Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,633
Hads: 4,126
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 350
Gots: 569 | 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 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 Derek
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).

T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style. (480 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light golden blond color with a hint of opacity. Relatively persistent 1-finger head as a nice adornment.

Smell: fruity, sweet, syrupy yet peppery. There's quite a nice complexity there. There even seems to be a slight hop aroma, so rarely seen in this style. Bravo!

Taste: a delicate flavor, much more delicate than the aroma. Wheat flavors, some of that peppery quality, even a little bready. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall, subtle but tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy, creamy, creamy. This kind of well-integrated carbonation is what I love in a Trappist ale.

Drinkability: a tasty tripel, which in my book is always exceptionally quaffable. (711 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The glass is all head at first - fantastic white, thick, creamy head; it reminds me of whipped cream. When it sets (after quite some time) there are lots of head residues on the inside of the glass. This is the best head ever!!! The colour of the beer is golden, and the brew is cloudy.

S: There are so many smells I don't know where to begin: At first the freshness strikes you, but there are also spices (thyme?), fruit, malt and hops. A complex beer with the best smell I've ever sensed?

T: The first thing that hits my mouth is the freshness. And there are also dry hops, spices, malt and fruit (citrus). This flowery beer is very well balanced.

M: Dry, medium full, and a bit viscous.

D: A great beer, one of the best in the world. I can't think of anything they could improve - this is perfection! (812 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden colour, the generous white head was quickly reduced, but produced nice lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma, doughy malt, light hops and a bit of alcohol. Smells pretty nice, but a little bit muted overall. Good combination of flavours, with fruit, cloves, and moderate sweetness balancing a drying bitterness. Short finish that is a little sweet with light peppery spice and alcohol warmth. Medium body, moderately high carbonation produce an initially light, airy texture. (484 characters)

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden, although very bright, nice white head forms, tons of lace. Smell is sweet and clean, very crisp honey, crisp hops, wheat, citrus, lots of malty goodness, very rich. Taste is Sweet malt, some banana, honey, alcohol, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium, slight alcohol burn, nice and smooth. Good trappist but there are better. (376 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice, this one is stunning. Pours a golden yellow color with a little bit of orange with a huge creamy off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and spices. Wow, what a fantastic aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma is absolutely amazing. There is some fruity malts and spices galore with a little bit of yeast and hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a really nice body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- What an awesome beer this is! Westmalle Tripel is probably the best beer from this style I've ever had. Highly Recommended! (647 characters)

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

Lightly hazed golden with streams of carbonation rising rapidly. A big and full rocky white head adorns the surface. Retention is as good as it gets. Aroma is musty and fruity (as in pineapple and mango). A little breadiness as well on the nose. There's a real nice intermingle of hops and fruit on the palate. Apricot and tangerine. Some yellow pepper. A slight sting of alcohol, but nothing that is out of context. Dry finish. A little hebal. A little earthy. Clean maltiness. Body is light and refreshing. This one's good. I like it. (536 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a massive and growing head of billowy foam. A delight to look at in my New Belgium chalice. Lots and lots of lacing is another plus.

The smell has notes of yeast, tart fruit, some banana, and a bit of clove.

The taste adds on to the pleasure of the smell, big time. First sip and I notice how pungently delicious it is. The yeast and tart fruit really work together nicely and make for a drying quality that makes me want to take more sips and yeah, being as strong as it is, sips are in order for sure but that doesn't hurt the drinkability much if at all.

There's some peppery and malty tones that I start to notice after the 3rd sip or so that bring in just the right amount of spice and sweetness to just trim the outer edge of the bitterness and that's all I want it to do. Me like the dryness factor here big time. ;^)

It has a medium thick mouthfeel to it that is just so silky smooth going down, it's scary.

I'm just about finished with this bottle and it's time to reflect on how great a drinking experience I just enjoyed. It's a hot summer day and I'm sipping on a brew that's 9.5%abv and I find it so damn refreshing! Go figure! This is truly a world class brew and I'm so happy I got a chance to drink this again after many years doing without. Thanks again, Joe! (1,376 characters)

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

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice aug28 2009

A glows a golden orange with lots of sediment, giant fluffy head, nice lace and pretty good retention. this is looking like a good thing

S tropical fruit, spices, yeast and maybe some citrus quite complex really

T also quite complex, it tastes as it smells but with some clove perhaps and the yeast is more noticeable with some booze i could not smell

M light in the mouth with lots of bubbles, little bite with the finish and it feels like it explodes when it enters your mouth

D i did not have any huge problems drinking this beer, but it was not smooth as silk, and i dont think i would drink them back to back

not the best triple I've had but one of the best for sure. this is one of those beers you will just have too try and judge for yourself (811 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a massive white head. Great head retention and nice lacing.

Aromas of clove, pears, faint alcohol and a light tartness. Quite good but could feels a bit closed.

Really tasty. Spicy clove, some nice sweetness but it still comes across as dry, a hint of funk and must. A really good, complex tripel. A good dose of bitterness also holds across the mid and back palates.

Nice medium body with plenty of carbonation build a vibrant beer with plenty of tickle on the tongue.

Lots of flavour and complexity counter the high ABV. Tasty and well crafted. (566 characters)

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

From the 11.3 fl oz. bottle stamped: 14/06/13-3-003325. Sampled on May 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow with a cloudy bottle conditioned character and a small fizzy head. On the nose there is yeast, pale malts, spice, and tart citrus with the hops downplayed. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with an appealing yeasty and malty character than quickly morphs into a tart, peppery, dry hopped finish. This is not something for everyday drinking but instead something to be savored. (492 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow hue, slightly cloudy as was expected. Poured an excelent head that maintained throughout the entire 750ml.

Smell- Excellent malt backbone that aintained the inviting sweet aroma to drink this beer furvently.

Taste- Overall malt caharcter, an excellent sweetness slightly offset by the hint of bright hops that counteracted the sugary flavors of the malt. Slight;y reminded me of a vanilla malt from Basken Robbins Ice Cream.

Mouthfeel- Excellent light cracter that lent itself very well to turkey. But with a slight alcolic effervescence that gave the brew a warming quality to the palate.

Drinkability- A beer that has a flavor that lends itself to savoring. Not guzzling, which is good considering the excellent complexity of this beer.

Notes- had this beer with Thanksgiving dinner, which made an excellent compliment to turkey, blaukraut, mashed potatos, and lamb. (924 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clouded pale amber/orange thick two inch head that persists. Generous, consistent lacing all the way to the end.

S: Tart, sweet fruit, maybe apricot then malts and spice (almost pungent).

T: Lots of tastes - took several drinks to get at them. Apricot is first, followed by spicy alcohol, sweet (malt?). Slightly yeasty alcohol finish. This is a very complex beer - a lot going on.

M: Very big beer. Warms and coats the mouth.

D: Interesting drink, but with fullness and 9% abv, won't drink a lot. Not in a bad way. (525 characters)

Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid hazy. The high white compact head slowly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving lots of lacing.

The strong smell is yeasty and very sweet. Fruity sour notes of apples and pineapples. I noted some alcohol and a hint of marzipan.

The taste is sweet with notes of nuts and exotic fruits. Some citric-sour bitter hints and a mild yeasty flavour. Complex notes of dough, lime peels, apricots and plums. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as notes of exotic fruits, dough and bitter herbs.

The carbonation is mild; small bubbles. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

Well... A triple above average. But not much more. (647 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before end: 09/04/11. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch and half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is bready malt, yeast, orange peel, and some fruit and spice (it just smells fruity and spicy in general, I couldn't pick out any one particular fruit or spice). Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of pear and an earthy taste noticable in the brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth but has a little too much carbonation for me. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. But overall, I liked this beer. I'd buy it again in the future. (708 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from an 11.2oz bottle into my Watou chalice. Poured cloudy orange-yellow, with yeast clumps included, and sticky white head which formed into islands within several minutes.

The smell is awesome, bready yeasty tripel aroma. Of course this is the original, so you'd expect this to fit the profile...

Taste is out of this world. Fruity esters and some very mild alcohol bite compete with the bready aroma.

This is very easy to find in Northwest Columbus, but on the expensive side (generally $4-$5 per bottle). Even so, very good and I will not hesitate to buy more. If I ever get to Belgium, I'll try to taste some fresh bottles. (649 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with small floaties that serve as nucleation points keeping the one-finger white head at a thin pancake the life of the beer. The head leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of spices and bananas with a good amount of grassiness. There's also a bit of alcohol there, but not enough to be obtrusive.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts spices and bananas with a light amount of grassy flavors joining in midsip. The ending is more dry than an average trippel with a bit of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could sip on this beer all day.

Overall this isn't as fruity as many other trippels, but everything is in very nice balance. Well worth a shot. (863 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a huge white head that eventually dies down to an inch worth of foam leaving spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with sweet malt crackery maltiness and light Candy sugar syrup. As it warms the yeast contributions follow with pears, apples and bananas fruity esters.

The tastes follow the nose with the sugary, crackery, bready maltiness opening up the flavors. The same occurs as it warms with the yeast esters of banana and apple along with a light spicy bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to full amount of carbonation. Despite the sweetness of the beer, there's a nice dryness due to the carbonation and the emerging alcohol presence.

Overall this is a really really classic well made example of a triple. There are no bells and whistles, just solid Belgian brewing at it's best here. Probably one of the five best tripels I have ever had, but unfortunately for me it's a style I just don't enjoy as much. (971 characters)

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

330ml Bottle - from the bank street lcbo for 3.75$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast, clove/coriander, floral

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains mixed with a honey sweetness. There is also some floral notes mixed with clove/pepper/coriander. It ends with a floral/spicy lemon aftertaste.

Overall - A beer that deserves its high score. The taste and smell are fantastic and it has a gorgeous appearance in the glass. One of the better tripels I've had and I look forward to drinking the rest of the bottles I picked up. (827 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and nebulous on the pour, the head mastodonic in size, frothy in its texture with the color a bright white, the residual lace forms a thin and sealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of "Bubble Gum" up front and some lemon like tones also present, quite crisp and fresh. Stingingly acidic, beautifully hopped, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and one quaffable beer and one I drink quite often. (402 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours a cloudy medium gold with a huge white head and above average lacing.

The aroma is light mostly hops and flowers, nothing standing out.

The taste is light and smooth for its abv, but I don't think this is the best trippel going. Its drinkable but nothing special for its acclaim. (358 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011

A: orange-golden yellow with a 2 finger very frothy white head that lingers for a very long time

S: smells of yeast and a slight hint of apples

T: yeasty/bready, very sweet, a very faint taste of apples, a slight taste of bananas

M: moderate carbonation, crisp, but drying to the tongue

D: very well-balanced tripel and very easily drinkable

Cheers!
The CPJ (392 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, had a rich amber color and a thick texture. There was a big, big head and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma consisted of yeast, some malt, apples and spices. Very balanced and never obnoxious.

T: The flavor had lots of apples, Belgian yeast and spices. Nicely done, crisp, with a certain sharpness to it.

M: Highly carbonated, with a smooth finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Everything here seems to be done in proportion. (479 characters)

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

split 750ml with some dude

appearance: pale golden, slightly hazy, huge fluffy white head...quite inviting

smell: fruity hops, malty, alcohol apparent, clove, bananas, pear

taste: fruit in nose is present in the taste, alcohol well hidden but still up front,

mouthfeel: quite heavy, carbonated, alcohol tingles

drinkability: 1/2 a 750ml is sufficient (367 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.