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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
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3,634 Ratings
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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 kbub6f
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is white, foamy, dense but pillowy. It dies fairly quickly. The beer is a mostly clear, orange-gold. Nose is very vinous. Grapes, sweetish. Really, this smells like white wine. Pepper and bubblegum in the front. More white wine, some orange. Middle is foamy, fruity and spicy. Some nice caramel with temperature. A huge alcohol finish, quite bitter with some pencil lead. This is very, very good: spicy, strong, bitter. Delicious even if it didn't absolutely floor me.

kbub6f, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of studentofbeer
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when i opened it, the first thing i thought was, did i open a cider by mistake? the smell was overwhelmingly tart apple and apple skin. even once poured into my ommegang goblet i detected a lot of sweet and tangy green apple as well as herbal and flower smells.

color was a slightly hazy but perfect hay color. nice head that fell to a slight lace as i drank.

first taste was a knockout--from cider it seemed to have morphed into a super strong ESB. the first taste was strongly english aley-- very bready and earthy. then came a sharp pepper bite mixed with some sour/sweet apple flavor and a bitter herbal aftertaste.

i find this an amazing beer. highly drinkable, imminently complex with flavor profiles from different styles and a strong 9.5 abv, its quite a beer. i only wish i could afford it more often.

studentofbeer, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of shapudding
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a full champagne-like eggshell colored head that stayed along for the ride! A+ for head retention. Very effervescent. Cloudy and golden, unfiltered cider appearance. Noted the interesting shaping of the bottle which is intreiging. Label all in german, so no knowlege to be gained there about this triple... Vineous scent, apple juice. First taste is more alcohol than anything else. Extremely high in carbination, but still smooth. Sweet apples and chardonay, but bitter background. Reminds me of when playing with food and peeling grapes and just eating the skin off of them. With such a high carbination I cannot see having more than one of these, and I am not one for high sugar flavors, I find the sweetness here to be a bit cloying. Decent with bread and cheeses though.

shapudding, May 30, 2004
Photo of DPMomutant
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gonna take me a while to get this 330ml bottle in here, the head is huge and my pour was not particulary aggressive, headed straight over and out of my pint glass if I'm not careful. It's a combination of creamy and soapy. As it (very slowly) subsides, there is lots of thick lacing. The body is a cloudy golden color.

The smell is surprisingly subtle. That is a good thing, with smells of fruit, spice, and a bit of alcohol all evident at the right levels.

The alcohol is a bit more evident in the taste. The spice and the fruit are still there and still good, but I'd like to have a bit less of the alcohol heat.

The alcohol makes the mouthfeel a bit harsh, but the carbonation is well done and makes it ok in the end.

This is good for the bottle, but a bit much for a whole session. Definitely worth trying.

DPMomutant, May 25, 2004
Photo of jackndan
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Trappist Ale, Tripel: Poured from the thick, ring necked brown bottle. Gorgeous beer, thick rocky white head that lasts and leaves plenty of Belgian lace. The beer is a hazy golden color, and particularly when held up to light, it almost glows.

Great aroma, very nice banana/cloves and a whiff of new mown hay.

The taste is sensational. Extremely complex, and flavorful, I knew this was something special as soon as it hit my lips. Orange zest like flavors, coupled with spices and a bite of Saaz hops, and a bit of raisins and other dried fruits as well.

Smooth, creamy, rich mouthfeel.

jackndan, May 23, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed golden sunshine tone with a large two finger sized head leaves nice evenly dispersed rings of lacing around my chalice. Aroma: Rich fruit undertones slight spiciness touch of pineapple/tropical fruit notes, not bad candi sugar sweetness bready yeast tones. Taste: Alcohol presence is strong in the forefront, rich syrupy malt profile candi sugar subtle spicy flavors with a touch of herbal hops. Seems a bit brash and one dimensional right now with aging I think this beer will be the classic it once was, but the new Merchant du Vin importers get this one to the US fresher than ever, however I think it will only improve with some aging maybe three months or so to come together as a classic triple. Mouthfeel: Alcohol tickles the nose and back of the throat, fine carbonation very effervescent medium bodied triple ale. Drinkability: Excellent the great sipping brew, complex but still a tad green the bottle says it's good to age well into 2005.

WVbeergeek, May 19, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 330 mL bottle, into a snifter. The color is a fuzzy golden, with a nice foamy white head. The smell is a nice yeasty, estery mix. The taste is a good estery, candi sugar sweetness, with a strong yeasty taste to it, and some actually noticable hops in the brew, and almost no alcohol to be found. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, this is one that I could have for quite a while (price aside).

Well, I've finally had the chance to have my final Trappist brewery, and I'm glad I did. A very enjoyable tripel, with a good mix of sweetness and estery notes, and one I'll certainly have again!

beergeek279, May 17, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden orange with a big active off white head and lots of carbonation.
Smells of malt, ripe tropical fruit, bubblegum and that Belgian yeast tang.
Tastes of sweet bready malt, golden raisins, sugared yellow and orange fruits, honey and tart yeast. There was a nice hop bitterness but the alcohol really came through in the finish.
Medium bodied with a full tingly/creamy mouthfeel brought on by the carbonation.
The alcohol really came through at the end. It warmed the belly but hurt the drinkability a bit.

rkhaze, May 17, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 750ml bottle with a yellow and white label featuring a bell tower, presumably from the monastery. My bottle came in a cardboard cylinder similar to what you get with single malt whiskies. The top was corked and caged. The bottle had no info on ingredients, while the best before date was stamped on the cork. I could read the month and day (Sept. 2), but not the year.

Poured cloudy pale orange under a two finger thin white head that settled quickly to thick film. There is very little lace. The nose is surprisingly mild, even when warm, with just a touch of sweet and spicey. The mouth is light and very, very prickly. The taste is extremely smooth, with lots of malt, a bit of apricot, plenty of coriander and yeast. There's also a nice hoppy bite in the finish that adds bitter to the sweet and spice. The bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste, mixing well with the fruit and yeast. While I can't say it was worth the almost $30 I paid for it, this was a very enjoyable beer.

Globetrotter, May 15, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

neat little 11.2 oz bottle.
Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a huge white head. Great lacing, sticks to the glass like there's no tomorrow and will obviously not go anywhere.
Smell is bready malts, some hops, citrus, and a little alcohol.
Very creamy, hops, alcohol and malt are in the forefront. Fruits are also plentiful in this brew (peaches, pear, plums).
This is a great tripple, I am so glad I can finally get it in FL.
I will definitely have this again.

LuckySevens82, May 11, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, lemony yellow, nice carbonated. Three fingers of bright white head grows swiftly and settles very slowly to a solid foamy mat. Pop-art lacing bedecks the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a brief tease of malted grain, then a yeasty sourness intertwines with spicy notes of clove and coriander. A dry citrus hint flirts at the finish. The alcohol allows some fleeting glimpses.

Upon sipping, a solid presence of sweet malt steps aside quickly to allow the spicy character to take over. An ephemeral berry undertone flits through the middle, but is outdone there by a sinus-drying current of alcohol. An earthy graininess shares the finish with a very mild dry fruity bitterness. This is a basic balanced blend that has no identity issues.

Medium bodied, it has a veritable presence as it coats, then ebbs slowly, leaving a warm glow on the palate.

Simply, there's nothing here not to like. The elements blend and sit evenly on the palate, and slide down smoothly. The alcohol never hides, standing proudly and serving notice. Still, despite the high ABV, this one bears repeating, because the taste is well worth it. It my not be one of the true top dogs, but it's not very far behind, and it's well worth drinking.

Foxman, May 10, 2004
Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big ooof of cream-colored froth rose over honey/amber liquid, then settled, very slowly, into a lump of shiny solid material. A surge of drawn butter aroma is decorated with serene and subtle fragrances of ginger, muffin and mango. On the palate it is unctuous with flavors of molten, baked apples, butter cream, buttered peaches and pure, detailed, bitter resins.
These Westmalle products are fiercly bitter and dry with an abundance of iron-flavored boiled hops. This precisely balances the wickedly depraved, hedonistic flavors and textures. Are you ready for this?

putnam, May 09, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is of melted lemon or banana popsicles, thickly set and murky with a largely tall, whipped smooth white frothy foam on top. Lacing all over the snifter in thick sheets and a very hefty skim (basically a small cap of smoothened white foam) remains present the entire glass. Impressive cap and beautiful thickset color.

Aroma is simple yet delicate with a pleasingly dry yeasty edge darted with some lemon peels and sugary sweetness.

Taste is well mannered with a soft fruity front, well rounded and pleasant to the buds. Drops of lemon, maybe some tidbits of white or green grapes skins in there add some interesting little drying additions to the finish where the yeasty dryness floats off any reminiscent fruityness left over. Nice fading dry finish thats a bit complex and softly yeilding.

Feel is nearly full with a soft well rounded fluffyness thats really nice. A bit of sparkle in the carbonation and yeastyness really keeps a great attraction to thee lips. And the drying finish is alluring with very late spices making an appearance across the far back of the palate.

One finely put together triple. A trifecta, or trifold, if ya will, of an ale. Has a soft pleasing presense in each sip with just the right amount of everything to keep it interesting.

tavernjef, May 05, 2004
Photo of Brent
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit unusual in the flavor profile, but I liked it quite a bit. Poured a slightly hazy golden peach with brisk carbonation. Sharp and peppery, with a touch of acidity and brineyness, like green olive brine. A bit of fruity yeast balanced the brine, and smoothed things out for the finish. Very engaging.

Brent, May 04, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly hazed golden with streams of carbonation rising rapidly. A big and full rocky white head adorns the surface. Retention is as good as it gets. Aroma is musty and fruity (as in pineapple and mango). A little breadiness as well on the nose. There's a real nice intermingle of hops and fruit on the palate. Apricot and tangerine. Some yellow pepper. A slight sting of alcohol, but nothing that is out of context. Dry finish. A little hebal. A little earthy. Clean maltiness. Body is light and refreshing. This one's good. I like it.

Bighuge, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow/brown colored brew with a huge bubbly head with better then expected retention. Aroma is quite complex with some different spices that are quite hard to identify and no trace of that high level of ABV. Carbonation is great with an above average body but still lighter then expected, I also noticed a lot of less or sediment floating around. Taste is quite refreshing with again the mix of spice overshadowing the malts and hops. Overall, a very good tripel but still not enough to make this the best Trappist.

Phyl21ca, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy white head with a hazy orange body. The carbonation bubbles were fast and furious rising up through this baby.

The nose was a beautiful mix of tropical fruit, alcohol, phenols, and slightly medicinal sharp alcohol bite.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Completely mellowed earthy hop with a perfectly even bitterness. Yeast, wheat, round malt, soft tropical fruit, a big alcohol taste, slightly medicinal, a tiny hint of oak, a little touch of earthy farmhouse. A nice big and rich triple with an overall warmth. The alcohol really comes through in this beer but it's never distracting. It finishes with a slight bitterness that fades nicely.

Overall just a fantastic textbook triple. Nothing really stands out, it’s just balanced perfectly, a beer you could drink all day if it weren’t for the high alcohol content.

taez555, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle with "Westmalle" around the neck. Use by date: 22/01/05
Pours a golden color with good carbonation and a fluffy white head. Cloudy with a lot of chunks floating around. The amount of sediment is extreme, so it is difficult to leave it out of the mix. The lacing is light and slippery, and the head lowers to a fine film. The aroma is fruity, doughy, hops and yeasty, with some astringency ? very fresh. Flavor is very tart and peppery with a sweet middle and a bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a lingering hop finish.

With it?s high ABV, it is important to let it warm a bit. I had a few of these in Amsterdam. The one I had at the Reichsmuseum was a mystical experience. The ones I have had in the states, however, have been a lot harsher and, by comparison, a disappointment.

SeanChouffe, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated: 12/08/05
Hazy light orange with humungous white head, good R&L. Goddamn beautiful aroma - bright, shining esters, smooth but very present phenolics. Flavor is long and continously morphing. Is it dry? Is it sweet? Light grainy taste and underlying alcohol carry it along. Feel is nice for such high carbonation. Dangerously drinkable. I usually do not understand triples, but maybe that is because they are usually not done very well. I love this beer and will always try to keep some in the cellar.

waughbrew, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date printed on label (not that its relevant).

Bright yellowy orange colour, clear, with a slight chill haze (even at cellar temp). Topped by a humungous creamy white head. Tons of sticky lace left clingly to the glass.

Grassy, herbal, oranges, slightly funky, and the merest whiff of alcohol.

Sweet malt greets the tongue, followed by candied oranges, grass, herbal flavours (sage?). Quick, clean, very dry finish leaves a mineral flavour to linger as the throat warms from the high alcohol. Medium bodied with rugged pinpoint carbonation.

xgrigorix, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a huge blooming head that leaves a masive amount of lacing,I get a large dose of grassy hopps in the aroma with a light spiciness.Flavor has a smoky quality along with a big dose of grassy hop finishing big and spicey.A beer full of flavor just what I was looking for very well done.

oberon, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of oggg
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle from Plumbjack in SF. Best before date 12/05

This beer pours with high carbonation, and the white head foams up nicely, but retreats quickly to about half a centimeter and holds for a bit before receding more. The lace is pretty weak, and I handwashed/rinsed my wine glass. The beer initially pours a crystal clear, orange/peach color, which gets cloudy at the end from the yeast. Really a beautiful color.

The aroma is ephemeral, and gives me, surprisingly, a soft hop floral aroma and some honey. The taste has a surprising amount of hop bitterness for what I was expecting; it's mild but it's definitely a part of this brew. Michael Jackson says it's Saaz hops, and I can sense the lingering spiciness of it. I get a lot of fruit -- orange, plum, and raisin. There is a nice malt taste that has more honey than sugar with it. I almost get some chocolate, but that can't be right, can it? The finish is a bit syrupy and medicinal. The alcohol is muted. Full bodied.

Overall, I don't think this one is worth the price of admission at 6 or 7 bucks. It just doesn't give me that sense that I'm really being indulgent.

oggg, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peachy yellow color, lots of yeasties floating around. Small but spritzy head, leaves nice and delicate lace. Grassy aroma, spicy with nutmeg, ginger, some bright lime. Dry start but with a sense of honey that keeps things surprisingly thick -- an odd pairing. Flavors crack in mid mouth, astringent unripe pineapple and pie spice strike me most heavily. Some esters move on the nose as it warms. Bitter close, perhaps a hop assertion as a separate element. Winey and alcoholic late, as well. A little de-composed in its profile content, slick for a Tripel but meeting most style guidelines for my tastes. The Dubbel is more interesting, while taking a similar off-beat path.

ADR, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-ish gold with a decent off-white head - Color may be off a bit due to the large amount of suspended sediment (age?). Decent carbonation and lace but not as much as expected. Very aromatic ! Yeasty, fruity, and light hoppy, spice and alcohol notes. Nice balanced flavors of all things found in the aroma: Perfect balance. Medium bodied and smooth but also lively; alcohol is hidden well.

Excellent but need to try a fresher version.

Per M.J. - G.B.B.: 20P (1080); Color 12-13 EBC; 35-38 IBU; 9% ABV

Date on Label: 10/05/02 (not clear but prob Drink By)
Tasted: 04/02/04

($3.99 / 11.2 oz) (old)

RBorsato, Apr 05, 2004
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour left almost nothing to be desired, a beautiful golden yellow color with a good one and one half inch head that slowly dissapated to about a quarter inch and held throughout the drink. The smell was very fruity with just a hint of spice. The taste was where this beer really took off. Very carbonated at the start with a hint of fruit, dare I say apricots. In the middle the carbonation continued to be evident along with just a hint of hop spice. The finish was just the right mix of sweet and spice. A lingering hint of fruit that stayed in the mouth after the drink. This is a very drinkable beer that I will definately look for again.

coasterfreak75, Mar 31, 2004
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.