Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

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 timobkg
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip, the beer was a clear golden color beneath a thick white head.

The aroma was a mix of bananas, cloves, and other spices, with a slightly sweetness.

The taste mirrors the aroma, providing a mix of bananas and spices, slight sweetness, along with the great complexity and depth that comes from the Belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel was effervescent and vibrant, the carbonation feeling playful on my tongue.

Tripels are not my favorite of the Belgian styles, but this beer completely blows me away each and every time I have it. It is the epitome of world class, and the absolute best Tripel I've had.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle fittingly purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. Best before 9/28/12. I love the old-school looking label. I popped the top and poured into a goblet. A moderate pour yielded a ridiculous head with the ratio of head to beer being 2-1. The head was bone-white and retention was really good. The brew is golden with a lot of active carbonation and enough suspended yeast to make it a little hazy. A lot of lacing sticks to the glass.

This is my first Westmalle Tripel and I was a little surprised by the aroma, which reminded me of a cross between a Belgian dubbel and a can of Steel Reserve. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised as this brew clocks in at 9.5% ABV. Sweet esters compose a large portion of the smell. There is a solvent-like quality that tickles the nose hair and makes me think of racing fuel. Bubble gum aromas emerge, as do some grassy notes and a lingering woody character.

The flavor is much mellower than the aroma would suggest. Not that it isn't flavorful, but based on the scent I was expecting a booze bomb. Sweet bubble gum yumminess rolls on the tongue. Mild diacetyl flavors emerge but blend nicely into the malt, prompting me for the first time to describe a flavor as "biscuity". There is a biting bitterness on the back end, which appears to be the alcohol coming into play. Still, it is incredible how well the alcohol is hidden. If I had not read the label I would have no clue how alcoholic this actually is.

The beer is medium bodied but it still feels pretty light as it is aided by a healthy amount of carbonation. I simply cannot believe how smoothly this drinks. It's 9.5% alcohol, but there is absolutely no burn, and really no barbs of any kind. It's somewhat creamy and drinks dangerously easy. At this point I have to wonder how one goes about signing up to be a Trappist monk. I think I've discovered my calling.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for this outstanding religious experience of a beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy orange colour, finger of bright fluffy egg white head with decent retention and no lacing.

S - Fruity yeast esters, cloves, bananas and a touch of caramel.

T - Bready yeast esters come across quite strong, though surprisingly bitter with some leafy green hops having a definite presence. Caramel and toffee notes come through on the finish with a bit of a peppery clove flavour.

M - Quite light on the tongue, heavy carbonation, goes down smooth, with a perplexing finish that starts off dry, but finishes wet.

O - A tasty tripel and definitely worth taking for a spin. The high ABV goes completely unnoticed, and the flavours are uniquely balanced between spices, caramel malts and leafy hops.

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Photo of ivanwatling
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Moderate head, reduces to froth after a couple of minutes. Yellow golden colour

Smell: wheat beer, active

Taste: rich, sweet, undeetones of bitterness, warming , floral aftertones, complex

Mouthfeel: Well balanced carbonation, floral aftertaste, delicate hoppiness

Overall: Very pleasant drink, lots to discover and savour

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Photo of macpapi
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Best by 7/28/2012

Westmalle Tripel pours a hazy, light orange color with a full white head and loads of side-of-the-glass lacing.

Smell begins with a crisp light malt presence, followed by wafts of pepper, clove, and other spices; complemented well with a strong fruity pull-mostly orange, with perhaps a bit of apricot or pear as well--and a candied sugar finish. Pretty complex.

Initial taste is very fresh and crisp with a bit of bite. Soon followed by sugary sweetness, peppery sharpness, and fruity balance; finished with a burning alcoholic sting. I can specifically tasete pepper, clove, orange, honey, and a tiny bit of funk. Quite a bit going on here.

Sharp and crisp on the palate. Medium carbonation and dry finish. Quite a bit of bite.

On the whole, this is a very nice representation of the style. I can see why it's a classic beer. That being said, I think there are better tripels out there. Still, this is a fine, complex, and tasty brew. It is worth savoring.

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Photo of JLeege
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle - poured into a chalice
From notes.

Appearance- Slightly hazy yellow orange color, fluffy white head. Decent retention and a little lace.

Smell- Aromas of banana, clove, peppery spice with a little citrus fruits as well.

Taste- Spicy Belgian yeast starts things off, notes of clove, pepper, slightly ester-y. Banana and citrus notes show up again. Crisp drying finish. A touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Smooth drink, drying finish.

Overall- A very solid tripel, maybe not the very best, but it is up there. I will be drinking it again.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden, fluffy white head lasts forever, leaving a great amount of lacing. Can't imagine any beer looking better. Word to the wise: do a cautious pour.
S- A touch fruity, like pear/apricot, but I would say that I got more spice in the aroma. Clove, allspice, and something very close to white pepper.
T- Definitely spice heavy here. While the fruit notes are definitely there this beer leans much more one way than the other. Starts spicy, fruity mid sip, and finishes spicy with a bit of a boozy kick that, honestly, I did not much care for.
M- Slightly full body, amazingly smooth carbonation.
O- Not my favorite in the style, as I tend to like mine more fruit heavy than spice heavy, and that the boozyness was just a bit offputting for me. That said, it's a worthwhile example of the style. Would drink again, but price point was a little high.

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Photo of goalie33
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay chalice. Best by 5/19/12.
A) Hazy gold in color with a large, pilllowy white head. Huge amounts of carbonation. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
in this beer. Any transparency that there was is obscured when the sediment from the bottom is poured in.
S) Light fruits, a bit of spiciness, including pepper and clove, and bready malts in the nose. The nose becomes breadier when the yeats is added.
T) Very nice blend of citrus, spice and sweet malts. Flavors are incredibly well blended and difficult to pick out. A bit of sourness in the finish and aftertaste. When the sediment is added, that distinct Belgian yeast flavor is added to the previous mix.
M) Medium to full body, very soft mouthfeel with an ever so slight prickle of carbonation on the tongue.

This is one of the best Tripels I have had. It is right up there with St. Bernardus and Chimay. Wonderful flavors blended together seamlessly.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A burnt golden yellow body. It has a large pearl white head with incredible lacing.
S - Beautiful fruity aroma with soem floral notes. It is rounded out with a slight pepper and alchohol warmth. Very light complex and refreshing on the nose.
T & M & D - Incredibly crisp on the front and opens into fruits galor. I will let you explore this one for individual fruits because there are a ton there. For being so crisp on the front it is medium bodied and suprisingly creamy in the mouth. The finish in very clean and warming with the ABV.

I love this beer. I am glad I waited to have it during a special occasion. It was pleasant, the definition of drinkability (in my mind), and complex. I enjoyed every sip.

-Cheers

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Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 11.2 oz. bottle served in a tulip stemmed glass

Appearance: Thick (almost excessive) dry head that stays throughout. Pours a golden opaque color. Carbonation is prevalent. Lacing is dry and abundant.

Smell: Bright citrus aroma. Alcohol is somewhat subdued.

Taste: Crisp, clean with no after taste. Kind of hoppy. Reminds me of an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with no oiliness. Can feel the carbonation and leaves the palette dry.

Overall: Good not great. A sipper, alcohol is hidden well with a mild complexity for which the Trappist style ales are known for.

Conclusion: Not one of my favorites but it is a must try. I tend to like the Trappist quads better, but this is a very respectable offering in its class

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Photo of steven9000
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chimay chalice.

appearance- orange yellow color with good carbonation. 3 finger pillowy head. Looks like orange juice.

smell- Banana,oranges,pear, belgium yeast, some bready notes. Dont get ANY alcohol in the smell. Smells how a tripel should smell. Amazing.

taste- Its amazing. I get lots of fruit taste like oranges and pears. I also get a candy type taste like the hearts candys. I get lots of Belgian yeast. Just a faint bit of alcohol. Its warming going down. It also has a bitter finish

mouthfeel- its a medium mouthfeel that has a creamy mouthfeel. Love this beer.

Overall- This is to date my favorite tripel. The la fin du monde comes close though. All i can say about this beer is amazing.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an appealing golden-yellow/muddy orange with a nice head.

S: Knocked my socks off! Huge banana bread, peaches?, and some clove with light alcohol scent. Smells amazing

T: There is just a ton going on here. Great fruit up front. Tart-maybe slight lemon/acidic fruits. Mid-way through you get the alcohol but not overwhelming. Just adds a nice spice. Very impressive. Im sure ill pull a ton more on my second glass as this is complex.

M/D: Nice tingle from the carbonation but just enough to wake the palate. I could sip on this one all day. Nothing like a Trappist brew... :)

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Photo of KajII
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a medium murky yellow almost gold in color with a huge (3 to 4 fingers) white frothy head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing.

The aroma was of light grain malts, a piney hop and a mild soapy yeast with notes of dried fruit, banana, clove and a mild dose of alcohol.

It tasted a bitter-sour with hints of banana and clove throughout then had a mild fruity flavor with a slight pepper note and a rather heavy alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor stayed with you for nice long time allowing one to enjoy this brew well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and had a dry texture with a mild to medium carbonation.

Overall this Tripel was kind of fruity with a nice spice note and had a good kick to it at the end. Very Tasty!!!

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Photo of Marty30
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into A snifter.Took from my cellar at about 55 degrees.

A. Beautiful hazy golden body with 2 finger offwhite head,plenty of carbonation coming off the glass.

S. Smells of banana bread and cloves,gives off a sweet spiciness some wet grass also.

T. Bready yeast comes to the pallet first then some lemon zest and spice.also Banana.I'm not getting any alchohol as it is very well masked.

M. Mouth is A nice medium very smooth body with plenty of bite in the end as the carbonation cleans the pallet.

D. Drink is really good for being 9.5 ABV I only have one but I could easily drink a few of these!

Well this definatly lived up to the hype for me, I didn't think any could compete with Chimay's tripel but this rivals that for sure. A must try!

D.

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Photo of AUTIGERS
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Brianjames16
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a vibrant two finger frothy off white head. Amber/orange color. Hazy with good carbonation in the glass.

S- Welcoming floral and fruity aromas in the nose. I get some orange peel, citrus, flowery esters and pine. Some breads from the yeast.

T- Taste is precisely balanced with good bitterness and dark fruits. Good warmth in throat from the alcohol.

M- Smooth and silky with good carbonation. Delicious !

D- As far a Belgians go, this is second best for me and would have no problem drinking a few. Drinkabillity is fantastic !

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Photo of nhindian
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Bottle provided as a generous extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - This is a very pretty beer, dark yellow, almost amber colored. A snow-white, 1.5-fingered head rests softly on top with excellent retention, lasting well over halfway through the duration of the beer. Lacing is great as well with tightly gripping foam latching on to the glass. Out of all the Trappist beers I've had, this has some of the most carbonation rushing from the bottom of the glass as multiple nucleation points spout out bubbles at a rapid pace. One of the best-looking Trappist beers I've had so far.

S - The smell is light and very enticing. A little bit of spice, but the fruits really take the stage here. Grapes and bananas fill the aroma and smells similar to champagne. Malts, some Belgian yeast, and a little alcohol help round everything out.

T - The taste is a nice representation of the notes in the aroma, with the grapes coming through much more strongly. The malts lead and bring a nice sweetness, a bit of candied sugar, and a solid amount of spice. Then the grapes really shine. As the beer finishes, the bananas, phenols, and a bit of alcohol come through. Really tasty beer here!

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. Nice, dry, spicy finish.

D - Drinkability is high. Not incredibly complex but the grape in this beer is addicting. Really easy to drink and at 9.5%, this will definitely creep up on you.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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 wschmit
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL, bottled on 02/08/10, into a Perfect Pint.

A: A vigorously carbonated golden body supports a billowing white head that lingers. Barely hazy, this beer is really gorgeous.

S: Some sweet wheatiness and mellow alcohol mingle with rising bread and yeast and soft apple notes. I don't get any hops on the nose at all.

T: Dry, with more bittering than I expected. This has a year on it, but I wasn't expecting it to be this dry. Fairly alcoholic tasting, beyond the obvious fruity yeast flavors, but even those are fairly subdued. I'm underwhelmed. I recall enjoying this beer more.

M: Superb. Glides along your tongue and down your throat.

D: It's a bit alcoholic, in terms of actual content and how much the taste comes through.

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Photo of orz
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, straw yellow color but dirtier than Duvel. Too quickly collapsing white head.

S: Banana, apricot and black pepper. Sweetness and nose drilling spiciness, if you know what I mean. Definitely inviting!

T: The first thing I felt was yeast, bit too strong. Strong bitterness, which I enjoyed. Fruity and spicy.

M: Strong carbonation and a bit too strong alcohol feel (But hey! It has 9.5%!).

D: One a day is enough. That's because it's powerful and noble.

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Photo of MadCat
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Chimay chalice

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a small white head that disappears fast. Some lacing.

Smell: Light sweet malt, hops, apricot, spice, yeast

Taste: Light sweet malt, hops, apricot, spice, yeast, good deal of bitterness to balance out the sweet malt and fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, dry bitter finish

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but it doesn't go down like water, abv is well hidden

Overall, I enjoy it. Looking forward to the dubbel.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I far preferred the Dubbel to the Tripel, The appearance was cloudy, and a bit uninspiring. The smell was nice but mostly oranges and pears, while the taste was quite nice tasting of oranges and cream, but slightly heavy on the Hops. The mouthfeel and drinkability were definitely below par.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazed light to medium yellow. Nearly three fingers of frothy white head with good retention and loads of lacing.

4.5 S: Good spiciness going on here. Plenty of clove and black pepper with some other unidentifiable spice in there tying things together. Hay, lemon rind, and green apple. There's a general earthiness and a moderate amount of yeast. Pretty good!

4.0 T: Clove and pepper again. Sweet maltiness, peach and wild apple, hay and and earthy funkiness, and a good helping of yeast. Surprisingly bitter for the style, but is welcomed to even out the fruitiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit higher than I'd prefer, but okay. Carbonation is active, but not quite to the "spritzy" level I like from a good Belgian beer. Goes down easy and leaves a footprint of both bitter and sweet in the aftertaste.

4.0 D: Good beer. I like the earthiness of the Trappist beers that seldomly manifests in the American counterparts. No flaws with a good complexity.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale, hazy blonde, with a thin foam of eggshell white head. Leaves attractive lace all the way down the glass.

S-Cracked black pepper, zested grapefruit skins, shortbread. A bit sweet.

T/M-Crisp, prickly carbonation. Medium bodied. Shortbread and golden raisin sweetness. Classic tripel flavors, very well balanced.

D-one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before on bottle is May 19, 2012.

Pours a light golden colour with a full, frothy white head that settles down but stays present throughout. Lots of carbonation is visible.

I can smell belgian yeast, banana, and maybe a faint whiff of strawberry. Light fruits generally are very present. Very nice.

Taste is moderately sweet and quite fruity. A bit of spice, and some bitterness is also present. Alcohol is noticeable at the end. No particular fruit sticks out for me- the flavours are well balanced and it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- full bodied, and very well carbonated. Looking at the beer, I thought the carbonation would be too much for me, but I guess the appearance was deceiving. Feels great.

Quite drinkable, given how enjoyable it is, but the 9.5% is not exactly hidden. I wouldn't try (or want) to drink this quickly.

A very very good tripel!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,608 ratings