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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,945
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 303
Gots: 460 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy and bright goldenrod with a stupendously large white head that's frothy and whipped. It rises far out of my goblet, pits slowly as it falls, and leaves some great patterns of lace on the glass. A tremendously great looking beer--that's the only way to put it.

S: Lovely aroma. Tart and slightly sour pear, loads of white pepper and spice. Lemony aromatics, as well. Dry and yeasty, with a full aroma. Wonderful aroma.

T&M: The beer starts sweet with a pleasant maltiness that transforms into a yeast party that showcases light pear, green apple, and white pepper. Spiciness melds lovely with a more herbal hop spiciness on the back end. Finish is long and dry, with a reprise of hop flavor and dry yeast presence. Give this one a few sips--it takes a bit to open up. Body is full/medium with a very zesty carbonation that lifts the beer well.

D: It was boozy initially, but as I drank and gave it a few swirls the alcohol flavor faded drastically. A top-notch tripel.

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

Appearance: I knew I was in for a winner when I saw it swirling in my Chimay goblet. Nice and unfiltered, like a dark witbier.

Aroma: It's like candy in the glass. Cotton candy, white chocolate, light caramel, raspberry, vanilla, lemon, wheat, homemade bread dough rising.

Taste: This beer explodes with flavour. Citrus, candy (but thankfully not too sweet!!), nice light hopping, toffee, caramel, allspice, bubblegum, nutmeg, a tart finish. It's a hair thin (but at 9.5% ABV it can be as thin as it wants!).

Palate: SO smooth, it's dangerous. I can taste the warming alcohol on the way down, but it is not at all harsh or unpleasant.

Overall: It definitely smells sweeter than it tastes. This is an all-around winner and underscores the qualities that make Trappist beers so special.

It is *excellent* with dhal. It proved a seamless match with the pear and chive chutney (loved those chives), and would be stellar with mango chutney as well. The sweet + curry equation is key. It was one of those times that I had the meal first and needed to pick a brew -- I took a chance and it worked!

This was a fairly fresh bottle. I've got another one of those that I purchased at the same time. I'm going to cellar it and see how the difference stacks up in a couple of years.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer a cloudy pale golden yellow with a rich full crisp white head. The head stays for a bit then leaves some lacing.

Huge smell fills the naisal cavities with a sharp boozy sent. A supreme blend of spices lay in this beer.

So smooth with tiny tastes of spice. For such a big beer it certainly is smooth. Roasted malts challenge the sweet malts in a beautiful battle to overtake the senses of my pallet.

The feel is carbonated and slick.

An extremely drinkable trappist.

Cheers,
Jordan.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 11.2oz bottle at Flanagan's Ale House in Louisville. Served in an Ommegang chalice.

A: Cloudy, golden body that produces a huge, rocky, white head about 1.5 fingers thick; head quickly reduces to a half-finger depth but is persistent through the glass and assists with some good lacing rings.

S: The nose is spicy and sweet - apple and pear fruitiness melded with cinnamon, cloves and white pepper. Musky wheat chaff note peaks out as you exhale.

T: Like the nose but much stronger and provocative - apple, pear and cloves are prominent; honey-like sweetness follows. Then a cereal/grainy note flashes in to offset the fruity sweetness. A peppery alcohol also comes to play and becomes quite persistent about halfway through the chalice. Aftertaste is yeasty bread with lingering peppery spiciness and light fruit esters.

M: Smooth and crisp carbonation; slightly fluffy.

D: Easy going and not overly powerful even at 8.5% ABV. Has some kick but this tripel is sweet and complex which makes this quite an enjoyable trappist beer.

Another sterling trappist ale; so many of them to choose from - it is hard to pick a favorite, but I think I might have to side with the St. Bernardus Tripel. Regardless, I have been waiting to try this tripel for quite some time and I left very pleased.

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

A - A beautiful straw/golden color. A creamy white head.
S - A lemon sourness, tart, and alcohol. The smell is far to complex for me to describe. It's truly a wonderful thing.
T - Definitely get some alcohol, a little yeasty, tart, a little malty and I get some wheat charters.
M - Carbonated and medium thickness
D - Overall a great complex beer. Enjoyed it till the end.

Photo of brundo4
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL Trappistenbier bottle into Chimay goblet. The color is a beautiful golden blonde. Very fine bubbly head. Mild retention and lacing. Clear and sharp. Looks very crisp.
Sour yeasty smell is the first to present itself. Hints of butter, tropical fruit. A bit piney and floral hop odor. Smells like a Belgian.
Bitter, crisp taste. Similar to a high gravity lager. Sweetens as it warms. Hops come through strongly but there is no oily dominance. The alcohol is well hidden. This beer is a precisely crafted ale with the impeccable balance and composition that is the signature of the Trappist monks.
The mouthfeel is similar to champagne except slightly thicker and creamier. Very carbonated. The word "crisp" represents each and every quality of this beer.
This is an extremely refreshing and drinkable brew, despite the alcohol content. However, one too many and you might wake up in some strange places.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours a cloudy medium gold with a huge white head and above average lacing.

The aroma is light mostly hops and flowers, nothing standing out.

The taste is light and smooth for its abv, but I don't think this is the best trippel going. Its drinkable but nothing special for its acclaim.

Photo of sweemzander
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Best by 17/07/10?

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange yellow color. Giant head diminished to a 1 finger constant white head of super thick foam that was even thicker right in the center of the glass. Sticky lacing in a few places on the glass.

(S)- Tons of cloves on the nose with bananna, lemon and clay. Some creamy yeast.

(T)- Agian, like the smell, there is tons of clove up front that makes way for sweet lemon/bananna fruits with a hay&clay funk. The finish is rather wheaty and dry with a dare I say, a light hoppy bite.

(M)- Has a thick texture in the mouth with a fairly strong body then most Tripels. Sweet, crisp and plenty of carbonation

(D)- Despite its 9.5%abv, this goes down pretty easy, even if you might feel it later. Its still a sipper though due to its complexities.

Photo of azorie
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok this one I been saving for awhile, its about 1.5 years old. Not that I usually do that but it happened. Not my first Westmalle triple but I am re-reviewing it from deleting my old reviews. ok the review.

A: Poured into my Watou St b triple glass. Nice tall white lacing about 2 inches tall, over the top of a lemon orange color of the main beer. Did the swirling of the yeast and poured it into the glass, leaves the beer slightly cloudy. i let it warm up for the next phase.

S: first thing that hits my nose is the alcohol. I also get the yeast and the hops. i get orange hips, some herbs, some malt, some sugar, its very complex and very very good.

T: well its just devine, complex combo here, you get the warmness of the alcohol, you get the tartness of the citrus, Herby, some pepper like blend of tastes, just good stuff. The pale malt is there, and the yeast and the hops.

M: medium body, heavy carbonation in new bottles, not so much in this aged one.

D: easy to drank, its a sipper but its goes down smooth as silk.

Photo of Kensai
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blond lady here. The Westmalle has a hazy yellow color that reminds of lager, but this Tripel Trappist beer is a lot more than that. It gives a nice persistent foam and never loses its fog-of-yeast.

The smell is amazing, you would expect it to be a dark beer from its odour alone, but it's not. The taste and mouthfeel leave few things to be desired. This beer delivers a strong kick and has a nice acidic (lemon) afterfeel.

You would love to drink more than one, since this one masquarades as a simple lager to an amateur, but then you're gonna pass by far the 0.05% limit in most countries! :)

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
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
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
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
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
2.76/5  rDev -35.8%
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
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,945 ratings.