Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,633
Hads: 4,125
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 350
Gots: 569 | 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 thehyperduck
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 20 2017 and served slightly chilled.

This one pours a cloudy, pale golden-yellow colour, producing two fingers of pillowy, sparkling white-coloured head. Retention is every bit as good as you'd expect from a top-notch abbey outfit like Westmalle - it seeps away at a seemingly infinitesimal pace, depositing a thick curtain of lace as it wilts unevenly, eventually leaving behind a lumpier, more manageably-sized cap. The aroma includes a good mix of fruity esters and spicier, yeast-derived phenolics. Pale malt sweetness and candi sugar provide an appropriate backbone, with notes of pear, apricot, green grape, lemon pith and banana competing for my nostril real estate. Clove spice and floral hops also come through, rounding the nose off nicely.

Complex flavour - delicious, too. Grainy pale malts and sugary sweetness underlie a fruity blend of ripe apples and pears, as well as hints of banana, lemon pith and apricot. Quite floral and a bit grassy, with the spicy, yeasty phenolic character exploding toward the finish - lots of spicy clove, with an almost medicinal bitterness that desiccates the palate. The effect is similar to what I recall from their dubbel, but seems more pronounced here - with the higher abv giving it an added touch of warmth in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that results (at least initially) in a relatively prickly mouthfeel. It softens over time, however, becoming much smoother - and since this tripel only continues to improve as it approaches room temperature, there's no real excuse to rush through this one.

Final Grade: 4.43, an awesome A grade. Westmalle Tripel is without a doubt a very solid example of the style, with a rich, complex flavour profile and a luxuriously smooth, satisfying feel in the mouth. While I don't think I'd count it amongst my favourite tripels - mostly because the spicy phenolic bent is a bit much for me - it's still a seriously impressive beer. It's a steal at its $3.50-ish LCBO price point, and a beer that all Belgian ale aficionados should consider an absolute must-try. The other two bottles will be staying in my cellar for a while, because this is the sort of beer that you save for special occasions. (2,258 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was like two different beers depending on when you drank it. Out of the bottle, it's good, a little prickly, some banana/pear sweetness with a kick of spicy, lightly yeasty notes. About thirty minutes in, though, once warmed up to cellar temps, this thing sings: soft, creamy body, the prickly phenols all smoothed out, this is delicately sweetened spiced pears. So much pear. Really amazing transformation. (412 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazed dark straw under a huge white head which lingers long. Aromas of spring fruit and yeast. Tastes of honey, caramel sweetness, fruity, slight spices. Fairly strong ABV so go slow. (200 characters)

Photo of tlema1
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: golden color, big white head, lots of carbonation
S: I get green apples
T: boozy finish, some fruit
F: clings to the tongue
O: not my favorite Tripel, but very well done (175 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Trapist beers I have had. Not my normal style but this one was a standout. Pretty malty and very big bold beer. Would seek out again. (162 characters)

Photo of M_chav
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the full foamy head that this pours, a light yellow color to the beer - looks refreshing. Smells of the classic belgian yeast, get dates and raisens. Taste is strong with the alcohol - lots of yeasty bread feel and taste. a light bitter ending keeps this refreshing, just not my jam (288 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy orange body with an ample white head. Smell is strong yeast manifesting as banana and light spice. Alcohol as well. Taste is less sweet that I would have expected based on the aroma. Hefty banana taste with some sugariness, but it quickly drops off leaving a bitter yeasty finish. Very dry finish. Seems like high carbonation because of how quickly it drops off. Deceptively light tasting, but the alcohol never subsides. Tripels are not my style, but this is about as good as it gets from a tripel. (541 characters)

Photo of EricVonStein
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a white head of foam about three fingers high. Lots of lacing as it disappears slowly.
Cloudy golden sunshine colour, like rich honey.

Bananas citrus and yeast on the nose, even a bit of malt notes. Nice summery field smell of dry grasses and light fruits.

Wow! First sip knocks you back. Slightly sweet fruit gives way to a bitterness that is undertones by dried fruits yeasty bread and grains that keeps swelling until it becomes the dominant flavour. As the fruits hit their richest and darkest notes the warmth of the alcohol takes over and settles at the back of the throat into the chest. Nice hops and citrus on the tongue after. So much complexity to the flavours it's really stunning !

In the mouth its brightly carbonated with a bit of thickness.

Overall incredible beer. Such beautiful balance and changing transition of flavours is rare. Like walking through a summer meadow in the dry sun. Can't get enough. (934 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Murky amber with thick white head that holds well with big bubbles.

S - Wheat, orange, passion fruit, lemon.

T - Starts off with a fairly strong alcohol burn, followed by a malty and citrusy middle. Finishes with an orange peel bitterness.

M - Thick with a strong alcohol burn.

O - A bit on the bitter side for a Tripel. Very boozy. Thick head, thick body. Strong flavors and smell. Very enjoyable (412 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a newly acquire Russian River chalice

L-Light golden, hazy / cloudy, 1 inch white foamy head with plenty of retention, thick lacing that coats the entire side of the glass

S-Typical belgian smell.........slight banana and clove........spicy / peppery yeast / funk

T-Follows the nose..........earthy spices / peppery notes from the yeast.......banana /clove ....some lemon

M-medium bodied, bubbly carbonation that fizzes on the tongue........mild alcohol burn......refreshing.........drinkable despite its ABV

O-solid Belgian Tripel (551 characters)

Photo of ScaryEd
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a very, very light golden color. Almost pilsner-esque, with a large white, bubbly head.

I smell banana and cloves as well as some light, earthy funk.

The taste has a lot of banana and a grassy, lemony flavor, The alcohol is very much present and stings the tongue on every sip. At the end I taste a bit of orange peal which is quite pleasant.

This is a fairly smooth beer despite the ABV. It is medium carbonated and very drinkable. If it weren't for the ABV this would be an easily sessionable beer.

Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite Tripels. I love the earthy, grass-like taste mixed with the banana sweetness and lemon tartness. It's fairly light bodied all things considered, and isn't entirely overpriced (albeit still fairly expensive). Great beer on a hot summer day. (806 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at my Beer Club meeting where we sampled almost every available Trappist Beer, so some tough competition that night. Even with that said, this one tasted a bit flat and one-dimensional compared to the Westmalle Dubbel, so between the two, and for the same price, I'd go for the other. Still though, a pretty damn tasty beer, if you can get a good deal. (369 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden-orange color with a moderate sized white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving just a slight ring of lacing around the edges and not much else. Very murky. Appears to be some sediment gathered at the bottom.

Aroma of banana, bubblegum, lemon and yeast are first to hit the nose. Grassy. Definitely some funk, but it plays well with the banana and bubblegum.

Taste is a lot heavier than expected. Booze hits strong right off the bat. Banana and a hint of lemon and orange, but now bready malts join the party in a rather strong way. Good amount of alcohol warmth. Fruitiness comes on stronger as it warms, revealing some grapefruit and pineapple.

Medium bodied. Not as thick as you'd expect based on the ABV. Goes down nice and smooth, works well as a high ABV summer beer.

Overall, a very good beer. Really complex flavor that incorporates hefes as well as some pale ale fruity qualities. (918 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-larger bubbles but a nice golden color with a white head
- smell is sweet with very pleasant yeast notes
-amazing sweet spices mixed with very pleasant yeast notes, some fruit notes
- silk on the palate a very refreshing beer
- overall the best tripel i have had so far, will be buying again (294 characters)

Photo of DavisEdwards
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An honest beer brewed from prime ingredients.
More than eighty years after its creation by the famous master brewer Hendrik Verlinden (1866-1940) Westmalle Tripel is still one of the best tripel beers ever.
By far my favourite Trappist beer, IMHO much better than Westvleteren. (277 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 CowsandBeer
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Farnam House Brewing snifter. Best before date of 10/03/16. Sipped on while listening to Dynamite Hemorrhage radio.

Ap: Pours a huge pillowy head of three fingers atop a hazy golden yellow body. Lots of carbonation activity with some yeast floating about. Looks amazing.

Ar: On the nose light bubblegum, oxidized bananas, apple slices, moderate clove spice which I appreciate and confectioners’ sugar. Spot on for a triple.

T: Nice blend of oxidized banana/fruit flavors with a bit of citrus sweetness. The spice yeast phenols ala clove are stronger than the fruity esters but still with a good balance. Nice white frosting type sweetness kept in check by a firm bitterness and a very soft malt backbone. Alcohol comes off a bit spicy/perfume like with only a moderate warmth. Sip sip sip.

Mf: Effervescent with a medium feel. Sweet but not too sweet thanks to the dryness. Low alcohol warmth, quite drinkable.

Overall: Textbook classic triple. Huge head with good retention. Has a nice sweetness cut by the high carbonation and dryness. Great drinkability despite its strength. Good balance between the fruity esters and spicy yeast phenols; not too spice forward. One of those beers you should have if you’re at all into Belgian ales, as so many Belgian style US made beers are based off of this one. (1,368 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold in color and hazy with some tiny particles floating around, despite a fairly gentle pour and leaving the yeast behind. The head dissipated quicker than expected and minimal lacing on the glass. Fruity and spicy aroma. White wine notes with a big bready character to it. The spice is still there in the flavor and it finishes dry with soft alcohol. Highly carbonated and effervescent. Medium bodied with a slight warming quality.

My expectations were high for this beer given its high ratings and my love for the style. But, somehow it just fell a little flat for me. I will certainly be revisiting it again soon. (623 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy-gold colour

Faint banana smell, like a nice Belgian Trappist should smell, with a bit of earthiness.

Mellow/balanced flavours, sweeter banana and spice. Very drinkable and sneaky considering it 9.5% ABV.

Would I buy it again? Definitely. (256 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle had a best before date of 23rd July 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: It poured a hazy golden straw colour with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving thin soapy like lacing.
S: There were aromas of bready malts, caramelised banana, candied sugar, slight bubblegum ending with lemon sour?
T: Tastes of sweet bready malts, orange, pear maybe some lingering banana ending with some slight alcohol.
M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Creamy and also somewhat sticky.
O: This was a decent tripel. The best thing about it was its look especially the thin soapy lacing. The taste itself was decent, but nothing too special either. (670 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very crisp & sharp citrus upfront, the brew remains very light and refreshing all the way, with some lemongrass and that earthy yeast / hay you expect. All exceptionally balanced and robust. (191 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 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 Meganomiidae
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thin pale head, that quickly dissipates. Beautiful, hazy liquid gold.

S: Deep scents. White grape, citrus, grapefruit, fresh grain, and a bit of funk on the end.

T: Just a hint of stone fruit initially, quickly giving way to a cacophony of other flavors. Pear and grapefruit give way to hefty sourdough maltiness. Flavor is mildly sweet, fading to a pleasant bitterness that lingers after the taste. Complex and beautiful.

Feel: Again, like liquid gold. A beautifully smooth sip with just the right level of carbonation.

Overall: My first true Trappist tripel, and I have to say, I'm impressed. Not like all of the non-Trappist "tripels" that I've had previously. A+, thank you for existing, monks of Belgium. (737 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S:
-pepper,coriander,caramel,honey,banana
T:
-Follows the nose
-medium hop bitterniss
F:
-fairly alcoholic
-high carbonation
O:
Not as nicely balanced as other Tripels (167 characters)

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.