Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)
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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 486 |  Reviews: 305
Reviews by DeFaz:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this brew, so tasty! I'm wondering what is wrong with some of you. How can you rate this beer low? It tastes fantastic and packs 9% abv. Does it have the head of a legendary Belgian beer? No. Does the smell knock your socks off? No. But you can't deny that taste. A nice offering from an American company trying to do a Belgian beer.

Mine was bottled on 10/22/14. Some of you are saying yours was boozy but honestly, I didn't get that at all. I ate some food when I drank this so I'm not sure if it skewed my palate, but it tasted very smooth and tasty. I had it on 4/16/15, I'm not sure if that amount of time aged it at all? idk.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a brownish-orange in color and lacked the killer head that typifies the style.

Smell – The aromas of fruit, alcohol, and medicine cabinet give this one an exciting nose to smell. The fruits are “summer salad” like cherries, oranges, and especially melon. I can pick up some yeast in there as well, although the hops are hard to find. It is very spicy though.

Taste – Pow! The fruity nose will draw you in, but then as The Thing used to say in my old Fantastic Four comic books . . . “It’s clobberin’ time!” The alcohol here dominates the flavor profile. Me likes, but then again I’m a drunk. The summer fruits are here as well but they are just squashed in a “Godzilla meets Bambi” kind of way.

Mouthfeel – This one is thin for a Tripel, a far cry from medium-bodied even, with a non-stinging but huge alcohol hit from beginning to end.

Drunkability – Alcoholics and surgeons will appreciate this high-octane barrel of booze, but most aficionados of the style will cry “foul”. For all those people who say they have to lay off beer for a few days because they have a cold . . . drink this!

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Photo of steelerguy
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - The beer poured a nice deep golden color with a large white head. There was a lot of sediment in the bottle, much more then other triples I have had. The beer was hazy, but very pleasing looking. The head lasted until the end and left some nice lace on the glass.

S - The beer had a nice big smell. As with all triples and strong ales, they look deceptively light but the smell gave this away as a more complex beer. I noticed a slight alcohol smell, which at 9% or so was expected but it was a little strong.

T - When the beer first hit my mouth I thought it had a good taste, although less exciting than I was anticipating. Many Belgian beers, especially the high gravity ones, are very complex but I felt this rang a little shallow. It was not as estery as I was anticipating although there was a little banana in there. Unfortunately, the esters that I was expecting seem to have been replaced with higher alcohols. It finished with a strong astringent flavor that left my mouth puckered. I had hoped I was just not ready for such a high gravity beer on my first sip, but put it mildly...after sip twang remained throughout.

M - The mouthfeel as acceptable, there was a decent amount of carbonation although I think it could have used a little more. I would say it was to style but nothing to knock my socks off.

D - This is where I gave the beer it's lowest score. The scores just kept getting lower as I went down the list and unfortunately, this ended the lowest. Although the beer looks and smells good the taste left something to be desired and when it really comes down to it, enjoying a beer is about taste and Stoudt's falls short on this one.

Overall, I have to say I am disappointed in this beer. If I had just picked it up from the store on a whim I would been only mildly disappointed, but I expected more from Stoudt's. I have really enjoyed some of their other beer's and this one just fell flat for me. I don't know if the recipe needs to be changed, but I think the fermentation process could be improved and they can make a much better Belgian Triple.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangy Golden with an average head

S: Strong sweet smell. Fruit with a spicy note.

T: Fruity and a bit spicy. There is a definite alcholic kick to it. A slight hoppy aftertaste lingers

M: There's some heat but it's pretty smooth overall. No strong boozy feel.

D: Very drinkable for 9% but the alcohol is still present enough to make this a bit of an occasional sipper.

I bought this as a wildcard beer and was relatively impressed. Maybe not the best Abbey I've ever had but it's certainly worth trying. I'll probably pick one or two of these up in the future.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long day of work I came home with an urge to have a tripel and luckily I found this was already sitting in my fridge. I always enjoy tripels but it seems to be a style that's either done well...or done poorly. Let's see what Stoudt's has in store for me. Pours from the bottle a opaque caramel orange with a nice creamy inch of foam on top that leaves some lacing behind. Aromas of sweet, fruity pale malts with apple, pear and grape notes. Yeasty spiciness with a hint of pepper and caramel. Light and fresh...pretty nice really.

First sip brings a smooth, creamy fruity malt body. Apple, pear and mixed citrus flavors. Burnt sugars with a mellow caramel undertone. Midway through I get a spicy yeast flavor along with hints of alcohol on the way down. Fairly sweet, yet still crisp. Gives me a nice belly warming halfway through. Pretty nice but still lacks a little something...could use a bit more balance and tone down the alcohol a tad.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and medium bodied...a bit thicker than I expected but it still flows down fairly smoothly. Overall...a pretty enjoyable tripel..but it just didn't grab me enough to make me want to seek it out again anytime soon. Worth a try.

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Photo of Todd
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark orange with brilliant hues, topped with a pure white foamy head. Decent lace and retention.

Yeasty, some mustiness, and light phenols in the aroma. Very gentle.

Smooth mouthfeel, touch of bittiness, and creamy on the palate. Upfront light citric twang on the palate that's pronounced by a tight carbonation. Notes of herbal, alcohol heat and spice. All of this gets quelled by a big malty sweet profile. Loads of caramel throws down in an almost syrupy consistency. More alcohol burn and esters. Over-ripe banana. Toasty bread crusts. Faint vanilla. Lingering alcohol spice.

Not all that bad, but this Tripel seems to lack some balance, thus the alcohol is allowed to be the more dominant character. I would have preferred a bit more hop character and dryness, less sweetness, and a sneaking alcohol.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness dating to be found. Pours a cloudy orangy light amber, minimal white head and minor lacing left on the glass. Strong nose of alcohol, paint thinner. This one is a fairly nasty brew with overpowering notes of hot alcohol. Heavy thick bodied, not very pleasant stuff. A healthy dose of nutty yeast on the botom of the bottle did add a softer layer to the finish., For a tripel lover this was quite a let down, obviously finer tripels are out there.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Byeast
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly cloudy, deep orange color with a smaller white head. The nose has aromas of candied citrus and fruit, and just a little bit of musty yeasty character. Flavor has just a touch of what i think of as the tradional tripel flavor, its got candied fruity flavors mixed in with a big sweet caramelish malt body, some orange, some spice, hint at vanilla. Big mouthfeel, kinda thick almost. Its a good beer, goes down pretty easy with some good flavors, just a touch on the sweet side for my liking, and a bit one sided.

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Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from Stoudt's Variety case. I drank it in a Kasteel glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a one finger head of off-white bubbles. The head quickly drops to a scant ring, with no lacing.

Aroma is pretty good phenols; spicy pepper, cinnamon, cloves, maybe very slight banana. Smell seems to fade fairly quickly. There is also a caramel malt aroma. Don't really smell alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol comes through.

The first flavor is strong phenols; pepper, cloves, cinnamon, pretty sweet, not very tingly. Malts are caramel candy sweet. Alcohol is very present. Maybe a very slight hint of banana. Aftertaste is long and phenolic-y sweet and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little too smooth and creamy. I think it could use a little more carbonation punch. A lot of sweetness, also, but that goes with the style. Finish is sweet and heat.

This is a good beer. I've certainly had better tripels, but this is a pretty good one. It could use more funk, more carbonation, and generally more complexity. Recommended.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Slightly cloudy golden color with a 1" creamy with head dissapating very quickly leaving a slight coating constant streams of tiny bubbles rising enough to keep a coating of foam. Says bottle conditioned on label looked to clean with no particles floating around.

Aromas were faint some spice,hints of clove with some yeasty aromas. Clean with some grassiness. The strongest aroma was of rubbing or grain alcohol not totaly overbearing but very pronounced.

Very fruity taste hints of tangerine,a faint belgium spicy yeasy taste,sweet booziness. Finishes dry and tart with some warming effects leaves a citrus rind taste lingering.

Light mouthfeel,juicy,with some grainyness. The alcohol has the sneak up effect kidda kicks in when you least expect it you know it there just don't realize how much. Has some drinkability needs to have more aroma to be more appealing. Just seems a bit lacking overall for a triple.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

Classic Triple look, slightly cloudy with a tiny head that fades fast. Smell is very Belgian but still quite light on the nose.

Taste is very Belgian as well, yeasty, bready and sharp. That's about it, pretty good for an American Belgian style beer.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a nice golden, hazy color. Unfortunately, there is no head whatsoever! And not much lacing to speak of. Very disappointing. However, the smell is redeeminig - an excellent example of the tripel style: tart, fruity (cherry and apple), and spicey. The taste seems less impressive - if only slightly. It has all the markings of a great tripel - very spicey, cirtus orange, with a pleasant tinge of alcohol - but it is unnecessarily sour at the end, I think. Overall though a solid beer, and very enjoyable sipping. But is it worth the price? Only you can decide...

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Photo of skineg
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very cloudy amber color with a light head (1/4 inch) that disappears quickly.

Smell: Strong flowery smell that has a light alcohol smell. Also, a small hint of nutmeg.

Taste: Sweet malty taste, the aftertaste is a little strong (of IPA style hops and alcohol) but not bad. It tastes surprisingly a little like an IPA and Amber mix.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little flat, and little bit of alcohol.

Drinkability: I'd have another if I wasn't paying. Drinkable, but I wouldn't opt for it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.17/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appears deep bronze honey color thin white head leaves absolutely no lacing down the chalice seems way undercarbonated. Smells very sweet and boozy at this point I was used to trying Stoudt's Triple when it was effervescent and a bit more refined, some heavy tropical fruit soaked in alcohol tones coming through mild touch of hops evident. Tastes vinous deep rich maltiness some evident bitterness lacks dimensions of a great triple style ale seems to be fruity sweet with alcohol and mild hops not enough layers for me have any Belgian tripel over this brew. Texture was syrupy really needs some work in my opinion, I hope this one is better in the twelve oz. bottles. Drinkability for me was a bit cloying low carbonation needs to have some spritziness to it alcohol really came out in the flavor.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice) bottled on 9/2/09
A- This beer has an orange body that is clear with a champagne carbonation and a thin film of white that is soon gone.
S- This beer has a clean aroma with a circus peanut hint.
T- This beer has a soft sweetness with a faint circus peanut note ans a soft fusel finish. There is a pine hop finish with a light caramel hint that turns a bit sugary as it warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy tight finish and a soft alcohol warmth.
D- This beer is a bit too sweet and the sweetness really makes the hops too bitter. The fusel notes works well with the sweetness but perhaps some age would help the hops fade.

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Photo of psykad
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Italiano86
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dense, amber/copper color with a slight white head that ran away quickly and left a small white ring around the edge and a floating island in the middle. The nose of the beer a bit citrusy and sugary with some yeast notes. The taste is more of the same along with some cherry tones. The mouthfeel is smooth but there is a nice alcohol burn on the tongue at the end.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a really decent triple...especially for an American triple, but then again, I've like most everything I've tried from Stoudts.
Pours a medium golden orange...a little cloudy...with a small white head that will melt to nothing.
Aromas are fruity....aprocots and peaches mostly.
Flavors are belgium yeasts, light sweet candied malts, and light fruits...aprocots and peaches again.
Mouthfeel is creamy and leads you to believe it is going to be cloyingly sweet but your mouth is left with only a memory of the sweet belgium fruits from this triple.
Nice...I like it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stoudt's Triple

Appearance- cloudy orange with a very thin head. lots of carbonation bubbles.
Smell- vanilla, bananas, medicinal alcohol. Light on the clove/ pepper aroma.
Taste- very light very sweet. Sugary sweet with vanilla, cherry, and pepper.
Mouthfeel- light almost watery. alcohol kicks in at the back end. Strong aftertaste. Alcohol comes fuming up after each gulp.

Overall- decent Triple that hides the alcohol up front but it comes back with a vengance, burning the throat! Sweet and not as harsh as you would seem. Decent. Wouldn't turn 1 down, wouldn't seek it out either.

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

12 oz bottle> brandy snifter.

AP: Golden and red hued brownish amber color, cloudy with yeast, good size off-white head, dissipates to a fine lacing around the rim. Very active and bubbly.

smells: Extra sweet malt, maple syrup, slight yeast and green hops.

Taste: sweet and sour with oak malt flavors, malty syrup sweetness and a green, leafy bitter hop end.

Feels very active and bubbly yet, smooth and slick.

The 9% ABV will keep these to a minimum but overall a very delightful american-brewed blegian Triple.

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 486 ratings