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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-24-2004

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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of jjayjaye
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden yellow color with a big stiff off white head that resists fading. Some lacing present, but not a ton.

The smell is of the pils like malt and a little spicy and a tad smoky.

The mouth feel is medium bodied. Its got a nice hop / malt balance.

The flavor is mild and crisp; like a heavier pils. It finishes clean and fresh.

The 9% ABV is well hidden in the mouth, but its not absent. A generous warming sensation hit me square in the chest.

I'm surprised and really glad that i had the opportunity to try this one.

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

Appearance- cloudy orange with thick white head that quickly vanishes and leaves a nice lacing

Smell-yeast and a hint of alcohol stand out. also a fruity smell is present

Taste- strong yeast and fruit with a quick bitter aftertaste that then leaves behind a fruity feel. The longer it stays in your mouth the fruitier the taste

Mouthfeel-strong carbonation with a light body.

drinkibility-great for the high alcohol content. good example of a Belgian Triple

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

Overall very good. I had this on tap at Stoudt's. It as served in a pint glass. It was a cloudy oragne color with half inch white foamy head. It had a fruity smell and flavor. It was quite tasty and typical for a tripel. Orange/citrus. Medium bodied and good carbonation. Normal drinkability. I could have had another and maybe even another after that.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange color with plenty of yeast floating about. The head was disappointing and no lacing was detected. This sample was bottled on 4/27/06. The smell is of candi sugar and Belgian yeast. The taste is similar to the smell with the addition of banana bread notes and a hint of vanilla wafers. There is a bit of an alcohol harshness towards the back end. This ale is well carbonated and moderately bodied, and finishes with a strange bitterness to it, unlike most tripels. This is a drinkable tripel not the best I have had. The first American version I have had.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip glass.

Appearance: coppery orange color with slight haze. Off-white head quickly settles into 1/8" cap. Alot of fine bubble carbonation dances off bottom of my glass.

Smell: sweet candy sugar and belgian yeast with little or no hop presence. Sweet bananas and slight alcohol.

Taste: big time sweet at beginning followed by a hop bitterness at finish. Yeasty with metallic bitterness. Definite alcohol increases as beer gets warmer.

Mouthfeel: warming alcohol, rich body is slick on the tongue. Enjoyable carbonation.

Drinkability: While the alcohol is relatively high, it is well masked, not overwhelming, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -33%
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 wavz
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S- 12oz bottle

A- Great crystal clear rose copper color. Head stuck around for a bit but not like a chimay or a duvel. But the clarity and color of this beer is beautiful.

S- Great yeasty ale pepper smell.

T- Take your everyday Belgian style beer and add a perfect balance of malt to round out the sweetness. Give it some pepper, some apricot and honey and you have this beer in a nutshell.

M- Smooth and chewy. Just the right amount of carbonation with a great malt that lingers and coats the tounge.

D- I could drink this everyday, and in fact I'm a new Stoudt's Triple junkie.


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Photo of meadhead
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 point perfect 0
nothing great-
just good
perhaps thats a tad subjective
but I enjoyed
this American Triple as it seemed closer to
a simple "abbey style" than some others:
good take on an old classic:
straight up-
caramel sweet malt and belgian spice
ester yeast taste
with a perhaps too noticeable alcohol tinge

Poured a nice red - golden brown
with a good yeast / slightly alcoholic smell

Taste was reminiscent of a
strong simple "abbey" ale:
rich, sweet, strong, spiced

Mouthfeel was nice:
good bit of carbonation
and slightly syrupy -
seemed a bit tart and dry in aftertaste.

very good-
simple triple style.

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Photo of BBM
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got to find this beer on tap. It pours a deep, clear amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is purely Belgian with the hint of spices, and fruits such as bananas, kiwis, and raisins.

This is a very smooth and balanced tripel. The atringent spice flavor found in most of the American brewed tripels is not present here. The malt backbone is prevelant, and balances the drink nicely. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is certainly a drinkable beer, but at 9% you'll start to feel it pretty quickly. Stoudt's ale isn't going to quite give true trappist tripels a run for their money, but it is the best American version of the style I've tried.

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

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

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy honey-amber with a thin off-white head.
the aroma is a little off, this beer is not fruity enough to be a belgian beer. it smells more like and american ale.
the flavor is good and malty, spicy, herbal, hopsack, hint of citrus, carmelized sugars.
this beer is good but the aroma is off, it has the american ale aroma, when belgian yeasts are way more estery.

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Photo of bigone4
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy yellowish orange color. Nice clean white head that dissipated rather quick with a mild lace. Smell is very fruity and floral. There a certain hints of banana and caramel in the nose. Some presence of pale malt and a strong dough like yeast scent. Quite a complexity of fruit tones mixed in. Taste is smooth and mild. Lots of banana up front with a mild tone of yeast and a hop mix in the aftertaste. Very dough like, hides the alcohol rather well with no real strong over powering alcohol flavor. Very enjoyable with lots of changing flavors tones of plum and raisin mild caramel and lots of other essence. Maybe some light lemon hints. Quite drinkable but still can take some getting used to the flavor. Not for everyone's pallet. Still packs quite a punch form the ABV.

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Photo of macster
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with some chunky floaties. Produces a thin and quickly vanishing head. No lacing at all. Pleasant, fruity aromas of apricot, pear, green apple are dominant with some notes of spices, malts and banana lingering in the background. Mouthfeel was disappointingly flat and sticky for a Belgian-style Triple. One would expect a much more lively level of carbonation for this style. Flavor was quite authentic to style revealing sweet, ripe fruit, caramel malt, spices and a touch of pepper, lemon juice and a restrained hop bitterness which kept the sugary sweetness in check. An admirable attempt at the style, but if I’m in the mood for a Triple I’d prefer the real deal from Belgium over this anyday.

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Photo of beerphan
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours a dark orange brown with a tiny bone white head that doesn't stick around and leaves no lace. Carbonation appears medium and vibrant.

Nose: Spicey yeast, alcohol, malts.

Taste: Light fruitness of pear and spice, sweet malts and a spicey dry aftertaste with a light dose of bitterness. Some warming alcohol is present is the beginning but really turns up the heat as it warms.

Mouth is medium to light and dry, finishes clean.

I'm not very schooled on the belguims yet, but i enjoyed this beer and most likely will try it again.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Nice golden brown coloration and very active bubbles. A somewhat hazy body but not as hazy as other trippels I have had. Head was frothy and left some big chunks wallowing on the sides. I must admit that I am a fan of tripels and beers alike.

Smell: has a yeasty, fruity smell. The fruit is mostly of ripe bananas and a touch of spice, maybe very light cloves. Sutle smell of freshly baked breads and candies!

Taste: much like the smell but now I detect slight oranges and bananas. This pairs nicely with the bit of caramel and saccharine sweetness. Somewhat smooth and malty in the mouth. Alcohols slowly showed up as it warmed. Spices are present and nicely take away from the overall sweetness. Smooth and reasonable medium-bodied beer. Not to shabby

Sometimes these get a bit to sweet for me to drink a couple, but man they sure evoke alot of unique flavors and are great for sipping. Not to bad overall from Stoudts....solid!

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Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade a while ago and I don’t know who sent it but thanks who ever you are. poured a cloudy tan orange with a small light tan head that didn’t last long. aroma sour fruits, spicy, yeast. flavor cantaloupe, which I do not like and won’t eat it but I will make the sacrifice and not include that in my rating and finish this beer, got some orange and a nice sweetness which I am glad of because of the aroma being so sour, and a nice alcohol burn, yeast, and some nice spices got the glove and a hint if lemon. not to bad

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

This tripel poured a hazy, reddish amber color with tan foam that settled to a thin coat on the surface of the beer. The smell was malty with a typical but light Belgian tripel aroma. There was a slight sweet tanginess in the smell. The taste was Belgian and malty with quite a pronounced sweetness, almost sugary, and a touch of tanginess. The hops were moderate. The mouthfeel was sweet with medium-full body and modes carbonation. The sweet malty flavor lingered. This was an OK tripel, but a bit overly sweet.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Minkybut
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer is certainly an Abbey Beer. Complex yeast'fruity sweet like taste like somekind of flowers. A decent attempt at a Abbey beer I thought. High % will knock you for a loop for sure. Will not buy again though.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from two 12oz bottles, poured into my Rapscallion chalice. Stamp on the bottle looks like "bottled 6/14/2006", though could be "8/14/2006"...

The bottles had some residue in the bottom, which was left as-is until the end of the sampling. Pours a clear, rich, deep amber hue. Quite the lovely color, actually. Has very minimal head, mainly a bit of fine, off-white bubbles congregating around the rim. Leaves little, if any, lacing though. Has a fair amount of slow but steady carbo rising within. Aroma first off suggests some heat, as in alcohol, as well as light fruitiness and, what is it, bubblegum? Yeah, a touch of bubblegum. Body is medium, and it has an acceptable smoothness on the palate. Some prickliness, but nothing that detracts.

I get candy-sugar-like notes in the flavor, along with fruit aspects akin to pear and green apples. The sweetness is not too strong, which is a good thing, and a floral hop character comes into play at the finish, which is somewhat dry. I feel this bier leans a bit towards a Dubbel in some ways, with the presence of the fruit notes and the lack of the spicy, peppery traits I come to expect (and enjoy) in a good Tripel. It's for that reason I gave it a 3.5 for flavor, though a 4.0 for drinkability, as it is still a tasty chalice of bier. I swirled in the yeasties near the end, and while changing the color of the bier, it did little in the way of a major flavor difference. Some "spice" was picked up, but nothing earth-shaking....


overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Rudgers73
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well first I poured about 3/4 of the bottle into a glass. Smelled like a tripel, didn't look like a tripel, didn't taste like a tripel... damn.

But wait. I took the rest of the bottle and swirled all of the garbage around and added it to my glass. Big chunks of yeast, clouded it up nicely.

A- Nice, cloudy, malty brown, with orange hues. Microfoam head. A little lacing.

S- Yeast, dried fruit, caramel, oranges.

T- Slightly bitter and yeasty with pappery notes. Nicely balanced (after I added the cloud of yeast) and a little dry at the end.

M- A lot like a real begian tripel. Complex, peppery, strong.

D- Good. I decided that I like this one.

note: If I hadn't added the rest of the yeast/sludge to this it would have been like this: 3.5, 4.5, 3, 2.5, 2.5, respectively.

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Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle in Chimay glass.

Color is the liquid equivalent of an orange Lifesaver®.

Carbonation pools in the center, but quickly dissipates. No carbonation ring around the outside. Mouthfeel is acceptable but I wish there was more carbonation gnawing on my tongue.

Taste is as light as its color. Simple triple that does little to excite me and I make no noises after each sip like I should. Something is missing (distinctive yeast?) from this beer that does not bring the experience of all the wonderful abbey beers I have drank over the years.

I have really liked the other Stoudt's beers I have tried (Double IPA/Fat Dog Stout) but will have to say that I am a bit dissappointed with this one. Recommended only if curious.

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Photo of nriech
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange with a large white head that leaves almost no lacing and disappears quickly. Good color,but the head disappoints. The smell is musty, with alcohol, spices, and candy sugar. The taste is sugar, sweet malt, spices, alcohol, and some bread yeast. A much better taste than smell. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing well and hides the alcohol pretty well. Not a bad beer, but I hoped for some more hops to balance the taste. Cheers.

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Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned ripe auburn copper body. Thick pad of white khaki head. Nose is carrot cake, banana rum, cream soda dum-dum, spicy metallic pepper, and yeast. Singed caramel and sugary malt up front. Slight tang (wheat?). Fruity midsection gives way to warming alcohol esters and peppery hop bitterness. Dry finish. Medium-bodied with a well-carbonated feel.

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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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