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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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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

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

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a VERY big white head even with a light pour. Nice lacing though.

S - Very rich and sweet smell. Slight caramel, malts, some other things that i can't put a finger on.

T/M - Sweet malts up front, hop bitterness in the back. Some of the caramel sweetness makes its way in there in the middle. There's alot of other little flavors that play around well together. Very Nice. Feels wonderful. Carbonation is nice and frothy rather than stinging or non-existant. I wasn't expecting the floral flavor in the back to hit so hard though.

D - Very pleasant to drink. Not too sure how many i'd drink in a row though.

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

Slightly hazy golden color with a two finger head with good retention and leaving an eternal lasting plate.
Nice aroma of peaches, mild cloves, Cointreau liquor, pineapple, a mild Belgian yeast and biscuit malt.
Tart citrusy flavor with notes of green grapes, core of pineapples, herbal hops, mild banana and vanilla, clear white peppers, bread malt and sour green apples. Dry and long aftertaste, elegantly spiced, bitter and a bit acid.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is there, but incredibly well hidden considering its magnitude.
Surprisingly unsweetened and relatively hoppy, which is compatible to the experts estimates of a little below 40 IBUs. The last one I had was somewhat different, which indicates this is a beer that does mutate over time; this one is 9 months to the expiration date. A vertical tasting should be nice.
This one has definitely to be drunk at room temperature. Outstanding Tripel that does not carry some characteristics of some Belgian beers that bothers me a bit, such as being overly sweet or completely neglecting hops when not necessarily appropriate. Amazing this is so old and still one of the most modern Tripel around.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Best By 12/16/16

L-The beer pours a pale yellow until I botch the decanting as usual. The head is significant. it is foamy white and about 2 fingers in height. Lacing is moderate and lasting.
S- The nose is sweet with honey and candied fruit. I wanna say peach, but that isn't quite right. Nectarine maybe. Alcohol finishes the nose only after the sweetness has played itself out.
T-The initial sips were a little on the rough side. This bottle is getting older and I can't vouch for the storage. Alcohol is more than present. Bottom line is I'm drinking this too cold. After warming some the beer smoothes out nicely and mimics what I expected from the nose. The honey and fruits up front with some candy sweetness which is cut some by the warming alcohol at the finish.
F- The beer is highly carbonated. The prickliness of the carbonation helps smooth the transition of sweetness to the alcohol in the finish. Medium overall mouthfeel despite the high carb levels.
O- Obviously the beer is a really good example of the Tripel style. You know since they are one of the originators. Still I find this one a little strong on the alcohol presence for my personal tastes. I might enjoy this one more if it were on the younger side.

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Photo of briandaube
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nkersten
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Leffe glass. Bright orange gold liquid with one inch bubbly foamy white head that settles with great lacing. Smell is yeast esters, cloves, some creamy orange. Taste is similar, citrus and orange up front with yeasty spice flavors. Light malt and hop flavors in the finish. Body is light with a hefty carbonation, pretty dry. Drinkability is good for a 9.5% beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden with a small head. Little lacing left behind. There seems to be an awful lot of sediment in the bottom of my glass, making this a tad questonable with the appearance.
Smell is of soothing vanilla, cream, spice, pepper, warm alcohol and ripe pear.
Taste is of all the aforementioned aromas, blended into a warm and inviting concoction.
Mouthfeel is slightly stinging and dry due to the alcohol. A bit of a bitterness and sourness fizzes towards the back and sides of the mouth. Lacks the sweetness desired to become worldclass IMHO.
Drinkability is good for a triple. Not great, or overly appealing. ABV makes it slightly awkward but expected.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color, nice cap of small dense bubbles, long lasting and some sticky lacing. Scent starts light and bready with a touch of peppery spice, kiss of lemon zest, sweet watery pear and fresh malted grain. Taste is lighter than expected, but components of scent come together nicely. The yeast is more muted than in other beers of the style and the alcohol is well hidden. Lots of nice sweet watery fruit flaors, floral touches and nice zing of lemon zest with some bitterness behind it. Medium bodied, quite dry with active carbonation. A nice Tripel with unique components, well hidden ABVs and a toned down "belgian" profile (yeast, sugar, spice).

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Photo of bbtkd
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Westmalle Trappist Tripel, 9.5% ABV. Pours pale cloudy yellow with a huge four finger white foamy head that left foamy lacing. Nose is yeasty and a touch of citrus, taste follows, plus some spice, with slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Love these big-head Belgians.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is esters, clove, banana, Belgian Yeast. Taste follows the smell but is more intense in spiciness. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn. Crisp massive carbonation, medium to thick body. Great spicy brew!

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Photo of Kensai
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blond lady here. The Westmalle has a hazy yellow color that reminds of lager, but this Tripel Trappist beer is a lot more than that. It gives a nice persistent foam and never loses its fog-of-yeast.

The smell is amazing, you would expect it to be a dark beer from its odour alone, but it's not. The taste and mouthfeel leave few things to be desired. This beer delivers a strong kick and has a nice acidic (lemon) afterfeel.

You would love to drink more than one, since this one masquarades as a simple lager to an amateur, but then you're gonna pass by far the 0.05% limit in most countries! :)

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Photo of becktone
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 4-1-09

Done horizontally with Maredsous Tripel, Augustijn Tripel, and Kasteel Tripel.

Eye: Surprisingly this beer had both the best and worst head retention of the group. Into a Duvel glass it poured with a magnificent creamy head that gave way to rocky which gave way to...well pretty much nothing. It all collapsed. Color is a hazy yellow with some tinges of orange and almost some light brown.

Nose: Much less potent than I expected. This one has more of a controlled and balanced aroma than the Maredsous, the aroma here is more subtle and refined. Nice sweet malt presence that mingles nicely with the candied aromas. Sweet butterscotch aromas are in check with the malt and add complexity, alcohol is hidden. Light spiciness...its almost an afterthought of the yeast. Would that the aroma were more potent.

Tongue: Spicy notes, some alcohol an overall earthy tone and malt under it all supporting it. This is by far the best of the bunch. This one tastes organic whereas the Augustijn tastes forced. The forground taste of the alcohol gives balance to the beer. In comparison to the others this one is on the drier earthier side, getting a good amount of its character from the interaction of alcohol flavor with the rest of the beer. Good aftertaste as well. This is the best crafted of the bunch.

Feel and Drinkability: Dry finish, alcohol aftertaste stays in the mouth a bit as well as a mix of the rest of the beer's flavor. Low carbonation works well with this beer, it just seems to fit, if it were any higher I think it would detract from this beer's flavor. This is one that I'd pick up again, though there might be some others I'd go for first...Tripel Karmeliet for example.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a hazy orange and yellow color with a solid 1/2 inch off white head. Head fades quickly but remains at a bubbly 1/8 inch layer. Excellent hanging lace. Some yeasty bits in suspension. A bit more orange than more tripels.

S - Orange citrus and coriander spice with a strong powdery yeast component. A bit sweet but it blends well with the citrus and spice. Little to no hop activity. Some lemon and peach citrus as well.

T - Starts with a bit of lemon zest and some sugary sweetness. Yeast contributes a powdery, coriander spice as more citrus flavors kick in. Spice gets stronger as it warms, but alcohol makes no appearance. Very well flavored and disguised for a 9.5% beer.

M - Well carbonated with a powdery mouthfeel and a medium body. A tart and sweet finish.

D - Tripels are always very drinkable for me, and this one is no different. Denser than some with its chalky and powdery mouthfeel and darker color. Alcohol is well hidden and flavor stays enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its been a while since I had this brew. Worth checking out again. This beer pours a nice hazy peach color with a finger of head that falls to coat the liquid. The nose is raisiney, caramel, and spicey. I can pick up the candied sugar that was used for certain. The flavor is pretty nice as well. The raisin is not so sweet as the nose says. There is a little more graineyness as well. The alcohol plays nice and spicey as well. Not bad. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, rendering the drinkability a bit less than it could be. Overall, I like it, but I can think of other brews I would have before this one.

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Photo of TitanTake
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pungent acidic smell and creamy mouthfeel.

Citrus flavor. Lingering aftertaste.

Almost impossible to pour without tons of head; tons of bubbles.

Very dry in the mouth. Strong, almost overwhelming taste, but stops just short of making making you quit.

This beer is my first Trappist Ale. I normally drink stouts or porters, so it's hard to fairly judge this against them.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,592 ratings
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