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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 3,972
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 313
Gots: 487 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 3,972 | Reviews: 1,618
Photo of Patrick999
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a chalice that beautiful gold, nice head, though not as high as the Chimay tripel.

S - bready, yeasty. grape-like aromas. Very good.

T - A little sweet in a vinous sense, but not a complaint. Phenolic and spicy, but not as in your face as some other tripels.

M - Light and fluffy, belying its strength.

D - If someone wants to buy me Westmalle at my favorite beer bar, I'll drink them until I can drink no more. A classic.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that Westmalle is usually the Trappist that I pass on most often. After tasting the Dubbel the other night though, and being thoroughly intrigued, I decided it was time to give the Tripel another go. Poured in to my Westmalle chalice (thanks Julios) an inviting slightly dark golden color. Heading was awesome, big, white and fluffy, with many tiny air bubbles racing toward the head. Aroma is surprisingly clean, almost pilsner like in its dryness. I guess I was expecting a little bit more fruit or spice from the smell. Taste starts off with a big splash of hop bitterness, with traces of pineapple, pear and pepper in the back. It leaves the palate slightly numb after swallowing. Body is medium, and drinkability is high. Having said that though, this beer is incredibly complex, so I would advise drinkers to take their time with this one. I still can't say that Tripel is a style that I am overly fond of, but this stuff deserves respect. Like I said before, complex.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. pours a gorgeous straw yellow/orange with a huge white head that hangs out for a while. Aromas of spices are the lead, with honey and grapes close behind. Outstanding carbonation. The honey flavors are definitely present. Tons of spices in this as well. Tastes like fall, with its hints of apples and pears and spices. Warms the mouth with its complex flavors. As with all trappists, try it.

Photo of bosco7
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I should review a classic/style-defining beer to mark my 200th review.

Pale orange color with a luscious velvety head that leaves quality sticky lacing. A little hazy.

Orange peel, lemon pulp, green apple skin, rose petal, earthy hops, spicy pepper. Very perfumey with less banana than I remember. The bottle is about a year or so old.

Sweet start with some orange zest, slight banana, sugary, and light caramel flavors. Perfumey, green apple, rose, some vanilla, and minty flavors towards the middle of the sip. Spiciness is most pronounced in the finish white pepper comes to mind. Some warming alcohol notes in the finish as well. Assertive bitterness and a dry ending.

This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink. Complex as hell(especially with a couple months in the cellar) and very drinkable despite the ABV. Simply exceptional.

Photo of joekfsu
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a 3 cm foamy off white head that is mostly lasting. Aroma of bread, fruit, and spices. Flavor is initially sweet and fruity, mostly pear and apples. Aftertaste is a hint of spice , bananas, and a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied, noted carbonation, great lacing, and nice level of alcohol. More drinkable than the dubbel and worth a try. A top Trappist pick.

Photo of lifebeer
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. this is definitely my favorite Belgian.

a. slightly hazy straw color with extremely white head, looks a lot like a weissbier

s. smells like a weissbier, lemon and wheat

t. intense lemon, with wheat and alcohol, tastes like sustenance, a satisfying meal

m. rice and round, perfect

d. the most drinkable Belgian ever experienced, among my top beers of all time

Photo of Rudgers73
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a honey color with a bit of cloudiness. There is a ton of carbonation roaring from the bottom of the etched Duvel glass along with a few chimneys formed on pieces of yeast on the sides. There is a thick 1 inch head that settles and thickens. The smell is grapey, appley, sweet, tart, and perfumey with alcohol. I can also smell the hops. Metallic. I like the flavor a lot. Complex, lively, and dynamic. Starts out with tart berries, maybe raspberries, then the bitterness comes in. Citrus notes come from the tartness and form a crisp edge that is greater pronounced from the carbonation effects. The alcohol is a little hot, and remind me of tobacco/juniper. The mouthfeel is live and rich with dry, bitter hops. The aftertaste becomes more and more bitter as the drink continues, but fortunately it sweetens in the malt dept. as it warms up. An exceptional tripel.

This is a great beer. One to be savored because it is complex, and also expensive. A good special occasion beer.

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang chalice. Pours a Golden color, nearly straw. Very light head.

S- Very light nose on this one. Some wheat and malts.

T- Orange and citrus flavors. Also that signature Belgian yeast flavor.

M- Medium carbonation on this one.

D- Not an incredible tripel but very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of dnichols
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was served a 330 ml capped bottle in a chilled chalice at a local pub.

A: It poured a creamy, cloudy yellow tinted orange with a massive off-white head composed of large sticky bubbles. The head had wonderful retention and supported a dense lingering curtain.

S: It had rich aromas of malts and yeasts, as well as white ripe fruit and hints of white spices.

T: It presents a blast of malts and smooth rich yeast that coats the mouth. The white fruits including bananas and pears are complemented by white spices including pepper and allspice. It is well balanced and reminds me of drinking a malted milk shake....rich, creamy, and filling.

M: It is full-bodied, creamy and finishes clean.

D: It is a bit filling to serve as a session beer but I could enjoy it well into the night.

Photo of Gehrig
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dazzling, this Westmalle Tripel. Earlier in the day, I decided to sample Chimay and Westmalle back-to-back. Given the late hour, I momentarily reconsidered, then reconsidered my reconsideration, much to my delight. I am officially wowed.

This required multiple pours for me, an angle-pouring blue-collar gent who enjoys decent foam, but nothing too excessive. Despite my best efforts, this was a four-finger froth, fantastic in its resplendent glory, requiring two more dabbles over the 12-oz. Ommegang glass to complete the pour. The body is a cloudy lemon-orange, like a sunset on an easy day. Really sublime.

My nose enjoyed the lemon-orange fruitiness, the hint of berries, and the yeasty back beat, but I was completely won over upon tasting the steady but patient malt flavor that periodically percolated in the palate, accompanying the rest of the assemblage. Idyllically carbonated to channel the durable hopped flavor, this is really one of the best Belgians I've ever had. Imbibing this was a privilege.

Photo of RedBeerHead
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, light orange. Cloudy, opaque head. At first look the body seems heavy due to the yeast but the taste is surprisingly light. Good fruity flavor. Good dry yeast aftertaste. The ABV is a slight “kick in the head” but still one of the more sophisticated and complex Trappists I’ve had.

Photo of jeonseh
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle I picked poured into a goblet glass. Date of 3/01/08 on the bottle yet not to sure what that means.

The color of this seems to be right on for the style. The color is a hazy amber color with hints of gold all throughout it. Also, a light amount of carbonation and sediment setting within it. A light, creamy head, rather frothy.

The smell on this is great. Very fragrant as I could smell it from a half a foot away when I was pouring it. Lots of fruit, smell of honey, deep grapes smell almost like red wine, apricot, also a bit of lime and other citrusy flavor coming off it, also a bit of yeast. Wow, I can't get it out of my head who much it smells like a burgundy or cabarnet or other big red wine.

Taste is a good mix of yeast flavors, mixed in with the lime and orange that I can smell as well. Also, I can taste the sugar that is supposed to be in it a little bit but not as much as I expected; yet still adds a bit of sweetness that I think is necessary for the complexity of the flavor profile. After the fruit and sweetness, the flavor fades away into the deep warming alcohol taste which is not over bearing at all given the alcohol content for this one. Have to say that the alcohol taste fits in pretty well wit the rest and offsets the fruit flavor rather well. Can also taste a bit of the red wine smell as well, could say maybe even date a bit. I also love the warming features of this beer. The alcohol does a superb job of keeping you nice and warm and a great beer to drink on a cold winter's night.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice on this one overall. Once we start drinking hit with a lot of carbonation in the mouth overall and that carbonation does not die down to quickly either. I really like that the carbonation does not leave at all but it sticks around for a long while in the mouth. Can taste a bit of bit of alcohol leaving at the end and that is the mouthfeel at the end is almost numbing from the alcohol taste at the end.

Overall, a good beer and one that I would not mind picking up a few others. I am kinda curious to try the dubbel as well since the Westmalle brewery definitely left a good impression on me. A bit of a sipper beer and a lot of alcohol so not one you could drink too many off at one time. Definitely a big beer and one that challenges you at first especially given the alcohol content and taste. One of the most fragrant beers I have ever set my nose upon.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle to a snifter, the liquid is a pale straw yellow, cloudy very good carbonation. The head is smallish white and leaves some lace.

The smell is good fruity yeast, sweet with orange peel.

The taste is good as well hints of orange and lime with some spices, pepper, clovers allspice, over a wheaty malt. Very interesting. At first I did not think I liked it much but it really seems to be growing on me. But still glad it is a smaller bottle. Alcohol seems to be well covered.

The mouthfeel is light body, and well carbonation with small champagne like bubbles. I guess it is in style but I don't care for that much fizz.

The drinkability is ok, not stellar but not a bad beer at all.

Prosit, MK

Photo of jim102864
2.76/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another mystery from Westmalle. I just reviewed their disappointing dubbel and now this? Clearly, I've either purchased some stale brew or this brewery cannot competantly brew beer.

12 oz brown bottle. Cloudy golden wheat appearance with a thin head in me Chimay chalice.

Aroma is very understated. I can detect some flowery, herbal esters. Not bad. Taste is slightly citrusy and herbal. Modest hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is modest. It's a drinkable brew, but basically a one and done in my opinion. Too expensive and unremarkable to be a session brew.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a monstrous head that lingers for a very long time. Lacing quite present. The nose is extremely sweet with strong citric tones. Even and smooth on the mouth with malty sweetness and a bit of a bitter edge that follows on the trail end. Mouthfeel is typical. You could drink a lot of this in a sitting...if you could tolerate the 9.5% alcohol. This is a great brew whose best feature and contribution to beer world is that it is so readily available and has probably helped enlighten a lot of people as to what the possibilities for beer are.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml picked up at the Coop for about $5.50.. shared with Brenda .. mine from a Tulip.. listening to United DJ's Little Louis Vega.

Creamy head atop a golden straw brew.. pretty nice lacing.

Aroma is spiced fruits.. lightly spiced baked apples.. fresh baked bread and a side of applesauce... something is missing although I can't figure it out. Lemon shortbreads ... a little alcohol.

Flavor is prevelant fruitiness and Belgian spicness.. Pale malts and an unexpected earthiness that is appealling... more hoppy as it warms to room temp. For no other description.. this tastes "fresh". Body is a near perfect medium with a good carbonation.

I have nothing to really criticize this brew other than, I think I prefer slightly bigger boned triples... and the price can be prohibitive ... gets a little boozy as it warms up.

Photo of seanyfo
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my chimay goblet with turkey christmas dinner. This was bought in summer 06

A- Cloudy orangey amber body with a creamy 2 finger head sitting atop.

S - Crisp sour apples, some sweet caramels

T - A refreshing crisp apple flavour comes through, with some a fine caramel malty balance. Very taste subtle alcohol kick but very well masked

M - light carbonation with a light yet creamy body

D - went fantastic with turkey and stuffing, think the alcohol has mellowed with the 12 months of aging in a darkend garage producing a crispy apple flavour i dont remember. This was great!

Photo of snilsen13
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

After drinking my first, and it was a gift, I've got to tell you that this beer is _seriously overrated_

A- clear straw color, white foamy head, great lacing, nice bubbles, looks fabulous.

S - mild

T - mostly just a warming of alcohol, everything else is subtle.

S - not much nose.

M - well, it's not thick or thin, and the carbonation is helpful. So, almost perfect mouthfeel and awesome in looks, but...

D - kinda dull, but drinkable. You could knock them back and get plastered. I'm not that impressed.

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

picture perfect pour 2 finger high head atop a hazy golden straw body filling my goblet. The head settled into a thin but layer of foam on the surface. Fine lacing clinging to the walls of the glass great smell of apples, pineapple, mango and some caramel or candi sugars, a bit of spice with a little barnyard funk, just a bit.
The spice comes out more on the palate, some pineapple, mango, a bit of the funk here too. Tatse is pretty true to the nose, thought slightly subdued in comparison. A slight tingle of carbonation, fairly full body, juicy smooth mouthfeel, somewhat chewy with a clean finish with a somewhat citric hoppy aftertaste.

A wonderful beer

Photo of BeerLover729
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lightly amber colored beer with a beautiful rocky two finger head that barely fades to a thick laceing and never dies down. The smell is slightly fruity and mostly phenolic. The taste is lightly of fruits and dominately spicey with a crisp dry almosy bitter (not really hop bitter though) finish. The body almost seems light but I guess is medium, dry, and sharply carbonated. This beer is bitter almost sour so much so that the only real other pronouced flavors are the spicey, phenolic tastes from the reknowned trappists yeasts. Those qualities make this beer incredibly intricate and an excellent drink. Yum. Real good beer.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good looking beer, has a hazy golden color. A huge fluffy white head that stays at least an inch thick for the entire beer. Large amounts of lace rims the glass.

Smells of fruity Belgian yeast, lots of spices, some earthy hops, sweetness and a bit of maltiness.

Tastes of spices, yeasty, alcohol, floral hops, a touch of sweet malt and sugars. A great triple.

Photo of BWH3
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Tripel
33cL bottle served in goblet at 50 F

Appearance: Gorgeous pour. Can’t be any better. Massive, everlasting white head upon that light golden body. The bubbles flow freely throughout the glass but only slowly chisel away at the head. Touch of haze but not cloudy. I started to salivate watching this beer. (5.0)

Smell: The mustiness and sharp hay aroma of the noble hops combines well with the spicy phenols generated by the house strain. A banana ester and tart/sour aromas can be detected as well. These scents become even more apparent with some agitation. Just delicious. Many would prefer a bigger and bolder aroma but I truly enjoyed the delicate complexity. The alcohol is bit too prominent. (4.5)

Taste: Well the delicate complexity of the aroma does not come off as well in the palate. A light sweetness of dough, honey, and pear is quickly squashed by the alcohol warmth, but fortunately the palate is rescued by the peppery spice and hops bitterness. Could be better with less EtOH warmth and taste but still very good. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation, whopping ABV. A touch syrupy on the tongue is the only flaw. (4.5)

Drinkability: A classic Belgian Ale that deserves a chance to be in any fans catalog. I am debating which is the better beer to reach for -- Westmalle Dubbel or the Tripel. I think if session is the objective the dubbel is the better bet. I could drink the Tripel again after having one but at 9%, it is a dangerous session beer. (4.5)

Photo of Hunter
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy apricot color, pillowy head of white foam. Several thin and active threads of carbonation. Nice lacing effects.

Smell: Notes of citrus, spice, hay, and candi sugar. Light and fresh.

Taste: Alcohol predominates as it hits the tongue, then gives way to a sweet, slightly smoky flavor. Hints of spice and hops. Complex without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation makes for a sharp, palate clearing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is clean, with a lingering taste of grassy citrus.

Drinkability: Lovely and rich, this is not something to have daily, but rather one to have on rare occasion, when you have the time and peace to savor it properly. It's a light a summery sort of beer, but the alcohol will warm you on cold nights just fine. Belgian ales are my favorite, tripels most of all. Westmalle certainly lives up to the Trappist tradition.

Photo of Cs1987
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber. 2 fingers of head, which reduced slowly.

Smell - The alcohol seems to dominate the smell a little too much, but the fruit smells are pleasant.

Taste - Pretty sweet. The usual taste you would expect from a quality Tripel, with a hint of orange.

Mouthfeel - The alcohol is also a little too evident in the taste, but the aftertaste and texture are simply excellent.

Drinkability - Not exactly a quick drinking beer, but I would just love to have a few of these in one night.

Overall - An excellent Tripel with very few faults.

Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle with a tall, soft head. The aroma is a little sour at first, but soon turns to a milder, Duvel-like aroma of creamy pale malts. The flavor is sweeter and maltier than the other big Trappist tripel, Chimay White. There's a bit of farmhouse funk in the malt, and drop of candy and caramel. It finishes with an obscured hops flavor that's grapefruit-y, but buried under the malt. Overall, I don't think the flavor is that amazing. Yes, it is quite nice, but not my favorite tripel. The carbonation is spot on, but a hint of alcohol detracts from it.

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