Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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 Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle served in my Gouden Carolus goblet. Bottled on 05/08/11 indicated on the bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, pale, orange-gold with a half-inch, fizzy, bright white head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent, soapy skim. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Copious tiny bubbles effervesced in solution from the stem to the underside of the cap. Nose is somewhat subdued but aromas are well-differentiated - spice, coriander, orange rind, light, toasted wheat. Taste follows nose - not as sweet as many of the tripels I've tried. In fact, there is a definite grassy, hops bittering that dominates the middle and finishes with a light, lingering herbal/medicinal bitterness and some citrus astringency. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a fizzy carbonation that is also somewhat prickly across the tongue. I have to be honest - I'm not sure what the hype is all about with this beer. It was decent, but the flavor profile was a little lackluster, and the carbonation was way too aggressive.

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Photo of jikvig
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy green/gold colour with a nice, airy head. Much lighter in colour than my previous trappists.

Fruitdriven nose, with a component that could remind me of gras as well. Freshly baked cupcakes is also something I´m picking up (the yeast flavour), and a hint of chocolate.

A lovely sweetnes backed up by a big mouthfeel. Bitternes is also present, and a long lasting mouthfeel. Getting a spicy pepper component on the palate in adition to the aromas from the nose. Many layers of goodness in this bottle!

I´m a big fan of trappistbeers, with the "wide" variaties you can get from the 7 different monastery´s. This Westmalle gives the category a nice twist with it´s lighter, fresher style, with alot of taste. Would have loved to try this to some asian inspired food!

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Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and served in Chimay goblets

A - pours with over half an inch of soapy, loose white foam, slowly crawls down to a thin layer. the beer is dark gold in color, clear until some sediment pours, turning cloudy.

S - lightly fruity with fresh pears and green apples, assertive graininess throughout the middle to the end, some lightly spicy belgian yeast and fruity esters.

T - starts off with lightly spicy pears and apples, turning to slightly bitter toasted grains. some light tartness near the end rounds it off along with sweet honey, biscuit, and floral hops.

M - super lively and effervescent carbonation propels the creamy thinnish bodied liquid and awakens the mouth. finishes very dry. light lingering sweetness and subtle alcohol burn.

D - quite complex, wonderful for the style. beautiful visually and on the nose. somewhat drinkable for the high ABV.

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Photo of xanok
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this was a gift, and seems to be what all tripels aspire to be.
11.2oz bottle poured into my Stone VE glass.

A-Pours a hazy golden color with lots of bubbles. Reminds me of champagne with all the bubbles. Big bubbly white head with little retention and lacing.

S-Pears and apples here. Sugary smell as well, like a big lollipop. A bit yeasty and pungent. Definitely some strong malt smell here as well.

T-Spice fruit, very sugary. Caramel is present as well. A bit of hop bitterness, and a strong booze taste lingers at the end.

M-Body is pretty thick for the style. Carbonation is very high, maybe too much so.

D-Alcohol isn't too noticeable, but the high carbonation makes this a sipper.

This was a great example of a beer from a style that I normally don't care for.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a golden color with an orange tint and a bursting head. This is an inviting beer. The aroma adds to its siren nature. Freshness abounds with apple, citrus, coriander. Peppery spices and alcohol clear the senses.

Wily and light as it dances across the palate. A touch of pale malt starts off the party, but the fruit infuses a freshness. Peppery alcohol goes hand in hand with the grassy bitterness from the hops. Layers of flavor reveal themselves with ease leaving the palate the dry but wanting.

This triple is complex, refreshing, enjoyable and downright tasty. The 9.5% ABV is noticeable, but in a pleasant way that adds to the overall enjoyment of the beer. Superb.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A cloudy golden color with a solid three inches of head. Smells of apple, apricot, pepper, caramel and sugar. Taste is a spicy/sweet mix of apples and peaches that is warming but not overly strong. This has excellent drinkability; one of the smoothest high ABV beers I've tried.

This is one of my favorites and probably my favorite Belgian.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden/honey color with a three finger pillowy and rocky white head. Dissipates to a constant half-finger head with great lacing after every sip.

S: Lemon, clove, booze, flowers, pears, apricots/peaches, apples and caramel all make up the complex and wonderful nose.

T: The taste starts with the fruits smelled in the nose. Next layer of flavor is the booze punch followed immediately by the cloves. Oily lemon zest and flowers follow and then the buttery/biscuity malts that linger on my palate. A very faint hint of the caramel or honey can be found in the aftertaste as well.

M: Thick and filmy with high carbonation, perfect for this style. Sweet taste with a crisp dry finish.

D: Incredible beer with tons of flavor and character. Not by any means a sessionable beer, but one that could be enjoyed day after day with no problem. A truly great beer.

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Photo of racer2k
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my favorite goblet after warming the bottle up to about 45F

A - Beer pours with a thick creamy head which dissolves leaving some extensive lacing in the glass and a hazy golden color.

S - Lots of fruit and spices on the nose including apples, pears clove and pepper. There is also a grainy aroma in this beer. Overall this smell is very nice.

T - A strong taste of fruity spices and pepper that seems to smooth out over time. There is also an interesting balance of bitterness and sweetness that also has a dry taste.

M - Aggressive front end that smooths out at the end of the taste. There is some nice moderate carbonation and a dry finish to this beer.

D - Westmalle is a very drinkable Tripel that I would highly recommend. This is one of the finest Trappist Tripels that I have had the pleasure to drink. Well done!

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Photo of Magpie14
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the look is very appealing with deep and radiant gold hues, it is also lightly hazed. A number of fine fuzzy particles are noticeable. The head was most impressive while wearing a fluffed bright white blob engulfing my entire snifter. All points aside this looks great

S: the nose is full of pears, some spices, and a chunk of apple. A light grainy funk is in the mix as well Overall the nose is not as dense or complex as I would have thought. Still, things smell pleasant

T: the palate starts full of spices with cloves, crushed pepper, with a ginger-like quality. The grain notes are mild and in a good way. Some light fruit notes are showing as peach and apple move around. Overall this Tripel is mildly bitter and sweet with some dryness...and in a class of its own

M: feel is smooth and clean with a mild body. Carbonation is pronounced but not over the top. Seems spot on for the style

D: after this session I can say this is always a winner

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Direct from Belgium thanks to a friend of mine who resides both there and my hometown.

Poured into an oversize goblet. A frothy mozzarella cheesy looking head. the same color as the first snowfall sits atop a golden straw color. The head retention of this one is great!

Crisp apples, a touch sour, and belgian yeast shine through on the nose. Aromatic sugars, rock candy are also noted.

Taste is a bit tart slight sweetness is there and you have the crisp apple thing going on. Typical Belgian sweetness. Esters.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly smooth and light on the palate. Complex but not overwhelming.

Quite a delightful beer.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappist ales oh so pure,
Complexities abound but overall character demure.

Herbal allspice and cinnamon nose,
lemongrass, citrus, and yeast are additional pros.

Golden amber body; the forces of faith and good,
with two fingers of fluffy white head; if only you understood.

The bubbles are large and the lace does scatter,
but does the retention actually matter?

Honeydew melon, both peppery and sweet,
with herbal hops yeast flavor that perchance do meet.

The tongue gets coated and the finish is medium in length.
Additionally the alcohol gets hidden despite its strength.

Mild bitterness balances malt and the carbonation is high,
with an effervescent body the time to drink is nigh.

The finish is sweet and the tongue gets coated,
if this beer was in a running you would have voted.

A great example of a tripel you will find with this beer,
so spend the money for there is nothing to fear!

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

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

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Photo of protias
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden color. This is one you try to pour slowly and still get a lot of head. Even if you let it sit for more than ten minutes, there is still some head remaining. This has the typical taste of other Belgium Abbey Ales, but a little sweeter.

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Photo of dqrull
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy amberish hay colour, much like tropical juice with lots of pulp (although no floaters), with a crisp and airy bone-white head that lasts some time.

Smells really fruity, great mix of brothy, fruity westmalle-yeast and malts. There are lots of golden apples, some light orange along with a little hint of root vegetables, maybe carrots? And a fresh grassy smell carried by a whiff of ethanol, yummy.

Taste is very rich with slightly soapy yeast up front, followed by the malt-backed yeast esters that work very well together, creating an almost apple.musty feeling (no sourness though), carried along with a hint of slightly perfumed ethanol, slowly fading and all throughout very balanced between malts and yeast, and semi-dry/semi-sweet. Thera re some light spicy hints as well, nutmeg and something else, cant put my finger on it.

Great full and luxurious mouthfeel, witha soft, albeit intense carbonation that really lifts the brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Poured a nice golden color with tan sediment. A nice three-finger white head was formed but slowly subsided to a one-finger. The lacing was excellent throughout. The aroma was comprised of mainly fruit and alcohol. The flavors found were fruit, malt, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth brew. If it had other flavors on top of the ones already present it could be great. It was very enjoyable, however it was not overly drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 20th, 2010. Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Westvleteren goblet.

Surprisingly pale first pour, relatively clear golden poppy body with an active slab of ivory which recedes to a small fluffy layer. Heavy lacing takes on the appearance of melting snow. Creamy clear tears as well.

Pilsner malt accompanied by a sweet pure yeast aroma, and a very delicate spiciness.

Flavors are much more intense than the nose would suggest - oranges, white pepper, candi sugar, sourdough, along with spicy hops which really offsets the malts, esters, and sugars. All of the flavors are perfectly balanced, and perfectly to style - highlighting the purity of ingredients and attention to craft.

Fairly light-bodied, despite the ABV, although highly effervescent.

My personal preference is for a bit more body and less prominent pilsner notes, but this isn't considered the prototypical tripel for nothing...

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Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this little gem hiding in the cellar today with a best by date of 2/10/10. It's been stored properly so hopefully all is fine.

Starts off as a gusher. What remains is poured into a chalice. The result is a golden brew with particulates stirring about and a fluffy off-white head that leaves some curtains of lacing.

Lovely fruity and yeasty nose. Dried apricot, wheat-like with some alcohol.

Tons of complexity with an alcohol presence to match. Warm alcohol, with notes of banana, clove, peppery spice. Wow, this is hot and boozy. Even after some age on it, I'm shocked by how apparent the 9.5% abv is.

Creamy and mouth filling feel. Fluffy and soft, medium bodied and semi-dry finish on the tongue.

Due to the ever present booze, I can't give this more than a 3.5. I'll have to get another bottle that's newer in age and hopefully doesn't gush to make a comparison. Nonetheless, a solid example.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy apricot/ honey golden orange color. Fairly large, foamy, pillowy, pearly white head. Decent retention with a thin layer of lace with it being a bit thicker and sticky on the edge.

S - Good amount of peach and apricot along with some golden fruit and citrus. A lot of vanilla and some candi sugar. Touches of pale malt and some spices along with a touch of alcohol.

T - Some citrus and apple taste comes out first. A fair amount of pale malt with some spiced flavors. Mid sip the yeast and spices come out a bit more and some grassy hops. A touch of bitterness along with some sweetness with a candi sugar type of taste. Some alcohol comes out as well.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat smooth with a drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer that is has a diversity of flavors. A little more spiced and less sweet, and the ABV limits how much you can drink. However, I would gladly drink this again, and could see myself drinking more than one in a night (sipping them of course).

Notes: Best before 30/09/11. Not as much typical Tripel flavor as I was expecting. This is a bit less sweet and fruity (particularly lacking a stronger peach/apricot taste). A bit more like a BSPA. It is tasty nonetheless though. Solid beer that is an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy pale gold into a Duvel tulip. Fluffy white head shot up to the brim and slowly receded, leaving some sticky lacing.

Fairly strong, sweet aroma of banana and yeast. Higher ABV is hard to detect. Moderate level of carbonation and a very full, smooth mouthfeel with sweet caramel, banana, and a long finish that transitions from bready malts to some distinct hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable, as the initial sweetness is well balanced with the hops on the finish.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was received from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers man!

Pale yellow color beer with a nice white head. The beer is veiled and the head looks like a cloud. The head sticks well to the glass. In the nose, its fruity and sugary. Not much yeast here too. Very well balanced... lets dive in! Taste wise, wow! Fruity at the start and then I get some very smooth bitterness if I might say. Very nice beer. Its starts very smooth and then finishes with a very good bitterness that leaves you to want some more. Superb taste... Well balanced, complex, easy drinkability...

The best tripel I've tasted so far.

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Photo of MortNoire
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Tripel is one of my old buddies, from my student era, 35 years ago (yeah I'm an ole sod) at then I used to drink it mostly on tap(test forthcoming). Reviewed here is my experience (as I type) with a glass from a bottle.
As always the Tripel pours a clear, yellow golden (looks a but like pilsener) with a clean white frothy foam. A=5
The scent of the beer is not overpowering in alcohol promises, but sweet, with a hint of hay and lemon S=4.5. The taste is familiar to me, but even after all these years and many many glasses, it still makes me dream of golden fields of corn and barly on a warm sunny day, with hints of lime and barley, exquisite and brilliant. T=4.5. The mouthfeel is in tune with the taste, not too carbonated, almost gentle. M=4.5. The drinakbility is excellent, though Westmalle Tripel will hit you like a hammer if you get in your 3rd bottle or so, and from tap its even "worse". Basically the best triple trappist there is, at least IMO. D=5
I prefer to drink the Westmalle triple not too 'warm', a 9 max 10c (48 to 50F), it can appear like an entirly different beer at pe. 13C (55.5F)... experiment and enjoy

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Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine sent this over while in Belgium. Good friend.
A--It has a gold like straw color to it. There's lot of bubbles, big bubbles. Nice look to it.
S--Has a...generic?...lagery scent to it.
T--This is a good wheat-tasting beer. It has a nice spiciness that provides some balance to the starch. It's very crisp.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at around 45 degrees.

Can't imagine a more picturesque beer. I want to get out my camera and start snapping photos. A nice pale orange hue that's a bit hazy. a fistfull of bright white head with moderately sized bubbles. Head consistency is stiff as Arbitrator's man-parts while drinking a Black Xantus. Foam sticks around for days, coating the entire inside of the glass. Oh, lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom too!

Pretty complex aromas coming out of this one. Banana, pineapple, apricot, clove, black pepper, lemon zest. Very nice.

Taste starts out with some sweet candi sugar and strong banana. Love this combination, almost reminds me of a sweet dessert. Lots of pineapple dominates the mid-range, with some other stoney fruits in the background. Finishes with some spice, definite black pepper. Almost reminds me of a Saison like finish.

Feels great, medium thickness with a velvety texture. Not too much abrasiveness despite the great carbonation.

Drinks really well, especially when paired with some food. It even stands up to spicy thai food quite well. This time I just drank it by itself though. The only knock I have on it is that it finishes pretty damn warm if you're not carefully savoring it over a longer period of time, but for 9.5%, it's not too surprising there is some heat. Likely one of the best tripel's in the world, it's definitely my favorite.

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

Served from bottle into a goblet.

A - I had a gusher of foam immediately upon opening the bottle. This is probably because of shaking in my car, since I bought it out of a store cooler and immediately took it home and opened it. Color is golden with an orange tinge. The foam is thick and fluffy and off-white in color. My sample had yeast particles suspended in it, but I blame that on the car shaking again.

S - Wonderful aroma that is a mix of cotton candy sweetness, fruitiness (apple?), alcohol and subtle spices. Around the edge I get hints of musty old barrels or corks, like walking through a wine aging cellar.

T - Very complex taste. Has a hop bitterness foundation, but its not the focus of the beer. Malt and fruitiness is up front, then alcohol and candi sugar sweetness in the middle. There are low hops flavors and subtle spices in the end. Outstanding.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is very high, but the bubbles are small and it gives the beer a creamy, fluffy feel. Just a bit of a mouthcoating feel, but it fades quickly without being cloying.

D - Overall a beautiful, masterfully made beer. Complex aromas and flavors without being cloying or heavy. This beer works well with food or on its own as a night cap.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with fizzy head.
Smell: Fruity and pleasant aroma (dark fruits). Also detect the presence of candi sugars. The aroma gradually builds as the beer warms. Very enticing.
Taste: Fruity and even a little bitter to a degree. There is a bready backbone in the malts. A mildly bitter aftertaste at the finish with a clean end. The alcohol presence is warming but well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and effervescent.
Drinkability: A good sipper to savor. ABV will limit mass consumption.

Overall- A top tripel. Well-crafted.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 4,565 ratings
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