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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 349 | FT: 1
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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 corby112
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clody golden orange with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma of grape, pear and floral alcohol. Dry fruity taste with hints of apple, grape and pear as well as a slightly sour yet crisp alcohol finish. Very tasty.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Bankrobber77
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a .5 liter glass stein (wrong glass, sir!).

A - Color was a cloudy burnt orange, sort of like the color of old tangerines - lighter than some tripels I've seen. Head was foamy, left some nice lacing, and lingered like that guy at the party who's still there long after everyone else is gone but you actually don't want to leave.

S - Complex aroma, not able to put my finger on everything in there. A little spice, a little citrus, a little yeast.

T - I found the taste to be awfully complex - citrus, spice, yeast, and granny smith apple, among others. Great balance of malt and hops. A little bit sour on the finish. A cavalcade of fruity yeasty goodness!

M - Light but somewhat sweet/sticky feeling. Definite malty/sweet gumminess on your tongue & chops.

D - A very drinkable tripel. Complex enough to keep you interested, balanced enough to keep your mouth from getting tired, and just light enough to keep you from getting overly full. I could have two or three of these, but after that I'd need a change from the sweetness.

I'll definitely put this on my 'repeat performance' list.

Bankrobber77, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy yellow with a very frothy white head that stays around for a while. It was probably the creamiest head I have seen once it settled.

S - smells of grass, sweet malts, and some banana tones

T - At first this hit me like a ton of bricks. After I adjusted, I noticed it to be very sweet: banana; some sweet fruit (tart, green apple and pear); and sweet malts. There is a mildly bitter finish as well. Nice balance. Alcohol stood out a lot on the finish at first, but seemed to fade after the first couple of drinks. As this warmed, the earthiness and citrus flavors became more pronounced and this became very enjoyable. Since this is technically the founder of this style, I really can't take much off, however the booziness was a bit much for a while.

M - a bit carbonated and the alcohol burned as it went down; this also had a decently dry finish that made me keep wanting more

D - This is very light, crisp, and refreshing, which makes it very easy to take down. However, the 9.5% ABV makes it hard to drink many of these in a setting, albeit I wish I could. I thoroughly enjoyed my first encounter with this famed brew and I know I will run into many more times.

birchstick, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid hazy. The high white compact head slowly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving lots of lacing.

The strong smell is yeasty and very sweet. Fruity sour notes of apples and pineapples. I noted some alcohol and a hint of marzipan.

The taste is sweet with notes of nuts and exotic fruits. Some citric-sour bitter hints and a mild yeasty flavour. Complex notes of dough, lime peels, apricots and plums. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as notes of exotic fruits, dough and bitter herbs.

The carbonation is mild; small bubbles. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

Well... A triple above average. But not much more.

bark, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of hdofu
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing head, upon uncapping this it reacted like uncorked champagne. Th color of the ale is gold in color with white gold colored head. The smell is like apple cider and spice. Taste is strong of spice and a hint of pear with a bitter fruit turning aftertaste which gets stonger and stronger with each sip. The beer feels medium bodied with lots of bubbles going on. Kind of stong and bitter fo a session beer though so one bottle would do me for the night.

hdofu, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden sunset orange with a big, bready, 3 finger white head that was fully lasting.

S: an aromatic farmhouse yeastiness full of fresh oranges, citrus, and light bananas.

T: yeasty, with sour oranges, sour fruit (apples, pears) mostly dominating. There was a light hint of grassiness along with a good acidity bite in the middle of the drink before yielding to a soothing fade of sour velvety oranges. There is a nice dry citrus sourness, and fresh breadiness that finished things out leaving a soft gentle residual coating on the tongue along with dry spicing.

M: light and creamy with a lively carbonation bringing out the complexity of wild fruitiness.

D: great drinkability and example.

beerthulhu, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange with a big white head. Unfortunately there were specks of yeast throughout the beer because I had it on it's side while it was in my car, but that's my fault not the beers.

Smell: Sweet with an odd musty smell. Some citrus/lemon in the background.

Taste: Pepper and spiciness. Very robust and flavorful. A flavor of pepper and orange peel bitterness lasts long after the beer is gone.

BierFan, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of darklordlager
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one hides the alcohol very well. Enjoyed a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale before this, and the alcohol bite was much more evident in that than this Westmalle Tripel...

There are some fantastic pear notes in this, an intense spiciness, and a smooth balanced finish....A great beer indeed.

darklordlager, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one sets me at 5 out of the 6 Belgian Trappist breweries. Still need to try Achel. Poured this one into a chalice...

A: This is one of the best, if not the best, looking beers I have ever laid my two eyes on. It pours a semi hazy copper with a thousand floaties suspended stagnant in the beer. The vast carbonation flying up the glass does not even move the floaties...they just sit there suspended mid-glass. The head is a remarkable two finger in size and sits there the while time. Duvel is the only beer that rivals this for looks alone.

S: The smell is rather light, but I was expecting this for a tripel. It smells of light orange and lemon with a touch of yeast. Pepper also comes through in the scent.

T: Spectacular display of flavors come rushing through. Very dry tasting with orange peel and lemon with a touch of pepper. This is not sweet nor does it have much banana in the flavors. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but only adds to the pleasant taste.

Overall, this is a remarkable beer. One of the best, if not the best tripel I have ever had

treyrab, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color with a big white foamy head. Smell is very yeasty and spicey with notes of orange and citrus. Taste is sweet and fruity with lots of spices, citrus, green apples and orange. There's also a quite big alcohol touch which I'm not too found of. Feels unbalanced... I don't know. I have problem with this one, which is a bit weird since the actually aromas and flavours is nice, but maybe it's just a bit too sweet? Or is it the alcohol? Not very drinkable at all, but I'm gonna check it out some other time... I much prefer Chimay White if I want a tripel.

Ljunkan, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Ralphus
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Westmalle Tripel, the most famous of all triples and one that you won't likely forget. The look and smell have you thinking of perhaps a Duvel or maybe even a mild mannered pilsner, but within lies something much stronger. The strongest beer of the house indeed and one that, by all reports, will age well for 50 years or more.

My samples comes from an LCBO gift pack with a customary glass. It poured with some heavy carbonation and lots of activity but settled quickly leaving no trace behind. Smell-wise the fruity yeast tends to dominate.. pears, lemon and citrus fruits w/ cinnamon spice. But the taste, well it can hit you like a bombshell if you aren't prepared. The volume is turned up by 20dB and so is the alcohol content. However once your senses recalibrate you'll find there's some of the fruitiness up front, plenty of body and a very pronounced hoppy and alcoholic kick towards the end.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the carbonation, sharp on the tip of your tongue and dampening on the back. Drink-ability wise I'm suprised to see the high scores given out in the past. This is not a session beer, and drinking more than one or two is going to be out of the question for most.

Ralphus, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been sitting on my only Westmalle Triple for over 3 months now. I have been really looking forward to sampling this rave beer!

Poured into a goblet/chalice (Kapittel Watou) with an amber wheat color and a yeasty hue and deliciously apetizing multi-level thick head.

The first smells coming through are fresh baked bread, toasted candy sugar, fresh deep malted barley, and a touch of cloves mixed with coriander.

Wow the first taste is of bitter hops followed by a roundedly smooth hop/malt symphony and a light yeast almost witbier finish. The very last thing you sense is the reminder of hops in the back of your throat. The taste of this beer is everything you hope for in a triple (particularly if you are a lover of IPA's).

Mouthfeel is very full but not oily or overdone. This beer has one of the best balances to include mouthfeel that I have ever experienced.

I would call this beer exceptionally drinkable if not for the 9.5% ABV and the very high price tag (I ended up paying $6.75 for 1 11.2 oz bottle - OUCH!!!). Despite the price I will say that I plan on picking up 4 more to hold on to for about 2 years. I think in about 2-3 years this beer will peak. I loved it at around 4 months.

PerzentRizen, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of william5586
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge fluffy white head that filled the top of the glass and refused to subside. Golden yellow color. Tons of lace that covered the entire opposite side of the glass as you drink.

S- spices and citrus

T- Sweet hoppy citrus taste. Spice and alcohol hits towards the end and warms nicely.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation

D-could drink as many as i had :]

william5586, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy orange yellow with a ton of floating yeasties and a mountainess dollup of cream colored head. Sticky lacing in abundance.

Fantastic aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, candy sugar, lemon, and light caramel.

Tastes of malts, a sharp spiciness, lemon, banana, yeast, and white pepper. Finish is clean and dry. The 9.5% alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied, slightly tart and dry, and lightly carbonated.

Mmm...this tripel from Westmalle hit the spot. Easy to drink and easier to love. A must try for sure.

Monkeyknife, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of AlexF
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is two extreme. No taste or bad taste, and too much flavour on the other end. We'll all agree that we prefer to eat and drink stuff that are leaning on the tasty side... but how often have we encountered things that were just TOO much? This beer offers perfect equilibrium in a Tripel.

Flawless appearance, huge foamy head, gold colour with lots of yeasts. Smells of orange, cherry and citrus in a not-too-fruity way.

Taste is once again very balanced. Fruitiness, malt, hop, everything mixes in a perfect way.

This beer is the best tripel I've tasted.

AlexF, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of fav920
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anyone like La Fin Du Monde? So do I and this tripel is better! Pours a little darker than other tripels i've had, almost orange like an IPA. Mine was bottled 10/30/07, so got a bonus to find one a year old! Fantastic taste, very sweet, with a slight hop-bite, and very smooth. Could drink this all day if not for the ABV! If I could drink $10 beer every day, I would hope they all had such a quality taste.

fav920, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my standard tasting pilsner style glass.

A: Very cloudy and syrupy looking. Head is very white, thick and lasting. Marks the glass with every pull. There is little film on the glass to shout its high alcohol content. There is a lot of lacing from the head though.

S: For being so high in alcohol it has a very malty-sweet smell without a lot of alcohol behind it. Scents of sugar cane, yeast, malts and a mix of spices. The main spice being licorice.

T: Taste is also very complex. There is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, but its mainly a sweet flavor. Letting it sit on the tongue for a little bit you can really detect the licorice and sweet malts. Both kinda hide the yeast flavors.

M: Full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Surprisingly doesn't leave behind a trail of where its been.

D: Don't think drinking a lot of these are in order, but finishing one 750ml bottle won't be a problem.

bilyboy65, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice tripel from Westmalle, I'm not a huge fan of their Dubbel, but this one is pretty original and really nice actually.

Hazy light-orange color with a huge white head.

Smells really nicely! Lots of apricot, citrusfruits and some hops.

Taste is really beautiful too. Lots of hops, it's quite bitter actually. Some nice notes of unmatured grapefruit and pineapple. The only negative thing is that the high ABV gets a bit much in the long run.

Bananaman, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of bpwatl
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The monks clearly are blessed by God. I heard about this beer from a magazine and put in an order at our local beer store. The owner of the store said "good luck" because the monks didn't make very much this year. To my pleasant surprise, he called the next day and said he surprisingly had some in stock.

Aside from the monster head this beer creates it's an amazing product and worth digging around for!

bpwatl, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark and cloudy orangish body with a mountainous head - took forever to die and left lace all over the glass. Smell is hearty, with some champange style smells coming through (partially due to high carbonation), including a hint of oak and dark fruits, along with light malts and spices, plus hints of tropical and citric fruits. Only a Belgian could pack this smell. Taste is more of the same, although a tad sour for my liking. The beer has a very crisp, almost biting feel to it, but still goes down smooth and there are flavors of fruits, figs, malts like caramel, some peppery spices and a hint of hops which leads to a quasi-dry finish (mostly fruity though). The ABV is hidden well, and this is a sipper over a session beer but this is one great beer.

clayrock81, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a chalice. best by 14 04 10

Pours a brilliantly clear vibrant light yellow-gold in color with a finger and a half of dense, rocky white head that never seems to face. An exquisite looking beer. Nice aroma with fruity esters (citrus and banana), a bit of phenols (peppery and spicy) and a very light malt character. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma. The phenols dominate the flavor but they aren't overwhelming in their intensity. The esters are again present but the citrus flavor is considerably more noticeable than the light banana and light pear flavors that linger at the edges. There is a bit of malt character that comes through but its fleeting and always supporting another flavor. Mouthfeel is quite good, medium-light body with effervescent carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, this brew manages to sneak in 9.5% ABV that is (damn near) impossible to detect. I enjoyed this quite a bit and I will certainly revisit this brew, hopefully with a fresher palate so I can more fully appreciate its excellence.

mnj21655, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 cl bottle dated "best before 14/4/10" poured in to a goblet.

Hazy golden color with a steady, sticky bright white head.

Sweet, light fruit is the dominant smell- apple and apricot. Some light peppery hops in the background.

Sharp initial pop from the carbonation and a sweet hoppiness. Warm alcohol and fruit also in the taste.

Not "hot", but the alcohol is present, which is expected in this high gravity brew. Way to go monks.

aubuc1, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the biggest head I've ever seen. It did not stop rising, I'm glad I was prepared because I had to catch the overflowing head with my note.

Hazy golden color with ginormous white head. Smelled of wheat and smooth hoppy spices. Tasted crisp, left a refreshing spice sting to the mouth on some sips. Good mouthfeel, very rich and smooth. Didn't pick up to many typical tripel tastes... not many fruit flavors and little more spice in this one. Went down well and easy.

Side note: this beer was much better the longer I had it opened. Best drinks were towards the end.

nrpellegrini, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Bugsey
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer to both look at and to drink. The color is golden and thick, and the head is creamy white, and slow to dissipate.

For a tripel, I think this one had a bit more of a bracing bite than others. Although it warmed up nicely. The flavor is spicy and herbal, but there is a bite there, something like apricots or something tigher, like grape skins. But the maltiness is heavenly, and the alcohol is so warming.

Very memorable.

Bugsey, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of 7ways
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I don't know if I have ever seen a head like this. Poured 10+ minutes ago and there is still a 2 inch head that looks like an arctic landscape. The beer is a pale, pilsneresque yellow. Smells like sweet and spicy citrus, some pear in there too. Quite yeasty.

First sip, I noticed all the fruit from the smell plus a hint of banana. Spicy and herbal, verging on antiseptic. It's a little too bitter for my experience of the style. Or maybe it is just too bitter for me without a massive hop presence to back it up. Also, the alcohol is way too noticeable, but apparently not too much, because I can't stop sipping it.
Wow. After drinking a little more than half, there is still thick foam sticking to the top of the glass. Ridiculous.
It's thicker, but less effervescent, than what I'd expect from a Trappist or any other Belgian.

I don't want another right now, but I'm still going to buy another one. Something tells me that a couple years in the dark will do wonders for this beer. But fresh, I'd go for Orval.

7ways, Oct 04, 2008
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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