About Trappist or Abbey Tripel

About Trappist or Abbey Tripel
Trappist or abbey style tripels are pale gold to deep gold in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are characterized by high carbonation and a balance of yeast-driven flavors and alcohol. Yeast-driven flavors may range from lemon to orange to black pepper to clove, with better examples of the style including all these flavors. Paler malts are used when brewing these beers and contribute little to the overall flavor and aroma. Hop bitterness is low-to-moderate and contributes subtle floral and spicy flavors and aromas to the overall complexity. Popularized by Westmalle in 1934, this style quickly spread in popularity, with many Trappist and secular examples now commercially available. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Westmalle Tripel, La Trappe Tripel, Chimay White, St. Feuillen Tripel, Unibroue La Fin du Monde and Tripel Karmeliet.

Top Picks for Trappist or Abbey Tripel

Unibroue La Fin du Monde Belgian-Style Triple Ale
94 points
Bright hazy gold color. Aromas of banana creme, clove, lemon balm, pickled apple, and chutney on toasted crumpet with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a very complex, medium-long spiced rice pudding, valencia orange, salted flatbread, and hints of gouda finish. Champagne-like carbonation, complex spicy flavors, and a lengthy finish that lasts until the next sip; an excellent, vibrant example.
Pagosa Brewing Company Alpine Abbey Tripel Ale
86 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized apples, soft cheese, bananas flambé, ripe fig, and toasted marshmallow with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish. A richly fruity Tripel with funky overtones.
Revival Brewing Co. Wafel Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
85 points
Deep amber color. Boozy, fruity aromas of roasted and caramelized stone fruit, caramel syrup, and spicy cinnamon with a syrupy, soft, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long spiced orange pie finish. A high-octane Belgian beer, delivers the sweet and the spice!