Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,629
Hads: 4,113
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 564 | 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 cujocon
2.36/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

9.5% ABV
11.2 oz Brown bottle $5.95 State Street
Appearance: Hazy amber honey color
Very tall head sticks around a while
Bubbles coming from glass like champagne, but not strong
Smell: Beery, sweet fruit, a little yeasty
Flavor: foamy, coats the tongue,long lasting bitter aftertaste
Too much bitter for me, like grapefruit pith
Overall: 2/5 Not to my liking at all. It tastes like what I expect a beer to taste like, which is why
I don't like beer. Bitter and sort of bland. (479 characters)

Photo of edkorganisation
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a first in tripel style i tasted. overall pretty tasty and has some sweet but i didnt enjoy aftertaste much. maybe i'm just nw to it, however that aside, smell and taste were enjoyable. good beer. (196 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible tripel of 9.5% ABV, of an opaque ocher color and a big and persistant whitey foam.
Smell and taste are characterized by delicious and unexpected sweet tones; they're also full of grainy tones and it's easy to feel the yeast.
Body, carbonation and bitterness are at perfect level, I believe this beer has the best feel of all I've tasted. (348 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint. Yellow-orange and hazy the beer is topped by a three finger rocky white head that settles to an uneven finger high foam. Lots of lacing. Aroma is spicy, green apple, young grapes, citrus, grass, and bread. Flavor is fruity yeast and spicy bitterness. Some grape juice sweetness, citrus zest, and alcohol which comes on the swallow. A solid medium-plus body that’s lightened up by active carbonation, creamy texture, on the semi-sweet side of dry on the finish. (502 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a hazy yellow with orange/brown tint. Lots of sediment. Thick head with great retention and good lacing.

Smell - Citrusy all the way through

Taste - Citrus flavor is not as pronounced as the smell. Hints of caramel. However there is a nasty bite of some off flavor, tastes old.

Feel - Smooth, slightly chalky, slightly chewy, and a bit savory at the finish. Great masking of the ABV too. Very quaffable.

Overall - The flavor didn't really do it for me. I am thinking that I possibly got an old beer or that it wasn't shipped/stored properly since the best by date was 6/8/15. The beer was also very highly carbonated, as it started to foam over the bottle's lip upon opening (I have heard this can be a symptom of a bad beer). (743 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color with a very active three finger head of big bubbles that soon disappear. 

S: The nose is somewhat weak, but that of fresh citrus fruit and cloves.

T: A very appealing mix of citrus, banana (which seems to be a reoccurring theme today), sweet honey, and hops. The 9.5%ABV is surprisingly almost nonexistent, save for a slight warming on the finish.

F: This one feels a bit lighter but still features enough body to satisfy, along with pretty active carbonation. 

O: Delicious. A beautifully crafted balance of sweet and bitter. I'm truly enjoying this glass right now, and it's getting even better as it warms up just a touch. I'll be back to this one again for sure. (704 characters)

Photo of DiUr
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best tripel i have had. Beautiful looking, the ripe pear aroma is just perfect and the taste so complex i won´t even begin to try to describe it. World class indeed. (166 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/3 - Monk's Pub (Downtown Chicago). I enjoyed this bottled beer, but I typically prefer draft beer. The look and smell were somewhat neutral. I like the taste, not as heavy or strong as I expected, but a pleasant beer to drink. I like this beer and would like to find a draft version at some point down the road. (313 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer probably 3-5 times before. I never quite liked it until this sample today. I think I was getting skunked or old bottles in the past. Maybe the yeast was stirred up a bit? They all had this flavor I didn't quite like, a staleness which was a turn off. I couldn't quite understand why people kept calling this tripel one of the best. Today I had a bottle which was fantastic. This is what a tripel should be. Estery and dry, peppery aftertaste. The color is pale gold, nice white head with good retention. Improves as it warms. Not a fan of the initial smell but this too improves as the beer sits for a few minutes. Overall I loved this bottle, now I know what all the hype was about! (702 characters)

Photo of HawkFalco
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted:Jan. 14, 2014
Purchased: Dec. 19 2014 11.2 oz. bottle
Served cold from the fridge.
Look: Poured cloudy lemon yellow. Formed two fingered creamy white head that lasted but a minute or so.
Smell: Citrus and melon in the nose. Nose continues to open up with warming and greets you with every return trip to the glass.
Taste: First taste in the mouth is a mix of complex lemony citrus, fruity melon in a yeasty beer deliciousness. This gives way to a bitter hoppy bite that pleasantly lingers and pairs well with the fruity tastes.
Feel: Light in the mouth but not watery. Nice level of carbonation lasted well until the end. Very refreshing.
Overall: I generally don’t care for bitter beers but this is proving an exception. A lot going on here. I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised at how well I took to this brew. Tad expensive but I will certainly buy again. (888 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Dark amber with a fluffy off-white head
Smell: Barely present save for a strong hint of alcohol
Taste: Nutty, citrusy, with a whiff of apricot or peach
Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy (187 characters)

Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden honey color with tints of orange. Big white head. Apricots and banana on the nose with hints of pepper. Peppery taste upfront with noticeable alcohol, then honey and banana, a hint of citrus and, yes, pineapple. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Good stuff overall, but not as close to perfection as their dubbel. (336 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz into simple tulip glass. The color was the deep golden, hazy liquid all previous reviews have described. A pillowy white head that quickly dissipated to a half-finger, then held from there. Not much lacing on glass - could be my fault.
The aroma was subtle blend of spice, dried fruit, citrus, and of course a nice touch of banana. Did have to get the nose in there to get details. Wife noticed some cinnamon and coriander. Wish I had that level of olfactory articulation.
The flavor is why we buy this beauty. The quintessential Tripel. The spice notes up front, the light citrus and dried fruit across the palate and the dry, yeasty finish (I made a full pour) - the definition of Tripel.
When I someday get a beer fridge, this will be a regular inclusion. (766 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass - best before August 2016

Look: Pours a clear, golden yellow with a diffuse white head and some lacing. Although it doesn't have the clarity of a krystalweizen I didn't see the haziness that some other reviewers have noted - maybe my pour left most of the yeast in the bottle.

Smell: A bit disappointing in that it's barely there. Seriously, even serving at the 'correct' temperature I was getting faint whiffs of banana with a hint of alcohol. Not much in the way of yeast and the spice notes were also in the 'barely there' category. It certainly lacked the aromatic onslaught of other tripels I've had.

Taste: Aah, *that's* more like it - packed full of citrus with malt and yeast notes and a hint of pepperiness. Slightly flowery/grassy flavours to finish. Suitably complex.

Feel: A mouthful of this and it doesn't feel like something with 9.5% ABV - slightly, tingly carbonation but otherwise quite a light and dry feel.

Overall: It's from Belgium and it's a tripel, so it was pretty much a given that I'd like this, and I do. For something that nearly hits double figures ABV-wise it's extremely drinkable without tasting like paint stripper. I've got another bottle in the 'cellar' so it'll be interesting to see how aging treats it. (1,292 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as sweet or fruity as Americans' perhaps first tripel love, Le Fin du Monde.

As a matter of fact, it's quite well-balanced for how boozy it is- betraying this only in the nose. (182 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/16/2011. Poured a hazy yellowish-orange color, with a half inch head that slowly dissipated to a thin film that laced nicely. Aroma was a bit subdued, with some pepper, banana, clove, and funky yeasty notes. The flavor was outstanding, with some citrus, flowery, grassy, and bready notes coming through. The mouthfeel was light, somewhat dry, with a great finish. Perfect carbonation sets off the mouthfeel nicely. This is an outstanding beer, the time in the cellar really melded all the complex flavors perfectly. (526 characters)

Photo of john0721
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle.

Yellow with a white creamy head.

Nose is ok but not the beers strength.

Banana with some mild hop bitterness in the flavor.

Creamy on the palate.

Overall an excellent, classic example of the style. (216 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a beautiful three fingered head on top of a mildly hazy, golden straw body into a Spiegelau tulip glass. Tastes of glorious amounts of yeast and what seem like ever changing light fruit flavors, with the delightful mouth-puffing carbonation that is typical of the finest Belgian ale. Finishes with a mild astringency. This is without a doubt one of the world's finest. (374 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BB 11/06/16

Pours clear yellow with a hint of an orange hue. Tons of head that makes a gorgeous cap and bubbles pouring upwards. Peppery nose with hints of booze and bananas. Body is very light for such a high ABV. Pepper, pears, banana, grass & hay. Clean finish my that warms slightly. Great beer. (300 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: (3/3) Golden with light haze and very thick creamy head that sticks around for a while
S: (11/12) Delightfully banana-clovey with some pepper and alcohol to balance it out
T: (18/20) Solid banana and sweet malt flavor with incredibly clean finish
M: (5/5) Very bubbly and solid dryness on finish
O: (8/10) Wow. Refreshing and sweet? I didn’t think it was possible. This is a solid beer, and one I’ll keep looking for in the future. It’s such a treat when a beer like this is generally easy to find, but so delicious. The more I drink it, though, the alcohol just wallops me over the head.
45/50 (607 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

APPEARANCE - Clear golden with a 2-finger head that dissipates. Great lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - A little sweet, herbaceous.

TASTE - A balance of bitter and sweet, herbaceous notes. Floral. Not overly boozy.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation. Light, not gooey.

VALUE - A bit high.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Nice beer, goes down easy. (343 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Purchased from on base Camp Hansen, Okinawa Shoppette...

A - Pours a golden haze, two fingers of creamy white head which laces nicely

S - Sweet and spicy on the nose with strong belgian yeast a really true sampling of the flavor profile

F - The flavor is a sweet bready nectar showing off honey , almonds, hazlenuts and other malt forward notes

M - Creamy and full bodied, warming and sticky

Overall a really great Tripel, the best I've had in a while... recommend highly. (477 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Has a massive big head, and a golden yellow color.

Great aroma of wheat, yeast and a refreshing bitterness.

Has a beautiful balance of wheat, sugar and some bitter hoppy notes. Perfect smooth mouthfeel with a dry ending supported by the carbonation which is present but not distracting, adds freshness to the beer. No spices present, but a nice bitterness at the end, which goes along with an overall sweet character, lovely combination. Bitterness never grows too present. (477 characters)

Photo of dorosjim
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Simply put this is an incredible beer. Super clean and dry with lots of great hearty bread notes and a touch of fruity sweetness. Incredibly brisk and refreshing, vinous like character. Great replacement for champagne! (218 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

October 3, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, tulip

A – Dark yellow with orange tint, extremely high carbonation with tons of bubbles in the beer itself. Four inches of craggy, rocky white foam that seems to last forever. About ½ inch left when all is said and done.

S – Citrus, reminiscent of nectarine, orange peel, curacao. Peppery and tangy. Some alcohol warmth in the background. Maybe some banana, bubble gum.

T – Foamy, dense, orangey and slightly peppery. Some earthiness, mushroominess. Very mild, floral hop flavor, just a touch of hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. A lot more banana, some bubble gum.

M – Foamy and effervescent. Somewhat thin, but the bubbles coat the tongue and leave a sweet finish. Thinness seems to be from the alcohol, is not a flaw. Slightly syrupy on the finish.

O – Not quite the knockout tripel I was expecting based on the reputation, but a very good example of the style. (926 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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