Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of maek228
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought this for 5 bucks a botte....was it worth the price? Mmmmm yeah I freakin suppose so

Appearance: Pale orange with a brown hue to it. Poured with a rather impressive finger and a half head. Foam clung to the beer in random chunks.

Smell: Like pineapples and other sweet fruits...mixed with some barley, sweet yeast, and hops.

Taste: Good God damn....complex flavors here. has escences of pinapples, pears, cantelope, sweet yeast, and clove spices. Awesome Tripel. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy

Drinkability: I could drink this bitch all night

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

Pours out to a bright gold in the glass with an explosively, large head. Quite a bit of cloudiness follows the initial pour. The aroma reminds me a bit of bourbon. The taste is very good, and maintains a slightly spicy, peppery, Beligian profile. As the beer warmed the ABV seemed to come out more. This beer definetely needs its "happy" place, temperature-wise. Too cold or too warm detract from its quality.

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

Poured a cloudy pale gold into a Duvel tulip. Fluffy white head shot up to the brim and slowly receded, leaving some sticky lacing.

Fairly strong, sweet aroma of banana and yeast. Higher ABV is hard to detect. Moderate level of carbonation and a very full, smooth mouthfeel with sweet caramel, banana, and a long finish that transitions from bready malts to some distinct hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable, as the initial sweetness is well balanced with the hops on the finish.

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

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in July 2005. Freshness markings are 15/07/06 and 3 015135. Pours a single finger of light tan head over a murky yellow/very light orange liquid. Smells yeasty with some belgian funk mixing in oranges and some clove. Honey sweet is dominated by a mildew hop/yeasty smell. Tastes funky sour with oranges and spices (clove and perhaps coriander) and some belgian candy sugar. By 'funk', I mean it tastes like cobwebs and white fluffy mildew smell. Some fruits (oranges, pears, green grapes) muck about in a honey malty sweetness before the alcohol and spice dry up the finish. The swallow produces a brief moment of chocolate. It's quikckly replaced by a yeasty flavor and mild alcohol sting. Green apple and funk aftertaste. How interesting...it's somewhat bitter, like it's been hopped to a level that competes with the other teams on the field (sweet malt, fruity esters, and spices). Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well, this is certainly a multi-dimensional beer. None of the flavors stand very strong, making for a gentle Now, I don't like funk, but this beer I actually enjoyed. Despite my dislike for 'funk' I will judge this beer to style.

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden honey color with tints of orange. Big white head. Apricots and banana on the nose with hints of pepper. Peppery taste upfront with noticeable alcohol, then honey and banana, a hint of citrus and, yes, pineapple. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Good stuff overall, but not as close to perfection as their dubbel.

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Photo of ThiZequi
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of brewdub17
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 12-24-10

Appearance: Cloudy blonde, with some amber notes and a thick white head atop the body.

Smell: Sour, almost wine-like smell with malty sweet and dry notes mixed.

Taste: Full bodied, crisp finish with sweet/dryness from the malts with a sour presence that adds to the full bodied character.

Mouthfeel: Good coating on the mouth but not too overpowering to be off-putting. As mentioned before, acceptingly full bodied.

Drinkability: Sourness can be not as acceptable as other Triples. Definitely would like to try again to re-review.

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

Settles into the glass with a cloudy golden body with a hint of orange. Huge, foamy, frothy bone white head sits on top. Some sediment from the bottle made it into the glass. Aroma is fruity with pears, white grapes, tangerines, some white pepper and just a hint of skunk that you would find in a green bottle Heineken. Flavor brings through much of the fruitiness with a huge bready, yeasty flavor towards the end. Flavor is huge, prominent and potent. Body is much of the same, big, bready, full-flavored, everything you would expect from a world class Belgian. All in all very different than most tripels that I have tried. This one drinks heavier and has a very strong bread yeast component. That being said, besides the hint of skunk I was getting on the nose, this one is a great example of what the tripel style can be.

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

Pours a hazy gold color with a 1 1/2" white head. Yeasty nose with some malt and spice. Taste of orange, clove, nutmeg, heavy alcohol and some hops balance it out at the end. Heavy bodied, rich mouthfeel.. very warming end. This is a heavy duty Trappist Ale.. I hope there is still plenty around next winter.. it would make an excellent winter nightcap.

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

My first foray into officially reviewing brews. Why not make it a trappist ale...

Glass scattered dark caramel-stretched hues show up in my glass with some outstanding lacing...very tight. The smell is on the intoxicating side, but after the first sweet drink the alcohol is hidden under a blanket of well balanced spices. Carbonated to high heaven, definitely a sipper. Keeping the pipes warm as well. Finish is dry, pleasant. What little aftertaste I can detect is pleasing, the slight aroma I push out of my nostrils carries the spicyness with it. Mouthfeel is juicy, it definitely covers every corner of your mouth nicely. High carbonation really makes you take your time, I wouldn't drink more than one glass in a sitting. Not memorable but certainly a good beer worth some praise!

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Photo of thebeerprincess
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle with a best before date of 11/05/12 (11 May 2012) into a C&B Belgian beer glass. Pours a pale yellow with a nice foamy white head of about 2 fingers. Beautiful lacing on the glass as it simmers down. The beer is somewhat cloudy in appearance.

Examining the nose, I detect a sweet, malty, sugary aroma. There is also a fruity aspect to it--maybe some orange or other citrus smells in the nose as well.

The taste features a fantastic mosaic of sweet malts and sugars that impart a sweet syrupy quality and fruits such as banana, orange, and maybe some apple or pineapple. Infused together with some kind of an underlying sweet pastry taste. Honey is the quality/taste I am looking for here. The finish is dry and crisp and has a little bit of a spicy kick to it -- some black pepper perhaps. The 9.5% abv is extremely well masked.

Mouthfeel is lively as this tripel is well carbonated. Also coats the mouth nicely with the sweet components of the taste. A pleasure to roll around on the pallet. Overall a very enjoyable tripel. The second I have tried and I must say that I am definitely starting to warm to this style.

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

aged since 7/06

a - poured a one finger thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass that left a nice thick lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright golden color.
s - sweet and fruity with a hint of floral hops.
t - same as above but with a bit of grainy earthiness.
m - bubbly and medium.
d - highly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this dusty bottle at Plaza Liquors in Johnson City, TN. Dated 21/08/09, which means it was bottled 21/08/2007 according to an email I received back from the brewery. A nice find if I do say so myself!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/brownish yellow with thin bone-white head.

Nose: Creamy smelling with some light anise or maybe fennel notes.

Palate: Wide and fat, luscious and thick. Alcohol lends it a little prickle so it's not cloying. Sweet pale malt, fennel seeds, fresh smoky cream, some lime zest if you dig for it. Finish is dried about by the yeast (which adds a little flavor but is not intrusive). A nice flint-smoke note bods and weaves on the finish. Carbonation level is moderate to low.

Notes: My first Westmalle Tripel and it is freakin' awesome! Love the up front sweetness but the drying yeast. Great balance and length.

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

Hazy orange-amber beer with chunks of sediment in it. It pours with a thick, white head that lasts the entire glass. The aroma sweet and fruity, with yeast, apricot, clove and banana notes prevalent. It is a very complex aroma that is reminiscent of some weizens as well as the standard triple smells. The taste is dominated by alcohol up front, which gives way to a very strong clove flavor. Sweetness fills in behind the alcohol fumes, which has hints of carmelized sugar and banana. A robust bitterness finishes off the flavor profile. A unique lingering aftertaste is also pleasant, and reminiscent of alcohol-laced bubble gum. The mouthfeel is very rich, and coats the tongue while still having a lightness to it due to the fine carbonation. The drinkability is good from the enjoyment factor, but the alcohol factor hurts it just a bit. An enjoyable beer that is well worth experiencing.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by stating that this is a damn good beer. Wonderful appearance as richly colored golden orangy look without much translucence. Big white foamy that looks gorgeous on top.

There's nothing wrong with the aroma, I just didn't catch anything strong or distinct just a little citrusy.

But Westmalle delivered flavor galore on the first taste. Citrus orange apricot and sweetness with a touch of maltiness & nice contrasting alcohol or hoppy bitterness that provides a perfecting balance.

This is a very refreshing beer in the classic Belgian tradition. This brewery makes a helluva dubbel and tripel. Niiice.

I drank this beer to the counds of Francisco Lopez' and the sounds of his Costa Rican rain forests.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Horseblanket/Barnyard, peppery, earthy, slight metallic or tin can flavor. Sweet powdered sugar.

Appearance: Light golden hue with floaters, awesome! Decent head that is white in color.

Flavor: Sweet Bubble Gum, HUGE alcohol flavor. Peppery with hints of Spearmint. Slight soapiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall Impression: WOW! These trappist "cats" or should I say Monks sure know how to brew up a great tripel. The bubble gum flavor makes this ale stand out. Nice and refreshing with a huge alcohol burn...nice! Defiantly grip a bottle of this one!

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Photo of Antyk
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass. Beautiful to look at, prodigious head with staying power that I could easily bring back with a few swirls of the glass. Well saturated golden color. This beer laced all the way down the side of the glass with aplomb. The yeast esters were readily apparent in this beer, it had some of that banana you'd be looking for in a tripel. In addition to that I got some lemon notes, more lemon pulp than peel. Spicing was more coriander than clove, also got some nutmeg in there. Finished pretty dry despite the sugars, more dry than the St. Bernardus Tripel I had alongside this one. There was a funky quality to the Westmalle that I wasn't expecting, but it did make for a really interesting drinking experience. I hesitate to say it was earthy, but it was a definite (non-Brett) funk that I don't recall having in other more straightforward tripels where belgian yeast byproducts and candied sugar is the predominant flavor profile. This was a wonderful beer that I'd happily have again. Preferably if someone else buys a bottle for me, it's not cheap.

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Photo of Swooy
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grub
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from jaxon53 as part of the Brews N' Tunes Summer Tour '07. thanks jason!

330ml bottle, best before 03/01/08.

pours hazy deep yellow with a big fairly dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. bit of honey sweetness. bubblegum. very light non-clove spice...can't quite pick it out, but it doesn't smell like clove. big bready malt. hint of alcohol. bit of tangerine fruitiness. bit of floral hops.

taste is great. light alcohol. big bready malt. light honey and caramel sweetness. light toffee and butterscotch. more bubblegum. cardamom, and maybe a little clove lurking in the edges. medium-low bitterness level. some earthy hops, and a bit of floral character too.

mouthfeel is good. fairly high carbonation level. fairly light bodied with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. the carbonation level is just a touch high for my liking, but it is very well balanced and quite enjoyable. a good representation of the style.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle fittingly purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. Best before 9/28/12. I love the old-school looking label. I popped the top and poured into a goblet. A moderate pour yielded a ridiculous head with the ratio of head to beer being 2-1. The head was bone-white and retention was really good. The brew is golden with a lot of active carbonation and enough suspended yeast to make it a little hazy. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass.

This is my first Westmalle Tripel and I was a little surprised by the aroma, which reminded me of a cross between a Belgian dubbel and a can of Steel Reserve. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised as this brew clocks in at 9.5% ABV. Sweet esters compose a large portion of the smell. There is a solvent-like quality that tickles the nose hair and makes me think of racing fuel. Bubble gum aromas emerge, as do some grassy notes and a lingering woody character.

The flavor is much mellower than the aroma would suggest. Not that it isn't flavorful, but based on the scent I was expecting a booze bomb. Sweet bubble gum yumminess rolls on the tongue. Mild diacetyl flavors emerge but blend nicely into the malt, prompting me for the first time to describe a flavor as "biscuity". There is a biting bitterness on the back end, which appears to be the alcohol coming into play. Still, it is incredible how well the alcohol is hidden. If I had not read the label I would have no clue how alcoholic this actually is.

The beer is medium bodied but it still feels pretty light as it is aided by a healthy amount of carbonation. I simply cannot believe how smoothly this drinks. It's 9.5% alcohol, but there is absolutely no burn, and really no barbs of any kind. It's somewhat creamy and drinks dangerously easy. At this point I have to wonder how one goes about signing up to be a Trappist monk. I think I've discovered my calling.

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I give two Schlitz for this outstanding religious experience of a beer.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Duvel Tulip Glass

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with 3 fingers of FROTHY white head... Almost looks like theres a bubble bath in my glass. The head is being fed by an abundant amount of carbonation that just keeps on coming. Getting some great lacing

S: Catching subtle hints of sweet fruit(pear, maybe some apple, grape and lemon zest), spice and bread with some serious boozy notes

T: Follows the nose quite nicely. Biscuity, sweet fruit, spice and booze. This beer gets a tad bit sweeter as it warms up along the way. Complex, tasty and very drinkable

M: Medium bodied and very effervescent due to the ample amount of carbonation. Boozy tones coat the mouth on the aftertaste

O: A very tasty triple. A very complex yet subtle beer at the same time. Wont pass this up next time I see it on the shelf

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Photo of nhindian
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Bottle provided as a generous extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - This is a very pretty beer, dark yellow, almost amber colored. A snow-white, 1.5-fingered head rests softly on top with excellent retention, lasting well over halfway through the duration of the beer. Lacing is great as well with tightly gripping foam latching on to the glass. Out of all the Trappist beers I've had, this has some of the most carbonation rushing from the bottom of the glass as multiple nucleation points spout out bubbles at a rapid pace. One of the best-looking Trappist beers I've had so far.

S - The smell is light and very enticing. A little bit of spice, but the fruits really take the stage here. Grapes and bananas fill the aroma and smells similar to champagne. Malts, some Belgian yeast, and a little alcohol help round everything out.

T - The taste is a nice representation of the notes in the aroma, with the grapes coming through much more strongly. The malts lead and bring a nice sweetness, a bit of candied sugar, and a solid amount of spice. Then the grapes really shine. As the beer finishes, the bananas, phenols, and a bit of alcohol come through. Really tasty beer here!

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. Nice, dry, spicy finish.

D - Drinkability is high. Not incredibly complex but the grape in this beer is addicting. Really easy to drink and at 9.5%, this will definitely creep up on you.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,521 ratings.
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