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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,571 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,571
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 240
Gots: 291 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

11.2oz bottle, reviewed from notes on 9/27/2012.

Hazy golden amber topped with a perfect fluffy white head. Yeasty phenols on the nose complemented by crisp green apple. On the palate, a faint honey sweetness gives way to a dry finish. The balance is just about perfect. Yeast character is less present than on the nose. Malt profile is faintly cracker-like, the flavor being dominated by fruit notes of apple and pear. Carbonation is vigorous but fine,bordering on creamy, but still within the norm for the style. Overall, more than a great beer - a work of art.

12-30-2012 19:00:42 | More by gr0g
Photo of SFRider


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: Very cloudy golden/yellow. Chunky sediment at bottom. Great, thick, full head that lasted through most of the drink. Bits of sediment actually rested on top of the head.
Smell: Wheaty. Bitter sweet hoppiness.
Taste: Wow - great taste. Great Belgian Ale! Hints of apricots. Bitter on your breath at the end.
Mouthfeel: Good, medium to heavy carbonation. Fills up and gets foamy on the slush.
Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. Fairly filling.
ABV: 9.5%
Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle

This beer was actually gifted to me, so I had no idea what to expect. LOVED it! Great Belgian Ale. I got a kick out of the appearance (I actually like to see a little sediment - and this one had some resting on the head 'til just about the very last drop.). This beer stands up well on it's own or I'd recommend with a light meal. Maybe some chicken or roasted veggies. It was surprisingly filling. But I would definitely drink this beer again.

10-02-2008 06:24:33 | More by SFRider
Photo of TommyW


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

A- cloudy, dirty-blonde body with a pillowy white head.

S- Malty with a slight pungent twang, a fruity sweetness, a touch of orange and some spice.

T- Fruity malt profile with a slight medicinal quality, notes of alcohol; has a dry finish with a slight trailing sweetness.

M- Crisp up-front that mellows towards the back, a long finish with a smooth feel.

D- A really nice triple; very easy to drink for such a high abv beer.

02-08-2010 14:28:33 | More by TommyW
Photo of dblinkhorn


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a perfectly pale straw color that has a bit of haziness because I poured some of the yeast in accidently. The head is white and moderately soapy, with a creamy cap. Has excellent sticky lacing all the way down, as the brew dissipates to a thin, patchy cap of head.

Smell - Some sourness and a nice fruit character of peach, nectarine, apricot, etc. Some corriander and clove spiciness, with a slight touch of pepper. Sweet molasses notes way in the background, with a light malt note.

Taste - Light fruitiness of the same character as the smell. The tarness is much more reduced in the flavor. The spice is much more peppery now, with notes of corriander, but little clove. The finish is clean with some raw, doughy malt character and a rising alcohol warmth. The finish has suprisingly little earthiness, and rich caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied and decently smooth. The carbonation is a kick in the mouth...very strong. A bite up front, and it holds through almost the whole taste.

Drinkability - Very refreshing, especially with its strength in carbonation. I could easily down four or five of these in a night.

A fantastic tripel, definitely one of the best I've had, and probably the best example of the style. Gouden Carolus of St. Bernardus are better in my opinion, but not by a whole heck of a lot. Highly recommended tripel right here.

10-07-2006 05:42:19 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of Morris729


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a hazy golden color with a very tall bright white head that dissipates in segments leaving a rocky and bubbly lace. Nose is sweet bubblegum and spicy yeasts along with a bit of lemon grass. Taste begins sweet with candied sugar and a touch of honey along with some tropical fruit. There are some yeasty and doughy flavors that follow and some of the warming alcohol is noticeable. Refreshing and quite enjoyable.

10-12-2005 00:03:17 | More by Morris729
Photo of BMoldy

New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Nearly three fingers of smooth white head crown a lovely honey-colored brew that's about as cloudy as very hot tap water. The head settles evenly over a few minutes, leaving behind jagged slashes of lacing.

S: Some floral hops combined with very lightly toasted grain and pale malts. Very faint alcohol aroma. Yeasty twang is also very prominent, with notes of pears and citrus.

T: Oh this is lovely... A rather aggressive bitterness immediately grabs hold of the palate, while a faint fruitiness lightens things up a bit. A malty sweetness emerges slowly and balances out the hops well, but it never succeeds at loosening the latter's grip even through the finish. The malt is light and biscuity in flavor, while the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (emerging only a little in the middle/towards the end) and adds positively to the beer's body and flavor.

M: This beer both benefits and suffers from a rather robust carbonation. On one hand, it is undoubtedly needed to keep the beer from feeling too heavy. On the other, however, it's a little too much and it feels like I've shaken the glass up every time I take a sip. Besides this, the body is spot-on –medium-to heavy– while the mouthfeel is a little creamy once the bubbles subside. There's only the smallest alcoholic warmth in the throat after each sip. Complex finish.

O: This is a personal favorite that I've only recently rediscovered and represents (for me) the ideal tripel: big yet balanced, with a strong yeast presence. I prefer my tripels to be a little more hoppy, and I think that's why this one really sticks out. Delicious and worth every penny.

01-09-2012 17:18:24 | More by BMoldy
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Tripels are one of my favorite styles and this one goes right up there with the best of them! It poures a golden wheat color with a nice thick white head. The aroma consisted of sweet malts, some floral aspects, and a little spice to it. The taste was just as good as the aroma. Although at 9.5%, the drinkability was scarily eeasy to consume. This is one of the best tripels I have had and will be having again!

07-13-2010 17:10:21 | More by Kala1073
Photo of MrKennedy


4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

330ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

Old gold colour, beautiful clear look to it. Nice white foam on top that adds some lacing.

Lot of pear and apple coming through on the nose to begin with. Some solid bread follows.

Bready. Not as vinous as i recall this to be. Yeast flavour has settled too. Instead, it is bread, some candi sugar and a little bit of the pear and apple that you smell. Very well done.

Medium to bigger bodied. No alcohol heat. Smooth and consistent. Longish finish that doesn't get too sweet at all.

Just a real pleasure to drink. This has cellared well. Seamless. I used to recall this as my favourite Tripel and favourite Trappist beer. This doesn't do much to alter that opinion.

06-23-2013 11:05:27 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet at slightly above cellar temperature. Best before 28/7/12.

A: White two finger head with tight bubbles. Almost crystal clear golden brown body. A crown of lacing graced the top of the goblet.

S: Quite a bit of bready yeast. Some banana, coriander and pepper. Strong fusel alcohol.

T: It’s tougher than usual to pick out individual flavors. Very balanced with the whole experience working in unison. Bready yeast, lots of pepper, some grassy hops, a bit of caramel, lemon, grain, and alcohol.

M: Very smooth. Medium body, very high carb. A touch astringent but the balance of flavors and pleasant carbonation makes drinkability quite high.

O: This was so balanced that it took work to pull the descriptors out of my brain. Certainly a classic constructed by brewers who really know what they’re doing.

03-07-2012 03:07:37 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of FleeVT


4.43/5  rDev +3%

Brown bomber bottle with 2 different dates (born on and best before?) poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a beautiful glowing apricot which yellows on the edge of the glass and a tight off-white head that recedes to a 5mm layer on top.

S: A nice dose of malts, mild fruit esters, backed by fresh-cut grassy hops. Alcohol permeates throughout in a complimentary way.

T/M: Wow! First impression is chewy. This has a nice body with a velvety texture that I just didn't expect from it's appearance. A firm dose of pepper and alcohol provide the introduction. Fruit esters present themselves as peach, hints of citrus and banana, and apricot. Back has a hint of brandy in it with the hops from the nose.

Fantastic representation. I'd like to buy the world a Westmalle and keep it company.

08-21-2009 01:50:25 | More by FleeVT
Photo of jmz62565


4.43/5  rDev +3%

This pours a clear gold with a giant white foamy head. The smell is strong with coriander, floral,malt, candy sugar, and apricot. The taste is very good with all the aromas mentioned along with fruit, pepper, and some citrus,lemon. The m/f is light and smooth,perfectly mixed making this one of the truely great beers in the world.

06-12-2006 00:46:51 | More by jmz62565
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +3%

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...

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

01-27-2014 01:26:35 | More by HoneyLamb
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-20-2009 00:00:51 | More by Dodo2step
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

11-17-2005 18:39:47 | More by tatterdash
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-14-2011 14:10:02 | More by ShanePB
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

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

07-13-2011 01:24:58 | More by derekmorris7
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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