Your Favorite Tripels

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  1. Bobheed

    Bobheed Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Texas

    1. Chimay White
    2. Damntaion 23
    3. La Fin Du Monde
    4. Westmalle
    5. Curieux
  2. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,027) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    Tough list to make but I'll narrow it down to;
    Golden Monkey
    Delerium Tremens
    St. Bernardus
    Merry Monks
  3. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,790) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    If I had a favorite style, it would be Tripels. My favorite is Chimay White, but the best one I've ever had is La Fin du Monde.
  4. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,540) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    it's about 5-7 dollars in my neck of the woods.. welcome to America..
  5. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,473) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Echoing what others have alluded to, pretty much any import from Belgium is going to have a pretty hefty markup here in the States. Even crap beer like Stella Artois.
  6. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (626) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Karmeliet is probably my favourite. Though I quite like Westmalle, too.
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  7. Beer-A-Lot

    Beer-A-Lot Defender (675) Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

    1. Tripel Karmeliet
    2. Westmalle
    3. St. Bernardus
    4. La Fin Du Monde
    5. Val Dieu
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  8. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (626) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Sorry to hear that. Abt is my everyday drinking beer.

    My wife said to me today, looking at the receipt as we left the off licence: "27 euros for 12 beers - that's expensive."

    "No, that's for 16."

    She still thinks it's expensive.
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  9. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,274) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    send me some...
  10. GeezLynn

    GeezLynn Champion (856) May 10, 2009 Colorado

    Curieux for me when I can get it. Otherwise, Westmalle is tough to beat.
  11. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Champion (864) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    This. Totally this! However if the Val Dieu is from a Salmanazar it immediately jumps to number 3:wink:!
  12. lvldweller

    lvldweller Initiate (167) Apr 3, 2013 New Jersey
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    1. La Trappe
    2. St. Bernardus
    3. Chimay
    4. Westmalle
    5. La Fin Du Monde

    Weyerbacher merry monks is best value for $$ as far as best of the 'cheaper' triples in stores in my area
  13. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (447) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    The Tide and Its Takers. One of the best out there. Anchorage is putting out some amazing, solid stuff right now.
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  14. Utley12

    Utley12 Aspirant (257) Jun 10, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Would say for a true Belgian- probably Westmalle. In the American style category, I'm always blown away by Gash Curieux. For the inexpensive, local option, it's tough to beat Golden Monkey.
  15. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,455) Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    Long Strange
    La Fin Du Monde

    Haven't tried a ton yet, but those three all blew me away.
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  16. BeerImmediately

    BeerImmediately Meyvn (1,067) Feb 2, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Love me some Tripels ... shocked and saddened that the top rated one on this site is #97, behind something called "Raspberry Tart". But I digress... Top 5 of my personal fave style:
    1) La Fin
    2) Tripel Van de Garre (outside of Belgium, only avail at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne PA , I believe)
    3) Westmalle
    4) Maredsous 10
    5) Curieux
    p.s. this is also a great gateway style for those that claim to be wine-only folk
  17. yoitsarch

    yoitsarch Disciple (301) Nov 13, 2012 California
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    Boulevard Long Strange Tripel.
  18. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (956) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    I actually really enjoyed long strange trip.

    I'm also partial to Marin old dipsea tripel if u can believe it, my favorite beer from them actually
  19. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Couldn't even if I tried. Tap only and they are no longer filling growlers of it.
  20. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    La Fin du Monde and Tripel Karmeliet are my two favorites. I would never buy a 750ml of Tripel Karm though. Those green bottles are always so funky. Luckily they use brown glass for the four packs.

    Also, Three Floyds had a Tripel/IPA hybrid a couple years ago called Al Dabeyoun that was incredible.
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  21. nopucophop

    nopucophop Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2009 New York
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    You and I are the only 2 to mention what I believe to one of the best if not the best one out there.
  22. gory4d

    gory4d Defender (669) Apr 14, 2007 New York
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    All their beers are great. Nothing flashy, just very well crafted.
  23. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    I concur !!!
  24. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (9,595) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Tripels are my top style. I have reviewed around 65 different ones. That being said my favorites seem to be the same stuff as mentioned in this thread. No hard to find tripel has ever topped the widely regarded ones. But quite a few were definitely awesome.

    La Fin du monde
    De ranke guldenberg
    St bernardus tripel
  25. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,094) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Westmalle Tripel
    Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits
    Allagash Curieux
    Trappist Achel 8°
    Chimay White

    I have more to try, however. Hopefully I'll discover another great and this list will change.
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  26. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Not a big fan of the style, a lot of breweries just seem to half-ass, bland and unbalanced brews just to have a triple in Belgium. The below beers are an exception.

    Struise T.H.R.E.E
    Dule Teve
    De Dochter van de Koreanaar Finesse barrel Aged
    Pleine Lune Super Nova Triple
    Den Ijzeren

    Unibroue La Fin du Monde is a great beer but tastes nothing like a triple to me nor like a Belgian in any way.
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  27. Snowdog

    Snowdog Initiate (15) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio
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    De Dolle Dulle Teve
    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
    Maredsous 10
    Victory Golden Monkey
  28. Snowdog

    Snowdog Initiate (15) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio
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    I never heard of most of these and being a big fan of tripels I looked them up:
    Struise T.H.R.E.E - only 4 people on BA have had it, one review.
    Pleine Lune Super Nova Triple- 2 people on BA have had it.
    Den Ijzeren- Not even listed on BA, gets a 67 on RB.

    Must be pretty rare brews.
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  29. FPWolff

    FPWolff Initiate (0) May 11, 2013 Kansas

    Going with the crowd on this one. Westmalle, Bernardus, Fin du Monde, etc...

    Side note: I think Long Strange Tripel from Blvd is prob one of the most underrated tripels on the market. It sometimes misses out on these discussions. Definitely give it a try, it'll blow you away.
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  30. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    T.H.R.E.E showed up draft in quite a few festivals in Europe and a couple of bars, now they have released bottles of it. A good number of specialized stores in Belgium have it now. I assume that some will be send to USA now & it should be possible to trade for a bottle. Lack of reviews probably has a lot to do with the almost exclusive American user base or BA.

    Den Ijzeren Arm is quite specific, four grains with fenugreek & mustard so it bound to be an acquired taste hence the score. It is mainly sold in Bruges & some stores with a big selection of Belgian brews carry it. So it is very much a local beer but a lot of bars in Bruges do have it.

    Pleine Lune Super Nova Triple this one is indeed rarer.
  31. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,274) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    So many tripels... so little time...
  32. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Defender (621) Jul 22, 2011 Ohio

    Heck yea, Het Anker's Gouden Carolus Tripel is out of this world!
  33. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,274) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    It's still my benchmark even after close to trying several... but everybody likes different things.
  34. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Defender (621) Jul 22, 2011 Ohio

    1. Het Anker -Gouden Carolus Tripel -97
    2. St. Bernardus - Tripel -96
    3. Westmalle - Tripel -95
    4. St. Benedictus - Achel 8* blond -93
    5. Unibroue - La fin du Monde -93
    6. Chimay - Cinq Cents(white) -92
    7. St. Bernardus - Watou Tripel -91

    These are the tripel's I drink regularly. There will be an 8th to the list and I'm sure it'll be in the top 3 with the St. Benedictus-Achel Extra Blond. But when it comes to tripel's I don't drift out of Belgium breweries except for the Unibroue. For me these 8 are the best of the best in the style
  35. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,274) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    I am usually a bigger fan of the ones from Belgium at times, but some North American ones have really surprised me.

    Achel Extra Blonde and Damnation Batch 23 have been on my radar for so long it's not even fair :slight_frown:
  36. spoony

    spoony Poo-Bah (1,933) Aug 1, 2012 Colorado
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    I have this same issue with Karmeliet. The 330 ml bottles are much more consistent than the 750 ml bottles, and I can easily get the 750 ml, whereas the four-packs are tough to find...lame.

    Anyway, to answer the OP's question: I like Deceit (Funkwerks), Fin du Monde, Karmeliet, St. Bernardus, and a recent surprise that I enjoyed quite a bit was Jambe de Bois.
  37. iCabaLLero

    iCabaLLero Aspirant (226) Mar 26, 2013 Georgia

    Witches brew anyone?
  38. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,274) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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  39. DemoniChris

    DemoniChris Disciple (313) Jun 4, 2013 Nebraska

    1) La Fin Du Monde
    2) Long Strange
    3) Empyrean Black Tripel
    4) St. Bernardus

    Still have to try most of the glorious Belgian ones.
  40. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    I get the feeling that as a whole, Boulevard is a bit underrated as a brewery. Long Strange Tripel, Tank 7, 80 acre...these guys know what they're doing. Each of those brews is somewhat unique AND relatively inexpensive. I love brewers like this!
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