Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BA SCORE
92.9%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 4,566 ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#518
Reviews:
1,754
Ratings:
4,566
Liked:
4,244
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
4.86
 
 
Wants:
439
Gots:
886
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 4,566 |  Reviews: 1,754
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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Photo of HopheadEd
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A careful pour produced a short, creamy white head that slowly faded to a 1/4 inch, and stayed, stayed, stayed. Big, yeasty aroma, fruity, sweet. A creamy mouthfeel with a big carbonation bite, fading to a tart, fruity crisp, and slightly alcohol aftertaste. Finishes with a short, dry, yet lingering peachy, apricot end. Unbelievable beer. A whole bunch of things going on here, and I enjoyed every one of them. The only reason I scored the drinkability low was because of the alcohol. I am however within walking distance of the bar! (Which is why I had three!)

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Photo of maxpower
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brownish orange color with floating yeast particles, has a foamy off white head that clings to my glass. Bready yeasty aroma of bananas. Sweet and malty fruity flavors with a slight bubblegum yeasty taste. Medium-full body with a dry finish, alcohol taste comes out as it warms, I like the Dubbel a little better, a bit more balanced.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit let down when I tried the Westmalle Dubbel, so I'm hoping this bier makes amends! This baby has a peachy, golden color. It is somewhat hazy already, even with a careful pour. Some tiny yeasty bits (is that like naughty bits?) have already made their way into the bier and are hovering around aimlessly! The head is a whipped-cream white, nice and fluffy. There was some yeasty and fruity aroma-notes, but it was much too mild. Very pleasant mouthfeel comprised of medium-plus body and minimal-carbonation producing a decent smoothness. A bit of yeasty spiciness initiates the assault on my palate. The second wave is made-up of some fruity aspects (perhaps even slightly peachy). It is a good-tasting bier, yet nothing really shakes me to the roots. Better than their Dubbel, yet not earth-shaking, imho.

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and nebulous on the pour, the head mastodonic in size, frothy in its texture with the color a bright white, the residual lace forms a thin and sealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of "Bubble Gum" up front and some lemon like tones also present, quite crisp and fresh. Stingingly acidic, beautifully hopped, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and one quaffable beer and one I drink quite often.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - Didn't really know what to expect here, I don't have much experience with the style so I had very few preconceptions. Starting off, I think I poured it a little rough because I had a 10 minute wait for the white spongy head to die down. There was thick lacing down the sides (thought I had a soapy glass at first). The color is a dull gold with a cloudy vision. It smells of fruit, spice and alcohol - it really has a strong but pleasant smell. You do not have to stress your olfactory skills here. The taste was fruit again, maybe apricot, with spices like nutmeg and cloves - great. Strong finish and very drinkable for such a strong brew. This makes me want to concentrate on this style for a bit.

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

750ml bottle, cellared for 1 year (previous review based on 330ml bottles without aging)

What does it mean to be a tripel? Three times better than any other beer...no, its much better than that. Westmalle may well be the best tripel on the planet (I haven't had every tripel on the planet, but of the ones I have had, its #1).

Bright golden body with a super-sized frothy white head. There is a significant yeast collection in the bowels of this bottle. Smells rich and complex. Malt, yeast, pear and apple, and even alcohol make-up the aroma. The taste is quite lively. Malty sweetness and yeast impart a definite fruity (particularly apple) association. The alcohol is not shy at all, and hits like a freight train towards the back of the mouth. A very warming beer. Finishes quite dry and the carbonation plays well in the mouth.

Did I mention that I really like this beer? This is a contender for the best beer tried to date.

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Photo of Suds
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mountainous, rocky, brilliant white head with fish-eye bubbles. Huge clumps of foam adhere to the side of the glass. Hazy orange color. Aroma is malty, floral, and fruity (citrus and ripe, meaty fruit). There’s alcohol in the background of the aroma as well, but it doesn’t step forward until the beer hits your tongue. Warming, soft, full and malty…the taste is extremely enjoyable. There’s yeast and pepper in the hind-taste. Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great smell of white wine, apples and citrus fruits when you pour this hazy gold beauty. Giant, rocky white head crowns the brew and laces impressively down the flute. Even with a careful pour it's impossible to hold this foam in the glass. Fine carbonation escapes and trickles to the surface as I admire this Triple before sipping.

Upfront fruitiness combines plum, currant and some full bodied yeastiness with Belgian earthy flavors. Alcohol cuts the sweetness and makes this one of the dryer triples I have tried. Hops are way in the background and don't contribute any noticeable flavors. Spiciness lingers in the dryish finish. This my first experience with Westmalle and won't be the last.

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

Clouded, yet bright golden in color. Pillowy white head lasts a good long white, settling to lumpy piles.
Loads of honey and pale malts on the nose. Fruity undercurrents (mostly tropical and citrus). Alcohol wafts on occasion. Hops are noticed.
Starts off quite fruity, taste-wise, with apricot, pineapple, lemon and orange notes. Turns vinous at this point, and displays some tart grape / wine characteristics. Grass and hay enter next, mixed with a dose of vanilla. This all precedes a large surge of alcohol. Yeastiness stays somewhat masked, but adds some musty and peppery accents. Floral hop bitterness lingers toward the finish.
Body is both thick and spritzy. Sublimely appropriate.
Still a baby (bb: 16/05/04). This would be worth watching mature.

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Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Slightly hazy dark straw hued brew is topped by a thick, mountainous, seemingly static porcelain white head. Sparse yeast aggregates lazily flow amongst the bubbles. Honey - glazed nuts, sugary, lightly caramelized fruit dominate the aroma, while black pepper alcohol & licorice add complexity to the bouquet. Juicy, sugary sweet candied fruit flavors hit the palate upfront, then give way to mellow pepper spiciness, light nuttiness & yeast mustiness. Mild clove persists as a constant undertone. Sweetness, although assertive, maintains a constantly luscious smoothness from start to finish. Full, almost chewy in body w/ more than sufficient residual dextrins to lend a velvety mouthfeel. Finishes slightly tart w/ lingering black pepper on the tip of the tongue and satisfying alcohol warmth coating the throat. Westmalle Triple exhibits tremendous drinkabily considering its strength. The overall flavor profile is deep with an assertive, but well controlled sweetness.

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Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden appearance...big foamy white head. An ever so gentle swirl dislodges some chunky yeast. The aroma is fruity, sugary and alcoholic. In fact the first few sips are predominately alcohol. Once the beer warms the fruity (white grape, pear) complexities become evident but are subdued. A slightly sweet finish is quickly overtaken by a semi phenolic sensation. Hmm...curious given the stellar reviews here so far. I didn't think the alcohol was blended well with this one. Perhaps it was too fresh/young with a best by date of March 2004. Purchased in Europe, 33cL bottle, 9.5% abv.

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

It's a cloudy color between gold and copper with a thick foamy, lumpy head. Aroma is really nice, juicy oranges with a faint bite of alcohol underneath it. Unlike some Belgian strongs I've had, the mouthfeel isn't fuzzy. Instead it's on the light side of creamy. The flavor is not very strong. Most tripels seem to be firework displays on the tongue, but this one is much more subtle. Slightly malty and fruity up front with a dry, slightly bitter short finish. While there are some floral notes in the nose, it seems more floral on the tongue, tasting nectarish, but not as sweet, at times. I'm enjoying this much more than I have most of the other Belgians I've had.

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

A really good triple, the only bad thing is that it can be a bit too much and maybe perhaps a bit sticky, but other than that its world class.

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Photo of Jason
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You can find this one just as much as the Double in Belgium and everywhere in Brussels. Sweet nectar of the gods I could not get enough of it ... it was so damn fresh even the bottles that I drank at 1:00 am in my hotel room to put me asleep were obviously ten times fresher than what we get in the states.

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

Presentation: 33cl custom European-style brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "trappist" around the neck.

Appearance: Cloudy pale orange with a nice head! It's got the whole Brussels Lace going on with a creamy, bitty head that sticks a retains with little awakening (swirling in the glass).

Smell: Tart apricot, lemon grass, pepper, pale malts and alcohol all wrapped in a slighly pungent aroma.

Taste: A bit crisp upfront with a slick mouthfeel. Many layers to this brew: fruit (ripe passion/apricot), big burst of spicy alcohol, fresh cut hay flavour, dextrin sweetness, raw honey, yeast and a slight medicinal background flavour. Complex. Very complex.

Notes: The quintessential triple in our humble opinions. An exceptional beer, blissful to taste. Roughly 9% abv.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 4,566 ratings
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