Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,860
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 402 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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%

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,860 ratings.