Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,860
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 402 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

TOP 100 Tick FTW!!!

Poured into unibroue snifter.

Pours 1.5 finger of white head. Nice retention, but no lace. Color is a hazy pale gold.

Aroma: Dried apples and pears are the dominate fruit flavors here. Some cloves and spice notes. Belgian yeast shows with some bready malts. Herbal floral hop profile.

Taste: A bit of booze shows, coriander and spices are big, dried apples and pears again. Yeast, bready malts. The taste follows the nose fairly identical.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and dry. Medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. A bit hot as well with more alcohol showing than I would like.

Overall, a decent tripel, but too much carbonation and a bit too much alcohol showing. Somewhat drinkable. I dig a bit of it.

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -7%
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!

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7%

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

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a massive, billowy head. Great heat retention and some sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation released from the bottom.

S: Nice aroma of light fruit, mostly banana and a bit of orange and both lemon and orange zest. Some light spice mixed in and Belgian yeast.

T: Great light fruit flavor with oranges, pear, and a little bit of banana. There is a little bit of yeast and some light spice, but its not overpowering like some tripels. The flavors blend together very nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Fantastic beer, certainly classic in the style. Incredibly easy drinking. No sign of 9.5% at all.

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My family just bought a new HDTV and XBOX360, and soon we'll be getting surround sound installed! I'm going to celebrate with a beer I have high expectations for: Westmalle Tripel. Purchased at the Wine Exchange for $4.99 (330 ml bottle), on to the beer:

This is a very heady and carbonated brew. It pours hazy straw yellow into a chalice, leaving on top a head that shows resistence to fading. Aroma is mellow and sweet. Mixture of phenols, spice, grass, and candy sugar. I like it so far.

The taste of this tripel is what gives Trappist beers a good name. Not too intense and full of different flavors. Some peppermint-like sweetness, medicinal, grassy, light brush of pepper, and spice. Balance is drop-dead beautiful and lighter than one might think given the 9.5% ABV, which helps make this brew dangerously drinkable.

I may not sound all that excited in this review about Westmalle Tripel, but this is one beer that's worthy of the hype. Without question, a highly recommended pick by me, and one beer I'm going to share with my buddies in the future.

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

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, enormous whipped meringue head, long lasting retention, nice lacing. Hard to ask for more.

S: Very distinctive Belgian yeast character, slight alcohol, spices, fruits.

T: Fluffy and light. I always look forward to drinking any trappist ale. Fruity and spicy, Westmalle Tripel is well balanced and very flavorful.

M: Light body, slight warming alcohol finish.

D: A great beer that I'd certainly drink again.

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev -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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at a good temperature into a nice goblet.

Some good carbonation on the pour, with a good white foamy head. Very decent lacing with a cloudy body of a buttery dark gold consistency. Head does go, but stays in a 3mm ring and never leaves.

Bouquet at first is quite subdued... but it needs time to open up... An aggressive pour to give it bigger head really makes a difference. Hops and yeast and a sweet and sour component that I can't quite pinpoint. This is a very balanced nose where you can smell around and find things without one scent dominating the rest. Smells somewhat pilsner like and a faint sour zest (lemon/lime take your pick).

Faint apricot with good notes of yeast and bread. Big carbonated and bitter finish but dissipates as you drink more to a nice bread chew character with some lemon. Taste is "tangy" with a nice SNAP to it. Bitter at first but becomes more tolerable as you have more.

This is a beer that takes patience to get through but rewards greatly when you stick with it making a very high drinkability.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light amber/yellowish body into a snifter with a big, fluffy clumpy head. The towering head died down to a 'film' with very nice lacing.
Smell of complex yeast and floral tones. Biscuit and citrus mostly dominated. noticed some alcohol as well.
Taste had more citrus than biscuit, with hints of herbs and quiet spices.Hops were noticeable, just enough to calm the malt down a bit.
Left a crisp feeling on the palate, but the malt still lingered.

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

portion of large, fresh bottle served in 6 oz glass.

A - slightly cloudy; golden

S - malty; a bit fruity & hoppy

T - sour; a bit dry & spicy; slight bitter/sour aftertaste

D - very drinkable for a high alcohol beer. Should pair well with many cheeses and other foods.

Superb for type, but have a solid preference for Westmalle Dubbel.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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