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Stealth Tripel - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 65
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: aaronh on 09-01-2002

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 65
Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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...

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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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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  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...

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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

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Photo of mikereaser
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful brew. Enticing golden color with a wonderful head that dissipates and leaves a very nice lace. The aromas are extremely complex, with some clove, banana and yeast aromas dominating. The flavor is astounding with a strong banana overtone. The mouthfeel is better than many in my opinion, because while the alcohol is noticable, it doesn't have the astringent qualities that normally accompanies a raw tripel. This was a fairly recently brewed keg. I would love to try an aged version and visit the brewpub. I wish this were available in bottles because it is by far my favorite beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jakester
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

Comes a cloudy peach/apricot color, with a one finger head of white foam that quickly falls to islands and a ring. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of pineapples, bubblegum, that funky/earthy Belgium yeast smell we all love, and alcohol.

Flavor is of pineapples, mangoes, sweet syrupy malts and unfermented sugars. Big time heat from alcohol. I'm only having one of these! There is, surprisingly, plenty of hop bitterness to balance all this, and indeed herbal/grassy hop flavor as well. There is so much going on here, it's tough to describe it all.

Mouthfeel is hot/sweet, kind of like habenero pepper jelly, medium carbonation, and a tongue searing heat from alcohol.

For the style, I guess you'd have to say it's a highly drinkable, delicious tripel. But don't be driving, or even walking too far, because you will be in trouble!

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Photo of rdrummer
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another hit from the folks at Selin's Grove or should it be in Selinsgrove. The Tripel unfortunately is a seasonal brew so you can be disappointed on a number of visits. It is a beautiful, hazy golden color with a huge white head. The smell is hoppy and fruity at the same time. There is citrusy aroma under the hoppiness. The taste is a really well balanced Tripel with a great taste of malt, quickly replaced by hops, and then finally rounded off with a sweetness and an alcohol kick. It is a little thin in the mouth and with the high alcohol content, two is my limit.

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Photo of smokeypeat
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of pbjclimber
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a golden straw color with two-three fingers of white head that left a nice lace. The aroma of this beer has a strong fruit characteristic with bananas being able to be discern, it also smelled of yeast and had a strong smell of hops. The alcohol content of this beer is cleverly hidden in the sweet malt taste mixed with fruit and ending with the taste of hops. This beer is very well balanced and is one of my favorites.

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Stealth Tripel from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.