Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Abbey Triple | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Abbey TripleBrewmaster's Premium Reserve Abbey Triple

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.41%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian Trappist triple yeast culture balanced with the finest imported pale barley, Belgian aromatic malt and oats, gives this golden ale a fruity bouquet and a light refined taste.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to review my favorite American Triple for some time she be!
Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE Tripel pours a nice clear amber touched honey color with a firm head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin subtle pool, and nice spotty lacing. Nose of crisp apples, light grains, candy sugars, subtle banana, and herbal notes. Flavors follow the nose with candy sugars and light crisp apples on the front, banana from yeasty goodness falls on the sides, and finishes with light grains and candy sugars on the rear. Nice mouth feel, light carbonation, and near perfect for the style with subtle herbal notes on the finish. An excellent 6 pack for a great value. One of the greats in American brewing.


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Photo of Pstanek
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First triple I have tried. I truly enjoyed the small pour that I received at the brewery tasting. It was surprisingly sweet which I did not expect. I like beer on the sweet (less bitter) side but this might be a little too sweet. Even for me! I purchased more so...
1). I liked it
2). I will have a clearer picture of how much I like it soon.

Now after a few more I am lowering my score. I tried new Belgium abbey triple and it is much better. I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft: poured hazy burnt orange. Minimal scent of toffee and malt. Flavor was much better than scent. Sweet, malty, bananna and toffee flavors. Minimal head and lacing but had good carbonation and mouthfeel.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I (almost) feel as though I have been shortchanging myself, eschewing bottles for CANs & other styles for hoppy IPAs and DIPAs. My local, in-person trader, tone77, brings me great beers and I seem to give them short shrift due to my backlog. I am really working to get caught up.

I feel shortchanged by screw-top caps because it prevents me from doing a Pop! Oh well. I used a comparably gentle pour to produce two fingers of eggnog-colored head with decent retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Nose smelled like a pack of Juicyfruit gum! Wow. It was highly fruity, but it was impossible for me to discern particular fruits. Color was a Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. I was going to say totally Amber until the Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus suddenly appeared, ready for a taste. Gold it is! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not just sweet, not just fruity, but it also had a honey-like favor to boot. Phew! This was a no-playin'-around, hard-hittin' mother of a beer. Now, believe it or don't, but the high ABV nature of the beer meant that the yeast had really done its work and the finish was as dry as the zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara. Double phew! I may need to lie down for a tad.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s a hazy amber pour with a fizzy white foam collar. Perfumy but not much here – flaccid and limp in the flavor. Medium body and fizzy carbonation. Not a favorite.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Medicinal, Herbal, Grainy, Warmth

This is a real treat, many times we run into US “Tripels” that are just strong pale beers fermented with a Belgian yeast yet there is no finesse. Sprecher lays on the finesse heavy here, attention to detail is very noticeable from the first sip. Not a brew that knocks our socks off but very true to style.

STYLE: Tripel | ABV: 8.41% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, apples in particular, yeast, some spices. Taste is fruits, malts, some spices, alcohol is present, complex and flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat different version of a Tripel. Pours a hazy apricot color with a delicately bubbly white head into my Chimay goblet. Head retention is about average, minimal lacing. Aroma is light fruit ( more white grapes than the usual apples and pears) and some Belgian yeast.

Flavor features light fruit, still mostly white grapes but some of the more familiar apples and pears too. THe yeast presence is strong, but not much in the way of peppery spiciness. There is a bit of alcohol burn, which you usually don't find in a top Tripel.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich, not up to top shelf Tripel standards and there is a noticeable alcohol "burn".

An enjoyable drink, but not a "top notch" Tripel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, fruit, fruit juice, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with aromas and flavors that seem a bit more like a hefeweizen in style to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of JR88
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dude this shit is killer!

Picked this up thinking it was gonna be rather mediocre boy I was wrong....
very underrated imo, this one has some rather amazing/complex yeasty grassy/banana esters and not too sweet just slight touch of sweetness etc /accompanying taste/feel associated with that. Very refreshing/surprising xD very very continuously sessionable xD

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Photo of Beric
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 25 May 2014

Appearance: Pale, opaque yellow with a soapy white head that dissipates slowly into just a ring of white foam around the glass. No carbonation streaming from the bottom as in other tripels.

Smell: Rather uncomplicated, with light notes of pear, green apple, and white wine.

Taste: Same light-fruit notes as noted in the nose, along with the expected banana-like esters from the yeast. Not overly complex or multi-dimensional, but nonetheless not a half-bad example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation of small-bubbles and good body from the suspended yeast.

Overall: This is not a special beer by any means, but is a good soft introduction for the tripel style. I would probably not drink this again because I know much better beers are much more available.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.44/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8.5% ABV

A - The beers bright goldenrod hue shines with clarity but is slightly undone by the quickly fleeting white head that allows the aroma to evaporate. Dots of lace stick to the glass after a good swirl brings the head back but it doesn't quite look the part of a classic tripel.

S - Abbey Triple's smooth, voluptuous nose focuses on Belgian-inspired yeast and it's bountiful esters of banana, white pepper, clay, coriander, and bubblegum all balanced by sweet malty notes of tick-sliced caramel-drizzled banana bread. The nose is one of the closest to authentic Belgian but it's missing that little something extra that would push it over the edge.

T - Backed by deliciously sweet pilsner malt, the beer's big yeast profile continues its quiet rampage across the tongue, delivering a combination of sweet bubblegum and banana with complimentary suggestions of coriander seed, grey clay, and a dash of white pepper on the finish.

M - Lively carbonation comes as a slight surprise after the head disappears so quickly but, Abbey Triple's mouthfeel is near perfect; creamy and smooth bodied with slightly sweet lingering finish balanced with a touch of spice and dry alcohol.

O - Sprecher's Abbey Triple was one of my first adventurous craft beer endeavors years ago and made my top five list when I was featured on the podcast The High Five. Since then I've had it now and again, revisiting bottles from time to time including some more than five years old; my experiences have been this beer does not age gracefully. But this fresh bottle of Abbey Triple wonderfully showcases Belgian yeast and the juxtaposition of both subtle and powerful fruity and spicy components brought about wholly by fermentation. Abbey Triple is a lovely beer that's also dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours hazy orange-amber with a small head that soon reduces to a few islands and a thin ring.

Aroma: fairly good mix of bready malts, toast, Belgian yeast, and soft fruits.

Flavor: fruity and bready, with light spicing from the yeast.

Feel: slightly astringent; a bit hot with the higher ABV too apparent.

O: decent, but with a harsh feel.

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Photo of pweis909
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours out darker than I expect for a tripel and has almost no lasting head. The smell of the beer is where I would expect a tripel except there is a hint of caramel which I does not belong. It ends up making the beer taste sweet and, I believe, gives it a viscous mouthfeel. An excellent tripel would be drier than this, which registers with me merely as an interesting Belgian style ale that comes up lacking in the deadly deceitful drinkability that a tripel should have.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great price for this beer- less than $9 for a strong tripel. (I remember buying this in 6 packs though. :(

A: pours with medium carbonation, and the head quickly dissipates with some slight lacing. Orangish-light gold in color. A little bit hazy.

S: Some citrus and bubblegum come right out of the glass. Lots of fruity esters. A little bit of maltiness is there as well. Reminds me of that pale, hard gum you would chew as a kid, like the true bubblegum.

T: More citrus and fruit on the palate. There is pineapple, green apple, some berry, and even orange. There is a slightly acidic, tart flavor there as well. The beer is geared towards the yeasty esters, but there is some malt sweetness and flavor as well.

M: A little thin, and not the smoothest or easy drinking trippel I've had. A little more carbonation would help. still, it is refreshing and and oily on the palate.

O: This beer has enough going on to compare with some of the better trippels out there, but doesn't pull the whole package altogether like St. Bernardus or Tripel Karmeleit. The yeast-forward approach is nice here, and the beer is very attenuated and refreshing. The acidity of the flavor could be toned down some- which is maybe suggestive of hotter fermenation temps.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed copper with a head that doesn't last long. Little lacing sticks. Nice color, but could use better head retention.

The smell is of spicy yeast, bubblegum, clove and a touch of honey. There is a vague fruitiness in the back.

The taste is of caramel, bubblegum and honey sweetness. Some fruitiness mixes in. It has a spicy, dry finish.

The body is smooth, though a few more effervescent bubbles wouldn't hurt.

This has a nice taste and not a bad interpretation for a German-style brewery!

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My dog growing up's name was Abbey. This DOES NOT taste like dogs. This is clearly beer. It was okay beer. Like other Sprecher ones, it is kind of a pseudo-european style. Perhaps it is okay if I had nothing else. But they seem to not be on the forefront or cutting edge of craft brewing.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer of thr month club beer. Pours goldenish copper with fluffy one finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is yeast, pear, banana, honey. Dry smelling with just a hint of funk, but on the sweet side for the style. Sweet flavor with lots of pears and honey, pleasant and easy to drink. Light mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Not half bad.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Abbey Triple [sic]." "Belgian Style Ale." 8.4% ABV according to my bottle's label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty typical label art and branded twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6-pack at Whole Foods HQ here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, which I'm not sure is up to the task of brewing a good tripel.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Glistening complexion. Disappointingly thin; a bit weak for a tripel. Not much creaminess either. Nice even lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 4 minutes. Not bad for 8.40%.

Body colour is a clear yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrance is average.

Overall, it's in the neighborhood of how a tripel ought to appear, but it's far from the best I've seen.

Sm: Has a sweet young maltiness that betrays a lack of full fermentation; smells like wort. Heavy residual sugars, with a lot of straw, graininess, and raw honey. Crystal malts, caramalt, pilsner malts. I'm not getting much in the way of Belgian blonde or pale malts. Definitely fruity, but it's difficult to discern which fruits; dry apple and pears are mainly what I get, with perhaps some apricot as well. A biteen cidery with its dry character and crisp apple notes. Quite nectary in terms of its hop profile, with some floral notes as well. Clove honey. Not getting any evident tripel or trappist yeast character from the aroma; there's no yeasty notes at all.

No alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma, but not really to style per se. Still, I'm looking forward to it.

T: The orchard pear and apple fruit ester notes are much more prominent in the taste than they were in the aroma. Spritzy dry cidery notes. Golden malts including Belgian pale/blonde malts. Clove. Honey. Cane sugar. Clean Belgian style yeast is present, but it doesn't feel like trappist or abbey yeast. I do get a touch of biscuity character, but the yeast is much more sterile and filtered here than in traditional examples of the tripel style. It does feel young, with plentiful unrefined sugars throughout. A hint of alcohol does manifest. Plenty of floral and nectary hops. Overall, honey may be the dominant note. Balance is decent, but it's quite a simple flavour profile for a tripel. There's some light subtlety here; the clove is quite buried. I do get some banana as it warms.

Depth of flavour is atypically shallow for the style. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I guess I like it overall; there are no offensive off-flavours or anything.

Mf: Smooth and nicely dry. Overcarbonated, but not biting or harsh. Has nice body for what it is. A bit too thick in my opinion. Nice presence on the palate. Spritzy. It suits the flavour profile decently. Sticky. Chewy.

Dr: A rather downable beer for the ABV, but not an excellent tripel. I do think it ought that a brewery so seemingly concerned with marketing itself as a German-style brewery saw fit to attempt a tripel, but the result was better than I expected. It's far less pedestrian than I expected and even has some nuance. While the wort-like unrefined malt character brings it down for me, ultimately it's worth trying. You could do worse for an American brewed tripel.

Low C+

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly darker amber color with a near Non existant head.

Nose has Belgian clove and pepper phenols with some pear like fruity esters that overlay a moderately sweet smelling Carmel malt.

There is more Belgian yeast charicters in the taste. Starts with some light fruity notes like pear, apple, and banana. finishes with more spice on the back end and faint hints of sweet grainy malt.

Mouthfeel has a medium to light body with high carbonation.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce, twist-off bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, darkened gold body. Not appreciable head forms on pouring, and, what little is there, evaporates almost at once.

Smell: Clove buds marinated in alcohol, faintly bready pils malts, splash of honey wine, stone fruits, tropical fruits, and basic chewing gum.

Taste: Lightly bready malts, some balmy, grainy pils malts. Subtle sweetness. Early-arriving pinch of cloves and pepper. Fruitiness, most notably banana, pear and peach. Moderate bubblegum character. Noted alcohol though not overbearing. Drying on the back half with a turn towards a more tropical fruitiness. Alcohol definitely ramps up at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but a little middle-of-the-road for me.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Cloudy gold. Decent size head on the pour and some messy lacing.
smell: Rich fruit, spicy bread. This is sure a Tripel.
taste: Much like the nose. I find myself gulping this. Very tasty and smooth.
overall: Nice Tripel. Alcohol seems half of what it is. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of BeerlyLegal
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A decent brew. Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass. It's got orange peel written all over it.

Very little foam head & lacing. The scent is lacking although it does have a bit of apple & pear sugars in it.. It's got a nice pale golden /dark orange color

Tastes like a Belgian. The orange flavor gives it a great all around mouthfeel that isn't overwhelming at all& something I'd like to drink again, no doubt.

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Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Similar to a real Belgian. A faint orangey yellow pour, the color looks like the skin of a peach. It's not cloudy, but not clear either, but lacks the carbonated look I see in a lot of Belgians. The head is a finger thick but doesn't retain well.

The smell could certain fool you that it's not from across the pond. It's got a nice mixture of fresh fruits and candied sugar, with splashes of grape, pear and pepper.

A bit fruity for style, though still mostly pleasant. Lots of pear and maybe a bit much white pepper. I can't tell if I'm getting too much pepper or a hit of alcohol near the end of the sip, but the high fruit content does it's best in a losing effort to balance.

Sweet and fruity up front, but spicy and acidic at the end. A bit tangy in the swallow leaves you slightly puckered. Slight heat in the finish. There is a little carbonation here and there. The alcohol is present the whole time, but never too over the top.

This was part of this month's beer of the month club so I'm glad I've got a couple more bottles after this one because this was pretty good. The Belgians won't lose any sleep over this, but it's pretty good for an American rendition.

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Photo of AAG
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured directly from a cold bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured about 2-3 fingers of white head which dissipated very quickly down to almost nothing in about a minute. Remaining head laced nicely on the edges of the pint glass as I drank it. Light-medium amber in color.

Smell - Fruity, pears, banana, orange; very aromatic overall. Eagerly looking forward to tasting this beer after smelling its complex fruit aromas.

Taste - Bananas, pears; slightly bitter with a yeast-like aftertaste; earthy; kind of a bizarre combination of tastes; a little bit too funky for me.

Mouthfeel - Not too carbonated; easy on the palate given the high alcohol content.

Overall - Not my favorite Belgian ale. Taste is complex but I find the aftertaste to be mildly unpleasant; funky is really the only way that I can describe it. Not bad but not a beer I would look for again.

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