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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,951
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 305
Gots: 462 | FT: 3
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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 cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle with a best before date 25/02/10 poured into a chalice yields a hazy blonde body crowned with a thick two fingers of fine, creamy white foam with excellent retention that leaves rings and patches of fine lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a hefty and pleasing note of freckled bananas and light dry malt.

The flavor is a touch malty and crisp with the same mellow banana presence and a bit of bitter citrus. The smooth, creamy texture of the drink matches its flavor profile exquisitely--soft and mellow, round and a bit juicy, with just the right amount of dry bitterness to balance it perfectly. Decorated by carbonation that is fine and divine-- a tidy zip of bubbles helps unlock more flavors and in lightening the drink to just about perfect feel and drinkability. Nice earthy hops in the finish.

Super, super, super...but you probably already knew that. The reputation of this beer is well earned.

Photo of hops4me
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved it. Great balance between the 9.5% and the drinkability that goes along with a great tripel. Plenty of the fruity esters you would expect from it. I detected bananas, cloves, peaches, and pepper. The color was a cloudy gold. It tasted much as it smelled with the huge head you would expect. I had it with a roasted chicken and mashed potatoes and it went perfectly. Pick up a bottle or two for Thanksgiving.

Photo of santa109
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 52 degrees. Best before date on the bottle is 15/10/2009.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a finger of thick foamy head into a chalice. Head retention is really good thanks to a healthy supply of bubbles. It leaves lacing throughout.

S: Wow, this is the quintessential tripel aroma for me, oozes with citrus. Pale malts are also noticeable and Belgian yeast is also very apparent.

T: Delicious citrus twang accompanied by a hint of spices. Yeast is apparent and there is also a slight medicinal character. Quite the interesting brew. When it warms up a little, the medicinal character becomes even more apparent and this beer truly becomes something special.

M: Slightly crisp at first and then it feels much more creamy and mellow. The thick head accentuates this creamy effect.

D: Alcohol is barely noticeable and the incredibly addictive taste make this a very drinkable beer. It's a good thing that the label states the alcohol volume because it's very well hidden.

Overall, this beer defines what a tripel should be. It goes down so smoothly and each sip is more enjoyable than the previous one. I'm so glad to have 10 of these left.

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

Poured from a 0,33L bottle retrieved from Paris, France, of all places.

A: Dark yellow, very hazy, with an amber cast. Ridiculous amount of head upon pouring with excellent retention and thick lacing. Carbonation continues to stream up from the bottom of the glass long after pouring, almost like champagne.

S: Very yeasty with strong citrus notes. The alcohol tang is also present.

T: Wow, this has a hell of a kick. It took a little bit of drinking to get my tongue to really get into the flavor. It's pretty spicy (coriander, nutmeg?), with all of the citrus undertones promised by the smell. Good yeast character rounds out a ridiculously complex taste.

M: Creamy and perfect. Goes down incredibly smooth.

D: The alcohol bite and the intensity of the taste would make it difficult to drink this in quantity, but I'm going to enjoy the rest of the beer I've got in front of me for sure.

Photo of BullCityB
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip, this beer had a head to rival Duvel. The beer itself was a light topaz, and I kid you not, the head had the texture of stiff meringue. Fantastic.

The nose was slightly underwhelming, but in the end, still good. Very spicy, both sweet and peppery, with a good nip of alcohol. A little fruit was there, as well, but it was in the background.

The flavor was fantastic. Tart, juicy apples, plenty of spice from the yeast, and a little bready malt on the finish, but just a little. Very dry and bracing, just as a Tripel should be. Alcohol is definitely noted, but not obtrusive. It's creamy and light in the mouth, just perfect for a warm spring day.

Overall, Westmalle Tripel has vaulted itself into my top beers. I had sampled another trappist ale a few hours before this one, and I thought it was very good, but not quite great. This one is truly top shelf.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance - Absolutely beautiful! I poured it slowly into the glass to try to hold back on a huge foam up. No matter, the head came to a thick very bubbly cloud of creamy whiteness. Even after relenting, a huge pillow of whiteness was left on top. As for the color, it was a delicious hazy gold.

Smell - Very malty and citrus. Somewhat of a familiar banana hefe-weizen like smell. Creamy smell slaps you across the face.

Taste & Mouthfeel - A very spicy crisp taste combines with a sharpe alcohol. Sheer bliss to drink as a wonderful banana creaminess melted into a fruity honey backbone. This beer is so smooth that it's hard to really describe how many flavors wash around in your mouth. So many fruits abound i'm not gonna even name them all.

Drinkability - Haven't had this beer in a while, and I forgot how incredible it was. Holds it lofty status as the top tripel in the world with gleaming results. It is the best Tripel around, accept no substitutes.

Photo of czfreeman
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

..."Of the gifts offered to us by Heaven and Earth is born, by the grace of St. Arnold and human knowledge, the divine juice of barley."--engraved above the Belgium Brewers Guild in Brussels...
This elixir pours out an effervecent thick golden-hazy pale burnt orange color,topped with a billowing absolutley perfect head slightly tan head, leaves fantastic lacing.
In the nose I some yeasts up front, tart orange, crisp-lemon alcohol tones, some clove honey, warming fruit esters, pink lady apples, light toasted oats on the end.
Taste is absoulutley Monk Bliss in a chalice! Spicy clove-live fruitiness, sour Belgian yeasty funkness sweet candi sugars, warm alcohols, creamy stomach tingling lightness from the carbonation, light mouthfeel yet an utter explosion of flavor in the mouth that is a liquid version of the enourmous bouquet of aromas. Fit for the Pope.
I wish I could express the perfection of this Tripel in Michael Jackson beer eloquence but words cannot do this enough justice. Not supposed to talk with your mouth full and Ive got 1/2 a glass of liquid ambrosia to consume, so Ill let ratings do the talking!

Photo of beeragent
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a bottle. The beer pours a light gold, forming a massive fluffy 1 inch white head that slowly fades. Medium lacing remains on the glass. The aroma is a mix of sweet malt, fruit and sugar. Taste begins with the malts, followed by dark fruit flavors and candy sugar sweetness, and ending with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied beer and smooth medium finish. Highly drinkable. Overall, nice full flavor. Good but not the best triple that I've experienced.

Photo of jamiejohnson
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best when you're in a Tripel mood. Makes you wish you were sitting in one of those easygoing Belgian cafes watching the locals. Perfect balance of malt/hop to counter the 9plus alcohol presence.

Drink'n two
'll cause a ripple
Gotta watch out
It's a Tripel!

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

Pours a hazy yellow with a ample head...

Smells bready, yeasty, and tart.

Taste is surprisingly simple... but opens up after a few sips... light, bready, highly carbonated. Tart, with tinges of apple, and sweet, buttery, candied pear... light hop bitterness paired with interesting yeast flavor tones make for a great beer.

Goes down smooth, the high level of carbonation plays the flavors off the tongue in a very sporadic way... the beer is simple, but never boring... doesn't feel 9.5% until you are most of the way through the bottle. Great drinkability, not overwhelming.

Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Glowing golden colored...perfect fluffy 1/4 head

S-Great aroma....Bubble gum, apples, apricots, some spicy alcohol notes...

T-Great taste....the fruitiness is up front, baked sweet apples, apricots, peaches, some bubblegum, and finally a nice spicy splash of alcohol.

M-Phenomenal...Creamy texture....no harsh alcohol sting....the alcohol adds a perfect element of spiciness...carbonation is spot on.

D-Wow..this lives up to its rep....wish I had about 4 more of these for tonight as this has the "it" quality to it. I want more of this and I want it now...that is the "it" quality. Unfortunately this is the only bottle I have but I can rationalize buying a few more of these despite its lofty price based on its level of brilliance.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight bottle gusher. BB 2/25/10
Pours a very hazy golden yellow color with plentiful white, meringue like foam. Aromas are signature Belgian, with a clean phenolic dominance. Clove, citrus, band-aid all are predominant notes with some sweet alcohol notes to round out. On the palate, it continues to be a very clean flavor with the spiciness really coming through. It is quite dry and effervescent giving it a rather thin body. The alcohol is well hidden with just a hint in the finish. Overall, I can understand why this is such an iconic Belgian Tripel, exemplary of the style in its finest. Will certainly not look over this one countless times in the beer isle again.

Photo of TheEremite
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow. Tiny bubbles cascade to the top to make a big white frothy head. It's very carbonated and makes for a very pretty beer. There's quite a bit of yeast in the bottle, so pour with caution. Smells yeasty/bready and of some malt sweetness. Tastes extremely dry and very carbonated. Lively mouthfeel creates a prickly sensation on the tongue. Somewhat champagne-esque, but not fruity at all. It drinks very dry and quaffable. The yeast character is kept very low, no extreme belgian phenols or esthers, just a lively golden ale and it's done very well

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a case to split with friends, from one of the importers here in beijing.

330ml bottle, poured into tulip. "best by" of july 2009 (importer's label says bottled in july 2007)

deep straw and honey color with slight haze. to avoid yeast clumps, you will have to pour carefully, and leave a couple sips in the bottle. lovely 3-finger head that slowly fades to a constant one-ring. solid, demarcated lacing.

complex esters and phenols in the nose, with slight buttery note. fruits include apple, pear, and maybe golden raisins. hint of spice, bread and yeast.

flavor is strongly phenolic, but not completely distractingly so. manages to meld with a bready malt note and moderately strong hop bitterness, which in turn contributes to a mildly bitter finish. some white wine, especially on exhale.

moderate body that isn't thin, decently smooth. carbonation might be a tad on the prickly side. slightly astringent finish with touch of alcohol presence.

good, but i'm finding i prefer other tripels with less phenols.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium yellow-orange. Ubber-thick foamy white head and great lacing.

Holy crap what a smeller. Tart and estery. Hay, dried fruit, sour apples, malt and spice.

Fl;avor is all triple, a balanced malt profile with a rather shy hop bitterness followed by a nice warming mouthfeel from the alcohol.

A wonderful ale... wish I lived in Belgium.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05.22.2008 (4,4,4,4,4.5)
N / A soft malt is quickly consumed by zesty yeastiness. Tropical fruitiness and an indication of sweetness. Tad bit of alcohol.
A / Golden apricot color with some small floaties, not too many. Moderate head.
F / Crisp flavor and body in the attack. Liberal carbonation supports the most prominent flavor: the zesty wild side, with spicy and herbal notes along side a dry, powdery dullness. Then I get a good, healthy dose of alcohol in the nose. On the recovery I am overtaken with tropical fruit and sweetness that has both a soft feeling with a solid presence. The finish maintains the sweet tropical flavor for a little while.
D / I had it with some Campo de Montalban and Rye.

07.08.2010 score adjusted (4.5,4,4.5,4,4.5)
A classic beer and one of my favorites.

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

This is an exceptional beer that was highlighted by the excellent but inferior Green Flash Trippel.

Tasted side-by-side, the Green Flash version (22 oz. bottle) had a more spicy intensity but lacked the delicacy of the Westmalle. I was impressed with Green Flash's ability to wow the senses with hoppy punch and malty sweetness balanced in harmony.

However, the Westmalle had more subtle and delicate flavors (banana, fig, and pear) in addition to spice, that made it all the more special in light of the "double" tripel that Green Flash flaunts.

Westmalle deserves the credit that has been bestowed upon it by delivering the uncommon sensation of flavor unity - I'm impressed more by the Westmalle because it offers nuances that can only be found in a true Belgian triple.

Photo of BlueStoneBrew
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The malt and spice aroma hits you as soon as you pour this ale from the bottle. Sweet cereal and almost citrusy notes swirl and spin into your nostrils. Thick, off-white head quickly forms (even getting away from you if you aren't careful) and sit like thick suds, coating the glass as you drink. Another sniff will reveal yeast and just a gentle touch of hops.

The taste in many ways reminds me of a barleywine. The maltiness hits hard and keeps on coming. This beer is not for the faint of heart! As one continues to sip, fruity and red wine flavors also appear, becoming more and more complex. The strong rich flavors, along with creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation mask the 9.5% ABV from the palate. However, fifteen to twenty minutes after finishing this wonderful beer and you'll know you've downed something with more than just powerful taste. The aftertaste is where any hoppy bitterness that exists can most easily be found. Thankfully this added flavor balances the finish and protects it from having a "spoiled" taste after swallowing.

This is one of the staples of beerdom. It is literally a part of history and in my humble opinion, something that every person with aspirations of being a beer expert should learn about and enjoy!

Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been aging this beer for about 2 years I think and it has a date on the lable of 18/05/08, hey that's today! Decided to drink this one today.

Quite a bit of sediment on the bottom so I put this one in the fridge for at least an hour and poured slowly. Poured a pale to golden color with minimal head, active bubbles race up from the side and center of the glass. A little stirring does produce about half an inch of foam.

Aromas of bananas, pears, apples, cherries, strawberries and a bit of alcohol. Very fruity and mellow. A little yeast and spices comes through as the beer breathes.

Taste is a bit boozy but with a complex and harmonious fruitiness. After a few sips I begin to taste the apples, pears, a bit of banana, and cherries. A bready flavor in the finish and aftertaste along with some bitterness.

Very carbonated, a bit prickly on the tongue and cheeks but goes down fairly smooth. The mouthfeel does smooth out after it gets to room temp.

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge 3" white head with great retention and thick lace. Hazy, gold peach color. Aromas of fruit (apples, apricots), yeast, and floral notes. Pineapple and apricot . Alcohol. Well hopped bitter finish. Crisp, high carbonation. Dry finish. Full mouthfeel. Creamy, rich and warming. Good drinkability...will drink again.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear medium straw color with HUGE white head. Had to stop pouring so I didn't waste any! Nice hoppy citrusy aroma. Good balance, actually a little weaker on the taste than I expected for a tripel, but still tasty. Good warming due to the high ABV. I'd prefer a little more hops than malt, but seemed right for the style. Medium carbonation also seemed a bit weak, but nothing to make me dislike the beer. All in all a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a nice cloudy light gold with some rougher dark floaties. Nice yeasty aroma. The first taste has an initial yeastiness that quickly moves to a warming mouthfeel. The flavour is full and rich. The alcohol warmth is the main quality to this one, along with some associated spiciness.

Photo of smilingPolitely
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such an enjoyable brew!
Pours with a nice creamy head, and deep yellow color - slightly cloudy. Nice mellow aroma, and amazingly smooth taste with sweet undertones and even balance all the way through. Silky mouthfeel but not too heavy at all.
A great drink for a relaxing evening.

Photo of jamesm7485
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing tripel, i wont rehash all the technical jargon here but it ranks as one of my top five ive ever tried, just very smooth easy to drink and a treat for all the senses. Nice light color with a quick to form reasonably long lasting head, one of my top Belgium's for sure and my top tripel

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

Got this 33cl bottle at a Vín Búð in Reykjavik, Iceland. I'm eating some Brie to accompany :)

A: poured into a wine glass. Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a hint of copper towards the middle. Thick, fizzy, off-white, two-finger head with excellent retention and heavy lacing.
S: Wheat and yeast, mild alcohol, white grapes.
T: My goodness, a little dry, notes of vanilla with a citrusy finish (almost ruby grapefruit-like), taste is all in the back of the tongue. Impossible to tell this is 9.5% Delicious!
M: Silky, mild carbonation, TOO drinkable?

This is the gold standard of the Belgian Tripel and I'm very glad I got to experience it.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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