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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 910
Hads: 2,520
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 157
Gots: 453 | 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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Reviews: 910 | Hads: 2,520
Photo of thepenguin
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 2/29/12...that's right, leap day.

L: Pours with a large billowy head and a color that is a tad darker than straw. Some serious lacing here.

S: Very nice. Peppery, semi-dry, and light fruit notes—green apple in particular. The aroma has spicy phenolics, some subtle noble hop character and Belgian candi sugar. Overall I’d describe the aroma as bright and vibrant.

T: Like the nose, this beer is semi-dry upfront. Has a peppery and sweet-malty character with a bit more hop bitterness than I would have thought. A little bit of perceptible alcohol in the taste.

F: Has a medium body with moderate-high carbonation. Some heat from the alcohol, but not a lot.

Overall: A very nice and drinkable tripel. Not too sweet, not too dry. A much better than average beer of the style and one I wouldn’t hesitate to come back to.

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Photo of dank203
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is a decent tripel. pours a glowing orange with a bright white head. good amount of lacing on the glass. aromas of clove, banana. flavors are yeasty. a hint of lemon/orange peel. really refreshing. I expect more spice note with a tripel though. more on the fruity side. still a solid selection

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 700 mL corked bottle into a tulip, pours a hazy gold with a frothy white head, about a finger's worth of foam. Plenty of lacing occurs as well.

S: Biscuit and malt, french pastries almost come to mind, spice as well.

T: Classic semi-sweet malt on the nose as is typical with the style, that fades into a slight amount of hop-like citrus almost, some tropical fruits in the mix as well such as banana and mango, finishes with a nice peppery bite at the end. Hides the 9% ABV extremely well.

M: Medium bodied, with the proper amount of carbonation for a tripel.

O: I would like to think of Allagash's Tripel as the benchmark for how a tripel should be. There isn't anything about this beer for me that is particularly mindblowing, but it does so many things well that you have to appreciate this beer. I would make it a point to find it whenever its on sale.

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Photo of Budlum
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The body is a golden straw color, topped with a creamy white head for the whole glass. The nose is classic Belgian tripel with a strong presence of clove, banana, bubble gum, and some pepper spice. The flavor profile matches the nose word for word. I had initially scored taste higher, but the a slightly chalky yeast flavor became apparent as the beer warmed. This is a great representation of a classic tripel.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a very light-colored beer. Kind of hazy, too; looks like a wit. Think milky golden. There is no head whatsoever, only a faint semblance of bubbles.

The smell is nice, with a very fruity and floral scent. Some spices and even a bit of alcohol.

Pleasant taste mimics the nose. A little pineapple comes out, along with Hefe-like banana and cloves. Alcohol evolves and builds.

It's a little aggressive in the mouth. Feels like Belgian yeast with spicy pepper notes. It does start off on the sweet side but the spicy feels grows and finishes warm, bordering on hot.

My first beer from Allagash and I'm impressed. It's strong and while the ABV is fairly high, it's subdued except for the warmth. Pretty flavorful.

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Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of DJLehnherr
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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 !

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split between two tulips. Yeast pour reserved.

a: A gorgeous golden orange body. Hazy and juicy looking. The head is a 2 finger shock white, frothy cap that leaves behind nice patchy lacing.

s: Sweet malts and fruit along with a very pleasant Ricola like herbaceousnecss.

t: Crisp, crackery malt, passionfruit, under ripe pineapple, grapefruit rind, medicinal herbs, flowing into a sweet hint of bubble gum with a delightfully spicy finish.

mf:Medium body and lively carbonation. Nice full and dry finish.

o: With just a hint of the 9% ABV, this beer is complex, yet smooth and balanced. It is very true to style yet unique at the same time with the pronounced passionfruit, pineapple flavor I am picking up.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of kculrich
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of AirBob
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of socalparalegal
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Csikic93
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of MadCat
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice golden color with a short white head that leaves little lacing

Smell: Clove, honey, hints of banana

Taste: More cloves, honey, banana, Belgian yeast, pepper, with a dry finish

Feel: Medium body, full carbonation with a bite

Overall: An excellent example of a classic style. Very good

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A delicious blonde-slightly orange color. One finger of large bubbled head. Moderate lacing. Fairly opaque. This beer looks amazing!

S: Some clove, not too much. Some banana and light fruit pokes it head out.

T: Awesome stuff; the yeast really makes this one. I can get some clove-like phenols. Pear, apple skin and flesh, some banana come through. A surprising amount of citrus also comes through. A slightly,delicate sweet malt base comes through at the base of the beer. It's fairly complex and not overburdening in one aspect. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, enough to the point that I got someone to think it was 4%.

F: It's not prickly like some Tripels have the tendency to be. Carbonation makes the beer seem bright and palate cleansing.

O: This is a truly stellar beer. Very drinkable, yet complex, as most Belgians should be IMO. Highly recommend. It's much cheaper than a belgian export and just as good. I would purchase this reguarly if Fin du Monde wasn't cheaper and easier for me to get.

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden amber hue with moderate head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweetness from the malt mixed with prominent banana aroma, and herbal/floral notes.

Taste: Very smooth, with rich maltiness and prominent but not overpowering banana-like taste, finishing with lingering herbal bitterness. Very nice, complex flavor profile.

Feel: Smooth, with a nice bite of carbonation but not overpowering.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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