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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,945
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 303
Gots: 460 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a hazy golden orange with thick, white, foamy head that hung around until mid glass, and left decent lacing. At first, aroma was spicy, fruity (apples and grapes) and a hint of alcohol. As beer warmed, the alcohol became more dominant in the aroma, although fruit was still slightly noticeable. Flavor was similar to aroma, with alcohol presence continuing to strenghten as beer warmed, although fruit, especially apples, remained strong as well. My only critcism of this beer is that the strong alcohol presence influenced the finish more than I would have liked, but still a good beer

Photo of dfried
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, golden straw color. Average sized, frothy white head that lasted at about a half centimeter for the entire beer. Lemon and zesty grains aroma, and fruity like white grapes. The taste has an array of fruity flavors, grapes, pears, apple peels, apricot, peach, and there is a candy-like sweetness. A bit spicy as well with some grassy/earthy hops. Some Belgian yeast flavor but overall its more about the very sweet fruitiness. Refreshing body, not quite sparkling but not quite sticky. Mainly just belly warming from the alcohol, way too easy to drink.

Photo of rudyarmand
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I toured Holland and Belgium the past three years and I really had the opportunity to try some of the very best English, Dutch, German and Belgian beers. This past spring I tasted Westmalle Trippel for the first time. In fact, I enjoyed 2-3 bottles every day! I had it first in a little cafe in Amsterdam. My feet were killing me and I had to take a rest. I was waiting for Golem to open at 4:00 PM and had two more hours to go. Anybody who has toured Amsterdam knows that walking around is the coolest thing in the world. You have historic gorgeous canal houses, museums and evn beautiful Dutch women to feast your eyes upon!

Back to the beer.. Westmalle Trippel was unbelievably tasty and refreshing and consistent. I had it at several more bars and in Brugges I bought a couple of bottles at a 7-11 type store to enjoy in my hotel with my friends. I sat outside in a cafe in Leiden and watched the students go by and enjoyed a beautiful day. At 3 euros per bottle at the cafe, and 1.5 euros at the convenience stores it was a downright bargain. There are many other wonderful beers to try and I enjoyed the T'IJ brewery in Amsterdam tremendously, but the best beer for the buck and the most readily available was Westmalle.

Try it on your next trip. Simply OUTSTANDING!!!

Photo of Estarrio
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, light, golden color with a very small white head. Not much retention, with the exception of some watery lacings.

Aroma is sweet, floral, phenols with a bit of oak and earthy tones.

Dark fruit, cherry and plum mix with a bitter, tart, mildly-citrus aftertaste. Begins sweet and ends dry. Some bitter, hoppy notes in the end, accompanied by some earthy, oak and phenols. Alcohol warming is also apparent.

Highly carbonated, with the feeling of a medium to full bodied brew.

All the flavors of a Tripel, without being a sweet, dessert beverage. Not my favorite Trappiste Tripe but certainly worth a tilt for those looking for a more bitter, tart Belgian brew.

Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle with freshness date. Lots of carb and initial foam. Color was a solid light gold. Mine had a lot of yeast floating around it in so not sure if best sample or not so will try again. Had nice sweet aroma typical of the style. Tast was excellent but had a tad too much alcohol taste to make me want to drink another soon unlike Allagash Tripel which I could enjoy on a regular basis. Overall a great Tripel and highly recommended. (4.0,RB,T,Y)

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

Aroma: Horseblanket/Barnyard, peppery, earthy, slight metallic or tin can flavor. Sweet powdered sugar.

Appearance: Light golden hue with floaters, awesome! Decent head that is white in color.

Flavor: Sweet Bubble Gum, HUGE alcohol flavor. Peppery with hints of Spearmint. Slight soapiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied with high carbonation.

Overall Impression: WOW! These trappist "cats" or should I say Monks sure know how to brew up a great tripel. The bubble gum flavor makes this ale stand out. Nice and refreshing with a huge alcohol burn...nice! Defiantly grip a bottle of this one!

Photo of gonzo138
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours into the goblet a darker gold than most tripels, a white head with fairly low retenention for a belgian ale, but laces very nicely

S- citrusy sweetness, spicey, crisp, classic tripel smell

T- a little bitter, sweet, spicey, goes more or less hand in hand with smell

M- very dry, very carbonated, taste remains in mouth for a good amount of time

D- A great brew, problaby my favorite tripel, something I would recomend and have bought repeatedly

Photo of expatsteve
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to review this again, after trying it in the context of a trappist ale tasting with Golden2wenty1.

Appearance: Orange yellow, with suspended yeasts creating a cloudy appearnce. Brief 1/3 inch head, with light suds cover. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready malts, some good piney hops, apple skins, golden raisins, grass, lemongrass, lemon zet and a little apple cider in the finish. Phenomenal.

Taste: Honey, hops, lemongrass, giniger and a little apple skin and pepper. Hints of breadiness, a little passion fruits. Assertive hops in the finish. Milder malts than I remember when last I drank this. The booze is perfectly masked.

Mouthfeel: Perfect lighter body for a tripel. A little pine birstle in the finish, with smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Great - definitely one of my favorite beers. Just like their dubbel, Westmalle's tripel could be considered a standard of the style. Exceptional.

Photo of EPICAC
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a thick white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: Predominantly grainy and citric. There are also notes of banana (light), pineapple, peppery spice and alcohol.

Taste: Crisp grain and citrus upfront. The center is fruity with hints of banana. The finish is spicy with a light but persistent bitterness, and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Extremely tasty and drinkable.

Overall: An excellent tripel, perhaps one of the best that I've had.

Photo of cproioi
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden hazy color with a white head that left decent lacing. Slight carbonation is also present in the appearance. It had faint hints of hops in the smell, but the aroma was largely made up of malts and yeast. The taste was largely malts and yeast. Very sweet taste. It boasted a thin-medium body with carbonation bubbles jumping across my tounge. No real hints of any alcohol content.

Pretty good. Possible my favorite Trappist Tripel I have had to date. Went down nice and had a highly refreshing finish.

Photo of jettjon
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with lots of seidiment… if you don’t like sediment, make sure you pour carefully. Head is thick tan, fading at a slow rate leaving a good cap of foam and decent lacing. Nose evinces strong alcohol, sweet malt, bananas, and yeast. Smells great! Taste follows what the nose hints at: yeast, a pretty strong alcohol burn, fading to bitter hops… very dry. Mouthfeel is very smooth, semi-creamy, substantial but not thick. Drinkability is good: this is a sipping beer, and the alcohol burn reminds you to take your time.

Overall: A great Tripel… I like this much better than the St. Bernardus Tripel. Highly recommended.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 2 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: brilliant golden yellow with amber highlights under a finger of snow white creamy foam.

Nose: skunky/dank/minty hops up front are quite a surprise followed by earthy malt, light fruit syrup, tobacco, lemon-pepper and granny smith apples.

Taste: tropical fruit nectar, peppery booze, honey-lemon hops, sweet candi sugar, husky grain and a dry yeasty finish.

Feel: boozy-thin body, light and airy with fine bottle fermented carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: very drinkable, nice and light, hoppiness suggests a Belgian Strong Pale Ale along the lines of Houblon Chouffe, but with their history, I'll take their word for it.

Photo of peabody
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out slightly opaque amber orange with lots of the white bubbles at least two fingers high.
Hops alcohol and caramel are the first to hit my nose. Something dark and mysterious in the back there. Mabey yeast? Then you get the clove/cinnamon/sweet smell at the very end. MMMM this smells good.
lemon peel. some hop bitterness, not too much though. spices are very subtle but can detect some clove. the end though brings on the wonderful hops. Just the right amount of bitter with the sweet.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty with the lemon and hops staying with you for a while. Not a bad thing at all though.
This is a wonderful brew. If I could afford a drink a bunch at a time, I would .

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

O man, no secrets here ... I love this one. Pours a beautiful orangy-gold color with a huge, glorious white head that leaves a masterpiece of lacing in the Westmalle goblet. The nose is of Belgian candy sugar, spices, and citrus (lemons). Some notes of yeasty breads are here too. Palate is so complex to me ... sweet confectioner's sugar, cloves, and yeast, but has a nice hoppy character throughout. Very lively and active. Light/medium mouthfeel, great carbonation "zing" and a nice clean finish. The alcohol is rather well hidden, making this a supremely drinkable Belgian treasure.

Photo of Goldorak
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date on this one: 04-02-05 Sampled late July 2006.

Appearance: Peachy and opaque, with a fair amount of chunky deposit, not much of a surprise for a such an old bottle. What was surprising was the lovely thick pearly white head, so far it seemed to have aged quite well.

Smell: Fusels seem to be a bit more tame than in a fresh sample, but were still fruity, if not a bit more vinous, but without being too maderized.

Taste: The age came through a bit more in the flavor, although carbonation was still in great shape. It made me think of an old attic or dusty basement, but in a good, fond memory kind of way. I was expecting the alcohol to be much more prevalent, but it wasn't playing the diva at all, even though it was bone dry in the finish. The yeast was perfectly balanced along with it and had a great body to hold it all in place. A classic.

Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, murky, amber with a thick, fizzy head that quickly faded. White yeast granules could be seen floating throughout.

Aroma was typical of a tripel. Bready with spices and ripe fruits.

Taste was similar to the smell. Huge malt and yeast flavors with some banana and allspice. Slight hops detectable on the back of the palate and in the aftertaste.

At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol was extremely well masked.

Carbonation was a bit excessive but eventually settled down.

Overall, more flavorful and smooth drinking than your average tripel.

Photo of ryantupy
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper orange with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. A huge rocky white head that was very impressive.
S - Huge apple character at first, sweetness, light spice, malty with only mild hoppy notes.
T - Amazingly well balanced was my first impression, the apple flavor is huge, slight hoppiness, crisp, nice carbonation level. The beer was also very sweet and its taste developed as I drank it. Very complex.
M - Oily and smooth with a nice crisp hoppy finish.
D - Smooth and relaxing this beer tasted great an dI could easily go for plenty more of them.

Photo of leedorham
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured very blonde in color with a thick head that stayed around the whole time.
There were noticeable sediments in the bottle. Great carbonation and aroma. The alcohol was very up front but not overpowering.
This is my first go with a true Belgian tripel. Since I could only afford one bottle, I followed it up with an American "Trippel" counterpart. No comparison. If only it weren't $4.50 a bottle.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a large persistent head. It has a cloudy apricot color. The smell is very floral. This has a sweet initial taste with a little bit of a toasted nut aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright, crisp and carbonated. The alcohol is pronounced after the beer has been consumed. What a delightful beer that would be very drinkable often.

Photo of dbalsock
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold. With a 1 fingered head that remained for over an hour, this beer looked pretty through the entire meal. I kinda wish it had some lacing though, but I'm not sure if tripels are supposed to have lacing, so I won't factor that into my scoring too much.

Smell: Banana's and yeast hit the nose immediately, and then I recognize a nice brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Again the banana's and yeast, but now plums are added to the mix, and the brown sugar adds wonderfully. There is also a taste of lilac, or honeysuckle nuzzling around with the alcohol that is covered up very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and standard for a tripel, but I'll rate it above average for the nice body.

Drinkability: As I said above, the alcohol was masked very well, but what makes this a great beer is that it went with every food I ate. Bleu Cheese, Steak, Pastrami, Chicken in cilantro sauce, yams. Unbelievable.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the typical orange/amber of a belgium tripel with a nice half finger head that melts slowly to a full lacing head.
Aroma is unusual....apricots and alcohol....none of the typical belgium yeasts, breads, and sugars I am acustomed to in a triple.
Sweet front to the palette...soft bitterness that is sweetly aprocates, prunes, and then begium candy sugar and drying alcohol.
Mouthfeel is comfortably thick and creamy for this style.
Aftertaste only slighly sweet...nicely an apricot/alcohol aftertaste.
Not the usual tripel....lots of unusual fruits...slightly more cloying and less drying than I am used to, but still nice an drinkable.
Love the belgiums...hard to do poorly....wonderfully diverse.

Photo of geetlord
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured clear and golden with a tall foamy head, it smaeeld tart and hoppy.
The flavor was slightly smoky with crisp bitterness and hops, there as some mild tartness in the finish. As a tripel its characteristics in general supprised me more bitter and lighter in collor most specificaly. it wasnt a bad beer, but ertainly not my favorite.

Photo of brushpig
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 330ml bottle at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago, served in a Westmalle triple goblet.

Cloudy golden appearance w/ a big thick creamy white head that did not diminish very much at all.

Sweet malts with a powerful hop scent with fruity notes as well.

Initial flavors are sweet bread malts, some citrus, A alcohol feel but not too much. Temperature is important, don't drink one too cold, when it got to about 50F the flavors popped out.

Great beer and very drinkable.

Photo of hunteraw
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy lemon-orange kind of color. nice white head, good retention. bubbles keep popping up. Appearance is reminiscent of some hefeweizens. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell: I can smell it from a foot or more away! almost reminiscent of hefeweizen (this is my first tripel). fruity, some spice in the middle. As the glass warms you can smell alcohol, but it still remains in the background as far as flavor is concerned.

Taste: First sip... first thing that comes to mind - balance! It's sweet and fruity, but hoppy and bitter - simultaneously. The flavors pop up in order, and finish on a dry hoppy note that for me is a big plus when it comes to drinkability. Slightly acid, vinous character. Very clean finish. Nice complex beer! Alcohol is very well concealed.

Mouthfeel: No complaints. Carbonation perhaps a touch prickly immediately after pouring.

Drinkability: This is a consumately drinkable beer. Dry finish, complex flavor, well-hidden alcohol. Not a whole lot more to ask for.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks nice. Slightly cloudy straw colour, but you can still see through it. Sort of. Fluffy, airy white head. Sticky, too.
Smell was good, but a bit disappointing. Not as much complexity as I hoped for. The Dubbel smells better.
Taste is well balanced, but leans towards the sweet side. Alcohol is well disguized. But the mouthfeel is where it loses me. This bottle (which I assume is fresh - I'm only a few hundred k's away from the brewery) is way, way too carbonated. Champagne-like. And this hurts my drinkability.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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