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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Added by Todd on 11-24-2004

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Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 482
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Marginal foam in pour. Fruity golden colour a la peche/.apricot. Yeasty fruity aroma. Smooth drink, well balanced. Fruit yeasty taste, but also drying metallic. Light carbonation, some spice and banana. Alcohol kicked in prematurely, but a good sleep on a hot summer night. A good effort.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger frothy white head on a murky pale golden with slight amber hue body.

S: sweet honey, lemon/orange/apricot citrus, mild yeast character.

T: fruity with lemongrass, apricot, banana and some peach. Nice base yeast. fruit is a little sour. herbal notes with corriander and light clove.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation, nicely creamy.

Overall: Not too bad. This one would make a great base beer for barrel aging. Nice beer.

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Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy honey colored liquid capped by less than a finger's worth of bubbly foam; not much stickage but rather leggy due to the high alcohol

Smell: Stone fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens with a stone fruit and pear character that is quickly joined by the fusel alcohol; after the swallow, the alcohol continues to overwhelm but there is a lot of candi sugar sweetness in the aftertaste, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Stoudts makes some good beers but this isn't one of them; they are not a brewery noted for the Belgian style and this is a good example for why that is the case; this is overly sweet and hot and lacking in yeasty complexity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a medium golden color ale with a small white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some alcohol. Taste is way too sweet for the style with some warming alcohol which didn’t really fit in there. Body was about average with some medium to low carbonation. Overall, I thought this beer was definitely off the style and way too sweet with some burning alcohol.

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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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange, with a fluffy white head. Aroma of biscuity pale malts, banana esters, and light sugars. Pretty typical for a tripel. Bready taste, yeasty, infused with malt sweetness, banana and apple skin, with light sensations of clove and pepper coming in later. Medium mouthfeel, chewy, and pretty drinkable for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, golden-orange body with a particularly tall, foamy, off-white head, Frothy-looking lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-smelling nose of bready pale malts, chipped bubblegum, tangy malted wheat, pulped ripe banana, and powdered spices.

Taste: Sweet, tangy mixture of bready, doughy barley and wheat layered in well-crushed rock candy. Fruity blend of pears and juiced bananas liberally seasoned with earthy cracked cloves and even coriander. Light hop character with an equally light bitterness. Peppery alcohol kicks on the back half. Finishes dry, spicy, and warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A slow-sipping, acceptable American-born tripel, though I'm quietly reminded why I haven't regularly purchased this one in the few years since I first tried it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ripe kumquat orange with gold bullion edges and a few streams of superfine, slowly rising carbonation. I love the color contrast between the beer and the large, creamy cap of pastel orange-tinted bone white. Although there's more glass visible than lace, the meandering fingers of foam look pretty good.

The nose is decent for the style, no more than that. Since the yeast contributes very little to the aroma, the beer doesn't smell very 'Belgian'. This offering is more fruit-dominant than my favorites of the style, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. When all is said and done, I prefer the spicy, yeastified versions from the Old World. Several more concentrated sniffs bring minor disappointment at the lack of power and complexity.

Stoudt's Triple is an okay ale, even if it doesn't 'sing' like a true Belgian tripel. In fact, it barely even hums. It's modestly malty sweet (what malted red wheat contributes, I have no earthly idea). I'm not impressed by the 'European' hops. They taste overly harsh and astringently bitter to me. On second thought, the harshness is probably coming from the rampant unmasked ethanol.

The thing that keeps this beer from being all that good is the unbridled, sharp-edged, almost antiseptic presence of alcohol. It isn't overwhelming (and I've definitely experienced worse), but it is bothersome and cannot be ignored. If the spicy fruitiness of the first half of each mouthful could be extended, all would be well. The second half and the finish are where things become rough.

The mouthfeel is medium in a general sense and is a shade too light for the style. The words smooth and well-mannered come to mind. It's a shame the flavor couldn't be as civilized as the mouthfeel. Drinkability, needless to say, suffers due to the in-your-face ABV.

Tripel may just be my favorite of the traditional Belgian styles. I've had several excellent versions lately and have been blown away by their combination of power and complexity. Unfortunately, Stoudt's Triple doesn't measure up. It would have been nice to see what it would have tasted like with a few more years of (hopefully) mellowing rest under its belt. Too bad that I chose to open my one and only bottle today.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours hazy peach color in my Vondel glass with a 2 fingers deep white head. Haze never completelty clears. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Perfumy hops abd fruitty yeastyness give way to a strong iron smell that fades as it warms. Perfumy notes then rule the day

T: Big time fruittynes ( apricots & pears) up front. Breadyness asserts as it warms along with hints of honey & peppery notes. Finishes doughy, spicy with strong apricot notes

MF: Slick with low carbonation & medium body

Drinks pretty good for the abv, tripples are just hard for me to get down. This took 45 minutes. A pretty fair trippel & as good as or better than most I've had from Belgium

Props to GnomeKing!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

let this hang around for a good long while before finally settling down to a thin layer of lace across the top with lots of side glass contribution. Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up toward the surface.

The aroma was very light, airy with a good dose of spices added in. Typical Saison smell, it had the nice light banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had. The flavor was just drop down beautiful. A rich, light, airy mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. I was in love with this from the first sip. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back,

Very nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it. This was a medium bodied ale; slightly lighter then that without any thinness though. Definitely not too light or bad really in any way,

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep golden pale with a frosting-like smooth white head that leaves generous amounts of lace around the collar of the snifter.

S - A nice warm sugar and spice odor that has a gentle pepper/fruity clove like scent.

M - Creamy and spiced with a full bodied presence and warmth that is slightly subdued and sweet. Dry malty tinges and dry essence as a result of the alcohol along w/ gentle hop bitterness in the finish are pleasant.

T - A silky sweet and smooth nuttiness is felt after pouring in the swirled yeast from the bottom of he bottle. I notice some of the banana toasty caramel flavor and a sweet buttery note in the taste. A real special sparkle that tickles the throat on it's way toward the gullet. A kind of white corn-cooked vegetable hint and herbal spiced hop tinge are minor supporters of this bold example of the belgian style.

D - A sweet, big on malt and fresh yeasty beauty. A fuller mouthfeel and spice situation. The great malt flavor and candy sugar complexity alongside the strength are well worth the price of admission. The ability to drink many, though is average since it packs a punch and it is too big to really be considered above average drinkability.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found myself very fortunate to find this on tap at Bridgewaters pub inside 30th Street Station in Philthadelphia (sorry, I'm a long-time Pittsburgh fan from Lancaster, plus I just incurred a beating on Sunday night because I was wearing a Steelers hat, but I digress), which is a must-stop for anyone travelling via train in the area.
It came served in a Chimay goblet, with a thick, foamy white head that slowly subsided, leaving behind a wispy head in its wake. It had a very sweet nose. It was a clear, light amber liquid without a lot of carbonation in evidence. It had a medium mouthfeel with a very sweet finish. Had I had more time, I would certainly have ordered another.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.17/5  rDev -41%
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 RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight clouded gold. Nose is extremely doughy. Flavor is heavy with dough. There is the sweet tone as well that is not really overly strong. It is bit boisterous and bright, but it is very even and never changes as it progresses. Feel is thick and doughy on the tongue. Overall a pretty good example of a tripel I say. Especially for an American producer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice, leaves a basic white one finger head with an orange first golden color. Opaque with very tiny carbonation bubbles. Cloudy with some lacing.

As for smell, very closed and muted bouquet and a faint sweetness of sugar common to tripels. There is a faint though smell of some type of sweet red apple.

Taste is well balanced, giving a slight hop bitterness, and some club soda like tinge. Some cloying honey sweetness also, but some carbonation on the finish and some hop and mustyness.

I could have another one sure.

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Photo of jwc215
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 06/06/07, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that almost immediately becomes a vanishing patch. No lacing sticks.

The smell is of bubblegum, cotton candy, alcohol and vague grassy notes.

The taste is sweet - bubblegum and alcohol. Grassy notes lean toward metallic at first, becoming more towards medicinal as it progresses. Alcohol gives a drying effect in the finish more than bitterness does. I understand at this abv level, some alcohol is expected to show through, but even about a year and a half of aging, it still shows its hand in a rather sharp way. Maybe there's not enough else going on to hide it. There's also a yeastiness to it, and that certain "something" that puts it in American craft beer category - a good thing - but, I would certainly peg this as an American attempt at a Belgian Tripel, but...they do spell it as "Triple". As far as that - well, I've had better, I've had worse. This lands in average-ish as far as taste of an American-style, Belgian-style Tripels, in my opinion.

The constant carbonation gives it a near-effervescent feel, yet there is a harshness to it.

A slow sipper. Enough trademarks of the style are there to put it in this category, but it could use more complexities. A decent stab at the style, but that's about it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gorgeuous hazy orange appearance, nice 1/2 " bubbly white froth atop...
spice and citrus hit the nose right at the front...sweet and and coriander, and who knows what else...enticing...
Taste: sweet and tasty, orange rind, and caramel essence, ...but for a tripel it lacks complexity...exhibits a typical tripel-y flavor component, but falls short elsewhere...juicy orange and spice in every sip, but not much more.
A noble attempt at the style, and a drinkable drink, but nothing to jump up and whoop about, really. Keep on trying...needs something more elevating, more ethereal, more really rank as a tripel.

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Photo of stevoj
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not overly impressed with this one, head was on the weak side, light aroma and taste. I compare all tripels to Karmaliet, so it’s in some tough company. Decent but not outstanding.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern. Served in a goblet, it appears slightly hazy golden with a short, white head.

This is typical Americanization of a Belgian style, where the brewers make the beer too sweet and the esters too big, leaving a beer that lacks subtlety. Still, the flavor has a pleasant mix of apple and berry punch flavors with a bit of peppery spice. And the 9% alcohol is well hidden. The sweetness, however, will keep me from going back for another glass.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet fruits and spices. Taste is also of fruits and spices, some hints of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into my St. Bernardus Watou glass a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Tripel, thanks Joe.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet pale malt scent along with a wonderful Belgian yeast aroma. It's sweet and fruity with just a bit of earthiness. The taste is decent. It has a very sweet pale malt scent along with a really fruity yeast character. There is a hint of earthiness and some warmth as well, but nothing to pronounced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent drinking triple. I've had better, but it's a solid offering nevertheless.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz. bottled with some drunk monks on it poured into an oversized wine glass. A magnificent cloudy orange and a slight head that fades away to a trace. A bit of sediment floating about.

S. Notes of yeast and noble hop. Almost has a bavarian yeast aroma. Hints of alcohal.

T. A solid malt body on this one. Brown/candi sugar. Earthy noble hop bitters.
A bit of alcohal is noticable, warning to take it slow on this one.

M. It has a rather high level of carbonation, probably a relatively fresh batch. I'd like to see what this is like further down the road. This is one full bodied, flavorful, strong ale.

D. A bit low due to the high abv. This is definately a strong tripel.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been kinda avoiding Stoudt's products ever since my encounter with their DIPA, that was atrocious. Seeing how American styles were not stoudt's forte, the Belgians did not bode well for me. Into a kitchen glass watching Big Love, yes I know it's a corny show but there was nothing else on.

A lot of yeast on the bottom of this one, careful pour needed. A nice hiss without the cap resulted in a golden liquid coming out with a yellow type tint to it. In the glass triple is Olympic medal golden with no head, no fluff, cap, foam, nothing. Very uncharacteristic for a triple so points docked.

Stoudt's triple incorporates the one thing in the nose that it needs, and that is the fruit. Face it triples should be fruity as hell in smell and taste and this passes the first test. Not overly hopped like so many other American 'Triples'. In fact this bottle is about 1 ½ years old so I guess any hops have faded, which is a good thing. Apple, pear, some Belgian yeast and a big fruity essence.

And now for the test... Yes, this works. Stoudt's triple is not the banginest triple out there but the fruit presence in this exceeds most American attempts. Im quite impressed by this one in fact. Fruit up front with not a lot of bready yeast weighing it down. A lot of tropics and fruit with light Belgian yeast and almost no hops, Im sure they are here, somewhere. A little apricot with a lot of warming.

Feel could use a boost or three, seems kinda dead in the water to me, not lively enough is what Im trying to say. A nice medium body with light carb and not enough activity going on in the mouth. I need more zing. This just places the fruits blandly without any crisp punch. This is really the only fault I see in this beer, it really exceeded my expectations. While I could not drink a shit ton of this, I would buy a sixer to drink throughout the year. This is one of the better American Triples I've had recently, at 1 ½ years old.

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