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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,731 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,731
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 345 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
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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Photo of meeekyh
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2ozl bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Color is golden with a tint of orange. The beer is hazed, the head is fluffy and an easy 3 fingers. The lacing is moderate and bone white like the head.

Nose is nicely complex but more subdued than I expected. I am starting this beer at close to 40 degrees and will add smells as they present. Principally there is citrus and bread. There is cherry, some caramel, grapes, ah yes the depth is there as it warms.

The taste has a particular something I am enjoying, a tartness and sweetness mingling into a cherry flavor. Yep that's it. There is also a smidgen of bitterness and a smooth vanilla. The double-edged sword of warmth releases the tastes of alcohol, just a bit though.

I am pleased with the way this beer feels. It is full but without the surypyness that often comes with that, and a nice lack of strong aftertaste. The carbonation is abundant and bright and the finish is dry.

Drinkability is very high and the 9.5% ABV remains well hidden save for the nice warming sensation. Careful with that liver.

Slainte.

meeekyh, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep golden/honey color with lots of sediment. The head is an off white, three fingers thick, and lasts awhile. There is lots of heavy lacing.

S- Spicy, fruity goodness. There is is a lot going on here. Ripe bananas, ripe tropical fruits, lots of spice, pickled ginger, I almost want to say a spiced rum. Very intriguing, sexual.

T- All that spicy, fruity goodness from the nose follows. Spicy with ripe fruits There is a sweet, nutty aftertaste. There is something at the tip of my tongue that I can't explain, I think it's love.

M- Thick and creamy yet a nice dose of carbonation to excite the taste-buds and balance everything out. Effervescent.

D- Its alluring and very well made, but also full of flavor, heavy, and has a high ABV. One bomber a night is enough, but I could have one every night.

F.T.- Ive had this beer several time and it all-ways WOW's me. Im surprised I didn't score this all 5's. I love tripels, and this beer is the reason why!

sitarist, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a white head that settles slowly. Carbonation is vigorous, and lacing is good as well.

S: Smell is dry, with some alcohol present. Hints of candi sugar, banana peel, citrus, and straw are noted. Hops give the beer a floral aroma in the back.

T: Some honey and straw, along with banana, dried fruit, and spice. Hops dry out the finish of the beer, with flavors of grass and a hint of citrus.

M: A bit light for a Tripel, but still very flavorful with a long finish.

D: Although not my favorite beer of this style, Westmalle makes a Tripel that is very easy to drink, and tastes very good.

WYVYRN527, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber with a copius head that lasts, leaving much lacing on the glass up until the last drop.

Smells of straw, citrus, leather, and sweet tropical fruit.

Tastes of lightly roasted malt, hops, some citrus, a little tropical fruit, and walnuts. Alcohol taste is restrained for 9.5%, almost undetectable against the rich background of flavors, except for the warmth it imparts.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a dry finish on the tongue.

This is a dry, eminently drinkable tripel, very clean and refreshing.

Beerenauslese, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Tripel is beautiful, bubbly, and balanced.

It poured a stunning sparkling pale gold, with a massive head that filled more than half of a tulip-shaped glass. It left very thick rings of lace throughout the glass. The smell and taste were yeasty and sweet, with hints of banana, lemon rind, and sweet spices. The feel is an explosion of bubbles with a very long-lasting bitter finish. The aftermath is a perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Westmalle Tripel is absolutely delicious, with an extremely happy appearance and feel. This would be great as hot weather refresher or as a special occasion celebration.

MetalHopHead6, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with about a finger width of foam. Head maintains pretty nicely with decent lacing.

Smell: Banana, cloves, spices and yeast

Taste: Sweat on first contact. Banana, spices and yeast. As the beer warms up it get more and more complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable tripel. I would be able to drink this once or twice a week and I don't think I'd be tired of it.

Axic10, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Longhorn22
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It is a pretty golden color, and the head is thick and beautiful white color. It lasted for a long time, and there is thick lacing.

S - This is the most average part of this beer. It smells like any other light yellow beers.

T - It is not the best flavor of any beer, but it is solid. Although it has a high ABV (9.5%) you can hardly taste it. The other flavors are reminiscent of a Duvel. Sweet, light, and a bit of hop.

M/D - It has a nice thick mouthfeel, but it doesn't have any negative after taste.

Bottom Line: This beer is great, but I feel like it is lacking one flavor to make it a legendary beer. I like when a beer has a theme or some unique tastes to it, but these beer leaves me wanting something more in terms of flavor. It has nailed it in terms of appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability, it just needs a signature flavor. Regardless, it is worth a try.

-Cheers

Longhorn22, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of jspruit
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 33cl bottle after seeing and hearing alot about it over the years.

Pours a nice light gold color with little bubbles and a large whitish 3 finger head.

Very enticing smells-a bit of everything with nothing really dominating: fruity, banana, sweet, yeast.

Fruity and balanced with sweet tones; nice banana/apple/raisin sort of taste. Also a bit malty and hoppy all at the same time with a hint of bitterness. Complex with some vanilla hints at the end.

Goes down full, but smooth and finishes a bit dry. The light carbonation does a nice number going down too.

Overall, for 9.5% ABV this is quite smooth and goes down great. Plenty of complexity throughout, but at no point is it overpowering. I probably wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting because of the ABV and its richness, but it's definitely a treat whenever you can get your hands on it and I'll do it again for sure.

jspruit, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy, dirty-blonde body with a pillowy white head.

S- Malty with a slight pungent twang, a fruity sweetness, a touch of orange and some spice.

T- Fruity malt profile with a slight medicinal quality, notes of alcohol; has a dry finish with a slight trailing sweetness.

M- Crisp up-front that mellows towards the back, a long finish with a smooth feel.

D- A really nice triple; very easy to drink for such a high abv beer.

TommyW, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of srroos
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle (dated 7/6/2007) into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass:

A: Hazy orange with an abundant, fluffy white head. Head fades fairly quickly into a thin cap.

S: Sweet and fruity. Banana. Lemon peel. Yeasty.

T: Sweet banana and spices up front. Slightly bitter and yeasty finish. A lingering bitter dryness follows.

MF: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly viscous. Perfect!

D: Very smooth after some age. A good sipper.

srroos, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive deep golden color with a fluffy and light head that is quite ample even with a gentle pour. Nice aroma of lemon zest, coriander and yeasty, bready sweetness. Taste is nice and sweet up front with plenty of spice notes. A little bit of clove, some black pepper, coriander, maybe some ginger and a citrus sing. I can detect the alcohol, but it actually adds to the taste rather than detracting. Nice dry finish. Very balanced and a wonderful tasting brew. Medium body with a surprisingly smooth drinkability. I would imagine I could through back a few of these, which is a dangerous proposition.

zoso1967, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured cloudy yellow with tons of head that quickly dissipated leaving signifficant lacing around the glass.

S - Just like expected of tripel, lots of floral scents and bready yeast with hints of spices.

T - Slightly sweet upfront with the malts followed by slight citrus bitterness and spiciness. Has a dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Even though abv is slightly high it is very well masked, however carbonation is very high which makes this beer slightly less drinkable.

taigor, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of omnigrits
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this one for a while... can't say for sure what's held me back. Poured into a tulip.

Very typically Belgian tripel - light golden colour with a huge snow-white head and bags of lace. The head never goes away and is easily invigorated with a swirl of the glass. I'm getting a lot of hefeweizen aroma from this one - banana and bubble gum. A little floral hops perhaps but definitely fruity.

Very good flavour - subtle and sweet with a nice finish. I have to try one of these on a 100° Texas summer day. Good mouthfeel, strong carbonation. A very nice beer indeed and one that would be well paired with a dinner course I think.

omnigrits, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow into a tulip, small bits of yeast clinging to themselves. A large billowy pure-white foamy head fade fairly rapidly to a single finger within a few minutes of the initial pour.

A big yeasty whiff with a bready malted grain smell fill my senses immediately. The lightest hint of cloves and black pepper, perhaps other spices as well as a fruity smell.

Heavy on the yeast tastes as well. This big Belgian is big on sweetness; both alcoholic and malt. Fairly light bodied and dry with only a bit of an alcohol taste.

Pretty light-bodied for such a big beer, refreshingly light, but not thin. Drinkability is fairly good considering the style and big ABV.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Hopfist
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The gold standard in Belgian Tripels. For the money, a 750ml bottle is the best way to introduce yourself to the league of world-class ale. Consequently, it's also a sure bet to find disappointment in a good portion of every tripel you have for the rest of your beer-drinking life. Trying a couple of lower-rated tripels would be a great lead-up to enjoying this one for the first time. It's not the most complex or bold beer on the planet, nor is it particularly exciting, but it's fine-tuned balance and subtle nuances paired with a certain sentimentality makes this my favorite "everyday luxury" beer.

Hopfist, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of nighthawk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into goblet. Best before date on back label.

Pours a cloudy yellow that is translucent and a firm one finger of white, frothy head that retains well. Little bits of lacing stick here and there on the side of the glass.

Nose is heavy on the malts; some biscuit, lots of fruit esters that range from banana to peach. Some clove and mildly alcoholic.

Taste is less fruity sweet as the nose; more pronounced clove and alcohol, some malty biscuit, little bit of barnyard funk, some apple and pear flavours, finishing long with a lingering grassy bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body, with a touch of grainy feel, nice bubbly carbonation and a long, dry finish.

Great tasting, relatively easy-drinking beer. Alcohol is not hidden, but it's well integrated. A pleasure to drink.

nighthawk, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow. Expansive, lacy head is quick to settle.

S- Floral-scented soaps, tropical flowers and fruits, passionfruit, Belgian yeast, fresh cut green grass. Faint spice.

T- Sweet, delicious malt with loads of classic Belgian Tripel flavor. The long, lingering sweet malt finish is seductive and invites further drinking.

M, D- Full, round, velvety feel. Impeccable balance. Creamy but fresh, given bouyancy by the fruitiness and CO2. Substantial, but not flabby or heavy. Well-crafted. A delight, and very enjoyable.

ETA: I have had a few Westmalle Tripels recently which were inconsistent in quality and varied so greatly from my review above that they one would never consider them the same ale. These have been much darker in color and had aromatic and flavor profiles which could best be described as oxidized and raisinated, and were just like a 20 year tawny Port wine. None of the complexity and fresh fruitiness of the excellent example reviewed above was apparent. Too old? Cooked in a store room possibly? Disappointing, unfortunately.

WhiteOak, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of fairdinkum2
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah those canny monks! So doing God's work means making beer? I'm on the other side of the wall, so doing God's work is drinking it. I do what I can.
Here it is, the middle of winter, and I'm drinking a beer I think is perfectly suited to summer. Also paired this with a very spicy meal and the combination was perfect. Great counterfoil.
Plenty of head when poured from the bottle, but not too much carbonation on the tongue.
Aromas of sour oranges, bread and even ginger.
Wow! that taste. Very long finish with a very pleasant bitterness that carried from the mid palate to the back. Clean, very crisp finish. Did not sense the sweetness that other reviewers found, but no loss there.
I could put a lot of these away on a warm day.
My first exerience with this beer. Won't be my last.

fairdinkum2, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML into my Brooklyn tulip. Split the bottle.

A: Even a careful pour yielded over three fingers of fluffy white head. Not that much lacing but enough. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very clear golden color with great clarity.

s: Great nose. Tons of apples. Pears. Little bit of spice in there as well. A nice sweetness comes through as well.

T: This is a solid classic take on the style. Tons of fruit. Really great yeast. They must ferment this at a high tempature. Tons of apples, pears. Just a full boquet of light fruits. A touch of spice. Perfectly balanced.

D: Slight dry finish. Well carbonated. Perfect.

D: I could drink this all day long. Sure it is a big beer but it drinks great all seasons. In the winter it is hearty and in the summer it is light and refreshing.

aerozeppl, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fragrant and floral, which emphasizes the power of hops, it offers a mouth tasting and very fragrant hops (such a variety of hops provides a variety of flavors) to the body creamy, like a biscuit, and palate of ripe banana, evolving according to the maturity of the beer. The finish is both sweet and warm. A true beer tasting. Beer complex.

ThaCreep, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of kmacphail
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled a bottle purchased from a Trappist ale mixed case.

The beer poured a straw colour with a haze and a white head that settled at 2mm. The scents were initially dominated by hops and wheat with a hint of bitter citrus as an afternote.

The taste is dominate by hops, a very bitter beer. With an afternote of wheat and citrus fruit, but the taste of bitter hops continues. This beer has plenty of body, you know that this is a beer, not a lager.

The 3 for drinkability is due to the 9.5% this is way too much to drink all night, It is very pleasant, a worthwhile brew.

kmacphail, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of billyshears
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet
a: Quite cloud darkish yellow/orange. Fluffy white head, lacing pretty much paints the side of the glass.
s: spice and Belgian yeast, apricots and perhaps some other fruits, a bit of lemon.
t: spice, perhaps a bit earthiness. Belgian sugars, close to the candied sugars I've tasted in previous beers (maybe a bit less pronounced); as expected, yeast. Some nice bready malt on the backend followed by a very bitter dry finish.
m: Good creamy mouthfeel, just as expected.
d: sip slowly and enjoy.

Whats great about this is not only is there a great complexity to it, but its just very balanced and goes together so nicely. Top tripel.

billyshears, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Lost Abbey tulip glass

A: copper color with no see through cloudly

S: spice with sweetness backing up the spice

T: Spice and a well balanced beer taste the sweet but not overly sweet

M: on the lower side of Medium mouthfeel

D: very drinkable its got no alcohol taste so for 9.5 % I would call this dagerously drinkable.

JamisonM, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date on bottle 28/08/09

pours hazy golden orange yellow with lots of yeast and a big 2 finger head that left some lacing and had good retention

smells spicy barnyard funk of belgian yeast - very fruity

taste is much like the nose - spicy funk fruity - reminds of a saison with lots of spice

mouthfeel is medium body but crisp dry

drinkability is great - i wish a had more - think i will buy another bottle soon

jsh420, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/21/2010
33 cl. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Straw-colored with a crazy, foamy head that didn't go away for a while. Lots of lacing afterward.

S: Semi-sweet with some yeasty, citrus notes.

T: Tasted pretty dry. Grainy/malty with a mild hop aftertaste. I'm sure I can't describe it exactly but just by instinct this came across as pretty faithful to the Tripel style.

M: A full-bodied experience.

D: Really nice Tripel. Will have this again.

DoppleJock, Jan 22, 2010
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,731 ratings.