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Stealth Tripel - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | 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:
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(Beer added by: aaronh on 09-01-2002)
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Photo of CliffBrake
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light orange color with a fine creamy head that dies down and leave a bit of lacing.

Spicy nose with coriander, citrus and toast. Similar flavors with an overall chalky character. A bit heavy - not at all bright or sparkly like some tripels.

Full bodied with very light carbonation. Overall, this tripel seems to be bogged down in its size a bit. Tasty enough and a good foil for the soft pretzel with spicy mustard.

CliffBrake, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a small film of white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of candied sugar, fruity belgian yeast, citric fruit, light spice and some green apples. There is quite a bit of alcohol burn on the nose once it warms up.

T - Starts off with a ton of sugary sweetness slowly giving way to hints of citric fruit, green apples, belgian yeast and some dulled spice. Quite a bit of alcohol comes through as it warms up. Finish is pretty sweet, lingering for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, soft feel with quite a bit of residual sweetness clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

O - I have had this one quite a few times before and it was much better than this score would indicate. I will have to revisit this one in the future and give it another chance.

orangesol, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jordanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.3%

jordanmiller, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -4.3%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BeerCon5, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into a tulip glass.

A body of brass yellow slight orb glowing but a fourteen carat gold appearance. Rising cola large bubble carbonation. Head is white and tight but only grows so large. No lacing at all.

Nose is mild small candi sense, and malt. A standard tripel but also not particularly boozy either. Looking for a little more action here but this is alright.

Taste brings small apple sweetness, a mix of honey and sugar, gentle palate feeling. Texture brings some light malt and hint of little alcohol.

Overall pretty basic for a tripel but still a solid beer and enjoyable.

smakawhat, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I rarely leave the Selinsgrove Brewpub without finishing on a glass of the excellent Trippel

Served in a tulip style glass, a slightly hazy yellow, with a thin head, which maintains through most of the tasting. Carbonation is thin, seeming to rise up from only the center of the glass.

The aroma gets the mouth watering, yeasty, sugary, a whiff of the booze. Taste does not disappoint. Very well balanced. Have to respect the 8.5abv, but it's hard not to take this one on, so tasty. (The used to only allow 2 of these per customer, but now 3)

Overall, an excellent Trippel, and my favorite SBP offering. The missus even bought me a growler to take on home. Life is good.

MikeWard, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slight pure white colored creamy head... A vibrant bright yellow color... An undeniable haze permeates... Limited carbonation throughout...

S - Lemon scented Luden's cough drops... Pinneapple... Mango... Some faint notes of honey... Candied sugars... A faint whiff of Belgian yeast...

T - An interesting array of flavors... Lemon zest... A bit of pineapple... Some candied sugars... Muted banana... A muted spiciness... Some wheat like notes...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Dense and a bit sturdy... Surprisingly syrupy... A bit on the thick side of the equation... Light carbonation...

D - A bit thicker and sweeter than I expect for the style... Formidable none the less... The 9% ABV is fairly well hidden...
Rather satisfying...

philbe311, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First visit to Selin's Grove and really liked the place. The Triple was poured into a goblet and had a nice light orange/dark gold appearance with a frothy off white head two fingerwidths high. Smell has some typically banana, clove, spicy esters, along with a little bit more alcohol than I expected. Taste is what I expect in a triple, little bit more sugar and warm booziness than in some other triples I enjoy. All in all a strong representation of the style.

smokeypeat, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Chaney, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 7/8/10 at the brewpub.

Served in a 14oz stemmed tulip-like glass. This brew appears a hazed golden color stuck somewhere between orange and a light amber shade. The head is nonexistent but when swirled, it creates a light white ring around the inside of the glass. The carbonation rises throughout the body providing support for the thin ring around the top.

The sweet aroma of this brew includes all the typical belgian phenols. Slightly clovey and spicey with lots of candy sweetness throughout.

The flavor of this brew follows in line with what the nose led on. This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated that is prickly on the tongue. There is a long lingering flavor left in the mouth typical of belgian yeast, candy sugar, cloves, slight banana and other spices. Pleasant incorporation of alcohol heat throughout. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

stakem, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FTB and JennieB for bringing a growler of this beer to our tailgate. Nothin' like the smell of tripel in the morning.

A: The tripel has a a darker golden hue, dark and full enough to be opaque. A finger of head was generally unremarkable.

S: The nose is sweet, laiden with this candi sugars and Belgian yeast. Pale malts peak through, as does a pretty heavy load of alcohol.

T: The body follows the nose with plenty of sweet candi sugars and yeast-driven fruit. Pale malts struggle to keep up. Behind the initial flavors, the alcohol lies in wait, pouncing with a vengeance in every sip. The alcohol is strong, almost a dominant partner in the tripel.

M: The tripel starts well before getting too hot. The flavors aren't quite fusel but they come close.

D: Only 8.5%? This one feels like a 10%+ behemoth. The tripel needs to be approached lightly or else it will beat you up.

akorsak, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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

thain709, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a cloudy straw colored yellow. It was served to me with a one inch frothy white cap.

s: Big aromas of candied sugar and some mild peppery spices. There is a little estery banana here as well.

t: Very sweet candied sugar dominate this one. There is a little peppery clove and some banana as well. The perfumed heat came on pretty strong.

m: Beautiful velvety body and lush carbonation.

d: Not bad, but too sweet for me.

DIM, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

mikereaser, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Deuane, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Kegatron, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

ffejherb, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great tripel. Cloudy orange with a whisp of head. Lacey. Aroma of fruit and yeast.Medium mouthfeel. The taste-did they cut these fruits in? Unfiltered taste, apricot and then peach. A bit on the sweeter side.Aged? Yet the fruit could be a smoothie cut up an hour ago, masterful brewing by the couple. A must try, and as good as a monk in Belgium.

Sammy, May 06, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes: On-Tap @ The Brewpub. I've recently really been thinking about all the Tripels being produced these days and I could not really think of one better than this. Definately in the top 3 tripels if you ask me. Dark viscous golden with a nice cap of bright white foam that lasts and leaves excellent Belgian lacing, of course. Aromas are all candy sugar, Belgian yeast notes, funky spices (coriander et al), and of course that wonderful fruitiness. All of these things carry through in the taste and the alcohol content is really un-noticed as far as I can see. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick, quite viscous and coating for a tripel actually, but it works very well. Drinkability is off the hook and exceptional considering the style and the abv level. A classy, classic triple. Stealth indeed in the fact that it isn't on tap often enough on the pub. I think it was a year round at one point, but not anymore...is that the story? Either way, if you see it, drink it...

francisweizen, Jul 22, 2005
Stealth Tripel from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.