Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

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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Photo of rkinsella
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange, cloudy. I left the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I decided not to drink it separately. Head was amazing! Thick like meringue, hung on the whole time. Great Guinness like lacing that left a nice pattern. 10 out of 10 for head and lacing. The total appearance was stellar!

Smell - Grass field, hops, a little earthy, doughy, bit of floral from the hops, definite alcohol whiff.

Taste - Smacks your forehead...hard! Spice and alcohol kick, followed by bitter hop finish. So intense I didn't taste much of anything else, maybe just a little lemon zest. Although the taste is very complex, it's hidden behind the alcohol and hops. But it is there. Tastes a little like a super strong Czech Pilsner. Dry finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Huge! Full, round and sparkles on the tongue.

Drinkability - Can't imagine having another because of the high ABV, but the flavor and mouthfeel suggests it.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'West-mail Trap-pissed Triple' up next!

Settling into becoming a beer advocate, I've learned that the Tripel is becoming a fast favorite for me. The sweet, crisp bitterness, the high alcohol %, the alluring fumes...it's all just great stuff. So, does this Belgian Trip deliver another swell wallop of brew goodness?

Yep!

Pours almost soda-like with nice foamy bubbles which settle into a skimming layer of white bubblies. Cloudy orange/mandarin color with some solid, sticky lace as well.

Pungent and wonderful smell that hits like a brick; a brick dunked in potpourri, sprayed with tart fruit and hand-washed in a barrel of spices.

Like the smell we got here a strong sipping Trip that puts an instant smile on that face o' yers. Sweet, spicy, slight citric feel that goes down smooth and creamy, but leaves a warming feel of booze in the back of your gullet.

Drinkability is through the damn roof here. At 9.5% and it being hidden as a motherfucker, you'd be careful to take heed here. I could play beer pong with this beer and be loaded by the end of the first game. It's goood.

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Photo of pinkano
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - gold yellow color
S - starts with grapefruit and continues with a smell of citruses
T - smooth taste with tones of citruses, apricot, banana with light bready finish.
M - medium to low body with high carbonation
D - pretty drinkable one, however you're not "forced" to drink another one

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Photo of brushpig
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 330ml bottle at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago, served in a Westmalle triple goblet.

Cloudy golden appearance w/ a big thick creamy white head that did not diminish very much at all.

Sweet malts with a powerful hop scent with fruity notes as well.

Initial flavors are sweet bread malts, some citrus, A alcohol feel but not too much. Temperature is important, don't drink one too cold, when it got to about 50F the flavors popped out.

Great beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of FACEMEAT
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden amber with a few flecks of sediment that snuck past my careful pour. Two fingers of beautifully fluffy white head dissipated into a nice cap that left beautiful lacing.

S: The mild smell does not do this brew justice. I get bitter lemon peel and malt.

T: Wow. Apples, nuts, citrus and yeasty malts dominate the palate. I get some pleasant grassy flavors on the finish. What a pleasure.

M: Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel. The fine, delicate, almost champagne-like bubbles cleanse the palate and leave it beckoning for another sip.

D: At 9.50% ABV, I could easily drink too many of these. In fact, I plan on doing just that.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at 7-11 in Highland Park, Calif.

Poured a golden color with a decent head. Smell is a bit fruity with a strong alcohol permeating in the glass. The taste is a nice tripel flavor that isn't as strong as the smell I was expecting. Nice mouthfeel throughout with a mellow backend. Very good drinkability as the beer doesn't overwhelm the taste buds and the taste is very good. One of many favorites of tripels I enjoy drinking.

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Photo of MrBen
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Hershdawg
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into great divide snifter.

A: Big foamy white head, golden appearence with some cloudiness from the yeast. Decent lacing.

S: Amazing, belgian esters, sugar, tropical fruits,

T: Banana, clove, bubble gum, sweet malt. Heavy yeast character but wonderful balence

M: Excellent and not heavy.

Overal its a world class beer. It can survive a bit in a cellar. The beer is complex but easy to drink. It defines the tripel style. Great beer to go out of you way for.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: tangerines with cream and sugar

Taste: bountiful dry hops, tangerines, tinges of rose, sugar, walnuts, barley pears, pine needle sap, with a scotch-like burn; crisp and tangy

Probably the BEST TRIPEL MADE, this beer is one of the most complex beers one could ever drink. Touched by the hands of god, these Trappist monks sure know how to shake it down.

Pair this beer with the finer things in life, such as, chateau briand, New Zealand lamb, or filet minion with properly prepared escargot and buttery vegetables: this beer and pairing is second to none

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Photo of myelo
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light butterscotch appearance with bright white, rocky head and millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky lacing.

Fresh fruit sweet aroma -- caramelized banana, orange, with spicy cloves and yeast.

Taste is fruity and malty sweetness up front, with some spicy phenol in the middle and lingering dank hop bitterness balanced by honey and plum and apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautiful -- creamy rich with high but very smooth carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth.

If someone asks what a Tripel is all about, this is what you have them try.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We are under a tornado warning here in Kansas City. As such, I jokingly told my drinking companion that if we were going to die tonight, then we were going to go out whilst drinking good beer. Perusing my selections, I passed over the ubiquitous Chimays, the standard Samuel Smiths and both a Celebrator Doppelbock and Sierra Nevada. All great beers, without question, but I wanted the best of the best. Towards the back of the fridge, I spied the coveted Westmalle Tripel, which appeared like some sort of heavenly apparition (cue the choir music).

In an almost ritualistic pouring, with lightning flashing above and tornado warnings on the sirens and all over the TV, I poured the Westmalle into my chalice like wine into the Holy Grail. If this was to be my last "supper", then so be it. This is BEER as God intended it to be. The Trappist Monks know God, and they know beer.

After the pour, a thick white head appeared, resembling the ominous clouds on the Kansas horizon. As the ample head dissipated ever so slowly, outdoors the crescendo of thunder and display of lightning was complimented by a lacing and bubbly countenance fit for this most momentous occassion. I held my chalice to the erupting skies and entrusted my fate to the monks that crafted this legendary nectar.

Appearance is AWESOME, and the smell is intoxicating even before the heavenly brew touches your lips. Taste is complex, changing every few minutes depending on the temp of the beer. It is at once yeasty and bready, hoppy and thick. The mouthfeel is soft, but also candy-sweet and chewy. Hard to put a finger on, much like the concept of religion itself. But you KNOW it is right, and you know it is righteous.

Make no mistake, this is the Mona Lisa of beers. It is exquisite, breathtaking, stunning, mysterious, delicious and all encompassing. You don't just quaff this brew, you savor it, cherish it, and behold it as the nectar of the gods. A true masterpiece.

Thankfully, the tornadoes passed. But I am forever a changed man after my religious experience with this beer.

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Photo of Torps
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, honey-like deep yellow with an ample head and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, honey, coriander, bready yeast. Very crisp light taste. Very "bright" and refreshing with a hoppy dryness on the back of my tongue. Mouthfeel is exceptional. So full but with a fair amount of carbonation it doesn't feel syrupy. Drinkability is good. It was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice, hazy blonde color into the glass. It left a fairly large head which took a few minutes to dissipate.

At first I was not all that impressed with the smell, as it was a little skunky being cold right out of the fridge. But as this beer warmed to room temperature the natural aroma opened up into a spicy, nicely scented brew. It smells of a little clove, a little coriander and a background of fruit, maybe banana.

Taste is strong on alcohol and spiciness. There's also quite a bit of banana involved, it really is quite a remarkable beer. The flavors really work well together and make this one of the better tripels I've had the pleasure of tasting.

There's a high degree of carbonation in this one, almost champagne-like in mouthfeel. Keeps the beer very light.

I would definitely drink this again. It's a very tasty, well-balanced tripel. Would recommend to anyone with appreciation for good beer.

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Photo of TJBurgess
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a Delirium Snifter.

A: poured slow, but still a tremendous amount of pure white head. Probably 3+ fingers worth slowly dissolves leaving about a finger left. Color is almost pure gold and non-transparent.

S: delightful fruit smell with orange peel and lemony scents. Nothing special, but still good and inviting.

T: the typical Tripel taste comes right through. Unfortunately, there's not much else. Plenty of carbonation, but the alcohol seems to dilute the overall taste. Not that there's a huge alcohol presence, but its enough to wonder where the rest of the complexity went.

M&D: plenty of freshness and clean finish with this amount of carbonation, but still falls behind some of the other tripels and the top of the class. Glad I tried it, but not something I would spend a good amount of money on given how much I prefer others in this grouping.

Cheers!

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Photo of Maakun
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice big white head. Color is quite clear light straw. Nice visible carbonation going on.

Smell: yeast, cloves, banana, freshly baked bread. Some earthiness.

Taste: a nice mix of spices and malt up front. Then some yeast, citrus and a light bitterness. More spices, but very complex, not just cloves. Light alcohol taste. Aftertase is a bit bitter (lemonpeel) and a bit earthy.

Mouth: this is quite big, full and clings to the mouth in a good way. Nice medium carbonation. Really good.

Overall this is really good. Much more complex than most in the style. I like it quite cold though, too warm and it gets a bit heavy.

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Photo of ghurux86
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's good.
appearance: color is a cloudy orange. a light orange. and the head is pretty nice. creamy and mostly whjite. at least a little stayed around most of the time. it does leave some decent lacing but nothing that stands out.
smell: very good. as always i could be completely wrong but i smell banana, orange and maybe some lemon. it smells sweet and great.
taste: it's good. the citris comes through slightly on the taste, but hops come through more. there is a definite taste of alcohol due to the 9.5% ABV. aftertaste is mostly alcohol.
mouthfeel is ok. not bad, not the best. it's pretty good but at times it seems like the carbonation could be cut back.
drinkability: it's good, too bad i don't have another! the overly alcohol aftertaste takes away from this one slightly.

overall a great great brew. would be a 5.0 if the alcohol wasn't so prevalent.

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.

S - Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.

T - This is very good. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.

The fruits are amazing. This is raw and organic. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.

M - This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that I've ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.

D - The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous cloudy yellow body with a foamy white head that disappears and comes back to life with a swirl.

Smells of citrus and hops - grapefruits, oranges... maybe some clove, oh yes... and alcohol. Very complex.

Taste is even more complex. Each sip makes me pucker with the bitter hops, flowers, oranges, lemons, more grapefruit, bit of banana. Teeniest bit of alcohol burn at the end, feels like cough syrup on the back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and silky.

NOTE: This is one complex brew which has obliterated my palate from tasting anything else for the night. I can appreciate all the complexities as noted in my grading, but must also note that this is toooo bitter/pungent for my buds, Tripels are not my style. I made the mistake of having it with Manchego which ended up tasting like string cheese.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: butterscotch color with a quickly diminishing off-white head. low to moderate carbonation. a nice cloudy golden color.

Aroma: sweet fruity lemony smell with some apricot and other fruit in it. some nice alcohol smells.

Taste: lemony citric with a fruity alcoholic kick. Oh wow! Nicely balanced malt and hop flavor. Dry aftertaste. Man this is good.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style. good carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Notes: This is the nectar of the gods. I love this beer.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Brownish yellow not light in appearance more to middle dark tint. Poured from 750 ml corked bottle into my Chimay chalice. Half a finger head (abv being 9.5% means less thick head).
Smell - What hits me the most is a sweet white grape smell.
Taste - Very nice sweeter taste similar to scent (white grapes). Nice dry finish. This is an exceptional well crafted beer. I can smell and taste the alcohol, but in a good way.
Mouthfeel - Medium fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - World class beer (period).

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle onto my tulip glass.

A: Cloudy peach color with a thick creamy, almost pillow-like head that went on for a long time. Beautiful lacing throughout my glass.

S: I get some citrus and spice (Coriander & Nutmeg). Also, maybe it was my imagination, but I smelled some caramel way way in the back.
(I have been drinking a lot of Porters lately)

T: The initial impression was a bit bitter, however, as the beer warmed up in my glass it mellowed out a lot.

M: Full bodied, creamy and long lasting on the palate.

**I can see why this beer rates as high as it does, it is spectacular, however, I thought it was too bitter for my taste...worth mentioning, Tripel is my favorite variety.

On the ABV, 9.5%...WOOHOO!!! Drink a few of these and you will be talking some Flemish in no time flat, or so you'll think!!!

Salud!

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

Somewhat of a yeasty champagne on the nose, malt and apple as well. On the palate, spicy combined with some green apple tartness and the champagne grape and dryness fills the middle. The spice is pepper and maybe even some clove but the malt provides a nice balance to that, all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really tasty ale, something I could drink all the time. It almost makes me want to become a trappist monk just so I could get this from the source. Except my ADHD would make the whole chanting/prayer thing hard to focus on. Oh well.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy golden color with LOTS of carbonation. A 1-inch head forms immediately and is staying put about 10 minutes after the fact. That's impressive head retention. It leaves some nice lacing as it goes down, but don't count on it sticking around.

Smell: It smells of sweetness, light-colored fruit that I cannot put my finger on, and a boozey-smell that reminds me of champagne. I cannot really smell hops, but let's see how it tastes.

Taste: Clove, banana, spices, esters, and a boozy flavor that warms up along with the beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter hops are almost non-present at the beginning, but you'll experience them around the end of the beer's flavor. Westmalle Tripel ale has the dry, spicy finish that I crave.

Overall: I could have written another 2-3 paragraphs about this beer, but it's so darn tasty that I hit the major points and skipped the nuances. This is a tasty, fine, and EXPENSIVE beer (Think it was $4.50 or $5 for that one bottle) that one might only buy for a special occasion

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Photo of beals
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Wow, this is totally different than the dubbel! Pale... almost whitish-pale. Thick white--very clean white--head. Beer is cloudy (slightly) from a bit of yeast.

S: Fruity, estery -- like a hefeweizen. Actually, almost like a farmhouse ale. Spicy, clean.

T: Very spicy. Boozy... bit of a bite. Seems stronger than 9.5%.

M: As sharp as the dubbel. Bit easier to handle, though, because of the alcohol. Actually works together very nicely.

D: Tasty, but too strong to be repeatedly drinkable.

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Photo of descartes
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Murky light orange color with half finger of head.
Smell: Rich malty aroma, hints of apple and a whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Slight fruitness in the middle, otherwise the hop/carbination combo overpowers anythinge else.
Mouthfeel: Feels thin and wattery.
Drinkabitlity: Not my thing, could tone down the hops and have a slightly thicker body.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,483 ratings.
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