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:
4,548
Reviews:
1,749
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mounds of bright white head. Golden body with slight chill haze... Lacing last forever.

Funky smell upfront, blends into citrusy grapefruit aromas and candied sugar.

Citrusy, earthy, and strong alcohol presence.

Coarse, prickly, and chewy upfront with warm finish.

Highly drinkable especially in a cool environment... Actually leaves the palate a little wet.

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Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful tripel, golden pour and frothy head white head. Aromas of bread dough (grains, flour and a bit of acidity) Flavor: still bread dough citrus like acidity (lemon) and apple. Interesting belgian yeast profile. Nice dry finish all the hops are here floral & fruity.
A classic.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky gold into the glass. the pour produces a nice thick creamy white head that lasts with lacing.
the aroma is mild... it's got some citrus, and just a hint of musty funk. whisps of corriander, and i think i smell some herbal hoppiness.
the taste has got some of the requisite tropical fruit, but it remains fairly restrained. there is a nice chewy bready yeastiness that meshes with some of the spicy vaguely corriander type flavors. there is a substantial amount of hops at the back end balancing some of the other sweet things going on. there is a pervasive pepperiness to go with the it's tanginess. with warmth, some of the fruitiness (pineapple, citrus, etc.) take on a little bit of a green slightly unripe character.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with coarse active carbonation.
the drinkability is good, the alcohol is very well hidden with it's only indicator being a little bit of warmth in the throat. a beauty.

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

A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).

T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style.

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

This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet. The beer was lightly chilled.

Appearance: The beer poured a cloudy peach yellow coloration. The head was a fluffy off white coloration. The head had major retention and remained during the session. Thick lacing remains on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a sugary, spicey and fruity nose. The beer has a pear and fresh bread smell. Wrapped around this is a spicey alcohol and hops aroma. The fruit suggest apples and pears. Weirdly I think I smell bubble gum in the beer.

Taste: The beer delivers a mixture of the smells in the flavor. The beer is malty sweet at first but alcohol and spices dry the beer out.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The carbonation is perfect. The beer drinks very smooth. This is a very easy to drink tripel. I will have this beer again.

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Photo of khargro2
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Best before 11/19/2005. Pours a flecky and hazed orangey peach color with a large, fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, doughy and bubblegummy, cottoncandy like sweetness as well as a yeasty nose. It's rather diffiucult to pinpoint specific flavors, it starts estery and sweet, and the alcohol burn tries to meld with the dryness in the lightly bitter finish. Rather yeasty tasting (I decanted entire bottle), probably attributing to a majority of the esters, phenols and fusel alcohols. This tripel is majestic in the sense of its complexity. It's a slow-sipper and should be savored as such.

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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

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,548 ratings.
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