Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Not Rated.
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,648 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,648
Hads: 4,184
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 369
Gots: 621 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Westmalle Trappist Tripel Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,648 | Hads: 4,184
Photo of russpowell
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with ths code on the neck: 09/05/07 think it means sept 07?? If not this will only get better!

Pours honey colored & effervescent with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice filmy head with some lacing all the way down

S: Slight appleskins with fruitty scents up front, these intensify as the ale warms

T: Rich fruitty ( apples, pears, lemons & others) taste up front. The yeasty notes & honey sweetness as the ale warms. This kind of reminds me of cider, perry or sparkling wine as it warms in many ways. Finishes with fruittyness, warming sensations, &grapefruitty hops

MF: Spritzy, perfect carbonation& balance

Very drinkable. a supper tripel (usually not my style). A bit pricey, but a nice holiday indulgence, easily sets the pace for this style

 778 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazed golden sunshine tone with a large two finger sized head leaves nice evenly dispersed rings of lacing around my chalice. Aroma: Rich fruit undertones slight spiciness touch of pineapple/tropical fruit notes, not bad candi sugar sweetness bready yeast tones. Taste: Alcohol presence is strong in the forefront, rich syrupy malt profile candi sugar subtle spicy flavors with a touch of herbal hops. Seems a bit brash and one dimensional right now with aging I think this beer will be the classic it once was, but the new Merchant du Vin importers get this one to the US fresher than ever, however I think it will only improve with some aging maybe three months or so to come together as a classic triple. Mouthfeel: Alcohol tickles the nose and back of the throat, fine carbonation very effervescent medium bodied triple ale. Drinkability: Excellent the great sipping brew, complex but still a tad green the bottle says it's good to age well into 2005.

 976 characters

Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of chunkies floating around; straw yellow in color with a pleasant head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles. Excellent sticky lace.

Strong pineapples in the aroma. There's also an earthiness to this, a mixture of pine needles and barnstalls.

Very rich, malty full flavors. There's the strong warmth of alcohol. This is wonderfully balanced--I'm used to trappist ales being all coyingly sweet malt. This beer is drier than those. The hop is much more pronounced, but this brew is far from being bitter. Interestingly, unlike other great beers that have the flavors fade in and out, this one is consistent yet complex blend of malt/hop.

This may be one the most drinkable trappist ales I've ever had. Other than the powerful alcohol warmth and the rich, rich body, this could be an excellent pale ale. With those differences, herein lies something special.

 872 characters

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with an outstanding malt/spiciness balance with spiciness being over malt; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible tripel as expected. All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Completely outstanding.

 1,355 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter. Best by date of 28/07/12 on the bottle.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, light citrus, light bananas, and light bready malts. Very pleasant.

t - Tastes of bananas, Belgian yeast, spice, bready malts, light citrus, and very light alcohol. Again, very enjoyable.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Dry, crisp body.

d - A very good, enjoyable Belgian tripel. While nothing blew me away in the smell or taste it had all the classic Belgian tripel characteristics and was quite enjoyable. Considering how cheap and accessible this one is, I would definitely buy it again.

 791 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When many a brew are lauded for their boldness and brashness, it's wonderfully refreshing to sit down and savor a perfectly balanced product that soothes and mellows. Westmalle triple is just such a delightful ale.

Color is a hazy orange, and the head's a full, towering stack of crackling, lacey, creamy foam.

Aroma is led by sugar and spice, followed by everything nice.

On my first sip: sublime! Utterly heavenly! Light, smooth, uplifting, dazzling in every way.
Some fruitiness comes through in the middle, peaches, orange, slight citrus. Hops are lively, malt is solid, and delivers more than sufficient sweetness.
My satisfaction grows with each rewarding sip. I feel that I ought to re-consider every beer I deemed "perfect" prior to this. Soft, smooth, mellow, with a dominant and delightful finish.

Can a beer be better than this, be more perfect than perfect?

 889 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Seth brought back some trappist brews he picked up in Belgium. Not sure if there's any difference in these vs. what we get in the US. Served in my Darkness goblet. Best before 04/09/10 - so this already a few years old.

A - Three fingers of egg-white foam, which is ridiculous in a goblet. Great retention and beautiful lacing. Opaque orange-peach color with plentiful bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Bread, white wine, lemon citrus, yeast, spices and pepper, a touch of musty funk - there's almost a wheat beer quality to this with the strong coriander smell. There's some also caramel maltiness in the background. Solid tripel smell.

T - The taste is less interesting than the smell - actually kind of disappointing. Lots of pepper, lemon, and yeast, and some hints of sweet fruits. Again, there are some elements of wheat beer. No hint of the 9.5% listed on the bottle.

M - Creamy, medium body, solid carbonation. Nice slightly sticky and warming residue. Very satisfying in this regard.

D - One bottle is pretty easy drinking, but the carbonation and ABV would stop me before I got through two of these.

I'm finding I prefer quads to tripels by quite a significant margin.

 1,197 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

portion of large, fresh bottle served in 6 oz glass.

A - slightly cloudy; golden

S - malty; a bit fruity & hoppy

T - sour; a bit dry & spicy; slight bitter/sour aftertaste

D - very drinkable for a high alcohol beer. Should pair well with many cheeses and other foods.

Superb for type, but have a solid preference for Westmalle Dubbel.

 339 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into Westmalle chalice:

Pours golden with a one-finger creamy head that descends to a lasting cover.

The smell is of herbal spiciness, especially sage, and orange peel. Saaz grassiness in the back.

The taste is of grassy herbs (again, esp. sage) with orange and lemon fruitiness. The sweet malt and spicy yeast interact very well with Saaz hops giving it a balancing bitterness in the back. Wonderful balance. Earthy spiciness gives it a nice kick, though smooth, as does the touch of peppery, warming alcohol. Dreamy. Long, dry finish.

The body is full, rich and creamy.

Powerful, but drinkable..., well sippable. After finishing the small bottle I was looking for more, though it was enough for a wonderful night-cap. One of Belgium's great contributions to mankind.

 790 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Orval goblet. Beer is yellow, dark, and hazy Forms a head of medium and small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation steady and moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little odd. I hope this isn't skunked. Some yeast, some spice, some sulfur.

Medium body, lots of carbonation in the mouth, slightly bitter at the end, nice yeast character, pepper and spice in the midpalate. Second taste, drinkability is high, this beer is definitely not skunked. Its drinks nice, finishes slightly dry, overall a great tripel.

 545 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a massive, billowy head. Great heat retention and some sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation released from the bottom.

S: Nice aroma of light fruit, mostly banana and a bit of orange and both lemon and orange zest. Some light spice mixed in and Belgian yeast.

T: Great light fruit flavor with oranges, pear, and a little bit of banana. There is a little bit of yeast and some light spice, but its not overpowering like some tripels. The flavors blend together very nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Fantastic beer, certainly classic in the style. Incredibly easy drinking. No sign of 9.5% at all.

 687 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 05/19/2012

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall off-white head that reduces to about a half finger tall head with a slight thicker patch in the center and significantly thicker at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The Belgian yeast is very much front and center in the aroma and that is something that really draws me into this beer. There is a lot of the spiciness contributed by the yeast, more pepper than clove but both are present. There is also some presence of banana and citrus.

T: Very well balanced and nice complexity to the flavor. I get lots of citrus and banana fruit presence along with the spiciness of the Belgian yeast - definitely more pepper than clove but both are there. I also get some almost some saison like flavors as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer and one of the best in the style, very easy to drink and hides the presence of high ABV alcohol very well (very little noticed in either in the taste or the aroma). This has a great complexity and nice balance of flavor. Definitely one to get again.

 1,228 characters

Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

TOP 100 Tick FTW!!!

Poured into unibroue snifter.

Pours 1.5 finger of white head. Nice retention, but no lace. Color is a hazy pale gold.

Aroma: Dried apples and pears are the dominate fruit flavors here. Some cloves and spice notes. Belgian yeast shows with some bready malts. Herbal floral hop profile.

Taste: A bit of booze shows, coriander and spices are big, dried apples and pears again. Yeast, bready malts. The taste follows the nose fairly identical.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and dry. Medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. A bit hot as well with more alcohol showing than I would like.

Overall, a decent tripel, but too much carbonation and a bit too much alcohol showing. Somewhat drinkable. I dig a bit of it.

 740 characters

Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 1,707 characters

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent with the addition of spices and that fruity Belgian yeast. It seems a bit dry. The taste is good. It has an intense amount of malts and a warm aftertaste. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and with a fruity Belgian yeast flavor. It has wonderful mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine tripel. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

 512 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow, straw hues, slightly hazy, enormous whipped meringue head, long lasting retention, nice lacing. Hard to ask for more.

S: Very distinctive Belgian yeast character, slight alcohol, spices, fruits.

T: Fluffy and light. I always look forward to drinking any trappist ale. Fruity and spicy, Westmalle Tripel is well balanced and very flavorful.

M: Light body, slight warming alcohol finish.

D: A great beer that I'd certainly drink again.

 448 characters

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is fruity. I get a lot of orange and lemon notes as well as some floral notes. There is some grass from the hops as well as some Belgian yeast and a little bit of candy sugar. The flavor is heavy on the yeast and orange citrus notes. I also get some sweetness from the candy sugar and a little bit of pepper and coriander. There is a little bit of alcohol detectable. The beer is very easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic.

 529 characters

Photo of GClarkage
3.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

06/21/06- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Date strip on the side, but unnothced..although there is a date stamped on the bottle that says Dec 2005. Assuming that this is the best by date as I have had the bottle aging for about two years. Didn't really think much of it as I'm assuming a good tripel should be able to age that long with no ill effects. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Appearance- Peachy-orange colored pour. Whoops, a bit to much on the pour as a huge chunk of yeast dropped in my glass and then broke apart into little protien balls and yeast flakes. None to appetizing right now. Head was only a 1/2 inch as first which shrunk to a rim in no time flat. Lacing was very minimal.

Smell- Light alcoholic esters. Lots of spicy goodness. Sweet smelling tropical fruits.

Taste- Sadly I am disappointed. This one is all alcohol. From sip one that's about all I got. An overwhelming taste of alcohol. Made this 9% beer taste like a 15% beer. Also seemed a bit watered down at times. Beneath all that there was a tropical fruity base with some spicyness.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation...alcohol aftertaste. Your friends will think you are a drunk after drinking this one.

Drinkability- Past it's prime? Not sure. Other people think the same about the alcohol. Maybe just not my cup of tea for a tripel. I still have a bomber of this stashed away within it's best by period. I'll have to bust it out real soon for comparrison.

 1,512 characters

Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

 1,147 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with a thin head that remained through the drink. Some lacing developed. Some light sediment. The aroma is malt, grass, and some yeast. The flavor is super, as the sweetness of the malt is nicely balanced with yeast, citrus, apples, and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Strong carbonation. The flavors ride the tongue well after swallowing. Awesome brew.

 387 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with a synthetic cork. Pours a hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy two-finger thick pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite yeasty, despite the beer resting unsettled for two weeks in my beer fridge. There is also lots of spicy yeast driven notes with pepper, ginger and lemon being most notable. As I get used to the aroma some fruit notes begin to pick up, with notes of green apple and tart pear being evident. The green apple note really becomes quite apparent after a bit.

The beer is full and peppery after my first sip. The beer almost has a creamy consistency and the spice notes give it a piquant sharpness that I like in a good Tripel. The spiciness hold throughout the taste profile of this beer, finishing with a sharp ginger like note at the end. This has a fairly full body to it, yet still remains quite dry on the palate, mainly I think because of the yeasty spiciness. As I mentioned this tastes quite yeasty as well, it gives it a sharp yeast bite to it. The beer has a light tartness to it that plays up the fruity aspects of the beer; mostly I get notes of green apple but there are notes of pear and a bit of tart plum as well, it also plays up the ginger note that is found in this beer.

 1,235 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at a good temperature into a nice goblet.

Some good carbonation on the pour, with a good white foamy head. Very decent lacing with a cloudy body of a buttery dark gold consistency. Head does go, but stays in a 3mm ring and never leaves.

Bouquet at first is quite subdued... but it needs time to open up... An aggressive pour to give it bigger head really makes a difference. Hops and yeast and a sweet and sour component that I can't quite pinpoint. This is a very balanced nose where you can smell around and find things without one scent dominating the rest. Smells somewhat pilsner like and a faint sour zest (lemon/lime take your pick).

Faint apricot with good notes of yeast and bread. Big carbonated and bitter finish but dissipates as you drink more to a nice bread chew character with some lemon. Taste is "tangy" with a nice SNAP to it. Bitter at first but becomes more tolerable as you have more.

This is a beer that takes patience to get through but rewards greatly when you stick with it making a very high drinkability.

 1,059 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 472 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My family just bought a new HDTV and XBOX360, and soon we'll be getting surround sound installed! I'm going to celebrate with a beer I have high expectations for: Westmalle Tripel. Purchased at the Wine Exchange for $4.99 (330 ml bottle), on to the beer:

This is a very heady and carbonated brew. It pours hazy straw yellow into a chalice, leaving on top a head that shows resistence to fading. Aroma is mellow and sweet. Mixture of phenols, spice, grass, and candy sugar. I like it so far.

The taste of this tripel is what gives Trappist beers a good name. Not too intense and full of different flavors. Some peppermint-like sweetness, medicinal, grassy, light brush of pepper, and spice. Balance is drop-dead beautiful and lighter than one might think given the 9.5% ABV, which helps make this brew dangerously drinkable.

I may not sound all that excited in this review about Westmalle Tripel, but this is one beer that's worthy of the hype. Without question, a highly recommended pick by me, and one beer I'm going to share with my buddies in the future.

 1,062 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light amber/yellowish body into a snifter with a big, fluffy clumpy head. The towering head died down to a 'film' with very nice lacing.
Smell of complex yeast and floral tones. Biscuit and citrus mostly dominated. noticed some alcohol as well.
Taste had more citrus than biscuit, with hints of herbs and quiet spices.Hops were noticeable, just enough to calm the malt down a bit.
Left a crisp feeling on the palate, but the malt still lingered.

 462 characters

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
95 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.