Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

4,547 Ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 Marius
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, hazy yellow, with a tall head that goes away relatively quickly, leaving behind a thin lacing. Small sediments floating around. Sweet aroma, ripe bananas, pears, apples, dried grass and alcohol. As expected, the taste is also sweet, ripe fruit with a punch of spiciness from the alcohol. Nice carbonation. Warm after-taste, again, due to the alcohol. Will get sour with time, so drink it as fresh as possible.

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Photo of gr0g
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, reviewed from notes on 9/27/2012.

Hazy golden amber topped with a perfect fluffy white head. Yeasty phenols on the nose complemented by crisp green apple. On the palate, a faint honey sweetness gives way to a dry finish. The balance is just about perfect. Yeast character is less present than on the nose. Malt profile is faintly cracker-like, the flavor being dominated by fruit notes of apple and pear. Carbonation is vigorous but fine,bordering on creamy, but still within the norm for the style. Overall, more than a great beer - a work of art.

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Photo of GreggBarton
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of johnnydicfore
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Hardcore
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MercerTraieste
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz into a dfh snifter

A: pours a hazy golden orange with a massive three finger head, that takes a long couple of minuets to dissapate. Leavses rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: smells nice and fruity, apricots/oranges, lemon...like a delicious apple juice

T: a touch of caramel like sweetness then the citrus and apple like notes, really nice, reminds me of apple cider with some lemon and grapefruit very very tasty.

M: nice and lush with creamy medium carbonation... Great silky velvety mouthfeel.

O: this is an excellent beer, nice and sweet, but not overly so with great fruit notes, and a great mouthfeel, excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of WagTailAle
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Pecan
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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

Won't try to add too much here given review volume, and tripels are quite difficult to review.

Look is wonderful completely cloudy amber gold. Three finger head

Smell and taste are lemons in the main Belgian yeast as well. Balanced hops on back palate. Integrated and complex flavour.

Delightfully carbonated. Little alcohol warmth.

World class beer.

But you knew that.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Twincrasher
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice haed, dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S: Apricot and esters of banana and citrus fruit.

T: Simlar to above. Grapefruit and saison style almost. Alcoholic.

M: High alcohol makes for dry finish. High carbonation.

O: Good fro this type. Tripels not always my favorite.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Honus1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Dufraine
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl brown bottle into a Westmalle Trappist branded chalice

Pours pale, yet deep golden with occasional orangish hues. Thick, fluffy one and a half finger bright white head. Everlasting retention, evident Brussels lace on the chalice. Yeasty, light peppery spice, herbaceous, and light fruit notes. Opens crisp and clean, light fruit including hints of pear and apricot, yeasty esters, hints of white pepper, herbs and hay, accents of richness almost buttery, flora and nectar, and alcohol that occasionally pokes through. Medium-bodied, hints of syrup, yet creamy and silky. One of the best tripels brewed anywhere in the world. World class, indeed.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rhinis23
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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