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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,737
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 259
Gots: 348 | FT: 1
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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 AndrewR
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dusty local honey in color, nose just explosive. vanilla bean, reduced bananas, orange peel, fun dip stick, white flowers for days. supple in the mouth, alcohol seamlessly integrated, round and regal. band aids, cloves and amaretto dominate throughout and the finish lingers. this comes correct on all levels. benchmark brew that i could drink thrice daily.

AndrewR, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of HopBacchus
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange gold with a large pillowy head and impressive lacing

Nose is complex with pale malts, pepper and a surprisingly strong presence of spirits

Spirity pepper and pale malts are up front, the flavor becomes more complex with citrus notes and coriander present finishes surprisingly dry

medium bodied and creamy, very drinkable if not for the spirity presence body had deffinetly been thinned by the alcohol

Overall a very good Tripel

HopBacchus, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of one of my favorite styles. Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle (with a cool "Trappisten Bier" raised glass ring around the neck of the bottle) into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy orangy/dull gold color with a medium size delicate, bubbly white head. Head retention is good for a Tripel. A covering remains throughout on the top of the glass. Lacing is practically non-existent.

This beer REALLY has to warm up before the smell catches up to the taste. It is worth it though. Belgian yeast, fruit (apples and pears) and peppery spiciness are all there.

Good Tripel flavor throughout. Belgian yeast, a little candi sugar sweetness, fruitiness (apples pears and maybe apricots) and some black pepper spiciness. I am usually reminded of a faint ripe cheese flavor when I drink a good Tripel like this one.

Mouthfeel is rich. There is a fair amount of alcohol bite up front. Not a bad thing but definitely there. This smooths out as you drink. The pepper definitely contributes positively to the mouthfeel.

Overall this is a solid Tripel, one of the best I have had.

JayQue, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of derekmorris7
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = great gold color with a nice thick head, nice cling on the sides prob due to the high abv

S = Clean smell with great fruit undertones

T = Again a clean taste with nice finish

M = Good cling and nice after taste

O = Great beer, very strong on the alcohol content but I like that part

derekmorris7, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a muddy yellow color with a decent white head on it. The lacing is scattered and doesn't really stick to the glass all that well. The foam does stay on top of the beer though. The smell of the beer had a Belgian yeast aroma followed but some spices on the nose. The taste of the beer was smooth and a little floral. The spices dance on the tongue in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very drinkable. Overall this Trappist is quite good and doesn't really fail anywhere. It's enjoyable and well worth the time to try it.

Knapp85, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Thijs (Brabander) for finding this gem and affording me an opportunity to get one. Poured out of a brown bottle into my Duvel. Thijs tracked this down and it had been sitting in a basement since 1985.

A – Pours out a cloudy caramel brown with almost no head to speak of but amazingly good carbonation. Spotty lacing from what little head there was.

S - Has a great funky yeast smell. Very nice fruit smell with apples, orange and pears in there. Peppery spiciness.

T – Very mellow tasting. Has some honey like qualities in it. Apple still present. Taste what could be a grape presence. Still has quite a bit of alcohol in the end that you feel all the way down. Touch of spiciness left.

M – Very creamy and smooth. Still had good carbonation. Ran from sweet malts to a nice drying at the end.

O – Once in a lifetime opportunity to try a brew this old. It was well worth it. Still a wonderful tasting beer. I enjoyed every sip of this one. Thanks Thijs!

GallowsThief, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter
bottled on 6/14/2010; best before 6/14/2012

A: Pours a very hazy dark golden color, with an almost orange hue. There is a solid 2 fingers width of bubbly, sea foam white head, with moderate retention until it dissipates down to a thin film. Leaves a small amount of lacing, but not much.

S: Just after the pour the scent is all about sweet malts and Belgium yeast funk. A brisk swirl of the snifter brings out citrus aromas of orange and lemon zest, as well as a touch of alcohol. A peppery spice is also prominent, and there is a hint of banana. Very good aroma, but not quite as prominent or complex as some other Tripels I have had.

T: The first sip is loaded with an initial malt sweetness. There is also lots of spice, and a citrus bitterness on the backend. Although it maintains a balance of sweet, spice, and bitterness, early on it has a harsh character, like too much is going on and nothing stands out. However, once the beer warms, in the second glass poured from the bomber, the harness subdues and the flavors that are present early on become more distinct. Banana comes out instead of a generic malt sweetness. Instead of an indiscriminate citrus, flavors of orange, lemon, and tangerine come out. The spiciness now has flavors of pepper, coriander, and a subtle clove character. And at one point I even caught a hint of vanilla. It turned out to have a very pleasant and complete flavor profile.

M/D: Great smoothness, even with the high carbonation that is typical of the style. Medium bodied, and does a great job of masking the almost double digit ABV, as there is no hint of alcohol whatsoever. The bomber goes down so fast that it’s almost too easy to drink.

O: Overall this is an excellent example of one of my favorite styles of beer. Smells good, looks great, and has a well balanced flavor. However, personally I think Le Fin De Monde is a superior beer, with stronger aromas and a more complex flavor profile. Westmalle Tripel is certainly good, and it’s a beer I will most definitely have again, but if it was side by side with LFDM, it wouldn’t even be a question which one I would choose.

zac16125, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The original model for the style. Central Market had a 25% off sale, so I just had to get a bottle to review. Served in a New Belgium globe.

The beer pours a hazy, orangey, yellow with a spectacular white head. Good lacing and good bubble structure. Definitely above solid and what I look for in a beer. Trappist know how to do this stuff.

The smell is mostly banana and lemon with some muted Belgian spice blending in the background. The banana is a bit dry and I'd almost prefer a bit more citrus, if that makes sense. Good, but not great.

The taste is dry and spritzy. Well rounded with banana and spices that can only be from Belgium. The fruit mix is still not quite where I want it to be. Still, it's definitely "to style" :P. However, I'd rather have a LFDM any day of the week and that doesn't include the price difference.

This is a classic and the basis of the Tripel style, but I just don't like it as much as I feel like I should. If someone haded me one, I definitely wouldn't turn it down.

UTCengOwl, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle
Best before end: 13/10/12
Served in a chalice

Appears bright yellowish gold, with a dense creamy head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is dominated by estery fruit. Some yeast, spice, and pale malts. Taste is incredibly balanced. Not much alcohol presence. Estery fruit and spicy phenols, followed by yeasty funk and malty sweetness. Light bitterness. Quick, dry finish with some residual sweetness. Medium bodied for the style, carbonation right on point. I would expect nothing less from a Trappist Tripel

Allpe45, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of nazbotica
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours an opaque gold color with a two finger head that settles to 1 finger and lingers.

S - I smell rye bread, belgian yeast, slight lemon and red licorice.

T - The smell gives up the grainy rye flavor and lemon. I also taste flowers and melon at the end. I also got a bubblegum flavor here and there. The longer I drink the more I get a medicinal alcohol taste. This is my only complaint.

M - The beer is medium-light to medium bodied. The citrus would make it crisper, but the nice level of carbonation and the yeast, I think, give it the smoothest, softest mouthfeel I have come to expect from Belgians. I also get a warming from alcohol.

O - This is a quintessential Belgian Trippel. I cannot imagine what could be more authentic. If it exists, I have never tasted it. This is such a complex beer with so many fruit and malt flavors. I could probably drink several more and list a lot more flavors.

nazbotica, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass best before 7-15-11.

I poured everything from the bottle (yeast and all) so I got a hazy straw or pale orange with lots of yeast floating around, the head was large white with big carbonation bubbles which very quickly dissipated into a thin film (in the time it took me to write this). The smell is very sweet like fruit (maybe peach) with a boozy presence. Medium light mouth feel with plenty of carbonation. The taste is good, not as sweet as expected from the smell, there is a little fruit and maltiness, maybe a slight peppery taste (less than Duvel) its very dry on the way down with a little alcohol burn (which is the most obvious taste). Overall a pretty good beer.

DavidST, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Wisconsin93
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a mellow orange. Has a cloudy, unfiltered look. Nice head retention with noticeable lattice.

S - Boozy and peppery. Small hint of citrus, mostly lemon. Overall a complex bouquet, but not very strong

T - Spicy. We almost tasted vanilla, but very faint. It was juicy, but still a very dry-tasting beer. Not very sweet.

M - High carbonation with a silky feel. Left us salivating between sips. Lots of complexity here. Our favorite part.

Wisconsin93, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a yellow-dark-golden color with a thick white head.
Smell: Citrus, peach, spicy hops (pepper), malts, yeast
Taste: crisp up front, fruits (citrus, peach), yeast, malts, spicy herbs (coriander) and nicely warming alcohol and hppy finish.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a silk medium body
Overall: One of the better tripels out there for sure. IMO underrated, probably because it is so widely distributed. One can only imagine what the ratings would be if this beer would be only avaliable at the monastry (like WV)

rvdoorn, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet, the first of my 3 triples night (other two being Chimay and St. Bernadus)

Pours a dark gold colour with probably the silkiest, creamiest head i've ever seen that slowly collapses in on itself.

Smells refreshing - lemon, light/pale fruits and malts. Like a summers day.

Taste is first a citrusy zing, before some pale malts and very slight hops take over giving a slight bitterness, and an alcohol warmth finishes it off. Everything is very subtle, I would say it's on the far other end of the boldness scale, opposite the US craft brew style boldness.

Over all a really, really good beer. Perfect on this summer saturday afternoon just as i've finished mowing the lawn.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Mazaman
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 finger white head with tightly compacted bubbles. Decent head retention and nice lacing. Beer is a nice amber orange and a bit cloudy.

S - smell of bread, yeast, and a hint of malt

T - upfront sharpness and a little sweetness, followed by a wave of hop bitterness and slight alcohol, finished with a lingering grapefruit and citrus taste

M - biting carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Highly drinkable for a beer this big. Lingering grapefruit leave you thirsty for another.

Mazaman, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of bluesfan1181
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving - 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a big 3 finger head that bellows out of the glass. Has a beautiful golden orange glow to it that, is cloudy with yeast. Lacing sticks around the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells of spiciness and yeast. Has fruit notes mixed in.

T - Hop bitterness and yeast on the front, fruitiness and alcohol on the back. Has a nice lingering taste that is pleasant.

M - Has mild carbonation that tickles your throat on the way down. Easy to drink for an ABV% of this volume.

Overall this is one of the best in the world. A true Trappist ale from Belgium. Worth every penny and one I will be visiting again!!!!

bluesfan1181, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Hershdawg
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into great divide snifter.

A: Big foamy white head, golden appearence with some cloudiness from the yeast. Decent lacing.

S: Amazing, belgian esters, sugar, tropical fruits,

T: Banana, clove, bubble gum, sweet malt. Heavy yeast character but wonderful balence

M: Excellent and not heavy.

Overal its a world class beer. It can survive a bit in a cellar. The beer is complex but easy to drink. It defines the tripel style. Great beer to go out of you way for.

Hershdawg, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden and very cloudy. Some carbonation is evident. A thick white foam leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

S - Scents of cherries, citrus, and grain. Very sweet.

T - Has a potent booze bite that is tempered by a sweet sugary taste. The transition is nice. The slight tartness in the finish makes this hit all the spot for a good tripel.

M - Certianly heavy and packs a punch. One of these is plenty. Well balanced, and minimal carbonation. Has a little raspy feel in the vein of a pilsner.

O - This is right there with Chimay and the other name trappist tripels.

socon67, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A: Hazy, dark golden color and either has a ridiculous amount of head or else I suddenly forgot how to pour a beer. Seriously, I feel like I’ve overloaded the washing machine. Like when you’re a kid and you pour the whole bottle of bubble bath in the tub, that’s what pouring this beer is like.

S: Smells sweet and succulent with apricots, oranges and bready malts, a lot of what I’m used to in a Belgian.

T/M: Has a low amount of carbonation and actually tastes pretty boozy. Tangy orange zest and hints of pineapple shine through; it’s not as prominent with the darker fruits. The alcohol taste is a bit too strong in this one, which makes me wonder if I should have opted for the dubbel this time.

Honestly, I’m still waiting for that one Trappist ale to sweep me off my feet and show me what it’s all about.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Seanstoppable
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before January 1st, 2012.

Pours a hazy light gold color with copious amounts of frothy white head. Head has quite the staying power, leaving tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell consists of some spice and yeast.

Initial taste reminds me a bit of banana, though this is quickly washed away by the stronger malt and slightly raisin like taste. A bit of spice and yeast in the back. Certainly sweet and a bit boozy.

A very complex, interesting and tasty beverage. Made for sipping, not quaffing.

Seanstoppable, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last I'm finally reviewing this beer. I don't know how many times I've bought a bottle of this intending to review it and then just never did for one reason or another. In any case, glad to finally review this lovely beer. Pours a hazy golden with a glow. Nice two inch fluffy head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap that sticks around for the duration. Nice nose of orange, coriander, and some other herbal aromas. Tastes quite fruity, with notes of orange peel, bitter orange juice, lots of coriander, a bit of lemon, some slight sweetness- not nearly as much as many tripels- and some earthy, herbal bitterness. Delightful. The mouthfeel is a bit tannic and full, especially on the finish. Nice, a very fine tripel, a classic.

Georgiabeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of teromous
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It rests with a creamy white head about 2/3 a thumb's thickness on top of a hazy pale gold beer. There's ample visible carbonation.

S: The smell is a bit hard to describe, it has a yeast smell to it but is also very light earthy smell to it. I pick up some alcohol smell as well.

T: It tastes pretty malty, with a semi-sweet flavor almost like nut-bread. Some of the minor flavors are alcohol, a little earthy spiciness (like bay leaf), and the familiar Belgian funk (pretty mellow).

M: Mouthfeel is about medium, despite the beguiling light color of the beer. There isn't much bitterness but it's just enough to play on the alcohol tinge. Carbonation is just right, it's wonderful.

O: This is a great beer. I can't say that it's 5.0 in my book, but it's near enough. Perhaps if I had this locally in Belgium it would score a 5.0 with a more prominent scent and an even greater flavor profile. I would definitely drink this beer again.

teromous, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Cubaneagle
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale gold with a 2 finger thick head that lingers without much lacing at all.

S: Citrus, spice, with yeast but found smell fairly mild.

T: A little citrus at first. On to the sweet banana, esters, pepper and a hint of booze. Very tasty.

M: Nice body and good carbonation. Finishes dry and flavors tend to stick.

D: Great and loved it. Not overly heavy but hits with a lot of flavor and just a pleasure to drink. True Belgium Style.

Oversized wine glass

Cubaneagle, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really good. Tripels are not my favorites but this was really good. I have been waiting to try this beer. Pours a pale of pale golden, hints of orange. Marshmallow head, just huge. Smells of malt, malt, and more malt. Tastes of malt, yeast, very bready, uncooked dough for a sweetbread. tiny bubbles of carbonation. A bit of a dry fruity finish. Overall, great!

gskitt, May 30, 2011
Photo of djsmith1174
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent yellow with a gigantic white head that sticks around a while. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Fruit, Belgain yeast, and slight citrus.

T: A little citrus at first. On to the sweet banana, esters, pepper and a hint of booze. Very tasty.

M: Medium with a dry kick. Well executed.

D: As good as I had expected it to be. Definitely a fine representation of a Tripel and one that I would recommend to others wanting to try a good one.

djsmith1174, May 23, 2011
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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