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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 488 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of markaberrant
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange, big white head. Good lacing.

S - sweet lemons and honey malt. Some low level spice too.

T - pretty much follows the smell. Very smooth alcohol

M - Light, yet smooth. Alcohol warmth is quite pleasant, but pretty strong.

D - Each sip is to be enjoyed. The alcohol is fairly prounounced, so you need to take your time with this one.

I really enjoy the sweeter tripels like this. Superb.

Photo of deeplennon
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nicely with an appetizing golden appearance. Aroma is possibly Saaz with some alcohol, and is good not great.

Taste has too much alcohol for me with not nearly enough sweet to balance. Very dry overall. Yeast character seems funky, though that could be the hops (again Saaz?) what it is is definitely a spicy characteristic that I want to attribute to the yeast. The amount of fruity yeast esters is lacking for the style.

While far from terrible I really don't like the flavor balance of this beer which leans too far towards alcohol. Might be my least favorite triple of the trappist and major abbey brands. Has always seemed overrated to me.

Photo of RedChrome
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color was a very light yellow with a slightly hazed appearance. Inch and a quarter high white head was pillow like and took a few minutes to fade. Tiny sized bubbles were in abundance. Lacing in rings.

Very sweet fruit aromas. Bananas, peaches and cherries are blended with strength in that order. Earthy yeast is light against the sweetness. Almost nothing bitter to detect.

Sweet taste with a very strong plastic presence. This had an apple taste hidden behind the initial flavor. Despite the fruit, this one falls short of expectation from the aroma.

Decent feel on the sides of the tongue. Carbonation tingles for a while on all surfaces.

Overall a decent brew. This one would work with a plate of lamb kabobs. A solid beer, that pales when compared to others in the style. Try it if you get a chance, but look for others to rule the style.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another chance to taste a true Trappist beer. Great pour, it comes out a straw and cloudy gold, lots of carbonation and a good head make this a perfect looking beer. Aroma is peaches, pears and tangerines with a nice hint of whiskey in the background. Taste is citrusy with some berry in there, a not-too-sweet taste with a nice bitter dry aftertaste and a warming alcohol sensation as it goes down. Not my favorite Trappist brew, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 5/28/07 - Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Slight malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced to slightly sour. Finish has some alcohol and sourness. Not nearly as good as bottle. On-tap at Summertime Restaurant Scheveningen, NL. €5 ($6.85) for a 330ml glass.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle while in Aruba on vacation, poured into a large wine glass.

A cloudy, golden orange colored tripel fills the glass with a thin, white head on top. The foam recedes quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing. The aroma is spritzy, bursting with fruits such as pear, pineapple, and banana, as well as a citrusy hint. I'm lovin' the vanilla fragrance, very enticing.

The flavor doesn't stand as well on its own as I had hoped. It's a bit on the bland side for a tripel, and requires the help of some gouda cheese to tease out the true nuances of its taste. Some sweet vanilla notes pair with a touch of spice and hop. The 9.5% is masked well at first, but a dominating alcohol note warms through eventually. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated with a light body and a nice alcoholic bite to the aftertaste. Very drinkable, surprisingly so for a tripel, there's enough complexity to go around, but the flavor was just a bit off the mark.

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

a hop leaning tripel
with nice earthen spice
tart fruit and mild sugars
that balance out nice

hints of pepper pear clove
field grass and sweet bread
nothing over bearing
has very crisp edge

pours a hazy lemon-orange
with a tight refined lace
good carbonation
lip pucker in taste

drinkability is exceptional for the
high ABV
goes down quick
and all too easy

an excellent tripel
that departs from
the overly sweet style of some others
very nice.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle, 2 year old bottle yanked from the cellar

Poured into it's appropriate Westmalle Chalice

Smell, apples and grapes dominate the smell, notes of oak(?), and pear round it out

Taste, very sweet apple flavors really come through, notes of grape, and I swear hints of oak. Definite vanilla flavors as well, pretty strong, might be where I'm tasting oak. No identifiable bitterness, no alcohol as well, I taste nothing but sweet nectar.

Overall, I'm glad I pulled this bottle when I did. I don't have much experience cellaring Westmalle, as I try to only cellar 750ml bottles of Belgians whenever possible, and 750's of Westmalle are hard to come by in my parts. But the complexity of this one really came through, I have never tasted such a strong oak/vanilla flavor in this beer before. I can't wait to see how the other bottle I have tastes after another year.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the 21 beers I brought back from Belgium. Enjoying in one of the glasses i brought back from Brugge as well.


A - Beautiful hazy gold, pours a massive 4 finger head into my De Garre glass. When the head starts to go down it looks like a mountainous cumulous cloud. Average to below average lacing.

S - Dry, and semi sweet. Big on the yeast, hint of fruit. Not as big of an aroma as I get out of other tripels.

T - I love the yeasty goodness of this beer. Fruity with touches of apricot. A very nice tartness along with a slight bitterness at the finish. Has a solid sweet core.

M - Very light on the tounge, big carbonation.

D - The drinkabilty is out of this world for such a potent beer. As of right now, this is my second favorite tripel, only behind De Garre's house tripel.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass. Accidently let a little yeast slip into the glass, but not too much.

Head forms almost as soon as it is poured into the glass and leaves two fingers worth of fluffy pure white head that dissipates into a white cap. Color is pale orange, dark yellow very pretty.

Smells of apples and hints of plum, both very maltly odors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and dense body that is at first overpowering but gets creamier and smoother as the beer warms. Taste of apples is present upfront, as the beer warms flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and hazlenut become dominate. Hazelnut flavor lingers after each sip.

Obviously this is not a beer that is meant to be chugged, but savored. Seems like this would be a great after dinner beer, very drinkable.

Photo of techdiver
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a massive head that dissipates slowly to a rocky head and then a thin cap.

Malt, citrus and faint hops to the nose. The alcohol is also noted.

Taste echoes the nose, complex and enjoyable. The higher ABV shows a bit.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Drinkability is good despite the ABV.

Can't say if the switch from cork has changed this brew, but as such, my favorite is still Tripel Karmeliet.

Photo of boblog
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with little lacing and small head.
Smell: Acidic citrus scent, with hints of malt.
Taste: Apple, orange/citrus taste are strong initially, with warm alcohol induced flavors coming with the malty after taste.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, and fairly heavy body, also nice strong carbonation.
Drinkablility: With a beer this strong and expensive I wouldnt advise more than one or two, but the taste makes me want to drink it all night long.
Overall: You can never go wrong with a trappist brew. I loved it along with every other trappist brew I have had the pleasure of sampling. Reminds me of the Chimay Tripple and an Orval a bit. Only a noob wouldnt enjoy such a high quality brew.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle (marked drink by 1/20/2008) into the appropriate Westmalle chalice.

A: Beautiful golden color with a nice creamy white head sitting on top.

S: Spices, yeast, and light citrus fruit all come through in the aroma. Lots of complexity.

T: An incredible balance of several complex flavors: light spices, fruit (lemon & orange zest), and doughy pale malts to go along with some earthy flavors and just the right amount of sweetness. It finishes crisp and dry. The alcohol is there at the end but it's rather subtle especially for the 9.5%.

M: Medium bodied, bold flavors, slightly creamy and very smooth.

D: Very good on the drinkability scale. It's smooth, flavorful and well-balanced. The alcohol will get you in the end though. A flat-out outstanding beer. A great representation of the wonderful tripel style. I'm quite fond of tripels and this is one of the better ones that I've had.

Photo of brendan13
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden straw with almost an inch of head that fell away pretty quickly.
Smell is very spicy and sweet. Some underlying alcohol is also present.
Quite a dry, almost tart sour taste hits first. Luckily some of the sweetness comes back into play quite quickly. The spicy flavour lingers for a while.
I found the mouthfeel to be a little watery, not in a bad way but not quite what I was expecting.
A nice beer but I wouldn't hunt it down again in a hurry. I've had better Tripels.

Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into Westmalle chalice:

Pours golden with a one-finger creamy head that descends to a lasting cover.

The smell is of herbal spiciness, especially sage, and orange peel. Saaz grassiness in the back.

The taste is of grassy herbs (again, esp. sage) with orange and lemon fruitiness. The sweet malt and spicy yeast interact very well with Saaz hops giving it a balancing bitterness in the back. Wonderful balance. Earthy spiciness gives it a nice kick, though smooth, as does the touch of peppery, warming alcohol. Dreamy. Long, dry finish.

The body is full, rich and creamy.

Powerful, but drinkable..., well sippable. After finishing the small bottle I was looking for more, though it was enough for a wonderful night-cap. One of Belgium's great contributions to mankind.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast, banana, citrus, some hops and spice.

T: The taste is excellently balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, banana, lemon, spice and pale hops. The malt character is a little on the thin side, but it's not as if you need it to be any heavier in this case. The after-taste is a little bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, great representation of style.

There are two quick personal stories I think I need to relate regarding this beer. The first is that when I bought this beer I was afraid it may be past its prime and questioned the date on the bottle (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/903581) because the same store might occasionally try to sell a less-than-fresh bottle to you by placing a red, clearance price tag on it. Some fellow BA's at the time helped me realize that the date was "best before 5/18/08" and that the beer would be fine and I thank them for that. The second story (which happened before story #1) is that two people whose opinions of beer I deeply respect tried this beer at the same exact time with their backs turned to each other so each wouldn't see the reaction of the other. When they turned around, both of them had shocked looks on their faces and were amazed at how great the beer tasted. While I may not like the beer as much as they did, I can certainly see why they were so amazed.

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date on bottle is 06/02/08, so it's been awhile since its been botteled? I bought it at Central Market a few days ago...
33cl poured into a Westmalle chalice

Hmm...perfect? Carbonation looks and feels incredible, could not be better in that respect. I've had more aromatic Tripels, but this my favorite because it's not as sweet as many. One of the most deceptively alcoholic beers I've had. If for some reason you haven't had it yet, treat yourself to a bottle!

An absolute pleasure to drink. The 750 might be a bit much for one person though, given it's thickness, alcohol, and sweetness.

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

Very nice tripel. Nice head. Very thick and clings well. Smells of banana phenol.

The taste is clovey and dry. Nicely spiced and not too dry. Very nice. Incredibly balanced, especially with such a high abv.

The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and refreshing.

This beer is very very easy to drink and I recommend that you try it.

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

This beer is fantastic. This is the quintessential tripel IMO. When someone drinks a different brewers tripel, this beer should be the standard that it is measured against.

Poured an 11.2oz bottle into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Two finger head that just barely creeps over the top of my chalice. Golden translucent amber. Constant flow of bubbles from the bottom of the chalice creates a spot of foam on the surface in the middle of the glass.

Smell - bananas, cloves, citrus, green apple, hops, malt, and alcohol.

Taste - Very complex. Fruity, spicy, malty, yeasty, and hoppy. Like a party in my mouth.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, yet effervescent. Goes down really smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability - Fantastic. Give me another.

I could easily go through several of these in one sitting. It is really a matter of if I could afford to do it at nearly 5 dollars a bottle. Worth every single penny. If you like tripels and haven't had a Westmalle, I would argue that you've never really had a tripel. This is definitely one of my favorite beers.

Photo of dstc
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into goblet. Pours a nice golden color with full white head that fall quickly leaving a fine head and fine lace behind.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity, citrus? Can also smell the alcohol in it.

Nice taste. Very nice in fact. Sweet just like the nose predicts. Spices and citrus right up front and a very slight bitterness at the finish. Warm feel of alcohol at the very end.

Creamy mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated but not overly so.

Very good beer. This has been sitting in my beer frig waiting for me to drink it and I can't believe I waited as long as I did. This is a great beer (as I was hoping it would be).

Photo of mbutter1997
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 3/1/08
A: Clear golden-amber pour with 1" thick white head, constant bubbles, decent glass retention. Saved the last 1/2" of beer in the bottle, mostly the bottle conditioning yeast, and drank separately...quick good in its own right.
S: Very nice bouquet of citrus, hops, yeast & malt. An overall wonderful aroma of a classical tripel.
T: Wow...an amazing blend of flavors. Mild citrus & alcohol undertones to flavors dominated by the malt & hops. Definitely the best tripel I have ever had.
M: A rich, smooth brew, moderate carbonation.
D: This is a beer to savor. It does down very smooth with a nice aftertaste. I will most certainly have this fantastic tripel again.

Photo of yourunclewalt
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange-yellow with a two finger creamy eggshell head that quickly halves itself with minimal stickage. Looks like a hefeweizen. Small amount of sedement visible, looks like lots of carbonation.

S - Not sure if this is a self-fulfilling prophecy, but this also smells like a hefe - definitely a sweet banana underscoring a tang of alcohol.

M - Creamy, full of carbonation, sticky, coated aftertaste. Medium-body.

T - Very sweet, little banana, toffee and caramel. Grapes and alcohol to finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Delicious. Not too sweet, like some Belgians, and the alcohol isn't overly prominent. The ABV is pretty high; it's a good after-dinner sipper or nightcap.

Photo of sleazo
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchase at Union Sq Whole Foods. I swear to god this place is dangerous for a beer lover.

A-Beautiful Copper Orange with a fluffy two finger head that dissipates to a nice thick cap. Clingy lace. some sediment floats about.

S-Pleasant bread/yeast with an alcohol astringency to it.

T-This is clearly what a tripel should taste like. A mustiness followed by a wonderful dry bitter finish/ In between notes Definite all spice notes, pepper and a certain citrus sweetness when you let it linger. The alcohol is there but better hidden than in the smell.

A- Effervecent and pleasantly light

D-This is the quitissenttial Tripel. Very good.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this beer, as I've heard a great deal about the Westmalle brewery. I found this beer to be good, but to be honest found myself making unfavorable comparisons to some other tripels Iike Allagash Tripel Reserve and Tripel Karmeliet due to a very mild flavor and a bit of wateriness in the mouthfeel.

A bottle I picked up from a display at Consumer Beverage in Hales Corners. This beer pours a hazy dark yellow with lots of soft secondary-fermentation produced head. Smells tripel-ish with some clove notes and lots of coriander. Flavor is a bit like a white wine up front, with some spiciness on the back end. Not as full-flavored as other tripels I've enjoyed like Tripel Karmeliet, Allagash, and Victory Golden Monkey. Mouthfeel is quite soft, but a bit thin up-front.

Photo of udubdawg
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a hazed orange. Two finger head that didn't last, despite quite a few rising lines of tiny bubbles. Quite a bit of sediment, but managed to keep most in the bottle.

Nose is full of sweet fruitiness and belgian yeasts aromas. Orange peel, apricot, and apple all make an appearance. Overall seems quite spicy, but alcohol is rather subdued - this bottle's been in the cellar a while so that could have mellowed out the alcohol some.

Taste just isn't quite up to par with the smell. Seems even sweeter, and the spiciness is more pronounced. Noticed the orange peel more than the other fruits, and some coriander. Alcohol isn't as strong as fresh thankfully, but still more noticeable than in the nose.

Medium body and expressive carbonation, especially in the dry finish. I like it - doesn't interfere with the flavors up front, but adds some kick going down.

Pretty drinkable now. I wouldn't rate this above a 2.5 for drinkability a year ago due to overwhelming alcohol.

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