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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,793
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 365 | FT: 4
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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 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
Photo of NClifestyle
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wonderful stuff. 11.2 fl oz bottle, a very unique top part inscribed westmalle. thank the monks for this. pours up cloudy and light amber, dark yellow. fluffy head of white stuff leaves nice lace down the glass. smell of light citrus fruit, maybe lemon, summer outside, and some spicy bits as well. taste is amazing. a bright, slightly fruity taste to start, alcohol slides in behind that, and a tart finish. would not drink this all night, too many flavors to deal with, but an stellar beer just the same.


NClifestyle, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent glass with a very large head that started to dissipate quite quickly. It then suddenly stopped and hung out. The look of the beer was average. Pretty pale golden. Cloudy as expected. Keeps a good amount of head throughout with traces all along the glass as I drink it.

Smells of alcohol. Nothing offensive, but strong alcohol. I whiffed bannana, apple, cinnamon and even a hint of mint. One could even say this smells like a Syrah... seriously. There was something comforting in that. Has to be the alcohol.

Had a strong alcohol taste that settled down after a bit... a little earthy and very bread-like. Nice. No citrus to speak of.

Overall a hit. A very nice, but expensive buy.

Fugazme, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, although very bright, nice white head forms, tons of lace. Smell is sweet and clean, very crisp honey, crisp hops, wheat, citrus, lots of malty goodness, very rich. Taste is Sweet malt, some banana, honey, alcohol, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium, slight alcohol burn, nice and smooth. Good trappist but there are better.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The presentation of this beer is golden with a head that diminishes to a thin lacing on the glass.

The smell is grassy and pugent. The taste comes through with hints of apricots, spicy pepper, and a little tart. A little hops at the nose, that fade in complex fruit and malt flavors.

At 9.5 ABV, it may not be a session brew, but it tastes like one. You would be lucky to have a steady diet of a beer this great.

I like pouring the yeast from the bottle right into the glass. I think it adds to the complexity of the beer, and improves it.

A great tripel that is worth trying and enjoying as an excellent example of the style.

gotbeer, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is among the best of the trappist. Looks peachy and coppery. Highly carbonated and formed a rocky and persitant foamstand that laced well and shows good legging. Smells very sweet of honey, fresh fruits and berries, spices, alcohol, and that unique belgian souring. Tastes malty and candy sweet. Powdered sugar and honey. Sweet fruits of pears, peaches, and raspberries. Spices of clove, corriander, all-spice, ginger and pepper. Sweet alcohol becomes a bit harsh and phenolic in flavor. Remains firm in body throughout the session. High, sweet alcohol combined with the carbonation becomes numbing and playful through the entire mouth. Finishes dry and hot, leaving mild tartness, sourness and lingering hop flavor (noble varieties). This is a very complex and well matured, handled beer. I'm sorry that I have passed this one up so many times previously.

BEERchitect, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark translucent orange, small dissipating head, and not much lacing. Smell is spicy alcohol, like I'm about to taste an after-dinner drink. Taste is biting (for a tripel) hoppy in the middle of a wash of alcohol and spiced fruit. Mouthfeel is ok, a tad thin, leaving an oily coating which contributes to a long finish. I like my beers to show their alcohol. This one does, though somewhat harshly. Still, I've got to recommend it. Use it as a digestif.

pentathlete, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i can't believe I never reviewed this one before. A recent sample on my road trip re-awakened me to how good this stuff really is! Important note: MUST BE CONSUMED AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE!. This one really loses it's lustre with age, big time! Anyways, Fresh bottle sampled somewhere in Wisconsin. Dark golden with a big pillowy head of white foam. This is really the benchmark look for this style of brew. Excellent head retention, fantastic Bruxelles lace. It's all here. Aromas of fresh baked Belgian bready malts, candy sugar, banana esters, other fruits notes, spices like black pepper and coriander come to mind as well and round out the fruity yeastiness of this brew. Taste is fruity and sharp, totally warming with just a small hint of alcohol. The heavily fruity taste and spiciness blend together with the bready malts and make for a very complex beverage. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick and drinkability remains very, very good. As I drink more and more beers, I sometimes forget about the "starter" beers that really got me into the whole good beer/Belgian beer scene. This is one of those beers, and it is as good today as it was back than. As I said before, just watch out for old bottles of this, I personally think Westmalle brews do not age too well and should be consumed as fresh as possible. If you can drink it over in Belgium, even better! I think I have seen singles for as cheap as about $1.20 in many Belgian super markets!

francisweizen, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of mentor
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later in July 2005. Freshness markings are 15/07/06 and 3 015135. Pours a single finger of light tan head over a murky yellow/very light orange liquid. Smells yeasty with some belgian funk mixing in oranges and some clove. Honey sweet is dominated by a mildew hop/yeasty smell. Tastes funky sour with oranges and spices (clove and perhaps coriander) and some belgian candy sugar. By 'funk', I mean it tastes like cobwebs and white fluffy mildew smell. Some fruits (oranges, pears, green grapes) muck about in a honey malty sweetness before the alcohol and spice dry up the finish. The swallow produces a brief moment of chocolate. It's quikckly replaced by a yeasty flavor and mild alcohol sting. Green apple and funk aftertaste. How interesting...it's somewhat bitter, like it's been hopped to a level that competes with the other teams on the field (sweet malt, fruity esters, and spices). Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well, this is certainly a multi-dimensional beer. None of the flavors stand very strong, making for a gentle Now, I don't like funk, but this beer I actually enjoyed. Despite my dislike for 'funk' I will judge this beer to style.

mentor, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) brown glass bottle that has a very noticeable thick raised ring around the collar which has the words Trappistenbier molded into it. Cream colored classic looking Westmalle obverse label lists the Tripel at 9.5% ABV; the crown cap is a matching color coded affair. Reverse label indicates that this is a part of the new batch of Westmalle now being imported by Merchant Du Vin, the Best Before date is 02/09/06. Accounts for 60% of production at Westmalle and is only available in bottles (unlike the Dubbel).

Appearance: Soft peach infused pale golden body has turbidity that is hazy but which lends a powerful look. White head rises and stays at ½” thick throughout. This one looked incredibly impressive when served into a Chimay goblet (as I broke my Westmalle one). Conventional looks for the style, but impressive head retention and the lovely soft golden body just set this one off in the goblet, I could stare at this one for hours.

Nose: A damn fruity nose which has a lot of spiced hops in the middle. Peripheral smells whiff of bubblegum, toasted malts and yeast fight for centre stage with the lesser detectable aromas of freshly skinned Satsuma oranges and freshly baked white bread that seemingly appears at higher temperatures.

Taste: A reflection of the complex nose in parts, the profile is clearly temperature dependent, like a distillation column the serving temperature seemingly dictates which of the distillate flavors is promoted to the front. Rounded toasty malts, breaded dough and fruity yeast traits make way for an assault of sharp spices and soft yet bitter hops in the back end, the intensity of each changing as the Tripel warms to room temperature. Alters from a the initial profile of soft and fruity at the freshly released chilled 45°F (7.2°C) to a sharper richer and hoppier offering as it approaches 55°F (12.8°C). The finish is exceptionally clean and very rewarding.

Mouthfeel: Marvelous, full-bodied, bold and big on the palate - the carbonation is utterly perfect, sheer silky feel on the tongue and on the cheeks. Warming in the swallow, the 9.5% alcohol is there but it is tamed and only comes through when needed to give you a gentle reminder that you may fall foul of this one if you have a few too many of these!

Drinkability: It is rumored that the Dubbel and Tripel styles evolved from Westmalle. And as with the Dubbel, I do always tend to think of the Westmalle Tripel as the guardian of the style, particularly because of its sociable quaffability. Again, as with the Dubbel, this one is equally satisfying on its own, or with food. I could drink this one all day, if there is such a thing as a 9.5% “session” Tripel – this is it. A dangerously attractive libation that has kicked my ass more times than I care to recall. Drinker beware.

Overall: A fantastic fresh example of one of my all time favorites. If it *does not* say Imported by MdV on the reverse label put it back on the shelf and go seek some of these fresher examples that MdV are now importing.

Easily my favorite of the brace of Westmalles. So much better when fresh in my opinion, I wouldn’t even bother aging these.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden with a small head. Little lacing left behind. There seems to be an awful lot of sediment in the bottom of my glass, making this a tad questonable with the appearance.
Smell is of soothing vanilla, cream, spice, pepper, warm alcohol and ripe pear.
Taste is of all the aforementioned aromas, blended into a warm and inviting concoction.
Mouthfeel is slightly stinging and dry due to the alcohol. A bit of a bitterness and sourness fizzes towards the back and sides of the mouth. Lacks the sweetness desired to become worldclass IMHO.
Drinkability is good for a triple. Not great, or overly appealing. ABV makes it slightly awkward but expected.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer.

My sample poured with a head that emerged well above the rim of the glass.

The aroma was of fruit, esters, spice, clove, and bananas.

The color was a murky yellow; kind of a golden straw color. Seemed to have a yeast and chill haze.

The carbonation was heavy but not spritzy; felt like the soft natural carbonation of proper bottle-conditioning.

It's amazing how fast you can drink this one, even though it's 9.5% alcohol. What danger!

Sixpoint, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with no almost head. What little head it had didn't make it to my seat. Could be a flat bottle, but cant tell for sure. Future reviews with determine that. Very little smell to be had, but some sweet fruitiness and that belgian scent peaks it's head out for a bit.

Nice belgian flavor with spicy, sweet fruit flavor. Spice is not overpowering as I've experience with other triples. A bit of alcohol is present, but works great with flavor. I've found a near perfect triple flavor. Smooth warm mouth feel with very light carbonation (but again lack of carbonation may be related to flat bottle).

This is a very satisfying beer. One of the best flavor of it's type.

Notes: this looses big for appearence.

NiceGuyMike, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of steinlifter
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a hazy yellow-golden...foamy head that retained, and left broken lace all the way down...smell was citrusy, and mild, taste was outstandingly citrusy, fruity, complex...mouthfeel light bubbly, and creamy...drinkability is high!...not a session brew, due to the abv, but just wonderful...God! I love Belgians!!!

steinlifter, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from www.onlyfinebeer.com - drunk from Westmalle glass...

Poured a golden / yellow colour. Quite white head - creamy, with small beading. Nice thin layer stayed until the end...

Aroma of pear. Peppery, spices, hint of lemon and other citrus.

Taste – quite noticable alcohol taste. Quite peppery with hints of honey, vanilla, maybe some banana

Feel - Quite sharp on the tongue... turns creamy quite soon after the initial sharpness...Acidic notes...

Overall - probably the best tripel i've had.. and exceptional beer...

mdagnew, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am quite familiar with this lovely ale. It is a deep yellow with a creamy looking head.The nose is of pears, apples, and alcohol.

The taste is of earthy, bright fruity malt. The hops are enough to make this a clean finishing beer. The sweetness is not cloying. The mouthfeel is one of the best I have ever encountered. It is ultra creamy and medium bodied. I have somehow put this beer down in about thirty minutes. It took no effort. I most definitely want another one.

Sephiroth, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 silkscreened bottle with plastic cork.. wtf?!

murky golden peachy color with lots of bubbles and random yeast sediment particles despite a careful pour. velvety pillowy white head, hilly and littered with bubbles. nice crusty lacing. smell is also rather yeasty. hot with alcohol and light, citrus spikes full of lemon and orange (nosewise). candi sugar and ginger snaps.

taste starts smooth and vanilla, kicks into an alcoholic coma and exits with a pleasant hop bitterness. like a trappist rollercoaster. monk-made tripels are not anything extraordinary in my opinion, since there isnt much room to maneuver above the abv. ranks up there with unibroues but no uitzet. as a matter of fact, slap a unibroue label on this and i wouldn't think twice about it.

good beer though, and especially nice in 95 degree weather.

goodbyeohio, Jun 29, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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