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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 MondeUnibroue9.004.327749100
Golden MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.68405877
Westmalle Trappist TripelBrouwerij Westmalle9.504.33472100
Chimay Tripel (White)Bières de Chimay S.A.8.004.13344295
Tripel KarmelietBrouwerij Bosteels8.404.27297895
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Brewing Company11.004.272682100
St. Bernardus TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV8.004.25241597
Trippel Belgian Style AleNew Belgium Brewing7.803.8230492
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Brewing Company9.004.15196792
Merry Monks' AleWeyerbacher Brewing Co.9.303.85168390
Maredsous 10 - TripleBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV10.003.91125181
Long Strange TripelBoulevard Brewing Co.9.204.141159100
Trade Winds TripelThe Bruery8.103.92870-
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)10.003.9770-
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleBrouwerij Corsendonk7.503.9875892
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.8.003.9472290
Gouden Carolus TripelBrouwerij Het Anker9.004.12676-
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers10.004.1566294
Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.503.65648-
Trappist Achel 8° BlondBrouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse8.004.0658286
Affligem TripelBrouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem9.503.9757490
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleAnderson Valley Brewing Company10.003.46570-
Exit 4Flying Fish Brewing Company9.503.82557-
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Russian River Brewing Company11.004.27534-
Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Brewing Co.9.703.73532-
Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Brewery, Inc.9.003.81524-
Bornem TripleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.9.003.6351378
Fluffy White RabbitsPretty Things Beer & Ale Project8.504.05509-
Devil's BackboneReal Ale Brewing Company8.103.84481-
Augustijn AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.8.003.8747894
St. Feuillien TripleBrasserie St. Feuillien8.503.97457-
River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Brewing Co.10.003.6845371
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Brewing Company9.003.87447100
OrabelleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.303.87446-
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudts Brewing Co.9.003.6944275
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa TripelNew Belgium Brewing9.003.7143589
Golden DeliciousCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.12.003.91435-
Eau BeniteUnibroue7.704.0241797
Watou TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV7.504.06411-
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Microbrewery8.504.0639693
Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Brewing Company8.503.76373-
The Tide And Its TakersAnchorage Brewing Company9.004.15373-
Val-Dieu TripleBrasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu9.004.14358100
Abbey TripleSprecher Brewing Company8.413.57337-
The OgdenGoose Island Beer Co.9.003.85337-
Petrus Gouden TripelDe Brabandere7.503.7335-
White MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.85334-
Xtra Gold TripelCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.10.004.06325-
De Ranke GuldenbergBrouwerij De Ranke8.504.0432594
Lips Of Faith - PluotNew Belgium Brewing10.003.23324-
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