Pours hazy gold with a nice thick white head. Dried apricots, bananas and coriander on the nose with banana, honey and clove notes on the palate. A classic.
The Trappist abbey in Westmalle was founded 6 June 1794, but the community was not elevated to the rank of Trappist abbey until 22 April 1836. Martinus Dom, the first abbot, decided the abbey would brew its own beer, and the first beer was brewed on 1 August 1836 and first imbibed on 10 December 1836, it was described as light in alcohol and rather sweet. By 1856, the monks had added a second beer: the first strong brown beer. This brown beer is today considered the first Dubbel they brewed, the current Dubbel is derived from a recipe first brewed in 1926. Further commercialisation and sales to traders commenced in 1921. In 1933 a complete new brewery was built and in 1934, the brewery brewed a strong pale ale of 9.5% abv giving it the name Tripel - the first modern use of the name.