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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,641
Hads: 4,159
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 360
Gots: 596 | 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 erz316
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

classically beautiful 11.2 fl oz brown bottle poured into my long last found chalice of westmalle (! haha!)

A - damn near perfect. there is an amazing hazy golden/brazen color that fill the chalice, with some yeast chunkies floating around. there are some few bubbles from the bottom, but they are doing little to keep the head full. the head could have filled up better but it will suffice ne'er the less. the head fades fast and leaves a thin layer in the middle of the chalice, it retains well around the side of the glass. goddamn I love these cistericans.

S - tart dried apricots, like the gourmet ones from california, and granny smith apples, are the most creative way I can come up with describing the smell; this binds the alcohol in a warm blanket and makes it smell enchanting. my cat has once again sampled some of the beer; from her face and look of utter disgust I will inform the reader that it is in my best belief that she is not a fan. Perhaps too strong? maybe she should just stick to old ales. moving on. there is a slight slight subtle underlayer of real sweet to the beer, like apple sauce, or caramel apples.

T - chewing the beer makes the malts come out in full force and you can reall appreciate the sweetness that they have to offer (this is one technique that I picked up from one of those silly sam adams commercials). there is a spicy bitterness that hits the front tip of the tongue; this makes a bit of burn and the special ting that bitter tastes do.the the finish has real dark fruits coming out, ripe as hell too, delicious purple plumbs and prunes. I might also add there is something that i would call dark/black cherry, it has a maraschino sweetness but is dumbed down with the ripeness of the plumbs and prunes and thus makes a black cherry flavour. kind of cool if you can taste it. as for the finish: the finish also has towards the end alcohol mixing in with fruit, but alcohol comes running in during the beginning of finish and afterward, but sooner than later it fades out. the after taste is slightly sweet, with dominantly malt taste.

MF - the feel is great, perfect except for the fact that I get an onslaught of bubbles in my mouth. the consistency is amazing, and I can really complain about nothing except for the few cat hairs in my drink. I once again will express my admiration for the trappiste: i love the quality products that come out of these institutions.

D - despite the intense crisp carbonation, that is to say: very small bubbles (unlike coke, more like mountain dew) that meake it easier to drink but also make you feel more bloated from the fact that you do drink more, I would drink this all night long; I am being literal. I will say it loud and plowed. all night long. me and this beer, I can forget my beautiful girlfriend or even making dinner for my self, I'll just pretend im a monk, and I'm fasting under one of those crazy rules of St. Benedict. (2,925 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended. (482 characters)

Photo of DanOLeary
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Ripe pear skin. That's the first thing that comes to mind when you hold a glass of this beer to your nose. There is a light sense of brown sugar and sweet bread dough. Not bread crust mind you. Dark grapes are also noted in the aroma. No hop aroma and only a hint of alcohol despite the 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: A deep yellow to light golden amber with a yeast haze. Effervesant carbonation bubbles can be seen rapidly rising to the top that produce a frothy billow of pure white head. Excellent retention and very good lacing.

Flavor: Light spices of coriander, clove, and alcohol combine evenly on the palate with a very gentle presence. The alcohol lingers the most through the middle where you'll find an almost peppery spice. This seems to come from a combination of the alcohol and yeast. While the flavors are light, there's a lasting sensation of color on your tongue into the clean finish. If there's a hop presence it's only found at the back of the throat and with an earthy/noble presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Alcohol presence is certainly noted with a warming presence in the mouth and through the finish. This beer warms you up as it goes down. The carbonation is high and seems to renew the flavor if you hold the beer in your mouth.

Overall: Since there is a fair amount of yeast in the bottle, a careful pour will yield a brighter and more clear beer. But I poured this into two glasses, and the second glass got much more yeast than the first. If you don't care for yeast in your beer, pour slowly. Personally I call small bits of yeast "flavor crystals" in my beer. The same goes for hop flakes, though you won't find those here. There is nothing overpowering about this beer and the flavors blend together surprisingly evenly, with the alcohol winning out only slightly. Hop presence is minimal while the beer exhibits a noble spice given off by the Wesmalle yeast. (1,919 characters)

Photo of HogHill
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured my Westmalle Tripel into my Rochefort Chalice (oh the sacrilege!), there was barely any head, just a white dusting, but that's probably due to my pouring skillz. The body looks to be a yellow golden haze with some orange highlights.
The aroma that comes wafting to my nostrils as I dip my schnauz into the chalice is that of esters, mainly of the banana variety.
Taste: a complex estery masterpiece. It's a spicy, but balanced, great blend of the esters and yeast, with a sustantially body for a light golden ale.
Feels very carbonated on the tongue, lots of bubbly action which lends to a dry finish. At 9.5% it even leaves me craving for more! I love the Westmalle Tripel, a true classic. (701 characters)

Photo of Hunter
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy apricot color, pillowy head of white foam. Several thin and active threads of carbonation. Nice lacing effects.

Smell: Notes of citrus, spice, hay, and candi sugar. Light and fresh.

Taste: Alcohol predominates as it hits the tongue, then gives way to a sweet, slightly smoky flavor. Hints of spice and hops. Complex without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation makes for a sharp, palate clearing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is clean, with a lingering taste of grassy citrus.

Drinkability: Lovely and rich, this is not something to have daily, but rather one to have on rare occasion, when you have the time and peace to savor it properly. It's a light a summery sort of beer, but the alcohol will warm you on cold nights just fine. Belgian ales are my favorite, tripels most of all. Westmalle certainly lives up to the Trappist tradition. (864 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: As complex as love itself. It has three layers, The bottom being the lightest, a deep yellow to orange. The middle layer is darker and cloudier. The top layer is a thick head that sticks delightfully to the sides of the glass. Throughout there twists a tornado comprised of what appears to be particles of heaven-dust.

Smell: Strawberry ice cream, bananas, cinnamon, and the woman you wish you were with.

Taste: Immediate tartness gives way to softer fruity malts. Somewhat dry finish with (pleasingly) bitter alcohol. I can taste just a little licorice when I exhale.

Mouthfeel: Lively! Really smooth, though.

Drinkability: So far, so bloody good. How's that for a review being recent? (711 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From some notes of mine which I thought I lost.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a nice caramel brown with a two finger head that had good retention and left a lot of lacing.

S the nose on this one was sweet with notes of apples, some spicy yeast and a hint of alcohol.

T the taste of this one was sublime. First you get sweet fruit mostly apples followed by a bit of yeast, with the malts taking center stage with a caramel like finish that stays on your tounge.

M The mouthfeel was nice and full bodied with good carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Overall I loved this one. To me this is how a tripel should be. It smells great, tastes heavenly, and you can't even tell that it is well over 9% abv. My favorite tripel and possibly one of my all time favorite beers. (799 characters)

Photo of myelo
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light butterscotch appearance with bright white, rocky head and millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky lacing.

Fresh fruit sweet aroma -- caramelized banana, orange, with spicy cloves and yeast.

Taste is fruity and malty sweetness up front, with some spicy phenol in the middle and lingering dank hop bitterness balanced by honey and plum and apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel is beautiful -- creamy rich with high but very smooth carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth.

If someone asks what a Tripel is all about, this is what you have them try. (552 characters)

Photo of PintPiner
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful spicy/fruity aroma.

Lively head at first pour that subsides somewhat but remains to the bottom of the glass.

Beautiful golden honey color.

Highly carbonated, almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Complex malty flavor with lots of spicy depth. (254 characters)

Photo of studentofbeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when i opened it, the first thing i thought was, did i open a cider by mistake? the smell was overwhelmingly tart apple and apple skin. even once poured into my ommegang goblet i detected a lot of sweet and tangy green apple as well as herbal and flower smells.

color was a slightly hazy but perfect hay color. nice head that fell to a slight lace as i drank.

first taste was a knockout--from cider it seemed to have morphed into a super strong ESB. the first taste was strongly english aley-- very bready and earthy. then came a sharp pepper bite mixed with some sour/sweet apple flavor and a bitter herbal aftertaste.

i find this an amazing beer. highly drinkable, imminently complex with flavor profiles from different styles and a strong 9.5 abv, its quite a beer. i only wish i could afford it more often. (819 characters)

Photo of medic25
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color, with a little bit of a white head. Sweet, quite malty odor. The taste is a complex balance of flavors; raisin, candy sugar, very faintest trace of hops. For 9.5%, the beer goes down amazingly easily. Drinkability is tremendous; much lighter and crisper than some of the other sickly sweet tripels out there. (342 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into Lost Abbey tulip glass

A: copper color with no see through cloudly

S: spice with sweetness backing up the spice

T: Spice and a well balanced beer taste the sweet but not overly sweet

M: on the lower side of Medium mouthfeel

D: very drinkable its got no alcohol taste so for 9.5 % I would call this dagerously drinkable. (337 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my mind you can't really buy a better Tripel than this wonderful Trappist. It was poured into a typical Belgian snifter style glass and immediately sprouted an inch-thick, white, foamy, creamy head. It left excellent lacing. The body was amber colored, somewhat hazy.
The aroma was excellent, lots of banana, candy sugar, clove, citrus and sweet fruits. The bouquet was almost enough to sit and enjoy, but the taste was something else as well. You could definitely detect a large ammount of alcohol, but not nearly as much as is actually present. It is well-hidden behind a complex taste of clove, spice, sugars, mild hoppiness, yeasts and bananas. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated yet not very biting; it's creamy and refreshing and is absolutely excellent to the last sip. Please do yourself a favor and try this beer. Especially if you're a fan of Tripels like me. (876 characters)

Photo of doho95fu
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - Didn't really know what to expect here, I don't have much experience with the style so I had very few preconceptions. Starting off, I think I poured it a little rough because I had a 10 minute wait for the white spongy head to die down. There was thick lacing down the sides (thought I had a soapy glass at first). The color is a dull gold with a cloudy vision. It smells of fruit, spice and alcohol - it really has a strong but pleasant smell. You do not have to stress your olfactory skills here. The taste was fruit again, maybe apricot, with spices like nutmeg and cloves - great. Strong finish and very drinkable for such a strong brew. This makes me want to concentrate on this style for a bit. (706 characters)

Photo of RedBaron
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer of '05. Wow.

Appearance: Hazy golden brew with spritzy, sustainable head.
Smell: Banana-y, slight clove and a nice, subtle dry hop aroma.
Taste: Complex malt and fruit flavors up front, a great yeastiness in the middle, and a wonderfully dry finish. Nice attenuation.
Mouthfeel: Bulky and divine! A nice, taut tripel that packs a solid punch. So much complexity with each sip.
Drinkability: A 'must sip' brew. This is one global great to be savored. I appreciate the yeasti-ness to this beer above all of the wonderful characteristics, and the fact that this beer is bottle-conditioned makes it quite evident and appealing. Outstanding. (656 characters)

Photo of sespourteille
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely amazing. I write this review as i am being completely overwhelmed by its quality and craftsmanship. Served in a 9.4 oz bottle, it is great for sharing with others, everyone will like it. Make sure to check the bottle, the tripel is a noticeable difference from the other kinds. (301 characters)

Photo of rarevos
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours an opaque golden-yellow. Thick head at first, quickly subsides to light lacing.

S: A mild grassiness and a hint of crisp apple sourness.

T/M: Robust grain up front with a nice sweetness. Just a tiny hint of fruit (the apple from the aroma) and some pepperiness to cut it. Bit of a grassy, "field aroma" that makes it somewhat rustic (not as rustic as a saison, though). Finish is dry and crisp with a light, pleassantly bitter tail.

D: Thankfully, this is really easy to get, and relatively inexpensive. It's a drier tripel, but it has a crispness/dryness that I absolutely crave. This and Cinq Cents are my go-to tripels. Drinks FAR easier than the 9.5% abv would indicate; this bad boy hides the alcohol extremely well. (772 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw/golden color with a massive head of white that recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light malt, toasted marshmallows, light fruitiness and some yeast spiciness.

Taste is fairly light for a 9.5% beer, it is crisp and easy drinking to the point of being dangerous. It starts with light, crisp malt with soft fruit flavors that transitions into smooth, lightly toasted malts and subtle herbal hop aromatics. The finish is clean, crisp and has hints of bread and very light floral.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation. Very effervescent.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, deceptive and understated yet balanced and complex. This beer is not quite as malty or bready as many tripels I have had, it also has less intense yeast aromas. I loved this beer and will be drinking it much more. (845 characters)

Photo of Albinoh
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice presentation, initial rocky head that settles to a lasting lace, some clings to the glass as the beer goes away. Turbid body, brownish-orange. Citric/lemon alcoholic aroma. Crisply and malty upfront with a yeasty sweetness following. Crispy but not extremely crispy. Medium smooth body. Bitter ending that stays in your mouth for long time.

Very nice, very well balanced, those monks really know what they are doing. (423 characters)

Photo of alamere
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled dated 01-2011... not sure if that's the importation date or the actual bottling date... but seeing as how I'm drinking this on the West Coast in the USA.. that seems pretty recent!

poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A - It's hard not to gush madly about this particular beer to be perfectly honest... and why wouldn't you? This is what God himself intended beer to look like (probably?) It's not quite only straw colored... it's like straw with a darker orange-ish presence and as crystal clear as beer gets. I can see reflections of my life and the ghost of my past inside of this beer.. that's how clear it is. Pours a magnificent head and leaves a lacing that doesn't go away for the entire glass.. . actually.. I've been drinking this for 20+ minutes and there is still a foam across the top with a spiderweb pulling down the interior of my glass. Perfect, with tiny, tight, champaigne-like bubbles.

S - It's got a sweet smell with an herby, peppery hop presence that I don't actually recall the last time I tried this beer. I'd say some apple and pear in the smell as well.

T - It's hard not to give all 5's. This beer is one of the Kings of all beer for good reason in my opinion. It tastes fresh, with a sweetness at first and then an obvious malt presence, but not a super strong malt showing either but a cleanness that helps this beer go down VERY easily. It's got no hot alcohol notes at all and for an ABV of 9% goes down like a 5% beer. It's dry, but with an aftertaste that lingers in the best of ways.. Lastly, 12 seconds after you drink it, you get a warming alcohol splash in your esophagus. Again, this is exactly what God intended beer to taste like in my opinion.

M - What's not to like?? It's a dry beer, but feels light on the palette and isn't too heavy and cloying.

Overall - I almost feel bad as I've wanted to review some beers on beer advocate for awhile.. and I started with a bunch of the best beers in the world. It's been like a labor of love so far!! ha! Soon enough I'll get to the "Bud Light limes" of the world. ;)

This, however, is as good as beer gets in my opinion... this is one of the reasons that I even started drinking beers. I tried a few beers like this (after drinking a lot of bud light, etc) and thought to myself "Well, maybe I do LOVE beer?!!" (2,324 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice glass.

A--Hazy gold with a bit of an orange tint. Large, creamy head that lasts forever and leaves perfect lacing. As good a head as I've ever seen.

S--Sweet & yeasty. Some fruits, like apricot. Mild but still complex with a lot going on.

T--Sweet & malty. Apricot & yeasts are the upfront tastes to me. A little bit of hops follow to balance it out. Damn near perfection.

M--Wow, creamy & mouthfilling. Plenty of carbonation to spread out the flavors. I'd have to call the mouthfeel perfect, at least to my tastes.

O--This one is awesome. I've tried countless American Belgian style tripels. This is the one that they're all trying to be when they grow up. Absolutely as good as it gets. (736 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a monstrous head. It soon dissipates into a thin soapy lace. Amazing aroma; tropical fruits, orange zest, bannana, belgian candi sugars, honey, caramel and alcohol. I could spend hours "fussing" and "sniffing" on this one! Such a complex taste! There is so much going on here; fruity sweet, peach, grape and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Spicy and herbal; peppers and coriander. Big alcohol flavor. Belgian pale malts and yeasty. A bitter finish. Heavy mouthfeel and intensly high carbonation that prickles the tongue. A sipper for sure but very drinkable as the drink warms.
As one of BAs recent forums suggested, every now and then you get a truly "WOW" beer. This is one of them. I often wonder what truly constitutes a 5 score; this one can arguably make its case. As is, it comes pretty damn close. (843 characters)

Photo of bluesfan1181
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving - 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a big 3 finger head that bellows out of the glass. Has a beautiful golden orange glow to it that, is cloudy with yeast. Lacing sticks around the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells of spiciness and yeast. Has fruit notes mixed in.

T - Hop bitterness and yeast on the front, fruitiness and alcohol on the back. Has a nice lingering taste that is pleasant.

M - Has mild carbonation that tickles your throat on the way down. Easy to drink for an ABV% of this volume.

Overall this is one of the best in the world. A true Trappist ale from Belgium. Worth every penny and one I will be visiting again!!!! (664 characters)

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What can anyone say that hasn't already been said? This is a super complex, ridiculously refreshing and ultimately wonderful beer.

Pale gold, sediment falls to the bottom of the glass. Head is two, almost three fingered, retention is excellent.

The scent is hoppy, citrusy, spicy. I smell a lot of lemongrass.

The hops come out at first, quickly fade into a sweet malts. Alcohol kick at the end. As it warms, the bitterness fades, and the alcohol comes out even more.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Leaves a nice, wet aftertaste that stimulates the taste buds and lingers for a while. (585 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy medium golden with a few chunkies. The head was white, tall and fell slowly to the edges of the surface and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was citrusy spice with coriander and and light fruity esters from alcohol. The alcohol esters tickled the nasal passages and behind the citrus and spice was a nice candy malty backbone.

The flavor was light and citrusy with restrained and very complex spiciness of coriander and clove. The citrusy flavor had a pineapple and candy sweetness that was well balanced by hop bittering to keep the beer in line. The flavors were well done and worked together harmoniously.

The finish was just dry and continued to dry out well into the aftertaste with pleasant lasting flavors of citrus and spice. The body was just above medium with a creamy texture and nice carbonation. Alcohol was present, but restrained and barely made itself noticeable except for some slight warming after consumption.

33 cl bottle. 22/03/03 on back label. This beer was ranked second for the tripels when I rated it, too bad I cannot send it over the top. Excellent beer! (1,135 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.