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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,787
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 269
Gots: 362 | FT: 4
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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 gonzo138
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours into the goblet a darker gold than most tripels, a white head with fairly low retenention for a belgian ale, but laces very nicely

S- citrusy sweetness, spicey, crisp, classic tripel smell

T- a little bitter, sweet, spicey, goes more or less hand in hand with smell

M- very dry, very carbonated, taste remains in mouth for a good amount of time

D- A great brew, problaby my favorite tripel, something I would recomend and have bought repeatedly

gonzo138, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to review this again, after trying it in the context of a trappist ale tasting with Golden2wenty1.

Appearance: Orange yellow, with suspended yeasts creating a cloudy appearnce. Brief 1/3 inch head, with light suds cover. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready malts, some good piney hops, apple skins, golden raisins, grass, lemongrass, lemon zet and a little apple cider in the finish. Phenomenal.

Taste: Honey, hops, lemongrass, giniger and a little apple skin and pepper. Hints of breadiness, a little passion fruits. Assertive hops in the finish. Milder malts than I remember when last I drank this. The booze is perfectly masked.

Mouthfeel: Perfect lighter body for a tripel. A little pine birstle in the finish, with smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Great - definitely one of my favorite beers. Just like their dubbel, Westmalle's tripel could be considered a standard of the style. Exceptional.

expatsteve, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a thick white head that thins to a persistent film.

Smell: Predominantly grainy and citric. There are also notes of banana (light), pineapple, peppery spice and alcohol.

Taste: Crisp grain and citrus upfront. The center is fruity with hints of banana. The finish is spicy with a light but persistent bitterness, and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Extremely tasty and drinkable.

Overall: An excellent tripel, perhaps one of the best that I've had.

EPICAC, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden hazy color with a white head that left decent lacing. Slight carbonation is also present in the appearance. It had faint hints of hops in the smell, but the aroma was largely made up of malts and yeast. The taste was largely malts and yeast. Very sweet taste. It boasted a thin-medium body with carbonation bubbles jumping across my tounge. No real hints of any alcohol content.

Pretty good. Possible my favorite Trappist Tripel I have had to date. Went down nice and had a highly refreshing finish.

cproioi, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with lots of seidiment… if you don’t like sediment, make sure you pour carefully. Head is thick tan, fading at a slow rate leaving a good cap of foam and decent lacing. Nose evinces strong alcohol, sweet malt, bananas, and yeast. Smells great! Taste follows what the nose hints at: yeast, a pretty strong alcohol burn, fading to bitter hops… very dry. Mouthfeel is very smooth, semi-creamy, substantial but not thick. Drinkability is good: this is a sipping beer, and the alcohol burn reminds you to take your time.

Overall: A great Tripel… I like this much better than the St. Bernardus Tripel. Highly recommended.

jettjon, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 2 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: brilliant golden yellow with amber highlights under a finger of snow white creamy foam.

Nose: skunky/dank/minty hops up front are quite a surprise followed by earthy malt, light fruit syrup, tobacco, lemon-pepper and granny smith apples.

Taste: tropical fruit nectar, peppery booze, honey-lemon hops, sweet candi sugar, husky grain and a dry yeasty finish.

Feel: boozy-thin body, light and airy with fine bottle fermented carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: very drinkable, nice and light, hoppiness suggests a Belgian Strong Pale Ale along the lines of Houblon Chouffe, but with their history, I'll take their word for it.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out slightly opaque amber orange with lots of the white bubbles at least two fingers high.
Hops alcohol and caramel are the first to hit my nose. Something dark and mysterious in the back there. Mabey yeast? Then you get the clove/cinnamon/sweet smell at the very end. MMMM this smells good.
lemon peel. some hop bitterness, not too much though. spices are very subtle but can detect some clove. the end though brings on the wonderful hops. Just the right amount of bitter with the sweet.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty with the lemon and hops staying with you for a while. Not a bad thing at all though.
This is a wonderful brew. If I could afford a drink a bunch at a time, I would .

peabody, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

O man, no secrets here ... I love this one. Pours a beautiful orangy-gold color with a huge, glorious white head that leaves a masterpiece of lacing in the Westmalle goblet. The nose is of Belgian candy sugar, spices, and citrus (lemons). Some notes of yeasty breads are here too. Palate is so complex to me ... sweet confectioner's sugar, cloves, and yeast, but has a nice hoppy character throughout. Very lively and active. Light/medium mouthfeel, great carbonation "zing" and a nice clean finish. The alcohol is rather well hidden, making this a supremely drinkable Belgian treasure.

beerphilosopher, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Goldorak
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date on this one: 04-02-05 Sampled late July 2006.

Appearance: Peachy and opaque, with a fair amount of chunky deposit, not much of a surprise for a such an old bottle. What was surprising was the lovely thick pearly white head, so far it seemed to have aged quite well.

Smell: Fusels seem to be a bit more tame than in a fresh sample, but were still fruity, if not a bit more vinous, but without being too maderized.

Taste: The age came through a bit more in the flavor, although carbonation was still in great shape. It made me think of an old attic or dusty basement, but in a good, fond memory kind of way. I was expecting the alcohol to be much more prevalent, but it wasn't playing the diva at all, even though it was bone dry in the finish. The yeast was perfectly balanced along with it and had a great body to hold it all in place. A classic.

Goldorak, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, murky, amber with a thick, fizzy head that quickly faded. White yeast granules could be seen floating throughout.

Aroma was typical of a tripel. Bready with spices and ripe fruits.

Taste was similar to the smell. Huge malt and yeast flavors with some banana and allspice. Slight hops detectable on the back of the palate and in the aftertaste.

At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol was extremely well masked.

Carbonation was a bit excessive but eventually settled down.

Overall, more flavorful and smooth drinking than your average tripel.

Damian, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper orange with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass. A huge rocky white head that was very impressive.
S - Huge apple character at first, sweetness, light spice, malty with only mild hoppy notes.
T - Amazingly well balanced was my first impression, the apple flavor is huge, slight hoppiness, crisp, nice carbonation level. The beer was also very sweet and its taste developed as I drank it. Very complex.
M - Oily and smooth with a nice crisp hoppy finish.
D - Smooth and relaxing this beer tasted great an dI could easily go for plenty more of them.

ryantupy, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of leedorham
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured very blonde in color with a thick head that stayed around the whole time.
There were noticeable sediments in the bottle. Great carbonation and aroma. The alcohol was very up front but not overpowering.
This is my first go with a true Belgian tripel. Since I could only afford one bottle, I followed it up with an American "Trippel" counterpart. No comparison. If only it weren't $4.50 a bottle.

leedorham, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a large persistent head. It has a cloudy apricot color. The smell is very floral. This has a sweet initial taste with a little bit of a toasted nut aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright, crisp and carbonated. The alcohol is pronounced after the beer has been consumed. What a delightful beer that would be very drinkable often.

barefootbrewer, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold. With a 1 fingered head that remained for over an hour, this beer looked pretty through the entire meal. I kinda wish it had some lacing though, but I'm not sure if tripels are supposed to have lacing, so I won't factor that into my scoring too much.

Smell: Banana's and yeast hit the nose immediately, and then I recognize a nice brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Again the banana's and yeast, but now plums are added to the mix, and the brown sugar adds wonderfully. There is also a taste of lilac, or honeysuckle nuzzling around with the alcohol that is covered up very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and standard for a tripel, but I'll rate it above average for the nice body.

Drinkability: As I said above, the alcohol was masked very well, but what makes this a great beer is that it went with every food I ate. Bleu Cheese, Steak, Pastrami, Chicken in cilantro sauce, yams. Unbelievable.

dbalsock, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the typical orange/amber of a belgium tripel with a nice half finger head that melts slowly to a full lacing head.
Aroma is unusual....apricots and alcohol....none of the typical belgium yeasts, breads, and sugars I am acustomed to in a triple.
Sweet front to the palette...soft bitterness that is sweetly aprocates, prunes, and then begium candy sugar and drying alcohol.
Mouthfeel is comfortably thick and creamy for this style.
Aftertaste only slighly sweet...nicely an apricot/alcohol aftertaste.
Not the usual tripel....lots of unusual fruits...slightly more cloying and less drying than I am used to, but still nice an drinkable.
Love the belgiums...hard to do poorly....wonderfully diverse.

IntriqKen, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of geetlord
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured clear and golden with a tall foamy head, it smaeeld tart and hoppy.
The flavor was slightly smoky with crisp bitterness and hops, there as some mild tartness in the finish. As a tripel its characteristics in general supprised me more bitter and lighter in collor most specificaly. it wasnt a bad beer, but ertainly not my favorite.

geetlord, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of brushpig
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 330ml bottle at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago, served in a Westmalle triple goblet.

Cloudy golden appearance w/ a big thick creamy white head that did not diminish very much at all.

Sweet malts with a powerful hop scent with fruity notes as well.

Initial flavors are sweet bread malts, some citrus, A alcohol feel but not too much. Temperature is important, don't drink one too cold, when it got to about 50F the flavors popped out.

Great beer and very drinkable.

brushpig, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy lemon-orange kind of color. nice white head, good retention. bubbles keep popping up. Appearance is reminiscent of some hefeweizens. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell: I can smell it from a foot or more away! almost reminiscent of hefeweizen (this is my first tripel). fruity, some spice in the middle. As the glass warms you can smell alcohol, but it still remains in the background as far as flavor is concerned.

Taste: First sip... first thing that comes to mind - balance! It's sweet and fruity, but hoppy and bitter - simultaneously. The flavors pop up in order, and finish on a dry hoppy note that for me is a big plus when it comes to drinkability. Slightly acid, vinous character. Very clean finish. Nice complex beer! Alcohol is very well concealed.

Mouthfeel: No complaints. Carbonation perhaps a touch prickly immediately after pouring.

Drinkability: This is a consumately drinkable beer. Dry finish, complex flavor, well-hidden alcohol. Not a whole lot more to ask for.

hunteraw, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks nice. Slightly cloudy straw colour, but you can still see through it. Sort of. Fluffy, airy white head. Sticky, too.
Smell was good, but a bit disappointing. Not as much complexity as I hoped for. The Dubbel smells better.
Taste is well balanced, but leans towards the sweet side. Alcohol is well disguized. But the mouthfeel is where it loses me. This bottle (which I assume is fresh - I'm only a few hundred k's away from the brewery) is way, way too carbonated. Champagne-like. And this hurts my drinkability.

DaveFL1976, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of egajdzis
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange yellow color, with a medium sized, rocky, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma seemed somewhat old, with oxidation, citrus fruits, toffee, yeast and alcohol. I found an initial bite in the taste, with some citrus fruits, white pepper, and an alcohol character in the background. Smooths out as it goes down.

egajdzis, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of Poser
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Trappist beer.

Appearance: A bright golden-blonde swimming with fine sediment topped with a white head. I think this is one of the most interesting-looking beers I've ever seen.

Smell: Spicy and just a little fruity.

Taste: Almost no hops or alcohol bitterness to the taste. Just a little too neutral, but there are distinct cinamon and fruit tastes in there.

Mouthfeel: Again, a little more neutral than I expected, but it was moderately creamy. Very smooth, but I prefer more personality.

Drinkability: Despite what I've seen from other reviewers, I felt this was very drinkable. Hardly any alcohol sting. Maybe they didn't cool it enough - I poured at 44 degrees.

Overall, great appearance, but I hope the other Trappist beers hold up to their reputation with the taste.

Poser, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one displays a sort of sunburst pattern when eyed whilst it rests in the goblet glass. The center of the half circle is more of an orange colour than the golden hues that flourish on the edges around this darker core. Yip. A matress of luscious white presides over the event and is continually fed from plentiful springs of gas. The nose is a bit blunt. It smells of a dull spiciness. The sweet tones are not as prevalent as I had expected. This smells quite raw and earthy. If you want to know what earthy is: earthy is a more poetic way to say it smells like barks and rind and other organic debris and natural shit have been introduced to the mixture by some means. Raw varies by degree. Raw is a facet of earthy that denotes level of perceived rotten ambiance. This one is low on raw, but it is a bit raw. Some degree of rot is always suitable and needed for character. So you see, earthy and raw sound better as such than do the aforementioned descriptives. Thin layers of banana and sugar lay underneath these assertive rough textures. In time a more acidic and fruity nose crops up and becomes noticeable. The taste shows the sweet and fruity aspects boastfully. It has a tang to it that reminds me of some acidophilus barrel dweller. She is sweet up front moving purposefully to a sudden bitterness that is again overtaken by sweet in the finish. It unfolds like the tortoise and the hare. The mouthfeel projects a creaminess to bolster the lighter qualities of the liquid. The end result is another stellar Belgian beer. Otherworldly in a sense. Right on you Jean Claude Van Dammes.

SupaCelt, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of Solomon420
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle smuggled back from Belgium by me :)
the pour was nice, very nice colour, very characteristic of its style. The smell was fruity and airy, with spicy notes popping up from within. First swig I noticed a nice taste of citrusy pleasure followed by a small bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. Not overpowering and very expected from a Tripel. This one is easy to drink and a very well made beer. Its reputation preceeds it very well and I will jot this one down of beers to bring back from Europe during next years business trip.

Solomon420, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 11/07/07.

Huge pillowy white head atop a hazy light orange body with some particulate strewn about.

The nose: spicy, vinous, alcoholic, light fruit.

Big time spice, firm bitterness, and a combustible effervescence combine for an active but focused feeling on the palate. Bitterness grabs and hold the attention into the finish, where yeasty notes perk up as well.

Its carbonation may be a touch on the high side for my tastes -- but then again, this one seems like maybe its been bottle-conditioning for a while now -- but even so that's an issue that's easily taken care of by a few extra swirls of the glass.

The finish and aftertaste are suitably dry and spicy to ensure the glass isn't away from the lips for too long.

What a wonderful beer. Lively, flavorful, alluring, unique -- commands your attention.

VoodooBrew, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I shared two bottles of this in a beer tasting on LI this evening and I was impressed by the generous bubbly head as well as elastic webs inside the poured bottle: very fresh. This reddish-golden ale flowed majectically into my cup and the first taste was immense with a snappy ending I couldn't quite describe.

This would have been great to serve at Thanksgiving with the dark meat of the turkey, stuffing, wild rice, and gravy.

By the way, if you are looking for this on Long Island, NY, Whole Foods in Manhasset on 25-A/Northern Blvd has this (among others) and that particular store is one of the three regular retailers to have it in metro-NYC.

bonbright7, Jun 29, 2006
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,787 ratings.