Belgian Tripel

Recipes:
6,090
BJCP 2021:
26C
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇧🇪 Belgium
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Pale
Strength:
High
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

Belgian Tripel is a revered style known for its complex, spicy, and sometimes fruity characteristics. Its origins are traced back to the monastic brewing traditions of Belgium, where monks crafted strong pale ales that showcased the exceptional quality of their artisanship. The term "tripel" likely refers to the strength or amount of ingredients used in the brewing process, resulting in a higher alcohol beer compared to its lighter counterparts like singles or doubles.

In appearance, the Belgian Tripel boasts a golden hue, varying from pale to deep gold, and is typically quite clear with some slight haze being acceptable. It has a good effervescence that contributes to its rich head retention. When poured into an appropriate glass, it can present a dense, creamy head which stays throughout the drinking experience.

The flavor profile is multi-layered; it exhibits a mild malt sweetness with hints of honey or sugar and may be accompanied by a subtle grainy backdrop. One might encounter similar spicy and fruity notes as detected in its flavor – often related to banana and citrus fruits – and perhaps even subtle impressions of alcohol itself blending with a touch of noble hops. The hop bitterness is generally medium and blends well with the overall taste maintaining balance while potentially offering mild herbal or floral undertones. Esters and phenols generated during fermentation impart fruitiness along with peppery and sometimes clove-like spiciness, combining harmoniously without overpowering each other – a key characteristic distinguishing it from other Belgian styles like Belgian Dubbels or Belgian Quads which might exhibit richer malt complexity or darker fruit notes. Despite an initial sweetness, the finish tends to be on the dry side due to its high alcohol content and fermentation profile. A well-crafted Tripel will feature an alcohol warmth without coming across as harsh or aggressive.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
7.5 – 9.5 %

In Database
7.0 < 8.5 < 10.1 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 40 IBU

In Database
14 < 28 < 45 IBU

Color

Specification
9 – 14 EBC
5 – 7 SRM

In Database
8 < 11 < 15 EBC
4 < 5 < 8 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
18.1 – 20.3 °P
1.075 – 1.085 OG

In Database
15.8 < 19.2 < 22.9 °P
1.065 < 1.080 < 1.097 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.3 < 3.8 < 6.3 °P
1.005 < 1.015 < 1.025 FG

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