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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 311
Gots: 484 | FT: 5
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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 RickS95
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot color. Lots of bubbles all thru the drink, with a large, cratered white head on top that sticks all over the glass. Lots of particulates. I favor dark, chewy beers, but this looks majectic in the chalice.

Standard fare for a Belgian in the nose. Typical spices, some citrus and an earthy background.

Not the fruity sweetness I was expecting, but rather a spicy, woody, piney, tobacco-like taste. A touch of heat in the swallow.

It's somewhat light-bodied, but still packs a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is carbonated and cleansing.

While there is some heat from the alcohol, and a dry-ish, astringent feel in the finish, the extremely high ABV is well-hidden. A must for all connoisseurs.

It should be noted the bottle I had was only a month old and I'm sure most of the scores would have been higher had I been able to let the bottle age...sadly, I simply couldn't do it.

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

A big creamy white head as it pours and settles into a chalice. Strong aromas of dried fruit and grass like smells as well. It also has some big alcohol upfront, but this dissipates as the beer warms. Very nice flavor balance- sweetness of the malt, and candy like sweetness is balanced with lots of hops that provide this beer with a unique flavor. Sips well, for any meal more savoring.

Photo of jhubeifc
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try another of the Trappist Ales but was quite disappointed with Westmalle Tripel to be honest. Perhaps I got a poor bottle....
It poured with no head whatsoever and left only minimal lacing. It was a beautiful pale amber and had a decent enough waft. Fruit notes, slight banana and a mild alcohol, perhaps whiskey.
It had very little carbonation and tasted flat across the palate. Fruit followed by some sourdough bread which was a nice surprise. A mild bitter finish.
Not as complex as either of the other Trappists I've sampled this week and in truth was my least favorite of the bunch. Still worth a try and I know I'll give it another go to see if I did indeed get a bad bottle.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger bright white foam head. Moderate lacing.

S: A little light on the nose at first, very clean, lemon, green apple, yeast and a tad amount of alcohol.

T: Very clean and crisp taste. Nice citrus flavor hits the palate first, followed by some light bready and yeast in the middle. The back end finishes soft as the citrus mellows out and the bready and yeast take over.

M: Leaves a dry clean crisp taste on the palate.

D: This beer goes down quite smooth, very clean, crisp and refreshing. Despite the higher ABV, this is certainly a beer you can have more of in a sitting

Photo of haazer
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 Ml bottle into St. Bernardus Chalice. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pour is golden with an orange hue. Forms 1 finger of bubbly offwhite head. Good carbonation as well as good head retention. Slight amount of lace.

S- Smells wonderful. Variety includes apple, baked pie crust, hay, grass, the familar belgian yeast profile, and a salt water taffy. Great aroma's in this.

T- Tastes include wheat bread, lemon zest, apple rinds and vanilla. The flavors are balanced very well.

M- Medium bodied. Nice bubbly, fizzy texture from the carbonation.

D- Great tasting Tripel, probably the best I've had. However, I committed BA sin when tasting this beer. I had already knocked back quite a few and saved this for last. Though the flavors and aroma's stood out enough for me to pick out, my senses were not up to par with what this beer has to offer. I feel I owe this great beer another review. There will be an edit in the future.

Photo of Shadman
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the quintesstential look for a tripel. Pale straw yellow, slight hazy. Lot's of fine carbonation bubbles. The head is stuff dreams are made of. Huge pillowly white and retention that may outlast some aunts and uncles of mine.

Crisp green apple, candy floss, spicy alcohol

Tartness in front. Spicy alcohol and bubblegum. Ainse like flavours before finishing dry and slightly spicy.

Seems like it becomes more complex with every sip. A must try and must have.

Photo of windypete
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

only my second tripel, the other bieng a chimay! & westmalle blows it out of the park.

it pours orange/yellow & nicey clear & crisp.

smells are yeasty with bananas but not overpowering at all.

this has a wonderful crisp taste & slids over the tongue leaving you really wanting the next mouthfull.

for a 9% tripel this goes down so well % easy that another bottle could follow after the first.
a wonderfull beer maybe my fav beer so far!


Photo of THECPJ
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/3/2011

A: orange-golden yellow with a 2 finger very frothy white head that lingers for a very long time

S: smells of yeast and a slight hint of apples

T: yeasty/bready, very sweet, a very faint taste of apples, a slight taste of bananas

M: moderate carbonation, crisp, but drying to the tongue

D: very well-balanced tripel and very easily drinkable


Photo of nezelrac
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy blond with a pillowy two fingers of off-white head that laces the glass and keeps a creamy dense middle as the rim deflates to a finger

S - tart yeasty stone fruits and hints of tropical as well; pale malts and a little alcohol heat; spicy notes as well; lemon grass

T - stone fruits; pale malt and yeast; lemon grass again; nice layers of flavors; honey note; quite delicious

M - firm edged and slightly tart; good CO2; lively

D - exceedingly drinkable; excellent stuff

Photo of brewdub17
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 12-24-10

Appearance: Cloudy blonde, with some amber notes and a thick white head atop the body.

Smell: Sour, almost wine-like smell with malty sweet and dry notes mixed.

Taste: Full bodied, crisp finish with sweet/dryness from the malts with a sour presence that adds to the full bodied character.

Mouthfeel: Good coating on the mouth but not too overpowering to be off-putting. As mentioned before, acceptingly full bodied.

Drinkability: Sourness can be not as acceptable as other Triples. Definitely would like to try again to re-review.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Perfect golden color with a nice one finger fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Nose is a good mix of Belgian yeast, citrus and apples, and some bready malt.

Taste goes right along with the nose. Kind of fruity and sweet with a bit of spiciness and some grassy/straw flavors going on. Some alcohol as expected but it's balanced nicely.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability is quite high. It's very well-balanced and goes down nicely. Wouldn't mind another.

Photo of Spider889
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled: 7/9/09

I always overlook this beer because it is everywhere. Finally purchased a 750ml to take to our New Years celebration. I was inspired to buy this after the fire that hit the brewery. Review from notes.

Clear golden straw color. Tall white head, super frothy and dense, well carbed, visible bubbles emenating from the bottom of my glass. Good thick droopy lace like soap suds running down the walls of the glass, superb retention.

Smells yeasty; clove and tons of fruity esters, date and fig - reminiscent of fruit cake.

Belgian yeast dominates the flavor, lots of that trappist spiciness. Otherwise a very crisp and clean tasting beer.

Fairly dry. Even and smooth finish, crisp high carb can get a bit much but certainly a world class beer.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into heavy chalice glass. Pours copper/orange, with frothy off-white head. Head lasts a while, and leaves light lacing. Aroma of citrus, smoke, and light hops. Taste is lightly sweet and moderately acidic, and finishes a bit bitter. Light to medium body, dry texture, and soft carbonation. Lighter and more quenching than some other trappist ales. Very good Tripel!

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A- i started to give it a good hard pour to get the head going then backed off a bit. Four fingers of brilliant bright white head rises above the glass and holds for a good long time before slowly receding but not without leaving a massive amount of sticky chunky lace everywhere down the glass and a nice sized island in the middle. The brew is a hazy orange yellow in color with a great sunset glow when held to the light. This is what a tripel should look like.

S- spiced fruit and yeasty goodness. Bananas and oranges with a touch of clove and something i cant place. Malts are bringing a bit of sweetness along with some bakery fresh bread. As things warm up a bit of the band aid come in.

T- Bang that hits ya. Opens up with a good bit of banana then a huge aggressive spice washes over everything. The spices are clean and bring a lot of fresh ground with them. Lots of yeast giving a powdery hit and a doughy bready thing. Some oranges and cloves with warming and a smoother spice.

M- feels thickish at first but only for a second then the killer carb kicks in and effervesces everywhere and bring the brew to almost a foamy feel. This sucker is super bone dry, good thing ive got another sip coming.

D- a classic to say the least, one could say a bench mark for the style. Ive been digging the trips lately and this one hit the spot.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw/golden color with a massive head of white that recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light malt, toasted marshmallows, light fruitiness and some yeast spiciness.

Taste is fairly light for a 9.5% beer, it is crisp and easy drinking to the point of being dangerous. It starts with light, crisp malt with soft fruit flavors that transitions into smooth, lightly toasted malts and subtle herbal hop aromatics. The finish is clean, crisp and has hints of bread and very light floral.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation. Very effervescent.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, deceptive and understated yet balanced and complex. This beer is not quite as malty or bready as many tripels I have had, it also has less intense yeast aromas. I loved this beer and will be drinking it much more.

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

Review adapted from notes taken in July, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Golden color with a beautiful fluffy head, nice lacing

Smell: Wax, pale malts, hints of alcohol and lots of Belgian yeast

Taste: Simply fantastic - once it warms up, the flavor gets really interesting - pale, toasted malts, lots of complex fruity esters, yeast funk, spicy tartness, hints of phenols, honey, and alcohol - while there is an alcohol presence, it works perfectly with the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth yet it retains some crisp characteristics because of the flavors - complex, great

Overall: Despite the alcohol, very drinkable - a bit yeasty for my taste, but I could probably drink a few

Tripels are not my favorite, but this just might be my favorite tripel... This is really everything you could ever want in this style. It reminded me a lot of Allagash Tripel, which is a testament to Allagash's interpretation of Belgian styles.

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

A - gold yellow color
S - starts with grapefruit and continues with a smell of citruses
T - smooth taste with tones of citruses, apricot, banana with light bready finish.
M - medium to low body with high carbonation
D - pretty drinkable one, however you're not "forced" to drink another one

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I buy this one every once in a while but never reviewed it.

Pours a honey color with a thin head. Decent lacing but I have seen much better heads/lacing in other trpels

Aroma is sweeter and less Belgian than other triples I have had. Aromas of hay and malty candy come through the most.

Taste is excellent. Those monks sure do know how to brew a good beer. So smooth and just the right amount of sweetness. This is my favorite tripel. You can taste the light candy syrup and it has just the right amount of Belgian funk.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp in the finish. Nice carb.

Overall I will have this beer many more times. It is very deserving of the top 100

Photo of hardy008
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow with a 3 finger white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, Belgian yeast, green apple, and pepper.

The taste is exactly like the aroma. Lemon, Belgian yeast, green apple and pepper. The sweetness, is held in check by the pepper flavor and the hops. Not as sweet as most Tripels. Very close to being a Saison.

Light to medium bodied, with high carbonation. Finishes dry. Not my favorite Trappist Ale, but still good.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 07/28/2010. Best by: 07/28/2012. 750 mL bottle caged and corked at 45 degrees into a Chimay chalice (heresy, I know).

A: It pours a yellow-orange color with cold haze and a vibrant, one-finger head of foamy fizz.

S: Citrus, banana, and strong white pepper aromas from the very distinguishable Westmalle yeast strand.

T: Lemon, apricot, banana, apples, heavy spice, and a lightly bready finish.

M: This is heavily carbonated with a medium-thick body and a clean finish.

D: It appears that nobody can craft a better tripel than the Trappists that invented the style.

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice this beer is a hazy golden orange with just a centimeter of white head. Little to no lacing.

Right of the bat I get straw and apricot in the nose.

Smooth. This is delicious! Pear and peach esters shine through with hint of warming alcohol in the finish. This is enough to convince me plenty of flavor can be derived from single malts and belgian candy sugar. The yeast really takes this beer to another level. There is so much sweetness and yet such a dry finish. Tons of spice and yet everything molds together so well.

Fantastic tripel!

Photo of jeranbrews
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - big frothy pouffy mereonge on top of cloudy yeasty lemon honey beer.

S - slightly yeasty. Bready with fant ester notes.

T - subtle dances between yeast and malts. Splashes of fruity ester blasts. A little bit of fusil burn. After a large glass it gets harder to taste everything. Aftertaste is harsher than I expected.

M - fusil burn is manageable. Beer goes down well.

D - not as flavorful as the dubbel but a pleasure.

Photo of bonkers
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The color is straw yellow with a massive, sticky, rock hard head. Nice rings of lacing all over the glass. The aroma is pretty typical for a tripel, sweet, spicy. As it warms it gets more grassy. The sweet spiciness is the predominant flavor. The finish is sharp and dry. The carbonation is good, medium body. A very nice tripel.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic beer. Not sure what else to say that hasnt been said.

lets see what other people have said.

TCgoalie said: Pours a golden yellow hue with a frothy white head. A bit of agitation makes the head really grow. Some splotchy bubbles stick to the glass to form some sporadic lacing.

Gopens44 said: S - Very yeasty and a little buttery. Buttered biscuit? A touch of lemon in the nose as well.

and nickthetick said: T: same dark citrus fruits and still heavy on the malt and yeast. Biscuit is there through the whole taste and it ends with something similar to a granny smith apple taste (I now there is a word for it that starts with a D but I can't remember it). A bit peppery in the after taste that lingers.

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

Poured from the bottle at a good temperature into a nice goblet.

Some good carbonation on the pour, with a good white foamy head. Very decent lacing with a cloudy body of a buttery dark gold consistency. Head does go, but stays in a 3mm ring and never leaves.

Bouquet at first is quite subdued... but it needs time to open up... An aggressive pour to give it bigger head really makes a difference. Hops and yeast and a sweet and sour component that I can't quite pinpoint. This is a very balanced nose where you can smell around and find things without one scent dominating the rest. Smells somewhat pilsner like and a faint sour zest (lemon/lime take your pick).

Faint apricot with good notes of yeast and bread. Big carbonated and bitter finish but dissipates as you drink more to a nice bread chew character with some lemon. Taste is "tangy" with a nice SNAP to it. Bitter at first but becomes more tolerable as you have more.

This is a beer that takes patience to get through but rewards greatly when you stick with it making a very high drinkability.

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