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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 906
Hads: 2,502
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 russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 75 (750 ml bottle)

Pours an efferevescent bronze with a rocky 4 fingers+ white head. Insane lacing & superoir head retention

S: Lemon skins & phenolic notes

T: Pepper & lemons up front; then a little alcohol. Hints of woodyness & dryness follow. Hints of apricot follow. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: A little slick with perfect carbonation, skews a little too sweet to me


Drinks pretty good, a technically sound tripel; just not one of my favorite styles. Tripel fans & Belgian beer nuts will love this (523 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: 750 ml bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA
Note: it was the Tripel Reserve that I had.

A: Coppery, cloudy, nice white head and some lacing.

S: Some honey, malty sweetness.

T: Sweet, malty, with some citrus and bready qualities.

M: Medium body, somewhat creamy.

D: Highly drinkable, and worth the few extra bucks. (322 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labelled "Allagash Tripel Reserve" Batch 176. 1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a plastic cup (a proper transparent one, not a dixie cup or anything). Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery, from which I've yet to have a bad brew.

A: Pours a five finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy orange.

Sm: Honey, coriander, clove, yeast, orange citrus esters, and light warm alcohol. A mild strength aroma.

T: Honey foundation with bright orange fruit esters. Some yeast. Mellow. Some pleasant well balanced spices. Quite enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and light on the palate. Suits the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable and mellow. Hides its ABV well. I like it. I'd like to try it on draught or bottle aged. I imagine it would age quite well. Might be worth picking up a few for the cellar.

B- (901 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash of Portland, Maine is probably more known for their white beer, but this Triple that I had on tap at the Sharp Edge is quite a tasty treat. It pours a slightly hazy gold with a rather thin white head and it barely sticks to the glass. Aroma is spiced up with some cinnamon like tones, and a mild banana tone on top of all of the estery alcoholic fragrance that creeps upon my senses. Flavor profile contains a full alcoholic, slight honey full sweetness that is warming to the sipper of this fine beer. There is also pleasant notes of yeast within this highly carbonated offering from our friends in New England. I would say the texture has a medium body with a slightly sticky candied sugar mouthfeel. I could drink this beer one right after another, but I wouldn't recommend due to 9% ABV. (800 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a light haze. Nice two-finger head with spotty lace. After 20 minutes, there's no remaining head and the lace is largely gone.

Soft aromas from this Belgian beer. Crisp and clean without any of the earthy smells that are often common in this style.

Spicy flavors of corriander and all spice. Some sweetness up front, but the finish is very dry. Despite alcohol content, there is no oiliness to the brew. Good body and high carbonation. (462 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #32, for those of you keeping score at home.
Appearance: slightly hazed, pure golden hue, some bubbling carbonation, with a large and lovely, fluffy cloud of foam on top, obviously home to a myriad of tiny angels awaiting their chance to entrance the senses.
And it is good work that they do!
Aroma: intoxicating! Senses-filling, flooding, uplifting! Rich, delicious, heady, spicy, sweet, fruity (lemon, orange, pineapple, peach), complex, and invigorating. Bewitching, beguiling, bewildering! And pretty good, too!
Taste: huge, yet soft, and sensual attack of hops, that just as soon turns to an orgy on the tongue, nothing but goodness and delight coming from it, a paroxysm of pleasure occurs, sending jolt after jolt of joy down through the nervous system and every sense receptor.
These flavors, these temptations, sweet succor to any thirst or any lack of happy feeling, they continue again and again every time lip meets cup, and ale meets tongue, again and again, without pause. Mmmmm, is all my mind can conjure to relate the exact consequences of consumption, and maybe it's that 9% ABV of this 750ml bottle (1/2 to go, and the night is still young, where to go from such bliss?) of perfectly brewed tripel?
Everything's in it's heaven in this brew, the malt, the hops, the booze, sugar, yeast, every little imp that does it's special magic has earned it's fairy dust in the production of this very fine golden ale!
Allagash, I'd tip my hat to you, but I haven't got a hat! (1,496 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into goblet, no bottle date. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Small amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big clove, spices, grass, pepper, honey, and banana. Nice aromas with good strength. Taste of big pepper, clove, spices, banana, and grass; with some lemon, bread, and floral notes as well. No bitterness present, but there is a fairly long finish with lingering notes of spice, pepper, banana, bread, and light fruitiness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, only a decent amount of warming is present on the finish. Very nice complex balance of all flavors, with good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Overall, and excellent tripel with great complexity and balance. (885 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured cloudy golden-orange in color with a durable off-white head. The head lasted until the beer was gone, thoroughly coated the glass with lace when tilted, and left some patchy lacing on the glass.

Aroma & T: Complex and sweet aroma features tropical fruits, pear, and light spices. The taste has these characteristics too, but add some tartness, traces of wild and Belgian yeast, and some alcohol esters.

M: Medium body; medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: Excellent and well-balanced mix of flavors and aromas: an impressive Tripel even by Belgian standards. (582 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Batch #109 - Poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed golden with a thin, lasting, bubbly turning creamy, white head. Spotted lacing sticks to glass after trailing lace descends.

The smell is of orange peel, honey, clove. Bready and spicy.

The taste is initially honeyish and malty with orange peel fruitiness quickly entering in. A balancing spicy/herbal dryness soon follows (esp. in the finish). A bready, tasty yeast strain adds to the complexities. Alcohol adds warmth without interfering in taste or smoothness.

Light-to-medium-bodied. It is effervescent, yet creamy. Very much on-target for the style.

This is one fine tripel - true to style with a wonderful aroma, nice taste and deceiving drinkability! (745 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a magnum. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a white head. Has steady and high carbonation and the head leaves behind a lot of lacing. Very cool looking beer.

A very crisp aroma filled with great fruit esters and flavors. Smells almost exactly like La Fin Du Monde.

Beer is yeasty in flavor, medium to low bodied, slightly bitter and drinkability is really high. The carbonation does a good job providing connectivity to the initial sweetness and the final bitterness. (478 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly streaming from the bottom of the glass with some golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spices (clove + pepper) and Belgian yeast with a lighter aroma of sweet light fruits/stone fruits including peach, apricot, and pear. Hints of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly grainy malts with moderate flavors of light + stone fruit sweetness with peach, apricot, and pear all present. Light to moderate flavors of banana and moderate flavors of clove + black pepper spices from the yeast as well as the distinctive Belgian yeast flavors (which my wife describes as childhood paste). Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice example of a Tripel and is a very easy to drink beer though I would recommend slowly sipping on it as it can easily sneak up on you (with the alcohol being very well hidden). Definitely a recommended beer for the style. (1,387 characters)

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

Pours a white head. Decent retention. Color is a bright hazed golden orange.

Aroma: A nice amount of spices and fruit. Some orange peel and cloves with a bit of peach. A lot of yeast flavors. Very dry. Belgian flavored.

Taste: Bananas and orange peel with a hint of lemon citrus. Cloves and a dry pepper flavor. Again, yeasty with a Belgian flavor to it. A lot of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a solid tripel. Fits the style well, especially for an American brewery. Good stuff. (561 characters)

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

A: Pours a hazy golden/straw color with a thick white head that reduces rather quickly. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Light fruit, a little banana, lemon zest, and a little orange. There is some coriander and pepper in the middle. Slight hint of alcohol at the end.

T: Very grassy with a nice level of spice, some clove, coriander, and pepper. Light fruit, orange, lemon, and a little bit of banana.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and smooth. Even though there was a hint of alcohol on the aroma, it does not show up in the flavor profile.

O: Really nice tripel, dangerously drinkable. Another solid beer from Allagash. (672 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice, dry pale malt scent with a slight fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich, pale malt flavor with dry yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and warms with a wonderful mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent Tripel, but I've had better. It lacks a little spice and fruitiness. It's a little too dry for me. (495 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. This is a really good looking beer. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus orange and lemon. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruits, light alcohol and peppery spices. The alcohol mixes well with the peppery spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (310 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10/29/05- Purchased at Beverages and More on a close out for $2.99!

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Batch number on the front label. Has been aging for at least a year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded pour with a huge fat creamy head and nice lacing. Furious stream of bubbles rises from the basin.

Smell- Light scented, but it smells oh so good. Mild fruit scents, kinda tropical in nature, plus various spices.

Taste- Has lovely fruit flavors with just the right mix of corriander and other spices. Maybe some apple, grape, papaya? Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Thought this would be overly carbonated, but it was suprisingly creamy and very smooth going down. Best mouthfeel for a tripel I think I have had. This is a great beer at any price, no less at $2.99. This is right up there with St. Bernardus for me. (858 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark golden yellow with a huge, white, dense, foamy, head that has great retention

S - white grapes, alcohol, fruit

T - white grapes, warm alcohol, faint grassy hops, some straw-like notes, a bit bitter in the finish

M - big amounts of warming alcohol, well carbonated, medium to full bodied

This is a very nice Tripel with all the traditional markers. The flavors and aromas remind me of the traditional Tripels I have had from Belgium. This is a warm, high ABV, fully flavored, well composed offering from Allagash that is certainly worth your attention. (564 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of tone77, helping me to keep my bottle stats in line with The CANQuest (TM). I feel like starting out small and segueing into some barleywine later. It was a crappy day with having to break the news to some Seniors that they had failed my course and would not be graduating. Also, I need to get revved up for PHL Beer Week, which starts tomorrow.

From the bottle: "Our golden hued 9% ABV Tripel Ale is marked by Passion Fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of honey surfacing from its complex palate. Perfect as an aperitif or compliment to fine cuisine." No mention of the chicken salad on a croissant that I just ate. Onward!

My pour netted a finger of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a very hazy orangish-yellow, thanks to my having agitated it the way I agitate my students. The nose had a tropical fruitiness, although I might not have been able to identify Passion Fruit, along with a black pepper spiciness and even some mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium and riotous with flavor, initially tropical fruit on the tongue, but then the black pepper and mustiness kicked in and it got really dry really fast. How quickly can I put this away? Kidding! It has me wondering about those "herbal notes" - Grains of Paradise? Coriander? Much too easy drinking to be safe. Jesus, it was evaporating from my glass, or so it seemed. I may have to lie down after this ... (1,440 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a slight haze. A decent head slowly disappeared during the sample. The slight yeast, floral, and citrus aroma was very pleasant. The triple was smooth, with a nice balance of malts and hops with a mild yeast overtone. The malt and citrus notes lingered on the tongue. The alcohol was barely noticable, making this very drinkable for the style. (375 characters)

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

This beer has a dry, grassy, yeasty, musty, bready aroma. The aroma is quite complex and perfect for a Tripel. The beer is brilliantly clear, a bright gold color, with a dense meringue like white head that is held up by a prodigious carbonation. The taste is sharp, astringent, lightly sweet, a bit of grain, herbal, and finishes with a bit of alcohol. This is a great interpretation by Allagash, this beer has lots of flavor, unlike the breweries Dubbel. This beer is so effervescent that it has quite a drying effect. This beer has completely restored my faith in Allagash, they can make some tasty brew. (606 characters)

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

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Batch #135. Consumed on my B-day.

A- Allagash Triple has a loud pop upon opening the cork. The liquid resembles a bright golden color with some yellow within. This one is alive as about 3 fingers of dense white foam steadily rose. Excellent lacing, thick and coating.

S- I was kind of dissapointed in the smell on first sniffs as I got a hay/barnyard scent which was one sided. This opened up quickly though, with a bunch of fruits with apples up front. A good amount of spices with cloves centerstage. Some belgian yeast rounds this out.

T- Triple Reserve is a nice mix of both spices and fruit with Belgian yeast in between. Clove really shines with apples and pears coming through. Getting some bananers as well. Some hops in here but are not up front. A nice bready malty background.

M- The feel gets better with some warmth but as is, this is creamy and refreshing. The alcohol is barely noticable, well hidden. This one glides down with no distractions. A nice spicy aftertaste. Just dont drink it too cold.

D- My only regret is that drank it too quickly. Put off by the odor at first I was very surprised at the outcome. Very refreshing and tasty. It's high in alcohol but what the hell, it's my birthday.

This was one of my 1st offerings in the craft beer realm about seven years ago, and it's always good to go back to where you started from time to time. This triple is no exception. (1,454 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a pale yellow/gold color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the beer. The head faded, but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright citrus and spice flavor with some notes of lemon, coriander, orange peel to it. It also has a bit of a fruit tartness with some apple and pear to it that really helps balance it and give it some depth.

The taste shows a lot of the citrusy, lemon, coriander, orange peel flavors that were found in the nose. Some of the tart, fruity flavors come through in the finish and help balance out the flavors. It's a very flavorful and good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it this evening. For the high abv % it hid it very well. It had some very good and bold flavors to it but still remained pretty well balanced. Very tasty triple overall. (949 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golled yellow, nice fluffy head, yeast and fruit in the nose. another winner from Allagash. Well balanced, long yeasty finish. Lemon, yeast, straw, hops at the finish. Easy to drink.Dry with Alcohol at the end. I want to track this one down on tap. (254 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A big three finger simple white head with uniform bubbles that are somewhat small. Dark buttery gold color not very cloudy fairly clear and a very soapy shampoo like appearance. Some retention.

Bouquet is a good spicy/sweetness with mild yeast. Faint orange citrus but not much else and not particularly obvious on smells.

Taste becomes fairly hop dominant with very little chew or sweet tones, and a fair alcohol sharpness on the finish. Medicinal bitter finish with little body, and a rotten fish taste. Too obvious on alcohol for the ABV. I am not to keen on wanting more but I've had worse. (596 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours yellow with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: Yeast and white pepper, bitter hops, notes of sage.

T: Some semi-sweet pilsner type malt with a lot of yeast ester (pear/light apple and banana) and coriander type spice. Nice grassy hop play on the back end, with a Bananas Foster character at the very finish.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth, nice refined ethanol in the finish, balanced.

D: A beer I've had many times before, but somehow never reviewed it. While I not big on the Allagash Dubbel, the Tripel is something different. Full, defined flavours, a little American flair, but predominately Belgian. This beer is one of the hallmarks of American Belgian-style brewing, and while it's not the equal of St. Bernardus and the legendary Westmalle in this style, it can certainly hold its own. (824 characters)

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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