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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,640 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,640
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 314 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of fourplayed
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a lite golden yellow with 2 finger head.

smells are mild fruits apples, peaches, yeasts , breads and some spice.

taste is an earthy mix of yeast, mildly sweet malts, hops, some fruit notes and spices which are mild.

lite to medium body, good zesty carbonation beginning to end, decent alcohol warmth, yeasty and dry hop finish.

A very good triple, not as fruity or sweet as some others, very worthy!

fourplayed, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a golden color with a huge frothy white head. Nice retention and lacing

Smell- Spices and citrus such as orange.

Taste- Wonderful fruitiness and spice flavor. Finish is semi sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, nice crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability- There is a reason this beer scores a 90 on this site. This beer was great I'd love to try it aged.

Beerbuddha, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy orange yellow with a ton of floating yeasties and a mountainess dollup of cream colored head. Sticky lacing in abundance.

Fantastic aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, candy sugar, lemon, and light caramel.

Tastes of malts, a sharp spiciness, lemon, banana, yeast, and white pepper. Finish is clean and dry. The 9.5% alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied, slightly tart and dry, and lightly carbonated.

Mmm...this tripel from Westmalle hit the spot. Easy to drink and easier to love. A must try for sure.

Monkeyknife, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Bubba83
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at around 45 degrees.

Can't imagine a more picturesque beer. I want to get out my camera and start snapping photos. A nice pale orange hue that's a bit hazy. a fistfull of bright white head with moderately sized bubbles. Head consistency is stiff as Arbitrator's man-parts while drinking a Black Xantus. Foam sticks around for days, coating the entire inside of the glass. Oh, lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom too!

Pretty complex aromas coming out of this one. Banana, pineapple, apricot, clove, black pepper, lemon zest. Very nice.

Taste starts out with some sweet candi sugar and strong banana. Love this combination, almost reminds me of a sweet dessert. Lots of pineapple dominates the mid-range, with some other stoney fruits in the background. Finishes with some spice, definite black pepper. Almost reminds me of a Saison like finish.

Feels great, medium thickness with a velvety texture. Not too much abrasiveness despite the great carbonation.

Drinks really well, especially when paired with some food. It even stands up to spicy thai food quite well. This time I just drank it by itself though. The only knock I have on it is that it finishes pretty damn warm if you're not carefully savoring it over a longer period of time, but for 9.5%, it's not too surprising there is some heat. Likely one of the best tripel's in the world, it's definitely my favorite.

Bubba83, May 27, 2010
Photo of barleyman
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the unique brown glass 11.2 oz bottle into my straight sided tumbler. A stiff rocky head was noted that laced down the sides of the glass. A dark golden cloudy color with lots of carbonation. Smell is primarily citrus, with raisins, bread and yeast tones as well. Taste is combination of smell components with a slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than most other Trappist tripels, as is the color. Drinkability is better than most in this style. The best Trappist to start your jouney with.

Just a thought,

barleyman

barleyman, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of william5586
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge fluffy white head that filled the top of the glass and refused to subside. Golden yellow color. Tons of lace that covered the entire opposite side of the glass as you drink.

S- spices and citrus

T- Sweet hoppy citrus taste. Spice and alcohol hits towards the end and warms nicely.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation

D-could drink as many as i had :]

william5586, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel pours a dark straw color with a big fluffy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind a coating of lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of apple, clove, banana bread and alcohol. The alcohol seems to dominate. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slightly tart with a a firm carbonated fizz on the palate.

The flavor is fruity, sweet and spicy. It starts with notes of apple and honey. In the middle pepper and clove take over before a tart, alcohol taste finishes off the sip. Throughout each sip is the sweet taste of toasted malt holding the flavors together. Once gone some of the sweetness and apple flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a great tasting, well balanced beer. There's a bit too much alcohol in the nose, but otherwise no complaints from me.

WanderingFool, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle with a best before date 25/02/10 poured into a chalice yields a hazy blonde body crowned with a thick two fingers of fine, creamy white foam with excellent retention that leaves rings and patches of fine lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a hefty and pleasing note of freckled bananas and light dry malt.

The flavor is a touch malty and crisp with the same mellow banana presence and a bit of bitter citrus. The smooth, creamy texture of the drink matches its flavor profile exquisitely--soft and mellow, round and a bit juicy, with just the right amount of dry bitterness to balance it perfectly. Decorated by carbonation that is fine and divine-- a tidy zip of bubbles helps unlock more flavors and in lightening the drink to just about perfect feel and drinkability. Nice earthy hops in the finish.

Super, super, super...but you probably already knew that. The reputation of this beer is well earned.

cvstrickland, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice. Half beer, half head with a pretty timid pour. The off-white head surprised me as I was expecting pure-white. Not a problem, very thick and rocky, with ample lacing. Beer itself is a beautiful shade of gold, and is very clear with some floaties.

Aroma is that of light fruit...apple and pear. Some tutti frutti sweetness and some underlying bready yeasty notes. Taste is alcohol laced fruit...bready sweet malts and an initial hop spice that turns nicely bitter. Lovely blend of flavors. Alcohol stays strong throughout, warming the heart and soul.

Big bodied yet crisp and smooth in the mouth. Not at all a heavy or filling beer. A nice one to sip on a hot summer day.
I don't venture into the Belgians as often as I used to but glad to try this one.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of crnipeter
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer tends to rush out of the bottle indicating good carbonation. The Westmalle chalice is at hand so nothing is wasted.

Hazy golden-orange topped by creamy, firm head that dissipates slowly. The resistant lace uniformly slides down the glass walls hardly being broken into patches.

Hay, yeast and bread, alcohol noticeable, but not as evident as with many other examples of the style.

Peach, banana, honey-ish sweet malt, citrus peel with light addition of clove, all followed by peppery bites - like myriads of tiny piranhas are grazing on the fleshy tongual substratum. Ends with hoppy bitterness to diminish spiced fruity sweetness. Somewhat alcoholic finish.

Creamy mouthfeel. Great.

Could drink a couple but it's not a beer to spend a night with. A world classic anyway and one of my all time favorites.

crnipeter, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of animal69
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i felt like doing some belgians tonite, 1st on deck was this gem ; pours a hazy light gold w/ a 1" thick stiff white head which lasted a bit leaving plenty of lacing in my snifter ; a fruity, cereal grain smell, pilsn malts, and a hint of floral noble hop aroma, some alcohol and dark fruits as well ; a crisp, tart flavor, big malts up front w/ an alcoholic apple/banana note underneath, some hops present as well, finishes a bit like champagne ; a surprisingly light-med mouthfeel, very dry, drinks like a 6.5% ABV brew, good amount of co2 ; an awesome beer, i'd given it a 5 on drinkability, but i'm afraid i be sued...

animal69, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On sale at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO for $2.99.

Slow pour into a 0.4 liter goblet yields a huge off-white bumpy frothy head over hazy light amber body with plenty of carbonation. Could not get all the bottle 330 ml bottle into the glass by a long shot. Head fades to a solid thick lid. Pretty beer.

Aroma is yeasty, earthy, funky, with lots of malt as well. Leather, horse blanket, bread dough. In the background are some dark-chocolate coated sweet dark fruits: dates, raisins, even some cherries(?!). A very complex aroma. Mmmmm.

Taste is, well, fascinating. All the yeasty-funkiness is there, but so much more. Bread dough, leather, baker's chocolate, a hint of the above-mentioned fruits. Nice long dry metallic-bitter-floral hops finish. There is a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is much richer than I expect for a Tripel. Great carbonation (expected) spread around a round-mouth fullness (unexpected). There must be a lot a residual malt-protein in this baby.

Drinkability is high. The alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. This feels like maybe 6%, but certainly not 9.5%. A sessionable Tripel? Maybe so.

One more example of a fine genuine Trappist Ale. Once again, believe the hype. Well worth the $2.99 sale price. Can't wait to try the Dubbel.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a chalice. It had an orange/pumpkin color. Nice 3-finger head. it left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and alcohol.

T - The taste was an intersting mix of citrus and mild spiciness. The alcohol taste really came through as it warmed up.

M - It was fairly crisp and medium-bodied.

D - Another great tripel from Belgium. It is one that I will pick up again and again.

zeff80, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of haazer
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 Ml bottle into St. Bernardus Chalice. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pour is golden with an orange hue. Forms 1 finger of bubbly offwhite head. Good carbonation as well as good head retention. Slight amount of lace.

S- Smells wonderful. Variety includes apple, baked pie crust, hay, grass, the familar belgian yeast profile, and a salt water taffy. Great aroma's in this.

T- Tastes include wheat bread, lemon zest, apple rinds and vanilla. The flavors are balanced very well.

M- Medium bodied. Nice bubbly, fizzy texture from the carbonation.

D- Great tasting Tripel, probably the best I've had. However, I committed BA sin when tasting this beer. I had already knocked back quite a few and saved this for last. Though the flavors and aroma's stood out enough for me to pick out, my senses were not up to par with what this beer has to offer. I feel I owe this great beer another review. There will be an edit in the future.

haazer, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The color is a golden/orange with some nice yellow highlights and a thin layer of head that leaves quickly with no lacing.

The smell is bready with some nice malty sweetness and a yeasty aroma that is common for triples.

The taste is a bit fruity and really is a surprise how much of an orange flavor comes out. There is a waxy citrus flavor that is also a bit malty sweet but gives real rooted flavor that seems very organic and not fake. There is some nice banana flavor mixed with some light lemon or lime flavor.

The feel of this beer is smooth, real, and has such a character all it's own. This may be the best Triple I have had. The sweetness is compact and comes out at just the right times. It feels well constructed as it moves over your taste bud and delights the sense. One of my favorite beers to date.

Duhast500, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy white head with a hazy orange body. The carbonation bubbles were fast and furious rising up through this baby.

The nose was a beautiful mix of tropical fruit, alcohol, phenols, and slightly medicinal sharp alcohol bite.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Completely mellowed earthy hop with a perfectly even bitterness. Yeast, wheat, round malt, soft tropical fruit, a big alcohol taste, slightly medicinal, a tiny hint of oak, a little touch of earthy farmhouse. A nice big and rich triple with an overall warmth. The alcohol really comes through in this beer but it's never distracting. It finishes with a slight bitterness that fades nicely.

Overall just a fantastic textbook triple. Nothing really stands out, it’s just balanced perfectly, a beer you could drink all day if it weren’t for the high alcohol content.

taez555, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden honey color with hints of orange. A large almost white head forms and hang out till the end.

Smell is Belgian yeast, light spice, golden raisin fruit.

Taste is very close to nose, yeast, spice, lightly fruity, with a yeasty tang aftertaste.

Feels very smooth, a medium to full body is lightened up by a nice bubbly carbonation. Hides its booze very well.

I am gaining a better appreciation for the Belgians, and this is a good one.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of bilyboy65
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my standard tasting pilsner style glass.

A: Very cloudy and syrupy looking. Head is very white, thick and lasting. Marks the glass with every pull. There is little film on the glass to shout its high alcohol content. There is a lot of lacing from the head though.

S: For being so high in alcohol it has a very malty-sweet smell without a lot of alcohol behind it. Scents of sugar cane, yeast, malts and a mix of spices. The main spice being licorice.

T: Taste is also very complex. There is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, but its mainly a sweet flavor. Letting it sit on the tongue for a little bit you can really detect the licorice and sweet malts. Both kinda hide the yeast flavors.

M: Full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Surprisingly doesn't leave behind a trail of where its been.

D: Don't think drinking a lot of these are in order, but finishing one 750ml bottle won't be a problem.

bilyboy65, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of cpanossian
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Triple served in goblet from bottle at their Trappisten Cafe, served at "room" temperature (I think the waiter meant to mean cellar temperature?)

Lovely aroma - spicy coriander cloves bittering hops. Tasted as good as it smelled - clean refreshing. Stong carbonation from center of goblet. Thick creamy head with generous lacing.

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer at "room" temperature. Maybe one of my favorites this trip to Europe.

cpanossian, Sep 08, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass, the head is enormous, fluffy, sticky lacing, the foam just won't quit.

Aroma is of pears, melons, a little bit of mustyness.

The taste is a fruit extravaganza - grapes, pears, pineapple, & passion fruit. Ginger, cloves and banana bubblegum flavors come out after a few swigs. The hops come out quick though to tame the sweetness. The aftertaste is a bit dry, a bit like tasting the inside of a pecan shell by accident.

Mouthfeel / drinkability: Very smooth, low carbonation suprisingly for a tripel. Very easy drinking here, which you wouldn't expect for a 9% abv beer, either. Expensive, but definitely worth buying.

diamondc, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of nezelrac
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy blond with a pillowy two fingers of off-white head that laces the glass and keeps a creamy dense middle as the rim deflates to a finger

S - tart yeasty stone fruits and hints of tropical as well; pale malts and a little alcohol heat; spicy notes as well; lemon grass

T - stone fruits; pale malt and yeast; lemon grass again; nice layers of flavors; honey note; quite delicious

M - firm edged and slightly tart; good CO2; lively

D - exceedingly drinkable; excellent stuff

nezelrac, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a comprehensive envisioning of the style. There are (what has now become) typical tastes of bread and sharp, yeasty spice that front for a transcendent fruitiness that is itself religious in scope. This oft boring, singular style is emboldened in a way I expect dubbels and quadruples to be, but never their pale counterpart.

Vinous with an almost glyceral yet refreshingly carbonated mouthfeel. Full and chewy at times, mild and quaffable at others. Repressed alcohol adds a good deal of structure, but no interference of flavor. Passion fruit, citrus reduction.

Needs age. Sharp, phenolic, and too hoppy when fresh.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even when poured at 45 degrees down the side, still kicks a mean, 4f head. Good chunky lacing is left on the sides of the Duvel tulip.

Smell was pleasant - starts off like a white wine, and moves to an orangey citrus quality as it warmed, with a hint of spice, and only a light waft of alcohol.

Great taste - not overpowering - spicy yeast, with some apricot fruitiness. Plenty of herbal notes - a kiss of mint as it warmed.

Rich mouthfeel, but a good level of carbonation gives this a classicly soft Belgian feel.

Combining the taste and drinkability? I just upped my score - the alcohol vibe is the only thing keeping this from reaching a 5 for drinkability.

This one would be great with some mint chocolate chip ice cream.

BeerImmediately, May 22, 2009
Photo of RocketWidget
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Anam Cara Publick House in Brookline, Mass. My second Trappist beer after Chimay, huzzah! I love monks! Bottle is clearly labeled March 24, 2006, but I’m not sure if that means ‘to be consumed by ____’ or ‘wait until ____ to consume’.

Enjoyed in a big ass .33ml goblet. Pours a golden, hazy solid color, with a light and lacy creamy white head. Smells of orange peel, pepper, and hops. Taste is big pimpin, baby! Meaty and complex, starting off slightly sour and then evolving into a hoppy spiciness with big bold malty overtones and other spices, before finally cooling with an alcoholic aftertaste. This brew’s big flavor hurts it’s smoothness and drinkability, but hey, that’s what you get when you are 9.5% ABV.

RocketWidget, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of Oxymoron
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great example of Belgium triple. Pours a semi-cloudy, lemon day with good visibility despite the yeasty pour. Limited head but does stay around the edges for the whole tasting and ok lacing.

The smell is noticeable with a malty and Belgium-esk aroma. Good malt backing with some Belgium pale representing the majority. Spices such as coriander and good representation of fruits, such as apricots and peaches, are presented.

The taste is exceptional. The malt is well noted well and balanced with a not-so-detectable-sugar and hop additions. The malt is well balanced with a touch of biscuit and maybe pilsner thrown in. There is a bite (reminds me of pilsner) from a earthy hop taste at top that brings a zing taste. The sweet malt taste is blended well with a sugary taste that is hard to pick up. The end is splash of citrus meets floral that rounds the beer out.

The end taste also brings a good smoothness that makes it so easy to drink. Overall this is an impressive that deserves a high rating.

Oxymoron, Feb 04, 2006
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,640 ratings.