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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,792 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,792
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 364 | FT: 4
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Belgium

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 zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

zeff80, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of haazer
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 Ml bottle into St. Bernardus Chalice. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pour is golden with an orange hue. Forms 1 finger of bubbly offwhite head. Good carbonation as well as good head retention. Slight amount of lace.

S- Smells wonderful. Variety includes apple, baked pie crust, hay, grass, the familar belgian yeast profile, and a salt water taffy. Great aroma's in this.

T- Tastes include wheat bread, lemon zest, apple rinds and vanilla. The flavors are balanced very well.

M- Medium bodied. Nice bubbly, fizzy texture from the carbonation.

D- Great tasting Tripel, probably the best I've had. However, I committed BA sin when tasting this beer. I had already knocked back quite a few and saved this for last. Though the flavors and aroma's stood out enough for me to pick out, my senses were not up to par with what this beer has to offer. I feel I owe this great beer another review. There will be an edit in the future.

haazer, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The color is a golden/orange with some nice yellow highlights and a thin layer of head that leaves quickly with no lacing.

The smell is bready with some nice malty sweetness and a yeasty aroma that is common for triples.

The taste is a bit fruity and really is a surprise how much of an orange flavor comes out. There is a waxy citrus flavor that is also a bit malty sweet but gives real rooted flavor that seems very organic and not fake. There is some nice banana flavor mixed with some light lemon or lime flavor.

The feel of this beer is smooth, real, and has such a character all it's own. This may be the best Triple I have had. The sweetness is compact and comes out at just the right times. It feels well constructed as it moves over your taste bud and delights the sense. One of my favorite beers to date.

Duhast500, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy white head with a hazy orange body. The carbonation bubbles were fast and furious rising up through this baby.

The nose was a beautiful mix of tropical fruit, alcohol, phenols, and slightly medicinal sharp alcohol bite.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Completely mellowed earthy hop with a perfectly even bitterness. Yeast, wheat, round malt, soft tropical fruit, a big alcohol taste, slightly medicinal, a tiny hint of oak, a little touch of earthy farmhouse. A nice big and rich triple with an overall warmth. The alcohol really comes through in this beer but it's never distracting. It finishes with a slight bitterness that fades nicely.

Overall just a fantastic textbook triple. Nothing really stands out, it’s just balanced perfectly, a beer you could drink all day if it weren’t for the high alcohol content.

taez555, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden honey color with hints of orange. A large almost white head forms and hang out till the end.

Smell is Belgian yeast, light spice, golden raisin fruit.

Taste is very close to nose, yeast, spice, lightly fruity, with a yeasty tang aftertaste.

Feels very smooth, a medium to full body is lightened up by a nice bubbly carbonation. Hides its booze very well.

I am gaining a better appreciation for the Belgians, and this is a good one.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of bilyboy65
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my standard tasting pilsner style glass.

A: Very cloudy and syrupy looking. Head is very white, thick and lasting. Marks the glass with every pull. There is little film on the glass to shout its high alcohol content. There is a lot of lacing from the head though.

S: For being so high in alcohol it has a very malty-sweet smell without a lot of alcohol behind it. Scents of sugar cane, yeast, malts and a mix of spices. The main spice being licorice.

T: Taste is also very complex. There is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, but its mainly a sweet flavor. Letting it sit on the tongue for a little bit you can really detect the licorice and sweet malts. Both kinda hide the yeast flavors.

M: Full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Surprisingly doesn't leave behind a trail of where its been.

D: Don't think drinking a lot of these are in order, but finishing one 750ml bottle won't be a problem.

bilyboy65, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of cpanossian
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Triple served in goblet from bottle at their Trappisten Cafe, served at "room" temperature (I think the waiter meant to mean cellar temperature?)

Lovely aroma - spicy coriander cloves bittering hops. Tasted as good as it smelled - clean refreshing. Stong carbonation from center of goblet. Thick creamy head with generous lacing.

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer at "room" temperature. Maybe one of my favorites this trip to Europe.

cpanossian, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

diamondc, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of nezelrac
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy blond with a pillowy two fingers of off-white head that laces the glass and keeps a creamy dense middle as the rim deflates to a finger

S - tart yeasty stone fruits and hints of tropical as well; pale malts and a little alcohol heat; spicy notes as well; lemon grass

T - stone fruits; pale malt and yeast; lemon grass again; nice layers of flavors; honey note; quite delicious

M - firm edged and slightly tart; good CO2; lively

D - exceedingly drinkable; excellent stuff

nezelrac, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a comprehensive envisioning of the style. There are (what has now become) typical tastes of bread and sharp, yeasty spice that front for a transcendent fruitiness that is itself religious in scope. This oft boring, singular style is emboldened in a way I expect dubbels and quadruples to be, but never their pale counterpart.

Vinous with an almost glyceral yet refreshingly carbonated mouthfeel. Full and chewy at times, mild and quaffable at others. Repressed alcohol adds a good deal of structure, but no interference of flavor. Passion fruit, citrus reduction.

Needs age. Sharp, phenolic, and too hoppy when fresh.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even when poured at 45 degrees down the side, still kicks a mean, 4f head. Good chunky lacing is left on the sides of the Duvel tulip.

Smell was pleasant - starts off like a white wine, and moves to an orangey citrus quality as it warmed, with a hint of spice, and only a light waft of alcohol.

Great taste - not overpowering - spicy yeast, with some apricot fruitiness. Plenty of herbal notes - a kiss of mint as it warmed.

Rich mouthfeel, but a good level of carbonation gives this a classicly soft Belgian feel.

Combining the taste and drinkability? I just upped my score - the alcohol vibe is the only thing keeping this from reaching a 5 for drinkability.

This one would be great with some mint chocolate chip ice cream.

BeerImmediately, May 22, 2009
Photo of RocketWidget
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Anam Cara Publick House in Brookline, Mass. My second Trappist beer after Chimay, huzzah! I love monks! Bottle is clearly labeled March 24, 2006, but I’m not sure if that means ‘to be consumed by ____’ or ‘wait until ____ to consume’.

Enjoyed in a big ass .33ml goblet. Pours a golden, hazy solid color, with a light and lacy creamy white head. Smells of orange peel, pepper, and hops. Taste is big pimpin, baby! Meaty and complex, starting off slightly sour and then evolving into a hoppy spiciness with big bold malty overtones and other spices, before finally cooling with an alcoholic aftertaste. This brew’s big flavor hurts it’s smoothness and drinkability, but hey, that’s what you get when you are 9.5% ABV.

RocketWidget, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of Oxymoron
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great example of Belgium triple. Pours a semi-cloudy, lemon day with good visibility despite the yeasty pour. Limited head but does stay around the edges for the whole tasting and ok lacing.

The smell is noticeable with a malty and Belgium-esk aroma. Good malt backing with some Belgium pale representing the majority. Spices such as coriander and good representation of fruits, such as apricots and peaches, are presented.

The taste is exceptional. The malt is well noted well and balanced with a not-so-detectable-sugar and hop additions. The malt is well balanced with a touch of biscuit and maybe pilsner thrown in. There is a bite (reminds me of pilsner) from a earthy hop taste at top that brings a zing taste. The sweet malt taste is blended well with a sugary taste that is hard to pick up. The end is splash of citrus meets floral that rounds the beer out.

The end taste also brings a good smoothness that makes it so easy to drink. Overall this is an impressive that deserves a high rating.

Oxymoron, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Patrick999
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a chalice that beautiful gold, nice head, though not as high as the Chimay tripel.

S - bready, yeasty. grape-like aromas. Very good.

T - A little sweet in a vinous sense, but not a complaint. Phenolic and spicy, but not as in your face as some other tripels.

M - Light and fluffy, belying its strength.

D - If someone wants to buy me Westmalle at my favorite beer bar, I'll drink them until I can drink no more. A classic.

Patrick999, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is rich and complex, yeast, sweet candy sugared malts, some pepper, fruit and hops.

Taste is also rich and multilayered. Light flavors first, some bready toasted malt, maybe some yeast. Following is a honey-sweet citrus that slides into a tart and mildly hoppy aftertaste. Not even a hint of alcohol in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and medium-heavy. Light on the palate, finish leaves the mouth clean and refreshed. Very well-rounded and textured, extraordinarily drinkable for a tripel. Them monks sure know how to brew. Thanks to futaboots for this one.

assurbanipaul, May 05, 2005
Photo of younger35
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this lying around for quite some time. Decided tonight was the night. Watching the PGA Championship and some preseason football upcoming. Drank from my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a gigantic two finger bright white head. The beer is just permeated with bubbly goodness and the head is thick and gorgeous the entire beer. An absolutely PERFECT cap and collar are maintained along with loads of ringed up lacing.
Smell- Definitely no mistaking what style this beer is. Full of spicy yeast that’s fruity and bold. Hints of raisin and pear with that deceptively dark fruitiness that you don’t expect form a straw colored beer. That always blows my mind. Maybe a touch of grainy malt with a light sweetness but let’s face it, the yeast dominates.
Taste- Starts with a light pruney fruitiness that is deceivingly warm and almost brash. That’s not a putdown though as the hoppiness and dryness really work well with the boozy bite. I hate sweet beers and thankfully this isn’t at all. The hops seem more front and center than most Tripels which is okay in my book. Spicy at times with a sort of gingery/pepper note. The finish lingers with a sort of burnt brown sugar thing.
Mouthfeel- Aggressively crisp carbonation with a very sharp feel from the fine carbonation. Full bodied though like you’d expect from a Tripel which is always odd considering the alcohol.
Drinkability- Pretty nice beer as it’s much different from most other Tripels. I LOVE how the sweetness is severely subdued and those burnt, cloying candied sugars aren’t running rampant. The hops have more of a presence here that I really appreciate. Super nice beer that is easily available and will be my go-to Tripel when the mood strikes.

younger35, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy golden orange with a white head that crackles and fizzes like it's really alive. not too much lacing and not too great a retention, but these are not qualities that really matter to me in a beer. i smell musty, earthy hops, some mildly sweet pale malt and spicy yeastiness (clove, pepper, and cardamom to name a few). alcohol taste is boozier than most other tripels i've tried, but i love it. i taste everything that i smell, and also detect a hint of pineapple. call me crazy, that's what this one gives me. medium mouthfeel tastes lighter than it is because of the carbonation. i would drink this all day if i could.

timtim, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Quite a luxurious appearance! Even with a gentle pour, a magnificent 3 inch white head formed in my tulip. A small dark brown dab of sentiment came out and rests delicately on top. The bright, full golden color is nearly transparent, and the re-energizing carbonation from the bottom dances with the small yeast particles, creating a snow globe effect. Great head retention and tons of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Pale malt, crisp green apples, along with some mild spiciness. Alcohol is definitely present, more so as it warms.

Taste: Crisp green apples and white grape skin create a slightly tart first impression. Pale malt, honey, and a warming alcohol presence arrive next, bringing a complex spice mixture as well. Dextrin sweetness is unable to mask a slightly medicinal / alcohol flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with above average carbonation. Slight tartness inspires salivation, furthering the desire for the next sip. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. In my opinion, the taste improves as it warms, but I do not really want to wait for it to breathe and warm up. A few of these will send me into a blissful state.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

BobZ, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It comes in a hazy golden color. A big white fluffy head that just sticks compared to other tripels.

A very fruity aroma without the breadiness of other tripels. Bright oranges, citrus, just a big pop of fresh citrus fruits. A wet hay, big on wine white grape. Some biscuit malt sweetness. It’s very floral.

The flavor does not follow through as much with its big fruit aroma. There’s still some peach and cherry flavors along with white grape and apple skin. There’s not much carbonation. There’s a biscuit breadiness. There’s a slight booziness in the finish of this. It really does stand out from other tripels because of this alcohol that hits you. Despite that, it’s a really clean and a very dry beer. Highly recommended for white wine lovers.

I had this blind taste tested with Chimay and La Fin Du Monde. This came in second, with La Fin being first. This is however where you want if you don't prefer sweet and fruitiness, but want some more strong flavors with booze, bitterness, and vinous flavors.

dar482, May 20, 2013
Photo of deereless
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick craggy head, retention is impressive, spotty seam foam that blankets the side of the glass, vibrant yellow to gold in color – 4.50, S: Wonderfully light and floral nose with some bready yeasts and muskiness, medium sweetness mixed with black pepper – 5.00, T: Quite spicy and with noticeable candied sugar, dry and with a slight alcohol burn – 4.25, M: Quite light and airy – 4.25, D: Very drinkable Tripel, excellent example of the style - 4.50

deereless, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Ranz
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: In my Duvel tulip, this pours the color of beautiful golden grass with a finger of pearly white head, effervescent to its fullest potential. Lovely in every aspect. Lacing thickens like a beast on the glass.

S: Those Belgian yeasts create a lovely mix of dried bananas and clove. The fruity notes also belie hints of alcohol.

T: After a few seconds, those sweet banana notes come through like a Roman legion--what a fantastic flavor. It has an uncommon sweetness I don't remember tasting anywhere before, tripel or no, and I am quite smitten. Many beers popularly receive the title of "dessert beer," and I think I've found the king. This would pair amazingly with some creme brulee.

M: In continuation from the head, mouthfeel is fairly effervescent on the tongue, but sweet and mild. The finish is much more creamy.

O: Wow--I love a good tripel, and this looks to be the one to beat. What a great pleasure from those Trappist geniuses.

Ranz, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of nazbotica
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours an opaque gold color with a two finger head that settles to 1 finger and lingers.

S - I smell rye bread, belgian yeast, slight lemon and red licorice.

T - The smell gives up the grainy rye flavor and lemon. I also taste flowers and melon at the end. I also got a bubblegum flavor here and there. The longer I drink the more I get a medicinal alcohol taste. This is my only complaint.

M - The beer is medium-light to medium bodied. The citrus would make it crisper, but the nice level of carbonation and the yeast, I think, give it the smoothest, softest mouthfeel I have come to expect from Belgians. I also get a warming from alcohol.

O - This is a quintessential Belgian Trippel. I cannot imagine what could be more authentic. If it exists, I have never tasted it. This is such a complex beer with so many fruit and malt flavors. I could probably drink several more and list a lot more flavors.

nazbotica, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of mikefuski17
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The westmalle has a strong aroma. It has a great color when poured with a nice golden head. The flavor was strong as well but was great. The after taste was the cause for concern. My girlfriend likened it to gasoline although I didn't mind too much. It does go straight to the sinuses and opens them up. Overall, I would recommend this beer.

mikefuski17, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of nmyers
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice cloudy orangish-yellow color, a nice white head on it with good retention.

S- Belgium yeasts, malt and apples & spices. I think I dectected a hint of Belgium candy sugars.

T- Crisp taste of malt and apples & spice right off the bat. Mellowing into a nice maltyness. An amazing after taste. No alcohol taste is present.

M- Great taste rigth of the bat, and the finish is great as well.

D- Very light body and goes down smooth. I wish I could drink this more often.

nmyers, Apr 16, 2008
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,792 ratings.