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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,155 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,155
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 121
Gots: 236 | 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:
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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Ratings: 2,155 | Reviews: 869 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy pour, with cream on the tongue, the glass. Fruity apricot and bannana and orange and apricot, and spices, the latter penetrating the nose. Coriander. A long and dry bitter tart aftertaste yet satisfying. A curious combination. Had to finish the bomber after lunch. Rye grain?

Sammy, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.4%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, honey, and spices. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my liking.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a britt citrus golden color win a nice white head and some good lacing. Aroma brings spices, orange peel, and some fruity esters. Taste brings citrus zest and some fruit with a bot of breadm. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks quite well. A nice American version.

Thorpe429, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

acurtis, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy yellow in color with a finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices and yeast in the nose. Smells of clove and pepper stand out in particular; there are also some notes of bananas.
T: Flavors of bananas and other dry fruits are a little more prevalent in the taste as compared to the smell; these are nicely contrasted by the spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness that leaves you wanting another sip.
D: This is a beer that really needs to be sipped given its alcohol content and spiciness.

Note: Batch 154

metter98, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Texasfan549, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a splash of apricot; the tight head caps the liquid while leaving a dancing pattern of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Juicy fruit gum, with white pepper, tropical fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: The blend of tropical fruits (papaya, banana and lemon) kicks off the flavor profile, which grows peppery by mid-palate; I know this is weird but I taste a bit of Crayola in the mix; medicinal, fruity and a complex dry flavors blend into the spicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Tripels are not my favorite style but I do respect them when they are well brewed and this is a well brewed Tripel

brentk56, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #66. Faintly foggy lemon with the merest hint of tangerine juice. The muffled gunshot during cork removal and the expansive head would suggest a well-bubbled beer, but it doesn't appear to be excessively carbonated to my eyes. The glistening pearly white head is a pillowy, softly creamy, yet sticky masterpiece of foam. The beer/head combination is clean, bright, simple... and simply outstanding.

Tripel Reserve's nose is indistinguishable from the noses of some of the finest tripels in the world. Yet again, I'm amazed at this brewery's skill in recreating authentic 'Belgian' ales in the states. Sweet-and-sour fruity with bushel baskets full of peaches, pears, apples and all manner of golden fruits. Not as bold or as clove spicy as some of my favorites, but remarkable all the same.

Phenomenal beer! I've gained an appreciation for this style over the past year or so and I can tell with one mouthful that this an impressively well-crafted tripel. If I thought the nose was bursting with orchard fruit (it is), then what word can I use to describe what happens on my tongue each time I take a drink? Explosion? Detonation?

The beer is thunderously fruity, a flavor and a sensation that is made all the more immediate by one of the most well-cloaked, yet sneakily powerful ABVs in recent memory. That is precisely why I love this style as much as I do; the combination of fruit, spice and alcohol that, when done right, is transcendent like nothing but the most resinous hop bomb.

Even though the clove and white pepper spiciness isn't overly prominent in the nose, it's present and accounted for on the palate. Not too much... not too little... but juuust right. The deeper I get into the bottle and the closer the beer gets to an estimated 60 degrees, the more I absolutely love it and the more I realize that its flavor profile is flawless.

The body is solidly medium for the style and doesn't quite match the flavor for bigness and boldness. That's not a knock though and I hate to even assign such a mundane word as 'medium'. The mouthfeel's airy, softly silky, supremely smooth, lightly syrupy nature seems a contradiction in terms, but the tactile/textural contrasts are fascinating and give the beer an incredible amount of mouth interest. I've chosen to use drinkability to reflect how badly I want another bottle. Badly. Very badly.

Tripel Reserve is, without question, the best domestic tripel that I've ever had and is second only to Tripel Karmeliet on my 'best of style' list. It's yet another bright star in the Allagash firmament and is a testament to their commitment to brew incomparable, endlessly fascinating, decidedly delicious, tremendously drinkable beer. Anyone who doesn't include Allagash in their 'top-10 breweries in America' list has a screw loose.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What's the ideal Tripel taste like? Well, you probably have to go to Belgium to learn that. But staying State-side, this is as close as it gets! There's supple sweetness, earthen pungency, spicy pepper and wine-like acidity that plays into the ales profile. Let's explore further...

Firmly straw in color, the ale is bright in light gold hues but is modest in its haze- when back lit, the ale simply glows with an impressive demonstration. Its strong effervescence builds a cottony white head that's fairly arid in its largely laced bubbles.

Strong lemon, pear, and apple esters flood the nose with a scent that's truly fruit-forward. But a quick strike of white pepper, honeysuckle, soft coriander, and light winey note balances that fruit with ease. Heading into taste, the foundation of light bread, yeast and dough give early impressions of sugar cookies and grain. The middle palate releases the bulk of sweetness and invites peppery spice, earthen hops, and sheer acidity. Finishing sharp, earthy, and with a Chardonnay-like effervescence- the ale is refreshing, rustic and complex.

Medium-light in body, its hard to think of the ale as a lighter offering especially since the taste and alcohol are both robust. But the lift of champagne carbonation and the lack of residual sweetness allows for a zesty dryness that this style deserves. Warm and peppery late, the beer lingers with wine and straw.

Forget America! This beer is at home in any country. Class knows what class knows and it finds home at Allagash. Its a classy Tripel and who cares where its brewed!

BEERchitect, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color beer with great carbonation and good head retention. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice floral background. Taste is sweeter then expected but well balance by some spices and wheat. Would have been better with a bit more kick (spices, it seems a bit light compared to Westmalle or De Dolle Tuve. Still very enjoyable but it seems a bit overrated compared to some other abbey tripel beer out there.

Phyl21ca, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a murky pale golden with slight copper hue body. nice lacing.

S: sweet tropical fruit, breads, yeast and herbal notes.

T: lemon custard provides both tart and sweetness. Belgian yeast, banana with herbs including corriander and clove with this one being a touch bitter.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. very crisp.

Overall: This one is well made and nicely represents the style especially in the aroma and flavor.

kylehay2004, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a nice looking golden yellow color. The beer has enough haze to it that it doesn't allow much clarity. The head was fluffy and white leaving behind a decent lacing. The smell of the beer has a good amount of Belgian yeast and floral aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer had some spice to it, a little sweetness and a pretty good dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was very drinkable. Could put down a few of these in a sitting probably. Overall it's a damn good brew from Allagash.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a nearly clear, bright golden body with two fingers worth of white foam.

Smell: Spiced and sweetened sliced bananas greet the nose first, then enter some fruity notes of white peaches, Golden Delicious apples, pineapple, and maybe, just maybe even a bit of bitter orange. Background waft of whole, smile-inducing booze.

Taste: Pale malts, maybe some light wheat with a touch of overall breadiness. It starts candi sugar sweet but it instantly begins drying away. Richly fruity melange in the middle. Cracked cloves. A single, solitary drop of vanilla. Sharp floral touches alongside some hop bitterness. Peppery alcohol tries to hit you with a hammer, but the other various flavors try to keep it at bay. The other fruit flavors dim down, but the citrusy orange peel character remains. Dry, warming finish with a touch of dried herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Good! It embodies a fine line between full flavored and relatively easily drinkability despite the punchy 9% ABV.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

oberon, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy blond, nearly opaque. The white frothy head retains extremely well, covering the glass in lace.

Smell - On the sweeter side with a spicy balance. Tropical fruits and white pepper come to mind.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very phenolic initially with a big banana flavor and undertones of green apple. Crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. A spicy, peppery flavor clings to the back of the mouth, riding through until the finish.

Notes - One of the better American-made tripels I've tried.

largadeer, Mar 17, 2008
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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,155 ratings.