Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

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 bearrunner44
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, golden brown color. Thick head made up of solid, clingy off-white foam.

Smell: Hops are floral and assertive. Delicately grassy, even. Spicy alcohol punctuates the mellow, candied smoothness of the malt.

Taste: Less rustic than most Tripels. Subdued. Lightly sweet honey and butterscotch flavors mixed with slight hints of citrus, distinctive but not intrusive stings of alcoholic burn, and herbal hop flavor. Smooth and refined.

Verdict: Less in-your-face than many of its brethren, but certainly an enjoyable sipping beer.

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Photo of Travlr
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light amber with large white head, medium persistence and nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and black pepper, faint spiciness in the background. Taste starts with citrus, coriander and pepper, progresses to a slight bitterness which is long lasting. Nice example of the style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden with some particles in suspension, but I accidentally mishandled the bottle, so I won't dock it for that. Huge creamy-looking eggshell white head doesn't budge an inch. Thick rings of lacing are left in its wake.

S: Light fruity aromatics of pear and perhaps apple. A touch of white pepper and some other vague spices. Chalky yeast and a light musty scent. Over-ripe banana comes out more as it warms. Spicy alcohol is barely perceptible. Textbook.

T: Bite of clove initially, white pepper and spicy yeast take over quickly. Estery fruit tastes of sliced apple and pear. Spike of alcohol comes with some tropical fruity notes in tow. Some green and grassy hop bitterness. Chalky yeast toward the end. Malt flavors are biscuity, cracker-like, and faint. Finishes very dry with a touch of lingering bitterness and chalky yeast.

M: Highly effervescent, the lively carbonation is sharp and scrubbing. Medium bodied, very creamy. Slight suggestion of warmth from the alcohol.

O: This is it, the OG. The beer that popularized the style, and a trappist classic. Readily available, and a must-try for anyone interested in the style or in Belgian beer in general.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz standard pressure cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with massive bubbles and extremely active carbonation. Like a living creature it built itself up then settled down to smaller bubbles on a hazy orange-gold head.

S- Strong Belgian yeasts and Euro-style hops that add a citrusy, earthy tang. Some elements of a European Hefeweizen as well, banana and citrus are the two biggest notes. Yeasty and spicy as well. Peppercorns maybe? Complex, interesting beer.

T- Yeast returns, but hops and banana/clove combination takes over. Slightly alcoholic, but hidden well behind the fragrant and citrusy flavor of the beer.

M- Slightly vinous, with a medium bodied, alcoholic feel.

O- Wonderful beer. I'm starting to enjoy tripels more and more.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's got that classic cloudy amber color. There's a huge amount of yeast in this brew. The bigger chunks are starting to freak me out.

Smell: Spicey and fruity. Some alcohol can also be detected.

Taste: In some ways this is a rather subdued triple. Nothing too strong in the taste, which can be good and bad. Some beers go overboard; some are too understated. This one is subtle, but it still has loads of character. The most dominant aspect of the taste is the apple/banana type fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: All that yeast packs a punch and I like it. Tingles on the tongue but remains smooth.

Drinkability: I would drink these for as long as I could afford them. The frenzy of carbonation is the only thing that might get to me after a while.

Beef Notes: A very good triple, but I wouldn't say it's the best. I feel like there's something missing that would bring it all together and make this a truly phenomenal beer. It's still one I'll happily return to.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian700
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weare138 for sending me this beer a while back. I'm just now getting to drink it a few months later.This beer pours a clear straw yellow with a big billowy white head that sticks around and laces nicely down the glass.

The aroma is of citrus and coriander and some alcohol. I pick up on lemon and orange mostly. Very refreshing nose.

The flavor is citrusy sweet with somewhat of a dry finish. There is a lot of lemon, orange, and coriander that come through here. It's a very awakening and refreshing beer. I'll have to pick up some more of this.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Yimosan
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle onto my tulip glass.

A: Cloudy peach color with a thick creamy, almost pillow-like head that went on for a long time. Beautiful lacing throughout my glass.

S: I get some citrus and spice (Coriander & Nutmeg). Also, maybe it was my imagination, but I smelled some caramel way way in the back.
(I have been drinking a lot of Porters lately)

T: The initial impression was a bit bitter, however, as the beer warmed up in my glass it mellowed out a lot.

M: Full bodied, creamy and long lasting on the palate.

**I can see why this beer rates as high as it does, it is spectacular, however, I thought it was too bitter for my taste...worth mentioning, Tripel is my favorite variety.

On the ABV, 9.5%...WOOHOO!!! Drink a few of these and you will be talking some Flemish in no time flat, or so you'll think!!!


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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Orval goblet. Beer is yellow, dark, and hazy Forms a head of medium and small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation steady and moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little odd. I hope this isn't skunked. Some yeast, some spice, some sulfur.

Medium body, lots of carbonation in the mouth, slightly bitter at the end, nice yeast character, pepper and spice in the midpalate. Second taste, drinkability is high, this beer is definitely not skunked. Its drinks nice, finishes slightly dry, overall a great tripel.

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Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/01/08 Best before date

A: Pours a hazy golden with a massive head. Moderate lacing.

S: Bready smell with aromas of raisins and citrus.

T: Well-balanced with both malty and hoppy characteristics at different moments. Flavors are similar to the aroma with just a hint of alcohol.

M: Full-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a chalky texture.

D: Much better than the Westmalle dubbel, and very good when compared to other tripels. Dangerously easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of botham
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. pours a semi-hazy mix between light amber and straw colors, with a medium head that is frothy and white. no lacings to speak of.

smell is very vinous up front, with a moderate alcohol presence and some pale malts added in. the yeast is floral and bready, adding a good dynamic to the mix.

taste is very carbonated up front, with the same vinous character and strong alcohol presence following close behind. finishes with dry hops, much more pleasant and less acidic than the beer itself.

aftertaste is still of grapes, with light hops and a semi-dry mouthfeel.

mouthfeel is smooth, but harsh due to the levels of carbonation and alcohol.

drinkability is alright. this brew has a high alcohol presence, a strong bite from the carbonation, and will leave a novice beer drinker with a buzz. all in all, the brew is well balanced, it just overdoes the bite. cheers.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 1.10.06

Brew was a pale cloudy gold under a thick white head. Yeasty bits hung out in suspension at the end of the bottle, as I drank it slowly in three few-ounce pour quantities. Little lacing left, though I was doing my damndest to get everything I could out of this bottle. No deliciousness was going to be left on the inside of MY glass.

The aroma was creamy malt and green hops. These smells mixing with the alcohol produced notes of vanilla extract.

Flavor was immediately creamy, almost Barleywine-like with green, hoppy bitterness. Not much going in the way of typically expected Euro/Belgian funkiness. Hot, booziness in the aftertaste provides a generous reminder of the strength of what was just consumed. The beer was fluffy in the mouth and mid/high carbed. Solid, big beer that dominates your palate in a good way.

This a slow goer. At around $4 an 11 oz bottle, it should be. Add its strength and Barleywine bitterness and you’ve got two more speed bumps of savoring enjoyment to keep you paced.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle (11.2 oz, $5 at Whole Foods Bowery) into a stemmed glass. I really need to get some proper Trappist chalices.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a big, billowing white head made of huge bubbles. Pretty much what a tripel ought to look like.

S: A lot of dough, with some faint Belgian spicy yeast and a sugary, maybe rock candy sweetness. Very nice.

T: This one has some spice to it. There's a deep fruity sweetness that's complimented wonderfully by some spice. Cloves I think. There's also a sugary sweetness distinct from the fruit. A little booze in the finish. That spice lingers forever as an aftertaste.

M: Carbonation's made up of tiny, active bubbles. Thick for the style, and mouth-coating. Definitely enjoy this one with a glass of water.

D: It's a bit more intense than other tripels I've had, because of the spice and thickness. Not exactly easy-drinking, but very rich and rewarding.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 25.4oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a nice creamy white 2 inch head.Plenty of lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, yeast, banana, lemon, spices, some sugars.

Taste - Huge lemon and honey flavor at first sip. Apple and yeast add some bold flavors. Pear and piney hops come out and add some bitterness. Alcohol warms along with spices to add some heat.

Mouthfeel - Thin but full of flavors. Sweetness coats tounge, Bitterness and alcohol warmth hit tounge. Aftertaste is a very perfume sourness that i dont overly enjoy.

Overall - Nice and tasty, with a little kick. Love the floralness and the warmth of booze. The killer is the odd aftertaste. The lemon and honey almost give this a mead like feel. Very tasty but this doesnt beat la fin du monde or st bernardus

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool trappist bottle into a snifter...

Orange. Orangest beer I've seen. Looks like orange juice - with pulp. Huge marshmellow head.

Pleasing scent. I think the color is making me smell oranges.

Got a little bite to 'er. Stong flavor. Whoa. Good.

Mouthfeel is the worst characteristic to this beer. It taste so good but the feel is really harsh.

Overall: best tripel I've had in my limited beer career.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a huge frothy white head. Very lacy. Big white chucnks of lace throughout. Smlells lemony, peppery. Spicy and fruity, maybe nutmeg or allspice?

Taste is also lemony and spicy. Hints of cinnamon, black pepper and nutmeg. Yeasty. Some serious alcohol bite. Lightly fruity with bitter finish. A tripel with a distinctive hop profile? Very dry. Body is big and bold. Bitter, peppery aftertaste and damn dry on the tongue. Lots going on here and probably needs to smooth out with age a bit but a really bold beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Trapist beers I have had. Not my normal style but this one was a standout. Pretty malty and very big bold beer. Would seek out again.

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Photo of StormAles
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BierFan
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange with a big white head. Unfortunately there were specks of yeast throughout the beer because I had it on it's side while it was in my car, but that's my fault not the beers.

Smell: Sweet with an odd musty smell. Some citrus/lemon in the background.

Taste: Pepper and spiciness. Very robust and flavorful. A flavor of pepper and orange peel bitterness lasts long after the beer is gone.

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Photo of Poser
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Trappist beer.

Appearance: A bright golden-blonde swimming with fine sediment topped with a white head. I think this is one of the most interesting-looking beers I've ever seen.

Smell: Spicy and just a little fruity.

Taste: Almost no hops or alcohol bitterness to the taste. Just a little too neutral, but there are distinct cinamon and fruit tastes in there.

Mouthfeel: Again, a little more neutral than I expected, but it was moderately creamy. Very smooth, but I prefer more personality.

Drinkability: Despite what I've seen from other reviewers, I felt this was very drinkable. Hardly any alcohol sting. Maybe they didn't cool it enough - I poured at 44 degrees.

Overall, great appearance, but I hope the other Trappist beers hold up to their reputation with the taste.

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Photo of SimplyFoul
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good triple. I prefer them a bit fruitier. This one is more clean than la Trappe

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Photo of balintkr
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every Trappist I’ve had has been awesome; especially the Tripels. It really is becoming one of my favorite styles. Here we have Westmalle, a beer brewed in a monastery that’s right outside of Antwerp, in northern Belgium. A classy, tradition label and a bottle that has a special indent in the neck reading “TRAPPISTENBIER” set the stage for this one; let’s see how it compares to its tasty Belgian counterparts.

A: Very, very foamy. The head conquers most of my glass as I pour, fizzing wildly and coming down into a white bubble-bath after only a few seconds. Some foam-forward lacing sticks around, as the head rapidly disintegrates to less than half an inch. The actual color of the body is a pale yellowish-gold, though it’s hard to focus on because of all the fizz rising through the body.

S: This is a mild one, for sure. I’m picking up mostly bright fruits – lemons, apple juice, bananas, pears. It’s the usual Belgian treatment, but without anything bold. The alcohol doesn’t even put up a big front in this 9.5% brew. There’s still complexity, though – you can pick out a slight essence of mixed grains, though they show up just in time to fight against the yeasts scents. Frankly, neither come out looking very strong. I’m not too sure about this one…

T: This palate starts out with a strong, lemony tang. It’s much more flavorful and enjoyable than the nose made it out to be mixing with some spice to create a familiar lemon-pepper character. Some skunk beneath makes its way out very delicately, laying its flavor across the tongue in a mild yet impressive way. Fruity grains move independently beneath the rest of the flavors, leaving just enough room to let some earthy hops come in for the aftertaste. Wow, this is great. The alcohol isn’t even detectable in the slightest, so watch out: this one can and will sneak up on you. The aftertaste is a combination of lemon and grassy hops, both of which provide some nice puckering sensations.

M: Smooth, thick, perfect. It warms on the way down (the ONLY indication of the 9.5% ABV), sometimes so much that it clears my nose. Fantastically chewy.

O: I’d really like to have this fresh; it has so many bright, complex flavors. I love how it threw me for a loop with a so-so look and smell, only to save itself by nailing the most important aspect of all: taste. And in spite of those slight imperfections, this really is a great Tripel that has done nothing but put me in the mood for more. The Trappists have done it again!

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Photo of Casey_L
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,631 ratings