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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,672 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,672
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 252
Gots: 323 | 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 RandyV
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat of a yeasty champagne on the nose, malt and apple as well. On the palate, spicy combined with some green apple tartness and the champagne grape and dryness fills the middle. The spice is pepper and maybe even some clove but the malt provides a nice balance to that, all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really tasty ale, something I could drink all the time. It almost makes me want to become a trappist monk just so I could get this from the source. Except my ADHD would make the whole chanting/prayer thing hard to focus on. Oh well.

RandyV, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Mandrake
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a large white head that is very slow to dissipate, remaining until I finished the beer. Lacing is substantial. Smell is very complex, with bready notes, spices, cloves, peppery hints and an underlying alcoholic flavour. Tastes fruitier than I'd expected, with some banana and sweetness, along with some very nice spices, cloves obvious, and apparent hot alcohol, which was still pretty well-hidden for 9.5%. Feels thick and creamy, just beautiful, and is very drinkable. The pinnacle of the style, as far as I'm concerned. Just great.

Mandrake, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date on bottle 28/08/09

pours hazy golden orange yellow with lots of yeast and a big 2 finger head that left some lacing and had good retention

smells spicy barnyard funk of belgian yeast - very fruity

taste is much like the nose - spicy funk fruity - reminds of a saison with lots of spice

mouthfeel is medium body but crisp dry

drinkability is great - i wish a had more - think i will buy another bottle soon

jsh420, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of KDawg
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a solid orange color that is slightly hazy with a good head. Perfect color for a trappist

the aromas aren't jumping, but very well blended. On the subtle side with aromas of orange peels, some florals, a slight touch of funk and all sorts of various citrus aromas as well

The feel is extremely well weighted and round. The flavors of citrus', orange peels, hints of earth, and white florals are deep and polished

This is a standard bearer, and for great reason. This is just a class beer that you want to drink and savor at the same time.

KDawg, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden, clear, capped by tons of white, fluffy foam. Plenty of carbonation. The head sticks around, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Light, spicy aroma, very yeasty with clean malts. Flavor is more malt, again very spicy and yeasty with a slight citrus twang. Mostly dry, silky, with foamy carbonation. A classic Belgian ale.

goldbot, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +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!

BeerFMAndy, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of cooter
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy yellow-ochre with lively carbonation, cloudy/billowy white head. Nose is heavily citrus. Taste is alcoholic, with grapefruit, lemon, bread, and some nice malts. A surprising amount of hop character and balance--fascinating with such strong malt. Very floral. My call? Delightful, beautiful, comfortable.

cooter, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of eclaycamp
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottled poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. I'm rating a pair of Tripels tonight, this is my second. This one pours a bright golden color that's hazy in appearance. Better head than I was expecting, with about a quarter inch of soap suds around the glass. Some pear and pineapple notes in the nose. Smells brighter than I thought it would, if that makes sense. First taste is dry, very dry, with a light mouthfeel and a huge alcohol-infused finish. As my palate acclimates I get more citrus, specifically lemon and orange, flavors. Theres' some nice things going on with the malt in this beer - it's almost sweet, kind of like French bread. Aside from the obvious alcohol - there's no where for it to hide, after all - there's a nice bright finish to this beer that's somewhat citrusy and grassy. It's hoppier than I expected, but that's not necessarily a criticism, as I feel it's very well balanced. Some Belgian beers have a tendency to be overly sweet however that is not the case with Westmalle. Indeed, it's dry but not overly so. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but not too watery. This is one balanced beer, and really well done. Maybe one of the best Tripels I've had, and that's saying something.

eclaycamp, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Golden coloured, with a fair amount of floaties but I stumbled bringing it up from the cellar and simply could not wait to open it until it settled as that could have been hours. Formed a very pretty foamy white head.

S = Very sweet with smells of the yeast, summer fields, flowers, herbs, fresh earth. Very complex and very pleasing.

T = Strong taste of fresh grains and slight phenol from yeast, slight sourness in the finish. Very complex flavors which are very well balanced. It is hard to believe it is as strong as it is since it goes down very easily.

M = Smooth, full bodied, good mouth coat, good carbonation level.

D = Definitely a very good tripel. I highly recommend this one.

Traquairlover, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 11/07/07.

Huge pillowy white head atop a hazy light orange body with some particulate strewn about.

The nose: spicy, vinous, alcoholic, light fruit.

Big time spice, firm bitterness, and a combustible effervescence combine for an active but focused feeling on the palate. Bitterness grabs and hold the attention into the finish, where yeasty notes perk up as well.

Its carbonation may be a touch on the high side for my tastes -- but then again, this one seems like maybe its been bottle-conditioning for a while now -- but even so that's an issue that's easily taken care of by a few extra swirls of the glass.

The finish and aftertaste are suitably dry and spicy to ensure the glass isn't away from the lips for too long.

What a wonderful beer. Lively, flavorful, alluring, unique -- commands your attention.

VoodooBrew, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of dstc
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into goblet. Pours a nice golden color with full white head that fall quickly leaving a fine head and fine lace behind.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity, citrus? Can also smell the alcohol in it.

Nice taste. Very nice in fact. Sweet just like the nose predicts. Spices and citrus right up front and a very slight bitterness at the finish. Warm feel of alcohol at the very end.

Creamy mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated but not overly so.

Very good beer. This has been sitting in my beer frig waiting for me to drink it and I can't believe I waited as long as I did. This is a great beer (as I was hoping it would be).

dstc, May 09, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice tripel. Nice head. Very thick and clings well. Smells of banana phenol.

The taste is clovey and dry. Nicely spiced and not too dry. Very nice. Incredibly balanced, especially with such a high abv.

The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and refreshing.

This beer is very very easy to drink and I recommend that you try it.

jasonjlewis, May 16, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a slight haziness, a small off-white head, lots of broken lace, and an abundance of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Superb, lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, starfruit, and mango, as well as cloves, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Rich, spicy, peppery, clove-like, with sweet alcohol, and a mild lingering herbal hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, quite rich and full in body, syrupy, soft on the palate, finish is dry.

Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly superb, a must try.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this wonderful selection.

Pegasus, May 22, 2005
Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with "Trappist Ale" on the logo sticker... Pours a very hazy and cloudy appearance... a definite straw-color... smell was replete with fresh citrus, florals, lemon, and slight spices... taste was very thick, rich, and satisfying, with pears, grapefruit, canteloupe, melon, citrus, and lemon essences that really dominated this brew and led to an all around outsanding creamy flavors... one of the better Tripels I've tasted for sure... this one is sure to please and satisfying... an excellent true-to-the-style Belgian brew... mouthfeel was superb - very rich and thick, creamy, sweet, and satisfying... esters and sugar-filled candies are certainly apparent in the overall complexion of this brew... Excellent drinkability despite the hefty 9.5% ABV... goes down very crisp and clean without the slightest hint of alcohol... One of the better Belgians out there... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale, hazy blonde, with a thin foam of eggshell white head. Leaves attractive lace all the way down the glass.

S-Cracked black pepper, zested grapefruit skins, shortbread. A bit sweet.

T/M-Crisp, prickly carbonation. Medium bodied. Shortbread and golden raisin sweetness. Classic tripel flavors, very well balanced.

D-one of the best examples of the style.

DaveHS, Feb 27, 2011
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 13, 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 07, 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
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.