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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4.28
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Photo of bierman2000
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The quintessential Tripel, smooth, fruity, highly alcoholic only but not in the tatse at all .. it is well hidden under all the spices and malts that this beer has.. this is golden and pale yet packs vibrant flavors and the punch of alcohol when imbibed. savor slowly in the proper goblet to enjoy this beer at its best.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, been waiting for the head in my goblet to go down so I could start this review for ten minutes now and its just barely receding.
Color is a cloudy orange cider and the mighty off-white head is commanding a solid inch and a quarter or more of goblet space. Lacing is starting to look impressive as well. One more pour and we'll start. Nose is yeasty and malty with faint spices. Cloves appear as well.
A little sip. Wow, powerful. Very malty all through the sip and cresendoed by a rush of alcohol right in the middle of the sip. A second draught reveals a multitude of fruit flavors and a refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is tight and highly bubbled, which seems like the style. Texture is smooth and quite easy on the throat.
This beer definitely improves as you progress through it. I also admit the beer may originally have been too cold. After the first sip and my my mouth adjusted to this powerful Belgian, This is an original beer, not quite like any beer that I can remember having. It took me a minute before I was able to figure out that this is a really good beer. If you like Belgians, you'll most certainly want to try this.

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Photo of Crosling
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light Gold. Dry, spicy and very yeasty aroma with scents of sweet fruity pale malts, herbs, bubble gum, lemon, tropical fruits, and noble hops. Strong bubble gum notes continue on towards the flavor profile, especially on the finish, along with notes of cotton candy, lemon and fruit. A nice beer. But there are so many better example of the style.

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Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice. The ale is slightly cool, most likely within the recommended range of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale is hay-coloured, almost resembling a weizen. The ale is carbonated giving a decent head on each pour, but that head soon dissapates, leaving no lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a fruity nose, with hints of honey and peppercorn dominating.

Taste: As I let the ale sit in my mouth, the first sensation that I note is that of honey, giving the ale a sweet taste. There is also a hop character that adds a good amount of bitterness to the ale. There is also a definite alcohol presence that gives a warming sensation to the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, with the honey and hop characters providing a revolving sweet-bitter sensation.

Drinkability: The ale is limited, as most Belgians are, by the high abv. Despite that, this beer is very good and I certainly recommend it.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky pale orange with great white cream head. Dense bubbles of all sizes and great retention. Very relaxing and yummy brew. Nose is of creamy fruit, nicely spiced, and fresh buttery bread. Smells viscous and thick. The aroma is massaging my brain. Tastes tart at first with various fruits (pear, apple, green grape) and is balanced by the frothy spiced bread and butter. Awesome. I am deciding now, after having this following Unibroue-Trois pistoles that Belgian style is one of my favorites. Mouthfeel is frothy and velvety. A good swirl in the mouth brings out the awesomeness.

I'm getting this again.

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Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy pale yellow color with plenty of bubbles rising to a nice dense off white head that falls slowly and leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma is nice sweet malts mingled with loads of tropical fruits mangos, bananas, some nice spice underneath mingled with earthy yeasts and alcohol hints.

Taste is nice fruity malts bananas, pears, grapes moves right into spice clove/nutmeg mingled with the earthy yeasts. Good malts hide the alcohol well some alcohol flavor mixes with the finish. Find myself not enjoying this as much at the last sip as the first, but still good.

Mouthfeel on this is almost full, hell full for a triple nice level of carbonation not too big.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable flavorable Tripel, good mouthfeel also helps this one out alot.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Westmalle brew that's right on style. LIght malt, light bread and sweet dough. Off-white, creamy head that was gone in 60 seconds. A bit haxy with some small particles. Moderate sweet flavor that lasted a lont time. Texture was dry with lively carbonation. There was a moderate alcohol finish.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle into a chimay goblet.

hazy orange with an inch of creamy white foam.

yeast, peach, and some spice in the aroma.

flavor is sweet and fruity, a touch alcoholic. balanced nicely with some bready malts, a clean finish and a slightly sour character. alcohol character hurts the drinkability some.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this on 03.03.06, a 330ml bottle best before 04/07/07. 9.5% ABV. I have had this several times over the last few years, but never got around to reviewing it.
Poured into a Chimay goblet, a nice amber brew with some haze and a good white head. Head diminished, but easily returned with a swirl of the glass.
Without going into too much detail (this is a well described beer on this database), I would say that this is a fine beer and an excellent tripel, though not my all time favourite one. It is very consistent and ages well.

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

Good. Gravy.

At this point I've got maybe six beers that I'd consider 5's across the board; the creme de la creme, the absolute perfect examples of the breed. They are Aventinus weisenbock, St. Bernardus ABT12 quadruppel, Stone Russian imperial stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard American strong ale, Ipswich Original ale, and now Westmalle Tripel.

This stuff is absolutely absurd. It's got a noticeable sweetness, a broad palette of "fruity" flavors, and a warming alcohol prescence that hides itself and is perceived as a "spicyness". The real difficulty with this particular beer is taking in the breadth of flavors that are available before one has consumed too much of the stuff to be all that perceptive. This might be the central paradox of beer tasting, or at least Belgian beer tasting. Anyway, I can tell you this: I've tried the St. Bernardus Tirpel and the Allagash Reserve Tripel, and this one just absolutely trounces both of them, in my opinion. Amazing stuff!

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Photo of Jredner
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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 yelterdow
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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 cheers2beers
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Westmalle chalice!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden lemon and subtle orange hue. Too many pillars of bead to count. Huge towering head that died all too quickly because I wanted to admire it a little longer. Sediment is noted floating about.

Smell: Grassy and herbal. Citric zest and slight bread notes. Sizable alcohol is noted as well.

Taste: Alcohol jumps to the fore front. Biscuity malt character along with yeasty notes. Fairly complex citrus profile that to me is not hop based. Did I mention that this thing is alcohol laden? This beer finishes grassy and almost medicinal, not bad.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as I thought. Very full for a tripel. Smooth and round body. I like it!

Drinkability: Dont get me wrong, this is high class stuff but the abv on this winner cuts the drinkability down a bit for me. If this is in front of me, I would have not problem savoring it at anytime.

Cheers2Beers

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great fresh bottle, best by 7/15/06 stamped on the back. The pour produced a dense, foamy white head that laced the snifter the whole way down – impressive.

Aroma of phenolics, raisins and sugar cane candy. The taste noted these, along with a strong sugar cane rum suggestion and malt vigor.

Mouth went downhill a tad, too highly carbonated, resulting in a foamy feel, along with a strong presence of alcohol. I could still sip one bottle for an hour, but the foamy mouthfeel was annoying.

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Photo of Redteketed
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A golden good heading appearance. Fruity, malty smell, even a little hoppines and isn't that coriander in the background. Nicely in balance conforming style.
Light sweet/bitter taste, including the sence of fruit and malt. Full body. Dry sticky mouthfeel and a nice hoppy, spicy aftertaste.

Yes, according style a nice beer, but I prefer Westmalle dubbel.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice rich golden colour, with medium carbonation in it. Nice white head with staying power.

Smell is citrus and ripe fruity.

Taste is very good. Definitely delivers on the fruity / citrus smell but not overdone. I love the nuances that the yeast gives this beer! Very nice tripel.

Mouthfeel is great. This brew teases the taste buds and makes you want another sip. easy to drink and definitely a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one, and Trappistes Rochefort 10, are the beers that made a Belgian fanatic out of me for life.

Pours a smooth, foamy head, with a fantastic bronzed-gold coloring. Head becomes kind of creamy looking, with all kinds of lace covering the walls of the glass.

Smells of bread, malt, yeast with faint hops and even fainter citrus elements.

The taste is exceptional. All kinds of characteristics here in full, none too extreme over the other: candy-apples, piney hops, malty sweetness, fresh-baked yeasty dough, white grapes, rum-soaked raisins and a well-hidden 9.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is sooo good. So creamy with a very rounded feeling in the mouth. It's all there, but not too heavy.

With the well-hidden alcohol, this one is almost too easy to drink several of. The flavor and mouthfeel make one glass seem not enough. I will be having another.

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

I've heard so many good things about Belgian trappist ales that I had to finally try one. Pours a straw gold. The beer is effervescent, constantly bubbling. Had an incredibly thick, white head with brown fleks of yeast. The head lingered throughout the experience. The first taste demonstrated the beer's strong alcohol content (9.5%), with its flavor standing out more with every sip. The closest comparision I can make is that this tastes like a thinner doppelbock. Overall a very enjoyable, strong beer.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breaking in my new Gulden Draak tulip with this beer - I accidentaly (lucky accident - I hope?) bought two bottles of this, an 330ml and a 750ml - this is the 330ml bottle.

This pours out equal parts beer and head, completely filling the very large Draak tulip to its golden rim with eggshell white head, a big styrofoam brick that hangs out on top of a tawny orange-gold haze - visible yeast particulate and rising bubbles throughout. The lacing is chunky and foamlike, coating the interior of the glass, and the head refuses to budge, hanging out in frothy mountains and valleys.

Zippy Belgian yeast scent - lemons, orange peel, sweet sugar- a bit of banana bread. Faint, soft scent that betrays very little alcohol and has a coriander spice finish.

This is a very nicely layered Belgian that does absolutely nothing to offend - a significant achievement, in the grand scheme of Belgians. It begins with sweet fruit, apricot and orange, then continues to a slightly bready, spicy yeast, and finishes in two parts - first, pleasantly fruity-bitter, then, as the aftertaste continues to cruise along the back of the tongue, it becomes soft banana-caramel.

Slightly fizzy at first, definitely crisp - it fluffs up a bit in the mouth, becoming full and pleasant.

This is just the tiniest bit uninteresting, but that's actually a good thing. A lot of Belgians manage to offend, but this one does absolutely nothing wrong. Those monks sure know what the heck they're doing.

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

Sampled: 1.10.06

Brew was a pale cloudy gold under a thick white head. Yeasty bits hung out in suspension at the end of the bottle, as I drank it slowly in three few-ounce pour quantities. Little lacing left, though I was doing my damndest to get everything I could out of this bottle. No deliciousness was going to be left on the inside of MY glass.

The aroma was creamy malt and green hops. These smells mixing with the alcohol produced notes of vanilla extract.

Flavor was immediately creamy, almost Barleywine-like with green, hoppy bitterness. Not much going in the way of typically expected Euro/Belgian funkiness. Hot, booziness in the aftertaste provides a generous reminder of the strength of what was just consumed. The beer was fluffy in the mouth and mid/high carbed. Solid, big beer that dominates your palate in a good way.

This a slow goer. At around $4 an 11 oz bottle, it should be. Add its strength and Barleywine bitterness and you’ve got two more speed bumps of savoring enjoyment to keep you paced.

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Photo of BillyB
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $19.99 for a six pack.
Bottles were covered in dust.
Poured a nice golden color with a two finger thick rocky white head.
Lots of carbonation. I was expecting it to be stale from the dust on the bottles but it was fine.
Strong aromas of alcohol,grapefruit, candi sugar, honey.
Similar taste. Strong alcohol warmth. Citrusy almost white wine-like taste. Crisp and a little dry.
The alcohol is a little much at first but it gets more drinkable.
Very pleasant beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with 11/07/07 printed on the label. It pours into the chalice a glowing gold with some sediment, lots of carbonation beads, and a 3/4" white head which is pretty sticky. There are aromas of spicy/sharp phenols (medicine/rubber glove), sweentess, a grassy/musty character, and some fruits, The taste is about the same with some powdery yeast and a medium body. Overall it's good, but I was expecting something much better considering this is the poster-child for tripels. Maybe it was an off bottle, but either way I'm sure I'll get around to sampling another one.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great example of Belgium triple. Pours a semi-cloudy, lemon day with good visibility despite the yeasty pour. Limited head but does stay around the edges for the whole tasting and ok lacing.

The smell is noticeable with a malty and Belgium-esk aroma. Good malt backing with some Belgium pale representing the majority. Spices such as coriander and good representation of fruits, such as apricots and peaches, are presented.

The taste is exceptional. The malt is well noted well and balanced with a not-so-detectable-sugar and hop additions. The malt is well balanced with a touch of biscuit and maybe pilsner thrown in. There is a bite (reminds me of pilsner) from a earthy hop taste at top that brings a zing taste. The sweet malt taste is blended well with a sugary taste that is hard to pick up. The end is splash of citrus meets floral that rounds the beer out.

The end taste also brings a good smoothness that makes it so easy to drink. Overall this is an impressive that deserves a high rating.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starts out with a blistering apricot/tropical sweetness that makes its way towards the hops, then grapes, and finally a nice dry vinous finish with just slight notes of coriander and whiskey. The glowing orange appearance and healthy dollop of cream make it quite the looker as well. Perhaps the best tripel I’ve had and certainly the most drinkable. A truly top notch beer.

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

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a bit of yeast sedimant. The head is a thin white, that fades fast leaving no laces.

This beer has a strong yeast aroma. Very earthy. I also detect some spice presence. A slight citrus aroma is also present. Hop aroma is very slight ly noticable. The alcohol is also noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes of spice. Coriander. Also, I has a slight citrus tang to it. It is slightly yeasty tasting. The hops make a slight appearence in the flavoras well.

This beer is hightly carbonated, complimenting the style. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer if the alcohol content was just a tad lower. It is a good beer though. Well worth it.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.
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