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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,490
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 263 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Lazerlobe


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 1/3/12, served in a Westmalle chalice.

A: Active clean head and opaque golden body

S: Malus and Pyrus, heather, some crystallized sugar

T: Light Belgian spice, some fruity yeast esters, orange blossom honey, fading herbal hops. These flavors mix about but all simultaneously compliment each other. It's like a circle of people all giving each other back rubs!

M: Medium viscosity but a crisp feeling finish that refreshes the palate

D: Wow, I should take up afternoon drinking and make this my staple.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:38:24 | More by Lazerlobe
Photo of augustgarage


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 20th, 2010. Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Westvleteren goblet.

Surprisingly pale first pour, relatively clear golden poppy body with an active slab of ivory which recedes to a small fluffy layer. Heavy lacing takes on the appearance of melting snow. Creamy clear tears as well.

Pilsner malt accompanied by a sweet pure yeast aroma, and a very delicate spiciness.

Flavors are much more intense than the nose would suggest - oranges, white pepper, candi sugar, sourdough, along with spicy hops which really offsets the malts, esters, and sugars. All of the flavors are perfectly balanced, and perfectly to style - highlighting the purity of ingredients and attention to craft.

Fairly light-bodied, despite the ABV, although highly effervescent.

My personal preference is for a bit more body and less prominent pilsner notes, but this isn't considered the prototypical tripel for nothing...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 01:46:56 | More by augustgarage
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Gorgeous, golden hazy brew topped with gigantic, rocky white head leaving intricate lacing all over the glass. Perfect tripel look.

Aroma is spicy and very fresh, restrained fruitiness and little sugar. Not as complex a nose as expected.

The flavor is bracing and wonderful, snappy bitterness all along, surprising and standing in stark contrast to the overly sweet tripel-style brews across the US. This is a pleasingly dry brew with active crisp carbonation. Complex and well balanced. An excellent classic tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 02:43:09 | More by kenito799
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. It is a hazy straw color with hints of orange, fantastic chunky white head, that left real nice lacing. The smell is of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, tart fruit. The taste is of apricot, tart sour apple, bitter hop, alcohol. It has a nice fizzy carbonation yet creamy and moderate mouthfeel. Good drinkability even with the 9.5% ABV. Very nice tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 01:12:04 | More by Gmann
Photo of VMWhelan


4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:51:24 | More by VMWhelan
Photo of basica


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first official bottle of Westmalle Tripel was purchased from Oosters and the first thing
I noticed was the diamond shape label; that is probably the new label as opposed to Brauhaus'
old Westmalle's which uses the rectangular labels. Basically, the Westmalle Tripel is one of
the not-so-common blond strong ales I am fond of; I am a Belgian strong dark ale person and
blonds are generally not enticing to me as they are usually lacking in fruitiness and place
more emphasis on the yeast component. The Westmalle Tripel pours out with a most gorgeously
looking hazy golden color with a thick, luscious, white foamy head; average head retention.
The smell is light but sufficiently fruity and yeasty; it could have been stronger but it was
not, unfortunately. The taste is rich, fruity, yeasty, slightly bready and slightly malty; fruits
includes fresh plums and grapes and a subtle sweetness to balance it all. Some floral aroma on
the nose and I really enjoyed that. The finish and the after taste was the true party; strong
fruity tones including grapes, fresh plums, apples and maybe starfruit and other fresh fruits
started showing up with floral aromas amidst it. Heavenly maltiness crept in occasionally and
the after taste was not just strong but very lasting, lingering for more than 15 minutes with
subtle sweetness in the pellates. The mouthfeel was pretty full bodied and topping things up,
was an apt amount of carbonation. Silky smoothness was the way I would describe the feel and
there is nothing short of a high level of drinkability despite going strong at 9.5 ABV. The
alcohol is masterfully hidden yet not discounting the great character of the beer. I have true
respect for the Westmalle Tripel though I may prefer the Chimay Blanche.. maybe.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 17:27:25 | More by basica
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a bottle with a freshness date stamped 16/2/13. Pours a hazy and cloudy dark straw color with white head measuring about 1/2 inch that dissolves into a thin layer after about 2 minutes. Smells of lemongrass, Spices, clove, sweet fruits, alcohol, And bread.

Taste is crisp at first, followed by a sweet fruitiness and honey, then the alcohol comes through. Finishes somewhat yeasty and bitter. So many different things going on with this brew. It hides the alcohol pretty well considering the content. Mouthfeel is awesome, velvet and creamy, like very few I've experienced before.

Overall and outstanding tripel, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 00:47:35 | More by Treyliff
Photo of HoneyLamb


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 24/08/13. Medium hard pour resulted in three fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Triple.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 01:26:35 | More by HoneyLamb
Photo of Dodo2step


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 300th review it looks to be a dandy

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach

A- The pour yields a huge frothy head. Mountainous, aromatic, pungent and sticks to my glass. a lime green color with yeasty floaties. The head is phenomenal, it just doesnt subside. 5 fingers.

S- wafts of sweet lemon grass and pepper. alcohol and bready malts complement the other smells. This is a beautiful smell.

T- a strong pepper spice hits you first followed by a sweet citrus (apricot/lemon maybe). The berady/yeasty malts produce some flavor as well.

M- the yeast covers your mouth and it is quite smooth and filling. This beer is a sipper. Goes down so smooth though.

D- a keg of this for a party would be great. This goes quick but beware the high abv will hit ya later.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 00:00:51 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good looking beer, has a hazy golden color. A huge fluffy white head that stays at least an inch thick for the entire beer. Large amounts of lace rims the glass.

Smells of fruity Belgian yeast, lots of spices, some earthy hops, sweetness and a bit of maltiness.

Tastes of spices, yeasty, alcohol, floral hops, a touch of sweet malt and sugars. A great triple.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 02:30:43 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Westmalle glass is a thing of beauty, and so is the sweet Tripel within.

Pours a hazy golden honey colour almost seeming to glow from within, with a thick and lacy white head. Aroma was apples, sweet malts, caramel, banana and spice. Taste was a very strong sweet honey up front, with a clovey spicy middle, and some balancing hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was creamy and very smooth, even with the effervescence. The high ABV is well hidden, but is definitely warming on the tongue and throat. This is a great beer, and a fantastic Tripel, but definitely not a session beer, one a day is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 18:39:47 | More by tatterdash
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a large persistent head. It has a cloudy apricot color. The smell is very floral. This has a sweet initial taste with a little bit of a toasted nut aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright, crisp and carbonated. The alcohol is pronounced after the beer has been consumed. What a delightful beer that would be very drinkable often.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 23:14:52 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of ShanePB


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing from a co-worker how this beer was all he drank when he lived in Belgium, I had to seek it out here. A bit on the pricey side for an 11.2 oz bottle but I just had to try it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden-orange colored body, with a big rich, fluffy and creamy white head. The retention is outstanding with a fairly thick cap lasting the entire time. The lacing is splotchy, sticky and bubbly. This is certainly the most gorgeous looking Tripel I've seen, and compliments the style perfectly.

S: Lemon zest, ripened banana, orange flesh and some profound yet still restrained, Belgian yeast notes. A touch of the spicy character you get from the style is here, also. It's very accurate to the style, nothing is jumping out or overpowering.

T: Light yeast and doughy malts come through first, giving this a grounded base to work from. A certain bitter citrus sweetness from perhaps lemon or grapefruit skins comes through mid-palate. Slight touches of honey and white grape come through in the finish, with nothing other than some spices into the linger. Very delicious, very balanced.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated but still retains a medium body. It's creamy, almost silky on the palate after the bubbles settle. Again, for the style this is exactly what you should be looking for.

I must say, this might be one of the best Tripels I've ever had cross these lips. Coming straight from Belgium, I'd really expect nothing less, but it goes to show that taking the traditional style and mastering it, showcases everything in the best possible light. That's not to say American brewers can't put their own twist on it, but if you want something true to style, this cannot be touched.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:10:02 | More by ShanePB
Photo of derekmorris7


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = great gold color with a nice thick head, nice cling on the sides prob due to the high abv

S = Clean smell with great fruit undertones

T = Again a clean taste with nice finish

M = Good cling and nice after taste

O = Great beer, very strong on the alcohol content but I like that part

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:24:58 | More by derekmorris7
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast, banana, citrus, some hops and spice.

T: The taste is excellently balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, banana, lemon, spice and pale hops. The malt character is a little on the thin side, but it's not as if you need it to be any heavier in this case. The after-taste is a little bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, great representation of style.

There are two quick personal stories I think I need to relate regarding this beer. The first is that when I bought this beer I was afraid it may be past its prime and questioned the date on the bottle (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/903581) because the same store might occasionally try to sell a less-than-fresh bottle to you by placing a red, clearance price tag on it. Some fellow BA's at the time helped me realize that the date was "best before 5/18/08" and that the beer would be fine and I thank them for that. The second story (which happened before story #1) is that two people whose opinions of beer I deeply respect tried this beer at the same exact time with their backs turned to each other so each wouldn't see the reaction of the other. When they turned around, both of them had shocked looks on their faces and were amazed at how great the beer tasted. While I may not like the beer as much as they did, I can certainly see why they were so amazed.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 04:43:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of cvaypai


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a chimay goblet.

Appearance - Beautiful Golden ale color, tons of head that receded slowly and leaves a half inch head.

Smell - Smell of cloves and fruit, small hint of alcohol.

Taste - Very smooth, hints of banana?, very wonderful taste. Can't quite put my finger on it but it is very familiar and fruity.

Mouthfeel- Good not too heavy for being the abv it has, just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Great drinkability, would drink all night if I could afford it haha.

All in all this is my 4th trappist I am trying and I am very pleased, I will continue my quest on trying all of them.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:22:33 | More by cvaypai
Photo of GreenWBush


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

$5.00/single, taken out of the discount tub of a local pub. No label; yeast collection ring and cap announce brewer and beer, respectively.

This poured out a perky peach-yellow with minimal sediment. Little to no head until vigorous pouring - only then did lace take its mark.

The nose of this beer was starkly bubble gummy; interspersed with wild fruit tones, especially lemon and orange. The hops take more of a presence on the nose than i'm used to per the style, which was a delight. With warmth the alcohol becomes a little less present but the fruits calm as well.

This is one damned tasty beer. So much going on; on one hand we've got a dry, hoppy, well-balanced sweet tripel. On the other hand there's a wine-y, starkly alcoholic effervescent creature lurking at colder temperatures.

The mouthfeel was slick with candied sugars and hop oil. This sucker went down waaaay to fast considering how expensive it was.

Fascinating. I would love to document how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 23:04:17 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of TCgoalie


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to BuckyFresh for this gift!

Pours a golden yellow hue with a frothy white head. A bit of agitation makes the head really grow. Some splotchy bubbles stick to the glass to form some sporadic lacing.

The aroma packs a punch with all kinds of fruity yeast. Banana, clove, melon, and bready yeasts really stand out in the scent.

Spicy yeasts set the tone along with flavors of pine, banana, and tart apple. The yeast overtones combine very well with the fruit essence to create a balanced, tasty brew.

Medium in the mouth, the carbonation really comes through to give a full, airy feel. Not too dry in the end.

I truly enjoy this tripel and feel that it is very drinkable for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:29:43 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of KaiMiller

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have two different bottles of this of two different ages. From their website, I understand that the best-before date is three years after the brew date, so they are one and four years old respectively.

I don't have two identical glasses, so the younger beer was in a Leffe glass and the older was in my dear Duvel glass. Served at about 5 degrees - 45 for yanks - and allowed to warm up to more civilised temperatures as we went.

Appearance: sparkly, thick smooth head, small bubbles. yellow-gold, nice lacing
aroma: peppery, fruity, yeasty notes. good. as it warms, grassy hops coming out mildly - saaz? becomes sweeter and even spicier; becomes less balanced, but richer
flavour: light, peppery, balanced yeast notes. flavour develops well as it warms.
mouthfeel: light, sparkly effervescent

Appearance: Darker, amber-gold, practically no head, thicker, cloudier. soapy film of head would disappear if not for etching in the duvel glass. no lacing
aroma: heavy, floral, almost cloying. not as nice as the new bottle. as it warms, syrup and floral, candied, gaining a hint of peppery phenolics, nice balance, port-ish now. less cloying than when it was cold. the hops come out more now that its warm, very mellowed, not grassy at all. english?
flavour: sweeter, thicker. not as peppery or sparkly. the fresh-fruitness of the first has become heavier, brandied, syrup. like a nicely aged cream sherry. opens up as it warms. black pepper notes. yeastier. alcohol comes through.
mouthfeel: thicker, heavier, chewy.

In short: a well-crafted, beautiful tripel, enjoyable for different reasons at different ages.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:38:29 | More by KaiMiller
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, biscuit malt, pears and spices. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Spices, biscuit malt, yeast, leafy, herbal hops and fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, spicy, dry and warming. Wonderful Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:27:27 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Doppel07


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey-lemon and yeasty body with swirling carbonated jets and a thick spumous white head. Yeasty aroma of oranges, coriander, mellow esters, and honey. Certain flavor characteristics specifically remind me of Orval, oddly. Great malt-sour-bitter balance here. Darkened sugar flavor and sweetness. Nice even palate. This beer has great synergy... the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. My favorite tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 04:44:53 | More by Doppel07
Photo of bmwats


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Cloudy golden color. Slight, foamy, white head. Slowly settles leaving some spotty carbonation on the surface. Leaves substantial spotted lacing which quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light malt, citrus, and pine.

T: A sweet pungent malt. Pecan shells, some lemon citrus, and pine nuts. Sweet, bitter hops.

M: Light body, full flavor. The piny aftertaste remains. Strong alcohol, but not overpowering.

D: Great sipping beer.

Really solid atmosphere. Great appearance, and simple but full nose. More complexity in the palette, and really full flavor. Nice balance. Overall, this is a pretty great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 23:05:59 | More by bmwats
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Tripel is beautiful, bubbly, and balanced.

It poured a stunning sparkling pale gold, with a massive head that filled more than half of a tulip-shaped glass. It left very thick rings of lace throughout the glass. The smell and taste were yeasty and sweet, with hints of banana, lemon rind, and sweet spices. The feel is an explosion of bubbles with a very long-lasting bitter finish. The aftermath is a perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Westmalle Tripel is absolutely delicious, with an extremely happy appearance and feel. This would be great as hot weather refresher or as a special occasion celebration.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 20:14:13 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of Spineypanda


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better trappist ales I have had. I enjoyed Orval more personally, but it was a bit different of a style.

Westmalle's Tripel has a rich golden color with a nice head. It has smells of citrus, and alcohol that comes with tripel's.

Tastes like alcohol and belgian yeasts. Has a hint of citrus taste to it. Great beer all around!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:20:24 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of gskitt

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really good. Tripels are not my favorites but this was really good. I have been waiting to try this beer. Pours a pale of pale golden, hints of orange. Marshmallow head, just huge. Smells of malt, malt, and more malt. Tastes of malt, yeast, very bready, uncooked dough for a sweetbread. tiny bubbles of carbonation. A bit of a dry fruity finish. Overall, great!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 23:09:55 | More by gskitt
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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