Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light orange pour, slightly hazy with a big, off-white head. Great retention.
Smell is malt, yeast, spice (pepper & ?), orange & lemon, a note of smoke in the back.
Taste is yeast, hops, orange & lemon, spice and alcohol.
Warming after an initial tang & hop bite, spice note lingers nicely with the hops. Medium/full body.
Good stuff, Maynard. Feels like a stronger, fuller-bodied hefe-wiezen for lack of a better comparison.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle while in Aruba on vacation, poured into a large wine glass.

A cloudy, golden orange colored tripel fills the glass with a thin, white head on top. The foam recedes quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing. The aroma is spritzy, bursting with fruits such as pear, pineapple, and banana, as well as a citrusy hint. I'm lovin' the vanilla fragrance, very enticing.

The flavor doesn't stand as well on its own as I had hoped. It's a bit on the bland side for a tripel, and requires the help of some gouda cheese to tease out the true nuances of its taste. Some sweet vanilla notes pair with a touch of spice and hop. The 9.5% is masked well at first, but a dominating alcohol note warms through eventually. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated with a light body and a nice alcoholic bite to the aftertaste. Very drinkable, surprisingly so for a tripel, there's enough complexity to go around, but the flavor was just a bit off the mark.

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Photo of uberabr
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet. Head is huge and snow white. Cloudy, glowing golden yellow. Smell is spicy, fresh, but somewhat phenolic. Delicate malts and citrus notes linger with mild diacetyl butterscotch and fruity esters.

Taste is very strong. You can definitely taste the booze, and it's somewhat harsh, but somehow balanced well by the sweet lemon-pepper malt and bouquet of aromatic fruits and flowers that smell of roses and light white-chocolate cherries. Very spicey too, with some caramel and apple acetaldehyde that could use some conditioning. All in all very pleasant brew. If I had a good cellar I'de let it mature for a year because it would be a real treat.

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Photo of apfactor
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a soft gold color with a yeasty haze. A light foamy head sprouted up.

Citrus smell along with the presence of alcohol. A nice
foreshadow for the drinker!

Taste matches the smell at first. Fruity/Citrus taste, then it gives way to the hops which caught me off guard for this style brew.

This Tripel has more hop presence then others. The hops slightly buzz the palate, then the alcohol pops up to say hello. Dangerously smooth to drink. Fun in a bottle. The sweetness covers some of the alcohol but does not completely mask it as you may find in a double.

( 33cl bottle)

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Photo of BarrelO
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50th beer review!

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. I pop the cap and...of course, it's a gusher. Luckily, only a little bit spills on the counter.

A: Pale orange with a huge gorgeous head that never quite goes away.

S: Dominated by grassy hops. It's difficult to make out anything else.

T: A nice mix of lemony tartness and clean noble hop bitterness. Bready aftertaste with a hint of fruitiness.

M: Light and effervescent with tons of carbonation.

D: Does this deserve its status as a world classic? I'd say so, especially considering that it set the template for all the BSPAs that followed. The only problem is that Duvel is even better and is available at significantly less cost. But if you can get this for free, it's a definite thumbs up.

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Photo of sjclay00
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with lots of bubbles from the carbonation. A nice head with a good 2 finger measure
S- The alcohol is present in the smell but mostly plain with small amount of yeast
T- Great taste a little dry but very nice
M- nice mouthfeel with high amounts of carbonation
D- Easy to drink but the % of alcohol could put you down quick

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Photo of abecall98
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer looks great. Very light pale color, pours nice white head, great lacing too.

S - is sweet, with slight bitterness. The smell leaves you with a dry feeling

T - taste is sweet, dry, flavors include esters of raisins, sugar, and other sweet fruit. A little booze in there too.

M - Carbonated, the aftertaste is really dry, rather refreshing

D - I may have trouble finishing my 750 of this bad boy. The booze taste is a little too much. Not the most drinkable, and definitely a sipper

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Photo of tewaris
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel
Brouwerij Westmalle (Adbij der Trappisten van Westmalle)
Belgian Tripel
9.5% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of August 31, 2011 poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice on September 25, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Pours very clear, bubbly, golden yellow with a big white creamy and rocky head, with great retention and magnificent lacing. Very beautiful beer. The last part of the bottle was stirred and poured in the end, and was murky light brown as expected.

Aroma 4/5
Spicy, phenolic, with banana like notes.

Taste 3.5/5
Opens faintly fruity, followed by spice, and then a dry bittering finish. Alcohol warmth and aroma is felt, but is not harsh. The aftertaste is long and spicy with a very present bitterness. I didn't get the fruitiness that I was expecting from this beer, although I know that this is the quintessential tripel, so my expectations were misplaced. Yet, the fact remains that the taste wasn't to my liking. Perhaps a fresher bottle, or a different setting will do more justice to this beer.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Crisp, effervescent, and light on the palate. Yet, not refreshing, because of strong spicy notes; not a fault by any means!

Drinkability 4/5
The taste is not very pleasing to me, which is a shame considering this is the "mother of all tripels". However, drinkability is still very good, and the high alcohol is barely felt which is spot on for this style.

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Photo of daythree16
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark golden with just a few bits of floating sediment near the bottom. Huge fluffy head.

Aromas of fruity esters and spicy alcohol. A hint of cherry sourness in the background. Maybe some coriander as well. Spicy alcohol again on the taste. Dry and bitter finish that mellows as it warms, but is never as palatable as some tripels.

Medium bodied with good drinkability, but I was a little let down by this one. Good for sure, but I'll still take La Fin du Monde.

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

From "Bistro des bières belges" on Montreal's south shore (bottle was 9,5% rather than 9 as shown here). The glass looks somehow oldish and interesting, looks even better once the golden beer is in it. It smells hmm.. perhaps yeasts and some hops too along with spices. The taste is more sour than most trappists I've had, alcohol level becomes obvious, spices stay on the tongue for a little time

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

A - gold yellow color
S - starts with grapefruit and continues with a smell of citruses
T - smooth taste with tones of citruses, apricot, banana with light bready finish.
M - medium to low body with high carbonation
D - pretty drinkable one, however you're not "forced" to drink another one

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Photo of bigman147
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour - Bright gold with a thick heavy white head. A lot of lacing on the glass. Also a noticible amount of sediment (yeast) in the glass. This gives it the combination of hazy unfiltered with the added benefit of allowing for proper cellaring.

Aroma - Very complex and ever changing. When I first opened the bottle, I was struck by the slight sulphidic/yeasty character. As the beer warmed slightly, I picked up more citrus (grapefruit/lemon) maybe even slight apricot. The yeast and malty aromas blending with the citrus makes for a pleasant aroma

Taste - 3 things stick out in my mind as far as taste. A very bready malty flavor that I found very pleasant. The sweetness was very forward and the bitterness as very late. The alcohol is very pronounced in the finish which makes me what to take the next sip before it develops completely. The taste is like a rollercoaster around my tongue (Sweet, Sour, Bitter). A little of everything and yet not too much of any. (thankfully no salty flavor)

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, very alcoholic finish. Bitterness is short but sweet without a horrible lingering.

Drinkability - This is tough. Its very good but I think the high alcohol @ 9.5 ABV%, it loses alot of the drinkable nature. Also the carbonation which is still very active is very filling. I found myself burping yeasty, sweet, hop bombs for a few hours after having it. Its very good and as many have stated "this is the mother of all tripels".

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

Poured a hazy deep orange with a nice pillowed head. Retention was amazing and lasted the whole tasting. Aroma was just as impressive, with a sweetness of malts,wheats and fruits and lingering alcohol.A very complex beer with the taste of layers of fruits and malts interchanging throughout. Smooth and oily with a robust dry finish.A true pleasure to drink.

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

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has an enormous bright white head. There is astrong sweet and spicey aroma. The sweetness hints at fruit and candy. The spiceyness is a good robust hop invitation. The flavor has a soft fruit sweetness to it carried along by a prickley carbonation. The finish is a nice spicey hop finish. If you pour it to the bottom of the bottle you will get a much more cloudy appearance. The alcohol does not have a strong presence in the flavor but does make it's self apparent in a warm glow in your stomach about half the way through the bottle.

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

From notes taken 01/22/17:

On the back of the bottle it says best before 12/12/15. Okay, I should have had it sooner, but this is a 9.5% beer so I am not too terribly worried. I’ll review it aged for now, and if I think to, I’ll review it again fresh.

Honey amber, opaque and swirly with haze, but also a suspended matrix of semi-fine flecks. Bright off-white watery but rocky, and film-forming head of moderate retention. Lacing is thick and wide but sinks down quickly. Very sweet nose, a sweet white wine, light berries, some fresh-squeezed orange juice, esters and mild medicinal phenols, and a touch of vinegar, alcohol very much hidden, detectable with longer whiffs. As it sits, barely anything but caramel, soapy phenols, a drier white wine, a little yeast, and booze left to nose. And this more or less describes the palate as well, although caramel partly substituted with malt tartness, and the addition of brewing herbs or spices barely noticeable in the balance. Fairly yeasty and somewhat vinous aftertaste, though phenols and ethanol linger. I’d call it full-bodied but it is so creamy with abundant and fine tingly carbonation that everything else seems watery. Plenty of heat.

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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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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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