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
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4,548
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1,749
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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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 Cycle69
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've picked this up a couple of times from the local Toom Bier store in Landsthul, Germany. I't a bit too pricey to be a regular "go to" bier but, if it weren't so pricey it would most be a regular. Cloudy amber with a nice head. Can bet a bit strong if you're not used to stronger biers. Cheers my friends.

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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

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

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

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

Re-reviewed. Pours a hazy brass color with billowing soapy white head, settles slowly with a huge cap staying for the remainder with chunks of foam covering the glass. Smell: pear, white grape juice, sugar cookie, clove note; spicy with medicinal and herbal notes. Taste: slightly boozed pear with white grape and nectarine juice; pils-y graininess, spicy, gingerbread-ish, with a powdery/medicinal note. Fantastic. Best by 12/15.

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Photo of BillyB
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $19.99 for a six pack.
Bottles were covered in dust.
Poured a nice golden color with a two finger thick rocky white head.
Lots of carbonation. I was expecting it to be stale from the dust on the bottles but it was fine.
Strong aromas of alcohol,grapefruit, candi sugar, honey.
Similar taste. Strong alcohol warmth. Citrusy almost white wine-like taste. Crisp and a little dry.
The alcohol is a little much at first but it gets more drinkable.
Very pleasant beer.

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Photo of Aerol
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSingh
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle bought from Wegman's, Faifax, VA

A : Beautiful golden yellow with an illuminated body. Big, fluffy head with a great retention - throughout the entire session

S : Sweet and malty nose, very inviting. The whiff will whet your palate and invite you to try it

T : Big malt and sugary character, infused with a well knit hoppy patttern. In other words, excellent balance.

M : A little boozy and warming on the palate, very nice and moist.

D : Great, complex brew to savour. Do not try to chug this.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle with freshness date. Lots of carb and initial foam. Color was a solid light gold. Mine had a lot of yeast floating around it in so not sure if best sample or not so will try again. Had nice sweet aroma typical of the style. Tast was excellent but had a tad too much alcohol taste to make me want to drink another soon unlike Allagash Tripel which I could enjoy on a regular basis. Overall a great Tripel and highly recommended. (4.0,RB,T,Y)

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 330ml bottle and poured into a wide-rim goblet. The result was a view of a cloudy pale yellow beer sporting a large white head, some chunks of sediment and lots of vigorous carbonation that kept the sediment from ever settling to the bottom.
The aromas of yeasty malt, floral hops, citrus, spices and a mild nose-tweaking sourness all rolled around and blended together for a pleasant, enticing nose. The taste had an immediate tart bite and herbal flavor. Some coriander and other spice, maybe white pepper, hit the front of the palate. Then a light honey taste smoothed things out a bit. Yeasty malt added in the balancing act. Lastly, the citrusy, lemon/orange flavor brought up the rear along with a mild alcoholic bite, leaving a stinging acidity on the tongue. The feel was full, creamy and dry.
Man, that was a pretty fine tripel, very well crafted, and easy to drink. The rather high ABV limits the number of these I'd be willing to drink in a night but then I would be happy sitting back and sipping one. It gets better as it warms. A fine Trappist brew.

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Photo of LutherBrau
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy pale yellow color with plenty of bubbles rising to a nice dense off white head that falls slowly and leaves some sticky lace.

Aroma is nice sweet malts mingled with loads of tropical fruits mangos, bananas, some nice spice underneath mingled with earthy yeasts and alcohol hints.

Taste is nice fruity malts bananas, pears, grapes moves right into spice clove/nutmeg mingled with the earthy yeasts. Good malts hide the alcohol well some alcohol flavor mixes with the finish. Find myself not enjoying this as much at the last sip as the first, but still good.

Mouthfeel on this is almost full, hell full for a triple nice level of carbonation not too big.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable flavorable Tripel, good mouthfeel also helps this one out alot.

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Photo of lticew
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 11.2 fl oz bottle (best before "17/12/17") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, deep golden yellow with a fluffy cloud of white foam that recedes to a cap of white foam with streaks of white lace.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast, stone fruit and slight citrus zest, phenols and whole grain bread.

Taste: Rich, dry malty body with plenty of spice, Belgian yeast, stone fruit and banana; alcoholic punch in the close.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, silky feel, moderate carbonation, slight alcoholic heat.

Overall: Full, flavorful and complex - just what a Tripel should be.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of one of my favorite styles. Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle (with a cool "Trappisten Bier" raised glass ring around the neck of the bottle) into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy orangy/dull gold color with a medium size delicate, bubbly white head. Head retention is good for a Tripel. A covering remains throughout on the top of the glass. Lacing is practically non-existent.

This beer REALLY has to warm up before the smell catches up to the taste. It is worth it though. Belgian yeast, fruit (apples and pears) and peppery spiciness are all there.

Good Tripel flavor throughout. Belgian yeast, a little candi sugar sweetness, fruitiness (apples pears and maybe apricots) and some black pepper spiciness. I am usually reminded of a faint ripe cheese flavor when I drink a good Tripel like this one.

Mouthfeel is rich. There is a fair amount of alcohol bite up front. Not a bad thing but definitely there. This smooths out as you drink. The pepper definitely contributes positively to the mouthfeel.

Overall this is a solid Tripel, one of the best I have had.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into heavy chalice glass. Pours copper/orange, with frothy off-white head. Head lasts a while, and leaves light lacing. Aroma of citrus, smoke, and light hops. Taste is lightly sweet and moderately acidic, and finishes a bit bitter. Light to medium body, dry texture, and soft carbonation. Lighter and more quenching than some other trappist ales. Very good Tripel!

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Photo of mathorp
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of herman77
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 12/10/13

A: Somewhat hazy golden yellow with some orange hues to it. Huge bubbly eggshell white head. Lots of soapy lacing

S: Pear, white grapes, lemongrass. A tiny bit of clove, yeast and just a small hint of hay/barnyard.

T: Very complex, new flavors with each sip. Lots of lemon citrus with some spice yeast, white grapes, more pair. Some Champagne like tastes as well. A bit of medicinal flavors on the backend (in a good way).

M: Medium body. Judging by the huge head when pored, I thought this would have really high carbonation, it is actually pretty average. Maybe the age reduced the amount of carbonation.

O: Very nice world class Tripel. Not quite as good as La Fin Du Monde, but pretty close. Good drinkability and the ABV is hidden well. Would like to try a fresher bottle, this was probably sitting at room temp for a long time at the liquor store.

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