Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BA SCORE
92.9%
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4.3 w/ 4,565 ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#516
Reviews:
1,754
Ratings:
4,565
Liked:
4,243
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
4.86
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance started out closer to a 3 finger white foamy head that quickly settled to a one and a half finger head and held adequately for a good "tripel." It had a good hazy yellow/golden orange colored body with a fair amount of stringy lacing a bit all over the place. The smell had some slight wheat, nice fruity (probably closer to a "pear" aroma), and a bit of yeast. The taste was a wheaty maltiness with a slightly yeasty iciness I get when I normally do most tripels, yeasty wheat aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, it sat super dry, wow, never had a dry tripel, but ok, no worries, honestly really doesn’t affect much in my opinion, but probably about a medium in body, fairly sessionable. Carbonation seems good for the style and for me. Overall, this was kinda wheaty for a tripel, but hey who’s complainin’, good tripel that I would have again, get it if you see it.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When many a brew are lauded for their boldness and brashness, it's wonderfully refreshing to sit down and savor a perfectly balanced product that soothes and mellows. Westmalle triple is just such a delightful ale.

Color is a hazy orange, and the head's a full, towering stack of crackling, lacey, creamy foam.

Aroma is led by sugar and spice, followed by everything nice.

On my first sip: sublime! Utterly heavenly! Light, smooth, uplifting, dazzling in every way.
Some fruitiness comes through in the middle, peaches, orange, slight citrus. Hops are lively, malt is solid, and delivers more than sufficient sweetness.
My satisfaction grows with each rewarding sip. I feel that I ought to re-consider every beer I deemed "perfect" prior to this. Soft, smooth, mellow, with a dominant and delightful finish.

Can a beer be better than this, be more perfect than perfect?
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Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before October 31, 2013. Poured without the yeast.

Clear golden yellow with a real big white head - really soapy in quality, with great retention and lots of lacing. Nose is spicy, herbal and some grassy notes. Light floral and a general sweetness about it. Taste has sweet typical golden tripel malts, spicing, alcohol and herbal flavours. A ligth fruity character as well, some pear and light fleshed fruits. Full body and the alcohol is far from hidden. Medium high carbonation. A really nice tripel, but the alcohol prevents this from being at the top of my list in the style.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

06/21/06- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Date strip on the side, but unnothced..although there is a date stamped on the bottle that says Dec 2005. Assuming that this is the best by date as I have had the bottle aging for about two years. Didn't really think much of it as I'm assuming a good tripel should be able to age that long with no ill effects. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Appearance- Peachy-orange colored pour. Whoops, a bit to much on the pour as a huge chunk of yeast dropped in my glass and then broke apart into little protien balls and yeast flakes. None to appetizing right now. Head was only a 1/2 inch as first which shrunk to a rim in no time flat. Lacing was very minimal.

Smell- Light alcoholic esters. Lots of spicy goodness. Sweet smelling tropical fruits.

Taste- Sadly I am disappointed. This one is all alcohol. From sip one that's about all I got. An overwhelming taste of alcohol. Made this 9% beer taste like a 15% beer. Also seemed a bit watered down at times. Beneath all that there was a tropical fruity base with some spicyness.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation...alcohol aftertaste. Your friends will think you are a drunk after drinking this one.

Drinkability- Past it's prime? Not sure. Other people think the same about the alcohol. Maybe just not my cup of tea for a tripel. I still have a bomber of this stashed away within it's best by period. I'll have to bust it out real soon for comparrison.

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Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Seth brought back some trappist brews he picked up in Belgium. Not sure if there's any difference in these vs. what we get in the US. Served in my Darkness goblet. Best before 04/09/10 - so this already a few years old.

A - Three fingers of egg-white foam, which is ridiculous in a goblet. Great retention and beautiful lacing. Opaque orange-peach color with plentiful bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Bread, white wine, lemon citrus, yeast, spices and pepper, a touch of musty funk - there's almost a wheat beer quality to this with the strong coriander smell. There's some also caramel maltiness in the background. Solid tripel smell.

T - The taste is less interesting than the smell - actually kind of disappointing. Lots of pepper, lemon, and yeast, and some hints of sweet fruits. Again, there are some elements of wheat beer. No hint of the 9.5% listed on the bottle.

M - Creamy, medium body, solid carbonation. Nice slightly sticky and warming residue. Very satisfying in this regard.

D - One bottle is pretty easy drinking, but the carbonation and ABV would stop me before I got through two of these.

I'm finding I prefer quads to tripels by quite a significant margin.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber with a thick, long lasting white head and heavy lacing. Nice looking. Spicy fruit and wheat aroma. Spicy, peppery start with complex fruit and light malt. Dry, bitter and peppery hot finish that is perfectly balanced. The combination doesn't seem like my kind of flavor, but it tastes delicious. Very well made and tasty. This beer got me hooked on tripels.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 11/07/07

A - Pours a cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation which produces a nice small foamy white head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, spices, grapes, bannanas, and yeast.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and malty, carbonated, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body, pretty complex brew.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice tripel, but I like the dubbel much better.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with a thin head that remained through the drink. Some lacing developed. Some light sediment. The aroma is malt, grass, and some yeast. The flavor is super, as the sweetness of the malt is nicely balanced with yeast, citrus, apples, and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Strong carbonation. The flavors ride the tongue well after swallowing. Awesome brew.

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

Poured into an Orval goblet. Beer is yellow, dark, and hazy Forms a head of medium and small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation steady and moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little odd. I hope this isn't skunked. Some yeast, some spice, some sulfur.

Medium body, lots of carbonation in the mouth, slightly bitter at the end, nice yeast character, pepper and spice in the midpalate. Second taste, drinkability is high, this beer is definitely not skunked. Its drinks nice, finishes slightly dry, overall a great tripel.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing from a co-worker how this beer was all he drank when he lived in Belgium, I had to seek it out here. A bit on the pricey side for an 11.2 oz bottle but I just had to try it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden-orange colored body, with a big rich, fluffy and creamy white head. The retention is outstanding with a fairly thick cap lasting the entire time. The lacing is splotchy, sticky and bubbly. This is certainly the most gorgeous looking Tripel I've seen, and compliments the style perfectly.

S: Lemon zest, ripened banana, orange flesh and some profound yet still restrained, Belgian yeast notes. A touch of the spicy character you get from the style is here, also. It's very accurate to the style, nothing is jumping out or overpowering.

T: Light yeast and doughy malts come through first, giving this a grounded base to work from. A certain bitter citrus sweetness from perhaps lemon or grapefruit skins comes through mid-palate. Slight touches of honey and white grape come through in the finish, with nothing other than some spices into the linger. Very delicious, very balanced.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated but still retains a medium body. It's creamy, almost silky on the palate after the bubbles settle. Again, for the style this is exactly what you should be looking for.

I must say, this might be one of the best Tripels I've ever had cross these lips. Coming straight from Belgium, I'd really expect nothing less, but it goes to show that taking the traditional style and mastering it, showcases everything in the best possible light. That's not to say American brewers can't put their own twist on it, but if you want something true to style, this cannot be touched.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 2012: One of the best tripels around. Period...dot.dot.dot...no exceptions, although I’d choose a Karmeliet hands down. I consider this to be one of the standards for the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light amber/yellowish body into a snifter with a big, fluffy clumpy head. The towering head died down to a 'film' with very nice lacing.
Smell of complex yeast and floral tones. Biscuit and citrus mostly dominated. noticed some alcohol as well.
Taste had more citrus than biscuit, with hints of herbs and quiet spices.Hops were noticeable, just enough to calm the malt down a bit.
Left a crisp feeling on the palate, but the malt still lingered.

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Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle with a tall, soft head. 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 afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before 6/10/13 poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium hazy yellow with one finger of bubbly white head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Clove, Belgian yeast, spice, orchard fruit and light citrus notes.

T - Clove, spice, apple, pear, Belgian yeast and light citrus flavours. A lot going on here and the flavours come together nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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