Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of orz
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, straw yellow color but dirtier than Duvel. Too quickly collapsing white head.

S: Banana, apricot and black pepper. Sweetness and nose drilling spiciness, if you know what I mean. Definitely inviting!

T: The first thing I felt was yeast, bit too strong. Strong bitterness, which I enjoyed. Fruity and spicy.

M: Strong carbonation and a bit too strong alcohol feel (But hey! It has 9.5%!).

D: One a day is enough. That's because it's powerful and noble.

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Photo of MadCat
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Chimay chalice

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a small white head that disappears fast. Some lacing.

Smell: Light sweet malt, hops, apricot, spice, yeast

Taste: Light sweet malt, hops, apricot, spice, yeast, good deal of bitterness to balance out the sweet malt and fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, dry bitter finish

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but it doesn't go down like water, abv is well hidden

Overall, I enjoy it. Looking forward to the dubbel.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I far preferred the Dubbel to the Tripel, The appearance was cloudy, and a bit uninspiring. The smell was nice but mostly oranges and pears, while the taste was quite nice tasting of oranges and cream, but slightly heavy on the Hops. The mouthfeel and drinkability were definitely below par.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazed light to medium yellow. Nearly three fingers of frothy white head with good retention and loads of lacing.

4.5 S: Good spiciness going on here. Plenty of clove and black pepper with some other unidentifiable spice in there tying things together. Hay, lemon rind, and green apple. There's a general earthiness and a moderate amount of yeast. Pretty good!

4.0 T: Clove and pepper again. Sweet maltiness, peach and wild apple, hay and and earthy funkiness, and a good helping of yeast. Surprisingly bitter for the style, but is welcomed to even out the fruitiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit higher than I'd prefer, but okay. Carbonation is active, but not quite to the "spritzy" level I like from a good Belgian beer. Goes down easy and leaves a footprint of both bitter and sweet in the aftertaste.

4.0 D: Good beer. I like the earthiness of the Trappist beers that seldomly manifests in the American counterparts. No flaws with a good complexity.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale, hazy blonde, with a thin foam of eggshell white head. Leaves attractive lace all the way down the glass.

S-Cracked black pepper, zested grapefruit skins, shortbread. A bit sweet.

T/M-Crisp, prickly carbonation. Medium bodied. Shortbread and golden raisin sweetness. Classic tripel flavors, very well balanced.

D-one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before on bottle is May 19, 2012.

Pours a light golden colour with a full, frothy white head that settles down but stays present throughout. Lots of carbonation is visible.

I can smell belgian yeast, banana, and maybe a faint whiff of strawberry. Light fruits generally are very present. Very nice.

Taste is moderately sweet and quite fruity. A bit of spice, and some bitterness is also present. Alcohol is noticeable at the end. No particular fruit sticks out for me- the flavours are well balanced and it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- full bodied, and very well carbonated. Looking at the beer, I thought the carbonation would be too much for me, but I guess the appearance was deceiving. Feels great.

Quite drinkable, given how enjoyable it is, but the 9.5% is not exactly hidden. I wouldn't try (or want) to drink this quickly.

A very very good tripel!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into 2 Trappistes Rochefort goblets. Bottled 26/5/10, best by 26/5/12.

A: Golden honey color, thick, creamy head. Some cloudiness suggests I should have let this rest longer before pouring (just picked up from the store today).

S: Hints of pine and citrus hops, yeast, very little alcohol, sweet bread (challah).

T: Sit down, this is as good as it gets. Everything subtle so each flavor can emerge. Again pine and citrus, also sage. Sweet bread, creamy orange, honey, faint pepper.

M: Lovely here. Smooth, slightly warm on the lips (like menthol, but only in the feel). Carbonation present throughout, but without yielding the creaminess. Very nice.

D: Just wonderful. The only thing slowing me down is the alcohol itself, which is so well contained by everything else that you hardly notice it. Slight astringence assures that this is not a dream.

Overall, a strong argument to buy those tickets to Belgium soon. Manna in liquid form, this is beer that makes life worth living. Will buy this frequently.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden, color with a pillowy, white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells of golden fruits and yeast spice.

Tastes of golden fruits with plenty of yeast. Fruits are characterized by apple and pear with a good amount of sweetness. Yeast adds a nice touch of clove and white pepper. Alcohol is present, but much more hidden than I expected.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth, airy amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great Belgium tasting find from the grassroots market in Jacksonville. Drank this one straight from the 12 oz. bottle.

A: Extremely heady beer. From first pop of the cap, this beer was oozing out a creamy, orange spiced froth. Rich orange with a slight haze to the body.

S: Smells of ripe mango, passionfruit, citrus and lemongrass.

T: Sour apricot, ripe peach and spring hay on the front end, not much bite from the hops, with a dried fruit finish. Not sweet.

M: Lush and creamy with nice amount of micro-carbonation fizz on the tongue. Not bitter, alcohol present but well blended.

D: Delicious and highly recommended. Great springtime beer. This one will give you a buzz. Pair with BBQ chicken, fresh fish, mild cheese like farmers cheese or fruits and steamed vegetables of any kind.

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Photo of harrymel
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best before Aug 31, 2011, poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a grain golden ale with excellent clarity. There are plenty of little yeasty floaters in there. Four finger thick head falls back down and remains a single finger of thick, fine foam. Foam is burnt cream in color. Continuous carbonation evident from ribbons. Lacing is persistent.

S: Sweet, tart, residual sugars are excellently played out here. White grapes (think naked chardonnay, savignon blanc). The very slightest of metallic nose at the finish. really, quite pleasant.

T: yeasty, grainy, peppery. Very nice bready flavor. Surprising bitter tones help me pick out the sweet, raw sugar, belgian yeast, woody, earthy, reggiano flavors. Obviously a profile to be paired with fine cheeses, dry salame's, cured veggies. Damn fine.

M: Heavy. Almost like an american Impy Stout in body to me. Fine, tenuous carbonation. After the burn of the carbonation ignites my palates interest and I swallow, the leftover slicking gives a new portrait of the previous experience. Excellent.

D: This beer far exceeds my expectations. Anybody wanting to try an easily accessed, high quality Trappist Tripel, should be sent here for a prime example. One is enough, but nonetheless, and excellent offering.

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Photo of puckjer
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, best belgian tripel i have ever had. beautiful golden orange color with a tight white head that laced all the way to the bottom of the glass. the complexity of flavors in this beer are truly remarkable. there is definitely something to be said about old world beers like this that have been superiorly perfected over time. like one of the other posters said, drink this in solitude and slowly to truly enjoy all that it has to offer.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: body is cloudy, slight over-pour got some yeast, overall color is golden yellow. bright white head starts out as a finger and a half, then settles to a thick creamy layer, glass etching is actually helping in this case. also has a decent amount of lacing.
S: some light citrus, sweet malt with a touch of yeast.
T: a little yeast. mostly sweet malt with a light dry feeling. also has a certain spiciness to it.
M: high carbonation makes it very crisp
D: lets just say im trying not to drink this down all at once. this for being 9.5% should be a sipper but, its actually a drinker.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bit of a stealth beer this. Despite being an undisputed world classic you don't really hear much about it but when you do it never fails to deliver a controlled yet explosive payload. But with a religious reverence mind.

From a 330ml bottle to a Westmalle goblet, it is almost orangy straw yellow with an easy froth head which goes the distance. Beautiful penetrating nose of lemon rind, candy sugar, dried fruit and yeast.

Dry in the mouth, it always seems slightly more carbonated that I last remembered. Not at all off putting though. More dried fruit on first taste before delivering a long warm bitterness with spice and some notes of thyme and rosemary. Taste shows phenomenal development of complexity constantly evolving. The complexity just builds and builds setting up a colossal aftertaste as the 9.5% alcohol comes into play. There is a lightness of touch here with finesse and elegance but with a penetrating stern strength too. Truly remarkable how all this can be packed in there with such balance and restraint. Really kicks the brain, stomach and heart into action.

If you want to properly appreciate this beer do not refrigerate and do not serve below 8C. And drink it slowly with your wits about you preferably in a solitary tranquil environment.

As far removed from 'sessionable' as you can imagine. And I like it that way.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw yellow with a dense two-finger white head that recedes to a thin layer of foam. Nice streams of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Heavy on the yeast, some spice, and nice gentle citrusy hops. Also a solid alcohol burn in the nose.

T: Taste is mild sweetness, solid but smooth bitter hoppiness, a LOT of spice, and some alcohol kick in the finish. The flavors are very well balanced, and flow gently together. For my first few sips, it was too cold, and that seemed to isolate the flavors. Much better at ~50 degrees, when some of the more subtle flavors can shine through.

M: A bit too highly carbonated for me. Medium-light body, and feels even lighter in the mouth.

D: Pretty darn drinkable. Quite tasty, good balance of flavors, and decent mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper due to the ABV, but I'd certainly like to have more than one.

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Photo of BeerBoss
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is average with Belgium hops very apparent.

Very smooth start with hints of fruity notes.

Feels good on the tounge with not to much bitterness.

Has a slightly spicy and bitter finish.

Alcohol content well hidden. A good beer for sipping any time of the year.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a huge puffy head that leaves great lacing

S: Belgian yeast and some fruit highlight, with some spicy notes in the back

T: Belgian yeast at the front followed by a nice spicy fruitiness. Not much else, but the alcohol is very well hidden behind the yeast

M: Light body with fairly high carbonation. Very smooth despite the level of carbonation

D: This goes down very easily and will sneak up on you quickly. I usually don't like tripels compared to an IPA or stout, but this one is definitely one of the best tripels out there

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Photo of nickhiller
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy pale blonde, thick creamy head two finger head and steady streams of carbonation give it the appearance of champagne, nice lacing and great head retention.

S: honey, Belgian yeast, light citrusy hops, a little grapefruit.

T: super sweet juicy start with a very bitter and dry finish. It's hard to tease out specific flavors other than the familiar

M: light to medium bodied, strong carbonation, sweet and syrupy start washes away to leave behind a dry bitterness in the throat.

D: Good not great. The mild nose, flavor and mouth belie the high ABV, but I found the sweet too sweet and the bitter too bitter.

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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot color. Lots of bubbles all thru the drink, with a large, cratered white head on top that sticks all over the glass. Lots of particulates. I favor dark, chewy beers, but this looks majectic in the chalice.

Standard fare for a Belgian in the nose. Typical spices, some citrus and an earthy background.

Not the fruity sweetness I was expecting, but rather a spicy, woody, piney, tobacco-like taste. A touch of heat in the swallow.

It's somewhat light-bodied, but still packs a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is carbonated and cleansing.

While there is some heat from the alcohol, and a dry-ish, astringent feel in the finish, the extremely high ABV is well-hidden. A must for all connoisseurs.

It should be noted the bottle I had was only a month old and I'm sure most of the scores would have been higher had I been able to let the bottle age...sadly, I simply couldn't do it.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big creamy white head as it pours and settles into a chalice. Strong aromas of dried fruit and grass like smells as well. It also has some big alcohol upfront, but this dissipates as the beer warms. Very nice flavor balance- sweetness of the malt, and candy like sweetness is balanced with lots of hops that provide this beer with a unique flavor. Sips well, for any meal more savoring.

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Photo of jhubeifc
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try another of the Trappist Ales but was quite disappointed with Westmalle Tripel to be honest. Perhaps I got a poor bottle....
It poured with no head whatsoever and left only minimal lacing. It was a beautiful pale amber and had a decent enough waft. Fruit notes, slight banana and a mild alcohol, perhaps whiskey.
It had very little carbonation and tasted flat across the palate. Fruit followed by some sourdough bread which was a nice surprise. A mild bitter finish.
Not as complex as either of the other Trappists I've sampled this week and in truth was my least favorite of the bunch. Still worth a try and I know I'll give it another go to see if I did indeed get a bad bottle.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger bright white foam head. Moderate lacing.

S: A little light on the nose at first, very clean, lemon, green apple, yeast and a tad amount of alcohol.

T: Very clean and crisp taste. Nice citrus flavor hits the palate first, followed by some light bready and yeast in the middle. The back end finishes soft as the citrus mellows out and the bready and yeast take over.

M: Leaves a dry clean crisp taste on the palate.

D: This beer goes down quite smooth, very clean, crisp and refreshing. Despite the higher ABV, this is certainly a beer you can have more of in a sitting

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Photo of haazer
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 Ml bottle into St. Bernardus Chalice. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pour is golden with an orange hue. Forms 1 finger of bubbly offwhite head. Good carbonation as well as good head retention. Slight amount of lace.

S- Smells wonderful. Variety includes apple, baked pie crust, hay, grass, the familar belgian yeast profile, and a salt water taffy. Great aroma's in this.

T- Tastes include wheat bread, lemon zest, apple rinds and vanilla. The flavors are balanced very well.

M- Medium bodied. Nice bubbly, fizzy texture from the carbonation.

D- Great tasting Tripel, probably the best I've had. However, I committed BA sin when tasting this beer. I had already knocked back quite a few and saved this for last. Though the flavors and aroma's stood out enough for me to pick out, my senses were not up to par with what this beer has to offer. I feel I owe this great beer another review. There will be an edit in the future.

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Photo of Shadman
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the quintesstential look for a tripel. Pale straw yellow, slight hazy. Lot's of fine carbonation bubbles. The head is stuff dreams are made of. Huge pillowly white and retention that may outlast some aunts and uncles of mine.

Crisp green apple, candy floss, spicy alcohol

Tartness in front. Spicy alcohol and bubblegum. Ainse like flavours before finishing dry and slightly spicy.

Seems like it becomes more complex with every sip. A must try and must have.

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Photo of windypete
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

only my second tripel, the other bieng a chimay! & westmalle blows it out of the park.

it pours orange/yellow & nicey clear & crisp.

smells are yeasty with bananas but not overpowering at all.

this has a wonderful crisp taste & slids over the tongue leaving you really wanting the next mouthfull.

for a 9% tripel this goes down so well % easy that another bottle could follow after the first.
a wonderfull beer maybe my fav beer so far!


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Photo of THECPJ
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011

A: orange-golden yellow with a 2 finger very frothy white head that lingers for a very long time

S: smells of yeast and a slight hint of apples

T: yeasty/bready, very sweet, a very faint taste of apples, a slight taste of bananas

M: moderate carbonation, crisp, but drying to the tongue

D: very well-balanced tripel and very easily drinkable


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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,614 ratings