Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,860
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 403 | 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 fbinla
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle with a huge thick head that sticks around long enough to enjoy. Light golden color, with a vibrant carbonation.

Huge Aroma, funky farm smells, with fruit and yeast that just explode in your nose.

A nice medium mouthfeel with spicy, grainy, tart apple, a mild sweetness and mild bitterness.

Each smell and taste gives you a different experience as it warms up and oxygenates.

This is an amazing beer, controlled flavors that keep on giving, it's a piece of art. Reminds me of the quality and flavor of an aged $100+ bottle of wine. I need more and more then more. So easy to drink, with a 9.5% ABV it can creep up on you quickly.

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

Mounds of bright white head. Golden body with slight chill haze... Lacing last forever.

Funky smell upfront, blends into citrusy grapefruit aromas and candied sugar.

Citrusy, earthy, and strong alcohol presence.

Coarse, prickly, and chewy upfront with warm finish.

Highly drinkable especially in a cool environment... Actually leaves the palate a little wet.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The glass is all head at first - fantastic white, thick, creamy head; it reminds me of whipped cream. When it sets (after quite some time) there are lots of head residues on the inside of the glass. This is the best head ever!!! The colour of the beer is golden, and the brew is cloudy.

S: There are so many smells I don't know where to begin: At first the freshness strikes you, but there are also spices (thyme?), fruit, malt and hops. A complex beer with the best smell I've ever sensed?

T: The first thing that hits my mouth is the freshness. And there are also dry hops, spices, malt and fruit (citrus). This flowery beer is very well balanced.

M: Dry, medium full, and a bit viscous.

D: A great beer, one of the best in the world. I can't think of anything they could improve - this is perfection!

Photo of NewGeneric
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this just a few minutes ago watching poker. Poured a hazy orange with frothy white head that left almost no lacing, with plenty of sediment floating around. Smelled pretty hoppy and of fruity yeast. Tasted of fruity yeast, malt, and light hops. Somewhat smooth, but overcarbed. Could drink a few.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Hazed, golden beer, some floaties (not in a bad way). Hube white head, indicative of its high carbonation, with strong retention and thick lacing.

S-Peach-fruit esters, bready-sweet malts, yeasty undertone.

T-Bready-sweet maltiness dominates with an assertive spicy character. Quite enjoyable. Fruitiness is not widespread, but definately present. Drying alcohol appears near the middle-end, yet still smooth and not overpowering, but instead mixing nicely with the bread and biscuit sweetness.

M-High, but very creamy carbonation, very characteristic. Medium-full body is very luxurious and enjoyable, providing an exciting interplay with the carbonation.

D- Pretty comlplex, but perhaps lacking something in smoothness. Drinkable, but not exceptionally so.

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

Very pleasant deep hazy orange with a nice head that reduces to a patchy and pleasantly sticky lacing.

Smell is full of phenols, a bit of pepperiness, apple and apricot fruitiness and a nice full sweet maltiness.

Taste follows on from the smell, lots of apple and apricot fruitiness but in no way overdone and its well balanced by a medicinal phenolic spiciness. Lots of clove, a bit of pepper, and a sweet (but not too sweet) maltiness. Quite yeasty too. It all combines and balances very well into a very complex end result. Their is an alcohol hit I find pleasant but overall the booze content is very well hidden. There is a bitter hops finish, not much at all but a little more noticeable than other tripels I've had.

Fairly full bodied drink, lively carbonation pretty much in step with any tripel. Nice and smooth and creamy and leaves the palate feeling clean.

Not my favourite beer but a revelation in that it is hands down the best tripel I've ever had so its going to be up there near the top of my review list. The tastes are far more complex than others I've tried. Will be having this one again for sure.

Photo of crnipeter
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer tends to rush out of the bottle indicating good carbonation. The Westmalle chalice is at hand so nothing is wasted.

Hazy golden-orange topped by creamy, firm head that dissipates slowly. The resistant lace uniformly slides down the glass walls hardly being broken into patches.

Hay, yeast and bread, alcohol noticeable, but not as evident as with many other examples of the style.

Peach, banana, honey-ish sweet malt, citrus peel with light addition of clove, all followed by peppery bites - like myriads of tiny piranhas are grazing on the fleshy tongual substratum. Ends with hoppy bitterness to diminish spiced fruity sweetness. Somewhat alcoholic finish.

Creamy mouthfeel. Great.

Could drink a couple but it's not a beer to spend a night with. A world classic anyway and one of my all time favorites.

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

Westmalle Trappist Tripel pours a dark straw color with a big fluffy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind a coating of lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of apple, clove, banana bread and alcohol. The alcohol seems to dominate. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slightly tart with a a firm carbonated fizz on the palate.

The flavor is fruity, sweet and spicy. It starts with notes of apple and honey. In the middle pepper and clove take over before a tart, alcohol taste finishes off the sip. Throughout each sip is the sweet taste of toasted malt holding the flavors together. Once gone some of the sweetness and apple flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a great tasting, well balanced beer. There's a bit too much alcohol in the nose, but otherwise no complaints from me.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. I always like it when I find an old-school beer with no English marketing on the label - leave it to those monks to not pander to the outside world - French and Dutch it is.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden orange hue, with a sizable amount of puffy, foamy white head, which leaves big swaths of sudsy lace as it genially recedes. There is also a fine, grainy sediment swirling throughout the glass.

It smells of yeasty rising white bread, dried banana chips, biscuity malt, a touch of bittersweet vinegar, spicy clove, orange cream, white pear, and a subtle musty, ethereally funky note. The taste is big fruity malt - lemon, orange, banana, overripe pear, and stewed white grapes - moderately tangy black pepper and clove spice, a touch of wine-friendly yeast, and a subtle warming alcohol edge.

The carbonation is big, frothy, and quite noticeable throughout, the body medium-full in weight and solid in other somewhat less tangible ways, including a crazily unassailed smoothness. It finishes generally off-dry, the fruity malt sweetness persisting and the booze coming round to bear.

A pretty heady affair, this one is - the fruit character being pleasant enough, and the big ABV doing well to keep the collateral damage to a minimum. Overall, this is rather enjoyable, and a well balanced example of this usually heat-skewed style. Those monks tend to have such a deftly mollifying effect, it would seem.

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

11.2 oz. bottle into Westmalle goblet.

Orangish/golden hue, a bit of cold haze. Two fingers rocky white head, slow dissipation. Fruity nose, a bit of pineapple with big passion fruit prominent. Pretty active mouthfeel, but not overwhelming carbonation. Big fruity esters dominate the taste, passionfruit (very Allagash-like, or vice versa :)) again, but a nice dry lingering finish.If it wasn't for the price and ABV, I could probably enjoy a couple of these. One of the world's great beers, to be enjoyed for special occasions, like my birthday today! A true world classic, the best tripel I've enjoyed.

EDIT: Staying in Brussels for two months while on sabbatical. The local grocery store has bottles for US $1.74. Happy :)

Photo of generallee
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet. A best before date is printed on the back of the bottle.

Appearance: The body has slightly hazy appearance with a bright golden yellow color. Also there is some nice visible carbonation and lots of little bits of floating yeast in the body. On top sits a tall, stiff, white head that has great retention and make lots of slick lacing that coats the glass before slowly sliding down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The nose is full of fruity and funky yeast, sweet malt and fresh wet hay.

Taste/Mouth Feel: There is mild sweetness from the malt and fruity/funky yeast. There are notes of apple, pineapple, golden raisin and lemon zest that are wrapped up in a mild warming alcohol. Hops are very light and the finish gets slightly tart and dry with just a hint of hop bitterness. The body is about medium to full with a smooth rounded feel and the carbonation is in perfect balance to cleanse the palate for the next sip.

Notes: This is one of the finest beers that I have had in my opinion, and worthy of a perfect score as I can't find anything to improve on except for maybe the yeast sediment in the appearance but I like the yeast in Trappist beers.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding beer and benchmark for the style.

Huge well rounded bubbles.
Slightly dry but well rounded in the nose. Not boozy in the least. Sourness is minimal, but noticeable and the normal notes of dried pears and fizziness are just the base here. I made sure to get as much yeast as possible out of the bottle and pleasurable breadiness comes through. I could drink this for days on end.

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

Appearance: Honey brown with small amounts of noticeable carbonation. a good amount of head at pour with a nice frothiness. Sediments are present.

Smell: Caramelized grain. Sharp dried fruit and alcohol smell that I find my nose to identify with most Belgian tripels and even dubbels.

Taste: Very little bitterness much more balanced with an almost light molasses taste. Finish is relatively dry but leaves my tongue with most of the small amounts of bitterness I taste.

Mouth Feel: Like a light naturally sweetened syrup. Heavier body then I expect while looking at it, but ends up being satisfying. It lingers on my taste buds for quite a while.

Drinkability: Totally drinkable, it seems like every sip makes me want to sip it again and again.

Photo of jwheeler85
2.8/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass-

A- Poured a nice orange/gold with a head on fine white lacing

S- There wasn't much going on at all in the aroma department. I was a bit disappointed.

T- Spices definitely stand out here and are backed by some fusel alcohol notes and a slight burn

M- Had a very bubbly mouthfeel

D- Average drinkability, but I really wasn't too impressed by this one. Probably wouldn't pay for it again. Maybe it was just an off batch.

Photo of SykDoc
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a dense straw color. A 3 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a full coverage lacing. Sediment and carbonation are readily noticed.

The aroma is light but very good. It includes the usual culprits of bread, banana, and yeast, but also has some grass and cotton candy notes.

The taste is also quite good although a little simpler. A small hint of malts mixed with a good dose of bananas and pears. A spicy pepper component is also noted. Alcohol is definitely present.

The mouthfeel was just a bit too carbonated for my liking and I think it takes away from the taste. It is medium-full body and quite thick. With all this, it is quite smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer and easy to drink although the carbonation was a bit distracting to me. I will definitely keep my eyes open for more and enjoy it when available.

Photo of JAStheAce
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Lots of violent creamy foam that rises tall in my goblet. Beautiful, bright golden orange. Thin layer of foam remained consistently and uniformly around the top of the beer the entire time I drank this beer

Aroma - citrusy and spicy

Taste - peppery complex and smooth with hints of fruits that crackle. You can definitely feel the alcohol on the back.

Mouthfeel - thick and chewy but very smooth throughout

Drinkability - truly a remarkable beer and I expected nothing less from the Trappist monks. Solid, incredible aftertaste that dominates the palate and remains long enough to evoke wonderful memories so you remember to have another.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into snifter/ Best by 6/11/10

P: Clear, effervescent golden honey with a 2 fingered pearly white head that's soapy, yet rocky. Shows good retention and sinks to a thin halo with an island.

A: Sweetly toasted pale malts along with bananas, apples, and peaches with some spice and alcohol to boot. Smells mouth-wateringly good!

T: The lightly toasted sweet pale malts are definitely hefty, as they have to be to hold up a flavor profile this intense! On top is a big ol' bowl of fruit that includes bananas, apples, peaches, and a citric twang that tingles the taste buds. Peppery-like spice is like a beautifully choreographed dance that does quite a number on the tongue, while the soft alcohol contributes nicely to the profile. I also get some floral hops on the back end, which only adds yet another layer to this complex, well-made beer in which all of the flavors really meld together nicely.

M: The Westmalle Tripel has a luxuriously smooth medium-full body that features a volumizing carbonation that blossoms in the mouth to give it a crisp, yet rich and creamy kind of feel. Perfection!

Notes: This is one of the best tripels that I've had yet! It's full-flavored, powerfully spicy, explosively delicious, but not quite as fruity as others. This is why tripels are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles! Highly recommended

Photo of scootny
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden amber with a large head and decent lacing. Lots of floaties and such. No carbonation visible but it must be there as the surface is a light covering of bubbles.

Smell is a delicious rich malt base and subtle combination of yeast esters. Belgian funkiness along with banana and tart apples are the prominent aspects but there is a treasure trove to uncover here.

Taste is unique but what else would you expect from the original tripel. Dryness is a hallmark here. A big pale malt backbone lays a sweet foundation upon which an herbal, lightly spiced mix of exquisitely blended hops. A dry lightly hopped finish with a light sweet sugary doughiness as well as grapefruit skin tinged bittering. Alcohol is so well integrated as to be non existent. Feel is surprisingly crisp and carbonated like a great lager. Light in its feel as it dances across the tongue the og shows itself on the edges and the swallow.

The feel would have you quaffing this one when you should savor it. The complexity of taste and superb construction should be your guide here.

This one is a classic, no news there.

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

Pungent acidic smell and creamy mouthfeel.

Citrus flavor. Lingering aftertaste.

Almost impossible to pour without tons of head; tons of bubbles.

Very dry in the mouth. Strong, almost overwhelming taste, but stops just short of making making you quit.

This beer is my first Trappist Ale. I normally drink stouts or porters, so it's hard to fairly judge this against them.

Photo of seand
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large wine glass.

A: The beer started to foam up out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap - a slow pour led to about a couple fingers of white head in the glass, and what looks like another finger or so on top of the half that's left in the bottle. The color is cloudy yellow. The head calms down pretty quick but leaves a film on the surface for the duration. Good lacing.

S: Sweet, with floral tones, a little citrus and a touch of yeast.

T: Slightly sweet, yeasty, finishing with a touch of bitterness and tartness. There's quite a bit of flavor here. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium to light bodied, fairly carbonated. It's surprisingly light given the ABV and the amount of flavor. It does have a bit of a mouth coating effect.

D: Drinks a little too easy for 9.5%.

It's good. You should try it. Just have a glass ready to pour when you crack it open.

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

Even when poured at 45 degrees down the side, still kicks a mean, 4f head. Good chunky lacing is left on the sides of the Duvel tulip.

Smell was pleasant - starts off like a white wine, and moves to an orangey citrus quality as it warmed, with a hint of spice, and only a light waft of alcohol.

Great taste - not overpowering - spicy yeast, with some apricot fruitiness. Plenty of herbal notes - a kiss of mint as it warmed.

Rich mouthfeel, but a good level of carbonation gives this a classicly soft Belgian feel.

Combining the taste and drinkability? I just upped my score - the alcohol vibe is the only thing keeping this from reaching a 5 for drinkability.

This one would be great with some mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Photo of tubeboy
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I talk about the beer I have to say the bottle is really cool. I opened this beer very carefully and was surprised by a snow white head that slowly peaked out of the top. I had to pour this a little slower than normal to keep the head under control. This beer pours a very nice golden color with a tall head. The head has really great retention although a little thin feeling.

A distinct smell of yeast balanced by sweet grains and a hint of alcohol.

I great tasting beer with a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Great mouthfeel but the head is a little too thin.

Overall a very drinkable beer. I'm just finishing this one and I can feel it working. I couldn't imagine having more than two of these. This is serious stuff.

This is definately worth a try. I will do this again!


Photo of becktone
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 4-1-09

Done horizontally with Maredsous Tripel, Augustijn Tripel, and Kasteel Tripel.

Eye: Surprisingly this beer had both the best and worst head retention of the group. Into a Duvel glass it poured with a magnificent creamy head that gave way to rocky which gave way to...well pretty much nothing. It all collapsed. Color is a hazy yellow with some tinges of orange and almost some light brown.

Nose: Much less potent than I expected. This one has more of a controlled and balanced aroma than the Maredsous, the aroma here is more subtle and refined. Nice sweet malt presence that mingles nicely with the candied aromas. Sweet butterscotch aromas are in check with the malt and add complexity, alcohol is hidden. Light spiciness...its almost an afterthought of the yeast. Would that the aroma were more potent.

Tongue: Spicy notes, some alcohol an overall earthy tone and malt under it all supporting it. This is by far the best of the bunch. This one tastes organic whereas the Augustijn tastes forced. The forground taste of the alcohol gives balance to the beer. In comparison to the others this one is on the drier earthier side, getting a good amount of its character from the interaction of alcohol flavor with the rest of the beer. Good aftertaste as well. This is the best crafted of the bunch.

Feel and Drinkability: Dry finish, alcohol aftertaste stays in the mouth a bit as well as a mix of the rest of the beer's flavor. Low carbonation works well with this beer, it just seems to fit, if it were any higher I think it would detract from this beer's flavor. This is one that I'd pick up again, though there might be some others I'd go for first...Tripel Karmeliet for example.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Westmalle wide mouth chalice glass.

The Westmalle Tripel pours with a huge and bulging foam head that rises quickly and settles at 2 fingers for good amount of time.

The beer in the chalice is a bright golden color and even though it has a translucent/haze like finish it could almost be described as having a shiny quality.

The nose isn't over bearing but what it does let loose is a complex collection of citrus fruits and rinds.

Taste produces juicy malt sweetness and spice thanks to strong hops. The remaining tastes flow through like waves starting with the sweet malt and spicy hops, then on to citrus bite and a zinging alcohol kick.

Finish is a hefty amount of dried yeast and a smooth coating of honey that only adds to the complex palate already experienced.

One of the best brew available

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

This pours a hazy light orange colour with a very generous head and great retention. That would be from the very visible carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Spicy alcohol aroma.

That is so well balanced! I was expecting an OTT whack of alcohol but it is beautifully integrated. A lovely persistent warmth. Some sweetness in there.

Mouth coating type stuff this.

It is a very well made beer but I didn't get a lot more out of it than the respect of it being well made.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,860 ratings.