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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,799
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 270
Gots: 367 | FT: 4
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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 Kala1073
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tripels are one of my favorite styles and this one goes right up there with the best of them! It poures a golden wheat color with a nice thick white head. The aroma consisted of sweet malts, some floral aspects, and a little spice to it. The taste was just as good as the aroma. Although at 9.5%, the drinkability was scarily eeasy to consume. This is one of the best tripels I have had and will be having again!

Kala1073, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of pedrito
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: This is the most beautiful beer in the room. Perfect golden color. Outstanding head - big and lasting.

Smell: Modest but alluring.

Taste: Citrus, metallic. Aftertaste of pear. Amazingly, not very sweet for the ABV.

Mouthfeel: crisp and tingling at the beginning. Gets a little flat if you don't drink it quickly.

Drinkability: I can't quit you.

pedrito, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, best before a year from now.

Pours a bright, light golden color with a fluffy white head and lots of carbonation. Some lacing left behind.

Aroma of Belgian ale, sweet fruits and yeast.

Tastes of malts and yeast first, which leads to a fruity sweetness, possibly citrus. Alcohol comes in strong once beer warms past fridge temp.

Nice mouthfeel, lively and a little oily.

It's a very tasty tripel, no doubt, but the apparent alcohol in the flavor hinders the drinkability.

BranfordBound, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thick 2-3 inch head which does a number lacing your glass as you drink it. Aroma is full of faint spices and alcohol. Spices jump at you right away on the taste. Not much sweetness but a little lemon and orange up front as well. Yeast and breadyness also. Earthy hops and alcohol lead to a bit of bitterness at the finish. Nice light mouthfeel.

uustal, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden beer, cloudy, a firm white head, leaving nearly no lacing.

The smell is mainly sour, lemon and sour milk, fruity - bananas and pears. Some yeast,

The taste has a rather clean sweetness, a rhubarb sourness, some alcohol and a good bitter finish.

High carbonation, almost foamy, complex body, a bit oily.

A good beer, warm and refreshing!

rarbring, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of EvilGnome6
3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a generous white head.

S: Lots of grapefruit in the nose with a nice earthiness underlying the citrus. Very inviting aroma with a slight hint of vanilla.

T: Somewhat watery with a lingering lemon rind bitterness. An alcoholic bite builds with subsequent sips. A slight hint of grapefruit with bitterness from noble hops.

M: Slightly on the dry side with a relatively pleasant aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable in spite of the high alcohol content. The flavor is somewhat underwhelming but it goes down quite easily and is remarkably refreshing. It's definitely the kind of beer that would sneak up on you over the course of an evening.

EvilGnome6, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of sadie23
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is like dried apricots with a few bubbles and a foamy head. Smells like tart apples. Taste is sweeter than expected and a little doughy like apple strudel. A crisp and full flavor. Mouthfeel is velvety and carbonated. I find this beer far more drinkable than its high alcohol content would suggest.

sadie23, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: A lovely, hazy golden-yellow just barely see-through. Stark white head is thick with impressive endurance. Lots of bubble trails and heavy lacing.

S: A very nice tripel smell of hops and sharp citrus.

T: Quite possibly the best tripel I've ever tried. The flavour is simultaneously sweet and sharp, with carbonation and hops and citrus providing a somewhat bitter, somewhat tart, titillating tonguefeel. Delicate floral (maybe hoppy?) flavours permeate the body, and the aftertaste is lightly dry and thoroughly pleasant. The long-lasting thick head only complements the taste as it slowly is drunk from the top.

M: Light, bubbly-tart, sweet, bitter, wet and dry; this beer has it all. Complex, interesting, and lots of fun.

D: The 9.5% is hidden for the most part, emerging only in the initial mouthfeel. Intriguing enough to hold my interest over time, but not distractingly so. Solid, delicious, dangerously drinkable. Great tripel.

AgentMunky, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy darker golden color. Big two and a half finger light white head that shows a decent amount of retention. Streaky lacing as I drink this one down.

S- Big notes of apples and pears in the front of this. Some light yeasty aroma mixed with some caramel malts in the middle through the end of the aroma. Candi sugar in this one with a touch of alcohol. Some spicing and clove as well.

T- The fruits in the front shine with a hint of clove and belgian yeast. Light caramel malts toward the middle with a spicing to it. The end has a nice warming alcohol to it coupled with a sugary sweetness...almost candy like.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Overall flavors were individual and balanced each other. Alcohol dryed the tounge greatly for me. Fruits with a belgian yeast left on the palate with a sugary sweetness in the aftertaste paired with alcohol.

D- This was a good drinker to say the least. I almost prefer this one to most other Trappist beers overall. Plus Westy 12 is just so damn hard to get.

alleykatking, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of charlesbyrd
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the characteristic 11.2 oz brown bottle into a footed glass (wish I had a goblet for this one).

A: Pours a pale amber with a nice haze to it and some noticeable "floaters." The head overwhelms the glass at the beginning at over three fingers in height. Soapy white bubbles both large and small form the tight-knit head that simply doesn't want to go away--by the time I'd finished half the beer, I still had a good finger of head resting at the top of the brew. No notable lacing present. Quite effervescent, a steady stream of carbonation helps to keep the sizable head aloft. This is a stunning looking beer.

S: Nothing overpowering in the nose, but there are several distinguishing notes. The first is that of sourdough bread, followed by a familiar combination of lemongrass and spices. Very tempting for the drinker.

T: The taste follows the aroma, but the profile is a bit more magnified. There's a nice yeasty bread quality, along with a slight hint of booze. Then, as with the smell, another familiar combination: orange peel, coriander, and faint honey. At first, hops are only an afterthought, but as the beer warms, some nice herbal hop notes show up and balance out the list. Not too sweet, and not bitter at all. On a side note, this beer reminds me so much of a really good hefeweizen (Weihenstephaner, maybe?) with it's fruity/spicy pairings. It's the best example I can relate the taste to.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a sticky texture on the tongue. Finishes quite dry and crisp with a peppery bite, along with some warming from the alcohol. Very aggressive carbonation creates a very refreshing sensation.

D: One of my new favorite beers. Very complex flavor profile, but so smooth and easy to just drink and enjoy. For a high ABV beer, the alcohol is very well hidden and doesn't detract from the tasting experience. Highly recommended.

charlesbyrd, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle tried 5 Sep 2007.

Large tight yellowish head. Cloudy golden color. Effervescent. Aroma is kind of salty and earthy, somewhat like dry white wine too. Taste is of green bananas, some butter (sigh...). Some white grapes, ethanol slightly warming. Finish is sharp and somewhat bitter. Medium body.

Was expecting a little more from this, maybe a bad bottle?

htomsirveaux, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle served in my Gouden Carolus goblet. Bottled on 05/08/11 indicated on the bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, pale, orange-gold with a half-inch, fizzy, bright white head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent, soapy skim. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Copious tiny bubbles effervesced in solution from the stem to the underside of the cap. Nose is somewhat subdued but aromas are well-differentiated - spice, coriander, orange rind, light, toasted wheat. Taste follows nose - not as sweet as many of the tripels I've tried. In fact, there is a definite grassy, hops bittering that dominates the middle and finishes with a light, lingering herbal/medicinal bitterness and some citrus astringency. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a fizzy carbonation that is also somewhat prickly across the tongue. I have to be honest - I'm not sure what the hype is all about with this beer. It was decent, but the flavor profile was a little lackluster, and the carbonation was way too aggressive.

Jwale73, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of jikvig
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy green/gold colour with a nice, airy head. Much lighter in colour than my previous trappists.

Fruitdriven nose, with a component that could remind me of gras as well. Freshly baked cupcakes is also something I´m picking up (the yeast flavour), and a hint of chocolate.

A lovely sweetnes backed up by a big mouthfeel. Bitternes is also present, and a long lasting mouthfeel. Getting a spicy pepper component on the palate in adition to the aromas from the nose. Many layers of goodness in this bottle!

I´m a big fan of trappistbeers, with the "wide" variaties you can get from the 7 different monastery´s. This Westmalle gives the category a nice twist with it´s lighter, fresher style, with alot of taste. Would have loved to try this to some asian inspired food!

jikvig, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and served in Chimay goblets

A - pours with over half an inch of soapy, loose white foam, slowly crawls down to a thin layer. the beer is dark gold in color, clear until some sediment pours, turning cloudy.

S - lightly fruity with fresh pears and green apples, assertive graininess throughout the middle to the end, some lightly spicy belgian yeast and fruity esters.

T - starts off with lightly spicy pears and apples, turning to slightly bitter toasted grains. some light tartness near the end rounds it off along with sweet honey, biscuit, and floral hops.

M - super lively and effervescent carbonation propels the creamy thinnish bodied liquid and awakens the mouth. finishes very dry. light lingering sweetness and subtle alcohol burn.

D - quite complex, wonderful for the style. beautiful visually and on the nose. somewhat drinkable for the high ABV.

Stigs, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of xanok
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this was a gift, and seems to be what all tripels aspire to be.
11.2oz bottle poured into my Stone VE glass.

A-Pours a hazy golden color with lots of bubbles. Reminds me of champagne with all the bubbles. Big bubbly white head with little retention and lacing.

S-Pears and apples here. Sugary smell as well, like a big lollipop. A bit yeasty and pungent. Definitely some strong malt smell here as well.

T-Spice fruit, very sugary. Caramel is present as well. A bit of hop bitterness, and a strong booze taste lingers at the end.

M-Body is pretty thick for the style. Carbonation is very high, maybe too much so.

D-Alcohol isn't too noticeable, but the high carbonation makes this a sipper.

This was a great example of a beer from a style that I normally don't care for.

xanok, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a golden color with an orange tint and a bursting head. This is an inviting beer. The aroma adds to its siren nature. Freshness abounds with apple, citrus, coriander. Peppery spices and alcohol clear the senses.

Wily and light as it dances across the palate. A touch of pale malt starts off the party, but the fruit infuses a freshness. Peppery alcohol goes hand in hand with the grassy bitterness from the hops. Layers of flavor reveal themselves with ease leaving the palate the dry but wanting.

This triple is complex, refreshing, enjoyable and downright tasty. The 9.5% ABV is noticeable, but in a pleasant way that adds to the overall enjoyment of the beer. Superb.

BeardedBoffin, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A cloudy golden color with a solid three inches of head. Smells of apple, apricot, pepper, caramel and sugar. Taste is a spicy/sweet mix of apples and peaches that is warming but not overly strong. This has excellent drinkability; one of the smoothest high ABV beers I've tried.

This is one of my favorites and probably my favorite Belgian.

webmanspidey, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of kbanks13
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden/honey color with a three finger pillowy and rocky white head. Dissipates to a constant half-finger head with great lacing after every sip.

S: Lemon, clove, booze, flowers, pears, apricots/peaches, apples and caramel all make up the complex and wonderful nose.

T: The taste starts with the fruits smelled in the nose. Next layer of flavor is the booze punch followed immediately by the cloves. Oily lemon zest and flowers follow and then the buttery/biscuity malts that linger on my palate. A very faint hint of the caramel or honey can be found in the aftertaste as well.

M: Thick and filmy with high carbonation, perfect for this style. Sweet taste with a crisp dry finish.

D: Incredible beer with tons of flavor and character. Not by any means a sessionable beer, but one that could be enjoyed day after day with no problem. A truly great beer.

kbanks13, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of racer2k
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my favorite goblet after warming the bottle up to about 45F

A - Beer pours with a thick creamy head which dissolves leaving some extensive lacing in the glass and a hazy golden color.

S - Lots of fruit and spices on the nose including apples, pears clove and pepper. There is also a grainy aroma in this beer. Overall this smell is very nice.

T - A strong taste of fruity spices and pepper that seems to smooth out over time. There is also an interesting balance of bitterness and sweetness that also has a dry taste.

M - Aggressive front end that smooths out at the end of the taste. There is some nice moderate carbonation and a dry finish to this beer.

D - Westmalle is a very drinkable Tripel that I would highly recommend. This is one of the finest Trappist Tripels that I have had the pleasure to drink. Well done!

racer2k, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the look is very appealing with deep and radiant gold hues, it is also lightly hazed. A number of fine fuzzy particles are noticeable. The head was most impressive while wearing a fluffed bright white blob engulfing my entire snifter. All points aside this looks great

S: the nose is full of pears, some spices, and a chunk of apple. A light grainy funk is in the mix as well Overall the nose is not as dense or complex as I would have thought. Still, things smell pleasant

T: the palate starts full of spices with cloves, crushed pepper, with a ginger-like quality. The grain notes are mild and in a good way. Some light fruit notes are showing as peach and apple move around. Overall this Tripel is mildly bitter and sweet with some dryness...and in a class of its own

M: feel is smooth and clean with a mild body. Carbonation is pronounced but not over the top. Seems spot on for the style

D: after this session I can say this is always a winner

Magpie14, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Direct from Belgium thanks to a friend of mine who resides both there and my hometown.

Poured into an oversize goblet. A frothy mozzarella cheesy looking head. the same color as the first snowfall sits atop a golden straw color. The head retention of this one is great!

Crisp apples, a touch sour, and belgian yeast shine through on the nose. Aromatic sugars, rock candy are also noted.

Taste is a bit tart slight sweetness is there and you have the crisp apple thing going on. Typical Belgian sweetness. Esters.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly smooth and light on the palate. Complex but not overwhelming.

Quite a delightful beer.

midnite2sixman, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappist ales oh so pure,
Complexities abound but overall character demure.

Herbal allspice and cinnamon nose,
lemongrass, citrus, and yeast are additional pros.

Golden amber body; the forces of faith and good,
with two fingers of fluffy white head; if only you understood.

The bubbles are large and the lace does scatter,
but does the retention actually matter?

Honeydew melon, both peppery and sweet,
with herbal hops yeast flavor that perchance do meet.

The tongue gets coated and the finish is medium in length.
Additionally the alcohol gets hidden despite its strength.

Mild bitterness balances malt and the carbonation is high,
with an effervescent body the time to drink is nigh.

The finish is sweet and the tongue gets coated,
if this beer was in a running you would have voted.

A great example of a tripel you will find with this beer,
so spend the money for there is nothing to fear!

TheJollyHop, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

BobZ, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of protias
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden color. This is one you try to pour slowly and still get a lot of head. Even if you let it sit for more than ten minutes, there is still some head remaining. This has the typical taste of other Belgium Abbey Ales, but a little sweeter.

protias, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of dqrull
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy amberish hay colour, much like tropical juice with lots of pulp (although no floaters), with a crisp and airy bone-white head that lasts some time.

Smells really fruity, great mix of brothy, fruity westmalle-yeast and malts. There are lots of golden apples, some light orange along with a little hint of root vegetables, maybe carrots? And a fresh grassy smell carried by a whiff of ethanol, yummy.

Taste is very rich with slightly soapy yeast up front, followed by the malt-backed yeast esters that work very well together, creating an almost apple.musty feeling (no sourness though), carried along with a hint of slightly perfumed ethanol, slowly fading and all throughout very balanced between malts and yeast, and semi-dry/semi-sweet. Thera re some light spicy hints as well, nutmeg and something else, cant put my finger on it.

Great full and luxurious mouthfeel, witha soft, albeit intense carbonation that really lifts the brew.

dqrull, Jun 02, 2010
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,799 ratings.