Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,861
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 406 | 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 QXSTER1
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great smell of white wine, apples and citrus fruits when you pour this hazy gold beauty. Giant, rocky white head crowns the brew and laces impressively down the flute. Even with a careful pour it's impossible to hold this foam in the glass. Fine carbonation escapes and trickles to the surface as I admire this Triple before sipping.

Upfront fruitiness combines plum, currant and some full bodied yeastiness with Belgian earthy flavors. Alcohol cuts the sweetness and makes this one of the dryer triples I have tried. Hops are way in the background and don't contribute any noticeable flavors. Spiciness lingers in the dryish finish. This my first experience with Westmalle and won't be the last.

Photo of jbowers56
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden colour - cloudy. Fancy puffy head which leaves reasonable lacing.

Sweet malty fruits dominate the nose. Maybe dried apricots, pear, banana and some others. There is also a phenolic note, presenting cloves and some medicinal qualities. Alcohol is just barely noticeable.

Amazing. So much fruit, mostly the fruits I got in the nose. Sweetness is there but kept in check by a mild hop bitterness which blends very well with the spicy/phenolic qualities of the yeast.

So full in the mouth but never overly heavy. A beautiful beer to drink.

Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 Filosoof
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Am I cursing calling this Westmalle a Duvel-like Tripel?

L: almost perfect, nice foam, but in my opinion could be a littlelittle bigger.
S: not too complex; overripe bananas, a touch of orange, vanilla and cinnamon;
T: very nice hoppiness; the alcohol is an important element of the nice round taste, ending with a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste;
M: a 5,0! What do I need to say more.
O: a great tripel (I'm not the first to say this, I know); classic ofcourse.

Great to use in batter/bakery (fried vegetables).

Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 jackndan
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Trappist Ale, Tripel: Poured from the thick, ring necked brown bottle. Gorgeous beer, thick rocky white head that lasts and leaves plenty of Belgian lace. The beer is a hazy golden color, and particularly when held up to light, it almost glows.

Great aroma, very nice banana/cloves and a whiff of new mown hay.

The taste is sensational. Extremely complex, and flavorful, I knew this was something special as soon as it hit my lips. Orange zest like flavors, coupled with spices and a bite of Saaz hops, and a bit of raisins and other dried fruits as well.

Smooth, creamy, rich mouthfeel.

Photo of IKR
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden- yellow color with a frothy generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Fruity and slightly bready notes dominate.

Taste: The fruity and bready notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. Out of the fruity notes I pick out a grape taste. The fruity notes are balanced out by the bready notes and a clean somewhat dry finish. Very tasty and smooth. The alcohol is MIA in this one.

Mouth-feel: somewhere between light and medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Classic Belgian Tripel. No need for crazy ingredients when you got your technique down pat and your fermentation produces a great tasting complex beer.

Photo of RandyV
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat of a yeasty champagne on the nose, malt and apple as well. On the palate, spicy combined with some green apple tartness and the champagne grape and dryness fills the middle. The spice is pepper and maybe even some clove but the malt provides a nice balance to that, all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really tasty ale, something I could drink all the time. It almost makes me want to become a trappist monk just so I could get this from the source. Except my ADHD would make the whole chanting/prayer thing hard to focus on. Oh well.

Photo of Mandrake
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a large white head that is very slow to dissipate, remaining until I finished the beer. Lacing is substantial. Smell is very complex, with bready notes, spices, cloves, peppery hints and an underlying alcoholic flavour. Tastes fruitier than I'd expected, with some banana and sweetness, along with some very nice spices, cloves obvious, and apparent hot alcohol, which was still pretty well-hidden for 9.5%. Feels thick and creamy, just beautiful, and is very drinkable. The pinnacle of the style, as far as I'm concerned. Just great.

Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date on bottle 28/08/09

pours hazy golden orange yellow with lots of yeast and a big 2 finger head that left some lacing and had good retention

smells spicy barnyard funk of belgian yeast - very fruity

taste is much like the nose - spicy funk fruity - reminds of a saison with lots of spice

mouthfeel is medium body but crisp dry

drinkability is great - i wish a had more - think i will buy another bottle soon

Photo of KDawg
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a solid orange color that is slightly hazy with a good head. Perfect color for a trappist

the aromas aren't jumping, but very well blended. On the subtle side with aromas of orange peels, some florals, a slight touch of funk and all sorts of various citrus aromas as well

The feel is extremely well weighted and round. The flavors of citrus', orange peels, hints of earth, and white florals are deep and polished

This is a standard bearer, and for great reason. This is just a class beer that you want to drink and savor at the same time.

Photo of goldbot
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.5% ABV, Serve at 45° - 50°F, Best before end 27/01/10.

My thanks go out to Bnieman for this one, getting me one step closer to tackling the top 100 list, and for sharing an awesome brew!

A - Hazy, poured with sediment, it's a golden yellow color with a puffy white head. Dense bubbles deflate slowly and leave some thick blankets of lace on the glass.

S - Awesome nose of Belgian yeast and sweet, light candi sugar. Crystal malts and wispy spicy floral hops. Nice balance going on. Hints of clay and spice with a touch of white grapes on the back end.

T - Sweet, but not overly sweet, it's got plenty of crystal malts and candi sugar balanced with a touch of white grapes and spice from the Belgian yeast esters. Delish!

M - Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth, a well-balanced feel leads through the highly carbonated and sweet beer to a lightly dry finish.

D - The alcohol is nowhere to be found, making this beer trouble if you've got a 750 of it. It's very drinkable with great balance. Based on the date, I'm sure it's got some age on it and it's still terrific!

Photo of cooter
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy yellow-ochre with lively carbonation, cloudy/billowy white head. Nose is heavily citrus. Taste is alcoholic, with grapefruit, lemon, bread, and some nice malts. A surprising amount of hop character and balance--fascinating with such strong malt. Very floral. My call? Delightful, beautiful, comfortable.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottled poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. I'm rating a pair of Tripels tonight, this is my second. This one pours a bright golden color that's hazy in appearance. Better head than I was expecting, with about a quarter inch of soap suds around the glass. Some pear and pineapple notes in the nose. Smells brighter than I thought it would, if that makes sense. First taste is dry, very dry, with a light mouthfeel and a huge alcohol-infused finish. As my palate acclimates I get more citrus, specifically lemon and orange, flavors. Theres' some nice things going on with the malt in this beer - it's almost sweet, kind of like French bread. Aside from the obvious alcohol - there's no where for it to hide, after all - there's a nice bright finish to this beer that's somewhat citrusy and grassy. It's hoppier than I expected, but that's not necessarily a criticism, as I feel it's very well balanced. Some Belgian beers have a tendency to be overly sweet however that is not the case with Westmalle. Indeed, it's dry but not overly so. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but not too watery. This is one balanced beer, and really well done. Maybe one of the best Tripels I've had, and that's saying something.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Golden coloured, with a fair amount of floaties but I stumbled bringing it up from the cellar and simply could not wait to open it until it settled as that could have been hours. Formed a very pretty foamy white head.

S = Very sweet with smells of the yeast, summer fields, flowers, herbs, fresh earth. Very complex and very pleasing.

T = Strong taste of fresh grains and slight phenol from yeast, slight sourness in the finish. Very complex flavors which are very well balanced. It is hard to believe it is as strong as it is since it goes down very easily.

M = Smooth, full bodied, good mouth coat, good carbonation level.

D = Definitely a very good tripel. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 11/07/07.

Huge pillowy white head atop a hazy light orange body with some particulate strewn about.

The nose: spicy, vinous, alcoholic, light fruit.

Big time spice, firm bitterness, and a combustible effervescence combine for an active but focused feeling on the palate. Bitterness grabs and hold the attention into the finish, where yeasty notes perk up as well.

Its carbonation may be a touch on the high side for my tastes -- but then again, this one seems like maybe its been bottle-conditioning for a while now -- but even so that's an issue that's easily taken care of by a few extra swirls of the glass.

The finish and aftertaste are suitably dry and spicy to ensure the glass isn't away from the lips for too long.

What a wonderful beer. Lively, flavorful, alluring, unique -- commands your attention.

Photo of dstc
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into goblet. Pours a nice golden color with full white head that fall quickly leaving a fine head and fine lace behind.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity, citrus? Can also smell the alcohol in it.

Nice taste. Very nice in fact. Sweet just like the nose predicts. Spices and citrus right up front and a very slight bitterness at the finish. Warm feel of alcohol at the very end.

Creamy mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated but not overly so.

Very good beer. This has been sitting in my beer frig waiting for me to drink it and I can't believe I waited as long as I did. This is a great beer (as I was hoping it would be).

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a slight haziness, a small off-white head, lots of broken lace, and an abundance of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Superb, lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, starfruit, and mango, as well as cloves, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Rich, spicy, peppery, clove-like, with sweet alcohol, and a mild lingering herbal hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, quite rich and full in body, syrupy, soft on the palate, finish is dry.

Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly superb, a must try.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this wonderful selection.

Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with "Trappist Ale" on the logo sticker... Pours a very hazy and cloudy appearance... a definite straw-color... smell was replete with fresh citrus, florals, lemon, and slight spices... taste was very thick, rich, and satisfying, with pears, grapefruit, canteloupe, melon, citrus, and lemon essences that really dominated this brew and led to an all around outsanding creamy flavors... one of the better Tripels I've tasted for sure... this one is sure to please and satisfying... an excellent true-to-the-style Belgian brew... mouthfeel was superb - very rich and thick, creamy, sweet, and satisfying... esters and sugar-filled candies are certainly apparent in the overall complexion of this brew... Excellent drinkability despite the hefty 9.5% ABV... goes down very crisp and clean without the slightest hint of alcohol... One of the better Belgians out there... Definitely recommended...

Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale, hazy blonde, with a thin foam of eggshell white head. Leaves attractive lace all the way down the glass.

S-Cracked black pepper, zested grapefruit skins, shortbread. A bit sweet.

T/M-Crisp, prickly carbonation. Medium bodied. Shortbread and golden raisin sweetness. Classic tripel flavors, very well balanced.

D-one of the best examples of the style.

Photo of fourplayed
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a lite golden yellow with 2 finger head.

smells are mild fruits apples, peaches, yeasts , breads and some spice.

taste is an earthy mix of yeast, mildly sweet malts, hops, some fruit notes and spices which are mild.

lite to medium body, good zesty carbonation beginning to end, decent alcohol warmth, yeasty and dry hop finish.

A very good triple, not as fruity or sweet as some others, very worthy!

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a golden color with a huge frothy white head. Nice retention and lacing

Smell- Spices and citrus such as orange.

Taste- Wonderful fruitiness and spice flavor. Finish is semi sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, nice crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability- There is a reason this beer scores a 90 on this site. This beer was great I'd love to try it aged.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy orange yellow with a ton of floating yeasties and a mountainess dollup of cream colored head. Sticky lacing in abundance.

Fantastic aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, candy sugar, lemon, and light caramel.

Tastes of malts, a sharp spiciness, lemon, banana, yeast, and white pepper. Finish is clean and dry. The 9.5% alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied, slightly tart and dry, and lightly carbonated.

Mmm...this tripel from Westmalle hit the spot. Easy to drink and easier to love. A must try for sure.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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