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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

906 Reviews
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Reviews: 906
Hads: 2,501
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 157
Gots: 442 | 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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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. (416 characters)

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. (729 characters)

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. (2,017 characters)

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. (812 characters)

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 (492 characters)

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. (513 characters)

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. (370 characters)

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. (907 characters)

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 ! (160 characters)

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! (205 characters)

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. (416 characters)

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. (510 characters)

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. (272 characters)

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. (230 characters)

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. (191 characters)

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. (250 characters)

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! (434 characters)

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. (338 characters)

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 (298 characters)

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. (1,015 characters)

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. (394 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.6 fl oz poured into a bulbous wine glass. Batch #217.

A - Golden orange with ruby highlights, semi cloudy, with a fluffy finger and a half head.

S - Banana, clove, candied sugar, spices.

T - Follows the nose, with some bread and dough notes.

M - Carbonation is below average, mouthfeel can be described as both creamy mid swig, but with a dry finish.

O- Always good to have an occassional tripel, this one is borderline exceptional. These beers always seem to hit me hard, more so than comparable Abv IIPA's or strong ales. (540 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A billowy two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, honey, apple, pear, Belgian candy, powdery yeast, pale, and pilsner malts.

Taste: Nice blend of flavors as it warmed. Quite the sipper and very tasty. Warm alcohol in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, warm alcohol,

Overall: Enjoyed a lot over the years and many more in the future. Nice Belgian inspired beer readily available here in New England. (687 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cork and cage, poured into a 'wide-mouth' Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. Batch #214.

A- Hazy pale gold color, satin sheen. The billowy white head settles to about 2f, stays lumpy, and leaves heavy lacing.

S-Belgian style yeast with light fruits. Herbal.

T- Sweet malt and Belgian style yeast. More sweet then funk. Fruit and spice round out the flavors.

M- Full body, velvety on the tongue. Not funky, but there's no denying the alcohol. The booze comes on sweet and strong.

O- Hearty and strong. Drinkability could be a challenge. (553 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Have to give it up for the Allagash tripel. It's one of a kind. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Hazy gold, massive head and lacing, lots of carbonation. Looks rather perfect for a tripel.

S: If this beer were any more complex, it would not only rival Belgian tripels but exceed them. Lots of coriander, clove, white pepper, orange peel, citrus, and bready Belgian yeast.

T: Just like, if not identical to, the scents. Tons of coriander and clove, orange peel and Belgian candied-sugar. Yeast acts as the cherry on top.

M: Thick and bready. Perfect alcohol content as well (plethora of tastes really masks the alcohol quite well).

O: A classic.

O: (658 characters)

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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