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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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3,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 3201
Reviews: 1555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of Wildman


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, finally had to order this one since I still haven't seen show up in our stores. This beer poured a cloudy gold color with some sediment present(but the road trip might account for that). If formed wonderful foamy/puffy white head that stayed the lace stuck to the edges like glue. You could white wash your walls with that stuff. A huge amount of carbonation was present, which may account for that. An aroma of malt, bannana and cloves. A flavor of malt, clove, bannanas and bread/yeast. A medium finish with slight hint of the alcohol present. Worth the trouble getting, but hopefully less toublesome in the future. Ohio needs to quit being ignored!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 19:08:17 | More by Wildman
Photo of TXHops


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had Westmalle Triple in several years, so it was nice of Marc77 to send me some, as it's still not around in TX... Just like I expected (and remembered), the beer emerges from the bottle a hazed yellowy golden color, with a beautiful blanket of snow-like foam across the top of the glass. Adding the trub obviously clouds the beer considerably, though doesn’t result in an opaque beer.. The beer laces a little less than I remembered or expected, and the head's not quite as billowy as some Tripel-style ales, but the presentation is still quite appetizing.

After an initial waft of coconut during the pour, the more usual suspects of aroma marched out—phenolic, banana-ish esters mix with lemon sorbet and clean, fresh, cool yeast. Adding the yeast trub increased the clean yeasty aroma, but didn’t alter much else.

The flavor is quintessentially tripel, though in an understated way, if that’s possible from the originator of the style. It seems that the copycats tend toward bigger flavors, but Westmalle has it just right, IMO. The subtle, soft, pale maltiness mixes wonderfully with the lightness of the candi sugar and the billowy airiness of the Trappist yeast. The resulting fruity, warming, slightly peachy, slightly lemony beer is well balanced and ridiculously subtle and complex. Just like I like my Belgians to be. The imitators need to go back to the original for a lesson in balance…

After an initial waft of coconut during the pour, the more usual suspects of aroma marched out—phenolic, banana-ish esters mix with lemon sorbet and clean, fresh ,cool yeast. Adding the yeast trub increased the clean yeasty aroma, but didn’t alter much else.

The flavor is quintessentially tripel, though in an understated way, if that’s possible from the originator of the style. It seems that the copycats tend toward bigger flavors, but Westmalle has it just right, IMO. The subtle, soft pale maltiness mixes wonderfully with the lightness of the candi sugar and the billowy airiness of the Trappist yeast. The resulting fruity, warming, slightly peachy, slightly lemony beer is well balanced and ridiculously subtle and complex. Just like I like my Belgians to be. The imitators need to go back to the original for a lesson in balance…

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 17:25:30 | More by TXHops
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When many a brew are lauded for their boldness and brashness, it's wonderfully refreshing to sit down and savor a perfectly balanced product that soothes and mellows. Westmalle triple is just such a delightful ale.

Color is a hazy orange, and the head's a full, towering stack of crackling, lacey, creamy foam.

Aroma is led by sugar and spice, followed by everything nice.

On my first sip: sublime! Utterly heavenly! Light, smooth, uplifting, dazzling in every way.
Some fruitiness comes through in the middle, peaches, orange, slight citrus. Hops are lively, malt is solid, and delivers more than sufficient sweetness.
My satisfaction grows with each rewarding sip. I feel that I ought to re-consider every beer I deemed "perfect" prior to this. Soft, smooth, mellow, with a dominant and delightful finish.

Can a beer be better than this, be more perfect than perfect?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 13:38:54 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As you pop the top off, a blast of citrus fills the air. Pistol smoke oozes out of the bottle. It pours to a cloudy straw colored orange with masses of cloud like foam on top that just refuses to die. Sweet aromas of fruits and oranges are the first to your nose, and you then pick up alcohol and yeast with a touch of spice.

Crisp carbonation gives it a great start as it tingles your tongue. It is very smooth with a nice medium to full body. Their is a little level of citrus that stays in the flavor of this beer which is otherwise sweet. The yeast adds a nice dry characteristic towards the end, and there is then a small hit of alcohol. After that the aftertaste is dry and bready. I could have really used a little more complexity in this one, but it was a very fine beer as far as flavoring goes. I was most impressed with the mouthfeel. It starts crisp, and smoothes out after a while. The alcohol is warming. Every part of your mouth will be involved in the feel of this beer as it awakens all your nerves right down your throat. This is a great beer, and it had big shoes to fill following up a Westy 12.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 21:36:57 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of aaronh


4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-amber beer with chunks of sediment in it. It pours with a thick, white head that lasts the entire glass. The aroma sweet and fruity, with yeast, apricot, clove and banana notes prevalent. It is a very complex aroma that is reminiscent of some weizens as well as the standard triple smells. The taste is dominated by alcohol up front, which gives way to a very strong clove flavor. Sweetness fills in behind the alcohol fumes, which has hints of carmelized sugar and banana. A robust bitterness finishes off the flavor profile. A unique lingering aftertaste is also pleasant, and reminiscent of alcohol-laced bubble gum. The mouthfeel is very rich, and coats the tongue while still having a lightness to it due to the fine carbonation. The drinkability is good from the enjoyment factor, but the alcohol factor hurts it just a bit. An enjoyable beer that is well worth experiencing.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 17:18:44 | More by aaronh
Photo of MJR


4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale golden color that's hazy as all hell with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. A thick off-white head starts strong and lasts throughout, leaving a heavy dose of lace down the side of my Trappist chalice.

Smell: Has a spicy and fruity nose with lots of banana and clove. Very nice...

Taste: Lots of banana, clove, and sweet malt character. Fantastic balance between them... The alcohol asserts itself in the flavor, but doesn't take over. Finishes spicy and aggressive with a great warming effect on the palate, along with a yeasty flavor. I love it...

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. It just begs for another sip...

Drinkability: Suprisingly high considering it's strength. It's lighter body and the fact that the alcohol is fairly well hidden make this a steady sipper. Be careful with this one, it could get you in trouble!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 20:13:27 | More by MJR
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was quite pleased (and suprised) to find this yesterday. I followed a Westleverten 12 with this, and thought this was better. This is my favorite style, and it doesn't get any better. Poured a magnificent head, with good retention. Golden color, great lace. But most of all, a great taste! Fruity, spicy, drinkable, with a helluva punch! If you like Cinq Cents, La Fin Du Monde, Tremens, Don De Dieu, etc., you'll love this. World class, all the way!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 21:52:52 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of HopheadEd


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A careful pour produced a short, creamy white head that slowly faded to a 1/4 inch, and stayed, stayed, stayed. Big, yeasty aroma, fruity, sweet. A creamy mouthfeel with a big carbonation bite, fading to a tart, fruity crisp, and slightly alcohol aftertaste. Finishes with a short, dry, yet lingering peachy, apricot end. Unbelievable beer. A whole bunch of things going on here, and I enjoyed every one of them. The only reason I scored the drinkability low was because of the alcohol. I am however within walking distance of the bar! (Which is why I had three!)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 18:03:35 | More by HopheadEd
Photo of maxpower


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brownish orange color with floating yeast particles, has a foamy off white head that clings to my glass. Bready yeasty aroma of bananas. Sweet and malty fruity flavors with a slight bubblegum yeasty taste. Medium-full body with a dry finish, alcohol taste comes out as it warms, I like the Dubbel a little better, a bit more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 13:17:11 | More by maxpower
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit let down when I tried the Westmalle Dubbel, so I'm hoping this bier makes amends! This baby has a peachy, golden color. It is somewhat hazy already, even with a careful pour. Some tiny yeasty bits (is that like naughty bits?) have already made their way into the bier and are hovering around aimlessly! The head is a whipped-cream white, nice and fluffy. There was some yeasty and fruity aroma-notes, but it was much too mild. Very pleasant mouthfeel comprised of medium-plus body and minimal-carbonation producing a decent smoothness. A bit of yeasty spiciness initiates the assault on my palate. The second wave is made-up of some fruity aspects (perhaps even slightly peachy). It is a good-tasting bier, yet nothing really shakes me to the roots. Better than their Dubbel, yet not earth-shaking, imho.

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 12:25:02 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and nebulous on the pour, the head mastodonic in size, frothy in its texture with the color a bright white, the residual lace forms a thin and sealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of "Bubble Gum" up front and some lemon like tones also present, quite crisp and fresh. Stingingly acidic, beautifully hopped, droughty long lasting aftertaste, and one quaffable beer and one I drink quite often.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 12:00:27 | More by Gusler
Photo of doho95fu


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 06:47:18 | More by doho95fu
Photo of philipt

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cellared for 1 year (previous review based on 330ml bottles without aging)

What does it mean to be a tripel? Three times better than any other beer...no, its much better than that. Westmalle may well be the best tripel on the planet (I haven't had every tripel on the planet, but of the ones I have had, its #1).

Bright golden body with a super-sized frothy white head. There is a significant yeast collection in the bowels of this bottle. Smells rich and complex. Malt, yeast, pear and apple, and even alcohol make-up the aroma. The taste is quite lively. Malty sweetness and yeast impart a definite fruity (particularly apple) association. The alcohol is not shy at all, and hits like a freight train towards the back of the mouth. A very warming beer. Finishes quite dry and the carbonation plays well in the mouth.

Did I mention that I really like this beer? This is a contender for the best beer tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 15:14:30 | More by philipt
Photo of Suds


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mountainous, rocky, brilliant white head with fish-eye bubbles. Huge clumps of foam adhere to the side of the glass. Hazy orange color. Aroma is malty, floral, and fruity (citrus and ripe, meaty fruit). There’s alcohol in the background of the aroma as well, but it doesn’t step forward until the beer hits your tongue. Warming, soft, full and malty…the taste is extremely enjoyable. There’s yeast and pepper in the hind-taste. Extremely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 12:29:45 | More by Suds
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 16:34:42 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of cokes


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clouded, yet bright golden in color. Pillowy white head lasts a good long white, settling to lumpy piles.
Loads of honey and pale malts on the nose. Fruity undercurrents (mostly tropical and citrus). Alcohol wafts on occasion. Hops are noticed.
Starts off quite fruity, taste-wise, with apricot, pineapple, lemon and orange notes. Turns vinous at this point, and displays some tart grape / wine characteristics. Grass and hay enter next, mixed with a dose of vanilla. This all precedes a large surge of alcohol. Yeastiness stays somewhat masked, but adds some musty and peppery accents. Floral hop bitterness lingers toward the finish.
Body is both thick and spritzy. Sublimely appropriate.
Still a baby (bb: 16/05/04). This would be worth watching mature.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 23:22:52 | More by cokes
Photo of marc77


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Slightly hazy dark straw hued brew is topped by a thick, mountainous, seemingly static porcelain white head. Sparse yeast aggregates lazily flow amongst the bubbles. Honey - glazed nuts, sugary, lightly caramelized fruit dominate the aroma, while black pepper alcohol & licorice add complexity to the bouquet. Juicy, sugary sweet candied fruit flavors hit the palate upfront, then give way to mellow pepper spiciness, light nuttiness & yeast mustiness. Mild clove persists as a constant undertone. Sweetness, although assertive, maintains a constantly luscious smoothness from start to finish. Full, almost chewy in body w/ more than sufficient residual dextrins to lend a velvety mouthfeel. Finishes slightly tart w/ lingering black pepper on the tip of the tongue and satisfying alcohol warmth coating the throat. Westmalle Triple exhibits tremendous drinkabily considering its strength. The overall flavor profile is deep with an assertive, but well controlled sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 20:28:52 | More by marc77
Photo of John

New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden appearance...big foamy white head. An ever so gentle swirl dislodges some chunky yeast. The aroma is fruity, sugary and alcoholic. In fact the first few sips are predominately alcohol. Once the beer warms the fruity (white grape, pear) complexities become evident but are subdued. A slightly sweet finish is quickly overtaken by a semi phenolic sensation. Hmm...curious given the stellar reviews here so far. I didn't think the alcohol was blended well with this one. Perhaps it was too fresh/young with a best by date of March 2004. Purchased in Europe, 33cL bottle, 9.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 11:00:19 | More by John
Photo of aracauna


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a cloudy color between gold and copper with a thick foamy, lumpy head. Aroma is really nice, juicy oranges with a faint bite of alcohol underneath it. Unlike some Belgian strongs I've had, the mouthfeel isn't fuzzy. Instead it's on the light side of creamy. The flavor is not very strong. Most tripels seem to be firework displays on the tongue, but this one is much more subtle. Slightly malty and fruity up front with a dry, slightly bitter short finish. While there are some floral notes in the nose, it seems more floral on the tongue, tasting nectarish, but not as sweet, at times. I'm enjoying this much more than I have most of the other Belgians I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2002 21:31:51 | More by aracauna
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really good triple, the only bad thing is that it can be a bit too much and maybe perhaps a bit sticky, but other than that its world class.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 09:41:04 | More by rastaman
Photo of Jason


4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You can find this one just as much as the Double in Belgium and everywhere in Brussels. Sweet nectar of the gods I could not get enough of it ... it was so damn fresh even the bottles that I drank at 1:00 am in my hotel room to put me asleep were obviously ten times fresher than what we get in the states.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 15:37:58 | More by Jason
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl custom European-style brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "trappist" around the neck.

Appearance: Cloudy pale orange with a nice head! It's got the whole Brussels Lace going on with a creamy, bitty head that sticks a retains with little awakening (swirling in the glass).

Smell: Tart apricot, lemon grass, pepper, pale malts and alcohol all wrapped in a slighly pungent aroma.

Taste: A bit crisp upfront with a slick mouthfeel. Many layers to this brew: fruit (ripe passion/apricot), big burst of spicy alcohol, fresh cut hay flavour, dextrin sweetness, raw honey, yeast and a slight medicinal background flavour. Complex. Very complex.

Notes: The quintessential triple in our humble opinions. An exceptional beer, blissful to taste. Roughly 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of paleoplant

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the fortune of going to Belgium and visiting Westmalle. This was an amazing place, with a beautiful Cafe and a huge playground for kids! Of course I was going to try all their style, but I ordered the Triple first. I was surprised that this was the only place in Belgium that asked if I wanted the beer "chilled" or "room" (cool). The best part of this beer is the smell, not that the taste isn't great. I could sniff this hay-scented beer all day. It reminds me of the fields that surround so many of the rural areas of Belgium. Besides the price, this is always a beer that I turn to if it appears on the menu.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 23:34:15 | More by paleoplant
Photo of nickd717


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rating transcribed from a RB rating from awhile back. Must review this now that it's on the top 100.

On tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

Hazy golden-yellow color with a thick white head.

Yeasty aroma with a little citrus and spiced notes.

Flavor is yeasty as hell with fruit notes, sweet malt, spices, and well-disguised but noticeable alcohol.

Excellent palate - medium bodied with extremely lively carbonation, as I like in this style.

A solid, refreshing, and potent tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 17:31:32 | More by nickd717
Photo of ThaCreep


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fragrant and floral, which emphasizes the power of hops, it offers a mouth tasting and very fragrant hops (such a variety of hops provides a variety of flavors) to the body creamy, like a biscuit, and palate of ripe banana, evolving according to the maturity of the beer. The finish is both sweet and warm. A true beer tasting. Beer complex.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-25-2010 15:05:57 | More by ThaCreep
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,201 ratings.