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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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444 Ratings

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Ratings: 444
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 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
Photo of barleyman


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler, color is a cloudy, hazy orange amber, the head quickly dissapates into a perfect belgian lace. The smell is sourish, of candy sugar and clove. The taste is accurate for the style, bread and yeast, clove and raisins. The mouthfeel is ok, triples are usually challenging. The drinkability is average, not as quaffable as a lighter style.

Just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 00:37:18 | More by barleyman
Photo of surfadelic23


3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was thrilled when I saw this now available at Kingdom Liquors. They have quite a few of the Stoudt's line on hand. I like Stoudts a lot and always enjoyed meals and events at their fine brewery.
This poured an orangey/amber color with a small white head in my duvel chalice but it quickly fell . THe smell is a quite nice combo of fruits, a whif of banana, and yeast. Wow, what a great Tasting ale and spot on for style. The finish is suprisingly smooth with candi sugar providing a sweet and mellow ending. Good mouthfeel and decent drinkability even though this weighs in at 9%. Where did they hide it???

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 17:56:32 | More by surfadelic23
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Pours a glowing opaque orange with a thin head

Rather spicy nose with hints of banana, clove and bubble gum and sugary candy malts.

Spicy flavor, notes of clove, apple, bubblegum, and banana, the alchohol is very present on the taste which makes the taste a little rough

Medium body and carbonation, with a smooth finish, some what syrupy

A decent brew but pretty unbalanced and with alchohol presence is a bit rough. Not a bad drink but not by any means the first Tripel i'd reach for

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 02:23:47 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of KroMagnon


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head, but otherwise nice appearance, kind of golden-amber and fairly clear. Aroma is awesome, has hints of rose, clover honey, and a wine-like light citrus character. The flavor is very good too, starts kind of dry and acidic with a slight spiciness but it doesnt' finish very dry at all, with hints of candy, golden malt, and cookie-like character along with some more spiciness and a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and spritzy, and overall its a pleasant drink that would go well in the deep winter as well as on a hot humid Tennessee day (in moderation, of course).

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 00:50:31 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of Paddez


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

Pours a non-translucent, amber-coloured brew with a decent head. Definitely way darker than I'd expect a belgian(-style) tripel to look.

Smell: Initially the smell isn't very intresting but as the brew warms, a lot of different things become traceable. Candyish malts, yeasty spices, plums & some vague notes of alcohol.

The malty candy notes make a re-appearance in the taste. There are spices and fruits in there but it's the unusual yeasty character of the beer that provides the more prominent woody & resinous flavours. These finally flow out in a quite bitter, dry & astringent finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, just short of syrupy but not overly sticky. Not terribly drinkable. At least not for me.

Certainly a bold & unique brew but for me, it lacks the fruity spiciness that make the tripel-style one of my favourites. An odd brew but an intresting one at that ... although it's never going to be one of my favourites.
Special thanks goes to Bill N. for buying me this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 21:05:58 | More by Paddez
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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this tripel pours a dark orange color, with a thin tan head that quickly rims the glass, moderate carbonation is visible

S - a barleywine aroma up front, that typical dark sweetness like molasses, in the background is a nice hoppy smell

T - wow, very well balanced, a cooked pineapple/molasses sweetness followed by that great hoppy bitterness i love

M - very well balanced, but a bit dry

D - moderate drinkability, kinda oversweet

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 17:44:04 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of normZurawski

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't really know much of anything about this style of beer, other than what I read about it online. I gave it a shot because I like other offerings from this brewery. It's a decent beer. Overall the style is a little out of my realm. But it's a good introduction.

It looks and smells good, hinting at a nice beer. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, like the description says it should be. Taste is pretty good, certainly malty. A bit too sweet for my liking. I get a yeasty taste in this - another mention the book says to look out for. There are flavors here I've never tasted. So I don't know how to describe them. Little to no bitterness to speak of, which raises this in my eyes. Loses something as it warms. Drinkability is average, since I don't see this as a beer you can break out at any given time. Certainly a mood beer. Probably a beer you have one of and then move on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 00:17:20 | More by normZurawski
Photo of gotbeer


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer reviewed here was cellared for one year. Usually I don't cellar Triples, but this one was a little hot when I bought it so I figured I would see what happens...

The appearance both fresh and cellared is a dark orange. Cellared the head is a little lighter, but is still laces the glass slightly.

The smell is of orange, candi sugar, and overly ripe fruit.

The taste is sweet, and of fruit like orange and very ripe melons. It is much less hot and balanced with a year on it than it was fresh. Much more balanced than I thought it could be.

The mouthfeel is a little syrup like. Not bad, just a little sticky. It's drinkability is a little lower due to it's ABV, and the fact that you have to stick it in a cellar for a year to get this result. Still a little hot and green when fresh, but much better with a little patience.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 02:26:53 | More by gotbeer
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

I'm so relieved that Stoudt's are finally bottling their own beers! Not that the contract brewed versions were bad, but they weren't as good as what you could buy in the 750's at the Black Angus. On the other hand, the 12 oz bottles are a little bit different too, but I guess that's to be expected.

The Abbey pours a glowing orange and deep-amber body beneath a short head of thin white that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is spicy, phenolic, and alcoholic against a bright, sweet, candyish malt. There's lots of bubblegum and candy, and it's quite inviting.

It's medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation level that leaves it smooth and malty in the mouth.

The yeasty spice rides high within the flavor, displaying notes of apple, clove, bubblegum, and rock candy over malty notes of that lead to notes of cake and light sherry. The alcohol is noticeable but not overly intrusive, and its balanced by a low-key bitterness. The clovey spice lingers on the tongue in the very dry (but not very bitter) finish along with some mild hop.

Quite nice! The current version is certainly less yeasty than it used to be; and it seems a little lighter in the flavor with fewer kilned malts. The alcohol could be subdued some as well, but I think that hinders the head retention more than it does the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 23:30:27 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Mitchster


4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.30 for a single at Jacks. For some reason, I thought this was a Triple IPA, so imagine my surprise when I smelled it! At any rate, this beer pours out to a beautiful hue of red amber with a ton of finely particulate sediment, forming a small off-beige head with sparse lacing and poor retention. The carbonation is medium, not strong like most triples. The aroma is rich with phenols...spicy with lots of bananas, burnt rubber, cloves. The mouthfeel is actually quite dry for the style with a medium-dense sticky body. The taste is quite interesting...at first it starts like your typical triple with the spicy phenols, but somewhere in the middle I get burnt bananas, like bananas foster with rum and caramel syrup. There is a unique and potent burnt-rubber-mixed-with-black-pepper-kinda-thing going on, and then it becomes swamped in dark roasted wheat husk offset by a peculiarly strong medicinal bitterness...well, strong for the style, at least. Potent ingering notes of seared orange peel in the aftertaste with an orange peel bitterness. Lots of rotting pears and apples in this one with burnt rubber and black marker in the finish. Again, the finish is oddly, yet pleasantly, dry. Alcohol isn't obtrusive to my taste, but percieved by the kick to my cognition and by the warmth in my gullet.

This is a very interesting beer, and I have to say, I've never tasted anything quite like this. The combination of medicinal bitterness, burnt rubber, burnt orange peel, bananas, and roasted wheat husk all contribute to a very odd, but enjoyable brew. As far as triples go, it's far from the style. As far as beer goes...it's pretty damn good. A sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 23:16:27 | More by Mitchster
Photo of edchicma


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

Caramel colored small head remains. Alcohol, sugar, fruit on the nose. Molasses, sugar, plums?...great taste. Mouthfeel is substantial, syrupy. The taste is very candy-like. Smooth and easy to drink for the high alcohol content. This is a definite sipper that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 01:44:20 | More by edchicma
Photo of Zorro


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed reddish brown colored beer without much head formation at all.

Smell is sweet and fruity and spicy. Lots of Candi sugar scent here along with a good amount of caramel scent. Fruit aromas of figs, plums and spiced apples. Spicy scents of cinnamon, saffron? and black pepper in the alcohol fumes. Smell a great deal better than it looks.

Tastes sweet and sugary at the beginning. Candi sugar and a little brown sugar mix with a fairly strong hop bitterness for the style. Hops add a woody flavor here as if it has been in an uncharred oak barrel. Spicy flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and black pepper. Caramel is in here too. Fruity flavors of grapes and apples. Hops get astringent after a while.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A drinkable beer yes but far from a great one. Lots of things about this beer are off for the style. It is a bit too hopped up and dark for the style. The hops are astringent in a beer style not noted for that. Mouthfeel is average at best. I just can't see myself buying this wherever I can get a St. Bernardus Triple.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 04:54:30 | More by Zorro
Photo of CJfromPhilly


3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2/18/06: Pours a hazy copper color, looks very much like unfiltered apple juice. Mild carbonation with tons of small particles suspended in the glass (i'm assuming that it's yeast sediment, this being a bottle conditioned ale). The aroma is sweet and fruity, some candi sugar, perhaps? Taste is fruity as well, hints of apple, orange peel and (surprisingly) peach. The alcohol is fairly noticeable on the swallow, not overwhelming but it makes its presence felt enough to take a little off the drinkability factor. Average mouthfeel. Overall, a nice warming sipper, I will be picking up more of this very soon!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 23:20:40 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured into the most goblet-like hotel glass I could find. A dark, woody amber colour, semi-opaque, with a small, white, bubbly head.

Aroma is predominantly fruity: peaches and strawberries, with elements of dried prunes or plums. Some sugary malt, and some definitely alcohol or winey presence.

Taste is very barleywine-ish. Very malty and quite sweet. Rich, dark dried fruits, some fresh bread, and well hidden alcohol once you get past the aroma. The alcohol's definitely there though, evident from the ear-warming sensation I get after a few sips. Dull, lasting aftertaste, decent mouthfeel.

Pleasant, but not stand-out. When a beer's this big, alcohol-wise, I'm looking for something a bit more special.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 19:32:44 | More by crwills
Photo of ypsifly


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

12oz purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a tulip. Bottled on date of 2/1/06 ink jetted on the neck.

Hazed amber under two fingers of vanilla that shows good retention. Nice thick rings of lace in its wake.

The nose is very yeasty with a strong presence of banana flavored bubblegum. Spicy background with sugars and a trace of lemon zest. I really like the smell of this one, even if it pushes the style limits.

Briefly sweet upfront and then tart and spicy in the middle with the alcohol showing up as peppery and a bit hot. Dry finish with a little pucker. The alcohol is too unrestrained and sets this one off balance.

The mouth is medium with good carbonation and a bit puckery towards the end. I like it.

The booziness of this beer in its current state is a put off. Maybe some time in the cellar can fix that. I really liked the nose.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 04:00:04 | More by ypsifly
Photo of Drew966


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with very little head. It smells a bit fruity. The taste is definitely in line with the style, there's no doubt this is a bottle conditioned trippel, but yet something seems a bit lacking compared to the Belgian trippels I've had. I can't quite put my finger on what's lacking, and actually this beer seems to be growing on me. Definitely worth a try, but I'm still kind of up in the air on what I think about this one. I think I might need a couple more to really decide.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 03:41:00 | More by Drew966
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy cloudy golden orange hue loaded with suspended particles topped with an instantly settled thin khaki ring.

Doughy scents are met with a slight apple fruit aroma and some muted spice notes.

First swigs: Slight doughy flour evened up with a boozy gin and slight vanilla. Tripel with a raisin and pear twist, sort of. Falls on the side of Westmalle.

Feel is crisp and ginger-ale like medium bodied followed with a clean finish.

Last swigs: Pear fruit noted Tripel. Another winner from Carol & Ed. Glad to have these in 12 oz. instead of the old 750 mL giants. 61/3.68

Beer is good. Happy local tripel beering.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 05:03:22 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Hautacam


4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy amber with very little head. Lots of yeast on the bottom....I chose to swirl and add to the chalice.
Smells cidery with a hint of alcohol.
Tastes really good. Sweet apple, clove,banana, bubblegum with a faint hint of hop and a lot of alcohol. I've had this on tap and can't detect any difference....would be perfect for me with just a little less sugar....but really close to perfection for my taste !
Mouthfeel is medium..carbonation is light.
Drinkable ? Why not ? I'm not driving.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 02:19:21 | More by Hautacam
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour's a hazy rich copper with a half-inch ivory head. Nice persistent lacing. Smell is very fruity and strongly spicey. Lots of apple and plum aromas and a bit sour smelling. Peppery.

Big powerful flavors in this one. Very pronounced alcohol, spicy (white pepper, paprika, etc), caramel and molssess in the malt. Nice drying hoppiness inthe finish. Quite sticky mouth though with a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste as well. A sipper for sure but a damn interesting one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 16:16:54 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of bigdeuce


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

This was a pretty good triple. At $9 a six, I cannot complain either. Very fruity, nice carbonation, and sweet finish, in true belgian style. Not overly yeasty. Tangerine type texture to it, very drinkable and very high alcohol content. Nothing offensive about this one. I've now had 2 Stoudt's beers and they've both been excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 20:13:36 | More by bigdeuce
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an attractive orange-amber color with only modest white head that quickly fell to a thin ring. Smell is a nice combination of summer fruits, bananas, and yeast. Taste is truly enjoyable with the summer fruitiness and yeast joing together to create a pleasureable drink. Finish is extremely smooth with the candi sugar gining a pleasnt sweet ending. Hard to believe this was 9% alcohol until I checked my spelling in this review. I think its a nice conservative example of this style that gives a goog interpretation without becoming too extreme.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 01:28:57 | More by tgbljb
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New York

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, caramel with not much head. Only a smidgen of carbonation. Moderate lacing. They put it in a pint glass for me, though, was a little offended. Nose is rather lacking, raisiny, bready, malty. Taste is also a bit less than I expected. It's good that you don't taste the alcohol, but the rest is all just toned down as well. Sugary fruits (raisins, etc), malts, all proper components there. Balance was a bit off as well. Too sweet and grainy. Overall, I was not so impressed, but I think that it was partially due to the wrong glassware.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2006 21:46:34 | More by aquatonex
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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with "Bottled on 2/xx/05 inkjetted just below the crown. The x represents an unreadable digit.

Pours transluscent dark orange body and rapidly dissapatign collar of thin tan foam. Nose is Belgian...but needs to be coaxed forward although phenols and yeast are present. Lacing left behind on my beer-clean Trappist chalise is slightly above average for the style.

Entry spotlights the tiny-bubbled carbonation with a tongue massage and thick (almost chewy) mouthfeel. Midtaste features a ton of malt and wheat along with candi sugar, allspice, and sugary fruit.

The finish begins with a crisp hop bite followed immediately by Belgian yeast. The fade is enjoyable with juicy ripe fruits play tag with candi sugar and alcoholic phenols. Not so subtle alcohol warming on the back of the throat are noted...especially as this beer warms into the 50's.

I'd love to taste this tripel next to the Aged White Cheddar @ Hollingsheads Deli in Orange.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 08:10:53 | More by IceAce
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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