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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,739 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 349 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of mithrascruor
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

Apperance: Pours a glowing, hazy apricot color. The creamy/foamy white head is quite solid, and stays thick for quite a while. Some light carbonation is visible along the edges.

Smell: The smell is not overly strong, but there is a bready element that presents itself first. Cloves, pepper, apricot, and honey also make themselves quite apparent. Has a nice complexity to it.

Taste: The flavor has a distinctly "mellow" feel to it, which is really interesting though hard to describe. Lots of spices, honey, and apricot are present, together with yeasty undertones. Alcohol is quite present as well, but that flavor seems to be well-fused with the others, rather than standing out on it's own.

Mouthfeel: Due to how dense the beer is, it has a rather thick-bodied feel, yet it doesn't feel particularly heavy. Silky smooth and goes down great.

Drinkabillity: For such a strong beer, it goes down remarkably well. And as I mentioned before, the alcohol flavor is fused with the spices and other flavors, which is a major plus.

The nectar of the gods? Quite possibly! Certainly my favorite tripel, and a wonderful beer in general!

mithrascruor, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of malty
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7/15/06 but it's been stored on the cement floor of my unlit cellar.

Brilliantly clear golden orange color with a bright white dense head that sits 2" atop my Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice. Fine visible moderately racing carbonation. Thick sticky sheets of white lace from top to bottom.

After a few brisk swirls around the rim of my glass I smell fresh clover honey, Madagascar vanilla, mango & apricot and baked sweet bread. After a few more swirls, I detect white pepper and a dash of white chocolate liqueur. I can't help but to be reminded of a fantastic wedding cake from this past summer from the wafts of vanilla crème dancing in my nostrils.

Rich and blossoming enticing flavors of practically everything I described in the nose. A nice counterbalance of prickly spicy hops to contrast the sweetness of this Triple. The warming effect in my sternum area makes for a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and luxuriously silky and well crafted. Fluffy and finely carbonated makes this ale quite a textural treat on the tongue.

Drinkability is through the roof. Although this beer is to be savored and not pounded, it would be hard to resist if fund$ weren't a major factor.

Overall a classic monastic triple to set the bar by. I do wish I could try an ultra fresh bottle, as I believe the hoppiness and crisp texture would have showcased much brighter. I've had the pleasure of tasting this beer a few times since 5 or 6 years ago, but never took the time to formally review it. And the reviews here pretty much reflect the unmistakable perfection of this ale
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malty, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is truly a delight to drink: poured into an oversized wine glass, given a hard pour this had a sizable head that eventually shrunk to a decently sized layer that retained really well. The bubbles are very small and stuck to the glass. The color was a glowing opaque yellow/golden. The smell had some lemony bite to it, along with some alcohol - there's more to it, I swear, but I just can't pick it out. Same story with the taste - I always find it difficult to specify what fruity flavors I'm picking out with belgian beers - here I taste a bit of lemony-tartness, granny smith apples?, and asian pear. It slip slides around...Also, there is some alcoholic bite to it, along with a balanced hop spicyness! That's why I love belgians, they balance the flavors oh so delicately... The carbonation was a bit weak, but still enjoyable. It was medium bodied and went down easy: the alcohol sneaked up on me. I was telling my friend while I was drinking this that I wish it came in six packs...or even 24 packs! I could have had at least 3 more of these bottles and still loved it. Truly a delight!

EmilNoldSinclair, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with ths code on the neck: 09/05/07 think it means sept 07?? If not this will only get better!

Pours honey colored & effervescent with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice filmy head with some lacing all the way down

S: Slight appleskins with fruitty scents up front, these intensify as the ale warms

T: Rich fruitty ( apples, pears, lemons & others) taste up front. The yeasty notes & honey sweetness as the ale warms. This kind of reminds me of cider, perry or sparkling wine as it warms in many ways. Finishes with fruittyness, warming sensations, &grapefruitty hops

MF: Spritzy, perfect carbonation& balance

Very drinkable. a supper tripel (usually not my style). A bit pricey, but a nice holiday indulgence, easily sets the pace for this style

russpowell, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would fly to Belgium for a sip out of these monk's goblets. Cloudy light gold pour with a bubbly head- strong notes of grapes, apple esters and malt character on the nose. I couldnt believe the perfect marriage of the malt and alcohol, so smooth and crisp I savored every drop. The cleanest, tastiest beer Ive had the honor of sipping. This tripel will blow your mind.

kernalklink, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of roblowther
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a dense, persistant rocky head. It smells of peaches and apricots with just a hint of pepper. The taste is little short of heaven (no monk pun implied). The apricot and peaches are there, along with a flowery hop note and a dry but savory finish showing that pepper and a warm alcohol note. There is a caramel malt overtone that mellows the flavor and binds it all together in a delightful fashion. Mouthfeel is bubbly, with a satisfying oily, viscous quality that anchors the beer's light, fruity flavor. Drinkability is unsurpassed. I could drink these one after the other, particularly on a warm afternoon. A dangerous thing when talking about a 9.5% beer, so beware and enjoy!

roblowther, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The color is a cloudy gold and it is complemented by a good two fingers of frothy white head. Looks good.

Smell – This one has a nice mixture of sweetness, lemons, apples, hops, and coriander. Smells just as a Tripel should.

Taste – Off the bad this one is loaded with citrus and sweet flavors. There is a little yeast lingering with some toned down spice and a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is good. Fairly creamy body which has some substance and the carbonation is bang on.

Drinkability – No complaints. Went down fairly easy and was enjoyable.

A good beer. Nothing outstanding but definitely pleasant.

Orrshow, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow color, surprisingly small white head. Spots of lace.

Smells of lemon, apricot, coriander, white pepper, candy, a bit of grassy/herbal hops.

Semisweet caramel, grassy hop flavor and mild bitterness, spice, and fruity esters harmonize perfectly. Complex, superbly balanced, and delicious.

Extremely fine bubbles give the impression of high carbonation, but without fizzing up too much. Mildly astringent.

Ridiculously drinkable.

Great beer.

Beerzebub, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

High carbonation with a ray honey gold and enough viscocity to hold some of the bubbles in place. Varieted white head with some large and some small bubbles. Belgian lace layers the glass as the head falls. Mild fruity esters with a smell like cotton candy, no hops. Sweet lemon upfront with carbonic tingling in the middle and a dry finish. Medium mouthfeel with prickly CO2. Very drinkable; wish I had poured a larger bottle. Spectacular!

CH3CH2OH, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful sun golden and light orange hazy body. Good carbonation and a large pillowy white head. Great lace and retention.
Smells of honey and dark molasses spiced and grassy.
Good malt base with plenty of hops coming through. Honey, molasses and alcohol mingling through to the aftertaste of grassy hops and an oily feel.
Full body and not too heavy.
Pleasant to drink but by no means a session beer.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Chimay goblet came out for this cloudy golden tripel with an apricot hue. A compact bubbly head topped one of the most fragrant and fruity tripels I've tried. Coriander and pepper gave it a spicy aroma but apple and pear really upped the fruit quotient.

It was assertive from the start, with spice and a sharp alcoholic burn. It finished dry and the carbonation and slightly sticky mouthfeel seemed right for the style. There's no doubt this is a quality tripel and its high marks deserved. Still, I generally prefer others — even ones I've rated slightly lower, like Gouden Carolus — mainly because I've found them a little smoother.

vanrassel, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of kpantz
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: After hearing so much about this beer, I finally decided to pick one up for myself. I'm very glad I did. It's a great tripel, and begins to convince me that the US tripel brewers can't really hit this with any authenticity (not that they need to try, of course).

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy golden color into my chalice. Bright white head hangs tough, but eventually reduces to a solid coating. Lacing is wonderful - almost reminds me of how some DIPAs hug the glass.

Smell: Bananas, even some tartness (apple, pineapple) and a slight estery aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt to start and finishes with a spicy alcohol flavor coupled with hop bitterness that follows down the throat. It's strange, but the flavor almost completely disappears just before the spiciness hits at the end. I'm going to guess that's an indication that there aren't many flavoring hops here, but I'm no expert.

Mouthfeel: Spot on for the style. Slightly sticky, but it doesn't linger. Carbonation is light to moderate - doesn't distract from the nature of this beer.

Drinkability: It's no session brew, that's for sure, but for something over the 9% plateau, this goes down very nicely.

kpantz, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, honeyed orange with a huge white head that leaves gorgeous tiered lacing.

Aromas are dry, yeasty, and malty, but not terribly expressive.

Subtly fruity (peach/berry) as it enters the mouth, but the flavor profile develops and becomes high-toned, somewhat raw, dry but not bitter, finishing long, with a tannin-like impression and a tiny bit of tartness. Chewing the beer brings out a little spice, mainly pepper. Alcohol is masked, and the mouthfeel is medium.

A subtle, dry classic.

tcfishler, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had originally at a tasting this summer. Purchased this bottle out of fear that we would never have it again in chicago. 330ml bottle, purchased at sams. This beer pours a hazy blonde orange with nice full half inch white head, which leaves lacing. The retention on this is super good, even when i agitated it, it wont budge.
The smell, sweet pale malts, apple, and other light fruit esters, some grass and light hop character definitely of belgian origin, also a tinge of pepper and minor pleasant alcohol scents. The taste is much the same as the as the smell, with some crisp medium sweet pale fruit pulled across the tongue by subtle bitter hop flavor.
This is better than I remember it. It is an essential version of a tripel, this one in particular is great for consumption with food. How ever there are several triples I might opt for just drinking. All the same this is a tripel well worth seeking out.

mmcave, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The head is easily managed. The head is white and falls to a solid cover. Body is light yellow with a slight haze.

Caramelized sugars are up front. Cinnamon has a place in the backdrop. Light fruits are also present. Malts are sweet. Some grassy notes but more leaning on floral hop late in the game. This beer was much better as it warmed up a bit. The sweetness died down and some minor hop character was introduced.

Notes: One of the better tripels I've had. This basically spells out the guideline for the style. It has all the characteristics and does them justice.

DogFood11, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle with a very unassuming tan label that really gives it that "Trappist" feel. It's contents greet my chalice:

It's so hazy even while pouring. A dirty blonde body towing the line between translucent and opaque with a thick white head that clings to the glass.

An peppery sour apple aroma with just the subtlest hints of citrus and tart.

Carbonation right away it's the first thing you get, then you taste that wonderful tart sour apple and maybe some pineappley (fake word, I know) citrus.

I can't really detect the alcohol on the tounge, just in the head afterwards. A wonderful brew.

joeskirkie, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: An 11.2 fl oz bottle with no freshness to be found and an Alc. Vol of 9.5%

Appearance: A very shady orange with a spectacularly nice head, that lasted almost through the whole brew and quivered off into a very creamy swirl of a lace.

Smell: A lemony and pepper taste with pale malts and apricot overtures this smells great!

Taste: It starts of with a fruity taste of apricots and a little bit of alcohol then switches over to a more honey and yeast flavor but to tell the truth there is just a lot going on here in flavor but nothing bad at all!

Mouth-Feel: A crisp and smooth mouth-feel with a very thirst quenching finish.

Drink-Ability: Highly recommend this one!

Notes: Warning Remember to let the yeast settle and pour slowly!!!!

mnesporov, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy golden with a big head and moderate lacing. Malty smell with aromas of raisins and citrus. Flavors are similar to the aroma with just a hint of alcohol. Otherwise tastes well-balanced with both hoppy and malty characteristics. Plenty of carbonation and a dry texture.

dherling, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of stoutman
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good appearance, bright, hazy gold blonde/orange color with the nice belgian lace. Traditional tripel mix of wood and alcohol. Spicy aroma and flavour. Good body and balance. Very hoppy and bitter to be a Belgian beer. The alcohol is well hidden in my opinion.

stoutman, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very estery aroma, bready and yeasty. There's also a nice pils malt aroma too with hints of candi sugar. And there's a spicey hop component too. Great complex aroma.

Deep gold and very clear. Thick pure white head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Lots of slow rising tiny carbonation bubbles all over the glass.

Starts out sweet but has a decent amount of hop bitterness. There's a fruity fermentation flavor that's like golden raisins. Lots of malt flavor and some spicey/peppery notes. But the finish is kind of oversweet, not malty, but sugary. But it's still pretty amazing.

medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely hides the 9+ percent. Feels like a standard ale going down.

Deceptively drinkable which is common for the style. It's complex and interesting. Pretty much a classic, but not necessarily the best, example of a tripel.

czechsaaz, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Half-inch head dissipating quickly. Golden straw color with no real lacing to speak of. Looked nice in its Westmalle goblet, but expected a little more to entice me.

S: A medicinal, alcoholic, and citrusy smell. Yeast and hop aromas also play into it, giving the sense of smell an inviting feeling due to the complexity.

T: Sharp yeasty taste with a lemony backing flavor. Alcohol at the forefront, but in a way that was backed quite well with many contrasting flavors. Also, maintained a sweetness that fit in well with the complex array of flavor.

M: Generous carbonation, giving it a nice bite with a dry finish. Very nicely done in terms of its feel on the palate and so many competing elements in the taste.

D: Would love many more of these because of the interesting interplay of taste characteristics, however the abv would definitely keep consecutive orders of this one limited.

CharlieMopps, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of vhiggins
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I brought this beer to a sunday family dinner. Thanksgiving day style foods.
Even some family members who said " i don't like beer that much" enjoyed it very much! It was a great compliment to the food as well a nice lubricant to loosen everyone up.

We drank from pints (only beer glasses my mom had) and it poured very nice
a deep deep golden yellow orange with a few phases. It started darker then lightened up a bit. The head was white and light and I was pouring a little aggressively

The mouthfeel was normal but the the taste is what did it for me. Very good tasting beer especially with food. I am going to try this beer on it's own one day but it's a great dinner beer in my opinion

Taste was great. Strong alcohol presence (in a good way) with zest and spice. Dinner was great and after an hour an a few bottles my 86 year old grandfather was telling dirty jokes! We ALL enjoyed it!

vhiggins, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite St. Bernadus goblet....rich golden color with a creamy head

Smelled of fruit and definite malt as well as a strong than expected alcohol odor

Although the alcohol was strong in the taste as well it was quite delicious, the strong maltiness was a addition to the flavor.

Excellent mouthfeel, not quite as bubbly as Duvel or the like

I would definitely have it again and again

A true compliment to the the style

Bouncingsoul1682, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before date of 6/4/07. Pours a deep gold with a nice fluffy 2-3 finger head, decent longevity and very nice lace. Smells of rich sweet malts, lemon and alcohol. Flavors of rich pale malts, lemon, apricots and honey with a definate alcohol presence. Slightly thick with a tartness in the aftertaste. Pretty easy drinking considering its 9.5%

sabrills70, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of jazappi
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle, Brown, Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark Yellow. good finger width of head, lacing on entire glass, carbination raising to the top, during entire brew

Aroma: Kind of a sour fruit smell, I still am having difficulty explaining in words what I am smelling

Taste: Again I taste fruityness, slight taste of alcohol and bit of pepper

Mouthfeel: Very nice, almost smooth feeling, it does, can feel the carbination

Overall: Poured into a pint glass. I like it, again a drink that for me needs to be drank in moderation. Would suggest this to friends to try.

jazappi, Oct 20, 2006
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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