Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

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 Pballa4lyfe
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- extremely dark brown, almost black...poured with a thick white head

S- hints of fruit, grapes, chocolately

T- wow, i was very impressed by this one, fruity but delicious, little malty, almost oatmealy

M- very carbonated

D- very drinkable

overall, this was a terrrific beer, i will definitely pick another one or few of these up

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

This tripel from the monks of the Westmalle brewery has lots foamy head, the consistency of beaten egg whites. I had to pour this one in a couple of stages as the fast and tall head. It falls in a minute or so, but leaves lots of sticky lacing. The beer has a cloudy, honey colour. At first, it was kind of fun watching the sediment rise and fall in the glass, like a snow globe.

The smell is sweet, with yeast in the background. Tropical fruits like pineapple & lychee are there. A milder dough / spice smell rounds things out.

Given the style, and that it's 9.5% alcohol, it's quite surprising how easy (and pleasant) this one is to drink. It's almost like a lighter version of an IPA. Other than what's in the smell, you can also taste a bit of apple, and some oats / oatmeal in the background... the overall "brightness" of the beer hides it. The alcohol is so subtle... it's like it only acts as something to clear and brighten the flavours... keeping things in a subtle balance.

This is a really drinkable beer. Bright, light, and a bit of a bitter finish.

Overall, great! It should be accessible to anyone, even if they're not a drinker or strong, Belgian, or Trappist beers. This is some special stuff!

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Photo of PintPiner
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful spicy/fruity aroma.

Lively head at first pour that subsides somewhat but remains to the bottom of the glass.

Beautiful golden honey color.

Highly carbonated, almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Complex malty flavor with lots of spicy depth.

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Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey colored with a two inch head of frothy and lumpy bright white foam.

Aroma of subtle yeastiness, some ripe fruit and floral notes, hints of lemon.

Very clean flavor, a bit yeasty upfront, met with spicy pepper notes, moving to lemon and grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, tingly and bubbly, slight warmth in the cheeks. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable for the strength.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'West-mail Trap-pissed Triple' up next!

Settling into becoming a beer advocate, I've learned that the Tripel is becoming a fast favorite for me. The sweet, crisp bitterness, the high alcohol %, the alluring fumes...it's all just great stuff. So, does this Belgian Trip deliver another swell wallop of brew goodness?

Yep!

Pours almost soda-like with nice foamy bubbles which settle into a skimming layer of white bubblies. Cloudy orange/mandarin color with some solid, sticky lace as well.

Pungent and wonderful smell that hits like a brick; a brick dunked in potpourri, sprayed with tart fruit and hand-washed in a barrel of spices.

Like the smell we got here a strong sipping Trip that puts an instant smile on that face o' yers. Sweet, spicy, slight citric feel that goes down smooth and creamy, but leaves a warming feel of booze in the back of your gullet.

Drinkability is through the damn roof here. At 9.5% and it being hidden as a motherfucker, you'd be careful to take heed here. I could play beer pong with this beer and be loaded by the end of the first game. It's goood.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours bright, hazy golden-orange color with a large white head that has very big bubbles in it and dissipates slowly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells of green apple and yeast, with some biscuity, floral, and grassy notes in the background.

Taste: Begings with a tart green apple flavor and some spice, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with yeast with medium hop flavor. Some notes of citrus/citrus peel as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that stings a bit initially, but rounds out and feels more natural. Finishe swarm and sort of dry.

Drinkability: An exceptional tripel- all of the typical tripel flavors are here, but unlike most tripels, none overpowers the other. This is a deceptively easy-drinker for its high ABV, but it's definitely a beer worth savoring.

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

Pale golden, clear, capped by tons of white, fluffy foam. Plenty of carbonation. The head sticks around, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Light, spicy aroma, very yeasty with clean malts. Flavor is more malt, again very spicy and yeasty with a slight citrus twang. Mostly dry, silky, with foamy carbonation. A classic Belgian ale.

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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From October 2010 notes:

A: Witbier like, cloudy yellow with a soapy head.

S: Partially citrus with dried banana, sweet bread.

T: Interesting the way the alcohol sits in it. Both present yet tastefully masked. Banana is more citrusy in the taste. A tad bitter and sour.

M: Stinging but I have the idea that it comes from the alcohol.

D: Interesting and intense. Not something I would drink often. Good yet hard to drink due to it's intensity.

Style: 3.5

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Photo of callmescraps
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this before, but reviewing for the first time.

Appearance- A nice light gold. Quite cloudy. Three inches of full, creamy, meringue-like head. A huge, rocky dome, on the level of a Duvel. Laces beautifully. Settles very slowly.

Smell- Strong yeast. A little grain. Some lemon zest, clove and grass clippings.

Taste- Very sharp, almost pops. Some grain, and lots of the strong yeast. Lemon, clove, peppery. The grain really comes through, and it gets astringent. The booze is stronger than I'd expect. It's a little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Nice. Good solid body.

Drink- A little boozier than I expected.

This one is grass + grains + booze + lemon. It's a nice beer, but not a favorite.

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

A: Clear gold color with a pure white dense head that sits on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation in the beer. Sudsy lace left all down the glass.

S: Bready malt with some belgian yeast funk and some fruit, coriander and what smells like nutmeg. There is also a slight hop aroma to the beer.

T: A very sweet and fruity taste at first with a touch of alcohol flavor and warmth. Gives way to a bready malt with some hop, fruit, peppery spice. The finish is peppery and warm from the alcohol and dry.

M: Great carbonation provides a spice and the finish is dry and slightly bitter.

D: A great beer. The strong alcohol is hidden nicely behind a ton of different flavors.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice frothy white head with staying power, bubbles of all different sizes trapped in the froth, even after the glass was empty. Typical light amber pale ale color.

Surpassingly little aroma (or I had a cold), a little alcohol noticeable, but little else.

Well carbonated in the mouth - a little foamy even, immediate sweet grain flavor most prominent with some alcohol presence. Skillful interweaving of roasted malts and earthy bread from wood-fired oven. Light hops in the back of the palate with a little after burn from the high gravity.

Excellent tripel for tippling.

Reviewed 3-9-10

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 31/08/11. Paid $5.99 at Capital Market.

A-Pours a hazy pale to golden yellow hue with a magnificent three finger, bright white head with long lasting head retention and very heavy lacing. Hard to imagine a finer appearance.

S-"Honey and spice and everything nice" is my first impression. Spices (anise and cloves), honey, and pears. Very pleasant aroma.

T-Satisfactory balance of spice and sweetness, but doesn't quite match the appearance and aroma. At 9.5% ABV the alcohol is very pleasant and welcome, but not evident in the taste. Definitely improved as it warmed.

M-Medium body is very smooth with nice carbonation level.

D-A very fine beer that is a bit spendy.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before end: 09/04/11. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch and half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is bready malt, yeast, orange peel, and some fruit and spice (it just smells fruity and spicy in general, I couldn't pick out any one particular fruit or spice). Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of pear and an earthy taste noticable in the brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth but has a little too much carbonation for me. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. But overall, I liked this beer. I'd buy it again in the future.

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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 Strix
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale golden, good initial head, zero lacing.

Smells of citrus, spices, yeast.

Spices, yeast, tangerine, orange rind, honey, touch of alcohol. Hoppier in a west coast IPA way than some tripels, though it doesn't upset the balance.

Mouthfeel slick and smooth, slightly vaporous.

Can't go wrong here, a finely crafted beer.

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

pours a lite golden yellow with 2 finger head.

smells are mild fruits apples, peaches, yeasts , breads and some spice.

taste is an earthy mix of yeast, mildly sweet malts, hops, some fruit notes and spices which are mild.

lite to medium body, good zesty carbonation beginning to end, decent alcohol warmth, yeasty and dry hop finish.

A very good triple, not as fruity or sweet as some others, very worthy!

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Photo of chalsk
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious beer. Pours a nice golden color with a generous creamy head. Has an aroma of fruit, with nice yeasty notes. The carbonation level tries to balance the beer out but might be just a bit much. Otherwise everything comes together nicely with this beer.

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

Pours yellow to gold with white head. Firm foam lingers well in the glass. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. A nice dry hoppy finish after each swallow but not as strong as expected. Fizzy from start to finish makes it quite enjoyable. Some say the taste is bitter after the temperature warms up but I didn't notice enough to deter me from finishing.

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Photo of masonl
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A cloudy hay color. Shades of orange

S: A dominant smell of yeast. Strong smell of coriander and other Witbierish spices.

T: Explosive. A rush of sweet malts,mild hops, and diverse spices. Coriander and orange zest permeate.

M: Very acidic and highly carbonated. Both in a very good way. Each sip is a refreshing pallet cleanser and a reminder of how damn good this beer is.r

D: Great drinkability. For the alcohol content and the intensity, one can handle just the appropriate amount.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow pour with a large, pillowy, white head. The aroma is delicately floral with some light apple, pear and lemon notes. It's a bit musty and yeasty as well with soft esters, a light honey sweetness, and some bready malt backbone. The flavor is delicate a dry with a fair btt of honey sweetness, some lightly floral hops, touches of banana and bubblegum are interspersed with a bready body and notable alcohol. The mouthfeel is dry, medium in consistency with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of jlandis
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A peach/straw golden beer with a fluffy white head that in time fades to a thin white ring. The nose is full of tart green apples, white grapes, and a hint of spice. The flavor consists of strong spicy yeast with ripe green apples. Those green apples are quite tart! The finish is bitter and almost medicinal. The body is moderate with solid carbonation.

Once again I'm blown away by the trappist standard. These monks sure know how to brew a solid beer. The combination of ripe fruits and tart spice are a perfect sipping combination.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass cloudy tan and dark yellow colour and a massive white head.

The smell is quite boozy, earth, spice and yeast notes abound. A bit too boozy, even for the style.

Sweet, fruity, grainy, earthy malts. There is a nice spice and bitterness present at the end. The boozyness of the smell is not evident in the taste. It is quite well balanced.

The beer has a too strong of a carbonation. However, it does complement the flavour nicely.

A bit too boozy and carbonated for me. However the flavour is excellent. I can see how it is considered a world class beer.

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

"I looked down, and it was gone", pretty much sums up my experience with this one. Before I knew it the bottle was empty and I wanted more. This is a very fruity and spicy beverage with a great Tripel flavor that I expected. The crisp flavors made for a very drinkable brew with a great finish.

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

From a bottle (11.2 oz, $5 at Whole Foods Bowery) into a stemmed glass. I really need to get some proper Trappist chalices.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a big, billowing white head made of huge bubbles. Pretty much what a tripel ought to look like.

S: A lot of dough, with some faint Belgian spicy yeast and a sugary, maybe rock candy sweetness. Very nice.

T: This one has some spice to it. There's a deep fruity sweetness that's complimented wonderfully by some spice. Cloves I think. There's also a sugary sweetness distinct from the fruit. A little booze in the finish. That spice lingers forever as an aftertaste.

M: Carbonation's made up of tiny, active bubbles. Thick for the style, and mouth-coating. Definitely enjoy this one with a glass of water.

D: It's a bit more intense than other tripels I've had, because of the spice and thickness. Not exactly easy-drinking, but very rich and rewarding.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh my beautiful full and thick head. frothy and lush with tightness, this is what a head should look like! over an almost clear light golden body. Great attractiveness.

Aroma seems subdued, really just faint belgian yeasts and bready pre-baked doughs with faint fruits.

Ah the flavor picks up the aromas slack and comes full force with a spicy kick! Pepper and salt on crisp baked bread with light oils from olives come though and leave with a qucik dry finish, its a very refreshing tripel and leaves you reaching for the glass again. Some lemon and orange notes come through with a light zestyness also.

Chad

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,536 ratings.
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