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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 306 | 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 harsley
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6-9-10 - (batch #149) poured into a St. Bernardus goblet glass - 750ml corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a white head. Good head retention along with some lacing that sticks close to the head.

Smell: Spicy zest, white pepper, yeasty dough, banana, and a slight hint of honey.

Taste: Malt richness, spices, white pepper, and grassy hop bitterness are present in the flavor. The alcohol does not overwhelm, but warms in the crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. This beer is smooth and silky as it washes over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and tasty, mostly due to its extraordinary balance.

Comments: Overall, this was a wonderful beer. However, the smell and taste were not as developed as some other triples. I probably opened this beer too early, but I just went to a tasting featuring a few of Allagash's beers and could not wait! Maybe I can find some self-control with the next batch!

This beer paired nicely with beef.

Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch # 28

Poured a clear yellow gold that turned more oranged with its yeast mixed in (like when drinking that which came from the bottom half of the bottle). Had a thin and soft bubbly-foamy head, some stain, and little lace.

Smelled of hay, honey, and cloves. Altogether, smelled very "natural" and artisanally crafted, like a rustic Belgian. Overall, good but not outstanding.

Taste was strong: notes of honey, oats, malt, alcohol. Tasted creamy with a bitter tinge, and opened well to an ever-warm and barely sweet body. Subtle and balanced. Yeast had a bite to it when it mixed in with the bottom of the bottle.

Had a long and soft finish, barely drying, and luxurious soft mouthfeel - felt like cotton. In all, a pretty good beer, feels imported without being so.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-orange with a thick, soft white head. This looks great. Spotty but thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit (apples and pears), very spicy (clove at least), and lots of yeasty goodness.

Taste: Up front the fruit and spice dominates. This is so fruity and juicy tasting. The spice becomes quite peppery as it goes down. There is briefly a very hot alcohol bite and some bitterness, but that is replaced with a long bready finish and a hot, hot feeling in my stomach.

Mouthfeel: This feels nice and full for the style. Its slightly syrupy, but its so well carbonated that it doesnt feel overly sticky. The bubbles are tingly and foamy.

Drinkability: I mean, its just great. I truly dislike an ill-prepared tripel. This one is done right. Not overly sweet is an important characteristic for me. The alcohol is not all that well hidden, but that doesnt bother me too much. This is a sipper and a sharer.

Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A yellow, golden clear color. 2 fingers of head. Tons of sticky lace. Impressive

S - Lemons and yeast

T - Tart sweetness, dried fruit, spices, and yeast. Alcohol is well heidden

M - Medium carbonation, medium bodied

O - Very drinkable and tasty! Alcohol is so well hidden. An awesome belgian strong golden ale

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Hazy yellow color. Large, fizzy, white head. Yeast aroma with spices. The flavor is malty with a nice fruitiness. Lots of different fruits in the flavor, most notably pineapple. Spicy in the finish. I am suprised that this beer is 9% alcohol - seems lower. The full mouthfeel seems very appropriate, and brings out the big flavor. This is another great beer from Allagash.

Photo of rallison
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #94.

A: Golden amber color with a semi-fizzy white head that basically dies.

S: Some Belgian Candi sugar with a touch of spices.

T: Belgian Candi sugar sweetness quickly cut by orange peel, coriander, and other sharp-ish spices. Alcohol bite is apparent at the end.

M: Relatively full mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Alcohol too.

D: Pretty drinkable, although the alcohol brings it down a bit.

Overall, recommended, but not my favorite tripel. However, it's still quite tasty, so go get yourself a bottle.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden straw, topped with a thick and tightly packed sea foam white head. Good retention and lacing at first but that lovely Belgian lace does not last long after the first few sips.

S: Aroma is initially strange, reminded me of the crust on a Lou Malnotti's deep dish pizza, which is to say, a bit buttery, crisp and slightly spicy, get one and you will understand what I am talking about. Given time to warm

T/MF: Pear, light clove, peppery spiciness. Feel is a little over the edge of medium bodied and leans a little to the heavier side, the soft carbonation seems to give the beer an added weight and wraps itself around the tongue with each sip.

D: Tasty beer, good feel and taste but there are point to this beer that just to jive with me as well as some of the other Tripels I am familiar with, worth seeking out certainly but any Trappist tripel should get top billing.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Stella glass.

A: A medium golden color with a big one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing that eventually fades back into the beer.

S: Yeasty flavors with some sweet sugary notes and sweeter fruits. Slight alcohol smell.

T: Sweeter fruit flavors and musty yeast notes come out first. Fruits of banana, pear, some green grape are coupled with the musty spicy yeast. This is overcome by the sugary sweetness that lets just a hint of spicyness back in before completely finishing sweet. Sweetness lingers with a coating finish and minimal (if any) traces of hop.

M: Coating and full with a sweetness that stays on the tongue. A trace of alcohol is tasted, but it is welcome.

D: For me it's just a tad too sweet for more than one. If you are a sweet fan, this one goes down smoothly.

Overall a very good tripel that is well made and affordable. I prefer my tripels with a bit more hop bite so this was not a favorite of mine. I can still appreciate how well it's made within the style, and for that it gets high ratings. Allagash does a nice job.

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of brauseboof
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Samp01
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a trappist glass with a golden yellow and a medium white slowly dissipating head. Aroma of sweet spicy fruity notes, some ripe apple, Belgian yeast, light biscuit malt and sweet alcohol esters fill the senses. Taste is Belgian yeast, light biscuit malt, light banana, spicy fruity notes, with some spicy hops bitterness. palate is a medium body, crisp with very nice carbonation. Finishes with some sweet spicy fruity notes, Belgian yeast, with some nice spicy hops for balance, ending is a slightly dry finish with a bit of lingering nutty notes. Overall a very good,well balanced, flavorful and tasty brew, an all around solid tripel.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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