Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

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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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of aufie
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From "Bistro des bières belges" on Montreal's south shore (bottle was 9,5% rather than 9 as shown here). The glass looks somehow oldish and interesting, looks even better once the golden beer is in it. It smells hmm.. perhaps yeasts and some hops too along with spices. The taste is more sour than most trappists I've had, alcohol level becomes obvious, spices stay on the tongue for a little time

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Photo of RAFH
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 24/08/13. Medium hard pour resulted in three fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Triple.

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Photo of Roger85
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ericj551
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel pours a hazy slightly orange gold with a fluffy head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, almost candy like esters and light malt. Some phenolic alcohol and powdery yeastiness comes through. The beer is quite sweet upfront but the estery sweetness and fruitiness gives way to a drier phenolic finish. Tons of complex flavors going on here, too much to pick out individually. Some alcohol comes through in the finish espeically as it warms, but it is quite light for almost 10% abv.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours with a superb frothy white head that retains very well....it looks like a bubble bath in the glass...the beer itself is golden in color and has a fair bit of yeast suspended within the liquid. Carbonation appears to be moderate and lacing is decent with lots of small patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S- This is like an intense version of a German Hefeweizen.....there is plenty of peppery spices, cloves, Belgian yeast strains, heavy floral notes, hoppy bitterness on the finish, and a lot of biscuit like sweet malt. Some fruitiness is noted as well....bananas, apple, pear to be precise.....This is quite a distinct aroma with many different faucets of smell hitting the nostrils.

T- Spicy to boot!.....Peppercorn and cloves are the two dominant flavors in this category.....the booziness of the beer is noticeable as well....it is quite warming as it goes down the hatch! The ripe banana, apple, and pear flavors are lovely....heavy grainy/grassy/bitter flavors as well near the end make this a very flavorful, balanced Trappist Ale....very nice!

M/O- Medium bodied and smooth, fine carbonation....this is a very nice beer from this line of Trappist Monks! Almost sour, and champagne like as well, with heavy alcohol yet it retains a velvety mouthfeel....this is most definitely a sipper, however, it is delightful and I will drink this in the future....full props on this one!

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Photo of JTuomi
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kirok1999
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw with tons of small yeasties floating in the glass. Lots of foamy head that lingers quite a while.
Smells very spicy, phenol, alcohol, clove and banana.
Lots of spice in the taste, nutmeg, clove, mild alcohol.
Well carbonated with a slick, smooth mouthfeel.
Nice sipper with some soft cheese and nuts.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wolf_switzer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kiro
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. Wow, takes several pours and gives a hugh three finger fluffy white head. Hazy yellow almost honey-colored cloudy body. Some nice lacing.

Beautiful aroma of belgian yeast, light citrus, and I get some fruity pear aroma as well. Maybe just the faintest hint of banana.

Tasty flavors following the aroma. Just a bit of a bite to the taste that balances some of the sweetness.

Great balance of complex aromas and flavors that is well put together. Easy to drink, save the high abv. Another great belgian and I highly recommend.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a bit of yeast sedimant. The head is a thin white, that fades fast leaving no laces.

This beer has a strong yeast aroma. Very earthy. I also detect some spice presence. A slight citrus aroma is also present. Hop aroma is very slight ly noticable. The alcohol is also noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes of spice. Coriander. Also, I has a slight citrus tang to it. It is slightly yeasty tasting. The hops make a slight appearence in the flavoras well.

This beer is hightly carbonated, complimenting the style. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer if the alcohol content was just a tad lower. It is a good beer though. Well worth it.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Amber, hazy, small head that disappeared quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Phenol, fairly hoppy.

T: Clove, hoppy bitterness, some banana, bitter finish, slight boozy burn.

M: Smoothish, heavy thick texture, moderate carbonation.

O: I've sampled a few other tripels and this didn't really stand out as being great. It hid the booze quite well but as with Westmalle Dubbel I couldn't say I was impressed.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a tasty and acidic tripel that tastes darker than it looks.

A: Slightly cloudy yellow colour and an excellent 25 mm head that lasts. 5

S: Powdery yeast with a hint of apple. 4

T: Malty with some sharp caramelised flavours and an overall acidity. The maltiness is quite roasty and is not what I'd associate with a beer of this colour. The yeast flavour kicks in in the middle and the aftertaste is a fairly non-descript fading of flavours. 4

M: Foamy with a little bit of an acidic sting. 4.5

O: This is a tasty, if acidic, tripel. 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a massive, pillow-like white head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation patiently dissipating to leave trails of lacing in its path.

Great aromas of fruit such as apricot or pear, peppery spice, yeast, also featuring citrus and a bit sugary. These aromas and carbonation are aggressive as it warms and the glass funnels them to the nose.

Flavors resemble the nose with citrus characters, peppery spices, yeast, and nice alcohol warmth, and clove as it warms. The flavors just become more pronounced as the beer progresses.

This is a bit dry, but pleasantly so, with moderate to high carbonation, and a medium body with great alcohol warmth and a nice bite to finish.

Great beer, fun to drink, tons of flavor and character, and truly enjoyable.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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