Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: None; "2362 14:43" stamped on label (no idea what this means)
A pleasant, yeast-forward tripel, Allagash has a mix of generally bright and fruity flavors and aromas moving along well with the appearance and body of the beer. Easy to drink, little indication of its ethanol, and at $2.75 per 12-ounce bottle, this manages to outclass and outvalue many of the increasingly overpriced Belgian beers. Along with La Fin Du Monde, one to revisit repeatedly.
Pours a voluminous white head of small-sized bubbles, which lasts an incredibly long time. Head collapses into a meringue-like thick cap atop the body of the beer, still at least 1cm high, remaining throughout the entire drink. Lacing is in the form of substantial cobwebs lining the entirety of the inner glass. Body is a transparent golden orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange-yellow hues. Very strong and easily visible carbonation.
Aroma is quite yeasty (Belgian, that is, but not the Westmalle strain), with dried lemon rind, pale malt sweetness, minor banana ester and clove phenolics.
The flavor of Allagash's tripel is yeast-forward with its byproducts being close behind, the yeast-plus-phenols-and-esters are the star of the flavors here. Front of palate is yeast-heavy (Belgian), spicy from clove-like phenolics and ethanol, and pleasantly sweet from pale malt usage. Mid-palate is yeast-heavy, spicy (clove, black pepper, ethanol), citrus as from dried lemon rind, fruity as from dried pineapple and baked pear, modest banana-like ester, slight bubblegum, all above a base of pale malt sweetness. Back of palate continues to be yeasty, heavy on phenolics, slight ethanol, banana ester, with mild bitterness. Aftertaste is of Belgian yeast mixed in sweet pale malts, with spicy phenols, banana esters, and lingering light ethanol.
Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation intensity, resulting in a beer that foams up slightly on the palate, making it smooth and rather easy on the palate. Ethanol can be felt on the back of the throat and in the nostrils, but only slightly, not nearly as obvious as in the Westmalle. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate. Generally pleasant and unobtrusive.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2013 05:56:12 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - cloudy golden body with a towering head when first poured that shrinks but sticks around
N - all I get from this is a breast yeast aroma. Not bad but I was expecting more fruit
M - creamy carbonated feel
T - again, bready yeast but I can also pick up some banana flavor. I also get some tart sour favors on the finish
O - this was my first tripel. I liked it. Maybe I was expecting too much but I wanted more fruit tones. I'll have to try some European variations for comparison but overall a nice brew that I wouldn't mind having again.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 23:38:27 | More by AmericanPaleMale666
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,946 ratings.