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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,547
Reviews:
1,748
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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875
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Photo of redsoxjim
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange with a bubbly white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and grain with some raisins and other fruit. Tastes of fruit, raisins, slight grain profile. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, dangerously drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of jduprey007
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

A: Pours a transparent golden straw color with a massive fluffy, rocky, and billowy head. Retention is excellent, leaving lots of foam along the sides of the Westmalle snifter

S: Not too complex...Dry, fruity, spicy, lots of yeast, almost like a fine champagne. Alcohol is definitely intense.

T: Similar to the nose. Bone dry, light fruits, bubblegum, spicy, lots of yeast, and a huge dose of alcohol. I don't really see all the fuss about this one. Pretty plain and somewhat boring. Semi-sweet as well, but not as sugary as some others.

MF/D: Completely dry feel, medium in body, light flavors in general. Good but not amazing...again, kind of boring

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Photo of ThreeFishes
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of becktone
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 4-1-09

Done horizontally with Maredsous Tripel, Augustijn Tripel, and Kasteel Tripel.

Eye: Surprisingly this beer had both the best and worst head retention of the group. Into a Duvel glass it poured with a magnificent creamy head that gave way to rocky which gave way to...well pretty much nothing. It all collapsed. Color is a hazy yellow with some tinges of orange and almost some light brown.

Nose: Much less potent than I expected. This one has more of a controlled and balanced aroma than the Maredsous, the aroma here is more subtle and refined. Nice sweet malt presence that mingles nicely with the candied aromas. Sweet butterscotch aromas are in check with the malt and add complexity, alcohol is hidden. Light spiciness...its almost an afterthought of the yeast. Would that the aroma were more potent.

Tongue: Spicy notes, some alcohol an overall earthy tone and malt under it all supporting it. This is by far the best of the bunch. This one tastes organic whereas the Augustijn tastes forced. The forground taste of the alcohol gives balance to the beer. In comparison to the others this one is on the drier earthier side, getting a good amount of its character from the interaction of alcohol flavor with the rest of the beer. Good aftertaste as well. This is the best crafted of the bunch.

Feel and Drinkability: Dry finish, alcohol aftertaste stays in the mouth a bit as well as a mix of the rest of the beer's flavor. Low carbonation works well with this beer, it just seems to fit, if it were any higher I think it would detract from this beer's flavor. This is one that I'd pick up again, though there might be some others I'd go for first...Tripel Karmeliet for example.

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Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/01/08 Best before date

A: Pours a hazy golden with a massive head. Moderate lacing.

S: Bready smell with aromas of raisins and citrus.

T: Well-balanced with both malty and hoppy characteristics at different moments. Flavors are similar to the aroma with just a hint of alcohol.

M: Full-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a chalky texture.

D: Much better than the Westmalle dubbel, and very good when compared to other tripels. Dangerously easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Belle-Vue tulip glass 330 ml

A-- Poured a straw gold color, very big head that slowly fizzled away. Left a good one finger of head. Did get some sediment in the glass.

S-- Straw, malt and candied sugar. Reminds me of how Duvel smells. Got me salivating in the back of my mouth.

T-- Complex, get a little sweet and then the burn at the end. Very interesting.

M-- Best of both worlds. Start off light and medium carbonated and then the alchohol gets you in the end. Better mouthfeel when a little warmer.

D-- At 9.5 I would suggest one,sip it, enjoy this puppy. It does creep up on you quick. Wish I got a 750 over a 330.

Overall an excellent beer. Have the St. Bernardus tripel and can not wait to compare these 2.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured chilled in snifter

A: cloudy, pear-juice colored; beautiful head; v. nice carb streams; excellent lacing
S: light but persistent aroma of pear, ester
T: white grape, pear, v. heavy in alcohol, but detectable only well into the aftertaste; bottle fermentation is pronounced but not cloying.
M: spritely, buoyant

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Photo of mikefuski17
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The westmalle has a strong aroma. It has a great color when poured with a nice golden head. The flavor was strong as well but was great. The after taste was the cause for concern. My girlfriend likened it to gasoline although I didn't mind too much. It does go straight to the sinuses and opens them up. Overall, I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Yellow/orange, like light colored orange juice with a good bit of haze. About three fingers of head with decent retention, especially for a 9% brew. Moderate lacing.

S - Hard to pin down. Sort of an underlying brine-y aroma with overtones of lemon and iodine. Some faint indistinct fruit hides in the corners. Bananas? Apples maybe?

T - Quite impressive. Great marriage of flavors with an amazing balance. A hint of banana is the first flavor I notice and it seems to blend with a mild honey note. The brew dries out a little late palate leading into mild lemon and almost herbal notes, much milder than what I'd expected from the nose. Slightly saltiness kicks in with some residual fruity sweetness. Mild to moderate phenols enter late palate with a crushed-aspirin-like bitterness with a lemon peel edge. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I'm actually really impress with the carbonation. Most Belgians, and tripels specifically often seem over the top with carbonation. Westmalle's Tripel struck a great balance between smooth and crisp.

D - Well, first of all tripels aren't really my thing, but if I had to drink one, this would definitely be it. My only regret is not trying this brew sooner; perhaps this will spark an interest in the style. I wouldn't want more than one but it's a pretty exceptional experience with a style that doesn't generally cater to my tastes. A must have.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Poured a white all-head which left a lasting white merengue floater. Hazed lemonade yellow color. Smell has sweet fruit and spice. Taste again has the fruit but it's dry and the taste is more along tropical fruit. There's also spice. A sour rye aftertaste persists in a fairly long finish.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a chalice that beautiful gold, nice head, though not as high as the Chimay tripel.

S - bready, yeasty. grape-like aromas. Very good.

T - A little sweet in a vinous sense, but not a complaint. Phenolic and spicy, but not as in your face as some other tripels.

M - Light and fluffy, belying its strength.

D - If someone wants to buy me Westmalle at my favorite beer bar, I'll drink them until I can drink no more. A classic.

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Photo of WiggyKGB
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NWHopinator
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Tdenham
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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 AlexChillton
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass. Beautiful to look at, prodigious head with staying power that I could easily bring back with a few swirls of the glass. Well saturated golden color. This beer laced all the way down the side of the glass with aplomb. The yeast esters were readily apparent in this beer, it had some of that banana you'd be looking for in a tripel. In addition to that I got some lemon notes, more lemon pulp than peel. Spicing was more coriander than clove, also got some nutmeg in there. Finished pretty dry despite the sugars, more dry than the St. Bernardus Tripel I had alongside this one. There was a funky quality to the Westmalle that I wasn't expecting, but it did make for a really interesting drinking experience. I hesitate to say it was earthy, but it was a definite (non-Brett) funk that I don't recall having in other more straightforward tripels where belgian yeast byproducts and candied sugar is the predominant flavor profile. This was a wonderful beer that I'd happily have again. Preferably if someone else buys a bottle for me, it's not cheap.

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

Pours cloudy orange with lots of seidiment… if you don’t like sediment, make sure you pour carefully. Head is thick tan, fading at a slow rate leaving a good cap of foam and decent lacing. Nose evinces strong alcohol, sweet malt, bananas, and yeast. Smells great! Taste follows what the nose hints at: yeast, a pretty strong alcohol burn, fading to bitter hops… very dry. Mouthfeel is very smooth, semi-creamy, substantial but not thick. Drinkability is good: this is a sipping beer, and the alcohol burn reminds you to take your time.

Overall: A great Tripel… I like this much better than the St. Bernardus Tripel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Served cool.

A-fluffy white head, gold almost roan cloudy body.

S-slight vegetable, yeast, clove spice

T-some cotton candy, slight boozy warmth, coarse hop (medicinal)

M-medium and very fizzy

D-This was a nice beer that I would have again but I have to say it was somewhat coarse. Maybe it was an old bottle or something like that but it certainly was rougher than what I expected.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,547 ratings.
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