Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Magpie14
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the look is very appealing with deep and radiant gold hues, it is also lightly hazed. A number of fine fuzzy particles are noticeable. The head was most impressive while wearing a fluffed bright white blob engulfing my entire snifter. All points aside this looks great

S: the nose is full of pears, some spices, and a chunk of apple. A light grainy funk is in the mix as well Overall the nose is not as dense or complex as I would have thought. Still, things smell pleasant

T: the palate starts full of spices with cloves, crushed pepper, with a ginger-like quality. The grain notes are mild and in a good way. Some light fruit notes are showing as peach and apple move around. Overall this Tripel is mildly bitter and sweet with some dryness...and in a class of its own

M: feel is smooth and clean with a mild body. Carbonation is pronounced but not over the top. Seems spot on for the style

D: after this session I can say this is always a winner

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Direct from Belgium thanks to a friend of mine who resides both there and my hometown.

Poured into an oversize goblet. A frothy mozzarella cheesy looking head. the same color as the first snowfall sits atop a golden straw color. The head retention of this one is great!

Crisp apples, a touch sour, and belgian yeast shine through on the nose. Aromatic sugars, rock candy are also noted.

Taste is a bit tart slight sweetness is there and you have the crisp apple thing going on. Typical Belgian sweetness. Esters.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly smooth and light on the palate. Complex but not overwhelming.

Quite a delightful beer.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappist ales oh so pure,
Complexities abound but overall character demure.

Herbal allspice and cinnamon nose,
lemongrass, citrus, and yeast are additional pros.

Golden amber body; the forces of faith and good,
with two fingers of fluffy white head; if only you understood.

The bubbles are large and the lace does scatter,
but does the retention actually matter?

Honeydew melon, both peppery and sweet,
with herbal hops yeast flavor that perchance do meet.

The tongue gets coated and the finish is medium in length.
Additionally the alcohol gets hidden despite its strength.

Mild bitterness balances malt and the carbonation is high,
with an effervescent body the time to drink is nigh.

The finish is sweet and the tongue gets coated,
if this beer was in a running you would have voted.

A great example of a tripel you will find with this beer,
so spend the money for there is nothing to fear!

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Photo of BobZ
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

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Photo of protias
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden color. This is one you try to pour slowly and still get a lot of head. Even if you let it sit for more than ten minutes, there is still some head remaining. This has the typical taste of other Belgium Abbey Ales, but a little sweeter.

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Photo of dqrull
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy amberish hay colour, much like tropical juice with lots of pulp (although no floaters), with a crisp and airy bone-white head that lasts some time.

Smells really fruity, great mix of brothy, fruity westmalle-yeast and malts. There are lots of golden apples, some light orange along with a little hint of root vegetables, maybe carrots? And a fresh grassy smell carried by a whiff of ethanol, yummy.

Taste is very rich with slightly soapy yeast up front, followed by the malt-backed yeast esters that work very well together, creating an almost apple.musty feeling (no sourness though), carried along with a hint of slightly perfumed ethanol, slowly fading and all throughout very balanced between malts and yeast, and semi-dry/semi-sweet. Thera re some light spicy hints as well, nutmeg and something else, cant put my finger on it.

Great full and luxurious mouthfeel, witha soft, albeit intense carbonation that really lifts the brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Poured a nice golden color with tan sediment. A nice three-finger white head was formed but slowly subsided to a one-finger. The lacing was excellent throughout. The aroma was comprised of mainly fruit and alcohol. The flavors found were fruit, malt, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth brew. If it had other flavors on top of the ones already present it could be great. It was very enjoyable, however it was not overly drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 20th, 2010. Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Westvleteren goblet.

Surprisingly pale first pour, relatively clear golden poppy body with an active slab of ivory which recedes to a small fluffy layer. Heavy lacing takes on the appearance of melting snow. Creamy clear tears as well.

Pilsner malt accompanied by a sweet pure yeast aroma, and a very delicate spiciness.

Flavors are much more intense than the nose would suggest - oranges, white pepper, candi sugar, sourdough, along with spicy hops which really offsets the malts, esters, and sugars. All of the flavors are perfectly balanced, and perfectly to style - highlighting the purity of ingredients and attention to craft.

Fairly light-bodied, despite the ABV, although highly effervescent.

My personal preference is for a bit more body and less prominent pilsner notes, but this isn't considered the prototypical tripel for nothing...

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Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this little gem hiding in the cellar today with a best by date of 2/10/10. It's been stored properly so hopefully all is fine.

Starts off as a gusher. What remains is poured into a chalice. The result is a golden brew with particulates stirring about and a fluffy off-white head that leaves some curtains of lacing.

Lovely fruity and yeasty nose. Dried apricot, wheat-like with some alcohol.

Tons of complexity with an alcohol presence to match. Warm alcohol, with notes of banana, clove, peppery spice. Wow, this is hot and boozy. Even after some age on it, I'm shocked by how apparent the 9.5% abv is.

Creamy and mouth filling feel. Fluffy and soft, medium bodied and semi-dry finish on the tongue.

Due to the ever present booze, I can't give this more than a 3.5. I'll have to get another bottle that's newer in age and hopefully doesn't gush to make a comparison. Nonetheless, a solid example.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy apricot/ honey golden orange color. Fairly large, foamy, pillowy, pearly white head. Decent retention with a thin layer of lace with it being a bit thicker and sticky on the edge.

S - Good amount of peach and apricot along with some golden fruit and citrus. A lot of vanilla and some candi sugar. Touches of pale malt and some spices along with a touch of alcohol.

T - Some citrus and apple taste comes out first. A fair amount of pale malt with some spiced flavors. Mid sip the yeast and spices come out a bit more and some grassy hops. A touch of bitterness along with some sweetness with a candi sugar type of taste. Some alcohol comes out as well.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat smooth with a drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer that is has a diversity of flavors. A little more spiced and less sweet, and the ABV limits how much you can drink. However, I would gladly drink this again, and could see myself drinking more than one in a night (sipping them of course).

Notes: Best before 30/09/11. Not as much typical Tripel flavor as I was expecting. This is a bit less sweet and fruity (particularly lacking a stronger peach/apricot taste). A bit more like a BSPA. It is tasty nonetheless though. Solid beer that is an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy pale gold into a Duvel tulip. Fluffy white head shot up to the brim and slowly receded, leaving some sticky lacing.

Fairly strong, sweet aroma of banana and yeast. Higher ABV is hard to detect. Moderate level of carbonation and a very full, smooth mouthfeel with sweet caramel, banana, and a long finish that transitions from bready malts to some distinct hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable, as the initial sweetness is well balanced with the hops on the finish.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was received from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers man!

Pale yellow color beer with a nice white head. The beer is veiled and the head looks like a cloud. The head sticks well to the glass. In the nose, its fruity and sugary. Not much yeast here too. Very well balanced... lets dive in! Taste wise, wow! Fruity at the start and then I get some very smooth bitterness if I might say. Very nice beer. Its starts very smooth and then finishes with a very good bitterness that leaves you to want some more. Superb taste... Well balanced, complex, easy drinkability...

The best tripel I've tasted so far.

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Photo of MortNoire
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel is one of my old buddies, from my student era, 35 years ago (yeah I'm an ole sod) at then I used to drink it mostly on tap(test forthcoming). Reviewed here is my experience (as I type) with a glass from a bottle.
As always the Tripel pours a clear, yellow golden (looks a but like pilsener) with a clean white frothy foam. A=5
The scent of the beer is not overpowering in alcohol promises, but sweet, with a hint of hay and lemon S=4.5. The taste is familiar to me, but even after all these years and many many glasses, it still makes me dream of golden fields of corn and barly on a warm sunny day, with hints of lime and barley, exquisite and brilliant. T=4.5. The mouthfeel is in tune with the taste, not too carbonated, almost gentle. M=4.5. The drinakbility is excellent, though Westmalle Tripel will hit you like a hammer if you get in your 3rd bottle or so, and from tap its even "worse". Basically the best triple trappist there is, at least IMO. D=5
I prefer to drink the Westmalle triple not too 'warm', a 9 max 10c (48 to 50F), it can appear like an entirly different beer at pe. 13C (55.5F)... experiment and enjoy

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Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine sent this over while in Belgium. Good friend.
A--It has a gold like straw color to it. There's lot of bubbles, big bubbles. Nice look to it.
S--Has a...generic?...lagery scent to it.
T--This is a good wheat-tasting beer. It has a nice spiciness that provides some balance to the starch. It's very crisp.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at around 45 degrees.

Can't imagine a more picturesque beer. I want to get out my camera and start snapping photos. A nice pale orange hue that's a bit hazy. a fistfull of bright white head with moderately sized bubbles. Head consistency is stiff as Arbitrator's man-parts while drinking a Black Xantus. Foam sticks around for days, coating the entire inside of the glass. Oh, lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom too!

Pretty complex aromas coming out of this one. Banana, pineapple, apricot, clove, black pepper, lemon zest. Very nice.

Taste starts out with some sweet candi sugar and strong banana. Love this combination, almost reminds me of a sweet dessert. Lots of pineapple dominates the mid-range, with some other stoney fruits in the background. Finishes with some spice, definite black pepper. Almost reminds me of a Saison like finish.

Feels great, medium thickness with a velvety texture. Not too much abrasiveness despite the great carbonation.

Drinks really well, especially when paired with some food. It even stands up to spicy thai food quite well. This time I just drank it by itself though. The only knock I have on it is that it finishes pretty damn warm if you're not carefully savoring it over a longer period of time, but for 9.5%, it's not too surprising there is some heat. Likely one of the best tripel's in the world, it's definitely my favorite.

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Photo of Radome
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a goblet.

A - I had a gusher of foam immediately upon opening the bottle. This is probably because of shaking in my car, since I bought it out of a store cooler and immediately took it home and opened it. Color is golden with an orange tinge. The foam is thick and fluffy and off-white in color. My sample had yeast particles suspended in it, but I blame that on the car shaking again.

S - Wonderful aroma that is a mix of cotton candy sweetness, fruitiness (apple?), alcohol and subtle spices. Around the edge I get hints of musty old barrels or corks, like walking through a wine aging cellar.

T - Very complex taste. Has a hop bitterness foundation, but its not the focus of the beer. Malt and fruitiness is up front, then alcohol and candi sugar sweetness in the middle. There are low hops flavors and subtle spices in the end. Outstanding.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is very high, but the bubbles are small and it gives the beer a creamy, fluffy feel. Just a bit of a mouthcoating feel, but it fades quickly without being cloying.

D - Overall a beautiful, masterfully made beer. Complex aromas and flavors without being cloying or heavy. This beer works well with food or on its own as a night cap.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with fizzy head.
Smell: Fruity and pleasant aroma (dark fruits). Also detect the presence of candi sugars. The aroma gradually builds as the beer warms. Very enticing.
Taste: Fruity and even a little bitter to a degree. There is a bready backbone in the malts. A mildly bitter aftertaste at the finish with a clean end. The alcohol presence is warming but well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and effervescent.
Drinkability: A good sipper to savor. ABV will limit mass consumption.

Overall- A top tripel. Well-crafted.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Nice yeasty spiciness atop some slightly-sweet malt character. A bit of alcohol.

T: Beautiful spicy character with plenty of powerful fruit coming through as well. Vague hop character in the background.

M: Nice and quite crisp. Excellent carbonation and feel overall.

D: The classic of the style, and something I'd always like to have a little bit of lying around.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden colour - cloudy. Fancy puffy head which leaves reasonable lacing.

Sweet malty fruits dominate the nose. Maybe dried apricots, pear, banana and some others. There is also a phenolic note, presenting cloves and some medicinal qualities. Alcohol is just barely noticeable.

Amazing. So much fruit, mostly the fruits I got in the nose. Sweetness is there but kept in check by a mild hop bitterness which blends very well with the spicy/phenolic qualities of the yeast.

So full in the mouth but never overly heavy. A beautiful beer to drink.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body with nice streams of bubbles. On top sits a big soft pillowy head, with outstanding retention. Aroma is very sublte with a soft noble hop aroma with a touch of spiciness. A hint of peach aroma. Taste - Crisp pilsner maltiness with noticable alcohol. Enough bitterness to keep everything in perfect balance. A tiny bit of hop flavor right up front before it vanishes. Finish is malty slightly sweet, but always crisp, and pretty clean throughout. A bit spicy - more so as it warms. Spicy on the tongue as well, but other than that, the mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Dangerous how easy this is to drink. Refreshing, even at 9.5%.

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Best by date reads 09/04/11. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Truly appealing in every way. Barely hazy yellow-orange with meringue 1-2 finger foamy white head with exceptional pile of lace down one side of the glass.

S: Pear and peach are most prominent but alcohol and pepper are also strong and fight it out. Hops are not readily present.

T: The flavors are subtle but alcohol unfortunately plays a very strong role in the flavor. Pepper and light fruits come through, but everything is bounded by the boozy alcohol flavor.

M: The feel is very dry and smoothly creamy. It does all of the little things very weel to make it easy to drink.

D: The progenitor of every other tripel but the flavor is not as rounded and full as some others.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, enormous whipped meringue head, long lasting retention, nice lacing. Hard to ask for more.

S: Very distinctive Belgian yeast character, slight alcohol, spices, fruits.

T: Fluffy and light. I always look forward to drinking any trappist ale. Fruity and spicy, Westmalle Tripel is well balanced and very flavorful.

M: Light body, slight warming alcohol finish.

D: A great beer that I'd certainly drink again.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured hazy golden yellow into a snifter glass with a huge, foamy white head. There's a medium level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: Aromas of alcohol are present in the nose, along with smells of spices and yeast.
T: The taste is very complex, well balanced and includes some bitterness from the hops, sweetness in the form of candi sugars, yeastiness, and spices.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and rather strong. The finish feels both dry and sweet and the carbonation lends a good degree of smoothness.
D: This beer is a definite sipper (but in a good way).

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Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a golden hay color with a respectable head, solid two fingers at least. lots of yeast solids floating about, still clear otherwise.

S-trappist funkiness, subliminal spiciness bombards my nose. slight old banana bread notes in there as well.

T-Complex and deceptive. Occasionally the alcohol reminds you its there, but mostly it is masked by the perfectly balanced malt and hop profile. The Belgian yeast really shines through on this one, gloriously engaging both the nose and taste buds each sip. Mildly sweet, funky, yet not very bitter. I'm sure the hops must be there though to balance the high gravity of this brew.

M-Smooth and silky. This brew coats the entire mouth and really feels nice. You could even possibly extend this to include "throatfeel", because the smoothness really continues even after each swallow.

D-Like all big belgian pales, this is way too drinkable. I want a sixer, and I want to drink this classy beer in the most unclassy way possible.

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Photo of ericj551
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel pours a hazy slightly orange gold with a fluffy head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, almost candy like esters and light malt. Some phenolic alcohol and powdery yeastiness comes through. The beer is quite sweet upfront but the estery sweetness and fruitiness gives way to a drier phenolic finish. Tons of complex flavors going on here, too much to pick out individually. Some alcohol comes through in the finish espeically as it warms, but it is quite light for almost 10% abv.

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