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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Photo of BeerLover729
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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 NoLiberty
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 ommegangpbr
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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 daliandragon
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 asabreed
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of callmemickey
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber gold body. My glass had almost no head to it. Did the bartender hold on to it too long before bringing it over to me?

S: Lemon, yeasty, mild fruity malt sweetness. Crisp aroma.

T: Grains are upfront and balanced by a spicy yeast with a mild phenol-like finish

M: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation throughout

D: Quite drinkable with the abv very well hidden.. overall, enjoyable for $3 on draft

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with more golden margins and beau coup carbonation. Two fingers of quite white head settle soon to frothy surface fluff. Eels of lacing slip and slide down the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a fruity ruckus, with melon, pear, apple, and berry. It's also slightly clovey and nicely crisp. A touch of sweet caramel joins yeasty dough and a vent of alcohol.

Upon sipping, there is a measured melding of sweetness and wheaty tang, along with a hint of caramel and bread dough. Melon and green apple are clean and crisp, an effect buttressed by a fair flash of alcohol. Esters push some clove spice in front of residual grain sweetness that's crisped by some remaining spice and tree fruit. The finish lingers very clean and dry. It's fruity and nicely managed by the esters.

Medium bodied, a smooth creaminess is peppered by the vibrant carbonation.

It's smooth and refreshing, a nice touch for a triple, and blended with a moderate complexity that almost lulls you with its homeyness. It's especially good but it never blares or crows. The ABV is an afterthought, at least until it does its undercover work. Still, it drinks in a tasty, fun manner. It's one more strong showing among many from Southampton.

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Photo of phisig137
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow with a short 1/2" head that falls apart to a swirling surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: floral and citrus tones are detectable, and some hints of yeast spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: grainy malt, floral bitterness, pears, orange citrus, lemon zest, yeast spiciness, coriander and honey are rounded with a warming alcohol tone.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Long aftertaste. Medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable and a worthy tripel worth trying.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 22oz bomber version of Southampton's Triple. I am not sure how different this is from the 750ml version of their triple. On their site they list this new bottle with the old bottles BA score, so perhaps there isn't much of a difference

Poured into a goblet a golden peach juice color with a nice sized head of white foam that leaves nice lacing. (at the end of the bottle a small amount of black specks make an appearance
Aroma is large and inviting. Sweet fruit and candied sugar with clove and other spices (pepper? perhaps inferred from the black specks at the bottom of the bottle)
Taste is what you might expect from a triple. A nice blend of belgian sugar, fruits, and spices backed up by the hint of alcohol warmth.
Although the alcohol is well hidden this is still a nice slow sipper.
If this 22oz version as as vastly inferior (3.78 compared to 4.2) as the reviews lead me to believe I would absolutely love to get my hands on the 750ml version. That being said this is still a high quality triple worth savoring. Stacks up nicely against other American triple attempts.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Enoteca Italiana poured into a tulip glass. Golden orange color, small head. Spice (clove) upfront in the aroma, as well as sweet fruit and candy. The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, but was still very good. Peppery and fruity. Nice crisp mouthfeel, fun beer to drink.

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Photo of joe1510
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Hautacam
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a small head that settles to a film.
Smells of citrus and yeast.
Tastes just barely sweet ... doughy , with a bit of a citrusy hop bite. There is a lot of bubblegum , pear , apple and yeast flavor.
It has a real Belgian feel to it in that the sweetness is on the low side.
Mouthfeel is medium-full and carbonation is medium.
A pretty drinkable tripel.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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 Gmann
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a below average head and head retention for a tripel, zero lacing. The smell on the other hand is much better. Sweet tropical fruit smell, candi sugar, honey, good tripel aroma. I would categorize the taste as a tripel light, almost a Beligan Pale Ale or Blonde. This is not necessarily negative. This tripel tastes like most American tripels but doesn't have that over your head booziness. The taste is of tart apple skin, honey, candi sugar, hints of bananas. Very good taste but doesn't have that great Beligan tripel taste or complexity. Moderately bodied and carbonated and finishes rather balanced, maybe on the tart side. Besides the poor appearance, this is a sneaky good tripel, definitely gets better as it warms up a bit as the flavors come out.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a small white head that disappears quickly. The smell has lemon,wheat,bread yeast,and bannana. The taste is crisp and refreshing with lemon,clove,banana,bread yeast and some wheat. A very nice tasting beer that hides the alcohol well. The m/f is light/medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This is a very good tasting beer that hides the alcohol and delivers a blast of flavor.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale from Southampton Publick House
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