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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4.28
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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color, nice cap of small dense bubbles, long lasting and some sticky lacing. Scent starts light and bready with a touch of peppery spice, kiss of lemon zest, sweet watery pear and fresh malted grain. Taste is lighter than expected, but components of scent come together nicely. The yeast is more muted than in other beers of the style and the alcohol is well hidden. Lots of nice sweet watery fruit flaors, floral touches and nice zing of lemon zest with some bitterness behind it. Medium bodied, quite dry with active carbonation. A nice Tripel with unique components, well hidden ABVs and a toned down "belgian" profile (yeast, sugar, spice).

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.

Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.

Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.

Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.

Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.

Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb.

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Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid hazy. The high white compact head slowly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving lots of lacing.

The strong smell is yeasty and very sweet. Fruity sour notes of apples and pineapples. I noted some alcohol and a hint of marzipan.

The taste is sweet with notes of nuts and exotic fruits. Some citric-sour bitter hints and a mild yeasty flavour. Complex notes of dough, lime peels, apricots and plums. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as notes of exotic fruits, dough and bitter herbs.

The carbonation is mild; small bubbles. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

Well... A triple above average. But not much more.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a Trappist beer for Easter seemed fitting

A: Beautiful golden color with a fluffy head.

S: Complex with mild sweetness, pepper and fruitiness (bananas?) in there. The alcohol really is present.

T: Complex with a definite Belgian yeast funk with hints of pepper and clove. Mildly spicy and no noticeable heat.

M: Plenty of carbonation on the palate with a dry finish

D: Definitely a sipper

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Photo of DrJay
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden colour, the generous white head was quickly reduced, but produced nice lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma, doughy malt, light hops and a bit of alcohol. Smells pretty nice, but a little bit muted overall. Good combination of flavours, with fruit, cloves, and moderate sweetness balancing a drying bitterness. Short finish that is a little sweet with light peppery spice and alcohol warmth. Medium body, moderately high carbonation produce an initially light, airy texture.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, stamped best before 28/03/15

hazy bright straw yellow color, with huge foamy bright white head. lacing clings to glass in clumps. herbal earthy aroma, typical Belgian yeast esters. pale malt. taste is actually more mild, a bit of a peppery aftertaste though. medium body, higher carbonation. overall pretty nice, definitely to style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly hazed golden with streams of carbonation rising rapidly. A big and full rocky white head adorns the surface. Retention is as good as it gets. Aroma is musty and fruity (as in pineapple and mango). A little breadiness as well on the nose. There's a real nice intermingle of hops and fruit on the palate. Apricot and tangerine. Some yellow pepper. A slight sting of alcohol, but nothing that is out of context. Dry finish. A little hebal. A little earthy. Clean maltiness. Body is light and refreshing. This one's good. I like it.

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, although very bright, nice white head forms, tons of lace. Smell is sweet and clean, very crisp honey, crisp hops, wheat, citrus, lots of malty goodness, very rich. Taste is Sweet malt, some banana, honey, alcohol, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium, slight alcohol burn, nice and smooth. Good trappist but there are better.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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 cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this classic Belgian.

A- Crystal clear golden hue with a very nice fluffy white head. Retention is pretty much endless and reminds me of any great Belgian. Carbonation bubbles swirl up rapidly. Tons of thick lace patterns exist on the glass.

S- Bready yeast with a slight raisin fruit feel. Certainly a bit of spice and clove to it. Banana, caramel and citrus.

T- Dominant Belgian yeast profile of bread, spices, cloves, esters and slight alcohol. Has a grassy/floral/straw feel along with some banana and a good deal of hoppy bitterness, lemon zest and citrus.

MF- Creamy body with silky carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth and a heavy bitterness in the finish.

I like this overall but it does get a bit abrasive with the bitterness, spice and alcohol combined. However, I sort of expect this in Tripels and this is still one of the better ones I have had taking that into account.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a stiff solid meringue head that is going nowhere and a fascinating color gradation: palest white gold at the edges, peach in the middle, all with light catching on the cloudy particles. Little lacing. Nose is wax, banana milkshake, wildflowers, soap and a touch of booze. Overripe pear and white sugar up front, clove spice starts to burn through, then a big whiff of fusels hits, followed by some leathery notes, white pepper and a hint of leaf and lemon rind at the end. Prickly carbonation, soft, medium, very dry, some definite heat.

Flavors are pretty forceful and it just doesn't - cohere. Really feels like it needs a year in the cellar. I think I might prefer Karmeliet.

For reputation and how pretty it looked coming out of the bottles, a bit of a let down.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours a cloudy medium gold with a huge white head and above average lacing.

The aroma is light mostly hops and flowers, nothing standing out.

The taste is light and smooth for its abv, but I don't think this is the best trippel going. Its drinkable but nothing special for its acclaim.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange color. Full creamy white head. Good retention.

Smell: Herbal spiciness (sage?), orange peel and othe citrus, grassiness, yeast.

Taste: The backbone is some doughy light malt. The spices and fruit (lemon/orange) mix with a nice amount of earthiness. It is sweet but not overpowering allowing all the flavors to shine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Delicious. Great example of a tripel.

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

Pours a golden yellow color with a huge white head that eventually dies down to an inch worth of foam leaving spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with sweet malt crackery maltiness and light Candy sugar syrup. As it warms the yeast contributions follow with pears, apples and bananas fruity esters.

The tastes follow the nose with the sugary, crackery, bready maltiness opening up the flavors. The same occurs as it warms with the yeast esters of banana and apple along with a light spicy bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to full amount of carbonation. Despite the sweetness of the beer, there's a nice dryness due to the carbonation and the emerging alcohol presence.

Overall this is a really really classic well made example of a triple. There are no bells and whistles, just solid Belgian brewing at it's best here. Probably one of the five best tripels I have ever had, but unfortunately for me it's a style I just don't enjoy as much.

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Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a massive white head. Great head retention and nice lacing.

Aromas of clove, pears, faint alcohol and a light tartness. Quite good but could feels a bit closed.

Really tasty. Spicy clove, some nice sweetness but it still comes across as dry, a hint of funk and must. A really good, complex tripel. A good dose of bitterness also holds across the mid and back palates.

Nice medium body with plenty of carbonation build a vibrant beer with plenty of tickle on the tongue.

Lots of flavour and complexity counter the high ABV. Tasty and well crafted.

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Photo of champ103
3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a lovely cloudy golden/orange color. A huge foamy head forms and leaves tons of sticky lace down my snifter.
S: A very strong aroma, but I don't find it very appealing. It is fruity with a bit of apricot, but it is also very pungent and funky.
T: Very tart, sweet, and kind of syrupy. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms. This is not the best tasting triple I have ever had.
D: The high alcohol content comes through and makes this hard to drink.

Overall, an average triple. This is not my favorite example of the style, but it is still worth a try.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from an 11.2oz bottle into my Watou chalice. Poured cloudy orange-yellow, with yeast clumps included, and sticky white head which formed into islands within several minutes.

The smell is awesome, bready yeasty tripel aroma. Of course this is the original, so you'd expect this to fit the profile...

Taste is out of this world. Fruity esters and some very mild alcohol bite compete with the bready aroma.

This is very easy to find in Northwest Columbus, but on the expensive side (generally $4-$5 per bottle). Even so, very good and I will not hesitate to buy more. If I ever get to Belgium, I'll try to taste some fresh bottles.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, extremely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Grass, lemon, spice, banana, cove and pepper.

T-Nice balance of floral notes, spies, grass, lemon and pepper.

M-Light, extremely carbonated and dry.

O-The spice bite is great and at the same time it was balance. A great tripel.

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

Mountainous, rocky, brilliant white head with fish-eye bubbles. Huge clumps of foam adhere to the side of the glass. Hazy orange color. Aroma is malty, floral, and fruity (citrus and ripe, meaty fruit). There’s alcohol in the background of the aroma as well, but it doesn’t step forward until the beer hits your tongue. Warming, soft, full and malty…the taste is extremely enjoyable. There’s yeast and pepper in the hind-taste. Extremely enjoyable.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a cloudy light lemony gold with two full fingers of puffy pure white head. The foam take a bit to settle, leaving only a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, citrus rind, and mild spice. I'm not getting that familiar banana scent that is common in so many tripels.

T: The beer starts out light and refreshing with mild a mild sweetness that sits well on the tongue. The beer then shifts to a good helping of bitter lemon and grapefruit rind. Some spice begins to make itself known towards the back end, where I also get a bit of alcohol burn.

M: Light bodied beer. It's light and refreshing as first sip, but this beer is not to be taken lightly. It packs a punch with it's bitters and high abv. It only lightly coats the palate, and moves off well, but there is a lingering syrupy quality after the beer is gone.

O: Good beer, but this is far from my favorite tripels. I would have liked a bit more banana/fruit component and make a bit less bitters. But overall it's solid. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Resuin
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best before date is March 7, 2014 which is almost a year from now.

Appearance: Pours an opaque amber and leaves a couple fingers of white fluffy head that lingers around for a long time.

Smell: Sweet malt accompanied by cloves, hint of banana, slight apricot, citrus rinds.

Taste: Banana and malt upfront, cloves, some earthy tones, bread, citrus rinds. Some alcohol is present but definitely does not hurt the flavor. Very interesting and very well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. The carbonation gives the body an pleasant bubbly feel.

Overall: This is a very high quality beer, and a top-notch tripel. Extremely well balanced flavors and a nice light yet substantive body for the style. This one was one of my first favorite beers and I finally got around to reviewing it. This is a terrific gateway beer for non-craft drinkers.

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Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with small floaties that serve as nucleation points keeping the one-finger white head at a thin pancake the life of the beer. The head leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of spices and bananas with a good amount of grassiness. There's also a bit of alcohol there, but not enough to be obtrusive.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts spices and bananas with a light amount of grassy flavors joining in midsip. The ending is more dry than an average trippel with a bit of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could sip on this beer all day.

Overall this isn't as fruity as many other trippels, but everything is in very nice balance. Well worth a shot.

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

A-Glowing golden colored...perfect fluffy 1/4 head

S-Great aroma....Bubble gum, apples, apricots, some spicy alcohol notes...

T-Great taste....the fruitiness is up front, baked sweet apples, apricots, peaches, some bubblegum, and finally a nice spicy splash of alcohol.

M-Phenomenal...Creamy texture....no harsh alcohol sting....the alcohol adds a perfect element of spiciness...carbonation is spot on.

D-Wow..this lives up to its rep....wish I had about 4 more of these for tonight as this has the "it" quality to it. I want more of this and I want it now...that is the "it" quality. Unfortunately this is the only bottle I have but I can rationalize buying a few more of these despite its lofty price based on its level of brilliance.

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

Dated 060208, I wonder how old that makes this beer? Hazy, bright golden color with a fluffy, huge, white clump of a head. The smell is good but subtle, yeasty and spicy. The taste is smooth, spicy, delicious but not at all strong or sweet like many American tripels I have had. The fact that this is 9.5 ABV and I can’t taste it is impressive. This may be the best tripel I’ve had so far, more subtle than American tripels.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and nebulous on the pour, the head mastodonic in size, frothy in its texture with the color a bright white, the residual lace forms a thin and sealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of "Bubble Gum" up front and some lemon like tones also present, quite crisp and fresh. Stingingly acidic, beautifully hopped, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and one quaffable beer and one I drink quite often.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,474 ratings.
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