Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,631
Hads: 4,116
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 350
Gots: 566 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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 pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge 3" white head with great retention and thick lace. Hazy, gold peach color. Aromas of fruit (apples, apricots), yeast, and floral notes. Pineapple and apricot . Alcohol. Well hopped bitter finish. Crisp, high carbonation. Dry finish. Full mouthfeel. Creamy, rich and warming. Good drinkability...will drink again. (317 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow pour with a large, pillowy, white head. The aroma is delicately floral with some light apple, pear and lemon notes. It's a bit musty and yeasty as well with soft esters, a light honey sweetness, and some bready malt backbone. The flavor is delicate a dry with a fair btt of honey sweetness, some lightly floral hops, touches of banana and bubblegum are interspersed with a bready body and notable alcohol. The mouthfeel is dry, medium in consistency with lots of carbonation. (482 characters)

Photo of Dmann
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very good beer but I do not think I got a completly fresh bottle. The pour was very good and this is easily one of the best looking beers I have ever seen with its excelent head, color and champagne like bubbles. The scent was hard to detect at first but then the tropical frutiness and doughy scents came through and were very nice. The flavor was very unique and not what I was expecting at all. The flavor was quite sweet but had a very dry off putting quality to it that made me think I got a bum bottle. There was not much flavor at all other than sweetness and dryness in the finnish. I will have to try another bottle for sure. (636 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smell is strong yeast manifesting as banana and light spice. Alcohol as well. Taste is less sweet that I would have expected based on the aroma. Hefty banana taste with some sugariness, but it quickly drops off leaving a bitter yeasty finish. Very dry finish. Seems like high carbonation because of how quickly it drops off. Deceptively light tasting, but the alcohol never subsides. Tripels are not my style, but this is about as good as it gets from a tripel. (541 characters)

Photo of Dreizhen
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light, clear, bubbly. If I didn’t know better, I would say this is champagne. Good head that dissolves somewhat quickly.

Smell: Light, a little hoppy, white grapes. At this point I’m wondering if I’ve been misled by the bottle’s packaging.

Taste: Bitter, hops, no grapes but just a hint of grapefruit. A little floral towards the end. More crisp than flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated, again very close to champagne.

Overall: Not bad. Not my favorite Trappist beer, but pretty good. The alcoholic content is well masked. Pairs well with some good Belgian frites. In fact, I started eating some between writing this and posting it. The beer is exponentially better with the fries. (710 characters)

Photo of mjaskula
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass.

Appearance: Golden and hazy with a huge thick soapy head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and malty well balanced with hops, with some yeast banana and alcohol flavors at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit too much carbonated and dry at the end.

Drinkability: very good. (349 characters)

Photo of goatherder
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale golden with some yeast haze and a classic Belgian head which just won't quit. First impression on the nose is pepper, followed by malts and fruits which are different on every sniff. Complex, peppery malt flavours are followed by some warm alcoholic notes. The bitterness is crisp and leaves a dry finish, yet with a full mouthfeel. Yum. (342 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy light orange colour with a very generous head and great retention. That would be from the very visible carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Spicy alcohol aroma.

That is so well balanced! I was expecting an OTT whack of alcohol but it is beautifully integrated. A lovely persistent warmth. Some sweetness in there.

Mouth coating type stuff this.

It is a very well made beer but I didn't get a lot more out of it than the respect of it being well made. (464 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 28/09/10, best by 28/09/12. Almost too late!

A: Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge fluffy white head. Fades slowly leaving minimal lacing behind but excellent head retention. Lacing may be a result of bottle age.

S: Lots of yeast with a bit of citrus - lemon mainly. Refreshing grainy bread.

T: Super sharp and strong yeasty, grainy bread. Wow, overpowering really. Funky, I suppose. Finishes with a bit of tart apple, lemon, grass and a metallic twang at the very end which lingers between sips.

M: Fairly heavy but feels medium bodied with high carbonation. Fluffy, crisp flavor.

O: Very strong flavors in this tripel with good balance. However, fairly simplistic having said that. I think bottle age might have something to do with it, perhaps it's past its prime. Will have to revisit someday. (818 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great fresh bottle, best by 7/15/06 stamped on the back. The pour produced a dense, foamy white head that laced the snifter the whole way down – impressive.

Aroma of phenolics, raisins and sugar cane candy. The taste noted these, along with a strong sugar cane rum suggestion and malt vigor.

Mouth went downhill a tad, too highly carbonated, resulting in a foamy feel, along with a strong presence of alcohol. I could still sip one bottle for an hour, but the foamy mouthfeel was annoying. (496 characters)

Photo of kmacphail
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled a bottle purchased from a Trappist ale mixed case.

The beer poured a straw colour with a haze and a white head that settled at 2mm. The scents were initially dominated by hops and wheat with a hint of bitter citrus as an afternote.

The taste is dominate by hops, a very bitter beer. With an afternote of wheat and citrus fruit, but the taste of bitter hops continues. This beer has plenty of body, you know that this is a beer, not a lager.

The 3 for drinkability is due to the 9.5% this is way too much to drink all night, It is very pleasant, a worthwhile brew. (574 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a case to split with friends, from one of the importers here in beijing.

330ml bottle, poured into tulip. "best by" of july 2009 (importer's label says bottled in july 2007)

deep straw and honey color with slight haze. to avoid yeast clumps, you will have to pour carefully, and leave a couple sips in the bottle. lovely 3-finger head that slowly fades to a constant one-ring. solid, demarcated lacing.

complex esters and phenols in the nose, with slight buttery note. fruits include apple, pear, and maybe golden raisins. hint of spice, bread and yeast.

flavor is strongly phenolic, but not completely distractingly so. manages to meld with a bready malt note and moderately strong hop bitterness, which in turn contributes to a mildly bitter finish. some white wine, especially on exhale.

moderate body that isn't thin, decently smooth. carbonation might be a tad on the prickly side. slightly astringent finish with touch of alcohol presence.

good, but i'm finding i prefer other tripels with less phenols. (1,022 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden beer, cloudy, a firm white head, leaving nearly no lacing.

The smell is mainly sour, lemon and sour milk, fruity - bananas and pears. Some yeast,

The taste has a rather clean sweetness, a rhubarb sourness, some alcohol and a good bitter finish.

High carbonation, almost foamy, complex body, a bit oily.

A good beer, warm and refreshing! (355 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love those Belgians but am a little confused with this one. First of all this is an amazing looking beer. A nice pale orange, hazy, with a huge rocky white head. Great retention and that Belgian lace that I love. Smell I didnt much care for. Although there was some yeast, sweet fruits, and bit of bread I thought the alochol was overpowering, this I didnt not expect. When it was first a little cooler, and as it warmed, I couldnt get away from the alcohol. I expected it to be present, but I thought it dominated. The taste was pleasant. Very good Tripel flavor, some fruits and spices, that sweet candi sugar, a bit of grassy hops and that bite of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel was a little fuller than I expected but still pleasant and overall it was a good, drinkable beer. (780 characters)

Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite St. Bernadus goblet....rich golden color with a creamy head

Smelled of fruit and definite malt as well as a strong than expected alcohol odor

Although the alcohol was strong in the taste as well it was quite delicious, the strong maltiness was a addition to the flavor.

Excellent mouthfeel, not quite as bubbly as Duvel or the like

I would definitely have it again and again

A true compliment to the the style (448 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Westmalle Tripel, the most famous of all triples and one that you won't likely forget. The look and smell have you thinking of perhaps a Duvel or maybe even a mild mannered pilsner, but within lies something much stronger. The strongest beer of the house indeed and one that, by all reports, will age well for 50 years or more.

My samples comes from an LCBO gift pack with a customary glass. It poured with some heavy carbonation and lots of activity but settled quickly leaving no trace behind. Smell-wise the fruity yeast tends to dominate.. pears, lemon and citrus fruits w/ cinnamon spice. But the taste, well it can hit you like a bombshell if you aren't prepared. The volume is turned up by 20dB and so is the alcohol content. However once your senses recalibrate you'll find there's some of the fruitiness up front, plenty of body and a very pronounced hoppy and alcoholic kick towards the end.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the carbonation, sharp on the tip of your tongue and dampening on the back. Drink-ability wise I'm suprised to see the high scores given out in the past. This is not a session beer, and drinking more than one or two is going to be out of the question for most. (1,194 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden color, very cloudy, with three fingers of creamy white head that, sadly, leaves minimal lacing. There are a few yeast floaties in there, just a bit of bubbling.

S- Mead-like honey sweetness initially, with notes of pepper and spicy phenols, some alcohol and a hint of sour belgian yeast.

T- The sour comes out a little more, and indeed dominates the malt sweetness. Slight piney hops come in but are muted by a strong fusel alcohol and more sour belgian yeast. A hint of grapefruit and sourdough along with a touch of clove, but largely yeasty and alcoholic. The taste does not do the nose justice.

M- Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Initially smooth, but then the alcohol and sourness leave an intense dryness and astringency at the back of the throat, but with little warming.

D- The dryness makes you want to take another sip, but this beer is better to enjoy with the nose than the palate. Had the flavor matched the aroma, it would have been a first-rate tripel. Still, an excellent beer and well worth a try, if not a trip to Belgium. (1,074 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that Westmalle is usually the Trappist that I pass on most often. After tasting the Dubbel the other night though, and being thoroughly intrigued, I decided it was time to give the Tripel another go. Poured in to my Westmalle chalice (thanks Julios) an inviting slightly dark golden color. Heading was awesome, big, white and fluffy, with many tiny air bubbles racing toward the head. Aroma is surprisingly clean, almost pilsner like in its dryness. I guess I was expecting a little bit more fruit or spice from the smell. Taste starts off with a big splash of hop bitterness, with traces of pineapple, pear and pepper in the back. It leaves the palate slightly numb after swallowing. Body is medium, and drinkability is high. Having said that though, this beer is incredibly complex, so I would advise drinkers to take their time with this one. I still can't say that Tripel is a style that I am overly fond of, but this stuff deserves respect. Like I said before, complex. (990 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Large rocky head, hazy saffron color.

S - Phenolic spyciness and herbal hops. Earthy and a bit fruity.

T - Grainy and spicy with solid hop bitterness on the back of the tougue. Long, medicinal/ herbal finish.

M - Quite dry with high carbonation. Fairly astringent as well.

D - The carbonation helps the drinkability, but I have a hard time wanting more than one of these. Much spicer and less fruity than other beers of a similar style and it is very medicinal, which I can't say I enjoy. (504 characters)

Photo of Chizoad
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle, well before the drink by date.

Clear golden pour with a stupendous foamy head that eventually dissipated completely. I snuck a little yeast in there after the foam settled a bit.

Fairly strong alcohol smell wafting out of the glass. Not particularly inviting.

Similar taste, with a bit of funkiness to boot. Got better as it warmed, but the alcohol wasn't well hidden in this. Mild bitterness up front with a malt backing.

Good mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Somehow really drinkable and satisfying. Probably fulfills the "digestible" requirement better than any beer I've had. (609 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful hazy orange hue yields a tall fizzy bright white head. Tons of carbonation and an almost unfiltered appearance this is a gorgeous brew.

Hints of pear, apple, clove, wine and honey are found in the nose. The wine like smell gives a Chardonnay like scent.

The taste is tangy, sour and almost vinegar like. Some citrus or fruitiness but the tanginess is overbearing. A bit acidic and metallic there's hints of pear in the backdrop. Just too tangy for my palate, perhaps this is not my cup of tea, but I must say I'm disappointed in this Tripel. (553 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

large fluffy white head sits above a slightly cloudy, deep gold colored beer. plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the top.
full yeasty, banana aroma.
very strong flavor contributions from yeast, and alcohol. heavy maltiness thought not sweet. has a good level of bitterness, but cant tell if its coming from hops as there is no real obvious hop flavor, or if its coming from the high abv.
mouthfeel seems rather harsh which may be helped from some aging. this bottle is dated BB 8/06.
so this is what those monks spend all their time on. not a bad line of work if you can find it. myself, i would need time to get accustomed to a beer like this. it doesnt make any appologies for being as strong as it is, and possibly because of its youth, came off a bit rough around the edges. (794 characters)

Photo of ewpgolf2
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

29/08/09 bottle stamp date (2nd). Chose a goblet with this Tripel. I sampled this beer twice and used the second for this review. I store all my Belgians (Strong Darks, Dubbels & Tripels) @ 57*F and allow them to warm slightly before consuming. however, I should have paid heed to the suggested temp. on the bottle-45-50*F>>>they should know! This is the temp. used for this review. I think the alcohol starts to overtake the unique flavors if it warms too much.
This pours a slight hazy yellow/gold hue with a good and consistent thick head. The smell was not what I expected from a Tripel-fresh apricot & a little citrus. The taste was also a surprise. Crisp w/ over-the-top carbonation and a definite backdrop of the 9.5% ABV. This is a great beer but it seems to better exemplify a different style.
Mouthfeel was refreshing and clean & almost served as its own palate cleanser. I could drink more than one of these at a sitting (as I did with this review) and would consider this to be a 4 days/week beverage. Again, a great beer but I liked the Dubbel better. (1,075 characters)

Photo of revdrjbob
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer sampled at the Little Brussels Brasserie, Canberra.
Poured into it's dish like glass, a pale hazy yellow, with a big white, clingy head. Lotsa lace, that clung to the glass.
An interesting beer to say the least.
Aroma: Yeasty, spice, citrus(?), and a slight sourness.
Flavour: A slight malt, a hint of horsey sourness, plums, sweetness, very complex.
This was my last beer of the sampling, so my notes aren't as good as they could have been.
A great beer none the less. (494 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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