La Trappe Tripel (500ml Bottle)
La Trappe Tripel is one of the classic Dutch tripels. A full-bodied taste with crisp hops and a layered malt profile. Not as heavy & strong as some other tripels, this is very drinkable and quaffing.
Pours a deep copper colour with a cranberry hue and a creamy head, dissipating slowly. The bouquet offers yeast and a strong, yet clean, herbal aroma, slightly grassy and resembling wet leaves in autumn. The taste consists of subtle malts & yeast, with strong fruit overtones (apple and pear), and a note of caramel, with no bitterness. A world-class beer.
Like other abbey ales, Tripels are strong, yeasty-malty beers. But they are also pale, and have a notable hop profile. Hop bitterness may be higher than a typical abbey ale, up to 35IBUs. But the finish is where the hops really shine, as tripels should finish fairly dry. Otherwise, maltiness is still essential to the style, and the assertive yeast note typical of all abbey ales will be more apparent in tripels, since they do not have the rich dark malts to distract the palate. Alcohol flavours feature more prominently in Tripels that in just about any other style.