Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Not Rated.
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,649 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 4,187
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 371
Gots: 625 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Westmalle Trappist Tripel Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,649 | Hads: 4,187
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smell is strong yeast manifesting as banana and light spice. Alcohol as well. Taste is less sweet that I would have expected based on the aroma. Hefty banana taste with some sugariness, but it quickly drops off leaving a bitter yeasty finish. Very dry finish. Seems like high carbonation because of how quickly it drops off. Deceptively light tasting, but the alcohol never subsides. Tripels are not my style, but this is about as good as it gets from a tripel.

 541 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, bought from BevMo Huntington Beach, bottle date 7/6/07,

A: Pours a light burnt orange, with a full, fluffy white balloon of a head, which has good retention and leaves great lacing.

S: Quite complex - orange, lemon, pepper, coriander, bubblegum esters, mint.

T: Great tasting tripel. Orange and lemon definitely come in on the first sip, bready malt, a bit of sourdough bread, with spicy, earthy and dry hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light, spritzy, very dry, high carbonation, a beer that really hides the alcohol.

D: A complex beer, more of a sipper than a drinking beer, the standard of the style was no letdown, better than Chimay's Cinq Cents, IMO.

 676 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normal brown 33cl bottle. This one has been hanging around my garage for a couple of years or so. It had been left with a few other goodies boxed up waiting for me to break open when my regular beer stock began to shrink a bit. Best before 30th Oct 2008, so fairly old I guess and ready to go!

Poured into my Westmalle Trappist Challice (what else would you use, if you had one?).

I tried to pour it without getting any sediment into the glass, but I got excited and the whole bottle ended up within the challice. A few bits floated around in a golden hazy cloud of beer. On top sat a thin covering of white bubbles, which were forever being replenished by a rising torrent of other bubbles.

The aroma is all about degrees of sourness and how your nose picks it out. Fruit smells range from Gooseberries to Grapefruit through the spectrum of fruity colours available to man.

The taste is a explosion of flavours, fizzy and different. A bitter sweet mix of the best Belgium has to offer in a glass of Tripel.

The alcohol is evident throughout, but it doesn't detract from the overal complexity and pleasure this beer seems to exude.

A very, very good beer. I have loved it for years and forgot about my little pack of Belgian beers stashed away, some more crackers to come!

 1,278 characters

Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle with a tall, soft head. The aroma is a little sour at first, but soon turns to a milder, Duvel-like aroma of creamy pale malts. The flavor is sweeter and maltier than the other big Trappist tripel, Chimay White. There's a bit of farmhouse funk in the malt, and drop of candy and caramel. It finishes with an obscured hops flavor that's grapefruit-y, but buried under the malt. Overall, I don't think the flavor is that amazing. Yes, it is quite nice, but not my favorite tripel. The carbonation is spot on, but a hint of alcohol detracts from it.

 580 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was in a stubby brown bottle, poured into a glass, clear straw yellow with yeast sediments.

The smell was of clean alcohol and belgian yeast.

Taste follows the nose, malt sweetness accompanied by a strong burst of alcohol. Some bubblegum is noted and just a whiff of belgian hop in there too.

Mouthfeel smooth and quite crisp.

Drinkability is good, this beer is kick arse in every way. Big strong belgian liquid love.

 431 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is esters, clove, banana, Belgian Yeast. Taste follows the smell but is more intense in spiciness. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn. Crisp massive carbonation, medium to thick body. Great spicy brew!

 306 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last I'm finally reviewing this beer. I don't know how many times I've bought a bottle of this intending to review it and then just never did for one reason or another. In any case, glad to finally review this lovely beer. Pours a hazy golden with a glow. Nice two inch fluffy head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap that sticks around for the duration. Nice nose of orange, coriander, and some other herbal aromas. Tastes quite fruity, with notes of orange peel, bitter orange juice, lots of coriander, a bit of lemon, some slight sweetness- not nearly as much as many tripels- and some earthy, herbal bitterness. Delightful. The mouthfeel is a bit tannic and full, especially on the finish. Nice, a very fine tripel, a classic.

 731 characters

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before October 31, 2013. Poured without the yeast.

Clear golden yellow with a real big white head - really soapy in quality, with great retention and lots of lacing. Nose is spicy, herbal and some grassy notes. Light floral and a general sweetness about it. Taste has sweet typical golden tripel malts, spicing, alcohol and herbal flavours. A ligth fruity character as well, some pear and light fleshed fruits. Full body and the alcohol is far from hidden. Medium high carbonation. A really nice tripel, but the alcohol prevents this from being at the top of my list in the style.

 629 characters

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clody golden orange with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma of grape, pear and floral alcohol. Dry fruity taste with hints of apple, grape and pear as well as a slightly sour yet crisp alcohol finish. Very tasty.

 250 characters

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden ale with a minimal head.

Smell is sweet pineapple and guava fruit with requisite dose of coriander. Spicy black pepper and spearmint are the next scents I can detect. Sweet honey and flowers make up the malt part of the scent. Hops make themselves know only as a little woodiness. Noticeable alcohol but it doesn't detract from the scent and serves as a carrier for other scents.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Honey and fruit are the first flavors to come out, then coriander and flowers. Spice is subdued here except for black pepper.

Mouthfeel is not bad.

An OK triple but I had expected more from this one compared to its little brother the Dubbel. Worth a try. This is a beer I will try again from another source and see if it has a bit more wow factor to it.

 800 characters

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden with a small head. Little lacing left behind. There seems to be an awful lot of sediment in the bottom of my glass, making this a tad questonable with the appearance.
Smell is of soothing vanilla, cream, spice, pepper, warm alcohol and ripe pear.
Taste is of all the aforementioned aromas, blended into a warm and inviting concoction.
Mouthfeel is slightly stinging and dry due to the alcohol. A bit of a bitterness and sourness fizzes towards the back and sides of the mouth. Lacks the sweetness desired to become worldclass IMHO.
Drinkability is good for a triple. Not great, or overly appealing. ABV makes it slightly awkward but expected.

Finger licking good.

 693 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, but very hazed yellow colour, with an extremely voluminous head of crackling whit bubbles. Some dissipation as the head collapses, but the lacing is reasonably good, sticking in the same patterns as the large bubbles cracked. Lots of streaming carbonation, but that gives it rather a refined look. Looks very decent overall.

Nose is rather bready, but with a good, slightly funky crushed citrus leaf character. Plenty of Belgian yeas, but a lot of refreshment to be had throughout, and a little bit of classic spice and phenolics to remind you of the style. Very decent.

Taste is sharp and peppery, and extremely phenolic on the finish, with a big bitterness that wells up throughout. Front is thin with a slight yeast overtone, before the phenolic spice comes through with a vengeance. Feel is very light, but gets cut with the astringency on the back.

Wow, compared to the St Bernardus I had earlier in the evening, this is a far more raw and far harsher beer, and it suffers for it. Not a huge amount of complexity, and a ragingly raw back palate that truly hurts drinkability. As much as I'm reviewing it, I know it's not my place to tell the Trappist monks what to do, but this was not my cup of tea. There are other examples I've enjoyed a whole lot more.

It's not a bad beer by any means, but it's below the baseline for the style in my opinion.

 1,376 characters

Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the mood to indulge myself a little I pulled this gem from the cellar, after letting it sit for nearly two years. The best before was 20/07/07 but I am drinking it 04/08/07... let's see how this one ages.

The first portion of the pour would reveal as much head as it would beer. Pearl white in colour, it stayed in equal proportion to the beer until about the half way point. While it would remain thick at its base, the head would thin out in some places, leaving a landscape appearance of soft, rolling foothills. The colour is peachy golden. It's almost an optical illusion trying to differentiate the bubbles from the yeast particles, both crowd the body from top to side to bottom.

A cascading aroma that literally "unwinds" the senses. A graceful and unimposing alcohol overcoats all. A lightly spicy yeast yields soft esters. A faint suggestion of fruit. A hard swirl excites a damp, phenolic wheat component that contrasts the otherwise dry character of the beer. The yeast, the esters... so lovely.

The 9.5% is quietly tucked away somewhere, most likely snugged behind the layers of lovely flavours. The carbonation has mellowed suitably over the last 2 years, the mouthfeel is nothing but smooth and graceful on the palate. It seems to dry out for an instance but a presence of flavour quickly resurfaces.

What a wonderful recipe! The yeast is most predominant, again carrying with it countless esters. The flavours all seem "suggestive" rather than upfront. It's a fusion of spices (I'd start with guessing cardamom and pepper), all so subtle but combine for a curious complexity. The inclusion of candi-sugar is very apparent and quite sweet. The taste finishes with the a lingering note of ripened fruit.

A marvelous tripel. Certainly one of the best examples of the style anyone could ever try. I'm not sure which I prefer - aged or fresh. It has held up well - perhaps improved, perhaps not. Either way, this is still something incredibly fantastic and I have savoured every single drop. I will always savour every drop. A wonderful beer.

 2,065 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a sexy golden yellow color with a littlew bit of haze and a nice white cap

S: Fruity esters, whiff of light spice and light banana, hint at spice, pears perhaps

T: A nice little spiciness balanced out with some lighter pears, aples, booze and even a banana.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean

O: Tasty and a pleasure to drink!

 338 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 11/07/07

A - Pours a cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation which produces a nice small foamy white head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, spices, grapes, bannanas, and yeast.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and malty, carbonated, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body, pretty complex brew.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice tripel, but I like the dubbel much better.

 392 characters

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 26/05/07. Served at about 10°C in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a hazy, dark orangey+honeyish yellow hue; the thick white cap comes effervescent, tight and foamy, a bit like meringue~~ sustaining superbly and leaving very tight lacing as it sl...owly settles; very fizzy body.
S: sweet, candyish maltiness mixed with sweet lemony+orangey edge with a hint of passion-fruits, floating aroma of vanilla powder, lightly spicy/cinnamon yeastiness... overall surprisingly straight forward, albeit pleasant all the same. I doubt if the lower serving temp. has trapped more aroma inside the glass...
T: fiercely bubbly-textured palate with rough and warmish alcoholic attack~~ as my palate gets used to the texture, I could sense semi-sweetish bready malts followed by light touches of tropical fruits--mainly bananas, oranges and drops of lemonade, while an immense flow of intensifyingly dry spiciness and chewy bitterness quickly ensues, gradually decreasing in intensity but leading to a lingering, dryish, spicy-hoppy aftertone.
M: the initial sharply bubbly mouthfeel plus the simultaneous alcohol attack is not very impressive, showing signs that yeasts might have been badly disturbed or else. But it does soften sip by sip and settles to fine, creamy yet lively texture. The finishing touch is rather soothing, with good depth of spices and bitterness caressing the deep end of the throat, making this a glass of constantly-improving enjoyment.
D: a med-full bodied, dryish-bitter Tripel it is. Not as approachable as my last bottle, maybe due to the fact that before serving the beer was slightly over-chilled, hence the farely cloudy body from the very beginning. One can't deny that it's an uncompromising beer though, and in my opinion this is a more complex and fuller elder brother of the Westmalle Dubbel.

 1,828 characters

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before 6/10/13 poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium hazy yellow with one finger of bubbly white head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Clove, Belgian yeast, spice, orchard fruit and light citrus notes.

T - Clove, spice, apple, pear, Belgian yeast and light citrus flavours. A lot going on here and the flavours come together nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

 400 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 5/28/07 - Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Slight malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced to slightly sour. Finish has some alcohol and sourness. Not nearly as good as bottle. On-tap at Summertime Restaurant Scheveningen, NL. €5 ($6.85) for a 330ml glass.

 359 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a big cloud of off-white foam that last and last. It has nice lacing with each sip.

S- This beer has a nice soft aroma of floral and light fruit notes with a hint of banana. There is a very soft note of cloves that is a bit orangey.

T- This beer has a nice smooth taste of fruit like oranges and pears with some pale malt flavors that blend into a peppery finish with some soft alcohol note. There is a faint carbonic bite that enhances the peppery finish. The finish is dry with a nice bitterness after the alcohol and pepper. As it warms the orange pepper flavor taste a bit more like grapefruit.

M- This is a medium-light beer with a slight fizz to the texture and some alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is very soft and smooth but it has lots of complexity. It's hard to describe all the distinct taste as they all blend from one to the other.

 977 characters

Photo of kscaldef
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into a Chimay glass.

A: Very pale, clear yellow-straw. Small head of loose white foam receded in a minute or two. Very attractive champagne-like fine bubble trails in the glass, mixed with much larger bubbles

S: Great fruity esters and light clove and banana notes. Some bready aromas as well, and hints of raisins.

T: Lots of yeast character complementing bready malt. Fairly sweet on the tongue, but not heavy. Slight alcohol note on the finish.

M: Well-carbonated, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

O: A benchmark beer for the style. I'm dinging it a little on appearance, although that might be the fault of my pour. I surprised not to see more of a head, though.

 691 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice. The ale is slightly cool, most likely within the recommended range of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale is hay-coloured, almost resembling a weizen. The ale is carbonated giving a decent head on each pour, but that head soon dissapates, leaving no lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a fruity nose, with hints of honey and peppercorn dominating.

Taste: As I let the ale sit in my mouth, the first sensation that I note is that of honey, giving the ale a sweet taste. There is also a hop character that adds a good amount of bitterness to the ale. There is also a definite alcohol presence that gives a warming sensation to the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, with the honey and hop characters providing a revolving sweet-bitter sensation.

Drinkability: The ale is limited, as most Belgians are, by the high abv. Despite that, this beer is very good and I certainly recommend it.

 993 characters

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 2014 bottle, opened Aug 2015

A - Yellowy peach body with a moderate haze and lovely carbonation in the glass. Nice retention and low lace on a pure white head.

S - Really nice, complex nose. White bread, banana, peach jam, straw, tart raspberry and bread pudding.

T - Floral (maybe lavender), pear, white bread, touch of banana, sunflower seeds, lemon, and a little grass.

M - Pleasantly medium-light body with great carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing. A great table beer for entertaining.

 504 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml picked up at the Coop for about $5.50.. shared with Brenda .. mine from a Tulip.. listening to United DJ's Little Louis Vega.

Creamy head atop a golden straw brew.. pretty nice lacing.

Aroma is spiced fruits.. lightly spiced baked apples.. fresh baked bread and a side of applesauce... something is missing although I can't figure it out. Lemon shortbreads ... a little alcohol.

Flavor is prevelant fruitiness and Belgian spicness.. Pale malts and an unexpected earthiness that is appealling... more hoppy as it warms to room temp. For no other description.. this tastes "fresh". Body is a near perfect medium with a good carbonation.

I have nothing to really criticize this brew other than, I think I prefer slightly bigger boned triples... and the price can be prohibitive ... gets a little boozy as it warms up.

 824 characters

Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark yellow color. Huge, 1 3/4 inch head with great retention and great lacing. Smells sweet, of earthy malts, vaguely of citrusy, and slightly of hops. Fits the style of a Tripel. Heavy and chewy mouth feel with high carbonation levels. Tastes strongly of alcohol and some sweet/earthy malts. Slight hop kick is noticeable in the aftertaste. A citrusy background flavor also comes through after a few sips. The alcohol flavor is strong enough to hinder the drinkability. Overall, a good beer, but it packs quite the punch.

 539 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber with a thick, long lasting white head and heavy lacing. Nice looking. Spicy fruit and wheat aroma. Spicy, peppery start with complex fruit and light malt. Dry, bitter and peppery hot finish that is perfectly balanced. The combination doesn't seem like my kind of flavor, but it tastes delicious. Very well made and tasty. This beer got me hooked on tripels.

 444 characters

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.