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 Bouleboubier
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(11.2 oz bottle, best before end 17/12/17... poured into an big wine glass)

L: pale amber liquid with sunbeam yellow edge highlights, and a fair degree of haze... tall, crackly, loose, spongy foam that simmered down into a messy collar

S: pungent, almost (dried-)ginger-like spice... potent banana and lemon peel esters... yeasty-doughy breadiness to the pale malt lingering below... perhaps a tiny hint of ground black pepper... the overall smell has great dimension and brightness

T: again, that lovely, cracking spice up front... deceptively rich yet dry malty foundation washing through with a dry finish sporting an essence of banana and delicate clove-y phenols... the middle has a mild sugary sweetness that does just enough to counterbalance the static ceiling of subtly scorching spice... the intensity and earthy depth of the overall taste is perhaps unparalleled within the style

F: medium-light bodied - the carbonation and hot, tonic alcohol seem to do a lot to attenuate, cut through, shatter, and/or vaporize (depending on the stage of the sip) whatever complex, sugary viscosity there is flowing through... the beer ain't quite bone dry like a champagne, but its not too far from it

O: forgot how damn delicious and drinkable this is... not much more they could do to improve the taste... top 5 in the style and something I haven't revisited often enough

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Photo of akolb
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whoa! Pours foamy. Honey-gold appearance. Aroma of pear, honey, white wine. Taste with bready, crackery, sweet malts, estery yeast, subtle spiciness, and warming alcohol. Fruity banana notes. Effervescent and prickly. A classic beer.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ah Westmalle Trappist, hello old friend, I've come to talk to you again.
Many have been consumed over the years, so a fresh one required for the purpose of this review.

Looks how a tripel should look, golden, not overly cloudy with a great head.

Aroma is clean and inviting, like your mamma's fresh laundered sheets, and the taste is even better. A little initial fizz, and a smooth finish, keeps you reaching for more. Every mouthful opens a new taste, generally plum based. This is what a beer should be, pure nectar.

Given this is 9.5% you would hardly notice, tastes strong but not harshly so.

Not much I can say other than try it if you haven't, this is no doubt a bench mark beer. You'll struggle to find too many better, but the search will go on none the less!!

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Photo of Apellonious
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11. 2 fl oz poured into a snifter, best by 12/04/18. Straw gold with a three finger fluffy white head. Good lace retention. Some sediment, I was able to keep the majority in the bottle. Very active carbonation visible. The aroma is pear, grape (like a white wine), and mild grains. The taste is in line, and throws in some mild sweetness and clove/pepper spice features. The mouthfeel is excellent, the huge carbonation release resulting in a medium low carbonation level on the drink, with heft and feel right in the middle. Overall, a well made and tasty Tripel that I look forward to revisiting.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lovely straw gold with a creamy, one-finger head
S: Immediate spice and zest and the trademark yeasty tripel character, there are also some warm, pilsner-like grain notes are present, some white grape here as well
T: It's odd to note this but to me there are a lot of immediate similarities between the grain profile of this and czechvar, it is immediately spicy and peppery with some lemon and a nice spicy hop bite, has a coppery feel to it as well offset by some sweetness, there is a subtle hint of tartness here as well and a certain zest I can't quite pin down, I think it might be lime
M: very sharp on the tongue, perhaps too sharp
O: Finally got around to reviewing this beer, the original tripel, an excellent beer, but I stand by my claim that St. Bernardus Tripel has more personality to it than this one does. I don't say that to take away from it, just as a comment. This is truly an exceptional ale and a bucket list beer no matter how easy it is for you to get it

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle best before 3/22/18; decanted into conical pint glass.

Pours a honey-golden color with a large foamy head with good retention and lacing. Nose: cloves, honey, a touch of pepper. Taste: banana, honey, mocha notes with through and through effervescence throughout; really top notch. Refreshingly medium bodied.

Opened to toast the discovery of Trappist - 1e, f, and g in the "Goldilocks Zone."

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

Finally getting a chance to try this classic This beer pours clear gold with a large head. The aroma features a huge amount of clove, with apricot, banana, black pepper, and honey. The flavor is fruitier than the aroma, resplendent with apricot and banana, with an undercurrent of clove, nutmeg, dried lemon peel, and a dirty, dusky finish. The mouthfeel is fullish, with foamy carbonation, and a tea-like astringency. Overall I see why this is a classic - it is a gorgeous beer, and very moreish given the strength.

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

From notes taken 01/22/17:

On the back of the bottle it says best before 12/12/15. Okay, I should have had it sooner, but this is a 9.5% beer so I am not too terribly worried. I’ll review it aged for now, and if I think to, I’ll review it again fresh.

Honey amber, opaque and swirly with haze, but also a suspended matrix of semi-fine flecks. Bright off-white watery but rocky, and film-forming head of moderate retention. Lacing is thick and wide but sinks down quickly. Very sweet nose, a sweet white wine, light berries, some fresh-squeezed orange juice, esters and mild medicinal phenols, and a touch of vinegar, alcohol very much hidden, detectable with longer whiffs. As it sits, barely anything but caramel, soapy phenols, a drier white wine, a little yeast, and booze left to nose. And this more or less describes the palate as well, although caramel partly substituted with malt tartness, and the addition of brewing herbs or spices barely noticeable in the balance. Fairly yeasty and somewhat vinous aftertaste, though phenols and ethanol linger. I’d call it full-bodied but it is so creamy with abundant and fine tingly carbonation that everything else seems watery. Plenty of heat.

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

Very smooth , one of the best trappist ive had so far..

Like hazy golden color , 1 finger pure white head.

Smell is sweet and yeasty as with most of the belgian tripel.

Taste is sweetness followed by yeast and then a little funk on the end.

Feel is medium body with some heavy carbonation fizzy burn.

Overall a damn good beer and i will buy it again .

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours hazy gold with a large, dense creamy white foam head. Smells like banana, apricot, clove spice, bready malts, honey, apple, pear, plum, caramel, peppercorn, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like banana, apricot, clove spice, some booze, bready malts, honey, apple, pears, plum, caramel, peppercorn, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice tripel.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from single-serve bottle

Look--Pours a classic hazy gold with excellent rocky head and persistent lacing throughout. As pretty a tripel as you will ever see.

Smell--Floral notes forward with dried fruit and apricot notes close behind, with classic Belgian yeast closing the deal. Excellent and inviting.

Taste--One notch below the aroma but still darn good. Excellent balance of malty sweetness, Belgian yeast, and a touch of bitterness at the end.

Feel--Outstanding carbonation and crispness makes this a very refreshing take.

Overall--Underrated versus the "big boys" of Belgium. Outstanding and highly recommended.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy, honey-like color, three finger white head, thick lacing, good carbonation.

S: Raisins, oak, wine.

T: Champagne-like taste, malty.

F: Hugely carbonated, difficult to drink.

O: Quite average beer. Not bad but nothing special.

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Photo of Bhawks10
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark gold with lots of sediment. Head is fizzy and disappears quickly. Smell is vibrant and fruity but slightly general and disappointing but overall favorable. Taste is as vibrant and fruity as the smell, but again, unfortunately, somewhat general and bland. Tastes possibly of banana. Mouth feel is a high point. Carbonation and vibrant once again, very refreshing and enjoyable. Overall, it's a very bright, fruity, and refreshing tripel, but not as distinct as I would like.

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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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

True to its worldwide reputation, this is an all-time classic. Pours a beautiful golden color, very clear wand with a very big head. Awesome retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet, spicy and somewhat boozy. Ripe pears, candi sugar and spices. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste but it's barely noticeable. Medium body with cream-like carbonation.

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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

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

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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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