazy, beer pours with an ENORMOUS head - too much, really. Lovely aroma of spices and citrus, flavour and aftertaste is spicy and quite bitter, not as complex and rounded as the Dubbel. Very potent with its 9.5% ABV, but the alcohol is relatively well hidden for a blonde. Like all trappistes well made, but not quite in the class of Rochefort.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 05/19/2012

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall off-white head that reduces to about a half finger tall head with a slight thicker patch in the center and significantly thicker at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The Belgian yeast is very much front and center in the aroma and that is something that really draws me into this beer. There is a lot of the spiciness contributed by the yeast, more pepper than clove but both are present. There is also some presence of banana and citrus.

T: Very well balanced and nice complexity to the flavor. I get lots of citrus and banana fruit presence along with the spiciness of the Belgian yeast - definitely more pepper than clove but both are there. I also get some almost some saison like flavors as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer and one of the best in the style, very easy to drink and hides the presence of high ABV alcohol very well (very little noticed in either in the taste or the aroma). This has a great complexity and nice balance of flavor. Definitely one to get again.

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Photo of neruda11
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vixie
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color with a thick solid head. Quite a few very tiny bubbles constantly flow up through it.

Smell was sweet, more floral than anything, with some fruity notes.

Taste was spicier than expected, almost peppery. Quite a few spices in there, can't pick them all out, but seems to be some coriander and clove in there. The pepper flavors seem to hit first, followed by the spices, then ending with a hoppy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was good, a little better than what I would have thought. Leaves a lingering hops aftertaste.

Quite drinkable, and a good beer for a cold winter night. I found the overall spiciness to be very warming, I'm glad I tried this in the winter rather then the summer. I'm not overly familiar yet with this style, but I did enjoy it, although this wasn't enough for to me change what my favorite style is.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow with a big fluffy white head. Smells of apples, pears. Taste is an excellent blend of apples, pears, white grape, and some other miscellaneous stuff that really hit the mark. Carbonation was just right, and I could have sipped this stuff all night.

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Photo of arthurspoor
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great classic. Fantastic price here in belgium.

Bananas, pineaple, yeast an bitter hop finish.

Great beer!

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Photo of sadie23
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is like dried apricots with a few bubbles and a foamy head. Smells like tart apples. Taste is sweeter than expected and a little doughy like apple strudel. A crisp and full flavor. Mouthfeel is velvety and carbonated. I find this beer far more drinkable than its high alcohol content would suggest.

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Photo of bcastine
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden color, big fluffy bleach white head that lasted and left nice lacing.

S: clean, restrained bright citrus fruits and grain.

T: much like the smell, very clean and refined. Nothing jumps out at you in a big way, but the level of flavor refinement is much appreciated and respected.

M: well carbonated, very light and refreshing on the palate. Hard to hold back on this one!

D: Need to be careful with this one, beyond drinkable. Alcohol was nearly undetectable, so light and refreshing. Really easily could get in too deep with this trappist. Will be seeking this guy out again, thats for sure.

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Photo of kds2437
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 4,566 ratings
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