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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,847 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,847
Reviews: 1,590
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 391 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bombadil
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Daredevil
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber-gold color, strong lasting foamy head

nose: spices, herbal notes with sage and orange zest fruitiness

palate: differing from the smell this has a strong malty character, with sweet notes, very austere and in the beginning an extremely bitter aftertaste ... the latter smoothens after 30' in the glas

P.S. 1: tasting from a RIEDEL Burgundy glass (which I suppose proved a good match: underlines the sweet notes)

P.S. 2: although this had a "best before 11/15/12" on the tag (I was tasting it on 11/10/12), I am pretty certain, it would keep another 3-5 years of cellaring, thus adding to smoothness ....

Photo of GLM0011
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boozy at the end of every drink. Similar to the Duval but more fruit flavor in there. Not as fruity as the LaFIN duMonde which to me can be overfruity. Crisp drinkability.Very very nice. A new favorite because it takes the best qualities of other similar beers but with more balance. Complex this beer. The aftertaste is very refreshing. Its a pretty beer to look at. Overall this beer is truly awesome.Highly recommend this one.

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

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a 50 cl mug. Best before end: 16/02/13. Authentic Trappist Product.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a huge pillowy white head.

Smell: Flowery aroma with a strong yeast smell. Very nice.

Taste: Strong ale flavor. Spicy yeast taste with sour alcohol flavor bordering on a white wine.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel. Strong aftertaste.

Overall: Fantastic Trappist tripel. Look forward to more of the style.

Photo of supermeniscus
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A -I love watching the lacing on this one
S - Nothing too distinct
T - Smooth, alcohol well hidden with a nice aftertaste
M - Smooth, slightly bubbly and dry

I've drank this bottle on a number of different occasions (just to be sure that it was as consistent as i remembered!) and it is definitely the most enjoyable triple i have ever tried. Easily hides the alcohol content and i can have two 33cl bottles without effort.
I would not give high marks for the smell and there is no defining taste (for me) on the nose nonetheless it has a very pleasant and slow release aftertaste, the booze is hidden amazingly well and the mouthfeel is so silky that it has a soothing almost meditating effect on me and for that it is highly drinkable. A beer that can be enjoyed as well as sipped (even with 9.5%) Has to be tried to be believed

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a claret.

Appearance-Beautiful. Blonde body with just carbonation shooting to the top of the glass. Head is a very frothy about 4 finger head, after a non-aggressive pour. Carbonation is wild. Retention is outstanding, which I expected and lacing is oustanding. Just a picture perfect beer.

Smell-Was expecting alot of spice but really just got some subtleness. Big lemony and peachy aroma and light breadiness.

Taste-Lots of Black Pepper, the first thing i really notice, some sweetness comes through. The lemon follows the aroma and the finish has some light booze along w/ some very subtle hops.

Mouthfeel-Very dry, reminds me of a Chardonnay in a way. Carbonation is very high.

Overall-A nice Tripel, but I'll take La Fin Du Monde over this any day of the week. A little too much alcohol came through and nothing totaly wowed me, but the beer is still very good.

Photo of mariposafan
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very bright yellow-gold color capped by a head of creamy foam that would do justice to a hefeweizen - huge, billowing and lasting.

The aroma is very estery with the spicy, vaguely banana-like notes that I've come to associate with Belgian yeast. There's no lack of punch, either.

The flavor is very good, but a bit of a letdown. There's an aftertaste that just doesn't sit well with me. Pity because the rest of it is beautiful. Lightly sweet, very yeasty, great spicy notes - so much going for it but that aftertaste just knocks it down for me.

Medium bodied with OK carbonation but a little more to cut through the aftertaste would have been appreciated.

I plan to revisit this at some point to see if a younger bottle (this one is dated as best by 5/2012) loses some of the bitter aftertaste or if maybe I got some yeast sediment mixed in somehow. Still very good but it would be much nicer without that particular portion of the aftertaste.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: straw colored pour spills into a dark hazy gold; thick creamy white head

S: sweet honey and orchard fruits

T: starts sweet but finishes dry; taste some fruity flavors, incredibly fresh-tasting. Gracefully sweet, floral, herbal.

M: medium-full bodied; nicely carbonated; dries elegantly

O: I've never had a true trappist ale before, but have heard much of the vaunted Westverleten. Unable to get one, I asked my distributor to recommend a tripel. When he pointed me to this beer, I had to try it.

I was thrown off at first when I saw there was a plastic cork. But having consumed the beer, I assume that it creates a better seal than a true cork stopper, and this beer really tasted freshly-brewed. I have never tasted a beer in this style as fresh-tasting as this.

I can't imagine a better beer. A good strong Belgian pale ale, bringing a sophistication and freshness that is palpable. This beer was a total surprise, and is instantly on my favorite beer list.

Revisited several times over the two years since initial review. Always fresh, crisp, and balanced, and with a sweetness and bright yeast and hop profile that will please any advocate. Confirmed world-class status each time.

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

A-light yellow to golden color, hazy with a thick white head which dissipates slowly

S-heavy fruit and citrus with some malt and yeasty bread overtones

T-heavy fruit flavors with some citrus notes and baked bread, well-balanced with the alcoholic content nicely concealed in all that flavor

F-light to medium body with nice livrly carbonation

O-an excellent beer of this variety with nice complex flavors

Photo of Fenris244
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duvel tulip

pours a hazy yellow, has a very rocky 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

lightly fruity on the nose, bits of grape, some sweetness, bits of citrus and some pepper.

lightly fruity again up front, has some orange skin flavors floating around in there as well, almost tannic at times, has a nice bit of sweet booze and spice on the finish.

very light in body, dry, very crisp, smooth, and light

Overall not bad, miles ahead of some other triples I've had, dont really love it though, it's a fantastic brew though dont get me wrong

Photo of tony223366
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 12, 2011.

A: Cloudy yellow color with a twinge of orange. Fair head in my goblet. Could have been poured better to be honest. White head turned into just a thin layer.

S: Fruitiness up front followed by peppery yeast. Followed by a hint of alcohol.

T: There's a surprising richness to this beer. Definitely a nice caramel, with a fruitiness. Certainly a sweetness and a medicinal flavor. Nice warm alcohol finishes this beer.

M: Light almost oily mouthfeel. Nice carbonation helps to carry flavors.

O: Great beer. Hides the 9.50% ABV pretty damn well. Good introduction into the style.

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 magictacosinus
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. Freshness date is listed as "30/05/13."

Pours a spectacular appearance with a straw-colored, cloudy color with tons of tiny floaties visible. Head is absolutely massive - from now on, if my tripel doesn't pour a head this creamy and bubbly, I'm not not going to consider it to be an ideal brew of the style. This brew has the true appearance of a drink made for members of the royalty.

And what an amazing smell this beer has: beautifully balanced citrusy notes (especially lemon rinds), candy sugar, coriander, banana and tamarind. An extremely strong aroma that changes over time, really. You get sweet boozy notes, dry hopped smells, and tons of fruitiness. A very peculiar flavor, and one that can quickly indicate that this brew is going to be a cascade of flavors.

Instantly, the flavor proves itself to be filled with bitterness and dryness unlike many other kinds of Trappist beers. Soon, however, those bitter notes are replaced with caramel malts and sugary flavors that wholly wonderful. The citrus flavor maintains throughout, and mixes really well with the sweetness. The alcohol is brilliantly hidden here, only showing its high quantity after every gulp, in which is warms up the throat and cheeks and delivers spices reminiscent of ginger all around. Creamy and chewy. Very dry, though, so approach it with caution. The high yeastiness makes it taste like fresh bread straight out of the over as it warms up. What a brilliant beer that it is - it's so amazing that I feel like crying after taking each sip.

What to say overall? One of the greatest beers I'll ever have on this earth. I also recently split a 750ml bottle in Brussels with several other people and found the batches in Belgium to be more aggressive on the palate due to the freshness - and therefore more delicious! This beer is a true divine savior in a bottle. After having it several times, I've appreciated it more due to its ability to taste different on every single sip. Seriously! It's uncanny. After enough tries, it's now one of my all-time favorites.

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

(A) Pours a hazy yellow with a slight golden tint to it. Very ample white head.

(S) It actually smells dry with light citrus, white grape, and citric rind.

(T) Citric rind and light malt grab you at first. There is some sweetness to it, but it's not overbearing like American tripels are. Some lemongrass dances around in the taste and helps to round out this really good brew.

(M) Light body, dry, and slightly grainy.

(O) I was impressed. I knew this had pretty decent ratings, but tripels made here in America are WAY too sweet and rest heavily on the Belgian candi sugars. They get too saturated for me. This was something though. Really well done and balanced.

Photo of KMcG
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fine, rich head that's about 2 fingers high. Straw coloring , hazy, lots of bubble action. 

S: Sweet and hints of spice.  There are grassy and pine elements as well as more typical banana and citrus aroma. 

T: Slightly peppery, honey, grapes, and a little sweetness at end

M: A bit syrupy, good carbonation, and a medium body. Alcohol provides a kick. 

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

Poured into a goblet from a bottle with a freshness date stamped 16/2/13. Pours a hazy and cloudy dark straw color with white head measuring about 1/2 inch that dissolves into a thin layer after about 2 minutes. Smells of lemongrass, Spices, clove, sweet fruits, alcohol, And bread.

Taste is crisp at first, followed by a sweet fruitiness and honey, then the alcohol comes through. Finishes somewhat yeasty and bitter. So many different things going on with this brew. It hides the alcohol pretty well considering the content. Mouthfeel is awesome, velvet and creamy, like very few I've experienced before.

Overall and outstanding tripel, one of my favorites.

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

Pours a cloudy straw color with about 2cm of creamy white head that isn't going anywhere. Smells yeasty, sweet and spicy, with some banana and cloves. The flavor is actually cleaner than I expected from a tripel, though it isn't boring. There's a strong spicy hop flavor not quite balancing the wheaty/yeasty/malty sweetness, but it's strong enough to finish fairly clean. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy. Overall, I think I may have found my new favorite belgian.

Photo of jbakajust1
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ Cascade Brewers Society club meeting for style night into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with fluffy white head, glittey carb, and great lace

S - Smells of spices, clove and nutmeg, pear, fruity alcohols, sweet honey, light brown sugar, peaches, and crackers

T - Tastes of pears, spices, honey, crackers, lots of esters and phenols in this one, peaches, honeydew, figs.

M - Dry finish, medium body, light on the tongue, spritzy carb, with a decent bitter finish that lingers.

O - Great belgian yeast presence, alcohol is hidden way to much, lots of depth, lots of phenols & esters, way too drinkable. Very pleased.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Chimay Goblet. Lighter golden hue, lots of persistent bubbles. Poured very, very slowly, so got about 1/4 finger of total head, but the bubbles are keeping it in place, and leaving very nice lacing. First whiff gives me spice and a pleasant corn chip smell. Banana/clove. I can smell a nice sweetness lingering in the background and a light hoppiness. Can barely detect the alcohol, especially at 9.5%. Lots of Belgianess (for lack of a better made-up word) on the palate, overripe rotten fruit (in a good way), medium sweetness, and a surprising amount of hop bitterness. Some sort of earthy grassiness. A little bit of Robitussen on the back end. It's not unpleasant though. Incredibly creamy mouthfeel, with lots of tiny bubbles attacking my tongue. Fantastic beer. If there was a bit more on the nose, it would be near perfect.

Photo of nsp73
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite of the Trappist ales.
Looks and smells just delightful. Tastes great too.
The alcohol kick is noticeable but not right in your face like some other beers with a higher ABV.
Tastes like it looks for the most part. Not heavy at all and very drinkable. You'll notice an earthy tasting malt right away with hints of fruit and flowers. One you want to let swirl in the mouth before you send it down.
Overall a great beer that I can drink at any time. Bonus: VERY reasonably priced everywhere I have seen it in stock. More bang for your buck makes it taste even better.

Photo of n2185
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a side by side of a 2010 bottle and a 1985. Thanks Thijs for the chance to try a beer as old as I am!

Appearance:
1985--pours a clear orange-copper with no head or lacing. It seems the carbonation did not last the decades.
2010--pours a hazy straw yellow with four fingers of billowing white head that recedes into a frothy cap with good lacing.

Smell:
1985--Oxidized beer aromas here. Some graham cracker-like aromas with notes of caramel, bubblegum, and candy sugar
2010--Light clove spice notes up front along with bubblegum and candy sugar. Light fruit aromas follow with notes of bananas and pears. The finish smells of sweet breads.

Taste:
1985--Oxidation strikes again. Wet graham cracker flavors with some caramel notes as well. The finish tastes lightly of alcohol. Tastes kind of like a watery Scotch ale.
2010--Similar to the aroma, there are some spice notes up front followed by candy sugar and bubblegum flavors. Light fruit flavors follow along with a slightly bitter yeast/bread flavor.

Mouthfeel:
1985--Medium body with no carbonation, this beer just feels watery and a bit oily as well.
2010--Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is very highly attenuated, giving it a light, crisp feel which I love in tripels.

Overall:
1985--Unfortunately time has not been kind to this beer. I've had worse beers, though. Oxidation and loss of carbonation were the main downfalls in what was once a great beer.
2010--One of the best tripels out there. Flavorful, aromatic, and yet still light and crisp. Now if only it were cheaper, I'd buy a lot more of it.

My overall scores were for the 2010 bottle of the beer, not the 1985.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,847 ratings.