The name "Tripel" actually stems from part of the brewing process, in which brewers use up to three times the amount of malt than a standard Trappist "Simple." Traditionally, Tripels are bright yellow to gold in color, which is a shade or two darker than the average Pilsener. Head should be big, dense and creamy. Aroma and flavor runs along complex, spicy phenolic, powdery yeast, fruity/estery with a sweet finish. Sweetness comes from both the pale malts and the higher alcohol. Bitterness is up there for a beer with such a light body for its strength, but at times is barely perceived amongst the even balance of malts and hops. The lighter body comes from the use of Belgian candy sugar (up to 25% sucrose), which not only lightens the body, but also adds complex alcoholic aromas and flavors. Small amounts of spices are sometimes added as well.

Tripels are actually notoriously alcoholic, yet the best crafted ones hide this character quite evil-like and deceivingly, making them sipping beers.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 8.0-12.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
La Fin Du MondeUnibroue9.004.312,822100
Golden MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.711,69277
Westmalle Trappist TripelBrouwerij Westmalle9.504.271,633100
Chimay Tripel (White)Bières de Chimay S.A.8.004.071,57495
Tripel KarmelietBrouwerij Bosteels8.404.221,23194
St. Bernardus TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV8.004.231,21496
Trippel Belgian Style AleNew Belgium Brewing7.803.8396792
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Brewing Company9.004.1590593
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Brewing Company11.004.283399
Merry MonksWeyerbacher Brewing Co.9.303.875790
Maredsous 10 - TripleBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV10.003.8767781
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleBrouwerij Corsendonk7.503.9347392
Long Strange TripelBoulevard Brewing Co.9.204.13449100
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.8.003.8744890
Gouden Carolus TripelBrouwerij Het Anker9.004.12427-
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers10.004.1342094
Augustijn AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.8.003.8939494
Trappist Achel 8° BlondBrouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse8.004.0339186
Bornem TripleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.9.003.6138778
Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Brewery, Inc.9.003.83364-
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleAnderson Valley Brewing Company10.003.43357-
Affligem TripelBrouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem9.503.9334190
Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.503.67336-
Trade Winds TripelThe Bruery8.103.95332-
Kerberos TripelFlying Dog Brewery8.503.46303-
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudts Brewing Co.9.003.6830175
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)10.003.95284-
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Brewing Company9.003.8227399
St. Feuillien TripleBrasserie St. Feuillien8.504268-
Watou TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV7.504.02256-
Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Brewing Co.9.703.71256-
Exit 4Flying Fish Brewing Company9.503.8255-
River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Brewing Co.10.003.7125171
Petrus Gouden TripelDe Brabandere7.503.7245-
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Russian River Brewing Company11.004.2239-
Val-Dieu TripleBrasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu9.004.1237100
De Ranke GuldenbergBrouwerij De Ranke8.504.0422593
Urthel Hibernus QuentumDe Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)9.004.04214100
Xtra Gold TripelCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.10.004.07211-
Eau BeniteUnibroue7.703.9721097
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Microbrewery8.503.9720493
Golden DeliciousCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.12.003.95198-
Abbey TripleSprecher Brewing Company8.413.519585
Fluffy White RabbitsPretty Things Beer & Ale Project8.504.04185-
Tripel PerfectionBrewery Ommegang8.904.1177-
Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Brewing Company10.503.817484
La Rullés Triple (Bière De Gaume)Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL8.404.0415693
Gouyasse TripleBrasserie Des Légendes9.003.85154-
Kasteel TripelBrouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.11.003.78148-
Devil's BackboneReal Ale Brewing Company8.103.83147-
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