Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

4,536 Ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

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Photo of rkhaze
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden orange with a big active off white head and lots of carbonation.
Smells of malt, ripe tropical fruit, bubblegum and that Belgian yeast tang.
Tastes of sweet bready malt, golden raisins, sugared yellow and orange fruits, honey and tart yeast. There was a nice hop bitterness but the alcohol really came through in the finish.
Medium bodied with a full tingly/creamy mouthfeel brought on by the carbonation.
The alcohol really came through at the end. It warmed the belly but hurt the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of infi
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11 oz. bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a nice half-inch foamy head, full of tight, tiny white bubbles. The retention duration is incredible, with the lacing being very sticky and spiderweb-like. The pour is fairly translucent and full of floating yeast sediment. I wished I poured the bottle a bit more gently to prevent this excessive amount. But nonetheless, a pretty beer in the glass overall. Smell is full of citrus aromas, more towards orange skin and pith, peppery spice and bananas.

Taste is a bit heavy on the booze at first, but it continues into this incredible phase of immense bubblegum-like sweetness and maltiness. It's hard for me to put my glass down; it's thoroughly delicious. The alcoholic heat upfront can be disheartening, but the end result is quite impressing.

Mouthfeel is copious with carbonation and liveliness. Very champagne-like. And the drinkability is very easy and high. Best tripel I've tried so far. I was a bit skeptical to try this due to its passing of the best before date of 2/25/10, but I was surprised to find it still drinking and tasting very well.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a tumbler. BB date 29/6/13

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a white foamy head, nothing too remarkable here. Smell is quite nice: yeasty spiciness featuring cloves and bananas. Also smells remarkably sweet and citrusy and dry. Taste is sweet and spicy with lots of yeast presence, a very tasty brew Some alcohol can be tasted. Mouthfeel is high carb and medium body, pleasantly prickles the mouth.

This is the best tripel I've had, more complex than the American tripels I have had. Reminds me of a heavier bodied and less dry, spicy wit. Carbonation is a bit high for my taste, helps to let it breathe a bit before enjoying.

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Photo of Dillinger
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hunter
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy apricot color, pillowy head of white foam. Several thin and active threads of carbonation. Nice lacing effects.

Smell: Notes of citrus, spice, hay, and candi sugar. Light and fresh.

Taste: Alcohol predominates as it hits the tongue, then gives way to a sweet, slightly smoky flavor. Hints of spice and hops. Complex without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation makes for a sharp, palate clearing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is clean, with a lingering taste of grassy citrus.

Drinkability: Lovely and rich, this is not something to have daily, but rather one to have on rare occasion, when you have the time and peace to savor it properly. It's a light a summery sort of beer, but the alcohol will warm you on cold nights just fine. Belgian ales are my favorite, tripels most of all. Westmalle certainly lives up to the Trappist tradition.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium yellow-orange. Ubber-thick foamy white head and great lacing.

Holy crap what a smeller. Tart and estery. Hay, dried fruit, sour apples, malt and spice.

Fl;avor is all triple, a balanced malt profile with a rather shy hop bitterness followed by a nice warming mouthfeel from the alcohol.

A wonderful ale... wish I lived in Belgium.

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Photo of drh1382
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sisky
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ZinFanDave
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Mullinger1980
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of RevCraig
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Antnyd82
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Moheban
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of palma
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy yellow body. Hefty white head leaves a good Belgian lace.

Immediate fruit essence mainly consisting of pear and orange. Very malty nose. I caught some pungent whiffs of grain alcohol. Faint aroma of tomatoes?? Can't say I didn't like it, however. This brew woke my ass up in a good way. Aroma warns you this is a no-BS-brew, at 9.5% ABV.

Fruit punch-like flavor. Tropical fruit? Underlying chocolate, toffee, and maybe even light coffee notes. Bitter citrus flavors dominate throughout. An intriguing tartness towards the end. Finishes semi-dry/dry. The bitter citrus sticks around in the aftertaste. Raw alcohol flavor present big time. You can't miss it.

Nice delicate bubbly mouthfeel. Full in the mouth yet, refreshing.

One of the better Tripels I've tried. Much better than St. Bernardus IMO.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight bottle gusher. BB 2/25/10
Pours a very hazy golden yellow color with plentiful white, meringue like foam. Aromas are signature Belgian, with a clean phenolic dominance. Clove, citrus, band-aid all are predominant notes with some sweet alcohol notes to round out. On the palate, it continues to be a very clean flavor with the spiciness really coming through. It is quite dry and effervescent giving it a rather thin body. The alcohol is well hidden with just a hint in the finish. Overall, I can understand why this is such an iconic Belgian Tripel, exemplary of the style in its finest. Will certainly not look over this one countless times in the beer isle again.

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Photo of Jose9e
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Fugazme
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent glass with a very large head that started to dissipate quite quickly. It then suddenly stopped and hung out. The look of the beer was average. Pretty pale golden. Cloudy as expected. Keeps a good amount of head throughout with traces all along the glass as I drink it.

Smells of alcohol. Nothing offensive, but strong alcohol. I whiffed bannana, apple, cinnamon and even a hint of mint. One could even say this smells like a Syrah... seriously. There was something comforting in that. Has to be the alcohol.

Had a strong alcohol taste that settled down after a bit... a little earthy and very bread-like. Nice. No citrus to speak of.

Overall a hit. A very nice, but expensive buy.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From some notes of mine which I thought I lost.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a nice caramel brown with a two finger head that had good retention and left a lot of lacing.

S the nose on this one was sweet with notes of apples, some spicy yeast and a hint of alcohol.

T the taste of this one was sublime. First you get sweet fruit mostly apples followed by a bit of yeast, with the malts taking center stage with a caramel like finish that stays on your tounge.

M The mouthfeel was nice and full bodied with good carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Overall I loved this one. To me this is how a tripel should be. It smells great, tastes heavenly, and you can't even tell that it is well over 9% abv. My favorite tripel and possibly one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden color in Westmalle chalice. One fingered head with little lacing.

Smell's of cherries and citrus.

Taste is ripe fruit. Grapefruit and banana. There is a little funk there too. Mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is richly carbonated. Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall this is excellent.

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Photo of Ranz
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: In my Duvel tulip, this pours the color of beautiful golden grass with a finger of pearly white head, effervescent to its fullest potential. Lovely in every aspect. Lacing thickens like a beast on the glass.

S: Those Belgian yeasts create a lovely mix of dried bananas and clove. The fruity notes also belie hints of alcohol.

T: After a few seconds, those sweet banana notes come through like a Roman legion--what a fantastic flavor. It has an uncommon sweetness I don't remember tasting anywhere before, tripel or no, and I am quite smitten. Many beers popularly receive the title of "dessert beer," and I think I've found the king. This would pair amazingly with some creme brulee.

M: In continuation from the head, mouthfeel is fairly effervescent on the tongue, but sweet and mild. The finish is much more creamy.

O: Wow--I love a good tripel, and this looks to be the one to beat. What a great pleasure from those Trappist geniuses.

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Photo of Sark
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jlisuk
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thorkelson
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The second best tripel i have ever had right behind karmeliet

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Photo of 99bottles
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better tripels out there with great availability. I had this at a bar in PA in a Chimay chalice, allowing for a nice presentation. Served a bit too cold, this is definitely better when allowed to warm and breathe a little. The smell is of soft bready malts, tinged with a nice banana sweetness and other carmelized sugar notes. The fruity esters are clean and pleasingly sweet, never cloying. The 9.5% is not surprising though well suited to the malt profile and slight bitterness of the hops. This remains an immensely drinkable beer at that high abv. This is a good benchmark for tripels to go by.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappists never disappoint. Westmalle Tripel poured golden, somewhat yellow, tangerine, or bright honey. There are definite orange and yellow hues, giving a dense appearance. Off-white, thick head, leaving patches of creamy, slow moving lace. The head started large, and kept at a very consistent cm of foam. Without the lees poured, this is a clear, translucent beer. The aroma is definitely malty, with some soapy yeast. When first poured I smelt massive fruity yeast and salty ham. Fruit and burnt candy; sugary once it warms. Buttery smells, nuts, chemical leather. Dried nectarine or grapes above the rim of the glass. Flowery a little, and definite salinity, or tangy acidity. Balanced, with sweet malt and yeast, and some faint spice. I smell also candied apples and red licorice. I tasted dry muskiness in the middle of the tongue, and a finish of caramel malt. Burnt leather also in the middle, giving a chemical tang. Up front, dry, dusty and sweet with fresh bananas. caramel, grassy hop, some sesame seed oil, some vanilla. The aftertaste is slightly hoppy, dry yeast, but mostly lightly roasted but delicious malt. Superb balance. No excessive dryness or must feel in the mouth. There is some citrus, akin to a witbier. Roasted nuttiness. This beer is not as alcoholic as expected for a 9.5%; indeed, there is little alcohol in the taste, only asserting itself by a warmth on the tongue. This is perfectly balanced betwixt the malt, sugar and yeast. What really impressed me was the mouthfeel, which was delectably CREAMY! This beer hits the tongue and becomes creamy like ice-cream, exceptionally smooth in the mouth. And this certainly does not suggest 9.5% alcohol, which means drinkability is incredible. Well-masked phenols. The lees were pea-soup green, and extremely milky looking. They tasted heavy and dusty, with less aftertaste. You will find new tastes and aromas every time you lift the glass with this tripel, yet, as complex as it is, it is quite approachable, for a Trappist tripel. Perfect with sharp cheese or pasta.

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Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,536 ratings.
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