Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

4,534 Ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

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 jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is gorgeous. Crystal clear and golden in color with a massive bright white head. Nose is subtle with hints of clove and other phenolic scents as well as some banana bread. Lacing is amazing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Medium in body and super crisp. Slight alcohol presence in the back of the throat. Flavor isn't as big as expected but the beer has a real big and long lasting finish.

Lots of clove and medicinal tastes. Spicy earthy hops are big and noticeable which is nice. Balances the delicate sweetness that the beer starts with. Some wheat undertones.

Some of the fruit flavors come alive as the beer warms, banana and apricot. Delicious.

Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rob315
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of keenanite21
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Beautiful soft golden orange with a slight banana hue to the body. Extremely hazy to the point of being totally opaque; unique given the relatively light color. Pours 1 inch of fluffy, ivory/eggshell head, which remained for literally the entire 20 minutes it took me to drink this miraculous ambrosia. I rarely get excited rating the appearance of a beer, but 5 is frankly an understatement.

S: Very gentle, summery aroma of wheat and ale yeasts with a floral hop bouquet. Notes of citrus. Not an overwhelming smell, which really belies the robust flavor experience ahead. On a positive note, I barely smelled the alcohol, despite the high ABV.

T: First reaction: this is one complex freakin’ beer. Rich malts, wheaty sweetness, baked fruits, summery spice, and notes of brown sugar and banana provide enough strong flavors to hide the 9.5% alcohol (until you get to the back). Yeasty citrus matches the aroma nicely. Surprisingly, all the tastes going on in this beer actually work together in perfect concert. And THAT is what separates a true Trappist, the product of generation after generation of monks perfecting their craft, from well-intentioned imitators. Whereas a lot of “abbey-styles” can come close to reproducing the wide range of flavors, only the real deal can make them come together so flawlessly into a unified, concentrated taste experience.

MF: Smooth and luscious. Silky texture fills the mouth without coating it. Makes its presence known, but then goes down easily. Not nearly as syrupy as some heavy abbey-styles. Once again: this beer excels where others try and fail.

D: This is, frankly, beer the way it was meant to be. I gave it a 4.5 for S, because I wish there was more of it. Rated it a 5 for A, T, MF, and D, only because I couldn’t give it anything higher. 5 is too low. Show some damned respect. Full body sits surprisingly light. While the ABV is fairly well masked, it will eventually catch up. That said, I received a single bottle as part of a gift basket, but could easily see throwing back a four pack. Do yourself a favor and drink this beer right now.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

11.2 oz bottle best before 04/05/13 in a chalice.

This looks cloudy, golden, tonsss of tiny bubbles, beautiful two finger white head, pillowy and sudsy.

Smells of yeast, citrus, grass, malt, and bread.

The taste is initially fruity. The alcohol is present, but not detracting in any sort of way and adds some good character. It is also bready and grassy.

It has a medium body with a great complimentary level of carbonation and goes down smooth.

This thing is just way too good!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Maceyka
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of match1112
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: big thick creamy two finger tall head. hazy yellow body, plenty of bubbles rise to keep a froth on top.

s: spice, yeast, bread, fruit, malts and alochol.

t: a sweet bready malt body holds this together while being accompanied by spice and yeast with hints of light fruit.

m: starts crisp and lively with a medium to full body feel and good carbonation. has a creamy flow with a sharp dry finish accompanied by a warming feel.

o: the warming alochol seems to dominate this beer, just wish it was better hid.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,534 ratings.
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