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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

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with light carbonation. The head is white and soapy looking, thick ring, thin layer on top.

S - Bready, pears, apples.

T - Bright and crisp. Pears, apples, Belgian spices, a little peppery, and some alcohol booziness, phenolic.

M - Medium body with gentle, but sprightly carbonation.

O - Enjoyed this beer but the phenolic character knocked the overall score down.

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

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Best by 17/07/10?

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange yellow color. Giant head diminished to a 1 finger constant white head of super thick foam that was even thicker right in the center of the glass. Sticky lacing in a few places on the glass.

(S)- Tons of cloves on the nose with bananna, lemon and clay. Some creamy yeast.

(T)- Agian, like the smell, there is tons of clove up front that makes way for sweet lemon/bananna fruits with a hay&clay funk. The finish is rather wheaty and dry with a dare I say, a light hoppy bite.

(M)- Has a thick texture in the mouth with a fairly strong body then most Tripels. Sweet, crisp and plenty of carbonation

(D)- Despite its 9.5%abv, this goes down pretty easy, even if you might feel it later. Its still a sipper though due to its complexities.

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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 RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-ish gold with a decent off-white head - Color may be off a bit due to the large amount of suspended sediment (age?). Decent carbonation and lace but not as much as expected. Very aromatic ! Yeasty, fruity, and light hoppy, spice and alcohol notes. Nice balanced flavors of all things found in the aroma: Perfect balance. Medium bodied and smooth but also lively; alcohol is hidden well.

Excellent but need to try a fresher version.

Per M.J. - G.B.B.: 20P (1080); Color 12-13 EBC; 35-38 IBU; 9% ABV

Date on Label: 10/05/02 (not clear but prob Drink By)
Tasted: 04/02/04

($3.99 / 11.2 oz) (old)

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: funk, apricot, and Belgian spices

Taste: funk, apricot, alcohol, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky with a bit of sourness in the middle, light bodied with high and prickly carbonation

Overall: A nice and clasic apricoty tripel that I am glad to say I have had. This is one that I would go to if I wanted an imported tripel. That said, although classic there are still at least a good five tripels that I can count that I would turn to before this one, especially with the higher than market price point.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of THECPJ
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011

A: orange-golden yellow with a 2 finger very frothy white head that lingers for a very long time

S: smells of yeast and a slight hint of apples

T: yeasty/bready, very sweet, a very faint taste of apples, a slight taste of bananas

M: moderate carbonation, crisp, but drying to the tongue

D: very well-balanced tripel and very easily drinkable

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split 750ml with some dude

appearance: pale golden, slightly hazy, huge fluffy white head...quite inviting

smell: fruity hops, malty, alcohol apparent, clove, bananas, pear

taste: fruit in nose is present in the taste, alcohol well hidden but still up front,

mouthfeel: quite heavy, carbonated, alcohol tingles

drinkability: 1/2 a 750ml is sufficient

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

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: A lovely, hazy golden-yellow just barely see-through. Stark white head is thick with impressive endurance. Lots of bubble trails and heavy lacing.

S: A very nice tripel smell of hops and sharp citrus.

T: Quite possibly the best tripel I've ever tried. The flavour is simultaneously sweet and sharp, with carbonation and hops and citrus providing a somewhat bitter, somewhat tart, titillating tonguefeel. Delicate floral (maybe hoppy?) flavours permeate the body, and the aftertaste is lightly dry and thoroughly pleasant. The long-lasting thick head only complements the taste as it slowly is drunk from the top.

M: Light, bubbly-tart, sweet, bitter, wet and dry; this beer has it all. Complex, interesting, and lots of fun.

D: The 9.5% is hidden for the most part, emerging only in the initial mouthfeel. Intriguing enough to hold my interest over time, but not distractingly so. Solid, delicious, dangerously drinkable. Great tripel.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.5% ABV, Serve at 45° - 50°F, Best before end 27/01/10.

My thanks go out to Bnieman for this one, getting me one step closer to tackling the top 100 list, and for sharing an awesome brew!

A - Hazy, poured with sediment, it's a golden yellow color with a puffy white head. Dense bubbles deflate slowly and leave some thick blankets of lace on the glass.

S - Awesome nose of Belgian yeast and sweet, light candi sugar. Crystal malts and wispy spicy floral hops. Nice balance going on. Hints of clay and spice with a touch of white grapes on the back end.

T - Sweet, but not overly sweet, it's got plenty of crystal malts and candi sugar balanced with a touch of white grapes and spice from the Belgian yeast esters. Delish!

M - Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth, a well-balanced feel leads through the highly carbonated and sweet beer to a lightly dry finish.

D - The alcohol is nowhere to be found, making this beer trouble if you've got a 750 of it. It's very drinkable with great balance. Based on the date, I'm sure it's got some age on it and it's still terrific!

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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 ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle (two in a row in fact) into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the Tripel is a cloudy golden orange with a light, white 2-finger head that fades fairly quickly to a persistent skim leaving only a bit of scattered bubbly lace. It is well carbonated, with active streamers lasting the whole glass. The wonderful color and chill haze make this very visually appealing, although I'd like a rockier, longer lasting head.
The aroma is moderate, pineapple and banana with a slight spicy hop backbone and assertive yet clean alcohol.
The taste is also very nice and follows the aroma, grainy, fruity and spicy, and thanks to the high attenuation not at all sweet or cloying. The finish is very dry and clean, only a tad bitter, with noticeable but not overwhelming booze that increases as it warms, though certainly no fusels.
The mouthfeel is light and lively, yet still creamy and rich, and beguiles it's high ABV - masterful.
The drinkability of this is through the roof. It taste great, has superb depth, and is very clean with little indication of it's kick. Luckily, it is priced high enough that those that buy it will be savoring.
Westmalle was the first Tripel (at least by the Trappists, Drie Lindin's Witkap Pater is probably the originator), and is the benchmark of the style for a reason. This a fantastic beer. It has a very romantic old world history, yet it's execution is clearly indicative of their modern brewery and scientific approach. It's just too difficult for me to try to discern favorite beer, but Westmalle's Tripel is certainly high on my list. If you have a chance to get this, do so, take your time and savor all that it has to offer. And of course, don't serve it too cold!!!

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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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