Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 343
Gots: 560 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of Gajo74
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a monstrous head. It soon dissipates into a thin soapy lace. Amazing aroma; tropical fruits, orange zest, bannana, belgian candi sugars, honey, caramel and alcohol. I could spend hours "fussing" and "sniffing" on this one! Such a complex taste! There is so much going on here; fruity sweet, peach, grape and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Spicy and herbal; peppers and coriander. Big alcohol flavor. Belgian pale malts and yeasty. A bitter finish. Heavy mouthfeel and intensly high carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sipper for sure but very drinkable as the drink warms.
As one of BAs recent forums suggested, every now and then you get a truly "WOW" beer. This is one of them. I often wonder what truly constitutes a 5 score; this one can arguably make its case. As is, it comes pretty damn close.

Photo of bluesfan1181
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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!!!!

Photo of PintPiner
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful spicy/fruity aroma.

Lively head at first pour that subsides somewhat but remains to the bottom of the glass.

Beautiful golden honey color.

Highly carbonated, almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Complex malty flavor with lots of spicy depth.

Photo of studentofbeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of medic25
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color, with a little bit of a white head. Sweet, quite malty odor. The taste is a complex balance of flavors; raisin, candy sugar, very faintest trace of hops. For 9.5%, the beer goes down amazingly easily. Drinkability is tremendous; much lighter and crisper than some of the other sickly sweet tripels out there.

Photo of JamisonM
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Lost Abbey tulip glass

A: copper color with no see through cloudly

S: spice with sweetness backing up the spice

T: Spice and a well balanced beer taste the sweet but not overly sweet

M: on the lower side of Medium mouthfeel

D: very drinkable its got no alcohol taste so for 9.5 % I would call this dagerously drinkable.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my mind you can't really buy a better Tripel than this wonderful Trappist. It was poured into a typical Belgian snifter style glass and immediately sprouted an inch-thick, white, foamy, creamy head. It left excellent lacing. The body was amber colored, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was excellent, lots of banana, candy sugar, clove, citrus and sweet fruits. The bouquet was almost enough to sit and enjoy, but the taste was something else as well. You could definitely detect a large ammount of alcohol, but not nearly as much as is actually present. It is well-hidden behind a complex taste of clove, spice, sugars, mild hoppiness, yeasts and bananas. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated yet not very biting; it's creamy and refreshing and is absolutely excellent to the last sip. Please do yourself a favor and try this beer. Especially if you're a fan of Tripels like me.

Photo of doho95fu
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - Didn't really know what to expect here, I don't have much experience with the style so I had very few preconceptions. Starting off, I think I poured it a little rough because I had a 10 minute wait for the white spongy head to die down. There was thick lacing down the sides (thought I had a soapy glass at first). The color is a dull gold with a cloudy vision. It smells of fruit, spice and alcohol - it really has a strong but pleasant smell. You do not have to stress your olfactory skills here. The taste was fruit again, maybe apricot, with spices like nutmeg and cloves - great. Strong finish and very drinkable for such a strong brew. This makes me want to concentrate on this style for a bit.

Photo of RedBaron
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer of '05. Wow.

Appearance: Hazy golden brew with spritzy, sustainable head.
Smell: Banana-y, slight clove and a nice, subtle dry hop aroma.
Taste: Complex malt and fruit flavors up front, a great yeastiness in the middle, and a wonderfully dry finish. Nice attenuation.
Mouthfeel: Bulky and divine! A nice, taut tripel that packs a solid punch. So much complexity with each sip.
Drinkability: A 'must sip' brew. This is one global great to be savored. I appreciate the yeasti-ness to this beer above all of the wonderful characteristics, and the fact that this beer is bottle-conditioned makes it quite evident and appealing. Outstanding.

Photo of sespourteille
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely amazing. I write this review as i am being completely overwhelmed by its quality and craftsmanship. Served in a 9.4 oz bottle, it is great for sharing with others, everyone will like it. Make sure to check the bottle, the tripel is a noticeable difference from the other kinds.

Photo of rarevos
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours an opaque golden-yellow. Thick head at first, quickly subsides to light lacing.

S: A mild grassiness and a hint of crisp apple sourness.

T/M: Robust grain up front with a nice sweetness. Just a tiny hint of fruit (the apple from the aroma) and some pepperiness to cut it. Bit of a grassy, "field aroma" that makes it somewhat rustic (not as rustic as a saison, though). Finish is dry and crisp with a light, pleassantly bitter tail.

D: Thankfully, this is really easy to get, and relatively inexpensive. It's a drier tripel, but it has a crispness/dryness that I absolutely crave. This and Cinq Cents are my go-to tripels. Drinks FAR easier than the 9.5% abv would indicate; this bad boy hides the alcohol extremely well.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw/golden color with a massive head of white that recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light malt, toasted marshmallows, light fruitiness and some yeast spiciness.

Taste is fairly light for a 9.5% beer, it is crisp and easy drinking to the point of being dangerous. It starts with light, crisp malt with soft fruit flavors that transitions into smooth, lightly toasted malts and subtle herbal hop aromatics. The finish is clean, crisp and has hints of bread and very light floral.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation. Very effervescent.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, deceptive and understated yet balanced and complex. This beer is not quite as malty or bready as many tripels I have had, it also has less intense yeast aromas. I loved this beer and will be drinking it much more.

Photo of Albinoh
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice presentation, initial rocky head that settles to a lasting lace, some clings to the glass as the beer goes away. Turbid body, brownish-orange. Citric/lemon alcoholic aroma. Crisply and malty upfront with a yeasty sweetness following. Crispy but not extremely crispy. Medium smooth body. Bitter ending that stays in your mouth for long time.

Very nice, very well balanced, those monks really know what they are doing.

Photo of myelo
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light butterscotch appearance with bright white, rocky head and millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky lacing.

Fresh fruit sweet aroma -- caramelized banana, orange, with spicy cloves and yeast.

Taste is fruity and malty sweetness up front, with some spicy phenol in the middle and lingering dank hop bitterness balanced by honey and plum and apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautiful -- creamy rich with high but very smooth carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth.

If someone asks what a Tripel is all about, this is what you have them try.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 750ml into a Westmalle chalice style glass; fantastic golden orange colors with near white head and excellent lacing.

S: Pleasant spice and citrus nose

T: Initially somewhat fruity with spicy notes in a relatively quick dry finish. Definitely warming but not in an obtrusive way.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

D: Smooth and enjoyable, especially for the alcohol present; A tripel to measure all against.

Easily my favorite Trappist and an absolute favorite in the Abbey style Tripel catagory. If it wasn't so cost prohibitive I would enjoy it much more often. Classic.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl custom European-style brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "trappist" around the neck.

Appearance: Cloudy pale orange with a nice head! It's got the whole Brussels Lace going on with a creamy, bitty head that sticks a retains with little awakening (swirling in the glass).

Smell: Tart apricot, lemon grass, pepper, pale malts and alcohol all wrapped in a slighly pungent aroma.

Taste: A bit crisp upfront with a slick mouthfeel. Many layers to this brew: fruit (ripe passion/apricot), big burst of spicy alcohol, fresh cut hay flavour, dextrin sweetness, raw honey, yeast and a slight medicinal background flavour. Complex. Very complex.

Notes: The quintessential triple in our humble opinions. An exceptional beer, blissful to taste. Roughly 9% abv.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My sister: This beer is EMANCIPATED!!! It's like honey with an aftertaste of utter beerness. Tripulent and succulent, with a gluey texture. Pretty colour.

My girlfriend: It's quite nice. Inspiring.

Me: Best triple ever. Pretty fresh and complex. Even good on a hot Aussie summer day. I'm getting more; much more. Only problem - its drinkability heightens majorly in the colder weather. Goes really well with pine nuts!

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a stemmed goblet glass. Best before date is 26/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a light and very hazy brownish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of white head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a good amount of cloves and coriander spices. Lots of wheat grains. Big hints of fruits with some banana, pear, apple, orange, lemon, and white grapes. Also a little hay, pepper, and citrus hops. Very yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy. Nicely complex.

Taste: Tastes as great and complex as it smells. Big taste of spice upfront from the Belgian yeast and cloves. Wheat grains add some bready taste throughout. Big mix of fruity esters. Vibrant notes of oranges, banana, pear, white grapes, lemon, and apple. Also mixed in are some coriander and pepper spices. A great combination of sweet fruits, spices, and moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation on the heavier side of medium. Very creamy. Somewhat prickly. Fruity and very drying in the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: An outstanding authentic Belgian Tripel. A great complex mix of yeast, wheat, and fruity esters.

Photo of bditty187
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Largely clear, some sediment slipped into my glass, the liquid was a magical shade of tawny-gold. It is simply beautiful. And this says nothing about the whipped foam topping the beery nectar. The head was at least three fingers in height, the white mass was rocky and it held very well. The head was slow to fade, at the lowest point it was still a finger in height. Impressive. Subsequent lacing was patchy but it clung very well. This beer is pure eye-candy; I’m digging it. The complexity of the nose is very impressive. There is no dominant aroma, nothing stands out but it is not like every aroma is yelling over each other. No they are quite egalitarian, sometimes a smell of hay leads the charge but other times it was funky horse blanket, then again a fruitiness coupled with spice spoke up. There is also pepper, and licorice, sometimes there was a suggestion of bubblegum. Sugary. Tart. Musty. Oranges. Apples in a wooden basket next to an open jar of ginger and nutmeg…boy, was that some poetic drivel or what! Maybe, but it is true. I wish the potency was louder but this is a common complaint with me. Very inviting, I need to stop smelling and take a sip. The palate does have a start and a finish and one hell of a middle! This is unlike the nose. Upfront the palate is raw and surprisingly hoppy, firm bitterness that lingers into the middle where it is quickly teamed up with some well-placed astringency. A bite of alcoholic heat cuts the party short, or so I thought, but in actuality more friends were invited to the party. And they were a fruity bunch! Oranges mainly, lemony citrus too, some apples and grapes in the mix, and these guys start to dance with some spicy ladies. Nutmeg, ginger, coriander, and pepper performed a tasty tango. There were yeasty moments as well but the finish was quite herbal with a noticeable blast of malt (rather clean, very nice!). This ending is quite firm, I like that. In the aftertaste a peppery jolt mixes with some fruit, bubblegum and razor sharp acidity, oh so dry! Bring on a platter of cheese and fruit, please. The palate is heavenly from start to finish. Complex and damn tasty! There is nothing I’d change about the taste. Medium in body, big, lively carbonation, the body is both firm and pliable. Yet there is a softness about it. This is another impressive aspect of this beer. So drinkable, it is yummy beyond words. I could drink this daily and surprisingly it is available in Omaha, where I purchased this bottle for $5.00. I will buy more. I have to. It is so good. This is the best Tripel I have ever had and second best is somewhere in a distant abyss. Highly recommended.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel, poured into a Chimay goblet.

Beautiful appearance, emits a golden-orange halo of color, hazy and illuminating from the light. Frothy large silky white color head. It maintains and lasts and lasts. Ripe fruits in the nose especially, oranges and honey. Layes of sweet phenols lay across the nasals. With underlays of sugar, cream, vanilla, and spice- reminiscent of a banana pie which is incredibly appealing. Crisp cooked edges borderlining a burnt crust scentalation. Smell is fabulous, and takes you to another dimension.

Taste is tangy and sour upfront, with a mix of belgian candied-sugar malt thrown into the mix. Residual sweetness all the way up until a nice amount of spicy floral hop bitterness, meeting halfway, the sweetness is swept over by the spiciness of the hops. Soon after another sweet wave comes back into play, and balances with the hops, the result is a sweet tangy lingering bitter that transcends the palate nicely. It feels like the flavors are bouncing around all over your tongue, it's definitely a treat. I felt that the mouthfeel was perfect, and the overall drinkability was exceptional. This bottle had to be fresh, the hop character was incredibly strong.

An almost perfect Tripel, it just has so much to offer. This was beyond tasty. I recommend it highly.

Photo of Antilochus
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO as part of the 2008 LCBO Spring Release. 9.50% abv, 33cl bottle. Best before 10/15/2009. Served at cellar temperature. Poured into Chimay chalice, and a little into a nosing glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy orange, massive off-white rocky and foamy head with lots of large bubbles trapped in the mire. A little suspended lees. This is wonderful to behold. Leaves some marbled rocky foam, leaves a magnificent wall of lace.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, oranges, icing sugar, lots of spice!, banana, clove, apricot, some light resin - citrus? Lemony bubble gum. Apple. Compact nose, almost impenetrable. Subtly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, yet creamy and smooth, carbonation is excellent, not too aggressive as to sting but very refreshing, even for such a high abv beer.

Crystallized oranges, orange rind, bourbon, yeast, vanilla, cake mix, whipped cream, light grapefruit, super peppery (Talisker!), spicy in general too. Lime juice. Palate is sweeter than the finish but it still possesses a subtle sweetness to it that is utterly enjoyable. Alcohol complements all the flavours exceptionally well. Well balanced, not too sweet or yeasty, fruity tangerine apricot bready finish. Hoppy resins leave it lightly bitter (yes!). Warming too, alcohol is very well hidden but catches up with you. This is wonderfully easy to drink.

This is the PERFECT Tripel, better IMHO than even the great Fin Du Monde, and hands down the best beer I have ever had. It is leaving me speechless.

In short: This beer is absurdly good. No beverage has ever impressed me like Westmalle Tripel has. Bravo! (encore)

Second time around: still a wonder to me. Lots of tangerine on the palate this time.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a honey color with a bit of cloudiness. There is a ton of carbonation roaring from the bottom of the etched Duvel glass along with a few chimneys formed on pieces of yeast on the sides. There is a thick 1 inch head that settles and thickens. The smell is grapey, appley, sweet, tart, and perfumey with alcohol. I can also smell the hops. Metallic. I like the flavor a lot. Complex, lively, and dynamic. Starts out with tart berries, maybe raspberries, then the bitterness comes in. Citrus notes come from the tartness and form a crisp edge that is greater pronounced from the carbonation effects. The alcohol is a little hot, and remind me of tobacco/juniper. The mouthfeel is live and rich with dry, bitter hops. The aftertaste becomes more and more bitter as the drink continues, but fortunately it sweetens in the malt dept. as it warms up. An exceptional tripel.

This is a great beer. One to be savored because it is complex, and also expensive. A good special occasion beer.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great Belgium tasting find from the grassroots market in Jacksonville. Drank this one straight from the 12 oz. bottle.

A: Extremely heady beer. From first pop of the cap, this beer was oozing out a creamy, orange spiced froth. Rich orange with a slight haze to the body.

S: Smells of ripe mango, passionfruit, citrus and lemongrass.

T: Sour apricot, ripe peach and spring hay on the front end, not much bite from the hops, with a dried fruit finish. Not sweet.

M: Lush and creamy with nice amount of micro-carbonation fizz on the tongue. Not bitter, alcohol present but well blended.

D: Delicious and highly recommended. Great springtime beer. This one will give you a buzz. Pair with BBQ chicken, fresh fish, mild cheese like farmers cheese or fruits and steamed vegetables of any kind.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My family just bought a new HDTV and XBOX360, and soon we'll be getting surround sound installed! I'm going to celebrate with a beer I have high expectations for: Westmalle Tripel. Purchased at the Wine Exchange for $4.99 (330 ml bottle), on to the beer:

This is a very heady and carbonated brew. It pours hazy straw yellow into a chalice, leaving on top a head that shows resistence to fading. Aroma is mellow and sweet. Mixture of phenols, spice, grass, and candy sugar. I like it so far.

The taste of this tripel is what gives Trappist beers a good name. Not too intense and full of different flavors. Some peppermint-like sweetness, medicinal, grassy, light brush of pepper, and spice. Balance is drop-dead beautiful and lighter than one might think given the 9.5% ABV, which helps make this brew dangerously drinkable.

I may not sound all that excited in this review about Westmalle Tripel, but this is one beer that's worthy of the hype. Without question, a highly recommended pick by me, and one beer I'm going to share with my buddies in the future.

Photo of bnes09
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful light gold colored ale. Lustrous, white, foamy head towers over the beer and gently recedes to a smooth layer of cream. Laces very well.

Beautiful aroma of fresh cut flowers, and grass. Bright, young, green, and yeasty. Lots of citrus character, mostly lemon, mingled in as well. This has to be the best smelling beer I have ever experienced.

Flavor is not as good as the aroma but still exceptional. Mild, bready malt character. Sweetness of sugar cane and apple fits very well. Hops are fresh with a grassy character and hint at bitterness without overpowering. Deep, complex and very tasty. Alcohol cannot be detected making it very dangerous.

Just heavy enough to call it medium bodied, but barely. Lively carbonation. Finish is crisp, smooth and clean. Perfect feel.

Wow! I am so glad when beers like this come along and remind me why I venture out and sample new brews. Such wonderfully complex flavors yet a light feel that is easy to drink. A true masterpiece in brewing.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 4,081 ratings.