Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Triple Abbey Style AleSouthampton Triple Abbey Style Ale
108 Ratings
Southampton Triple Abbey Style AleSouthampton Triple Abbey Style Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by saltydog on 11-08-2003

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of Hernard
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Light, slightly sour; body doesn't really carry its apv. Not unlike an artisanal 8% Budweiser. Certainly not unpleasant, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
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?
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.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Nipitato
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a bomber at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: A gold hue with visible effervescence but no head to speak of.

S: Perfumy, floral, and sweet alcohol aromas. Yeasty. Not spicy or citrusy.

T: Not a great flavor. Lacking fullness, richness, and complexity of a good Belgian tripel. What really comes through here is the alcohol flavor. Clove phenols are noticeable but without balance are kind of a distraction.

MF: Medium light body. Well carbonated. Very dry. Mucho alcohol warming - bordering on hot.

D, notes: Alcohol is not masked well in this beer. Not complex enough to be considered a good tripel.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

drank on 6.14.08 at home with bro in law jason. sse.

hazy golden color. ok head - 1 finger. lasts quite long. a little sediment floating around in the glass. soapy malty smell, nothing exciting.

ok taste. light up front. a bit on the weak side for a triple. didn't have any problem drinking it however.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head that went away pretty quick. In the aroma, big on corriander and alcohol, small amounts of fruit in the backround. In the taste, alcohol up front, with a dry corriander end to it. A dry beer, quite big on alcohol. A smooth triple, big on alcohol.

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Photo of rallison
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that leaves almost no lacing but never fully dissipates.

Smells of sweet toffee, oddly. Slight tropical fruits. Not altogether very impressive. Diacetyl may also be present.

Taste is similar. Some tropical fruits atop a toffee-ish malt backbone. Not very complex or interesting.

Mouthfeel is well enough carbonated and drinkability is ok.

Overall, meh. This beer is, well, boring. Not a bad beer, per se, but not a very good beer either. There are many better tripels out there.

Edit: Just not a good tripel. Taste lowered from 3.5 to 3.0.

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Photo of POTABLE83
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jurbanik
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of BeerLover729
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out to be golden with small quickly retreating head. The beer smells slightly of grape esters and has a sour phenol finish. The beer has a mellow malt taste with a pronounced phenol character that finishes off as almost sour. The dark fruit esters are not detectable by taste but this is potentially because the beer is cold still. The finish is very dry and almost harsh. This beer has a medium and appropriate body with moderate fizzy carbonation. It goes down easy but it has a harshness to the finish that makes me pause before taking the next sip. This is a good beer. However, it might be better with additional aging.

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Photo of ksimons
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-a cloudy golden orange with a bit of head on the top

S-citrus, some orange fruit, yeast, sweet, and slightly malty

T-the beer has a citrus bite with some fruity sweetness and ends with a malty and yeasty note. The flavors are all there but seem somewhat unorganized and no one flavor really stands out

M-mellow, slight citrus and alcohol bite, medium carbonation

D-its good, but the flavors don't come all together to make it truly great

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Photo of ark57
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually find beers from Southampton very good, but this one didn't do much for me. It is golden in color with a slight haze and a meringue-like head, but it looks too fizzy. The aroma has some vanilla and spice, but it does not emit much for my nose to detect. Lemon/citrus notes are at the forefront and there is some malty sweetness. The creamy body aslso has a yeasty/bready character before the peppery alcohol finishes it off. This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, just not my favorite.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow color. A minimal head quickly settles down to nothing.

S- Smells of white grape juice, Sauternes dessert wine, and hops.

T- Straightforward, one-dimensional flavor of thick, sweet malt and sweet rolls. As sweet as it is, the finish is of dry hops.

M, D- Sweet & viscous, but an over-exuberant level of CO2 cuts the stickiness. Plenty of malt structure here, but no real Belgian characteristics to be found.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southampton Triple - Southampton, NY

Appears a honey golden crystal clear very filtered appearance with a bright white foaming head. Aroma is sweet with syrup loaded sugar tones spicy balanced herbal and tropical fruit notes creamy finish with a touch of alcohol. Flavor has a honey coated sweet Belgian candi sugar with herbal mild hops focusing toward the malt profile full of troical and passion with a touch of citrus fruits mild pear with white grapes and a spiced up yeast finish. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and not well attenuated compared to authentic Belgian tripels some residual sugars are left over bringing some off qualities for me spritzy carbonation really tickled the palate. Drinkability is decent not as great as past reviews when this brew was pub only, contracting has it's downfalls and this brewery really paints that portrait well. Bottles are done in upstate NY, not sure about the kegs, and caged bottles are down at Sly Fox Royersford with Phil Markowski on hand. So far the best beers I've had from them were the Abbey 12 and the Grand Cru.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance (in tulip out of a 750mL) is cloudy amber with fine white head.

Nose is mellow orange and yeast. Pleasant, suggesting a full-bodied taste.

Taste has a striking note of sweet alcohol which is balanced by carbonation and some faint hop bitterness. Faint traces of apple linger, but the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, but faintly prickly-- nothing exceptional.

Overall nice, but not outstanding for the style.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of gcare02
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of pmccallum86
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a small bubbly head.

Smell is Belgian yeasts and booze.

Taste is Belgian yeasts and malts with a strong alcohol smell as well.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated.

Drinkability suffers a little from the high level of alcohol, but overall not too shabby.

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Photo of jwc215
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt., 6 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazy/clouded golden with a thin head that soon becomes a patch. Very little lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of orange peel and pepper. Candi sugar and herbal/medicinal notes are present. Grainy malt and a touch of mustiness come through as it warms.

The taste is sweet - candi sugar. A raw cookie-dough characteristic almost dominates. Orange and lemon peel give it a balancing tartness. Finishes with a dry spiciness.

Medium-bodied with a nice texture, this isn't bad, but it doesn't quite stand out for the style. Cookie-dough a bit too prominent overall.

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Photo of joe1510
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber
Halftime Beverage

The Abbey Style Triple pours a crystal clear deep golden, I can see my fingerprints on the other side of the glass. A one finger white head forms onthe pour but quickly falls to a skimming with a thick ring. A swirl here and there brings the head right back. Bursts of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is the best aspect of this beer. Smells like a simple Belgian tripel but with bigger doses of each aroma. Big on the clove infused pear which is the dominant smell coming fro mthe glass. Some green apple and candi sugar are sprinkled in there as well. A solid dose of alcohol spiciness brings up the backend.

Flavor is much less subdued than the aroma. Clove washes over the tongue. Pear and green apples come throuch occasionally. Mild alcohol spiciness on the finish. The problem here is the flavors are weak and muddled.

Medium-light body but with somewhat of a watery consistency. A little light on the carbonation. Some alcohol vapors rise through the nose and throat on the swallow.

This beer is easy enough to finish a glass but that's about all I'll want in a sitting.

Not what I was expecting from Southampton. This just seems like a muddled not very well put together tripel. A disappointment, my first from this brewery.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" eggshell head over the clear golden brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with ample delicate lace. Aroma is spicy and soapy, with a touch of citrus. Taste is spicy upfront with the sweet grains, Lemony in the middle, and that character carries on to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems a bit too bubbly, and drinking is pretty good. Ok, but nothing to knock yourself over trying to find, for sure.

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Photo of asabreed
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter. Purchased for around $5.

Appearance: I'm always confused how long I've had the glass on the shelf, how it was washed before, if I should wash it again, etc., especially with my better glasses. So that may be one of the reasons why there's not a tripel-like head on the brew. And there's also not a lot of carbonation seeming to make itself known. The hazy golden yellow color, however, is beautiful, and is saving this. Maybe the snifter was the bad choice, who knows.

Smell: Bring the funk, ya'll, because that's much of what we have here. I was hoping for more banana and cream and candi sugar and all the like, especially since I really dig the D-white from Southampton. Alas, the funk takes over, but not in that medicinal and earthy nature of the gods, though still not unpleasant. But it's overshadowing much of the potential. I even washed out the glass thoroughly, and that didn't help.

Taste: Ah, finally, we get some good things, especially with the finish, where much of the yeast and phenolic activity are able to come to the forefront. While tasting there's some subdued banana and vanilla, mild candi sugar (which is good for not making it overly sweet, though I wonder if making it sweeter could've helped), mild citrus zest, and mild hops. I'm certainly glad the taste outweighs the other components, though that won't save the brew overall.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than I want it to be coupled with possibly the carbonation that needs to be boosted a bit. But it doesn't take away; it just could improve it, I think.

Drinkability: I have to say, I'm disappointed with this overall. The price is there. The brewery is there. The brew, however, is not. A nice try, though, and a decent experience. But I'll be sticking to the Double White.

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Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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