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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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Ratings: 1810
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%


Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm getting ready to vote myself off the BA Island for not having reviewed this to date... I've had at least 3-4 sixtels of this on the home bar over the past few years, Tripel is my favorite style, and yet, as I sit here sipping on another pull of it from the home bar, I somehow realize that I've never bothered to give it a formal review. What a jerk I turned out to be.

Pours perfect. 2-3F of fluffy white head over a very cloudy, chill-hazed, light golden body. Crazy good lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas are a touch light for the style, even with a swirl (maybe my sixtel is pouring too cold). Apricot and peach skin, yeast and bready quality, clove, hay/some barn, but zero alcohol essence. This is the first dangerous aspect of this beauty.

Mouthfeel is so damn creamy smooth, without being the least bit heavy or thick. The MF is the real reason this SUCH a dangerous beer! It goes down like a 5% Saison, or table BPA. Flavors are much richer than the aromas, leading with dull tree fruits - especially ripe peach, dried apricot, green bananas and navel orange. Yeast is in the house. Some green peppercorn and pepper, but not overwhelming. The juicy fruit quality wins out, though in the overall flavor profile.

Can't say enough about this beer. I have handed off literally dozens (if not hundreds) of samples of this to friends and family over the years, and never, ever had anyone say ... "meh, not my thing". Everyone loves this beer, and I'm more than glad to share it. It's what BA's do!

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 21:50:22 | More by BeerImmediately
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dar482

New York

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

The beer pours out in a hazy golden yellow with a big tiny bubbled white head.

The aroma is wonderful. Banana, bready Belgian yeast, tons of spice like clove. Some citrus.

The flavor follows. There's a punch of substantial fruit with banana, maybe a bit of orange. It reminds me more La Fin du Monde than the more traditional Belgian tripels with this fruit and sweetness. Then there's a good amount of bready sweetness. The spice comes through with pepper and clove.

There's also a kind bitterness on the end. A gentle amount of booze in there too. I can get where this becomes Curieux.

This is a really nice beer. I prefer La Fin du Monde with its complexity, but this is quite interesting with the tons of banana in the flavor. Highly recommended if the traditional Belgian tripels are too vinous or dry.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 18:31:40 | More by dar482
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright, hazy, maize-gold coloring with a filmy, bright white surface coating of head. Nose of subtle fruit sweetness, mostly tropical, with herbal spicing and subtle toasted grain characteristics. Flavors of spice and fruit on the forward tongue, with pineapple and mango blending with highlights of all-spice, coriander, and nutmeg. Sweetness transitions, with honey and fig characteristics at the end of the palate. Fruity and smooth aftertaste, very balanced. Smooth, slightly lingering finish. Very tasty, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 19:32:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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TequilaGeorge

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Allagash. This beer has a crisp belgium citrus sweet ale kind of finish.

It pours a clear golden yellow with a moderate head, that leaves a light, but distinct lacing on the oversized snifter glasses, I use for this beer.

I can not place the claim of bananas, but, the other fruits are there, bowing at the feet of the alcohol in this brew. It is a stronger beer, but, the alcohol is not at all over powering.

Like my experience with other Allagash beers, this is a pleasant, tasty, flavorful brew that is well worth the slightly higher cost. It is a very nice treat for yourself and for your guests. You will not disappoint, nor be disappointed, while enjoying this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 03:35:05 | More by TequilaGeorge
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PatrickSwayze

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured bright golden translucent in color the looked gorgeously filtered to perfection. Thick frothy head complemented the color.   

S: Not really dominating or distinguished in aroma. Was left hoping for more. 

T: Holy crap this beer is so beautiful. Light crisp and unreal clovey banana that is just amazing on the taste buds. Best american belgian style beer I've ever had.

M: Really dry and unreal crisp but heavy in flavor. Just pure and simply perfect.

O: You really need to try this beauty. I want this beer inside me at all times. Do not pass up the opportunity to try this one. Shes amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 05:48:52 | More by PatrickSwayze
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Allagash tasting room into a 25 cL glass.

A: pours a golden-orange in color with a frothy white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

N: spicy Belgiany, some citrus. Not overly complex but good.

T: sweet, some honey and alcohol along side spice and subtle bitterness.

M: crisp, a bit dry, good carbonation. Not really much alcohol heat at all even though is clocks in at 9% abv.

O: a great beer, highly recommend, very drinkable for a stronger ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 18:31:17 | More by beerbiatchMD
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall: If summer in the forested backyard of Maine could be brewed, bottled, and sold in stores... well, maybe it is with Allagash Tripel. An overall, well-balanced strong pale ale.

Appearance: Heavy head that fell after a minute. Hazy yellow in color with a thin but plenty lace. If lemon meringue pie was a liquid, it would look like this.

Smell: Lemon; honey; sour grapes; cloves; cream; pine.

Taste: Grassy and honey-sweet, allowing a lemon zing to rise at the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Full and slightly heavy, with a light, acidic pinch beneath its body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 16:25:44 | More by sailorastro
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mactrail

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intriguing spicy flavor starts right off. Sharper and hoppier than many Tripels. Clean golden color in the glass. Thin body but a big dose of flavors. Just slightly sweet, though there is plenty of malt. Tastes strong. Very nice sipping beer with a pleasant touch of yeast and a rasp of Belgian flavors.

One of my favorite Tripels and shows what a great style this can be regardless of which side of the Atlantic the brewery is on.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 05:32:46 | More by mactrail
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argock

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10oz clear glass snifter at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy, pale yellow with some amber highlights and frothy, tightly bubbled white half-finger head with persitent sticky lacing.

S: The aroma is lush with pineapple and passionfruit and devoid of much of the mustiness. The herbal character is a little overwhelmed by the fruitiness of the dry hopping, but it's a welcome original touch unique to the on-tap version.

T: A wonderful mixture of tropical fruity hoppiness melds with a superb tripel with the pale maltiness, with only a touch of honeylike sweetness. Some herbal note spoke through but the pineapple and pale malt combo is smooth and delicious.

M: Body is medium-full with soft carbonation and a fruity aftertaste.

O: A really nice Americanized take on the tripel and the on-tap version is markedly different than the bottle on this one with the dry hopping really showing through and providing a unique twist on the tripel style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 01:39:42 | More by argock
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 15:19:06 | More by oberon
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poconnell3

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a very smooth presence at first sip. My expectation was that the quality would fade as the temperature normalized, but I was proved wrong. What I encountered was a steady development of a complex beer experience. I found this beer to be very robust without the ever-so-common, over-Americanization of the belgian genre. Overall, a respectable modernization of an established standard.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 02:38:42 | More by poconnell3
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EORS

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my local, served in a goblet. Initially served cold, but I allowed the beer to warm up over the course of a few games of pool.

Appearance: Hazy golden color, more than 2 fingers of billowy white head when initially poured, ran off to about a half to quarter inch sitting on the top. Lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Mostly the belgian yeast, with some citrus zest and a bit of herbal bitterness. I was expecting this to open up a bit as the beer warmed, but it never seemed to, and the yeast definitely carried the aroma.

Taste: Crisp and citrusy without being bitter, very little hop taste. Refreshing and delicious, with a little bit of booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full and not too carbonated, avoids feeling syrupy or too light.

Overall: I would drink this instead of paying the import fees for an actual Belgian ale; a really solid offering from Allagash. Will definitely buy again, and will probably adjust the review as I go.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 00:05:08 | More by EORS
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This will be an odd review. On-tap at Isaac Newton's and I must say an unimpressive looking beer sits in a tulip in front of me.Completely flat with no heading whatsoever not even after a few swirls to try an agitate it.

The aroma was not bad at all. Very medicinal,earthy,sweet and sugary.Slight bit of banana also.

With really no carbonation whatsoever to sting my tongue. I am getting nothing but lingering flavors of lighter tart notes,lemon zest,and coriander. Which all linger for just a little while.

This taste reminds me of the White only jacked up on steroids.Very nice.

I do not think Allagash would send out unprimed kegs so I do think it is Isaac's fault for this pour tapping. My wife also had an IPA which was the same way completely flat.I would love to try this one again in a bottle or a properly tapped keg.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 17:41:17 | More by TheFightfan1
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a beer festival poured into a sampler glass. From notes: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large frothy white head. Nose is sweet, spicy, and fruity with some banana and golden raisins, yeast, and just a hint of hops. Starts fairly sweet up front. Medium bodied, big hit of spice along with a light fruitiness. Earthy yeast figures prominently. The finish is dry with just a slight hoppy bitterness and lingering fruit and spice notes. Overall, a nice tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 20:58:50 | More by CuriousMonk
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fastsrt

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour in a chalice.

A: Pours gold, slightly hazy with a stiff white head of foam.

S: Typical belgan yeast smell, yeasty bright.

T: Light sweet spice,more hops than Most, that wonderful belgan flavor profile.

M: High carbonation, crisp

D: allahash makes top Belgian style ales, sold beer but not as good as the real thing,

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 00:22:44 | More by fastsrt
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice hazy, golden yellow with a good two inches of foam on the top of it.Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up toward the surface.

light banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had. mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back. nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it. This was a medium bodied ale; slightly lighter then that without any thinness though. Definitely not too light or bad really in any way, Nice and light with a good profile and a great flavor. Highly carbonated and with no taste of the alcohol at all.

Not your classic heavy triple by any means this was quite the nice treat. I would love to have this one again any day. Hands down this was a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 21:23:49 | More by mikesgroove
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured with a deep straw yellow color. It poured with a small off white head with a decent retention. It does leave a small ring of lacing as you draw the brew down in the glass.

The aroma of this brew is very complex, but hard to tell exactly whats in it. I am smelling sweet fruits and a hand full of spices. In the last true note that hit the nose, I might have picked up on some lemon, oranges and a bit of bananas. There is also something else in there as well. Im not sure what it is though.

The on this brew is quite interesting. Its a blend of a bunch of grat flavors that make one heck of a brew. The front of this brew is filled with sweet malts, some light, juicy fruits (pears/bananas mostly), peppers, cloves, a nice bready, yeast flavor, and some other spices mixed in as well. There is also a bit of an alcohol flavor in the finish, but with the sweet flavors it works very well.

The mouthful on this particular brew is great. Its nice and bubbly. It goes down very smooth and is almost a creamy style brew. Its medium bodied brew and has a nice dry finish.

The drink on this one is a bit high. Its a great brew, but you could totally drink yourself silly with one or two of these. The ABV is totally hidden and it catches you fast. A great brew, my first of many brew that I will be trying by Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 03:00:49 | More by mattgreger
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, never had this on tap before. Great hazy golden pour with a tight one finger crystal white head. Sorta a little lacing, not much. Aroma is bananas, cloves, spices, super bready. Tones of esters, and fruity notes meet the nose. Flavor is clean, fruity and spicy. Again banana, clove, spice, simple malty notes, not grainy at all. Low hop profile and bone dry. Over the palate and on down smooth and dry, you'd never know it's 9%.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 23:11:24 | More by pmlondrigan
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OttoPeeWee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty beer. Sweet honey overtones and nicely balanced sweet, bitter, grain brew. Not nearly as complex as some of the tripels, but with the human palate only able to comprehend about 5 flavors, who cares...

All in all, for the style it is no masterpiece, but for the price and perfect balance in this recipe, very few beers compare. Bravo.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 22:45:15 | More by OttoPeeWee
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-04-22 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, Va (from tasting notes)

A - Light gold with a 1/2 finger white head

S - Yeast, fruit (including banana) and herbs.

T - Fruity from the yeast, banana, strong alcohol, sour and a slight bitter aftertaste. Very nice. Kind of reminds me of a Delerium Tremens.

M - Creamy with medium body and carbonation

D - Quite enjoyable and well-balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 14:59:52 | More by Tucquan
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy, heady and lacing about.
nice pour from the tap.
belgian malts and yeast dominate in the nose.
a candy like sweetness is clearly evident.
taste was very nice. full body and mouthfeel.
sweet malts, viscous and yeasty
very nice tripel, especially on draft

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 15:37:06 | More by dmamiano
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Pecorasc

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass on tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

A- Presented with a dense, white, fluffy head with a myriad of different bubble sizes. As the dense head dissipates, it leaves a sticky lacing on all of the different angles of the glass. Even after the head settles, it manages to retain some thickness. This is an extremely hazy triple, casting orange and tangerine colors. The haze makes the tulip almost glow, but maybe not in a good way: this looks more like a wheat beer than a tripel. No visible carbonation.

S- The mouth of the glass is just bursting with aroma. Orange and lemon zest dominate this refreshing aroma, with coriander, allspice, and a tiny bit of nutmeg providing complexity. This is very crisp and extremely refreshing. Nice job Allagash.

T- Initially, dominated by orange zest and an explosion of yeasty spiciness. The spiciness turns to a harsh pepperiness that I can't decide if I like. Finishes with a moderate alcohol burn. This beer certainly doesn't lack character, but it may be a bit harsh in some aspects. Enjoyable nevertheless.

M- Two complaints on the mouthfeel. First, for a tripel, this beer is not dry enough. It would probably benefit a lot from a lower final gravity. Second, there is a major lack of carbonation. Especially being a Belgian, this could use a lot more. The lowest point for an otherwise very enjoyable beer.

D- Despite the poor mouthfeel, this is still moderately drinkable for a tripel. The alcohol burn is not overwhelming and I could have a couple tulips. A pretty decent tripel that could be great with a couple of changes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 23:54:04 | More by Pecorasc
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/14/2010 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, fruit, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet & semi-tart fruit flavors, some spices and some Belgian yeast breadiness all at once creating a good complexity. A mild alcohol sting follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Belgian beer with strength and substance to drink for an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 16:24:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap at the Union Brewhouse for Allagash night. Poured a hazy lemony yellow color with absolutely no clarity at all. A small head to it that fades very quickly, far less than average lacing. Smell is very sweet. Aroma of I would guess tropical fruits and smells quite sweet. Taste is pretty good, but a I find many tripels to be too sweet for my taste and this is no exception, has the slightest of slight alcohol taste to it and you really have to look for it which is impressive for being 9%. Mouthfeel is good, no carbonation bite at all, very refreshing to the pallet. Drinkability is above average, but again the sweetness is a bit much for me. I think fans of Tripels would certainly enjoy this thoroughly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 02:58:01 | More by AndyAvalanche
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DawnL

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
Golden hued with hints of passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma and subtle hints of banana and honey on the palate. 9% abv

What I had to say:
Real Belgian brew! Citrus hops turn pleasantly bitter. There is a lovely creaminess on the palate. I am not getting the passion fruit, but I am getting the herbal quality - coriander? and a nice spicy kick. It tastes a lot like Leffe Blond with an American personality. I could drink the hell out of this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 18:27:31 | More by DawnL
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