Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Not Rated.
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,659 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,659
Hads: 4,221
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 372
Gots: 654 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Westmalle Trappist Tripel Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,659 | Hads: 4,221
Photo of paterlodie
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I smell this beer I get a good feeling and am happy that there are beers that are just perfect. Smell is very hoppy with some fuits and the taste is hard to beat. Lots of hops and also some malttaste. Cause of the high fermentation it's sometimes even to tempting, and mostly I only stop drinking this holy beer when there is no more.... Rare that a beer with almost 10% alcohol flows down so easily and taste that great!

 432 characters

Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a very cloudy yellow orange with a tons of bright white head, while big peices yeast can be seen floating freely about and settling to the bottom. Takes a long while to pour and for the head to settle.

The scent is very sweet and lemony, but not particularly strong.

The taste is a great combination of Sweet and Bitter both showing up in high doses. You can taste some citrus, honey, butterscotch, and some minor alcohol notes. The taste seems very complex and lingers nicely on your tongue.

It has a very nice crisp and satisfying mouthfeel, even a little almost tingles a little. Very nice.

This is a very drinkable beer as long as you plan on enjoying it, very much a sipping beer, almost like a fine scotch or whiskey. I could drink this all night and probably find several nuances in the flavor I'm missing.
Great stuff.

 858 characters

Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bright and light with a big white head. The flavours are fruity and yeasty with a light countenance to whole proceedings. I wonder if this beer lacks the depth of darker Trappist beers such as Rochefort 10 or Chimay Blue. This is a great beer in its execution and intent.,

 285 characters

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a Westmalle chalice.
Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with visible yeast particles. The head starts of really big but becomes thin and patchy quickly, lacing is rather subdued. The aroma is of citrus fruits, perfumey malts, and herbal hops. The taste is sweet and spicey. Malts and kandy sugar mingle with a tangy citrus quality and very clear apple notes, its almost cidery. Theres great hop definition and a subtle phenolic character as well. Alcohol is evident but, like all good Belgium brews, definitely masks its full girth. The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious from a massive amount of fine carbonation bubble. This is a classic Belgium beer.

 664 characters

Photo of Doppel07
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey-lemon and yeasty body with swirling carbonated jets and a thick spumous white head. Yeasty aroma of oranges, coriander, mellow esters, and honey. Certain flavor characteristics specifically remind me of Orval, oddly. Great malt-sour-bitter balance here. Darkened sugar flavor and sweetness. Nice even palate. This beer has great synergy... the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. My favorite tripel.

 418 characters

Photo of BrewMaster
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle chalice-like glass. Beautiful frothy white head on top of a pale golden/orange colored beer. The aroma is rather citrusy.

They flavor is very fruity and yeasty. Sweet with a lot of of cider and citrus character. A touch of corriander too. A sweet finish that leaves a delicate malt taste on the palate.

 349 characters

Photo of Denali
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Package: 11.2 oz. Bottle. Bottle capped. Stamped date 19/11/05.

Appearance: Extremely thick foamy-soapy stubborn white head that subsides very slowly but still remains enough to coat the liquid and lace the glass. Slightly opaque orange-amber with lots of bubbles cascading to the top.

Smell: Nice aroma. Sweet malt. A little yeasty/bready. Hops aroma also notable. Slightly spicy (coriander?). Alcohol aroma also tickles my nose a bit.

Taste: Nutty and sweet malt flavor up front, but is also combined with bitter hops taste. Middle is more dominated by hops. Malt and hops then trade back and forth, eventually fading into a hoppy and then nutty aftertaste. But each sip brings a different dominant flavor – sometimes a nutty flavor dominates, other times the hops dominate, and yet other times the malt sweetness becomes more pronounced. Sometimes the alcohol pokes its way through and dominates as well. Long timeline of flavors going on here. One of the more complex tasting tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation with dry finish.

Drinkability: The heavy carbonation detracts from the drinkability a bit.

Comments: Enjoyable but not outstanding. Although there was a lot of complexity, I would have preferred more sweetness to balance the hops and alcohol bitterness.

 1,304 characters

Photo of necoadam
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a peachy/orange color with a nice amount of carbonation that takes a little time for it to settle down. Smell consisted of tropical fruits, a little bit musty, yeasty, with some spice in the background. Taste was quite good. Lots of fruit hit the palate all over the place with some hops and malts balancing out everything. It was quite smooth and the right amount of carbonation was in there as well. One of the best tripel's out there. (Better be, it's from Belgium).

 479 characters

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A heavy orange brown color with a thin head. The body is cloudy and swish action shows some sediment in the bottom of the glass. "Sad raincoat in an autumn downpour."

Smell: Fruity smell overall, but mildly so. There were a few herb smells in there too - rosemary? I had hard time rating the smell. Tripels I have had so far are much more aromatic, but at the same time the subtle odors of this beer were still inticing to me. "A cool breeze of apple trees."

Taste: Taste is very powerful, more so than the smell leads you to believe. The tongue begins to water heavily as soon as the beer hits it. It has a sparky fruity flavor like old apple cider mixed with an alcohol and herb combination that is exquisite. "Vacation home; an early evening relaxer on the wrap around porch."

Mouthfeel: While I have already mentioned some of this, I feel it necessary to mention that the body is so thick that it really carries the flavors for a long time in your mouth, tongue, and throat. This is a seriously smooth beer. "Butter makes it better."

Drinkability: This beer is a good repeater. I think that its price is a little prohibitive from buying many of them. This is, however, not a session beer, so I'm not sure what I'd do with 12 or 24 of them. Hmmm, actually I do know what I'd do...and it'd be trouble. "Drink, Rinse, and Repeat."

 1,355 characters

Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pours out a murky light orange with plenty of floaties swimming around in the body. It has about 2 fingers high of white foam covering the top and leaves nice sheets of lace about the glass. The aroma is made up of yeast, spice and a slight sweetness. There is also a lemony zest coming from the aroma as well. The taste is spicy with a nice mild sweetness that gets balanced by a slight bitterness. The after taste is a bitter with a peppery bite to it. Mouthfeel is great with a very filling quality about it. This is also highly drinkable and goes down fairly easy for the style. Excellent all around beer that is one of my favorite triples.

 649 characters

Photo of Trentonator
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We are under a tornado warning here in Kansas City. As such, I jokingly told my drinking companion that if we were going to die tonight, then we were going to go out whilst drinking good beer. Perusing my selections, I passed over the ubiquitous Chimays, the standard Samuel Smiths and both a Celebrator Doppelbock and Sierra Nevada. All great beers, without question, but I wanted the best of the best. Towards the back of the fridge, I spied the coveted Westmalle Tripel, which appeared like some sort of heavenly apparition (cue the choir music).

In an almost ritualistic pouring, with lightning flashing above and tornado warnings on the sirens and all over the TV, I poured the Westmalle into my chalice like wine into the Holy Grail. If this was to be my last "supper", then so be it. This is BEER as God intended it to be. The Trappist Monks know God, and they know beer.

After the pour, a thick white head appeared, resembling the ominous clouds on the Kansas horizon. As the ample head dissipated ever so slowly, outdoors the crescendo of thunder and display of lightning was complimented by a lacing and bubbly countenance fit for this most momentous occassion. I held my chalice to the erupting skies and entrusted my fate to the monks that crafted this legendary nectar.

Appearance is AWESOME, and the smell is intoxicating even before the heavenly brew touches your lips. Taste is complex, changing every few minutes depending on the temp of the beer. It is at once yeasty and bready, hoppy and thick. The mouthfeel is soft, but also candy-sweet and chewy. Hard to put a finger on, much like the concept of religion itself. But you KNOW it is right, and you know it is righteous.

Make no mistake, this is the Mona Lisa of beers. It is exquisite, breathtaking, stunning, mysterious, delicious and all encompassing. You don't just quaff this brew, you savor it, cherish it, and behold it as the nectar of the gods. A true masterpiece.

Thankfully, the tornadoes passed. But I am forever a changed man after my religious experience with this beer.

 2,076 characters

Photo of claytri
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy effervescent gold with a tannish head. There is also plenty of sediment. The aroma is of malt and fruit, and quite pleasing. The taste is almost a malty fruit punch. So many sweet tastes I can't pick them out, with a pleasant alcohol bite. The feel is a medium textured beer with a creamieness to it. This is a very good sweet beer with a nice bite to it. When in the mood it will be one I look for.

 419 characters

Photo of rdrummer
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of the Trappists in my opinion. I love the Westmalle Dubbel well, but the Tripel is my favorite. It pours a medium amber color with a cloudiness that is pleasant. There is a large white head with really long lacing. It is lightly carbonated and has a complex aroma of the yeast, citrus, and maybe banana. The taste is an amazing combination of sweetness and tartness with hints of clove, anise, citrus, figs, raisins, and an hint of hops at the end. There is a definite kick of alcohol but it is ameliorated by the sweetness of the malt.

It is heavy in the mouth for the lightness of the beer and is very clean and refreshing. Despite the alcohol content, I very much wanted another. I revisited this a day later with a similar experience. A great beer.

 772 characters

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a huge frothy white head. Very lacy. Big white chucnks of lace throughout. Smlells lemony, peppery. Spicy and fruity, maybe nutmeg or allspice?

Taste is also lemony and spicy. Hints of cinnamon, black pepper and nutmeg. Yeasty. Some serious alcohol bite. Lightly fruity with bitter finish. A tripel with a distinctive hop profile? Very dry. Body is big and bold. Bitter, peppery aftertaste and damn dry on the tongue. Lots going on here and probably needs to smooth out with age a bit but a really bold beer.

 536 characters

Photo of tjd25
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful soft and silky head, smooth and lasting. Great. Opaque orange color body, with some light mahogany and golden notes. Fresh and yeasty notes of fruits. Bananas and grapefruit. Maybe vanilla and light sweet hints of strawberry. The taste starts with fruity and yeasty notes; then, the citric character remains, but a thick hoppiness appears, which combines flavors of citrus and a dark chocolate bitterness. A very warming alcohol character surrounds the mouth with some peppery notes. The mouthfeel is very interesting, very smooth and complex, with a hoppier character than other trappist brews.

 607 characters

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 8/5/04 from a bottle marked "Best Before 5/16/04." After a medium pour, a good half of the chalice fills up with a huge, pure white head with small, persistent beads; almost a meringue-like quality. Vigorous carbonation currents rise through the center of the glass. Unfortunately, lacing is not as spectacular as the head itself would suggest. Color is a bright, brassy, golden-orange. Very subtle in the aroma department... grassy hop smell plays well over sweet--rather than dry--champagne aroma and sums up with a citric pithiness. Herbal (sage, basil (?)) elements are found yet deeper in the nose. Nosefeel is almost ethereally light, airy, and dry. Flavors are also firmly balanced: initial light, honeyish sweetness; main body of citrus peel and a barely bitter grassiness; finishes something like mandarin oranges and herbal tea (?!). (Trying to search for individual flavors... could this almost be too delicate?) Mouthfeel is warm without being alcoholic, smooth other than a touch of carbonation, and utterly dry in the finish. A superb sipping beer. Highly recommended.

 1,090 characters

Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a comprehensive envisioning of the style. There are (what has now become) typical tastes of bread and sharp, yeasty spice that front for a transcendent fruitiness that is itself religious in scope. This oft boring, singular style is emboldened in a way I expect dubbels and quadruples to be, but never their pale counterpart.

Vinous with an almost glyceral yet refreshingly carbonated mouthfeel. Full and chewy at times, mild and quaffable at others. Repressed alcohol adds a good deal of structure, but no interference of flavor. Passion fruit, citrus reduction.

Needs age. Sharp, phenolic, and too hoppy when fresh.

Relax, relax.

 675 characters

Photo of BeerManDan
2.63/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First of all, was not impressed with this beer. It tasted sour and unpleasent. I might have got a bad bottle of this Belgium Ale. It drank sour and had no flavor what so ever to be rated high. I wouldn't even consider it an average beer in the state that it was in. Sorry, pass on this one.

 290 characters

Photo of BierManVA
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this tripel that has not been said?...

It's nose is amazingly crisp and clean...yet complex. Fruity earthy esters and alcoholic overtones. The fine carbonation greatly aids the somewhat tart and dry flavor. Light wood is here.

This Belgian is world class. Not to be missed. If sent to purgatory and given the choice of one bier to drink, this could well be my choice.


 402 characters

Photo of inebrius
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of very few reasons to get religion.

I like chewing wood, I sit around the campfire drinking beer, whittling a piece of cedar and drinking beer. When my friends and family have abandoned me for the warmth of the indoors and television or a game of scrabble I sit on the picnic table chewing wood, drinking beer, poking embers and musing. You may not want to know all these little personal things about me, but when a beverage transcends water, malted barley and hops, there is only one context in which it can be described: feeling.

That's right. As I sit in a shitty hotel room passing time I'm consoled by a sense of peace, because this little beer in front of me and I'm draining fast has put me in another place. It's golden hue. It's egg-creamy cap. It's aromas of backwater marsh reeds, anise cookies, sunblock at dusk and perfectly toasted marshmallows. It's spicy alcohol warmth that tastes just like chewing on a cedar shaving while drinking a carbonated pilsener reduction. They may just be monks, but they know a damn thing about spirituality.

 1,064 characters

Photo of Roderick
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a absolute delight! A fine golden hue with tiny bits of sedimented floating about in the bubbles of a GRAND head.The smell of citrus and maybe the hint of alcohol along with the very subtle spices of fine trappist work.
The tastes is exquisite with malt and little honey taste that matures into a lemony-orange citrus. Very smooth and rather crisp.
It was truly worth the $4.99 I paid for a 330ml bottle, its a nice relaxing-cheese eating kinda brew. I'm gonna stock up!

 485 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 330ml bottle and poured into a wide-rim goblet. The result was a view of a cloudy pale yellow beer sporting a large white head, some chunks of sediment and lots of vigorous carbonation that kept the sediment from ever settling to the bottom.
The aromas of yeasty malt, floral hops, citrus, spices and a mild nose-tweaking sourness all rolled around and blended together for a pleasant, enticing nose. The taste had an immediate tart bite and herbal flavor. Some coriander and other spice, maybe white pepper, hit the front of the palate. Then a light honey taste smoothed things out a bit. Yeasty malt added in the balancing act. Lastly, the citrusy, lemon/orange flavor brought up the rear along with a mild alcoholic bite, leaving a stinging acidity on the tongue. The feel was full, creamy and dry.
Man, that was a pretty fine tripel, very well crafted, and easy to drink. The rather high ABV limits the number of these I'd be willing to drink in a night but then I would be happy sitting back and sipping one. It gets better as it warms. A fine Trappist brew.

 1,080 characters

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent with the addition of spices and that fruity Belgian yeast. It seems a bit dry. The taste is good. It has an intense amount of malts and a warm aftertaste. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and with a fruity Belgian yeast flavor. It has wonderful mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine tripel. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

 512 characters

Photo of RocketWidget
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Anam Cara Publick House in Brookline, Mass. My second Trappist beer after Chimay, huzzah! I love monks! Bottle is clearly labeled March 24, 2006, but I’m not sure if that means ‘to be consumed by ____’ or ‘wait until ____ to consume’.

Enjoyed in a big ass .33ml goblet. Pours a golden, hazy solid color, with a light and lacy creamy white head. Smells of orange peel, pepper, and hops. Taste is big pimpin, baby! Meaty and complex, starting off slightly sour and then evolving into a hoppy spiciness with big bold malty overtones and other spices, before finally cooling with an alcoholic aftertaste. This brew’s big flavor hurts it’s smoothness and drinkability, but hey, that’s what you get when you are 9.5% ABV.

 741 characters

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-straw golden color with a large 2+ inch head that gently settles down to an inch, then to a nice covering of the beer as time passes. Left 3/4 inch of yeast-beer mix in the bottom of the bottle. The beer has a steady carbonation stream throughout the session.

Aroma is strong- from a foot away I can smell the standard Belgian yeast aroma, with a semi-sweet profile, some horseblanket earthy sourness and hoppiness, with a slight citrus tingle (sour orange). Not as sweet smelling as a number of other tripels.

Flavor- the first thing that hit me was a strong alcohol profile coupled with hops sharpness. No sweetness at all at the beginning. After this first assault on the palate, it calms down as it warms, and then the complexities start coming through. Orange and other citrus, floral notes, and other complexities are here. Flavor nirvana (or near to). Mouthfeel is creamy and clean. Very nice.

Overall- at first, I didn't think this was to my liking (I don't like strong alcohol profiles- the ABV can be present, but it should be well hidden). But as this warmed, the flavors really started poking through the alcohol, and this became marvelous. This beer stands up well to some strong cheeses and spciy rice crackers. I would love to try it with some Belgian cheeses some day.

 1,308 characters

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.