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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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1,717
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4,443
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
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Photo of bonns42
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: 750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Translucent gold with decent carbonation. Head settles at 1.5 fingers and sticks around for a while.

Aroma: Hint of rose petals, some alcohol, and tree fruits, like apricots or green apple maybe.

Taste: Crisp apricot, but not overly sweet. Brown sugar through the middle with some bread-like notes. Finishes with a lingering phenol and fresh-cut-grass taste that I haven't had in a tripel before. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Dry up front but coats the tongue and throat for the lingering aftertaste. Carbonation gives it a lively bubble in the mouth. Coats the tongue and stays there.

Overall: It's got a good flavor. It goes down easy for 9%, and is very enjoyable. Not my favorite, but very good overall.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-opaque light gold that astonishingly appears to get more opaque after a while, with a huge head, not much lacing. Smells of grain/corn, citrus, apple cider, and orange, with a grassy, boozy feel. Taste is bitter and slightly spicy/peppery, with once again grain, stale bread(?), some apple, and banana. It feels warm and smooth, with medium carbonation, but a light body for a triple. Kinda harsh.

I feel it doesn't really hide its ABV all that well. That makes it a bit hard to get through and kinda mutes the various aromas. Pretty disappointed.

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Photo of PhillyB
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Not at all what I was expecting. After letting the sediment settle at the bottom of the bottle, the resulting pour was a crystal clear and gold in color. A solid 2-3 finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet banana, malted grain, slight hop, and a funk on the tail end.

Taste: Banana, bitter hop, malted grain, and a slightly funky finish.

Feel: Starts out light, but the middle to finish coats mouth with a buttery slickness.

Overall: One of the better Trappist beers I've had, not to mention one of the more affordable ones.

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

Bottled
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head that retreats to cover the surface but sticks more to the edges
Slightly funky syrups and spice
Booze and golden syrup flavour
Great feeling in the mouth
Immense

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a large fluffy white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, pear, apples, banana, clove and corriander.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Belgian yeast, banana, apple, pear, honey, clove, corriander and a light earthiness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - One of the best Tripels out there. Great depth of flavors and extremely drinkable at 9.5%.

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Photo of Vader444
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour into tulip.

Quite a vibrant orange colour. Long lasting head. Smells really good; lots of spice and peach/apricot. Tastes as it smells with the addition of a fair hit of booze. Really pleasant stuff but the ABV kind of limits you to one or two of these.

Recommended. Cheers!

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

Bottle shared by Nick last night- I can't believe this is actually the first time I've had this one.

This pours a slightly hazy pale orange, with a tight one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like honey covered apricot, pear, sharp grassiness, freshly baled hay, and a sort of indistinguishable Belgian spicing.

Though the tripel will never be one of my favorite styles, this is undeniably delicious and a paragon for the style. It's wonderfully complex- soft stone fruit- peach and apricot, with a surprisingly high level of grassy hoppiness, some pear, hay, and clove esters. It all comes together very nicely- and demands to be respected.

This is surprisingly light bodied, soft and airy, with a normal level of carbonation. It's quite sneaky- you wouldn't know there's any alcohol in this.

Probably the best tripel out there- this is absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep cloudy golden color with storming glass clinging activity. Extra foamy white 3 finger island head, lasting around 20 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of red licorice, coriander, sweet grains, lemon, apples, pears, clove, Belgian yeast, leafy spices. Super malty and sugary with a harsh dose of spices. Smooth slick medium body with almost champagne like carbonation. Strong finish, boldly spiced, lingering fresh malts, floral yeast and hops, with a soft barrel aged feel. Very rich, filling, and warming. Slightly boozy and acidic but with good freshness. Delicious flavors but slightly too spicy. And you get the happy kind of buzz as usual from quality tripels. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 11.2 fl oz bottle (best before "17/12/17") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, deep golden yellow with a fluffy cloud of white foam that recedes to a cap of white foam with streaks of white lace.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast, stone fruit and slight citrus zest, phenols and whole grain bread.

Taste: Rich, dry malty body with plenty of spice, Belgian yeast, stone fruit and banana; alcoholic punch in the close.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, silky feel, moderate carbonation, slight alcoholic heat.

Overall: Full, flavorful and complex - just what a Tripel should be.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - 4.5 | cloudy golden colour, white medium sized head that decreases quickly but not fully

Smell - 4 | bread, orange, banana, lemon, clove, allspice

Taste - 5 | banana, clove, grapefruit, orange, lemon, cinnamon, honey

Feel - 5 | medium body with creamy mouthfeel, high, effervescent carbonation

Overall - 4.75

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Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being the first beer to denominate itself a "Tripel", I've longed for this beer too much.

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a bright orange, deep, tilting to a yellow hue. It forms a two-finger head, creamy and dense, with good retention. After the head wanes it becomes a permanent thin layer of foam.
Nice lacing.

Enticing and assertive bouquet.
Phenols, honey, bread, lots of fruit as in apricot, peach, lots of banana, apple, mild orange, spices and a herbal hint. Fresh aromas.

What an incredible beer.
It begins with a moderate carbonation that introduces a blast of flavor.
The first thing to hit is an intense sweetness in the form of caramel, honey and fruits as in apple, banana and peach. The malt backbone is huge and states its presence as well.
Short after a mild bitterness appears and balances the flavor, along with a hint of sweet liquor and spices as pepper and clove.
The aftertaste introduces a sudden, assertive and renewed sweetness with a floral hint that is very refreshing, and it lingers long until bitterness makes it fade away. Westmalle tripel leaves a dry sensation in your mouth that makes you crave for another sip.
It is smooth, medium to light body, nice medium carbonation.
I found this beer to have more depth while still chilled, though moderately chilled.

World class beer for sure, an outstanding tripel, and a new favorite.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a hazy yellow orange with a beautiful foamy head. Smells of light citrus and hops with fruit notes. The taste is very smooth with full fruit and citrus creamy flavors that just melt on your tongue. The beer is so smooth and creamy that it is hard to stop drinking it, this ranks as one of the best tasting beers I have had. The entire feel of this beer from start to finish is pure enjoyment, top favorite.

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Photo of muchos
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L. Hazy Golden-orange with a massive fluffy head which fades very slowly.
S. Softly sweet, spicy yeast, spicy hops. Fruitier as it warms, raisins, pears, apples, bananas. Smells incredible.
T. Taste follows the aroma, and then some. Soft sweetness, spicy, grapefruity and piney in the aftertaste. Smooth, crisp, flavorful.
M. Smooth, plenty of carbonation.
O. Most bitterness I've tasted in a Belgian-style beer. Great. Cheers!

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tripel pours a beautiful slightly opaque, orange color with a small amount of brown sediment and a medium foamy white head. Like this abbey’s dubbel, the smell is fairly mild for a Belgian beer with hints of banana and alcohol. The flavor is pleasant, but actually surprisingly mild as well. It is also not as complex as I imagined it would be based on other people’s reviews, but maybe I just don’t have a refined enough palette. There are notes of banana, yeast, a little earthiness, and some apricot. The finish is exceptionally dry with a pretty big punch of alcohol. This is a really nice tripel with crisp flavors. I have to say that it is really a lot simpler than I thought it would be though with less of a fruit presence than I have had in most tripels. I think overall I prefer the Westmalle dubbel to this one. It is a very good tripel without a doubt, but I think it’s a bit overrated.

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Photo of jimmyeng
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.33cl special European bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark gold/amber pour with thin snow white head that dissipated pretty quickly. No lacing on my glass, although I may have messed up the pour, given others' reviews. Lots of visible carbonation - this one was bubblin'.

S: Not much here. Some yeast and lemon, but otherwise unremarkable.

T: Initial sip bites the tongue. Yeast and wheat flavors up front with unmistakeable lemon/citrus finish. I found the alcohol taste to be pretty strong in this one. Warm finish. You definitely know it's a tripel.

F: Medium body. Very carbonated and yet creamy as it sits on the tongue and as the beer warms a bit. Pretty unique feel from my perspective. Really liked it.

O: A great tripel. Good for sipping slowly and allowing the carbonation to dissipate a bit. Thoroughly enjoyable, although it would be well served to pull back on the alcoholic aftertaste a bit.

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Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33l

A - Dark orange with decent white head. Medium carbonation. Very Trappist :)
S - Weak biscuit aroma, with some warm alcohol in the back.
T/M - As expected, highly carbonated, natural, warm pleasant finish. Creamy and aromatic.

O - Trappist, try it.

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Photo of RABouffard
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Over my entire three week european excursion, this beer alone stands out as the best. It's like drinking honey from heaven. Heady Topper may be the only beer that I feel is superior to this beer, however it is hard to compare the two obviously.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: 3.75
Cloudy straw yellow/gold. 3-4 finger head with vigorous bubbling that continues on. Great head retention.

Smell: 3.5
Slight bread and tart grape flavors. Belgian yeast is not as evident as I expected.

Taste: 3.25
At first, there is a bite – a slight hop bitterness and a blast of biscuit and crackers. It starts dry, sweetens up a bit, and later dries out/levels out. There are spice notes of black peppercorns and turmeric. It gets quite earthy in the middle. There is a slight smokey aftertaste when all is said and done.

Feel: 4.25
Medium body approaching full. Very bubbly and adds to the feel. Very interesting on the sensors.

Overall: 3.75
Really good. Not as sweet as some Tripels. Slight dirty taste and very fizzy. At times, it tasted a bit “commercially”.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale honey, apricot, good finger head, dissipates slowly
S: Wheaty, creamy lemony, bubblegum, hints of cloves
T: Lemony hefeweizen, cloves, coriander, little spicy
F: Great feel, high carbonation, smooths out but tingly bubbles still across your palatte
O: Nice Tripel that is very dangerous coming in at 9.5%

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color, with a rather substantive white head. A lot of visible carbonation as well. This is a cool looking beer.

Smells of Belgian yeast, alongside citrus, exotic fruit, some honey, caramel, and clove. The nose manages to be both complex and straight-forward at the same time.

The taste is surprisingly malty in comparison to the nose, meaning that malt is undoubtedly present. The sweetness from the fruit, honey, and caramel is still very much present however. Mouthfeel is as expected intimidatingly light, and this drinks outrageously easy what supposedly is 9.5%.

This is definitely up there among the best tripels I've had. Those Belgian monks know what they are up to.

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Photo of BWood
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: good head. Fluffy and white. Laces the glass.

S: some citrus. Not a whole log else I'm getting.

T: sweet fruit with honey on the rear.

F: smooth with a little heat. Nice tongue coating.

O: great beer. The ratings show it. Glad it's year around

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

Best By 12/16/16

L-The beer pours a pale yellow until I botch the decanting as usual. The head is significant. it is foamy white and about 2 fingers in height. Lacing is moderate and lasting.
S- The nose is sweet with honey and candied fruit. I wanna say peach, but that isn't quite right. Nectarine maybe. Alcohol finishes the nose only after the sweetness has played itself out.
T-The initial sips were a little on the rough side. This bottle is getting older and I can't vouch for the storage. Alcohol is more than present. Bottom line is I'm drinking this too cold. After warming some the beer smoothes out nicely and mimics what I expected from the nose. The honey and fruits up front with some candy sweetness which is cut some by the warming alcohol at the finish.
F- The beer is highly carbonated. The prickliness of the carbonation helps smooth the transition of sweetness to the alcohol in the finish. Medium overall mouthfeel despite the high carb levels.
O- Obviously the beer is a really good example of the Tripel style. You know since they are one of the originators. Still I find this one a little strong on the alcohol presence for my personal tastes. I might enjoy this one more if it were on the younger side.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Westmalle Trappist Tripel Ale is simply delicious. I drank it from a Westvleteren Goblet, which I know isn't right.

(L) It has a murky golden hue color with a thin white head.

(A) It has modest aroma of caramel, yeast, and lemon.

(T) It has a really nice balance of flavors, grain, bread, yeast, honey and apple, perjaps some peach, and the alcohol is almost not detectable.

(F) Juicy, a little dry, very easy drinking.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a mildly hazy dark hay color with very lively carbonation, including bubbles streaming up from all sides, a nicely sized head and superior head retention and lacing.

S: Lots of ripe apple skins, onions (DMTS) and some dry cardboard, and lemon zest. Not a ton going on here, either in intensity or complexity, and comes across as a bit oxidized.

T: Sweet mealy red apples with some spicy floral hops, lots of Belgian yeast spice and a decent amount of sweet bready malt. The flavor seems mildly oxidized, following the aroma. Finishes semi-dry, with a good deal of apple and banana-like phenols, some grassy hops and touch of caramel.

F: Medium-plus bodied with prickly medium-level carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, mostly devoid of alcoholic heat save some mild warmth late in the finish.

Thoughts: Not as great as I remember it. Comes across a bit oxidized, which it shouldn't with only about a year on the bottle, and none of the flavors are particularly distinct or really shine. I have several more bottles so if I get a more positive impression with either of them I'll revisit this review.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw golden yellow with a slight hint of an orange hue and a very frothy two finger head of pillowy white foam that leaves gentle lacing.

Subtle but noticeable caramel/toffee sweetness, citrus, lemongrass, yeasty spiciness, clove.

The citrusy aroma while subtle is lost in the flavor and dominated by fresh grain, toffee, bread, toast, clove, more yeasty spice, and some more caramelly sweetness.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, soft, sweet, smooth, dry finish.

Overall, truly another world class Trappist brew. Well deserving of it's high status and being readily available is even sweeter.

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