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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,631
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 312 | FT: 1
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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 Stopper
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

This is a waxy blonde, with a crisp white giant fluffy head. The aroma is spicy and a bit musty over a smooth, clean malt base. The mouthfeel is full and viscous and there's an initial noticeable sweetness, but this is definitely balanced by a very spicy hop bitterness. This spice comes forward as the flavor and by the finish is a slightly peppery and very sharp, rough bitter flavor. Though leaving a slight musty malty coat on the tongue, this significantly dries the pallet, inviting me for another smooth sip.

The interplay of the big body, the overriding hop spice, and the musty earthiness make this a really interesting and inviting brew.

Stopper, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a hazy combination or orange and tan. With a nice foamy thick white head. The smell is outrageous, citrus, stone fruit, hops, even some vanilla? The taste has all that plus a bit of all spice and clove. The alcohol is noticed as the beer warms. Hops come in a bit more on the finish as the beer warms as well. Mouthfeel is decent with good carbonation. Definately drinkable but at 9.5 % have a couple of these and you might feel it in the morning. One of the best Tripples I have had, although i am not too experienced in the style.

TinusTime, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: It's got that classic cloudy amber color. There's a huge amount of yeast in this brew. The bigger chunks are starting to freak me out.

Smell: Spicey and fruity. Some alcohol can also be detected.

Taste: In some ways this is a rather subdued triple. Nothing too strong in the taste, which can be good and bad. Some beers go overboard; some are too understated. This one is subtle, but it still has loads of character. The most dominant aspect of the taste is the apple/banana type fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: All that yeast packs a punch and I like it. Tingles on the tongue but remains smooth.

Drinkability: I would drink these for as long as I could afford them. The frenzy of carbonation is the only thing that might get to me after a while.

Beef Notes: A very good triple, but I wouldn't say it's the best. I feel like there's something missing that would bring it all together and make this a truly phenomenal beer. It's still one I'll happily return to.

BeefyMee, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of silenius
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearance is a hazy warm light honey color with a billowy white head that settles quickly. Lazy pinpoint bubbles rise to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

Nose contains bannas, lemons, a hint of apple and a doughy yeast smell.

The taste is a peppery hops flavor that seems a bit dull to me. The finish is short.

The mouthfeel has a creaminess to it that I found enjoyable.

I'd reach for a different Belgian if given a chance for another, though. I'll probably buy it again, but with so many choices, it won't be a regular in my fridge.

silenius, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

After sampling Westmalle (dubbel) for the first time over the past weekend, I was lucky enough to find the tripel at my local shop. Although the dub was nice, this is a really terrific beer. It's lighter in color than expected but everything falls into line nicely. A bit of ripe fruit is present, but many other flavors are bouncing around. The alcohol is nicely hidden, making it nicely drinkable. Now I'm giving serious thought to attending the upcoming Westmalle night at Luckly Baldwin's.

mickeymac, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a St Bernardus goblet. Pours a clear, honey gold with a billowy, ivory head that retains well, and leaves classic Belgian sheet lacing behind. Nice aroma of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. Mouthfeel has fizzy carbonation and hard alcohol bite. Alcohol hits the palate immediately, without any disguise. Not good. Hop and yeasty bitterness dominate the taste. At room temperature, some banana and pear tastes struggle to emerge, but don't really arrive. I found this Tripel difficult to finish, as the taste is all unpleasant bitterness and overwhelming alcohol. Maybe the yeasts got out of whack in this bottle, but it's the first Belgian Tripel I didn't like. Very ho-hum.

merlin48, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Wow! This is certainly different! The color is a thick, vibrant honey. The head is restrained, though the lace grips hard and rides out the journey. Aromas hint of tropical fruit bubblegum and of the high abv to follow. The mouthfeel is dry, aggressive and attacks without apology-very weighty. A strong bitter grasps the tongue and lingers. Again, fruity bublegum flavors, enveloped by rich, warming alcohol and more very extracted hop bitter. This is a real butt kicker, that would be best served with some food-where's the damn cheese?!

moulefrite, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.9/5  rDev +14%

Vibrant, crisp, fleshy yellow color with big, clingy electric white head. Consistent and lively carbonation. Phenolic, yeasty, estery -- green grape skins slathered in raw honey accompany a snappy peppery aroma.

Very heavy on the vivid fruit flavors with a crisp, drying hop finish. Lemon, orange, melon rind. Bubble gum flavored pop rocks. Peppery zinger of a finish cleans up after a brief flirtation with potent alcohol flavors. Supreme balance. Top notch flavors and complexity. Just a great, great beer.

marburg, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
4.3/5  rDev 0%

Great looking yellowish orange with pulp-like sediment falling to the bottom of the glass, and a very white head which exploded upon pouring and fizzled away slowly.

Citrusy and maltiness with alcohol smell that catches your attention

Starts out with an almost overpowering taste of alcohol in the beginning, but after settling a bit the taste becomes more mellow with a nicely balanced malt and citrus taste. Work at this one slowly and swish it around a little and it quickly turns into a very enjoyable brew with a big kick.

Mouthfeel was a too carbonated just after the pour, but after it sat and fizzled out a few minutes it became very smooth and full.

Being new to this style and Beliums in general it was a little overpowering at first. But by the time I was finished I was hooked and I wanted another, but at five dollars a bottle I only had one in the fridge.

Overall a delicious beer, but one to be careful of. It will sneek up on you quickly!

yeagerbm, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev 0%

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: The beer is a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head. Thin lacing and a little sediment was noticeable. The aroma is very fruity, along with some yeast. Nedium body with a lot of alcohol initially, and it gets smoother very quickly. There is a nicely complex blend of fruit, spice, vanilla and hops. The finish is dry and fruity. I liked this one more than the Dubbel.

Dogbrick, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

Deep golden yellow with peach highlights capped with a ferociously thick and lasting head. Firm aromas of green apples and citrus fruits dominate hints of cereal and yeast finishing on notes of vanilla and hops. A respectable bead rises from the glass and expresses itself in the first sip. Round and heady body gives the impression of thickness in the mouth. Butterscotch and vanilla combine with powerful malt flavours to usher in a sweetness that is eventually overpowered by a drying and long bitterness. Long finish to this beer. Looking forward to having an older bottle.

Beersignal, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7%

Chewy yeast, and creaminess weight and barley malt. . Get the right glass. Balanced but alcohol is there. Carbonation, significant fruit and some spice. Complex aroma and taste.
Had a year later and really appreciated beautiful head and doughiness. Had a fresh bottle two years later and really noticed mouthfeel, pineapple ester.
Seven years later, and pineapple in a good Belgian yeast.

Sammy, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

An exceptional ale that craves being devoured. Truly tasty and dangerous. This is a big beer that seems gulpable.

The hazy amber body is topped by nice off-white foam that laces very beautifully. The nose is great. Plenty of fruit, spice, and rich maltiness.

The taste is awesome. Light clovish and anise notes layer over the fruity goodness and malt sweetness.

Crisp, clean feel adds to the drinkability of this beer. Make no mistake, this is a creeper that will get you.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of dpend
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured a hazy deep orange with a nice pillowed head. Retention was amazing and lasted the whole tasting. Aroma was just as impressive, with a sweetness of malts,wheats and fruits and lingering alcohol.A very complex beer with the taste of layers of fruits and malts interchanging throughout. Smooth and oily with a robust dry finish.A true pleasure to drink.

dpend, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of Charthepirate
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%

Holy Crap. My Flemish roomate promised me a bottle of this when his friend came down from Belgium. He was pretty high on it, so I didn't know what to expect.

Pours a hazy, slightly red orange. Not a pleasant color. The head is truly magnificent. Huge and billowing, I poured maybe a quarter of a liter, and the head shot strait to the top of my half liter mug. Billowy, lasting nearly the whole beer.

Smell is wonderful, the almost wheat like smell of belgian yeast, with an aroma of a fine white wine. Alchohalic notes and an overriding sweetness.

This beer seemed to dance across my tounge, a thousand and one flavors playing across it. My God. I don't think I can describe it, but I'll try. After the initial kiss of carbonation some bold spicy fruits come through. Apple, pear, banana being most prevelant. A wonderful boquet not unlike fantastic white wine accompanies and outlasts the fruit. Finally a whiff of pepper and alchohal in the back of the mouth and an outstanding dry finish. My god.

This beer is a joy on the mouth. It enters smoothly, with enough carbonation to be interesting. As you swallow it seems to bubble and disspate from the tongue. Simply astounding.

No doubt about it, one of the best beers i've ever had.

Charthepirate, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Hefe
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Picked this one up at Chevy Chase maybe 3 or 4 mos. ago. Couldn't hold out any longer. 750ml corked bottle tasted on halloween 2003.

Appearance: Hazy golden hue with a rock solid head that won't quit.

Smell: Complex as all get out. Yeasty, fruity, winy, spicy, earthy. Yep, that about covers it.

Taste: Bam! but with more finesse, more even than the nose promised. The alcohol is there, but stays in the background, underpinning everything else. Yeast and honey, mix with a winey stone fruit flavor, and a mild spiced-hop character. The dry finish lasts for minutes

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, but there's weight here.

Drinkability: Esquisite, smooth, liquid gold.

Hefe, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of goz
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%

Pours a cloudy medium golden/orange, large white head which laces decently. Aroma is vinous, lot's of grape, sugar cookie dough, and honey. Flavor is sweet (candied sugar?), doughie, and vinous, with alcohol also playing a decent part in the flavor front. Medium-full bodied, too much alcohol present, IMO.

goz, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of ellman
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Chill Hazed golden orange. Highly Carbanated

Smell: Light malts with peper and alcohol with a sour note to it.

Taste: Refreshing and crisp. high in alcohol, high in flavor for being this light color.

Mouthfeel: good body. with like a sparkling wine bubblelyness

Drinkablility: Not to many but with its full taste its a sipper.

ellman, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%

Appearance: yellowish-gold hue with a tantalizing layer of pure-white head (creamy on top and spongey beneath), slight haziness, some varied-size bubbles rising quickly

Aroma: a big bloom of banana and malt initially, then clove and a bit of cotton candy, wisps of alcohol, bubble-gum, isopropyl

Flavor: peppery alcohol flavor is dominant (like a stiff drink!); the alcohol blooms in the palate and sort of disappears, leaving: a grainy maltiness and some over-ripe pear fruitiness followed by a terse bitter taste (not so sure if it's from hops, though); the finish is pretty dry with the bitterness lingering long in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, champagne-like carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

GreenCard, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

I gave Westmalle another chance right in downtown Amsterdam while having lunch.

Pours a weiss like cloudy orange-gold with a nice dense creamy shining white head and some carbonation. lots-o-lacing.

The smell; wheaty, and abundantly spicy, even above a considerable feel of fruits. you can tell right off that its a rather dry tripel, an interesting turnaround from the usual strong but sweet appeal.

The taste was a total reassessment for me. there was still a strong alcohol character to it but now i've grown accustomed, rather fond of this reaction as an introduction to a very slight fruity feel, combined with yeast and grains that gave it a bit more of the spicy character. there's also some wheat as it becomes bitter, and the hops have a bit of a grassy character.

This is still not my favourite tripel but I've come to understand it is well worthwhile now. cheers to westmalle, finally.

Andreji, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

I actually prefer the Dubbel to this one. The Tripel is nonetheless a great beer. Colour is blonde and hazy, beer pours with an ENORMOUS head - too much, really. Lovely aroma of spices and citrus, flavour and aftertaste is spicy and quite bitter, not as complex and rounded as the Dubbel. Very potent with its 9.5% ABV, but the alcohol is relatively well hidden for a blonde. Like all trappistes well made, but not quite in the class of Rochefort.

Sigmund, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of zerk
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a thin white head that leaves just a touch of lace. Aroma of banana, passion fruit, clove, and musty yeast. Flavor consists of tropical fruits, honey and cloves, with a dry and somewhat pungent hop bitterness. Has a pronounced flavor of alcohol in the finish. Carbonation is a little too high for my liking, with a light to medium body.

zerk, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

Bottle best by 16-5-04. Poured without the yeast sediment and clear gold, added a bit of sediment which clouded slightly and gave it a tint of light orange. Aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of grapefruit, berries and white grapes. Alcohol also present in aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent finishing a bit dry. Flavor is yeasty and malty with citrus overtones. Alcohol also making an appearance giving a nice warming sensation. Overall a nice complex tripel with lots of character.

BierReise, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

Appearance – Large head with great lacing and a beautiful, cloudy orange color. The bubbles on the head are huge. You almost want to take a picture of it.

Smell – Fruit and spice hit the nose along with the classic Tripel malt and yeast. This one has a huge bouquet, and the yeast and orange notes are perfectly balanced.

Taste – This is hard core. The yeast is big and tight even after the ale warms. The spices are monstrous. I can pick up some heavy coriander and powdery white pepper and allspice.

The fruits are amazing. This is raw, organic, just bought at the local health food store kind of flavors. It really is something else. The alcohol evens things out. Everything is amazingly controlled and balanced. The finish is pale and hoppily bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel – This full-bodied Tripel has some of the best carbonation that I’ve ever experienced. The complex and bitter finish is in a class all by itself.

Drinkability – The amazing flavor of this beer, along with the terrific sensations that it creates in the mouth, makes this one a real classic.

Comments – The say that this style originated right here at Westmalle. I can certainly believe it. There is a depth to this ale that I am failing to describe. This thing is awesome.

Update – This was the 12th beer that I review on the site. Now, in 2004, over 1,000 reviews later, I thought I’d re-write my rating.

I have had other Belgians that shared portions of these flavors, but nothing that brings them all together like this one. This really is the ultimate Tripel in my book and certainly sets the standards for all others. The balance is the key to this ale, IMHO.

RoyalT, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%

This brew pours a medium head of fine to large sized bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a cloudy yeasty light orange brown body. It has a mild yeast-malt aroma and a strong yeast bread flavor. The mouthfeel is initially tingling but soon diminsihes. This is indeed a very nice well rounded brew.

TheDM, Aug 01, 2003
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,631 ratings.