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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of ROMER79
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer. I must have gotten lucky with the bottle I had because it was fresh. So delicious. So amazing, that I would drink this every day if I could. It poured a murky gold color with a little head that disappeared quickly. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, honey, and sage were all present in my wiffs. It tasted amazing. A great balance of all of the above with little sage after notes. It's a refreshing beer. A very easy beer to drink for a big guy.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a tiny one finger head. Poured into a wine glass.

The nose has a lot of sugary candy aroma. Some definate fruity notes as well, lemon, orange, as well as apple and pear.

Taste is initially quite sweet and sugary, like toffee or caramel. This is blended with a pronounced sour note. Fruits are sour tasting and the bitterness is held back. Not much alcohol gets through the complexity of the flavour.

Creamy and thick mouthfeel with a medium carbonation works incredibly well here. The creamy mouthfeel is what I noticed right away.

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Photo of inebrius
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of very few reasons to get religion.

I like chewing wood, I sit around the campfire drinking beer, whittling a piece of cedar and drinking beer. When my friends and family have abandoned me for the warmth of the indoors and television or a game of scrabble I sit on the picnic table chewing wood, drinking beer, poking embers and musing. You may not want to know all these little personal things about me, but when a beverage transcends water, malted barley and hops, there is only one context in which it can be described: feeling.

That's right. As I sit in a shitty hotel room passing time I'm consoled by a sense of peace, because this little beer in front of me and I'm draining fast has put me in another place. It's golden hue. It's egg-creamy cap. It's aromas of backwater marsh reeds, anise cookies, sunblock at dusk and perfectly toasted marshmallows. It's spicy alcohol warmth that tastes just like chewing on a cedar shaving while drinking a carbonated pilsener reduction. They may just be monks, but they know a damn thing about spirituality.

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Photo of Hopfist
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The gold standard in Belgian Tripels. For the money, a 750ml bottle is the best way to introduce yourself to the league of world-class ale. Consequently, it's also a sure bet to find disappointment in a good portion of every tripel you have for the rest of your beer-drinking life. Trying a couple of lower-rated tripels would be a great lead-up to enjoying this one for the first time. It's not the most complex or bold beer on the planet, nor is it particularly exciting, but it's fine-tuned balance and subtle nuances paired with a certain sentimentality makes this my favorite "everyday luxury" beer.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Yellowish-gold color with a hugh fluffy head. Leaves no lacing. The bits of sediment make it look beautiful in the light of the lamp.

S: Sweet honey, spices, vanilla, buttery and floral

T: Honey, vanilla, and a touch of citrus. Becomes gently spicy afterwards and just the lightest hint of alcohol. Not too bitter either.

M: Light body and good carbonation make it easy to sip or take gulps.

Overall, Another successful beer adventure! After analyzing the first few sips, this beer was easy to get lost in and take some big gulps. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled on 11-15-2010
best by date of 11-15-2012

served into a duvel tulip

pours a light orange with a a bubbly 2 1/2 finger head.

nose is dominated by citrus some orange and tangerine. some light floral hidden in there as well

fruity at first then the spices come in to settle the sweetfest.

crisp mouthfeel at first that turns creamy later.

if chuck norris peed, this is what it would taste like

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Photo of Clonies720
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy golden color with LOTS of carbonation. A 1-inch head forms immediately and is staying put about 10 minutes after the fact. That's impressive head retention. It leaves some nice lacing as it goes down, but don't count on it sticking around.

Smell: It smells of sweetness, light-colored fruit that I cannot put my finger on, and a boozey-smell that reminds me of champagne. I cannot really smell hops, but let's see how it tastes.

Taste: Clove, banana, spices, esters, and a boozy flavor that warms up along with the beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter hops are almost non-present at the beginning, but you'll experience them around the end of the beer's flavor. Westmalle Tripel ale has the dry, spicy finish that I crave.

Overall: I could have written another 2-3 paragraphs about this beer, but it's so darn tasty that I hit the major points and skipped the nuances. This is a tasty, fine, and EXPENSIVE beer (Think it was $4.50 or $5 for that one bottle) that one might only buy for a special occasion

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Photo of jmalex
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappist brewery #4 for me. I've delayed drinking this one long enough. Time to drink!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Trois Pistoles chalice a very hazy golden color. A one finger head forms on top and holds essentially forever. Lacing is present but in small amounts. A glorious picture of a beer.

SMELL: Smells slightly yeasty, a bit pungent, heavy on citrus fruits, and has an almost candy-like sweetness. Apricots begin to come out as does a slight alcohol burn. I think I could keep going and get a million more flavors as it warms, but I want to drink. Suffice to say, this beer smells incredibly complex.

TASTE: A pungent and bitter beginning gives way to a sweetness high on a dry sugariness and flavors of golden raisins and sweet oranges. The sweetness combined with traditional abbey yeast flavors last to the very end and then some. A slight bit of alcoholic heat comes out at the end, but seems to add to the beer's complexity more than detract from it. The sweetness of the beer is a bit high, but this is a taste to behold.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly below medium bodied with a fine sharp carbonation. Light and smooth.

DRINKABILITY: I'm beginning to understand just how special a beer I'm drinking. And that was before I peeked at the ABV. 9.5%?! Yeah, you can't tell AT ALL. Stunning.

My 4th Trappist experience has proven to be the best yet. And I'm fully convinced that Westmalle Tripel is the tripel to end all tripels.

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4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance- slightly foggy golden color with a two finger head, lots of lacing

smell- an interesting mix of floral and citrus aromas

taste- very good. starts with a modest amount of floral and citrus flavor, next you are reminded of the relatively high alcohol percentage, and then ends with a refreshing finish.

mouthfeel- good carbonation, medium body

drinkability= very drinkable. the taste, mouthfeel, and smell are mild enough to be relatively easy drinking. three may be a good amount

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dazzling golden yellow with a thin film of white head that was sustained by a field of bubbles.

Smelled of mandarin oranges, coriander, fresh cut roses, spicy yeast and of sweet green grapes.

The flavor contains a smooth, creamy and understated sweet wheat and peach sweetness accompanied by a floral and pungent grapefruit and citrus yeast. The way these two flavors blended effortlessly together to create one potent, yet smooth sensation is beyond my vocabulary. Finishes pleasantly dry and yeasty. When I exhaled after a sip, green grapes became very noticeable.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

This is hands down the best triple I’ve ever had. It’s understated flavor and complex blend of flavors makes this a fantastic beer.

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Photo of roblowther
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a dense, persistant rocky head. It smells of peaches and apricots with just a hint of pepper. The taste is little short of heaven (no monk pun implied). The apricot and peaches are there, along with a flowery hop note and a dry but savory finish showing that pepper and a warm alcohol note. There is a caramel malt overtone that mellows the flavor and binds it all together in a delightful fashion. Mouthfeel is bubbly, with a satisfying oily, viscous quality that anchors the beer's light, fruity flavor. Drinkability is unsurpassed. I could drink these one after the other, particularly on a warm afternoon. A dangerous thing when talking about a 9.5% beer, so beware and enjoy!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from the big bottle, 07 vintage with a synthetic cork.

A- pours a cloudy golden apricot color, warm and inviting, with an incredibly stiff cap of off white foam. slowly settling, it changes consistency from a mass of dense bubbles to a pile of loose dish-soapy foam, darkening in color, with pillars and arches of lace rising high up the sides of the glass.

S- incredibly floral, fruity, and yeast aroma, with caramel, sugar cookies, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar in the background. up front is wysteria, pear, apple, large bronze muscadine grape, peaces, nectarine, plum, with some pineapple and orange hop aroma, and some very floral alcohol.

T- taste is drier and less fruity than the smell, with pronounced alcohol flavor like pears and grapes mashed in a very young brandy. holding it in my mouth for awhile i notice stronger fruit flavors begin to emerge, with a perfume of lily, vanilla and lemon peel, apricot pasta flora, and woodsy chardonnay and marsala. there is a character throughout like that of chewing on apple skin and the taste of tannins are prevalent. caramel, sugar, and cookie flavors fade and the taste becomes more herbal and earthy with a mild peppercorn spice, red bell pepper, with bitter floral and lemon pith hops. the finish is long and gradual as it goes from sweet to bitter to malty to dry and fruity. as beautiful and orchestral as it is, there is some unknown spark keeping me from ethically giving it a prefect score. damn right close though. 4.90

MF- full, expansive, and velvety. like take those jumpsuits j-lo used to wear, cuddle up on her booty and the feel of that velour is pretty much identical to the soft caressing carbonation found here. the dryness is so smoothly transitional and soft-spoken that it merely whispers for another sip as i listen closely to the sweet refrain of my singing taste buds. near the end of the glass is a treat as well, and the carbonation becomes so plush that a creamy feeling takes over, taking softness to a whole nother level.

D- all around amazing, invoking poetic thoughts in my sometimes shallow mind. intriguingly tasty, balanced, flavorful, and interesting, this is it's own class of tripel. 9.5%abv would do little to deter me from drowning myself in this stuff should i ever acquire a case.

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Photo of assmasterson
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just by the luck of the draw, I picked this one out of a long beer list last night.

Pours out with a slightly burnt orange color and has a modest, light head. The smell and taste have some strong fruit flavors and the carbonation is tight enough to leave it with a clean finish. The amount of alcohol in this brew is pretty high, but does not overpower the senses.

Overall, one of the finest beers I have come across. Given the chance, I would pick this one again in a second.

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Photo of iNHaze
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll start right off by saying one of the best belgians I've yet had. Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a wine glass, Westmalle Tripel poured a pretty honey blonde with a lot of suspended yeasty sediment and TONS of effervescent bubbles.

Smells sweet and malty, with notes of honey, fresh fruit (apricots, figs, lemons), some belgian yeast, and some definite alcohol.

Citrusy hops up front quickly fade in the style of tripels to sweet maltiness, with complex, fruity notes and a bit of sparkling citrus taste brought forward by the carbonation. Somewhat herby, I keep thinking thai basil with a sweet/spicy thing going on. Definite alcohol in there too, but I don't find it in any way offensive.

Mouthfeel is full, round, and coats well. This beer goes down so smooth...I could drink this all night.

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Photo of janubio
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml. bottle poured in a Westmalle chalice glass. Good nice head with a lace that seems to last forever. Smell of frutis, lemon grass , alcohol, sherry wine. Spicy. Good carbonation, thick and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, maybe apricots, hints of tropical fruits, some citrus,almonds, spicy. Long dry finish. I understand why this is considered the classic example of a belgian tripel. Excellent.

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Photo of JamesS
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great golden sun color with fantastic head and some excellent lacing. Great scent, huge wafts of banana and a slight citrus background with a large malty sweetness. Big malt bomb of flavor, huge thick taste with great sweet tones, a wonderful fruitiness with a slight banana aftertaste. Goes down very good, no noticable alcohol kick in it except for a nice warmth. Fantastic.

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Photo of Voss
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is THE Tripel. The monks invented it in Westmalle in 1934 and, in my opinion, they still make the best tripel in the world.
Beautiful intense gold color, big thick head (even if I had bottles that made tiny heads), a wonderful fresh smell of lemon and other ripe fruits (apricot), a great body and a fruity, malty taste greatly textured with perfect carbonation. You can't ask for more.
The first times I drunk Westmalle Tripel I thought it was the best beer in the world. Now I prefer Quads, but this is definitely a terrific and elegant brew.

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Photo of icepik
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: light straw color, hazy, light head with great lacing.

S: Fruity, sweet smell, reminiscent of apricots, very nice.

T: Excellent malt flavor, smooth, clean taste. Some alcohol warmth at finish.

M: Soft mouth feel, fairly high carbonation, but typical of style.

O: This is one of the best, it really defines the tripel style for me.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy medium gold with four monster fingers of light, foamy beige head that leaves elegant fancy tablecloth lace as it recedes.

Smells of spiced honey, soft banana, cloves, sweet pale malt, citrus zest and a kind of flower shop sweetness.

Tastes of honeyed citrus flesh, spicy candied apple and banana chip, mild bubblegum, peppery cloves and an orchard fruit skin hoppy bitterness.

Feels big and fuzzy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry with absolutely no evidence of alcohol.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. I was blown away.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An orange yellow almost golden like a sunset.Very nice head that has long life. The aroma of malts,fruits,spice and alcohol. The taste is tingly ,bitter sweet with the added touch of passion fruit or something like that.
It has a spicy taste,yet there is citrus,yeast and some hops.
The feel is smooth,so smooth. The bitterness is well placed and the complex flavors are blended well with moderate carbonation. It finishes sort of dry with an alcohol reminder.

Notes: This is not a session brew ,but you knew that already. High ABV must be respected. I can have about two or three glasses and feel fine.

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Photo of timjg14
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious Belgian ale! Lots of head on first pour. Plenty of sediment towards the end if you don't pour carefully (which I didn't). Great aroma. Sharp citrus flavor, but not too overwhelming. Excellent carbonation. My wife absolutely hated it.

I don't remember enjoying a Belgian beer this much in a long time - possibly since the last time I was in Belgium, over 10 years ago.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Sweet Nectar of the Gods!!"

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Inch tall, foamy head with great lacing. Beautiful golden color.

Aroma was not overpowering; nicely balanced, yeasty, apples, pears.

Perfect taste. Perfectly balanced hops, yeast and malt. Nothing overpowering, but everything balanced. High ABV well hidden.

Light carbonation, not too thick. Clean palate and no aftertaste.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had!!! I would give it a 5 for drinkability, however the high ABV would sneak up on you.

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Photo of Chaney
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle in Occoquan, Virginia at a new Belgian restaurant call "Cock and Bull." Belgian beer and waffles - gotta love it!

A: After pouring into a Westmalle chalice, I noticed intense bubbles right away. The color was a cloudy, burnt orange with about 1/2 inch head.

S: Fruity, with mild caramel notes. I detected the characteristic Belgian yeast with plum and citrus.

T: VERY smooth, with a slight but comfortable alcohol burn. Dark fruit a plenty in this one!

M: Carbonation is bubbly, almost champagne-like. There is no offensive sticky residue in the mouth and I would definitely describe this as a very "clean" beer.

D: I am simply in love with the mouthfeel in particular with this one! Also,the nutty and fruity taste of the Westmalle is addictive. Amazing stuff!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. Freshness date is listed as "30/05/13."

Pours a spectacular appearance with a straw-colored, cloudy color with tons of tiny floaties visible. Head is absolutely massive - from now on, if my tripel doesn't pour a head this creamy and bubbly, I'm not not going to consider it to be an ideal brew of the style. This brew has the true appearance of a drink made for members of the royalty.

And what an amazing smell this beer has: beautifully balanced citrusy notes (especially lemon rinds), candy sugar, coriander, banana and tamarind. An extremely strong aroma that changes over time, really. You get sweet boozy notes, dry hopped smells, and tons of fruitiness. A very peculiar flavor, and one that can quickly indicate that this brew is going to be a cascade of flavors.

Instantly, the flavor proves itself to be filled with bitterness and dryness unlike many other kinds of Trappist beers. Soon, however, those bitter notes are replaced with caramel malts and sugary flavors that wholly wonderful. The citrus flavor maintains throughout, and mixes really well with the sweetness. The alcohol is brilliantly hidden here, only showing its high quantity after every gulp, in which is warms up the throat and cheeks and delivers spices reminiscent of ginger all around. Creamy and chewy. Very dry, though, so approach it with caution. The high yeastiness makes it taste like fresh bread straight out of the over as it warms up. What a brilliant beer that it is - it's so amazing that I feel like crying after taking each sip.

What to say overall? One of the greatest beers I'll ever have on this earth. I also recently split a 750ml bottle in Brussels with several other people and found the batches in Belgium to be more aggressive on the palate due to the freshness - and therefore more delicious! This beer is a true divine savior in a bottle. After having it several times, I've appreciated it more due to its ability to taste different on every single sip. Seriously! It's uncanny. After enough tries, it's now one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dazzling, this Westmalle Tripel. Earlier in the day, I decided to sample Chimay and Westmalle back-to-back. Given the late hour, I momentarily reconsidered, then reconsidered my reconsideration, much to my delight. I am officially wowed.

This required multiple pours for me, an angle-pouring blue-collar gent who enjoys decent foam, but nothing too excessive. Despite my best efforts, this was a four-finger froth, fantastic in its resplendent glory, requiring two more dabbles over the 12-oz. Ommegang glass to complete the pour. The body is a cloudy lemon-orange, like a sunset on an easy day. Really sublime.

My nose enjoyed the lemon-orange fruitiness, the hint of berries, and the yeasty back beat, but I was completely won over upon tasting the steady but patient malt flavor that periodically percolated in the palate, accompanying the rest of the assemblage. Idyllically carbonated to channel the durable hopped flavor, this is really one of the best Belgians I've ever had. Imbibing this was a privilege.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,434 ratings.
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