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Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,729 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,729
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 260
Gots: 344 | 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 bunnyhustle
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love those Belgians but am a little confused with this one. First of all this is an amazing looking beer. A nice pale orange, hazy, with a huge rocky white head. Great retention and that Belgian lace that I love. Smell I didnt much care for. Although there was some yeast, sweet fruits, and bit of bread I thought the alochol was overpowering, this I didnt not expect. When it was first a little cooler, and as it warmed, I couldnt get away from the alcohol. I expected it to be present, but I thought it dominated. The taste was pleasant. Very good Tripel flavor, some fruits and spices, that sweet candi sugar, a bit of grassy hops and that bite of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel was a little fuller than I expected but still pleasant and overall it was a good, drinkable beer.

bunnyhustle, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

djcira, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of jrand2621
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jrand2621, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of KI9A
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage.

My Dad had this in his basement, at 70 degrees for 7 years, in the drak. My step-sister brought it back for him in '02. He gave to me. I drank it!

A: Hazy, somewhat pale orange. Great head, great lace windows. Just a few floaters.

S: Bubblegum. Citrus. Bisquity, yeasty.

T: Wow. Where to start? Some clove, apple, pear, nutmeg (?). Alot there, but hard to pull out one thing. Works great! Awesome!

M: Medium body. Decent carbonation for age.

D: Smooth as hell. Wanted more, needing to try a fresh one now!! Cool thing is, Dad had TWO of these. I'm gonna wait another 1-2 years, and try again.

KI9A, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Steve_Oldrati, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Duvel
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of czechsaaz
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very estery aroma, bready and yeasty. There's also a nice pils malt aroma too with hints of candi sugar. And there's a spicey hop component too. Great complex aroma.

Deep gold and very clear. Thick pure white head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Lots of slow rising tiny carbonation bubbles all over the glass.

Starts out sweet but has a decent amount of hop bitterness. There's a fruity fermentation flavor that's like golden raisins. Lots of malt flavor and some spicey/peppery notes. But the finish is kind of oversweet, not malty, but sugary. But it's still pretty amazing.

medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Definitely hides the 9+ percent. Feels like a standard ale going down.

Deceptively drinkable which is common for the style. It's complex and interesting. Pretty much a classic, but not necessarily the best, example of a tripel.

czechsaaz, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +16.3%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled 2/8/10) poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color with a decent cast of haze (but this could be because the bottle was disturbed a little bit prior to serving. Enormous, pillowy white head with great retention and Belgian lacing.

Aroma-Soft, mellow white bread/sourdough aroma with a touch of candi sugar sweetness. Lemon and orange esters with tons of perfumy, floral alcohols. Light herbal hopping. Elegant and fantastic.

Flavor-Sweet rock candy and white bread open before a touch of lemony esters shows through in the mid palate. Near the end it shows moderate hop bitterness and slight herbal hop flavor. The finish is bone dry and features a pleasant, floral alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body is accentuated by robust carbonation, which is high and at times effervescent. Bone dry in the finish but never astringent. Very slight alcohol warmth on the back of the palate.

There's a reason this beer spawned an entire style-it's simply fantastic. Delicious, elegant, awesome with food-there's nearly nothing that this beer can't do.

plfahey, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of balinor
5/5  rDev +16.3%

balinor, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +16.3%

sjstraub, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev -7%

KeKeKumba, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Hefewiseman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Hefewiseman, May 08, 2013
Photo of pweis909
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow gold, with a rocky creamy foam that laces the glass as it dissipates. This brew smells leathery and spicy, perhaps this is the quintessential belgian smell? There is a strong sweetness to the taste, but the it is cut by the carbonation, which lightens the mouthfeel. Alcohol is just noticeable to taste and smell, but it sneaks up on you as you drain the glass.

pweis909, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of KMcG
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fine, rich head that's about 2 fingers high. Straw coloring , hazy, lots of bubble action. 

S: Sweet and hints of spice.  There are grassy and pine elements as well as more typical banana and citrus aroma. 

T: Slightly peppery, honey, grapes, and a little sweetness at end

M: A bit syrupy, good carbonation, and a medium body. Alcohol provides a kick. 

KMcG, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of nollie77
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

nollie77, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of AWB3
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AWB3, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of BigRedDog
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Pours a nice Hazy gold. Not much head that dissipated quickly.

Smells like sweet bread/malts. Also getting some light fruits like apples and pears. Slight banana smell.

Taste is malty and sweet like most trappist tripels. I get some crisp apple taste, as well as some banana, like a weizenbock almost, just not as fruity an floral.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. Very light and crispy. HIgh carbonation, which is nice and tingly. mentioned how it compared to a weizenbock. Not nearly as thick as that. Very light, with a slight malty craeminess.

Overall a very good beer. Not the best trappist I've had (doesn't say much since they're all amazing), but still a very good one. I enjoyed the apple flavor. faint, but definitely there. Like biting into a freah apple right off the tree.

BigRedDog, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of hurshybear
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

hurshybear, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of teromous
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

teromous, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of allboutbierge
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding beer and benchmark for the style.

Huge well rounded bubbles.
Slightly dry but well rounded in the nose. Not boozy in the least. Sourness is minimal, but noticeable and the normal notes of dried pears and fizziness are just the base here. I made sure to get as much yeast as possible out of the bottle and pleasurable breadiness comes through. I could drink this for days on end.

allboutbierge, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of SupaCelt
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one displays a sort of sunburst pattern when eyed whilst it rests in the goblet glass. The center of the half circle is more of an orange colour than the golden hues that flourish on the edges around this darker core. Yip. A matress of luscious white presides over the event and is continually fed from plentiful springs of gas. The nose is a bit blunt. It smells of a dull spiciness. The sweet tones are not as prevalent as I had expected. This smells quite raw and earthy. If you want to know what earthy is: earthy is a more poetic way to say it smells like barks and rind and other organic debris and natural shit have been introduced to the mixture by some means. Raw varies by degree. Raw is a facet of earthy that denotes level of perceived rotten ambiance. This one is low on raw, but it is a bit raw. Some degree of rot is always suitable and needed for character. So you see, earthy and raw sound better as such than do the aforementioned descriptives. Thin layers of banana and sugar lay underneath these assertive rough textures. In time a more acidic and fruity nose crops up and becomes noticeable. The taste shows the sweet and fruity aspects boastfully. It has a tang to it that reminds me of some acidophilus barrel dweller. She is sweet up front moving purposefully to a sudden bitterness that is again overtaken by sweet in the finish. It unfolds like the tortoise and the hare. The mouthfeel projects a creaminess to bolster the lighter qualities of the liquid. The end result is another stellar Belgian beer. Otherworldly in a sense. Right on you Jean Claude Van Dammes.

SupaCelt, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks nice. Slightly cloudy straw colour, but you can still see through it. Sort of. Fluffy, airy white head. Sticky, too.
Smell was good, but a bit disappointing. Not as much complexity as I hoped for. The Dubbel smells better.
Taste is well balanced, but leans towards the sweet side. Alcohol is well disguized. But the mouthfeel is where it loses me. This bottle (which I assume is fresh - I'm only a few hundred k's away from the brewery) is way, way too carbonated. Champagne-like. And this hurts my drinkability.

DaveFL1976, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -7%

TWStandley, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of jaywes754
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jaywes754, Mar 10, 2014
Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
96 out of 100 based on 3,729 ratings.