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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 922
Hads: 2,596
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 171
Gots: 502 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 31. A pleasant surprise. Pours a deep golden color with a magnificent, bubbly head that retains well in proper glassware. The nose is full of fruit and yeast at first, with notes of spiciness prevailing as the beer warms up. Taste is similar, with the spicy notes taking priority. Quite effervescent and prickly on the tongue and an excellent pairing with food. The alcohol in this certainly has its warming effects, but it's hard to notice it until the beer is long gone. To be sure, a great American-brewed tripel.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap. It came to me a cloudy, dark blonde with thick foamy head and nice carbonation. Aromas are citrus (orange, lemon), yeast and slightly spicy. Light to medium bodied and fizzy in the mouth. Feels a little creamy. The taste is fantastic. Fruity and mildly spicy and sweet, with a little bitterness after the swallow. Very well balanced with no single flavor jumping out. I like higher ABV beers and I barely notice the 9% alcohol in this one. It drinks real smooth and easy. I will definitely be buying some bottles of this. It's a real nice beer experience.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second beer review, so bear with me here. Since my relatively recent introduction into the world of craft brews, I have found that Tripels are my favorite style of beer. I have tried to experience as many different tripels as I can in order to get a feel for the style. I have had some of the best, as well as some of the worst (IMO) – and Allagash's Tripel Reserve definitely ranks near the top of the list of best tripels. This is a delicious beer - regardless of style. I will be reviewing batch number 86.

Poured a 750ml into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Golden/Light Honey/Orange in color. Decent amount of head - 1 1/2 finger amount. Good head retention.

Smell - A great aroma that is not at all deceptive. It smells just like it tastes – delicious. I am still not very good at pinpointing scents and flavors, but I think I smell malt, a lot of different fruit, a small amount of spice, and a hint of candy sugar.

Taste – Extremely well balanced. A friend of mine described it as “a journey of flavors”. You can taste each of the flavors as they come. None are competing against each other, each of the flavors just ease into the next one. I can taste lots of sweet malt, yeast, candy, a little bit of hops, and a small citrus kick. I hardly even notice the alcohol.

Mouthfeel – A medium-ish body and almost the perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down really smooth and creamy.

Drinkability – I can drink a few of these (if I had the money and the time) – almost too easily. And then the ABV hits.

If you haven’t tried this brew yet, make sure you do sometime during your beer drinking career. This is a delicious American interpretation of my favorite style of Belgian brew.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick white head.

Smell- Wonderful citrusy smell with hint of alcohol.

Taste- Same as nose. Nice citrus taste. A bit tart like a grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Fantastic beer. Wish we could get this in New Orleans.

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Photo of nhindian
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash cervoise.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw color, with a ton of carbonation swirling like a vortex or funnel which feeds the 3-fingers of ivory head. Of course, the head has the consistency and retention of other Allagash beers; that is, frothy and thick, like cream, and a long-lasting presence. The lacing is great as well with foam covering most of the sides.

S - The nose is heavy with spice and fruit, more specifically clove and banana. There is actually quite a bit of depth here, with strong yeast phenols, lemongrass, crushed black pepper, and citrus. A touch of alcohol astringency arises near the end, but overall this is an addicting beer.

T - The taste is a melange of flavors, from sweet, to spicy, to somewhat sour as well. A citrus profile leads the way, with oranges and tangerines, before a strong clove, honey, and wheat influence cuts it short. This lingers for a while, before ending with a spicy finish. Each sip brings a new aspect to this beer, with more and more enjoyment stemming from the results.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly yet clean on the palate, this finishes dry to whet the palate even more.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This definitely ranks high up on the list of my favorite Tripels, especially ones domestically produced. It has all the subtle complexities of an authentic Belgian while being more accessible (however, living in Pittsburgh with no Allagash distribution, authentic Belgians are easier to come by). My final thought at the end of the glass was: "A 12oz bottle isn't enough for a beer this good". I am kicking myself for not buying the 750ml one.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #69. when you see 61, 70, 66 and 65 on the shelf with 69, isn't there a clear choice? 750ml.

pours a bright and very clear hearty-piss yellow. steady stream of carbonation and airy head that condenses to a respectable cloudy coating of soft foam. yeasty aroma cut with just the right amount of sweet citrus and earthiness. beginning stages of butter add just the right hint of golden cream. first thing observed upon tasting is the grassy crispness.. the carbonation plus the moderate, fresh hop levels equals refreshment.. and for 9%? continues along the earthy path, digging up some dirt and flower stalk flavors. malty sweetness is there, but at a restrained level.. providing just the right counterweight to the orange/lemon zest. lingering heat duels flawlessly with the slight hint of diacetyl.. holy crap, if this isn't the most perfectly balanced american belgian (notice i said american, not NORTH american) style ale, my name isn't jesus christ. pristine sipper.

allagash- you please me very much. keep making good belgians. the world needs more.

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Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 102.

A- Very clear, crisp, and golden. Some streams of rising carbonation give way to a beautiful, fluffy, white head. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Bready, zesty, with some noticeable Belgian yeast. Light and crisp. A little floral. Very good for a tripel.

T- Bready, zesty, lemony. Complex while being very impressive and enjoyable. The alcohol is warm and slightly noticeable.

M- Very crisp and clean with good amounts of carbonation. Light but not foamy at all.

D- Very enjoyable. One of (if not the best) tripel I've ever had.

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Photo of TPoling
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Allagash Tripel pours a deep golden and gives a shaving-cream head that had me looking for a razor. There were hints of pear and some spicy notes, all of which seemed like they had the potential to improve with age. This big beer carries a warming 9 percent alcohol. Unlike the dubbel, which brewery workers have found peaks at one to two years, this one has greater long cellaring potential. A Maine brew that measures up well to some of the greats from Belgium.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This bottle is labeled as batch #142.

Appearance: quite hazy light golden yellow hue with tons of apparent effervescence and a huge white head. Very nice, though a bit lighter than most tripels I've had.

Smell: rich, sweet malty aroma with a little bit of wheat. Not particularly complex, but very nice for what it is.

Taste: epic and delicious. Malt, apples, pears, even some light cherry and other berry flavors. Not terribly bitter but a very light hop flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: for me, perfect. Beers like this are why I love tripels and Belgian pale ales. Medium-thick body with huge carbonation makes for a velvety, extremely creamy texture which I love. Highest marks.

Drinkability: exceptionally drinkable. This beer is outstanding.

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Photo of speter
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a wonderfully fluffy white head that persists throughout and leaves amazing lacing (enough for fortune telling).

S: Peppery Belgian yeast with cloves and hints of banana. From the influence of the label, I'd admit to some passionfruit as well.

T: Amazingly malty up front, the pepper and cloves reach a peak in the center, and the finish has hints of various fruits. Wonderfully complex!

M: Full bodied with a creamy head and a touch of warmth.

D: OK, at 9%, I can't drink many of these, but I sure would like to.

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Photo of patric
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer!
The smell is full of sweet deep and pleasant; i don't want to say "banana", but it has that spirit. It rests ever so softly on the back of the throat, with just a feel of the warmth from the alcohol.

It sits in the glass a very proud beer with a warm burnt yellow glow of many sunsets.

I love this beer. you get a killer body high that can only be enjoyed if your kicking back with old friends, or in the comfort of your home. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE WHEN DRINKING THIS BEER!

You will get a good buzz from this beer. Very mellow and relaxing.

I use a wide mouth glass and like to let it breathe a little. Maybe 5-7 minutes. It seems to air out nicely. If you are sitting in front of it while it breathes, you will be gifted with its almost spice like aroma.

I'm different, I like this beer cold. I uncap a bottle when it's very cold, and it maintains as a chilled beer throughout its existence. I have enjoyed this at room temperature also.


Patric Mykel

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Triple was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle, labeled batch #38. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an attractive hazed golden-straw color, and was blanketed by a white head that left good sheet lacing. The nose was superbly spiced, with notes of bitter-orange peel, juicy citrus, fall leaves, coriander, and some non-descript herbalness. An awesome sour-tartness served as a counter accent to the nutmeg tinged maltiness. On the palate, an immediately spicy, lightly astringent apple-pear fruit malt base starts things off with cinnamon, nutmeg, light musky coriander, and orange juice. A tart bitterness kicked in, leading to the orange-spice finish that left nice lingering orange-tinged spice-coriander notes. A bit of warming was felt, but no alcohol was detected. This triple was masterfully balanced, and possessed a wonderful flow of flavor. The body was smooth and sort of creamy, working very well with the flavors and character of the beer. Allagash Triple is an all around excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Brian700
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice clear golden color with a cream white head that stays put. Very nice lacing going on.

The aroma is of baked apples and honey. Excellent nose on this beer even when I am a little stuffed up.

The flavor of this beer is also extraordinary. It to is of sweet apples with just a very small touch of raw cinnamon. I can also pick up on a pear-like flavor here as well. There is a perfect amount of alcohol present.

The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a great beer and I am definately going to try and get this one again. I highly recommend this highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful American example of the style. Possibly a bit thinner than it's Belgian counterparts, but also less "yeasty". A nice fruity taste emerges, and gets better as you go. This beer is quite a treat. Rates with the best triples I've had. I will buy Allagash any time I have the opportunity.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork & cage bottle served in a goblet.

L - murky yellow/orange color with a creamy head of white foam that left thick lacing.

S - sweet and fruity, pears & white grapes, a light whiff of yeast as well.

T - oh so good and tasty! there's a heck of a lot going on here and it all works very well.

F - medium bodied, velvety smooth feel.

D - oh yeah, this is a good one!

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 117. Golden color that's a little lighter than expected. Big creamy white head that coats the glass with sticky lacing. Head maintains a solid 1/8 inch that is more than the standard cap. Smell of some citrus but mostly the sweet sugary malt smell that you would expect with the style. Some light pepper notes also show. Taste is sweetness that quickly gives way to the spicy yeast and then the 9% gives some burn. Mouth is somehow smooth and syrupy at the same time. Overall a great sipper that warms you. Once of the finest tripel's I've ever had. Thanks to my family for bringing this one back from vacation in Maine.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a wonderful golden color. Nice White head, lacing left on the glass. Fruity flavor, kind of hard to narrow down which one(s). Same on the taste. Nice carbonation. Very good drink. recommended.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bier (batch #21) has a nice cloudy, golden color, with a white creamy head. Lacing in the glass is quite decent, too! Nose has malty, yeasty and spicy notes to me. Good body, and very nice feel on the tongue, with some of the typical Belgian foamy-creamy carbonation. Candy sugar sweetness/yeastiness and fruit come through, along with a spicy, peppery zip! Feel it warming you as it goes down. Quite tasty! A very well-made Tripel!!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent triple. This beer poured a dark yellow colour with a huge, creamy, white head. The aromas were of belgian candy sugar, yeast, various spices, malts, and slightly bitter and medicinal hops. The aromas were very prevalent in the taste of this beer. A very sweet and spicy triple, with a bit of a hoppy, metallic, bitter-edge to it. This almost reminds me of a more toned down version of Victorys golden monkey. The mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth and the drinkability was excellent.


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Photo of Bookseeb
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 86
Appearance is light amber in color with a heavy white head leaving a nice lace. Smell is clean with a hint of honey and spice. Taste has a good bite of spice and carbonation with light alchohol, considering . Mouthfeel and drinkabily has a creamy texture with spike that makes for a balanced beer that goes down evenly, making it worth the $ spent.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so many great things to say about this beer. price is right... $6.99 for a 750ml in my neck of the woods. great appearance. slightly hazy honeyish color with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves a pretty lacing as it goes. nose is fruity (green apple, grape, peach?) without being overly so, spicy (corriander, pepper, and a hint of clove), malty, and hoppy. taste exhibits all the same and is well balanced. the flavors seem to meld into one new one, creating an exeptional beer that isn't overboard. nice medium full body with just the right amount of carbonation. long lasting dry and bitter finish that is far from offensive. had this one tonight as an appertif, and it was a great way to get things rolling. bonus points for being able to hold its weight with the best of the authentic belgian tripels. gogo allagash.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750ml Bottle of Allagash Tripel Reserve Batch 151
Got from Hop City in Atlanta

This was not what I was expecting at all. Seemed more like a dubbel than a tripel, but it's delicious and complex and I like it. [Plus, I'm sure my opinion could be effectively argued on that point.] I took a few points away since I don't think it holds true to the style, but when I finish it I may come back and reset the numbers if needed.
A- Looks superb, but is a lot, lot lighter in color than I was expecting from a Tripel. It is a cloudy opaque, sunny straw color, with a tinge of amber. Consistent carbonation floating to the top and maintains a dense creamy white head which clings pretty nicely to the glass. Beautiful lacing there.
S- A sharp, lemony wheat with toasted malty sweetness which is almost floral.
T- Lemony & syrupy with a nice carbonation. You get a whiskey-sweet taste up front with some peppery clove; the lemon/lemon peel taste is secondary but lasts through the finish when the rest of the flavors have dissapated.
M- The carbonation levels totally make this - it might be a little heavy without it, but it's well done.
D- I love this - as I said already it wasn't exactly what I was expecting but turns out I love it anyhow. It's a shame the abv is so high, or I'd have more!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.