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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,734 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 3,734
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 259
Gots: 346 | 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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with a synthetic cork. Pours a hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy two-finger thick pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite yeasty, despite the beer resting unsettled for two weeks in my beer fridge. There is also lots of spicy yeast driven notes with pepper, ginger and lemon being most notable. As I get used to the aroma some fruit notes begin to pick up, with notes of green apple and tart pear being evident. The green apple note really becomes quite apparent after a bit.

The beer is full and peppery after my first sip. The beer almost has a creamy consistency and the spice notes give it a piquant sharpness that I like in a good Tripel. The spiciness hold throughout the taste profile of this beer, finishing with a sharp ginger like note at the end. This has a fairly full body to it, yet still remains quite dry on the palate, mainly I think because of the yeasty spiciness. As I mentioned this tastes quite yeasty as well, it gives it a sharp yeast bite to it. The beer has a light tartness to it that plays up the fruity aspects of the beer; mostly I get notes of green apple but there are notes of pear and a bit of tart plum as well, it also plays up the ginger note that is found in this beer.

Gueuzedude, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful golden color, slightly hazy, very fizzy. Good head retention.

Smell - The nose has a sort of a breezy sweetness, with a subtle spiciness in the background.

Taste - The initial taste is an appley sweetness followed by an alcoholic hotness. I also detect a fruitiness common to many ales. This beer is not as spicy as other tripels I have tried. It is also just not as tasty as other tripels.

Mouthfeel - Solid body, but not thick or overwhelming. A little deceptive, given the 9.5% alcohol.

Drinkability - The alcohol detracts a little from the beer's drinkability, but it is still very good overall.

Comments - Maybe I missed something about this beer, but I do not think it is as great as the rankings appear.

mgdeth, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of budsboy
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml screen printed bottle looks nothing like the picture here. Undated. Corked and caged.

Pours cloudy, pale straw, with a frothy white head that shrinks back to a 1/8 inch coating. Lots of little chunks of godly goodness suspended in there.

Spicy, fruity aroma. Mostly clove and banana, with a bit of ginger and a pinch of citrus thrown in. All-in-all inviting.

Clovey on the tounge. Banana flavor is there with some other ripe fruit. Apple, orange, lemon hints. Bitter, bitter finish, more tannin-like than hoppy. Warming going down. Vinous. Very complex, this. Hard to qualify.

Tight and light in the mouth. Highly carbonated, feels somewhat champaign like.

It is evident that this is a high-quality brew. Deep in complexity and warming for the soul. This may be a beer I will appreciate more as my palate develops, that is my gut feeling. It is simply one of the finest. Try some.

budsboy, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of sitbooboosit
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale orangey yellow straw type colour. the head is white with a tinge of baige and very rocky/pillowy. Aroma is primarily of hops, not a lot of malt coming through- a slight pale malt aroma maybe. Hops are tangy citrusy spicey.
Slight pale malt character up front that gets overwhelmed quickly by a strong hop bitterness. the beer finishes with a peppery heat and a creamy warming mouthfeel.

This beer is fantastically crafted and a very good beer. I've never been a huge tripel fan. this is one of the best and while I enjoyed it, the rochefort 8 in the fridge is more to my liking.

sitbooboosit, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow golden color with an assertive head of tight mousy bubbles at first pour. It looked like this head intends to stick around awhile due to the copious amount of bubbles rising. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: I get lemony esters along with some grainy sweetness in the beginning through the foam. Some bready malt starts to show up a bit later after the head is just starting to give in.

Taste: Super effervescent with a lot of mouth washing carbonation. The citrusy notes dominate the beginning of the profile. This citrus fades a touch to give you a taste of the bready malt in the middle of the profile. The finish is rather dry due to (what I believe are) sugar additions. There is very minimal warming, which is surprising due to the ABV.

Opinion: This is a fantastic beer! Hands down...quality stuff! Since this is the hallmark of the style, I hate saying that I like another one better, but I think that I prefer the St Bernardus Tripel to this one. That is a stretch, but if you put both in front of me, and I only got to choose one... I would recommend this beer ANY day of the week!

SkeeterHawk, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Melchizedek
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky gold with a monumental head. Smell is somewhat yeasty, almost cheese-like, with a coffee-like bitterness present behind its fruitier notes.

Taste is initially dominated somewhat by alcohol, but this fades before long, yielding to yeasty breadiness and a lovely fruit assortment of apricot, plum, and wild berry. It finishes juicy, not too dry at all despite the notable alcohol. This has the best aftertaste I've ever run into in a beer, a lingering apricot-and-citrus fruitiness.

Yum--this is a delectable tripel, without question my favorite to date. I could sip this stuff all evening if the bottle wouldn't run out...

Melchizedek, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden ale with a minimal head.

Smell is sweet pineapple and guava fruit with requisite dose of coriander. Spicy black pepper and spearmint are the next scents I can detect. Sweet honey and flowers make up the malt part of the scent. Hops make themselves know only as a little woodiness. Noticeable alcohol but it doesn't detract from the scent and serves as a carrier for other scents.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Honey and fruit are the first flavors to come out, then coriander and flowers. Spice is subdued here except for black pepper.

Mouthfeel is not bad.

An OK triple but I had expected more from this one compared to its little brother the Dubbel. Worth a try. This is a beer I will try again from another source and see if it has a bit more wow factor to it.

Zorro, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a very tall bright white head that dissipates in segments leaving a rocky and bubbly lace. Nose is sweet bubblegum and spicy yeasts along with a bit of lemon grass. Taste begins sweet with candied sugar and a touch of honey along with some tropical fruit. There are some yeasty and doughy flavors that follow and some of the warming alcohol is noticeable. Refreshing and quite enjoyable.

Morris729, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of bigbubba
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bright gold beer with lots of head and carbonation. It smells like white wine, with some additional fruitiness and a bit of musty yeast. The taste starts out friuty and becomes very spicy. There is just enough bitterness to balance it. The alcohol is not real obvious. The mouthfeel is very nice. Drinkability is ok.

bigbubba, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of HochFliegen
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! 9.5%ABV It sure doesnt seem like it.
A brilliant orange color with a massive rocked top white head. That never ends and is quite creamy. Just like I would expect a Tripel to be.
The smell was most amazing, truly impressive. It was dominated by an orange peel scent and other assorted fruits. Very sweet. Also a hint of spice and...yeast and doughy, very complex. Maybe even a hint of nutmeg. Wow!
The taste blew me away. Amazingly smooth! Very sweet with a strong fruit presence and a bite of spice in there with a dry finish. Slight taste of alcohol with a nice warming inside. Well hidden the 9.5%. A myriad of flavors well balanced and blended to create a beer unlike any other Ive tried. Tart, Sweet, Alcohol, Dry, Fruit, Zest, Spice, Bitter, but yet very light and quite tingly in the mouth with the right amount of carbonation.
Im hooked!

HochFliegen, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

West-mall-eh looks really amazing, an opaque orange capped by a brilliantly white head that's creamy and muscular.

Quite a dense, complex smell, though well-balanced and not at all overpowering. There's doughy yeast, some citrus and sugar, a bit of pepperiness, and just a hint of the alcohol. The flavor, while equally complex, is different than the nose. The alcohol is more prominent, and lurks alongside the surprisingly bitter finish, making the finish a bit intense. On the other side of the sip, you get the expected yeastiness and a lot of sweetness. An estery, tropical fruit flavor lingers on your lips long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel is light and playful, and the only problem I have with this overall lovely and interesting beer is the intensely bitter aftertaste.

battlekow, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from an 11.2oz bottle into my Watou chalice. Poured cloudy orange-yellow, with yeast clumps included, and sticky white head which formed into islands within several minutes.

The smell is awesome, bready yeasty tripel aroma. Of course this is the original, so you'd expect this to fit the profile...

Taste is out of this world. Fruity esters and some very mild alcohol bite compete with the bready aroma.

This is very easy to find in Northwest Columbus, but on the expensive side (generally $4-$5 per bottle). Even so, very good and I will not hesitate to buy more. If I ever get to Belgium, I'll try to taste some fresh bottles.

TurdFurgison, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Dmann
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very good beer but I do not think I got a completly fresh bottle. The pour was very good and this is easily one of the best looking beers I have ever seen with its excelent head, color and champagne like bubbles. The scent was hard to detect at first but then the tropical frutiness and doughy scents came through and were very nice. The flavor was very unique and not what I was expecting at all. The flavor was quite sweet but had a very dry off putting quality to it that made me think I got a bum bottle. There was not much flavor at all other than sweetness and dryness in the finnish. I will have to try another bottle for sure.

Dmann, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of waldowin
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an authentic Westmalle goblet (purchased with the beer).

Pours a light golden color, pale yellow near the edges. Extremely dense white head about a finger thick, that stuck around for a few minutes, and then faded to a haze in the center.

Smells of golden raisins, brown sugar, oranges, limes, cloves and nutmeg. Wonderful.

Tastes even better. A bit dry, and not unlike champagne. A short burst of wheat sugars, and then the carbonation and spices take over, tangled together. It's very hard to pick out flavors on this one, they've mingled so well. Finishes with a bit of white grapes, cloves and coriander.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but wonderfully carbonated (just foams as you drink it), tingles of CO2 and alcohol trail along the tongue, and leave your mouth feeling like a white grape explosion. The alcohol is extremely deceptive, with very little effect at all.

I could drink this stuff all day. Tart, tangy, spiced, sweet, dry, juicy, this beer does it all, and so well. Extremely glad I can buy this locally, but wishing I could try it fresh off the taps in Belgium.

waldowin, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of fromage
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had trouble getting into Belgian beer until this one... I heard that Westmalle would soon stop exporting, so I picked up a few 330's from the store a month or two ago, saving a tripel for my girlfriend's risotto.

Appearance was nothing special. Huge, rocky head, but quickly dissipated and was soon nowhere to be seen. It's got wheat in it, right? Where's the head? Killed by the alcohol? Golden haze with a glowing aura, some small bubbles rising to the top.

Smell was amazing... so complicated I should probably have a few more to figure it all out. I smelled strong plums and black currant, slight smell of alcohol, but just barely. Cloves and corriander, a bit of citrus and pine.

Taste basically matches the smell. Subtler fruits, pears, a spicy bite. Slight bread in the background.

Aftertaste is clean, slightly dry, mostly corriander spice. Mouthfeel is medium, not too sticky. Cuts through fat. Definitely try it with a rich, rich risotto--with prosciutto and mushrooms!

Deceptively drinkable, no alcohol cringe. Quite complex. Keep count, though!

fromage, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of kwakwhore
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a really nice, ample head into a Duvel glass. Citrusy, fruity, hoppy scents. A really sparkly, carbonated mouthfeel. I'm kind of new to Tripels but this is really something I'm going to explore a lot more if they're like this one. The flavors are complex with citrus and hops going along with the spice. This is like Duvel on the most refined, gourmet steroids, a lot more interesting to taste and very refreshing to drink. For the alcohol content this is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer, I only had one but I'll be looking for more.

kwakwhore, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow... What a really beautiful fluffy white head. Underneath is a hazy tannish beer with decent carbonation.
There is a big malty aroma with a nice touch of bready yeast and hints of clove.
The taste is really enjoyable. If there were a little less clove it would be excellent in my opinion. There is definately no shortage of body in here.
This was a nice treat, overall a truly enjoyable beer.

Chadbrew, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a wine glass (I swear I'll be getting proper glassware soon, as it's starting to bother me).

Appearance: For a basic wine glass, the lace is sticking insanely beautifully and well. The head still is above the beer, not huge but above it, as it's close to the last swallow. Hazy yellow with lots of bubbles pushing their way to the head of the beer.

Smell: Kind of a heart-stopper. It's a clean and beautiful aroma: lemon, slight grass, slight candi sugar, a bit of pepper and spice, and a bit of tart fruit (apricot and banana are discernible). Complex without being insane, and done almost perfectly.

Taste: I was hoping this would be as amazing as it is. And still it's surprising. It starts sweet, turns slightly toward some spice, turns faintly to some hops, and then turns to a malty, lip-smacking aftertaste. Through the swallow there are so many flavors it's hard to discern them all. Without a doubt, though, this is definitely perfect. Honey, tart fruit, and lemon grass come through the most it seems. Just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly without being overly carbonated. Medium to full body. Very very nice. This is love and care for sure.

Drinkability: I rarely give a 5 to drinkability, but this is just so beautiful in almost every way that it's impossible not to.

Beyond amazing, and completely worth the $5.40 I paid for the small bottle. I saw the caged and corked bigger bottles for around $10, so I'll definitely be picking up at least one next time I see it.

asabreed, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coruscating gold with plumes of particulates so fine they nearly escape notice. The head is breathtaking in its magnificence. It's bright white, huge and hugely rocky. Scattered chunks of lace cling to the sides of the glass, although they could be more numerous. A second pour further animates the beer and breathes even more life into the beautiful crown of foam.

The nose is more spicy than fruity and falls just short of the bar set by the appearance. It's a little lacking in depth and breadth, but I'll reserve final judgment until more of the foam is gone. The aroma is of spiced pears and musky hops with an overlay of well-integrated alcohol.

Westmalle Trappist is an excellent tripel. While it's more boozy than most, that doesn't bother me a bit. The alcohol is so well-incorporated and such an integral part of the flavor profile that to lessen it would be to lessen the beer as a whole. Overall, I'd say it's less fruity and less sweet than most. The emphasis here is on spices (white pepper, cardamon, clove) and an almost arid dryness.

I prefer more candi sugar, but it's hard to argue with the bracing, snappy dryness. Westmalle Tripel isn't a training wheels tripel and it forces its drinker to appreciate it on its own terms or not at all. As expected, it opens up with warming and the various aspects of its personality become both better defined and more tightly interwoven. This is great beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-full. Like most Belgian beer, it feels lighter and more airy thanks to the abundant carbonation. The best word that I can think of to describe the mouthfeel is 'quality'. Less or more of anything wouldn't work nearly as well.

Westmalle Tripel is one of the best examples of the style that I've ever had, along with the outstanding De Dolle Dulle Teve. Even though it doesn't taste like what I've always thought was my preferred tripel profile (fruitier and sweeter), it's still more than impressive and is compulsively drinkable. Bottom line: this tripel is a home run.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (best before 7/15/06)

This beer has a hazy, straw colored body with an orance hue. The head on this is absolutely gorgeous. The thick, dense, marshmallow head forms an uneven rocky peak in my duvel tulip. The fresh, sweet, candied smell fills the nose and gives great anticipation of whats to come with the taste.

The taste is remarkably light and crisp from the light carbonation bubbles. A peachy, citrusy flavors shines through and gives off a soft, perfect harmony, of bittering hops and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is so smooth, that you almost feel bad drinking a beer of this caliber so fast. The dryness in the finish is a perfect ending.

This beer is just fantastic. I am used to tripels that are a little more clear and carbonated, but this is a great example of the style.

ALESwhatCURESya, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weare138 for sending me this beer a while back. I'm just now getting to drink it a few months later.This beer pours a clear straw yellow with a big billowy white head that sticks around and laces nicely down the glass.

The aroma is of citrus and coriander and some alcohol. I pick up on lemon and orange mostly. Very refreshing nose.

The flavor is citrusy sweet with somewhat of a dry finish. There is a lot of lemon, orange, and coriander that come through here. It's a very awakening and refreshing beer. I'll have to pick up some more of this.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend it.

Brian700, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of swid
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel pours a hazy, dark gold color into my tulip glass. A huge (2 in.+) cream-colored head forms and slowly collapses back into itself. Low carbonation, tons of lacing. Small clumps of sediment drift slowly along the bottom of the glass. On initial examination, the smell is fairly subdued, with a slightly sweet aroma predominating; but after a little bit, many aroma components can be found: rock candy, alcohol, clove, citrus, flowers, generalized spices...probably as many as a person could imagine.

All of the smells hinted at in the aroma come together beatifully in the taste. On first taste, this is a fairly sweet beer, with a surprisingly small touch of a dry alcoholic sweetness. Then, a taste that is both fruity and slightly spicy, in perfect balance. Finally, a tartness and slight bitterness sets in. I wish I could better describe how the various taste elements come together so well in this beer; you'll have to take my word on it. The mouthfeel is light, and neither "wet" nor "dry"; finishes mildy tart and with a floral spiciness, along with a distinct somewhere-between-chocolate-and-caramel aftertaste.

Those monks do know how to brew a devilishy good beer, and it shows. A most enjoyable beer.

swid, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split 750ml with some dude

appearance: pale golden, slightly hazy, huge fluffy white head...quite inviting

smell: fruity hops, malty, alcohol apparent, clove, bananas, pear

taste: fruit in nose is present in the taste, alcohol well hidden but still up front,

mouthfeel: quite heavy, carbonated, alcohol tingles

drinkability: 1/2 a 750ml is sufficient

dirtylou, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of apfactor
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a soft gold color with a yeasty haze. A light foamy head sprouted up.

Citrus smell along with the presence of alcohol. A nice
foreshadow for the drinker!

Taste matches the smell at first. Fruity/Citrus taste, then it gives way to the hops which caught me off guard for this style brew.

This Tripel has more hop presence then others. The hops slightly buzz the palate, then the alcohol pops up to say hello. Dangerously smooth to drink. Fun in a bottle. The sweetness covers some of the alcohol but does not completely mask it as you may find in a double.

( 33cl bottle)

apfactor, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber color with a thick white head with lots of lacing. Looks great.

Smelled of bananas, alcohol and slightly grassy with some cloves.

Taste of bananas, cloves, yeast, phenol. Everything was on more of the mild side. Was expected more full flavors from this one. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner that I expected, and I could really taste the alcohol.

Not quite as good as I thought it would be, not sure if this sat out in the light to long. I liked the dubbel more. Still a good beer.

RedHaze, Aug 20, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,734 ratings.