Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of woemad
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Daanen’s Delicatessen in Hayden, Idaho for $4.95. Best by date on back of bottle listed as 11/05/08. Not sure if that’s supposed to be November 5 or May 11, but since both dates are over a year away I suppose it doesn’t matter.

This beer pours what initially looks to be a straw color, but once it sits in the glass it looks more of a honey color, with about 1 ½ inches of white foam. Lower down in the glass can be seen a fine layer of sediment. A slight agitation brings back the head once it has dropped. Massive sheets of white lace drip down the sides of the St.Bernardus glass leaving a sticky webbing behind.

The nose smells tart, but with a balancing sweetness. There are elements of citrus fruits like grapefruit, along with banannas, cloves, even a bit of pineapple.

The taste starts off with a tart, grapefruity citrus blast, which is then coupled with a subordinate honey-like sweetness that takes a backseat to the tarty elements. Is tarty a word? I don’t care. But one thing is clear – this doesn’t taste as complex as I thought it would based on the nose. Kinda bums me out, but there’s still enough going on so that this is a decent example of the style (at least as I have experienced it) but not a life changing one.

The mouthfeel is complex. It’s fairly light-bodied and dry, yet creamy.

A tripel that is very good, would be my description of this beer. My problem was I was expecting a truly great beer that could be considered a benchmark. Maybe mine’s a fluke, I don’t know, but I’ll be hitting other tripels before I come back to this one.

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Photo of lawrence76
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely orange/light amber with an absolutely billowing white head which is so dense it forms its own weird shapes & semi-permanent structures which hold up regardless of the shrinking amount of beer upon which they stand

Aroma is hoppy & yeasty. Seems particularly fresh to me. Flavour is sweet maltiness at first, but only for a quick half-second. Soon a perceptable hop bitterness kicks in and mingles with a luxurious creamy body. Creamy. Smooth proteins roll over the tongue & whole mouth, coating you in happiness. At the end some hop aromatics become noticable.

Slight alcohol warmth.

Dangerously quaffable.

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Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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 treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at T.J.'s Everyday in Paoli, PA. It was poured in a snifter.
Appearance: The body is a gold cloudy color. The head is white, thin with good retention and lacing.
Smell: The aromas are mostly hoppy, earth tones and pine, with pale malt.
Taste: The flavors are again mostly earth hops with hits of pine hiding, but with lots of warming boozy "notes."
Mouthfeel: This is a crisp drink.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of ratedz
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 5 ounce sample at a recent tasting party. Pours a hazy amber with some noticeable sediment.

Smell is slightly funky, malty, with hints of banana and some dark fruits.

Taste was dominated by some funky yeast and bread-like malts. The banana that was present in the nose is also there. Slightly spicy with a bit of hops on the finish.

Light body makes this smooth and creamy. High carbonation. Drinkability was slightly above average since it was something that I probably wouldn't drink multiple bottles of in one sitting.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy golden yellow with a foamy 1-finger head. Medium carbonation

S: Yeasty, honey, spices and alcohol

T: It opens with an alcohol flavor, passing through some hop bitterness and finishing with some yeasty and bready notes

M: Medium to full body with a crisp medium carbonation

O: Good beer, but the alcohol flavor is a bit too strong.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a claret.

Appearance-Beautiful. Blonde body with just carbonation shooting to the top of the glass. Head is a very frothy about 4 finger head, after a non-aggressive pour. Carbonation is wild. Retention is outstanding, which I expected and lacing is oustanding. Just a picture perfect beer.

Smell-Was expecting alot of spice but really just got some subtleness. Big lemony and peachy aroma and light breadiness.

Taste-Lots of Black Pepper, the first thing i really notice, some sweetness comes through. The lemon follows the aroma and the finish has some light booze along w/ some very subtle hops.

Mouthfeel-Very dry, reminds me of a Chardonnay in a way. Carbonation is very high.

Overall-A nice Tripel, but I'll take La Fin Du Monde over this any day of the week. A little too much alcohol came through and nothing totaly wowed me, but the beer is still very good.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Farnam House Brewing snifter. Best before date of 10/03/16. Sipped on while listening to Dynamite Hemorrhage radio.

Ap: Pours a huge pillowy head of three fingers atop a hazy golden yellow body. Lots of carbonation activity with some yeast floating about. Looks amazing.

Ar: On the nose light bubblegum, oxidized bananas, apple slices, moderate clove spice which I appreciate and confectioners’ sugar. Spot on for a triple.

T: Nice blend of oxidized banana/fruit flavors with a bit of citrus sweetness. The spice yeast phenols ala clove are stronger than the fruity esters but still with a good balance. Nice white frosting type sweetness kept in check by a firm bitterness and a very soft malt backbone. Alcohol comes off a bit spicy/perfume like with only a moderate warmth. Sip sip sip.

Mf: Effervescent with a medium feel. Sweet but not too sweet thanks to the dryness. Low alcohol warmth, quite drinkable.

Overall: Textbook classic triple. Huge head with good retention. Has a nice sweetness cut by the high carbonation and dryness. Great drinkability despite its strength. Good balance between the fruity esters and spicy yeast phenols; not too spice forward. One of those beers you should have if you’re at all into Belgian ales, as so many Belgian style US made beers are based off of this one.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, honeyed orange with a huge white head that leaves gorgeous tiered lacing.

Aromas are dry, yeasty, and malty, but not terribly expressive.

Subtly fruity (peach/berry) as it enters the mouth, but the flavor profile develops and becomes high-toned, somewhat raw, dry but not bitter, finishing long, with a tannin-like impression and a tiny bit of tartness. Chewing the beer brings out a little spice, mainly pepper. Alcohol is masked, and the mouthfeel is medium.

A subtle, dry classic.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Tripel is a cloudy dim golden ale with many big particles and a huge lumpy, foamy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a spicy barnyard aroma. It smells like a Saison to me. There are hints of fruit and possibly licorice and hay. It is medium bodied, a bit foamy, very smooth and the finish is clean. The flavor is peppery and leathery. It is spicy like clove and coriander. There is a grassy aspect to the taste. The flavors are very well blended. It's a solid Tripel, but I was expecting something to knock my socks off.
(rated Jul 2, 2008)

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a huge blooming head that leaves a masive amount of lacing,I get a large dose of grassy hopps in the aroma with a light spiciness.Flavor has a smoky quality along with a big dose of grassy hop finishing big and spicey.A beer full of flavor just what I was looking for very well done.

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Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden color with a large white head that has great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass throughout consumption.

Fruity and vinous aroma. I also detect some pepper and cloves. Along with the alcohol makes this one strong smelling beer.

The flavor let me down just a little bit. Has a pungent spice flavor at the start and finishes with a heavy alcohol taste. Very warming as it goes down. Lingering alcohol aftertaste.

Medium body with abundant carbonation but it does not seem harsh too me. Nothing really interesting about the texture.

Very boozy and somewhat expensive will limit my purchasing this beer. Looks and smells stunning but the flavor is not my prefered type in a Tripel.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duvel tulip

pours a hazy yellow, has a very rocky 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

lightly fruity on the nose, bits of grape, some sweetness, bits of citrus and some pepper.

lightly fruity again up front, has some orange skin flavors floating around in there as well, almost tannic at times, has a nice bit of sweet booze and spice on the finish.

very light in body, dry, very crisp, smooth, and light

Overall not bad, miles ahead of some other triples I've had, dont really love it though, it's a fantastic brew though dont get me wrong

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Photo of bigbubba
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bright gold beer with lots of head and carbonation. It smells like white wine, with some additional fruitiness and a bit of musty yeast. The taste starts out friuty and becomes very spicy. There is just enough bitterness to balance it. The alcohol is not real obvious. The mouthfeel is very nice. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a nice foamy white head, lots of carbonation.

Smells of alcohol at first, some light fruit, pear, apple, mango, some clove spiciness, too much of an alcohol smell though.

Tastes yeasty, fruity, some spiciness. Some sort of lager taste also, and nice hop bitterness. This does not hide the alcohol well at all, perhaps with age...too alchoholic tasting.

Nice frothy mouthfeel, pretty drinkable for 9.5, except for the alchohol. La Fin du Monde puts this to shame..

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a stiff solid meringue head that is going nowhere and a fascinating color gradation: palest white gold at the edges, peach in the middle, all with light catching on the cloudy particles. Little lacing. Nose is wax, banana milkshake, wildflowers, soap and a touch of booze. Overripe pear and white sugar up front, clove spice starts to burn through, then a big whiff of fusels hits, followed by some leathery notes, white pepper and a hint of leaf and lemon rind at the end. Prickly carbonation, soft, medium, very dry, some definite heat.

Flavors are pretty forceful and it just doesn't - cohere. Really feels like it needs a year in the cellar. I think I might prefer Karmeliet.

For reputation and how pretty it looked coming out of the bottles, a bit of a let down.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden color that appears almost cloudy in the center. The head is rich and foamy with a really creamy appearance. The lacing is intricate and goes down the whole glass.

S- Obviously lots of belgian yeastiness and a nice spice profile. Wheat, bananas, mild clove and a light easter aroma come through.

T- Wow, it's way smoother than it smells (not that it smells bad). It's complex, yeasty, very spicy, yet refreshing. It's slightly sweet with banana notes.

M- Creamy and refreshing with a slight alcohol warmth.

D- It would be way more drinkable if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

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Photo of palma
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy yellow body. Hefty white head leaves a good Belgian lace.

Immediate fruit essence mainly consisting of pear and orange. Very malty nose. I caught some pungent whiffs of grain alcohol. Faint aroma of tomatoes?? Can't say I didn't like it, however. This brew woke my ass up in a good way. Aroma warns you this is a no-BS-brew, at 9.5% ABV.

Fruit punch-like flavor. Tropical fruit? Underlying chocolate, toffee, and maybe even light coffee notes. Bitter citrus flavors dominate throughout. An intriguing tartness towards the end. Finishes semi-dry/dry. The bitter citrus sticks around in the aftertaste. Raw alcohol flavor present big time. You can't miss it.

Nice delicate bubbly mouthfeel. Full in the mouth yet, refreshing.

One of the better Tripels I've tried. Much better than St. Bernardus IMO.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

probably my favorite of the trappist tripels. pours a clearish straw golden color with an excellent white head. light and airy. smells like a farm in august, cut grass, hay, pollen, and of course the belgian yeast. taste is a little sweet, but not bad as tripels go, well hidden alcohol, grassy hops, fruity and light spice as it wanes. even a hint of banana in there. epic mouthfeel, with tons of bright carbonation and a light body. overall a damn good tripel, exemplary of the style, but just a touch too light. doesnt arouse me necessarily, but its a nice easy drinking quality ale

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Photo of BostonHops
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy, dull golden-yellow while yielding a creamy finger plus of white head; decent retention, lacing.

nose is a nice potpourri of fruit, spice, belgian yeast and alcohol esters. i get a touch of clove, maybe a trace of hops... the flavor is somewhat dry with the aroma characters all pulling through - fruit, spice, yeast - and there's a distinct hoppy bitterness in the background, plus a bit of a tartness... more bitterness and some booze coming in the finish. overall a good beer, but to me i'm not sure i'd rank this as the ultimate example of a belgian tripel. in fact i'm sure i wouldn't: solid but far from my favorite trappist offering.

medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. very drinkable considering the well-blended 9.5% ABV. i would recommend this beer, but would advise one to keep his or her expectations in check going in - i was prepared to be blown away by the tripel archetype and that just didn't happen, unfortunately.

originally reviewed: 10-31-2010

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last year for the Super Bowl I did the Dubbel, so this year why not the Tripel. Poured into Ridel large wine glass, not a perfect type, but should do the trick.
Pours a bit cloudy yellow, pale gold. The bottle dripped some and I'm not sure what that's about. Very big full head.
Nice sweet malt aroma. Some strong fruity, yeasty aroma while pouring, almost like melons, but didn't pick it up much after that. Aroma isn't overpowering or overwhelming, but good enough.
Initial sips aren't as impressive as I expected. Fairly simple and straight-forward. Pale clean malt. Some intense sweetness, but actually quite low on fruit character. Rather strong dryness with long retention. Fruit starts to appear as warms and airs out, but so does a rather strong almost hot alcohol.
A couple of drinks towards the end showed what this beer could be - fruit, sweet, candi-fruit, fruity-candi, nice. But alas it was fleeting.
Thin side of moderate body with appropriate lightness with the carbonation. Somehow feels filling - maybe it's just all the snacks.
I expected more from this. Date on bottle is 26/1/08 (so it's either really fresh or just hitting "best by" date). There was a time in which this beer was a top 100 beer. This bottle wouldn't have been one.

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Photo of jnezda
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer from the 750 ml Bottle with Synthetic cork and it lived up to the brewery's reputation. I keep being drawn to the Belgium beers so this was a good choice.

Appearance: Poors much lighter than once it settled into my favorite snifter. Head was full and tight with little to no lacing. The beer settling into a cloudy amber with slight cling of the head to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity, honey sweet nectar. Not as heavily scented as some of the other trippels but very pleasant with appealing refreshing smell.

Taste: Good trippel with enough yeast to leave the fulfilling aftertaste in many of the Trappist Beers.

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a close knit carbonation that sits forward on the tongue and leaves your taste buds yearning for more. The sour of the beer almost makes the drinker thirsty so each sip sort of gains on you in more ways than one.

Drinkablity: Good beer overall but does come across as being too light for a trippel. The murky amber color seems like it would be more filling but the flavor is quite nice.

Overall I recommend this trippel.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2/10/10. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Upon opening, a lazy rise of foam gives me plenty of time to get my glass before it billows over the side of the bottle. A gentle pour gives a little less than 2 fingers of white head which falls to a thin cap. Color is a hazy gold. No lace.

Aroma is bright, spicy, light fruits. Lemon, a little grassy. A slight funk and promising tartness.

Flavor starts with bruised fruits, musty grains. The bruised character remains throughout. Joined by a bitterness and faint spiciness in the finish. Bitterness was surprisingly strong when the brew was colder; it's mellowed as it has warmed.

Good feel, carbonation is nice and smooth.

I've had a handful of tripels now, and they're still a challenge to pin down. One of the reasons I keep coming back I guess.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with a synthetic cork. Pours a hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy two-finger thick pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite yeasty, despite the beer resting unsettled for two weeks in my beer fridge. There is also lots of spicy yeast driven notes with pepper, ginger and lemon being most notable. As I get used to the aroma some fruit notes begin to pick up, with notes of green apple and tart pear being evident. The green apple note really becomes quite apparent after a bit.

The beer is full and peppery after my first sip. The beer almost has a creamy consistency and the spice notes give it a piquant sharpness that I like in a good Tripel. The spiciness hold throughout the taste profile of this beer, finishing with a sharp ginger like note at the end. This has a fairly full body to it, yet still remains quite dry on the palate, mainly I think because of the yeasty spiciness. As I mentioned this tastes quite yeasty as well, it gives it a sharp yeast bite to it. The beer has a light tartness to it that plays up the fruity aspects of the beer; mostly I get notes of green apple but there are notes of pear and a bit of tart plum as well, it also plays up the ginger note that is found in this beer.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw with tons of small yeasties floating in the glass. Lots of foamy head that lingers quite a while.
Smells very spicy, phenol, alcohol, clove and banana.
Lots of spice in the taste, nutmeg, clove, mild alcohol.
Well carbonated with a slick, smooth mouthfeel.
Nice sipper with some soft cheese and nuts.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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