Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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4,557
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4.28
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Photo of yelterdow
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date reads 15/07/06. Served in the Duvel tulip glass for maximum everything. Cellar temperature.

Appearance- Clear, medium gold with a four finger rocky head. Bubbles are surprisingly large and tumultuous... they pop and settle completely within about five minutes. Mild lacing, and the glass etching feeds the thin mat of foam continuously.

Smell- The first whiff of this beer actually "choked up" my nose... a wicked, alcohol-intense burn literally shut my nostrils down, like tripping a circuit breaker. After finding my feet again and going in for another, a monstrous banana-like character combined with creme brulee came forth. Sweet, heavy, dessert qualities abound on the nose in this one.

Taste- As with the aroma, there is a custard-like fatness, or weight to the taste... if that makes any sense. Upon the first swallow, I feel the ABV flow freely to my arms and legs, making it clear why these are not sold in bombers. Custard, pudding, cream pie filling... these all come to mind whilst describing the taste. Big pale malts with candi sugar are superbly balanced and proportionate... and the alcohol is WAY too well-disguised.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and mellow in the mouth, especially for the strength and complexity of the nose and taste. Goes down smooth, and the beer's warmth takes over and softens all the edges. I want to go to Belgium now, and be a monk. That brews great beer.

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Photo of DamageCase76
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jeschaefer
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kmo1030
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky gold into the glass. the pour produces a nice thick creamy white head that lasts with lacing.
the aroma is mild... it's got some citrus, and just a hint of musty funk. whisps of corriander, and i think i smell some herbal hoppiness.
the taste has got some of the requisite tropical fruit, but it remains fairly restrained. there is a nice chewy bready yeastiness that meshes with some of the spicy vaguely corriander type flavors. there is a substantial amount of hops at the back end balancing some of the other sweet things going on. there is a pervasive pepperiness to go with the it's tanginess. with warmth, some of the fruitiness (pineapple, citrus, etc.) take on a little bit of a green slightly unripe character.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with coarse active carbonation.
the drinkability is good, the alcohol is very well hidden with it's only indicator being a little bit of warmth in the throat. a beauty.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange with a bubbly white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and grain with some raisins and other fruit. Tastes of fruit, raisins, slight grain profile. Beer is carbonated correctly, light bodied, dangerously drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of joecast
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

large fluffy white head sits above a slightly cloudy, deep gold colored beer. plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the top.
full yeasty, banana aroma.
very strong flavor contributions from yeast, and alcohol. heavy maltiness thought not sweet. has a good level of bitterness, but cant tell if its coming from hops as there is no real obvious hop flavor, or if its coming from the high abv.
mouthfeel seems rather harsh which may be helped from some aging. this bottle is dated BB 8/06.
so this is what those monks spend all their time on. not a bad line of work if you can find it. myself, i would need time to get accustomed to a beer like this. it doesnt make any appologies for being as strong as it is, and possibly because of its youth, came off a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of NODAK
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is of tart fruit....yeast....and a whiff of alcohol. Not surprising for the ABV.

Pours a nice, dark blonde color. Thin head.

Tastes initially semi-sweet, but fades into somewhat of a tart grape fruitiness that reminds me of a relaxed version of some pinot gris I've had. Spiciness is minimal. Some yeast is apparent on the backend. A little bit of citrus peel hops dance on the back of the tongue at the swallow. Alcohol is noticeable from the first drink on the exhale, although it isn't to the point of being a serious distraction.

Drier and less spicy than others I've had, this is still a tasty beer...at 7 bucks a bottle, it is something I'd only buy sometimes. Among tripels, I tend to favor the sweeter, spicier ones, so this wouldn't fall among the upper echelon.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Quackus
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jredner
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of spice, bannana and yeast. Cloudy pale yellow in color with a two finger thick white head. White fruits, spice and alcohol with some hints of darker fruits in the finish. Tasty, but the alcohol is a lot more unwieldy than the more nuanced Dubbel.

Not quite as drinkable as the Dubbel due to the more noticeable alcohol, but still a great beer. Perfect nightcap beer on a cool night.

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Photo of ThreeFishes
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

From notes 4-1-09

Done horizontally with Maredsous Tripel, Augustijn Tripel, and Kasteel Tripel.

Eye: Surprisingly this beer had both the best and worst head retention of the group. Into a Duvel glass it poured with a magnificent creamy head that gave way to rocky which gave way to...well pretty much nothing. It all collapsed. Color is a hazy yellow with some tinges of orange and almost some light brown.

Nose: Much less potent than I expected. This one has more of a controlled and balanced aroma than the Maredsous, the aroma here is more subtle and refined. Nice sweet malt presence that mingles nicely with the candied aromas. Sweet butterscotch aromas are in check with the malt and add complexity, alcohol is hidden. Light spiciness...its almost an afterthought of the yeast. Would that the aroma were more potent.

Tongue: Spicy notes, some alcohol an overall earthy tone and malt under it all supporting it. This is by far the best of the bunch. This one tastes organic whereas the Augustijn tastes forced. The forground taste of the alcohol gives balance to the beer. In comparison to the others this one is on the drier earthier side, getting a good amount of its character from the interaction of alcohol flavor with the rest of the beer. Good aftertaste as well. This is the best crafted of the bunch.

Feel and Drinkability: Dry finish, alcohol aftertaste stays in the mouth a bit as well as a mix of the rest of the beer's flavor. Low carbonation works well with this beer, it just seems to fit, if it were any higher I think it would detract from this beer's flavor. This is one that I'd pick up again, though there might be some others I'd go for first...Tripel Karmeliet for example.

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Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

03/01/08 Best before date

A: Pours a hazy golden with a massive head. Moderate lacing.

S: Bready smell with aromas of raisins and citrus.

T: Well-balanced with both malty and hoppy characteristics at different moments. Flavors are similar to the aroma with just a hint of alcohol.

M: Full-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a chalky texture.

D: Much better than the Westmalle dubbel, and very good when compared to other tripels. Dangerously easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Pours a cloudy orange with a pure white 2 finger head that sticks around for a few minutes.

Smell: Clean hops with a sort of soapy note. There is also a sweet smell in there towards the end. Not my favorite, but not offensive in any way.

Taste: In a word, fantastic. A creamy mouthfeel exposes light citrus all over. Orange is big here, with a strangely pleasant lemon aftertaste (not sour). Spiciness abounds with hints of coriander... which may explain the soapy aroma. This is a great tripel that I would buy again and again if it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Belle-Vue tulip glass 330 ml

A-- Poured a straw gold color, very big head that slowly fizzled away. Left a good one finger of head. Did get some sediment in the glass.

S-- Straw, malt and candied sugar. Reminds me of how Duvel smells. Got me salivating in the back of my mouth.

T-- Complex, get a little sweet and then the burn at the end. Very interesting.

M-- Best of both worlds. Start off light and medium carbonated and then the alchohol gets you in the end. Better mouthfeel when a little warmer.

D-- At 9.5 I would suggest one,sip it, enjoy this puppy. It does creep up on you quick. Wish I got a 750 over a 330.

Overall an excellent beer. Have the St. Bernardus tripel and can not wait to compare these 2.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured chilled in snifter

A: cloudy, pear-juice colored; beautiful head; v. nice carb streams; excellent lacing
S: light but persistent aroma of pear, ester
T: white grape, pear, v. heavy in alcohol, but detectable only well into the aftertaste; bottle fermentation is pronounced but not cloying.
M: spritely, buoyant

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Photo of mikefuski17
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The westmalle has a strong aroma. It has a great color when poured with a nice golden head. The flavor was strong as well but was great. The after taste was the cause for concern. My girlfriend likened it to gasoline although I didn't mind too much. It does go straight to the sinuses and opens them up. Overall, I would recommend this beer.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Yellow/orange, like light colored orange juice with a good bit of haze. About three fingers of head with decent retention, especially for a 9% brew. Moderate lacing.

S - Hard to pin down. Sort of an underlying brine-y aroma with overtones of lemon and iodine. Some faint indistinct fruit hides in the corners. Bananas? Apples maybe?

T - Quite impressive. Great marriage of flavors with an amazing balance. A hint of banana is the first flavor I notice and it seems to blend with a mild honey note. The brew dries out a little late palate leading into mild lemon and almost herbal notes, much milder than what I'd expected from the nose. Slightly saltiness kicks in with some residual fruity sweetness. Mild to moderate phenols enter late palate with a crushed-aspirin-like bitterness with a lemon peel edge. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I'm actually really impress with the carbonation. Most Belgians, and tripels specifically often seem over the top with carbonation. Westmalle's Tripel struck a great balance between smooth and crisp.

D - Well, first of all tripels aren't really my thing, but if I had to drink one, this would definitely be it. My only regret is not trying this brew sooner; perhaps this will spark an interest in the style. I wouldn't want more than one but it's a pretty exceptional experience with a style that doesn't generally cater to my tastes. A must have.

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Photo of NWHopinator
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AlvinLin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,557 ratings.
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