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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Trappist Ale Belgian Tripel

BJCP 26C

BJCP 2015 26C Belgian Tripel example
26C - Belgian Tripel

 

Overall Impression

A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

Comments

High in alcohol but does not taste strongly of alcohol. The best examples are sneaky, not obvious. High carbonation and attenuation helps to bring out the many flavors and to increase the perception of a dry finish. Most Trappist versions have at least 30 IBUs and are very dry. Traditionally bottle-conditioned (or refermented in the bottle).

Commercial Examples

Affligem Tripel, Chimay Cinq Cents, La Rulles Tripel, La Trappe Tripel, St. Bernardus Tripel, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, Val-Dieu Triple, Watou Tripel, Westmalle Tripel

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VITAL

  • OG:  1075 - 1085
  • FG:  1008 - 1014
  • ABV: 7.5 - 9.5
  • IBU: 20 - 40
  • SRM: 4.5 - 7
BJCP 2015 26C - Belgian Tripel Commercial Example
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