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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,907 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,907
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 291
Gots: 437 | FT: 3
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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 Silke_Neryn
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rangerred
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a HUGE three finger billowy white head. Absolutely amazing head retention and gobs of lacing once the head finally does fade.

Incredible aroma of yeast and clove along with peaches and some bubblegum. Quite spicy but light and almost tropical at the same time. There is some light bread and vanilla as well. A touch of dark fruit and flowers.

Flavor of clove and peaches along with coriander and orange peel. More vanilla and tropical fruit along with a very light touch of biscuit. More perfume and flowers along with a breath of alcohol leading to a warmth in the chest. Very dry mouthfeel that finishes with just a slight bit of stickyness.

Overall, this is perhaps the benchmark for the Tripel style and an absolutely amazing beer. Truly perfection in every sense of the word and world-class.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pulled from my cellar poured into an oversized wine glass. i purchased this bottle in the begining of april 2009 and its been in my cellar ever since. best before 17/07/10 on the bottle. it has roughly 2 years of age on it.

as soon as i cracked the cap the bottle basically exploded. i made a big mess but i was able to salvage most of the beer. and the result was a tremondous looking beer. poured a huge billowy, rocky, soapy pure white head with some great retention. eventually faded to a thin layer. lots of sticky lace that slowly fades with the head. hazy and full of chunky yeast sediment.

big nose of alcohol, ripe fruits, grainy, candied malts, phenols, belgian yeast with slight hints of bubble gum.

big strong powerful feel to each sip. thick body that somehow also comes off a little thin. has some wine like alcohol. complexity and blending of flavors going on thats just too hard to put in words. ripe fruits, candied grainy pilsner malts, phenols, grape like sweetness, a little bubblegum flouride from the yeast. slight hints of citrus. carbonation starts out strong and then settles the more you drink. so many layers. i love it.

a great beer. aging this really didnt sway me. its just as good aged or fresh, im almost leaning more towards fresh, buts its been awhile since ive had it fresh. highly recommend tripel, one of the best.

Photo of GilGarp
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional beer that was highlighted by the excellent but inferior Green Flash Trippel.

Tasted side-by-side, the Green Flash version (22 oz. bottle) had a more spicy intensity but lacked the delicacy of the Westmalle. I was impressed with Green Flash's ability to wow the senses with hoppy punch and malty sweetness balanced in harmony.

However, the Westmalle had more subtle and delicate flavors (banana, fig, and pear) in addition to spice, that made it all the more special in light of the "double" tripel that Green Flash flaunts.

Westmalle deserves the credit that has been bestowed upon it by delivering the uncommon sensation of flavor unity - I'm impressed more by the Westmalle because it offers nuances that can only be found in a true Belgian triple.

Photo of cjgator3
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice, this one is stunning. Pours a golden yellow color with a little bit of orange with a huge creamy off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with hints of citrus and spices. Wow, what a fantastic aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma is absolutely amazing. There is some fruity malts and spices galore with a little bit of yeast and hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel has a really nice body with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- What an awesome beer this is! Westmalle Tripel is probably the best beer from this style I've ever had. Highly Recommended!

Photo of silver0rlead
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the only beer i've ever given a 5 for appearance; pours a hazy, almost burnt gold with a magnificent off-white head that leaves incredible lacing and retains impressively. The aroma starts off with a big citrus fruit element (tangerine, apricot, lemon zest), straw, biscuit, candied sugar, spices and some ethanol. The flavor is also initially very fruity (with big apricot, tangerine,pear, peach and lemon character), as well as some damp straw, candied sugar, herbal and mineraly hops, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and an astringent and slightly tart finish with some alcohol warmth. Drinkability is unparalleled for a tripel (i find most too herbal, spicy or alcoholic). An excellent example of a tripel, perhaps the best there is...perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.3 fl oz. bottle stamped: 14/06/13-3-003325. Sampled on May 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow with a cloudy bottle conditioned character and a small fizzy head. On the nose there is yeast, pale malts, spice, and tart citrus with the hops downplayed. The body is medium to bold. The taste begins with an appealing yeasty and malty character than quickly morphs into a tart, peppery, dry hopped finish. This is not something for everyday drinking but instead something to be savored.

Photo of goldbot
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden, clear, capped by tons of white, fluffy foam. Plenty of carbonation. The head sticks around, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Light, spicy aroma, very yeasty with clean malts. Flavor is more malt, again very spicy and yeasty with a slight citrus twang. Mostly dry, silky, with foamy carbonation. A classic Belgian ale.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber with a thick, long lasting white head and heavy lacing. Nice looking. Spicy fruit and wheat aroma. Spicy, peppery start with complex fruit and light malt. Dry, bitter and peppery hot finish that is perfectly balanced. The combination doesn't seem like my kind of flavor, but it tastes delicious. Very well made and tasty. This beer got me hooked on tripels.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice tripel. Nice head. Very thick and clings well. Smells of banana phenol.

The taste is clovey and dry. Nicely spiced and not too dry. Very nice. Incredibly balanced, especially with such a high abv.

The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and refreshing.

This beer is very very easy to drink and I recommend that you try it.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Yellow/orange, like light colored orange juice with a good bit of haze. About three fingers of head with decent retention, especially for a 9% brew. Moderate lacing.

S - Hard to pin down. Sort of an underlying brine-y aroma with overtones of lemon and iodine. Some faint indistinct fruit hides in the corners. Bananas? Apples maybe?

T - Quite impressive. Great marriage of flavors with an amazing balance. A hint of banana is the first flavor I notice and it seems to blend with a mild honey note. The brew dries out a little late palate leading into mild lemon and almost herbal notes, much milder than what I'd expected from the nose. Slightly saltiness kicks in with some residual fruity sweetness. Mild to moderate phenols enter late palate with a crushed-aspirin-like bitterness with a lemon peel edge. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I'm actually really impress with the carbonation. Most Belgians, and tripels specifically often seem over the top with carbonation. Westmalle's Tripel struck a great balance between smooth and crisp.

D - Well, first of all tripels aren't really my thing, but if I had to drink one, this would definitely be it. My only regret is not trying this brew sooner; perhaps this will spark an interest in the style. I wouldn't want more than one but it's a pretty exceptional experience with a style that doesn't generally cater to my tastes. A must have.

Photo of jsapunor
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Your search for the perfect Tripel could end right here.
It pours a beautiful opaque gold into the chalice and has layer upon layer of complexity in the aroma. This is nice but the taste is magnificent. Smooth, spicy, multi-layered, smooth, complex and did I mention smooth? Lots of fruits as well. The mouthfeel is silky with just the right amount of carbonation. This is so smooth and wonderful that you will be tempted to drink more than the ABV would allow.
Try one of these and a La Fin du Monde in a blind tasting. You can't lose.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bubba83
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at around 45 degrees.

Can't imagine a more picturesque beer. I want to get out my camera and start snapping photos. A nice pale orange hue that's a bit hazy. a fistfull of bright white head with moderately sized bubbles. Head consistency is stiff as Arbitrator's man-parts while drinking a Black Xantus. Foam sticks around for days, coating the entire inside of the glass. Oh, lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom too!

Pretty complex aromas coming out of this one. Banana, pineapple, apricot, clove, black pepper, lemon zest. Very nice.

Taste starts out with some sweet candi sugar and strong banana. Love this combination, almost reminds me of a sweet dessert. Lots of pineapple dominates the mid-range, with some other stoney fruits in the background. Finishes with some spice, definite black pepper. Almost reminds me of a Saison like finish.

Feels great, medium thickness with a velvety texture. Not too much abrasiveness despite the great carbonation.

Drinks really well, especially when paired with some food. It even stands up to spicy thai food quite well. This time I just drank it by itself though. The only knock I have on it is that it finishes pretty damn warm if you're not carefully savoring it over a longer period of time, but for 9.5%, it's not too surprising there is some heat. Likely one of the best tripel's in the world, it's definitely my favorite.

Photo of sweemzander
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Best by 17/07/10?

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange yellow color. Giant head diminished to a 1 finger constant white head of super thick foam that was even thicker right in the center of the glass. Sticky lacing in a few places on the glass.

(S)- Tons of cloves on the nose with bananna, lemon and clay. Some creamy yeast.

(T)- Agian, like the smell, there is tons of clove up front that makes way for sweet lemon/bananna fruits with a hay&clay funk. The finish is rather wheaty and dry with a dare I say, a light hoppy bite.

(M)- Has a thick texture in the mouth with a fairly strong body then most Tripels. Sweet, crisp and plenty of carbonation

(D)- Despite its 9.5%abv, this goes down pretty easy, even if you might feel it later. Its still a sipper though due to its complexities.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice. Half beer, half head with a pretty timid pour. The off-white head surprised me as I was expecting pure-white. Not a problem, very thick and rocky, with ample lacing. Beer itself is a beautiful shade of gold, and is very clear with some floaties.

Aroma is that of light fruit...apple and pear. Some tutti frutti sweetness and some underlying bready yeasty notes. Taste is alcohol laced fruit...bready sweet malts and an initial hop spice that turns nicely bitter. Lovely blend of flavors. Alcohol stays strong throughout, warming the heart and soul.

Big bodied yet crisp and smooth in the mouth. Not at all a heavy or filling beer. A nice one to sip on a hot summer day.
I don't venture into the Belgians as often as I used to but glad to try this one.

Photo of KFBR392
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden brew. The carbonation continued to dance in this beer throughout drinking it. About a finger and a half worth of head when initially poured which for the most part stuck around. Enjoyed out of a Westmalle goblet glass.

Smell: Very subtle in the aroma. I liked it because it didn't attack the nostrils which too much of a bready yeasty aroma, but instead made you dig a little deeper to really enjoy the aroma. Some light fruit mixed well with a traditional Belgian aroma, very nice.

Taste: Wow. The front of this beer is a perfect combination of bright fruits, a combination of apple and pears which mixes with the perfect balance of yeast. Sometimes Belgian beers can feel too crisp and dry but I feel this beer got it perfect. The dryness rests on the palette, while the fruit and yeast presence continue to be felt. This beer refuses to stop attacking your taste buds and I love it.

Mouthfeel: Like I said in the taste, the crispness of this beer is noticeable but at the same time does not dominate this beer. It mixes perfectly with the smooth fruits. Wow really awesome.

Overall: probably one of the best Belgian Tripel's your money can buy. These monks are not messing around with their beer. I even think people not used to a Belgian beer would enjoy this, its rounded flavors really are appealing to any audience.

Photo of windypete
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

only my second tripel, the other bieng a chimay! & westmalle blows it out of the park.

it pours orange/yellow & nicey clear & crisp.

smells are yeasty with bananas but not overpowering at all.

this has a wonderful crisp taste & slids over the tongue leaving you really wanting the next mouthfull.

for a 9% tripel this goes down so well % easy that another bottle could follow after the first.
a wonderfull beer maybe my fav beer so far!

CHEER!

Photo of zeff80
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a chalice. It had an orange/pumpkin color. Nice 3-finger head. it left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and alcohol.

T - The taste was an intersting mix of citrus and mild spiciness. The alcohol taste really came through as it warmed up.

M - It was fairly crisp and medium-bodied.

D - Another great tripel from Belgium. It is one that I will pick up again and again.

Photo of steverx8
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gkunkle
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a goldenrod color with a tall white head in my snifter. Some tiny solids suspended in the liquid. Smells like sour apple, sweet malt. Yeast and spice in there too. Taste starts with a sweetness, then I get a saison funk, Tart citrus, And a little bit of alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is medium thick, light easy carbonation.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of diamondc
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass, the head is enormous, fluffy, sticky lacing, the foam just won't quit.

Aroma is of pears, melons, a little bit of mustyness.

The taste is a fruit extravaganza - grapes, pears, pineapple, & passion fruit. Ginger, cloves and banana bubblegum flavors come out after a few swigs. The hops come out quick though to tame the sweetness. The aftertaste is a bit dry, a bit like tasting the inside of a pecan shell by accident.

Mouthfeel / drinkability: Very smooth, low carbonation suprisingly for a tripel. Very easy drinking here, which you wouldn't expect for a 9% abv beer, either. Expensive, but definitely worth buying.

Photo of barrelman
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer really blows my mind when you combine its appearance with the rest of the characteristics.

There is so much flavor in a beer this light. It has the appearance of an MGD, but the similarities stop there. The body is rich. Taste hides the abv. so well, I find it hard to believe the facts (which I suppose come from monks, so you gotta believe them, huh?).

I find this to be a killer brew. woowed me from the pour. Cheers.

Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,907 ratings.