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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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96
world-class

3,647 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,647
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 248
Gots: 318 | 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 Sephiroth
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am quite familiar with this lovely ale. It is a deep yellow with a creamy looking head.The nose is of pears, apples, and alcohol.

The taste is of earthy, bright fruity malt. The hops are enough to make this a clean finishing beer. The sweetness is not cloying. The mouthfeel is one of the best I have ever encountered. It is ultra creamy and medium bodied. I have somehow put this beer down in about thirty minutes. It took no effort. I most definitely want another one.

Sephiroth, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 silkscreened bottle with plastic cork.. wtf?!

murky golden peachy color with lots of bubbles and random yeast sediment particles despite a careful pour. velvety pillowy white head, hilly and littered with bubbles. nice crusty lacing. smell is also rather yeasty. hot with alcohol and light, citrus spikes full of lemon and orange (nosewise). candi sugar and ginger snaps.

taste starts smooth and vanilla, kicks into an alcoholic coma and exits with a pleasant hop bitterness. like a trappist rollercoaster. monk-made tripels are not anything extraordinary in my opinion, since there isnt much room to maneuver above the abv. ranks up there with unibroues but no uitzet. as a matter of fact, slap a unibroue label on this and i wouldn't think twice about it.

good beer though, and especially nice in 95 degree weather.

goodbyeohio, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Firstly, in my opinion, this is a must try beer even if Belgian Tripels are not remotely your favorite category.

I split a 750 ml with a friend on his deck at about 5pm on a 90 degree day this week. This is the ultimate warm weather sipping beer. The color is beautifully light. The foam is tremendous. The nose is beautiful, trappist smelling with faint fruit.

The most amazing thing about this ale is that there are two levels working here. There is a wonderfully fruity-citrus spicy hop level(apparently the most hopped trappist beverage) that cascades briliantly above a lower-warming alcohol level. This creates an astoundingly complex beer. If Trappist ales are all famous for hiding the alcohol content to some degree, perhaps Westmalle Tripel does it the best, and achieves the perfect balance.

andjusticeforale, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of medic25
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color, with a little bit of a white head. Sweet, quite malty odor. The taste is a complex balance of flavors; raisin, candy sugar, very faintest trace of hops. For 9.5%, the beer goes down amazingly easily. Drinkability is tremendous; much lighter and crisper than some of the other sickly sweet tripels out there.

medic25, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden colour, the generous white head was quickly reduced, but produced nice lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma, doughy malt, light hops and a bit of alcohol. Smells pretty nice, but a little bit muted overall. Good combination of flavours, with fruit, cloves, and moderate sweetness balancing a drying bitterness. Short finish that is a little sweet with light peppery spice and alcohol warmth. Medium body, moderately high carbonation produce an initially light, airy texture.

DrJay, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of scriabin
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The unique cloudy, golden appearance is a site to behold, creating a sense of anticipation of what's to come. The smell is something special indeed, a great mix of of caramel sweetness that I found myself lingering over for quite some time. The rich flavor is sweet with caramel and floral overtones. Highly recommended.

scriabin, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw this bottle sitting on the shelf and it was calling to me (a 750mL bottle poured into a chalice).
The first time I tried this was from a couple samples and I recall being stunned by the quality.
This time around the impact isn't as shocking.
However,
This may be my favorite tripel.
It looks, smells and tastes the ways it seems a tripel should and does all those things very well.
It has a bitterness that I've found in other tripels, but it doesn't spill over into a sourness that turns me off. There is some grapefruit flavor without that grapefruit sourness.
Still tart.
Still dry.
Smells smooth and mild with a flavor of an impact that the nose only hints at.
The only major flaw I can find with this is the price and availability.
Though I suppose if it was cheaper and more available it might not be as good.
Ah well.

ommegangpbr, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I am doing this review with a bottle that I am not sure if it was good, I had one last week and it wasnt tasting the same, maybe my palate is playing trick who knows!

The Triple has an orangish color, cloudly, very carbonated, the head came and dissapeared quickly. Her smell is very fruity with shy notes of hops and malt. Taste is spicy, alcoholic, esthylic, and carbonated, actually way too much carbonated, it was like I had a Westmalle that when diving too deep and went up too fast, bubbles in my mouth that didnt feel right.

3Vandoo, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its been a while since I had this brew. Worth checking out again. This beer pours a nice hazy peach color with a finger of head that falls to coat the liquid. The nose is raisiney, caramel, and spicey. I can pick up the candied sugar that was used for certain. The flavor is pretty nice as well. The raisin is not so sweet as the nose says. There is a little more graineyness as well. The alcohol plays nice and spicey as well. Not bad. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, rendering the drinkability a bit less than it could be. Overall, I like it, but I can think of other brews I would have before this one.

kmpitz2, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of edchicma
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gorgeous dark lemon with a pillowy head and champagne like bubbles.
Smell: lemon, yeast, malt...less harsh as it warms

Taste:lemon, citrus, alcohol esters, slight fruity undertone, some vanilla...complex.

Mouthfeel: smooth as it warms

Drinkability: Very nice...has a pleasant bite on the finish

edchicma, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better tripels out there with great availability. I had this at a bar in PA in a Chimay chalice, allowing for a nice presentation. Served a bit too cold, this is definitely better when allowed to warm and breathe a little. The smell is of soft bready malts, tinged with a nice banana sweetness and other carmelized sugar notes. The fruity esters are clean and pleasingly sweet, never cloying. The 9.5% is not surprising though well suited to the malt profile and slight bitterness of the hops. This remains an immensely drinkable beer at that high abv. This is a good benchmark for tripels to go by.

99bottles, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of TPSReports
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at 49 degrees from a 11.2 oz bottle. No date.

Very slight, say 1/8 inch head that disappears quickly leaving a pretty lacing across the surface.

Cloudy straw color with yeast floaties.

My allergies are acting up, so not too sure about the nose of this brew. I can't notice much.

A delicious, light, crisp and refreshing trippel. Very little hoppiness, which I like. Slight carbonation, alcohol tingle. I nice lingering floral flavor with a final hint of hopps.

A medium bodied brew with a silky feel on the palate. This beer drinks way too smoothly for its high ABV. I could easily polish off several of these -- and get multiple frowns from the wife if I did so.

TPSReports, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the newly distributed 750 mL bottles. Good move, that. Pours hazy yellow orange with a huge pillowy white head. This is what beer should look like. Lots of bubbles and the head will not die. Smells very vinous off the pour, grapy and spicy. Some spicy hops and lots of esters; yeasty, grassy, and somewhat musty. Tastes of noble hops up front, becoming more grassy and grainy as more malt profile comes through. Lots of yeasty banana orange peel notes along with fruity esters and a bit of a sour vinous quality. Not a whole lot of sweetness. The alcohol is well blended into the flavor, very inconspicuous. Light and foamy on the tongue, dry and a lingering sourness at the finish.

gimmehead, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad offering. Kind of pricey. Poured out to a cloudy tarnished golden colour with high carbonation. Well formed head remained consistant to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of fruits and light sugars were most noted, as was alcohol, being as it has a rather high ABV. Very good mouthfeel, with a smoothness that was crisp and direct, with the carbonation making tastebuds come alive and pay attention. Flavor was quite spicy, with a strong complexity of pears, bananas and grapefruit. Very complex beer. Finished well, with a sour-like aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all. As far as Tripels go, this is probably the best I have had. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, May 30, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a slight haziness, a small off-white head, lots of broken lace, and an abundance of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Superb, lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, starfruit, and mango, as well as cloves, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Rich, spicy, peppery, clove-like, with sweet alcohol, and a mild lingering herbal hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, quite rich and full in body, syrupy, soft on the palate, finish is dry.

Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly superb, a must try.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this wonderful selection.

Pegasus, May 22, 2005
Photo of miollnir
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Nice golden color, like honey. Left in my fridge for a couple of days, might be a bit too cold. Poured a very weak head, dissipated after about a min, lingered on the rim for a while.

Aroma is strong, alcoholic, with fruity overtones. Complex enough to keep me interested. Feels great on my palate, with a bit of a punch (might be due to how cold it is).

Overall, this beer is great. Although I am limited in my experiance with trappists I can tell this is one of the more superior brews of the exclusive group. As the beer warmed in the glass the musty fruity taste became more apparent and aroma more pronounced. Thought that it might turn me away from my prefered trapp, Roche 10, but did not. Still a very alluring and complex beer, that I will definitely enjoy whenever available.

miollnir, May 18, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One and a half finger white head in my chalice glass, over a hazy golden body... the head dissipated after a minute or two to a thin film and a prominent rim.

Aroma was floral and yeasty, with light hops evident. A good tripel aroma. The alcohol was not evident in the nose.

The taste is sweet and a little fruity, while being a bit dry and well carbonated. The alcohol was nowhere evident.

Mouthfeel was creamy. A pretty good tripel.

connecticutpoet, May 18, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Great Beer. Pours light gold in colour with a small creamy head that lingers long after the beer is gone.

Smells of light fruits, and a sweetness that can only be described as liquid sugar. There is also a hint of alcohol in the smell.

The taste is great, there is a sweet beginning which is fruity to the palate, then followed by a mellow hop characteristic. This is finished off with a dry crisp finish which invites you to have another sip. I also noticed that towards the end of the beer, i started to get a honey aftertaste.

The alcohol content is a bit high, but you cannot taste it. The beer feels good in your mouth, silky and easy to swallow.

All round a good beer, definitely reccommend.

BeerNutta, May 07, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a nice 1 inch head. Aroma is wonderful and complex with hints of yeast, sweet fruit, sweet candy sugar, spiceness, and alcohol. In fact, this is the best smelling beer I've ever had---spent a good 5 minutes just sniffing before a taste. And what a taste it was. First impression is very fruity, pineapple and pears come to mind. Then, I start to get a spicey yeast taste. Finish is a little tart and just slightly hoppy. A little alcohol taste creeps in towards the last third of the glass. The mouthfeel was on the heavy side, with an amazingly smooth and creamy feel. This is an excellent beer, but because the price ($6/bottle) and the fact that the spiciness really asserts itself towards the end, will keep me from drinking this more than as the occassional treat.

cubedbee, May 05, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is rich and complex, yeast, sweet candy sugared malts, some pepper, fruit and hops.

Taste is also rich and multilayered. Light flavors first, some bready toasted malt, maybe some yeast. Following is a honey-sweet citrus that slides into a tart and mildly hoppy aftertaste. Not even a hint of alcohol in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and medium-heavy. Light on the palate, finish leaves the mouth clean and refreshed. Very well-rounded and textured, extraordinarily drinkable for a tripel. Them monks sure know how to brew. Thanks to futaboots for this one.

assurbanipaul, May 05, 2005
Photo of maek228
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought this for 5 bucks a botte....was it worth the price? Mmmmm yeah I freakin suppose so

Appearance: Pale orange with a brown hue to it. Poured with a rather impressive finger and a half head. Foam clung to the beer in random chunks.

Smell: Like pineapples and other sweet fruits...mixed with some barley, sweet yeast, and hops.

Taste: Good God damn....complex flavors here. has escences of pinapples, pears, cantelope, sweet yeast, and clove spices. Awesome Tripel. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy

Drinkability: I could drink this bitch all night

maek228, May 02, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a 1 1/2" white head. Yeasty nose with some malt and spice. Taste of orange, clove, nutmeg, heavy alcohol and some hops balance it out at the end. Heavy bodied, rich mouthfeel.. very warming end. This is a heavy duty Trappist Ale.. I hope there is still plenty around next winter.. it would make an excellent winter nightcap.

MrSeth, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consuming roughly 5 months after the bottling date...

Pours a mostly clear golden color with some unidentified floating objects hanging around in the glass. The head is out of control! Tightly knit white head is trying to get out of my glass, really outstanding looking. Malty sweet aroma intensified by fruit, along with some spice, lemony notes, and alcohol. Flavor is VERY smooth. Lots of creamy malt forms a canvas upon which fresh fruit, spices, and alcohol paint a beautiful picture of flavor. There is more to the flavor going on that I can accurately describe - very complex. Alcohol is pretty warming in the stomach, but is not very noticeable in the taste at all. Great blend of bittering hops and sweet flavors. Low carbonation embellishes the very smooth, very full mouthfeel. Definitely a kick-ass beer! I really want to cellar some of this stuff and see how it changes (although it is damn good as is).

BeerFink, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz (330 ml) brown bottle with 19/11/05 listed as a best by date and 9.5% abv, serving suggestion between 45-50 degrees.
Aroma: Fruity (orange, mango) and spicy (pepper and hops) with a perfumed alcohol air about it which was a bit heavy handed in my opinion.
Appearance: Hazy golden chalice with a thin white cover of small bubbles which mirrored the head on the Dubbel Westmalle.
Flavor: Rich bubblegum at first taste that faded into the juicy tropical fruits spiked with a gentle spiced clove and pepper. No alcohol is noted in the flavor and I didn’t get any hops. Also lacking is any sign of flaw or blemish- pure joy.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation is a bit too exuberant and a lingering bitter pucker finishes the feel.
Overall Impression: Wow. A touch spicy for any session, which is good given the expertly hidden alcohol. Just a wonderful, fruity beer that has redefined what a Tripel can be. Mad props to Stonecrusher for the trade.

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: In its Westmalle challace (which I forgot I had until I realized I was pouring the beer into it), a slightly cloudy, slightly chalky piss gold (it is, what can I say?) with a huge, pillowy, pure white head. Medium retention; a bit on the quick side for a tripel. Thick lace curtains on the glass. Dozens of streams of tiny bubbles race to the top.

Smell: On the rich side for a trip, with a sweet, bready cakelike spiceiness, yeasty white pepper/clove, and a definite citrus tang, though more sweet orange than sharp lemon. An undercurrent of honeyed malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The champ. Hands down. Period. Sweet nectar tangerine hits the palette first, followed by a swirling spiced bread flavor. There's a lemon-lime soda floating on top, with a creamy honey--and even a hint of sugar cookie--resting on the floor. It's a touch boozy (sort of like a Tom Collins), but the finish is a Middle Eastern combo of lime leaf, exotic spice and honey. It's as good as it gets; it's hard to describe how truly amazing this is. The mouthfeel is stellar as well, rich, smooth, creamy and a bit chewy.

Drinkability: I have to shave a half off for it's 9+ abv and $4.50+ price tag. But if I were Bill Gates, I'd have a walk-in fridge full of it; I could literally drink only this forever and be happy. IMHO, certainly the best tripel, and one of the best beers, this mortal coil has to offer. Divine inspiration, indeed.

WetCoaster, Apr 21, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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