Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale - Southampton Publick House
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4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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
4.85/5 rDev +26.3%
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
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
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
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
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
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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
Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale from Southampton Publick House
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.