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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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world-class

3,945 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 JAStheAce
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Cheers!

Photo of becktone
4.17/5  rDev -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
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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

I'll start right off by saying one of the best belgians I've yet had. Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a wine glass, Westmalle Tripel poured a pretty honey blonde with a lot of suspended yeasty sediment and TONS of effervescent bubbles.

Smells sweet and malty, with notes of honey, fresh fruit (apricots, figs, lemons), some belgian yeast, and some definite alcohol.

Citrusy hops up front quickly fade in the style of tripels to sweet maltiness, with complex, fruity notes and a bit of sparkling citrus taste brought forward by the carbonation. Somewhat herby, I keep thinking thai basil with a sweet/spicy thing going on. Definite alcohol in there too, but I don't find it in any way offensive.

Mouthfeel is full, round, and coats well. This beer goes down so smooth...I could drink this all night.

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What can anyone say that hasn't already been said? This is a super complex, ridiculously refreshing and ultimately wonderful beer.

Pale gold, sediment falls to the bottom of the glass. Head is two, almost three fingered, retention is excellent.

The scent is hoppy, citrusy, spicy. I smell a lot of lemongrass.

The hops come out at first, quickly fade into a sweet malts. Alcohol kick at the end. As it warms, the bitterness fades, and the alcohol comes out even more.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Leaves a nice, wet aftertaste that stimulates the taste buds and lingers for a while.

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

Best before 2/10/10. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Upon opening, a lazy rise of foam gives me plenty of time to get my glass before it billows over the side of the bottle. A gentle pour gives a little less than 2 fingers of white head which falls to a thin cap. Color is a hazy gold. No lace.

Aroma is bright, spicy, light fruits. Lemon, a little grassy. A slight funk and promising tartness.

Flavor starts with bruised fruits, musty grains. The bruised character remains throughout. Joined by a bitterness and faint spiciness in the finish. Bitterness was surprisingly strong when the brew was colder; it's mellowed as it has warmed.

Good feel, carbonation is nice and smooth.

I've had a handful of tripels now, and they're still a challenge to pin down. One of the reasons I keep coming back I guess.

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

My first review, and my first Tripel.

Bought a few for a family gathering, had to open each one over the sink - bottle bombs from over-carbonation maybe.

Poured well in spite of this, a thick foam of head with bits of yeast floating throughout. Head stayed thick the whole time, with lots of lacing as the beer was finished.

Smelled tart and sweet, with a hint of alcohol.

Tastes good - very very complex, honey and flowery, with fruits and a bit of spicy clout. Enjoyed the taste. The sweetness hides the alcohol well enough, even though this is strong brew.

The mouthfeel was thick, heavy, with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability? One of the most interesting beers my novice palate has enjoyed, I could drink another down anytime. And then a few more.

I would recommend this beer, although I'm not yet sure how it stacks up against other Tripels. Was enjoyable and very flavorful. Well worth it.

Photo of JonMich13
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Deep, hazy gold with pieces of sediment floating. Giant fist sized head that stayed strong throughout. Moderate lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S = Smells of light fruit and alcohol, with the usual Belgian yeast.

T = Very complex taste that evolves as it warms. Initial sweet fruity burst (banana, apple, hint of orange?) with some honey and candy sweetness as well. A spicy gear kicks in right after with warming alcohol and some bitterness finishing off. The spicy and alcohol presence blossoms as it warms. A great, sweet, complex brew. The overly present alcohol prevents a 5 here, but that's nitpicky.

M = A nice almost syrupy honey feel, but the carbonation is just a tiny bit overdone.

D = Drinkable in its deliciousness but not in a sessionable sense. When I reached the bottom of the glass, I was truly impressed and satisfied, but one was enough for the night.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden wheat color with large sediment drifting to the bottom and gorgeous 3 fingers+ head that slowly thins.

Nose is fruity esters, alcohol, hints of honey and molasses, herbs.

For some reason the alcohol is really coming through, in the taste and in warming down the throat. Complex brew though, changing tastes. Sweet entry, grains, lemons, herbs, slightly grassy. Dry finish, good carbonation carries it through.

A nice triple though I am not sure it's the best I've had. I love the complexities of the flavor and how well it sips but I think it could hide the alcohol better. Lovely looking and all around a winner.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Yellow/orange, like light colored orange juice with a good bit of haze. About three fingers of head with decent retention, especially for a 9% brew. Moderate lacing.

S - Hard to pin down. Sort of an underlying brine-y aroma with overtones of lemon and iodine. Some faint indistinct fruit hides in the corners. Bananas? Apples maybe?

T - Quite impressive. Great marriage of flavors with an amazing balance. A hint of banana is the first flavor I notice and it seems to blend with a mild honey note. The brew dries out a little late palate leading into mild lemon and almost herbal notes, much milder than what I'd expected from the nose. Slightly saltiness kicks in with some residual fruity sweetness. Mild to moderate phenols enter late palate with a crushed-aspirin-like bitterness with a lemon peel edge. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I'm actually really impress with the carbonation. Most Belgians, and tripels specifically often seem over the top with carbonation. Westmalle's Tripel struck a great balance between smooth and crisp.

D - Well, first of all tripels aren't really my thing, but if I had to drink one, this would definitely be it. My only regret is not trying this brew sooner; perhaps this will spark an interest in the style. I wouldn't want more than one but it's a pretty exceptional experience with a style that doesn't generally cater to my tastes. A must have.

Photo of steelerguy
3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Opened and it was a gusher, had been sitting in refrigerator for over a week and was opened like normal. Lost about 3 oz. of beer. Poured with a two finger head, extremely cloudy, with lots of yeast and junk floating in it. Extremely carbonated, most carbonated beer I have ever had.

S - Clean pilsner malt smell, slightly sweet aroma with some phenolic spice.

T - Some residual sweetness, very spicy phenolics, alcohol, with a somewhat tart and harsh finish.

M - Too carbonated, I like a nice carbonated Trippel but this was ridiculous. Light and dry when you can get past the C02 assaulting your mouth.

D - One was more than enough for me.

I can't even describe how disappointed I was in this beer. I was expecting something extraordinary and what I got more like a decent home brew Belgian Strong Ale. I have two more and am hoping that this was just a bad one. I have never had a gusher like this and the over carbonation was just insane. This can't be the same beer everyone loves so much, especially since I really like Belgians!

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with small floaties that serve as nucleation points keeping the one-finger white head at a thin pancake the life of the beer. The head leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of spices and bananas with a good amount of grassiness. There's also a bit of alcohol there, but not enough to be obtrusive.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts spices and bananas with a light amount of grassy flavors joining in midsip. The ending is more dry than an average trippel with a bit of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could sip on this beer all day.

Overall this isn't as fruity as many other trippels, but everything is in very nice balance. Well worth a shot.

Photo of RuudJH
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle is one of the easy available trappists around here.
Also the most reasonably priced.

This tripel is very clear, with pieces of yeast on the bottom of my glass. The head is fluffy, the lacing is good. Very good carbonation.
The smell has a lot of pleasant yeast and malts, some citrus, banana and spices.
The taste is very hoppy, bitter, with some spices, also a bit of fresh baked bread.
The brew is slightly dry and bitter in the aftertaste, but the alcohol, and with 9.5 % it's not a little, is completely masked by the flavours. All that remains of it, is the warming feeling it gives.

Classic tripel with bready, yeasty, hoppy and spicy notes.

Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A hazy golden color with some yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Huge bubbly fluffy head that you have to be careful of even on a non agressive pour. Glass lacing sticks throughout.

S: Sweetness with hints of fruit, sugar and yeasty spicy smells.

T: Wow, I was overcome with the sweetness initially on this beer. Flavors of banana, lemon, honey, sugar, yeasty musty spicy flavors and a hint of hops at the finish. I have had a nice selection of tripels before, but I believe this is the sweetest one I have tasted. Finish is lingering sweet and the taste of alcohol.

M: Full and coating with lingering sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. Alcohol is fairly prevelant.

Overall I thought this beer was a bit sweet, but boy was it complex. I will give this another go as I can find it at a store in NJ in singles. I know this is a world class beer, but I just didn't get the uber sweetness.

Photo of BarrelO
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50th beer review!

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. I pop the cap and...of course, it's a gusher. Luckily, only a little bit spills on the counter.

A: Pale orange with a huge gorgeous head that never quite goes away.

S: Dominated by grassy hops. It's difficult to make out anything else.

T: A nice mix of lemony tartness and clean noble hop bitterness. Bready aftertaste with a hint of fruitiness.

M: Light and effervescent with tons of carbonation.

D: Does this deserve its status as a world classic? I'd say so, especially considering that it set the template for all the BSPAs that followed. The only problem is that Duvel is even better and is available at significantly less cost. But if you can get this for free, it's a definite thumbs up.

Photo of Jeffo
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick looking fluffy 1 finger white head. Colour is a golden yellow with almost zero carbonation evident. Lots of little floaties as well. Head fades to a decent film and leaves some lacing. A thin film stays to the end but leaves minimal lace down the glass. I'd call this pretty average for the stle.

SMELL: A decently strong nose of toasted malt, biscuit and lemon peel. Some spicy notes in there as well and a strong trace of yeast. An underbelly of alcohol ties it all together nicely. Probably the best part of the beer.

TASTE: Sweet malt up front with some raw honey and lemon peel again. Some biscuit again and a touch of hop bitterness as well. This soon give way to a burst of spicy and medicinal alcohol at the end. The mild long lasting aftertaste is bitter-sweet with some spicy alcohol as well. Enjoyable, but the alcohol is a little too present for my liking.

PALATE: Thin and lighter body with high end carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down surprisingly smooth but ends with a little alcohol bite and burns down the throat. Finishes rather dry on the palate.

OVERALL: An enjoyable triple, but in my view it is not as enjoyable a triple as their dubbel is a dubbel. This is a very aggressive triple, and the alcohol burst might be overwhelming for some. I'm more of a fan of the milder Chimay and St. Bernardus triples, but this one is interesting in its own right. Recommended for those interested in the style.

Photo of tedpeer
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Poured golden with a huge white head that subsided to a 1/4 inch head. Good lacing.

S - Smells of fruits, spices and sweet.

T - Spicey, fruity, and some alcohol warmth.

M - Very dry with high carbonation.

D - Pretty easy, alcohol would be a killer.

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

A - Pours light honey, somewhat murky, cotton, thick bubbled, 1 inch head.

S - Malt, biscuit and honey.

T- So many things. Malt coverts to slight perfumed honey, delicate and nice. Easy bitter at finish.

M - Medium body, good coat, carb and balance.

D - One truly quaffable beer.

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