Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale - Southampton Publick House
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4.85/5 rDev +26.6%
Let me start off this review by thanking each and every BA, and the fine community that we have here thanks to the wonderful Alstrom Brothers!
This is yet another miraculous beer from Phil and the Southampton Publick House!
This brew is a dark golden, peachy/yellow colour with a huge fluffy head of white foam, that leaves beautiful Belgian lacing. In fact the lacing is so beautiful and so Belgian, that it may make other Belgian beers cry at their lack of lacing!
The aromas are powerful, magnificant, and all over the board. I smell several different fruits, coriander, other light spices, boozy alcohol, saaz hops, belgian malts and belgian yeast, as well as belgian candy sugar, and other treats!
The taste is perfect. A lovely blend of fruits, light spices, alcohol, and more! A classic Belgian tripel.
The mouthfeel is super creamy and awesome and the drinkability is simply out of this world for a tripel!
12-29-2003 07:01:00 | More by francisweizen
4.7/5 rDev +22.7%
Southampton triple 07 vintage
Poured from bottle into my Southampton oversized snifter, pours a bright golden yellow with a small quickly vanishing white head
Smells like a fruit basket apples and almost mangos come to mind with some earthy oat tones absolutely amazing
Tastes very well balanced, great belgian yeast and malt taste on the first sip with a sweet fruity almost sour after taste
Mouthfeel is great carbonation has held up pretty well very light drinking
Drinkability is pretty high for a triple, cannot find the 8%abv anywhere
Very glad I picked up a few of these at the southampton IRS release party. The 4 years turned this from a okay beer to an amazing piece of brewing.
02-01-2011 05:12:15 | More by joefuzz
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
Presentation: 750ml just like the BA avatar. Relaxed presentation, the simple plain looking yellow backed main label states that this is Southampton Trappist Style Triple Ale. No freshness date, who cares, but listed as O.G.= 20.0°P, 9.0% abv. Corked and caged, the cage actually disintegrated and broke, the thumbed cork nevertheless was easy enough to extract.
Appearance: Well my trusted Duvel Glass rises to the challenge yet again. Funky golden Saison body, partially hazed with a clean yet cloudy peach-golden streamer laden body. Awesome levels of dissolved carbonation, gently swirled it reveals a milky golden body of pure conditioning that supports a pure white head, which in turns leaves a thinly veiled lacing which quickly dissolves. Super fine bubbled conditioning. Looks fin cool.
Nose: Soaked honey dew lemon fruits and sugar coated frosted candies. Bitter orange seeded tangerine flesh eating bugs pierce the nasal cavity and dissolve my nose hairs whilst feasting on my inner bodily skin. My Testicles real in the presence of the biting sharp yeasty aromas that pluck at the fruity strings of the background floral Hops.
Taste: Wow, smashed apricots, bitter peaches, exotic banana slices, biscuit malts, sucrose, Candi sugar, fruity middling tones and some yeasty breaded beeswax honey tones. Incredible mix and profile of flavors. Superb. Bitter yet honey laden finish
Mouthfeel: Very smooth carbonated body. Finely attenuated and dissolved blanket conditioning flash the tongue with a velvet sour tinge and a dry fruity sweet marmalade ending.
Drinkability: I really need to get back to Southampton Publick House and get 12 750ml bottles of anything they produce and ship them Westward. Quaffable in a dangerous way.
Overall: Triples in the US so often miss the point, they completely avoid the heritage of the strong fruity and bitter Belgian Golden Ales that formed them and head into a jumbled bitter pale ale mess. But what I love about Southampton is that they avoid this Faux Pas and grasp the heritage head on, for they have produced a classic Fruity Triple IMVHO. How Classic??? Imagine British Cinema and Ealing Comedy without Alastair Sim thats how classic!!!
Its my Dads 60th Birthday today, and sadly I cant be back in England to share it with him, so Im raising this 750ml as a toast to the old man, I get my fucked up sense of humor exclusively from him, but we both know a great brew when we get to taste one - so this brew is well worthy of the situation!
Cheers to Jetsbeer for this Birthday Classic.
12-22-2004 08:17:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5 rDev +16.7%
2003 corked and caged 750ml bottle
Wonderfully clear, effervescent pale gold with a thin white head that retains beautifully and leaves lots of sticky lace. Impressive nose of white grapes, banana, cloves, vanilla, cotton candy, musty yeast, black pepper, and faint alcohol. Impressive balance in the aroma between the sweet fruit and spiciness, with a sturdy yeast backbone holding it all up.
The flavor expands upon that balance with a huge burst of fruit, with some tropical fruit hints thrown in for good measure, balanced by an assertive black pepper and clove phenolic spiciness. All of this is underpinned by a strong, musty yeast foundation and slightly herbal Styrian hop bitterness. Finishes with a hop flavor flourish and candi sugar sweetness, along with a smooth, cleansing shot of alcohol.
On the palate, it begins sharp and crisp, then turns soft and fluffy on the finish. The yeast dregs in the last quarter of the bottle only serve to enhance its creaminess.
A superb, domestic take on a Belgian-style tripel, this was my first (and incredibly anticipated) beer from Southampton Publick House. While a bit lighter in body than the indigenous ones, it should have no problem hanging with the classic, more well known examples of the style with some cellar time behind it.
05-22-2004 17:05:56 | More by MJR
4.47/5 rDev +16.7%
A hazy oreange golden colored brew topped in a thick coating of white foam that seems to sit on top forever before dying slowly and leaving the glass coated in lace. The aroma is a delite to the nose with nice hoppy notes as well as a sweet backround. I picked up a crisp aroma of champagne in there as well.
Tingly carbonation and a very delicate sweet taste start you out. The hops come in and balance very well. The body is a heavy medium; I would not say full. It has a great complexity. It is pretty hoppy at times, and at others, it is dominated by sweetness. Some fruit flavors come in to play as well as tiny hints of alcohol spice. This is a wonderful brew, and once you have a sip, you are ready to order your next bottle.
11-30-2003 18:50:25 | More by ElGuapo
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
pours a deep brown-yellow, like most tripels should.
Smell is nothing impressive, but my sense of smells sucks and I'm not sniffing my beers, I am drinking them.
Pleasant taste and mouthfeel. I try a LOT of tripels, this is nothing extraordinairy, but nothing to be overlooked either. Ranks high on my list of tripels.
If you are a fan of belgian ales and/or tripels, add this to your list to try. It won't be the best, but it will be very good.
12-18-2011 00:48:27 | More by Vylo
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Sampled at the CT Belgian Beer Fest back in 11/03. Served from a 750ml bottle with a classy, understated label more likely to be affixed to a bottle of wine than beer.
The beer pours a hazy burnished gold, topped with a hugely thick white head. The head thins to a film, which remains through the entire sample. Some blobby, broken lace. An attractive, hearty looking beer.
The aroma is very impressive, with excellent malt. Fairly sweet, blending seamlessly with a rich candi sugar and a touch of melted caramel. Loads of estery pear and date, with a touch of fig and green raisin. The alcohol is well hidden, with just a light waft breezing through the esters. An overall sweetness, but not cloyingly so, with a touch of spicy yeast.
The flavor starts out with an almost creamy smooth pale malt. Fizzy, mouthfilling carbonation lends a light pep to the overall feel. Slight caramel and candi sugar creep in immediately, ushering in complex, estery fruitiness. Loads of pear, date and fig, with some phenolic clove spiciness and a hint of banana. The spiciness picks up in the finish, with a slightly peppery flavor, washing out with some light alcohol in the finish. Full to medium bodied.
I'm amazed this is brewed in the US. One of the most authentic belgian beers I've ever tasted, on par with the best from belgium, although I'm not an expert. Very soft, despite the fizziness. Easy drinking even with the sweetness, of which I'm generally not a fan. I'm definitely a fan.
02-02-2004 08:02:37 | More by UnionMade
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
This was great find on the shelves at Shoreline Beverage, which has a dedicated Southampton space, at $11.99 per 750ml. I picked it up and took it home with the Talapia and the fresh pasta.
The cork was tough to pry off, but once it popped like Veuve Cliquot, the head rushed to the top of the bottle to greet me. That was pretty sight in foam as any thing I have eagerly anticipated in beer, except for a St. Bernadus Triple I found on draft.
The Triple poured to small head in my pint glass and I took the first sniff of the great flavors coming forth from my glass. The taste immediately following was a majestic quality, similar to that of the St. Bernadus Triple I first had a few weeks ago. I should have noted all the orange, brown sugar, hops, and creamy malt coming at me at once, but it was so smooth...I was loving every minute of it.
While I don't think it went well with the jerk-seasoned fish, the Triple was entirely its own master. I should have bought a case of it.
11-06-2006 02:04:42 | More by bonbright7
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
Appearance: Golden-yellow color, crystal clear, big, vigorous head that is very retentive and leaves a nice lace. Smell: Hops, an bit of maltiness and an unusual tart note. Flavor: Malty, but nicely dry as well, very good balance. Also a subtle, unmistakeable spiciness. At first, the unusual tartness I noted in the aroma does not appear to be in the flavor, but as the beer warms up it becomes apparent. Mouthfeel is creamy, rich and smooth. Drinkability is very high, helped by the dry balance. Unlike many American tripels, this one is very well balanced and not overly-sweet. An excellent beer.
11-08-2003 02:50:34 | More by saltydog
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured 22 oz. bottle into oversized wine glass.
A: Pours a hazy gold color with a quickly disipating head that leaves only a slight bit of lacing.
S: Nice aroma of mostly sweet pale malt, tropical fruits, and some bubble gum.
T: Very tasty, fruity and sweet and some slight earthy undertones. Very slight alcohol bite as the beer warms, but it's a very welcome amount.
M: Medium-full bodied with ample carbonation.
D: Very tasty and drinkable beer. I was very pleased with this one and would definitely get it again for sure.
03-08-2010 00:09:35 | More by nelnutter
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
Appearance 750 ml bottle, it was a gift from one of my former college roommates, thanks Kim. The clear golden liquid has only a few bubbles rising through it in my wine glass. By the last pour the yeast invades the glass making it cloudy with sediment, oh well. The stark white head quickly falls to just a ring around he glass.
Smell Apples and honey with a hint of alcohol and wine. There is some spice as well, could be coriander or the yeast, perfectly to style.
Taste Restrained Belgian yeast spice with loads of fruitiness and a hint of alcohol. Great clean flavor, not musty at all like so many imports are. Relatively dry, but still with enough sweetness to keep the balance. The hops provide a solid bitterness and just a hint of earthiness.
Mouthfeel Medium body for the style with carbonation that should be a bit stronger. I got three little bits of stem or something in my glass no idea what it is, my glass was clean.
Drinkability & Notes Despite the 9% alcohol this beer derives easy drinkability from its dryness and perfect balance of flavors. Southampton does it again, a beer that is every bit as good as its Belgian inspirations, but without the damage that they sustain during transport to our shores.
04-29-2006 18:46:35 | More by OldSock
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
Found some notes from when I tried this one a few weeks ago. A 22 oz. bottle...
A: Thick-looking hazy, apple cider-orange/golden color. A fair amount of suspended tiny yeasty bits, floating amidst bountiful carbonation. Head is short-lived and fizzy white, a 1/4" dropping rapidly to a scattered film. Slipping lace falling slowly.
S: Yeast, sweet honeydew and some orange pulp with a pinch of cinnamon spice. Clover honey and a faint grain alcohol.
T: Soft yeast rolls and fruit (melon and sweet-tart apple, maybe a twist of lemon). Just enough honey-ed sweetness, gives way to a tart/tangy apricot and juicy citrus. Plenty of spice atop it all, somewhat starchy in the finish. A beautiful rendition of a Belgian classic.
M: Very tight, crisp mouthfeel...a refreshing, 'fresh tasting' tripel even with months of cellaring. A rather active carbonation leaves some tingling on the tongue. Not sticky or too thick; it's mellow and has a sneaky alcohol warming.
D: Very likable and almost too easy to drink - certainly comparable to an above-average Belgian-made version of the style. Recommended to those of you where this is available. Southampton has a winner with this one.
02-13-2008 20:34:54 | More by msubulldog25
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
Sampled on tap at the Blind Tiger.
This tripel poured a hazy, golden color with very good white foam that left some lace on the glass. The smell was malty and fruity: musty grapes, grape skins, apples, and pears. The taste was vinous and slightly musty (grape) and fruity but with a good balance of malt, and with a hint of alcohol and spice. The hops were there but subdued. The taste was less sweet than some tripels. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and warming. The body was medium-full with modest carbonation feel. This was a very, very good tripel, and I enjoyed it very much. Very easy to drink (perhaps dangerously so).
11-08-2003 18:25:33 | More by UncleJimbo
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a predominantly pale malt scent that's seemingly light with some malty sweetness. The yeast esters create an earthy, yet somewhat fruity aroma. The taste is great! It has quite a fruity flavor that works well with pale malts. It's smooth with a bit of sweetness in the finish. It's got some earthy character, but it's a mild. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt and yeast character; a damn fine beer.
06-23-2009 12:35:21 | More by WesWes
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
This one pours a relatively unimpressive yellow...ish into my La Rulles glass. Head rises for a minute and then goes right to bed and never to be seen again. This one started putting me to sleep and then honked its horn in my ear. This one is sweet and spicy, crisp and peppery, stands in front of the doorway not letting you through...anywho...
Hits your tongue and effervesces in a gently rolling wave. This one lands slightly spicy sweet, with hints of tangerine peel and freshly cracked black pepper. Very thin on the mouth. Finish is dry and a bit of the alcohol seems driven to warm the back of your throat. Dry and crisp with not very much sweetness at all, very much the way I like it.
This brew is not at all impressive in some of the categories that I would rate some Tripels very highly but the taste and drinkability are impressive. I need some more of this for my vacation.
07-27-2007 00:50:47 | More by gpcollen1
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.
A: Delicious creamy lemon-yellow with delicate 1-2 finger head with good retention and nice lacing.
S: Very fruity with apples, figs, and raisins with a touch of coriander and cinnamon with a dash of yeast and light herbal, grassy hops.
T: A delicious, robust flavor profile that is straightforward but thus true to the style. Fruitiness of apples, pears, and honey-soaked dates meet a soft enhancing spiciness, typical yeast character, and finishes with a crisp herbal hops note. Very easy to drink and thoroughly enjoyable.
M: The robust character is tempered slightly in the feel but still delivers a fairly creamy, coating brew with even carbonation.
Aftertaste is honey-like and fruity.
D: A great find with exceptional value. It was for some reason hidden away from the other Belgian-style ales -- I am very glad I found it. One of the most drinkable in the style with strength and robust character tempered with delicate sweetness in aspects of the presentation. I am going to have to lay out the bucks to try some of Southampton's other Belgian's given the quality of this offering.
04-03-2009 02:20:18 | More by argock
4.25/5 rDev +11%
A: Poured clear golden into a snifter glass with not much in the way of a head. Medium carbonation.
S: Sweet, sugary, orangey yeasty smell with other types of mixed ester aromas.
T: The taste is sweet with hints of orange citrus and other spices. It's very similar to the smell.
M: Medium body taste with a crisp flavor.
D; Relatively easy to drink for a tripel; the alcoholic content is not very noticeable.
03-20-2010 03:54:47 | More by metter98
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
received in a beer trade....hard to tell if this beer was aged or not, cannot find a label indicating its age....
poured into a snifter glass...beer has nice pillowy white head of uneven bubbles....beer is slightly cloudy & murky....nice aroma of straw and hay and yeast....
taste is sublime....earthy tangy and spicey without being overbearing....
mouthfeel is excellent...fine carbonation it really pops out at you iand has a lot of zing on the tongue i like this feel a lot
overall i think this is a great beer i would definitely try it again
06-30-2011 14:41:25 | More by renegadeburger
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
This was one of the beers available in bottles at the Hop Devil/Belgian room. for the STHMPTN night awhile back and this review is from my notes. Large Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, 2006 dated bottle. Pours light yellowy amber, with moderate carbonation and lifting a light and lively near white head. Head disolves to a film and leaves fine and intricate lacing with each sip. Nose here is of Belgian yeasties, and some crisp spicing. Warming and pheolic brew, notes of peppery spice, honey, and alcohol with a snappy hoppy, dry finish. NIce Southampton take on the classic Belgian style. Just short of the usual Home run from this brewer, but still a worthy creation and worth seeking out bottle.
10-09-2006 21:57:39 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
This beer pours a light hazy amber with barely any head and small ammounts of lacing. The nose is very pleasant of bananas and nice malts. The taste is very smooth, some hints of vanilla, there is some banana and a little orange, all backed with a nice malt base. The mouthfeel is nice but the carbonation level is low. Fir 8% this is an extremely drinkable beer.
12-15-2008 23:01:19 | More by Biggness
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a cloudy golden amber with a small white head that disappears quickly. The smell has lemon,wheat,bread yeast,and bannana. The taste is crisp and refreshing with lemon,clove,banana,bread yeast and some wheat. A very nice tasting beer that hides the alcohol well. The m/f is light/medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This is a very good tasting beer that hides the alcohol and delivers a blast of flavor.
08-02-2007 23:00:58 | More by jmz62565
4.1/5 rDev +7%
22oz bomber from Enoteca Italiana poured into a tulip glass. Golden orange color, small head. Spice (clove) upfront in the aroma, as well as sweet fruit and candy. The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, but was still very good. Peppery and fruity. Nice crisp mouthfeel, fun beer to drink.
08-29-2007 21:13:01 | More by lordofthewiens
4.1/5 rDev +7%
This is the 22oz bomber version of Southampton's Triple. I am not sure how different this is from the 750ml version of their triple. On their site they list this new bottle with the old bottles BA score, so perhaps there isn't much of a difference
Poured into a goblet a golden peach juice color with a nice sized head of white foam that leaves nice lacing. (at the end of the bottle a small amount of black specks make an appearance
Aroma is large and inviting. Sweet fruit and candied sugar with clove and other spices (pepper? perhaps inferred from the black specks at the bottom of the bottle)
Taste is what you might expect from a triple. A nice blend of belgian sugar, fruits, and spices backed up by the hint of alcohol warmth.
Although the alcohol is well hidden this is still a nice slow sipper.
If this 22oz version as as vastly inferior (3.78 compared to 4.2) as the reviews lead me to believe I would absolutely love to get my hands on the 750ml version. That being said this is still a high quality triple worth savoring. Stacks up nicely against other American triple attempts.
09-04-2007 05:36:28 | More by shaebs99
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours a classic hazy deep yellow with orange hints and a 1/4 inch white head.
Aroma is heavy floral notes with citrus and white grape also predominant. Light grain and a hint fo vinegar ae present (maybe signifying waiting a bit too long to drink)
Flavor is vey complex. I've got a white wine with a pale malt base with some grain and yeast tossed in.
Mouthfeel is very champagne-like. "tight" effervescence and somewhat salty.
Drinkability is good. Vinous hits make it almost sickly sweet but a high qulaity and high class beer.
06-04-2004 01:33:18 | More by CRJMellor
Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale from Southampton Publick House
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.