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 Tupperwolf
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breaking in my new Gulden Draak tulip with this beer - I accidentaly (lucky accident - I hope?) bought two bottles of this, an 330ml and a 750ml - this is the 330ml bottle.

This pours out equal parts beer and head, completely filling the very large Draak tulip to its golden rim with eggshell white head, a big styrofoam brick that hangs out on top of a tawny orange-gold haze - visible yeast particulate and rising bubbles throughout. The lacing is chunky and foamlike, coating the interior of the glass, and the head refuses to budge, hanging out in frothy mountains and valleys.

Zippy Belgian yeast scent - lemons, orange peel, sweet sugar- a bit of banana bread. Faint, soft scent that betrays very little alcohol and has a coriander spice finish.

This is a very nicely layered Belgian that does absolutely nothing to offend - a significant achievement, in the grand scheme of Belgians. It begins with sweet fruit, apricot and orange, then continues to a slightly bready, spicy yeast, and finishes in two parts - first, pleasantly fruity-bitter, then, as the aftertaste continues to cruise along the back of the tongue, it becomes soft banana-caramel.

Slightly fizzy at first, definitely crisp - it fluffs up a bit in the mouth, becoming full and pleasant.

This is just the tiniest bit uninteresting, but that's actually a good thing. A lot of Belgians manage to offend, but this one does absolutely nothing wrong. Those monks sure know what the heck they're doing.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 1.10.06

Brew was a pale cloudy gold under a thick white head. Yeasty bits hung out in suspension at the end of the bottle, as I drank it slowly in three few-ounce pour quantities. Little lacing left, though I was doing my damndest to get everything I could out of this bottle. No deliciousness was going to be left on the inside of MY glass.

The aroma was creamy malt and green hops. These smells mixing with the alcohol produced notes of vanilla extract.

Flavor was immediately creamy, almost Barleywine-like with green, hoppy bitterness. Not much going in the way of typically expected Euro/Belgian funkiness. Hot, booziness in the aftertaste provides a generous reminder of the strength of what was just consumed. The beer was fluffy in the mouth and mid/high carbed. Solid, big beer that dominates your palate in a good way.

This a slow goer. At around $4 an 11 oz bottle, it should be. Add its strength and Barleywine bitterness and you’ve got two more speed bumps of savoring enjoyment to keep you paced.

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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 mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with 11/07/07 printed on the label. It pours into the chalice a glowing gold with some sediment, lots of carbonation beads, and a 3/4" white head which is pretty sticky. There are aromas of spicy/sharp phenols (medicine/rubber glove), sweentess, a grassy/musty character, and some fruits, The taste is about the same with some powdery yeast and a medium body. Overall it's good, but I was expecting something much better considering this is the poster-child for tripels. Maybe it was an off bottle, but either way I'm sure I'll get around to sampling another one.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great example of Belgium triple. Pours a semi-cloudy, lemon day with good visibility despite the yeasty pour. Limited head but does stay around the edges for the whole tasting and ok lacing.

The smell is noticeable with a malty and Belgium-esk aroma. Good malt backing with some Belgium pale representing the majority. Spices such as coriander and good representation of fruits, such as apricots and peaches, are presented.

The taste is exceptional. The malt is well noted well and balanced with a not-so-detectable-sugar and hop additions. The malt is well balanced with a touch of biscuit and maybe pilsner thrown in. There is a bite (reminds me of pilsner) from a earthy hop taste at top that brings a zing taste. The sweet malt taste is blended well with a sugary taste that is hard to pick up. The end is splash of citrus meets floral that rounds the beer out.

The end taste also brings a good smoothness that makes it so easy to drink. Overall this is an impressive that deserves a high rating.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starts out with a blistering apricot/tropical sweetness that makes its way towards the hops, then grapes, and finally a nice dry vinous finish with just slight notes of coriander and whiskey. The glowing orange appearance and healthy dollop of cream make it quite the looker as well. Perhaps the best tripel I’ve had and certainly the most drinkable. A truly top notch beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a bit of yeast sedimant. The head is a thin white, that fades fast leaving no laces.

This beer has a strong yeast aroma. Very earthy. I also detect some spice presence. A slight citrus aroma is also present. Hop aroma is very slight ly noticable. The alcohol is also noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes of spice. Coriander. Also, I has a slight citrus tang to it. It is slightly yeasty tasting. The hops make a slight appearence in the flavoras well.

This beer is hightly carbonated, complimenting the style. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer if the alcohol content was just a tad lower. It is a good beer though. Well worth it.

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Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 26/05/07. Served at about 10°C in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a hazy, dark orangey+honeyish yellow hue; the thick white cap comes effervescent, tight and foamy, a bit like meringue~~ sustaining superbly and leaving very tight lacing as it sl...owly settles; very fizzy body.
S: sweet, candyish maltiness mixed with sweet lemony+orangey edge with a hint of passion-fruits, floating aroma of vanilla powder, lightly spicy/cinnamon yeastiness... overall surprisingly straight forward, albeit pleasant all the same. I doubt if the lower serving temp. has trapped more aroma inside the glass...
T: fiercely bubbly-textured palate with rough and warmish alcoholic attack~~ as my palate gets used to the texture, I could sense semi-sweetish bready malts followed by light touches of tropical fruits--mainly bananas, oranges and drops of lemonade, while an immense flow of intensifyingly dry spiciness and chewy bitterness quickly ensues, gradually decreasing in intensity but leading to a lingering, dryish, spicy-hoppy aftertone.
M: the initial sharply bubbly mouthfeel plus the simultaneous alcohol attack is not very impressive, showing signs that yeasts might have been badly disturbed or else. But it does soften sip by sip and settles to fine, creamy yet lively texture. The finishing touch is rather soothing, with good depth of spices and bitterness caressing the deep end of the throat, making this a glass of constantly-improving enjoyment.
D: a med-full bodied, dryish-bitter Tripel it is. Not as approachable as my last bottle, maybe due to the fact that before serving the beer was slightly over-chilled, hence the farely cloudy body from the very beginning. One can't deny that it's an uncompromising beer though, and in my opinion this is a more complex and fuller elder brother of the Westmalle Dubbel.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellowish orange with a 1/2 inch head that reduces itself to a nice film. There are lively streams of bubbles and the beer looks a bit cloudy also. The smell is citrusy and spicy, with floral hints and an aroma of orange peel. The taste is a fairly sweet malt, with notes of banana, citrus, and spices. It's also tarty with an alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and rich, not overly thick ,although it seems to coat the tongue well. It has a great flavor but the alcohol is a bit overpowering, making it less easy to drink...

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks simply wonderful, thick white head, light gold color, slightly cloudy with some periling racing up the side of the class. Nice lasting head and an ever present lace. Aroma is a bit yeasty, apple and green grapes. Taste is sweet; fruit and mild musty bitter bite in the end. The 9.5 is nicely hidden in this brew. Overall a refreshing and enjoyable brew and at $5.03 for a 750 ml. (with tax) I will be enjoying this offer more often. If you see it one the shelf, pick it up.

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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 sloejams
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully into my chalice; a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains quite well with some gorgeous lacing. It has a sweet aroma with citrus fruits evident and the slightest hint of coriander. It tastes remarkable - sweetness in the yeast, some cloves and bit tart. Nice medium body with a warming alcohol feel. The 9.5 is very well hidden. I could drink a few of these.

The best tripel I've ever had. Delicious.

Monks, what can't they do?

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle Pours cloudy golden yellow with a good white head, mostly lasting and good lacing. Aroma is of purfume, spruce, pine and soft malts. Dry smooth texture. Taste has a smooth light acidic with a good aftertaste. This is a very good beer and also somewhat easy to locate. It is a good start to the Belgium beers.

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Photo of masikon
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval goblet, this was a hazy lemon juice color with plenty of bits floating around. Nose was pleasant, soft and fruity with a bit of alcohol sting on the sinus' as well. Hits the palate with a distinct belgian crispness, tingly and somewhat medicinal but extremely complex...a hard beer to review really due to the different flavors mixing with each sip, it's hard to pick things out. Definite fruitiness with apples/pears along with some herbal and floral accents as well. A really nice beer to crack after the Seahawks NFC Championship win tonight.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice head with a decent ring of lace over a copper tinted straw body.

S - Floral hops, lillies, and gumball.

T - Floral character with some malt and citrusy zest.

M - Very slick, thin and very refreshing.

D - Good, this would go well will some foods. Abv makes sessioning a bad idea. I will have to have this again sometime.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice tripel in all categories.
A golden/yellow hue with a full crown that does not want to let go.
The body is a little cloudy, the carbonation is heavy.
The nose is lightly of assorted fruits, currents are dominant.
The taste is very well balanced starting to the sweet side then switching to the hops...again, fruity mash like, front and back.
A nice warm feeling from the ABV is most pleasent.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy sitting down and savoring a westmalle every now and then. Its got a wonderful sweet and earthy aroma, nice head retention, and great legs. It has great balance in the mouth , and the high abv doesebnt really come through at all, aside from that initial warm feeling i get when i take my first sip. This is a great beer, sometimes overshadowed by Westy and Rocheforte, but for me never a disappointment

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the only beer i've ever given a 5 for appearance; pours a hazy, almost burnt gold with a magnificent off-white head that leaves incredible lacing and retains impressively. The aroma starts off with a big citrus fruit element (tangerine, apricot, lemon zest), straw, biscuit, candied sugar, spices and some ethanol. The flavor is also initially very fruity (with big apricot, tangerine,pear, peach and lemon character), as well as some damp straw, candied sugar, herbal and mineraly hops, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and an astringent and slightly tart finish with some alcohol warmth. Drinkability is unparalleled for a tripel (i find most too herbal, spicy or alcoholic). An excellent example of a tripel, perhaps the best there is...perfect balance between sweet and tart.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the bottled version of this beer in a beer tasting event. I have it before and equally enjoyed it then. It pours a orange-gold color with a good head that says around. Nice herbal and fruity bouquet. It has a nice smooth sweetness that is offset by crispness as well. The taste has flavors of fermented fruits and bananas with maybe a hint of peach. I really like this beer it’s tasty and very drinkable. The traditional Westmalle goblet already waits at home for it’s next victim!

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Photo of Absumaster
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a orange/ golden colour, with enough carbonation in it.
Smell is fruity and hoppy, with the smell of flowers, hops and solvent, changing as the brew warms up.
Taste is dry, but I still noticed some sweetness. Fruity, like over ripe bananas or some other exotic fruit and some solvent taste.
I have tasted this beer on numerous occasions and it is really striking to find that every time it tastes different. This might come from the variation in brewing, but I think it is mostly due to the unique yeast, being used, that reacts to small changes in it's environement like temperature and nutrients. This is a 'Must Taste' beer!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is terrific. It looks like apple cider with bits of the apple still floating around in it. Smell is also similar to cider, with a tart, almost sour quality that dominates the nose. When its initailly sipped there is not a lot of taste, but as it goes down you can taste it explode. Like most tripels you can taste a hint of the high-alcohol content, but its almost entirely masked. There is a distinct crispness to it that is not found in many other beers, but its still so well balanced that it goes down very easy.

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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 unclederby
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this baby into my Watou chalice.

Golden yellow, i get a one inch head which quickly dissapates to a thin foamy layer. Bits of yeast float still-like in the glass as sparse and tiny bubbles make there way up for air. Spotty sheeting...

The aroma is of yeast, coriander, and maybe a hint of peach in there. Perhaps just a bit of earthiness is detected as well.

Taste is biscuity and dry, the fruit in the nose goes mostly undetected (just a bit right up front) as the flavours lean more towards the floral.. A nice hop bitterness too, nice and even from start to finish. Drier than most tripels i've come across... reminding me a bit of Orval.

Rolls nicely over the tongue with a slight acidic burn, and the carbonation is abundant.

This thing is real easy to drink, and i'm putting it down perhaps too quickly. Crisp and clean like a good lager (but unmistakenly an ale), each sip begs for another... and i could easily go three or four deep on this one. Delicious, and perhaps a nice foil for spicy or mediterrainean foods.

I'll be back.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a big cloud of off-white foam that last and last. It has nice lacing with each sip.

S- This beer has a nice soft aroma of floral and light fruit notes with a hint of banana. There is a very soft note of cloves that is a bit orangey.

T- This beer has a nice smooth taste of fruit like oranges and pears with some pale malt flavors that blend into a peppery finish with some soft alcohol note. There is a faint carbonic bite that enhances the peppery finish. The finish is dry with a nice bitterness after the alcohol and pepper. As it warms the orange pepper flavor taste a bit more like grapefruit.

M- This is a medium-light beer with a slight fizz to the texture and some alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is very soft and smooth but it has lots of complexity. It's hard to describe all the distinct taste as they all blend from one to the other.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle.

Crystal clear golden brew with three fingers of rocky head and a hypnotizing stream of tiny bubbles rising from the botom of the glass.

Lots of fruit in the aroma, ripe pears and apricots. Some spiciness and alcohol coming through as well.

Sweet fruit hits the palate, pears come to mind. Medicinal flavours come to front after a few seconds as well as a peppery spiciness and a bit of an alcoholic bite. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves the lips sticky from the sugars. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a good level of carbonation.

There's really not much to say that hasn't been said already about this brew. Those monks sure know what they're doing.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,432 ratings.
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