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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of nsp73
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite of the Trappist ales.
Looks and smells just delightful. Tastes great too.
The alcohol kick is noticeable but not right in your face like some other beers with a higher ABV.
Tastes like it looks for the most part. Not heavy at all and very drinkable. You'll notice an earthy tasting malt right away with hints of fruit and flowers. One you want to let swirl in the mouth before you send it down.
Overall a great beer that I can drink at any time. Bonus: VERY reasonably priced everywhere I have seen it in stock. More bang for your buck makes it taste even better.

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Photo of Phatz
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as good as they get. A true Tripel straight from Belgium! It is more light and fruity than I would have expected but so remarkably easy to drink.

Appearance: Pours an orange yellow peach color.

Smell: This beer was very aromatic; filling the nose with zesty lemon, toasty malty and other sweet fruits.

Taste: Soft and fruity on the palate but with a nice mix of lively spices. Very balanced very smooth, lemony hops and sweet malts just sing.

Mouthfeel: Light weight but full and creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability: I have yet to have a better experience with any Tripel.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 SebD
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

200th review!

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy straw yellow color to it with a bit of gold. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of cloves, bananas, spices, belgian yeast, bready notes and citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice fruity character, mainly citrus and bananas, nice peppery spiciness, cloves, bready belgian yeast and slight grassy bitterness. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance, feel and complexity.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Great Tripel!

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Photo of duracell
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poored from a 750mL bottle into a Leffe goblet. Bottled on the Sept. 8, 2011.

A - Golden yellow brew with a beautiful white creamy head. Good retention which disappears after about 5 minutes. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S - Excellent smell with yeast fruity notes. I pick out some caramel, buiscuity aromas.

T - A very very complex taste! Nice apple, caramel, buiscuity notes at first. Then I pick out some berries like blackberries, pleasently balanced by the hop which is kept up to a relatively low level.

M - Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, rather creamy! The carbonation is just right and the alcohol is kept up to a perfect level (quite hidden).

O - A very complex and very well balanced brew! Westmalle Tripel is definitely a World class beer!!!

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Photo of TheStoutAholic
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - If you do not pour it carefully you will get a glass full of head, but don't worry boys and girls it will sink quickly so you can fill up the glass correctly. I personally prefer every beer to be poured into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

S - Smells AMAZING a bit of bready and honey smell of the typical trappist or Abbey Ale.

T- Make sure you chill this, it usually isn't refrigerated when you buy it, if you heed my words you will love this. It tastes of honey and has the refreshing heaviness of bread. Has a fruity spiciness to it.

M - Carbonation, Honey, bread is all combined to create one of the most beautifully formed orchestra, it is music to my tastebuds.

D - With an 9.5% I am not able to taste the alcohol, this drink has some carbonation to it but you can just taste how natural it is. The honey intermingles with the fruity breadiness of a top quality Trappist.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the smoothest and beers I've had. Great creamy head, aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste isn't as flavorful as it is smooth - still lots of flavor, of course. Feel is really exceptional, like I've been saying - smooth off the charts. Alcohol is blended well the 9.5% isn't obvious, but the beer has a nice kick to it. Great beer - I'd like to try it next to La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of steven9000
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chimay chalice.

appearance- orange yellow color with good carbonation. 3 finger pillowy head. Looks like orange juice.

smell- Banana,oranges,pear, belgium yeast, some bready notes. Dont get ANY alcohol in the smell. Smells how a tripel should smell. Amazing.

taste- Its amazing. I get lots of fruit taste like oranges and pears. I also get a candy type taste like the hearts candys. I get lots of Belgian yeast. Just a faint bit of alcohol. Its warming going down. It also has a bitter finish

mouthfeel- its a medium mouthfeel that has a creamy mouthfeel. Love this beer.

Overall- This is to date my favorite tripel. The la fin du monde comes close though. All i can say about this beer is amazing.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 scoobybrew
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a Chimay challis.

A - clear, light golden straw color with a thick foamy head that just won't quit; leaves a nice lacing as well

S - sweet malt aroma accented with fruity yeast character and spicy hops

T - sweet malt flavor up front, the yeast fruitiness and hop flavors are present after the initial sweetness, finishes dry due to the alcohol and leaves a nice hop aftertaste

M - light to medium body with high carbonation

D - This is a great Belgian tripel and totally defines the style. I had the privilege of having this beer close to the source last summer. This tasting brings back those memories well. (It goes extremely well with spicy marinated grilled shrimp also.)

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Browsing the beer selection at The Wine Corner in Paia, I spied a few bottles I hadn't tried yet, but seeing a very decently priced Westmalle for the first time since I moved to Hawaii, I couldn't resist.

Poured in a strange 22 oz. glass that has a tulip top to trap the aromas, the beer was a cloudy gold topped with a massive pile of sticky bubbles. Nice chunky retention fading to rings and lace. A beautiful beer in the glass.

Mmm... the aromas... Lots of golden, bready malt. Belgian yeast -- spicy. I get some preserves (apricot?), light brown sugar, herbs, phenols. Complex and delicious.

Maybe I have a hard time finding the sweet spot of temperature for drinking Belgians, but I couldn't taste everything that I could smell for this one... Still, amazingly delicious, and one of the classic Trappist ales. The carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel which lightens up the whole drinking experience -- one can tell that it's a stronger beer, but I'd never imagine it was nearly 10%.

Well worth it, and deserves its reputation. Hope the monks keep up their high standards!

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a yellow-dark-golden color with a thick white head.
Smell: Citrus, peach, spicy hops (pepper), malts, yeast
Taste: crisp up front, fruits (citrus, peach), yeast, malts, spicy herbs (coriander) and nicely warming alcohol and hppy finish.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a silk medium body
Overall: One of the better tripels out there for sure. IMO underrated, probably because it is so widely distributed. One can only imagine what the ratings would be if this beer would be only avaliable at the monastry (like WV)

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Photo of SickBrew
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: This confirms my new found love of Belgians! Just a few wifs and my mouth is watering. I loved the fruity aromas which are complicated with some peppery tones.

Appearance: I'll just say...effervescent, and with a beauty of a head and long lasting. Viagra?

Flavor: It tastes like it smells! It's definitely complex and sooo nice. I think I'll need another bottle.

Mouthfeel: Crazy. There something awesome going on in there.

Overall: Great! This is what Belgians are all about.

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Photo of malty
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7/15/06 but it's been stored on the cement floor of my unlit cellar.

Brilliantly clear golden orange color with a bright white dense head that sits 2" atop my Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice. Fine visible moderately racing carbonation. Thick sticky sheets of white lace from top to bottom.

After a few brisk swirls around the rim of my glass I smell fresh clover honey, Madagascar vanilla, mango & apricot and baked sweet bread. After a few more swirls, I detect white pepper and a dash of white chocolate liqueur. I can't help but to be reminded of a fantastic wedding cake from this past summer from the wafts of vanilla crème dancing in my nostrils.

Rich and blossoming enticing flavors of practically everything I described in the nose. A nice counterbalance of prickly spicy hops to contrast the sweetness of this Triple. The warming effect in my sternum area makes for a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and luxuriously silky and well crafted. Fluffy and finely carbonated makes this ale quite a textural treat on the tongue.

Drinkability is through the roof. Although this beer is to be savored and not pounded, it would be hard to resist if fund$ weren't a major factor.

Overall a classic monastic triple to set the bar by. I do wish I could try an ultra fresh bottle, as I believe the hoppiness and crisp texture would have showcased much brighter. I've had the pleasure of tasting this beer a few times since 5 or 6 years ago, but never took the time to formally review it. And the reviews here pretty much reflect the unmistakable perfection of this ale

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Brownish yellow not light in appearance more to middle dark tint. Poured from 750 ml corked bottle into my Chimay chalice. Half a finger head (abv being 9.5% means less thick head).
Smell - What hits me the most is a sweet white grape smell.
Taste - Very nice sweeter taste similar to scent (white grapes). Nice dry finish. This is an exceptional well crafted beer. I can smell and taste the alcohol, but in a good way.
Mouthfeel - Medium fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - World class beer (period).

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding beer and benchmark for the style.

Huge well rounded bubbles.
Slightly dry but well rounded in the nose. Not boozy in the least. Sourness is minimal, but noticeable and the normal notes of dried pears and fizziness are just the base here. I made sure to get as much yeast as possible out of the bottle and pleasurable breadiness comes through. I could drink this for days on end.

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Photo of nomad
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 rousee
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fabulous beer. Pours a beautiful murky gold with a lush velvetty head. Some nice lace remains on the sides.The smell is floral and malty with some alcohol esters and kind of a dandelion, heather combination in the floral aspect. Strong effervescence in the mouthfeel provides an excellent finishing sensation to a great beer. Drinkability is excellent for a beer of this potency. Outstanding!!!

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

A – A pale roasted malt colour of very pale amber meets the eye. A single finger of busy head erupts in the glass but this dissipates very quickly to a thin cover and leaves minimal lace. I know some on here have said it leaves large head but this is a fresh bottle poured into a chalice in Holland and it has a sensible head so I feel confident this is the way it is meant to be.

S – The first thing I notice is plum followed by some mild citrus notes possible lemon grass. There is also a good smell of candy sugar pale malts and apricot.

T – The apricot and plum are very evident here. There are some sweet pale malts as expected from the appearance but there is also more complex depth such as spicy booze flavours, some grassy/leafy flavours with a crisp bite.

MF – Medium body with great boozy tingle but really very smooth.

O – A very drinkable number. This is the best triple I have come across by far and although I was once not a fan of the style this has converted me.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Brandy snifter to prevent the head from overflowing any other type of glass. Thick foamy inch head with tons of bubbling carbonation. Head became thicker like Vanilla ice cream as it reduced leaving very thick lacing. Exceptional color and head. Beautiful apple cider-like color with a slight haze. Yeast aroma with a sweet malt note. Aroma is a bit weak and is the only thing preventing me from giving this Tripel all 5's. Absolutely Superb mouthfeel in every respect. It is a bit more bitter than most Tripel's I've tried, but I like it. Slight Phenolic taste on the finish. Creamy with a rolling texture. Due to high ABV I cannot give it a 5 for Drinkability. Although the alcohol is well-hidden it is definately there and makes me wonder how I am going to finish this whole 750Ml bottle by myself, but I'm sure I'll manage. Bitterness is most distinguishable towards the end of your glass. A touch of spice and vanilla adds to the medium body. Overall absolutely exceptional. I'd bring a bottle of this to a nice dinner over a bottle of wine anyday. TRY IT!

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Photo of Chrysostom
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As always, I review to style (ala BJCP) modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), or else certain beers, excellent exemplars of styles I do not prefer, would receive worse marks than poor examples of my favourite styles.

As always, this review is live, not from notes. Trendy. Hipster-approved.

This, Westmalle, is the original Tripel. All other Tripels derive from this. Now, without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle, served at 50ºF, corked with Westmalle's notoriously hard-to-remove plastic/rubber cork. Poured in to Chimay chalice/goblet. This beer was aged for about one year before drinking.

A: Crystal-clear (after a year of aging) straw yellow colour, like unto an American Lager, with a two-finger, foamy head on a moderate pour which surprisingly slowly recedes in to a cap and ring, and which leaveth little lacing. Two The clarity is surprising, but to be expected after such aging. Trappist are just /supposed/ to be cloudy. Looks like a clear Duvel. Or, for that matter, a Budweiser. On second and third pours, has a slight cloudiness (rating increased), very similar to Duvel, with some white lees in the glass.

S: Citrus, apricot, apple, white wine (Chardonnay, this time), some wet dog or farm, some typical Belgian spice. Very minor alcohol. Sweet, malt, and hops come through all at once. Quite malty. Some noticeable Belgian funk. Mild alcohol.

T: Citrus, sour apple, Chardonnay (including the alcohol), fresh-cut grass and subdued Belgian funk. No spice apparent. No hops up front - malts dominate with a breadiness - but citrus-y hops hit pretty strongly on the mid-palate and finish. Clean finish, coats the mouth mildly, but there's obviously some hopping going on. Some crackers in the finish. Similar to the Chimay White but a bit bolder. Crisp.

M: Loose, spritzy carbonation with a bite. Pulls the beer together well.

D: High.

O: The quintessential Tripel. Try it.

To style: 98/100
To taste: 90/100

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

Golden color that was slightly cloudy when poured. Lots of foam on top

The smell was great. There was a nice mix of fruit and hops.

This beer tasted light, clean, and had a nice fruitiness to it. I could happily sip it all evening

Effervescent and crisp with lots of tiny bubbles

Outstanding. My bottle came from a Belgian sampler case and I will probably buy an entire case of this the next time I go in.

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Photo of bum732
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow, some yeast floaties, nice creamy head leaving tons of lacing. Smells of medicinal phenols, a nice earthy grassiness, touch of clove, soft sweet breadiness, honey, touch of vanilla, absolutely blissful. Tastes of creamy clove like malt with lots of phenolic layers throughout. Some grainy sweetness that is immediately followed by a clean bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with an earthy note. Alcohol is present, but not overwealming. Nice full creamy mouthfeel, just enough carbonation to make it pop.

I still find it amazing such a full bodied beer can be dry at the same time, just unbelievable. An amazing brew, truly the standard for all Tripels and by far the best i've ever had.

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

I received a 750ml bottle along with a very nice Westmalle chalice glass as a gift. The glass is very heavy, has a 33cl line with ample room to spare for the head. Best chalice I own.

The bottle was marked with a bottled date of 11/4/11. It was caged and corked. I served it at 40 degrees.

Poured it into the chalice a pale golden color with medium haze and a thin white head. There were many streams of carbonation rising in the glass along with some yeast settling in the glass.

S- biscuit, citrus, some savory spice.
F- Very complex with several varieties of citrus, grains, and spice. The flavors were consistent through the taste rather than certain flavors appearing only on the finish.
M- moderate to high carbonation kept the mouthfeel clean and crisp. The 9.5%ABV was well integrated.
O- Outstanding with great complexity, classic Belgian yeast. I recommend serving it warmer - 50 degrees or above as this is when the flavors and aromas emerged more fully.

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Photo of bosco7
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I should review a classic/style-defining beer to mark my 200th review.

Pale orange color with a luscious velvety head that leaves quality sticky lacing. A little hazy.

Orange peel, lemon pulp, green apple skin, rose petal, earthy hops, spicy pepper. Very perfumey with less banana than I remember. The bottle is about a year or so old.

Sweet start with some orange zest, slight banana, sugary, and light caramel flavors. Perfumey, green apple, rose, some vanilla, and minty flavors towards the middle of the sip. Spiciness is most pronounced in the finish white pepper comes to mind. Some warming alcohol notes in the finish as well. Assertive bitterness and a dry ending.

This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink. Complex as hell(especially with a couple months in the cellar) and very drinkable despite the ABV. Simply exceptional.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,483 ratings.
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