Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

4,521 Ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
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 Apellonious
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11. 2 fl oz poured into a snifter, best by 12/04/18. Straw gold with a three finger fluffy white head. Good lace retention. Some sediment, I was able to keep the majority in the bottle. Very active carbonation visible. The aroma is pear, grape (like a white wine), and mild grains. The taste is in line, and throws in some mild sweetness and clove/pepper spice features. The mouthfeel is excellent, the huge carbonation release resulting in a medium low carbonation level on the drink, with heft and feel right in the middle. Overall, a well made and tasty Tripel that I look forward to revisiting.

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Photo of beerthirtysa
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark lemon color, head almost white, evenly bubbled, not that long-lasting but pure. Champagne carbonation. Sweet, very weak resiny notes. Fresh hay, grassy, herbal notes, slightly spicy. Taste: quite complex. Distinct coriander, dark fruit flavor, some bruised apple. Grassy or fresh hay, a little spice. Afterward, a mineral/pencil lead finish. Warm in the stomach. Mouthfeel was light, fresh, danced off the tongue, slick, not heavy.

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Photo of Reinbeck11
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of itsscience
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

The beer has an opaque orange color with visible carbonation. The aroma was quite strong with big biscuity malt smells and yeasty funk. Tasting it, I again got the huge biscuit notes, which were balanced with slight yeast bitterness. I tasted spice, grass, and a bit of banana to add the slightest touch of sweetness in an overall dry beer. Goes down effervescent and crisp.

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Photo of mrchrisray
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very earthy smell highlighting Belgian yeast and some citrusy hops. In picking up some other subtle fruit notes and a touch of spice, maybe banana, apple, pear, and some cloves or peppercorns. Quite an inviting looking beer. The color is a pale yellow with very active carbonation.
It tastes a lot like it smells with, for me, the pepper and/or cloves coming to forefront on the palate. It has a very light and airy mouthfeel with some nice bubble fuzz. Leaves my mouth with a doughy sort of after taste. This is a quality brew. I'd love to get a few more and experiment with some cellar aging

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.

Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.

Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.

Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.

Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.

Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange, big white head. Good lacing.

S - sweet lemons and honey malt. Some low level spice too.

T - pretty much follows the smell. Very smooth alcohol

M - Light, yet smooth. Alcohol warmth is quite pleasant, but pretty strong.

D - Each sip is to be enjoyed. The alcohol is fairly prounounced, so you need to take your time with this one.

I really enjoy the sweeter tripels like this. Superb.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

neat little 11.2 oz bottle.
Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a huge white head. Great lacing, sticks to the glass like there's no tomorrow and will obviously not go anywhere.
Smell is bready malts, some hops, citrus, and a little alcohol.
Very creamy, hops, alcohol and malt are in the forefront. Fruits are also plentiful in this brew (peaches, pear, plums).
This is a great tripple, I am so glad I can finally get it in FL.
I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Best by May 26, 2012.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with billowing, foamy white head and great lacing.

Smell: Earthy, dry and clove-like. Slightly tart. Light banana and other fruits.

Taste: A little sweeter than the aroma, with a heavier banana and fruit profile. Some light mustiness with a dry, slightly tart, snap at the end that leaves a strong clove aftertaste.

Feel: High carbonation with a medium body that is slightly more syrupy than expected or preferred. Mostly dry finish, but not as effervescent as hoped for.

Overall: Great tasting Tripel that does not quite have the refreshing and effervescent feel that I love in regards to all Pale Belgians, whether Tripels, BSPAs or Saisons. Still, one of the best Tripels that I have had.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the typical orange/amber of a belgium tripel with a nice half finger head that melts slowly to a full lacing head.
Aroma is unusual....apricots and alcohol....none of the typical belgium yeasts, breads, and sugars I am acustomed to in a triple.
Sweet front to the palette...soft bitterness that is sweetly aprocates, prunes, and then begium candy sugar and drying alcohol.
Mouthfeel is comfortably thick and creamy for this style.
Aftertaste only slighly sweet...nicely an apricot/alcohol aftertaste.
Not the usual tripel....lots of unusual fruits...slightly more cloying and less drying than I am used to, but still nice an drinkable.
Love the belgiums...hard to do poorly....wonderfully diverse.

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Photo of socon67
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden and very cloudy. Some carbonation is evident. A thick white foam leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

S - Scents of cherries, citrus, and grain. Very sweet.

T - Has a potent booze bite that is tempered by a sweet sugary taste. The transition is nice. The slight tartness in the finish makes this hit all the spot for a good tripel.

M - Certianly heavy and packs a punch. One of these is plenty. Well balanced, and minimal carbonation. Has a little raspy feel in the vein of a pilsner.

O - This is right there with Chimay and the other name trappist tripels.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split 750ml with some dude

appearance: pale golden, slightly hazy, huge fluffy white head...quite inviting

smell: fruity hops, malty, alcohol apparent, clove, bananas, pear

taste: fruit in nose is present in the taste, alcohol well hidden but still up front,

mouthfeel: quite heavy, carbonated, alcohol tingles

drinkability: 1/2 a 750ml is sufficient

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Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gorgeous dark lemon with a pillowy head and champagne like bubbles.
Smell: lemon, yeast, malt...less harsh as it warms

Taste:lemon, citrus, alcohol esters, slight fruity undertone, some vanilla...complex.

Mouthfeel: smooth as it warms

Drinkability: Very nice...has a pleasant bite on the finish

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Photo of nataku00
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (best by date of 31/08/11) into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange color that I can barely make out shadows through the beer. There was an initial two fingers of white foamy and soft head that started to dissipate to maybe half a finger, but clinging heartily to the inside of the glass. Tons of small bubble carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose has a nice yeasty spiciness, but most surprising was the alcohol presence. This is a fairly strong tripel. Malty and spicy.

Taking a sip, the soft but ample carbonation tickles your tongue with medium body. Coriander and peppercorn spiciness, some golden raisin fruitiness, and a biscuit sweetness. Alcohol presence as it warms up in your mouth, but not too overpowering. Nice dry floral hoppy finish as it goes down.

Fairly drinkable but the alcohol presence does warn you to slow down as you take a sip. One of the best tripels in the world.

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Photo of Brent
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit unusual in the flavor profile, but I liked it quite a bit. Poured a slightly hazy golden peach with brisk carbonation. Sharp and peppery, with a touch of acidity and brineyness, like green olive brine. A bit of fruity yeast balanced the brine, and smoothed things out for the finish. Very engaging.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive deep golden color with a fluffy and light head that is quite ample even with a gentle pour. Nice aroma of lemon zest, coriander and yeasty, bready sweetness. Taste is nice and sweet up front with plenty of spice notes. A little bit of clove, some black pepper, coriander, maybe some ginger and a citrus sing. I can detect the alcohol, but it actually adds to the taste rather than detracting. Nice dry finish. Very balanced and a wonderful tasting brew. Medium body with a surprisingly smooth drinkability. I would imagine I could through back a few of these, which is a dangerous proposition.

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Photo of Raebies
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holding the bottle up to the sunlight, I can see the cloudy beer with little flecks of yeast floating around inside. Pale cloudy yellow in the glass, lots of light fizz that settles quickly forming a firm head. It smells very crisp and clean, light fruityness. Reminds me of orval, without the barnyard funk.

Perfect level of light sweetness, not as sweet as other tripels. Slight tang, but smooth tasting. The warmth of the alcohol comes through without a boozey flavour. It's fairly close to perfect.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly carbonated light-orange body with a frothy finger of head.

Smells lightly of fresh citrus, malt. Maybe a hint of spice.

Flavor of chewy yeasty malt. Spice and light citrus. Sweet with some candi sugar hints. Holds it's ABV remarkably well. Very delicate, but chock full of complexity.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, and slightly thick without being syrupy.

Drinkability is very high. The ABV is not noticeable at all. This is quenching and tasty. A master work of brewing!

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Photo of battlekow
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

West-mall-eh looks really amazing, an opaque orange capped by a brilliantly white head that's creamy and muscular.

Quite a dense, complex smell, though well-balanced and not at all overpowering. There's doughy yeast, some citrus and sugar, a bit of pepperiness, and just a hint of the alcohol. The flavor, while equally complex, is different than the nose. The alcohol is more prominent, and lurks alongside the surprisingly bitter finish, making the finish a bit intense. On the other side of the sip, you get the expected yeastiness and a lot of sweetness. An estery, tropical fruit flavor lingers on your lips long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel is light and playful, and the only problem I have with this overall lovely and interesting beer is the intensely bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a super,hazy,murky orange with a serious 3 inch,meringue-like,bone white crown that had excellent retention and left concentric rings on my tulip glass.

S-Dry spice(clove,cardamom,white pepper),blonde tobacco,dried flowers and toffee.

T-Golden raisin,pear,clove,candy sugar and floral qualities similar to honeysuckle and lavender.

M-Medium bodied with great complexity and depth of flavor.Slight,fruity alcohol burn.

D-Good drinkability with an extremely well-maintained ABV.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into goblet. Best before date on back label.

Pours a cloudy yellow that is translucent and a firm one finger of white, frothy head that retains well. Little bits of lacing stick here and there on the side of the glass.

Nose is heavy on the malts; some biscuit, lots of fruit esters that range from banana to peach. Some clove and mildly alcoholic.

Taste is less fruity sweet as the nose; more pronounced clove and alcohol, some malty biscuit, little bit of barnyard funk, some apple and pear flavours, finishing long with a lingering grassy bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body, with a touch of grainy feel, nice bubbly carbonation and a long, dry finish.

Great tasting, relatively easy-drinking beer. Alcohol is not hidden, but it's well integrated. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle with a very unassuming tan label that really gives it that "Trappist" feel. It's contents greet my chalice:

It's so hazy even while pouring. A dirty blonde body towing the line between translucent and opaque with a thick white head that clings to the glass.

An peppery sour apple aroma with just the subtlest hints of citrus and tart.

Carbonation right away it's the first thing you get, then you taste that wonderful tart sour apple and maybe some pineappley (fake word, I know) citrus.

I can't really detect the alcohol on the tounge, just in the head afterwards. A wonderful brew.

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Photo of TStandley13
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great creamy white head with good retention. Appearance was a cloudy golden color, slight orange tinge.

S- Sweet tasting with a definite smell of alcohol. Very malty smelling.

T- Alcohol taste is present. A great mixture of spices and sweets. Almost a cidery type taste with a slight aftertaste of cinnamon.

M- Feels great. Good warming effect and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, though alcohol taste can get to you after 3 or 4. Definetely enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tjd25
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful soft and silky head, smooth and lasting. Great. Opaque orange color body, with some light mahogany and golden notes. Fresh and yeasty notes of fruits. Bananas and grapefruit. Maybe vanilla and light sweet hints of strawberry. The taste starts with fruity and yeasty notes; then, the citric character remains, but a thick hoppiness appears, which combines flavors of citrus and a dark chocolate bitterness. A very warming alcohol character surrounds the mouth with some peppery notes. The mouthfeel is very interesting, very smooth and complex, with a hoppier character than other trappist brews.

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Photo of IPA1978
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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