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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,640
Hads: 4,156
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 359
Gots: 593 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
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 Hoppsbabo
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light gold (piss) colour. Leaves a foamy pure white head. There's small dark sediment at the bottom. Not particularly good lacing.

S: Bathwater, sherbet, nail varnish. Floral and a touch vinous.

T: Phew, no coriander flavour. It's slightly vinous. Has some sweetness. Not yeasty but there is some white bread. A bit of spice and peppery clove, a good bit of lacquer/nail varnish complemented with an appropriate bitter bite. It's quite floral. There's some of that hoppy bathwater that I get from English ales but not as strong as the head suggests. Nail varnish and summer fruits in the aftertaste. More citrusy as I get to the dregs. Leaves a sustaining Sprite-like citrus flavour in the mouth. At 9.5% it's very drinkable. Alcohol is well masked.

M: There's enough effervescence but it's very soft and fine. Foamy but in a good way.

O: This is now my third favourite Belgian pale ale. (903 characters)

Photo of jspruit
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 33cl bottle after seeing and hearing alot about it over the years.

Pours a nice light gold color with little bubbles and a large whitish 3 finger head.

Very enticing smells-a bit of everything with nothing really dominating: fruity, banana, sweet, yeast.

Fruity and balanced with sweet tones; nice banana/apple/raisin sort of taste. Also a bit malty and hoppy all at the same time with a hint of bitterness. Complex with some vanilla hints at the end.

Goes down full, but smooth and finishes a bit dry. The light carbonation does a nice number going down too.

Overall, for 9.5% ABV this is quite smooth and goes down great. Plenty of complexity throughout, but at no point is it overpowering. I probably wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting because of the ABV and its richness, but it's definitely a treat whenever you can get your hands on it and I'll do it again for sure. (912 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hazy gold tan with cottony foam.
Coriander and peppery spice, orange peel aromas.
Peppery orange on the palate.

This beer was poetry in the bottle. Yum! (153 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : pale golden color, nice head, disturbed by yeasts.
Smell : powerful aromas, but distinguished.
Taste and mouthfeel : full taste, fruity yeast, subtly spicy flavor and alcohol.
Drinkability: Beer bodied in the style Trappist triple, to discover absolutely.

Review translated from french 11-19-2008. (349 characters)

Photo of intensify
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-* 11 month old bottle. Bottled on 5/11/11, poured into a Orval Chalice on 4/17/12.

A- Golden yellow body. 2 finger, creamy head with dips and hills which make it look like the Rocky Mountains. Retention was a 8/10 with decent lacing.
S- Mango, crushed bananas, hops in the background, candy sugar.

T- This is where this beer is unique and entirely isolated from its other Trappist friends. Oh so sweet throughout the whole sip, leaving an almost sweet/bitter finish. Finishes with a sour and bitter taste. Mangos, bananas, cracked pepper, candy sugar, bready and biscuity, finishing with a slight taste of booze. Well balanced.

M- Carbonation was surely tamed a bit in the 1 year this beer was kept in my basement. Medium bodied, with a clean, crisp and filling finish.

O- Westmalle has always had a special place in my heart. It's a beer to sit down, relax and just enjoy. (879 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.33l bottle poured in its own chalice.

A: Pale yellow hazy color. Huge white fluffy head with good retention and many many lacing left. Many particles floating around and in bottom of the glass

S: Complex. Very spicy and citrus. Orange zest, honey, vanilla, apples. Sweet with light notes of alcohol. Classic bready Belgian yeasts. Bubblegum! Sweet malts and flowery hops

T: Complex as the nose. Very spicy. Sweet malts upfront followed by a stingy hops bitterness. BTW, wonderful bitterness. Fresh malts and citrus hops. Orange zest, vanilla and liquor. In overall, despite of the fruity and sweet upfront, its taste is quite dry and bitter. Just perfect

M: Heavy creamy body and low carbonation. Dry bitter aftertaste and presence of alcohol

O: A world class beer, no more, no less. Expected Trappist quality. Mandatory to beer lovers (842 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with giant three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Banana. Belgian yeast. Subtle spice. Vibrant and fresh.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Banana and sweet malt. Spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm going down.

O: Best Tripel I have had. (384 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. pours a gorgeous straw yellow/orange with a huge white head that hangs out for a while. Aromas of spices are the lead, with honey and grapes close behind. Outstanding carbonation. The honey flavors are definitely present. Tons of spices in this as well. Tastes like fall, with its hints of apples and pears and spices. Warms the mouth with its complex flavors. As with all trappists, try it. (414 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a yellow straw color with a decent amount of slight off white head.

Smell is fruity with a sweetness and the distinctive yeast as well.

Taste is very smooth with the sweetness and a hint of spice on the finish. No alcohol burn on the finish.

One of the best of the style that I have had. (330 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consuming roughly 5 months after the bottling date...

Pours a mostly clear golden color with some unidentified floating objects hanging around in the glass. The head is out of control! Tightly knit white head is trying to get out of my glass, really outstanding looking. Malty sweet aroma intensified by fruit, along with some spice, lemony notes, and alcohol. Flavor is VERY smooth. Lots of creamy malt forms a canvas upon which fresh fruit, spices, and alcohol paint a beautiful picture of flavor. There is more to the flavor going on that I can accurately describe - very complex. Alcohol is pretty warming in the stomach, but is not very noticeable in the taste at all. Great blend of bittering hops and sweet flavors. Low carbonation embellishes the very smooth, very full mouthfeel. Definitely a kick-ass beer! I really want to cellar some of this stuff and see how it changes (although it is damn good as is). (919 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible trippel and possibly my favourite.

It is darkish lightly cloudy gold with a big, off-white head that is dense and lasting, leaving nice, even, creamy lace.

The aroma is alcoholic, winey fruit, grape skins, flowers, grape juice, grain and a hint of banana. It seems lightly spicey and pungent an in enticing way.

The taste and feel are a creamy alcoholic fruitiness, mostly raisins, grapes and a little stewed pear, with a bite. It has a tingly quality, along with herbs, citrus, grain. (510 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz into simple tulip glass. The color was the deep golden, hazy liquid all previous reviews have described. A pillowy white head that quickly dissipated to a half-finger, then held from there. Not much lacing on glass - could be my fault.
The aroma was subtle blend of spice, dried fruit, citrus, and of course a nice touch of banana. Did have to get the nose in there to get details. Wife noticed some cinnamon and coriander. Wish I had that level of olfactory articulation.
The flavor is why we buy this beauty. The quintessential Tripel. The spice notes up front, the light citrus and dried fruit across the palate and the dry, yeasty finish (I made a full pour) - the definition of Tripel.
When I someday get a beer fridge, this will be a regular inclusion. (766 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours out a slightly hazy orange-gold color. It is quite effervescent with nice bubbles streaming upward. There is a beautiful creamy white head with outstanding retention and trademark Belgian lacing. Then nose has nice fresh-smelling fruity aromas of oranges, bananas, and pears. There is no alcohol and not much of a hop presence.

The beer has a full body and a wonderfully firm, slick mouthfeel. The predominant flavors are fruity and citrusy, but there is a wonderful complex spiciness that balances it out and keeps it from tasting too sweet. The carbonation is just right and complements the spiciness nicely. As the beer moves across the palate, the flavors develop. The fruit flavors start to recede and a pleasant dry bitter, flowery note creeps in. The finish is dry and sustained and accompanies a faint, warming touch of alcohol.

I'm not a big fan of tripels, but I can see why this one is something of a standard. It has just the right amount of sweetness and a perfect blend of spiciness and bitterness to balance it out and keep it drinkable. This is the best tripel I have had yet and the only one I could see myself drinking over and over. (1,212 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is banana and bubblegum. Chamomile, apple, and pear. White pepper, coriander. Floral and spicy hops. Honey and cracker malt. Oranges and spices. Balanced fruit, spice and malt character.

Pours hazy golden. Large frothy white head with good lacing.

Fruity and spicy on the palate with a surprisingly firm hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Graham cracker malt with citrus and coriander. Lots of malt character without being sweet. Clove and various baking spices. Spicy herbal hops with some fruitiness.

Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Lingering bitterness and spices on the finish. Very dry and crisp despite the amount of yeast character.

Incredibly complex and balanced. More spicy phenols than fruity esters and quite dry. The amount of hop bitterness lends me to think this beer is pretty fresh. (824 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a hazy yellow-golden...foamy head that retained, and left broken lace all the way down...smell was citrusy, and mild, taste was outstandingly citrusy, fruity, complex...mouthfeel light bubbly, and creamy...drinkability is high!...not a session brew, due to the abv, but just wonderful...God! I love Belgians!!! (317 characters)

Photo of Throckmorton
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

amazing beer.

A - golden tan with protein and yeast, off white head of fine bubbles that lasts and lasts. lace down the side of the glass.

S- prominent yeast, some earthy and grassy tones.

T- fabulous yeasty flavors, lots of grass and hay, and undertones of vanilla, but not at all sweet.

M - not highly carbonated, nice on the tongue.

D - amazing, I'm glad I can't easily buy this beer or I'd be living under a bridge. (425 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big corked bottle into my giant snifter...the head on this baby is so big it still will take two glasses. Pours a fairly bright pale yellow with a head that will wows even with a gentle pour. Nose is funky Belgian yeast, rich and deep in the nose, with an undercurrent of fruitness and a delightfully aftertaste that is just barely sour in a light and wonderful way. There is no unpleasantness at all in any of the flavors. It's more bitter than one might expect, but this is not to say it's unbalanced. On the contrary, the balance is exceptional. I took this out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving and I would recommend to anyone drinking this to serve it at the proper temperature rather than right out of the fridge and in a glass other than a pint glass, one with curves that will bring out the nose. A true champion of beers, but one expects nothing less from any of the Trappists. (898 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I fucking love tripels! Ok, we got that out of the way. Pours a magnificent bright orange into a snifter. A huge off-white head full of scattered bubbles fills the glass to the rim and stays there for a while before slowly fading, around the sides first, which leaves a hill of froth in the middle of the glass, before it eventually fades all together and leaves big chunks and stringy lacing all around. Bold aromas of sweet bread, oranges, grapefruit and candy rise to the nose. Tastes spicy and melony up front with a good hit of alcohol heat immediate following. I like it a lot (in my best Jim Carey voice). Other various fruits, some malts, and bold helping of hop bitternes finish things off. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. I am duly impressed and am going to stop writing now so I can concentrate on how good this one is. (841 characters)

Photo of NClifestyle
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wonderful stuff. 11.2 fl oz bottle, a very unique top part inscribed westmalle. thank the monks for this. pours up cloudy and light amber, dark yellow. fluffy head of white stuff leaves nice lace down the glass. smell of light citrus fruit, maybe lemon, summer outside, and some spicy bits as well. taste is amazing. a bright, slightly fruity taste to start, alcohol slides in behind that, and a tart finish. would not drink this all night, too many flavors to deal with, but an stellar beer just the same.

cheers... (519 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow. Expansive, lacy head is quick to settle.

S- Floral-scented soaps, tropical flowers and fruits, passionfruit, Belgian yeast, fresh cut green grass. Faint spice.

T- Sweet, delicious malt with loads of classic Belgian Tripel flavor. The long, lingering sweet malt finish is seductive and invites further drinking.

M, D- Full, round, velvety feel. Impeccable balance. Creamy but fresh, given bouyancy by the fruitiness and CO2. Substantial, but not flabby or heavy. Well-crafted. A delight, and very enjoyable.

ETA: I have had a few Westmalle Tripels recently which were inconsistent in quality and varied so greatly from my review above that they one would never consider them the same ale. These have been much darker in color and had aromatic and flavor profiles which could best be described as oxidized and raisinated, and were just like a 20 year tawny Port wine. None of the complexity and fresh fruitiness of the excellent example reviewed above was apparent. Too old? Cooked in a store room possibly? Disappointing, unfortunately. (1,057 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: In its Westmalle challace (which I forgot I had until I realized I was pouring the beer into it), a slightly cloudy, slightly chalky piss gold (it is, what can I say?) with a huge, pillowy, pure white head. Medium retention; a bit on the quick side for a tripel. Thick lace curtains on the glass. Dozens of streams of tiny bubbles race to the top.

Smell: On the rich side for a trip, with a sweet, bready cakelike spiceiness, yeasty white pepper/clove, and a definite citrus tang, though more sweet orange than sharp lemon. An undercurrent of honeyed malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The champ. Hands down. Period. Sweet nectar tangerine hits the palette first, followed by a swirling spiced bread flavor. There's a lemon-lime soda floating on top, with a creamy honey--and even a hint of sugar cookie--resting on the floor. It's a touch boozy (sort of like a Tom Collins), but the finish is a Middle Eastern combo of lime leaf, exotic spice and honey. It's as good as it gets; it's hard to describe how truly amazing this is. The mouthfeel is stellar as well, rich, smooth, creamy and a bit chewy.

Drinkability: I have to shave a half off for it's 9+ abv and $4.50+ price tag. But if I were Bill Gates, I'd have a walk-in fridge full of it; I could literally drink only this forever and be happy. IMHO, certainly the best tripel, and one of the best beers, this mortal coil has to offer. Divine inspiration, indeed. (1,428 characters)

Photo of Klgkenny
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bomber into a room temp pint glass.

Pour produces a fluffy two finger head topping a pale orange body. The body is cloudy, yet translucent. I expected it to be a bit darker, but it was still very nice.

Smells like apricots and pepper. Faint aromas of exotic fruits and a slight follow up of alcohol.

Tastes very bright. Tangy apricot and fruity tastes wash through the mouth. Pepper and ... and something pleasantly bitter. Finally warming alcohol. Oh so pleasant warming alcohol.

Feels bright and carbonated in the mouth. Crisp and peppery in the sinuses and the back of the throat. This feels like high octane champagne in the mouth.

Aside from the price and high alcohol, I could drink this all day. I'd love to, but as it is, I'll keep them for special occasions. (798 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into snifter/ Best by 6/11/10

P: Clear, effervescent golden honey with a 2 fingered pearly white head that's soapy, yet rocky. Shows good retention and sinks to a thin halo with an island.

A: Sweetly toasted pale malts along with bananas, apples, and peaches with some spice and alcohol to boot. Smells mouth-wateringly good!

T: The lightly toasted sweet pale malts are definitely hefty, as they have to be to hold up a flavor profile this intense! On top is a big ol' bowl of fruit that includes bananas, apples, peaches, and a citric twang that tingles the taste buds. Peppery-like spice is like a beautifully choreographed dance that does quite a number on the tongue, while the soft alcohol contributes nicely to the profile. I also get some floral hops on the back end, which only adds yet another layer to this complex, well-made beer in which all of the flavors really meld together nicely.

M: The Westmalle Tripel has a luxuriously smooth medium-full body that features a volumizing carbonation that blossoms in the mouth to give it a crisp, yet rich and creamy kind of feel. Perfection!

Notes: This is one of the best tripels that I've had yet! It's full-flavored, powerfully spicy, explosively delicious, but not quite as fruity as others. This is why tripels are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles! Highly recommended (1,348 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML into my Brooklyn tulip. Split the bottle.

A: Even a careful pour yielded over three fingers of fluffy white head. Not that much lacing but enough. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very clear golden color with great clarity.

s: Great nose. Tons of apples. Pears. Little bit of spice in there as well. A nice sweetness comes through as well.

T: This is a solid classic take on the style. Tons of fruit. Really great yeast. They must ferment this at a high tempature. Tons of apples, pears. Just a full boquet of light fruits. A touch of spice. Perfectly balanced.

D: Slight dry finish. Well carbonated. Perfect.

D: I could drink this all day long. Sure it is a big beer but it drinks great all seasons. In the winter it is hearty and in the summer it is light and refreshing. (784 characters)

Photo of sloejams
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully into my chalice; a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains quite well with some gorgeous lacing. It has a sweet aroma with citrus fruits evident and the slightest hint of coriander. It tastes remarkable - sweetness in the yeast, some cloves and bit tart. Nice medium body with a warming alcohol feel. The 9.5 is very well hidden. I could drink a few of these.

The best tripel I've ever had. Delicious.

Monks, what can't they do? (472 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.