Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,076 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,076
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 344
Gots: 555 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of JasW
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a beautiful three fingered head on top of a mildly hazy, golden straw body into a Spiegelau tulip glass. Tastes of glorious amounts of yeast and what seem like ever changing light fruit flavors, with the delightful mouth-puffing carbonation that is typical of the finest Belgian ale. Finishes with a mild astringency. This is without a doubt one of the world's finest.

Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BB 11/06/16

Pours clear yellow with a hint of an orange hue. Tons of head that makes a gorgeous cap and bubbles pouring upwards. Peppery nose with hints of booze and bananas. Body is very light for such a high ABV. Pepper, pears, banana, grass & hay. Clean finish my that warms slightly. Great beer.

Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A: (3/3) Golden with light haze and very thick creamy head that sticks around for a while
S: (11/12) Delightfully banana-clovey with some pepper and alcohol to balance it out
T: (18/20) Solid banana and sweet malt flavor with incredibly clean finish
M: (5/5) Very bubbly and solid dryness on finish
O: (8/10) Wow. Refreshing and sweet? I didn’t think it was possible. This is a solid beer, and one I’ll keep looking for in the future. It’s such a treat when a beer like this is generally easy to find, but so delicious. The more I drink it, though, the alcohol just wallops me over the head.
45/50

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

APPEARANCE - Clear golden with a 2-finger head that dissipates. Great lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - A little sweet, herbaceous.

TASTE - A balance of bitter and sweet, herbaceous notes. Floral. Not overly boozy.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation. Light, not gooey.

VALUE - A bit high.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Nice beer, goes down easy.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Purchased from on base Camp Hansen, Okinawa Shoppette...

A - Pours a golden haze, two fingers of creamy white head which laces nicely

S - Sweet and spicy on the nose with strong belgian yeast a really true sampling of the flavor profile

F - The flavor is a sweet bready nectar showing off honey , almonds, hazlenuts and other malt forward notes

M - Creamy and full bodied, warming and sticky

Overall a really great Tripel, the best I've had in a while... recommend highly.

Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Has a massive big head, and a golden yellow color.

Great aroma of wheat, yeast and a refreshing bitterness.

Has a beautiful balance of wheat, sugar and some bitter hoppy notes. Perfect smooth mouthfeel with a dry ending supported by the carbonation which is present but not distracting, adds freshness to the beer. No spices present, but a nice bitterness at the end, which goes along with an overall sweet character, lovely combination. Bitterness never grows too present.

Photo of dorosjim
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Simply put this is an incredible beer. Super clean and dry with lots of great hearty bread notes and a touch of fruity sweetness. Incredibly brisk and refreshing, vinous like character. Great replacement for champagne!

Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

October 3, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, tulip

A – Dark yellow with orange tint, extremely high carbonation with tons of bubbles in the beer itself. Four inches of craggy, rocky white foam that seems to last forever. About ½ inch left when all is said and done.

S – Citrus, reminiscent of nectarine, orange peel, curacao. Peppery and tangy. Some alcohol warmth in the background. Maybe some banana, bubble gum.

T – Foamy, dense, orangey and slightly peppery. Some earthiness, mushroominess. Very mild, floral hop flavor, just a touch of hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. A lot more banana, some bubble gum.

M – Foamy and effervescent. Somewhat thin, but the bubbles coat the tongue and leave a sweet finish. Thinness seems to be from the alcohol, is not a flaw. Slightly syrupy on the finish.

O – Not quite the knockout tripel I was expecting based on the reputation, but a very good example of the style.

Photo of seedyone
5/5  rDev +16.3%

From bomber at home. For a triple this is very light in color, aroma & taste. I don't mind any of that since it's a damn fine brew. All busy in the glass, the head is a fine cake of pure white floating on a blonde lake of subtlety. Everything here is low key except the enjoyment which it is in the extreme. Balanced sweetness & dry. Medium body. Despite all this 'comfy' talk, this is a memorable bottle.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

A – A pale roasted malt colour of very pale amber meets the eye. A single finger of busy head erupts in the glass but this dissipates very quickly to a thin cover and leaves minimal lace. I know some on here have said it leaves large head but this is a fresh bottle poured into a chalice in Holland and it has a sensible head so I feel confident this is the way it is meant to be.

S – The first thing I notice is plum followed by some mild citrus notes possible lemon grass. There is also a good smell of candy sugar pale malts and apricot.

T – The apricot and plum are very evident here. There are some sweet pale malts as expected from the appearance but there is also more complex depth such as spicy booze flavours, some grassy/leafy flavours with a crisp bite.

MF – Medium body with great boozy tingle but really very smooth.

O – A very drinkable number. This is the best triple I have come across by far and although I was once not a fan of the style this has converted me.

Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before end: 06/08/15

Hazy honey gold with a towering head of lumpy froth that lasts awhile. Aroma is a beautifully smooth blend of doughy yeast, dried fruit, flowers, oranges, spicy phenols, and sugar cookies. A little alcohol hovers over it all, but isn't a distraction. The flavor follows the same plan and further highlights the artful blending of flavors that is bold, yet easy to handle. Spicy, peppery yeast, apple, orange, flowers, and a soft pale malt sweetness all in a tidy, damn near crisp package. Fluffy and dry, not wearing down the palate with sweetness or overbearing yeast...just very pleasant and drinkable for 9.5% ABV. It's been too long since I've had one of these.

Photo of FredZ
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A- Hazy orange bright tan pour with some sediment landing in the glass at the end. Head dissipated quickly leaving carbonated bubbles flowing quickly upward.

S- Belgian yeast paired with light citrus fruit and overwhelming bananas. Alcohol is almost completely hidden behind the spices and aromas of yeast and fruit.

T- much like banana bread beers that I have had but with Belgian flair, and a bit lighter. This is a light airy tasting beer that allows the spices and fruit to dominate the palate. As the beer warms, the face will flush and the buzz of alcohol will find your senses. Just an experience, almost great as a one and done kind of drink.

M- almost a champagne like carbonation makes this more of a slow sipper. The complexity of flavors makes this an intimidating beer.

O- not my favorite Belgian style, as I prefer a dark quad. But this beer does a great job being a Tripel, as long as you expect a Tripel. Trappist beers are quite simply the standard by which most other beers should be measured as far as quality of ingredients and passion of brewing. I'm a fan.

Photo of Redneckwine
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz cold bottle, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Hazed over, murky tawny golden. Absolutely massive, foamy, impressive 3 finger head sticks around for the long haul as a foamy cap, modest lacing

Smell - Really complex and yeasty: licorice, bubblegum, apple cider, musty and spicy ripe fruits, a whiff of booze. Mystifying.

Feel/Taste - High carb helps the medium-heavy body seem light and airy, prickly at first but becomes creamy-smooth, carries the huge flavor and scrubs the palate vigorously. Like nose, taste is big and super complex: yeasty and a tad musty, sweet malt, ripe and sweet tropical fruits all day long, banana, apple, a bit vinous and spicy (clove), anise/licorice, alcohol flavor and astringency noted mid-palate that is fairly prevalent and unfortunately a bit abrasive, finishes fairly dry despite the big body.

Overall - What a monster of a beer. The flavor is so complex and in-your-face, it's very hard to believe there wasn't fruit and spices added to this. I just finished that little bottle and I'm pretty sure I caught a decent buzz. Unfortunately, I feel like the alcohol presence becomes astringent and just too absrasive in this beer, which is really holding it back from a very high rating. Still, a tasty, interesting beer, just not my favorite tripel.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Gotta say this is definitely very good. I would not go as far as to call it world-class, but it definitely beats most brews out there. First off, it is overly sweet. If you like sugary beers, then this is definitely world-class. It is smooth and goes down real easy and I think the biggest appeal to this beer is that it can go with any meal.

Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11.2 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Yellow in color, with a thin head of foam, little lacing. The Westmalle Dubbel is one of my favorite brews, so I had very high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint. The sweet aroma of fresh fruit is top notch. The taste hits with sweet, ripe banana initially, then rush of earthy spices and herbs that blends in with perfection. The carbonation is excellent and the finish is hoppy but sweet, and very crisp. The alcohol is surprisingly under control for a 9.5% ABV, and it seems to linger a bit in the background. It's an amazingly engineered trippel. It seems that every Trappist-style ale that comes out of Westmalle is liquid gold. A must for any beer aficionado.

Photo of Jsteez
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured a creamy white head; a murky, yeasty, orange, deep golden color. Sticky and sugary lace on the glass. Bits of yeast and sediment floating around.

So complex I can't really find words to describe...sweet apples soaked in melted sugar, bitter twigs and earth; yeasty; candied dirt and sweet yams; malted and dried apricots; peaches and cream; the hops are quite subdued in the aroma.

Tasted like pine and pineapple coved in extra sugar and yeast; spices and pepper; phenols and esters galore; peaches and creamy cream; sugared malt with a hint of melted and toasted sucrose; pine and dirty earth covered in a layer of sweetened condensed banana syrup; aftertaste is sweet, yet balanced by a simple bitterness; light hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but it's well hidden. I don't have enough adjectives to describe. Good tasting beer!

Mouthfeel is chewy and syrupy; creamy and crisp. It feels full-bodied upon the first sip, but the overall body is light and dangerously drinkable.

What an experience. Great beer, very balanced and different from anything an American brewer could pull off IMHO.
**Second 5 rating I have given to a beer! Orval was the first.

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

Appearance: Cloudy golden straw with a big stream of carbonation. Produces a big foamy head and great lacing.

Smell: Bready and spicy. It smels a little boozy and has a powerful yeasty aroma. There's also candied fruit in the smell.

Taste: Super spicy. Wow! It's sweets with apple and spicy toffe flavours. There's huge Belgian yeastyness at play here. This beer is bitter (apparently 35-38ibu) and has a super dry finish.

Overall this is really a great beer. Quite full bodied and rich in flavour. I put it dead level with Karmeliet.

93/100

Photo of BigRedDog
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Pours a nice Hazy gold. Not much head that dissipated quickly.

Smells like sweet bread/malts. Also getting some light fruits like apples and pears. Slight banana smell.

Taste is malty and sweet like most trappist tripels. I get some crisp apple taste, as well as some banana, like a weizenbock almost, just not as fruity an floral.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. Very light and crispy. HIgh carbonation, which is nice and tingly. mentioned how it compared to a weizenbock. Not nearly as thick as that. Very light, with a slight malty craeminess.

Overall a very good beer. Not the best trappist I've had (doesn't say much since they're all amazing), but still a very good one. I enjoyed the apple flavor. faint, but definitely there. Like biting into a freah apple right off the tree.

Photo of Jwrightsman
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Interesting spice flavor, cloudy appearance. Nice mellow buzz.
The more beers I sample like this the more I appreciate the various differences of each type.
Not sure if I like the spice (coriander?) but it may grow on me.
OK, the nice buzz from this is very pleasant.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served fairly cool into a wine glass. Purchased in Denmark for something close to $6 CDN.

Appearance - pale mostly clear golden color. Great two fingers of head poured with excellent retention time and a plethora of spidery lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - bushels of fruit, especially apple, pear and some white grape aromatics. Also maybe some apricot mixed in for good measure. Inviting and light yet really fragrant even when served colder than optimal.

Taste - starts with plenty of fruit, although that gives way to a dry earthy quality that is moderately bitter, which then isn't relinquished until the aftertaste. Masterful craftsmanship, although I like my tripels a bit sweeter. Some of the Belgian yeastiness comes through as the beer warms and the taste overall gets even better.

Mouthfeel - extremely smooth, and goes down easily. Some spiciest in the back of the throat although that combined with an alcohol burn is indicative of the dangerous nature of this beer. Seems like low carbonation too. Dry finish. Many little prickles all over the tongue.

Overall - a wonderfully crafted beer and a must try for Belgian lovers. Serve this closer to room temperature as the flavours grow bolder yet simultaneously light and sweeter.

Photo of JulioH
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice Belgian beer that packs a punch.

Pours a nice yellow. Foams quite a bit. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, some citrus, and some caramel or alcohol. Taste is very good. It's like drinking a very nice Belgian blond, but with added ABV. The taste of the tripel makes you stop from chugging it down. Body is stringy, light.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange with a bright white head. Nice a frothy, 2 finger head that died to a nice pinky's worth. Very murky and sediment rich. Looks the style.

S- malty, bready, spicey, & earthy. Has the nice Belgian yest strain smell. Also has a dark fruit quality. Slightly juicy as well, like grapefruit. Primarily spicy and malty. Very inviting.

T- Very spicy with an undertone of some kind of herbal quality as well. Has that Belgian funky yeast flavor, but only minimally sour. The sweetness accentuates the yeast character well.

M- Medium to full, but on the medium side. Very dry. Finish is malty and sweet before it dries. Its very spiced at the end.

Overall its a decent beer at best. It's not a Belgian beer I'd rush to the store to buy. It was almost one dimensional in its spiced/ herbal character. I'd like to see a larger yeast quality and more sour notes. But this is a decent beer overall.

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

Poured 11oz bottle best before 3/28/15 into New Belgium globe

A-Intense golden color with compact and highly durable creamy white foam. Great lacing!

S-Very fruity aroma, with citrus, herbs, floral, long hops, malts and wheat.

T-Fruity taste, with peach, orange, spices and sugar candy. Long finish full of floral and spicy yeast.

M-Body is medium as is quite effervescent. Finish is dry, with a fruity bitterness that stays. Awesome carbonation!

O-Overall this was perfect after a hot day. Very clean, crisp and refreshing beer that is very complex. 300th review, perfect!

Photo of janubio
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml. bottle poured in a Westmalle chalice glass. Good nice head with a lace that seems to last forever. Smell of frutis, lemon grass , alcohol, sherry wine. Spicy. Good carbonation, thick and creamy palate. Taste of fruits, maybe apricots, hints of tropical fruits, some citrus,almonds, spicy. Long dry finish. I understand why this is considered the classic example of a belgian tripel. Excellent.

Photo of DeanWormer
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's probably not for me to review this beer. I respect the Westmalle Trappist monks, I really do. They have made their own proprietary yeast for centuries, and I've come to love it through Lagunitas' seasonal "Little Sumpin' Wild" offering - an American DIPA paired with a distinctive Belgian yeast. The two come together IMO, to make magic.

So when I found a $6 bottle of the Westmalle Trippel at (of all places) a Kroger, I thought "this is a life experience that I should have." And then, OK, I had it.

The good news is that I can tell that this is a masterful concoction. It's sort of in the same way that I can tell that an operatic soprano is magnificent, though I really just don't care to listen to her. The fact is - I'm a hops guy. I'm an IBU guy. Westmalle Trippel is surely magnificent also, but it's just not me. My wife would like it - it compares more favorably in taste, color and mouthfeel to a champagne than most ales - but there's no bitter and malty interplay, less complexity. It's light, sweet, refreshing, and very, very fizzy.

So I struggled to give fair ratings to an ale that I don't happen to like, but whose achievements are just lost on me due to my own limitations. Nevertheless, I figure that there are probably some IPA aficionados out there who would be intrigued at the opportunity to try a world-class ale and are wondering if they'd like it. My advice - if you like champagne, you'll love this ale. If you love hops, probably not.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 4,076 ratings.