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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,637 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,637
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 314 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

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

A - If you do not pour it carefully you will get a glass full of head, but don't worry boys and girls it will sink quickly so you can fill up the glass correctly. I personally prefer every beer to be poured into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

S - Smells AMAZING a bit of bready and honey smell of the typical trappist or Abbey Ale.

T- Make sure you chill this, it usually isn't refrigerated when you buy it, if you heed my words you will love this. It tastes of honey and has the refreshing heaviness of bread. Has a fruity spiciness to it.

M - Carbonation, Honey, bread is all combined to create one of the most beautifully formed orchestra, it is music to my tastebuds.

D - With an 9.5% I am not able to taste the alcohol, this drink has some carbonation to it but you can just taste how natural it is. The honey intermingles with the fruity breadiness of a top quality Trappist.

TheStoutAholic, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2009
small bottle. pours a cloudy orange colour. definately a sipper, not a bad alc.% taste, but you can feel it running through you with each drink, it made me shiver, in a good way. Pretty solid beer overall. Definately worth another try if I come across it again.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice straw/golden with an abundant fluffy white head. Good lacing. Head is of appel/pear/banana sweetness. Taste is the same. No really bitterness here. Significant carbonation - creamy and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable and provides a burning, warming senation.

Overall, it's very drinkable. You could down these like a nice session beer. There's a distinct light fruity aftertaste

Mavajo, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Cloudy gold, with over two fingers of a very bright white head that lasted long, and laced superbly. The smell...tangerine, orange peel, nutmeg, honey, macintosh apple, pear, juicyfruit, and candi sugar. Wow. The taste...all of the above, starting off with fruit and spice, dissolving to herbal grass, and then finishing a dry, bitter orange peel, with a peel aftertaste. Utterly amazing. Spritzy on the palate, and deceivingly thin, with superbly hidden alcohol. Tastes like a session beer, and dangerously so, given the alcohol content.

donniecuffs, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy orange golden color with a pillowy white head that retains nicely and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Spicy aroma with a lot of yeast and some light fruits.

Taste starts off with sharp spices that soon mellow out and give way to fruity notes of pear and banana with candied sugar and yeast in the finish. Alcohol seems to be present throughout.

Medium bodied with a perfect carbonation level. Very complex and a top notch representation of the style. Another great Trappist ale that I look forward to having again.

Vengeance526, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of gyllstromk
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow, with haze that gives it a glowing character when held to the light. Huge, frothy head. Nose is light melon, lemon, and cloves. Flavor leads with tangy lemon/citrus marmalade or lemon curd. Finish is powerful, deep clove with a subtle tartness. The finish is where it shines. A very tasty beer.

gyllstromk, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better trappist ales I have had. I enjoyed Orval more personally, but it was a bit different of a style.

Westmalle's Tripel has a rich golden color with a nice head. It has smells of citrus, and alcohol that comes with tripel's.

Tastes like alcohol and belgian yeasts. Has a hint of citrus taste to it. Great beer all around!

Spineypanda, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, cloudy, gold, topped by a long-lasting whipped cream head of gorgeous off-white foam. The look of this has masterpiece painted all over it.

The nose is a perfume crafted of gentle yeast, clove, light fruits, hints of candy, with mysterious herbal and earthy undernotes beyond my palate to decipher. The complexity of this mild bouquet is magnificent.

The taste is a rich delight of strong, vibrant flavor. Candy and spice front the sip, but it grows progressively darker, yeast, ripe peach, into a muted, delicicious herbosity. The flavors balance and harmonize into a long, juicy finish of sweet earthiness and clean bitter. Alcohol taste or burn are MIA. I regret the purchase of only one of these.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of full-bodied, plenty of carb., here it mixes well with the flavor, it holds a clean long finish. This is the mouthfeel of tripel perfected.

Drinkability is double red flag warning -- for extreme easy drinking...it's a sipper that wants to be more.

cavedave, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky slightly orangish gold. Huge persistent rocky white head. Aroma is citrusy and spicy. Lemons, cloves, slightly phenolic, apricots. Taste is spicy. Sweetness in the background. Yeasty and phenolic. Light fruits and citrus. A touch of alcohol. Complex and delicious. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Easily drinkable. Excellent.

burnstar, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of BeelzeBrew
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A cloudy yellow, dark straw-like color. When poured slightly aggressively, the head was huge at nearly 4 fingers, but dissipated into a full glass lacing with about a centimeter of height. Nice to look at.

S: Twangy, fruity and alcoholic. Not the most inviting scent. Sweetness and fruits, a tidbit of hops.

T: Sweet, full-bodied and heavy on the banana. It's hoppy, but not reaching Pale Ale proportions. The most prominent taste here is the alcoholic blast, it's a pleasant burn...but for a Tripel, it could have been masked much better. It does seem to smoothen out and become more complex as the beer warms, great taste by the time you're 2/3rds finished.

M: It is thick in your mouth, creamy as well.

D: Not so good on the drinkability, the alcohol can be harsh...overall I'd easily drink a few of these, but not something I can claim to drink all night.

BeelzeBrew, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a nice light golden color with a big fat fluffy head that dies down a bit. Nose is light, very yeasty and sweet, very light and it has a bit of hoppy.

Mouthfeel is very sharp and very carbonated, it's light and smooth quite tasty. it kind of blows up in your mouth and fills it with flavor. Taste is not nearly as boozy as you'd expect given the abv. overall I'd say it's one of the better trappist beers I've had.

kingcrowing, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and light brownish-orange color with a full thick fluffy frothy head that hangs around for a good while. Thick gobs of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Lots of yeast and bready malts. There is a slight alcohol note that lingers in the wings. Light fruity aromas of apple, pear, and banana round out the flavor with some nice spicy goodness.

T: Big spicy flavor fill the palate at the beginning. The spices are followed by a big yeasty bomb that has a slight funk that is really complex. Apple in the middle leads to a bready/biscuity malt finish that dries the palate. Despite the alcohol in the smell and the high ABV, it is notably absent from the taste.

M/D: Very good with a nice malty dryness at the end. The carbonation is ample and well suited for the style. Texture is medium, maybe a bit heavier. This is very enjoyable and while the texture is a bit thick, the flavors and character of this beer are phenomenal. If I didn't only have one left, I would drink it right now...dangerously drinkable.

NittanyBeerFan, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $5.49 for a 12oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into my Chimay Chalice to review.

Light and fizzy white head of about an inch consistent of very large bubbles. Quite carbonated. Small floaters present; pour it slowly! A small frothy layer of head retention. Very cloudy golden straw yellow in color.

Nose is quite pale, with yeast, bread, Belgian Spice and banana dominating. Getting other spice note such as white pepper and mild clove. Biscuity malt and grassy hop help to balance and mellow everything out.

This is one of those beers that tastes even better than my nose predicted. Similar in characteristic to the nose, yet even better brought together and enjoyable.

Excellent mouthfeel. Creamy and medium bodied. Crisp and well carbonated, it has an almost invigorating feel. Somewhat dry on the close.

I tend to not be a fan of the style, so the fact that I enjoyed this one truly means it is among the best in its class.

ibbjamin, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful straw yellow with the most luscious head I have ever seen on a triple. Very fine bubbles that looked similar to a rich cream that hung around for the entire beer.
Lots of tropical fruit characters coming through on this one. A little pineapple with some mango.Some subtle spice adds character.
Similar to the smell with the addition of Apples and pears.
Creamy head with a mouthfeel that seems to massage your tongue. Carbonation is perfect.
Wow, and I thought I Didnt like tripels. It doesnt get any better than this.

alovesupreme, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of ReDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin Frothy white head, had to hold back on the pour, [large goblet wine glass].

Very golden slight amber color.

Aroma, OK, gotta say it... kinda like cider at first, very fruity. Then some spiciness.

Very champagne-y, light, airy, lots of carbonation. Very complex. Clearly one of my favorite Trappist Tripels! Maybe some banana?
did i say complex? some hop bitterness spiciness...

I definitely get a nose of apple.

interesting complex aftertaste

good stuff, cant remember how much i paid for this, dated almost 1 year old...

ReDave, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of tdawgydog
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up based on BA reviews and wanting to try some new Tripel's. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Maudite Goblet. Bottle dated Best Before 27/01/11

A - Poured a beautiful golden color with a nice 3 finger head that receded slightly but left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The apples are the first thing that jump out at you, it's well balanced and enticing at the same time.

T - Not as sweet as I would like, but highly enjoyable none the less. There is a slight aftertaste that I can't place that caused me to give this a 4 in taste as opposed to 4.5

D - Goes down nice. I'm on my 2nd bottle as I type this and I can see this being one of my go-to Triple's in the future.

M - A little thin and the aforementioned aftertaste is a little annoying but not enough to detract from this beer.

I think that I would still rate Tripel Karmeliet above this beer, but this is definitely on the same level. Would def go for this again.

tdawgydog, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.

S - Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.

T - This is very good. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.

The fruits are amazing. This is raw and organic. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.

M - This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that I've ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.

D - The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.

SmithwicksNut, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a massive white head. Great head retention and nice lacing.

Aromas of clove, pears, faint alcohol and a light tartness. Quite good but could feels a bit closed.

Really tasty. Spicy clove, some nice sweetness but it still comes across as dry, a hint of funk and must. A really good, complex tripel. A good dose of bitterness also holds across the mid and back palates.

Nice medium body with plenty of carbonation build a vibrant beer with plenty of tickle on the tongue.

Lots of flavour and complexity counter the high ABV. Tasty and well crafted.

dgilks, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a grainy scent, some light fruits (apples and pears), and grassy hops

T - The taste of this beer had the same grain that I got from the nose, a little bit of sweetness from the fruits, and was dominated more from the spiciness than most Tripels, very good though

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation that fit this style nicely

D - This beer was a good representative of the style, but there again I have not had a bad Tripel, but another good place to go for a good Tripel

cvfish, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Cloudy golden color. Slight, foamy, white head. Slowly settles leaving some spotty carbonation on the surface. Leaves substantial spotted lacing which quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light malt, citrus, and pine.

T: A sweet pungent malt. Pecan shells, some lemon citrus, and pine nuts. Sweet, bitter hops.

M: Light body, full flavor. The piny aftertaste remains. Strong alcohol, but not overpowering.

D: Great sipping beer.

Really solid atmosphere. Great appearance, and simple but full nose. More complexity in the palette, and really full flavor. Nice balance. Overall, this is a pretty great quaff.

bmwats, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a big fluffy white head, and very heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Fruit and yeast on the nose. Peppery spice, clove, banana, orange peel. Very aromatic.

Taste: Sweet and fruity up front, before making way for a heavy spiciness of pepper and clove. There is a banana flavour in there, along with an orangey zest. Quite bitter hoppy finish that clings to the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and very lively on the carbonation. The texture is oily and slick.

Drinkability: An absolutely world class triple, I could drink this everyday. The flavours are perfect and moreish. This is a beer that has to be experienced.

PartyBear, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light golden blond color with a hint of opacity. Relatively persistent 1-finger head as a nice adornment.

Smell: fruity, sweet, syrupy yet peppery. There's quite a nice complexity there. There even seems to be a slight hop aroma, so rarely seen in this style. Bravo!

Taste: a delicate flavor, much more delicate than the aroma. Wheat flavors, some of that peppery quality, even a little bready. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall, subtle but tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy, creamy, creamy. This kind of well-integrated carbonation is what I love in a Trappist ale.

Drinkability: a tasty tripel, which in my book is always exceptionally quaffable.

flagmantho, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Belle-Vue tulip glass 330 ml

A-- Poured a straw gold color, very big head that slowly fizzled away. Left a good one finger of head. Did get some sediment in the glass.

S-- Straw, malt and candied sugar. Reminds me of how Duvel smells. Got me salivating in the back of my mouth.

T-- Complex, get a little sweet and then the burn at the end. Very interesting.

M-- Best of both worlds. Start off light and medium carbonated and then the alchohol gets you in the end. Better mouthfeel when a little warmer.

D-- At 9.5 I would suggest one,sip it, enjoy this puppy. It does creep up on you quick. Wish I got a 750 over a 330.

Overall an excellent beer. Have the St. Bernardus tripel and can not wait to compare these 2.

mulder1010, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large-bowl wine glass. Golden tones give way to a white head fed by continuous champagne bubbles which nucleate on the surface of the glass. Very pretty lacing when tipped. Despite careful pouring, we managed a fair amount of particulate that now floats around as if it were still actively fermenting. Smells slightly floral, sour and funky like rancid fruit (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

Tastes... phew! You have to get past the carbonation to taste it but the taste is delicious and layered once you do. It tastes fruity and slightly nutty with a smooth malt afterglow. Hoppy bitterness compounds with more tastes. If only the carbonation didn't numb my tongue and send waves of the alcohol parading up my nose every time I sip! Otherwise it has a light to medium body and is not hard to get down.

This is perhaps not my favorite Trappist, but I'd back it.

abuliarose, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of sisuspeed
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into an oversized red wine glass. The color is a pale orange with a nice foamy white head that leaves lacing along the glass. The aroma consists of malts, lots of malt, some Belgian yeast and spice. The spice notes remind me of orange zest and compliment the color of this beer nicely.

The flavor is malty and somewhat sweet up front, followed by orange zest. The finish brings in warming alcohol and the orange zest reappears again, but this time adding a slightly bitter and mouth puckering flavor.

The mouthfeel of this beer is rich and thick. The creamy head mixes nicely with the rest of the beer to produce a very full sensation. The drinkability is fairly good, but the warming alcohol is quite noticeable. All in all, a very well put together beer, but I don't know if I would say it's my favorite tripel.

sisuspeed, Sep 02, 2009
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,637 ratings.