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 Ninjakillzu
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Large white head, two finger length. Body was cloudy, and had visible carbonation. Color was a golden dark yellow.

Smell: Light and fruity nose. Notes of vanilla, apple, pear, and a toasted note which I couldn’t identify (malt?).

Taste: Flavors were mainly citrus and spice, with subtleties of vanilla and alcohol.

Feel: Creamy and tingly, with an alcohol burn.

Overall Impression: I thought it was good, but the alcohol taste was a little overpowering over the other flavors.

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Photo of Yardsale
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow joy occupies the glass, with a fancy 2 finger foam hat that has some serious structural integrity and leaves thick rafts along the wall of the glass. Citrusy bread with delicate pepper emanate into ones nose, a feather light sulfur/urine note gently tucks the olfactory senses into bed with a gentle kiss, before ever so slowly backing out of the room. In exactly the opposite manner the first mouthful has taste buds rolling around in confusion, banana bread, peppery spices, apricot, pears? What else could possibly be in there? loads of tiny little bubbles and some lingering bitterness decide to cut the medium body and become life long friends.

Yes... This will do nicely.

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

Look is absolutely amazing. Smell is good and citrusy. The taste does not match the smell. Taste is more of banana bread taste. It's good but what I don't like is the extremely noticeable alcohol taste. But very crisp though.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's everything you've read. Aroma of fruit, spice, hay and familiar champagne. Pours a muddled, straw-colored gold with a pillowy head that lasts. Strawberry, lemon, orange rind, pepper, banana and grapes all blend together to create a mellow cascade that leads to a pleasant tartness that makes the mouth water. Really unique flavor profile. Finishes dry after every sip. A real pleasure that, for me, isn't an every weekend beer but one that has its place at the dinner table for special occasions. Beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike will enjoy and appreciate it.

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Photo of twage04
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good tripel but maybe a little big of a let down. The color is a hazy light orange with a long lasting head. Carbonation is typical for the style. Aroma isn't very strong but hints at some yeast and booze. Flavor is very boozy with the yeast imparting a background bubblegum fruit flavor. There is a tart flavor and a little bitterness. Overall an enjoyable beer but I'd almost go for a chimay white over this most of the time for a flavor that had more fruitiness and better hiding of the alcohol.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Cool bottle with a ridge to grip while one pours. ( It could slip otherwise. ;-) )
Very pretty, yet very hazy autumn orange body with a 2 finger head that billows, almost alive.

s: Tart stone fruit, crackery pale malts, orange rind. Hints of a funky sourness.

t: Crisp malts, under ripe apricot, raw honey, over ripe banana, with an herby, spicy alcohol finish. There is a lot going on here.

mf: Medium body with vibrant carbonation that tickles the tongue with a peppery, alcoholic delightfulness. It does a good job to hide the alcohol, but not totally.

o: This is a great tripel. Not as many crests and waves as some American trips...one of the beers that makes me rethink a vacation in France to head to Belgium.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a faint light straw yellow with a thick white head.

smells like flowers and spring! almost like bitter grass clippings! in a good way.

tastes like alcohol with some spice in it. like spicy grass, it's hard to describe. it has an alcohol burn to it as well. not as "clean" of a Tripel as I expected, some Tripels i've had were more like strong pale ales. this is different but I like it, much more complex taste.

has an alcohol taste to it but goes down smooth.

overall a pretty good beer, maybe too much spice and alcohol for me. much better than Victory's Golden Monkey! but not as good as St Bernardus' Tripel. but that's just my personal taste.

also this mellows out at room temperature, i prefer my beer on the cold side but this is better at room temperature.

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've manage the beer department of a large liquor store the past year and have been homebrewing the past five years. Tasting Sept 7, 2015. Poured from a 11.2 fluid oz bottle at 50*F / 10*C. Bottle Best Before End Date: Mar 23, 2017.
LOOK: Golden yellow color, decent clarity, high carbonation and a big white long lasting head are perfect for this style. As is the AROMA, this characteristic is perfect for the style: complex, spicy and peppery.
TASTE: Although it is true to style, it is almost too much so. Very peppery and phenolic.
FEEL: It feels light to medium in body and easy to drink for its' alcohol content.
OVERALL: It is a great beer to pair with sweet or strong food as it can hold its' own alongside them.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hay color. 1 finger head with slight retention. Small specks on bottom of glass.
Sweet yeasty smell followed by alcohol and urine type aroma
Spice up front, fruit type sweet goodness followed by dry alcohol.
Medium with slight carbonation.
Great example of the style. Let the thing warm up to experience the complexity.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Presenation- Brown bottle with Trappist inscribed around the neck

Look- light orange almost golden cloudy appearance 2- 2 1/2 fingers white head that left some lacing at first, with a couple very small floaters in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma- slight sour smell with some bready yeast a little spice and some citrus fruits

Taste- Citrus fruits and bready yeast and floral, followed by an spicy alcohol kick very very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body very crisp carbonation.

Overall- From the relatively few beers I've tasted since getting into trying everything I can get my hands on this is an excellent beer, If you get a chance you should try it!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow with green highlights. It has a white bubbly head that leaves a nice trail of lace.

Sour citrus yeast and floral bouquet in the nose.

Hoppy citrus sour yeast punch backed by a nice roasted malt. Notes of sour cherry, oak, nut, biscuit, and whole grain.

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

A classic beer with deep complex flavors! What is there to say that has not already been said! I would definitely get this beer on different special occasions!

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

May 2014 bottle, opened Aug 2015

A - Yellowy peach body with a moderate haze and lovely carbonation in the glass. Nice retention and low lace on a pure white head.

S - Really nice, complex nose. White bread, banana, peach jam, straw, tart raspberry and bread pudding.

T - Floral (maybe lavender), pear, white bread, touch of banana, sunflower seeds, lemon, and a little grass.

M - Pleasantly medium-light body with great carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing. A great table beer for entertaining.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy golden yellow with a foamy 1-finger head. Medium carbonation

S: Yeasty, honey, spices and alcohol

T: It opens with an alcohol flavor, passing through some hop bitterness and finishing with some yeasty and bready notes

M: Medium to full body with a crisp medium carbonation

O: Good beer, but the alcohol flavor is a bit too strong.

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

33cl bottle into glencairn whisky glass. best before 02/02/17, consumed on aug 15 2015

a: golden yellow with a finger of white head from a controlled pour. the opacity will follow as i pour the rest of the bottle in

s: a nice hit of lemon in the front with some floral hop character. sweet banana and yeasty spice follow shortly after. hints of apricot, peach, and vanilla. all tied together by the notorious sweet belgian bready malt

t: floral, tangy lemon in the front and all around. notes of overripe banana, bread, honey, and clove-y spice scattered throughout. the phenolic band-aid character is present and sometimes strong, but softens significantly as the beer warms. some vanilla notes. finishes bready with an aggressive medium-plus bitterness

m: medium mouthfeel with plentiful bubbly carbonation. very dry finish

o: a very impressive belgian ale -- prominently fruity, massively complex as strong belgian ales are, and has a very appropriate dryness to counter the sweetness. a real rollercoaster of a beer. however, i'm very sensitive to the yeasty phenolic characteristics in belgian ales and i don't find them very pleasant, so taking time with the beer to let it warm worked wonders

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Photo of Dzu
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0.33 bottle into trappist goblet.
L: Turbid amber with an average wihte foam head.
S: Citrus, apricots, hops, weak sourness, rose notes.
T: Tart, tree fruits, raisin, very complex.
F: Tight body, meduim carbonation. Great balanced.
O: Exemplary tripel! One of the best, that I ever had!

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle purchased at grocery store in Brussels. BB: Jun 25, 2017
Chilled and poured in a tulip glass
Spoiler alert: This is about the 4th or 5th one of these I've had....finally getting around to reviewing it. Needless to say, I really like it.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw colour. Lots of creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing on the walls of the glass.
Taste is bold and substantial, a nice blend of bready malt and yeasty phenols. Very assertive. Alcohol is there but not nagging or hogging the moment.
Aftertaste is dry and resiny, but not astringent. At 9.5% abv, this is a notable accomplishment. A subtle, well-balanced, dangerous brew. Excellent stuff....really a treat, and a true bargain here.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 20 2017 and served slightly chilled.

This one pours a cloudy, pale golden-yellow colour, producing two fingers of pillowy, sparkling white-coloured head. Retention is every bit as good as you'd expect from a top-notch abbey outfit like Westmalle - it seeps away at a seemingly infinitesimal pace, depositing a thick curtain of lace as it wilts unevenly, eventually leaving behind a lumpier, more manageably-sized cap. The aroma includes a good mix of fruity esters and spicier, yeast-derived phenolics. Pale malt sweetness and candi sugar provide an appropriate backbone, with notes of pear, apricot, green grape, lemon pith and banana competing for my nostril real estate. Clove spice and floral hops also come through, rounding the nose off nicely.

Complex flavour - delicious, too. Grainy pale malts and sugary sweetness underlie a fruity blend of ripe apples and pears, as well as hints of banana, lemon pith and apricot. Quite floral and a bit grassy, with the spicy, yeasty phenolic character exploding toward the finish - lots of spicy clove, with an almost medicinal bitterness that desiccates the palate. The effect is similar to what I recall from their dubbel, but seems more pronounced here - with the higher abv giving it an added touch of warmth in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that results (at least initially) in a relatively prickly mouthfeel. It softens over time, however, becoming much smoother - and since this tripel only continues to improve as it approaches room temperature, there's no real excuse to rush through this one.

Final Grade: 4.43, an awesome A grade. Westmalle Tripel is without a doubt a very solid example of the style, with a rich, complex flavour profile and a luxuriously smooth, satisfying feel in the mouth. While I don't think I'd count it amongst my favourite tripels - mostly because the spicy phenolic bent is a bit much for me - it's still a seriously impressive beer. It's a steal at its $3.50-ish LCBO price point, and a beer that all Belgian ale aficionados should consider an absolute must-try. The other two bottles will be staying in my cellar for a while, because this is the sort of beer that you save for special occasions.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was like two different beers depending on when you drank it. Out of the bottle, it's good, a little prickly, some banana/pear sweetness with a kick of spicy, lightly yeasty notes. About thirty minutes in, though, once warmed up to cellar temps, this thing sings: soft, creamy body, the prickly phenols all smoothed out, this is delicately sweetened spiced pears. So much pear. Really amazing transformation.

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

Pours a slightly hazed dark straw under a huge white head which lingers long. Aromas of spring fruit and yeast. Tastes of honey, caramel sweetness, fruity, slight spices. Fairly strong ABV so go slow.

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Photo of tlema1
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: golden color, big white head, lots of carbonation
S: I get green apples
T: boozy finish, some fruit
F: clings to the tongue
O: not my favorite Tripel, but very well done

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Trapist beers I have had. Not my normal style but this one was a standout. Pretty malty and very big bold beer. Would seek out again.

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Photo of M_chav
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the full foamy head that this pours, a light yellow color to the beer - looks refreshing. Smells of the classic belgian yeast, get dates and raisens. Taste is strong with the alcohol - lots of yeasty bread feel and taste. a light bitter ending keeps this refreshing, just not my jam

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smell is strong yeast manifesting as banana and light spice. Alcohol as well. Taste is less sweet that I would have expected based on the aroma. Hefty banana taste with some sugariness, but it quickly drops off leaving a bitter yeasty finish. Very dry finish. Seems like high carbonation because of how quickly it drops off. Deceptively light tasting, but the alcohol never subsides. Tripels are not my style, but this is about as good as it gets from a tripel.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a white head of foam about three fingers high. Lots of lacing as it disappears slowly.
Cloudy golden sunshine colour, like rich honey.

Bananas citrus and yeast on the nose, even a bit of malt notes. Nice summery field smell of dry grasses and light fruits.

Wow! First sip knocks you back. Slightly sweet fruit gives way to a bitterness that is undertones by dried fruits yeasty bread and grains that keeps swelling until it becomes the dominant flavour. As the fruits hit their richest and darkest notes the warmth of the alcohol takes over and settles at the back of the throat into the chest. Nice hops and citrus on the tongue after. So much complexity to the flavours it's really stunning !

In the mouth its brightly carbonated with a bit of thickness.

Overall incredible beer. Such beautiful balance and changing transition of flavours is rare. Like walking through a summer meadow in the dry sun. Can't get enough.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,498 ratings.
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