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

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

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Photo of xav33
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Stoudts Triple
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, liberated 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a murky bright copper orange with a smowhat lasting fizzy white average-sized head with no lacing.

Smelt of moderate all-spice, cantalope, sweet ripe bananas, and some doughiness. Some very faint alcoholic burn.

Taste was quick upfront sweet banana bread caught up with some light bitter spice followed by a heavy bitter moldy horseblanket bitter finish and a subtle pleasant flowery hop kick that appears on the average length finish. Mouthfeel was creamy on a dry finish, medium bodied, fizzy with moderate astringency on the finish and a trace of alcoholic warmth.

Overall, the aroma is pleasant, but the flavor on the follow through is too harsh on the tastebuds and the palate.

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Photo of geetlord
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber with good lacing.
It smelled of malts and some fruits. The flavor contained some light hops, caramel, lightly fruity, with alcohol warming the mouth in the finish.

Overall I found it to be a decent tripple, it lacked some general character but overall enjoyable.

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

Pours a nice brown color in my glass without much head, it's really just a ring around my glass.

The smell is quite good: fruity and biscuity. The taste is just as good. It's pure Belgian in its biscuit qualities. I'm also tasting the alcohol (I just saw it's 9 percent ABV -- woah!) and fruit, with a particular grape note. Nice. There's also a hint of earthy, musty flavors in the finish.

The body is nicely substantial, yet slick. And even though it's quite strong it's very drinkable.

I'm new to Stoudt's beers, but so far they seem like a winner. A fine American example of the Belgian style.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the tulip.

Aroma is malty sweet with some nice yeasty/bready tones and rich fruity scents. The booze becomes apparent as it warms.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront with some rich bready flavors. A very distinct banana taste appears midway and melts into a boozy and sharp spicy finish.

Big body and full carbonation.

A solid tripel, with the sharpness at the finish being the main drawback to not scoring it higher. Still, quite drinkable considering the big ABV....

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

12 oz bottle> brandy snifter.

AP: Golden and red hued brownish amber color, cloudy with yeast, good size off-white head, dissipates to a fine lacing around the rim. Very active and bubbly.

smells: Extra sweet malt, maple syrup, slight yeast and green hops.

Taste: sweet and sour with oak malt flavors, malty syrup sweetness and a green, leafy bitter hop end.

Feels very active and bubbly yet, smooth and slick.

The 9% ABV will keep these to a minimum but overall a very delightful american-brewed blegian Triple.

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Photo of rarevos
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with very modest head. No retention, but good lacing. Clumpy yeast (a lot of yeast, actually) dominates, with no visible carbonation. Clumps remain. Weird looking. Never had a bottle-conditioned beer with this much yeast or this much clumping.

S: Nose is spicy, coriander and clove. Very yeasty, very obviously Belgian. Banana aroma is there, but it's faint.

T: Malty at first, balanced by the spiciness found in the nose. Slightly bitter, warming. Finish is medicinal with a hint of orange. Alcohol is not hidden at all.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly syrupy, if a bit fizzy (which was strange since it didn't show much carbonation in the pour).

D: Spicier, pilsner maltiness is a little less featured, but still pretty decent. I'd put it in the Affligem sweeter-Tripel style rather than the drier Chimay/Westmalle. Even then, it's not easy to drink because the alcohol taste is a little more noticeable than I would like.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry, I forget who sent this to me, and thanks, whoever it was. Nice head, patchy lacing. Aroma of banana and slight clove. It is bready and alcoholic.

Tastes fruity, with bananas, spices and grains. Fiery alcohol. Medium-bodied, with a clean finish. Seeing as how I haven't had a beer in a few days, my first instinct is to give a five for drinkability. But I'll be realistic, and give it a four.

Scored and reviewed verbatim from notes.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a nice golden, hazy color. Unfortunately, there is no head whatsoever! And not much lacing to speak of. Very disappointing. However, the smell is redeeminig - an excellent example of the tripel style: tart, fruity (cherry and apple), and spicey. The taste seems less impressive - if only slightly. It has all the markings of a great tripel - very spicey, cirtus orange, with a pleasant tinge of alcohol - but it is unnecessarily sour at the end, I think. Overall though a solid beer, and very enjoyable sipping. But is it worth the price? Only you can decide...

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy copper color with off-white head that lingers through mid-glass, and leaves good lacing. Initial aroma of malt and dark fruits, mostly grapes and figs. Flavor at first is spicy fruit, with malty sweetness. As beer warms at mid-glass, alcohol becomes more evident in both the aroam and the taste. Finish leaves a sweet, syrupy aftertaste, accompanied by an alcohol-induced warming sensation. a good beer for sipping one, but definitely not a session beer.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the previous reviewer, that this isnt exactly a special beer, however i think it is a little bit better than he did.

Pours a dark brown (a bit darker than i expected) with a thick tannish head. Smell is chock full of spices and alcohol. Taste is similar. I thought the alcohol was hidden very well and it has the perfect amount of sweetness. Fairly malty. Coates the mouth very well. Drinkability is high, especially given the alcohol. My only complaint is that the other tastes didnt really come through as much as i hoped they would. other than that, a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color with a big head. There is also an interesting swish that goes on when its poured vigorously. The smell is just like a traditional tripel, with lots of spices and the alcohol just peaking through. The taste is similar. Starts out almost like sweet juice because of all the malt, and the alcohol is hidden well. This beer goes down really easy. I would say that this is an ideal brew if you are not used to the strong alcohol taste of normal tripels, but It really doesn't cut it if you are looking for something really special.

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

Served in a pint glass, which probably wasn't the best, but I suppose I was getting more in a pint than I'd get in another glass, so I didn't say anything to the bartender.

Appearance: Seemingly darker than most tripels I've had. Usually it's more on the lighter side of yellow, but this has some brown and amber in it. I think from the tap it was also maybe too cold, so there's hardly any head on it at all.

Smell: Definitely some Belgian yeast, candi sugar, banana, bread notes, sweet malt, and a lot of hops, which was pleasantly surprising.

Taste: This is pretty boozy-feeling for a tripel, especially as it warms. Also it's a fairly different representation of the style. The yeast and banana and sweet notes are there, but there's also a pretty crazy amount of hops, and also a bit of sourness. I chalk that up, I hope, to Stoudt's trying something a bit different and making their own version rather than trying to match something like Westmalle. But I like what they've done with it; little twists, moderately, and done well, on a style such as this can be quite good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick without being cloying or anything like that. The body has a pleasant fullness to it.

Drinkability: I had a pretty good buzz after just a pint, which I suppose makes sense due to the ABV, but I enjoyed it and I'd sure have it again if I see it on tap. Haven't had it in a bottle yet, though, either.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dense, amber/copper color with a slight white head that ran away quickly and left a small white ring around the edge and a floating island in the middle. The nose of the beer a bit citrusy and sugary with some yeast notes. The taste is more of the same along with some cherry tones. The mouthfeel is smooth but there is a nice alcohol burn on the tongue at the end.

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Photo of cbl2
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.50 12 oz. 9.00% Bottled 9/13/05.


Emerges a hazy orange brown with a thin film of tan head on top.


Somewhat tart with some cherry overtones and a touch of bready yeast.


Rich buttery ripe plum coupled with a heady dose of alcohol. Some sweet malts present midsip lending this a fairly authentic Belgian feel.

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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 biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No real head forms but reveals a gorgeous orange-ruby (grapefruit coloured) appearance - very nice looking. A candy-esque bubblegum nose - both sticky and sweet. Aroma spicy and intoxicating, letting it's strength and contents known. Mouthfeel with a light burn and a light peppery note. Very authentic tasting. The burning would come to agree quite well with me, it was short lived but with every sip. This one is potent, what a dense mouthfeel for this style, once again, let's its strength and contents known! A little fruity zest that took some time to show itself, letting this one warm helped compliment it. Thanks to Harry for sharing both his company and his bottle for this sitting...

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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber/gold, with a 1/2 inch bright white head....dense bubbly lace

S- fruity yeast (orange, peach, and cherry), light spiciness.

T- Fruity citrus and malty body...spicy finish with a hint of alcohol.

M/D- Definitely has a warming effect, high carbonation, medium bodied...pretty ok overall.

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Photo of barleyman
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler, color is a cloudy, hazy orange amber, the head quickly dissapates into a perfect belgian lace. The smell is sourish, of candy sugar and clove. The taste is accurate for the style, bread and yeast, clove and raisins. The mouthfeel is ok, triples are usually challenging. The drinkability is average, not as quaffable as a lighter style.

Just a thought,


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Photo of surfadelic23
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was thrilled when I saw this now available at Kingdom Liquors. They have quite a few of the Stoudt's line on hand. I like Stoudts a lot and always enjoyed meals and events at their fine brewery.
This poured an orangey/amber color with a small white head in my duvel chalice but it quickly fell . THe smell is a quite nice combo of fruits, a whif of banana, and yeast. Wow, what a great Tasting ale and spot on for style. The finish is suprisingly smooth with candi sugar providing a sweet and mellow ending. Good mouthfeel and decent drinkability even though this weighs in at 9%. Where did they hide it???

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Pours a glowing opaque orange with a thin head

Rather spicy nose with hints of banana, clove and bubble gum and sugary candy malts.

Spicy flavor, notes of clove, apple, bubblegum, and banana, the alchohol is very present on the taste which makes the taste a little rough

Medium body and carbonation, with a smooth finish, some what syrupy

A decent brew but pretty unbalanced and with alchohol presence is a bit rough. Not a bad drink but not by any means the first Tripel i'd reach for

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head, but otherwise nice appearance, kind of golden-amber and fairly clear. Aroma is awesome, has hints of rose, clover honey, and a wine-like light citrus character. The flavor is very good too, starts kind of dry and acidic with a slight spiciness but it doesnt' finish very dry at all, with hints of candy, golden malt, and cookie-like character along with some more spiciness and a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and spritzy, and overall its a pleasant drink that would go well in the deep winter as well as on a hot humid Tennessee day (in moderation, of course).

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Photo of Paddez
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a non-translucent, amber-coloured brew with a decent head. Definitely way darker than I'd expect a belgian(-style) tripel to look.

Smell: Initially the smell isn't very intresting but as the brew warms, a lot of different things become traceable. Candyish malts, yeasty spices, plums & some vague notes of alcohol.

The malty candy notes make a re-appearance in the taste. There are spices and fruits in there but it's the unusual yeasty character of the beer that provides the more prominent woody & resinous flavours. These finally flow out in a quite bitter, dry & astringent finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, just short of syrupy but not overly sticky. Not terribly drinkable. At least not for me.

Certainly a bold & unique brew but for me, it lacks the fruity spiciness that make the tripel-style one of my favourites. An odd brew but an intresting one at that ... although it's never going to be one of my favourites.
Special thanks goes to Bill N. for buying me this one.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this tripel pours a dark orange color, with a thin tan head that quickly rims the glass, moderate carbonation is visible

S - a barleywine aroma up front, that typical dark sweetness like molasses, in the background is a nice hoppy smell

T - wow, very well balanced, a cooked pineapple/molasses sweetness followed by that great hoppy bitterness i love

M - very well balanced, but a bit dry

D - moderate drinkability, kinda oversweet

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Photo of normZurawski
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't really know much of anything about this style of beer, other than what I read about it online. I gave it a shot because I like other offerings from this brewery. It's a decent beer. Overall the style is a little out of my realm. But it's a good introduction.

It looks and smells good, hinting at a nice beer. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, like the description says it should be. Taste is pretty good, certainly malty. A bit too sweet for my liking. I get a yeasty taste in this - another mention the book says to look out for. There are flavors here I've never tasted. So I don't know how to describe them. Little to no bitterness to speak of, which raises this in my eyes. Loses something as it warms. Drinkability is average, since I don't see this as a beer you can break out at any given time. Certainly a mood beer. Probably a beer you have one of and then move on to something else.

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Photo of gotbeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer reviewed here was cellared for one year. Usually I don't cellar Triples, but this one was a little hot when I bought it so I figured I would see what happens...

The appearance both fresh and cellared is a dark orange. Cellared the head is a little lighter, but is still laces the glass slightly.

The smell is of orange, candi sugar, and overly ripe fruit.

The taste is sweet, and of fruit like orange and very ripe melons. It is much less hot and balanced with a year on it than it was fresh. Much more balanced than I thought it could be.

The mouthfeel is a little syrup like. Not bad, just a little sticky. It's drinkability is a little lower due to it's ABV, and the fact that you have to stick it in a cellar for a year to get this result. Still a little hot and green when fresh, but much better with a little patience.

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Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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