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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,951
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 304
Gots: 462 | 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 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

Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 16-5-04. Poured without the yeast sediment and clear gold, added a bit of sediment which clouded slightly and gave it a tint of light orange. Aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of grapefruit, berries and white grapes. Alcohol also present in aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent finishing a bit dry. Flavor is yeasty and malty with citrus overtones. Alcohol also making an appearance giving a nice warming sensation. Overall a nice complex tripel with lots of character.

Photo of dgallina
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange, with a very firm and long-lasting white head which creates lots of lace on the glass. Fruity and viney aromas. Lots of spice and some alcohol. Sweet and winey initial flavors, which deepen with spices and balancing bitterness into the middle. Finishes quite dry and with strong carbonation; almost champagne-like. Long-lasting taste which slowly spreads warmth throughout the body. High alcohol content is very well-balanced, creating a complex and very satisfying beer.

Photo of funkengruven
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured to a quickly forming slowly dissipating white head. Smell is smoky and woody, quite nice actually. Taste is not terrible but rather harsh, as reflected in it's rather high ABV. mouthfeel is equally as harsh, the high ABV is once again. This beer is to be sipped and savored, overall not too bad but at the same time hard to swallow. Not something to be consumed in excess, but something to enjoy every now and again in small quantities.

Photo of AMCPhD
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BigGold
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.56/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a one finger head that quickly receded to just surface skim that did linger to the end. Sporadic lacing. Color is a densely hazy yellowy-orange amber.

Aroma - Sweet and spicy, and some alcoholic astringency.Can smell diacetyl. Little bit of candied fruit.

Taste - A bready malt at first, a surprise given that I could not detect it in the aroma. Gives way to a spicy alcohol medicinal taste. And that diacetyl that I mentioned. The alcohol makes its presence very known, which is something that always turns me off, even though I like, and actually prefer, high abv brews - but they have to do their best to make it as undetectable as possible, or at least integrate it into a sublime part of the overall flavor profile. Also, diacetyl is another major turn off to me. Finish is sweet and very dry.

Mouthfeel - full, with moderate carbonation. Leaves you very dry.

Drinkability - the high abv alone limits this to one serving of 750 ml ( or two 12 oz.'ers etc, you get the idea...), but for me this just wasn't something I'd want another one of, at any rate. The diacetyl and alcohol taste pretty much ruin this for me.

Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AwYeh
2.96/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy golden-orange-yellow with two fingers of foamy white head, which dissipate quickly. Good lacing.

S: Yeast is the first thing that hits my nose here, followed by some light spiciness, banana, and a heavy dose of ethanol.

T: Quite sweet and tangy; bubblegum, banana, and some clove all come into play here, with candy sugar malts in the background too. Unfortunately, the ethanol flavor here is a bit extreme, even jarring, as it masks much of the rest in its prominence.

M: Thin-bodied for the style, with moderate/lively carbonation. Lots of warmth from the alcohol.

D: A bit hard to enjoy in contrast with the other tripels I've had considering that the flavors are mostly sweet and faint, and easily overpowered by the alcohol.

Photo of od_sf
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BarrelO
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50th beer review!

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. I pop the cap and...of course, it's a gusher. Luckily, only a little bit spills on the counter.

A: Pale orange with a huge gorgeous head that never quite goes away.

S: Dominated by grassy hops. It's difficult to make out anything else.

T: A nice mix of lemony tartness and clean noble hop bitterness. Bready aftertaste with a hint of fruitiness.

M: Light and effervescent with tons of carbonation.

D: Does this deserve its status as a world classic? I'd say so, especially considering that it set the template for all the BSPAs that followed. The only problem is that Duvel is even better and is available at significantly less cost. But if you can get this for free, it's a definite thumbs up.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle dated best by 10/04/09. Some brief research shows that the best by date is two years after bottling, so it looks like this particular bottle is just shy of five years old.

Pour is a fiery golden-orange when held to light with plenty of floating yeast particles. The head is white and massive, topping out at around three fingers. Retention is excellent; a plush ring of foam remains throughout. There's lacing plastered all over the glass.

Aroma strikes me initially as quite fruity; green apples, white grapes, pears, etc. There's also some candy sugar sweetness. A little bit of bready malt comes through, and I'm also smelling a yeasty spiciness.

The flavor is made up of mostly sweet and spice. The white grape/pear/green apple flavor is prominent throughout, and the finish has an almost peel-like taste to it. The alcohol bite is long gone.

Medium bodied with a plush texture. Some dryness in the finish. Time has treated this nicely. Very easy drinker. Again, the alcohol is nowhere to be found...yet. I'll update this with a fresh comparison.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Thijs (Brabander) for finding this gem and affording me an opportunity to get one. Poured out of a brown bottle into my Duvel. Thijs tracked this down and it had been sitting in a basement since 1985.

A – Pours out a cloudy caramel brown with almost no head to speak of but amazingly good carbonation. Spotty lacing from what little head there was.

S - Has a great funky yeast smell. Very nice fruit smell with apples, orange and pears in there. Peppery spiciness.

T – Very mellow tasting. Has some honey like qualities in it. Apple still present. Taste what could be a grape presence. Still has quite a bit of alcohol in the end that you feel all the way down. Touch of spiciness left.

M – Very creamy and smooth. Still had good carbonation. Ran from sweet malts to a nice drying at the end.

O – Once in a lifetime opportunity to try a brew this old. It was well worth it. Still a wonderful tasting beer. I enjoyed every sip of this one. Thanks Thijs!

Photo of Quafftastic
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kwkdmk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that does not fade fast
S-tart pear and banana smell with a good spice aroma in there
T-more like a grapefruit with a bitter hop aftertaste that has a spice kick that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-great beer that had many things going on at the same time

Photo of macesq
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Jmamay22
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fairly nondescript and reserved label indicates is good until 10/04/09, but I would argue it would last longer at 9.5% abv.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a large rocky egg shell white head. The two plus finger head is slow to fall and remains around one and a half finger height.

Smells of spice, which is different than I'd expect from a standard tripel. The focus is on spices such as clove and pepper rather than fruit and candy sugar sweetness.

Tastes just like it smells. Lots of white pepper, some clove and a sharp dry finish. Candy sugar seems nonexistent in this tripel as well as any fruity esters. Alcohol provides a pleasant warmth and works with the flavour rather than fighting against it.

Mouthfeel is not quite creamy, but smooth. A little too spicy to become drinkable, but I would argue the style warrants less drinkability. I do enjoy some more candy sugar prescense in my tripels, but this is a unique and interesting alternative.

Photo of jmtpi
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of sitarist
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Rogorama
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of frlrv1020
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in my basement at the perfect time, with my beer fridge badly lacking.

Bottle to Snifter

Pours a hazy apricot orange with a one finger, creamy white head. Solid retention and decent lacing.

Refreshing smell of sour grapes, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, phenols, musty yeast and alcohol.

Phenols, orange, and lemon peel upfront, which help cut the strong yeasty presence that follows. Sour aspects of apple and grape are also detectible, finishing off with a soft and warming alchol presence.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Refreshing, but I'd consider this one a sipper.

A nice, complex, and refreshing tripel. Everything was good, but nothing seemed to really stand out and make it excellent. The 9.5 ABV was decently hidden but could have been more so. If the alcohol was a bit more tamed in the taste, I would have given it a higher score in both taste and drinkability.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,951 ratings.