Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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

Poured from the unique brown glass 11.2 oz bottle into my straight sided tumbler. A stiff rocky head was noted that laced down the sides of the glass. A dark golden cloudy color with lots of carbonation. Smell is primarily citrus, with raisins, bread and yeast tones as well. Taste is combination of smell components with a slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than most other Trappist tripels, as is the color. Drinkability is better than most in this style. The best Trappist to start your jouney with.

Just a thought,

barleyman

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Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear gold with a giant white foamy head. The smell is strong with coriander, floral,malt, candy sugar, and apricot. The taste is very good with all the aromas mentioned along with fruit, pepper, and some citrus,lemon. The m/f is light and smooth,perfectly mixed making this one of the truely great beers in the world.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$11.20 at Downtown in Davis Sq.

A: Pours a densely hazy golden color with yellow hues. Huge foamy frothy white head. Good retention and nice spider-web lace on the glass.
S: Phenolic aromas with some banana and fruit like notes also. A bit sweet and spicy also.
T & M: Tastes of bananas and sweet fruit hit the palate first. Slight bitterness detected in the aftertaste, mostly on the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Good level of carbonation has a big presence up front. Very sweet tasting, but definitely a good tasting tripel. Creamy, but light on the palate with a smooth some-what dry finish.
D: Drinkable to a point. High abv like all tripels. I do love the style, but I think there are better ones out there for cheaper. I would assume the higher price is based on it being a trappist and travel costs, etc. A good one to try though.

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

Vintage 1997
Best before 5/3/99

Pours hazy orangy gold, with moderate carbonation revealing a modest white head.
Densely packed froth is short-lived and settles into the goblet, leaving behind edging and a whispy skim-coat.
Aromatics are filled with dried hard fruit candies and hints of vanilla.
Tangerines, apricots, cherry bubble gum, with some light caramel notes.
Nose finishes slightly sweet with a wink of juniper and white pepper.
Body on the thin side of medium, mildly creamy and slightly sticky.
Pallet starts off with honey drizzled dried fruits dusted with spice.
Malt character is small with a light husky note under the peppery fruit.
Warming and slightly hot on the back of the throat.
Finishes dryingly, with some residuals and a light bitterness in tandem with spice.

Nine years old and only showing some subdued character with a lower carbonation level. Some slight oxidation shows itself in the quanine-like wince in the nose, and a hint of wet paper in the finish.

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Photo of CreamAle128
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pure white head, small bubbles, and very creamy looking, decent lacing on the glass. Nice yellow hugh to the beer.

Smell:Can smell some apricots, bit of citrus and hops, a bit of honey somewhere in the middle, behind all the other aromatics. Not too bad, not as good as the Achel though for smell. Just needs more of everything, too subtle.

Taste: Hops! this is by far the hoppiest Triple i have had. Tarty, slightly acidic, some soft fruits, that briefely come up, little alcohol, slightly pepper-like. Finshes with a quick, sharp, and strong bitterness, and lingers for a little while, with dryness. It seems as though there are many soft fruit complexities that are hidden behind all of the strong hop flavor/characteristics, its nice to try and be able to see if a person can find them. Makes the mouth water! P.S as the beer warms, the hop sharpness decreases.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy, coating, slight, and i mean very slight astringancy. Not bad!

Drinkability: A Joy to drink, i see this as a powerful triple that is to be respected for its strength, and is one to have on occasion. Can't have too many of these, for its intense flavour, not because of its alcohol.

I will revisit this again in the future

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Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel pours a luminescent copper with a small off-white head from a brown 33cl bottle. Aroma is dominated by an apricot like smell which is quite nice, a bit of alcohol is noticeable too. Sparkly carbonation. The alcohol is quite noticeable to me. Also, fruit is present, but the finish is definitely spicy. Very interesting beer. I'm going to have to revisit this one. Recommended.

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Photo of pootz
2.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured a slightly clouded sparkling orange-gold ale into my trappist chalace. Discreet fluffy cap and wonderful lacing. Lively champagne-like effervescence.

The nose is greeted with an earthy-spicey-honey-apricot aroma..alcohol not overly obnoxious to the nose.

Medium body. Mouth feel is peppery from the carbonation/alcohol decernment.

Flavor is not overly complex with malt mixture, the dominant sweet brewer’s sugar mingles with caramel malt to give a sweet spiced cider tone, the hops are there but sit in the background providing a tartness reminiscent of sour apple with yeasty-earthy undertones...then the slap in the face... a short, dry, harsh alcoholic finish where the alcohol becomes very apparent and literally obliterates the flavor profile of the ale.

Not my cup of tea....not very drinkable and too sharp/harsh to be savored slowly. Perhaps a year or two in cellar will mellow it, but drunk fresh it's pretty harsh like a high classed euro strong beer. I echo Oakes sentiment: " what the hell is so special about this?"

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Photo of bgraney
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold with a huge white head. Lots of visual action, almost like staring into an aquarium. Fountains shooting up from the bottom of the glass.
Very nice extensive floral aroma with the expected alcohol presence.
Full of flavor which fills the entire mouth to the back of the tongue. I was expecting a little more variation to the taste. I had a Westmalle double at a restaurant recently and remember being more impressed with the flavor of that.
A smooth ride considering the alcohol content. You can definitely sip the night away with as many of these as you want.

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

A - Orange yellow with big creamy head that leaves a thin lacing around the glass. Sediment floating around.

S - Yeast aroma with lemon and spice

T - Citrusy, hoppy, nice belgian yeast taste

M - Full bodied, perfectly carbonated

D - Very drinkable potent tripel. One of the best I've had.

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

This is as good as they get. A true Tripel straight from Belgium! It is more light and fruity than I would have expected but so remarkably easy to drink.

Appearance: Pours an orange yellow peach color.

Smell: This beer was very aromatic; filling the nose with zesty lemon, toasty malty and other sweet fruits.

Taste: Soft and fruity on the palate but with a nice mix of lively spices. Very balanced very smooth, lemony hops and sweet malts just sing.

Mouthfeel: Light weight but full and creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability: I have yet to have a better experience with any Tripel.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of instrumentality
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured the contents of this small bottle into a pint glass. The body was a cloudy, yellowish color that looked quite similar to unfiltered apple cider. However, at first, this color took up only an inch or two at the bottom of the glass; the rest was filled by a bubbly, fluffy white head, more carbonated than any beer I've had. The head settled slowly to about half its original stature, allowing me to pour the remains of the beer from the bottle.

The scent was a potent mix rof champagne, apples, and peaches. It was quite unusual and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was very bubbly and burned somewhat from the alcohol.

The taste was unlike any beer I've had. It had a...sharpness? sourness? to it that reminded me a great deal of champagne, mingled with the subtle flavor of peaches.

As for drinkability, I interpret this to mean how easily I can down a bottle of the stuff. While I definitely enjoyed the flavor, it was something I would want in small doses as opposed to throwing back a couple at a time.

Again, this is a highly unique beer, at least coming from the perspective of someone who's not too well-versed in this style. This is the second Westmalle Tripel I've had, and there will definitely be a third, but probably not for some time.

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Photo of Phocion
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Westmalle chalice with a light, cloudy, golden color and a very rich, appetizing white head, leaving nice creamy lacing around the glass. Small bubbles throughout sneaking up to the top. This thing looks delicious.

Maybe it's just because I finished a Rochefort 10, but I'm not picking up any strong scents except for the fruit. Apricot would be my guess, with a hint of lemon peeking through as well.

Tripels have never been my favorite style of Belgian, but this is good. Not great, but good. Very tarty and acidic, but sweet at the same time. The alcohol content is definitely evident as well.

Medium-bodied, with a lot of carbonation. Nothing too special.

The carbonation is already getting to me, and it's a bit too dry as well. However, for the ABV it's a very drinkable beer.

Overall, it's a good beer, but if I'm going to drink a Westmalle, I'd prefer the Dubbel.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear with a huge head...like Duvel....makes you wait. Laces and drops to about 1/8" after several minutes. Lots of bubbles...pretty lively.
First whiff is faintly like a pilsner...then mild grainy, earthy, must.
Really complex taste...starts a little tart and yeasty..hay, grain, barnyard-wool , a little sweet malt...hops kick in with lemon/orange, pepper....alcohol shows up, but subtle....yeasty-malt dry finish. Aftertaste is a balance of malt, wool and hop bitter, and it lasts a while after each sip. Alcohol more evident as it warms up.
Mouthfeel is great...medium body...high carbonation.
All in all , a very nice Tripel...unique.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a light copper with a bright white head and active carbonation. The smell seemed muted, a bit of clove and some citrus friut, not much else. The taste makes up for the smell, orange candy and a peppery spicy bite, the alcohol is hidden in the taste but I can feel it warming my stomach. Light mouthfeel, highly carbonated to add to the peppery bite. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of bigman147
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour - Bright gold with a thick heavy white head. A lot of lacing on the glass. Also a noticible amount of sediment (yeast) in the glass. This gives it the combination of hazy unfiltered with the added benefit of allowing for proper cellaring.

Aroma - Very complex and ever changing. When I first opened the bottle, I was struck by the slight sulphidic/yeasty character. As the beer warmed slightly, I picked up more citrus (grapefruit/lemon) maybe even slight apricot. The yeast and malty aromas blending with the citrus makes for a pleasant aroma

Taste - 3 things stick out in my mind as far as taste. A very bready malty flavor that I found very pleasant. The sweetness was very forward and the bitterness as very late. The alcohol is very pronounced in the finish which makes me what to take the next sip before it develops completely. The taste is like a rollercoaster around my tongue (Sweet, Sour, Bitter). A little of everything and yet not too much of any. (thankfully no salty flavor)

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, very alcoholic finish. Bitterness is short but sweet without a horrible lingering.

Drinkability - This is tough. Its very good but I think the high alcohol @ 9.5 ABV%, it loses alot of the drinkable nature. Also the carbonation which is still very active is very filling. I found myself burping yeasty, sweet, hop bombs for a few hours after having it. Its very good and as many have stated "this is the mother of all tripels".

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Photo of Cresant
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. 11.2 oz. dated 6/4/07. Purchased at Whole Foods.

Rocky big head peaked around 3 inches and slowly subsided to lace. The body was a hazy golden brown. Held to the light I could see that the etched "D" at the bottom of the tulip was a bubble factory, sending a constant stream of tiny fizz toward the surface.

Smell was very nice, multi-layered. Sweet malts, bread dough, pancake syrup, and apricots. Hops so intense it smelled like driving past A-B in St. Louis.

The taste did not match the lovely aroma. A bit of molasses and nice hops appearance. An oily creamy flavor. The alcohol (ETOH) was well hidden from my tastebuds but not my brain. As the beer warmed the ETOH became more evident. A brandy-like taste warmed my mouth.

The mouthfeel was filling and champagne-like. Pleasant ETOH burn.

I cannot drink more than one per sitting, but with the high ETOH I don't want/need more than one. A fulfilling sipper.

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

330ml bottle. Best before: 11/7/07.

Bright gold with shades of deep brown. Dense, white head about a finger high with good stability, leading to walls of thin and condensed lacing. Plenty of noticeable sediment scattered throughout this Tripel.

Bright citric fruit: lemon, lime, apple, pear. Semi-sweet Belgian candy with a touch of coconut. A bit of a 'farmhouse' mustiness with a warming wave of sweetened alcohol.

An initial apple, lemon acidity joined by a mellow, candied sugar sweetness. An underlying, biscuit-tinged musty quality followed by a distinct corriander spice. A deep, warming alcohol flavor is accompanied by a brief, sharp acidic quality and a touch of spice. Wonderfully balanced combination of flavors.

Medium bodied; light and highly carbonated.

A nice balance between the many different flavors, and pretty damn drinkable at 9.5%abv. A remarkably clean Tripel.

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Photo of longarm
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 7.15.06. Maybe I'm having this when it's a little too green, but I have to clean-out the fridge.

Fluffy white head caps this cloudy, strawlike brew with little floaties carried by carbonating bubbles. The head fades quickly to a thin, but noticeable layer leaving very little lacing.

Dried fruit, mostly lemons on the nose interlaced with floral hops and wheat.

Potent alcoholic bite with strong acidity at first but an exceptionally dry finish begs another sip. After warming a bit of bubblegum flavor makes an appearance.

Clean, medium bodied mouthfeel. Some residual sweetness is balanced by high alcoholic content.

Not for the faint of heart when it's this green, but still an exceptionally easy beer to drink. The abv weighs-in at 9.5% so be careful of a boomerang. Next time I'll stock-up on several and cellar them for a year or two. Should help smooth-out the finish. Great beer.

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

Whoops, bad pour. I used an oversized wine glass, but still managed to overflow the damn thing. My bad.

Poured a cloudy gold with a MASSIVE fluffy head (obviously). Lots of lacing as it faded (which took basically the whole beer).

Aroma is bread, alcohol, dark fruits, some floral essences.

Tasty is sweet and malty, definitely some sourish grapes in the background, and berries. Great mouthfeel, thick and satisfying. Very little aftertaste.

This beer is extremely easy to drink, and I found myself wanting one (or two or three) more. Bad idea with 9.5 ABV. Beware! (But then drink it anyway).

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.56/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a one finger head that quickly receded to just surface skim that did linger to the end. Sporadic lacing. Color is a densely hazy yellowy-orange amber.

Aroma - Sweet and spicy, and some alcoholic astringency.Can smell diacetyl. Little bit of candied fruit.

Taste - A bready malt at first, a surprise given that I could not detect it in the aroma. Gives way to a spicy alcohol medicinal taste. And that diacetyl that I mentioned. The alcohol makes its presence very known, which is something that always turns me off, even though I like, and actually prefer, high abv brews - but they have to do their best to make it as undetectable as possible, or at least integrate it into a sublime part of the overall flavor profile. Also, diacetyl is another major turn off to me. Finish is sweet and very dry.

Mouthfeel - full, with moderate carbonation. Leaves you very dry.

Drinkability - the high abv alone limits this to one serving of 750 ml ( or two 12 oz.'ers etc, you get the idea...), but for me this just wasn't something I'd want another one of, at any rate. The diacetyl and alcohol taste pretty much ruin this for me.

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Photo of haz77
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slighly cloudy gold in colour. Big head that sits two fingers thick. Medium looking carbonation.

S - Honey, lemon rind, pear, green apple, white pepper.

T - Citrus fruit up front, with the other, sweeter fruits and honey making their way forward in the middle. Sweetness build right to the end before being (minimally) cut back in the dry, phenolic aftertaste. Some alcohol warmth there too, though well masked.

M - Medium body, very smooth, with a nice moderate carbonation.

D - Very tasty beer. One of my favourite Tripels.

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Photo of danielharper
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

(Beer consumed on 4/12/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Orange-yellow body, thick white foamy head.

S: Strong citrus (oranges?) aroma, slightly yeasty.

T: Yeasty off-tasting Belgian flavor, some oranges.

M: Foamy and astringent mouthfeel, leaves warm alcoholic aftertaste.

D: Drinkable, good beer.

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Photo of rjlemos
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What am I supposed to say about a Belgian Trappist Tripel ? That's awesome. Really awesome. Something totally singular, unique. Well, let's try to be technical...

A- Superb. It pours dark gold, but muddy. Great head, dense, that lasts forever.
S- Complexity !
T- Delicious. It goes realy nice and well, complex, but it starts to get goddamned strong in the end. The alcohol reveals itself and the aftertaste is really intense !
M- Great. It fills up your mouth and shows how strong it is !
D- It's not a beer to drink liters. In fact, it's really hard to drink quite much considering the amount of alcohol in it. It's a gourmet beer, not a six pack lousy soapy lager... but it goes really well. It's not a beer for sissies, you really have to be able to handle that !

Really great and unique ! We can say this is one of a kind, for sure.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour with a floatie or two, and well carbonated. Pleasing aromas of MacIntosh apple, pear, and a bit of spicy yeast. The fruit flavors become more lemon like on the palate, and mix well with the light malt and mild grassy hop notes. Surprisingly bitter finish, with notes of lemon rind at the end. A bit too dry for the style IMO (if that’s even possible). Not bad, but could be better.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, tarnished gold color with lots of tiny floaters and a small but persistent head. Very fruity aroma (apricot & orange) with a spicy, bright, citrusy hop presence. Huge fresh hop flavor, spicy, with notes of basil or sage, with a biscuity malt flavor and fruity malt character, finishing dry, clean and delightfully bitter. Full carbonation but not too heavy.

Very close to perfect beer for me.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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