Westmalle Trappist Tripel | Brouwerij Westmalle

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,534 Ratings
Westmalle Trappist TripelWestmalle Trappist Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,534
Reviews:
1,745
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
432
Gots:
869
For Trade:
6
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,534 |  Reviews: 1,745
Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ejw127
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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

A: Cloudy golden pour with creamy white head leaving moderate clinging lacing in Globe glass. S: Yeasty bready malt with hint of citrus
T: Malt, sweet up front with spicy middle and slight ethanol warming finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel throughout.
O: Extremely smooth beer that is simply delicious. Will surely seek out again.

 363 characters

Photo of bkoch81
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of falcon1
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of uturn
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of russwbeck
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow pour into my St. Bernardus goblet with about a finger of white head. Large bubbly lacing runs down the side of the glass for only a fleeting moment before plunging back into the beer.

S: The aroma is full of clove and bananas, some booze, Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Pretty typical of a tripel, balanced, but not overly impressive.

T: The taste is really spicy and fruity. The booze is nowhere to be found, and the typical warming alcohol feeling seems to be missing, which is really surprising considering the ABV. Very sweet, the taste seems to be just not up to par with other Tripels I've had.

MF: A bit over carbonated with a light body. Dry finish.

O: This was good, and a pretty decent baseline for the style, but it just didn't blow me away. It just seemed too plain.

 799 characters

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of claaark13
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A trade for some +/- 5yr old Belgian bottles yields a '99 bottle of this guy as an extra. Thanks David. 33cl bottle opens with a hiss and poured into a modern Westmalle chalice.

A - Loos great. Pours a dark orange, little bit of murkiness even before I accidentally let a little bit of dregs slip by. Thick foam head turns into a thick lacing that coats most of the glass. It really can't look any better for the style. And for a '99????

S - Clove and banana. The spices are still evident, and there is some sweetness as well. The aroma is very, very nice.

T - Very complex flavor for the first few ounces. Sweet, then slight bitterness, then cardboard, then sweetness returns with some dryness. Spices can be tasted once the cardboard goes away, which is in the back 1/2 of the flavor. The flavor is actually better than I'd expected. Although it does die for a moment in the middle, the way it picks back up with completely different flavors is incredible. After a couple sips, the end provides almost a caramel flavor. Very interesting.

M - Medium body that feels slightly thick but with a nice amount of carbonation, boarderline perfect for the style.

O - I am somewhat surprised of how well this has held up. I've had their Dubbel of the same age and it was...well...not good.

 1,287 characters

Photo of Daveychu
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BamaBeachBum
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of maxk
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.4 oz bottle poured gently into an oversized wine glass so as not to disturb the yeast.

A: Golden straw-colored appearance, very inviting. One finger of bright white head with nice velvety retention on the sides of the glass.

S: Minimal sweetness up front as I have come to expect with my experience with many American Belgian-style ales. Definitely some hay and/or sagey qualities.

T: Starts with a mild belgian sweetness. Some undertones of Chardonnay in the middle. Finishes with an appropriate and refeshing bitterness.

M: Lots of carbonation, however quite smooth.

Overall: Very very good. This is one I will have again. I am currently going to finish the last couple ounces left in the glass, including the yeast.

Thank you for reading my first beer review, salud!

 779 characters

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Raebies
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holding the bottle up to the sunlight, I can see the cloudy beer with little flecks of yeast floating around inside. Pale cloudy yellow in the glass, lots of light fizz that settles quickly forming a firm head. It smells very crisp and clean, light fruityness. Reminds me of orval, without the barnyard funk.

Perfect level of light sweetness, not as sweet as other tripels. Slight tang, but smooth tasting. The warmth of the alcohol comes through without a boozey flavour. It's fairly close to perfect.

 503 characters

Photo of bnes09
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful light gold colored ale. Lustrous, white, foamy head towers over the beer and gently recedes to a smooth layer of cream. Laces very well.

Beautiful aroma of fresh cut flowers, and grass. Bright, young, green, and yeasty. Lots of citrus character, mostly lemon, mingled in as well. This has to be the best smelling beer I have ever experienced.

Flavor is not as good as the aroma but still exceptional. Mild, bready malt character. Sweetness of sugar cane and apple fits very well. Hops are fresh with a grassy character and hint at bitterness without overpowering. Deep, complex and very tasty. Alcohol cannot be detected making it very dangerous.

Just heavy enough to call it medium bodied, but barely. Lively carbonation. Finish is crisp, smooth and clean. Perfect feel.

Wow! I am so glad when beers like this come along and remind me why I venture out and sample new brews. Such wonderfully complex flavors yet a light feel that is easy to drink. A true masterpiece in brewing.

 993 characters

Photo of drh1382
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cornucopia
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of dvanhandel
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orange murky brew with lots of carbonation through body. 2-3 finger billowy head with excellent retention in fact 2 minutes after pour it grew another finger. It's alive!!!

Smell - Wonderful scents of bready, earthy straw notes. Also picking up some sweet scents and slight bannana scent

Taste - Fabulous complexity and balance. Sweet and malty start and a crisp hop finish. I can't belive this is 9.5% as although its strong in flavor its not boozy at all.

Mouthfeel - Great.

Overall - Satisfying in every aspect that a beer could be.

 552 characters

Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,534 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More