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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

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 FredZ
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A- Hazy orange bright tan pour with some sediment landing in the glass at the end. Head dissipated quickly leaving carbonated bubbles flowing quickly upward.

S- Belgian yeast paired with light citrus fruit and overwhelming bananas. Alcohol is almost completely hidden behind the spices and aromas of yeast and fruit.

T- much like banana bread beers that I have had but with Belgian flair, and a bit lighter. This is a light airy tasting beer that allows the spices and fruit to dominate the palate. As the beer warms, the face will flush and the buzz of alcohol will find your senses. Just an experience, almost great as a one and done kind of drink.

M- almost a champagne like carbonation makes this more of a slow sipper. The complexity of flavors makes this an intimidating beer.

O- not my favorite Belgian style, as I prefer a dark quad. But this beer does a great job being a Tripel, as long as you expect a Tripel. Trappist beers are quite simply the standard by which most other beers should be measured as far as quality of ingredients and passion of brewing. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz cold bottle, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Hazed over, murky tawny golden. Absolutely massive, foamy, impressive 3 finger head sticks around for the long haul as a foamy cap, modest lacing

Smell - Really complex and yeasty: licorice, bubblegum, apple cider, musty and spicy ripe fruits, a whiff of booze. Mystifying.

Feel/Taste - High carb helps the medium-heavy body seem light and airy, prickly at first but becomes creamy-smooth, carries the huge flavor and scrubs the palate vigorously. Like nose, taste is big and super complex: yeasty and a tad musty, sweet malt, ripe and sweet tropical fruits all day long, banana, apple, a bit vinous and spicy (clove), anise/licorice, alcohol flavor and astringency noted mid-palate that is fairly prevalent and unfortunately a bit abrasive, finishes fairly dry despite the big body.

Overall - What a monster of a beer. The flavor is so complex and in-your-face, it's very hard to believe there wasn't fruit and spices added to this. I just finished that little bottle and I'm pretty sure I caught a decent buzz. Unfortunately, I feel like the alcohol presence becomes astringent and just too absrasive in this beer, which is really holding it back from a very high rating. Still, a tasty, interesting beer, just not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Gotta say this is definitely very good. I would not go as far as to call it world-class, but it definitely beats most brews out there. First off, it is overly sweet. If you like sugary beers, then this is definitely world-class. It is smooth and goes down real easy and I think the biggest appeal to this beer is that it can go with any meal.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +11%

11.2 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Yellow in color, with a thin head of foam, little lacing. The Westmalle Dubbel is one of my favorite brews, so I had very high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint. The sweet aroma of fresh fruit is top notch. The taste hits with sweet, ripe banana initially, then rush of earthy spices and herbs that blends in with perfection. The carbonation is excellent and the finish is hoppy but sweet, and very crisp. The alcohol is surprisingly under control for a 9.5% ABV, and it seems to linger a bit in the background. It's an amazingly engineered trippel. It seems that every Trappist-style ale that comes out of Westmalle is liquid gold. A must for any beer aficionado.

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

This is the quintessential example of a Tripel and the brewery that created the style it holds up to that original standard. What stands out is how Extremely clean and dry this beer is. The phenols are more pronounced here with a smoky flavor. Esters are present but not standing out in contrast to the Tripel Karmeliet where the fruit notes are the center stage. This has a little more hoppiness as well. Incredible how dry it is, a bone dry beer. This lets the malt and yeast come to the forefront. Love it.

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Photo of Jsteez
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured a creamy white head; a murky, yeasty, orange, deep golden color. Sticky and sugary lace on the glass. Bits of yeast and sediment floating around.

So complex I can't really find words to describe...sweet apples soaked in melted sugar, bitter twigs and earth; yeasty; candied dirt and sweet yams; malted and dried apricots; peaches and cream; the hops are quite subdued in the aroma.

Tasted like pine and pineapple coved in extra sugar and yeast; spices and pepper; phenols and esters galore; peaches and creamy cream; sugared malt with a hint of melted and toasted sucrose; pine and dirty earth covered in a layer of sweetened condensed banana syrup; aftertaste is sweet, yet balanced by a simple bitterness; light hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but it's well hidden. I don't have enough adjectives to describe. Good tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is chewy and syrupy; creamy and crisp. It feels full-bodied upon the first sip, but the overall body is light and dangerously drinkable.

What an experience. Great beer, very balanced and different from anything an American brewer could pull off IMHO.
**Second 5 rating I have given to a beer! Orval was the first.

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

Appearance: Cloudy golden straw with a big stream of carbonation. Produces a big foamy head and great lacing.

Smell: Bready and spicy. It smels a little boozy and has a powerful yeasty aroma. There's also candied fruit in the smell.

Taste: Super spicy. Wow! It's sweets with apple and spicy toffe flavours. There's huge Belgian yeastyness at play here. This beer is bitter (apparently 35-38ibu) and has a super dry finish.

Overall this is really a great beer. Quite full bodied and rich in flavour. I put it dead level with Karmeliet.

93/100

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Pours a nice Hazy gold. Not much head that dissipated quickly.

Smells like sweet bread/malts. Also getting some light fruits like apples and pears. Slight banana smell.

Taste is malty and sweet like most trappist tripels. I get some crisp apple taste, as well as some banana, like a weizenbock almost, just not as fruity an floral.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. Very light and crispy. HIgh carbonation, which is nice and tingly. mentioned how it compared to a weizenbock. Not nearly as thick as that. Very light, with a slight malty craeminess.

Overall a very good beer. Not the best trappist I've had (doesn't say much since they're all amazing), but still a very good one. I enjoyed the apple flavor. faint, but definitely there. Like biting into a freah apple right off the tree.

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Photo of Jwrightsman
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Interesting spice flavor, cloudy appearance. Nice mellow buzz.
The more beers I sample like this the more I appreciate the various differences of each type.
Not sure if I like the spice (coriander?) but it may grow on me.
OK, the nice buzz from this is very pleasant.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours solid gold in color with a rolling, bubbly, long lasting white head that lingers all through the session. Heavy lacing along the glass.

Banana and lemon dominate the aroma profile, with just a hint of something spicy.

Banana nut Bread sweetness up front, with lemons and spices mingling mid palate and finishing spicy with just a hint of vanilla of all things.

Dry, with a medium carbonation and just a hint of heat.

I can drink this one any place any time. Truly an excellent brew.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served fairly cool into a wine glass. Purchased in Denmark for something close to $6 CDN.

Appearance - pale mostly clear golden color. Great two fingers of head poured with excellent retention time and a plethora of spidery lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - bushels of fruit, especially apple, pear and some white grape aromatics. Also maybe some apricot mixed in for good measure. Inviting and light yet really fragrant even when served colder than optimal.

Taste - starts with plenty of fruit, although that gives way to a dry earthy quality that is moderately bitter, which then isn't relinquished until the aftertaste. Masterful craftsmanship, although I like my tripels a bit sweeter. Some of the Belgian yeastiness comes through as the beer warms and the taste overall gets even better.

Mouthfeel - extremely smooth, and goes down easily. Some spiciest in the back of the throat although that combined with an alcohol burn is indicative of the dangerous nature of this beer. Seems like low carbonation too. Dry finish. Many little prickles all over the tongue.

Overall - a wonderfully crafted beer and a must try for Belgian lovers. Serve this closer to room temperature as the flavours grow bolder yet simultaneously light and sweeter.

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

Nice Belgian beer that packs a punch.

Pours a nice yellow. Foams quite a bit. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, some citrus, and some caramel or alcohol. Taste is very good. It's like drinking a very nice Belgian blond, but with added ABV. The taste of the tripel makes you stop from chugging it down. Body is stringy, light.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange with a bright white head. Nice a frothy, 2 finger head that died to a nice pinky's worth. Very murky and sediment rich. Looks the style.

S- malty, bready, spicey, & earthy. Has the nice Belgian yest strain smell. Also has a dark fruit quality. Slightly juicy as well, like grapefruit. Primarily spicy and malty. Very inviting.

T- Very spicy with an undertone of some kind of herbal quality as well. Has that Belgian funky yeast flavor, but only minimally sour. The sweetness accentuates the yeast character well.

M- Medium to full, but on the medium side. Very dry. Finish is malty and sweet before it dries. Its very spiced at the end.

Overall its a decent beer at best. It's not a Belgian beer I'd rush to the store to buy. It was almost one dimensional in its spiced/ herbal character. I'd like to see a larger yeast quality and more sour notes. But this is a decent beer overall.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11oz bottle best before 3/28/15 into New Belgium globe

A-Intense golden color with compact and highly durable creamy white foam. Great lacing!

S-Very fruity aroma, with citrus, herbs, floral, long hops, malts and wheat.

T-Fruity taste, with peach, orange, spices and sugar candy. Long finish full of floral and spicy yeast.

M-Body is medium as is quite effervescent. Finish is dry, with a fruity bitterness that stays. Awesome carbonation!

O-Overall this was perfect after a hot day. Very clean, crisp and refreshing beer that is very complex. 300th review, perfect!

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

330 ml. bottle poured in a Westmalle chalice glass. Good nice head with a lace that seems to last forever. Smell of frutis, lemon grass , alcohol, sherry wine. Spicy. Good carbonation, thick and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, maybe apricots, hints of tropical fruits, some citrus,almonds, spicy. Long dry finish. I understand why this is considered the classic example of a belgian tripel. Excellent.

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

It's probably not for me to review this beer. I respect the Westmalle Trappist monks, I really do. They have made their own proprietary yeast for centuries, and I've come to love it through Lagunitas' seasonal "Little Sumpin' Wild" offering - an American DIPA paired with a distinctive Belgian yeast. The two come together IMO, to make magic.

So when I found a $6 bottle of the Westmalle Trippel at (of all places) a Kroger, I thought "this is a life experience that I should have." And then, OK, I had it.

The good news is that I can tell that this is a masterful concoction. It's sort of in the same way that I can tell that an operatic soprano is magnificent, though I really just don't care to listen to her. The fact is - I'm a hops guy. I'm an IBU guy. Westmalle Trippel is surely magnificent also, but it's just not me. My wife would like it - it compares more favorably in taste, color and mouthfeel to a champagne than most ales - but there's no bitter and malty interplay, less complexity. It's light, sweet, refreshing, and very, very fizzy.

So I struggled to give fair ratings to an ale that I don't happen to like, but whose achievements are just lost on me due to my own limitations. Nevertheless, I figure that there are probably some IPA aficionados out there who would be intrigued at the opportunity to try a world-class ale and are wondering if they'd like it. My advice - if you like champagne, you'll love this ale. If you love hops, probably not.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I read in this excellent book called "Belgian Ale" by Pierre Rajotte that the monks at Westmalle originated the Tripel style many moons ago. Thus, all other Tripels are brewed to try to mimic this one. Really looking forward to this brew. Poured into a chilled Piraat tulip.

Appearance 4.25: Poured out a hazy, honey color. HUGE 1 & 1/2" head slowly faded to filmy remainders on top. Excellent lacing for such a big beer.

Smell 4.25: Just gorgeous. Light, vinous and still almost overwhelming. I detect, light malt, pears, sultanas, spicy Belgian yeast, and a very pleasant hint of the cellar.

Taste 4.5: Front is lightly sweet and this level fades quickly and seamlessly into the Middle where there is the slightest hint of sweet malt, but the main taste is this almost inexpressible melding of yeast and malt. No, I don't mean alcohol; there is not a hint of alcohol at this level. I just detect something...unique here that I cannot fully express. Finish is smooth, slightly sweet and light. Aftertaste is short, semi-dry and a wonderful way to finish.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Silky smooth with just the right amount of conditioning for the style. Geez, you would think these guys invented the style or something! ;)

Overall 4.5: Excellent beer. Light, bubbly, refreshing and a real kick in the pants. Somehow, the monks at Westmalle have figured out how to up the ABV without altering the basic and delicious taste of a Belgian Ale. This beer is legendary for a reason and while it is not perfect -few things are-- it is certainly worth a purchase. In fact, if you are a fan of Belgian beers, you MUST try this Tripel! You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of AMack11
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, best before August 20 2015, poured into a Leffe goblet.

A- Beautiful. Bright straw yellow with one finger of bright white head.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose. A light sweetness. Some yeast. Light citrus note, particularly lemon grass. Very little alcohol.

T - Sweet, candy sugar, syurp, with a pleasent spiceness, corriander. A tangyness at the end, like a marmalade. Long dry, spicy finish.

F - Tons of carbonation. A real zingy mouthfeel.

O - What can I say about Westmalle? It is the quintessential Belgian tripel in my opinion. This is the beer that started my love affair with Belgian ales. In the winter I always have a stock of Chimay Blue, and the summer is always westmalle season in my house. Nothing better than a westmalle triple with some irish style BBQ.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice glass.

A--Hazy gold with a bit of an orange tint. Large, creamy head that lasts forever and leaves perfect lacing. As good a head as I've ever seen.

S--Sweet & yeasty. Some fruits, like apricot. Mild but still complex with a lot going on.

T--Sweet & malty. Apricot & yeasts are the upfront tastes to me. A little bit of hops follow to balance it out. Damn near perfection.

M--Wow, creamy & mouthfilling. Plenty of carbonation to spread out the flavors. I'd have to call the mouthfeel perfect, at least to my tastes.

O--This one is awesome. I've tried countless American Belgian style tripels. This is the one that they're all trying to be when they grow up. Absolutely as good as it gets.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer has to be one of my favorite Tripel style beer.. This beer is so smooth.. I wouldn't drink this beer with an IPA or something that's very hoppy.. If u drink this beer.. Stick with it and enjoy the smoothness lol.. Nice golden look with a Belgian type wheat taste .. "Tripel"

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

Bottle from Tipples. Pours cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy white head that pokes out of the top of my tulip glass. Aroma of dry hay, yeasty banana esters, a bit of grassy hop, light spice. Flavor is hay, banana, yeast, lots of spices, dry grassy finish. Very much on the dry spicy side of the style, and I like it. Full bodied but finishes dry with high carbonation. Overall solid as expected, though not my favorite in the style as I like a tad more sweetness.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Meijer had this on sale. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy gold color that is complemented by an effervescent off white head that lasts a few fleeting moments before degrading to a thin white ring.

S: Smells of white grapes, yeast, malts, honey, plums, wheat

T: Incredible. Sweet and balanced at the start. Tastes of grapes, cherries, wheat, yeast, malts, honey, herbs, hops

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied, very sweet, coupled with a kick of bitterness at the end, most from the booze but a little from the hops.

O: Overall this is one of the best tripels I have ever had. Granted, it is quite expensive and I only bought it because it was 30% off but still, even at full price, it's quite an experience. I highly recommend.

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Photo of PopTheTop
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer in Belgium at Beer Planet and decided to try it out with my father-in-law. I put the beer in the fridge so it was nice and cold when it was time to try it out.

Upon pouring the beer we noticed that it had about 1 to 2 fingers head on the top. The color of the beer was golden and bright. At first glance, it looked like a very refreshing beer.

Considering the relatively high ABV, this beer didn't smell too much like alcohol. It had a very nice smell that masked the alcohol content very well.

We both assumed that the taste of the beer would be pretty strong due to the high ABV as well. That wasn't the case. The brew was very smooth and had very little aftertaste.

I highly recommend this beer because of it's amazing smell and the fact that it drinks very smooth.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a two finger head with good retention and leaving an eternal lasting plate.
Nice aroma of peaches, mild cloves, Cointreau liquor, pineapple, a mild Belgian yeast and biscuit malt.
Tart citrusy flavor with notes of green grapes, core of pineapples, herbal hops, mild banana and vanilla, clear white peppers, bread malt and sour green apples. Dry and long aftertaste, elegantly spiced, bitter and a bit acid.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is there, but incredibly well hidden considering its magnitude.
Surprisingly unsweetened and relatively hoppy, which is compatible to the experts estimates of a little below 40 IBUs. The last one I had was somewhat different, which indicates this is a beer that does mutate over time; this one is 9 months to the expiration date. A vertical tasting should be nice.
This one has definitely to be drunk at room temperature. Outstanding Tripel that does not carry some characteristics of some Belgian beers that bothers me a bit, such as being overly sweet or completely neglecting hops when not necessarily appropriate. Amazing this is so old and still one of the most modern Tripel around.

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

Favorite beer in the world. Delightful, young or old. Rich, golden, hazy appearance. Light, lacy head. Full of flavor, rich and full, then finishing crisp with nice bitter profile, not overwhelming alcohol. Would buy over and over again. Drank a few that had aged 12mo+, and a more complex, robust flavor was experienced.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.
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