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Portsmouth St. Danmon Abbey Style Tripel - Portsmouth Brewery

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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originating in abbey breweries, trippels are brewed with nearly three times the malt as 'normal' beer. This ale is characterized by its deep golden color, medium body, subtle hop aroma and flavor, and a little warming sensation on the finish.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-29-2004)
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Reviews by PatronWizard:
Photo of PatronWizard
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from excellent trader tedstertm and I thanks you. This'll be my third brew from Portsmouth and happy to have it. Tripels aren't generally my thing but I'll give'er a whirl.

Pours semi-opaque apple juice shade of amber. Moderately sized just-off-white head with low retention.

Smell is a subtle fruit and spice mixture. Faint sourness.

Taste is a not bad combination of apple juice and, uh, another thing. Flowers? Haven't tasted enough to know, but that's what comes to mind. Sawn lumber? Fresh sawn lumber that is. Lightly spiced. Hope it doesn't sound like I'm complaining as I'm actually enjoying this.

Carbonation is really low. Tiniest of bubbles, almost too small to be seen by the naked eye. And my eye is naked baby. Brew is pretty damn smooth.

The 9% is a very, very, very nice touch if you mean what I know. Well hidden and much appreciated.

Overall: solid enjoyable brewski

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served to me first in a pint glass, then in a snifter. A thoroughly likable beer, no matter how it was served. An orange color with a small head and some nice lacing. It had a nice fruity aroma. A tart fruit taste, a little vinous also. Not too heavy, not too light. Great beer to drink.

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

Picked up a bomber of St. Donmon Belgian Style Abbey Trippel Ale from the gift shop for $10.

A- Similar to that off apple juice, translucent orange with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Not much off a head just some minor lacing on the edge of my snifter glass.

S- Similar to that of a white wine, with grapes domination the nose with some dark fruits also detectable.

T- Apples and plums with some vanilla

M- A bit light with no carbonation

Photo of andylipp
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on the board as Belgian Abbey Ale, but I’m taking it to be this Dubbel. It came from the tap a clear gold color with a thin white head. No lace. There was a mild hop aroma with a sweet candy hints. Taste is very sweet; more a trippel than a dubble. Just a hint of fruit hops. Candy flavor is like jolley ranchers. Light mouth feel decent drinkability. As I stated in the taste note, this for mr was more of a triple than a dubbel, but I won’t argue the classification.

Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for the trade...
Appears a transparent gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Tiny amounts of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of red apple, apricot, pear, honey, and ripe melon, along with some spiced, doughy yeast.
Taste is slightly better than the aromas with a doughy, citrusy, slightly tart flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lowly carbonated, warming with booz, cidery, sweet up front, finishing with a semi-dry pear juice flavor.

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

Tap at brew pub

Very light fizzy head, hazy carrot orange color.

Nose light Belgian malts, golden malts, bit syrupy, bits of fruit with hint of banana, light peppery spices, some esters.

taste sweet slight syrupy, bit of booze, sweet Belgian golden malts, plenty of fruit, light banana, apple, apricot, light spicy chewy hops, plenty of esters but not bad, thick with nice syrupy like malts, light spices almost peppery. Finish of sweet and syrupy, light belgian malts and yeast flavors lingering, light fruits, esters.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, light booze.

Overall pretty good, nice malts, belgian yeast flavors, bit of booze and esters, well done tripel.

Photo of Sneers
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle picked up at the Portsmouth Brewery retail store. I notice that this review will be the first for this beer in just under two years. I also observed, that this was the only beer at the store whose name was stamped/typed onto the label rather than hand-written. I suppose then that either Portsmouth rarely brews this, and that the different label is incidental, or that the bottle which I'm about to review is actually quite old.

In any case, onto the review...

Portsmouth's tripel pours a cloudy, nearly-opaque orange with honey highlights, and with very little visible carbonation and a meager head. While the color is nice, the seeming lack of carbonation does, especially for this style, present somewhat of a knock for this beer.

The first whiff of the aroma I get is the banana quality so familiar in hefe's, accompanied by a note of bubblegum. Closer inspection also reveals some peppery spice and clean, if somewhat harsh, alcohol. With some warming, I actually get some unexpected orange.

The taste adds a light malty sweetness complemented by the light taste of sweet, overripe apples- as if they were ready to make applesauce. In all other the respects the taste is very similar to the nose. The presence of a mild, yet definite, bitterness also comes through. The finish is clean. The addition of the yeast increases the sweetness and adds a somewhat earthy, savory quality.

The lack of carbonation, in addition to its aesthetic but superfluous effect at the appearance, manifests itself for the worst in the mouthfeel. While smooth, it fails to achieve the creamy quality, and instead comes over as syrupy and somewhat slick. On the other hand, the finish is pretty dry, and actually feels tannic.

I like this beer. It strikes me as an otherwise quality beer with one noticeable and impacting flaw, rather than a simply lackluster recipe. All other things equal, I'd have to say that a resolution of this issue would easily raise my scores here. Indeed, it's hard to deem this beer higher than average in it's present form.

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber received from xumbi. Thanks, Jim!

A: Into my Chimay chalice, this beer pours a clear light golden orange with a thin white head with rather poor retention. 30 seconds in, there's nothing more than a ring left, despite the high degree of carbonation

S: Opens up with a lot of sweetness, honey and syrup in character. Mildly yeasty with phenolic character and mild spice. This is too damn sweet for a tripel

T: Goddamn. This is one sweet tripel. Opening up with a sugary sweetness that's cut with a little spice ( and a citrus-rind tartness. Finishes sweet and phenolic. Lacking in complexity and character, I feel I'm being generous with my score here.

M: Rather full, thinly carbonated and too sweet on the finish

D: This is undrinkable to me. Into the mason jar it goes, to be used in something I cook with. To its credit, the ABV is very well hidden.

Photo of ragnarokxgemini
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brewery's pub on 2/9/11 in a snifter.

A: This beer is a deep honey-amber color. It's thick in appearance in that very little light penetrates it and you cannot see through it at all, yet it's not very cloudy. When brought to me there was very, very little head on it, though this could have been due to an inexperienced bartender.

S: Very heavy presence of farm fruits. Lots of ripe apples, with a hint of citrus, floral in a grapefruit sort of way. The alcohol is noticeable here, but not in an unpleasant way.

T: More apples up front, with a guest appearance by some darker fruits, figs and plums being apparent. Very little hop bitterness throughout, with a minor alcohol burn and a floral hoppiness on the finish.

M: Very thin, moves easily through the mouth and doesn't "stick" much. Leaves a dryness after from the alcohol, felt almost the same as vodka induced dry-mouth, but again, this wasn't too unpleasant.

O: I would definitely try this again. That being said, I've had better beers from Portsmouth, and despite a good flavor, the smell was a bit underwhelming in comparison to the bold flavors present in the beer.

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

Thanks tendermorsel for this nice extra.

Large capped bottle, poured into a goblet. Nice looking golden color, unfortunately has only a minimal white head that does not hold at all.
Aroma is pleasant but not complex. Candy sugar dominates, along with some fruitiness, but not a lot more.
Medium bodied, quite fruity and sweetish.
Pleasant, not special. Lacks complexity.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2002

Bottle from the giftshop labeled "St. Donmon Belgian Style Abbey Trippel Ale"
Pours light gold with an orange hue, clear.
Moderate carbonation, white, creamy head.
Retention is short-lived, leaving minor dots of lacework and a ring around the edges of the surface.
Aromatics are fruity and phenolic.
Candied apple with dried fruits.
Bubble gum centered-hard candy.
Hints of apricot and vanilla, with a yeast nibble.
Light bodied with creamy and subdued carbonation.
Pallet is loaded with fruits spiked with rum.
Alcohol is apparent and warming amongst the layered dried fruits, spice, and light malt.
Finishes warming, with some residuals, and a kick of pepper.

Four years in the bottle has added some great complexities, and if it were more suitably carbonated it would be stellar.

Photo of PatandDavid
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry to not be more in awe of this one. Almost clear gold when served. Aroma is of faint spice and bubblegum. There's some initial dryness in the the taste, and then I get bubblegum in the finish. Not as belgiany as I had hoped for, but I would probably try it again if it was on during a visit.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This abbey ale poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass a little bit. The smell was a nice Belgian malty aroma, lightly sugary sweet, with some vinous overtones and a hint of alcohol. The taste was malty (Belgian malt) with some light sweetness (sugar) and vinous notes and light hoppiness as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good, fine carbonation. The aftertaste was sweet and lingered. This was a very good abbey style ale (is it a tripel?).

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opted for an Abbey as my first bier of the day during yesterdays visit with longtime Bro Artied2. Poured a clear, light copper color, though with hardly any head and no lacing. Seems a lot lighter in color than most Tripels. Light, mild nose with suggestions of bready malt and candy-like sweetness. Body was a decent medium, with nice smoothness on the tongue without any prickliness. Flavor has solid, toasty malt with, again, a strong candyish semi-sweetness. Finish is drying, with minimal hopping evident. Candy sweetness lingers nicely on the palate. A decent bier from Mr Mott.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

783

Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a vow of silence with this one on 12/28/2004. 16-oz. pint in a shaker glass at the source.

Just a skein of head at start that did not cover the offering, but simply swirled about like a loose cloud on an otherwise cloudless day. Light copper hue that was harshly clear and had limited bubbling action. Rock candy on nose with some hot pepper spiciness detected. Holy sweet metal candy on mouth, with a slight fruit tinge of grapefruit that is washed out by an ebb and flow of cooling malt character. Alcohol is not dominating, but certainly makes its presence felt, but again, not in a detracting way. Solid pour.

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, not sure of the vintage as the bottle was undated, the name of the beer was stenciled on the label rather than hand written (maybe that helps).

Appearance: Amber in color, little to no head even after a “hard-pour”, what little head there was quickly recedes to a thin ring.

Smell: Sweetness on the nose, maybe some spice; however, it is the honey like sweetness that is dominant.

Taste: Again, this is a sweet beer and unlike most tripels it remains sweet with very little bitterness on the finish. This has a honey-like flavor mostly. The hops manage to introduce enough balance to keep the beer from becoming cloying. This is an enjoyable beer (especially if you like a sweeter beer) but it really would be an odd fit for the tripel style. You do get hints of spice (and maybe some citrus notes) as you continue drinking.

Mouthfeel: There is enough carbonation to keep the beer from becoming syrupy and that adds to the overall enjoyment.

Overall: Different for a triple, not bad, but not great. An above average beer for sure. I’d definitely try it again if they had it on tap when I was in for a visit. ABV is well masked.

Photo of Azurescens
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with thin white head. No lacing left around glass, no film or collar, no visible carbonation once the head dissipates.

S: Sweet pale and caramel malts with spices and hints of fruit, banana in particular. Some hints of yeast and alcohol as well.

T: Really sweet without enough bitterness to balance things out. Sweet malts dominate the taste with some spices and yeast esters in the background and a strong banana aftertaste that is followed by some heat.

M: Really thick and syrupy medium body with very little carbonation, far from what I expect in a tripel.

O: Not very impressed with this, not an awful beer but really far from what I was expecting, especially after really enjoying their dubbel.

Portsmouth St. Danmon Abbey Style Tripel from Portsmouth Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.