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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 MondeUnibroue9.004.328,370100
Golden MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.694,47877
Westmalle Trappist TripelBrouwerij Westmalle9.504.33,736100
Chimay Tripel (White)Bières de Chimay S.A.8.004.133,68995
Tripel KarmelietBrouwerij Bosteels8.404.283,20795
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Brewing Company11.004.272,907100
St. Bernardus TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV8.004.252,54697
Trippel Belgian Style AleNew Belgium Brewing7.803.82,46292
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Brewing Company9.004.142,16392
Merry Monks' AleWeyerbacher Brewing Co.9.303.851,83090
Maredsous 10 - TripleBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV10.003.91,33981
Long Strange TripelBoulevard Brewing Co.9.204.151,253100
Trade Winds TripelThe Bruery8.103.92949-
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)10.003.91830-
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleBrouwerij Corsendonk7.503.9880192
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.8.003.9477290
Gouden Carolus TripelBrouwerij Het Anker9.004.12731-
Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.503.65704-
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers10.004.1568894
Affligem TripelBrouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem9.503.9761790
Trappist Achel 8° BlondBrouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse8.004.0661786
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleAnderson Valley Brewing Company10.003.47597-
Exit 4Flying Fish Brewing Company9.503.82587-
Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Brewing Co.9.703.74549-
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Russian River Brewing Company11.004.27545-
Devil's BackboneReal Ale Brewing Company8.103.86539-
Fluffy White RabbitsPretty Things Beer & Ale Project8.504.04538-
Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Brewery, Inc.9.003.81528-
Bornem TripleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.9.003.6352578
The OgdenGoose Island Beer Co.9.003.85518-
River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Brewing Co.10.003.6749771
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Brewing Company9.003.89488100
Augustijn AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.8.003.8748394
St. Feuillien TripleBrasserie St. Feuillien8.503.97480-
OrabelleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.303.87476-
Golden DeliciousCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.12.003.91460-
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudts Brewing Co.9.003.6945875
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa TripelNew Belgium Brewing9.003.7145589
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Microbrewery8.504.0643693
Eau BeniteUnibroue7.704.0243097
Watou TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV7.504.06423-
Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Brewing Company8.503.75408-
White MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.84399-
Val-Dieu TripleBrasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu9.004.14375100
Abbey TripleSprecher Brewing Company8.413.59356-
Lips Of Faith - PluotNew Belgium Brewing10.003.25351-
Kasteel TripelBrouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.11.003.8350-
Petrus Gouden TripelDe Brabandere7.503.7350-
He Said (Tripel)21st Amendment Brewery8.203.7734790
Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan9.003.9434389
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