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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Photo of Shiloh
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice tripel in all categories.
A golden/yellow hue with a full crown that does not want to let go.
The body is a little cloudy, the carbonation is heavy.
The nose is lightly of assorted fruits, currents are dominant.
The taste is very well balanced starting to the sweet side then switching to the hops...again, fruity mash like, front and back.
A nice warm feeling from the ABV is most pleasent.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer in the DBF for quite a few months and tonight's blustery and damn chilly weather seemed the perfect match for this lovely brew.

Poured a wonderful-looking cloudy grapefruit juice in color, but it's not about the color, it's about the pillowy, immensely thick, long-lasting, glass-coating, lip-saturating (I picture an ad in a beer magazine with someone drinking a glass of this with a thick moustache of head asking "Got Westmalle?") head that sits atop the beer. Dare I say...breathtaking. Aromas are quite yeasty, mixed with orange peels, bubble gum, a can of pineapple juice, and a dash of earthy funk. What was more surprising for me was how different the taste was from the smell. There was a pervasive "perfume" flavor to this beer. Not overpowering or unpleasant by any stretch of the imagination, but a very distinct flavor that mixes with the other flavors: fruit juices, peppery spice, malty sweetness. Finishes on the dry side, with a dose of bitter hoppiness arriving on the scene. ABV is up there at 9.5%, but is cloaked nicely by the rest of what's going on here. Not as thick or chewy as expected. Not as good as other tripels I've had, but it's very good.

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

This beer has a golden color with an orange tint and a bursting head. This is an inviting beer. The aroma adds to its siren nature. Freshness abounds with apple, citrus, coriander. Peppery spices and alcohol clear the senses.

Wily and light as it dances across the palate. A touch of pale malt starts off the party, but the fruit infuses a freshness. Peppery alcohol goes hand in hand with the grassy bitterness from the hops. Layers of flavor reveal themselves with ease leaving the palate the dry but wanting.

This triple is complex, refreshing, enjoyable and downright tasty. The 9.5% ABV is noticeable, but in a pleasant way that adds to the overall enjoyment of the beer. Superb.

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Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ajs4bd
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cwd
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick white foam head. Nice lacing left behind and lots of carbonation bubbles rising.

S- Aromas of bread and yeast with lots of spice and a bit of citrus.

T- Slightly tart upfront with a fair amount of alcohol. Some musty hops and pepper with some light fruit flavors as well.

M- Medium bodied and dry with a good bit of carbonation.

O- Overall this is a very solid Tripel but I think I built it up a bit too much in my head. Good, maybe even great, but not quite exceptional.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy lemon-orange kind of color. nice white head, good retention. bubbles keep popping up. Appearance is reminiscent of some hefeweizens. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell: I can smell it from a foot or more away! almost reminiscent of hefeweizen (this is my first tripel). fruity, some spice in the middle. As the glass warms you can smell alcohol, but it still remains in the background as far as flavor is concerned.

Taste: First sip... first thing that comes to mind - balance! It's sweet and fruity, but hoppy and bitter - simultaneously. The flavors pop up in order, and finish on a dry hoppy note that for me is a big plus when it comes to drinkability. Slightly acid, vinous character. Very clean finish. Nice complex beer! Alcohol is very well concealed.

Mouthfeel: No complaints. Carbonation perhaps a touch prickly immediately after pouring.

Drinkability: This is a consumately drinkable beer. Dry finish, complex flavor, well-hidden alcohol. Not a whole lot more to ask for.

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Photo of drmcleod10
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/19/2005. Pours a flecky and hazed orangey peach color with a large, fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, doughy and bubblegummy, cottoncandy like sweetness as well as a yeasty nose. It's rather diffiucult to pinpoint specific flavors, it starts estery and sweet, and the alcohol burn tries to meld with the dryness in the lightly bitter finish. Rather yeasty tasting (I decanted entire bottle), probably attributing to a majority of the esters, phenols and fusel alcohols. This tripel is majestic in the sense of its complexity. It's a slow-sipper and should be savored as such.

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

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date reads 15/07/06. Served in the Duvel tulip glass for maximum everything. Cellar temperature.

Appearance- Clear, medium gold with a four finger rocky head. Bubbles are surprisingly large and tumultuous... they pop and settle completely within about five minutes. Mild lacing, and the glass etching feeds the thin mat of foam continuously.

Smell- The first whiff of this beer actually "choked up" my nose... a wicked, alcohol-intense burn literally shut my nostrils down, like tripping a circuit breaker. After finding my feet again and going in for another, a monstrous banana-like character combined with creme brulee came forth. Sweet, heavy, dessert qualities abound on the nose in this one.

Taste- As with the aroma, there is a custard-like fatness, or weight to the taste... if that makes any sense. Upon the first swallow, I feel the ABV flow freely to my arms and legs, making it clear why these are not sold in bombers. Custard, pudding, cream pie filling... these all come to mind whilst describing the taste. Big pale malts with candi sugar are superbly balanced and proportionate... and the alcohol is WAY too well-disguised.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and mellow in the mouth, especially for the strength and complexity of the nose and taste. Goes down smooth, and the beer's warmth takes over and softens all the edges. I want to go to Belgium now, and be a monk. That brews great beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky gold into the glass. the pour produces a nice thick creamy white head that lasts with lacing.
the aroma is mild... it's got some citrus, and just a hint of musty funk. whisps of corriander, and i think i smell some herbal hoppiness.
the taste has got some of the requisite tropical fruit, but it remains fairly restrained. there is a nice chewy bready yeastiness that meshes with some of the spicy vaguely corriander type flavors. there is a substantial amount of hops at the back end balancing some of the other sweet things going on. there is a pervasive pepperiness to go with the it's tanginess. with warmth, some of the fruitiness (pineapple, citrus, etc.) take on a little bit of a green slightly unripe character.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with coarse active carbonation.
the drinkability is good, the alcohol is very well hidden with it's only indicator being a little bit of warmth in the throat. a beauty.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of elec
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Jodio
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joecast
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

large fluffy white head sits above a slightly cloudy, deep gold colored beer. plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the top.
full yeasty, banana aroma.
very strong flavor contributions from yeast, and alcohol. heavy maltiness thought not sweet. has a good level of bitterness, but cant tell if its coming from hops as there is no real obvious hop flavor, or if its coming from the high abv.
mouthfeel seems rather harsh which may be helped from some aging. this bottle is dated BB 8/06.
so this is what those monks spend all their time on. not a bad line of work if you can find it. myself, i would need time to get accustomed to a beer like this. it doesnt make any appologies for being as strong as it is, and possibly because of its youth, came off a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is of tart fruit....yeast....and a whiff of alcohol. Not surprising for the ABV.

Pours a nice, dark blonde color. Thin head.

Tastes initially semi-sweet, but fades into somewhat of a tart grape fruitiness that reminds me of a relaxed version of some pinot gris I've had. Spiciness is minimal. Some yeast is apparent on the backend. A little bit of citrus peel hops dance on the back of the tongue at the swallow. Alcohol is noticeable from the first drink on the exhale, although it isn't to the point of being a serious distraction.

Drier and less spicy than others I've had, this is still a tasty beer...at 7 bucks a bottle, it is something I'd only buy sometimes. Among tripels, I tend to favor the sweeter, spicier ones, so this wouldn't fall among the upper echelon.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first bottle today, not sure why I waited so long. Excellent beer, I will have many more.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Quackus
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jredner
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of spice, bannana and yeast. Cloudy pale yellow in color with a two finger thick white head. White fruits, spice and alcohol with some hints of darker fruits in the finish. Tasty, but the alcohol is a lot more unwieldy than the more nuanced Dubbel.

Not quite as drinkable as the Dubbel due to the more noticeable alcohol, but still a great beer. Perfect nightcap beer on a cool night.

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Photo of ledouge
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,631 ratings