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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,853 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,853
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 396 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of bearrunner44
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, golden brown color. Thick head made up of solid, clingy off-white foam.

Smell: Hops are floral and assertive. Delicately grassy, even. Spicy alcohol punctuates the mellow, candied smoothness of the malt.

Taste: Less rustic than most Tripels. Subdued. Lightly sweet honey and butterscotch flavors mixed with slight hints of citrus, distinctive but not intrusive stings of alcoholic burn, and herbal hop flavor. Smooth and refined.

Verdict: Less in-your-face than many of its brethren, but certainly an enjoyable sipping beer.

Photo of koolchas
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml with best by date of 26/01/08 poured into a chimay goblet.

a: poured a dark golden, lots of carbonation (could not see though it when up to a light), nice head that quickly goes away but, forms somwhat white islands on the top due to all the carbonation. bubbly lace hands on the side of the glass on each drink.

s: very fruity; definetly a strong "pear" scent surrounded by a floral bouquet.

t: citrus and spice and everything is nice including the slightly bitter aftertaste.

m: imagine drinking a very dry champagne.

d: very smooth and alcohol content is masked very well. very easy to over do it with this one.

cheers!

Photo of david131
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very slightly cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy white head. The head finally recedes to just a creamy looking covering.

S- Sweet, fruity, the slightest bit of bubble gum.

T- A fruity sweetness hits you up front, someone else used "pear" to describe it and it is quite fitting. A little bit spicy, due to the carbonation and alcohol I would assume. Pretty complex, I love letting beers like this warm in my mouth.

M- Very light on the palate, very smooth. A little bit of dryness at the end.

D- Very good, and did not disappoint. I know my bottle was not extremely fresh, but it was well ahead of its "Best By" date. I would absolutely love to try this fresh.

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

This beer poured beautiful golden color with an admirable head that stayed around for about half the glass. The fragrance was a light fruit or floral. The taste was clean with nice fruit sweetness.

Simply put, a wonderful beer and a pleasure to drink.

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

Appearance - clear dark golden with thick bubbly white head.

Smell - mmm, floral honey, slight pineapple, little coconut, quite the forplay!

Taste - WOW, fizzy freshness turns into big taste and warms up the mouth.

Mouthfeel - very comfortable, alot of carbonation, less would probably make the beer too heavy.

Drinkability - this beer does a good job at hiding the alcohol. Makes it all too tempting to have a few too many!

What can I say, one amazing ale!

Photo of rec
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediately I recognised a distinct difference between the Leffe Tripel and this, specifically a positive difference. Straight off the bat, it was just better. It poured better, looked better, smelt better and tasted better than the Leffe Tripel.

After pour, the head of this brassy-coloured beer sticks to the glass and leaves a beautiful lacing as you continue to drink, which adds nicely to the presentation.

You can clearly taste some fruity undertones which I recognised as pear and apricot. At 9.5%, the alcohol is definitely not disguised, but does nothing to distract from floral scent and taste with hints of clove that work deliciously well with the high carbonation and the dry yeasty finish.

It’s definitely one to drink at cellar temperature, as it proved far less enjoyable while colder and is easily the nicest Tripel I’ve had… although I still wish I had found the Dubbel, as I must admit that despite the complexity and near perfection of this brew, I did prefer the Leffe Brune I had prior to it, and am generally a sucker for the malts present in Belgian dark ale brews.

Photo of goochpunch
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 06/02/08

Pours out a brassy gold with a 2 finger head that slowly settles to a 1.5 finger head. Head clings to the glass and leaves sheets of lacing. Lively carbonation keeps the head fluffy. Has a great mix of pale malts, cracker-like grain and spicy yeast without letting things get overboard phenolic. I get some light apricots and alcohol heat in the nose. Taste is bready malts accented by mild grain and candi sugar notes. There's some refreshing wheat cracker like flavors as well as a drying mild tartness and some alcohol notes. Finishes with some herbal hop flavor and a perfect dryness. Aftertaste lingers on with fruits and bread. Mouthfeel is light enough from the dryness, but has a slight slickness from the alcohol. Carbonation is of tiny uniform bubbles that ends up being kind of smooth. Drinkable, but the alcohol can get to be a bit much. Without a doubt, this is the best tripel I have ever tasted.

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

appearance: urine yellow/golden, with a nice 1 inch fluffy head. great head retention throughout.

smell: flowery, fresh grass, sugary, ripe fruits

mouthfeel: light, silky, with generous carbonation, but balanced well.

taste: hoppy, light sweet refreshing honey/clove, acidic alchohol present but complementary, delicous pear, ripe plum

overall: well balanced, very drinkable. nectar of the gods for sure. these monks are serious about beer.

Photo of bigreduw64
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an awesome golden color. There was not much to the nose, just some yeast that I could pick up. The taste was very light and slightly sweet. It had a bitter finish that lasted quite a while. There was a good creamy mouthfeel that had a good carbonation as well. Overall, really enjoyed this one and would get it again when in the mood for a Belgian.

Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in the cellar for about 6 months and decided it was time, 11.2 oz bottle, best before 03/01/08, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—pours hazy light orange with a 1 inch fizzy bright white head, fade away in about 3 minutes, leaving islands of bubbles floating on the top

S—orange and other citrus fruits are mild, some plum notes, alcohol is faint at first, then very strong as it warms

T—spicy and a little hot as it warms, some bready and malty tones, very mild citrus. Pepper on the exhale.

M—fizzy and dry, a little chalky, almost champagne like, light and crisp, lots of carbonation in this one

D—good, the flavors really get stronger as it warms…I think I started it off too cold. I would have it again.

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

This brew was poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Ommegang chalice. It gave a nice ¼ to ½ inch white head that had great retention and left a ton of lacing. The color of the brew was a cloudy golden color with a lot of carbonation action and a lot of swirling yeast particles. The aromas consisted of many scents but fruit is what first comes to mind, pear and grape? Also present is a bubble gum like scent that is very intriguing, a lot going on in the nose of this brew, but all go together in an excellent fashion. The taste actually goes along with what was found in the nose but the toasted malt and spice flavor comes out very nicely and complements everything. This is a very interesting brew and I can see why it gets the acclaim that is does. Pretty bad that this is my first time trying this brew but I can say now that it will not be my last.

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

Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. It is a hazy straw color with hints of orange, fantastic chunky white head, that left real nice lacing. The smell is of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, tart fruit. The taste is of apricot, tart sour apple, bitter hop, alcohol. It has a nice fizzy carbonation yet creamy and moderate mouthfeel. Good drinkability even with the 9.5% ABV. Very nice tripel.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

Apperance: Pours a glowing, hazy apricot color. The creamy/foamy white head is quite solid, and stays thick for quite a while. Some light carbonation is visible along the edges.

Smell: The smell is not overly strong, but there is a bready element that presents itself first. Cloves, pepper, apricot, and honey also make themselves quite apparent. Has a nice complexity to it.

Taste: The flavor has a distinctly "mellow" feel to it, which is really interesting though hard to describe. Lots of spices, honey, and apricot are present, together with yeasty undertones. Alcohol is quite present as well, but that flavor seems to be well-fused with the others, rather than standing out on it's own.

Mouthfeel: Due to how dense the beer is, it has a rather thick-bodied feel, yet it doesn't feel particularly heavy. Silky smooth and goes down great.

Drinkabillity: For such a strong beer, it goes down remarkably well. And as I mentioned before, the alcohol flavor is fused with the spices and other flavors, which is a major plus.

The nectar of the gods? Quite possibly! Certainly my favorite tripel, and a wonderful beer in general!

Photo of malty
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7/15/06 but it's been stored on the cement floor of my unlit cellar.

Brilliantly clear golden orange color with a bright white dense head that sits 2" atop my Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice. Fine visible moderately racing carbonation. Thick sticky sheets of white lace from top to bottom.

After a few brisk swirls around the rim of my glass I smell fresh clover honey, Madagascar vanilla, mango & apricot and baked sweet bread. After a few more swirls, I detect white pepper and a dash of white chocolate liqueur. I can't help but to be reminded of a fantastic wedding cake from this past summer from the wafts of vanilla crème dancing in my nostrils.

Rich and blossoming enticing flavors of practically everything I described in the nose. A nice counterbalance of prickly spicy hops to contrast the sweetness of this Triple. The warming effect in my sternum area makes for a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and luxuriously silky and well crafted. Fluffy and finely carbonated makes this ale quite a textural treat on the tongue.

Drinkability is through the roof. Although this beer is to be savored and not pounded, it would be hard to resist if fund$ weren't a major factor.

Overall a classic monastic triple to set the bar by. I do wish I could try an ultra fresh bottle, as I believe the hoppiness and crisp texture would have showcased much brighter. I've had the pleasure of tasting this beer a few times since 5 or 6 years ago, but never took the time to formally review it. And the reviews here pretty much reflect the unmistakable perfection of this ale
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Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is truly a delight to drink: poured into an oversized wine glass, given a hard pour this had a sizable head that eventually shrunk to a decently sized layer that retained really well. The bubbles are very small and stuck to the glass. The color was a glowing opaque yellow/golden. The smell had some lemony bite to it, along with some alcohol - there's more to it, I swear, but I just can't pick it out. Same story with the taste - I always find it difficult to specify what fruity flavors I'm picking out with belgian beers - here I taste a bit of lemony-tartness, granny smith apples?, and asian pear. It slip slides around...Also, there is some alcoholic bite to it, along with a balanced hop spicyness! That's why I love belgians, they balance the flavors oh so delicately... The carbonation was a bit weak, but still enjoyable. It was medium bodied and went down easy: the alcohol sneaked up on me. I was telling my friend while I was drinking this that I wish it came in six packs...or even 24 packs! I could have had at least 3 more of these bottles and still loved it. Truly a delight!

Photo of russpowell
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with ths code on the neck: 09/05/07 think it means sept 07?? If not this will only get better!

Pours honey colored & effervescent with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice filmy head with some lacing all the way down

S: Slight appleskins with fruitty scents up front, these intensify as the ale warms

T: Rich fruitty ( apples, pears, lemons & others) taste up front. The yeasty notes & honey sweetness as the ale warms. This kind of reminds me of cider, perry or sparkling wine as it warms in many ways. Finishes with fruittyness, warming sensations, &grapefruitty hops

MF: Spritzy, perfect carbonation& balance

Very drinkable. a supper tripel (usually not my style). A bit pricey, but a nice holiday indulgence, easily sets the pace for this style

Photo of kernalklink
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would fly to Belgium for a sip out of these monk's goblets. Cloudy light gold pour with a bubbly head- strong notes of grapes, apple esters and malt character on the nose. I couldnt believe the perfect marriage of the malt and alcohol, so smooth and crisp I savored every drop. The cleanest, tastiest beer Ive had the honor of sipping. This tripel will blow your mind.

Photo of roblowther
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a dense, persistant rocky head. It smells of peaches and apricots with just a hint of pepper. The taste is little short of heaven (no monk pun implied). The apricot and peaches are there, along with a flowery hop note and a dry but savory finish showing that pepper and a warm alcohol note. There is a caramel malt overtone that mellows the flavor and binds it all together in a delightful fashion. Mouthfeel is bubbly, with a satisfying oily, viscous quality that anchors the beer's light, fruity flavor. Drinkability is unsurpassed. I could drink these one after the other, particularly on a warm afternoon. A dangerous thing when talking about a 9.5% beer, so beware and enjoy!

Photo of Orrshow
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The color is a cloudy gold and it is complemented by a good two fingers of frothy white head. Looks good.

Smell – This one has a nice mixture of sweetness, lemons, apples, hops, and coriander. Smells just as a Tripel should.

Taste – Off the bad this one is loaded with citrus and sweet flavors. There is a little yeast lingering with some toned down spice and a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is good. Fairly creamy body which has some substance and the carbonation is bang on.

Drinkability – No complaints. Went down fairly easy and was enjoyable.

A good beer. Nothing outstanding but definitely pleasant.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow color, surprisingly small white head. Spots of lace.

Smells of lemon, apricot, coriander, white pepper, candy, a bit of grassy/herbal hops.

Semisweet caramel, grassy hop flavor and mild bitterness, spice, and fruity esters harmonize perfectly. Complex, superbly balanced, and delicious.

Extremely fine bubbles give the impression of high carbonation, but without fizzing up too much. Mildly astringent.

Ridiculously drinkable.

Great beer.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

High carbonation with a ray honey gold and enough viscocity to hold some of the bubbles in place. Varieted white head with some large and some small bubbles. Belgian lace layers the glass as the head falls. Mild fruity esters with a smell like cotton candy, no hops. Sweet lemon upfront with carbonic tingling in the middle and a dry finish. Medium mouthfeel with prickly CO2. Very drinkable; wish I had poured a larger bottle. Spectacular!

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful sun golden and light orange hazy body. Good carbonation and a large pillowy white head. Great lace and retention.
Smells of honey and dark molasses spiced and grassy.
Good malt base with plenty of hops coming through. Honey, molasses and alcohol mingling through to the aftertaste of grassy hops and an oily feel.
Full body and not too heavy.
Pleasant to drink but by no means a session beer.

-Oelergud

Photo of vanrassel
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Chimay goblet came out for this cloudy golden tripel with an apricot hue. A compact bubbly head topped one of the most fragrant and fruity tripels I've tried. Coriander and pepper gave it a spicy aroma but apple and pear really upped the fruit quotient.

It was assertive from the start, with spice and a sharp alcoholic burn. It finished dry and the carbonation and slightly sticky mouthfeel seemed right for the style. There's no doubt this is a quality tripel and its high marks deserved. Still, I generally prefer others — even ones I've rated slightly lower, like Gouden Carolus — mainly because I've found them a little smoother.

Photo of kpantz
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: After hearing so much about this beer, I finally decided to pick one up for myself. I'm very glad I did. It's a great tripel, and begins to convince me that the US tripel brewers can't really hit this with any authenticity (not that they need to try, of course).

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy golden color into my chalice. Bright white head hangs tough, but eventually reduces to a solid coating. Lacing is wonderful - almost reminds me of how some DIPAs hug the glass.

Smell: Bananas, even some tartness (apple, pineapple) and a slight estery aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt to start and finishes with a spicy alcohol flavor coupled with hop bitterness that follows down the throat. It's strange, but the flavor almost completely disappears just before the spiciness hits at the end. I'm going to guess that's an indication that there aren't many flavoring hops here, but I'm no expert.

Mouthfeel: Spot on for the style. Slightly sticky, but it doesn't linger. Carbonation is light to moderate - doesn't distract from the nature of this beer.

Drinkability: It's no session brew, that's for sure, but for something over the 9% plateau, this goes down very nicely.

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

Hazy, honeyed orange with a huge white head that leaves gorgeous tiered lacing.

Aromas are dry, yeasty, and malty, but not terribly expressive.

Subtly fruity (peach/berry) as it enters the mouth, but the flavor profile develops and becomes high-toned, somewhat raw, dry but not bitter, finishing long, with a tannin-like impression and a tiny bit of tartness. Chewing the beer brings out a little spice, mainly pepper. Alcohol is masked, and the mouthfeel is medium.

A subtle, dry classic.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,853 ratings.