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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

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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Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being the first beer to denominate itself a "Tripel", I've longed for this beer too much.

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a bright orange, deep, tilting to a yellow hue. It forms a two-finger head, creamy and dense, with good retention. After the head wanes it becomes a permanent thin layer of foam.
Nice lacing.

Enticing and assertive bouquet.
Phenols, honey, bread, lots of fruit as in apricot, peach, lots of banana, apple, mild orange, spices and a herbal hint. Fresh aromas.

What an incredible beer.
It begins with a moderate carbonation that introduces a blast of flavor.
The first thing to hit is an intense sweetness in the form of caramel, honey and fruits as in apple, banana and peach. The malt backbone is huge and states its presence as well.
Short after a mild bitterness appears and balances the flavor, along with a hint of sweet liquor and spices as pepper and clove.
The aftertaste introduces a sudden, assertive and renewed sweetness with a floral hint that is very refreshing, and it lingers long until bitterness makes it fade away. Westmalle tripel leaves a dry sensation in your mouth that makes you crave for another sip.
It is smooth, medium to light body, nice medium carbonation.
I found this beer to have more depth while still chilled, though moderately chilled.

World class beer for sure, an outstanding tripel, and a new favorite.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a hazy yellow orange with a beautiful foamy head. Smells of light citrus and hops with fruit notes. The taste is very smooth with full fruit and citrus creamy flavors that just melt on your tongue. The beer is so smooth and creamy that it is hard to stop drinking it, this ranks as one of the best tasting beers I have had. The entire feel of this beer from start to finish is pure enjoyment, top favorite.

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Photo of muchos
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L. Hazy Golden-orange with a massive fluffy head which fades very slowly.
S. Softly sweet, spicy yeast, spicy hops. Fruitier as it warms, raisins, pears, apples, bananas. Smells incredible.
T. Taste follows the aroma, and then some. Soft sweetness, spicy, grapefruity and piney in the aftertaste. Smooth, crisp, flavorful.
M. Smooth, plenty of carbonation.
O. Most bitterness I've tasted in a Belgian-style beer. Great. Cheers!

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tripel pours a beautiful slightly opaque, orange color with a small amount of brown sediment and a medium foamy white head. Like this abbey’s dubbel, the smell is fairly mild for a Belgian beer with hints of banana and alcohol. The flavor is pleasant, but actually surprisingly mild as well. It is also not as complex as I imagined it would be based on other people’s reviews, but maybe I just don’t have a refined enough palette. There are notes of banana, yeast, a little earthiness, and some apricot. The finish is exceptionally dry with a pretty big punch of alcohol. This is a really nice tripel with crisp flavors. I have to say that it is really a lot simpler than I thought it would be though with less of a fruit presence than I have had in most tripels. I think overall I prefer the Westmalle dubbel to this one. It is a very good tripel without a doubt, but I think it’s a bit overrated.

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Photo of jimmyeng
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.33cl special European bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark gold/amber pour with thin snow white head that dissipated pretty quickly. No lacing on my glass, although I may have messed up the pour, given others' reviews. Lots of visible carbonation - this one was bubblin'.

S: Not much here. Some yeast and lemon, but otherwise unremarkable.

T: Initial sip bites the tongue. Yeast and wheat flavors up front with unmistakeable lemon/citrus finish. I found the alcohol taste to be pretty strong in this one. Warm finish. You definitely know it's a tripel.

F: Medium body. Very carbonated and yet creamy as it sits on the tongue and as the beer warms a bit. Pretty unique feel from my perspective. Really liked it.

O: A great tripel. Good for sipping slowly and allowing the carbonation to dissipate a bit. Thoroughly enjoyable, although it would be well served to pull back on the alcoholic aftertaste a bit.

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Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33l

A - Dark orange with decent white head. Medium carbonation. Very Trappist :)
S - Weak biscuit aroma, with some warm alcohol in the back.
T/M - As expected, highly carbonated, natural, warm pleasant finish. Creamy and aromatic.

O - Trappist, try it.

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Photo of RABouffard
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Over my entire three week european excursion, this beer alone stands out as the best. It's like drinking honey from heaven. Heady Topper may be the only beer that I feel is superior to this beer, however it is hard to compare the two obviously.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: 3.75
Cloudy straw yellow/gold. 3-4 finger head with vigorous bubbling that continues on. Great head retention.

Smell: 3.5
Slight bread and tart grape flavors. Belgian yeast is not as evident as I expected.

Taste: 3.25
At first, there is a bite – a slight hop bitterness and a blast of biscuit and crackers. It starts dry, sweetens up a bit, and later dries out/levels out. There are spice notes of black peppercorns and turmeric. It gets quite earthy in the middle. There is a slight smokey aftertaste when all is said and done.

Feel: 4.25
Medium body approaching full. Very bubbly and adds to the feel. Very interesting on the sensors.

Overall: 3.75
Really good. Not as sweet as some Tripels. Slight dirty taste and very fizzy. At times, it tasted a bit “commercially”.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale honey, apricot, good finger head, dissipates slowly
S: Wheaty, creamy lemony, bubblegum, hints of cloves
T: Lemony hefeweizen, cloves, coriander, little spicy
F: Great feel, high carbonation, smooths out but tingly bubbles still across your palatte
O: Nice Tripel that is very dangerous coming in at 9.5%

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color, with a rather substantive white head. A lot of visible carbonation as well. This is a cool looking beer.

Smells of Belgian yeast, alongside citrus, exotic fruit, some honey, caramel, and clove. The nose manages to be both complex and straight-forward at the same time.

The taste is surprisingly malty in comparison to the nose, meaning that malt is undoubtedly present. The sweetness from the fruit, honey, and caramel is still very much present however. Mouthfeel is as expected intimidatingly light, and this drinks outrageously easy what supposedly is 9.5%.

This is definitely up there among the best tripels I've had. Those Belgian monks know what they are up to.

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Photo of BWood
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: good head. Fluffy and white. Laces the glass.

S: some citrus. Not a whole log else I'm getting.

T: sweet fruit with honey on the rear.

F: smooth with a little heat. Nice tongue coating.

O: great beer. The ratings show it. Glad it's year around

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 12/16/16

L-The beer pours a pale yellow until I botch the decanting as usual. The head is significant. it is foamy white and about 2 fingers in height. Lacing is moderate and lasting.
S- The nose is sweet with honey and candied fruit. I wanna say peach, but that isn't quite right. Nectarine maybe. Alcohol finishes the nose only after the sweetness has played itself out.
T-The initial sips were a little on the rough side. This bottle is getting older and I can't vouch for the storage. Alcohol is more than present. Bottom line is I'm drinking this too cold. After warming some the beer smoothes out nicely and mimics what I expected from the nose. The honey and fruits up front with some candy sweetness which is cut some by the warming alcohol at the finish.
F- The beer is highly carbonated. The prickliness of the carbonation helps smooth the transition of sweetness to the alcohol in the finish. Medium overall mouthfeel despite the high carb levels.
O- Obviously the beer is a really good example of the Tripel style. You know since they are one of the originators. Still I find this one a little strong on the alcohol presence for my personal tastes. I might enjoy this one more if it were on the younger side.

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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 thepenguin
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a mildly hazy dark hay color with very lively carbonation, including bubbles streaming up from all sides, a nicely sized head and superior head retention and lacing.

S: Lots of ripe apple skins, onions (DMTS) and some dry cardboard, and lemon zest. Not a ton going on here, either in intensity or complexity, and comes across as a bit oxidized.

T: Sweet mealy red apples with some spicy floral hops, lots of Belgian yeast spice and a decent amount of sweet bready malt. The flavor seems mildly oxidized, following the aroma. Finishes semi-dry, with a good deal of apple and banana-like phenols, some grassy hops and touch of caramel.

F: Medium-plus bodied with prickly medium-level carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, mostly devoid of alcoholic heat save some mild warmth late in the finish.

Thoughts: Not as great as I remember it. Comes across a bit oxidized, which it shouldn't with only about a year on the bottle, and none of the flavors are particularly distinct or really shine. I have several more bottles so if I get a more positive impression with either of them I'll revisit this review.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw golden yellow with a slight hint of an orange hue and a very frothy two finger head of pillowy white foam that leaves gentle lacing.

Subtle but noticeable caramel/toffee sweetness, citrus, lemongrass, yeasty spiciness, clove.

The citrusy aroma while subtle is lost in the flavor and dominated by fresh grain, toffee, bread, toast, clove, more yeasty spice, and some more caramelly sweetness.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, soft, sweet, smooth, dry finish.

Overall, truly another world class Trappist brew. Well deserving of it's high status and being readily available is even sweeter.

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Photo of Shanex
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are triple and there is Westmalle which is my personal favorite for the style. It's so balanced and with numerous flavors of honey, banana, sugar and honey it makes this beer close to the perfection. Indubitably a World-class brew.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must start with a disclaimer that neither Belgian ales, nor triples of any kind are my favorite styles of beer. That said, a good friend was gracious enough to bring me several back from a trip to try.

Poured a cloudy golden straw with a thick fuzzy head that dissipated quickly to a thin but lingering one. The scent is sweet, and dominated by cloves. At first sip it is quickly apparent there is much more going on however. While clove persists, it is joined by subtle hints of banana and gingerbread. I detect some booziness, but it is cut quickly by a late lingering bitterness. Not as heavy as some triples I've tried. While not my style, it is obviously a well crafted beer and worthy of anyone's time to give it a try.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Leffe chalice.

A: The body is crystalline, with yellow to orange hues. The body looks very well but it looses to the head, which firstly appeared as a two finger white head but after few seconds presented itself as a small head with no retention and with no lacing. But after all, it's a tripel. It shouldn't have a coehesive head.
S: The aroma is yeasty and has fantastic notes of citrus mixed with a bit of alcohol.
T: The taste goes exactly according to the aroma, having a fantastic taste of belgian yeast, citrus and a bit of alcohol. Awesome.
M: The beer has a great medium to high body that has low levels of bitterness.
O: I've had a couple tripels in the past but Westmalle's appears to be one of the most solid.

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Photo of Kkasprzak
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty. Smooth. Not bitter but with a hint of bitterness on the aftertaste. Heavy like you'd expect from a triple. Great smell and flavor. Good mouth feel.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a favorite of many, among whom I am glad to be included.

Reviewed at length in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
This Tripel is listed in the "1001" and most assuredly deserves that.

MJ's Great Beers of Belgium" gives one of his longest reviews to Westmalle, so it is a treat for everyone to read. His descriptions of Brother Thomas are lovingly funny. (It is a great testament to the universal transcendence of brewing that someone of Jewish heritage born in Yorkshire can have such a great relationship with a Trappist monk.)
MJ's 1999 Guide gives this 4 of 4 stars (a rarity, less than 2% earn this... is my guess.) After an unusually lengthy description of the ingredients and process, he concludes "the Trpel expresses very full character waiting six months

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a hazy amber with a white soapy head and laced quite good. Aroma peach, banana, clove, sweet, spices. Taste fruityness, clove, spices. Very nice.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head stays up, always a good sign. Beautiful colour.

Peachy, apricotty aroma.

Fruity taste. Elements of Duvel happening. But much more bitter, rougher, less smooth.

I like the feel, thick and creamy and the right amount of acidity.

The taste is highly complex. Every sip is different.

This is much better than the Dubbel. Though it does not have enough fruitiness or sweetness to complement the bitterness, to make it truly amazing. Mixing this with Duvel in the same glass would correct it..! Will try at some point in future.

Overall, very good, though not the best...it does not give pleasure like Chimay Bleu or a Guinness does.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours - cloud orange yellow color with thick white head that lasts forever, excellent lacing.

Smell - The smell bursts with sweet banana notes a little bit of clove there are also some other sweet fruit smells I cant quite put my finger on maybe apple or pear.

Taste - The first thing I notice is a sweet bread taste a little but of honey and spice. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Feel - Very good carbonation, slightly dry little bite from the alcohol.

Overall - An excellent beer at a very good price.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with big poofy head that leaves lacing and a ring that's lasts the entire glass. Nose is...well this s how a triple should smell. Plenty of esters, a bit of spiciness, and just a hair nt of booze. Flavor was solid, but not as great as the nose. Honestly, l'd like it a bit drier. Mouthfeel was full yet light due to ample carbonation. A classic.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is of funk, sweetness and a slight spice. The taste follows with sweetness and spice in the front but with a nice balance of funk/barnyard. But the real highlight is the mouthfeel: Though the carbonation might seem a bit high, it is smooth with medium fine bubbles that complement the aroma and taste very nicely. And the body is just right for this style. Overall, a real winner!

(in a bottle at Knight's)

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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