Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 4,075
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 343
Gots: 554 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle with a tall, soft head. The aroma is a little sour at first, but soon turns to a milder, Duvel-like aroma of creamy pale malts. The flavor is sweeter and maltier than the other big Trappist tripel, Chimay White. There's a bit of farmhouse funk in the malt, and drop of candy and caramel. It finishes with an obscured hops flavor that's grapefruit-y, but buried under the malt. Overall, I don't think the flavor is that amazing. Yes, it is quite nice, but not my favorite tripel. The carbonation is spot on, but a hint of alcohol detracts from it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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

At long last I'm finally reviewing this beer. I don't know how many times I've bought a bottle of this intending to review it and then just never did for one reason or another. In any case, glad to finally review this lovely beer. Pours a hazy golden with a glow. Nice two inch fluffy head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap that sticks around for the duration. Nice nose of orange, coriander, and some other herbal aromas. Tastes quite fruity, with notes of orange peel, bitter orange juice, lots of coriander, a bit of lemon, some slight sweetness- not nearly as much as many tripels- and some earthy, herbal bitterness. Delightful. The mouthfeel is a bit tannic and full, especially on the finish. Nice, a very fine tripel, a classic.

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a clody golden orange with a thick, foamy white head. Pleasant aroma of grape, pear and floral alcohol. Dry fruity taste with hints of apple, grape and pear as well as a slightly sour yet crisp alcohol finish. Very tasty.

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden with a small head. Little lacing left behind. There seems to be an awful lot of sediment in the bottom of my glass, making this a tad questonable with the appearance.
Smell is of soothing vanilla, cream, spice, pepper, warm alcohol and ripe pear.
Taste is of all the aforementioned aromas, blended into a warm and inviting concoction.
Mouthfeel is slightly stinging and dry due to the alcohol. A bit of a bitterness and sourness fizzes towards the back and sides of the mouth. Lacks the sweetness desired to become worldclass IMHO.
Drinkability is good for a triple. Not great, or overly appealing. ABV makes it slightly awkward but expected.

Finger licking good.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, but very hazed yellow colour, with an extremely voluminous head of crackling whit bubbles. Some dissipation as the head collapses, but the lacing is reasonably good, sticking in the same patterns as the large bubbles cracked. Lots of streaming carbonation, but that gives it rather a refined look. Looks very decent overall.

Nose is rather bready, but with a good, slightly funky crushed citrus leaf character. Plenty of Belgian yeas, but a lot of refreshment to be had throughout, and a little bit of classic spice and phenolics to remind you of the style. Very decent.

Taste is sharp and peppery, and extremely phenolic on the finish, with a big bitterness that wells up throughout. Front is thin with a slight yeast overtone, before the phenolic spice comes through with a vengeance. Feel is very light, but gets cut with the astringency on the back.

Wow, compared to the St Bernardus I had earlier in the evening, this is a far more raw and far harsher beer, and it suffers for it. Not a huge amount of complexity, and a ragingly raw back palate that truly hurts drinkability. As much as I'm reviewing it, I know it's not my place to tell the Trappist monks what to do, but this was not my cup of tea. There are other examples I've enjoyed a whole lot more.

It's not a bad beer by any means, but it's below the baseline for the style in my opinion.

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

Pours a hazy golden ale with a minimal head.

Smell is sweet pineapple and guava fruit with requisite dose of coriander. Spicy black pepper and spearmint are the next scents I can detect. Sweet honey and flowers make up the malt part of the scent. Hops make themselves know only as a little woodiness. Noticeable alcohol but it doesn't detract from the scent and serves as a carrier for other scents.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Honey and fruit are the first flavors to come out, then coriander and flowers. Spice is subdued here except for black pepper.

Mouthfeel is not bad.

An OK triple but I had expected more from this one compared to its little brother the Dubbel. Worth a try. This is a beer I will try again from another source and see if it has a bit more wow factor to it.

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

A: Poured a sexy golden yellow color with a littlew bit of haze and a nice white cap

S: Fruity esters, whiff of light spice and light banana, hint at spice, pears perhaps

T: A nice little spiciness balanced out with some lighter pears, aples, booze and even a banana.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean

O: Tasty and a pleasure to drink!

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 26/05/07. Served at about 10°C in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a hazy, dark orangey+honeyish yellow hue; the thick white cap comes effervescent, tight and foamy, a bit like meringue~~ sustaining superbly and leaving very tight lacing as it sl...owly settles; very fizzy body.
S: sweet, candyish maltiness mixed with sweet lemony+orangey edge with a hint of passion-fruits, floating aroma of vanilla powder, lightly spicy/cinnamon yeastiness... overall surprisingly straight forward, albeit pleasant all the same. I doubt if the lower serving temp. has trapped more aroma inside the glass...
T: fiercely bubbly-textured palate with rough and warmish alcoholic attack~~ as my palate gets used to the texture, I could sense semi-sweetish bready malts followed by light touches of tropical fruits--mainly bananas, oranges and drops of lemonade, while an immense flow of intensifyingly dry spiciness and chewy bitterness quickly ensues, gradually decreasing in intensity but leading to a lingering, dryish, spicy-hoppy aftertone.
M: the initial sharply bubbly mouthfeel plus the simultaneous alcohol attack is not very impressive, showing signs that yeasts might have been badly disturbed or else. But it does soften sip by sip and settles to fine, creamy yet lively texture. The finishing touch is rather soothing, with good depth of spices and bitterness caressing the deep end of the throat, making this a glass of constantly-improving enjoyment.
D: a med-full bodied, dryish-bitter Tripel it is. Not as approachable as my last bottle, maybe due to the fact that before serving the beer was slightly over-chilled, hence the farely cloudy body from the very beginning. One can't deny that it's an uncompromising beer though, and in my opinion this is a more complex and fuller elder brother of the Westmalle Dubbel.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a big cloud of off-white foam that last and last. It has nice lacing with each sip.

S- This beer has a nice soft aroma of floral and light fruit notes with a hint of banana. There is a very soft note of cloves that is a bit orangey.

T- This beer has a nice smooth taste of fruit like oranges and pears with some pale malt flavors that blend into a peppery finish with some soft alcohol note. There is a faint carbonic bite that enhances the peppery finish. The finish is dry with a nice bitterness after the alcohol and pepper. As it warms the orange pepper flavor taste a bit more like grapefruit.

M- This is a medium-light beer with a slight fizz to the texture and some alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is very soft and smooth but it has lots of complexity. It's hard to describe all the distinct taste as they all blend from one to the other.

Photo of jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 5/28/07 - Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Slight malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced to slightly sour. Finish has some alcohol and sourness. Not nearly as good as bottle. On-tap at Summertime Restaurant Scheveningen, NL. €5 ($6.85) for a 330ml glass.

Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice. The ale is slightly cool, most likely within the recommended range of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale is hay-coloured, almost resembling a weizen. The ale is carbonated giving a decent head on each pour, but that head soon dissapates, leaving no lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a fruity nose, with hints of honey and peppercorn dominating.

Taste: As I let the ale sit in my mouth, the first sensation that I note is that of honey, giving the ale a sweet taste. There is also a hop character that adds a good amount of bitterness to the ale. There is also a definite alcohol presence that gives a warming sensation to the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, with the honey and hop characters providing a revolving sweet-bitter sensation.

Drinkability: The ale is limited, as most Belgians are, by the high abv. Despite that, this beer is very good and I certainly recommend it.

Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the mood to indulge myself a little I pulled this gem from the cellar, after letting it sit for nearly two years. The best before was 20/07/07 but I am drinking it 04/08/07... let's see how this one ages.

The first portion of the pour would reveal as much head as it would beer. Pearl white in colour, it stayed in equal proportion to the beer until about the half way point. While it would remain thick at its base, the head would thin out in some places, leaving a landscape appearance of soft, rolling foothills. The colour is peachy golden. It's almost an optical illusion trying to differentiate the bubbles from the yeast particles, both crowd the body from top to side to bottom.

A cascading aroma that literally "unwinds" the senses. A graceful and unimposing alcohol overcoats all. A lightly spicy yeast yields soft esters. A faint suggestion of fruit. A hard swirl excites a damp, phenolic wheat component that contrasts the otherwise dry character of the beer. The yeast, the esters... so lovely.

The 9.5% is quietly tucked away somewhere, most likely snugged behind the layers of lovely flavours. The carbonation has mellowed suitably over the last 2 years, the mouthfeel is nothing but smooth and graceful on the palate. It seems to dry out for an instance but a presence of flavour quickly resurfaces.

What a wonderful recipe! The yeast is most predominant, again carrying with it countless esters. The flavours all seem "suggestive" rather than upfront. It's a fusion of spices (I'd start with guessing cardamom and pepper), all so subtle but combine for a curious complexity. The inclusion of candi-sugar is very apparent and quite sweet. The taste finishes with the a lingering note of ripened fruit.

A marvelous tripel. Certainly one of the best examples of the style anyone could ever try. I'm not sure which I prefer - aged or fresh. It has held up well - perhaps improved, perhaps not. Either way, this is still something incredibly fantastic and I have savoured every single drop. I will always savour every drop. A wonderful beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 11/07/07

A - Pours a cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation which produces a nice small foamy white head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, spices, grapes, bannanas, and yeast.

T - The taste is kinda sweet and malty, carbonated, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body, pretty complex brew.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice tripel, but I like the dubbel much better.

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 kscaldef
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into a Chimay glass.

A: Very pale, clear yellow-straw. Small head of loose white foam receded in a minute or two. Very attractive champagne-like fine bubble trails in the glass, mixed with much larger bubbles

S: Great fruity esters and light clove and banana notes. Some bready aromas as well, and hints of raisins.

T: Lots of yeast character complementing bready malt. Fairly sweet on the tongue, but not heavy. Slight alcohol note on the finish.

M: Well-carbonated, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

O: A benchmark beer for the style. I'm dinging it a little on appearance, although that might be the fault of my pour. I surprised not to see more of a head, though.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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 LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 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.

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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