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)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BorntoLate86
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S - 12oz bottle served in fluted glass

A- Beautiful orange-amber, little to no head, bright and vibrant orange/amber like a good American-Belgian style should be.

S -Sweet and mildly fruity, mixed with minor spice smells. Extremely potent through a flute or goblet, reminiscent of apricot and spice apple.

T - incredible sweetness and fruity notes up front, followed by a smooth coriander and spice finish as a Belgian should be. Little aftertaste, well balanced.

M - Crisp and light, smooth and fresh on the tongue, no heaviness to speak of. Drinks light like a pils with the flavor and alcohol of a strong Belgian.

D - Very drinkable, for the alcohol content this beer is suprisingly light. The sweetness/spiciness is not overpowering and the body is still incredibly enjoyable. 2-3 beer session.

All-in-all, this beer is great. For those of you who enjoy the American-craft-Belgian-inspired stlye, this is one of the best. Although Stoudts is small and largely unrecognized, they represent this style of beer superbly. Way to kick ass Stoudts!!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newtonty shared another one tonight - thanks dude.

2005 vintage served tonight (7/24/2009). Let's try this antiquity and see if it's still banging.

Pours a big, brassy copper. Rich in color and clear with a creamy, sticky head. I'm surprised this beer is still clear and bubbling. Small, speckled lacing down the sides of my perfect pint.

This tripel has turned into a marvelous barleywine! This nose is superbly complex mallts which are sweet and HUGE! The nose goes and goes on this one.

The taste reflects the nose... wow. This has turned into a warming ball of super sweet, carmelized malts. Strangely enough though, I get a burnt taste in the end. Not sure where that came from, but the majority of the taste is decadent.

This was a great sleeper of a beer. Had no idea what was going on here...

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Photo of cooter
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose: apple, pear, rinds, melon, banana, yogurt. Rather impressive array of fruits, and each is surprisingly well-identifiable.

Appearance: not sure what glassware to use; tried in in a Duvel and now a bulb-shaped oversized wine glass. Orange with fine, creamy and cream-colored bubbles in the weak but everpresent head (strong miniscus of head). Cloudy.

Taste is a horse kicking me in the kidneys. In a good way. Everything from the nose, plus a potent alcohol, esthery near-graininess. Sweet and pungent. Very heavy, thick, fruity. Good consistency and cloys just enough to make you want to drink faster than is advisable. Sticky in the mouth and on the lips. Very very nice. Excellent drink with which to start a night of boozing or to have after dinner, to my taste.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Triple has a medium, fizzy, white head, minimal lacing, and an opaque, orange appearance, with lots of floating gray matter. The aroma is of sweet bread, fruit cake, figs, and dates, and the flavor is the same, with a back-end bitterness and an underlying alcohol note. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Stoudts Triple finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this would be an outstanding beer to have early in the morning with eggs, bacon, grits, toast, and a biscuit. It's fabulous!


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Photo of Hautacam
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy amber with very little head. Lots of yeast on the bottom....I chose to swirl and add to the chalice.
Smells cidery with a hint of alcohol.
Tastes really good. Sweet apple, clove,banana, bubblegum with a faint hint of hop and a lot of alcohol. I've had this on tap and can't detect any difference....would be perfect for me with just a little less sugar....but really close to perfection for my taste !
Mouthfeel is medium..carbonation is light.
Drinkable ? Why not ? I'm not driving.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thinnish head, despite plenty of bubbles rushing up to meet it. Color is a dirty golden that's been filtered very well, no little yeast floaters, as often seen in tripels.

Aroma has the malt/yeast fruitiness nailed, if we're comparing to the Belgian tripels. Honey, apple, dessert spices, a bit of pungency from the yeast.

Flavor has plenty of depth, delivering everything you'd want in a tripel, with no real offending characteristics. It's quite doughy, and that might be the only real negative for some's got sweet spices, fruits (apple, pear, peach), yogurt, slight heat from the alcohol, and that dirty yeast funk necessary for completing the journey.

The tart and slightly astringent finish almost reminds of a Saison, though this is less crisp and dry. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, even slightly heavy, with average carbonation.

This is a great tripel, true to style, delicious and satisfying every step of the way. My favorite Stoudt's offering so far.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.30 for a single at Jacks. For some reason, I thought this was a Triple IPA, so imagine my surprise when I smelled it! At any rate, this beer pours out to a beautiful hue of red amber with a ton of finely particulate sediment, forming a small off-beige head with sparse lacing and poor retention. The carbonation is medium, not strong like most triples. The aroma is rich with phenols...spicy with lots of bananas, burnt rubber, cloves. The mouthfeel is actually quite dry for the style with a medium-dense sticky body. The taste is quite first it starts like your typical triple with the spicy phenols, but somewhere in the middle I get burnt bananas, like bananas foster with rum and caramel syrup. There is a unique and potent burnt-rubber-mixed-with-black-pepper-kinda-thing going on, and then it becomes swamped in dark roasted wheat husk offset by a peculiarly strong medicinal bitterness...well, strong for the style, at least. Potent ingering notes of seared orange peel in the aftertaste with an orange peel bitterness. Lots of rotting pears and apples in this one with burnt rubber and black marker in the finish. Again, the finish is oddly, yet pleasantly, dry. Alcohol isn't obtrusive to my taste, but percieved by the kick to my cognition and by the warmth in my gullet.

This is a very interesting beer, and I have to say, I've never tasted anything quite like this. The combination of medicinal bitterness, burnt rubber, burnt orange peel, bananas, and roasted wheat husk all contribute to a very odd, but enjoyable brew. As far as triples go, it's far from the style. As far as beer's pretty damn good. A sipper.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. - Duvel tulip. Picked up a single at Beltway Fine Wines & Spirits in Towson, MD. Had to run some errands in that part of town and decided to visit an old favorite shop. I'm a big fan of tripels in general, and of all the new-to-me ones I've tasted recently none have blown me away.

A - Opaque bright gold, fluffy bright what head, minimal carb.

S - Bold spicy yeasty aromas immediately jump out. In the background is a mellow creaminess that got me excited.

T - Flavor is a more intense version of the aroma but with more depth. This beer has several layers to, reminds me much of the monkey from our friends near Philly. Peppery, clove, yeasty, lightly toasted white bread, very mild hop finish. This one is a tad easier on the palate. As it warms and opens up a nice mellow orange cream flavor arrives.

M - Feels medium-light bodied, moderate card pop. Suprisingly zero alcohol presence.

O - Very easy to put back and huge bang for the buck. I could see myself having a grand evening with two or three of these. But, I wouldn't recommend doing such a thing. I love this beer. Really impressed. Honestly I wasn't expecting much from it as I don't recall anything from Stoudt's being very memorable. In all fairness I haven't given them much of a chance. I will pay more attention to them simply because of this beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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 jaluria
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber colored beer with an off-white colored head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of bananas, tropical fruit, caramel, and alcohol seem to come out. The taste is similar to the smell with a strong sugar presence that is closely followed by a juicy bitterness. Leaves behind a sweet aftertaste that is enjoyable. Yey another excellent beer from Stoudt's!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Triple is a slightly hazy, very sparkling golden ale with a dense off-white head that fades to a sturdy film that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a fruity aroma with notes of bananas, clove, peaches and phenol. It's medium bodied, foamy and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It's well balanced, fruity and phenolic. It tastes very much like the aroma. It's spicy and a touch bitter at the finish. This is really tasty and drinkable stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm so relieved that Stoudt's are finally bottling their own beers! Not that the contract brewed versions were bad, but they weren't as good as what you could buy in the 750's at the Black Angus. On the other hand, the 12 oz bottles are a little bit different too, but I guess that's to be expected.

The Abbey pours a glowing orange and deep-amber body beneath a short head of thin white that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is spicy, phenolic, and alcoholic against a bright, sweet, candyish malt. There's lots of bubblegum and candy, and it's quite inviting.

It's medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation level that leaves it smooth and malty in the mouth.

The yeasty spice rides high within the flavor, displaying notes of apple, clove, bubblegum, and rock candy over malty notes of that lead to notes of cake and light sherry. The alcohol is noticeable but not overly intrusive, and its balanced by a low-key bitterness. The clovey spice lingers on the tongue in the very dry (but not very bitter) finish along with some mild hop.

Quite nice! The current version is certainly less yeasty than it used to be; and it seems a little lighter in the flavor with fewer kilned malts. The alcohol could be subdued some as well, but I think that hinders the head retention more than it does the flavor.

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Photo of billybob
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy golden color thin white head and some lace. smell is better, peachs nectarines green grapes warm alcohol aromas and bubble gum. sweet rock candy taste, fruity warm alcohol finish smooth mouthfeel just slides down waiting for the next sip. mild smooth and warm real nice. just watch how many you have.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently made a Stoudt's trip and picked up a bunch:

The Stoudt's Triple poured a golden-orange with a nice head; I poured it into a snifter at around 55 degrees. It smells spicy and of alcohol, with some citrus in the background. For a Triple, it was pretty sweet; it had the usual hoppiness. Felt great going down and it left an orangish taste in the back of my throat.

The high ABV made this beer work for me...I think without the extra alcohol kick, it might have been too sweet, but that balanced it out very well.

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Photo of Cleb
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I personally love Belgian triples so i might be a little bi est. This beer is what a Belgian should should represent. Another good hit from stoudts. If you like stouts try theres.

Eye: Pours a beautiful dried apricot orange-yellow straw color, with a creamy head, good retention as well.

Nose: Big floral representation, Classic Belgian smell.

Taste: Smooth with a hoppy-yeasty finish. Detect a metallic aftertaste. Again, taste is similar to smell, very floral as well.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, Creamy mouthfeel. Taste resonates in the mouth.

Drinkability: Not the first time I bought it.

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Photo of pershan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a slightly cloudy, light amber color with a thin white head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. It had a wonderful sweet aroma : hops, candy sugar, and earthy. The taste was the unique banana-esque Belgian yeast-induced flavor, with candy sugar and sweet malt in the background - outstanding. The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy, but still a great job in duplicating a true Belgian triple ale.

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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $2.49 into my gold rimmed Gulden Draak tulip glass. I found this beer on page 236 of Roger Protz's "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" book. "Bottled on" date of 6/8/05 but the date was a bit smudged, hard to read.

A Candy apple golden yellow hazy body with visible yeast sediment floating about. Head is brief but off white and leaves a single ring of head around the top of the beer within a few minutes of pouring. 4.5

S Nice Belgian malt, yeast and an interesting, sweet clove smell as well that really works. 4.0

T Really authentic tasting sweet malt, yeast and that nice sweet clove taste that I really like in a tripel as well. This is the type of taste that really inspires me as a BA. Deep, interesting, challenging and rewarding. 4.5

M This is a big beer with the clove like sweetness, reasonably high ABV (9.0%) and yeast background. 4.0

D Good for the style but a 9.0% ABV beer will never maximize its drinkability. That being said, I found the bottom of the glass quite easily.

Notes: Nice, solid tripel.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange color with a puffy, white head. Very striking color. The nose had a wonderful fruity character, full of juicy peach and orange peel citrus with a sweet syrupy undertone. The flavor was tart and flavorful with a nice yeasty baked note coupled with a warming alcohol distinction and a creamsicle finish. Nice zesty mouthfeel. Another big beer from Stoudt's that impressed me.

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Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this was the first thing I hit when I got to the Eulogy Tavern in Philadelphia. and I guess it matched all tastes because, while in the city of brotherly love I opted to drink local- this here's a local penn stater- but the bar itself is belgian- and this one here's not far from that tree.

I guess the pour is unique. served in a proper chalice, the beer was very translucent but dirty. I mean, literally, tonnes of particles of yeast were visible to be suspended within the beer, immotile. For the beer style, I was amazed to see it had little or no head and it left behind cero lacing...for all that yeast, you'd expect to see differently.

Smell was very, very fruity. and on the sweeter side, more of an apricot in honey than a citrus style. and it also hits the nose with its high ABV.

The taste is not as sweet, although no less sweet because of that. Begins off with a sweet mouldy feel sort of apples with a slight acidity to it. equally taken over by discrete hop feeel, it balances out quite neatly and is topped off by a boozy, yeasty feel, making it very well transitioning. The body is rather light and seasonally adequate a mon avis, but it's quite liquored up so this isn't one to pound on.

Overall a brilliant beer from this city, one to look for when there.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. poured out a nice cloudy orange color with a stiff white head. The smell was malty and sweet. The taste was good. Very bready with a banana like taste. Noticeable alcohol in the taste. Hops well balanced. The mouthfeel was rich but not thick and well carbonated. The drinkability was good.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow - almost like a witbier. Two fingers of white head - mild lacing

Smell: Coriander, Lemon peel, Honeysuckle, white Pepper

Taste: White pepper, honey, strong cinnamon like Goldschlager

Mouthfeel: Creamy but not in a bad way - Full bodied tripel with an implied alcohol zip/essence.

Drinkability: Sipper for me - I can't session these Belgians Tripels/Quads. This beer is awesome on tap. Not overly carbonated like a Tripel Karmeliet. Not filling either. I highly recommend this beer as a prime example of a Belgian Style Tripel

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Photo of nriech
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice orange/amber color with very modest head, dense bubbly lace.

Smell: Spicy nose with hints of banana, clove and bubble gum and sugary candy malts, sweet fruit.

Taste: Sweet, and of fruit like orange and very ripe melons. It's medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation level that leaves it smooth and malty in the mouth. Starts like your regular triple with the spicy phenols, but somewhere in there middle I get burnt bananas. Caramel is in here too. The mouth is medium with good carbonation and a bit puckery towards the end, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slick on the palate. Even though there was no head (or it didn’t last long) on the pour there is sufficient carbonation for this brew in the glass.

Drinkability: Tripel may just be my favorite of the traditional Belgian styles. It was delicious, sweet and fragrant but at 9% of course beware. I also cooked shrimp with this and they came out excellent!

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle up her in MA that was less than 2 weeks old, nice!

Pours a beautiful golden/orange with a nice fluffy head. This looks great in the right glassware.

Smell is sweet, a little Belgian yeasty/spicy, a little syrupy. Very nice subtle smells.

Taste is in my opinion right on for a Triple, especially one coming from this side of the Atlantic. Nice warming alcohol notes accompany the yeasty spiciness that also compliments the sweetness this presents. Tastes like a damn good Triple/Tripel.

Great job IMHO. Looking forward to their Double IPA.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...been cellaring for 6 months

Appears a deep hazy golden orange with a 1 finger white head that lasts. Plenty of chunky lacing is left throughout the glass.
Smell is strong of citrus, pineapple, vanilla, and mild clove.
Tastes awesome! Super creamy vanilla mixed with tropical fruit and a toasted trail mix with a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied and creamy brew truley covers the whole tongue bouncing with a varietal of flavors. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasantly smooth spiciness.
This is a hard brew to put down. Slight spiciness may turn some off but this definitely one to check out.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of JWU
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- a crystal clear goldenrod with orange highlights. A thin white head dissipates quickly, a little bit of lacing down the glass. You can see the alcohol legs on the sides of the glass as well.

S- candied fruits, mainly pear and apple, belgian yeast, spices, and a bit of booze.

T- A really nicely blended combination of the smell. Candied sugar and fruits hit up front, in the middle the yeasty esters of the Belgian yeast strain come in with some spices as well. Finishes with a bit of booze and balancing hop bitterness.

M- if there is one thing Stoudt's does well, it's mouthfeel. This one also has a creamy mouthfeel that dries perfectly on the finish.

O- I'd take this over some of the Belgian examples of the style. May be a bit too sweet for some, but I think it really works, and makes for a very approachable, and delicious Belgian Triple. I also see in many of the reviews that the alcohol is too forward in this brew, and I just don't get that. It is certainly there, but at no time dominates the sip. Great stuff.

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