Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale | Southampton Publick House

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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

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Added by saltydog on 11-08-2003

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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 108
Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a predominantly pale malt scent that's seemingly light with some malty sweetness. The yeast esters create an earthy, yet somewhat fruity aroma. The taste is great! It has quite a fruity flavor that works well with pale malts. It's smooth with a bit of sweetness in the finish. It's got some earthy character, but it's a mild. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt and yeast character; a damn fine beer.

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Photo of mhatters
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a tulip glass at TDR Exton

Pours a light ambergolden color with a big, thick foamy white head with lots of porosity

Notes of lemon, yeast, spice, light fruit (definitely apple)

The spice really pops through in the flavor, some graininess as well. Finishes dry and crisp, not overly sweet

Light and easy to drink, well carbonated, a nice beer, the alcohol is well masked by the beer, making it comfortable to drink.

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Photo of argock
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Delicious creamy lemon-yellow with delicate 1-2 finger head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Very fruity with apples, figs, and raisins with a touch of coriander and cinnamon with a dash of yeast and light herbal, grassy hops.

T: A delicious, robust flavor profile that is straightforward but thus true to the style. Fruitiness of apples, pears, and honey-soaked dates meet a soft enhancing spiciness, typical yeast character, and finishes with a crisp herbal hops note. Very easy to drink and thoroughly enjoyable.

M: The robust character is tempered slightly in the feel but still delivers a fairly creamy, coating brew with even carbonation.
Aftertaste is honey-like and fruity.

D: A great find with exceptional value. It was for some reason hidden away from the other Belgian-style ales -- I am very glad I found it. One of the most drinkable in the style with strength and robust character tempered with delicate sweetness in aspects of the presentation. I am going to have to lay out the bucks to try some of Southampton's other Belgian's given the quality of this offering.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8% Belgian style tripel.

A: Pours a hazy and cloudy bright golden-orange color with a moderately diminishing white creamy head with small peppery particulate matter dancing about.

S: There is very lively carbonation with yeasty aromatics of bubble gum and creamy bananas on the nose.

T: The beer starts off very spicy with a touch of alcohol warming. The mouthful is light and creamy and very lively from the carbonation. For flavor there are some nice esters and fruitiness of pears, oranges, and bananas. The finish is dry and spicy with warm bananas and dry orange grind on the tongue. The hopping is peppery and spicy with huge citrusy notes against a light Belgian malting backing. The beer is very clean flavor wise with good yeast attributes and a slight sourness but lacks the complexity and spicing of true Belgian beers.

M: lively from the carbonation, a bit rough texture wise more then expected, perhaps from the c02.

D: A good American interpretation and easy drink with a good flavor and overall rating.

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Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Biggness
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Southampton Triple is a clear brassy gold, lots of streamers forming a creamy white head that leaves decent lace. I've cellared this bottle for a little over ½ a year

Smell is sweet cereal grains, vanilla, diacetyl, alcohol vapors. There's also a light hint of flaky baked potato skins and a touch of asparagus.

Taste is pretty strong, toffee, vanilla, a touch buttery, tropical fruity esters, clean alcohol. Pretty good, but more malt, diacetyl then is usual for the style. There's also a slightly sour tang, soapy hops and a chalky bicarbonate bite. Reminds me a bit of Grimbergena Blonde.

Mouthfeel is dry and creamy, but thicker, with a spicy, boozy finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, nice taste and goes down easily. Still, it's on the thicker side, and not something I wanted another of. Perhaps given enough time it would thin out without falling apart. I don't think age was an issue, but I'm not sure how long it was on the shelf before I bought it, with Southampton not stamping their labels...

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into wine glass

A- nice hazy straw colored beer with clumpy, rocky head.

S- Spicy clove with banana and pineapple aromatics with a yeasty bready undertone

T- very sweet with a lot of spice, finishing with a juicy fruit kiss. It literally made my mouth water just drinking it it was so juicy

M - thick and luxurious

D- high alcohol, and the sweetness that got to be cloying at the end is the limitation of the beer imo

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Photo of Hophead101
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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 redmagik99
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow, patchy head. smells like sour apples. not like a sour apple jolly rancher, not overly sweet. but i definitely get that weird salivation reaction on the sides of my tongue that come from sourness. taste isnt as sour as the nose would suggest, but the tartness is definitely there. this beer reminds me of don de deux a lot. cidery tartness, followed by some yeasty butteryness more characteristic of most tripels. quite light bodied and easy drinking for the style. Pretty different from what I would call a tripel but tasty nonetheless. for $5 a bomber i have no complaints.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

Thus pours a hazy yellow gold with about an inch of foam that shrinks quickly to some spotting in the middle of my glass. There's some good lacing.

My first whiff gave me some notes of yeast, some slight citrus. some fruit(green apple?), and some spice.

The taste is yeasty and fruity up front, with the latter bringing some tartness(green apple again?)but there's some nice spicy tones as well. Interesting flavours and pretty easy to drink for an 8%er. The more I sip, the more I notice how well the tartness and yeast work together and I know I'll have no problem finishing this bomber.

It's on the low end of medium bodied and the carbonation is on the light side, like all the beers that this brewery makes but what the heck. It works for me.

Bottom line: I like this Tripel and everything I've tried from Southampton. Thank goodness for trading!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- body is a translucent golden yellow that pours with an impressive 1-2 finger eggshell white head. head fades slowly but completely leaving no lacing behind in the glass. cloudiness is dynamic and much more present at the bottom of the bottle.

S- Nose is faint, but decent. Fruity esters of apples and perhaps pears are upfront, with a hint of spiciness, a hint of alcohol, and lots of yeast.

T- flavor is similar to the nose. A light, dry fruitiness upfront with an accent of spiciness and a subtle yeast backbone. The finish is adds a touch of phenolic flavors but also has a slight presence of floral hop flavor. Slight remnants of the initial flavor along with medium strength alcohol warmth linger-but overall clean and dry.

M-Low carbonation and light body with alcohol consistency and yeast fighting for dominance, but both are faint.

D- This is a pretty good tripel overall. A bit boozier than my favorites but maybe this needs some aging (I aged Merry Monks and took that took care of the booziness problem). I may purchase this again but will cellar for awhile before retasting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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 scottg
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.6 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours an orange color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Citrus, fruity yeast, banana and green apple aromas. Up front orange citrus flavor mixed with yeast followed by a banana middle that lingers into the finish where it is joined by a light malt flavor. Medium to light carbonation with a medium body, could be more carbonated to add some crispness. Kind of a one note beer, lacks the depth and balance of a good tripel.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty though sweetish Belgian. Carbonation, initially, and then as warms is flattish. Malt and yeast give it a sugary fruitiness. Orange, yet the taste of date and fig. Very drinkable and great with fish. Above average mouthfeel. Definately the American take.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a lightly hazy golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with some nice fruity ester and some medium sweet malt. Taste is a nice enough mix between some spicy yeast and fruity ester with some well balance medium sweet Belgian malt. Body is average for the style with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very refreshing and well crafted.

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Photo of rallison
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
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 medic25
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $4.99 from Gary's in Madison... " A distinct and potent brew inspired by the Tripels made by Belgian Trappist Monks" on the neck logo... Pours a hazy, cloudy, orange, straw-colored hue with visible carbonation and sediment... Smell was ripe and bright, with notes of tangerine, citrus, and oranges...
Taste was likewise crisp, clear, and refershing with essences of tangerines, florals, citrus, lime, and lemon... Good, clean mouthfeel with a high level of drinkability due to the barely noticeable 8% ABV which struggles to assert itself behind nuances of grapefruit and fresh florals...
Overall, this wasn't a horrible stab at the style, especially from an American brewery, but I've still sampled much better depictions of the style...
Worth a try, for the price, but don't go out of your way seeking out this one...

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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 number1bum
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber pours a honey golden color with pretty good clarity and about a half inch of fizzy off-white head. Retention is pretty poor, with only a bit of a rimjob and a small patch on top, and really no stick.

Smell has a nice light sweetness to it, along with some spicy and yeasty aromas. Lemon zest, too.

Taste is noticeably dry but exhibits the same characteristics that were in the smell, except for much of that light sweetness. The lemon, spice and yeasty flavors are nice, but it needs a bit more sweetness imo. Finishes as it starts...very dry.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of a medium body and the carbonation is a little too aggressive, I think. A bit too spritzy; could be softer in the mouth and definitely could be creamier.

This is a pretty decent tripel but nothing particularly special, and probably not something I'd choose again if I had other tripels to choose from. Worth a try, though, if you prefer your tripels on the dry side.

Another note: It seems as though this used to be bottled in 750ml bottles, and then went on a bit of a hiatus (looking at the dates of reviews). Reviews seem to be much higher on those former bottles. I wonder if the recipe changed.

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Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.81 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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