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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: 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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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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 drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a Westvleteren chalice. Very bright red amber body. No head, but with visible carbonation. While attempting to keep this G-rated, I can't help but notice that the yeast junk looks like sperm floating in the glass. Pretty nasty.

S: Sweet malty funky aroma, in that order. There is a slight amount of spiciness. Pretty standard tripel aroma.

T: The flavor is pretty spicy with a heavy malt backbone. There isn't much yeast flavor.

M: About medium bodied, but on the heavier end of medium.

D: Not a bad tripel, but a bit spicy for me.

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Photo of Cleb
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 yelterdow
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature, I bought a six pack of this on a whim; No rhyme or reason whatsoever, except that I've never tried it.

The trusty Duvel tulip will do just fine with this tasting. Bottled on 5/27/2007.

Appearance- A bit more brilliant orange-gold than your average good Belgian Tripel, it looks pretty but doesn't carry the big, rocky head I expect for the style. In fact, after just two minutes it's completely gone, leaving barely a complete film across the top.

Smell- The big, full aroma of Belgian candy sugar and spices treat the nose to a very satisfying experience. Sweet like a dessert coated in confectioner's sugar.

Taste- Well balanced most of the time in the mouth. Big, fruity elements mingle with the pale malts, and the spices are appropriate... but the alcohol burn is just too noticable, bullying the flavors into a corner and leaving the environment a bit harsh. This would probably smooth out in the cellar for 7 or 10 months.

Mouthfeel- For me, the overall quality of mouthfeel actually improves after swirling in the yeast sediment... it softens the texture and refines its elegance. Carbonation goes from prickly to slick, earning a solid 4.

Drinkability- Even the alcoholic bite fades away over the course of the tasting, and there's a lot going on here to compliment. I would love to pair this with Belgian mussels or some other light fare that would let this beer really show its potential.

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Photo of Risser09
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter - 2007 bottlnig

Appearance: This ale pours slightly hazy and a bright golden color. There seems to be a coagulated mass(es) swirling around in the beer, maybe some yeast cakiness? The head reaches 1.5 inches and is white in color. The bubbles vary in size and fade quickly. Minimal lacing is left behind.

Smell: Belgian yeast, barnyard, hay and lemon peel. Alcohol burn enters the nostrils and makes itself known. Musty earth and esters. Smells nice and authentic.

Taste: Bitterness hits my tongue and then releases flavors of yeasty bread, hay, unripe apples and lemon. Sugar is plentiful and so is the alcohol. Lingering malt profile balances well with the initial bittering flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sugary, bitter and alcoholic all in one. There is a malt balance to this beer as well. The carbonation is plentiful and causes some gaseous burping. Warming feel is felt throughout the throat and belly.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is a great american interpretation of this beer. It is bold and flavorful and is worth trying at least once. Can be enjoyed easily year round.

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Photo of Quej
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A hazy gold/orange coloured beer with little head and no visible carbonation.
S - Smells mostly of sweet malts and light fruit, apple pie, and pear. The typical smell of Belgian yeasts is welcome. The smell is not strong, but subtle.
T - The main flavours are fruit and Belgian yeasts, which don't quite cover the the sting of the high alcohol. The beer has noticeable peach and citrus flavours. Once again, the taste is subtler, and refined. Which is very nice to see.
M - Very nice feeling beer, neither too thin, nor too thick, and nicely tingly considering the lack of visible carbonation.
D - Not bad, the only thing that would prevent me from drinking many, would be the taste, and effects, of the considerable alcohol.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. Aromas of candied sugar and malty alcohol. In the taste, sweet malt and alcohol very present. A bitter mouthfeel and a malty and alcoholic aftertaste. A bit sweet for a triple, but ok. Alcohol is not hidden and very present.

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Photo of bigeyedfish
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with bottled on date into a snifter, making a conscious effort to leave all yeast in the bottle.

Pours a light orange/dark honey color with a head that is moderate but quickly reduces to a thin ring around the outside of the glass with a moderate-sized almost-circular patch inhabiting a good portion of the surface area.

Smells of chilled bananas and a hint of alcohol in the final parts of the sniff

Taste is predominately alcohol and carbonation in the beginning, but gives way to a wave of banana and vanilla(more so if had on tap than from the bottle) which melds nicely into a pleasant after taste of bananas and alcohol on the middle part of the tounge

Mouthfeel is very nice, pleasant and very very smooth. Nothing to make one cringe and it is very easy to make a small sip into a medium sized sip without noticing.

The drinkability is not great, probably because of the high alcohol content(9%) and that the alcohol is quick to hit; the warming sensation is usually present sometime between the middle and the end of the first glass.

Overall, it's a very smooth triple, with a more subtle alcohol (as compared to Victory's Golden Monkey) and a more clear and concise flavor progression (as compared to Weyerbacher's Merry Monk's, which has a lot of flavor). It probably is on par with the latter brew, and better than the former, at least in terms of local (brewed in PA) Triple's.

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Photo of boelker62
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a flufy white, thre finger head over a banana ripened body.
Smells as if there is a spicy belgian character getting ready to wallop you in the senses.
Unfortunately, it's not a spicy assault, but an alcoholic binge. How 9% feels so harsh, I'll never know. The smell is nice, but dosn't come through on the taste. There is a hollowness one feels after this. A lingering on the palate that makes you yes, try it again, to see if there was something you missed, but understanding that that something might not be that pleasant.
Drinkability for me, is very low. The highreal ABV and that it seems that way, makes this not a sesion beer, if you ask me.

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

Appearance: light honey color, nice head that fades to a thin film that sticks around. Appears to be highly carbonated. No lacing.

Smell: spicy, belgian candi, phenols, alcohol. Lighter in yeast character than its European cousins.

Taste: sweet, but well balanced by hops. touch of vanilla at the swallow, hint of banana in the aftertaste. spice and alcohol. Alcohol a bit too intense.

Mouthfeel: medium body, carbonation high but it works.

Drinkability: Decent, but lacks the complexity of Belgian triples and the alcohol character is a bit too potent.

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Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange with a thin head that quickly diminishes to a slight ring. The aroma is some sweet malts and spice, but nothing that strong. The taste is about what I've come to expect from most American attempts at the style. a decent spice blend against sweet malts, slight yeast and moderately present alcohol syruppiness. The alcohol gives it a rather heavy body, even for 9%. This is another one I'm glad to have tried, but nothing spectacular.

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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 TheBierBand
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a single of this to try at Jungle Jim's (just on the north side of Cincinnati). 12 oz single bottle for $2.39. The bottle was coded with a Bottled on 7/21/07... WOW!... I purchased this on 7/25/07 and I'm drinking it on 8/4/07.... This stuff IS FRESH!.... should I have let this cellar for awhile???

I poured it into a goblet. The head fizzed up to about 1" and then disappeared completely... no lacing.... not a trace. The beer itself was a light amber/orange.

The aroma.... what's this?... it smelles like a Hefeweisen.... banana, bubblegum, spice... JUST like a hefeweisen!.... OK... I like the smell.

The Taste: WOAH!.... like a hefeweisen on steroids!.... I can taste that banana sweetness.... but it is immediately overtaken by a bitterness.... not like a hops bitterness, but like Gin mixed with bourbon (SERIOUSLY!) (hard alcohol). Personally, I don't think that the brewer hid the alcohol well, at all.... This might be right for style... I've only had one other "tripel" and that was a microbrewed "Final Absolution Tripel" from Dragonmead in the Detroit area (Warren) served on tap....(which I absolutely LOVED!) ...so I'll have to plead ignorance.

Mouthfeel: Too fizzy for my taste... this one is a sipping beer.... no big mouthfuls are recommended. I'm going to take my time finishing this.

Drinkability: Maybe these Tripels are an aquired taste.... apparently, I haven't aquired it yet... This one is tough to drink... Although.... I REALLY enjoyed the "Final Absolution Tripel" from Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI.... That was TOP NOTCH.... this one....well, I think it sucks....

Sorry if this is an ignorant review.... but I'm 125 beers into my "journey".... (still a rookie.... I guess...) .... Personally, I can't recommend this beer... maybe I'll give it another try in a couple of years (when my beer tastes have matured....)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 jockstrappy
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with a thin tan head. Aroma consists of clove, banana, and sugar. Taste begins with a spicy clove flavor, that gives way to sugary malt and banana-like backbone, with a slight yeast presence and alcohol warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, with the aftertaste hanging around long after the beer is done. ABV limits drinkability, but still a great winter time beer in my estimation. Belgian fans will dig this!

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Photo of Zephenbrewid
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: On-Tap - 5 oz taster

A: translucent yellow, white head, average dissapation

S: citrus, orange is the dominant

T: Raisin like taste faint, bittersweet and somewhat like an orange peel

M: med-light body, alcohol + malt together provide a lingering sticket mouthfeel

D: not the biggest fan of this beer, mostly just because of the alcohol content though

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Photo of Contra
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt's Triple is extremely carbonated, with massive gobs of head, and a rich honey color. The aroma is slightly sweet, but somewhat off, unfortunately. The flavor is tangy, but well-hopped. The downside is that the alcohol does stand out a bit, which distracts from the rest of the flavors. Creamy body, fairly viscous.

Overall, not bad, but not great either. Unfortunately, it was fairly expensive, so there are better options out there. Personally, I prefer River Horse's Tripel Horse or Weyerbacher's Merry Monks.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Could describe it as honey-brown, with finger thick head that drops quickly.

Smell - Very malty, yeasty, and spicy, with a hint of some sort of fruit. No detectable hop smell.

Taste - Well spiced, with hints of clove and possibly vanilla. Well malted bready taste with little evidence of hops. Does NOT taste like 9% alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation that finishes smooth with a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability - Good triple (love this style) for the price, and very drinkable despite the rather high alcohol content. Well 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 BitterLover
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep honey color. With bottle conditioned ales, I always leave about a half inch of beer at the bottom of the bottle at the end of the pour. I then swirl this before pouring it into the glass to stir up the yeast. Even doing this, the head was still not very robust. There was almost no lacing in the glass that I poured it into.

Smell: Very yeasty, with hints of apricot, followed by a spiceness from the hops.

Taste: Strong spiciness (especially cloves) and tanginess up front, which didn't change much for me as I rolled it around my mouth. Alcohol does become more apparent in the finish and as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Drinkability: I have to say that this tripel was a little disappointing. I guess that I was hoping to get a good Belgian tripel at a bargain price. For an American tripel, I prefer Golden Monkey, but I haven't tried any of the really highly rated American triples yet. Next stop, Allagash Tripel Reserve.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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 people...it'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 SilentSabre
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked a bit better than average with a very cloudy brown- orange pour. Smell was quite nice with plenty of spice, banana, yeast, cooked fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. Sadly, though, everything was very average. Not bad, just very average. Taste was sweet and malty, cooked fruit toward the finish, and that slightly metallic taste that so many tripels have. Alcohol becomes apparent on the finish, but isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel is same weight and texture as 100's of other tripels. Again, neither offensive nor fantastic. You could do much, much worse I suppose. Still glad I tried this.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville.

A: Deep copper/amber color. Opaque. Weak head and head retention. Quite unpleasant looking for a tripel.

S: Malt derived sweetness is pretty prominent. Muted clove like phenol aroma. Floral hop character is pretty strong.

T: An unbalanced flavor. High bitterness dominates taste. Some clove like character but not enough to provide reasonable balance. Medicinal like alcohol flavor also annoyingly present.

MF: Medium body. Not carbonated enough for a tripel. Some alcohol warming.

D: Much better domestic tripels out there than this offering. Overall disappointing and something I would not purchase again.

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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 rudyarmand
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Stoudt's Triple Belgian style ale the other day. I love the abbey triples, especially Westmalle and Rochefort. You know, for the price, and the availability, I have to say that I am very happy with my purchase and would buy this brand again. Actually, its now Easter Sunday here in Georgia, and like every other sunday, the liquor stores are closed due to the Blue Laws.

A lot of reviewers talk about the head, the aroma and the mouthfeel. Its good. The head wasn't much to talk about, and there are strange, delicious things that pour out of the bottle--all of them good! I do like the color though, kind of bright orange-gold.

I plan to stock up on these and tell my friends about them too. They are really potent however, and you shouldn't plan on doing too many physical activities except laying on the couch!

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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