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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,972 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 487 | FT: 5
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 3,972 | Reviews: 1,618
Photo of Strix
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale golden, good initial head, zero lacing.

Smells of citrus, spices, yeast.

Spices, yeast, tangerine, orange rind, honey, touch of alcohol. Hoppier in a west coast IPA way than some tripels, though it doesn't upset the balance.

Mouthfeel slick and smooth, slightly vaporous.

Can't go wrong here, a finely crafted beer.

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

pours a lite golden yellow with 2 finger head.

smells are mild fruits apples, peaches, yeasts , breads and some spice.

taste is an earthy mix of yeast, mildly sweet malts, hops, some fruit notes and spices which are mild.

lite to medium body, good zesty carbonation beginning to end, decent alcohol warmth, yeasty and dry hop finish.

A very good triple, not as fruity or sweet as some others, very worthy!

Photo of chalsk
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious beer. Pours a nice golden color with a generous creamy head. Has an aroma of fruit, with nice yeasty notes. The carbonation level tries to balance the beer out but might be just a bit much. Otherwise everything comes together nicely with this beer.

Photo of jockoELP
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to gold with white head. Firm foam lingers well in the glass. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. A nice dry hoppy finish after each swallow but not as strong as expected. Fizzy from start to finish makes it quite enjoyable. Some say the taste is bitter after the temperature warms up but I didn't notice enough to deter me from finishing.

Photo of masonl
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A cloudy hay color. Shades of orange

S: A dominant smell of yeast. Strong smell of coriander and other Witbierish spices.

T: Explosive. A rush of sweet malts,mild hops, and diverse spices. Coriander and orange zest permeate.

M: Very acidic and highly carbonated. Both in a very good way. Each sip is a refreshing pallet cleanser and a reminder of how damn good this beer is.r

D: Great drinkability. For the alcohol content and the intensity, one can handle just the appropriate amount.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of punkrkr27
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow pour with a large, pillowy, white head. The aroma is delicately floral with some light apple, pear and lemon notes. It's a bit musty and yeasty as well with soft esters, a light honey sweetness, and some bready malt backbone. The flavor is delicate a dry with a fair btt of honey sweetness, some lightly floral hops, touches of banana and bubblegum are interspersed with a bready body and notable alcohol. The mouthfeel is dry, medium in consistency with lots of carbonation.

Photo of jlandis
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A peach/straw golden beer with a fluffy white head that in time fades to a thin white ring. The nose is full of tart green apples, white grapes, and a hint of spice. The flavor consists of strong spicy yeast with ripe green apples. Those green apples are quite tart! The finish is bitter and almost medicinal. The body is moderate with solid carbonation.

Once again I'm blown away by the trappist standard. These monks sure know how to brew a solid beer. The combination of ripe fruits and tart spice are a perfect sipping combination.

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

Poured into a tulip glass cloudy tan and dark yellow colour and a massive white head.

The smell is quite boozy, earth, spice and yeast notes abound. A bit too boozy, even for the style.

Sweet, fruity, grainy, earthy malts. There is a nice spice and bitterness present at the end. The boozyness of the smell is not evident in the taste. It is quite well balanced.

The beer has a too strong of a carbonation. However, it does complement the flavour nicely.

A bit too boozy and carbonated for me. However the flavour is excellent. I can see how it is considered a world class beer.

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

"I looked down, and it was gone", pretty much sums up my experience with this one. Before I knew it the bottle was empty and I wanted more. This is a very fruity and spicy beverage with a great Tripel flavor that I expected. The crisp flavors made for a very drinkable brew with a great finish.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle (11.2 oz, $5 at Whole Foods Bowery) into a stemmed glass. I really need to get some proper Trappist chalices.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a big, billowing white head made of huge bubbles. Pretty much what a tripel ought to look like.

S: A lot of dough, with some faint Belgian spicy yeast and a sugary, maybe rock candy sweetness. Very nice.

T: This one has some spice to it. There's a deep fruity sweetness that's complimented wonderfully by some spice. Cloves I think. There's also a sugary sweetness distinct from the fruit. A little booze in the finish. That spice lingers forever as an aftertaste.

M: Carbonation's made up of tiny, active bubbles. Thick for the style, and mouth-coating. Definitely enjoy this one with a glass of water.

D: It's a bit more intense than other tripels I've had, because of the spice and thickness. Not exactly easy-drinking, but very rich and rewarding.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh my beautiful full and thick head. frothy and lush with tightness, this is what a head should look like! over an almost clear light golden body. Great attractiveness.

Aroma seems subdued, really just faint belgian yeasts and bready pre-baked doughs with faint fruits.

Ah the flavor picks up the aromas slack and comes full force with a spicy kick! Pepper and salt on crisp baked bread with light oils from olives come though and leave with a qucik dry finish, its a very refreshing tripel and leaves you reaching for the glass again. Some lemon and orange notes come through with a light zestyness also.

Chad

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 1/3/12, served in a Westmalle chalice.

A: Active clean head and opaque golden body

S: Malus and Pyrus, heather, some crystallized sugar

T: Light Belgian spice, some fruity yeast esters, orange blossom honey, fading herbal hops. These flavors mix about but all simultaneously compliment each other. It's like a circle of people all giving each other back rubs!

M: Medium viscosity but a crisp feeling finish that refreshes the palate

D: Wow, I should take up afternoon drinking and make this my staple.

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

Pours with a stiff solid meringue head that is going nowhere and a fascinating color gradation: palest white gold at the edges, peach in the middle, all with light catching on the cloudy particles. Little lacing. Nose is wax, banana milkshake, wildflowers, soap and a touch of booze. Overripe pear and white sugar up front, clove spice starts to burn through, then a big whiff of fusels hits, followed by some leathery notes, white pepper and a hint of leaf and lemon rind at the end. Prickly carbonation, soft, medium, very dry, some definite heat.

Flavors are pretty forceful and it just doesn't - cohere. Really feels like it needs a year in the cellar. I think I might prefer Karmeliet.

For reputation and how pretty it looked coming out of the bottles, a bit of a let down.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Hazy yellow with bright white head. Bubbly head with 3 fingers of head (on a mellow pour) that recedes into a thin film. Head slides down with each sip.

Nose is well balanced, with a good clove/spice character to it along with a fruit aromas. Alcohol is present in the far reaches, though it adds more to the spice character.

Sweet finish, extenuated by the fruit flavors present in the nose, played against a spice finish. Alcohol has more of a warming effect than anything. You get a majority of the flavors from the yeast, so do not discard.

The mouth feel is absolutely divine. Resonates well through the finish.

Alcohol warms you well, most noticeably in the cheeks and jaw. Strange to think you can localize the alcohol effects in your body.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, dry candy sugar, hints of fruit and a nice yeast presence. In the taste, candy sugar and fruit notes, all mellow and a dryness that rides all the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of fruit. Best representation of style ever.

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

Pours a cloudy, honey-like deep yellow with an ample head and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, honey, coriander, bready yeast. Very crisp light taste. Very "bright" and refreshing with a hoppy dryness on the back of my tongue. Mouthfeel is exceptional. So full but with a fair amount of carbonation it doesn't feel syrupy. Drinkability is good. It was gone before I knew it.

Photo of smibroncos
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly cloudy, light antique yellow with a short white diminishing head. Light lacing on the glass.

S. Citrus, corriander, light roasted malt.

T. Citrus, malt, fruit, bannana, pepper

M medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, dry finnish

D. The flavor and nose is ok but the sharp, bittter, dry duration is the best part of this brew.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, but very hazed yellow colour, with an extremely voluminous head of crackling whit bubbles. Some dissipation as the head collapses, but the lacing is reasonably good, sticking in the same patterns as the large bubbles cracked. Lots of streaming carbonation, but that gives it rather a refined look. Looks very decent overall.

Nose is rather bready, but with a good, slightly funky crushed citrus leaf character. Plenty of Belgian yeas, but a lot of refreshment to be had throughout, and a little bit of classic spice and phenolics to remind you of the style. Very decent.

Taste is sharp and peppery, and extremely phenolic on the finish, with a big bitterness that wells up throughout. Front is thin with a slight yeast overtone, before the phenolic spice comes through with a vengeance. Feel is very light, but gets cut with the astringency on the back.

Wow, compared to the St Bernardus I had earlier in the evening, this is a far more raw and far harsher beer, and it suffers for it. Not a huge amount of complexity, and a ragingly raw back palate that truly hurts drinkability. As much as I'm reviewing it, I know it's not my place to tell the Trappist monks what to do, but this was not my cup of tea. There are other examples I've enjoyed a whole lot more.

It's not a bad beer by any means, but it's below the baseline for the style in my opinion.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy, dull golden-yellow with a creamy finger plus of white head... decent retention, some lacing.

nose is a nice potpourri of fruit, spice, belgian yeast and alcohol esters. i get a touch of clove, maybe a trace of hops.

flavor: first adjective that enters my mind is dry. the aroma characters all are there - fruit, spice, yeast - and there's a distinct hoppy bitterness to it, plus a bit of a tart presence... more bitterness and some booze coming in the finish. overall a good beer, but to me i'm not sure i'd rank this as the ultimate example of a belgian tripel. in fact i'm sure i wouldn't; not my favorite trappist offering.

medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. very drinkable considering the well-blended 9.5% ABV. i would recommend this beer, but would advise one to keep his or her expectations in check going in - i was prepared to be blown away and that just didn't happen, unfortunately.

Photo of dubinsky
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I poured this beer as carefully as i could and it still produced a massive 3 finger foamy white head. Grainy, cloudy golden yellow color. Nice spotty lacing with decent retention.

S - Nice fruity aroma, with strong pear aroma's and hints of citrus and mango. Quite earthy with a slight hop presence.

T - Not as sweet as i expected. Quite dry and really spicy up front. I dont know what the spices are but i guess people have found pepper and cardamom. I wish the taste followed the smell more closely.

M - Extremely dry on the palate, and at the back of the tongue. Very crisp and fine carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this beer, bur the flavor was not my favorite in this style. Its drinkable, but given the dryness, i doubt i would want to drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of nkersten
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Leffe glass. Bright orange gold liquid with one inch bubbly foamy white head that settles with great lacing. Smell is yeast esters, cloves, some creamy orange. Taste is similar, citrus and orange up front with yeasty spice flavors. Light malt and hop flavors in the finish. Body is light with a hefty carbonation, pretty dry. Drinkability is good for a 9.5% beer.

Photo of zhanson88
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous pale golden color with light orange highlights. A full 3 fingers of egg shell white head that reduces down to awesome open lacing that clings all over my glass.

Smell: Citrus, cloves, alcoholic esters, and a bit of Belgian yeast combine for an awesome smell. I get more citrus in this tripel than in others, and less of a yeasty smell (than in other tripels and Belgians in general) which I consider a plus.

Taste: Some citrus and cloves up front, with esters toward the back end and slight bitterness. Great, balanced beer that can hold its own with any beer of the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A bit under medium bodied, this beer is smooth and creamy with perfect carbonation. The alcohol is hidden extremely well and is very drinkable. Overall, one of the best tripels out there.

Photo of Yesac
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Peachy golden color, small bright white head quickly settles to a small foamy layer.

S- Light fruits, Belgian yeast,

T- Reminds me of a white wine or dry champagne. Sweet, citrusy, dry and that's about it. Flavors are all bunched together. Makes a great sipper.

M- Medium body, high carbonation.

D- Great Belgian sipper over all. Slightly to dry for my liking and not as complex as I'm used to with this style.

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

11.2 oz bottle pulled from my cellar poured into an oversized wine glass. i purchased this bottle in the begining of april 2009 and its been in my cellar ever since. best before 17/07/10 on the bottle. it has roughly 2 years of age on it.

as soon as i cracked the cap the bottle basically exploded. i made a big mess but i was able to salvage most of the beer. and the result was a tremondous looking beer. poured a huge billowy, rocky, soapy pure white head with some great retention. eventually faded to a thin layer. lots of sticky lace that slowly fades with the head. hazy and full of chunky yeast sediment.

big nose of alcohol, ripe fruits, grainy, candied malts, phenols, belgian yeast with slight hints of bubble gum.

big strong powerful feel to each sip. thick body that somehow also comes off a little thin. has some wine like alcohol. complexity and blending of flavors going on thats just too hard to put in words. ripe fruits, candied grainy pilsner malts, phenols, grape like sweetness, a little bubblegum flouride from the yeast. slight hints of citrus. carbonation starts out strong and then settles the more you drink. so many layers. i love it.

a great beer. aging this really didnt sway me. its just as good aged or fresh, im almost leaning more towards fresh, buts its been awhile since ive had it fresh. highly recommend tripel, one of the best.

Photo of ratedz
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 5 ounce sample at a recent tasting party. Pours a hazy amber with some noticeable sediment.

Smell is slightly funky, malty, with hints of banana and some dark fruits.

Taste was dominated by some funky yeast and bread-like malts. The banana that was present in the nose is also there. Slightly spicy with a bit of hops on the finish.

Light body makes this smooth and creamy. High carbonation. Drinkability was slightly above average since it was something that I probably wouldn't drink multiple bottles of in one sitting.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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