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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,737 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,737
Reviews: 1,582
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 348 | 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 Billolick
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a small bottle of this sublime nectar of the gods @ the Petite Abeille in NYC. Pours light straw, lemony and cloudy. Puffy white head, leaving the anticipated world class lacing. Nose is musty,nutty and yeasty. Spice, yeast and more nuttyness up front. Very pleasant soft mouthfeel. My kind of beer, spice, fruit, complexity. Intoxicating blend of flavors, smells, and textures. I'll take this to that desserted island and be satisfied beer wise for a long time.

Billolick, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of guinnessman
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this one in a wesmalle Trappist chalice. It poured with a frothy white head and a golden yellow huge.
With smells of citrus, vanilla, and a musty barn like aroma made it intriguing to me. The alcohol does prevail but does not overpower. There is also a hint of mint that I noticed after a few sips. The mouthfeel is a pleasant texture and a very smooth. A faint tickle as it flows over the palate.
A fine Tripel!

guinnessman, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
2.42/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearence: Pours an incrdedibly clear light orange with a huge, creamy, frothy, mountainous white head that stays forever.

Smell: The smell is fruity and spicy, with a suprising amount of yeast and wood notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. This tastes like crap. No fruitiness at all, no good spices, just a strong alcoholic flavor mixed with a crappy, yeasty adjucnt flavor. The aftertaste is the only saving grace. While it's mostly dominated by alcohol, there's also a tiny bit of fruitness. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkbaility and Overall: This is one of the more dissapointed beers I've had lately. Maybe it was just a bad bottle, but nothing about it really tasted good. It's pretty, and smells nice, but goes downhill from there. Not one I'd really like to have again.

santoslhalper, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle
Pours cloudy orangy/yellow with large chunks of yeast floating about.
I had this bottle sitting undisturbed for three days and poured carefully, yet I still ended up with a lot of yeast.
Head was a decent size but it was short lived.
Aroma was fruity and yeasty and spicy. A little orange peel.
Flavor is spicy, with some floral hop and some citrus zest in the finish.

Padron4KM, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, I finally got me some Westmalle!!!
This triple pours from the 12 oz bottle a faintly hazy brew, the color of clover honey. An impressive white head quickly rises to a peak, where it remains for quite some time before crawling back into my goblet, etching it with thick lace as it goes.

The aromas, ahhh. A transcendant perfume of harvest fruits, honey, orange blossems, lemon, spicy yeast, phenolic banana funk, and grassy herbals. Candy sweetness covered by a blanket of funky spice. Love those Monks!

Every characteristic of the nose is amplified in the tasting. There are absolute layers of flavors to pull apart here. No one flavor is dominant, rather a perfect harmony is achieved. This is the epitomy of a triple. Sweet, never cloying, fruity, spicy, and oh so complex.

Body is medium, playfully fizzy, and smoother than silk. Finish is dry, lemony, with a lasting impression of spicy, peppery hops. This is Heaven, in 12 oz servings!

Thanks to Gabe for sharing this treat!

AlexJ, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of GreatLeo
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came in a 33cl bottle with best before date 06/2006. I have been hearing nothing but great things about this beer for some time now so I decided to check it out to see what all the hype is all about and now I can definately see! This is a wonderful beer with so many different layers and characteristics to it. Not too bitter in taste considering its strength (9,5%) which doesnt taste like it at all so its very masked indeed. Gave a very nice bittersweet aftertaste though I believe with a little cellaring would do this beer great things (that is if I can keep my hands off of it) Extremely complex triple that totally lives up to the trappist name!!! HIGHLY recommended to all I say!

GreatLeo, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a hazy lighter-orange color, sizable frothy white head, lots of little bubbles rushing to the top. Fair amount of lace. Flaky chunks after the second pour. Sweet candy nose, some hints of lemon. Active feel on the tounge, Light and fruity, sweet malts, hops active. Hint of alcohol, but it is well blended, dry finish. Quite a nice brew, well worth a try.

Tballz420, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with cloudy, hazy amber body, almost like honey. More yeasty particles than the population of china. Beautiful white creamy head, very good retention. Some lacing

Smell, apples and pears, zesty lemon, reminds me of lemon sorbet. Whiff of alcohol

Taste, sweet alcoholic fruity esters, lasting hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol and yeast also, very fruity, dry and crisp

....mmm....is it better than tripel karmelit? probably. would i buy it again? definatly. This is a genre defining beer, if you want to know what a tripel should be, this is it

cypressbob, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a giant frothy spumescent thick vanilla cake like head cap displaying excellent retention and leaving latticed lace in the glass.

Rummy scents revealing bold awl-kee-hawl contents and a yeasty hint in the background added to a delicate orange fruit aroma.

First swigs: Yeasty flour & dry flavor of orangey citrous finish. Some perceived awl-kee-hawl & floral esters on the palate. Sherbert notes. Becomes quite hot in the warmed finish.

Taunt crisp medium body.

Last swigs: Peach liquor-ish and yeasty chardonnay. Tasted in a self imposed side-by-side with the formidable St. Bernardus tripel to get a feel for the similariteis and differences, just like good ole English class essays. Westmalle is fruitier in comparrison. $7.50 for a 11.2 mL 9.5% ABV with a freshness stamp of "19 11 05."

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, pretty neat one at that. Back label has numbers and months for a brewed on date, but they aren't notched.

Pours a hazy light copper with a monstrous head, almost looked like soap suds, with crazy large bubbles. As the head went down the froth clinged to the edges of my DT glass.

I can smell this beer from 2 feet away! Complex and fruity esters, vanilla extract, alcohol. When I first opened it I got a strong spiciness, very herbal. That went away quickly. The alcohol smell is really strong with this brew.

The alcohol is also strong in the taste. I can feel it burning its way down my to my gut. If I were to judge from the alcohol characteristics alone, I would guess this is the strongest beer I've drank, although I can think of quite a few I've tried with a higher listed ABV. This stuff hits my gut like a shot of whiskey. Super slick mouthfeel, with ample carbonation. After a few drinks I decided to pour the yeast, hoping for a rescue from the big booziness of this beast, all I got was a touch of nutty flavor. Lots of fruity green-apple-peel-tasting esters. Malt and hop flavors are present, but just get lost in a vat of pure alcohol dominance.

This is a first for me. I love tripels, and the other trappist beers I've tried have been top notch. There are some balance issues for me with this brew, way too much of a booze vibe going on. For $5 for a single 11.2 oz. bottle, this wasn't near as good as it should have been, unless you're just dying to drink really expensive, boozy beer.

Shultzerdugen, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl. oz.
9.5% Alc. Vol.
15/07/06
Purchased at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

Appearance – a bit murky orange-yellow body; nice thick white head early that goes away early; reasonable lace

Smell – grainy; orangey astringent; some light apricot

Taste – Yeasty; spicy; good tone of apricot; a bit of vodka alcohol and a bit of orange and grains

Mouthfeel – smoother as it warms; crisp carbonation; alcohol evaporates and dries at the end as it teams with bitterness

Drinkability – champagne-like burps are emitted; the crispness knocks back the drinkability a bit

Wonka, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured my Westmalle Tripel into my Rochefort Chalice (oh the sacrilege!), there was barely any head, just a white dusting, but that's probably due to my pouring skillz. The body looks to be a yellow golden haze with some orange highlights.
The aroma that comes wafting to my nostrils as I dip my schnauz into the chalice is that of esters, mainly of the banana variety.
Taste: a complex estery masterpiece. It's a spicy, but balanced, great blend of the esters and yeast, with a sustantially body for a light golden ale.
Feels very carbonated on the tongue, lots of bubbly action which lends to a dry finish. At 9.5% it even leaves me craving for more! I love the Westmalle Tripel, a true classic.

HogHill, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer in the DBF for quite a few months and tonight's blustery and damn chilly weather seemed the perfect match for this lovely brew.

Poured a wonderful-looking cloudy grapefruit juice in color, but it's not about the color, it's about the pillowy, immensely thick, long-lasting, glass-coating, lip-saturating (I picture an ad in a beer magazine with someone drinking a glass of this with a thick moustache of head asking "Got Westmalle?") head that sits atop the beer. Dare I say...breathtaking. Aromas are quite yeasty, mixed with orange peels, bubble gum, a can of pineapple juice, and a dash of earthy funk. What was more surprising for me was how different the taste was from the smell. There was a pervasive "perfume" flavor to this beer. Not overpowering or unpleasant by any stretch of the imagination, but a very distinct flavor that mixes with the other flavors: fruit juices, peppery spice, malty sweetness. Finishes on the dry side, with a dose of bitter hoppiness arriving on the scene. ABV is up there at 9.5%, but is cloaked nicely by the rest of what's going on here. Not as thick or chewy as expected. Not as good as other tripels I've had, but it's very good.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of amicar
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Really a wonderful golden- orange color with a beautiful white head that stays fluffy and full. The smell is nice and complex- delicate esters and slight spice. The taste is wonderful; well, actually a little better than that. Spicy alcohol bite (not too overdone), with a silky, smooth, full character; really womderful mouthfeel. Taste of wonderful pepper, a bit of citrus, complex malts. Easy to knock back one of these- but respect the ABV.

Overall, very nice. Getting a bit up there in the price to taste ratio, but still worthwhile.

amicar, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, honey gold with steady streams of bubbles travelling upward toward a thin but viscous, eggshell head.

Smelled somewhat skunky and farmy at first. As it warmed, some sweeter flavors exposed themselves... some honeysuckle, freshly cut apple, a hint of pineapple.

Tasted of crisp pears, sour apples, and sweet bananas up front. Prickly on the tongue and extremely smooth on the tongue. Finish is bitter, drying and consumes the entire mouth. Interestingly enough, this tripel's is more dry than sweet. It's tasty and highly drinkable. Even with the high ABV, it's hard to control yourself while drinking. Good stuff.

oxmasterscream, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this on tap in Antwerp years ago. I loved it then, but wasn't taking notes. So this review is based upon the bottles one gets here in the States.

I poured it into a Westmalle chalice, happily, and I got a gorgeous golden orange, peachy, glowing liquid; slightly cloudy with a fine luxurious head that had staying power and a lingering lace.
The nose is very clean and spicy; citric, yeasty and intense.
The taste is subtle malts, oranges, bread dough, spices, an herbal bitter finish that I want to call peppery, but that would be too specific. All with a juicy and concentrated mouthfeel - it's fabulous. How do they do this? Everything is perfect!

horndecker, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My sister: This beer is EMANCIPATED!!! It's like honey with an aftertaste of utter beerness. Tripulent and succulent, with a gluey texture. Pretty colour.

My girlfriend: It's quite nice. Inspiring.

Me: Best triple ever. Pretty fresh and complex. Even good on a hot Aussie summer day. I'm getting more; much more. Only problem - its drinkability heightens majorly in the colder weather. Goes really well with pine nuts!

Weizenmensch, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Paddez
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden brew topped by a medium sized head wich dissapears after a short while after wich small, puffy circles of foam start appearing.
The smell is very convincing: malty sweet and fruity, with bananas and some faint yeasty, caramelly and metallic notes.

The taste is (malty) sweet initially, but there are also lots of spices along with some fruity and caramelly flavours. A yeasty undertone gives some woody aspects to the beer. Flows out in a pleasant, hoppy bitter finish. Some tardness in the background as well. There are lots of things going on in this beer yet somehow it manages to remain very balanced. Most excellent.
Medium body. The carbonation is a little too aggressive in my opinion.
The drinkabillity is very good, especially considering you're drinking a 9,5° brew.

An excellent and well-balanced triple. One of the best out there.

Paddez, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle with a best before date of 12/08/05 into a Unibroue tulip.

Nice, healthy head of white that stays up for a long time. Lots of carbonation and some decent lacing down the glass.

Smells of bready yeast, citric hops. There's some clove and bannana in there too.

Tastes very dry with some citric notes. Long, warming finish, but I found the dryness to be a bit intense.

Nice full mouthfeel.

The dryness causes the drinkability to suffer, but I could see this as a wonderful brew to sip with a broiled chicken or pheasant.

ypsifly, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of Onceeven
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a honey gold, with a huge billowy head. Enjoyed this world class beer in my Duvel tulip glass, which is a treat in itself. The bubbles attached themselves to the etching in the bottom of the glass, creating an amazing stream of carbonation. There are particles of some sort floating all through the beer. Doesn't appear to be yeast sediment.
This beer smells amazing. Spicy alcoholic and fruity. Exactly what I'd expect from a tripel.
Hugely complex flavor.. apricots come to mind, but that is only the beginning. It's wine-like in its dryness. Seems to reduce the drinkability a bit for me.. but I can't seem to set this drink down! Stellar.

Onceeven, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of trancefishy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mm, looks really good. light in colour with a healthy, well establish head. lots bubbles.

aroma is pretty nice. subtle, fruity, happy go lucky garden type of smell.

wow, kick in the pants with the taste. hearty healthy heaping amounts of malt with some alcohol to remind you this is real beer. bananas and clovers, pepper, and something unmistakeably belgian.

i want some more sips. gimme gimme.

good stuff. glad i found it. ever elusive these beers are. have fun drinking it, i know you will. i don't need to recommend this to you. i will anyways though.

trancefishy, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out crisp, clear gold and sits a hazy golden orange in the glass with a monstrous, frothy white head that seems to hold on for ages, clinging to the sides of the glass, decorating it with streams of white lace.

Smells of lively fruits ranging from the ripest of pears to a dried, shrively date. Firm yeasty background brings with it wafts of sugar cookies and a light spicing of cloves. Light grassiness for a compliment. Moderate caramel presence, though it is fastly approaching sugar candy.

Taste is rich with fruits; apples, pears, starfruit, pineapple and passion fruit. Sharp, grassy hop bitterness takes a bite out of the sweet, malty flavors. Yeast begins to dry the tongue while being helped by a rather biting alcoholic presence. Crackery starch presence with bits of juicy oranges running down the sides. Finishes mildly bitter, leaving an abundance of dry grassy flavors and light hints of tropical fruit.

Soft, lively and delicate in the mouth. Medium-light body races up and down the mouth. Easy to handle and enjoyable at that.

A solid tripel all the way. Hits some high, spicy notes but it well balanced with loads of tropical fruits. It's hard to drink, as I know it will be gone too soon.

Skidz, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-straw color. I poured carefully and still ended up with an enormous head on this bad boy..possibly the largest I've ever seen on a beer. The aftermath of the head dissapating looks like a warzone.. Lacing spun on the glass in random patterns, the rocky head peaks in some areas and valleys in others, incessant bubbles stream from the bottom towards the top of the glass, and specks of sediment are found floating around this brew like flakes in a snowglobe...Stunning and downright impressive.

Smell: Take your pick...name a spice, flower, or fruit and it's probably in here. Sweet malts are evident as well as yeast, honey, and mild hops. Can't pick up any alcohol in the nose. Utterly too complex to fully describe.

Taste: here's the hard part...where do I even begin with this one? Spices are perfectly done..cloves and coriander (when overdone offend me greatly), but they are done in perfect proportion here. Fruit flavors are amazing...this beer almost seems artificial the way flavors appear and fade in the beer, one after the other..it almost seems orchestrated. The 9.5% abv doesn't distract a bit..it's hidden wayyy too well. The warmth is noticed in the stomach only, not in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. lots of carbonation, even to the last sip. Smooth, refreshing, and a treat if there ever was one.

Drinkability: As drinkable as any beer. it begs another sip as soon as your lips leave the glass. I'm impressed...

Easily one of the best Belgian's I've had.

hero27, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-straw in color with a wispy, lacy white head and yeast suspended throughout.

The aroma is sweet, yeasty, sugary, and tart, with some fruit and other aromatics. There's a strong presence of alcohol up front in the taste, followed by more yeast, ripe apricots, honey, pale Belgian malts, a touch of pepper, and sweet nectar. It starts sweet and slick, then gets dry and crisp, fizzing on the tongue, before fading back to a soft aftertaste.

Very, very good.

RockyTopHeel, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of pcblion
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is very much like a good wine. Wonderful color and a very pleasant smell. Very smooth taste, almost like a hefe. Surprisingly potent. It's a tough one to find, especially when you live in the Florida panhandle (read Bud/Miller country) , but this one is worth searching out. I wish I had another.

pcblion, Jan 28, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,737 ratings.