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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Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 482
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 12/12/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a lovely golden-orange color with a finger of large-bubbled fluff that laces well.

S: The nose shows aromas of banana and lemon - like all tripels - but turns more toward notes of spiciness, apples, and caramel.

T: The taste is nearly overwhelmingly spicy with notes of apples, banana, and a caramel/vanilla malt backbone. As it warms, it definitely shows its alcohol content.

M: The body is rather thin, the carbonation subdued, and the alcohol heat stays at bay.

D: This is not a great interpretation of the traditional Belgian style but not many American breweries can do it well.

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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 Thanby
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale straw color with a little white head and tons of suspended sediment. Smells of fruity Belgian malt, banana, clove, a little orange zest, a little caramel. First taste is a lightly spiced Belgian wheat with yeast, some of that clove and citrus previously mentioned, banana, and some light flavors that are escaping me at the moment. Finishes sweet and a little thick, a little lingering citrus and spice. Carbonation lightens the body to medium-ish, otherwise it would be a thick and chewy texture. The amount of yeast floating around was a little surprising, and it doesn't really settle out, but that's not really a hindrance. Easy to drink, and hides its ABV dangerously well. Doesn't taste quite as mature as your typical triple, but still delicious. This has become one of my more regular purchases.

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Photo of Chaney
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my trust FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a very cloudy (no surprise since this is unfilted) golden color, with a little less that a finger worth of head, and tons of Belgian yeasties floating around. To be honest, I thought this would be darker for this style. Still, I've seen Tripels this light before and even lighter.

S: Very faint actually. However, I got a little bit of dark fruit, grainy organic corn, and a bit of Belgian funk.

T: Medium bodied and not in your face. Nice blend of spices and fruit, and I definitely appreciate the tempered sweetness. This could have easily been a can of "Fruit Cocktail"... sticky sweet syrup and all.

M: Nice and thick texture, with fairly generous carbonation, and the ABV was dangerously well hidden. Absolutely no lacing on the glass.... I mean that!

D: Amazingly drinkable for a 9% ABV brew. The only thing that hurts this one is the fact that there is a lot of stiff competition in the Tripel category. Still, Stoudts is a very good brewery.

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Photo of jlandis
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like to taste the yeast in my beers, so I gave this one a swirl to pick up all the yeasty goodness at the bottle of the bottle. This produced a hazy copper orange liquid elixir with a thin white head that soon faded to a slight rim.

Tart citrus aroma right up front with a funky belgian spice. As it sits for awhile there is this fruity bubblegum aroma that starts to show up.

A bit of tart citrus and subtle spice. What is really striking is the alcohol presence. It feels way too boozy for a 9% beer. There are some cloves and spice with a bit of sweet apple. I made a point to get the yeast in here, and what I'm getting is a tart bitterness.

Light to moderate mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

I was really hoping for a lot more from this beer. There are some great Belgian characteristics (tart spice, sweet fruits), but that nagging alcohol burn is really unsettling. Maybe this one would do better with some age, but I really think this is an average American attempt at a classic Belgian style.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice, medium yellow-orange hue with a fair haze to the body. Lots of good-looking effervescence and two fingers of foamy ivory head. Pretty good in my opinion.

Smell: light malt aroma with a nice mixture of apple and pear. There's also a slight mustiness which I rather like. A subtle but well-composted aroma.

Taste: similar apple and pear flavors but with a bit of tartness thrown in with the sweet. Additionally, the alcohol packs a bit of a punch; more than I would normally like. Bitterness is pretty well balanced, and quite good for a tripel. This beer isn't perfect, but it happens to rub me the right way.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big ol' creamy carbonation. Even after all the different beers I've had I'm still impressed with a good, creamy texture. Great stuff.

Drinkability: a nicely drinkable tripel, if a bit hot on the alcohol flavors. I would have this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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

Stoudt's Triple pours a dark golden color, translucid to hazy, with a small white head that does not persist for long.
Aroma is very fruity, estery and spicy (specially clove) with a hint of alcohol.
Taste starts out very sweet with some grainy malt. This soon shifts to honey, mollasses and banana with a spicy finish again with clove being the main element. It has a dry finish and there is some hop bitterness detectable as well.
Body is medium and carbonation is medium to high with a small alcohol bite.
This is a sipping beer and drinkability is not very high, mainly because it is too sweet. Not a bad beer though.
Stoudt's has proven that they can be on the same level or even better than the Germans in the Helles style, but the Belgian Triples are still way better than this one.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a misty bright orange color with 1 finger of white foamy/creamy head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent was of yeast, sugar and banana.

The taste was very sweet, there was belgian yeast, banana, some citrus, and some spices. The alcohol was not as apparent for 9%.

Light bodied, very smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

A pretty good beer, good flavor though not a lot really stood out for me. But it was very refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of emsroth
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into small chalice

Tasted without, then with yeast:

App: Decent head that dies quickly but

Smell: Candy and fruit dominate. Maraschino cherries and figs on the top. A touch of grain and an alcoholic kick below.

Taste: A rather simple straightforward taste. Sweet honey, grape, grain with a touch of the fruity, zesty, yeasty flavors that make Belgians great. Ends with medicinal herbal hops. Very dry. A bit overly bitter, but it words in this one.

Full body with perfect carbonation. Dry with great alcoholic warming. One sip and you'll feel better.

Not the best, but I do enjoy this beer and have a spot in my heart for it.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a largely clear orange, copper body, with a small white head that dissipates after one minute. Aromas are remarkably similar to those of a German wheat beer: mostly sweet, a bit yeasty, and with a whiff of sourdough bread. Taste-wise, the highly effervescent texture notes give way to a distant, un-named dark fruitiness.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased @ Stoudt's Brewery. Slowly poured into a weizen glass and swirled the last bit to capture the yeast at the bottom.

A beautiful partly cloudy golden honey wheat-like appearance with a slowly settling two finger head.

Big time clove aromas with some toasted bread and ripe bananas or sweet plantains - like banana bread baking in the oven.

The taste started out somewhat sweet and fruity with some noticeable alcohol, spiciness (clove and even nutmeg perhaps) and bitterness to follow. VERY warming going down.

The mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky. Not a palette cleanser for sure as the alcohol and spice linger.

A real sipping beer. I wouldn't go for more than one in a session. Should be paired with appropriate foods as well, bolder foods like smoked ham or cheeses and whole grain breads or crackers. Not a bad offering. But my favorites from Stoudt's are the lager and pilsner styles.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Triple is a slightly hazy, very sparkling golden ale with a dense off-white head that fades to a sturdy film that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a fruity aroma with notes of bananas, clove, peaches and phenol. It's medium bodied, foamy and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It's well balanced, fruity and phenolic. It tastes very much like the aroma. It's spicy and a touch bitter at the finish. This is really tasty and drinkable stuff.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. No freshness date. Pours a slightly hazy golden light orange color with a fluffy 1 finger head. A very clean aroma with notes of spice and belgian yeast esters. Almost has a metallic smell to is, hmmm. Sweet malt flavors up front followed by notes of banana and spice. Slight bitterness and alcohol notes at the end. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is lightly fruity, the color is orangeish gold, taste is spicy and malty with a finish of pepper, makes for a very pleasant experience sipping it. Not my favorite of the style but a good example none the less and drinkable enough. Would be good with chicken and pasta.

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Photo of alehead87
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pretty run of the mill triple, Ive had better Ive had worse. Appearance was good, poured a nice 2 finger head, with decent lacing, taste was good, what can i say it tastes like a triple. There are better triples but this one is just fine for the price it just doesn't blow you away. I love belgians, and it passed my test I will continue to buy it periodically. Give it a try!

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A - Hazy and golden with a big but quick to die white head.

S - Musty and sweet. Some spice and breadinessas well but overall a fairly weak aroma. What's there is very enticing though.

T/M - Smooth and sweet with flavors of apple, wheat and clove with a white pepper finish and alcohol warmth as it goes down. A very baseline Tripel.

D - Very nice. Not the greatest Tripel in the world but I would never turn this beer down.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin tight off white head.

S-notes of bubblegum up front, bready malts, green apple, notes of wheat, hint of spice in the back.

T-the tastes offers a doughy malt up front, very sweet, candied apples, wheat, touch of clove and pepper in the back. hints of citrus thoughout and a touch of bitterness to finish. hints of booze and and heat in the back.

M-syrupy medium body, a little grainy, strong carbonation with a good crisp finish.

D-very interesting, a little sweet but a good balance of spice. pretty solid tripel. booze comes through a little but not too bad.

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

Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly orange/golden color with a ½" white head that recedes slowly and stays around for at least the first half of the beer. The are nice sheets of foam on the sides of the glass and surface, along with a ring of foam around the glass. Sipping leaves lots of nice lacing and sheets of foam for at least the first half of the beer, and beyond.

Smell: The aroma has a nice yeasty character along with some orange, spice, banana and a touch of alcohol. The things that stand out are sweet pale malt and a banana and fruity character.

Taste: The flavors include banana, sweetness and some bready character from the malt, along with the alcohol, all combined with touches of orange zest and the light caramel malt. There are also some touches of spices and alcohol here as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-full bodied, smooth and filled with gentle persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long and ends mostly with the alcohol.

Drinkability: A nice solid well made beer worth drinking again even though its not at the top of my list of triples. While it lacks a certain subtle complexity found in the triples I prefer (e.g., La Fin du Monde, Westmalle) it is a well-made worthwhile beverage that I'll probably be sipping on tap again one day.b

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

Stoudt's Triple, poured into a challis, is a beautiful clear orange/yellow color. A flurry of tiny bubbles rise steadily to the surface. On top, a small foam head quickly vanishes leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass and a thin sheet on the beer.

The aroma is rather faint and has notes of orange peel, clove, and a touch of bready yeast.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate, slightly chewy with a soft effervescent fizz on the tongue. The flavor begins with a pale malt sweetness quickly followed by clove and orange peel. A touch of banana and bubblegum are blended in. Almost reminds me of a hefeweizen. It finishes with some alcohol notes. Once gone the sweet malt, clove and bubblegum lingers on the palate.

For 9% abv, this is a fairly easy drinking triple. A bit too sweet for me, but otherwise it's nice.

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Photo of klkatz
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me preface this by saying that I don't have a lot of experience with Tripels... nor do I particularly enjoy Belgian style Ales - but I gave it a good hearted effort and I think I rated it pretty fairly.

The color is a nice amber... with a smooth, thin, white head...

the smell is very eclectic... floral, malty, spicy... almost wheaty...

The taste has a licorice or liquor quality to it... you can also taste the spice.

The drinkability is average... not a good session beer, but okay for one round.

I'll try a few other tripels, and maybe revisit this one.

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Photo of jonziefle
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a honey-colored amber, slightly hazy, with plenty of suspended sediment. Two finger white, foamy head with good retention. Minimal visible carbonation. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell: Mild citrus flavors with cinnamon and banana. Some cider. Fruity yeast esters.

Taste: Strong alcohol and dark fruit hop flavors to start, transitioning into the more mild wheat malts afterwards. Besides having some spiciness, there typical spices don't make themselves known as well in the taste. Some banana makes itself known at the end.

Mouthfeel: Strong alcohol/hop bite to start, with minimal carbonation. Very smooth, but the high ABV has a lingering tingle.

Drinkability: The strong alcohol content is masked in the nose, but comes on strong in the taste. It drowns out the softer characteristics of the style and misses some flavor.

Buy Again? No.

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Photo of Throckmorton
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this off the tap at the brewery, into a growler. It took about 15 minutes to fill for some reason I didn't understand. Guy behind the bar wasn't the friendliest bloke.

a - straw with slight haze

S - aroma was mild, with slight hay and grasses

T - fair, little Belgian funk, a bit disappointing

M - rather flat

D - fair.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured gold with a fluffy white head.

Aroma consists mainly of banana bread with a sweet gum-like odor.

Taste is also banana dominated. A little sweet. Apricot is hanging around, Heat is apparent.

Not a bad tripel, not a great tripel. Would recommend.

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Photo of nukem5
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rushed home with my growler after having a sample at the store(The Beer Store) lol.

A: Poured a wonderful orange color with a small amount of head.

S: Instantly aromas of coriander and citrus flood the nose,honey, yeast and a nice amount of hops.

T: Sweet fruity and a wollop of alcohol on the back end.

M: Sadly a bit on the flat side for me could just be a growler older tap. Good still medium body full of flavors washing the mouth.

D: Very Drinkable as usual Carol and her brew crew do a fantastic job of creating a great brew.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- amber yellow to orange with small amount of carbonation to been seen very slowly streaming up the glass, nice moderate white head, very murky with alot going on in side the glass and it appears alot of sediment in this cloudy brew,

SMell- yeast and citrus, orange coriander with hint of spice, smell is not super strong at least to my nose tonite

Taste- yeast corriander with a sweet up front flavor or citrus, that fades to a slightly hopped and bitter finish, good kick of alcohol noticed on the finish, but overall pretty simple easy drinking

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp

Drinkability- very super easily drinkable but simple not complex at all for a belgian triple, lacks that secondary complexity and zing, its not bad but not great, nice value price was but alot better still out there

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