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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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3,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 3208
Reviews: 1555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%

Brewed by:
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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 jcalabre


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must send a big thanks to herbjones for giving me this one.
Appearance: This Tripel pours a hazy golden color with a big, foamy white head.
Aroma: The nose has a lot of spice & yeast in it. It is a very pleasant smell.
Taste: Westmalle Tripel tastes great. It's medium bodied, tingly on the tongue & a delight to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 18:10:52 | More by jcalabre
Photo of jreitman


3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of citrus fruit, possibly orange. Nice underlying sweetness in the aroma. Highly caromanted and a pale gold in color with a white head. Candi sugar flavor and some orange on the tongue. Smooth drinking with a medium body. Overall quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 09:53:34 | More by jreitman
Photo of SheepNutz


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in a 11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice glass. It pours a hazy light orange color with about 1 finger of head that goes away quickly and leaves just a little lacing. The smell is a good blend of fruit and hops. The taste has a good citrus/spicy note to it, with a good balance of hops at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, and even at 9.5%, this is a very drinkable tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 20:20:10 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of nomad


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers I've relished in a few times without bothering to piece together a review. So here are some thoughts after varying results from different bottles. Dedication and much thanks to BA foxylady on this one...

Pours a gorgeous gold color with uber-abundant carbonation that keeps coming up all over the place. Has the softest looking thin head ever. Some great chunky lace and some soft lace, too.

Smell includes yeasty, light banana, and clove scents. Just through my nose I could pick up the very complex blend of malt, hops, and yeast. The younger the bottle (a problem with imports) the more fruity, fresh, warm, and appealing the scents will be.

The taste is an amazing cream and biscuit flavor, like a liquid bread from god. Has a succinct hops tinge that is superbly executed, it lies in the background and is very fresh. Has little earthy and herby notes, too. Warming from the alcohol, but ticks up the bits of sugary sweet swimming around in the flavors. A truly phenomenal taste, for me the definition of a tripel.

Has a long and pleasantly dry finish, a nice soft mouthfeel with small stabs at the tongue from the carbonation; both complement the cream, biscuit, herby, and sugar flavors so well.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 14:46:57 | More by nomad
Photo of Boto


4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Briiliant golden in color. Beautiful thick white head. Complex nose. Mild fruitiness to the nose: Bananas? clove? Orange? Hard to tell. Wonderful flavor, complex, but subtle. Slight yeastiness. One of my favorites. Note: bottle was a 750ml bottle conditioned version that I picked up across the street from the abbey. I wish that it cost $3.25 here!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 14:10:40 | More by Boto
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong brew, this Trappist Tripel. Deep leathery orange with fine fizzy head and lasting lace. Yeast, sweet malt, hops, alcohol and earthy aromas. The deep rich malt invites heavy gulping. High in complex hops. Lightly sweet and heavily strong. A yeasty flavor is lingering behind the bitter and peppery tastes. Strong, Strong, Strong! Whew!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 12:32:16 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Naerhu


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive exploding white head with tiny bubbles and prominent lace. Semi-opaque body. Interesting fruity ester aroma. Solid hop bitterness and lucious fruit. Sweet tasting blond malts. Creamy mouthfeel. This is so delicious, goes down much too fast, I want it to last forever. A wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 10:56:21 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured a golden yellow colour, slightly cloudy (though the bulk of the sediment remained in the bottle). Some of the sediment is persistently suspended. The head was voluminous, snow white, and cleared within a few minutes in my goblet leaving a thick lacing.

The aroma is decidedly hoppy. Fresh citrusy smells dominate, with some grassy and honey aromas also present.

While it's in my mouth, the flavour is pleasantly but decidedly bitter all around the back of my tongue, and even onto the back of my palate. There is also a little sweetness. Spicy cloves come through, some bitter orange peel, along with a touch of banana. Yeast is present, and probably stronger than it should be (next time I'll let it settle even longer). Mild malt flavours build over time.

In the mouth, it feels smooth and light, with a pleasant warming effect. Light carbonation and the bitter taste let it feel quite sharp, which really masks the alcohol to devastating effect. Oy.

Overall, I find the bitter aftertaste to dominate a little too heavily, and it detracts from the drinkability quite a bit. I'm nearly finished the bottle, and I swear I've just been chewing on orange peels. Still, there are lots of interesting flavours to ferret out here, and it's enjoyable while I'm drinking it. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 22:13:49 | More by Garin
Photo of Wildman


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, finally had to order this one since I still haven't seen show up in our stores. This beer poured a cloudy gold color with some sediment present(but the road trip might account for that). If formed wonderful foamy/puffy white head that stayed the lace stuck to the edges like glue. You could white wash your walls with that stuff. A huge amount of carbonation was present, which may account for that. An aroma of malt, bannana and cloves. A flavor of malt, clove, bannanas and bread/yeast. A medium finish with slight hint of the alcohol present. Worth the trouble getting, but hopefully less toublesome in the future. Ohio needs to quit being ignored!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 19:08:17 | More by Wildman
Photo of TXHops


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

I haven't had Westmalle Triple in several years, so it was nice of Marc77 to send me some, as it's still not around in TX... Just like I expected (and remembered), the beer emerges from the bottle a hazed yellowy golden color, with a beautiful blanket of snow-like foam across the top of the glass. Adding the trub obviously clouds the beer considerably, though doesn’t result in an opaque beer.. The beer laces a little less than I remembered or expected, and the head's not quite as billowy as some Tripel-style ales, but the presentation is still quite appetizing.

After an initial waft of coconut during the pour, the more usual suspects of aroma marched out—phenolic, banana-ish esters mix with lemon sorbet and clean, fresh, cool yeast. Adding the yeast trub increased the clean yeasty aroma, but didn’t alter much else.

The flavor is quintessentially tripel, though in an understated way, if that’s possible from the originator of the style. It seems that the copycats tend toward bigger flavors, but Westmalle has it just right, IMO. The subtle, soft, pale maltiness mixes wonderfully with the lightness of the candi sugar and the billowy airiness of the Trappist yeast. The resulting fruity, warming, slightly peachy, slightly lemony beer is well balanced and ridiculously subtle and complex. Just like I like my Belgians to be. The imitators need to go back to the original for a lesson in balance…

After an initial waft of coconut during the pour, the more usual suspects of aroma marched out—phenolic, banana-ish esters mix with lemon sorbet and clean, fresh ,cool yeast. Adding the yeast trub increased the clean yeasty aroma, but didn’t alter much else.

The flavor is quintessentially tripel, though in an understated way, if that’s possible from the originator of the style. It seems that the copycats tend toward bigger flavors, but Westmalle has it just right, IMO. The subtle, soft pale maltiness mixes wonderfully with the lightness of the candi sugar and the billowy airiness of the Trappist yeast. The resulting fruity, warming, slightly peachy, slightly lemony beer is well balanced and ridiculously subtle and complex. Just like I like my Belgians to be. The imitators need to go back to the original for a lesson in balance…

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 17:25:30 | More by TXHops
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When many a brew are lauded for their boldness and brashness, it's wonderfully refreshing to sit down and savor a perfectly balanced product that soothes and mellows. Westmalle triple is just such a delightful ale.

Color is a hazy orange, and the head's a full, towering stack of crackling, lacey, creamy foam.

Aroma is led by sugar and spice, followed by everything nice.

On my first sip: sublime! Utterly heavenly! Light, smooth, uplifting, dazzling in every way.
Some fruitiness comes through in the middle, peaches, orange, slight citrus. Hops are lively, malt is solid, and delivers more than sufficient sweetness.
My satisfaction grows with each rewarding sip. I feel that I ought to re-consider every beer I deemed "perfect" prior to this. Soft, smooth, mellow, with a dominant and delightful finish.

Can a beer be better than this, be more perfect than perfect?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 13:38:54 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As you pop the top off, a blast of citrus fills the air. Pistol smoke oozes out of the bottle. It pours to a cloudy straw colored orange with masses of cloud like foam on top that just refuses to die. Sweet aromas of fruits and oranges are the first to your nose, and you then pick up alcohol and yeast with a touch of spice.

Crisp carbonation gives it a great start as it tingles your tongue. It is very smooth with a nice medium to full body. Their is a little level of citrus that stays in the flavor of this beer which is otherwise sweet. The yeast adds a nice dry characteristic towards the end, and there is then a small hit of alcohol. After that the aftertaste is dry and bready. I could have really used a little more complexity in this one, but it was a very fine beer as far as flavoring goes. I was most impressed with the mouthfeel. It starts crisp, and smoothes out after a while. The alcohol is warming. Every part of your mouth will be involved in the feel of this beer as it awakens all your nerves right down your throat. This is a great beer, and it had big shoes to fill following up a Westy 12.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 21:36:57 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of aaronh


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-amber beer with chunks of sediment in it. It pours with a thick, white head that lasts the entire glass. The aroma sweet and fruity, with yeast, apricot, clove and banana notes prevalent. It is a very complex aroma that is reminiscent of some weizens as well as the standard triple smells. The taste is dominated by alcohol up front, which gives way to a very strong clove flavor. Sweetness fills in behind the alcohol fumes, which has hints of carmelized sugar and banana. A robust bitterness finishes off the flavor profile. A unique lingering aftertaste is also pleasant, and reminiscent of alcohol-laced bubble gum. The mouthfeel is very rich, and coats the tongue while still having a lightness to it due to the fine carbonation. The drinkability is good from the enjoyment factor, but the alcohol factor hurts it just a bit. An enjoyable beer that is well worth experiencing.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 17:18:44 | More by aaronh
Photo of MJR


4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale golden color that's hazy as all hell with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. A thick off-white head starts strong and lasts throughout, leaving a heavy dose of lace down the side of my Trappist chalice.

Smell: Has a spicy and fruity nose with lots of banana and clove. Very nice...

Taste: Lots of banana, clove, and sweet malt character. Fantastic balance between them... The alcohol asserts itself in the flavor, but doesn't take over. Finishes spicy and aggressive with a great warming effect on the palate, along with a yeasty flavor. I love it...

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. It just begs for another sip...

Drinkability: Suprisingly high considering it's strength. It's lighter body and the fact that the alcohol is fairly well hidden make this a steady sipper. Be careful with this one, it could get you in trouble!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 20:13:27 | More by MJR
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


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

I was quite pleased (and suprised) to find this yesterday. I followed a Westleverten 12 with this, and thought this was better. This is my favorite style, and it doesn't get any better. Poured a magnificent head, with good retention. Golden color, great lace. But most of all, a great taste! Fruity, spicy, drinkable, with a helluva punch! If you like Cinq Cents, La Fin Du Monde, Tremens, Don De Dieu, etc., you'll love this. World class, all the way!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 21:52:52 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of HopheadEd


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A careful pour produced a short, creamy white head that slowly faded to a 1/4 inch, and stayed, stayed, stayed. Big, yeasty aroma, fruity, sweet. A creamy mouthfeel with a big carbonation bite, fading to a tart, fruity crisp, and slightly alcohol aftertaste. Finishes with a short, dry, yet lingering peachy, apricot end. Unbelievable beer. A whole bunch of things going on here, and I enjoyed every one of them. The only reason I scored the drinkability low was because of the alcohol. I am however within walking distance of the bar! (Which is why I had three!)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 18:03:35 | More by HopheadEd
Photo of maxpower


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brownish orange color with floating yeast particles, has a foamy off white head that clings to my glass. Bready yeasty aroma of bananas. Sweet and malty fruity flavors with a slight bubblegum yeasty taste. Medium-full body with a dry finish, alcohol taste comes out as it warms, I like the Dubbel a little better, a bit more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 13:17:11 | More by maxpower
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit let down when I tried the Westmalle Dubbel, so I'm hoping this bier makes amends! This baby has a peachy, golden color. It is somewhat hazy already, even with a careful pour. Some tiny yeasty bits (is that like naughty bits?) have already made their way into the bier and are hovering around aimlessly! The head is a whipped-cream white, nice and fluffy. There was some yeasty and fruity aroma-notes, but it was much too mild. Very pleasant mouthfeel comprised of medium-plus body and minimal-carbonation producing a decent smoothness. A bit of yeasty spiciness initiates the assault on my palate. The second wave is made-up of some fruity aspects (perhaps even slightly peachy). It is a good-tasting bier, yet nothing really shakes me to the roots. Better than their Dubbel, yet not earth-shaking, imho.

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 12:25:02 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 12:00:27 | More by Gusler
Photo of doho95fu


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

Wow - Didn't really know what to expect here, I don't have much experience with the style so I had very few preconceptions. Starting off, I think I poured it a little rough because I had a 10 minute wait for the white spongy head to die down. There was thick lacing down the sides (thought I had a soapy glass at first). The color is a dull gold with a cloudy vision. It smells of fruit, spice and alcohol - it really has a strong but pleasant smell. You do not have to stress your olfactory skills here. The taste was fruit again, maybe apricot, with spices like nutmeg and cloves - great. Strong finish and very drinkable for such a strong brew. This makes me want to concentrate on this style for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 06:47:18 | More by doho95fu
Photo of philipt

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cellared for 1 year (previous review based on 330ml bottles without aging)

What does it mean to be a tripel? Three times better than any other beer...no, its much better than that. Westmalle may well be the best tripel on the planet (I haven't had every tripel on the planet, but of the ones I have had, its #1).

Bright golden body with a super-sized frothy white head. There is a significant yeast collection in the bowels of this bottle. Smells rich and complex. Malt, yeast, pear and apple, and even alcohol make-up the aroma. The taste is quite lively. Malty sweetness and yeast impart a definite fruity (particularly apple) association. The alcohol is not shy at all, and hits like a freight train towards the back of the mouth. A very warming beer. Finishes quite dry and the carbonation plays well in the mouth.

Did I mention that I really like this beer? This is a contender for the best beer tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 15:14:30 | More by philipt
Photo of Suds


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mountainous, rocky, brilliant white head with fish-eye bubbles. Huge clumps of foam adhere to the side of the glass. Hazy orange color. Aroma is malty, floral, and fruity (citrus and ripe, meaty fruit). There’s alcohol in the background of the aroma as well, but it doesn’t step forward until the beer hits your tongue. Warming, soft, full and malty…the taste is extremely enjoyable. There’s yeast and pepper in the hind-taste. Extremely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 12:29:45 | More by Suds
Photo of QXSTER1


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great smell of white wine, apples and citrus fruits when you pour this hazy gold beauty. Giant, rocky white head crowns the brew and laces impressively down the flute. Even with a careful pour it's impossible to hold this foam in the glass. Fine carbonation escapes and trickles to the surface as I admire this Triple before sipping.

Upfront fruitiness combines plum, currant and some full bodied yeastiness with Belgian earthy flavors. Alcohol cuts the sweetness and makes this one of the dryer triples I have tried. Hops are way in the background and don't contribute any noticeable flavors. Spiciness lingers in the dryish finish. This my first experience with Westmalle and won't be the last.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 16:34:42 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of cokes


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clouded, yet bright golden in color. Pillowy white head lasts a good long white, settling to lumpy piles.
Loads of honey and pale malts on the nose. Fruity undercurrents (mostly tropical and citrus). Alcohol wafts on occasion. Hops are noticed.
Starts off quite fruity, taste-wise, with apricot, pineapple, lemon and orange notes. Turns vinous at this point, and displays some tart grape / wine characteristics. Grass and hay enter next, mixed with a dose of vanilla. This all precedes a large surge of alcohol. Yeastiness stays somewhat masked, but adds some musty and peppery accents. Floral hop bitterness lingers toward the finish.
Body is both thick and spritzy. Sublimely appropriate.
Still a baby (bb: 16/05/04). This would be worth watching mature.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 23:22:52 | More by cokes
Photo of marc77


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

750 ml bottle. Slightly hazy dark straw hued brew is topped by a thick, mountainous, seemingly static porcelain white head. Sparse yeast aggregates lazily flow amongst the bubbles. Honey - glazed nuts, sugary, lightly caramelized fruit dominate the aroma, while black pepper alcohol & licorice add complexity to the bouquet. Juicy, sugary sweet candied fruit flavors hit the palate upfront, then give way to mellow pepper spiciness, light nuttiness & yeast mustiness. Mild clove persists as a constant undertone. Sweetness, although assertive, maintains a constantly luscious smoothness from start to finish. Full, almost chewy in body w/ more than sufficient residual dextrins to lend a velvety mouthfeel. Finishes slightly tart w/ lingering black pepper on the tip of the tongue and satisfying alcohol warmth coating the throat. Westmalle Triple exhibits tremendous drinkabily considering its strength. The overall flavor profile is deep with an assertive, but well controlled sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 20:28:52 | More by marc77
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