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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,570 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,570
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 239
Gots: 291 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of czechsaaz


4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Very estery aroma, bready and yeasty. There's also a nice pils malt aroma too with hints of candi sugar. And there's a spicey hop component too. Great complex aroma.

Deep gold and very clear. Thick pure white head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Lots of slow rising tiny carbonation bubbles all over the glass.

Starts out sweet but has a decent amount of hop bitterness. There's a fruity fermentation flavor that's like golden raisins. Lots of malt flavor and some spicey/peppery notes. But the finish is kind of oversweet, not malty, but sugary. But it's still pretty amazing.

medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely hides the 9+ percent. Feels like a standard ale going down.

Deceptively drinkable which is common for the style. It's complex and interesting. Pretty much a classic, but not necessarily the best, example of a tripel.

10-31-2006 05:40:29 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of goalie33

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay chalice. Best by 5/19/12.
A) Hazy gold in color with a large, pilllowy white head. Huge amounts of carbonation. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
in this beer. Any transparency that there was is obscured when the sediment from the bottom is poured in.
S) Light fruits, a bit of spiciness, including pepper and clove, and bready malts in the nose. The nose becomes breadier when the yeats is added.
T) Very nice blend of citrus, spice and sweet malts. Flavors are incredibly well blended and difficult to pick out. A bit of sourness in the finish and aftertaste. When the sediment is added, that distinct Belgian yeast flavor is added to the previous mix.
M) Medium to full body, very soft mouthfeel with an ever so slight prickle of carbonation on the tongue.

This is one of the best Tripels I have had. It is right up there with St. Bernardus and Chimay. Wonderful flavors blended together seamlessly.

03-21-2011 16:44:34 | More by goalie33
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-04-2012 02:37:00 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of DCLAguy11


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-24-2014 15:56:27 | More by DCLAguy11
Photo of I2uss


5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-18-2011 20:37:12 | More by I2uss
Photo of BobZ


4.47/5  rDev +4%

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

06-05-2010 03:21:39 | More by BobZ
Photo of plfahey


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

750mL bottle (bottled 2/8/10) poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color with a decent cast of haze (but this could be because the bottle was disturbed a little bit prior to serving. Enormous, pillowy white head with great retention and Belgian lacing.

Aroma-Soft, mellow white bread/sourdough aroma with a touch of candi sugar sweetness. Lemon and orange esters with tons of perfumy, floral alcohols. Light herbal hopping. Elegant and fantastic.

Flavor-Sweet rock candy and white bread open before a touch of lemony esters shows through in the mid palate. Near the end it shows moderate hop bitterness and slight herbal hop flavor. The finish is bone dry and features a pleasant, floral alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body is accentuated by robust carbonation, which is high and at times effervescent. Bone dry in the finish but never astringent. Very slight alcohol warmth on the back of the palate.

There's a reason this beer spawned an entire style-it's simply fantastic. Delicious, elegant, awesome with food-there's nearly nothing that this beer can't do.

02-04-2012 06:18:14 | More by plfahey
Photo of sjstraub


5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2011 04:03:17 | More by sjstraub
Photo of pweis909


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Yellow gold, with a rocky creamy foam that laces the glass as it dissipates. This brew smells leathery and spicy, perhaps this is the quintessential belgian smell? There is a strong sweetness to the taste, but the it is cut by the carbonation, which lightens the mouthfeel. Alcohol is just noticeable to taste and smell, but it sneaks up on you as you drain the glass.

02-25-2007 01:36:40 | More by pweis909
Photo of vickersspitfire


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a snifter, it’s a nice murky dirty blonde color and is topped off with a really thick and creamy head that simply sticks around and will not subside. The lacing is pretty welcoming too! The aroma is nice and complex, but no one smell is over powering. It’s light and floral overall with hints of citrus, malts, various grasses and an ever so mild alcohol smell. It’s got a medium-to-full mouth feel and is remarkably refreshing. The flavor is pretty good and is bitter overall, the spices and malts hit you up front almost as soon as you take a drink. Mild apple notes come through and there is a hint of an earthy flavor as well… the flavor is very impressive and I have to say this is one awesome beer.

01-06-2013 03:07:31 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of terence


3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

03-02-2013 06:07:42 | More by terence
Photo of janubio


4.76/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

06-01-2014 13:52:58 | More by janubio
Photo of allboutbierge


4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

An outstanding beer and benchmark for the style.

Huge well rounded bubbles.
Slightly dry but well rounded in the nose. Not boozy in the least. Sourness is minimal, but noticeable and the normal notes of dried pears and fizziness are just the base here. I made sure to get as much yeast as possible out of the bottle and pleasurable breadiness comes through. I could drink this for days on end.

06-25-2009 22:00:12 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of SupaCelt


4.13/5  rDev -4%

This one displays a sort of sunburst pattern when eyed whilst it rests in the goblet glass. The center of the half circle is more of an orange colour than the golden hues that flourish on the edges around this darker core. Yip. A matress of luscious white presides over the event and is continually fed from plentiful springs of gas. The nose is a bit blunt. It smells of a dull spiciness. The sweet tones are not as prevalent as I had expected. This smells quite raw and earthy. If you want to know what earthy is: earthy is a more poetic way to say it smells like barks and rind and other organic debris and natural shit have been introduced to the mixture by some means. Raw varies by degree. Raw is a facet of earthy that denotes level of perceived rotten ambiance. This one is low on raw, but it is a bit raw. Some degree of rot is always suitable and needed for character. So you see, earthy and raw sound better as such than do the aforementioned descriptives. Thin layers of banana and sugar lay underneath these assertive rough textures. In time a more acidic and fruity nose crops up and becomes noticeable. The taste shows the sweet and fruity aspects boastfully. It has a tang to it that reminds me of some acidophilus barrel dweller. She is sweet up front moving purposefully to a sudden bitterness that is again overtaken by sweet in the finish. It unfolds like the tortoise and the hare. The mouthfeel projects a creaminess to bolster the lighter qualities of the liquid. The end result is another stellar Belgian beer. Otherworldly in a sense. Right on you Jean Claude Van Dammes.

07-05-2006 04:54:00 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

Looks nice. Slightly cloudy straw colour, but you can still see through it. Sort of. Fluffy, airy white head. Sticky, too.
Smell was good, but a bit disappointing. Not as much complexity as I hoped for. The Dubbel smells better.
Taste is well balanced, but leans towards the sweet side. Alcohol is well disguized. But the mouthfeel is where it loses me. This bottle (which I assume is fresh - I'm only a few hundred k's away from the brewery) is way, way too carbonated. Champagne-like. And this hurts my drinkability.

07-12-2006 13:21:13 | More by DaveFL1976
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 22:43:27 | More by sjones5045
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Fine, rich head that's about 2 fingers high. Straw coloring , hazy, lots of bubble action. 

S: Sweet and hints of spice.  There are grassy and pine elements as well as more typical banana and citrus aroma. 

T: Slightly peppery, honey, grapes, and a little sweetness at end

M: A bit syrupy, good carbonation, and a medium body. Alcohol provides a kick. 

10-02-2011 00:55:59 | More by KMcG
Photo of Greasy


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-25-2013 03:05:37 | More by Greasy
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a nice foamy white head, lots of carbonation.

Smells of alcohol at first, some light fruit, pear, apple, mango, some clove spiciness, too much of an alcohol smell though.

Tastes yeasty, fruity, some spiciness. Some sort of lager taste also, and nice hop bitterness. This does not hide the alcohol well at all, perhaps with age...too alchoholic tasting.

Nice frothy mouthfeel, pretty drinkable for 9.5, except for the alchohol. La Fin du Monde puts this to shame..

04-01-2009 00:26:12 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of Glibber


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

I have been drinking as much Belgian styles as I can find locally, but am too cheap to drink many of the beers actually from Belgium.
For Fathers day, I treated myself to a Rochefort 10 and this Westmalle.

This beer certainly has the intangeables that help out the score. So many Belgians begin with a noce head- only to lose it in minutes. This beer had a huge 3" head on it, and it stayed near a quarter inch through most of the beer. The beer was a cloudy and straw colored. The bouquet was wheat and light.
The taste was light and refreshing. Hundreds of tiny bubbles on the tongue. Bananas, grain, a little alcohol warming. really easy to drink for 9.5% as I expected, and it is easy to see why this is considered world class. Darn good.

06-18-2012 02:24:19 | More by Glibber
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-28-2014 01:09:39 | More by MattGrimley
Photo of dfried


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Slightly hazy, golden straw color. Average sized, frothy white head that lasted at about a half centimeter for the entire beer. Lemon and zesty grains aroma, and fruity like white grapes. The taste has an array of fruity flavors, grapes, pears, apple peels, apricot, peach, and there is a candy-like sweetness. A bit spicy as well with some grassy/earthy hops. Some Belgian yeast flavor but overall its more about the very sweet fruitiness. Refreshing body, not quite sparkling but not quite sticky. Mainly just belly warming from the alcohol, way too easy to drink.

08-22-2006 20:04:29 | More by dfried
Photo of PatronWizard


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Cool trappist bottle into a snifter...

Orange. Orangest beer I've seen. Looks like orange juice - with pulp. Huge marshmellow head.

Pleasing scent. I think the color is making me smell oranges.

Got a little bite to 'er. Stong flavor. Whoa. Good.

Mouthfeel is the worst characteristic to this beer. It taste so good but the feel is really harsh.

Overall: best tripel I've had in my limited beer career.

09-06-2008 04:40:03 | More by PatronWizard
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-26-2012 20:36:15 | More by jduprey007
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-07-2014 13:10:46 | More by Bromine
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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