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

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

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1,730
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4,483
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of VMWhelan
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Perfect golden color with a nice one finger fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Nose is a good mix of Belgian yeast, citrus and apples, and some bready malt.

Taste goes right along with the nose. Kind of fruity and sweet with a bit of spiciness and some grassy/straw flavors going on. Some alcohol as expected but it's balanced nicely.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability is quite high. It's very well-balanced and goes down nicely. Wouldn't mind another.

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Photo of dpend
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy deep orange with a nice pillowed head. Retention was amazing and lasted the whole tasting. Aroma was just as impressive, with a sweetness of malts,wheats and fruits and lingering alcohol.A very complex beer with the taste of layers of fruits and malts interchanging throughout. Smooth and oily with a robust dry finish.A true pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Solomon420
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle smuggled back from Belgium by me :)
the pour was nice, very nice colour, very characteristic of its style. The smell was fruity and airy, with spicy notes popping up from within. First swig I noticed a nice taste of citrusy pleasure followed by a small bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. Not overpowering and very expected from a Tripel. This one is easy to drink and a very well made beer. Its reputation preceeds it very well and I will jot this one down of beers to bring back from Europe during next years business trip.

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

A- Pours a turbid deep yellow to amber with a nice lacey head. Looks beautiful and enticing.

S- What a lovely smell! Fruit esters followed by a little hop spice with a dose of breadiness and tinges of yeast. Little bit of booze in the nose that mixes perfectly with the other aromas. The smell gets more intense as you let this beer warm.

T- A little dry up front, then bready with banana yeast and Belgian-candi undertones, some fruit esters and a hint of hops. A very complex, incredible assemblage that ceases to amaze and just gets better the longer the beer sits.

M- Incredible. Crisp, perfect amount of carbonation, not at all syrupy. Just delightful.

D- This is truly the mother of all tripels, and currently my favorite ale to rock on. It's just done so well. The mix is fantastic, and for being 9.5% it really goes down smooth. The vibe of it is great if you have a few too. Grab a 750ml, a chalice, and sit down and enjoy it all to yourself. This beer just opens up the warmer it gets, so let it chill and you will ride this brew to heaven.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

High carbonation with a ray honey gold and enough viscocity to hold some of the bubbles in place. Varieted white head with some large and some small bubbles. Belgian lace layers the glass as the head falls. Mild fruity esters with a smell like cotton candy, no hops. Sweet lemon upfront with carbonic tingling in the middle and a dry finish. Medium mouthfeel with prickly CO2. Very drinkable; wish I had poured a larger bottle. Spectacular!

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lightly amber colored beer with a beautiful rocky two finger head that barely fades to a thick laceing and never dies down. The smell is slightly fruity and mostly phenolic. The taste is lightly of fruits and dominately spicey with a crisp dry almosy bitter (not really hop bitter though) finish. The body almost seems light but I guess is medium, dry, and sharply carbonated. This beer is bitter almost sour so much so that the only real other pronouced flavors are the spicey, phenolic tastes from the reknowned trappists yeasts. Those qualities make this beer incredibly intricate and an excellent drink. Yum. Real good beer.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle with raised glass stamped "Westmalle" around the neck. Best Before 03/2017. My first top notch beer ever, so I must try it again and re-review it.

Appearance: beautiful cloudy golden with an enormous head, lots of carbonation and big bubbles. Some yeast floating inside and on bottom of the bottle.

Smell: sweet malts, spices and a fruity aroma I really like but don't know what it is. Sweet and bitter at the same time, very well balanced. The alcohol is in there, but its not agressive at all. Very complex.

Taste: very much like the smell with honey notes -delicious malts and honey-, some sweetness that developed in a nice bitter aftertaste, all this mixed with some fruity/spicy character in there. Feels like a very organic and natural mix of flavours.

Mouthfeel: really nice, the champagne like bubbles are a pleasure to feel, and the fizzy feeling remained in my mouth after and hour and a half of drinking it. This beer is creamy but not in a dense way, amazingly drinkable, and the alcohol warms you pretty quickly. Feels great and you regret not having more of this.

Overall: It's a great beer, I expected more fruitiness, but this is not a con at all, it's just the way it is: liquid gold.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-opaque light gold that astonishingly appears to get more opaque after a while, with a huge head, not much lacing. Smells of grain/corn, citrus, apple cider, and orange, with a grassy, boozy feel. Taste is bitter and slightly spicy/peppery, with once again grain, stale bread(?), some apple, and banana. It feels warm and smooth, with medium carbonation, but a light body for a triple. Kinda harsh.

I feel it doesn't really hide its ABV all that well. That makes it a bit hard to get through and kinda mutes the various aromas. Pretty disappointed.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 1.10.06

Brew was a pale cloudy gold under a thick white head. Yeasty bits hung out in suspension at the end of the bottle, as I drank it slowly in three few-ounce pour quantities. Little lacing left, though I was doing my damndest to get everything I could out of this bottle. No deliciousness was going to be left on the inside of MY glass.

The aroma was creamy malt and green hops. These smells mixing with the alcohol produced notes of vanilla extract.

Flavor was immediately creamy, almost Barleywine-like with green, hoppy bitterness. Not much going in the way of typically expected Euro/Belgian funkiness. Hot, booziness in the aftertaste provides a generous reminder of the strength of what was just consumed. The beer was fluffy in the mouth and mid/high carbed. Solid, big beer that dominates your palate in a good way.

This a slow goer. At around $4 an 11 oz bottle, it should be. Add its strength and Barleywine bitterness and you’ve got two more speed bumps of savoring enjoyment to keep you paced.

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Photo of TPSReports
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at 49 degrees from a 11.2 oz bottle. No date.

Very slight, say 1/8 inch head that disappears quickly leaving a pretty lacing across the surface.

Cloudy straw color with yeast floaties.

My allergies are acting up, so not too sure about the nose of this brew. I can't notice much.

A delicious, light, crisp and refreshing trippel. Very little hoppiness, which I like. Slight carbonation, alcohol tingle. I nice lingering floral flavor with a final hint of hopps.

A medium bodied brew with a silky feel on the palate. This beer drinks way too smoothly for its high ABV. I could easily polish off several of these -- and get multiple frowns from the wife if I did so.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Horseblanket/Barnyard, peppery, earthy, slight metallic or tin can flavor. Sweet powdered sugar.

Appearance: Light golden hue with floaters, awesome! Decent head that is white in color.

Flavor: Sweet Bubble Gum, HUGE alcohol flavor. Peppery with hints of Spearmint. Slight soapiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall Impression: WOW! These trappist "cats" or should I say Monks sure know how to brew up a great tripel. The bubble gum flavor makes this ale stand out. Nice and refreshing with a huge alcohol burn...nice! Defiantly grip a bottle of this one!

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Photo of bluesfan1181
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving - 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a big 3 finger head that bellows out of the glass. Has a beautiful golden orange glow to it that, is cloudy with yeast. Lacing sticks around the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells of spiciness and yeast. Has fruit notes mixed in.

T - Hop bitterness and yeast on the front, fruitiness and alcohol on the back. Has a nice lingering taste that is pleasant.

M - Has mild carbonation that tickles your throat on the way down. Easy to drink for an ABV% of this volume.

Overall this is one of the best in the world. A true Trappist ale from Belgium. Worth every penny and one I will be visiting again!!!!

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Photo of KevinSP
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first enjoyed this at the Bier Market in Toronto and not a week later was stunned to see it actually stocked at my local LCBO. There are a number of excellent reviews on this beer and I'm not sure I can add any more what has already been said about this spectacular brew. Complex and yet incredibly accessible. It is truly a treat for all senses - visually beautiful, tickles the nose with tempting sensations and finally it stuns the palette. Suffice to say that is truly one of the best beers available.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice glass.

A--Hazy gold with a bit of an orange tint. Large, creamy head that lasts forever and leaves perfect lacing. As good a head as I've ever seen.

S--Sweet & yeasty. Some fruits, like apricot. Mild but still complex with a lot going on.

T--Sweet & malty. Apricot & yeasts are the upfront tastes to me. A little bit of hops follow to balance it out. Damn near perfection.

M--Wow, creamy & mouthfilling. Plenty of carbonation to spread out the flavors. I'd have to call the mouthfeel perfect, at least to my tastes.

O--This one is awesome. I've tried countless American Belgian style tripels. This is the one that they're all trying to be when they grow up. Absolutely as good as it gets.

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Photo of tastyville
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely, Head is bright and frothy. Aroma is buttery and maybe a little spicy. Taste is complex and does not develop instantly, which I love! Flavor develops from front to back slowly and reaches it's peak at the back of the throat and leaves a little bit of dryness (not too much). Very good balance. I like that it has a high ABV while not overwhelming the balance. I want more!!!

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Photo of tcfishler
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, honeyed orange with a huge white head that leaves gorgeous tiered lacing.

Aromas are dry, yeasty, and malty, but not terribly expressive.

Subtly fruity (peach/berry) as it enters the mouth, but the flavor profile develops and becomes high-toned, somewhat raw, dry but not bitter, finishing long, with a tannin-like impression and a tiny bit of tartness. Chewing the beer brings out a little spice, mainly pepper. Alcohol is masked, and the mouthfeel is medium.

A subtle, dry classic.

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Photo of krberg
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost forgot about the giant belgian head phenomenon. Golden with a pure white head. Lots of CO2.

Smells pretty standard for a tripel. I love 'em, but they all smell about the same.

Light, tart, sweet, grainy. Hints of alcohol fade to the back of my mouth and coat my tongue with a spreading warmth. The sweetness hovers on my tongue and the roof of my mouth - very strange. I actually get a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Certainly a first for me. Standard yeast characters.

Smooth, creamy and the bite of CO2. Par for the tripel course.

Very easy to drink. I find tripels to be very comforting and this is no exception. I think I could get very comfortable with this beer.

A great tripel. Nice sweet to grain balance that I find sometimes lacking in American versions. Not particularly challenging, but just right. For a bunch of bible-thumpers, they make a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of Lambstrong
2.68/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a golden copper color. This is one foamy beer and creates a huge head. There is a subtle spicy aroma and I picked up coriander spice with a slight orange zest. There is definatley upfront spice with a peppery bitter aftertaste that I found a little disagreable. It's the aftertaste that ruins this beer for me. As for mouthfeel, this is a highly carbonated Belgian ale.

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Photo of jnezda
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer from the 750 ml Bottle with Synthetic cork and it lived up to the brewery's reputation. I keep being drawn to the Belgium beers so this was a good choice.

Appearance: Poors much lighter than once it settled into my favorite snifter. Head was full and tight with little to no lacing. The beer settling into a cloudy amber with slight cling of the head to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity, honey sweet nectar. Not as heavily scented as some of the other trippels but very pleasant with appealing refreshing smell.

Taste: Good trippel with enough yeast to leave the fulfilling aftertaste in many of the Trappist Beers.

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a close knit carbonation that sits forward on the tongue and leaves your taste buds yearning for more. The sour of the beer almost makes the drinker thirsty so each sip sort of gains on you in more ways than one.

Drinkablity: Good beer overall but does come across as being too light for a trippel. The murky amber color seems like it would be more filling but the flavor is quite nice.

Overall I recommend this trippel.

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Photo of Onceeven
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a honey gold, with a huge billowy head. Enjoyed this world class beer in my Duvel tulip glass, which is a treat in itself. The bubbles attached themselves to the etching in the bottom of the glass, creating an amazing stream of carbonation. There are particles of some sort floating all through the beer. Doesn't appear to be yeast sediment.
This beer smells amazing. Spicy alcoholic and fruity. Exactly what I'd expect from a tripel.
Hugely complex flavor.. apricots come to mind, but that is only the beginning. It's wine-like in its dryness. Seems to reduce the drinkability a bit for me.. but I can't seem to set this drink down! Stellar.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had many of these beers on a recent trip to Belgium and I think it might be my favorite beer from the whole trip.

Poured into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Pours a hazy, light red color. A huge fluffy head with big bubbles. Simply beautiful.

S. A very fruity smell. Also a yeasty aroma. Malty scents as well. Maybe some corriander.

T. Great. This is just a great beer. Friuty and spicy malt flavors. Pear and the usual belgian yeast flavors.

M. Full bodied beer. Warming alcohol and lots of carbonation.

D. Goes down like water but very high in ABV so beware.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
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 studentofbeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when i opened it, the first thing i thought was, did i open a cider by mistake? the smell was overwhelmingly tart apple and apple skin. even once poured into my ommegang goblet i detected a lot of sweet and tangy green apple as well as herbal and flower smells.

color was a slightly hazy but perfect hay color. nice head that fell to a slight lace as i drank.

first taste was a knockout--from cider it seemed to have morphed into a super strong ESB. the first taste was strongly english aley-- very bready and earthy. then came a sharp pepper bite mixed with some sour/sweet apple flavor and a bitter herbal aftertaste.

i find this an amazing beer. highly drinkable, imminently complex with flavor profiles from different styles and a strong 9.5 abv, its quite a beer. i only wish i could afford it more often.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle
Best before end: 13/10/12
Served in a chalice

Appears bright yellowish gold, with a dense creamy head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is dominated by estery fruit. Some yeast, spice, and pale malts. Taste is incredibly balanced. Not much alcohol presence. Estery fruit and spicy phenols, followed by yeasty funk and malty sweetness. Light bitterness. Quick, dry finish with some residual sweetness. Medium bodied for the style, carbonation right on point. I would expect nothing less from a Trappist Tripel

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Photo of PhillyB
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Not at all what I was expecting. After letting the sediment settle at the bottom of the bottle, the resulting pour was a crystal clear and gold in color. A solid 2-3 finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet banana, malted grain, slight hop, and a funk on the tail end.

Taste: Banana, bitter hop, malted grain, and a slightly funky finish.

Feel: Starts out light, but the middle to finish coats mouth with a buttery slickness.

Overall: One of the better Trappist beers I've had, not to mention one of the more affordable ones.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,483 ratings.
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