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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,634 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,634
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 312 | 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 Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad offering. Kind of pricey. Poured out to a cloudy tarnished golden colour with high carbonation. Well formed head remained consistant to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of fruits and light sugars were most noted, as was alcohol, being as it has a rather high ABV. Very good mouthfeel, with a smoothness that was crisp and direct, with the carbonation making tastebuds come alive and pay attention. Flavor was quite spicy, with a strong complexity of pears, bananas and grapefruit. Very complex beer. Finished well, with a sour-like aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all. As far as Tripels go, this is probably the best I have had. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, May 29, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a slight haziness, a small off-white head, lots of broken lace, and an abundance of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Superb, lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, starfruit, and mango, as well as cloves, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Rich, spicy, peppery, clove-like, with sweet alcohol, and a mild lingering herbal hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, quite rich and full in body, syrupy, soft on the palate, finish is dry.

Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly superb, a must try.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this wonderful selection.

Pegasus, May 22, 2005
Photo of miollnir
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Nice golden color, like honey. Left in my fridge for a couple of days, might be a bit too cold. Poured a very weak head, dissipated after about a min, lingered on the rim for a while.

Aroma is strong, alcoholic, with fruity overtones. Complex enough to keep me interested. Feels great on my palate, with a bit of a punch (might be due to how cold it is).

Overall, this beer is great. Although I am limited in my experiance with trappists I can tell this is one of the more superior brews of the exclusive group. As the beer warmed in the glass the musty fruity taste became more apparent and aroma more pronounced. Thought that it might turn me away from my prefered trapp, Roche 10, but did not. Still a very alluring and complex beer, that I will definitely enjoy whenever available.

miollnir, May 18, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One and a half finger white head in my chalice glass, over a hazy golden body... the head dissipated after a minute or two to a thin film and a prominent rim.

Aroma was floral and yeasty, with light hops evident. A good tripel aroma. The alcohol was not evident in the nose.

The taste is sweet and a little fruity, while being a bit dry and well carbonated. The alcohol was nowhere evident.

Mouthfeel was creamy. A pretty good tripel.

connecticutpoet, May 18, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Great Beer. Pours light gold in colour with a small creamy head that lingers long after the beer is gone.

Smells of light fruits, and a sweetness that can only be described as liquid sugar. There is also a hint of alcohol in the smell.

The taste is great, there is a sweet beginning which is fruity to the palate, then followed by a mellow hop characteristic. This is finished off with a dry crisp finish which invites you to have another sip. I also noticed that towards the end of the beer, i started to get a honey aftertaste.

The alcohol content is a bit high, but you cannot taste it. The beer feels good in your mouth, silky and easy to swallow.

All round a good beer, definitely reccommend.

BeerNutta, May 07, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a nice 1 inch head. Aroma is wonderful and complex with hints of yeast, sweet fruit, sweet candy sugar, spiceness, and alcohol. In fact, this is the best smelling beer I've ever had---spent a good 5 minutes just sniffing before a taste. And what a taste it was. First impression is very fruity, pineapple and pears come to mind. Then, I start to get a spicey yeast taste. Finish is a little tart and just slightly hoppy. A little alcohol taste creeps in towards the last third of the glass. The mouthfeel was on the heavy side, with an amazingly smooth and creamy feel. This is an excellent beer, but because the price ($6/bottle) and the fact that the spiciness really asserts itself towards the end, will keep me from drinking this more than as the occassional treat.

cubedbee, May 05, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is rich and complex, yeast, sweet candy sugared malts, some pepper, fruit and hops.

Taste is also rich and multilayered. Light flavors first, some bready toasted malt, maybe some yeast. Following is a honey-sweet citrus that slides into a tart and mildly hoppy aftertaste. Not even a hint of alcohol in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and medium-heavy. Light on the palate, finish leaves the mouth clean and refreshed. Very well-rounded and textured, extraordinarily drinkable for a tripel. Them monks sure know how to brew. Thanks to futaboots for this one.

assurbanipaul, May 05, 2005
Photo of maek228
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought this for 5 bucks a botte....was it worth the price? Mmmmm yeah I freakin suppose so

Appearance: Pale orange with a brown hue to it. Poured with a rather impressive finger and a half head. Foam clung to the beer in random chunks.

Smell: Like pineapples and other sweet fruits...mixed with some barley, sweet yeast, and hops.

Taste: Good God damn....complex flavors here. has escences of pinapples, pears, cantelope, sweet yeast, and clove spices. Awesome Tripel. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy

Drinkability: I could drink this bitch all night

maek228, May 02, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a 1 1/2" white head. Yeasty nose with some malt and spice. Taste of orange, clove, nutmeg, heavy alcohol and some hops balance it out at the end. Heavy bodied, rich mouthfeel.. very warming end. This is a heavy duty Trappist Ale.. I hope there is still plenty around next winter.. it would make an excellent winter nightcap.

MrSeth, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consuming roughly 5 months after the bottling date...

Pours a mostly clear golden color with some unidentified floating objects hanging around in the glass. The head is out of control! Tightly knit white head is trying to get out of my glass, really outstanding looking. Malty sweet aroma intensified by fruit, along with some spice, lemony notes, and alcohol. Flavor is VERY smooth. Lots of creamy malt forms a canvas upon which fresh fruit, spices, and alcohol paint a beautiful picture of flavor. There is more to the flavor going on that I can accurately describe - very complex. Alcohol is pretty warming in the stomach, but is not very noticeable in the taste at all. Great blend of bittering hops and sweet flavors. Low carbonation embellishes the very smooth, very full mouthfeel. Definitely a kick-ass beer! I really want to cellar some of this stuff and see how it changes (although it is damn good as is).

BeerFink, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz (330 ml) brown bottle with 19/11/05 listed as a best by date and 9.5% abv, serving suggestion between 45-50 degrees.
Aroma: Fruity (orange, mango) and spicy (pepper and hops) with a perfumed alcohol air about it which was a bit heavy handed in my opinion.
Appearance: Hazy golden chalice with a thin white cover of small bubbles which mirrored the head on the Dubbel Westmalle.
Flavor: Rich bubblegum at first taste that faded into the juicy tropical fruits spiked with a gentle spiced clove and pepper. No alcohol is noted in the flavor and I didn’t get any hops. Also lacking is any sign of flaw or blemish- pure joy.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation is a bit too exuberant and a lingering bitter pucker finishes the feel.
Overall Impression: Wow. A touch spicy for any session, which is good given the expertly hidden alcohol. Just a wonderful, fruity beer that has redefined what a Tripel can be. Mad props to Stonecrusher for the trade.

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: In its Westmalle challace (which I forgot I had until I realized I was pouring the beer into it), a slightly cloudy, slightly chalky piss gold (it is, what can I say?) with a huge, pillowy, pure white head. Medium retention; a bit on the quick side for a tripel. Thick lace curtains on the glass. Dozens of streams of tiny bubbles race to the top.

Smell: On the rich side for a trip, with a sweet, bready cakelike spiceiness, yeasty white pepper/clove, and a definite citrus tang, though more sweet orange than sharp lemon. An undercurrent of honeyed malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The champ. Hands down. Period. Sweet nectar tangerine hits the palette first, followed by a swirling spiced bread flavor. There's a lemon-lime soda floating on top, with a creamy honey--and even a hint of sugar cookie--resting on the floor. It's a touch boozy (sort of like a Tom Collins), but the finish is a Middle Eastern combo of lime leaf, exotic spice and honey. It's as good as it gets; it's hard to describe how truly amazing this is. The mouthfeel is stellar as well, rich, smooth, creamy and a bit chewy.

Drinkability: I have to shave a half off for it's 9+ abv and $4.50+ price tag. But if I were Bill Gates, I'd have a walk-in fridge full of it; I could literally drink only this forever and be happy. IMHO, certainly the best tripel, and one of the best beers, this mortal coil has to offer. Divine inspiration, indeed.

WetCoaster, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
3.13/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle to give it a try. Pours foamy, with a head that quickly subsides. Aroma is of pears and other fruits. Taste is hard to get a finger on, as it's blow away quickly by the alcohol warmth and aggressive carbonation. Slighty spicy too, and warming. Could use more malt and body to stand up to everything else going on. Seems vinous and thin.

Not bad, but I don't think I'll look for this again.

deejaydan, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer sampled at the Little Brussels Brasserie, Canberra.
Poured into it's dish like glass, a pale hazy yellow, with a big white, clingy head. Lotsa lace, that clung to the glass.
An interesting beer to say the least.
Aroma: Yeasty, spice, citrus(?), and a slight sourness.
Flavour: A slight malt, a hint of horsey sourness, plums, sweetness, very complex.
This was my last beer of the sampling, so my notes aren't as good as they could have been.
A great beer none the less.

revdrjbob, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of cncbofh
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color.

Small head which quickly falls away - probably due to such a high alcohol content.

Smells of sugary pilsener. Alcohol warms the nose.

Tastes of sweet malt and a clovelike spiciness. Ends with a dry stinging bite. Very tasty and warming. Excellent as a nightcap (although I'm drinking mine at 9 in the morning).

cncbofh, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of palma
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy yellow body. Hefty white head leaves a good Belgian lace.

Immediate fruit essence mainly consisting of pear and orange. Very malty nose. I caught some pungent whiffs of grain alcohol. Faint aroma of tomatoes?? Can't say I didn't like it, however. This brew woke my ass up in a good way. Aroma warns you this is a no-BS-brew, at 9.5% ABV.

Fruit punch-like flavor. Tropical fruit? Underlying chocolate, toffee, and maybe even light coffee notes. Bitter citrus flavors dominate throughout. An intriguing tartness towards the end. Finishes semi-dry/dry. The bitter citrus sticks around in the aftertaste. Raw alcohol flavor present big time. You can't miss it.

Nice delicate bubbly mouthfeel. Full in the mouth yet, refreshing.

One of the better Tripels I've tried. Much better than St. Bernardus IMO.

palma, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of cooter
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy yellow-ochre with lively carbonation, cloudy/billowy white head. Nose is heavily citrus. Taste is alcoholic, with grapefruit, lemon, bread, and some nice malts. A surprising amount of hop character and balance--fascinating with such strong malt. Very floral. My call? Delightful, beautiful, comfortable.

cooter, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Appearance: This beer appeared a hazy pale yellow while it was being poured. However, once it was collected in the glass, it was a strong, amber-orange color. The white head rose up to about one finger and then disappeared quickly. A thick patch of foam remained in the center of the glass for the entire drink because it was being fed from a strong column of bubbles rising from the bottom. There was a light sprinkling of lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Grapes, white wine, green apples, and yeast were the first smells to jump out at me. Further investigation revealed light spicy alcohol and a thin layer of roasted malts underneath. There was a spicy, almost peppery, bite on the nose, though it was very subdued. Overall, the aroma was okay, but it lacked depth. Kind of thin and airy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the tip of the tongue, with the carbonation developing strongly as the beer moved back in the mouth. It became very spongy feeling. Almost medium bodied.

Taste: Strongly vinuous and alcoholic. White wine and alcohol hit hard right from the start and continue to overpower all the other flavors through the finish and well into the aftertaste. Hints of yeast and sweet apple peak through from the background, as well as a hint of malt on the finish.

I've tried the beer quite a few times before and it has never impressed me. This is definitely one of my least favorite Trappist brews.

Quaffer, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. Best before 15/07/06 on bottle. Bottle has rings from recycling, based on that; it gives a good indication that people enjoy this beer. Beer poured nicely into a wide-rimmed glass, pale orange and ripe pear color sit underneath a nicely formed head. That dissipated to an eight of an inch and remained pretty much throughout its life. Smell is loaded with fruits, green grapes, grapefruit, and fresh cut something. When you have a beer that tastes as it smells you’re in good company-taste are full and lasting, does varies from start to finish. High alcohol content that is fused that fuses nicely with the senses. A definite must.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of foamer
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 18/08/06

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with absolutely no head. Barely even some bubbles on the surface. This is not what I expected at all. Musty acidic nose. I think this bottle might have gone off. Taste is similar. Sour and tart, almost like lemon juice. There is some malt in the finish and some alcohol. Not great though. I'm becoming more and more sure this is a bad bottle. Mouthfeel is good, mostly because it has little to do with taste. Not very drinkable at all - I'm going to have to get another one and rereview this. This can't be right.

Drain. Sorry guys.

Rereview:

The guys at the store were kind enough to replace the bottle free of charge. So here we go. Pours the same slightly hazy light orange. No head at all at first and my heart sank. Then all of a sudden, whosh! There is was. Nothing to 1.5" of thick bubbly white head in a flash. This is a good sign. Nose is of malt and spices. Very nice taste. Spices and malt with some warming alcohol in the finish. The alcohol is well-hidden overall. A very nice ber. A shame the first one was off.

foamer, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a small bottle of this sublime nectar of the gods @ the Petite Abeille in NYC. Pours light straw, lemony and cloudy. Puffy white head, leaving the anticipated world class lacing. Nose is musty,nutty and yeasty. Spice, yeast and more nuttyness up front. Very pleasant soft mouthfeel. My kind of beer, spice, fruit, complexity. Intoxicating blend of flavors, smells, and textures. I'll take this to that desserted island and be satisfied beer wise for a long time.

Billolick, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of guinnessman
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this one in a wesmalle Trappist chalice. It poured with a frothy white head and a golden yellow huge.
With smells of citrus, vanilla, and a musty barn like aroma made it intriguing to me. The alcohol does prevail but does not overpower. There is also a hint of mint that I noticed after a few sips. The mouthfeel is a pleasant texture and a very smooth. A faint tickle as it flows over the palate.
A fine Tripel!

guinnessman, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
2.42/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearence: Pours an incrdedibly clear light orange with a huge, creamy, frothy, mountainous white head that stays forever.

Smell: The smell is fruity and spicy, with a suprising amount of yeast and wood notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This tastes like crap. No fruitiness at all, no good spices, just a strong alcoholic flavor mixed with a crappy, yeasty adjucnt flavor. The aftertaste is the only saving grace. While it's mostly dominated by alcohol, there's also a tiny bit of fruitness. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkbaility and Overall: This is one of the more dissapointed beers I've had lately. Maybe it was just a bad bottle, but nothing about it really tasted good. It's pretty, and smells nice, but goes downhill from there. Not one I'd really like to have again.

santoslhalper, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle
Pours cloudy orangy/yellow with large chunks of yeast floating about.
I had this bottle sitting undisturbed for three days and poured carefully, yet I still ended up with a lot of yeast.
Head was a decent size but it was short lived.
Aroma was fruity and yeasty and spicy. A little orange peel.
Flavor is spicy, with some floral hop and some citrus zest in the finish.

Padron4KM, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, I finally got me some Westmalle!!!
This triple pours from the 12 oz bottle a faintly hazy brew, the color of clover honey. An impressive white head quickly rises to a peak, where it remains for quite some time before crawling back into my goblet, etching it with thick lace as it goes.

The aromas, ahhh. A transcendant perfume of harvest fruits, honey, orange blossems, lemon, spicy yeast, phenolic banana funk, and grassy herbals. Candy sweetness covered by a blanket of funky spice. Love those Monks!

Every characteristic of the nose is amplified in the tasting. There are absolute layers of flavors to pull apart here. No one flavor is dominant, rather a perfect harmony is achieved. This is the epitomy of a triple. Sweet, never cloying, fruity, spicy, and oh so complex.

Body is medium, playfully fizzy, and smoother than silk. Finish is dry, lemony, with a lasting impression of spicy, peppery hops. This is Heaven, in 12 oz servings!

Thanks to Gabe for sharing this treat!

AlexJ, Mar 22, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.