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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 488 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of ReDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin Frothy white head, had to hold back on the pour, [large goblet wine glass].

Very golden slight amber color.

Aroma, OK, gotta say it... kinda like cider at first, very fruity. Then some spiciness.

Very champagne-y, light, airy, lots of carbonation. Very complex. Clearly one of my favorite Trappist Tripels! Maybe some banana?
did i say complex? some hop bitterness spiciness...

I definitely get a nose of apple.

interesting complex aftertaste

good stuff, cant remember how much i paid for this, dated almost 1 year old...

Photo of tdawgydog
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up based on BA reviews and wanting to try some new Tripel's. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Maudite Goblet. Bottle dated Best Before 27/01/11

A - Poured a beautiful golden color with a nice 3 finger head that receded slightly but left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The apples are the first thing that jump out at you, it's well balanced and enticing at the same time.

T - Not as sweet as I would like, but highly enjoyable none the less. There is a slight aftertaste that I can't place that caused me to give this a 4 in taste as opposed to 4.5

D - Goes down nice. I'm on my 2nd bottle as I type this and I can see this being one of my go-to Triple's in the future.

M - A little thin and the aforementioned aftertaste is a little annoying but not enough to detract from this beer.

I think that I would still rate Tripel Karmeliet above this beer, but this is definitely on the same level. Would def go for this again.

Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.

S - Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.

T - This is very good. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.

The fruits are amazing. This is raw and organic. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.

M - This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that I've ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.

D - The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.

Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a massive white head. Great head retention and nice lacing.

Aromas of clove, pears, faint alcohol and a light tartness. Quite good but could feels a bit closed.

Really tasty. Spicy clove, some nice sweetness but it still comes across as dry, a hint of funk and must. A really good, complex tripel. A good dose of bitterness also holds across the mid and back palates.

Nice medium body with plenty of carbonation build a vibrant beer with plenty of tickle on the tongue.

Lots of flavour and complexity counter the high ABV. Tasty and well crafted.

Photo of cvfish
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a grainy scent, some light fruits (apples and pears), and grassy hops

T - The taste of this beer had the same grain that I got from the nose, a little bit of sweetness from the fruits, and was dominated more from the spiciness than most Tripels, very good though

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation that fit this style nicely

D - This beer was a good representative of the style, but there again I have not had a bad Tripel, but another good place to go for a good Tripel

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Cloudy golden color. Slight, foamy, white head. Slowly settles leaving some spotty carbonation on the surface. Leaves substantial spotted lacing which quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light malt, citrus, and pine.

T: A sweet pungent malt. Pecan shells, some lemon citrus, and pine nuts. Sweet, bitter hops.

M: Light body, full flavor. The piny aftertaste remains. Strong alcohol, but not overpowering.

D: Great sipping beer.

Really solid atmosphere. Great appearance, and simple but full nose. More complexity in the palette, and really full flavor. Nice balance. Overall, this is a pretty great quaff.

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

Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a big fluffy white head, and very heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Fruit and yeast on the nose. Peppery spice, clove, banana, orange peel. Very aromatic.

Taste: Sweet and fruity up front, before making way for a heavy spiciness of pepper and clove. There is a banana flavour in there, along with an orangey zest. Quite bitter hoppy finish that clings to the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and very lively on the carbonation. The texture is oily and slick.

Drinkability: An absolutely world class triple, I could drink this everyday. The flavours are perfect and moreish. This is a beer that has to be experienced.

Photo of flagmantho
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light golden blond color with a hint of opacity. Relatively persistent 1-finger head as a nice adornment.

Smell: fruity, sweet, syrupy yet peppery. There's quite a nice complexity there. There even seems to be a slight hop aroma, so rarely seen in this style. Bravo!

Taste: a delicate flavor, much more delicate than the aroma. Wheat flavors, some of that peppery quality, even a little bready. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall, subtle but tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy, creamy, creamy. This kind of well-integrated carbonation is what I love in a Trappist ale.

Drinkability: a tasty tripel, which in my book is always exceptionally quaffable.

Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Belle-Vue tulip glass 330 ml

A-- Poured a straw gold color, very big head that slowly fizzled away. Left a good one finger of head. Did get some sediment in the glass.

S-- Straw, malt and candied sugar. Reminds me of how Duvel smells. Got me salivating in the back of my mouth.

T-- Complex, get a little sweet and then the burn at the end. Very interesting.

M-- Best of both worlds. Start off light and medium carbonated and then the alchohol gets you in the end. Better mouthfeel when a little warmer.

D-- At 9.5 I would suggest one,sip it, enjoy this puppy. It does creep up on you quick. Wish I got a 750 over a 330.

Overall an excellent beer. Have the St. Bernardus tripel and can not wait to compare these 2.

Photo of abuliarose
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large-bowl wine glass. Golden tones give way to a white head fed by continuous champagne bubbles which nucleate on the surface of the glass. Very pretty lacing when tipped. Despite careful pouring, we managed a fair amount of particulate that now floats around as if it were still actively fermenting. Smells slightly floral, sour and funky like rancid fruit (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

Tastes... phew! You have to get past the carbonation to taste it but the taste is delicious and layered once you do. It tastes fruity and slightly nutty with a smooth malt afterglow. Hoppy bitterness compounds with more tastes. If only the carbonation didn't numb my tongue and send waves of the alcohol parading up my nose every time I sip! Otherwise it has a light to medium body and is not hard to get down.

This is perhaps not my favorite Trappist, but I'd back it.

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

Poured this into an oversized red wine glass. The color is a pale orange with a nice foamy white head that leaves lacing along the glass. The aroma consists of malts, lots of malt, some Belgian yeast and spice. The spice notes remind me of orange zest and compliment the color of this beer nicely.

The flavor is malty and somewhat sweet up front, followed by orange zest. The finish brings in warming alcohol and the orange zest reappears again, but this time adding a slightly bitter and mouth puckering flavor.

The mouthfeel of this beer is rich and thick. The creamy head mixes nicely with the rest of the beer to produce a very full sensation. The drinkability is fairly good, but the warming alcohol is quite noticeable. All in all, a very well put together beer, but I don't know if I would say it's my favorite tripel.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid mustard with a thin, foamy head. Great retention.

The aroma is fruity with a highly subdued toffee apple aspect. Some brown sugar. A hint of something grainy.

The taste is fruity and tart, nicely phenolic and spicy in a way that hides the alcohol well. Dry and yeasty in the finish. Good bready malt sweetness underneath.

Medium-light body, good carbonation.

Very drinkable, highly enjoyable.

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

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice aug28 2009

A glows a golden orange with lots of sediment, giant fluffy head, nice lace and pretty good retention. this is looking like a good thing

S tropical fruit, spices, yeast and maybe some citrus quite complex really

T also quite complex, it tastes as it smells but with some clove perhaps and the yeast is more noticeable with some booze i could not smell

M light in the mouth with lots of bubbles, little bite with the finish and it feels like it explodes when it enters your mouth

D i did not have any huge problems drinking this beer, but it was not smooth as silk, and i dont think i would drink them back to back

not the best triple I've had but one of the best for sure. this is one of those beers you will just have too try and judge for yourself

Photo of jnezda
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer from the 750 ml Bottle with Synthetic cork and it lived up to the brewery's reputation. I keep being drawn to the Belgium beers so this was a good choice.

Appearance: Poors much lighter than once it settled into my favorite snifter. Head was full and tight with little to no lacing. The beer settling into a cloudy amber with slight cling of the head to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity, honey sweet nectar. Not as heavily scented as some of the other trippels but very pleasant with appealing refreshing smell.

Taste: Good trippel with enough yeast to leave the fulfilling aftertaste in many of the Trappist Beers.

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a close knit carbonation that sits forward on the tongue and leaves your taste buds yearning for more. The sour of the beer almost makes the drinker thirsty so each sip sort of gains on you in more ways than one.

Drinkablity: Good beer overall but does come across as being too light for a trippel. The murky amber color seems like it would be more filling but the flavor is quite nice.

Overall I recommend this trippel.

Photo of e2kmck
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent pour. Great aroma. As I drank it it got better. This was the first "real" beer I tried so the first sip was a bit eye opening. However, after a few sips...wow. Was eatng Jamon Sarano with the beer which made it even better. Excellent inroduction.

Photo of FleeVT
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown bomber bottle with 2 different dates (born on and best before?) poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a beautiful glowing apricot which yellows on the edge of the glass and a tight off-white head that recedes to a 5mm layer on top.

S: A nice dose of malts, mild fruit esters, backed by fresh-cut grassy hops. Alcohol permeates throughout in a complimentary way.

T/M: Wow! First impression is chewy. This has a nice body with a velvety texture that I just didn't expect from it's appearance. A firm dose of pepper and alcohol provide the introduction. Fruit esters present themselves as peach, hints of citrus and banana, and apricot. Back has a hint of brandy in it with the hops from the nose.

Fantastic representation. I'd like to buy the world a Westmalle and keep it company.

Photo of bum732
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow, some yeast floaties, nice creamy head leaving tons of lacing. Smells of medicinal phenols, a nice earthy grassiness, touch of clove, soft sweet breadiness, honey, touch of vanilla, absolutely blissful. Tastes of creamy clove like malt with lots of phenolic layers throughout. Some grainy sweetness that is immediately followed by a clean bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with an earthy note. Alcohol is present, but not overwealming. Nice full creamy mouthfeel, just enough carbonation to make it pop.

I still find it amazing such a full bodied beer can be dry at the same time, just unbelievable. An amazing brew, truly the standard for all Tripels and by far the best i've ever had.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 300th review it looks to be a dandy

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach

A- The pour yields a huge frothy head. Mountainous, aromatic, pungent and sticks to my glass. a lime green color with yeasty floaties. The head is phenomenal, it just doesnt subside. 5 fingers.

S- wafts of sweet lemon grass and pepper. alcohol and bready malts complement the other smells. This is a beautiful smell.

T- a strong pepper spice hits you first followed by a sweet citrus (apricot/lemon maybe). The berady/yeasty malts produce some flavor as well.

M- the yeast covers your mouth and it is quite smooth and filling. This beer is a sipper. Goes down so smooth though.

D- a keg of this for a party would be great. This goes quick but beware the high abv will hit ya later.

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

A - A bronze, apricot color with a little bit of haze. About a fingers worth of head that was slow to recede.

S - Bubblegum, clove and cotton candy.

T - A little bit of spice with a good helping of yeast. I am also picking up a bit of clove in there. The alcohol is hidden pretty well when warmed up a bit.

M - A good medium body with a good mouthfeel. Also a little warm from the alcohol.

D - Very drinkable and good for basically any occasion. I don't think I would want more than a glass or two of this at a sitting though.

Photo of Evocatus
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pale gold yellow color with a white foamy, but thick, head that lingers on. Smells like sweet bread and malts with a hint of fruits like pear. Taste has a mix of spice (pepper), sweet bread, alcohol, and a hint of fruit as it lingers in the mouth. Good amount of thickness, carbonation, and head. Even for a 9.5% ABV, the alcohol isn't too strong to kill the other flavors. This beer could be an any day any time kind of beer.

Photo of JamesS
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great golden sun color with fantastic head and some excellent lacing. Great scent, huge wafts of banana and a slight citrus background with a large malty sweetness. Big malt bomb of flavor, huge thick taste with great sweet tones, a wonderful fruitiness with a slight banana aftertaste. Goes down very good, no noticable alcohol kick in it except for a nice warmth. Fantastic.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a massive, pillow-like white head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation patiently dissipating to leave trails of lacing in its path.

Great aromas of fruit such as apricot or pear, peppery spice, yeast, also featuring citrus and a bit sugary. These aromas and carbonation are aggressive as it warms and the glass funnels them to the nose.

Flavors resemble the nose with citrus characters, peppery spices, yeast, and nice alcohol warmth, and clove as it warms. The flavors just become more pronounced as the beer progresses.

This is a bit dry, but pleasantly so, with moderate to high carbonation, and a medium body with great alcohol warmth and a nice bite to finish.

Great beer, fun to drink, tons of flavor and character, and truly enjoyable.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

A - Hazy golden, apricot with a foamy white head that leaves a thin layer of foam behind.

S - Bubblegum, citrus, cotton candy, lemon, apple, pear, spice, clove, wheat and white pepper. Complex, balanced and very nice.

T - Honey sweetness and spicy clove with apple, pear, lemon, belgian yeast, bready wheat and bubblegum blended in the background.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, slightly fluffy in the mouth with a touch of fullness due to the sweetness. Slight warming from the alcohol.

D - One of the better Tripels I have had. I would like it a touch dryer but it is still nice.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from the big bottle, 07 vintage with a synthetic cork.

A- pours a cloudy golden apricot color, warm and inviting, with an incredibly stiff cap of off white foam. slowly settling, it changes consistency from a mass of dense bubbles to a pile of loose dish-soapy foam, darkening in color, with pillars and arches of lace rising high up the sides of the glass.

S- incredibly floral, fruity, and yeast aroma, with caramel, sugar cookies, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar in the background. up front is wysteria, pear, apple, large bronze muscadine grape, peaces, nectarine, plum, with some pineapple and orange hop aroma, and some very floral alcohol.

T- taste is drier and less fruity than the smell, with pronounced alcohol flavor like pears and grapes mashed in a very young brandy. holding it in my mouth for awhile i notice stronger fruit flavors begin to emerge, with a perfume of lily, vanilla and lemon peel, apricot pasta flora, and woodsy chardonnay and marsala. there is a character throughout like that of chewing on apple skin and the taste of tannins are prevalent. caramel, sugar, and cookie flavors fade and the taste becomes more herbal and earthy with a mild peppercorn spice, red bell pepper, with bitter floral and lemon pith hops. the finish is long and gradual as it goes from sweet to bitter to malty to dry and fruity. as beautiful and orchestral as it is, there is some unknown spark keeping me from ethically giving it a prefect score. damn right close though. 4.90

MF- full, expansive, and velvety. like take those jumpsuits j-lo used to wear, cuddle up on her booty and the feel of that velour is pretty much identical to the soft caressing carbonation found here. the dryness is so smoothly transitional and soft-spoken that it merely whispers for another sip as i listen closely to the sweet refrain of my singing taste buds. near the end of the glass is a treat as well, and the carbonation becomes so plush that a creamy feeling takes over, taking softness to a whole nother level.

D- all around amazing, invoking poetic thoughts in my sometimes shallow mind. intriguingly tasty, balanced, flavorful, and interesting, this is it's own class of tripel. 9.5%abv would do little to deter me from drowning myself in this stuff should i ever acquire a case.

Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

My Dad had this in his basement, at 70 degrees for 7 years, in the drak. My step-sister brought it back for him in '02. He gave to me. I drank it!

A: Hazy, somewhat pale orange. Great head, great lace windows. Just a few floaters.

S: Bubblegum. Citrus. Bisquity, yeasty.

T: Wow. Where to start? Some clove, apple, pear, nutmeg (?). Alot there, but hard to pull out one thing. Works great! Awesome!

M: Medium body. Decent carbonation for age.

D: Smooth as hell. Wanted more, needing to try a fresh one now!! Cool thing is, Dad had TWO of these. I'm gonna wait another 1-2 years, and try again.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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