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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 MondeUnibroue9.004.329,045100
Golden MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.74,94177
Westmalle Trappist TripelBrouwerij Westmalle9.504.34,006100
Chimay Tripel (White)Bières de Chimay S.A.8.004.133,96795
Tripel KarmelietBrouwerij Bosteels8.404.283,53594
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Brewing Company11.004.283,27299
St. Bernardus TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV8.004.252,77696
Trippel Belgian Style AleNew Belgium Brewing7.803.812,64592
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Brewing Company9.004.142,42493
Merry MonksWeyerbacher Brewing Co.9.303.862,02390
Maredsous 10 - TripleBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV10.003.911,43281
Long Strange TripelBoulevard Brewing Co.9.204.161,431100
Trade Winds TripelThe Bruery8.103.92989-
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)10.003.9925-
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.8.003.9483190
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleBrouwerij Corsendonk7.503.9883092
Gouden Carolus TripelBrouwerij Het Anker9.004.12803-
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers10.004.1475494
Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.503.66746-
Affligem TripelBrouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem9.503.9765890
Devil's BackboneReal Ale Brewing Company8.103.85645-
Trappist Achel 8° BlondBrouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse8.004.0664286
Exit 4Flying Fish Brewing Company9.503.81634-
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleAnderson Valley Brewing Company10.003.48630-
Fluffy White RabbitsPretty Things Beer & Ale Project8.504.03589-
OrabelleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.303.8658286
Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Brewing Co.9.703.74576-
Bornem TripleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.9.003.6457178
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Russian River Brewing Company11.004.27555-
River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Brewing Co.10.003.6955271
Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Brewery, Inc.9.003.81533-
Golden DeliciousCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.12.003.91531-
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Brewing Company9.003.9152499
St. Feuillien TripleBrasserie St. Feuillien8.503.96507-
Watou TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV7.504.06490-
Augustijn AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.8.003.8648994
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Microbrewery8.504.0748693
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudts Brewing Co.9.003.6947175
The Tide And Its TakersAnchorage Brewing Company9.004.15454-
Eau BeniteUnibroue7.704.0244497
Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Brewing Company8.503.74433-
Tröegs LaGraveTröegs Brewing Company8.003.91432-
He Said (Tripel)21st Amendment Brewery8.203.7942390
Val-Dieu TripleBrasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu9.004.14402100
Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan9.003.9639689
Kasteel TripelBrouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.11.003.8378-
Tripel PerfectionBrewery Ommegang8.904.12377-
Abbey TripleSprecher Brewing Company8.413.59376-
Petrus Gouden TripelDe Brabandere7.503.7368-
Xtra Gold TripelCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.10.004.04363-
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