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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,723 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,723
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 342 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

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 TheDodge
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good. Gravy.

At this point I've got maybe six beers that I'd consider 5's across the board; the creme de la creme, the absolute perfect examples of the breed. They are Aventinus weisenbock, St. Bernardus ABT12 quadruppel, Stone Russian imperial stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard American strong ale, Ipswich Original ale, and now Westmalle Tripel.

This stuff is absolutely absurd. It's got a noticeable sweetness, a broad palette of "fruity" flavors, and a warming alcohol prescence that hides itself and is perceived as a "spicyness". The real difficulty with this particular beer is taking in the breadth of flavors that are available before one has consumed too much of the stuff to be all that perceptive. This might be the central paradox of beer tasting, or at least Belgian beer tasting. Anyway, I can tell you this: I've tried the St. Bernardus Tirpel and the Allagash Reserve Tripel, and this one just absolutely trounces both of them, in my opinion. Amazing stuff!

TheDodge, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of spice, bannana and yeast. Cloudy pale yellow in color with a two finger thick white head. White fruits, spice and alcohol with some hints of darker fruits in the finish. Tasty, but the alcohol is a lot more unwieldy than the more nuanced Dubbel.

Not quite as drinkable as the Dubbel due to the more noticeable alcohol, but still a great beer. Perfect nightcap beer on a cool night.

Jredner, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, freshness date reads 15/07/06. Served in the Duvel tulip glass for maximum everything. Cellar temperature.

Appearance- Clear, medium gold with a four finger rocky head. Bubbles are surprisingly large and tumultuous... they pop and settle completely within about five minutes. Mild lacing, and the glass etching feeds the thin mat of foam continuously.

Smell- The first whiff of this beer actually "choked up" my nose... a wicked, alcohol-intense burn literally shut my nostrils down, like tripping a circuit breaker. After finding my feet again and going in for another, a monstrous banana-like character combined with creme brulee came forth. Sweet, heavy, dessert qualities abound on the nose in this one.

Taste- As with the aroma, there is a custard-like fatness, or weight to the taste... if that makes any sense. Upon the first swallow, I feel the ABV flow freely to my arms and legs, making it clear why these are not sold in bombers. Custard, pudding, cream pie filling... these all come to mind whilst describing the taste. Big pale malts with candi sugar are superbly balanced and proportionate... and the alcohol is WAY too well-disguised.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and mellow in the mouth, especially for the strength and complexity of the nose and taste. Goes down smooth, and the beer's warmth takes over and softens all the edges. I want to go to Belgium now, and be a monk. That brews great beer.

yelterdow, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Westmalle chalice!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden lemon and subtle orange hue. Too many pillars of bead to count. Huge towering head that died all too quickly because I wanted to admire it a little longer. Sediment is noted floating about.

Smell: Grassy and herbal. Citric zest and slight bread notes. Sizable alcohol is noted as well.

Taste: Alcohol jumps to the fore front. Biscuity malt character along with yeasty notes. Fairly complex citrus profile that to me is not hop based. Did I mention that this thing is alcohol laden? This beer finishes grassy and almost medicinal, not bad.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as I thought. Very full for a tripel. Smooth and round body. I like it!

Drinkability: Dont get me wrong, this is high class stuff but the abv on this winner cuts the drinkability down a bit for me. If this is in front of me, I would have not problem savoring it at anytime.

Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great fresh bottle, best by 7/15/06 stamped on the back. The pour produced a dense, foamy white head that laced the snifter the whole way down – impressive.

Aroma of phenolics, raisins and sugar cane candy. The taste noted these, along with a strong sugar cane rum suggestion and malt vigor.

Mouth went downhill a tad, too highly carbonated, resulting in a foamy feel, along with a strong presence of alcohol. I could still sip one bottle for an hour, but the foamy mouthfeel was annoying.

Vancer, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Redteketed
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A golden good heading appearance. Fruity, malty smell, even a little hoppines and isn't that coriander in the background. Nicely in balance conforming style.
Light sweet/bitter taste, including the sence of fruit and malt. Full body. Dry sticky mouthfeel and a nice hoppy, spicy aftertaste.

Yes, according style a nice beer, but I prefer Westmalle dubbel.

Redteketed, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice rich golden colour, with medium carbonation in it. Nice white head with staying power.

Smell is citrus and ripe fruity.

Taste is very good. Definitely delivers on the fruity / citrus smell but not overdone. I love the nuances that the yeast gives this beer! Very nice tripel.

Mouthfeel is great. This brew teases the taste buds and makes you want another sip. easy to drink and definitely a repeat purchase.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one, and Trappistes Rochefort 10, are the beers that made a Belgian fanatic out of me for life.

Pours a smooth, foamy head, with a fantastic bronzed-gold coloring. Head becomes kind of creamy looking, with all kinds of lace covering the walls of the glass.

Smells of bread, malt, yeast with faint hops and even fainter citrus elements.

The taste is exceptional. All kinds of characteristics here in full, none too extreme over the other: candy-apples, piney hops, malty sweetness, fresh-baked yeasty dough, white grapes, rum-soaked raisins and a well-hidden 9.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is sooo good. So creamy with a very rounded feeling in the mouth. It's all there, but not too heavy.

With the well-hidden alcohol, this one is almost too easy to drink several of. The flavor and mouthfeel make one glass seem not enough. I will be having another.

Metalmonk, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of WMBierguy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard so many good things about Belgian trappist ales that I had to finally try one. Pours a straw gold. The beer is effervescent, constantly bubbling. Had an incredibly thick, white head with brown fleks of yeast. The head lingered throughout the experience. The first taste demonstrated the beer's strong alcohol content (9.5%), with its flavor standing out more with every sip. The closest comparision I can make is that this tastes like a thinner doppelbock. Overall a very enjoyable, strong beer.

WMBierguy, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breaking in my new Gulden Draak tulip with this beer - I accidentaly (lucky accident - I hope?) bought two bottles of this, an 330ml and a 750ml - this is the 330ml bottle.

This pours out equal parts beer and head, completely filling the very large Draak tulip to its golden rim with eggshell white head, a big styrofoam brick that hangs out on top of a tawny orange-gold haze - visible yeast particulate and rising bubbles throughout. The lacing is chunky and foamlike, coating the interior of the glass, and the head refuses to budge, hanging out in frothy mountains and valleys.

Zippy Belgian yeast scent - lemons, orange peel, sweet sugar- a bit of banana bread. Faint, soft scent that betrays very little alcohol and has a coriander spice finish.

This is a very nicely layered Belgian that does absolutely nothing to offend - a significant achievement, in the grand scheme of Belgians. It begins with sweet fruit, apricot and orange, then continues to a slightly bready, spicy yeast, and finishes in two parts - first, pleasantly fruity-bitter, then, as the aftertaste continues to cruise along the back of the tongue, it becomes soft banana-caramel.

Slightly fizzy at first, definitely crisp - it fluffs up a bit in the mouth, becoming full and pleasant.

This is just the tiniest bit uninteresting, but that's actually a good thing. A lot of Belgians manage to offend, but this one does absolutely nothing wrong. Those monks sure know what the heck they're doing.

Tupperwolf, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 1.10.06

Brew was a pale cloudy gold under a thick white head. Yeasty bits hung out in suspension at the end of the bottle, as I drank it slowly in three few-ounce pour quantities. Little lacing left, though I was doing my damndest to get everything I could out of this bottle. No deliciousness was going to be left on the inside of MY glass.

The aroma was creamy malt and green hops. These smells mixing with the alcohol produced notes of vanilla extract.

Flavor was immediately creamy, almost Barleywine-like with green, hoppy bitterness. Not much going in the way of typically expected Euro/Belgian funkiness. Hot, booziness in the aftertaste provides a generous reminder of the strength of what was just consumed. The beer was fluffy in the mouth and mid/high carbed. Solid, big beer that dominates your palate in a good way.

This a slow goer. At around $4 an 11 oz bottle, it should be. Add its strength and Barleywine bitterness and you’ve got two more speed bumps of savoring enjoyment to keep you paced.

GolgiIPAratus, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $19.99 for a six pack.
Bottles were covered in dust.
Poured a nice golden color with a two finger thick rocky white head.
Lots of carbonation. I was expecting it to be stale from the dust on the bottles but it was fine.
Strong aromas of alcohol,grapefruit, candi sugar, honey.
Similar taste. Strong alcohol warmth. Citrusy almost white wine-like taste. Crisp and a little dry.
The alcohol is a little much at first but it gets more drinkable.
Very pleasant beer.

BillyB, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with 11/07/07 printed on the label. It pours into the chalice a glowing gold with some sediment, lots of carbonation beads, and a 3/4" white head which is pretty sticky. There are aromas of spicy/sharp phenols (medicine/rubber glove), sweentess, a grassy/musty character, and some fruits, The taste is about the same with some powdery yeast and a medium body. Overall it's good, but I was expecting something much better considering this is the poster-child for tripels. Maybe it was an off bottle, but either way I'm sure I'll get around to sampling another one.

mmmbeer, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great example of Belgium triple. Pours a semi-cloudy, lemon day with good visibility despite the yeasty pour. Limited head but does stay around the edges for the whole tasting and ok lacing.

The smell is noticeable with a malty and Belgium-esk aroma. Good malt backing with some Belgium pale representing the majority. Spices such as coriander and good representation of fruits, such as apricots and peaches, are presented.

The taste is exceptional. The malt is well noted well and balanced with a not-so-detectable-sugar and hop additions. The malt is well balanced with a touch of biscuit and maybe pilsner thrown in. There is a bite (reminds me of pilsner) from a earthy hop taste at top that brings a zing taste. The sweet malt taste is blended well with a sugary taste that is hard to pick up. The end is splash of citrus meets floral that rounds the beer out.

The end taste also brings a good smoothness that makes it so easy to drink. Overall this is an impressive that deserves a high rating.

Oxymoron, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starts out with a blistering apricot/tropical sweetness that makes its way towards the hops, then grapes, and finally a nice dry vinous finish with just slight notes of coriander and whiskey. The glowing orange appearance and healthy dollop of cream make it quite the looker as well. Perhaps the best tripel I’ve had and certainly the most drinkable. A truly top notch beer.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a bit of yeast sedimant. The head is a thin white, that fades fast leaving no laces.

This beer has a strong yeast aroma. Very earthy. I also detect some spice presence. A slight citrus aroma is also present. Hop aroma is very slight ly noticable. The alcohol is also noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes of spice. Coriander. Also, I has a slight citrus tang to it. It is slightly yeasty tasting. The hops make a slight appearence in the flavoras well.

This beer is hightly carbonated, complimenting the style. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

This beer might be a good session beer if the alcohol content was just a tad lower. It is a good beer though. Well worth it.

OStrungT, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 26/05/07. Served at about 10°C in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a hazy, dark orangey+honeyish yellow hue; the thick white cap comes effervescent, tight and foamy, a bit like meringue~~ sustaining superbly and leaving very tight lacing as it sl...owly settles; very fizzy body.
S: sweet, candyish maltiness mixed with sweet lemony+orangey edge with a hint of passion-fruits, floating aroma of vanilla powder, lightly spicy/cinnamon yeastiness... overall surprisingly straight forward, albeit pleasant all the same. I doubt if the lower serving temp. has trapped more aroma inside the glass...
T: fiercely bubbly-textured palate with rough and warmish alcoholic attack~~ as my palate gets used to the texture, I could sense semi-sweetish bready malts followed by light touches of tropical fruits--mainly bananas, oranges and drops of lemonade, while an immense flow of intensifyingly dry spiciness and chewy bitterness quickly ensues, gradually decreasing in intensity but leading to a lingering, dryish, spicy-hoppy aftertone.
M: the initial sharply bubbly mouthfeel plus the simultaneous alcohol attack is not very impressive, showing signs that yeasts might have been badly disturbed or else. But it does soften sip by sip and settles to fine, creamy yet lively texture. The finishing touch is rather soothing, with good depth of spices and bitterness caressing the deep end of the throat, making this a glass of constantly-improving enjoyment.
D: a med-full bodied, dryish-bitter Tripel it is. Not as approachable as my last bottle, maybe due to the fact that before serving the beer was slightly over-chilled, hence the farely cloudy body from the very beginning. One can't deny that it's an uncompromising beer though, and in my opinion this is a more complex and fuller elder brother of the Westmalle Dubbel.

wl0307, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellowish orange with a 1/2 inch head that reduces itself to a nice film. There are lively streams of bubbles and the beer looks a bit cloudy also. The smell is citrusy and spicy, with floral hints and an aroma of orange peel. The taste is a fairly sweet malt, with notes of banana, citrus, and spices. It's also tarty with an alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and rich, not overly thick ,although it seems to coat the tongue well. It has a great flavor but the alcohol is a bit overpowering, making it less easy to drink...

bennetj17, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of Stubbie1
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks simply wonderful, thick white head, light gold color, slightly cloudy with some periling racing up the side of the class. Nice lasting head and an ever present lace. Aroma is a bit yeasty, apple and green grapes. Taste is sweet; fruit and mild musty bitter bite in the end. The 9.5 is nicely hidden in this brew. Overall a refreshing and enjoyable brew and at $5.03 for a 750 ml. (with tax) I will be enjoying this offer more often. If you see it one the shelf, pick it up.

Stubbie1, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Sweet Nectar of the Gods!!"

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Inch tall, foamy head with great lacing. Beautiful golden color.

Aroma was not overpowering; nicely balanced, yeasty, apples, pears.

Perfect taste. Perfectly balanced hops, yeast and malt. Nothing overpowering, but everything balanced. High ABV well hidden.

Light carbonation, not too thick. Clean palate and no aftertaste.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had!!! I would give it a 5 for drinkability, however the high ABV would sneak up on you.

doppelmeup, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully into my chalice; a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head that retains quite well with some gorgeous lacing. It has a sweet aroma with citrus fruits evident and the slightest hint of coriander. It tastes remarkable - sweetness in the yeast, some cloves and bit tart. Nice medium body with a warming alcohol feel. The 9.5 is very well hidden. I could drink a few of these.

The best tripel I've ever had. Delicious.

Monks, what can't they do?

sloejams, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle Pours cloudy golden yellow with a good white head, mostly lasting and good lacing. Aroma is of purfume, spruce, pine and soft malts. Dry smooth texture. Taste has a smooth light acidic with a good aftertaste. This is a very good beer and also somewhat easy to locate. It is a good start to the Belgium beers.

Birdiebeagle, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of masikon
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval goblet, this was a hazy lemon juice color with plenty of bits floating around. Nose was pleasant, soft and fruity with a bit of alcohol sting on the sinus' as well. Hits the palate with a distinct belgian crispness, tingly and somewhat medicinal but extremely complex...a hard beer to review really due to the different flavors mixing with each sip, it's hard to pick things out. Definite fruitiness with apples/pears along with some herbal and floral accents as well. A really nice beer to crack after the Seahawks NFC Championship win tonight.

masikon, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice head with a decent ring of lace over a copper tinted straw body.

S - Floral hops, lillies, and gumball.

T - Floral character with some malt and citrusy zest.

M - Very slick, thin and very refreshing.

D - Good, this would go well will some foods. Abv makes sessioning a bad idea. I will have to have this again sometime.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice tripel in all categories.
A golden/yellow hue with a full crown that does not want to let go.
The body is a little cloudy, the carbonation is heavy.
The nose is lightly of assorted fruits, currents are dominant.
The taste is very well balanced starting to the sweet side then switching to the hops...again, fruity mash like, front and back.
A nice warm feeling from the ABV is most pleasent.

Shiloh, Jan 14, 2006
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,723 ratings.