Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,858
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 400 | FT: 4
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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 Klgkenny
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bomber into a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a fluffy two finger head topping a pale orange body. The body is cloudy, yet translucent. I expected it to be a bit darker, but it was still very nice.

Smells like apricots and pepper. Faint aromas of exotic fruits and a slight follow up of alcohol.

Tastes very bright. Tangy apricot and fruity tastes wash through the mouth. Pepper and ... and something pleasantly bitter. Finally warming alcohol. Oh so pleasant warming alcohol.

Feels bright and carbonated in the mouth. Crisp and peppery in the sinuses and the back of the throat. This feels like high octane champagne in the mouth.

Aside from the price and high alcohol, I could drink this all day. I'd love to, but as it is, I'll keep them for special occasions.

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

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours up a slightly hazy pale yellow with a dense white head.

S - Some sweet malt, some pear in the aroma

T - Sweet malt flavor with some dried fruit in the background. Finishes with a little alcohol on the back of the tongue. Nice.

M - Full mouthfeel and carbonation

D - Well balanced beer. This will sneak up on you.

Photo of beertunes
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold with a one finger frothy head.

S- Very clean with light phenols.

T- Light caramel with a slight candy sweetness. At mid point a mellow yet well spoken and complimentary hop note brings things to an apex. The finish is slightly dry with a slight alcohol note.

M- Light and pleasantly fizzy.

D- I could of gotten the bigger bottle.

Surely one of the best tripels out there, very enjoyable.

Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this first at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI; had fresher bottles later in Brussels, Belgium. Here, I will review the fresh bottles that I got a hold of in Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, practically shimmering golden yellow. Cloudiness and yeast flakes that scream "Unfiltered Freshness!" with gorgeous, fluffy white head like cream on a lemon meringue pie.

Smell: Complex. Extremely aromatic. Fruits, cloves, yeast; each just try to outdo each other in the competition to reach your nose.

Taste: Wow. Huge presence of banana. Cloves and spice are right behind. Full of creamy, biscuity, almost buttery goodness, like a freshly baked breakfast biscuit. Hops then hit like a slap in the face, ending on a bitter note.

Overall: The original Tripel; the Tripel that defines the style. This is a great beer only when it's fresh. I've had bottles of this that were stale and all you could get from it was a rotten-banana infused metallic hop bitterness. However, this is practically ambrosia when it's fresh.

Photo of GPHarris
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aged since 7/06

a - poured a one finger thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass that left a nice thick lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright golden color.
s - sweet and fruity with a hint of floral hops.
t - same as above but with a bit of grainy earthiness.
m - bubbly and medium.
d - highly drinkable and delicious.

Photo of leif86
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-yellow brew topped with a near-white, frothy head that stays and stays. Copious lacing.

S: Very earthy. Lemon. Cereal grain.

T: Taste starts mellow, sweet, and lemony and then a very strong grapefruit-like bitterness comes on with the unmistakable taste of belgian yeast.

M: Very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D: As far as belgians go, this is pretty damn drinkable. I don't usually find belgians to be that drinkable.

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

went to a holiday get together at a "wine" bar found out they also had a beer list about half of which was BMC but also had this for $12 for a 750mL bottle
bottle was received a bit too cold but the bartender knew enough to tell us to let it warm
once warmed a bit poored into a westmalle challis (They had all branded glassware) was bright amber, a bit cloudy with a thin white head
smell was of wine grapes with a bready overtone
taste was sweet light apple note a bit of a yeast presence, as it got warmer the sweetness really came out which was a bit overpowering, almost had the tatse like they fermented juicyfruit gum (seems to be my go to description for a tripel)
mouthfeel was crisp almost champagne like
very drinkable we even got a few less adventurous beer drinkers to buy a bottle

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/2/08. Bottle. GUSHER! Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge, thick, foamy white head that leaves nice lacing on a Westmalle glass. Aroma of spcies (particularly clove), lemon/citrus zest, and the typical tripel skunk. Tastes like...a tripel! Lots of Belgian yeast and spices, maybe some cinnamon. As the beer warms some light fruits (especially apple) come out, but you really have to search for it. Mostly the beer is dominated by spices. Pretty drinkable as the 9.5% isn't noticed in the flavor or palate. Probably my favorite tripel, although this style is one of my least favorite.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Tripel is a cloudy dim golden ale with many big particles and a huge lumpy, foamy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a spicy barnyard aroma. It smells like a Saison to me. There are hints of fruit and possibly licorice and hay. It is medium bodied, a bit foamy, very smooth and the finish is clean. The flavor is peppery and leathery. It is spicy like clove and coriander. There is a grassy aspect to the taste. The flavors are very well blended. It's a solid Tripel, but I was expecting something to knock my socks off.
(rated Jul 2, 2008)

Photo of Vixie
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color with a thick solid head. Quite a few very tiny bubbles constantly flow up through it.

Smell was sweet, more floral than anything, with some fruity notes.

Taste was spicier than expected, almost peppery. Quite a few spices in there, can't pick them all out, but seems to be some coriander and clove in there. The pepper flavors seem to hit first, followed by the spices, then ending with a hoppy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was good, a little better than what I would have thought. Leaves a lingering hops aftertaste.

Quite drinkable, and a good beer for a cold winter night. I found the overall spiciness to be very warming, I'm glad I tried this in the winter rather then the summer. I'm not overly familiar yet with this style, but I did enjoy it, although this wasn't enough for to me change what my favorite style is.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/22/2006 (330mL):

Pours a huge white head, that is lasting, with some good lacing. Has a pale, cloudy, golden yellow color body. With an aroma of flowers, peeled grapes, and perfume. A semi-bitter taste, fizzy palate, with a clean aftertaste, and some slight alcohol. Not a very complex tripel.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden amber with a few flecks of sediment that snuck past my careful pour. Two fingers of beautifully fluffy white head dissipated into a nice cap that left beautiful lacing.

S: The mild smell does not do this brew justice. I get bitter lemon peel and malt.

T: Wow. Apples, nuts, citrus and yeasty malts dominate the palate. I get some pleasant grassy flavors on the finish. What a pleasure.

M: Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel. The fine, delicate, almost champagne-like bubbles cleanse the palate and leave it beckoning for another sip.

D: At 9.50% ABV, I could easily drink too many of these. In fact, I plan on doing just that.

Photo of daythree16
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark golden with just a few bits of floating sediment near the bottom. Huge fluffy head.

Aromas of fruity esters and spicy alcohol. A hint of cherry sourness in the background. Maybe some coriander as well. Spicy alcohol again on the taste. Dry and bitter finish that mellows as it warms, but is never as palatable as some tripels.

Medium bodied with good drinkability, but I was a little let down by this one. Good for sure, but I'll still take La Fin du Monde.

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dry tripel. Pours gold with a big foamy head. Some cloudiness with yeast that quickly settled. Aroma is yeasty with some spice and mild fruit. The taste is sharp up front with strong malts, then eases into the sweet sugary finish, but ends dry. I've never had anything like it before.

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

Serving: Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass.

Appearance: Golden and hazy with a huge thick soapy head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and malty well balanced with hops, with some yeast banana and alcohol flavors at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit too much carbonated and dry at the end.

Drinkability: very good.

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

Initial pour is an orange-tinged golden color that is fairly clear with nice beading. It poured a two finger head with nice lacing and a moussey cap. The further down the bottle you get, the cloudier the beer gets.

The nose is a subdued bready, malty aroma. Some mild funk is detected along with some lemon and vanilla, kinda citrusy notes.

The taste is pilsner malty, kinda tangy, with a mild sweetness that is absolutely perfect. The mouthfeel is like silk on your tongue...smooth and creamy.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. I could drink these all day if not for the high ABV. A 25oz bottle is perfect. Enjoy.

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clody golden orange with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma of grape, pear and floral alcohol. Dry fruity taste with hints of apple, grape and pear as well as a slightly sour yet crisp alcohol finish. Very tasty.

Photo of Bankrobber77
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a .5 liter glass stein (wrong glass, sir!).

A - Color was a cloudy burnt orange, sort of like the color of old tangerines - lighter than some tripels I've seen. Head was foamy, left some nice lacing, and lingered like that guy at the party who's still there long after everyone else is gone but you actually don't want to leave.

S - Complex aroma, not able to put my finger on everything in there. A little spice, a little citrus, a little yeast.

T - I found the taste to be awfully complex - citrus, spice, yeast, and granny smith apple, among others. Great balance of malt and hops. A little bit sour on the finish. A cavalcade of fruity yeasty goodness!

M - Light but somewhat sweet/sticky feeling. Definite malty/sweet gumminess on your tongue & chops.

D - A very drinkable tripel. Complex enough to keep you interested, balanced enough to keep your mouth from getting tired, and just light enough to keep you from getting overly full. I could have two or three of these, but after that I'd need a change from the sweetness.

I'll definitely put this on my 'repeat performance' list.

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

A - pours a hazy yellow with a very frothy white head that stays around for a while. It was probably the creamiest head I have seen once it settled.

S - smells of grass, sweet malts, and some banana tones

T - At first this hit me like a ton of bricks. After I adjusted, I noticed it to be very sweet: banana; some sweet fruit (tart, green apple and pear); and sweet malts. There is a mildly bitter finish as well. Nice balance. Alcohol stood out a lot on the finish at first, but seemed to fade after the first couple of drinks. As this warmed, the earthiness and citrus flavors became more pronounced and this became very enjoyable. Since this is technically the founder of this style, I really can't take much off, however the booziness was a bit much for a while.

M - a bit carbonated and the alcohol burned as it went down; this also had a decently dry finish that made me keep wanting more

D - This is very light, crisp, and refreshing, which makes it very easy to take down. However, the 9.5% ABV makes it hard to drink many of these in a setting, albeit I wish I could. I thoroughly enjoyed my first encounter with this famed brew and I know I will run into many more times.

Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid hazy. The high white compact head slowly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving lots of lacing.

The strong smell is yeasty and very sweet. Fruity sour notes of apples and pineapples. I noted some alcohol and a hint of marzipan.

The taste is sweet with notes of nuts and exotic fruits. Some citric-sour bitter hints and a mild yeasty flavour. Complex notes of dough, lime peels, apricots and plums. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as notes of exotic fruits, dough and bitter herbs.

The carbonation is mild; small bubbles. The liquid is smooth and sticky.

Well... A triple above average. But not much more.

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

An amazing head, upon uncapping this it reacted like uncorked champagne. Th color of the ale is gold in color with white gold colored head. The smell is like apple cider and spice. Taste is strong of spice and a hint of pear with a bitter fruit turning aftertaste which gets stonger and stronger with each sip. The beer feels medium bodied with lots of bubbles going on. Kind of stong and bitter fo a session beer though so one bottle would do me for the night.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden sunset orange with a big, bready, 3 finger white head that was fully lasting.

S: an aromatic farmhouse yeastiness full of fresh oranges, citrus, and light bananas.

T: yeasty, with sour oranges, sour fruit (apples, pears) mostly dominating. There was a light hint of grassiness along with a good acidity bite in the middle of the drink before yielding to a soothing fade of sour velvety oranges. There is a nice dry citrus sourness, and fresh breadiness that finished things out leaving a soft gentle residual coating on the tongue along with dry spicing.

M: light and creamy with a lively carbonation bringing out the complexity of wild fruitiness.

D: great drinkability and example.

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange with a big white head. Unfortunately there were specks of yeast throughout the beer because I had it on it's side while it was in my car, but that's my fault not the beers.

Smell: Sweet with an odd musty smell. Some citrus/lemon in the background.

Taste: Pepper and spiciness. Very robust and flavorful. A flavor of pepper and orange peel bitterness lasts long after the beer is gone.

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

This one hides the alcohol very well. Enjoyed a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale before this, and the alcohol bite was much more evident in that than this Westmalle Tripel...

There are some fantastic pear notes in this, an intense spiciness, and a smooth balanced finish....A great beer indeed.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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