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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,947
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 304
Gots: 461 | FT: 3
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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 Macca
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy light orange colour with a very generous head and great retention. That would be from the very visible carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Spicy alcohol aroma.

That is so well balanced! I was expecting an OTT whack of alcohol but it is beautifully integrated. A lovely persistent warmth. Some sweetness in there.

Mouth coating type stuff this.

It is a very well made beer but I didn't get a lot more out of it than the respect of it being well made.

Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this first at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI; had fresher bottles later in Brussels, Belgium. Here, I will review the fresh bottles that I got a hold of in Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, practically shimmering golden yellow. Cloudiness and yeast flakes that scream "Unfiltered Freshness!" with gorgeous, fluffy white head like cream on a lemon meringue pie.

Smell: Complex. Extremely aromatic. Fruits, cloves, yeast; each just try to outdo each other in the competition to reach your nose.

Taste: Wow. Huge presence of banana. Cloves and spice are right behind. Full of creamy, biscuity, almost buttery goodness, like a freshly baked breakfast biscuit. Hops then hit like a slap in the face, ending on a bitter note.

Overall: The original Tripel; the Tripel that defines the style. This is a great beer only when it's fresh. I've had bottles of this that were stale and all you could get from it was a rotten-banana infused metallic hop bitterness. However, this is practically ambrosia when it's fresh.

Photo of leodarko
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of fsck
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of brutalist
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of saintwarrick
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another chance to taste a true Trappist beer. Great pour, it comes out a straw and cloudy gold, lots of carbonation and a good head make this a perfect looking beer. Aroma is peaches, pears and tangerines with a nice hint of whiskey in the background. Taste is citrusy with some berry in there, a not-too-sweet taste with a nice bitter dry aftertaste and a warming alcohol sensation as it goes down. Not my favorite Trappist brew, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of azorie
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok this one I been saving for awhile, its about 1.5 years old. Not that I usually do that but it happened. Not my first Westmalle triple but I am re-reviewing it from deleting my old reviews. ok the review.

A: Poured into my Watou St b triple glass. Nice tall white lacing about 2 inches tall, over the top of a lemon orange color of the main beer. Did the swirling of the yeast and poured it into the glass, leaves the beer slightly cloudy. i let it warm up for the next phase.

S: first thing that hits my nose is the alcohol. I also get the yeast and the hops. i get orange hips, some herbs, some malt, some sugar, its very complex and very very good.

T: well its just devine, complex combo here, you get the warmness of the alcohol, you get the tartness of the citrus, Herby, some pepper like blend of tastes, just good stuff. The pale malt is there, and the yeast and the hops.

M: medium body, heavy carbonation in new bottles, not so much in this aged one.

D: easy to drank, its a sipper but its goes down smooth as silk.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of keithmurray
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - white wine and champagne hit me off the bat, white grapes, sugar

Taste - white grapes, sugar, Granny Smith apple, bread

Mouthfeel - mdium bodied, lively carbonation, crisp, clean, a bit of warming on the way down, yet not a boozy beverage, a bit of sourness on the back end

Overall - Very Good Tripel . Recommended

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

Photo of JBogan
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy peach color with a one finger white crown which left minimal lacing.

Smelled of yeast and pear and a hint of banana. No real sign of the alcohol.

Taste was also along the same lines as the aroma. Had a bit of mustiness to it as well.

Mouthfeel was nice. Smooth and with a good tingle on the tongue.

This is a nice tripel, although the taste just wasn't quite up there with my favorites of this style. Perhaps a little too much on the musty side. I would have liked a bit more bite to it.

Photo of brywhite
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of booga73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful tripel, golden pour and frothy head white head. Aromas of bread dough (grains, flour and a bit of acidity) Flavor: still bread dough citrus like acidity (lemon) and apple. Interesting belgian yeast profile. Nice dry finish all the hops are here floral & fruity.
A classic.

Photo of RandyKemka
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ThrashMaster
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is rich and complex, yeast, sweet candy sugared malts, some pepper, fruit and hops.

Taste is also rich and multilayered. Light flavors first, some bready toasted malt, maybe some yeast. Following is a honey-sweet citrus that slides into a tart and mildly hoppy aftertaste. Not even a hint of alcohol in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and medium-heavy. Light on the palate, finish leaves the mouth clean and refreshed. Very well-rounded and textured, extraordinarily drinkable for a tripel. Them monks sure know how to brew. Thanks to futaboots for this one.

Photo of EStreet20
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a golden color with a huge frothy white head. Nice retention and lacing

Smell- Spices and citrus such as orange.

Taste- Wonderful fruitiness and spice flavor. Finish is semi sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, nice crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability- There is a reason this beer scores a 90 on this site. This beer was great I'd love to try it aged.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice (yeah, I know, Westmalle in an Orval is a high sin).

Appearance: Pours a hazy light brown color (reminiscent of apple juice). Has a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of apples and grapes. Like a lot of Belgians, this one has a kind of wine-y flavor.

Taste: Has a wine-like flavor with some noticeable alcohol flavor. Also has hints of apples and some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously smooth with a nice, crisp finish. The high alcohol content gives it a nice warmth as well.

Drinkability: Damn good, like most Trappist beers. Not my favorite but still damn good.

Photo of Barnsley
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Ewhite2121
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

330ml bottle (best before 7/15/06)

This beer has a hazy, straw colored body with an orance hue. The head on this is absolutely gorgeous. The thick, dense, marshmallow head forms an uneven rocky peak in my duvel tulip. The fresh, sweet, candied smell fills the nose and gives great anticipation of whats to come with the taste.

The taste is remarkably light and crisp from the light carbonation bubbles. A peachy, citrusy flavors shines through and gives off a soft, perfect harmony, of bittering hops and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is so smooth, that you almost feel bad drinking a beer of this caliber so fast. The dryness in the finish is a perfect ending.

This beer is just fantastic. I am used to tripels that are a little more clear and carbonated, but this is a great example of the style.

Photo of cvfish
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a grainy scent, some light fruits (apples and pears), and grassy hops

T - The taste of this beer had the same grain that I got from the nose, a little bit of sweetness from the fruits, and was dominated more from the spiciness than most Tripels, very good though

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation that fit this style nicely

D - This beer was a good representative of the style, but there again I have not had a bad Tripel, but another good place to go for a good Tripel

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,947 ratings.