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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,726 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,726
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 342 | 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 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
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a perfectly pale straw color that has a bit of haziness because I poured some of the yeast in accidently. The head is white and moderately soapy, with a creamy cap. Has excellent sticky lacing all the way down, as the brew dissipates to a thin, patchy cap of head.

Smell - Some sourness and a nice fruit character of peach, nectarine, apricot, etc. Some corriander and clove spiciness, with a slight touch of pepper. Sweet molasses notes way in the background, with a light malt note.

Taste - Light fruitiness of the same character as the smell. The tarness is much more reduced in the flavor. The spice is much more peppery now, with notes of corriander, but little clove. The finish is clean with some raw, doughy malt character and a rising alcohol warmth. The finish has suprisingly little earthiness, and rich caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied and decently smooth. The carbonation is a kick in the mouth...very strong. A bite up front, and it holds through almost the whole taste.

Drinkability - Very refreshing, especially with its strength in carbonation. I could easily down four or five of these in a night.

A fantastic tripel, definitely one of the best I've had, and probably the best example of the style. Gouden Carolus of St. Bernardus are better in my opinion, but not by a whole heck of a lot. Highly recommended tripel right here.

dblinkhorn, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: As complex as love itself. It has three layers, The bottom being the lightest, a deep yellow to orange. The middle layer is darker and cloudier. The top layer is a thick head that sticks delightfully to the sides of the glass. Throughout there twists a tornado comprised of what appears to be particles of heaven-dust.

Smell: Strawberry ice cream, bananas, cinnamon, and the woman you wish you were with.

Taste: Immediate tartness gives way to softer fruity malts. Somewhat dry finish with (pleasingly) bitter alcohol. I can taste just a little licorice when I exhale.

Mouthfeel: Lively! Really smooth, though.

Drinkability: So far, so bloody good. How's that for a review being recent?

jeffjfindley, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, blonde, effervescent body with a big foamy head that never dissipates. Looks pretty damn appealing.

Smell: Citrusy, grassy, earthy. No trace of alcohol, despite the 9.5% ABV.

Taste: The alcohol is well-hidden under layers of flavor. Perfectly balanced between malty sweetness and bitter/sour citrus, a touch of hops, and a very clean finish. A tad drier than many Belgians.

Mouth: This is rich stuff for such a pale beer. Full-bodied, oily, and crisply carbonated like champagne.

Drinkability: I could easily drink several, but I'd probably pass out in a drunken haze pretty quickly.

largadeer, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Burby and Bates in Orono. Only place in the state I've ever seen it. Slightly murky yellow body with characteristically thick off white head. Smells malty, citrusy, and a bit spicy. Tastes citrusy, sweet, somewhat piney. Very tasty. Medium-to-full bodied. Not my favorite tripel, but a very good one anyway.

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of jabocu
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light honey color with a two finger cap that falls to a thin cap that hangs around to the end. Aroma was rich maltiness, apple, banana, and a little alcohol on the nose. Flavor was very rich with lots of malts, banana, clove, spiciness, a little cinnamon, yet still leaves a clean dry feeling after it's gone full course. Body was medium with medium-high carbonation. I had the first glass of the 750 by itself, and then the second adhering to the recommendation from the food pairing with some Mutter Paneer Indian cuisine. Perfect match to clean the palate, and let each bite be as good as the first.

jabocu, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of vancurly
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange/apricot. Pours a big off-white, uneven head.

Smells spicy. Soapy phenolics. Touch of lemon rind, musk candy, cinnamon, pineapple, aromatic malt.

Alcohol first, with spicy fruit & nut cake elements. Candy sweetness. Complex malts, and late hints of noble hops.

Aftertastes include ripe pear, a touch of blanched almond / macadamia nuts, essential oils of rosemary or thyme or eucalypt or similar aromatic herbs.

Very foamy in the mouth, followed by medium-to-full malt body that lingers, lifted by the alcohol warmth.

vancurly, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light amber/yellowish body into a snifter with a big, fluffy clumpy head. The towering head died down to a 'film' with very nice lacing.
Smell of complex yeast and floral tones. Biscuit and citrus mostly dominated. noticed some alcohol as well.
Taste had more citrus than biscuit, with hints of herbs and quiet spices.Hops were noticeable, just enough to calm the malt down a bit.
Left a crisp feeling on the palate, but the malt still lingered.

Mebuzzard, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours an opaque golden-yellow. Thick head at first, quickly subsides to light lacing.

S: A mild grassiness and a hint of crisp apple sourness.

T/M: Robust grain up front with a nice sweetness. Just a tiny hint of fruit (the apple from the aroma) and some pepperiness to cut it. Bit of a grassy, "field aroma" that makes it somewhat rustic (not as rustic as a saison, though). Finish is dry and crisp with a light, pleassantly bitter tail.

D: Thankfully, this is really easy to get, and relatively inexpensive. It's a drier tripel, but it has a crispness/dryness that I absolutely crave. This and Cinq Cents are my go-to tripels. Drinks FAR easier than the 9.5% abv would indicate; this bad boy hides the alcohol extremely well.

rarevos, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Liefman's goblet. Body is a hazy orange-golden color under a half-inch of creamy white head. Just a touch of sediment found its way to the bottom of the glass, the result of a less-than-vigilant pour. Aroma of delicately sweet malt, spicy Euro hops, and notes of caramel, candy sugar, lavender, and a generous whiff of alcohol. Palate is rich and complex - lighlty sweet malt and light fruit up front, becoming more herbaceous and fruity with notes of pineapple before the swallow. Finish and aftertaste are exceedingly bitter - not hoppy bitter, but like the middle of a pecan bitter. Body is nice and creamy, yielding an excellent mouthfeel. Delightful, except for the aftertaste.

ElGordo, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Westmalle- Trappist Tripel

Appearance- cloudy golden yellow with a thick creamy white whipped cream head.
Smell- Light banana and sugar.
Mouthfeel- Sweet candy sugar with a mild banana flavor.
Mouthfeel- This is where the beer goes down hill! At first the flavor hits you but quckly it transforms into a bitter alcohol laden taste. It sits in the back of your throat, bleech.

Overall- A good looking smelling and even tasting beer, but the aftertaste is just bleeech!

NJpadreFan, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/01/08 Best before date

A: Pours a hazy golden with a massive head. Moderate lacing.

S: Bready smell with aromas of raisins and citrus.

T: Well-balanced with both malty and hoppy characteristics at different moments. Flavors are similar to the aroma with just a hint of alcohol.

M: Full-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a chalky texture.

D: Much better than the Westmalle dubbel, and very good when compared to other tripels. Dangerously easy to drink. Highly recommended.

klewis, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of ThirdCoast
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 11.2 floz Bottle pored into a glass

A:Lovely orange yellow color with particles floating about.

S:Citrus, Bananas, spices, a complex aroma.

T:WOW! The bananas come out, sweet.

M:Stings a bit, but not to much, slightly creamy.

D:This might be one of my favorite beers right now. So complex and easy to drink despite the 9.5%

ThirdCoast, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel, poured into a Chimay goblet.

Beautiful appearance, emits a golden-orange halo of color, hazy and illuminating from the light. Frothy large silky white color head. It maintains and lasts and lasts. Ripe fruits in the nose especially, oranges and honey. Layes of sweet phenols lay across the nasals. With underlays of sugar, cream, vanilla, and spice- reminiscent of a banana pie which is incredibly appealing. Crisp cooked edges borderlining a burnt crust scentalation. Smell is fabulous, and takes you to another dimension.

Taste is tangy and sour upfront, with a mix of belgian candied-sugar malt thrown into the mix. Residual sweetness all the way up until a nice amount of spicy floral hop bitterness, meeting halfway, the sweetness is swept over by the spiciness of the hops. Soon after another sweet wave comes back into play, and balances with the hops, the result is a sweet tangy lingering bitter that transcends the palate nicely. It feels like the flavors are bouncing around all over your tongue, it's definitely a treat. I felt that the mouthfeel was perfect, and the overall drinkability was exceptional. This bottle had to be fresh, the hop character was incredibly strong.

An almost perfect Tripel, it just has so much to offer. This was beyond tasty. I recommend it highly.

HoustonTX, Sep 12, 2006
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,726 ratings.