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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 MondeUnibroue9.004.329,029100
Golden MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.74,92577
Westmalle Trappist TripelBrouwerij Westmalle9.504.33,998100
Chimay Tripel (White)Bières de Chimay S.A.8.004.133,96095
Tripel KarmelietBrouwerij Bosteels8.404.283,52294
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Brewing Company11.004.283,26599
St. Bernardus TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV8.004.252,77296
Trippel Belgian Style AleNew Belgium Brewing7.803.812,64092
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Brewing Company9.004.142,41893
Merry Monks' AleWeyerbacher Brewing Co.9.303.862,01990
Long Strange TripelBoulevard Brewing Co.9.204.161,429100
Maredsous 10 - TripleBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV10.003.911,42681
Trade Winds TripelThe Bruery8.103.92987-
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)10.003.9923-
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleBrouwerij Corsendonk7.503.9883092
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.8.003.9482890
Gouden Carolus TripelBrouwerij Het Anker9.004.12800-
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers10.004.1475194
Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.503.66741-
Affligem TripelBrouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem9.503.9765890
Trappist Achel 8° BlondBrouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse8.004.0664286
Devil's BackboneReal Ale Brewing Company8.103.85638-
Exit 4Flying Fish Brewing Company9.503.81632-
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleAnderson Valley Brewing Company10.003.48630-
Fluffy White RabbitsPretty Things Beer & Ale Project8.504.03586-
OrabelleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.303.8657986
Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Brewing Co.9.703.74576-
Bornem TripleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.9.003.6457078
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Russian River Brewing Company11.004.27555-
River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Brewing Co.10.003.6954971
Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Brewery, Inc.9.003.81533-
Golden DeliciousCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.12.003.91530-
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Brewing Company9.003.952099
St. Feuillien TripleBrasserie St. Feuillien8.503.96507-
Augustijn AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.8.003.8648994
Watou TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV7.504.06487-
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Microbrewery8.504.0748693
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudts Brewing Co.9.003.6947075
The Tide And Its TakersAnchorage Brewing Company9.004.15452-
Eau BeniteUnibroue7.704.0244497
Tröegs LaGraveTröegs Brewing Company8.003.91431-
Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Brewing Company8.503.74428-
He Said (Tripel)21st Amendment Brewery8.203.7942290
Val-Dieu TripleBrasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu9.004.14400100
Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan9.003.9639389
Kasteel TripelBrouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.11.003.8377-
Abbey TripleSprecher Brewing Company8.413.59376-
Tripel PerfectionBrewery Ommegang8.904.13372-
Petrus Gouden TripelDe Brabandere7.503.7368-
Xtra Gold TripelCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.10.004.04363-
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