Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 151
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: 2,470 | Reviews: 921
Reviews by Roguer:
Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick, bright; no imperfections. Relatively small head. Clean residue on the glass.
S - A little bright, not quite citrusy. Spicy. It doesn't exactly match with the flavor, but I don't mean that as a negative.
T - Lovely. Most recently, I couldn't bring myself to let it sit and age, and I'm paying the price for it. A new bottle is brighter and lighter; giving it time to age (as I usually do, at least a couple months) results in a better overall flavor. A little bright and citrusy in flavor, definitely malty, but not overly sweet. Maybe clove, some apricot? I don't taste the banana.
M - Thick and smooth. I like tossing this around, and it seems to coat the entire mouth afterwards (very pleasantly).
O - This is a really solid Tripel. I was very surprised, as I'm a big fan of Westmalle. Allagash isn't quite on par, but I certainly think it's a very, very drinkable beer, and it's certainly more accessible from a price standpoint (4 12oz Allagash < 1 pint Westmalle). Now, I buy Trappist Tripels for special occasions, tastings, and guests, and I try to keep Allagash Tripels on hand in the event that the mood strikes me.

Spiegelau tulip glass.

I don't have a sophisticated palate, so don't look to me for individual notes of fruit and what-not (unless it's Weissbier levels of obvious). I'll just say that this is a full-bodied, 9% ABV, flavorful beer, and if you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gajo74
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A gorgeous hazy golden that glares at you like sunlight. I got a nice bubble bath of head that retained as a frothy ring of lace throughout.
Aroma: Lovely fruity smells that reminded me of peaches and pears.
Taste: Delicious blend of tastes. Malty and fruity sweetness combined with alcohol. Mild hops and spices evident in the finish. As the drink warmed I detected a grape like taste that reminded me of a white wine.
Feel: So drinkable! Moderate carbonation that tingles the tongue when cold. Medium bodied and filling like a meal.
I have rated Allagash highly on every occasion. This is no exception. Perhaps my favorite Allagash yet!

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Corner Slice in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet a slightly hazed peach infused golden with a nice white fluffy crown atop.Stone fruit and banana/clove phenols in the nose,as it warmed sweet alcohol came into play a little.Somewhat tart with green apple-like flavors at the onset with clove-like spice and alcohol sweetness in the finish.Alot of fruit flavor in this tripel,phenols are present but not over the top,nice beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful murky but light orange in color with a gorgeous white head that came up nicely and left a good film on top of the liquid.

Smell – The light malts are laded with Belgian yeast. This is a very good yeast aroma that I’m getting early on, even before the beverage warms. The fruity citrus has some strong orange in it but doesn’t let this overpower the bouquet. I can also pick up some sensuous lemon notes along with some fresh lime and light peach.

The spices are mild and consist mostly of the traditional white pepper and coriander favored by the authentic Belgian breweries. There’s just a touch of vodka to the nose but otherwise the high ABV goes unnoticed.

Taste – I literally moaned with pleasure on the first sip. The flavors are so intense that they take a moment to get used to.

The yeasty malt makes a terrific backbone to the giant fruits. The fruits come on full bore at the taste and are very complex. The alcohol picks things up a notch from the nose as do the spices. This is a very intense flavor rush, so be ready.

Mouthfeel – This Tripel is in between medium and full-bodied with some extraordinary carbonation that just explodes in the cheeks.

Drinkability – This was spot on for my preference in the style and very drinkable in my book. I just couldn’t get enough of this wonderful offering from Allagash!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Batch # 71. Pours a permanently hazed straw gold with a thick white foam that dissipates to 1/8th inch with nearly perfect lacing. Aroma is fresh cut hay and tropical fruit/citrus. Mangoes, lemons, honeydew melon, and coriander. Tastes somewhat like Hennepin, which pleases me mightily. Loads of yeast, a bit of banana, spicy as heck, almost clove like finish. Mild grapefruit twang. Very Belgian and authentic tasting. Warming ever so slightly. Mouthfeel as wonderful as wrapping yourself in warm laundry. Drinkability is tops, especially considering the ABV. This is one of the best American made triples I’ve had. As good or better than several Belgians I’ve tasted.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

I'm going off memory for this one. I had it in a 750ml bottle with the cork present.

All I remember was having a reaction of: "Wow, this is an amazing brew!". The taste was fruity, malty, smooth, hints of german hefe (banana), crisp, effervescent, and far too delicious. This is one of those beers where you love the taste so much you end up drinking the beer quickly and you get punished for it. That 9% abv will do serious damage especially because you can't taste the 9% at all. You would swear it was 5%.

I'm making a conservative rating because I'm going to try this later down the road again and it may end up in my top three for favorite brews. That's how much I enjoyed it.

Cheers to Allagash!

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

Purchased in a 750ml corked and caged bottle with the denotation "batch #166". Pours a sunny hazy gold with minimal head. Some winey alcohol, buttery diacetyl and fruity esters in the nose, pronounced apricot in the mouth. Creamy, cottony carbonation with astringent powdered sugar finish. Owing to the strength, this stuff will numb your tongue quickly, so enjoy it while you can!

PS The bottle has warmed since my first pour. Aroma now includes that much prized horse blanket. Taste has opened up to include massive peppery qualities which now overshadow initial apricot. Carbonation has subsided, which is also a good thing.

Photo of cdog3
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite everyday beers. Pouring at 9% ABV you can dink a 750 ml bottle by yourself at leisurely pace just about any evening. It is golden yellow and slightly cloudy with a fine creamy white head that last and last. The aroma is spicy and fruity with just the faintest scent of alcohol at the end. when you take this beer in your mouth you feel a nice medium to better body that borders on creamy. Sweet and spicy up front with a nice rounded maltiness and a hint of alcohol warming in the finish. If you haven't had this you should and if you have you should probably pick up another one just to remind yourself how good it is.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 750mL with a buddy.
A-Poured golden/straw color with 2 inch fluffy white head in oversized wine glass-nice looking in the glass.
Smell-Sweet, Tart Apple and yeasty aromas
T-Unpleasant bitter on first taste combined with yeasty flavor, lacking the fruit from the smell. Wished for more of the smell in the taste. As it warmed, there was more of the tart apple flavor and some citrus that come through. More balanced as it warmed. Alcohol was failry evident.
M-Very carbonated with bubbly feel-a little foamy in the mouth.
D-Taste is very dominated by yeast and the for me that cuts down the drinkability. A nice beer but not the most complex tripel. A decent tripel.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL into a chalice style glass.
Bottle states the batch is number 110.

A: Golden orange in color, hazy with an incredible thick white foamy head. The retention was phenominal, staying thick and frothy for most of the drink. Lacing was, well, good, but it was more like clinging white foam.

S: Modest spices swimming in rich pale & caramel malts. Something slightly citrus clings to the nose as well.

T&M: Mild malts nicely spiced ride a creamy texture all the way through the tasting. Carbonation is light but persistent and helps keep that fantastic head alive through the course of the drink. This tripel is slightly sweet but still has a relatively quick and dry finish. The malts and the spices combine with enjoyable complexity. This is a fantastic brew!

D: I really loved this brew! It was easy to drink, smooth and creamy, and full of complex tastiness. Fantastic! I'm definitely going to seek this out and would highly recommend it.

Photo of SanDNigel
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll start by saying I got the "reserve-batch 195" with the cork in a 750ml bottle. Reasonable price ($13ish) + good reviews = purchase.
A- Pours golden cream with a tightly effervescent head. Gets you excited to drink.
S- Moscato with a bubbly coriander creme de platano
T- Very much like it smells; small quick sips enhance, relatively dry finish
M- Heavy intensely bubbly/creamy action mixed with light alcohol note (not as much as 9ABV hints)
Very good beer. Couldn't ask for much more getting done doing something on a hot day (or any day really when you live in San Diego). Recommend for price point
(Couldn't have come from farther away for me in the continental United States [San Diego, CA]but well worth the trip)

PS: I've been using BeerAdvocate for some time now without posting; I feel bad. It was time to post.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 56, caged and corked bottle. A nice pop as the cork goes. Wonderful cloudy golden honey color with a big 3 finger head on top. Rings of lacing stick to the side of the glass. Impressive. Fruity notes mix with a nice spiciness, I pick out clove and some peppery tones. The fruit and spice scents play off each other nicely.

First sip is an lovely mix of tropical fruit flavor and spices. Cloves, honey and hints of pepper flow under a bed of fruit and hints of caramel. A nice balance in flavors and just a damn tasty brew all around.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy with some nice bubbly carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. This is a very tasty brew that I could see pairing well with food. Easily drinkable, the 9% is nearly non-existant in the taste. Cheers to Allagash for brewing a great tripel. I look forward to trying more of their brews.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml botle, Batch#74. A golden color with a thin head and lots of bubbles when poured. It has a predominately spicy odor, with some fruitiness coming through. Taste is also mostly spice, with a little orange creeping in. A very smooth, warming beer. Very drinkable (in moderation).

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle ... corked and caged. Batch #8. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Tarnish gold in colour with a rich and dense white lace, almost looks like frothed milk on top.

Smell: Exotic fruit, herbal and medicinal all make for a sweet aroma.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a sweet candy sugar malt flavour. This is soon cut by herbal, grain and phenolic flavour. Hop bitterness is complacent and is only in the background. Lots of spicy alcohol with hints of celery leaves and pine. Earthy yeast with its raw exotic fruity character laces the palate with more complexity. The fruity flavour lingers with a touch of grain and a heavy hand of warming alcohol ties up the finish.

Notes: Another stellar brew from Allagash. Top shelf here, perfect example of the style. Rich in intricacies and incredibly drinkable. One of the greatest American Beers brewed in the Belgian style.

Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750ml, batch 44. Very nice that you can email the brewery and they will promptly email you with the bottled date. This one was bottled on 8/15/03, according to Sabrina, at Allagash. This one hasn't yet reached its prime, but I can't resist popping the cork. Pours into a goblet a clear, bright golden colour, with a moderate white head made of very tiny bubbles. Attractive Belgian style lacing. Spices hit the nose immediately, with a blast of clove, coriander, and anise. Pears and strawberries soon follow. Toffee/caramel malt aromas appear out of nowhere, midway through this sublime experience.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and has a dryness that defies the aroma.
Taste is drier than the nose would suggest, but this one really plays games with my tastebuds. One moment, I'm tasting pine and citrusy hops, then, suddenly, it's caramel and toffee malts. This one is really a fun experience to savor. The multiplicity of tastes come together so extremely well as it approaches room temperature. Damn, I wish I had a case of these stored in my basement cellar. I can only dream of how well this stuff will age a year, or two, down the road. Alcohol warmth from the high abv is quite welcome on a very cold winter evening. Wow! The folks at Allagash have some great ales on the market, and this is certainly one of their best.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golled yellow, nice fluffy head, yeast and fruit in the nose. another winner from Allagash. Well balanced, long yeasty finish. Lemon, yeast, straw, hops at the finish. Easy to drink.Dry with Alcohol at the end. I want to track this one down on tap.

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange-gold in color, cloudy, one inch head, high carbonation

Smell: alcohol, yeast, and banana

Taste: banana, yeast, light bread, and some citrus

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: I could have two at most. The carbonation is a little overbearing. An above average tripel. Tasty but not too far out of the ordinary.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. This is a really good looking beer. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus orange and lemon. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruits, light alcohol and peppery spices. The alcohol mixes well with the peppery spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of lostandwandering
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Not sure of the bottling date.

A- A very nice, cloudy golden yellow. Nice thick head with a little bit of lacing.

S- Maybe it's my nose, but I don't get a whole lot in the smell department. A little bit of fruit and a little sweet.

T- comes across fruity, citrusy and spicey. A little bit with some nice residual spice notes.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O- A very good Tripel. Excellent example of the style. This is my fourth beer from Allagash and I have liked all of them. Nice job!

Photo of Byeast
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle is a corked 750ml of batch 73 Allagash Tripel Reserve.
Poured a brilliant , slightly hazed golden hue , with a massive frothy white head of about three inches. Much carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of candied fruits and some spice; hints of banana , apricot , pear ,passion fruit, yellow apple , herbal notes , some phenolic qualities. Sweet fruit flavors abound , most of the aromas present are melded into the complex taste , a bit of honey maltiness, some zesty spice in the finish and a very well hidden alcohol content. Leaves a pleasant and long lasting aftertaste of fruit and warming alcohol. This is an exellent Tripel. Extremely drinkable and delicious flavours in this great brew. Allagash has really done a superb job on this one.

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

I figured a little "tune up" would be in order to prepare for the upcoming Belgian Beer Festival next month. Checking the DBF, I was pleased to see this gem hiding in the back.

750ml corked and caged bottle. This is from batch #46.

A: Moderately aggressive pour yields a snifter of beauty. Massively thick...billowing stark white head erupts to stand atop the chill-hazed bright golden-colored nectar beneath. Lots of fizzies glide up from the bottom and sides of the glass. "Soap suds" lacing all over the glass.

S: Incredibly complex array of scents drift up and out of the glass. There's ripe cantaloupe, fresh orange rind, chunks of pineapple, vanilla beans, and candied sugar. Amzing.

T: Such a smooth and well-balanced beer. Many of the scents translate into the flavor. Orange, some ripened dark fruit, delicate sweetness. Woven into this tapestry of flavor is an undercurrent of spices. Almost peppery in character, they lend a wonderful touch to the overall impression on the palate. Initally sweet on, the middle beefs up the spices and slides into a short-lived dryness that is very clean and crisp. For such a beefy-thick brew, it leaves the palate quickly.

M/D: There's a lot of fizz to this one, but it's a real palate-coater...yet it manages to finish crisp and almost dry. Too cool. ABV weighs in at 9%, yet you hardly notice it. There's nothing harsh or unbalanced in this anywhere in the tasting profile. Fantastic.

Notes: I am waiting on pins and needles to try this on tap next month at the BBF. A hearty "Hell Yeah" for the gang at Allagash!

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

Poured from bomber into a Stein, This was the Allagash Tripel Reserve(which I have gathered is an alias for their Triple Ale) Batch #183

Appearance: Cloudy Golden Amber color with about 3 fingers of white head, little to no lacing.

Smell: Sweet smell, almost like a banana type smell, I could not smell a lot of hops.

Mouthfeall/Taste: Sweet taste with a hoppy after taste. Smoothlight bodies and well balanced.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer, I could sit down and drink a lot of this brew at a time. Have to admit I drank all 2 pints of it I had in about an hour, did not want to share it.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A delicious orange with an amber tinge, and a healthy head. I hesitate to give it a five but really how could it look any better, perhaps swirling silvery sparkles or some sort of acid induced hallucination. The lacing is good and the the head thins out towards the middle.

Smell: The smell is faint, sweet pineapple and alcohol.

Taste: Sweeter than I would have expected, The sweetness hits you first, very fruity from a mix of delicious esters and some glorious hops no doubt, the alcohol is quite sneaky and here I am 3/4 of the way through the bottle and I'm in that perfect fleeting state of euphoria, respect that 9%, the finish is complexity at its finest, you can taste it all the aromatic hops the sweet malt and esters and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the high end of the style.

Drinkability: This beer has renewed my fervor for beer, after a few disappointing stouts. World Class!

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

Excellent beer. Pours cloudy gold with a billowy white head and lots of carbonation. The aroma or fruits and yeast, and very sweet. The taste is outstanding. The malts and sugars really stand out, but don't overwhelm each other. A very balanced beer that is easily among the top trippels.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in a Guiness pint glass.

Golden color,a bit cloudy almost clear,a few small bubbles rising,white creamy head lacing and clinging down the sides of the glass.

A moderate aroma fruity,clovey,aromas of bannanas and hints of apples,complex and inviting.

The taste was very clovey,a bit tart and fruity,bannana flavors,with a warming presence of alcohol,syrupy,with a sweetness lingering in the finish.

A prickley feel on the palate,a bit cloying,sticking to the top of the mouth, goes down better with every sip,becoming more drinkable with each taste. The alcohol takes away some of the drinkability,still mouthwatering and enjoyable.This seems to be one of those beers that grows on you. Would like to try again.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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