review of Belgian Tripel Style

Libbey Belgian Beer GlassBelgian Tripel

A strong, pale ale originating with Trappist Monks, today Tripels have many immitators. The Belgian yeasts and slightly higher fermentation temperatures give Tripels a spicy quality with fruit notes and the high alcohol levels also contribute to the flavor profile. The malt is clean. Hop bitterness is medium low to medium. Brewers often add Belgian candi sugar to improve "digestibility." This reduces the body, gives the beer a light, a moderately dry to dry finish and makes for a very drinkable beer especially considering its alcohol content.

Belgian Tripels range in color from pale to light amber. Bitterness ranges from 20 to 40 International Bittering Units and alcohol by volume ranges from 7.1 to10.1%. Body is medium


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Food Pairing

Cuisine: Cajun, Thai, Indian and Chinese

Entrée: Crab cakes, pheasant, roasted turkey, chicken, shellfish, rich butter sauces, anything with basil, pesto, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, kale, Thanksgiving dinner

Cheese: Cheddar, Dry Jack, nutty sheep's milk, Ossau_Iraty, Zamorano, Arend, extra aged Gouda.

Dessert: Non-chocolate desserts, baklava, citrus based desserts, tropical fruit.

Other: Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, glazed carrots

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In Belgium each beer brand has its own glass. In lieu of a glass from the brewery, drink from a Belgian Beer Glass or a Tulip.

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Boom Island Brewing Company Brimstone Tripel

Brouwerij Westmalle Westmalle Trappist Tripel*

Clutch Brewing Company Three on the Tree

Great Divide Brewing Company Orabelle Belgian Style Ale

Moa Brewing Company Moa St Josephs

New Belgium Brewing Abbey Trippel

Pipeworks Brewing Company 27 Lives

St. Bernardus Tripel*

Under Pressure Brewing Company Beered Dragon Trippel Belgian IPA

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Venn Brewing Company #11 Belgian Tripel


*Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines Commercial Example


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