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 BelgiumBill
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $2.49 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine

I poured the bottle into an Ommegang tulip glass which produced a narrow off-white head that dissipated quickly to a mere ring and small island with no lacing. The color was of an attractive bright honey color and very hazy.

Fragrance was dominated by Belgian yeast - what a fine smell. fresh baked bread, sweet malts, hints of booze.

The flavors were also dominated by the yeast from front to back mixed with some ripe fruits, malts, and booze.

Carbonation was really high which i felt detracted from the mouthfeel. Also, some boozy qualities.

Overall, good but not great. The Belgian yeast is the star of this show.

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Photo of IronLover
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short white foamy head that quickly reduced to a thick cap that leaves random sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy, musty, belgian yeast and banana aromas are dominant with hints of citrus orange, sugar and booze. Medium bodied with rich, lively carbonation. Tangy citrus orange up front that immediately transitions to banana that carries through to almost the finish. Strong musty belgian yeast flavor from beginning to end. Finishes with a yeasty, bready aftertase and a definite boozy character. Not the best triple I've had, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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

As one would expect from Stoudts, this is a decent tripel. It has everything it should, and maybe just a bit too much afterburn, but it is a rewarding brew to sip none the less.

Stoudts threw in the kitchen sink for malt, and they got a nice yeasty flavor well balanced and set off y bitterness.

Overall, this is a brew I have bought before and will bu again. I think I aged some once but it didn't change much in character - maybe a little mellowing.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 01/07/09. Can't believe I've never reviewed this beer. Please see notes below. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a calm, thick-looking orange amber with very thin head. Nose smells of wheat fields and some flowers, but rather simple.

Palate is fat and slick with sweetness and kind of boozy. White pepper and sticky sweet flowers...

Notes: Well, I gotta say. When I tried this beer at just over a year old it was amazing. More complex than the fresh bottles and it really sang. Now...almost at 2 years old...not so much. Kind of in a quiet mess stage. Got a few more bottles, we'll see what happens.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber yellow with a half inch of head that turns to a thick lace ring. Looks creamy.

S - Smells of Belgium. Spicy yeast tones with some citrus and little hops. Hope its good.

T - Taste starts off pretty nice has a good amount of citrus with less cloying yeast. Slight pear and apple flavors as well.

M - ABV is well concealed with only a medium body for this brew

Overall I am not sure how old this one is (nice bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle) but nice beer overall.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thin layer of tiny white bubbles for the head, nothing really there. Fades to a ring around the glass very quickly. Color is a hazy orange/yellow hue. Lots of visible carbonation.

S - Lemon, caramel malts, slight breadiness. Very faint aroma, not getting too much. Just general sweetness and hints of the yeast, maybe even hints of some sour yeasts like Brett.

T - Almost saison-like. Sweet flavors still there, lemon, orange, caramel, but pepper comes into the mix and dominates along with the lemon and small hints of bubblegum. That sourness is completely gone in the taste.

M - Medium bodied, this beer coats your mouth with sweet nectar. It is extremely sticky and that doesn't change in the finish. Finish is sticky sweet with all the flavors in the taste staying around for a very long time. Nice bite from carbonation as well.

O - I haven't had many tripels but this one seems pretty good for an American version. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of crhensel
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip (sampled 6/24/10). Poured a beautiful dark amber with a bright white head that fell slowly throughout the drink. Nose was heavy of banana, peach, and raisin, as I would expect from an abbey style trlpel. It was a little slick and very creamy on the tongue but the flavors mixed well with a slight spice bite at the end to balance everything. Overall this is a fine effort and a good example of the style.

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Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a hazy, yet bright, golden body...the head was about one finger tall and was white in color...light, wispy retention and light lacing

S - Banana, clove, some honey, and yeast...your typical aromas from a tripel

T - The flavors come together a bit better as you first you're presented with a creamy banana adds a little sweetness and combines with honey sweetness...the middle of the beer has the yeast flavor present along with your Belgian spices...the spices linger into the finish

M - Medium bodied...spicy finish (clove and pepper) with some creamy banana sneaking in

O - This was a decent tripel...nothing too exciting from the nose...but the flavors and finish came together nicely

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden-yellow- white head.

The delicate nose is almost more like a Saison- malty biscuit, florally hops and intense banana with other touches of white clove and musty funk. The only thing making it different is a weightier vanilla creaminess signaling the heavier brew.

The palate is creamy rich and full- sweet with a very mild bitterness, boozy pear flavors and a mild spice. Like their DIPA, the creamy malt seems to be cozily hugging everything else in the brew. Flavors turn towards the estery banana and spice on the increasingly yeasty finish.

I try not to be overly critical of certain flavors. I feel like a rating shouldn't suffer because I don't like one particular flavor, but I really freakin hate the intense banana vibe to this. Maybe if it were balanced out by a little dryness or spiciness, but the brew is pretty one-dimensionally sweet. Good effort, but I certainly wouldn't spend the $13.99 they want for a 6-er of this.

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Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 4/11. 12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a pretty golden color, very hazy and cloudy; decent white head and lacing. Nice aromas, lots of sweet pear, apple, banana, and a touch of cherry; the funky yeast aromas become even better as time goes by. The taste matches the aromas, but this one finishes very bitter. I wouldn't say this is really hoppy or anything, but it's spicy with a subtle kick. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the flavors as well. Despite the bitterness, the fruit flavors are able to shine through. The mouthfeel is nice, sharp on the toungue but smooth. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

This is a pretty solid tripel brewed here in the U.S., not bad at all, I'd have it again. Stoudt's always comes though.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oragish gold color with a tight one finger head which gives way to some lace. The aroma is of belgian yeast along with banana's and citrus fruits. The taste follows suit for the most part, belgian candy yeast with hints of banana and citrus flavor. There is also a spiciness which balances out the sweet flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel is well carboanted. Overall it is a solid beer but not the top of the glass. The spiciness of the taste brought a nice balance to the beer. This is something I would drink again.

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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 atr2605
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours hazy gold with a white head with average retention
S- malt with wet hay, spice, and a hint of citrus fruit
T- honey, sweet malt, and finishes with a banana taste and a slight bitterness at the very end
M-medium-full body, what I would expect for a Belgian Triple
O- I was a little disappointed in the aroma. It wasn't as complex as I was expecting. There was a bit more in the taste but still not as complex as I would have liked. Overall I really enjoyed the beer but it fell short of what a Belgian Triple should have. It had the basics, but needed a bit more

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium yellow/gold color w/ a one finger off white head. Looks more like a hefeweizen than a tripel to me. Nice carbonation and decent lacing. Very cloudy looking, w/ yeast settling to the bottom.

S- Slight yeast smell, w/ fruit and wheat smell as well. The nose is actually really weak, and I had to mark it accordingly. Nowhere close to the best of this style. Very average from my favorite style of beer.

T- Taste is much better than the nose, fortuantely. Yeast, fruit, malt, alcohol, and fairly sweet. This would probably improve as it aged. A little on the light side for a tripel, but not bad.

M- Very smooth and sweet. I'd like a little more body to the and oomph to the feel, but it's not bad. Fairly enjoyable. A little on the sweet side, but aging would take care of that.

O- Decent beer. Not outstanding, but a solid brew that's on the light side for it's style. I enjoyed it though, and it definitely has some potential w/ aging.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange and hazy with a little bit of sediment in the bottle. Didn't produce a lot of head but did leave some lacing.

Smells of yeast and fruits, including bananas, peaches, pineapples, along with a tinge of spiciness.

Tastes pretty good. There's a nice Belgian yeast flavor accented with plenty of clove, banana, peaches and apricots.

Despite the visual lack of carbonation, it's pretty tangy going down. Slick and smooth with a nearly full body, leaving a yeasty aftertaste.

Drinks pretty good. I wouldn't want it all the time, but the occasional sixer would work.

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Photo of SpicyHawaiian
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer while at the Stoudts Brewery. In the middle of the workday. That somehow makes it even better than it is. Sort of like a poor-man's Chimay. But not that poor. Kind of like a middle-class Chimay. Chimay, if Chimay lived in a modestly equipped townhouse.

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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 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 spartanfan
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz'r bottled on 6/18/08 (thanks for bottle dating, Stoudts!)

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a fluffy white head that quickly fades to a thin layer and leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

S: Aroma is yeasty and bready with wafts of bananas and clove. A faint hint of alcohol is also present.

T: Taste is also yeasty and buiscuty. A mellow flavor of esters and spices is enjoyable.

M: Mouthfeel is incredible. This is probably my favorite part of this beer. Moderate carbonation; not as much as other beers in the style that I have tried.

D: While I'm not a big fan of Belgian styles in general this is a very well crafted beer that has held up nicely for 2 and a half plus years. I only had one, but it would not be a problem to put back a few more.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangy light amber, minimal white head and minor lacing left on the glass. Smell is strong of citrus, plum, vanilla, and mild clove. Sweet and somewhat creamy, tastes of sugary orange and plums, with a slightly hoppy finish. Minor spicy overtones, also with a delicate honey like flavor. Just an average tripel from a mass producer.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, dated 8/18/10 bottled on, poured into an Ommegang flute chalice.

Golden yellow, some yeast/hop debris sediment comes out in the pour, cream white head, some density breaks after several minutes some slight signs of lacing.

Aroma shows banana, green tea and sharp floral alcohol. Some clove and peppery phenol. Some fusel hot alcohol rises as the beer warms.

The flavor profile has some hint of banana and clove with a strong alcohol character with some rose/floral tones. Sweet sugary, liquid sugar syrupy before a wash of dry, chalky and slightly bitter and astringent across the tongue and sides of the mouth.

The body presents a little fuller than I'd anticipate upfront, almost oily and slick before a dry alcohol accentuated finish.

The beer has some minor flaws, not harsh and unforgivable, but not what I would seek in a 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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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 Bouleboubier
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure what to expect from a triple made by a brewery that pretty much specializes in German- and English-style brews. While this isn't a particularly spectacular triple, I was actually quite surprised with how decent a job they did.

Worst part of the beer is its rather unexciting appearance. The head is limp and lousy while its light golden glow shows a little too clear. The smell reminds me of the Westmalle, sporting some notable yet mild hop notes, quite German in their character. Spicy phenols waft about of a nice medium potency, thankfully avoiding pungency. The hops and spiciness blend pretty well up front, but with further sampling the beer takes on a predominantly sweetish but not cloying malt liquor taste. Luckily, it drinks fairly crisp and bubbly, almost thin and never juicy or syrupy, with a near champagne aftertaste. The alcohol comes on slowly, softly warm, sporting a tiny bite when approaching the bottom of the tulip.

As I said, they did a decent job, better than i'd anticipated. It has that malt liquor thing going on, but a somewhat sturdy base of a triple underneath. Overall its character didn't at any time strike me as Belgian, despite the Belgian yeast in the recipe. I'll stick to their other offerings.

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 482 ratings.
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