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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 MondeUnibroue9.004.328,407100
Golden MonkeyVictory Brewing Company9.503.694,49976
Westmalle Trappist TripelBrouwerij Westmalle9.504.33,751100
Chimay Tripel (White)Bières de Chimay S.A.8.004.133,71094
Tripel KarmelietBrouwerij Bosteels8.404.283,22893
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Brewing Company11.004.272,92998
St. Bernardus TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV8.004.252,55895
Trippel Belgian Style AleNew Belgium Brewing7.803.82,47290
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Brewing Company9.004.142,17791
Merry Monks' AleWeyerbacher Brewing Co.9.303.851,83988
Maredsous 10 - TripleBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV10.003.91,34580
Long Strange TripelBoulevard Brewing Co.9.204.151,26398
Trade Winds TripelThe Bruery8.103.92950-
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)10.003.91835-
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale AleBrouwerij Corsendonk7.503.9880290
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.8.003.9477588
Gouden Carolus TripelBrouwerij Het Anker9.004.12735-
Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Brewing Company9.503.65704-
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers10.004.1569292
Affligem TripelBrouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem9.503.9762188
Trappist Achel 8° BlondBrouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse8.004.0661885
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleAnderson Valley Brewing Company10.003.47597-
Exit 4Flying Fish Brewing Company9.503.82589-
Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Brewing Co.9.703.74550-
Devil's BackboneReal Ale Brewing Company8.103.86546-
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Russian River Brewing Company11.004.27546-
Fluffy White RabbitsPretty Things Beer & Ale Project8.504.04544-
Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Brewery, Inc.9.003.81528-
Bornem TripleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.9.003.6352776
The OgdenGoose Island Beer Co.9.003.85525-
River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Brewing Co.10.003.6849870
New Holland Black Tulip Trippel AleNew Holland Brewing Company9.003.8948998
Augustijn AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.8.003.8748393
St. Feuillien TripleBrasserie St. Feuillien8.503.97480-
OrabelleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.303.87477-
Golden DeliciousCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.12.003.91467-
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudts Brewing Co.9.003.6945874
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Microbrewery8.504.0643991
Eau BeniteUnibroue7.704.0243096
Watou TripelBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV7.504.06423-
Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Brewing Company8.503.75411-
The Tide And Its TakersAnchorage Brewing Company9.004.16386-
Val-Dieu TripleBrasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu9.004.14375100
Abbey TripleSprecher Brewing Company8.413.59357-
He Said (Tripel)21st Amendment Brewery8.203.7735788
Petrus Gouden TripelDe Brabandere7.503.7352-
Kasteel TripelBrouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.11.003.8351-
Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan9.003.9434788
Tröegs LaGraveTröegs Brewing Company8.003.89345-
Xtra Gold TripelCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.10.004.05339-
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