Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,522
Reviews:
1,740
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of twage04
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good tripel but maybe a little big of a let down. The color is a hazy light orange with a long lasting head. Carbonation is typical for the style. Aroma isn't very strong but hints at some yeast and booze. Flavor is very boozy with the yeast imparting a background bubblegum fruit flavor. There is a tart flavor and a little bitterness. Overall an enjoyable beer but I'd almost go for a chimay white over this most of the time for a flavor that had more fruitiness and better hiding of the alcohol.

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Photo of randawakes
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours thick foamy head, golden color, brown sediment evident. Peach, spice, apricot pepper, frothy cream, sweet tones. Full bodied beer, filling. Faint banana aftertaste, aroma is very pleasant. For the fulfillment, taste is not 100% there, could use more punch of 1 flavor

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Photo of bgraney
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold with a huge white head. Lots of visual action, almost like staring into an aquarium. Fountains shooting up from the bottom of the glass.
Very nice extensive floral aroma with the expected alcohol presence.
Full of flavor which fills the entire mouth to the back of the tongue. I was expecting a little more variation to the taste. I had a Westmalle double at a restaurant recently and remember being more impressed with the flavor of that.
A smooth ride considering the alcohol content. You can definitely sip the night away with as many of these as you want.

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Photo of birchstick
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy yellow with a very frothy white head that stays around for a while. It was probably the creamiest head I have seen once it settled.

S - smells of grass, sweet malts, and some banana tones

T - At first this hit me like a ton of bricks. After I adjusted, I noticed it to be very sweet: banana; some sweet fruit (tart, green apple and pear); and sweet malts. There is a mildly bitter finish as well. Nice balance. Alcohol stood out a lot on the finish at first, but seemed to fade after the first couple of drinks. As this warmed, the earthiness and citrus flavors became more pronounced and this became very enjoyable. Since this is technically the founder of this style, I really can't take much off, however the booziness was a bit much for a while.

M - a bit carbonated and the alcohol burned as it went down; this also had a decently dry finish that made me keep wanting more

D - This is very light, crisp, and refreshing, which makes it very easy to take down. However, the 9.5% ABV makes it hard to drink many of these in a setting, albeit I wish I could. I thoroughly enjoyed my first encounter with this famed brew and I know I will run into many more times.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really is like a Duvel - looks like it, smells like it tastes like it BUT not quite as good. I drink Duvel regulRLY AND THIS IS ALMOST AS GOOD but not quite out there yet. The smell is slightly weaker and the taste could be more intense and have some more complexity,

Nonetheless this is commendable like most Belgian pale ales!

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Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz trappist bottle into a Chimay chalice...

A: Big pfft upon un-capping this one... pours a bright, dusty, straw orange, with a massive snow white head; good lacing.

S: Zest and a mild tart aroma on the nose; also some sweet bread, medicinal notes, yeast fruitiness and some spice.

T: Bready and peppery up front; spicy; a bit of sweetness toward the finish along with some warming alcohol; tart towards the finish, too; surprisingly hoppy finish leaves a nice bitterness with some hints of citrus rind.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy; high carbonation; smooth and a touch slick.

D: Definitely something I like to savor and have just one of... nice.

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. best by 14 04 10

Pours a brilliantly clear vibrant light yellow-gold in color with a finger and a half of dense, rocky white head that never seems to face. An exquisite looking beer. Nice aroma with fruity esters (citrus and banana), a bit of phenols (peppery and spicy) and a very light malt character. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma. The phenols dominate the flavor but they aren't overwhelming in their intensity. The esters are again present but the citrus flavor is considerably more noticeable than the light banana and light pear flavors that linger at the edges. There is a bit of malt character that comes through but its fleeting and always supporting another flavor. Mouthfeel is quite good, medium-light body with effervescent carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, this brew manages to sneak in 9.5% ABV that is (damn near) impossible to detect. I enjoyed this quite a bit and I will certainly revisit this brew, hopefully with a fresher palate so I can more fully appreciate its excellence.

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Photo of ssantic
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csmiley
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is light gold and quite cloudy. A gentle pour still gave up about one inch of head. Retention was excellent. The thick layer and webs of lace were impressive.

S - Grain shows up first and reminds me of wheat fields. A thick malt aroma also pops in with hints of honey and candied sugar. Midway through some bread notes appear. The tial end contains some smooth alcohol and earthy hops.

T - The grain shows up in the flavor as well. The strong pale malt and honey profile follows that pretty quickly. Some sour fruit is in the flavor but is quite mild. Towards the end some bread and yeast are present. Alcohol is present throughout but does not overtake the other flavors. There is quite a nice balance in this beer.

M - Pushing full bodied with excellent carbonation. Finish is mostly full and sweet. After some time it starts to dry out a bit.

D - Drinkability is quite good. The beer goes down easy for me. All the flavors are what I look for in a good Tripel. A great brew that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leif86
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-yellow brew topped with a near-white, frothy head that stays and stays. Copious lacing.

S: Very earthy. Lemon. Cereal grain.

T: Taste starts mellow, sweet, and lemony and then a very strong grapefruit-like bitterness comes on with the unmistakable taste of belgian yeast.

M: Very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D: As far as belgians go, this is pretty damn drinkable. I don't usually find belgians to be that drinkable.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange-yellow with a two finger creamy eggshell head that quickly halves itself with minimal stickage. Looks like a hefeweizen. Small amount of sedement visible, looks like lots of carbonation.

S - Not sure if this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, but this also smells like a hefe - definitely a sweet banana underscoring a tang of alcohol.

M - Creamy, full of carbonation, sticky, coated aftertaste. Medium-body.

T - Very sweet, little banana, toffee and caramel. Grapes and alcohol to finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Delicious. Not too sweet, like some Belgians, and the alcohol isn't overly prominent. The ABV is pretty high; it's a good after-dinner sipper or nightcap.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopBacchus
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange gold with a large pillowy head and impressive lacing

Nose is complex with pale malts, pepper and a surprisingly strong presence of spirits

Spirity pepper and pale malts are up front, the flavor becomes more complex with citrus notes and coriander present finishes surprisingly dry

medium bodied and creamy, very drinkable if not for the spirity presence body had deffinetly been thinned by the alcohol

Overall a very good Tripel

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Photo of Italiano86
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jds16
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Estria
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as sweet or fruity as Americans' perhaps first tripel love, Le Fin du Monde.

As a matter of fact, it's quite well-balanced for how boozy it is- betraying this only in the nose.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into a Chimay glass.

A: Very pale, clear yellow-straw. Small head of loose white foam receded in a minute or two. Very attractive champagne-like fine bubble trails in the glass, mixed with much larger bubbles

S: Great fruity esters and light clove and banana notes. Some bready aromas as well, and hints of raisins.

T: Lots of yeast character complementing bready malt. Fairly sweet on the tongue, but not heavy. Slight alcohol note on the finish.

M: Well-carbonated, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

O: A benchmark beer for the style. I'm dinging it a little on appearance, although that might be the fault of my pour. I surprised not to see more of a head, though.

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Photo of tim007007
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BWED
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Golden blonde, with a thick and dense white head. Sticky lacing all the way down. Gorgeous.

S- Peach and citrus, some biscuit malt, spice, and that signature indescribable Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Very sharp burst of malt sweetness all around. Not too sweet, however, and not too fruity either. Very well balanced, with a dull bitterness throughout.

M- Slight fizz, and a bit of a bitter finish. Pleasing.

O- I really love the tripels that aren't too focused on being sweet. This one is very great.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice (yeah, I know, Westmalle in an Orval is a high sin).

Appearance: Pours a hazy light brown color (reminiscent of apple juice). Has a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of apples and grapes. Like a lot of Belgians, this one has a kind of wine-y flavor.

Taste: Has a wine-like flavor with some noticeable alcohol flavor. Also has hints of apples and some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously smooth with a nice, crisp finish. The high alcohol content gives it a nice warmth as well.

Drinkability: Damn good, like most Trappist beers. Not my favorite but still damn good.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,522 ratings.
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