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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,430
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 213
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Chico1985


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a big fan of tripels, I've waited far too long to try what many consider the world's best. 11.2 oz into a tulip.

Pours a perfectly see-through light orange. White head retains nicely and leaves very good lacing.

Smell is pale malt, ripe light fruits, vanilla and spice notes. A little faint but nice.

Vanilla, clove, citrus and lemon, bubblegum. Pretty hefe-like in my opinion. Very boozy at first, alcohol is present the whole time, but mostly just adds a nice warming effect to the beer. Flavors really shine as it warms. Lingers in the aftertaste, really great.

Mouthfeel is incredible here, very smooth, malty and creamy. Carbonation is a little lower than usual for the style and in my opinion at a perfect level. If the booziness was toned down just a tad this would be an easy 5.

An excellent tripel. Price is worth the quality, will definitely get it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 04:13:59 | More by Chico1985
Photo of bjohnson


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$11.20 at Downtown in Davis Sq.

A: Pours a densely hazy golden color with yellow hues. Huge foamy frothy white head. Good retention and nice spider-web lace on the glass.
S: Phenolic aromas with some banana and fruit like notes also. A bit sweet and spicy also.
T & M: Tastes of bananas and sweet fruit hit the palate first. Slight bitterness detected in the aftertaste, mostly on the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Good level of carbonation has a big presence up front. Very sweet tasting, but definitely a good tasting tripel. Creamy, but light on the palate with a smooth some-what dry finish.
D: Drinkable to a point. High abv like all tripels. I do love the style, but I think there are better ones out there for cheaper. I would assume the higher price is based on it being a trappist and travel costs, etc. A good one to try though.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 00:07:46 | More by bjohnson
Photo of FFreak


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale hazy golden yellow with overflowing head. Yeasty and slightly alcoholic and sweet on the nose with a tiny bit of spice. Very well balanced sweetness to bitterness, with great carbonation and body. This is my first try of a Trappist beer and this one is super.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 20:20:31 | More by FFreak
Photo of srandycarter


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours light honey, somewhat murky, cotton, thick bubbled, 1 inch head.

S - Malt, biscuit and honey.

T- So many things. Malt coverts to slight perfumed honey, delicate and nice. Easy bitter at finish.

M - Medium body, good coat, carb and balance.

D - One truly quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 04:52:04 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Slynger


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, hazy, golden orange with massive white lid of truly Belgian proportions.

The nose is delightfully yeasty joined golden orchard fruits and loads of sweet and spicy spices.

Body is difficult to discern for all of buzzingly fuzzy, creamy, and uplifting carbonation. Flavors of golden delishious and green pears with biscuity yeast and lots of pepper, spices, and pleasantly warming carbonation.

Westmalle's tripel is the boldest tripel I've yet to have. It's bold and spicy, and it's awesome. Truely a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 03:34:02 | More by Slynger
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew was poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Ommegang chalice. It gave a nice ¼ to ½ inch white head that had great retention and left a ton of lacing. The color of the brew was a cloudy golden color with a lot of carbonation action and a lot of swirling yeast particles. The aromas consisted of many scents but fruit is what first comes to mind, pear and grape? Also present is a bubble gum like scent that is very intriguing, a lot going on in the nose of this brew, but all go together in an excellent fashion. The taste actually goes along with what was found in the nose but the toasted malt and spice flavor comes out very nicely and complements everything. This is a very interesting brew and I can see why it gets the acclaim that is does. Pretty bad that this is my first time trying this brew but I can say now that it will not be my last.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 02:24:45 | More by Stimack
Photo of DannyHartman

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I pour an 11.2 oz. bottle into a room temperature pint glass, a massive 2-3 inch head (with good retention) appears atop a hazy and beautiful yellowish/orangish/gold brew.... There's very visible sediment floating throughout the drink due to the Belgian yeast in the bottle.... Plentiful lacing is left behind during the drink.

I take a whiff and immediately get funky Belgian yeast.... Following that, I get fruitiness like that of banana and a hint of apple.... There's even lemon citrus in the nose.... Sweet and spicy.... I love it.

As I'm sipping, spicy Belgian yeast hits the taste buds first.... There's also banana, lemon, a touch of honey sweetness, and a spicy apple cider flavor.... Delicious.

Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation to release all the flavors and spice on the palate.... Nice, smooth, and crisp with every sip.... Leaves a delicious lingering aftertaste.

Overall, I'm partial to Belgians.... I love them !!.... This is a truly perfect representation of perfectly balanced complexity that the Belgians are known for.... I love this beer, and will continue to enjoy it like I have for years past.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 23:08:11 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of AMack11


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, best before August 20 2015, poured into a Leffe goblet.

A- Beautiful. Bright straw yellow with one finger of bright white head.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose. A light sweetness. Some yeast. Light citrus note, particularly lemon grass. Very little alcohol.

T - Sweet, candy sugar, syurp, with a pleasent spiceness, corriander. A tangyness at the end, like a marmalade. Long dry, spicy finish.

F - Tons of carbonation. A real zingy mouthfeel.

O - What can I say about Westmalle? It is the quintessential Belgian tripel in my opinion. This is the beer that started my love affair with Belgian ales. In the winter I always have a stock of Chimay Blue, and the summer is always westmalle season in my house. Nothing better than a westmalle triple with some irish style BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 18:23:14 | More by AMack11
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger bright white foam head. Moderate lacing.

S: A little light on the nose at first, very clean, lemon, green apple, yeast and a tad amount of alcohol.

T: Very clean and crisp taste. Nice citrus flavor hits the palate first, followed by some light bready and yeast in the middle. The back end finishes soft as the citrus mellows out and the bready and yeast take over.

M: Leaves a dry clean crisp taste on the palate.

D: This beer goes down quite smooth, very clean, crisp and refreshing. Despite the higher ABV, this is certainly a beer you can have more of in a sitting

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:52:40 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of meadhead


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hop leaning tripel
with nice earthen spice
tart fruit and mild sugars
that balance out nice

hints of pepper pear clove
field grass and sweet bread
nothing over bearing
has very crisp edge

pours a hazy lemon-orange
with a tight refined lace
good carbonation
lip pucker in taste

drinkability is exceptional for the
high ABV
goes down quick
and all too easy

an excellent tripel
that departs from
the overly sweet style of some others
very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 01:19:50 | More by meadhead
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a huge puffy head that leaves great lacing

S: Belgian yeast and some fruit highlight, with some spicy notes in the back

T: Belgian yeast at the front followed by a nice spicy fruitiness. Not much else, but the alcohol is very well hidden behind the yeast

M: Light body with fairly high carbonation. Very smooth despite the level of carbonation

D: This goes down very easily and will sneak up on you quickly. I usually don't like tripels compared to an IPA or stout, but this one is definitely one of the best tripels out there

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 00:46:09 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of gford217


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that shows excellent retention, sticky to the sides of the glass and leaving a patchwork of lacing.

The aroma is nice combination of light fruity esters, grassy notes and spices. There are apples, dough, and a hint of alcohol burn in the nose as well.

The taste is a little less sweet with the spices really coming out - peppery. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not off-putting with the fruits lingering in the background with the light bready malts. The finish is very dry and peppery.

The mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and dry effervescent finish.

An excellent and very drinkable tripel that leans more on the dry and spicy side of things, which I like. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:49:18 | More by gford217
Photo of willjschmidt


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle (marked drink by 1/20/2008) into the appropriate Westmalle chalice.

A: Beautiful golden color with a nice creamy white head sitting on top.

S: Spices, yeast, and light citrus fruit all come through in the aroma. Lots of complexity.

T: An incredible balance of several complex flavors: light spices, fruit (lemon & orange zest), and doughy pale malts to go along with some earthy flavors and just the right amount of sweetness. It finishes crisp and dry. The alcohol is there at the end but it's rather subtle especially for the 9.5%.

M: Medium bodied, bold flavors, slightly creamy and very smooth.

D: Very good on the drinkability scale. It's smooth, flavorful and well-balanced. The alcohol will get you in the end though. A flat-out outstanding beer. A great representation of the wonderful tripel style. I'm quite fond of tripels and this is one of the better ones that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 23:05:51 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is white, foamy, dense but pillowy. It dies fairly quickly. The beer is a mostly clear, orange-gold. Nose is very vinous. Grapes, sweetish. Really, this smells like white wine. Pepper and bubblegum in the front. More white wine, some orange. Middle is foamy, fruity and spicy. Some nice caramel with temperature. A huge alcohol finish, quite bitter with some pencil lead. This is very, very good: spicy, strong, bitter. Delicious even if it didn't absolutely floor me.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 15:31:10 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer poured a tall white head made up of many moderately large bubbles that stood atop a slightly hazy gold body. Beautiful lacing is present for a short time, but does not vanish entirely.

Smell: Very light in odor, but also very crisp and fresh. You can smell a light sweetness with some fruity tones and some yeast character to give it a slight amount of fullness.

Taste: Wow! So delicious, wonderful light fruit notes, white grapes and apple. This is really a genuine example for the style, somewhat like a champagne. A slight bitterness and yeasty base balance out the sweetness and provide a full body. Amazingly crisp and well balanced, prime example of the style.

Mouthfeel: More than any other beer I have had this beer carbonation totally enhances the flavor. The champagne like carbonation burns at first, opening your pallet to the flavor and robust body.

Overall: Incredible, so delicious and fresh, and beautiful to behold. For a beer that is so easy to get it is hard to say anything negative at all, a go to for the style and a beer that will certainly be featured in my fridge very frequently.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:41:39 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of Holland


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden color with a one finger head and a lasting lacing that covers the top.

S: smell is spicy yeast, orange peel, and sweet malt.

T: tough to describe the initial taste, but it is yeasty and spicy with some fruity flavor. Malt takes over on the back end. The taste is also slightly bitter.

M: high carbonation and medium body give it a crisp feeling for a great summer beer.

O: tripels are great, and this is right at the top of my list. Excellent beer, even at more than $5 per bottle (33cl?).

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 21:25:33 | More by Holland
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" soapy white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy honey coloured liquid.

S: Yeast and floral tones.

T: Bitter floral tones and pear upfront which transitions into grains and a slightly dry finish reminiscent of white wine. A very nice and clean taste profile.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: An impressive representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:58:20 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Naerhu


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive exploding white head with tiny bubbles and prominent lace. Semi-opaque body. Interesting fruity ester aroma. Solid hop bitterness and lucious fruit. Sweet tasting blond malts. Creamy mouthfeel. This is so delicious, goes down much too fast, I want it to last forever. A wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 10:56:21 | More by Naerhu
Photo of legalpete19340


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy straw yellow, dull color, more goldish. Huge fluffy white head. Incredible lacing.

S: Very sweet, candied pineapple, candied apricots, angel food cake, white bread.

T: Less sweet than the nose. Pale malt, candied fruit, light ginger, subtle grassy notes, flame of alcohol in the end. So balanced.

M: Thin but full and fluffy. At times you can chew it.

O: Easy drinking, light, medium sweet and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. Hard to put labels on the layers of flavor but very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 22:13:35 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of HopheadEd


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A careful pour produced a short, creamy white head that slowly faded to a 1/4 inch, and stayed, stayed, stayed. Big, yeasty aroma, fruity, sweet. A creamy mouthfeel with a big carbonation bite, fading to a tart, fruity crisp, and slightly alcohol aftertaste. Finishes with a short, dry, yet lingering peachy, apricot end. Unbelievable beer. A whole bunch of things going on here, and I enjoyed every one of them. The only reason I scored the drinkability low was because of the alcohol. I am however within walking distance of the bar! (Which is why I had three!)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 18:03:35 | More by HopheadEd
Photo of stcules


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange apperance, lightly veiled. A very beautiful, white, creamy head, very long standing.
Fresh malty smell, bread crust, yeast, with a bit of white flowers in the back, and some fruitiness. And the bitterness.
Full malty taste, a strong bread crust note, and a long lingering bitterness. Hint of pear, and a bit of alcohol, too.
Again malt and white flowers in the aftertaste, along witrh a good and strong hoppiness, balancing the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 09:58:39 | More by stcules
Photo of usmittymc


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (best by 10/04/09) into an Orval chalice.

A- Hazy orangish gold color with a thick white head that gradually dissipates. Lacing maintains throughout the beer.

S- Faint fruity esters and malt presence, noticable alcohol

T- Nice maltiness at first with the fruity flavors swirling around and a nice hoppiness to the finish. Nice alcohol bite after the swallow.

M- Smooth and silky. Not overbearing. Nice carbonation that awakens the taste buds. Very lively.

D- One of the best there is in the style. A nice choice to wind out after a long stressful day. Not more than one or two at a time though. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 00:34:42 | More by usmittymc
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml brown bottle into a wide-mouthed goblet. Home.

A: Pours a nice pale, straw yellow to light amber. Nice creamy head that remains for the duration. Nice lace on the glass.
S: Lots of citrus fruit in the nose, as well as a fresh bread scent. Some notes of spiciness and hint of the strong alcohol.
T: Very complex. Sweet sugary spice in the front, some hint of vanilla, honey and pepper, as well as that sharp ester taste familiar to the strong Belgians. Hop bitterness in the end provides some balance. Not too dry. Finishes with warm alcohol. So much going on here, I will definitely need to come back and have another to see what other flavors are in this.
M: Not overly carbonated. Pretty smooth feel.

Pretty drinkable for a tripel. But still at 9%, I can only take one or two at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 01:23:36 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coruscating gold with plumes of particulates so fine they nearly escape notice. The head is breathtaking in its magnificence. It's bright white, huge and hugely rocky. Scattered chunks of lace cling to the sides of the glass, although they could be more numerous. A second pour further animates the beer and breathes even more life into the beautiful crown of foam.

The nose is more spicy than fruity and falls just short of the bar set by the appearance. It's a little lacking in depth and breadth, but I'll reserve final judgment until more of the foam is gone. The aroma is of spiced pears and musky hops with an overlay of well-integrated alcohol.

Westmalle Trappist is an excellent tripel. While it's more boozy than most, that doesn't bother me a bit. The alcohol is so well-incorporated and such an integral part of the flavor profile that to lessen it would be to lessen the beer as a whole. Overall, I'd say it's less fruity and less sweet than most. The emphasis here is on spices (white pepper, cardamon, clove) and an almost arid dryness.

I prefer more candi sugar, but it's hard to argue with the bracing, snappy dryness. Westmalle Tripel isn't a training wheels tripel and it forces its drinker to appreciate it on its own terms or not at all. As expected, it opens up with warming and the various aspects of its personality become both better defined and more tightly interwoven. This is great beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-full. Like most Belgian beer, it feels lighter and more airy thanks to the abundant carbonation. The best word that I can think of to describe the mouthfeel is 'quality'. Less or more of anything wouldn't work nearly as well.

Westmalle Tripel is one of the best examples of the style that I've ever had, along with the outstanding De Dolle Dulle Teve. Even though it doesn't taste like what I've always thought was my preferred tripel profile (fruitier and sweeter), it's still more than impressive and is compulsively drinkable. Bottom line: this tripel is a home run.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 14:45:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of nicefix


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful cloudy orange color with some sediment. Decent head with good lace, although not much retension. Smells of lemon, spice, and alcohol. Good carbonation, tastes of ripe fruits with a spicy alcohol kick in the finish. This is a very nice tripel, smooth complex and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 00:53:58 | More by nicefix
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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