Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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 kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even a care pour produces a massive 4 finger head. Grainy golden yellow body. Head is loose and bubbly, bone white in color. Spotty lacing left as head recedes, Retention is decent.

Fruity aroma, loads of lemon and pears. Earthy musky grain aroma. Hops are organic and spicy. Slight bit of booze in the nose.

Flavor is a bit surprising. I expected some sweetness, their is really none to be had. Heavily spiced up front. White pepper and cardamom flavors. The only hint of sweetness is faint on the back of the palate.

Dry dry beer. Crisp and smooth texture, medium bodied. the finish is bone dry.

I really enjoy the dryness but the flavor was not to my preference in the given style. Very enjoyable beer to drink, personally I doubt I would want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of cetherid
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip.

A.

pours a dark golden color with a large amount of head. about 3 fingers worth. some specs of yeast floating in there as well.

S.

malt and yeast with some fruity smells. a little apple/pear with some spices in there.

T.

spice, yeast and booze. a little of the fruit flavors in there but those are much stronger in the smell. a really smooth dry taste at the end.

M.

about medium bodied with a dry finish. a good amount of carbonation.

D.

good tasting but not too high for drinkability....the high alochol content and the intense spicy flavor, one is about all I could take. i will definitely try this again however, but 2 in row would be pushing it.

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Photo of davod23
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage bottle of Westmalle Tripel. I understand that this is about thirty years old at this point. I had no idea whether this beer would even be drinkable at this point - 30 years is a long time.

The antique, rusty cap comes off unwillingly. Surprisingly, there's a hiss. Really? That's crazy. Pour is a clear, pale honey color. So far, so good - this doesn't look like it will kill me. No head, no real bubbles to speak of at all.

Aroma. Huh. This is surprising me so far. Banana candy, sweet cream, Belgian yeastiness. This is really pretty good.

Taste is really, very good. If this was a fresh brew, this would probably only get a 4.0 tops, but I am factoring in the fact that there's just no way this should be this good at this point. Sweet malt, banana, esters, Belgian soapy quality. Newspaper - clearly a bit of oxidation here, but it's not really that noticeable.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium bodied, flat. Sweet, a bit syrupy.

Drinkability is really good. I split this bottle, but I kinda wish I had a whole bottle for myself.

Shockingly, shockingly good. I'm dumbfounded. Next time you're in your local beer shop and you see some of these lying around, make sure to pick up a couple. But only if they, themselves, are old enough to drink.

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Photo of joesc230
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this both in Brussels and back home in the states. Great in both cases. Cloudy, orange appearance. Strong tasting beer, with slight fruit undertones. Decent amount on carbination. Overall, a very nice trappist beer. I enjoy having it in the Westmalle glass I bought while in Brussels.

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

TOP 100 Tick FTW!!!

Poured into unibroue snifter.

Pours 1.5 finger of white head. Nice retention, but no lace. Color is a hazy pale gold.

Aroma: Dried apples and pears are the dominate fruit flavors here. Some cloves and spice notes. Belgian yeast shows with some bready malts. Herbal floral hop profile.

Taste: A bit of booze shows, coriander and spices are big, dried apples and pears again. Yeast, bready malts. The taste follows the nose fairly identical.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and dry. Medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. A bit hot as well with more alcohol showing than I would like.

Overall, a decent tripel, but too much carbonation and a bit too much alcohol showing. Somewhat drinkable. I dig a bit of it.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Date on bottle says 5/08/11. Bottle opens with a slight little pop. Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with a big bubbled 1 1/2 finger head that slowly settles. Seems more carbonated than I thought when I opened the bottle. The smell is rather clean with almost fruit like aromas like peach and apple. Some spice in the nose as well along with banana. Pretty high carbonation level that in my opinion somewhat detracts from the flavors. Pretty sweet up front with a mix of booze spicy type flavors. Ends with a lingering bitterness. Ends pretty cleanly. Good lace left on the glass. Overall a surprisingly light bodied, well carbed, nectar that drinks way easier than it should for the amount of alcohol it has. Makes me wonder how many tourists in Belgium just got rocked on this by accident!

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Photo of mmva321
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A: I like how this tripel looks; the clear and yellow body has a very beautiful orangish hue to it. There's carbonation that rises in little columns towards about 2 fingers of foamy white head that leaves some lacing. Nothing that wows me, but I like it for the style.

S: Lemon and orange pop out over a smooth malty base that also contains spices and yeast. Still, nothing explosive here, just simple and solid. I just kind of wish there was an element that arrested your attention.

T: This is where Westmalle gets this beer right. Bitter hops make a bold appearance right away with the citrus of lemon and orange. This is very well balanced by the sweet and smooth malts. It ends with bitter and bready yeasts and a slight alcohol flavor. Simple, but not afraid.

M: Thin and carbonated. Just what it needs to be.

D: This tripel doesn't mask the high alcohol the way others do, making this beer a little less drinkable. But this tripel retains the simplicity of its trappist brewery and the great balance of its style making it perhaps the canvas for others to draw and expand upon.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while away for the weekend. Didn't have my usual glassware so substituted with a wine glass.

Poured a dark golden colored body with a creamy sticky white head. Slowly fades to leave a continuous lacing around the glass.

Aroma reveals hints of pale malt followed by a strong note of yeasty phenols and spice.

Taste was a big surprise, and was a bit taken back at first. Typically I've found the syrupy sweetness of most tripels to be a bit too much for my taste. However, with this beer, the sweetness was tart but balanced out by a strong phenolic yeast note. Also, hints of spice and a decent hop note help round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is very dry and refreshingly crisp. Carbonation gives it a nice bubbly feel on the tongue and as the beer warms, the alcohol provides a slight warm feeling.

Overall, a highly drinkable tripel, and really quite different that what expected, but in a good way.

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Photo of tronester
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a big white head. Smells of vanilla and solvent alcohol. Taste is sweet medicine up front, with a dry licorice middle, and a earthy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, super high carbonation that overflowed from the bottle when opened. Good drinkability. Very expensive, for the price there are many others I would rather purchase. I will probably get this again later down the road but it won't be a regular purchase for me.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

portion of large, fresh bottle served in 6 oz glass.

A - slightly cloudy; golden

S - malty; a bit fruity & hoppy

T - sour; a bit dry & spicy; slight bitter/sour aftertaste

D - very drinkable for a high alcohol beer. Should pair well with many cheeses and other foods.

Superb for type, but have a solid preference for Westmalle Dubbel.

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Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, and I really feel like a damn tripel tonight. Call me psyched.

A hazy radiant marigold color in the body, a shimmery soda pop white head clings menacingly.

Aroma is very sweet right up, a little like standing outside of a beehive, honey and earth. The aroma of the grain will smack you up.

A boozy flavor up front. The musty malt comes in right after that with a slightly wheaty and yeasty flavor. The yeasts are aggressive on the finish, which introduces a lot of the bitterness from the hops.

A wickedly carbonated brew, bubbly and explosive.

Tasty and well executed, but boozy and hot.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker golden yellow body. Good clarity. Large fluffy white head. Moderate amount of lacing left behind after each sip.

S: Bright lemon-yeast notes emerge up front. Light hay, wheat, banana, clove, and pear round out the nose.

T: Like the nose, there is a blend of classic belgian yeast by products: banana, lemon, clove and perhaps some pepper. Nice wheat/hay like malt notes. A bit raw, but tasty.

M: Moderate body with effervescent carbonation. Nice drying finish.

D: A classic tripel that is worthy of its reputation. Personally, I prefer the St. Bernardus Tripel and Tripel Karmeliet over this offering.

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Photo of stcules
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange apperance, lightly veiled. A very beautiful, white, creamy head, very long standing.
Fresh malty smell, bread crust, yeast, with a bit of white flowers in the back, and some fruitiness. And the bitterness.
Full malty taste, a strong bread crust note, and a long lingering bitterness. Hint of pear, and a bit of alcohol, too.
Again malt and white flowers in the aftertaste, along witrh a good and strong hoppiness, balancing the beer.

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Photo of tewaris
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel
Brouwerij Westmalle (Adbij der Trappisten van Westmalle)
Belgian Tripel
9.5% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of August 31, 2011 poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice on September 25, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Pours very clear, bubbly, golden yellow with a big white creamy and rocky head, with great retention and magnificent lacing. Very beautiful beer. The last part of the bottle was stirred and poured in the end, and was murky light brown as expected.

Aroma 4/5
Spicy, phenolic, with banana like notes.

Taste 3.5/5
Opens faintly fruity, followed by spice, and then a dry bittering finish. Alcohol warmth and aroma is felt, but is not harsh. The aftertaste is long and spicy with a very present bitterness. I didn't get the fruitiness that I was expecting from this beer, although I know that this is the quintessential tripel, so my expectations were misplaced. Yet, the fact remains that the taste wasn't to my liking. Perhaps a fresher bottle, or a different setting will do more justice to this beer.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Crisp, effervescent, and light on the palate. Yet, not refreshing, because of strong spicy notes; not a fault by any means!

Drinkability 4/5
The taste is not very pleasing to me, which is a shame considering this is the "mother of all tripels". However, drinkability is still very good, and the high alcohol is barely felt which is spot on for this style.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up mainly because I havent had anything from this Trappist brewery and because its in the top 100.

750ml corked with a synthetic cork. These damned things are always a bitch to get out. Best before end: 03/08/11 Bottled on: 03/08/09. Poured into a Goose Island Matilda chalice.

A- Hazy, creamy gold color with a big white head. Retention could be a little bit better but its still nice.

S- This is a very spicy smelling tripel. Lots of earthy, bready and chalky smelling yeast. Cotton candy, bubble gum, citrusy hops.

T- Like the nose suggested, this indeed is a very spicy tripel. Lots of stuff going on from the yeast. Apple pie, medicinal alcohol, citrus hops, some banana.

M- BONE DRY. Really one of the driest beers Ive ever had. Nicely carbonated. Not too much, not too little. It makes for a very refreshing, albeit warm with alcohol, beer.

D- Copious amounts of alcohol but the dry finish helps counter that.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Served cool.

A-fluffy white head, gold almost roan cloudy body.

S-slight vegetable, yeast, clove spice

T-some cotton candy, slight boozy warmth, coarse hop (medicinal)

M-medium and very fizzy

D-This was a nice beer that I would have again but I have to say it was somewhat coarse. Maybe it was an old bottle or something like that but it certainly was rougher than what I expected.

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

poured into a maredsous goblet. absolutely beautiful brew. had an explosive white head that was very active and took on a life of its own. flecks of yeast were present beneath in the brilliant golden liquid below that eventually settled to the bottom. the smell hits you instantly, and from 2 feet away its quite pungent. very lively yeast, peppercorn, ripe fruits, corriander, lemon, and alcohol very noticeable. the taste is a knockout. the depth of flavor is unlike any tripel ive had. phenol alcohol is not hidden, and the coriander is a great companion to that. its got some grassy hops, tart fruits, and a wonderfully earthy yeast taste going on. excellent balance and very assertive. its got a medium body, which feels a bit thicker due to the high carbonation level. drinkability for this one is great considering the abv. maybe the only beer ive ever had that felt and tasted like it was "alive". best tripel i've tasted hands down.

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

Pours a very hazy golden/straw color with a HUGE- FLUFFY as shit white head. Scent is a tiny bit funky with a bit of hay...followed by amazing smelling fruits (apples, pears, bananas). I also pick up some yummy Belgian yeasts and spices. Taste is very floral and a tad bit boozy. I love me boozy beers though! I get floral and fruity notes like crazy! Amazing spiciness makes the alcohol, flowers, and apples/bananas/pears blend almost perfectly. The beers is so bold and tasty, it's amazing! Mouthfeel is perfect for this style and drinkability is great!

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into Chalice a hazy straw, super thick foamy white head which dissipates eventually. Nice lacing on this one.
Aroma was mild with hints of hay, lemon grass, floral, alcohol. Tastes of flowers, spice, yeast, grass, and slightly sweet. Flows over the tongue nicely with crisp carbonation, slightly dry finish with a brush of alcohol. Once it warmed up I noticed the flavors really opened up. I'm really glad I got to try this and look forward to having this again, this is an amazing Tripel!

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

A: The pour is a golden yellow color with an initially towering white head that eventually dies down to a finger's worth of foam.

S: Sweet malt and candi sugar come through initially with the yeast contributions following that. Pears, apples, and bananas provide some nice fruitiness.

T: The sugar component is quite strong and provides a great sweetness. Some banana bread sort of flavor along with a light bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a very full carbonation. Despite the sweetness of the beer, there's a nice dryness due to the carbonation.

D: I wish it tasted as good as it smelled, but still quite nice. One of the better tripels I've had.

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

A- Pours a turbid deep yellow to amber with a nice lacey head. Looks beautiful and enticing.

S- What a lovely smell! Fruit esters followed by a little hop spice with a dose of breadiness and tinges of yeast. Little bit of booze in the nose that mixes perfectly with the other aromas. The smell gets more intense as you let this beer warm.

T- A little dry up front, then bready with banana yeast and Belgian-candi undertones, some fruit esters and a hint of hops. A very complex, incredible assemblage that ceases to amaze and just gets better the longer the beer sits.

M- Incredible. Crisp, perfect amount of carbonation, not at all syrupy. Just delightful.

D- This is truly the mother of all tripels, and currently my favorite ale to rock on. It's just done so well. The mix is fantastic, and for being 9.5% it really goes down smooth. The vibe of it is great if you have a few too. Grab a 750ml, a chalice, and sit down and enjoy it all to yourself. This beer just opens up the warmer it gets, so let it chill and you will ride this brew to heaven.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow colour, with pillowy white head, lacing looks excellent.

In the aroma I get banana, lots of spiciness, the characteristic belgian yeast smell, other light fruits, and alcohol.

In terms of flavour it starts out with lots of spiciness up front (has a somewhat peppery quality). There is also a very prominent sweetness that has a banana, apple and pear feel to it, along with elements of a slightly bready sweetness, that I am having difficulty describing. Overall it has a relatively dry quality, with lots of spiciness and enough fruity flavours to balance out the alchohol and spiciness. Excellent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Perfect amount of carbonation, and has a very crisp feel to it.

Drinkability is good, but again this is a beer to enjoy relatively slowly, not to chug.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I hear tell this is the be all, and all for traditional tripels.

Dark straw color with a large, cream puff head. Diarrhea splatter lace left by a foam dollop that rides down the glass.

Aroma is dry champagne-ish hay and tropical fruit and spiced pear. I was told that this would be dry but this is so perfectly crisp and dry that it wipes the palette after each sip. Spicey, and lightly sugary. It's heaven in a glass.

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Photo of Freshcraft
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy straw, super thick foamy head which dissipates ever so slowly. Amazing lacing on this one. Aroma was mostly mild with hints of hay, floral, and spring breeze. Tastes of flowers, spice, yeast, grass, and slightly sweet. Bubbles over the tongue nicely, slightly dry finish with a brush of alcohol. Overall this is an amazing Tripel!

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Photo of dasenebler
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11oz. bottle, Netherlands distr.

Pours a lightly foggy gold with a massive, four-finger head. Clumpy lacing and epic retention at about one to two fingers.

Aroma is alcoholic and phenolic. Nothing jumps out at me here, though it is pleasantly spicy and fruity.

The flavor is awesome, with a big warming punch of earthy spices, wildflower honey, and dried hops. Starts sweet but rapidly dries out on the palate. This is not the driest of tripels, but it is definitely on that end of the spectrum. Notes of clove, apple and caramel. Swift, bitter finish leaves one craving another sip. Mouthfeel is god damn perfect: huge, fluffy, soft and chewy with ample carbonation. Despite this beer's potency, it drinks smoothly.

This is the best Tripel I've had. There needs to be a petition to put Westmalle atop its category! Down with that Canadian impostor! Long live Westmalle!

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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