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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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world-class

3,973 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 490 | 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: 3,973 | Reviews: 1,618
Photo of zoso1967
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of taigor
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of omnigrits
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of Hopfist
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of nighthawk
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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.

Photo of billyshears
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of JamisonM
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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

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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.33l bottle poured in its own chalice.

A: Pale yellow hazy color. Huge white fluffy head with good retention and many many lacing left. Many particles floating around and in bottom of the glass

S: Complex. Very spicy and citrus. Orange zest, honey, vanilla, apples. Sweet with light notes of alcohol. Classic bready Belgian yeasts. Bubblegum! Sweet malts and flowery hops

T: Complex as the nose. Very spicy. Sweet malts upfront followed by a stingy hops bitterness. BTW, wonderful bitterness. Fresh malts and citrus hops. Orange zest, vanilla and liquor. In overall, despite of the fruity and sweet upfront, its taste is quite dry and bitter. Just perfect

M: Heavy creamy body and low carbonation. Dry bitter aftertaste and presence of alcohol

O: A world class beer, no more, no less. Expected Trappist quality. Mandatory to beer lovers

Photo of MOB210SA
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, and I mean huge luscious quickly expanding brilliant white head. Is a light golden amber in color. Not too much lacing. But wow looks fantastic.

Hoppiness and spices, an effervescent maybe esters and fruitiness. Almost overwhelms senses.

The mouthfeel and taste are just outstanding. It has the craziest carbonation of probably any beer Ive tried. It is close to almost champagne mouthfeel. But unlike some, it goes very well and just adds to the greatness.

Again, this is another that goes down quick and is really drinkable, very enjoyable and close to world class. In fact, its up there.

Photo of oldhippie247
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium-gold with a very slight haze, topped with a stark white, billowy head that lingers all the way down.

Aromas are bright and fruity with a hint of herbal spiciness.

First sip is immediately crisp, spicy, acidic, and fruity--not sweet. Alcohol warmth shows just a touch more than I generally care for, but so much as to be over the top. A very fine, intense carbonation keeps this strong beer feeling light.

Overall still the classic go-to Tripel for me.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review! Let the merriment begin...

Appearance: Poured into a deep red wine glass. Huge, slow retreating, 3.5 finger head that had a beautiful, snow-white hue. The beer has a beautiful golden color, almost transparent. Tiny strands of carbonation crept up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very fresh and sweet, with hints of peach, mango, and caramel right off the bat. Not much alcohol detectable in the aroma, just a wonderful yeasty fruitiness. Other aromas hinted at include cherrywood and white grape.

Taste: A rich, semi-sweet, syrupy caramel-vanilla flavor. Fruit flavors on the palate include golden raisin, crisp apple, and peach. A nice, long, dry finish complements the rich, fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, with a warm boozy feel on the palate. A much fuller feel than I expected from this style. Very well balanced with a good medium carbonation that waltzes on the tongue.

Drinkability: A very smooth brew. Perhaps a tad too sweet with a sneaky-high alcohol content for much than one or two in a sitting, but I will definitely enjoy one of these as a treat from time to time.

Overall, I thought this was a phenomenal beer. I am just getting into to Belgian ales and this was a truly delicious brew. Highly recommended.

Photo of californiakulak
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had many of these beers on a recent trip to Belgium and I think it might be my favorite beer from the whole trip.

Poured into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Pours a hazy, light red color. A huge fluffy head with big bubbles. Simply beautiful.

S. A very fruity smell. Also a yeasty aroma. Malty scents as well. Maybe some corriander.

T. Great. This is just a great beer. Friuty and spicy malt flavors. Pear and the usual belgian yeast flavors.

M. Full bodied beer. Warming alcohol and lots of carbonation.

D. Goes down like water but very high in ABV so beware.

Photo of Throckmorton
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

amazing beer.

A - golden tan with protein and yeast, off white head of fine bubbles that lasts and lasts. lace down the side of the glass.

S- prominent yeast, some earthy and grassy tones.

T- fabulous yeasty flavors, lots of grass and hay, and undertones of vanilla, but not at all sweet.

M - not highly carbonated, nice on the tongue.

D - amazing, I'm glad I can't easily buy this beer or I'd be living under a bridge.

Photo of babaracas
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewed. Pours a hazy brass color with billowing soapy white head, settles slowly with a huge cap staying for the remainder with chunks of foam covering the glass. Smell: pear, white grape juice, sugar cookie, clove note; spicy with medicinal and herbal notes. Taste: slightly boozed pear with white grape and nectarine juice; pils-y graininess, spicy, gingerbread-ish, with a powdery/medicinal note. Fantastic. Best by 12/15.

Photo of irishking1977
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Westmalle Tripel. What all other tripels aspire to be. While an 11.2 oz bottle is on the pricey side ($5.99), it's well worth it. The first time I had this on draft, and thought I saw god in the head. (and I'm not even religious at all.)

A: From the 11.2 oz bottle, pours into my Unibroue glass with a cloudy gold/copper with a huge head. The head is reminiscent of white fluffy clouds that god stands on. Not really, but more like the head created by the greatest of yeast. The yeast of the gods.

S: Immense fruit and yeast with subtle hops and peppery spiciness. The aroma is intoxicating. Just like the beer.

T: Egads! Amazing. Tropical fruits with candy sugar and hints of hops and warming alcohol at the end. One of my top five beers of all time, to this point.

M: Moderately carbonated and chewy with some oily residue.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable brew; very well balanced and simply pure ecstasy in liquid form. While it is drinkable, it's a sipper, and a session with this one is not only bad form but also could make the next day rough. After maybe two or three, the palate might be too numb to savior this liquid gift from the gods of beer known as Westmalle.

Photo of haddon
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden honey color with a white 3-finger head. lots of sediment throughout the goblet

S- lacks a certain depth but I like the very well-balanced notes on the nose. sweet cloves & sugars with a bit of fruit, perhaps banana

T- nice malty backbone with lots of fruity flavors. slightly dry finish with a warm, carbonated alcohol taste

M- full bodied with full amount of carbonation

D- not a huge fan of tripels but enjoyed this drink. I like the dry alcohol taste. nice beer.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into a snifter. Pours a golden apricot color with a nice size frothy head...although the head dissapates pretty quickly to a thin ring. Light, yet sticky lacing.

Aroma is full of fruit. I'm picking up apple and grapefruit, and musty like a lot of Belgian Tripels. Booze is also detectable slightly.

Semi-carbonated and great fruit flavor. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Although most Belgian style beers are better as they warm, this one is the opposite. As it warms, the booze gets a bit heavy and a dryness takes over. There's also a slightly sour aftertaste. Bottle was only aged about 6 months...atleast from purchase.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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