Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

4,523 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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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You can never go wrong with a beer under the 'Authentic Trappist Product' namesake. Now, to pick it apart!

Appearance - Great head retention! A very vivid golden yellow. Fairly cloudy and pours out nice (I have poured this into my official Westmalle glass because, well, I am a massive nerd!). The beer is very colorful and makes me think of a much bolder Belgian blonde ale when studying it from outside the bottle.

Smell - Not many notes coming through, aside from a bit of bread, lemon and a bit of herb. Most of what I'm smelling is predominantly the yeast coming through. Not a whole lot to take in here as far as fragrance goes, but that may be due to the strong head retention.

Taste - A very, very balanced Tripel! Quite complex and it stimulates almost every part of the pallet. Very lightly dry-hopped to help counteract the candy sugar. I can taste the following: vanilla, citrus, floral notes (from the hops), bread (aftertaste), slight pine (initial taste) and candy sugar (not too sweet). A beautiful beer.

Mouthfeel - This is where the head on this beer really comes into effect, giving it an amazing, smooth, buttery texture. Very creamy and helps pull this beer together. Perfectly carbonated. You definitely can feel this more on the roof or your mouth, but it still manages to stimulate all parts of the tongue (including the sides) and other areas of the mouth as well. Let it sit for a bit and you will see what I mean. Very well done, in my opinion!

Overall - This is a STAPLE Belgian beer. I must admit, I have had this dozens of times before, but it still surprises me each time I open a bottle. A very well done Tripel and great way to spend a cold winter night or hot summer day. Always nice to mix it up whenever you may not be in the mood for a delicious, complex quad...

More on that later! Cheers.

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4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly lighter in appearance than most Tripels drank recently with a nice cloudy golden hue and 1 finger white head.

The aroma is very refreshing with a touch of malt but overall hint of yeast and fruitiness.

Taste is out of this world with the sweetness of the malts quickly fading and touches of pear and yeast quickly building with a refreshing, smooth, and crisp finish for a Tripel with 9.5% ABV.

To me, this beer is at the top pf the list for Tripels. It exemplifies the perfect combination of malts, yeasts, and hops.

Truly world class!

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

A: Cloudy golden pour with creamy white head leaving moderate clinging lacing in Globe glass. S: Yeasty bready malt with hint of citrus
T: Malt, sweet up front with spicy middle and slight ethanol warming finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel throughout.
O: Extremely smooth beer that is simply delicious. Will surely seek out again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow pour into my St. Bernardus goblet with about a finger of white head. Large bubbly lacing runs down the side of the glass for only a fleeting moment before plunging back into the beer.

S: The aroma is full of clove and bananas, some booze, Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Pretty typical of a tripel, balanced, but not overly impressive.

T: The taste is really spicy and fruity. The booze is nowhere to be found, and the typical warming alcohol feeling seems to be missing, which is really surprising considering the ABV. Very sweet, the taste seems to be just not up to par with other Tripels I've had.

MF: A bit over carbonated with a light body. Dry finish.

O: This was good, and a pretty decent baseline for the style, but it just didn't blow me away. It just seemed too plain.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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