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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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92
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2,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 305 | 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 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.

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a crystal-clear golden-orange and yellow body that teems with fine, effervescent bubbles beneath a two inch head of densely creamy white froth. The head retention is excellent and it maintains a solid quarter inch of cream as well as leaving almost completely solid walls of lace throughout the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, candy laced malt that's brightened with a touch of orange, melon, and perhaps vanilla amidst a sprinkling of coriander. In the mouth its tiny bubbles foam-up on the tongue, giving a little tingle before it becomes pillowy soft and lightly creamy. The flavor expresses what the nose suggests, but with more ferver. It's vanilla is much clearer than the nose suggests, and its delicately citrusy orange character balances the candy and vanilla alongside a sublime spiciness of coriander and white pepper. Its bitterness is well heeled; and it's superbly balanced for the style - particularily given it's 9% alcohol which never fully shows! An astounding beer that's rich without being bold enough to hinder its drinkability, and complex enough to remain interesting throughout several glasses. Additionally, this is well worth stocking up on as it should appeal to a wide variety of guests in your home, and works equally well during a cool summer evening on the back porch as it does during the holiday season!

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle ... corked and caged. Batch #8. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Tarnish gold in colour with a rich and dense white lace, almost looks like frothed milk on top.

Smell: Exotic fruit, herbal and medicinal all make for a sweet aroma.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a sweet candy sugar malt flavour. This is soon cut by herbal, grain and phenolic flavour. Hop bitterness is complacent and is only in the background. Lots of spicy alcohol with hints of celery leaves and pine. Earthy yeast with its raw exotic fruity character laces the palate with more complexity. The fruity flavour lingers with a touch of grain and a heavy hand of warming alcohol ties up the finish.

Notes: Another stellar brew from Allagash. Top shelf here, perfect example of the style. Rich in intricacies and incredibly drinkable. One of the greatest American Beers brewed in the Belgian style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those beers I've had a ton of times but somehow escaped a review.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, with a line of lacing, over mostly clear semi hazy golden color.

Nose reminds me of being in Belgium, nice Belgian golden malts, sweet but not really syrupy, a bit of light candi sugar, hints of yeast addition spices, faint orange peel, and slightest coriander like spice. Then into light booze aromas with some esters a bit fruity, and light phenols as well, and a candy like aroma with faint candied orange peel.

Taste starts with sweetness, sweet golden Belgian malts with a bit of a toasty flavor, light candi sugar, and an overall candy taste. Then Belgian yeast kicks in, light spices again, hint coriander like, little orange peel, then light phenols and fruity esters with the warming tingly booze, a bit boozier than expected. It brings a light wheat like flavor as well, toasted wheat, and golden malts. Bitterness is light thanks to the orange peel and very light earthy hops I think. Finish is fairly hot with booze, more spicy earthy hops lingering, with a bit of orange peel and esters, slight sweet sticky blond malts, and faint wheat all lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, plenty of hot booze.

Overall nice, an American version of Belgian tripel that is done well. Allagash continues to make Belgian beers very well for being in Portland Maine.This reminds me a lot of many of hte beers I had while actually in Belgium, so well done guys. That being said, it does get a little too hot overall with booze, but otherwise very tasty.

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled into my DFH signature glass.

A - The color of white grape juice w/ mildly hazy appearance and sudsy cap of snow measuring about 2 fingers. The lace collects and holds moderately well/good retention + pin sized bead

S - Great aroma of fruity yeast esters w/ mango and passionfruit leading to a dried pineapple type sugary crystal type aroma w/ hints of green apple and pear

M - A crisp carbonation leads w/ medium thick body and leafy spiced middle, a creamy feel w/ mild alcohol and nutty spiced yeasty finish

T - A hint of fruit, tropical notes up front + light nutty grainy malt w/ smooth and creamy notes w/ subtle spice. The hop and juice note collide w/ a pineapple and sugared lemon note. The taste of golden raisins w/ a hint of ginger leads to more spice and alcohol as is finishes w w/ a honey-like sweet edge

D - A fantastic ale, but I must admit, not one I would really reach for unless I am satisfied w/ relaxing for at least 1hr, it is not smooth as some Belgians are but is as close as American Tripels may get- very spicey and strong.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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