Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

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 jeffthecheff
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold color with a bit of haze into my Chimay goblet. Head forms easily and sticks around all the way through. It's white, thick, and fluffy with great lacing.

Aroma is carried by a strong, fragrant, yet simple yeast that has a lot of fruit going on. Pears, apples, and bannanas came to mind first. There are almost no hop notes, but the malt provides a strong base to carry the nose.

The flavor is strong and fruity much like the nose. Simple pale malt with a strong sweetness up front and a semi-dry finish. The flavor that comes to mind first is bannana split ice cream. The yeast is the main focus to the flavor, and is of very high quality. I would like some more hop flavor and a drier finish, but this hits the style dead on. There really isn't much else I'm looking for in a tripel, this hits it spot on.

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

A - poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass (hey, everything else was dirty!). bottle said to drink before 9/4/11. my slow pour was apparently not slow enough as a gigantic fluffy head appeared that took a significant time to recede into a one-finger froth layer. lots of clingy lacing. looks great!

S - lots of yeast...really bready. no alcohol notes that i can detect. some spice...clove, maybe?

T - the taste follows the smell as far as the yeast is concerned, but wow! the alcohol is not hidden on the tongue...was a little surprised it was as strong as it was when i didn't pick it up with the nose. still, very balanced otherwise with no overbearing spice that sometimes is present with the genre.

M - leans a little past medium-bodied...very filling. better than average carbonation and a bit of aftertaste that isn't too strong. tastes in the upper back of the mouth.

D - fits the style well. i would guess that like many brews the draft version would be even more tasty. i won't pass up this brew if i have a chance in the future to partake!

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Photo of berley31
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, fluffy, creamy white head that took forever to shrink down to 1/2-finger, and left thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Body is a light golden color, and quite hazy. Effervescent.

S: Perfect balance of fruit (orange and lemon) and spices, neither of which were overbearing.

T: Spicy as a Tripel should be, but not overly so. Some fruit is present as well. Very dry finish, with a light bitterness. Very tasty.

M: Light-medium bodied, very high carbonation, with a slight alcohol warmth when swallowed.

D: A damned-fine Tripel, one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle, well before the drink by date.

Clear golden pour with a stupendous foamy head that eventually dissipated completely. I snuck a little yeast in there after the foam settled a bit.

Fairly strong alcohol smell wafting out of the glass. Not particularly inviting.

Similar taste, with a bit of funkiness to boot. Got better as it warmed, but the alcohol wasn't well hidden in this. Mild bitterness up front with a malt backing.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Somehow really drinkable and satisfying. Probably fulfills the "digestible" requirement better than any beer I've had.

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Photo of collinsroth
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured ironically into a Coors Light pint glass by the 19 year old waitress who clearly did know the irony of her choice of glass for a beer of this quality!

A burnt orange color is accompanied by a soft and lingering head of fluffy foam. The head is truely exceptional on this beer.

A fresh taste, with a touch of alcohol, but mostly a more refreshing taste than most Triples. I find many Triples to have carbonation that is very noticeable, but this was not the case here. Very smooth. I could not place the exact flavors, but they were a real treat.

Aftertaste is pleasant and not overwhelming. The beer made the accompanying meal delightful - it matched well with the fish tacos that I oddly paired it with.

Instantly became one of favorite beers....

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Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful tripel, golden pour and frothy head white head. Aromas of bread dough (grains, flour and a bit of acidity) Flavor: still bread dough citrus like acidity (lemon) and apple. Interesting belgian yeast profile. Nice dry finish all the hops are here floral & fruity.
A classic.

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Photo of Chaney
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle in Occoquan, Virginia at a new Belgian restaurant call "Cock and Bull." Belgian beer and waffles - gotta love it!

A: After pouring into a Westmalle chalice, I noticed intense bubbles right away. The color was a cloudy, burnt orange with about 1/2 inch head.

S: Fruity, with mild caramel notes. I detected the characteristic Belgian yeast with plum and citrus.

T: VERY smooth, with a slight but comfortable alcohol burn. Dark fruit a plenty in this one!

M: Carbonation is bubbly, almost champagne-like. There is no offensive sticky residue in the mouth and I would definitely describe this as a very "clean" beer.

D: I am simply in love with the mouthfeel in particular with this one! Also,the nutty and fruity taste of the Westmalle is addictive. Amazing stuff!

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Photo of assmasterson
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just by the luck of the draw, I picked this one out of a long beer list last night.

Pours out with a slightly burnt orange color and has a modest, light head. The smell and taste have some strong fruit flavors and the carbonation is tight enough to leave it with a clean finish. The amount of alcohol in this brew is pretty high, but does not overpower the senses.

Overall, one of the finest beers I have come across. Given the chance, I would pick this one again in a second.

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Photo of STEG
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened and it started to flow out of the bottle, but I was ready with an Ommegang Chalice. Pours a realy nice orange hue with some yellow in there as well. Nice head retention and some yeast at the bottom. Smell is very understated, you really have to work for it, yeasty bread, orange, lemon and some banana in here as well, with some belgian funk as well. Taste is interesting, i'm getting orange cream soda, yeast and some bitterness towards the end. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth with a lingering bitterness afterwords. I like to have this on occasion when I'm in the mood for triples.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that shows excellent retention, sticky to the sides of the glass and leaving a patchwork of lacing.

The aroma is nice combination of light fruity esters, grassy notes and spices. There are apples, dough, and a hint of alcohol burn in the nose as well.

The taste is a little less sweet with the spices really coming out - peppery. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not off-putting with the fruits lingering in the background with the light bready malts. The finish is very dry and peppery.

The mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and dry effervescent finish.

An excellent and very drinkable tripel that leans more on the dry and spicy side of things, which I like. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

A - Poured cloudy yellow with tons of head that quickly dissipated leaving Nice lacing around the glass.

S - hmmm very Nice , lots of floral scents and bready yeast with hints of spices.

T - Slightly sweet upfront with the malts followed by slight citrus bitterness and spiciness. Has a dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - very smooth , Nice brew , even with the high abv , this Beer goes down very easy

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 01/03/12) poured into a Rochefort Chalice.

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright gold color with plenty of bubbles coming up the beer. I suspect my careful pour to keep the sediment in the bottle resulted in a thin white foam across the top. This foam died back to a ring at the edge with a thin island of foam in the middle. Some little strands of lacing here and there. I'm beginning to suspect that a Tulip would be a better glass for this beer than the chalice to maintain a better head. Still, the color and bubbles are nice to look at. The lacing sparkles in the light which makes this a very good beer in the appearance department.

Smell: White grapes, pears, mild yeast, and an underlying sweetness to it all. On deep inhales you can get some definite boozy/alcohol smells. Again, nice.

Taste: Malt up front, and then immediately blending with a peppery/sour flavor, then a crisp dry taste and finally a lingering hoppy/grassy flavor. My nose is smelling one thing but my tongue is tasting another. I do not detect the alcohol despite smelling it. It's a complex brew.

Moutfeel: Nicely carbonated - cleanses the palate, but it goes away quick and does not linger. The carbonation is just right really. Too much and it scours the tongue. This brings a nice level of spicy sensation and then its gone.

Drinkability: I've had this before, and I think I still have yet to find the right meal with this beer. It went okay with fish and asparagus (too strong of a flavor clash) and before it didn't really match with a beef stew. I think this beer may be best alone. I would not mind a bigger glass to tease out all the smells and flavors, but I'm okay with just having one in an evening as well.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottled poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. I'm rating a pair of Tripels tonight, this is my second. This one pours a bright golden color that's hazy in appearance. Better head than I was expecting, with about a quarter inch of soap suds around the glass. Some pear and pineapple notes in the nose. Smells brighter than I thought it would, if that makes sense. First taste is dry, very dry, with a light mouthfeel and a huge alcohol-infused finish. As my palate acclimates I get more citrus, specifically lemon and orange, flavors. Theres' some nice things going on with the malt in this beer - it's almost sweet, kind of like French bread. Aside from the obvious alcohol - there's no where for it to hide, after all - there's a nice bright finish to this beer that's somewhat citrusy and grassy. It's hoppier than I expected, but that's not necessarily a criticism, as I feel it's very well balanced. Some Belgian beers have a tendency to be overly sweet however that is not the case with Westmalle. Indeed, it's dry but not overly so. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but not too watery. This is one balanced beer, and really well done. Maybe one of the best Tripels I've had, and that's saying something.

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

Always around on nearly every shelf I see I decided to finally grab one and give it a proper try, after all, I have to. Poured into a which birch chalice and consumed on 08/13/2010.

The pour was a nice and cloudy golden yellow with a firm head of white perched on top for good measure. Settling quickly it left a decent amount of lace and a small puff on top.

Aroma is full of pears, apples, hints of light grasses and grains. Classic triple with a bit more fruit thrown in. Warming brings about alot more grassy notes and hints of light citrus which carry over well into the flavor. Smooth, loaded with light fruits that pop as it comes up near room temperature. Nice touches of light grains and a smooth, even feel hide the alcohol almost completely.

Overall not the best triple I have ever had, but it is very good. Very smooth and maybe one of the easiest to drink I have seen. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Long813
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Pale yellow-orange body boasting three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Light citrus fruits, spices and yeast. Quite plain.

T: Mild notes of spices, citrus, yeast and some sweet maltiness.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Very frothy texture and leaves a sweet spicy finish. Alcohol shows up on the way down, but it's not that noticeable.

D: Decent over all, but to mild and plain for my liking.

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Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen this on shelves for years. Never bothered to buy a bottle (not a big fan of Tripels). But, suddenly ... for no reason whatsoever ... I felt the need to grab a bottle. Must be a weird planetary alignment.

Pours a hazy, lemony golden yellow. Quarter inch of soapy foam. Gobs of white stuff cling to the glass. Hurm.

Smells like sweet sweetness with a bit of yeast zest. Eh. Boring. Maybe a hint of honey to it.

Taste is honey-ed malt with a sweet malt base, some yeast, a tad bit of grassy zest, and a smattering of mineral crackers. A bit of lemon ... maybe some other citrus in there, kind of like an orange rind. It's okay. Kind of grew on me after awhile, but really not my cup o' tea.

Nicely carbonated. Pleasant enough, I suppose.

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Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rating transcribed from a RB rating from awhile back. Must review this now that it's on the top 100.

On tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

Hazy golden-yellow color with a thick white head.

Yeasty aroma with a little citrus and spiced notes.

Flavor is yeasty as hell with fruit notes, sweet malt, spices, and well-disguised but noticeable alcohol.

Excellent palate - medium bodied with extremely lively carbonation, as I like in this style.

A solid, refreshing, and potent tripel.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a little sour at first, but soon turns to a milder, Duvel-like aroma of creamy pale malts. The flavor is sweeter and maltier than the other big Trappist tripel, Chimay White. There's a bit of farmhouse funk in the malt, and drop of candy and caramel. It finishes with an obscured hops flavor that's grapefruit-y, but buried under the malt. Overall, I don't think the flavor is that amazing. Yes, it is quite nice, but not my favorite tripel. The carbonation is spot on, but a hint of alcohol detracts from it.

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Photo of jmhart
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this atHerberg Vlissinghe in Bruges.

33 cL poured into a Westmalle Goblet.

A- Poured a slightly hazy crisp golden yellow, kind of a combination of lemon peel and hay, with a THICK creamy white head, that then quickly faded into some pretty intricate lace. Color is

S- Strong yeast followed by some nice straw malts and citrus fruits: lemon, pineapple. Bits of pepper in the smell as well.

T- Yeasty straw malt with a slightly bitter finish. Hints of lemon and a slight amount of funk.

M- Mouthfeel was the real star in this beer. It was really chewy with a perfect amount of carbonation and a really refreshing bite. The mouthfeel was so, well, fun.

D- The gold standard of Tripels. You can never go wrong with this beer, but if you want, you can find some that have expanded on this baseline.

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

Poured into a Chalice. Half beer, half head with a pretty timid pour. The off-white head surprised me as I was expecting pure-white. Not a problem, very thick and rocky, with ample lacing. Beer itself is a beautiful shade of gold, and is very clear with some floaties.

Aroma is that of light fruit...apple and pear. Some tutti frutti sweetness and some underlying bready yeasty notes. Taste is alcohol laced fruit...bready sweet malts and an initial hop spice that turns nicely bitter. Lovely blend of flavors. Alcohol stays strong throughout, warming the heart and soul.

Big bodied yet crisp and smooth in the mouth. Not at all a heavy or filling beer. A nice one to sip on a hot summer day.
I don't venture into the Belgians as often as I used to but glad to try this one.

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

Pale and opaque with an aggressively foamy head that leaves sticky lacing.

Aromas of honey and spice.

Rich and tangy but still lush and sweet yam and pie spice flavors.

Reasonably aggressive hops and a bitter finish.

Going in, I understood that this was iconic for the style and I can see why. A very stately beer with ripe but balanced flavor and one that masks its relatively high alcohol.

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Photo of jar2574
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one again. Rated it in late 2007, but I thought I may have had a bad sample that time.

Poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass. Nice head over golden-honey colored beer. Smells amazing. An explosion of fruit, banana. It's got an extremely lively mouthfeel and a flavor of banana, cloves and some hops. There is a lot of carbonation here, it's a really lively beer.

It's not the most drinkable beer, unfortunately. It's really enjoyable upfront, but it leaves a little aftertaste at the back of the throat. Like last time, I noticed some soapiness/residue that hung around between drinks.

Enjoy it with a meal though, and you've got no worries. Glad to have tried it again.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Read a thread about tripels and had a sudden craving. Picked up this 330 ml bottle at Green's for $4.49.

Poured into a tulip glass, golden and clear with a thick egg-shell head of fat bubbles that settle out to a nice raft of foam. Beads of bubbles continue to run up the sides in a perfect line, like something out of commercial. Why can't American brewers get this sophisticated carbonation?

Aroma of sweet pilsner malt, flour-dusted biscuits, and spicy-floral hops. Not much in the way of fruity esters, but a distinct yeasty note.

Dry and balanced right out of the gate. Every time a bit of sweet malt starts to come through, the spices and minerally tang beat it back. Some apple esters start to peek through gradually, along with white grape. Tannin-like bitterness lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is where the monks seem to have a direct line to God. Spritzy and champagne-like, with a slightly chaulky, but not grainy note. Dry, bright, clean and refreshing. Fills the mouth, but light in body. Totally alive on the tongue.

Truly world class beer. Perfect for summer food or most any time you want to indulge yourself. Give this to your wine-loving friends and see what they think.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle reads Best before 1/19/12

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a giant foamy head. The head lingers and adds to taste. Aroma is funk, with cloves and white grapes. Good carbonation gives this a nice kick in the mouth. Flavors include white grapes, yeast, and a hint of bananas and bubblegum. Flavors are very clean and refreshing. This is a good summertime Tripel.
Very little notice of the alchohol, just crisp clean Belgian goodness. Wish I could sip on some of these at Fenway.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle that I'm just now noticing was best by 2-10-10...

A - Cloudy orange and dark mustard body hides the massive carbonation that close inspection reveals. Large white head fades slowly in patches leaving a marshmallow in the middle.

S - Lemon, orange, apricot, fresh cut grass, and wildflowers. Smells like it's fresh, though the date states otherwise...

T - Apricot, plum, white raisins, combine with a subtle alcohol warmth on the palate. As it warms it presents a biscuit maltiness that almost balances the fruit and floral notes. There is a distinct bubblegum finish to this brew and I like it.

M - The fluffy head gets a mention here. Every sip along the way, the head leaves a nice mustache... Typical Belgian hypercarb is always good for a tingle.

D - Medium to low. Great brew, but @ almost 10% ABV this is a 1 and done for me unless we're partying... ;)

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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