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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,640
Hads: 4,156
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 359
Gots: 593 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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 TastyTaste
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temp in bottle-specific glassware.

Appearance: Truely a sight to behold, the head is magnifacent and billowy, making a dome of foam above the beer. Tons of carbonation visible, a steady stream rising from the Chimay shield etched in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Huge musty malts immedietly when the bottle is pryed open. Toffee and carmel, slightly grass. Sweet, with a nice belgien yeast component.

Taste: Very good, rich and full. Yeasty clove, alcohol is strong and adds flavor to the doughy flavor of this beer. Satisfying hop finish. These monks know how to brew a darn good beer.

Drinkability: Fanastic, this makes me want to try the Westmalle Dubbel. A near perfect sipper. (728 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, dry candy sugar, hints of fruit and a nice yeast presence. In the taste, candy sugar and fruit notes, all mellow and a dryness that rides all the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of fruit. Best representation of style ever. (326 characters)

Photo of sitarist
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep golden/honey color with lots of sediment. The head is an off white, three fingers thick, and lasts awhile. There is lots of heavy lacing.

S- Spicy, fruity goodness. There is is a lot going on here. Ripe bananas, ripe tropical fruits, lots of spice, pickled ginger, I almost want to say a spiced rum. Very intriguing, sexual.

T- All that spicy, fruity goodness from the nose follows. Spicy with ripe fruits There is a sweet, nutty aftertaste. There is something at the tip of my tongue that I can't explain, I think it's love.

M- Thick and creamy yet a nice dose of carbonation to excite the taste-buds and balance everything out. Effervescent.

D- Its alluring and very well made, but also full of flavor, heavy, and has a high ABV. One bomber a night is enough, but I could have one every night.

F.T.- Ive had this beer several time and it all-ways WOW's me. Im surprised I didn't score this all 5's. I love tripels, and this beer is the reason why! (972 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated: 12/08/05
Hazy light orange with humungous white head, good R&L. Goddamn beautiful aroma - bright, shining esters, smooth but very present phenolics. Flavor is long and continously morphing. Is it dry? Is it sweet? Light grainy taste and underlying alcohol carry it along. Feel is nice for such high carbonation. Dangerously drinkable. I usually do not understand triples, but maybe that is because they are usually not done very well. I love this beer and will always try to keep some in the cellar. (514 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11.2 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Yellow in color, with a thin head of foam, little lacing. The Westmalle Dubbel is one of my favorite brews, so I had very high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint. The sweet aroma of fresh fruit is top notch. The taste hits with sweet, ripe banana initially, then rush of earthy spices and herbs that blends in with perfection. The carbonation is excellent and the finish is hoppy but sweet, and very crisp. The alcohol is surprisingly under control for a 9.5% ABV, and it seems to linger a bit in the background. It's an amazingly engineered trippel. It seems that every Trappist-style ale that comes out of Westmalle is liquid gold. A must for any beer aficionado. (721 characters)

Photo of ryantupy
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper orange with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. A huge rocky white head that was very impressive.
S - Huge apple character at first, sweetness, light spice, malty with only mild hoppy notes.
T - Amazingly well balanced was my first impression, the apple flavor is huge, slight hoppiness, crisp, nice carbonation level. The beer was also very sweet and its taste developed as I drank it. Very complex.
M - Oily and smooth with a nice crisp hoppy finish.
D - Smooth and relaxing this beer tasted great an dI could easily go for plenty more of them. (593 characters)

Photo of ROMER79
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer. I must have gotten lucky with the bottle I had because it was fresh. So delicious. So amazing, that I would drink this every day if I could. It poured a murky gold color with a little head that disappeared quickly. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, honey, and sage were all present in my wiffs. It tasted amazing. A great balance of all of the above with little sage after notes. It's a refreshing beer. A very easy beer to drink for a big guy. (458 characters)

Photo of EatsTacos
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a tiny one finger head. Poured into a wine glass.

The nose has a lot of sugary candy aroma. Some definate fruity notes as well, lemon, orange, as well as apple and pear.

Taste is initially quite sweet and sugary, like toffee or caramel. This is blended with a pronounced sour note. Fruits are sour tasting and the bitterness is held back. Not much alcohol gets through the complexity of the flavour.

Creamy and thick mouthfeel with a medium carbonation works incredibly well here. The creamy mouthfeel is what I noticed right away. (569 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of very few reasons to get religion.

I like chewing wood, I sit around the campfire drinking beer, whittling a piece of cedar and drinking beer. When my friends and family have abandoned me for the warmth of the indoors and television or a game of scrabble I sit on the picnic table chewing wood, drinking beer, poking embers and musing. You may not want to know all these little personal things about me, but when a beverage transcends water, malted barley and hops, there is only one context in which it can be described: feeling.

That's right. As I sit in a shitty hotel room passing time I'm consoled by a sense of peace, because this little beer in front of me and I'm draining fast has put me in another place. It's golden hue. It's egg-creamy cap. It's aromas of backwater marsh reeds, anise cookies, sunblock at dusk and perfectly toasted marshmallows. It's spicy alcohol warmth that tastes just like chewing on a cedar shaving while drinking a carbonated pilsener reduction. They may just be monks, but they know a damn thing about spirituality. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Hopfist
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The gold standard in Belgian Tripels. For the money, a 750ml bottle is the best way to introduce yourself to the league of world-class ale. Consequently, it's also a sure bet to find disappointment in a good portion of every tripel you have for the rest of your beer-drinking life. Trying a couple of lower-rated tripels would be a great lead-up to enjoying this one for the first time. It's not the most complex or bold beer on the planet, nor is it particularly exciting, but it's fine-tuned balance and subtle nuances paired with a certain sentimentality makes this my favorite "everyday luxury" beer. (604 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Yellowish-gold color with a hugh fluffy head. Leaves no lacing. The bits of sediment make it look beautiful in the light of the lamp.

S: Sweet honey, spices, vanilla, buttery and floral

T: Honey, vanilla, and a touch of citrus. Becomes gently spicy afterwards and just the lightest hint of alcohol. Not too bitter either.

M: Light body and good carbonation make it easy to sip or take gulps.

Overall, Another successful beer adventure! After analyzing the first few sips, this beer was easy to get lost in and take some big gulps. Alcohol is very well hidden. (567 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled on 11-15-2010
best by date of 11-15-2012

served into a duvel tulip

pours a light orange with a a bubbly 2 1/2 finger head.

nose is dominated by citrus some orange and tangerine. some light floral hidden in there as well

fruity at first then the spices come in to settle the sweetfest.

crisp mouthfeel at first that turns creamy later.

if chuck norris peed, this is what it would taste like (406 characters)

Photo of Clonies720
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy golden color with LOTS of carbonation. A 1-inch head forms immediately and is staying put about 10 minutes after the fact. That's impressive head retention. It leaves some nice lacing as it goes down, but don't count on it sticking around.

Smell: It smells of sweetness, light-colored fruit that I cannot put my finger on, and a boozey-smell that reminds me of champagne. I cannot really smell hops, but let's see how it tastes.

Taste: Clove, banana, spices, esters, and a boozy flavor that warms up along with the beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter hops are almost non-present at the beginning, but you'll experience them around the end of the beer's flavor. Westmalle Tripel ale has the dry, spicy finish that I crave.

Overall: I could have written another 2-3 paragraphs about this beer, but it's so darn tasty that I hit the major points and skipped the nuances. This is a tasty, fine, and EXPENSIVE beer (Think it was $4.50 or $5 for that one bottle) that one might only buy for a special occasion (1,029 characters)

Photo of jmalex
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappist brewery #4 for me. I've delayed drinking this one long enough. Time to drink!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Trois Pistoles chalice a very hazy golden color. A one finger head forms on top and holds essentially forever. Lacing is present but in small amounts. A glorious picture of a beer.

SMELL: Smells slightly yeasty, a bit pungent, heavy on citrus fruits, and has an almost candy-like sweetness. Apricots begin to come out as does a slight alcohol burn. I think I could keep going and get a million more flavors as it warms, but I want to drink. Suffice to say, this beer smells incredibly complex.

TASTE: A pungent and bitter beginning gives way to a sweetness high on a dry sugariness and flavors of golden raisins and sweet oranges. The sweetness combined with traditional abbey yeast flavors last to the very end and then some. A slight bit of alcoholic heat comes out at the end, but seems to add to the beer's complexity more than detract from it. The sweetness of the beer is a bit high, but this is a taste to behold.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly below medium bodied with a fine sharp carbonation. Light and smooth.

DRINKABILITY: I'm beginning to understand just how special a beer I'm drinking. And that was before I peeked at the ABV. 9.5%?! Yeah, you can't tell AT ALL. Stunning.

My 4th Trappist experience has proven to be the best yet. And I'm fully convinced that Westmalle Tripel is the tripel to end all tripels. (1,445 characters)

Photo of AUTIGERS
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance- slightly foggy golden color with a two finger head, lots of lacing

smell- an interesting mix of floral and citrus aromas

taste- very good. starts with a modest amount of floral and citrus flavor, next you are reminded of the relatively high alcohol percentage, and then ends with a refreshing finish.

mouthfeel- good carbonation, medium body

drinkability= very drinkable. the taste, mouthfeel, and smell are mild enough to be relatively easy drinking. three may be a good amount (494 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dazzling golden yellow with a thin film of white head that was sustained by a field of bubbles.

Smelled of mandarin oranges, coriander, fresh cut roses, spicy yeast and of sweet green grapes.

The flavor contains a smooth, creamy and understated sweet wheat and peach sweetness accompanied by a floral and pungent grapefruit and citrus yeast. The way these two flavors blended effortlessly together to create one potent, yet smooth sensation is beyond my vocabulary. Finishes pleasantly dry and yeasty. When I exhaled after a sip, green grapes became very noticeable.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

This is hands down the best triple I’ve ever had. It’s understated flavor and complex blend of flavors makes this a fantastic beer. (804 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a dense, persistant rocky head. It smells of peaches and apricots with just a hint of pepper. The taste is little short of heaven (no monk pun implied). The apricot and peaches are there, along with a flowery hop note and a dry but savory finish showing that pepper and a warm alcohol note. There is a caramel malt overtone that mellows the flavor and binds it all together in a delightful fashion. Mouthfeel is bubbly, with a satisfying oily, viscous quality that anchors the beer's light, fruity flavor. Drinkability is unsurpassed. I could drink these one after the other, particularly on a warm afternoon. A dangerous thing when talking about a 9.5% beer, so beware and enjoy! (705 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from the big bottle, 07 vintage with a synthetic cork.

A- pours a cloudy golden apricot color, warm and inviting, with an incredibly stiff cap of off white foam. slowly settling, it changes consistency from a mass of dense bubbles to a pile of loose dish-soapy foam, darkening in color, with pillars and arches of lace rising high up the sides of the glass.

S- incredibly floral, fruity, and yeast aroma, with caramel, sugar cookies, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar in the background. up front is wysteria, pear, apple, large bronze muscadine grape, peaces, nectarine, plum, with some pineapple and orange hop aroma, and some very floral alcohol.

T- taste is drier and less fruity than the smell, with pronounced alcohol flavor like pears and grapes mashed in a very young brandy. holding it in my mouth for awhile i notice stronger fruit flavors begin to emerge, with a perfume of lily, vanilla and lemon peel, apricot pasta flora, and woodsy chardonnay and marsala. there is a character throughout like that of chewing on apple skin and the taste of tannins are prevalent. caramel, sugar, and cookie flavors fade and the taste becomes more herbal and earthy with a mild peppercorn spice, red bell pepper, with bitter floral and lemon pith hops. the finish is long and gradual as it goes from sweet to bitter to malty to dry and fruity. as beautiful and orchestral as it is, there is some unknown spark keeping me from ethically giving it a prefect score. damn right close though. 4.90

MF- full, expansive, and velvety. like take those jumpsuits j-lo used to wear, cuddle up on her booty and the feel of that velour is pretty much identical to the soft caressing carbonation found here. the dryness is so smoothly transitional and soft-spoken that it merely whispers for another sip as i listen closely to the sweet refrain of my singing taste buds. near the end of the glass is a treat as well, and the carbonation becomes so plush that a creamy feeling takes over, taking softness to a whole nother level.

D- all around amazing, invoking poetic thoughts in my sometimes shallow mind. intriguingly tasty, balanced, flavorful, and interesting, this is it's own class of tripel. 9.5%abv would do little to deter me from drowning myself in this stuff should i ever acquire a case. (2,295 characters)

Photo of assmasterson
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just by the luck of the draw, I picked this one out of a long beer list last night.

Pours out with a slightly burnt orange color and has a modest, light head. The smell and taste have some strong fruit flavors and the carbonation is tight enough to leave it with a clean finish. The amount of alcohol in this brew is pretty high, but does not overpower the senses.

Overall, one of the finest beers I have come across. Given the chance, I would pick this one again in a second. (478 characters)

Photo of iNHaze
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll start right off by saying one of the best belgians I've yet had. Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a wine glass, Westmalle Tripel poured a pretty honey blonde with a lot of suspended yeasty sediment and TONS of effervescent bubbles.

Smells sweet and malty, with notes of honey, fresh fruit (apricots, figs, lemons), some belgian yeast, and some definite alcohol.

Citrusy hops up front quickly fade in the style of tripels to sweet maltiness, with complex, fruity notes and a bit of sparkling citrus taste brought forward by the carbonation. Somewhat herby, I keep thinking thai basil with a sweet/spicy thing going on. Definite alcohol in there too, but I don't find it in any way offensive.

Mouthfeel is full, round, and coats well. This beer goes down so smooth...I could drink this all night. (804 characters)

Photo of janubio
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml. bottle poured in a Westmalle chalice glass. Good nice head with a lace that seems to last forever. Smell of frutis, lemon grass , alcohol, sherry wine. Spicy. Good carbonation, thick and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, maybe apricots, hints of tropical fruits, some citrus,almonds, spicy. Long dry finish. I understand why this is considered the classic example of a belgian tripel. Excellent. (401 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great golden sun color with fantastic head and some excellent lacing. Great scent, huge wafts of banana and a slight citrus background with a large malty sweetness. Big malt bomb of flavor, huge thick taste with great sweet tones, a wonderful fruitiness with a slight banana aftertaste. Goes down very good, no noticable alcohol kick in it except for a nice warmth. Fantastic. (384 characters)

Photo of Voss
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is THE Tripel. The monks invented it in Westmalle in 1934 and, in my opinion, they still make the best tripel in the world.
Beautiful intense gold color, big thick head (even if I had bottles that made tiny heads), a wonderful fresh smell of lemon and other ripe fruits (apricot), a great body and a fruity, malty taste greatly textured with perfect carbonation. You can't ask for more.
The first times I drunk Westmalle Tripel I thought it was the best beer in the world. Now I prefer Quads, but this is definitely a terrific and elegant brew. (554 characters)

Photo of icepik
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: light straw color, hazy, light head with great lacing.

S: Fruity, sweet smell, reminiscent of apricots, very nice.

T: Excellent malt flavor, smooth, clean taste. Some alcohol warmth at finish.

M: Soft mouth feel, fairly high carbonation, but typical of style.

O: This is one of the best, it really defines the tripel style for me. (339 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An orange yellow almost golden like a sunset.Very nice head that has long life. The aroma of malts,fruits,spice and alcohol. The taste is tingly ,bitter sweet with the added touch of passion fruit or something like that.
It has a spicy taste,yet there is citrus,yeast and some hops.
The feel is smooth,so smooth. The bitterness is well placed and the complex flavors are blended well with moderate carbonation. It finishes sort of dry with an alcohol reminder.

Notes: This is not a session brew ,but you knew that already. High ABV must be respected. I can have about two or three glasses and feel fine. (606 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.