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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)

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442 Ratings

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-24-2004)
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Photo of Minkybut


3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer is certainly an Abbey Beer. Complex yeast'fruity sweet like taste like somekind of flowers. A decent attempt at a Abbey beer I thought. High % will knock you for a loop for sure. Will not buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 18:02:51 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from two 12oz bottles, poured into my Rapscallion chalice. Stamp on the bottle looks like "bottled 6/14/2006", though could be "8/14/2006"...

The bottles had some residue in the bottom, which was left as-is until the end of the sampling. Pours a clear, rich, deep amber hue. Quite the lovely color, actually. Has very minimal head, mainly a bit of fine, off-white bubbles congregating around the rim. Leaves little, if any, lacing though. Has a fair amount of slow but steady carbo rising within. Aroma first off suggests some heat, as in alcohol, as well as light fruitiness and, what is it, bubblegum? Yeah, a touch of bubblegum. Body is medium, and it has an acceptable smoothness on the palate. Some prickliness, but nothing that detracts.

I get candy-sugar-like notes in the flavor, along with fruit aspects akin to pear and green apples. The sweetness is not too strong, which is a good thing, and a floral hop character comes into play at the finish, which is somewhat dry. I feel this bier leans a bit towards a Dubbel in some ways, with the presence of the fruit notes and the lack of the spicy, peppery traits I come to expect (and enjoy) in a good Tripel. It's for that reason I gave it a 3.5 for flavor, though a 4.0 for drinkability, as it is still a tasty chalice of bier. I swirled in the yeasties near the end, and while changing the color of the bier, it did little in the way of a major flavor difference. Some "spice" was picked up, but nothing earth-shaking....


overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 20:15:33 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well first I poured about 3/4 of the bottle into a glass. Smelled like a tripel, didn't look like a tripel, didn't taste like a tripel... damn.

But wait. I took the rest of the bottle and swirled all of the garbage around and added it to my glass. Big chunks of yeast, clouded it up nicely.

A- Nice, cloudy, malty brown, with orange hues. Microfoam head. A little lacing.

S- Yeast, dried fruit, caramel, oranges.

T- Slightly bitter and yeasty with pappery notes. Nicely balanced (after I added the cloud of yeast) and a little dry at the end.

M- A lot like a real begian tripel. Complex, peppery, strong.

D- Good. I decided that I like this one.

note: If I hadn't added the rest of the yeast/sludge to this it would have been like this: 3.5, 4.5, 3, 2.5, 2.5, respectively.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 02:42:13 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of BelgianAleSlut


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle in Chimay glass.

Color is the liquid equivalent of an orange Lifesaver®.

Carbonation pools in the center, but quickly dissipates. No carbonation ring around the outside. Mouthfeel is acceptable but I wish there was more carbonation gnawing on my tongue.

Taste is as light as its color. Simple triple that does little to excite me and I make no noises after each sip like I should. Something is missing (distinctive yeast?) from this beer that does not bring the experience of all the wonderful abbey beers I have drank over the years.

I have really liked the other Stoudt's beers I have tried (Double IPA/Fat Dog Stout) but will have to say that I am a bit dissappointed with this one. Recommended only if curious.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 03:43:48 | More by BelgianAleSlut
Photo of nriech


4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice orange/amber color with very modest head, dense bubbly lace.

Smell: Spicy nose with hints of banana, clove and bubble gum and sugary candy malts, sweet fruit.

Taste: Sweet, and of fruit like orange and very ripe melons. It's medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation level that leaves it smooth and malty in the mouth. Starts like your regular triple with the spicy phenols, but somewhere in there middle I get burnt bananas. Caramel is in here too. The mouth is medium with good carbonation and a bit puckery towards the end, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slick on the palate. Even though there was no head (or it didn’t last long) on the pour there is sufficient carbonation for this brew in the glass.

Drinkability: Tripel may just be my favorite of the traditional Belgian styles. It was delicious, sweet and fragrant but at 9% of course beware. I also cooked shrimp with this and they came out excellent!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 13:29:26 | More by nriech
Photo of jmz62565


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange with a large white head that leaves almost no lacing and disappears quickly. Good color,but the head disappoints. The smell is musty, with alcohol, spices, and candy sugar. The taste is sugar, sweet malt, spices, alcohol, and some bread yeast. A much better taste than smell. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing well and hides the alcohol pretty well. Not a bad beer, but I hoped for some more hops to balance the taste. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 23:25:18 | More by jmz62565
Photo of alexgash


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned ripe auburn copper body. Thick pad of white khaki head. Nose is carrot cake, banana rum, cream soda dum-dum, spicy metallic pepper, and yeast. Singed caramel and sugary malt up front. Slight tang (wheat?). Fruity midsection gives way to warming alcohol esters and peppery hop bitterness. Dry finish. Medium-bodied with a well-carbonated feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 18:10:58 | More by alexgash
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to aprilluvsbeer for this via trade.

I like belgian brews. I drink plenty of them. This one was intriguing being a new brewery for me and thus another person's interpretation of the style. Unfortunately this one does not work for me. I'd recommend other triples.

A - Hazy reddish orange, white head that fades quickly. some lacing.

S - biscuit, earthy mustiness, and light phenols. Missing that belgian yeast profile I'm used to.

T - Upfront twang - maybe medicinal is the easiest way to describe it. Big malty sweet body dominated by alcohol. A touch of spice at the edges, but not much.

M - Full bodied, borderline thick brew.

D - Not all that bad, just needs a better balance. I like more from my triple than what this provides and a medium body brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 12:56:07 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of xav33


2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Stoudts Triple
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, liberated 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a murky bright copper orange with a smowhat lasting fizzy white average-sized head with no lacing.

Smelt of moderate all-spice, cantalope, sweet ripe bananas, and some doughiness. Some very faint alcoholic burn.

Taste was quick upfront sweet banana bread caught up with some light bitter spice followed by a heavy bitter moldy horseblanket bitter finish and a subtle pleasant flowery hop kick that appears on the average length finish. Mouthfeel was creamy on a dry finish, medium bodied, fizzy with moderate astringency on the finish and a trace of alcoholic warmth.

Overall, the aroma is pleasant, but the flavor on the follow through is too harsh on the tastebuds and the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 04:18:11 | More by xav33
Photo of geetlord


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber with good lacing.
It smelled of malts and some fruits. The flavor contained some light hops, caramel, lightly fruity, with alcohol warming the mouth in the finish.

Overall I found it to be a decent tripple, it lacked some general character but overall enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 00:52:27 | More by geetlord
Photo of Shaw


3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color in my glass without much head, it's really just a ring around my glass.

The smell is quite good: fruity and biscuity. The taste is just as good. It's pure Belgian in its biscuit qualities. I'm also tasting the alcohol (I just saw it's 9 percent ABV -- woah!) and fruit, with a particular grape note. Nice. There's also a hint of earthy, musty flavors in the finish.

The body is nicely substantial, yet slick. And even though it's quite strong it's very drinkable.

I'm new to Stoudt's beers, but so far they seem like a winner. A fine American example of the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 05:41:02 | More by Shaw
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the tulip.

Aroma is malty sweet with some nice yeasty/bready tones and rich fruity scents. The booze becomes apparent as it warms.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront with some rich bready flavors. A very distinct banana taste appears midway and melts into a boozy and sharp spicy finish.

Big body and full carbonation.

A solid tripel, with the sharpness at the finish being the main drawback to not scoring it higher. Still, quite drinkable considering the big ABV....

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 02:50:56 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle> brandy snifter.

AP: Golden and red hued brownish amber color, cloudy with yeast, good size off-white head, dissipates to a fine lacing around the rim. Very active and bubbly.

smells: Extra sweet malt, maple syrup, slight yeast and green hops.

Taste: sweet and sour with oak malt flavors, malty syrup sweetness and a green, leafy bitter hop end.

Feels very active and bubbly yet, smooth and slick.

The 9% ABV will keep these to a minimum but overall a very delightful american-brewed blegian Triple.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 03:26:08 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with very modest head. No retention, but good lacing. Clumpy yeast (a lot of yeast, actually) dominates, with no visible carbonation. Clumps remain. Weird looking. Never had a bottle-conditioned beer with this much yeast or this much clumping.

S: Nose is spicy, coriander and clove. Very yeasty, very obviously Belgian. Banana aroma is there, but it's faint.

T: Malty at first, balanced by the spiciness found in the nose. Slightly bitter, warming. Finish is medicinal with a hint of orange. Alcohol is not hidden at all.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly syrupy, if a bit fizzy (which was strange since it didn't show much carbonation in the pour).

D: Spicier, pilsner maltiness is a little less featured, but still pretty decent. I'd put it in the Affligem sweeter-Tripel style rather than the drier Chimay/Westmalle. Even then, it's not easy to drink because the alcohol taste is a little more noticeable than I would like.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 22:41:42 | More by rarevos
Photo of Sephiroth


4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry, I forget who sent this to me, and thanks, whoever it was. Nice head, patchy lacing. Aroma of banana and slight clove. It is bready and alcoholic.

Tastes fruity, with bananas, spices and grains. Fiery alcohol. Medium-bodied, with a clean finish. Seeing as how I haven't had a beer in a few days, my first instinct is to give a five for drinkability. But I'll be realistic, and give it a four.

Scored and reviewed verbatim from notes.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 02:33:34 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a nice golden, hazy color. Unfortunately, there is no head whatsoever! And not much lacing to speak of. Very disappointing. However, the smell is redeeminig - an excellent example of the tripel style: tart, fruity (cherry and apple), and spicey. The taste seems less impressive - if only slightly. It has all the markings of a great tripel - very spicey, cirtus orange, with a pleasant tinge of alcohol - but it is unnecessarily sour at the end, I think. Overall though a solid beer, and very enjoyable sipping. But is it worth the price? Only you can decide...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 02:50:18 | More by kingjames1
Photo of kimcgolf


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy copper color with off-white head that lingers through mid-glass, and leaves good lacing. Initial aroma of malt and dark fruits, mostly grapes and figs. Flavor at first is spicy fruit, with malty sweetness. As beer warms at mid-glass, alcohol becomes more evident in both the aroam and the taste. Finish leaves a sweet, syrupy aftertaste, accompanied by an alcohol-induced warming sensation. a good beer for sipping one, but definitely not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 14:07:41 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the previous reviewer, that this isnt exactly a special beer, however i think it is a little bit better than he did.

Pours a dark brown (a bit darker than i expected) with a thick tannish head. Smell is chock full of spices and alcohol. Taste is similar. I thought the alcohol was hidden very well and it has the perfect amount of sweetness. Fairly malty. Coates the mouth very well. Drinkability is high, especially given the alcohol. My only complaint is that the other tastes didnt really come through as much as i hoped they would. other than that, a pretty good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 21:20:37 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color with a big head. There is also an interesting swish that goes on when its poured vigorously. The smell is just like a traditional tripel, with lots of spices and the alcohol just peaking through. The taste is similar. Starts out almost like sweet juice because of all the malt, and the alcohol is hidden well. This beer goes down really easy. I would say that this is an ideal brew if you are not used to the strong alcohol taste of normal tripels, but It really doesn't cut it if you are looking for something really special.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 23:29:41 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, which probably wasn't the best, but I suppose I was getting more in a pint than I'd get in another glass, so I didn't say anything to the bartender.

Appearance: Seemingly darker than most tripels I've had. Usually it's more on the lighter side of yellow, but this has some brown and amber in it. I think from the tap it was also maybe too cold, so there's hardly any head on it at all.

Smell: Definitely some Belgian yeast, candi sugar, banana, bread notes, sweet malt, and a lot of hops, which was pleasantly surprising.

Taste: This is pretty boozy-feeling for a tripel, especially as it warms. Also it's a fairly different representation of the style. The yeast and banana and sweet notes are there, but there's also a pretty crazy amount of hops, and also a bit of sourness. I chalk that up, I hope, to Stoudt's trying something a bit different and making their own version rather than trying to match something like Westmalle. But I like what they've done with it; little twists, moderately, and done well, on a style such as this can be quite good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick without being cloying or anything like that. The body has a pleasant fullness to it.

Drinkability: I had a pretty good buzz after just a pint, which I suppose makes sense due to the ABV, but I enjoyed it and I'd sure have it again if I see it on tap. Haven't had it in a bottle yet, though, either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2006 20:39:05 | More by asabreed
Photo of ggaughan


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dense, amber/copper color with a slight white head that ran away quickly and left a small white ring around the edge and a floating island in the middle. The nose of the beer a bit citrusy and sugary with some yeast notes. The taste is more of the same along with some cherry tones. The mouthfeel is smooth but there is a nice alcohol burn on the tongue at the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 01:06:39 | More by ggaughan
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.50 12 oz. 9.00% Bottled 9/13/05.


Emerges a hazy orange brown with a thin film of tan head on top.


Somewhat tart with some cherry overtones and a touch of bready yeast.


Rich buttery ripe plum coupled with a heady dose of alcohol. Some sweet malts present midsip lending this a fairly authentic Belgian feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 14:33:00 | More by cbl2
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently made a Stoudt's trip and picked up a bunch:

The Stoudt's Triple poured a golden-orange with a nice head; I poured it into a snifter at around 55 degrees. It smells spicy and of alcohol, with some citrus in the background. For a Triple, it was pretty sweet; it had the usual hoppiness. Felt great going down and it left an orangish taste in the back of my throat.

The high ABV made this beer work for me...I think without the extra alcohol kick, it might have been too sweet, but that balanced it out very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 02:26:24 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No real head forms but reveals a gorgeous orange-ruby (grapefruit coloured) appearance - very nice looking. A candy-esque bubblegum nose - both sticky and sweet. Aroma spicy and intoxicating, letting it's strength and contents known. Mouthfeel with a light burn and a light peppery note. Very authentic tasting. The burning would come to agree quite well with me, it was short lived but with every sip. This one is potent, what a dense mouthfeel for this style, once again, let's its strength and contents known! A little fruity zest that took some time to show itself, letting this one warm helped compliment it. Thanks to Harry for sharing both his company and his bottle for this sitting...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 18:55:01 | More by biegaman
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber/gold, with a 1/2 inch bright white head....dense bubbly lace

S- fruity yeast (orange, peach, and cherry), light spiciness.

T- Fruity citrus and malty body...spicy finish with a hint of alcohol.

M/D- Definitely has a warming effect, high carbonation, medium bodied...pretty ok overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 20:42:20 | More by jameaterblues
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