Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, lemony yellow, nice carbonated. Three fingers of bright white head grows swiftly and settles very slowly to a solid foamy mat. Pop-art lacing bedecks the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a brief tease of malted grain, then a yeasty sourness intertwines with spicy notes of clove and coriander. A dry citrus hint flirts at the finish. The alcohol allows some fleeting glimpses.

Upon sipping, a solid presence of sweet malt steps aside quickly to allow the spicy character to take over. An ephemeral berry undertone flits through the middle, but is outdone there by a sinus-drying current of alcohol. An earthy graininess shares the finish with a very mild dry fruity bitterness. This is a basic balanced blend that has no identity issues.

Medium bodied, it has a veritable presence as it coats, then ebbs slowly, leaving a warm glow on the palate.

Simply, there's nothing here not to like. The elements blend and sit evenly on the palate, and slide down smoothly. The alcohol never hides, standing proudly and serving notice. Still, despite the high ABV, this one bears repeating, because the taste is well worth it. It my not be one of the true top dogs, but it's not very far behind, and it's well worth drinking.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden orange with a big active off white head and lots of carbonation.
Smells of malt, ripe tropical fruit, bubblegum and that Belgian yeast tang.
Tastes of sweet bready malt, golden raisins, sugared yellow and orange fruits, honey and tart yeast. There was a nice hop bitterness but the alcohol really came through in the finish.
Medium bodied with a full tingly/creamy mouthfeel brought on by the carbonation.
The alcohol really came through at the end. It warmed the belly but hurt the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of tony223366
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 12, 2011.

A: Cloudy yellow color with a twinge of orange. Fair head in my goblet. Could have been poured better to be honest. White head turned into just a thin layer.

S: Fruitiness up front followed by peppery yeast. Followed by a hint of alcohol.

T: There's a surprising richness to this beer. Definitely a nice caramel, with a fruitiness. Certainly a sweetness and a medicinal flavor. Nice warm alcohol finishes this beer.

M: Light almost oily mouthfeel. Nice carbonation helps to carry flavors.

O: Great beer. Hides the 9.50% ABV pretty damn well. Good introduction into the style.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a white head that settles slowly. Carbonation is vigorous, and lacing is good as well.

S: Smell is dry, with some alcohol present. Hints of candi sugar, banana peel, citrus, and straw are noted. Hops give the beer a floral aroma in the back.

T: Some honey and straw, along with banana, dried fruit, and spice. Hops dry out the finish of the beer, with flavors of grass and a hint of citrus.

M: A bit light for a Tripel, but still very flavorful with a long finish.

D: Although not my favorite beer of this style, Westmalle makes a Tripel that is very easy to drink, and tastes very good.

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Photo of Freepack88
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sevenarts
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale, cloudy yellowish orange, somewhat opaque with sediment floating towards the bottom. Good-sized white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Smells yeasty and slightly musty, with subdued sugary aromas and hints of sharp, fruity flavors.

T/M: Sweet and sugary up front, with lots of sweet fruit, with the yeast base gradually taking over towards the back end for a dry, moderately bitter finish. Very crisp and refreshing, and the alcohol is very well hidden, just giving it a bit of a warming bite in the back of the throat with each sip.

O: A very good tripel, the originator and benchmark for the style, and it's easy to see why. Big, sweet, and very tasty.

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Photo of maek228
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 TheCrowsEye
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThiZequi
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brewdub17
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,613 ratings