Beer style defined: Trappist

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Trappist – These are beers that are brewed by monks in monasteries. They are typically a heavier version of a brown ale. There are currently 3 types of trappist beers commercially available:

Dubbel – Brown ale with ABV levels ranging from 6%-8%. Heavy body, with a very slight bitterness.

Trippel – Brown ale with ABV levels ranging from 8%-10%. They are dark, almost stout like in color. A subtle sweetness is noticeable due to the sugars from the yeast.

Quadruple (Quad) – The heaviest of the trappist beers, with ABV levels normally above 10%. These are very complex and very heavy in character. These are even a bit sweeter than the trippel, with notes of fig, raisin, or even port.

Recommendations:
Good (Dubbel) – Weyerbacher Merry Monks, New Belgium Abbey
Better (Tripel) – Trappistes Rochefort 10, Brooklyn Brewery Quadraceratops
Best (Quad) – Westvleteren 12

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