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Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

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

BEER STATS
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#519
Reviews:
1,763
Ratings:
4,590
pDev:
10%
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4.86
 
 
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Photo of goz
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy medium golden/orange, large white head which laces decently. Aroma is vinous, lot's of grape, sugar cookie dough, and honey. Flavor is sweet (candied sugar?), doughie, and vinous, with alcohol also playing a decent part in the flavor front. Medium-full bodied, too much alcohol present, IMO.

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

Appearance: Chill Hazed golden orange. Highly Carbanated

Smell: Light malts with peper and alcohol with a sour note to it.

Taste: Refreshing and crisp. high in alcohol, high in flavor for being this light color.

Mouthfeel: good body. with like a sparkling wine bubblelyness

Drinkablility: Not to many but with its full taste its a sipper.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: yellowish-gold hue with a tantalizing layer of pure-white head (creamy on top and spongey beneath), slight haziness, some varied-size bubbles rising quickly

Aroma: a big bloom of banana and malt initially, then clove and a bit of cotton candy, wisps of alcohol, bubble-gum, isopropyl

Flavor: peppery alcohol flavor is dominant (like a stiff drink!); the alcohol blooms in the palate and sort of disappears, leaving: a grainy maltiness and some over-ripe pear fruitiness followed by a terse bitter taste (not so sure if it's from hops, though); the finish is pretty dry with the bitterness lingering long in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, champagne-like carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

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Photo of Andreji
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gave Westmalle another chance right in downtown Amsterdam while having lunch.

Pours a weiss like cloudy orange-gold with a nice dense creamy shining white head and some carbonation. lots-o-lacing.

The smell; wheaty, and abundantly spicy, even above a considerable feel of fruits. you can tell right off that its a rather dry tripel, an interesting turnaround from the usual strong but sweet appeal.

The taste was a total reassessment for me. there was still a strong alcohol character to it but now i've grown accustomed, rather fond of this reaction as an introduction to a very slight fruity feel, combined with yeast and grains that gave it a bit more of the spicy character. there's also some wheat as it becomes bitter, and the hops have a bit of a grassy character.

This is still not my favourite tripel but I've come to understand it is well worthwhile now. cheers to westmalle, finally.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually prefer the Dubbel to this one. The Tripel is nonetheless a great beer. Colour is blonde and hazy, beer pours with an ENORMOUS head - too much, really. Lovely aroma of spices and citrus, flavour and aftertaste is spicy and quite bitter, not as complex and rounded as the Dubbel. Very potent with its 9.5% ABV, but the alcohol is relatively well hidden for a blonde. Like all trappistes well made, but not quite in the class of Rochefort.

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

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a thin white head that leaves just a touch of lace. Aroma of banana, passion fruit, clove, and musty yeast. Flavor consists of tropical fruits, honey and cloves, with a dry and somewhat pungent hop bitterness. Has a pronounced flavor of alcohol in the finish. Carbonation is a little too high for my liking, with a light to medium body.

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Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 16-5-04. Poured without the yeast sediment and clear gold, added a bit of sediment which clouded slightly and gave it a tint of light orange. Aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of grapefruit, berries and white grapes. Alcohol also present in aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent finishing a bit dry. Flavor is yeasty and malty with citrus overtones. Alcohol also making an appearance giving a nice warming sensation. Overall a nice complex tripel with lots of character.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.

Smell – Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.

Taste – This is hard core. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.

The fruits are amazing. This is raw, organic, just bought at the local health food store kind of flavors. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel – This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that I’ve ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.

Drinkability – The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.

Comments – The say that this style originated right here at Westmalle. I can certainly believe it. There is a depth to this ale that I am failing to describe. This thing is awesome.

Update – This was the 12th beer that I review on the site. Now, in 2004, over 1,000 reviews later, I thought I’d re-write my rating.

I have had other Belgians that shared portions of these flavors, but nothing that brings them all together like this one. This really is the ultimate Tripel in my book and certainly sets the standards for all others. The balance is the key to this ale, IMHO.

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Photo of TheDM
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a medium head of fine to large sized bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a cloudy yeasty light orange brown body. It has a mild yeast-malt aroma and a strong yeast bread flavor. The mouthfeel is initially tingling but soon diminsihes. This is indeed a very nice well rounded brew.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I acquired this bottle, 33cl,from a friend who had just been in Brussels so I assume this beer is fresher then most that are bought within the states. Poured a slightly dark golden color and possessed a head that lurked around for a few minutes. Taste was near nirvana with almost no hop being apparent but a perfect balance of the malt and hop was there not to make the sweetness cloying. Mouthful was a thick and was of thick and splendid malt making this beer extremely drinkable and almost addictive I wish I had permanent friends in Brussels to bring me samples of this fine beverage.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must send a big thanks to herbjones for giving me this one.
Appearance: This Tripel pours a hazy golden color with a big, foamy white head.
Aroma: The nose has a lot of spice & yeast in it. It is a very pleasant smell.
Taste: Westmalle Tripel tastes great. It's medium bodied, tingly on the tongue & a delight to enjoy.

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Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of citrus fruit, possibly orange. Nice underlying sweetness in the aroma. Highly caromanted and a pale gold in color with a white head. Candi sugar flavor and some orange on the tongue. Smooth drinking with a medium body. Overall quite pleasant.

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

I had this one in a 11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice glass. It pours a hazy light orange color with about 1 finger of head that goes away quickly and leaves just a little lacing. The smell is a good blend of fruit and hops. The taste has a good citrus/spicy note to it, with a good balance of hops at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, and even at 9.5%, this is a very drinkable tripel.

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Photo of nomad
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers I've relished in a few times without bothering to piece together a review. So here are some thoughts after varying results from different bottles. Dedication and much thanks to BA foxylady on this one...

Pours a gorgeous gold color with uber-abundant carbonation that keeps coming up all over the place. Has the softest looking thin head ever. Some great chunky lace and some soft lace, too.

Smell includes yeasty, light banana, and clove scents. Just through my nose I could pick up the very complex blend of malt, hops, and yeast. The younger the bottle (a problem with imports) the more fruity, fresh, warm, and appealing the scents will be.

The taste is an amazing cream and biscuit flavor, like a liquid bread from god. Has a succinct hops tinge that is superbly executed, it lies in the background and is very fresh. Has little earthy and herby notes, too. Warming from the alcohol, but ticks up the bits of sugary sweet swimming around in the flavors. A truly phenomenal taste, for me the definition of a tripel.

Has a long and pleasantly dry finish, a nice soft mouthfeel with small stabs at the tongue from the carbonation; both complement the cream, biscuit, herby, and sugar flavors so well.

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Photo of Boto
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Briiliant golden in color. Beautiful thick white head. Complex nose. Mild fruitiness to the nose: Bananas? clove? Orange? Hard to tell. Wonderful flavor, complex, but subtle. Slight yeastiness. One of my favorites. Note: bottle was a 750ml bottle conditioned version that I picked up across the street from the abbey. I wish that it cost $3.25 here!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong brew, this Trappist Tripel. Deep leathery orange with fine fizzy head and lasting lace. Yeast, sweet malt, hops, alcohol and earthy aromas. The deep rich malt invites heavy gulping. High in complex hops. Lightly sweet and heavily strong. A yeasty flavor is lingering behind the bitter and peppery tastes. Strong, Strong, Strong! Whew!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive exploding white head with tiny bubbles and prominent lace. Semi-opaque body. Interesting fruity ester aroma. Solid hop bitterness and lucious fruit. Sweet tasting blond malts. Creamy mouthfeel. This is so delicious, goes down much too fast, I want it to last forever. A wonderful brew.

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Photo of Garin
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured a golden yellow colour, slightly cloudy (though the bulk of the sediment remained in the bottle). Some of the sediment is persistently suspended. The head was voluminous, snow white, and cleared within a few minutes in my goblet leaving a thick lacing.

The aroma is decidedly hoppy. Fresh citrusy smells dominate, with some grassy and honey aromas also present.

While it's in my mouth, the flavour is pleasantly but decidedly bitter all around the back of my tongue, and even onto the back of my palate. There is also a little sweetness. Spicy cloves come through, some bitter orange peel, along with a touch of banana. Yeast is present, and probably stronger than it should be (next time I'll let it settle even longer). Mild malt flavours build over time.

In the mouth, it feels smooth and light, with a pleasant warming effect. Light carbonation and the bitter taste let it feel quite sharp, which really masks the alcohol to devastating effect. Oy.

Overall, I find the bitter aftertaste to dominate a little too heavily, and it detracts from the drinkability quite a bit. I'm nearly finished the bottle, and I swear I've just been chewing on orange peels. Still, there are lots of interesting flavours to ferret out here, and it's enjoyable while I'm drinking it. I'd have it again.

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

Well, finally had to order this one since I still haven't seen show up in our stores. This beer poured a cloudy gold color with some sediment present(but the road trip might account for that). If formed wonderful foamy/puffy white head that stayed the lace stuck to the edges like glue. You could white wash your walls with that stuff. A huge amount of carbonation was present, which may account for that. An aroma of malt, bannana and cloves. A flavor of malt, clove, bannanas and bread/yeast. A medium finish with slight hint of the alcohol present. Worth the trouble getting, but hopefully less toublesome in the future. Ohio needs to quit being ignored!

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Photo of TXHops
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had Westmalle Triple in several years, so it was nice of Marc77 to send me some, as it's still not around in TX... Just like I expected (and remembered), the beer emerges from the bottle a hazed yellowy golden color, with a beautiful blanket of snow-like foam across the top of the glass. Adding the trub obviously clouds the beer considerably, though doesn’t result in an opaque beer.. The beer laces a little less than I remembered or expected, and the head's not quite as billowy as some Tripel-style ales, but the presentation is still quite appetizing.

After an initial waft of coconut during the pour, the more usual suspects of aroma marched out—phenolic, banana-ish esters mix with lemon sorbet and clean, fresh, cool yeast. Adding the yeast trub increased the clean yeasty aroma, but didn’t alter much else.

The flavor is quintessentially tripel, though in an understated way, if that’s possible from the originator of the style. It seems that the copycats tend toward bigger flavors, but Westmalle has it just right, IMO. The subtle, soft, pale maltiness mixes wonderfully with the lightness of the candi sugar and the billowy airiness of the Trappist yeast. The resulting fruity, warming, slightly peachy, slightly lemony beer is well balanced and ridiculously subtle and complex. Just like I like my Belgians to be. The imitators need to go back to the original for a lesson in balance…

After an initial waft of coconut during the pour, the more usual suspects of aroma marched out—phenolic, banana-ish esters mix with lemon sorbet and clean, fresh ,cool yeast. Adding the yeast trub increased the clean yeasty aroma, but didn’t alter much else.

The flavor is quintessentially tripel, though in an understated way, if that’s possible from the originator of the style. It seems that the copycats tend toward bigger flavors, but Westmalle has it just right, IMO. The subtle, soft pale maltiness mixes wonderfully with the lightness of the candi sugar and the billowy airiness of the Trappist yeast. The resulting fruity, warming, slightly peachy, slightly lemony beer is well balanced and ridiculously subtle and complex. Just like I like my Belgians to be. The imitators need to go back to the original for a lesson in balance…

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When many a brew are lauded for their boldness and brashness, it's wonderfully refreshing to sit down and savor a perfectly balanced product that soothes and mellows. Westmalle triple is just such a delightful ale.

Color is a hazy orange, and the head's a full, towering stack of crackling, lacey, creamy foam.

Aroma is led by sugar and spice, followed by everything nice.

On my first sip: sublime! Utterly heavenly! Light, smooth, uplifting, dazzling in every way.
Some fruitiness comes through in the middle, peaches, orange, slight citrus. Hops are lively, malt is solid, and delivers more than sufficient sweetness.
My satisfaction grows with each rewarding sip. I feel that I ought to re-consider every beer I deemed "perfect" prior to this. Soft, smooth, mellow, with a dominant and delightful finish.

Can a beer be better than this, be more perfect than perfect?
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Photo of ElGuapo
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As you pop the top off, a blast of citrus fills the air. Pistol smoke oozes out of the bottle. It pours to a cloudy straw colored orange with masses of cloud like foam on top that just refuses to die. Sweet aromas of fruits and oranges are the first to your nose, and you then pick up alcohol and yeast with a touch of spice.

Crisp carbonation gives it a great start as it tingles your tongue. It is very smooth with a nice medium to full body. Their is a little level of citrus that stays in the flavor of this beer which is otherwise sweet. The yeast adds a nice dry characteristic towards the end, and there is then a small hit of alcohol. After that the aftertaste is dry and bready. I could have really used a little more complexity in this one, but it was a very fine beer as far as flavoring goes. I was most impressed with the mouthfeel. It starts crisp, and smoothes out after a while. The alcohol is warming. Every part of your mouth will be involved in the feel of this beer as it awakens all your nerves right down your throat. This is a great beer, and it had big shoes to fill following up a Westy 12.

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-amber beer with chunks of sediment in it. It pours with a thick, white head that lasts the entire glass. The aroma sweet and fruity, with yeast, apricot, clove and banana notes prevalent. It is a very complex aroma that is reminiscent of some weizens as well as the standard triple smells. The taste is dominated by alcohol up front, which gives way to a very strong clove flavor. Sweetness fills in behind the alcohol fumes, which has hints of carmelized sugar and banana. A robust bitterness finishes off the flavor profile. A unique lingering aftertaste is also pleasant, and reminiscent of alcohol-laced bubble gum. The mouthfeel is very rich, and coats the tongue while still having a lightness to it due to the fine carbonation. The drinkability is good from the enjoyment factor, but the alcohol factor hurts it just a bit. An enjoyable beer that is well worth experiencing.

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Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale golden color that's hazy as all hell with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. A thick off-white head starts strong and lasts throughout, leaving a heavy dose of lace down the side of my Trappist chalice.

Smell: Has a spicy and fruity nose with lots of banana and clove. Very nice...

Taste: Lots of banana, clove, and sweet malt character. Fantastic balance between them... The alcohol asserts itself in the flavor, but doesn't take over. Finishes spicy and aggressive with a great warming effect on the palate, along with a yeasty flavor. I love it...

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. It just begs for another sip...

Drinkability: Suprisingly high considering it's strength. It's lighter body and the fact that the alcohol is fairly well hidden make this a steady sipper. Be careful with this one, it could get you in trouble!

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was quite pleased (and suprised) to find this yesterday. This is my favorite of the style, and it doesn't get any better. Poured a magnificent head, with good retention. Golden color, great lace. But most of all, a great taste! Fruity, spicy, drinkable, with a helluva punch! If you like Cinq Cents, La Fin Du Monde, Tremens, Don De Dieu, etc., you'll love this. World class, all the way!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,590 ratings
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