Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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3,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,860
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 276
Gots: 402 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of ariceclemson
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of janubio
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
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 BoitSansSoif
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-In Bordeaux glass, immediately formed a thick rich head of very large and small suds. It dissipated in about 2 minutes, and a thin cap remained until the glass was empty. No lacing, but nice bubbles were visible in the honey-hued hazy brew.
S-Slight hops, yeast, spice, fresh-baked baguette, bouquet of tropical fruits (mango, banana, citrus...), alcohol, wheat (hence the thick head). Every time I sink my nose in the glass, there's something new.
T-Hoppy wheat attack with smooth estery mid-palate that recalls stewed pears, honey, spice, and some herbs as well. The spice rides strongly into the finish, and the refreshing bitterness of the hops returns, and a hops-and-citrus-rind aftertaste lingers. Soft malt that appears midway through takes its leave promptly after the swallow.
M-The body complements the flavors nicely, and carbonation is perfect, but there's something about the mid-palate texture-flavor accompaniment where the ale seems to go limp, and the flavors overpower. Overall, it's hard to criticize much in this tripel.
D-This brew's nose was exceptional, and like its Trappiste cousins, it was highly drinkable. A voyage of the senses, and a pleasure to imbibe.

Photo of Iowacraft
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MaxOhle
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of fisherman34
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour with a floatie or two, and well carbonated. Pleasing aromas of MacIntosh apple, pear, and a bit of spicy yeast. The fruit flavors become more lemon like on the palate, and mix well with the light malt and mild grassy hop notes. Surprisingly bitter finish, with notes of lemon rind at the end. A bit too dry for the style IMO (if that’s even possible). Not bad, but could be better.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold with a one finger frothy head.

S- Very clean with light phenols.

T- Light caramel with a slight candy sweetness. At mid point a mellow yet well spoken and complimentary hop note brings things to an apex. The finish is slightly dry with a slight alcohol note.

M- Light and pleasantly fizzy.

D- I could of gotten the bigger bottle.

Surely one of the best tripels out there, very enjoyable.

Photo of Rogorama
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of kyle86
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Franch
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Philousa
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 12/10/13 (or is that 10/12/13?).

Pours a cloudy tan with light billowy head that settles to nothing, only coming out with a swirl. Aroma is light with vanilla, coriander, and Belgian Pilsner malt. Once the yeast is poured to mix (recommended), all sorts of pungent, floral, and fruity esters pop out of the glass. The candied sugar is evident, but not overpowering as is the alcohol presence. That signature tangy Belgian malt is strong up front and sweet with some of the candied sugar surfacing for a bit before the bittering hops take over.There is some vinous, grassiness to it that stays on the back of the tongue. It's very barnyardish, which I appreciate. I'm sure this is to hide the alcohol content a bit, but it lingers just a bit too long for my taste. But wow, what a difference some yeast makes! The bitterness is assuaged by the yeasty body somehow and I don't get the stagnation in my mouth. Dry finish with slightly watery viscosity.

This is all about the aroma. Even when I drink it, I enjoy the beer better when it sits in my mouth and has time to get to the nose a bit. It's part of the experience, I get it, but the taste really doesn't live up to the first act. I'd stick with a St. Bernardus, which is cheaper and probably fresher. I'd like to go to Belgium to try this fresh to test my hypothesis. To Belgium! For science!

Photo of uziangis
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of abrodsky
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Hefewiseman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kwkdmk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BBP
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little pale for a tripel. Decent head and some gorgeous lacing. Retention is solid as well.

The aroma is quite nice in this. It's balanced and lets the spice come through as well as some hops and a really floral aspect to it.

It tastes far more bitter than most tripels I've had to date, but this could perhaps be due to the fact that it's not very sweet at all. One of the things that sets it aside is that it has what tastes like a good addition of lemon zest, only adding to the hops bitterness. I could almost be happy calling this a belgian IPA.

The body is medium to light in fullness, and medium in weight. The finish is dry and slightly sticky. The carbonation was a little overdone, although I feel that way about many tripels.

Overall, this is a solid Tripel and worth picking up. I may stock up on this while the LCBO is stocking it. FWIW, I find La Fin Du Monde is a nicer option for the money, but this is a bit more bitter and welcoming for me personally. This also drinks like nothing which works both to it's advantage and against it while the drinkability is high, but my glass is empty far too fast.

Photo of jmalex
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappist brewery #4 for me. I've delayed drinking this one long enough. Time to drink!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Trois Pistoles chalice a very hazy golden color. A one finger head forms on top and holds essentially forever. Lacing is present but in small amounts. A glorious picture of a beer.

SMELL: Smells slightly yeasty, a bit pungent, heavy on citrus fruits, and has an almost candy-like sweetness. Apricots begin to come out as does a slight alcohol burn. I think I could keep going and get a million more flavors as it warms, but I want to drink. Suffice to say, this beer smells incredibly complex.

TASTE: A pungent and bitter beginning gives way to a sweetness high on a dry sugariness and flavors of golden raisins and sweet oranges. The sweetness combined with traditional abbey yeast flavors last to the very end and then some. A slight bit of alcoholic heat comes out at the end, but seems to add to the beer's complexity more than detract from it. The sweetness of the beer is a bit high, but this is a taste to behold.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly below medium bodied with a fine sharp carbonation. Light and smooth.

DRINKABILITY: I'm beginning to understand just how special a beer I'm drinking. And that was before I peeked at the ABV. 9.5%?! Yeah, you can't tell AT ALL. Stunning.

My 4th Trappist experience has proven to be the best yet. And I'm fully convinced that Westmalle Tripel is the tripel to end all tripels.

Photo of kenito799
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Gorgeous, golden hazy brew topped with gigantic, rocky white head leaving intricate lacing all over the glass. Perfect tripel look.

Aroma is spicy and very fresh, restrained fruitiness and little sugar. Not as complex a nose as expected.

The flavor is bracing and wonderful, snappy bitterness all along, surprising and standing in stark contrast to the overly sweet tripel-style brews across the US. This is a pleasingly dry brew with active crisp carbonation. Complex and well balanced. An excellent classic tripel.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle
9.5%
The beer poured a murky gold colour into a chalice glass with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was very yeasty, with some malt and cloves. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and slightly champagne in nature. The flavour was that of yeast, malt, and cloves with a dry finish.

Photo of MsRif
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Axic10
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with about a finger width of foam. Head maintains pretty nicely with decent lacing.

Smell: Banana, cloves, spices and yeast

Taste: Sweat on first contact. Banana, spices and yeast. As the beer warms up it get more and more complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable tripel. I would be able to drink this once or twice a week and I don't think I'd be tired of it.

Photo of frosted33
4/5  rDev -7%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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