Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

4,523 Ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel

Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking golden beer, a head that lasted till the end of the bottle, and an initially sweet beginning which seamlessly shifted to a very dry finish. The balance is just exquisite and it's easily the best tripel I've tasted. The only downside for me was the obvious alcohol, but man, this is a great drop. Not sure you'd want to drink more than one though.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of draheim
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled 8/25/2011; best before 8/25/2013) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color w/ a fluffy white head, vigorous champagne carbonation. Leaves a beautiful gossamer web of lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma is spicy, bready Belgian yeast, white pepper, and lemon with floral and herbal notes.

Taste is crisp, clean pale malt, delicate Belgian yeast, citrus & spice. So clean and pure. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light w/ a dry finish and a nice sharp bite from the carbonation.

Overall, this beer defines the style. Hard to image a tripel much better than this one.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow and hazy topped by two fingers of lacy and fairly retentive white head. Delicate aroma; notes of apricot, wildflowers, honey, green apple, and clove. A little whiff of alcohol adds complexity. Orchard fruits and a hint of banana are joined by a peppery note on the palate, with lemon zest and moderate bitterness in the short finish. Light-bodied and vigorously carbonated. Feels crisp, light, and bone dry. The feel of the alcohol detracts from that crispness just a little bit. A world class beer, deservedly a classic beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of julian89
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 3/14/12
Poured from bottle into Chimay sniffer.

Appearance: A nice inch of head with minimal lacing (what I love to see). Clear translucent amber gold. A good consistent bubbling from base of sniffer.

Smell: A crispy citrus smell. I get a hint of herbs and flowers which gives me a spring feeling.

Mouthfeel: Wow, fresh with excellent carbonation. A light and almost fluffy like feel. A nice "zing" hit on the front with a smooth feeling on the back.

Taste: High alcohol taste and very citrus like. The flavors seem almost enhanced by the mouthfeel.

Overall: Excellent, one of the better Trappist beers.

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Photo of iSip
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Westmalle Tripel, 22oz bomber: To celebrate Tom Boonen’s victory in the biggest Belgian sporting event (the Tour of Flanders), I popped the cork on one of Beer Advocate’s most highly rated Tripels, the Westmalle Trappist Tripel. While Tom Boonen’s victory for Belgium was fantastic, the Westmalle Tripel was not. No head developed, the aroma was thin and while the flavor was OK with tones of honey and almonds, there was not the complexity I was expecting from such a highly rated beer. The Westmalle Tripel was caramel in color and very hazy. The last glass from the bottle was near brown in color and thick with particulates. So maybe this bottle came from the bottom of the barrel, and not up to snuff. There were two dates on the label 7/1/2008 and 7/1/2010. I do not know what these dated referred to, but this bottle was purchased on 3/2012 and tasted on 4/2012, so another reason for the lackluster performance may be the age of this bottle. Anyway, I need to call them as I taste them, so the Westmalle will get a low score and one disappointed fan.

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4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first enjoyed this at the Bier Market in Toronto and not a week later was stunned to see it actually stocked at my local LCBO. There are a number of excellent reviews on this beer and I'm not sure I can add any more what has already been said about this spectacular brew. Complex and yet incredibly accessible. It is truly a treat for all senses - visually beautiful, tickles the nose with tempting sensations and finally it stuns the palette. Suffice to say that is truly one of the best beers available.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from the LCBO. Poured into a Chimay goblet in keeping with our Trappist theme. Light, hazy golden in colour, with a thick foamy head that possesses great retention. Sheets of lacing abound on the sides of the glass, and carbonation scurries forth from the depths. A great-looking brew indeed.

Light and airy, a bit of hops, fruit (apple and pear), yeast, pepper, clove and spices.

Wonderfully light and dry, Westmalle Tripel is certainly a pleasure to drink. The fruit is certainly there, but sweetness is not an issue, and so the hops and yeast flavor endemic to Belgium are allowed their chance at full attention. Again, pepper, banana, and floral hops are also present. Medium bodied, vigorous carbonation.

Complex and satisfying, this is certainly a brew worth seeking out.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden color with a one finger head and a lasting lacing that covers the top.

S: smell is spicy yeast, orange peel, and sweet malt.

T: tough to describe the initial taste, but it is yeasty and spicy with some fruity flavor. Malt takes over on the back end. The taste is also slightly bitter.

M: high carbonation and medium body give it a crisp feeling for a great summer beer.

O: tripels are great, and this is right at the top of my list. Excellent beer, even at more than $5 per bottle (33cl?).

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden with some particles in suspension, but I accidentally mishandled the bottle, so I won't dock it for that. Huge creamy-looking eggshell white head doesn't budge an inch. Thick rings of lacing are left in its wake.

S: Light fruity aromatics of pear and perhaps apple. A touch of white pepper and some other vague spices. Chalky yeast and a light musty scent. Over-ripe banana comes out more as it warms. Spicy alcohol is barely perceptible. Textbook.

T: Bite of clove initially, white pepper and spicy yeast take over quickly. Estery fruit tastes of sliced apple and pear. Spike of alcohol comes with some tropical fruity notes in tow. Some green and grassy hop bitterness. Chalky yeast toward the end. Malt flavors are biscuity, cracker-like, and faint. Finishes very dry with a touch of lingering bitterness and chalky yeast.

M: Highly effervescent, the lively carbonation is sharp and scrubbing. Medium bodied, very creamy. Slight suggestion of warmth from the alcohol.

O: This is it, the OG. The beer that popularized the style, and a trappist classic. Readily available, and a must-try for anyone interested in the style or in Belgian beer in general.

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3.16/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a bright golden yellow with quite a bit of yeast sediment throughout and an extremely thick, foamy white head.

The aroma is quite estery and boozy.

Taste follows the nose, estery and boozy for the most part with some spicy phenols.

Medium light, fluffy mouthfeel.

A decent beer, though I feel the alcohol and phenol notes are too prominent at times.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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