Triple Abbey Style Ale
Southampton Publick House

Triple Abbey Style AleTriple Abbey Style Ale
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #204
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,105
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
108
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Southampton Publick House
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  9
SCORE
86
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml just like the BA avatar. Relaxed presentation, the simple plain looking yellow backed main label states that this is ‘Southampton Trappist Style Triple Ale’. No freshness date, who cares, but listed as O.G.= 20.0°P, 9.0% abv. Corked and caged, the cage actually disintegrated and broke, the thumbed cork nevertheless was easy enough to extract.

Appearance: Well my trusted Duvel Glass rises to the challenge yet again. Funky golden Saison body, partially hazed with a clean yet cloudy peach-golden streamer laden body. Awesome levels of dissolved carbonation, gently swirled it reveals a milky golden body of pure conditioning that supports a pure white head, which in turns leaves a thinly veiled lacing which quickly dissolves. Super fine bubbled conditioning. Looks f’in cool.

Nose: Soaked honey dew lemon fruits and sugar coated frosted candies. Bitter orange seeded tangerine flesh eating bugs pierce the nasal cavity and dissolve my nose hairs whilst feasting on my inner bodily skin. My Testicles real in the presence of the biting sharp yeasty aromas that pluck at the fruity strings of the background floral Hops.

Taste: Wow, smashed apricots, bitter peaches, exotic banana slices, biscuit malts, sucrose, Candi sugar, fruity middling tones and some yeasty breaded beeswax honey tones. Incredible mix and profile of flavors. Superb. Bitter yet honey laden finish

Mouthfeel: Very smooth carbonated body. Finely attenuated and dissolved blanket conditioning flash the tongue with a velvet sour tinge and a dry fruity sweet marmalade ending.

Drinkability: I really need to get back to Southampton Publick House and get 12 750ml bottles of anything they produce and ship them Westward. Quaffable in a dangerous way.

Overall: Triples in the US so often miss the point, they completely avoid the heritage of the strong fruity and bitter Belgian Golden Ales that formed them and head into a jumbled bitter pale ale mess. But what I love about Southampton is that they avoid this Faux Pas and grasp the heritage head on, for they have produced a classic Fruity Triple IMVHO. How Classic??? Imagine British Cinema and Ealing Comedy without Alastair Sim……that’s how classic!!!

It’s my Dad’s 60th Birthday today, and sadly I can’t be back in England to share it with him, so I’m raising this 750ml as a toast to the old man, I get my fucked up sense of humor exclusively from him, but we both know a great brew when we get to taste one - so this brew is well worthy of the situation!

Cheers to Jetsbeer for this “Birthday” Classic.

Dec 22, 2004
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Beertracker from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jan 27, 2012
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ericj551 from Canada (AB)

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Southhampton Triple pours a slightly hazy light orange with a thin bubbly head that fades almost immediately. Aroma is dry, chalky yeast with some hints of fruity esters. Flavor is more of the dry chalky, estery yeast with some light malts. Overall the beer is very dry and thin without a lot of the smooth flavors I expect from triple. The alcohol is light but becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Oct 05, 2007
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medic25 from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-golden color with a frothy white head that quickly fades. Aroma is a pleasant yeasty smell. Taste is good, although does not compare to some Belgian or Quebecois samples I've tried. A little sweet, but too hoppy and a little musty for the style. Drinkable, but not my favorite example of a tripel, and not the best offering I've tried from this outstanding brewer.

Mar 16, 2008
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geexploitation from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy, yellowed orange color... the color of marmalade and honey mixed in water. Bright white head that fades to a collar and then, rather quickly, nothing. The nose is predominantly herbal, with some fennel and coriander mixing with asparagus and a touch of bubble gum. Very light and unhoppy for a tripel, especially an American one. On the palate this is very light, even for a tripel. Things start off with a bit of fruity acidity, then smooth out into some honeyed malts at the mid-palate. There's a burst of earthy hops and the finish is long and sweet. Good mouthfeel, albeit on the light side. Overall, this is a nice, little refreshing tripel. Not ready to play with the big boys, but a pleasant trifle (not a spelling error) nonethless.

Sep 16, 2007
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GClarkage from California

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/10/06- Received from BA Bultrey as part of a fantasy baseball prize.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. No freshness dating however. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Diluted peach juice color. Looks a tad watery. 1/2 inch head which leaves light trails of lace.

Smell- Sweet and floral. Lots of friggin hops! Spices are forced into the backseat because of the hop prescence. You can pick up a bit of white pepper and corriander though.

Taste- Extremely hoppy for a tripel. Lemon rind and maybe some tangerine flavors come through after the hop onslaught. A touch of corriander and peppery spices are to be found after the hops come in.

Mouthfeel- Very highly carbonated with a medium body per style. Hoppy and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hopheads will fall in love with this beer. Overall it's pretty tasty, but I'm old school and prefer a bit less hops in my tripel. Still would revisit though if I get in the mood for hops.

Mar 11, 2007
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle.

Poured a hazy/coudy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Fruity aroma. Apples with light citrus. Tastes of the same fruitiness, and citrus. Lightly spicy. Had a light tartness in the finish.

Notes from 05/08/05.

Nov 18, 2008
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plaid75 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a light copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a heavy sweet malt and earthy yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a moderately sweet malt, apple peel and pear. Full earthy esters as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and user friendly tripel.

Sep 15, 2009
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Biggness from New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light hazy amber with barely any head and small ammounts of lacing. The nose is very pleasant of bananas and nice malts. The taste is very smooth, some hints of vanilla, there is some banana and a little orange, all backed with a nice malt base. The mouthfeel is nice but the carbonation level is low. Fir 8% this is an extremely drinkable beer.

Dec 15, 2008
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA - Oct 14, 2007. Light hibiscus and orange spritz aroma, laid down in a bed of wet grain. Pours a strikingly clear pale gold, topped with a minimal white head. Flavor is a dense, sugar imbued sweep. There’s some hexaneous lemon, lots of bright, glowing yeast phenolics, over gentle pear, sweet apple and melon. A nip of warmth and glow of the yeast products, in a minerally husk. Backend gushes out with a chewy, hop gum and spritz of lemon zest. Nicely dry and comparatively clean finish. Missing some depth and carbonation. Could use more forceful, bright percolation. Overall, decent, but not excelling.

Nov 23, 2011
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ommegangpbr from New York

2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The new Southampton triple! I liked the corked and cage model; let's see how this compares, shall we?
Yes.
We shall.
The pour is placid so far. No head to speak of; looks a bit like grapefruit juice. A bit of a hazy, gold/amber color.
Smells like... fruitcake; and not really in a good way. Plums and nectarines that are starting to get very mushy is what it reminds me of. Pardon my dangling participles. Muddled scents that aren't appealing.
Why, Southampton? Why do you keep brewing beers with this profile?
This tastes like apple juice with vodka mixed in; a less syrupy version of the Southampton Gran Crus I have had. I can't get past the apple juice and vodka thing. Maybe if you like appletinis you'll like this.
Mouthfeel is pretty good all in all. Relatively light and sparkling. The sweetness is a bit sticky but doesn't linger around as long as it could.
Every once in awhile I get moments where I think I detect tasty Belgian yeast works but those moments are few and far between.
I shan't be getting this again.

Nov 23, 2007
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MaltyGoodness from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear, golden color with a small white head that vanishes. Almost no lacing.

Aroma is slightly yeasty and very fruity. Just a bit of hops detected.

Slightly sweet upfront leading into a mild yeastiness and pleasant fruity flavor. Finishes sweet and fairly clean.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Easy enough to drink, but not much about this beer says "tripel" except for the label. Missing several characteristics and levels of complexity that really define this style.

Aug 08, 2008
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OldSock from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 750 ml bottle, it was a gift from one of my former college roommates, thanks Kim. The clear golden liquid has only a few bubbles rising through it in my wine glass. By the last pour the yeast invades the glass making it cloudy with sediment, oh well. The stark white head quickly falls to just a ring around he glass.

Smell – Apples and honey with a hint of alcohol and wine. There is some spice as well, could be coriander or the yeast, perfectly to style.

Taste – Restrained Belgian yeast spice with loads of fruitiness and a hint of alcohol. Great clean flavor, not musty at all like so many imports are. Relatively dry, but still with enough sweetness to keep the balance. The hops provide a solid bitterness and just a hint of earthiness.

Mouthfeel – Medium body for the style with carbonation that should be a bit stronger. I got three little bits of stem or something in my glass no idea what it is, my glass was clean.

Drinkability & Notes – Despite the 9% alcohol this beer derives easy drinkability from its dryness and perfect balance of flavors. Southampton does it again, a beer that is every bit as good as its Belgian inspirations, but without the damage that they sustain during transport to our shores.

Apr 29, 2006
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rab53 from Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 09, 2011
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NoLiberty from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a light, cloudy, lemony-honey with lighter edging. Nice edgy lacing with very little initial head. Aroma is spicy with solid base of pilsner malt, straw, honey and citrus notes, funky and doughy. Not much alcohol in the nose. The taste has a light alcohol up front followed by honey, malt, strong bread and cereal tastes. Nice up front sweet with slight spiciness in the finish. Good aftertaste. Overall a fairly good beer but kind of off to the style, but pretty drinkable.

Dec 28, 2007
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dirtylou from New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, purchased at a whole foods somewhere in the NORVA region and consumed back in charlotte. always enjoy some southampton

appearance: served in an OMB glass, hazy orange body with a fluffy beige cap...rather dull body

smell: fair amount of fruit sweetness - apple, pear, pineapple, corriander, clove

taste: a good but not great tripel - sweet pear and apple are in the forefront - sharp clove, white pepper and other spice are provided. the downfalls are the overly sweet finish and lacking that yeast zip that i like in a tripel

mouthfeel: a little sweeter and with a slightly heavier body than the flagships

drinkability: fine

Jun 24, 2009
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scooter231 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this beer was insane. HUGE and poofy, yet creamy, malleable and fun to play with, stays around forever, and leaves lovely lacing. Just huge. Liquid itself is a bit hazy, a slightly amberish golden color. Smells a bit like sour honey, surprisingly not unappealing. Alcohol comes through pretty clearly.

Taste is sweet, more honey, sugary, with a sour, citrus twinge near the end which leaves a crispness lying around. Alcohol again doesn't hide, but it's not overly intrusive. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. Overall a pretty tasty brew, right on par with most everything from Southampton.

Dec 06, 2006
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badbeer from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to kmweaver. Golden color with white head and decent retention. Aroma is pretty nice, filled with lemon, various spices, clove, and coriander. I get most of the same notes in the taste; very flavorful. Light body and high in carbonation. I guess I'm in the minority for really liking this. I'd definitely enjoy having this again.

Dec 27, 2008
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sinistrsam from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy yellow with a small white head which dissapated quickly; I had hoped for a huge fomay white head that one finds in a great tripel, but no such head formed.
The citrus overpowered the banana and bubblegum, but they were both there, and came out moreso as it warmed. Mild yeast as well.
Floral hops and sweet malts, citrus, lemon and orange, yeast, maybe soem clove (?) candi sugar and corainder were all there, but I had ot say alcochol was one of the most distinct flavors.
It was medium bodied adn light, which was nice, and the carbonation was decent, but the bitter and sour citrus along witht eh alcohol made this a little less drinkable than otehr tripels I like as well as other Southampton brews. Overall a good beer but not an excellent representation of the style.

Oct 12, 2007
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tempest from New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Eulogy in Philly.

Served in a goblet. Overall, this tripel is good, but unremarkable. As far as the standard for the style goes, the bar is pretty high, these are delicious beers we're talking about here. But the malt is plain, with just a bit a caramel. The spice is too light, mostly just a corriander undercurrent. And while the little bit of hops at the end adds a nice touch, this all doesn't add up to an amazing beer. That said, this is a pretty good beer. I'd call it on par with Weyerbacher's Merry Monks.

Sep 09, 2007
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phisig137 from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy medium gold color with a dry fluffy 2 finger head. Lots of floaters and sinkers. Decent retention, with minimal lace.

S- Bone dry, and loaded with spicy yeast phenols. Slight hoppiness, almost reminiscent of a Saison.

F- Great grainy flavors up front, including slight sweetness, raw wheat, and stale grain. Majority of the flavor is brought up by an extremely spicy strain of yeast. Finish is almost chemical and burning.

M- light and heavily carbonated.

D- pretty good. Granted, the alcohol is a little low for a triple, but it is quite well hidden. The bomber disappears before you know it.

Overall, pretty tasty, and WELL worth the $4.49 for the bomber. Southampton fans should definitley look for a bottle, and belgian triple fans, I'd say it's worth a try. Not the best triple out there, but well worth the price and trouble. I'd buy it again.

Oct 09, 2007
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gpcollen1 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a relatively unimpressive yellow...ish into my La Rulles glass. Head rises for a minute and then goes right to bed and never to be seen again. This one started putting me to sleep and then honked its horn in my ear. This one is sweet and spicy, crisp and peppery, stands in front of the doorway not letting you through...anywho...

Hits your tongue and effervesces in a gently rolling wave. This one lands slightly spicy sweet, with hints of tangerine peel and freshly cracked black pepper. Very thin on the mouth. Finish is dry and a bit of the alcohol seems driven to warm the back of your throat. Dry and crisp with not very much sweetness at all, very much the way I like it.

This brew is not at all impressive in some of the categories that I would rate some Tripels very highly but the taste and drinkability are impressive. I need some more of this for my vacation.

Jul 27, 2007
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found some notes from when I tried this one a few weeks ago. A 22 oz. bottle...

A: Thick-looking hazy, apple cider-orange/golden color. A fair amount of suspended tiny yeasty bits, floating amidst bountiful carbonation. Head is short-lived and fizzy white, a 1/4" dropping rapidly to a scattered film. Slipping lace falling slowly.

S: Yeast, sweet honeydew and some orange pulp with a pinch of cinnamon spice. Clover honey and a faint grain alcohol.

T: Soft yeast rolls and fruit (melon and sweet-tart apple, maybe a twist of lemon). Just enough honey-ed sweetness, gives way to a tart/tangy apricot and juicy citrus. Plenty of spice atop it all, somewhat starchy in the finish. A beautiful rendition of a Belgian classic.

M: Very tight, crisp mouthfeel...a refreshing, 'fresh tasting' tripel even with months of cellaring. A rather active carbonation leaves some tingling on the tongue. Not sticky or too thick; it's mellow and has a sneaky alcohol warming.

D: Very likable and almost too easy to drink - certainly comparable to an above-average Belgian-made version of the style. Recommended to those of you where this is available. Southampton has a winner with this one.

Feb 13, 2008
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while home in NY a few months ago and has been sitting in my fridge ever since. Enough of that nonsense. Pours a pale goden with decent head but uninspiring retention or lace. Yeasty sweetness and a touch of alcohol line the none too overpowering nose. It smells Belgian enough, if not real distinctive.

A bit cloying with a strongly alcoholic aftertaste, even for 8%abv. Some oiliness in the texture really makes the booze taste linger. Some reasonable fruit annd clove notes but a biit champagne themed as well. Mouthfeel could use some thickening. A bit mediocre for the price ($6.99) and origin.

Nov 14, 2007
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

2.61/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, apples, but there's a metallic odor coming through.

T: The taste likewise has a strong metallic bite to it up front, with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and tart fruits. The malt character is a little light and there's a mild hops presence, but not too much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very tasty, does not go down very easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, there definitely are a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Aug 09, 2008
Triple Abbey Style Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 108 ratings