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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,856 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,856
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 275
Gots: 397 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 billab914
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy, dark golden/yellow color with a thick and fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Excellent head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows the Belgian yeast and spice flavor to it with some banana, apple and clove all coming through. Just a hint of citrus comes through as well. Pretty nice and smooth aroma overall and very nice for the style.

The taste has a nice mix of belgian yeast and spice along with some fruit and citrus notes. It has some notes of clove, pepper, apple and lemon all coming through. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the taste as well. It finishes on the drier side with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation and thick frothy head really give it a thicker and creamy feel. Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it and was nicely balanced. The only thing that hurts it a bit is the alcohol that comes through. That is a pretty small negative in the big picture of the beer though. Very good beer for the style overall.

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing from a co-worker how this beer was all he drank when he lived in Belgium, I had to seek it out here. A bit on the pricey side for an 11.2 oz bottle but I just had to try it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden-orange colored body, with a big rich, fluffy and creamy white head. The retention is outstanding with a fairly thick cap lasting the entire time. The lacing is splotchy, sticky and bubbly. This is certainly the most gorgeous looking Tripel I've seen, and compliments the style perfectly.

S: Lemon zest, ripened banana, orange flesh and some profound yet still restrained, Belgian yeast notes. A touch of the spicy character you get from the style is here, also. It's very accurate to the style, nothing is jumping out or overpowering.

T: Light yeast and doughy malts come through first, giving this a grounded base to work from. A certain bitter citrus sweetness from perhaps lemon or grapefruit skins comes through mid-palate. Slight touches of honey and white grape come through in the finish, with nothing other than some spices into the linger. Very delicious, very balanced.

M: Bubbly, well carbonated but still retains a medium body. It's creamy, almost silky on the palate after the bubbles settle. Again, for the style this is exactly what you should be looking for.

I must say, this might be one of the best Tripels I've ever had cross these lips. Coming straight from Belgium, I'd really expect nothing less, but it goes to show that taking the traditional style and mastering it, showcases everything in the best possible light. That's not to say American brewers can't put their own twist on it, but if you want something true to style, this cannot be touched.

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -7%

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

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden sunset orange with a big, bready, 3 finger white head that was fully lasting.

S: an aromatic farmhouse yeastiness full of fresh oranges, citrus, and light bananas.

T: yeasty, with sour oranges, sour fruit (apples, pears) mostly dominating. There was a light hint of grassiness along with a good acidity bite in the middle of the drink before yielding to a soothing fade of sour velvety oranges. There is a nice dry citrus sourness, and fresh breadiness that finished things out leaving a soft gentle residual coating on the tongue along with dry spicing.

M: light and creamy with a lively carbonation bringing out the complexity of wild fruitiness.

D: great drinkability and example.

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before October 31, 2013. Poured without the yeast.

Clear golden yellow with a real big white head - really soapy in quality, with great retention and lots of lacing. Nose is spicy, herbal and some grassy notes. Light floral and a general sweetness about it. Taste has sweet typical golden tripel malts, spicing, alcohol and herbal flavours. A ligth fruity character as well, some pear and light fleshed fruits. Full body and the alcohol is far from hidden. Medium high carbonation. A really nice tripel, but the alcohol prevents this from being at the top of my list in the style.

Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, although very bright, nice white head forms, tons of lace. Smell is sweet and clean, very crisp honey, crisp hops, wheat, citrus, lots of malty goodness, very rich. Taste is Sweet malt, some banana, honey, alcohol, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium, slight alcohol burn, nice and smooth. Good trappist but there are better.

Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark yellow color. Huge, 1 3/4 inch head with great retention and great lacing. Smells sweet, of earthy malts, vaguely of citrusy, and slightly of hops. Fits the style of a Tripel. Heavy and chewy mouth feel with high carbonation levels. Tastes strongly of alcohol and some sweet/earthy malts. Slight hop kick is noticeable in the aftertaste. A citrusy background flavor also comes through after a few sips. The alcohol flavor is strong enough to hinder the drinkability. Overall, a good beer, but it packs quite the punch.

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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly hazed golden with streams of carbonation rising rapidly. A big and full rocky white head adorns the surface. Retention is as good as it gets. Aroma is musty and fruity (as in pineapple and mango). A little breadiness as well on the nose. There's a real nice intermingle of hops and fruit on the palate. Apricot and tangerine. Some yellow pepper. A slight sting of alcohol, but nothing that is out of context. Dry finish. A little hebal. A little earthy. Clean maltiness. Body is light and refreshing. This one's good. I like it.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is esters, clove, banana, Belgian Yeast. Taste follows the smell but is more intense in spiciness. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn. Crisp massive carbonation, medium to thick body. Great spicy brew!

Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear, light, pilsner colour. Nice head, a little fluffy, a little retention, good lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity (apple, pear, pinapple?).

T: Bready pilsner malt, a little caramel. Very well balanced, low bitterness, little hop flavour, quite dry. Warming alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Incredibly drinkable, considering the strength/style.

Photo of beertunes
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into heavy chalice. Poured a lovely hazy golden color. A tall, full, but delicate head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Great floral aroma with spice notes. Taste matches aroma perfectly with a slight alcohol flavor. The body is full, well-rounded and very satisfying. Drinks very smoothly. A very special yet comfortable companion for a variety of situations. This beer would be right at home after mowing the lawn or with dinner at a five star restaurant. Very highly recommended.

Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber with a thick, long lasting white head and heavy lacing. Nice looking. Spicy fruit and wheat aroma. Spicy, peppery start with complex fruit and light malt. Dry, bitter and peppery hot finish that is perfectly balanced. The combination doesn't seem like my kind of flavor, but it tastes delicious. Very well made and tasty. This beer got me hooked on tripels.

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light golden blond color with a hint of opacity. Relatively persistent 1-finger head as a nice adornment.

Smell: fruity, sweet, syrupy yet peppery. There's quite a nice complexity there. There even seems to be a slight hop aroma, so rarely seen in this style. Bravo!

Taste: a delicate flavor, much more delicate than the aroma. Wheat flavors, some of that peppery quality, even a little bready. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Overall, subtle but tasty.

Mouthfeel: creamy, creamy, creamy. This kind of well-integrated carbonation is what I love in a Trappist ale.

Drinkability: a tasty tripel, which in my book is always exceptionally quaffable.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before 6/10/13 poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium hazy yellow with one finger of bubbly white head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Clove, Belgian yeast, spice, orchard fruit and light citrus notes.

T - Clove, spice, apple, pear, Belgian yeast and light citrus flavours. A lot going on here and the flavours come together nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with small floaties that serve as nucleation points keeping the one-finger white head at a thin pancake the life of the beer. The head leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of spices and bananas with a good amount of grassiness. There's also a bit of alcohol there, but not enough to be obtrusive.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts spices and bananas with a light amount of grassy flavors joining in midsip. The ending is more dry than an average trippel with a bit of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could sip on this beer all day.

Overall this isn't as fruity as many other trippels, but everything is in very nice balance. Well worth a shot.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,856 ratings.