Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,475 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 152
Gots: 415 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

This strong golden ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of banana and honey in the complex palate. The Tripel has a remarkably long and smooth finish.
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Ratings: 2,475 | Reviews: 923
Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very cloudy gold color that’s close to orange, with a 2 finger foamy eggshell colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly leaving really goof foamy lacing and a layer on top. The head stuck around for a few minutes and through the cloudy brew you can see lots of active carbonation as bubbles race up like champagne.

Smells of yeast with light funk, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light floral hops, lemon zest, honey, butter, lightly toast grains, fruit, flowers and bread crust. It’s very complex and sweet smelling, but besides what I already described all the aromas seem to blend together into one big intertwined, dynamic malt bill that has a bunch of fruity and spicy complementary notes and just a hint of alcohol. Rather soft smelling like a nice beer bouquet.

Tastes similar to the nose but with a lot more fruity aspects like green apple, pear, souring white grape, orange peel and some aspirin or chalk to go along with the sweet malt, yeast, light funk, honey, biscuit, coriander, pepper, bubblegum, light brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, twigs or dry hay. Seems like more earthy notes come out in the flavor and the spices blend well with the fruits and allow the herbs and floral hops to cut through at the end and limit the alcohol level. Really tasty and enjoyable, each sip has the same components but they seem to rearrange and showcase different flavors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, velvet and soft butter come to mind – honestly, super smooth and one of the nicest feeling beers of all time, it slides down like butter dripping off a hot biscuit; mild carbonation with a medium body that is on the thick side yet feels thin at times for an odd contradiction. Aftertaste is sweet and grainy, letting the spices come through again as it fades on the dry side with a minor alcohol warmth.

Really enjoyable tripel that was a great example of the style. I haven’t had one in years, but I plan to drink this on a regular basis now since it was very tasty.

Photo of Zaktcc
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful amber/ golden color with a fluffy 3 finger head. Lacing is very present.

S - Simple and pleasant aroma. A fairly sweet aroma overall with massive hints of banana. Other more subtle tones are present, most prominently clove. Notes of bread as well.

T - Is perfectly on par with the aroma. Overall very little bitterness present, fairly sweet. Most defining taste upfront is banana, followed by a mixture of the bread and clove hints noted in the aroma. Some spice notes on the back end. Simple and very enjoyable

M - Incredible feeling beer. Very smooth and full bodied. Sweet and very crisp finish leaving no lingering aftertaste aside from mild hints of banana (hence the sweetness).

O - Amazing beer overall. Very smooth and simplistic aroma and flavorings. A very summer-esque beer.

Photo of keithmurray
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright golden color with fluffy white head

Smell - banana, clove, ginger

Taste - banana is most prominent upfront, also in the mix are ginger and coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront, spices come thru after that initial blast of banana, finish is slightly imperfect/rough around the edges

Overall - adequate American version of a Belgian style tripel. Certainly worth a try for fans of the style

Price Point - $11.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles

Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer in my opinion may be a little over rated as a Tripel. It is tasty no doubt, but it doesn't hold up to the best of the Belgian versions in this category. For one thing a Tripel should have a much more prodigious head. It nails the color and for the most part the aroma I expect. The nose includes banana, Belgian yeast, and baking spices. Flavor wise a pleasantly sweet malt bill makes an appearance, perhaps candied sugar. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp with no astringency or bitterness on the finish.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spices dominant on the nose, coriander and some other exotics. Some tropical fruit, lighter malt and some yeast. On the palate, herbs join in, and the alcohol adds some extra peppery spice and a touch of warmth, for the better, but the yeast adds that distasteful chalky/earthy element. Dry. Perhaps not the best balanced, I'd like some more fruit, but pretty darn good.

Photo of 50marathons
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great golden color. Awesome tripel.

Photo of DJLehnherr
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I’m rating this from a 750-ml bottle. Golden color perhaps a bit more opaque than most triples, a hue a bit more brown compared to others, perhaps. Nice white foamy head, which lasts.

The sweet, yeasty smell has a musty character to it. Also raisin-like or citrus scents. The sweet taste has little or none of those citrus-like notes, however. Lots of carbonation. The character of this beer is “shallow,” I’d say, compared to other Belgian-style tripels: Not a lot of depth or complexity to the flavor. For a triple ale, it’s 1-dimensional, but that one dimension is quite good. The 9.0% ABV is hidden well enough, too, making this a very drinkable beer, especially pared with a meal.

One recommendation: As most Belgian ales should be served warmer than your refrigerator’s chilling temperature, this beer, especially, I’ve found, will improve if you let it get up near room temperature.

Photo of Little_Miss_Necromancer
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Everything I look for in a good beer. Practically flawless.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good Belgian

Golden yellow

Feel the 9% Abv

Photo of GOBLIN
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost . . . almost, the perfect American brewed Belgian tripel. Probably the best. But in an imperfect world, where nothing is perfect . . . This is the best !

Photo of chessiejackson
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well balanced tripel, the fruit / honey hints provide a great flavor and disguise the 9% abv. The color was a bit lighter than I would have expected, but the smell and feel told otherwise. Great brew!

Photo of TopherBreski
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Citrusy but strong with a lot of great hop flavor. Great color with a lot of carbonation and fizzy head that sticks around forever. A great beer.

Photo of kculrich
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking pour into a stemmed teardrop - honey-coloured, opaque with a great frothy head. Smell of bananas and honey and, I'm sorry, but fresh pee - a little off-putting. Taste: bananas and honey and sweet hay, yeasty, and yet more bananas. Fruity. Nice, full mouthfeel if, maybe, a little over-carbonated. Overall, sweet and fruity, OK, I guess I'll finish what's in the fridge but I doubt I'll revisit this one.

Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of the most excellent beers I've ever tasted yet

Photo of peraltaspade72
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite Tripel but it is easy to find and is my go to more affordable Tripel.

Photo of AirBob
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 1/19/15

A - 1 finger of dense, white head. Opaque, unfiltered golden-straw colored body with plenty of visible carb. Ok retention and lacing. Reduces to a cap and collar.

S - Belgian yeast (bananas and clove) with strong sweet candy or honey. Slight breadiness in the back.

T - Candied banana. Bread. Slight clove. And maybe some pepper in the finish along with slight bitterness.

M - Full boded. Low-medium carb. Sticky finish.

O - Not too complex and a little too sweet for my liking.

Photo of socalparalegal
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this one from Costco recently to try it out, and was not disappointed. The golden color was the initial attraction, followed by pouring which which gave frothy look. Taste is smooth and pleasurable. I'm not pro when it comes to beers, but I do like this one.

Photo of NCMatt
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a "Reserve" bottle from batch 217. One of the best of this style I've had to date, however it is still basically uncharted territory for me.

Photo of jkermitj
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My best tripel so far

Photo of bmeehan
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the Curieux, I figured the Trip would be almost identical; it isn't the same, but it's still a great beer. It's a beautiful golden red. It's a little more bitter than it is smooth, but it isn't hard to drink. Allagash rules.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden pour with firm white, lasting foam. Aroma of apricot and other fruity esters. Tastes of honey and yeast. Smooth finish despite high carbonation, with lasting sweet, fruit flavors.

Photo of Csikic93
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged. Pours a vibrant yellow orange with a thick white head. Smells like banana and citrus. The taste is unbelievable, I really enjoy this tripel. Some tripels can be heavy but the Allagash is absolutely delicious a new favorite for sure.

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You know I didnt like this tripel too much at first....I drank all but one and left it in the fridge for a good 2 months...and let me tell you...its way way better now then it was 2 months ago! Its almost a perfect belgian tripel to me! I am trying to figure out the dating on the bottle but it makes no sense! all I can tell you is to let it sit a while and all the banana yeast and the flavors all meld together and its really nice!

Photo of Brewliue
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It can get too syrupy, so without sausage, bacon, and pancakes hold back a little bit on the maple sugar!

Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is excellent with a huge foamy, frothy, thick, off-white head, that settles very slowly, some lace and a clear yellow color. Aroma is mainly yeast with some grain and a hint of fruit. Flavor's like nose, slightly bittersweet, some tang, honey, rye bread. Body is a tad soft. Beer is very drinkable with a little alcohol warmth.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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