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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,947 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,947
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 303
Gots: 462 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of necoadam
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a peachy/orange color with a nice amount of carbonation that takes a little time for it to settle down. Smell consisted of tropical fruits, a little bit musty, yeasty, with some spice in the background. Taste was quite good. Lots of fruit hit the palate all over the place with some hops and malts balancing out everything. It was quite smooth and the right amount of carbonation was in there as well. One of the best tripel's out there. (Better be, it's from Belgium).

Photo of bmoney
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of teromous
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It rests with a creamy white head about 2/3 a thumb's thickness on top of a hazy pale gold beer. There's ample visible carbonation.

S: The smell is a bit hard to describe, it has a yeast smell to it but is also very light earthy smell to it. I pick up some alcohol smell as well.

T: It tastes pretty malty, with a semi-sweet flavor almost like nut-bread. Some of the minor flavors are alcohol, a little earthy spiciness (like bay leaf), and the familiar Belgian funk (pretty mellow).

M: Mouthfeel is about medium, despite the beguiling light color of the beer. There isn't much bitterness but it's just enough to play on the alcohol tinge. Carbonation is just right, it's wonderful.

O: This is a great beer. I can't say that it's 5.0 in my book, but it's near enough. Perhaps if I had this locally in Belgium it would score a 5.0 with a more prominent scent and an even greater flavor profile. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of Profchaos20
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Foamy head, and a nice amber/yellow, very nice lacing which remains throughout the beer.

Smell: Spice and some hops announce themselves right away.

Taste: Sweet and rich up front, floral hops and bitterness at the finish, great flavor very well balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy for a tripel, very nice sip after sip.

Drinkability: Again, so well crafted, you could easily drink a case.

The "mother of all triples", a truly great beer, but you have to love the hoppy finish.

Photo of Quaffer
2.98/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Appearance: This beer appeared a hazy pale yellow while it was being poured. However, once it was collected in the glass, it was a strong, amber-orange color. The white head rose up to about one finger and then disappeared quickly. A thick patch of foam remained in the center of the glass for the entire drink because it was being fed from a strong column of bubbles rising from the bottom. There was a light sprinkling of lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Grapes, white wine, green apples, and yeast were the first smells to jump out at me. Further investigation revealed light spicy alcohol and a thin layer of roasted malts underneath. There was a spicy, almost peppery, bite on the nose, though it was very subdued. Overall, the aroma was okay, but it lacked depth. Kind of thin and airy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the tip of the tongue, with the carbonation developing strongly as the beer moved back in the mouth. It became very spongy feeling. Almost medium bodied.

Taste: Strongly vinuous and alcoholic. White wine and alcohol hit hard right from the start and continue to overpower all the other flavors through the finish and well into the aftertaste. Hints of yeast and sweet apple peak through from the background, as well as a hint of malt on the finish.

I've tried the beer quite a few times before and it has never impressed me. This is definitely one of my least favorite Trappist brews.

Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark translucent orange, small dissipating head, and not much lacing. Smell is spicy alcohol, like I'm about to taste an after-dinner drink. Taste is biting (for a tripel) hoppy in the middle of a wash of alcohol and spiced fruit. Mouthfeel is ok, a tad thin, leaving an oily coating which contributes to a long finish. I like my beers to show their alcohol. This one does, though somewhat harshly. Still, I've got to recommend it. Use it as a digestif.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy dark orangeish color with alot of little chunkies in the bottom, tons of sediment, more than most beers i've had, and i'm getting up there with the number i've tried. smell is just fantastic, very aromatic, lots of fruity flavors in the nose, taste is very very good. has a small alcohol bite, it is a bit higher 9.5%, so thats to be expected. belgians are just soooo good, i havne't found one that hasn't been good.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Served in a really nice looking Westmalle chalice. Man... I want that glass. Some dude insisted on pouring it for me so I guess I looked like a newb. That dude later told me he was a D'Achouffe brewer. Fun experience.

A- Straight pour yielded a pretty quarter of an inch head which went down to an attractive 2mm layer. A true gold but not incredible. Lovely. Not much lacing. Could be the glass because this beer really seems to have some lacing potential. Yes, the second pour in the very same glass leaves goopy, spotty lacing. I guess it was the glass.

S- Strong fresh apple juice ride with alcohol in the sidecar. Nice. Smells a bit like a yeasty Goldschlager. Some ripe pineapple too. This would be a great smell for a cider and even a white wine. A little unexpected.

T- Slight clove is the first thing I detect. You can get whatever you found in the smell but grainier, more bitter, bubblegummy and metallic. Hops are here but I just don't have enough sips left to really call out all the flavors they're bringing (bummer eh?). A bit of a hard liquor finish.

M- full. Very foamy in mouth with highly fine and enjoyable carbonation. Don't know what to say other than this is great.

D- Maybe this is just my beerloving self speaking but I think a white wine drinker could really like this. Easy to drink but there is a weird bitterness that induces a half second reflexion before swallowing.

Drinking this for the first time in a packed bar was a bit overwhelming so I would like to try it again alone and at home.
As of yet I don't own a real chalice. This confirms my need for one.
Drinking this whenever you want, all day, is being spoiled.
This is the type of beer that helps you ''understand'' beer better. I'm sure (positive actually) there's lots better out there.

Photo of jcb7472
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jmbbabson
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of kyle86
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AlMarzo
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of AKuehn47
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of beertaster13
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful goldne orange with a white froth head that rises and rises, setiments of yeast will fall into the glass. The smell is of apricots with a nice honey grain. A hint of banana yeast will water the mouth. Cloves and other spices will creep in. The taste is crisp, with a toasty banana liquor, a apricot sauce will add sweetness, exotic spices will warm the throat. Definetely a strong toasty beer.

Photo of malty
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7/15/06 but it's been stored on the cement floor of my unlit cellar.

Brilliantly clear golden orange color with a bright white dense head that sits 2" atop my Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice. Fine visible moderately racing carbonation. Thick sticky sheets of white lace from top to bottom.

After a few brisk swirls around the rim of my glass I smell fresh clover honey, Madagascar vanilla, mango & apricot and baked sweet bread. After a few more swirls, I detect white pepper and a dash of white chocolate liqueur. I can't help but to be reminded of a fantastic wedding cake from this past summer from the wafts of vanilla crème dancing in my nostrils.

Rich and blossoming enticing flavors of practically everything I described in the nose. A nice counterbalance of prickly spicy hops to contrast the sweetness of this Triple. The warming effect in my sternum area makes for a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and luxuriously silky and well crafted. Fluffy and finely carbonated makes this ale quite a textural treat on the tongue.

Drinkability is through the roof. Although this beer is to be savored and not pounded, it would be hard to resist if fund$ weren't a major factor.

Overall a classic monastic triple to set the bar by. I do wish I could try an ultra fresh bottle, as I believe the hoppiness and crisp texture would have showcased much brighter. I've had the pleasure of tasting this beer a few times since 5 or 6 years ago, but never took the time to formally review it. And the reviews here pretty much reflect the unmistakable perfection of this ale
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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge 3" white head with great retention and thick lace. Hazy, gold peach color. Aromas of fruit (apples, apricots), yeast, and floral notes. Pineapple and apricot . Alcohol. Well hopped bitter finish. Crisp, high carbonation. Dry finish. Full mouthfeel. Creamy, rich and warming. Good drinkability...will drink again.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden brown color with a strong head and lacing. Smells of sweet hops with woody flavors with undertones of orange and apple. Has a calming affect that is really nice. Feels slightly warm and smooth in your mouth. Goes down warm and smooth.

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

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into a snifter. Pours a golden apricot color with a nice size frothy head...although the head dissapates pretty quickly to a thin ring. Light, yet sticky lacing.

Aroma is full of fruit. I'm picking up apple and grapefruit, and musty like a lot of Belgian Tripels. Booze is also detectable slightly.

Semi-carbonated and great fruit flavor. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Although most Belgian style beers are better as they warm, this one is the opposite. As it warms, the booze gets a bit heavy and a dryness takes over. There's also a slightly sour aftertaste. Bottle was only aged about 6 months...atleast from purchase.

Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of petewheeler
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly carbonated light-orange body with a frothy finger of head.

Smells lightly of fresh citrus, malt. Maybe a hint of spice.

Flavor of chewy yeasty malt. Spice and light citrus. Sweet with some candi sugar hints. Holds it's ABV remarkably well. Very delicate, but chock full of complexity.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, and slightly thick without being syrupy.

Drinkability is very high. The ABV is not noticeable at all. This is quenching and tasty. A master work of brewing!

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,947 ratings.