A Belgian Tripel is a light and strong pale ale. Made in Belgium (hence the name), the term “tripel” stems from the brewing process in which three times the amount of malt than the typical beer. They are generally light in color, tend to mildly bitter, and are known for a high ABV. As the tripel is a product of relatively new brewing technology, the Belgian Tripel has become a beloved beer in Europe and North America. Below, I have listed the 5 best Belgian Tripel beers for your enjoyment!
St. Bernardus Tripel
Located in West Flanders, Belgium, St. Bernardus Brewery is descended from two Trappist monasteries. The first gave them their name, the second gave them their beer. The two monasteries have been partnered under the St. Bernardus name since 1992. Their authentic Belgian tripel is brewed in the traditional style. It has an amber color and is 8% ABV. Its aroma is sweet and its taste possesses hints of citrus, making this a classic and authentic Belgian tripel beer.
Located in Maine, Allagash Brewing Company has been making Belgian-inspired beers since 1995. Since their humble beginnings, they have grown into one of the United States most prominent Belgian-inspired breweries. Their tripel is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles, and is 9% ABV. Its color is golden and its aroma has herbal notes and hints of passionfruit. Within the palate lies honey and biscuit, giving an American touch to a Belgian recipe.
Straffe Hendrik Tripel
In Bruges lives Straffe Hendrik Brewery. In 1981, an artwork of Saint Arnold, the patron saint of brewers was erected in the city. The beer made to accompany it was such a hit that the brewery was formed and is now a staple of Bruges. Their tripel, now the last of its kind brewed in Bruges, is a strong part of their legacy. With a taste that is wonderfully bitter, with hints of caramel and citrus, this golden beer has a long shelf life and a long legacy.
Adelbert’s Triple B
Adelbert’s Brewery in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2011 as a tribute to its founder’s brother, Adelbert (“Del”). In order to keep Del’s legacy alive, Adelbert’s Brewery has a strong dedication to making some of the finest microbrews in Texas. Their tripel has heavy clove and pear aromas, and is a blend of spicy and fruity tastes.
La Trappe Tripel
La Trappe Trappist brewery is another authentic Belgian monastery/brewery. Established in 1884, 3 years after the founding of the monastery, the brewery is one filled with rich and fascinating history. Their tripel is 8% ABV and has a blonde color. It has a fruity and candy-sweet taste and aroma.