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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,902
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 290
Gots: 432 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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

Westmalle Trapist Tripel. Best before 1/3/12 (oops), poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with yeast in suspension all over...the rocky white head slowly recedes and sticks to the glass.

S: Typical banana and clove, fruity yeast esters...grape bubble gum...light grassy notes.

T: Hugely refreshing palette. Moderate spice character, more grape bubble gum, and some dry, grassy, earthy notes. Not intensely fruity but there are hints of pear and other white fruits.

MF: Quite dry, medium-light body. Pretty active carbonation.

O: A solid tripel. I think its a bit overrated as it is solid and not spectacular in my opinion, but I can see why it is beloved.

Photo of martun
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of rodney45
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle, poured into my chimay chalice. Brewed on 11/2010... a year of bottle conditioning.

A: Golden hazy yellow, with a huge frosty head made up of millions of tiny bubbles. Light to moderate lacing with a great amount of head retention, which is great for such a high abv.

S: Aroma is mostly comprised of corriander, orange zest, munich and pilsner malt, and bartlett pears. Very aromatic house yeast phenols.

T: First notes are of some traditional belgian spices (nutmeg, clove, and corriander), this interplays with a spicy hop, that trade places back and forth. Secondary profile is of sweet candied sugar, belgian yeast and pear. Very dry aftertaste with malt forward, citrus bite and hop reemerging.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Slightly bitter. No alcohol hints.

O: This is the grandfather of all triples. Fantastic beer. Not as good as the rocheforts in my opinion, but the definitive belgian trappist brew. If you can find it, get it

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of budgood1
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours out a hazed light golden colour. huge snow white meringue like head supported by some very active carbonation. bits of chunky lace. yeasty, spicy and fruity aroma. tart apples and pears in the taste profile, complimented by some hefty sourdough breadiness and peppery alcohol spice. there is even some detectable flowery hoppiness that accentuates the residual malt sweetness. it's all interwoven so perfectly that sublimely balanced may not be a good enough of a desciptor. the body of this trappist tripel is full, lush and decadent. a lively carbonated mouthfeel allows everything to burst forth with vigor. drinkability is off the charts and unexplainable.

all i can say is that overall this is the epitome of the tripel style IMO. about perfect in every aspect and well deserved of the praise, respect and hype it has now and will have in the future. again, i'm not sure why it's taken me so long to review this gem...but..it's been quite awhile since i've given out all 5's, but the time has come. awesome stuff!

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to NBB globe glass. Best by 3/10/12. Beer pours a dark hazy gold with a finger white head. Good retention and lacing though the beer is rather unassuming. Yeast particles easily visible in pour. The aroma is rather subdued. Hints of citrus, belgian yeast character, and perhaps a hint of roasted malt but not much. The flavor builds on the aroma for a smooth and light flavor, which is impressive for a 9.5%abv. Hints of citrus, mild bitterness, and toasted malts. Not an abundance of flavor like I would expect based on previous Trappists. Lower end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, though perhaps I had it too late as a lot of the flavor I was expecting just wasn't there. Very easy to drink and hides the alcohol extremely well.

Photo of dansmcd
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy pale dull orange colour with a finger of white head with good retention.

S - Yeasty, spicy, banana, clove and bread.

T - Fruity, yeasty, plenty of complexity here. Sour orange rind, pineapple, clove, nice amount of heat.

M - Moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Lots of intricacy, absolutely delicious, just one of the best Belgians out there. A real classic.

Photo of TGS
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of n2pux
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mavbrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazy orange, with a giant 3 finger head, decent alcohol legs and total head retention throughout the entire glass. Smells of grapes, pears, apples, banana like scent from the yeast and a light subtle alcohol. The taste is much the same, green grapes, almost a dry Riesling flavor and complexity to it. Full of fruit and carbonation, this beer is great for any occasion. Light in body, lots of carbonation gives it a champagne like feel, crisp, refreshing and very dry. Overall, the Westmalle Triple is one of the best beers in the world for a reason, its delicious and a complete treat, cheers.

Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jnjander
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of KotR
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SirWalkAbout
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark golden color with a perfect white colored head that stays till the end. Excellent carbonation.

Smell is subtle, with nothing too pungent. I smell citrus, a little yeast, and not much else.

It's light and smooth tasting. Citrus yes, but I don't get much more. Great carbonation and not much of an aftertaste.

Overall it's good and very drinkable. I know it's more complex than I am picking up, but to me it comes off as a very simple beer. I would have it again if looking for something light and interesting.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/26/12.

Pours a murky light orange with a 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap. Chunky streaks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of white grapes, green apples, citrus fruit, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of white grape juice, citrus zest, spices, and mild Belgian yeast. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body and a crisp level of carbonation. Overall, this is a really good tripel and another great beer from Westmalle.

Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

This pours a golden orange color with essentially no head. Aromas are full of belgian yeast and some cherries. Nice smelling tripel. Taste is fruits up front with a warming alcoholic finish. Very smooth with some funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but doesn't leave you full. Overall a great belgian tripel.

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

750ml bottle into a goblet.

Hazy, golden honey in color, with a clean, frothy white one-finger head that recedes slowly to a thin layer with mild clumps of lacing. Quite a bit of suspended particulate.

Smell is somewhat subdued. Probably a function of the beer being a little colder than optimal. Yeast, spicy fruit-some apple peel, lemon zest.

Taste improves on the smell for me. The apple peel/apricot tartness comes out even more, as does a bit of peppery bite. As the beer warms substantially, an almost buttery smoothness evolves.

Mouthfeel is very good,medium bodied with nice carbonation that provides a solid bite and a moderately dry, white grape-like finish.

Overall this beer is excellent. Nicely balanced, showing an evolution of aromas and flavors as I work through the bottle. Hard to believe it's taken me this long to get around to trying it.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a 750ml bottle along with a very nice Westmalle chalice glass as a gift. The glass is very heavy, has a 33cl line with ample room to spare for the head. Best chalice I own.

The bottle was marked with a bottled date of 11/4/11. It was caged and corked. I served it at 40 degrees.

Poured it into the chalice a pale golden color with medium haze and a thin white head. There were many streams of carbonation rising in the glass along with some yeast settling in the glass.

S- biscuit, citrus, some savory spice.
F- Very complex with several varieties of citrus, grains, and spice. The flavors were consistent through the taste rather than certain flavors appearing only on the finish.
M- moderate to high carbonation kept the mouthfeel clean and crisp. The 9.5%ABV was well integrated.
O- Outstanding with great complexity, classic Belgian yeast. I recommend serving it warmer - 50 degrees or above as this is when the flavors and aromas emerged more fully.

Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost neon orange with a 2 finger white head that dissipates into a ring after a minute.

Smells heavily of banana, candi sugar, spice and a bit of white pepper.

Banana flavor is at the forefront of the palate as well. Very similar to a hefeweizen. Also some clove, pepper and a little bit of wheat tartness.

Fairly smooth with fairly high carbonation levels. Alcohol is well hidden for 9.5%.

Not usually a fan of lighter Belgian styles, so when I find one I like it's even more impressive. The spice is kept in check and doesn't overpower the other flavors. As always the Trappist breweries deliver. It's almost as if they have hundreds of years of experience perfecting it.

Photo of IPA35
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, I did not add the yeast so it is not hazy.
White head, and good visible carbonation.
Nice lacing. Good retention.

Smell is banana and spice. Not unlike a weizen.
This website mentions apricot and I have to agree there.
Underlying aroma's of citrus and tartness, like green apple.

The taste starts out with tart fruits (citrus, banana to a lesser extent) followed by spice and malts ending with a rather assertive bitterness. You got the sweetness, tartness, the bitterness, a hefty malt character and many many other flavours all put together in a rather well balanced beer. Very complex also but rather easy to drink at the same time.

Now this with only a few flakes of yeast added, about half a beer left with the rest added. The bottle says drink without the yeast...

It looks as if the banana aromo on the nose is a little more intense. It might dull down the flavour a little but if you pour everything from the start it is not that much of a difference.

It is quite crisp and drinkable and hides the 9.5% quite well.

The body is medium, perfect for such a beer.
Adding the yeast after drinking half of the glass makes it feel thicker. Medium carbonation.

Great beer and only €1.32 a bottle at the local supermarket. I will have many more of these.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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