Abbey Triple - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.41% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Reviews by blackie:
Photo of blackie
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour produces a low white head that recedes to just a ring around the glass. The beer is a rich golden color with just a few floaters in suspension.

smell: Smells alright. Initial aromas of sweet, lighter fruits such as grape and pear and a hint of honey. Also some grainy notes. Not much in the way of hops, though some spiciness is there.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: Pretty bland for a triple. Up front is a grainy sweetness that gives hints of light fruit and honey as on the nose. Some noble hops give a spiciness to the taste and a gentle bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: Easy to drink, just not that great of a triple. The alcohol is well hidden.

Received a bottle courtesy of Zorro in BCG BIF

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet and powdered sugary. Pretty flat, especially for a triple. The yeasts are germany, not a hint of Belgium in this beer. Dark golden in color. Slight lace, nice white head that disappears immediately. Not a triple in my view. Drinkable, creamy and smooth. Not crisp in the slightest. Mouthfeel is powdery. Tastes like pancake batter.

Skip this one and stick with Sprecher's Black Bavarian.

Photo of blackearth
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Sprecher gift shop in Glendale, WI. Pours an orangish golden body with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is fruity esters of apricot and apple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a spicy carbonation. Good fruity flavors, slight sourness. Good drinkability.

Photo of grynder33
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on the Sprecher tour. Had a hoppy fruity aroma a sweet and zingy honey taste which lingered thick on the tongue. There was an odd aftertaste I couldn't identify, perhaps some hops I had yet to experience. I'm not sure I totaly liked that, but if th bottled brew tastes like this, I'll try it again.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle without any freshness/bottleing info, although some little numbers are etched onto the neck, but I can make no sense if it. Pours cloudy, medium apricot/amber, a forceful pour lifted a nice 2 finger med. tan head, that showed respectable retention and left plenty of long lasting blotchy lacing. Nose is fruity and floral, with a noticable hint of alcohol. Notes of light pepper, tropical fruits, honey, some yeasty, bubblegummyness. Easy drinking, very pleasant, very tasty Belgian style creation ( a tripel?, not sure here) . Well worth gettting a few bottles of this nectar.I'm very suprised by the low review numbers for this one. More highly worthy Belg. style brew from a U.S. brewer.

Photo of deebo
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack at a local liquor store for about $10 a few weeks back. Review from the 1st bottle from the pack.

A-Weak foam that is gone before I took the first sip. Appearance is slightly hazy with burnt orange/amber color. Moderate amount of small CO2 bubbles.

S-Bubblegum Belgian yeast is 1st aroma that hit me, with a light spicy hop aroma and some sweet malt character. Very typical of the style.

T-Tastes like other Belgian triples I've had. Smooth with spicy hop end note. Banana esters and sweet yeast stick out. Well done.

M-Nice full mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation sting. Impressed that this high ABV hides any evidence of the alcohol-a nice characteristic.

D-Is about average for the style.

O-A very nice triple. Smooth and well balanced blend of yeast, malt and hops. I really like the body of this beer. Nice to get a good triple at this price. Comparable to most good triples I've had and would drink this one again.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely champagne gold with a moderate, but solid white head. Nice amounts of lacing and a little geyser of carbonation right in the center.

Smells strongly of honey and a little bannana.

The taste isn't bad. I was a bit worried judging by past reviews. Quite a bit of sweetnes up front followed with a distinctive cherry undercurrent. Little bits of toasted malt, apple, and medicinal burn intertwine. Finishes slightly dry. Perhaps a little closer to a strong pale than a tripel.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not horrible. Good carbonation.

Drinkable but not more than one at a time. I think Sprecher has tuned it up since the last couple batches because this is pretty decent.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded golden amber heu with a bright white head, fine speckled lacing coats the glass. Aroma has banana clover and all sorts of Belgian or German inspired tones. Flavor has a very thick sweet banana, and clove explosion going on. Syrup and alcohol notes hit the palate this is not an Abbey triple this is underfermented Wisoconsin triple. Anyways it tastes like a dessert beer, nothing wrong with that just don't call it an Abbey Triple. Carbonation was fine just the body was filled with residual sugars alcohol clearly evident just not the beer I'm lookin for. Drinkability overall was okay not a beer I'd reach for within the style but there's something about Sprecher brews that I do enjoy even though they're not up to style.

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours hazy orange-amber with a small head that soon reduces to a few islands and a thin ring.

Aroma: fairly good mix of bready malts, toast, Belgian yeast, and soft fruits.

Flavor: fruity and bready, with light spicing from the yeast.

Feel: slightly astringent; a bit hot with the higher ABV too apparent.

O: decent, but with a harsh feel.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a golden yellow clear body with a smooth white foamy head and lots of tiny particles floating like a snow globe in the body.

S- The smell of light honey has a note of corn and a faint spicy noble hop finish. It smells more like a lager with some slightly sugary notes.

T- The taste of light pale malt has a slight sweet corn note with a dry crisp noble hop finish.

M- This beer is medium light with a dry finish and no alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This beer doesn't have any fruity notes and more lager notes that tripel qualities.

Photo of Stargazer182ia
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this tripel at a friend's house recently and was pleasantly surprised although the 8.5% ABV got the best of me in the end. This beer has a slight citrusy note at the beginning and finishes with just a little bitterness.

I didn't get a whole lot of malty flavor, just a little bit with a nice roasted note in the middle. I keep a 4 pack of growlers around all the time now, love it.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My dog growing up's name was Abbey. This DOES NOT taste like dogs. This is clearly beer. It was okay beer. Like other Sprecher ones, it is kind of a pseudo-european style. Perhaps it is okay if I had nothing else. But they seem to not be on the forefront or cutting edge of craft brewing.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In my mind, this is a very light triple.
Poured bright golden yellow....lots of carbonation with bubbly head that disapeared quickly leaving almost no lacing at all, but still numerious large bubbles rising in the glass.
Aroma is a bright floral, vanilla, and bubblegum.
Taste is also bright with vanilla, bubblegum, floral, and raisins.
Mouthfeel tingles the tongue with carbonation but feels very thin otherwise with an alcohol burn in the back.
Aftertaste of floral and bubblegum and yeast or hops bitterness noticed at all.
Sort of glad I only have one of these.

Photo of cokes
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A revisit.
I'll stand by much of what I said previously (see below). Though this current batch was absent of any bologna scents. I do however remember them clearly, so I stand by what I wrote.
Still very flat off the pour. Much more of a caramel malt base than I had remembered. Very clove-dominated nose with the Grains of Paradise accents that I associate with Ommegang. Primarily Weizen in nature. As a tripel, this is way off base.
But as I focused on the caramelized malts, they seemed to lean more and more in a Munich direction (though I am pretty sure no actual Munich malts are used.) And I began to like it...a little.

A Weizen Helles Bock! There it is! No, not really Belgian in any shape or form. Much more German seeming.

My advice is to ignore the style listed on the label. And consider it something totally different. Otherwise you are going to hate it.

Scores have been nudged upward.
Original 2001-2002 notes:
Disappointed that I missed out on the 1st batch of this. I did not make the same mistake with batch #2.
Unfortunately the anticipation was more intriguing than the beer.
I was greeted with some nice floral, fruit aroma (banana, clove). Then I got a whiff of something decidedly odd. Pondering for a moment, I managed to place this smell: Bologna cold cuts (in all seriousness). It was a fleeting olfactory sensation, but it did raise some doubts.
The beer poured a dark gold color with minimal head and zero retention. A very flat tasting beer. Dead on arrivial. Unforgivable for the style.
The flavors present were not awful. Clove and bananas manifested themselves, fortunately, the bologna did not.
I have a hard time classifying this as a tripel. In many ways, it seems like a blonde ale with a hefewiezen infusion and a dash of belgian yeast dumped in.
This does not come recommended. There are many better beers from both the style and the brewery (see: Black Bavarian)

*original score (as a tripel): 2.5

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with lots of white head, that leaves a spider trail of lace. Sweet yeasty aroma.White pepper, clove, corriander spicey. Average mouthfeel,sweet supported by significant carmel, smooth drinking.Active carbonation. Not very sophisticated, not a bad one.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided to age a few local, American takes on Belgian tripels and dubbels, see how they held up. This was first, followed by New Glarus' Triple and Goose Island's Pere Jacques. Aged a little less than a year from the date of purchase.

Poors a rusty orange, completely transparent and devoid of yeast, with absolutely no head. Nose is sweet caramel malts, and musty fruit cocktail. Taste is rife with overripe fruits, cloyingly sweet candi sugar and caramel malt. 8.41% is non-existent. Moutfeel is thick and syrupy, lacking in the dry, spicy finish I come to expect in a good tripel. I was really disappointed by this one. I got down to the last few sips and really didn't care to finish it. Stick to the Germans, Sprecher.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher's Abbey Triple pours a cloudy deep-amber-orange body beneath a full head of frothy white foam. Unfortunately, the head falls all too quickly and leaves far too little lace behind.

The nose is yeasty and fruity with notes of apricots and apples, a light touch of honey, and a mild floral edge. There's also a bit of breadiness, some sweetness, and a touch of acidity. I know it's weird, but the occassional whiff kind of reminds me of pizza coming out of the oven - just an observation, you probably won't find that. But in addition there is some alcohol and a bit of mild acetone that doesn't appear all of the time, but is a touch unpleasant when it does.

The mouthfeel is initially bristling, but as the beer warms and CO2 is released it softens and becomes a touch smoother. Medium bordering on medium-full in body.

The flavor offers a bland sugary base that's just slightly honeyish, and then tops that with the yeasty fruitiness of apples, dull pear, and soft apricot. Some subtle caramelish malt bobs along underneath and there's some yeasty chalkiness as well, but really, there's not much going on. In fact, this doesn't particularly appear Belgian, or at the very least, tripel-like... perhaps it's more like a strong single. The alcohol also comes into play, and although it's not "hot", it can be intrusive towards the end of the serving.

If I had my druthers I'd opt for anything else from Sprecher. They haven't let me down until now, and perhaps I've just come across a bad batch. I should be back in Wisconsin within a few weeks and I'll try to seek out another sample. Additionally, I'll let it settle in the fridge for a week or so longer to sediment the yeast.

Photo of dirtylou
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz single, Riley's perhaps, sticker on the cap says $1.79

appearance: pours a slightly cloudy pale golden orange, bubbly throughout, a sizeable foamy white head forms with fair lacing around the rim

smell: overly sweet, heavily fruity - banana comes out on top followed by heavy citrus aromas, yeasty and bready, slightly sour

taste: lots of candy sweetness...entirely too much actually. bananas dominate the tongue, clove, sour citrus, sugary, sweet malt. not very well balanced and not particularly good

mouthfeel: too sour, light carbonation, tongue turning

drinkability: ehh, i'll finish it out of respect for sprecher, but not a very good tripel

Photo of SeasonalBrew
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A bright gold color, with a very thin head that disappears quickly. Lots of carbonation bubles flowing through this one.

S: Belgian yeast is there, but there is also a strong booze scent.. not too off-putting

T: Follows the nose. Sweetness followed by a clove-like taste. Finished with a slightly boozy warmth. Not enjoying it as much half way through as I did to start.

M: Medium-bodied and very carbonated.

D: It was overall just alright for me.. Not something I will really come back to.

Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Similar to a real Belgian. A faint orangey yellow pour, the color looks like the skin of a peach. It's not cloudy, but not clear either, but lacks the carbonated look I see in a lot of Belgians. The head is a finger thick but doesn't retain well.

The smell could certain fool you that it's not from across the pond. It's got a nice mixture of fresh fruits and candied sugar, with splashes of grape, pear and pepper.

A bit fruity for style, though still mostly pleasant. Lots of pear and maybe a bit much white pepper. I can't tell if I'm getting too much pepper or a hit of alcohol near the end of the sip, but the high fruit content does it's best in a losing effort to balance.

Sweet and fruity up front, but spicy and acidic at the end. A bit tangy in the swallow leaves you slightly puckered. Slight heat in the finish. There is a little carbonation here and there. The alcohol is present the whole time, but never too over the top.

This was part of this month's beer of the month club so I'm glad I've got a couple more bottles after this one because this was pretty good. The Belgians won't lose any sleep over this, but it's pretty good for an American rendition.

Photo of Bobby12many
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright hazy yellow gold. a decent smattering of head at first, but settles off into a thin veil of refined lace.

S - Fruity, Im getting bananas and tart pears in here with a hint of alcohol in the back end.

T - Bready and slightly tart. Lots of banana mixed with hop bitterness lingers. Has a Hefeweiss type quality

M - full bodied and creamy. again reminds me of their hefeweiss.

D - Easy drinking for the style and relatively enjoyable beer. It just isnt what I expected from a 9% Tripel.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: A murky orange with a white head.

Smell: Floral hops, fruit and yeast.

Taste: Fruit, floral hops, yeast and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good carbomation, smooth but with a nasty alcohol burn.

Overall: I was expecting more from this brew. Wasn't impress with the moutfeel. All the fruit and floral hops with the alcohol burn just didn't cut it. Cheers.

Photo of Jon
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color that's quite beautiful in the glass. The only question I have is, where's the head? For an abbey triple, it's almost nonexistent. Smell is of clove and banana, as would be expected. Taste is similar, with notes of fruit, spices, a touch of alcohol and yeast all making their presence known. Mouthfeel is quite drab for the style. Carbonation, like the head, just isn't there. Fairly easily drinkable, this beer isn't all bad, but it's certainly not up to par in its particular category.

Photo of lawlerj
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A. Pours a slightly hazy orangey gold with a slightly less than two finger width white head. Moderate carbonation.

S. Apples and pears, some caramely/surgary aromas. Not getting too much else.

T. The fruity notes from the aroma are present up front. As it slides back, a bit more of the yeast comes through. It's almsost - but not quite - got a bit of funk to it.

M - medium bodied. Not too heavy or syrupy.

O - Overall, this was ok. Not sure I would go back to it, but it was a nice offering.

Photo of bditty187
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, aside from the slew of tiny bubbles dancing in the liquid, I’m impressed at the continuous rapid movement. The bubbles *seem* to be working their way to the head, which was off-white in color and about two fingers in height. The beer itself was a lovely tawny-bronze in hue, kind of coppery too. Head retention was fantastic; it was very slow to subside. I like active looking beers. Subsequent lacing was none but the head lasted forever thus keeping the attractive look. The nose is too clean for a Tripel. None of the aromas are loud. I get many suggestions from the bouquet like marshmallows, bubblegum, toasted grain, traces of spice and flowers (from hops?), and even some cereal. Is this really a Tripel? Without context the nose is okay, I wouldn’t call it inviting. But for the style the nose is really lacking. Where are the Belgium qualities? Pathetic. The palate is fairly bland; it lacks the desired complexity, as it is far too clean. The taste is not Belgian; the palate offers cereal with grains and then some unpleasant sweetness that tries to mix with some fruity qualities like melon. For a fleeting moment the beverage becomes tasty and then the beer turns average again as some trace spiciness enters along with some flowers. I also get random flavors like bubblegum and marshmallows. There is nothing awful about this beer but really, is this a Tripel? It is insipid with flavors that are not in harmony. Medium-light in body with tight but active carbonation, the mouthfeel is decent but thin, empty. Clean aftertaste. Sure, this is drinkable but it is pointless to quaff. I mean, why bother? This is one of the most boring Tripels I’ve had. I purchased a bottle in Milwaukee, WI. I’ll skip it in the future.

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Abbey Triple from Sprecher Brewing Company
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