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Stealth Tripel - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Stealth Tripel
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aaronh on 09-01-2002)
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Growler shared by beerbill. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of bitter spices and Belgian yeast. Flavor of light spiced fruits (apple, pear), light sweetness with a bitter spicy finish. Very light and spicy, so easy to drink, more subdued than most tripels (a good thing, as it's not super spicy). WOW, I really enjoyed this beer! Nice and spritzy and light on the tongue.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 8-14-10.

A: Similar to their saison in color a cloudy golden sunset pretzel orange is highlighted by a vibrant strong display of effervesce composed of tightly knitted bubbles rising single file at a average rate. The head was creamy, sticking well to the glass leaving a thin film coating of good coverage behind.

S: Spicy nose, with a warm tropical fruitiness. Soft and refined with some hints of warming alcohol. Overall simple yet dry and rewarding.

T: Again as with their saison what the nose lacked, the flavor delivered two-fold. Warm alcohol meets up with a spicy hopping that was sharp and well defined. Dry tropical fruitiness move in along with a good peppery dash on the finish. Warming, crisp and peppery best sums this up flavorwise that is truly elevated beyond most its peers.

M: Another good mouthful, warming alcohol with a tight carbonation factor. A dry finish and a peppery dash ends things with good results.

D: Solid by example, a nice gentle warming touch of alcohol but still comes off very manageable to consume. Worthy of a follow up.

Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bright and beautiful golden body with a slight cloudiness...a thin head develops and settles into a ring...not much lacing

S - Bread and yeast stand out...some fruits...and a slight alcohol aroma

T - Very sweet right off the bat...a big dose of the candied sugar...the taste becomes more complex with major fruit in the middle...a spicy bitterness to finish it off...the alcohol really comes out when the beer gets warm

M - Medium body that has a lot of complexity...you have to let it all mellow on your palate

D - Very drinkable...the alcohol is hidden well...a great balance between sweet and spicy...I will be having more from SGBC

Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, 3/3/12.

Pours a relatively dark orange golden color with a large white head and nice lace. Warming and boozy sugary sweet aroma with potent peppery spice and light hops. Flavor is fruiter and spicier than the nose with the candi sugar taking a back seat. A slight, dry hoppy finish produces a clean, refreshing finish. Medium bodied, soft and creamy, moderate carbonation. An adequate, if forgettable triple.

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tanger for sending a growler of this my way. Served in a random goblet I found at Joe & Dave's place.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a haze and thing ring, with some nice spotty lace. Hazed golden peach color with a bunch of bubbles that stick to the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of banana, only a touch of spice, pale malts, candi sugar, a touch of yeast, and a hint of booze. I actually like that the clove, coriander, grains of paradise character that I find in most tripels is quite understated here.

T- The alcohol is better hidden in the taste. There's a lot of banana and candi sugar once again, but more wheat and grain character too. Maybe a bit more spice, but still not excessive.

M - This is probably the best carbonated Selin's growler I've had. There's some nice soft tingliness, but it suits the brew quite well. Medium body, smooth and creamy, slightly dry.

D - This is quite drinkable considering it's 8.5% and I don't even dig tripels too much. The ABV is a touch too present to make this a perfect session brew, but otherwise it's excellent.

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this insulated growler at the brewpub, enjoyed chilled from the tulip

The color is sunny golden with thick haze and 2+ fingers of bone white head which condenses to a ring of beads with visible carbonation/head revives when swirled leaving spots of lace. The smell has a slight vegetal aroma up front yet sweet malt odor reminiscent of candy sugar with light floral hop accent and decent smell of pils malt with light alcohol ester and tropical element with mild yeast fruitiness and spice. The feel is moderately full with medium carbonation medium sweetness w/ slight spice in the yeast texture with subtle fruity tanginess of belgian yeast with mild alcohol in the feel toward the dry finish.

The taste has a lovely malt taste up front with light toast followed by sweet candy sugar and mild yeast fruitiness with slight tropical almost banana acccent with more alcohol taste in the finish as it warms which is not overpowering just noticeable. Overall I consider this a solid American take on the Belgian style in fact it is one of the more subtle as far as alcohol in taste -a pretty drinkable strong pale with nice Belgian yeast flavor

Photo of bbsaur
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color with a large white head and a good dose of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some pepper, spice, candied sugar, light malt, and some booze. The taste brings forward more of the spice and some light fruits. Nice mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol and spice. Not the best version of the style, but it certainly gets the job done and is a good representation.

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of adamdanger
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of NearTheGrove
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a thick fluffy white head, that stays throughout most of the beer.

The scent is of citrus, yeast, and belgian sugars.

The taste is of very sweet sugars, lemon, yeast, and a noticeable alcohol presence.

Medium bodied, crisp and smooth, moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, very good flavor and very easy to drink.

Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy brilliant golden yellow body with a thin bright white head. Head disappears into whispy ring leaving no lace.

S-Apples and apricots melding with a sugary sweetness and spicy yeast. A bit of floral hop notes come fighting through.

T-Sweet candi sugar with a fruit bowl of apple, apricot and white grapes. A bit of yeast/hop spiciness smacks in on the backside to keep things from getting too sweet.

M-Medium body with a slippery smooth feel. Nice, long lingering spiced fruit esters.

D-Dangerously so! There is a reason why there is a three Stealth limit when drinking this at the pub. A very nice brew with lots of flavour, but not over the top. Hits you right where you need it. another stellar offering from SGB.

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on tap at the brewpub after freezing my nuts off that morning at Troegs Splinter Black day.

A: Poured a cloudy, golden, almost orange color with bubbles shooting up from the bottom and a nice finger wide white head.

S: Candy sugar, Belgian yeast, and tons of Belgian funk. It almost had kind of a "Sweet Tart" type of sizzle.

T: Same as the nose, but even more candy-like. This sugar definitely wasn't of the organic fruit variety, but of the dime store yummy junk food one.

M: The ABV was extremely well hidden and the carbonation was nice, if somewhat muted. Sweet, but definitely not too.

D: If Willy Wonka were to make a Belgian Tripel, this might be what it would taste like.

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB on 2/16/08.

A - Slightly hazy golden body with whispy white head that immediately disappeared and left no lacing. Virtually no carbonation as well.

S - Sweet and spicy Belgian yeast with a fruity aroma featuring some citrus fruits and spicy apple. Slight whiff of alcohol. Mild earthy hoppiness with some floral notes.

T - Aromas come out in the flavor, especially the spicy yeast and some fruity esters. Hops are sweet and floral. Also get a bit of grape sweetness, crisp apple and some white wine.

M - Medium body with slightly syrupy texture. Spicy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Finishes with a spicy fruitiness on the tastebuds.

D - This is a very drinkable Triple with lots of flavor, but not over the top. Alcohol is well-concealed. One of the best Belgian-inspired ales I've had!

Photo of mikereaser
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy golden yellow with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - fruity aromas with a bit of spiciness

T - candied sugar and citrusy sweet with a bit of peppery spiciness

M/D - Definitely one of my favorites of their brews. Its just an enjoyment to drink from start to finish. Medium bodied tripel that drinks way too easy for my own safety.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Company.

A - Pours a cloudy orange/tan with a pillowy, white head that sits comfortably atop the beer for quite some time, before melting into a nice lace.

S - Coriander (among other spices), yeast, and many fruits working together to fill the air. Alcohol comes through towards the end.

T - Sugary fruit and a surprising hoppiness balance out the creamy yeast & spices. Aroma carries through to the taste very nicely...alcohol is there, but you don't really pay attention to it, because the fruits cancel out the effects in the taste.

M - Creamy body with a slightly bittersweet finish...very crisp.

D - Wouldn't want to start my night with one...but the perfect ending. It paired very nicely with a piece of caramel apple pie.

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy golden copper with a 1/2 finger of creamy brite-white head. Retains well, sticking around the edges and leaving some thin wisps floating across the center. Lacing was decent with some slivers hanging around on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nose tingling fume of candied sweetness, earthy hops, spice, yeast, citric fruits, and a waft of heat.

The taste is a smooth mix of some more candied sugars, spicy, earthy hops, and some dry citrus character enclosed in a shell of yeast and funk. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation and poppy feel that softens a bit as it warms. And although this is listed as 8.5% ABV, I've got the feeling that is actually quite a bit more. There is some definite warmth in the body but the overall feel is so smooth, you hardly notice it.

Wow! This is always a joy to see on tap, as it really is up there with some of the top Tripels. As for the drinkibility, there's a reason that they call this stuff Stealth folks. It will creep up on you BIG TIME, if you let it. Great stuff!

Stealth Tripel from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.