Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

4,557 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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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 11.2 ounce.

Pours a cloudy yellow initially, appearing to become a little more a golden yellow color, but still with the haze. No doubt, a good looking body to it. The carbonation is there, and a thin white head forms initially, but which becomes a tiny bit thicker over time.

Aroma is inviting. You can smell the fruit and a little malt.

Mouthfeel features solid carbonation and good body. Quality texture.

Taste gives spice and fruit, but not took much. Very nice lacing throughout. Actually, though, the taste reminds me more of Duvel than La Fin De Monde.

Overall: If I absolutely had to drink a beer with the word "tripel" on it, I think I'd (sacrilegiously) choose La Fin, if only because of the somewhat significant price difference. With the quality of this beer, though, i could see some questioning whether La Fin overdoes it on the spice. Regardless, I'm marking this as my current true Trappist favorite. It is fantastic.

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

Appearance -Brownish yellow not light in appearance more to middle dark tint. Poured from 750 ml corked bottle into my Chimay chalice. Half a finger head (abv being 9.5% means less thick head).
Smell - What hits me the most is a sweet white grape smell.
Taste - Very nice sweeter taste similar to scent (white grapes). Nice dry finish. This is an exceptional well crafted beer. I can smell and taste the alcohol, but in a good way.
Mouthfeel - Medium fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - World class beer (period).

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-a cloudy golden orange with three fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malts, citrus, honey, spices, and yeast

T-pale malt, lemon, light fruit (pears, apricot, peaches), light bitterness, and high spices

M-medium body, high carbonation, light bitter finish

Overall an amazing triple. Perfect amount of carbonation and spicy flavor

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly golden and cloudy. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Nice thick whit head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Spicy/bready/yeasty. Slightly floral. Can smell the alcohol.

T: Alcohol burn. Slightly sweet on the tip of the tongue and slightly bitter on the back of the tongue after swallowing. Easy to drink but not fast.

M: High carbonation. Light body and dry.

O: Nice balanced Tripel.

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

I have been drinking as much Belgian styles as I can find locally, but am too cheap to drink many of the beers actually from Belgium.
For Fathers day, I treated myself to a Rochefort 10 and this Westmalle.

This beer certainly has the intangeables that help out the score. So many Belgians begin with a noce head- only to lose it in minutes. This beer had a huge 3" head on it, and it stayed near a quarter inch through most of the beer. The beer was a cloudy and straw colored. The bouquet was wheat and light.
The taste was light and refreshing. Hundreds of tiny bubbles on the tongue. Bananas, grain, a little alcohol warming. really easy to drink for 9.5% as I expected, and it is easy to see why this is considered world class. Darn good.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A beautiful semi-opaque golden color. A gorgeous head that lasts a very long time. Some microscopic sediment floating around, but too small to hinder the look.

Smell – A very nice spicy honey scent with some graininess and a nice touch of booze.

Taste – An nice spice with a slight sweetness, bread, and a good boozey flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability – This is a great tripel; one of my favorite.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,557 ratings.
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