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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,731
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 259
Gots: 345 | 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 seaoflament
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been aging this beer for about 2 years I think and it has a date on the lable of 18/05/08, hey that's today! Decided to drink this one today.

Quite a bit of sediment on the bottom so I put this one in the fridge for at least an hour and poured slowly. Poured a pale to golden color with minimal head, active bubbles race up from the side and center of the glass. A little stirring does produce about half an inch of foam.

Aromas of bananas, pears, apples, cherries, strawberries and a bit of alcohol. Very fruity and mellow. A little yeast and spices comes through as the beer breathes.

Taste is a bit boozy but with a complex and harmonious fruitiness. After a few sips I begin to taste the apples, pears, a bit of banana, and cherries. A bready flavor in the finish and aftertaste along with some bitterness.

Very carbonated, a bit prickly on the tongue and cheeks but goes down fairly smooth. The mouthfeel does smooth out after it gets to room temp.

seaoflament, May 18, 2008
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge 3" white head with great retention and thick lace. Hazy, gold peach color. Aromas of fruit (apples, apricots), yeast, and floral notes. Pineapple and apricot . Alcohol. Well hopped bitter finish. Crisp, high carbonation. Dry finish. Full mouthfeel. Creamy, rich and warming. Good drinkability...will drink again.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear medium straw color with HUGE white head. Had to stop pouring so I didn't waste any! Nice hoppy citrusy aroma. Good balance, actually a little weaker on the taste than I expected for a tripel, but still tasty. Good warming due to the high ABV. I'd prefer a little more hops than malt, but seemed right for the style. Medium carbonation also seemed a bit weak, but nothing to make me dislike the beer. All in all a pretty drinkable beer.

BeerCheese, May 17, 2008
Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a nice cloudy light gold with some rougher dark floaties. Nice yeasty aroma. The first taste has an initial yeastiness that quickly moves to a warming mouthfeel. The flavour is full and rich. The alcohol warmth is the main quality to this one, along with some associated spiciness.

sstackho, May 17, 2008
Photo of smilingPolitely
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such an enjoyable brew!
Pours with a nice creamy head, and deep yellow color - slightly cloudy. Nice mellow aroma, and amazingly smooth taste with sweet undertones and even balance all the way through. Silky mouthfeel but not too heavy at all.
A great drink for a relaxing evening.

smilingPolitely, May 15, 2008
Photo of jamesm7485
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing tripel, i wont rehash all the technical jargon here but it ranks as one of my top five ive ever tried, just very smooth easy to drink and a treat for all the senses. Nice light color with a quick to form reasonably long lasting head, one of my top Belgium's for sure and my top tripel

jamesm7485, May 15, 2008
Photo of bradmann
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this 33cl bottle at a Vín Búð in Reykjavik, Iceland. I'm eating some Brie to accompany :)

A: poured into a wine glass. Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a hint of copper towards the middle. Thick, fizzy, off-white, two-finger head with excellent retention and heavy lacing.
S: Wheat and yeast, mild alcohol, white grapes.
T: My goodness, a little dry, notes of vanilla with a citrusy finish (almost ruby grapefruit-like), taste is all in the back of the tongue. Impossible to tell this is 9.5% Delicious!
M: Silky, mild carbonation, TOO drinkable?

This is the gold standard of the Belgian Tripel and I'm very glad I got to experience it.

bradmann, May 12, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold, crystal clear (without yeast). Big, snow white, foamy head. Soft peaks. Meringue like lacings.

Sweet lemon and candy sugar on the nose. Powdery yeast. Alcohol. Hint of spice (coriander?)

Citrus bitterness up front, nice, balanced hop profile. Pine. Barnyard malt. Peppery spice on the back of the tongue. Warming alcohol in the finish.

Refreshingly crisp for the strength.

Excellent tripel, I prefer it with food.

CanuckRover, May 10, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, hazy, golden orange with massive white lid of truly Belgian proportions.

The nose is delightfully yeasty joined golden orchard fruits and loads of sweet and spicy spices.

Body is difficult to discern for all of buzzingly fuzzy, creamy, and uplifting carbonation. Flavors of golden delishious and green pears with biscuity yeast and lots of pepper, spices, and pleasantly warming carbonation.

Westmalle's tripel is the boldest tripel I've yet to have. It's bold and spicy, and it's awesome. Truely a world class beer.

Slynger, May 09, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy dark orangeish color with alot of little chunkies in the bottom, tons of sediment, more than most beers i've had, and i'm getting up there with the number i've tried. smell is just fantastic, very aromatic, lots of fruity flavors in the nose, taste is very very good. has a small alcohol bite, it is a bit higher 9.5%, so thats to be expected. belgians are just soooo good, i havne't found one that hasn't been good.

1fastz28, May 06, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is light gold and quite cloudy. A gentle pour still gave up about one inch of head. Retention was excellent. The thick layer and webs of lace were impressive.

S - Grain shows up first and reminds me of wheat fields. A thick malt aroma also pops in with hints of honey and candied sugar. Midway through some bread notes appear. The tial end contains some smooth alcohol and earthy hops.

T - The grain shows up in the flavor as well. The strong pale malt and honey profile follows that pretty quickly. Some sour fruit is in the flavor but is quite mild. Towards the end some bread and yeast are present. Alcohol is present throughout but does not overtake the other flavors. There is quite a nice balance in this beer.

M - Pushing full bodied with excellent carbonation. Finish is mostly full and sweet. After some time it starts to dry out a bit.

D - Drinkability is quite good. The beer goes down easy for me. All the flavors are what I look for in a good Tripel. A great brew that I would highly recommend.

csmiley, May 06, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An orange yellow almost golden like a sunset.Very nice head that has long life. The aroma of malts,fruits,spice and alcohol. The taste is tingly ,bitter sweet with the added touch of passion fruit or something like that.
It has a spicy taste,yet there is citrus,yeast and some hops.
The feel is smooth,so smooth. The bitterness is well placed and the complex flavors are blended well with moderate carbonation. It finishes sort of dry with an alcohol reminder.

Notes: This is not a session brew ,but you knew that already. High ABV must be respected. I can have about two or three glasses and feel fine.

Lexluthor33, May 01, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange, cloudy. I left the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I decided not to drink it separately. Head was amazing! Thick like meringue, hung on the whole time. Great Guinness like lacing that left a nice pattern. 10 out of 10 for head and lacing. The total appearance was stellar!

Smell - Grass field, hops, a little earthy, doughy, bit of floral from the hops, definite alcohol whiff.

Taste - Smacks your forehead...hard! Spice and alcohol kick, followed by bitter hop finish. So intense I didn't taste much of anything else, maybe just a little lemon zest. Although the taste is very complex, it's hidden behind the alcohol and hops. But it is there. Tastes a little like a super strong Czech Pilsner. Dry finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Huge! Full, round and sparkles on the tongue.

Drinkability - Can't imagine having another because of the high ABV, but the flavor and mouthfeel suggests it.

rkinsella, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of cjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange / straw color with a nice three-finger-width head that likes to last. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smells fruity, spicy and yeasty. Apricots and bananas are present, as well as some darker fruit smells.

Sweet and just a little bit spicy with a bit of an alcoholic bite, but not overwhelming. Very strong banana flavors.

Pretty medium-heavy bodied mouthfeel. Kind of creamy, but very well carbonated which makes this quite drinkable.

cjohnson, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of animal69
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i felt like doing some belgians tonite, 1st on deck was this gem ; pours a hazy light gold w/ a 1" thick stiff white head which lasted a bit leaving plenty of lacing in my snifter ; a fruity, cereal grain smell, pilsn malts, and a hint of floral noble hop aroma, some alcohol and dark fruits as well ; a crisp, tart flavor, big malts up front w/ an alcoholic apple/banana note underneath, some hops present as well, finishes a bit like champagne ; a surprisingly light-med mouthfeel, very dry, drinks like a 6.5% ABV brew, good amount of co2 ; an awesome beer, i'd given it a 5 on drinkability, but i'm afraid i be sued...

animal69, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of TStandley13
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great creamy white head with good retention. Appearance was a cloudy golden color, slight orange tinge.

S- Sweet tasting with a definite smell of alcohol. Very malty smelling.

T- Alcohol taste is present. A great mixture of spices and sweets. Almost a cidery type taste with a slight aftertaste of cinnamon.

M- Feels great. Good warming effect and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, though alcohol taste can get to you after 3 or 4. Definetely enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

TStandley13, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of nmyers
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice cloudy orangish-yellow color, a nice white head on it with good retention.

S- Belgium yeasts, malt and apples & spices. I think I dectected a hint of Belgium candy sugars.

T- Crisp taste of malt and apples & spice right off the bat. Mellowing into a nice maltyness. An amazing after taste. No alcohol taste is present.

M- Great taste rigth of the bat, and the finish is great as well.

D- Very light body and goes down smooth. I wish I could drink this more often.

nmyers, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a trio of tripel with chimay white and fin du monde. Pours a burnished gold with a frothy white head, much like the other two. Aroma is pleasantly fruity, with hints of apple. The flavour is fantastic - the fruits again (but not nearly as prominent as fin du monde), this time paired with bready malt, light spicing, and a slightly grainy finish, which seemed to be the characteristic which distinguished itself the most from the chimay. Nice medium body and high carbonation. Excellent drinkability. I'm gonna lay me a few of these down!

bobsy, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter (best by 10/04/09 stamped on bottle).
A: Cloudy pale orange with thick, sticky white head that lasts forever and leaves nice lacing.
S: Sweet herbal aroma. Lemon citrus, light malt and hop, and spice.
T: Amazing sweet spice and malt. Rustic notes of grass...interesting similarity to Hennepin. Very complex brew.
M: Very nice and light on the tongue...coats so the wonderful taste can linger and deepen!
D: Extraordinarily drinkable! ABV extremely well hidden. Literally could drink this all day.

mwilbur, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, had a rich amber color and a thick texture. There was a big, big head and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma consisted of yeast, some malt, apples and spices. Very balanced and never obnoxious.

T: The flavor had lots of apples, Belgian yeast and spices. Nicely done, crisp, with a certain sharpness to it.

M: Highly carbonated, with a smooth finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Everything here seems to be done in proportion.

avalon07, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer. I must have gotten lucky with the bottle I had because it was fresh. So delicious. So amazing, that I would drink this every day if I could. It poured a murky gold color with a little head that disappeared quickly. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, honey, and sage were all present in my wiffs. It tasted amazing. A great balance of all of the above with little sage after notes. It's a refreshing beer. A very easy beer to drink for a big guy.

ROMER79, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into my Kasteel anniversary glass...

A= This brew is a beautiful opaque orange-gold color. The snow-white head poured 1/2" and retained remarkably well and the lacing down the glass was decently good.

S= Despite letting it warm quite a bit, this beer didn't have a strong aroma profile. One of my favorite Belgian trippel characteristics is the aromas of fruity yeatiness. This ale displayed some citrus-like fruit, grass, alcohol, and a bit of funk. Despite being the benchmark tripel, this ale doesn't have an aggressive aroma.

T= In my humble opinion, this ale is reminiscent of a fine saison. It is crisp and multifaceted. I detect farm field hay, alfalfa, stale fruit candy, slightly musty yeast, and lots of alcohol in the finish.

MF= This beer has the perfect amount of carbonation making it crisp and beautiful on my tongue!

D= I like this beer a lot, but I have to admit that it is not my favorite Trippel. Still, this is a world class beer, with a world class history and following that I feel is mostly deserved.

spointon, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a hazy orange and yellow color with a solid 1/2 inch off white head. Head fades quickly but remains at a bubbly 1/8 inch layer. Excellent hanging lace. Some yeasty bits in suspension. A bit more orange than more tripels.

S - Orange citrus and coriander spice with a strong powdery yeast component. A bit sweet but it blends well with the citrus and spice. Little to no hop activity. Some lemon and peach citrus as well.

T - Starts with a bit of lemon zest and some sugary sweetness. Yeast contributes a powdery, coriander spice as more citrus flavors kick in. Spice gets stronger as it warms, but alcohol makes no appearance. Very well flavored and disguised for a 9.5% beer.

M - Well carbonated with a powdery mouthfeel and a medium body. A tart and sweet finish.

D - Tripels are always very drinkable for me, and this one is no different. Denser than some with its chalky and powdery mouthfeel and darker color. Alcohol is well hidden and flavor stays enjoyable throughout.

gmcfarre, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color with a perfect silky white head. Large bubble rising from the glass.

Tropical and citrus fruits, complex alcohols, mild malts and peppery Belgian spices.

A very complex ale. Amazing flavor profile from 50F to room temp. More subtle tahn most tripels. Doesn't have the huge sweet and tart flavors but rather buttery spices and malts perfectly blended together.

Full body with good carbonation. This is a very good example of the style that is hindered by importation. Much better fresh. I almost don't buy imported beers anymore because they usually have rough lives. This is near a 5.0 in Belgium.

rye726, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of dill
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

A - a light orange, golden color with a nice, white head.

S - grapefruit and a bit of a nice funk

T - some grapefruit, passionfruit, and yeast. the alcohol is also detectable.

M - crisp carbonation. a nice one to sip on.

D - at 9% abv, this is a great beer to enjoy slowly over the course of an evening. that would give you time to enjoy all of the complexities of the flavor and aromas.

dill, Apr 02, 2008
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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