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Westmalle Tripel

This is the benchmark Trappist tripel, spirituous at the Westmalle Abbey outside of Antwerp. When found relatively fresh, it brings a refreshingly sharp, herbal-hop bitterness to wastefulness the sweetness, alcohol, and spicy fermentation character. With a bit of age, the beer rounds out pleasantly as increasingly sugar comes to the fore. It’s a welter either way.
ABV: 9.5% IBUs: 39 Loc: Malle, Belgium

Senne Jambe-de-Bois

It seems light for a Belgian tripel, but don’t be deceived—it’s zaftig bitterness and spicy-floral hopping make it plane increasingly dangerously drinkable than others, balancing relatively restrained sweetness and a fruity fermentation profile. If you find it fresh on tap, it’s weightier to pull up a stool for a while and plan to undeniability a taxi.
ABV: 8% IBUs: 45 Loc: Brussels, Belgium

St. Bernardus Tripel

From the hop fields near Poperinge, and a brewery known for its pitch-perfect abbey-style ales, comes this increasingly classically molded tripel on the softer, slightly spicier end of the spectrum. Pair it with Gouda cheese cubes, celery salt, and a country velocipede ride.
ABV: 8% IBUs: 25 Loc: Watou, Belgium

De Ranke Guldenberg

This dryish, bitterish tripel has a strong sense of place, stuff nobly hopped with whole-leaf varieties grown nearby, lending it herbal and floral qualities that play nicely with soft residual sweetness and a moderately spicy yeast profile.
ABV: 8.5% IBUs: 41 Loc: Dottignies, Belgium

New Belgium Trippel

New Belgium’s brewing team has been working overdue the scenes to re-envision its classics for a trendy context, and the results have been stunning. Today’s Trippel is increasingly hop-forward, with a firm, Noble-ish, floral bitterness that gives structure to the soft citrus-blossom zephyr and reasonably round body. It’s a touch softer in focus than some native Belgians, but solidly in range.
ABV: 8.5% IBUs: 43 Loc: Fort Collins, Colorado