Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,631
Hads: 4,116
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
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Gots: 566 | FT: 6
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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 Denali
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Package: 11.2 oz. Bottle. Bottle capped. Stamped date 19/11/05.

Appearance: Extremely thick foamy-soapy stubborn white head that subsides very slowly but still remains enough to coat the liquid and lace the glass. Slightly opaque orange-amber with lots of bubbles cascading to the top.

Smell: Nice aroma. Sweet malt. A little yeasty/bready. Hops aroma also notable. Slightly spicy (coriander?). Alcohol aroma also tickles my nose a bit.

Taste: Nutty and sweet malt flavor up front, but is also combined with bitter hops taste. Middle is more dominated by hops. Malt and hops then trade back and forth, eventually fading into a hoppy and then nutty aftertaste. But each sip brings a different dominant flavor – sometimes a nutty flavor dominates, other times the hops dominate, and yet other times the malt sweetness becomes more pronounced. Sometimes the alcohol pokes its way through and dominates as well. Long timeline of flavors going on here. One of the more complex tasting tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation with dry finish.

Drinkability: The heavy carbonation detracts from the drinkability a bit.

Comments: Enjoyable but not outstanding. Although there was a lot of complexity, I would have preferred more sweetness to balance the hops and alcohol bitterness. (1,304 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A hazy golden color with some yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Huge bubbly fluffy head that you have to be careful of even on a non agressive pour. Glass lacing sticks throughout.

S: Sweetness with hints of fruit, sugar and yeasty spicy smells.

T: Wow, I was overcome with the sweetness initially on this beer. Flavors of banana, lemon, honey, sugar, yeasty musty spicy flavors and a hint of hops at the finish. I have had a nice selection of tripels before, but I believe this is the sweetest one I have tasted. Finish is lingering sweet and the taste of alcohol.

M: Full and coating with lingering sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. Alcohol is fairly prevelant.

Overall I thought this beer was a bit sweet, but boy was it complex. I will give this another go as I can find it at a store in NJ in singles. I know this is a world class beer, but I just didn't get the uber sweetness. (956 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to NBB globe glass. Best by 3/10/12. Beer pours a dark hazy gold with a finger white head. Good retention and lacing though the beer is rather unassuming. Yeast particles easily visible in pour. The aroma is rather subdued. Hints of citrus, belgian yeast character, and perhaps a hint of roasted malt but not much. The flavor builds on the aroma for a smooth and light flavor, which is impressive for a 9.5%abv. Hints of citrus, mild bitterness, and toasted malts. Not an abundance of flavor like I would expect based on previous Trappists. Lower end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, though perhaps I had it too late as a lot of the flavor I was expecting just wasn't there. Very easy to drink and hides the alcohol extremely well. (794 characters)

Photo of jockoELP
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to gold with white head. Firm foam lingers well in the glass. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. A nice dry hoppy finish after each swallow but not as strong as expected. Fizzy from start to finish makes it quite enjoyable. Some say the taste is bitter after the temperature warms up but I didn't notice enough to deter me from finishing. (351 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw colored body with a thick, silky white head with good retention and excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A slight, malty smell with some banana esters.

T: A strong, alcohol taste that burns the tongue a little. Some banana esters are present in the aftertaste.

M: A fairly, light and crisp mouthfeel that was not exactly what I was expecting but pretty good overall.

D: A pretty good tripel overall. Ok drinkability, but the alcohol seemed a bit much (started to burn my mouth and throat as I drank more of it). I am not sure how much of it I would be able to handle, but if a tripel is your style, this is a fair example of one. (718 characters)

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the biggest head I've ever seen. It did not stop rising, I'm glad I was prepared because I had to catch the overflowing head with my note.

Hazy golden color with ginormous white head. Smelled of wheat and smooth hoppy spices. Tasted crisp, left a refreshing spice sting to the mouth on some sips. Good mouthfeel, very rich and smooth. Didn't pick up to many typical tripel tastes... not many fruit flavors and little more spice in this one. Went down well and easy.

Side note: this beer was much better the longer I had it opened. Best drinks were towards the end. (573 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Burby and Bates in Orono. Only place in the state I've ever seen it. Slightly murky yellow body with characteristically thick off white head. Smells malty, citrusy, and a bit spicy. Tastes citrusy, sweet, somewhat piney. Very tasty. Medium-to-full bodied. Not my favorite tripel, but a very good one anyway. (316 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine (as in not coarse) carbonation, apple cider yellow in color. Almost no head, no lacing.

Smells fairly plain, a little hint of fruit, mostly yeasty.

No bitterness or hoppiness, strong clove flavor, lagerish flavor in the background. Not very sweet at all for the tripels I've tried. Surprisingly strong lager aftertaste.

Feels light or effervescent -- the fine and steady carbonation is very noticeable. Not thick or sticky.

Pretty drinkable -- it's like a supreme light beer.

I'm pretty surprised -- maybe I'm too used to American tripel-styles, but I'm not a huge fan of this beer. The lager flavor is not very flattering. (633 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with 11/07/07 printed on the label. It pours into the chalice a glowing gold with some sediment, lots of carbonation beads, and a 3/4" white head which is pretty sticky. There are aromas of spicy/sharp phenols (medicine/rubber glove), sweentess, a grassy/musty character, and some fruits, The taste is about the same with some powdery yeast and a medium body. Overall it's good, but I was expecting something much better considering this is the poster-child for tripels. Maybe it was an off bottle, but either way I'm sure I'll get around to sampling another one. (577 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle had a best before date of 23rd July 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: It poured a hazy golden straw colour with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving thin soapy like lacing.
S: There were aromas of bready malts, caramelised banana, candied sugar, slight bubblegum ending with lemon sour?
T: Tastes of sweet bready malts, orange, pear maybe some lingering banana ending with some slight alcohol.
M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Creamy and also somewhat sticky.
O: This was a decent tripel. The best thing about it was its look especially the thin soapy lacing. The taste itself was decent, but nothing too special either. (670 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot with a big white head. Lots of lace with this one.

The aroma is electric hops in great, bushy abundance, and faint traces of lemon peel, pennies, and whiffs of alcoholic danger.

The taste is intensely coriander and cloves, with doughy malt, zingy citrus tang, celery, and the ever-increasing bitterness of the hops (which are not as intense as this tripel's smell would make you think). The aftertaste was coppery and a bit menthol-like due to the higher alcohol content, but at no point did I ever feel that I was drinking something 9.5%. Commendable, and, perhaps, dangerous.

While I quite enjoyed this tripel, I felt that it lacked much in the aroma department and merely came across as an okay example. (738 characters)

Photo of shapudding
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a full champagne-like eggshell colored head that stayed along for the ride! A+ for head retention. Very effervescent. Cloudy and golden, unfiltered cider appearance. Noted the interesting shaping of the bottle which is intreiging. Label all in german, so no knowlege to be gained there about this triple... Vineous scent, apple juice. First taste is more alcohol than anything else. Extremely high in carbination, but still smooth. Sweet apples and chardonay, but bitter background. Reminds me of when playing with food and peeling grapes and just eating the skin off of them. With such a high carbination I cannot see having more than one of these, and I am not one for high sugar flavors, I find the sweetness here to be a bit cloying. Decent with bread and cheeses though. (787 characters)

Photo of geetlord
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured clear and golden with a tall foamy head, it smaeeld tart and hoppy.
The flavor was slightly smoky with crisp bitterness and hops, there as some mild tartness in the finish. As a tripel its characteristics in general supprised me more bitter and lighter in collor most specificaly. it wasnt a bad beer, but ertainly not my favorite. (349 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy honey-citrus orange with a huge, billowing, dense, white collar head that kept increasing in size after I finished pouring my glass. The top of the head became firm like meringue and stayed as a dollop of cream on top of the beer the whole bottle through. A ton of very sticky lacing was left down the glass as well.
S: Smells of sweet golden fruits and peppery Belgian spices. I pick up notes of pear and doughy yeast as well.
T: Medicinal notes of both dark and golden fruits along with some subtle pepper, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, and other spices. Yeast has a touch of banana. Finish is warm with alcohol and slightly cough-syrup like, which is a bit off-putting to me. Aftertaste is bitter, almost sour, and lightly sweet.
M: Ultra creamy and silky mouthfeel over a full, rich body. Like I said, the alcohol is noticeable, but well integrated. Definitely bolder than other tripels. Finish is dryer than most.
D: It's no La Fin Du Monde, which is my favorite, but this is an excellent, well crafted beer. It could be a little sweeter and fruitier, and maybe less boozy and medicinal, but who am I to argue with a world class beer. I'm glad I tried it, but I'd probably drink La Fin, Chimay or St. Bernardus before this. (1,276 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven;t had a good tripel in a while. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while.

750 ML brown bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist Goblet.

A - A cloudy pale yellow-oragne color with a thin white head that has some staying power.

S - A fruity smell with a pretty big alcohol hint and some bubble gum aroma. A decent, well balanced smell.

T - Taste is a little more subdued than the smell with that same bubble gum type flavor. A little bit of alcohol in there. Not much of that fruity flavor. A bit of a fresh cut grass kind of taste ( I know that sound wierd)

M - Slick and bubbly on the tongue. Pretty decent feel.

D - I'm actually not really wowed by this one. By no means a bad Tripel but it doesn't leave me running back for more. (765 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a golden-yellow color, with a 2 fingered head, dissipated slow and left some nice lacing.

S/T - Bread and spicy hops. Surprised no candi sugars.

M - Well balanced, but a little too hop dominated. Made the feel slightly thin.

D - Would not say no to this beer, it is good, but could improve on the mouthfeel and with some added taste. (400 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick looking fluffy 1 finger white head. Colour is a golden yellow with almost zero carbonation evident. Lots of little floaties as well. Head fades to a decent film and leaves some lacing. A thin film stays to the end but leaves minimal lace down the glass. I'd call this pretty average for the stle.

SMELL: A decently strong nose of toasted malt, biscuit and lemon peel. Some spicy notes in there as well and a strong trace of yeast. An underbelly of alcohol ties it all together nicely. Probably the best part of the beer.

TASTE: Sweet malt up front with some raw honey and lemon peel again. Some biscuit again and a touch of hop bitterness as well. This soon give way to a burst of spicy and medicinal alcohol at the end. The mild long lasting aftertaste is bitter-sweet with some spicy alcohol as well. Enjoyable, but the alcohol is a little too present for my liking.

PALATE: Thin and lighter body with high end carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down surprisingly smooth but ends with a little alcohol bite and burns down the throat. Finishes rather dry on the palate.

OVERALL: An enjoyable triple, but in my view it is not as enjoyable a triple as their dubbel is a dubbel. This is a very aggressive triple, and the alcohol burst might be overwhelming for some. I'm more of a fan of the milder Chimay and St. Bernardus triples, but this one is interesting in its own right. Recommended for those interested in the style. (1,559 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Hazed, golden beer, some floaties (not in a bad way). Hube white head, indicative of its high carbonation, with strong retention and thick lacing.

S-Peach-fruit esters, bready-sweet malts, yeasty undertone.

T-Bready-sweet maltiness dominates with an assertive spicy character. Quite enjoyable. Fruitiness is not widespread, but definately present. Drying alcohol appears near the middle-end, yet still smooth and not overpowering, but instead mixing nicely with the bread and biscuit sweetness.

M-High, but very creamy carbonation, very characteristic. Medium-full body is very luxurious and enjoyable, providing an exciting interplay with the carbonation.

D- Pretty comlplex, but perhaps lacking something in smoothness. Drinkable, but not exceptionally so. (788 characters)

Photo of danielharper
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

(Beer consumed on 4/12/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Orange-yellow body, thick white foamy head.

S: Strong citrus (oranges?) aroma, slightly yeasty.

T: Yeasty off-tasting Belgian flavor, some oranges.

M: Foamy and astringent mouthfeel, leaves warm alcoholic aftertaste.

D: Drinkable, good beer. (369 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow with a 3 finger white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, Belgian yeast, green apple, and pepper.

The taste is exactly like the aroma. Lemon, Belgian yeast, green apple and pepper. The sweetness, is held in check by the pepper flavor and the hops. Not as sweet as most Tripels. Very close to being a Saison.

Light to medium bodied, with high carbonation. Finishes dry. Not my favorite Trappist Ale, but still good. (460 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this just a few minutes ago watching poker. Poured a hazy orange with frothy white head that left almost no lacing, with plenty of sediment floating around. Smelled pretty hoppy and of fruity yeast. Tasted of fruity yeast, malt, and light hops. Somewhat smooth, but overcarbed. Could drink a few. (300 characters)

Photo of 7ways
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I don't know if I have ever seen a head like this. Poured 10+ minutes ago and there is still a 2 inch head that looks like an arctic landscape. The beer is a pale, pilsneresque yellow. Smells like sweet and spicy citrus, some pear in there too. Quite yeasty.

First sip, I noticed all the fruit from the smell plus a hint of banana. Spicy and herbal, verging on antiseptic. It's a little too bitter for my experience of the style. Or maybe it is just too bitter for me without a massive hop presence to back it up. Also, the alcohol is way too noticeable, but apparently not too much, because I can't stop sipping it.
Wow. After drinking a little more than half, there is still thick foam sticking to the top of the glass. Ridiculous.
It's thicker, but less effervescent, than what I'd expect from a Trappist or any other Belgian.

I don't want another right now, but I'm still going to buy another one. Something tells me that a couple years in the dark will do wonders for this beer. But fresh, I'd go for Orval. (1,020 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brownish orange color with floating yeast particles, has a foamy off white head that clings to my glass. Bready yeasty aroma of bananas. Sweet and malty fruity flavors with a slight bubblegum yeasty taste. Medium-full body with a dry finish, alcohol taste comes out as it warms, I like the Dubbel a little better, a bit more balanced. (341 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date:14/01/12
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Pale yellow-orange body boasting three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Light citrus fruits, spices and yeast. Quite plain.

T: Mild notes of spices, citrus, yeast and some sweet maltiness.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Very frothy texture and leaves a sweet spicy finish. Alcohol shows up on the way down, but it's not that noticeable.

D: Decent over all, but to mild and plain for my liking. (503 characters)

Photo of midworken
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely large, feather-light head. A hazy, straw colored body presents itself once the head dissipates.
The astringency and hoppiness present themselves in the aroma as onions and paint. It is such a lovely smell (sarcasm), and it is hard to get past it. There is a malt backbone, as well, but it is overwhelmed by the astringency and smell of alcohol.
Thank God you don't taste whats in the aroma. Alcohol is still there, but it isn't paint or onions. There is, however, a great balance between the hops and malts.
Mouthfeel is a bit syrapy, but still very good. The taste lasts just long enough on the tongue, without leaving any weird aftertastes. It is a good beer, but doesn't make you yearn to take another sip that great beers will do. (755 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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