Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of joeland
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch# 155

A- a beatiful golden hazy color with one finger high head that leaves a thick lacing

S- a mild smell of corrinder with other spices mixed in

T- a strong alchol taste right upfront that has spices that mix weel with it

M- a medium body with a medium carbnaton

D- a smooth drinking beer. it has the alchol taste with out the burn, but i'm set with having one maybe two of these

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Photo of greenengineer
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in my Pretty Things pint glass

A - very pale yellow, big head quickly fades, persistent lacings
S - belgian sour smell, hints of apples/pears
T - belgian sour, yeasty, alcohol not overpowering. Hints of cloves.
M - not sticky, good fizz
O - not my favorite style, but not bad. Surprisingly light given the ABV.

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Photo of geetlord
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden brown with a light white head. It had a ligth flowery aroma. It has a spicy flavor with a bitter and astringent finish and a smoky aftertaste. Overall I think it is a very interesting tasting beer, but I personaly dont care for the smoky aftertaste all that much.

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

Got to love great head. This beer pours, looks, and smells like cool delicious nectar. Cloudy amber/gold. Sidestep the lemon/clove monotony to reward your face with peach, orange blossom and cantaloupe. This is a bounty of exotic fruit and flower, I guarantee you will taste honeydew on this and that is something to get excited about, is it not? Choose your favorite expensive fruit and you can probably find it here. Guava? Check. Lychee? Double check.

Those delicious Belgian off-notes are abundant here, but not in an overly sweet or cloying way. They balance off with peppery spice and alcoholic tang.

I have so much awe at the mouthfeel of this ale, so much that I'm not sure I can describe it. It is full but veers on dry. Not sticky but soft in finish and not sharp. I think to understand more I will have to finish the 4-pack, by far the most excellent way possible to package this kind of classic ale. Top marks for that.

There is a lot here to like and ponder. I might enjoy a bit more tang, but for a Tripel this hits that band-aid mark damn well without being obnoxious.

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Photo of brianjay
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color. The swirling airy head slowly fades down into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma leaves a lot to the imagination. My preconceived notion of a Belgian tripel have to be put aside for this lighter, yet well balanced, American version.

White grapes and orange flavors with a touch of brown sugar rounding out the flavors.

Mouth feel, sparkling and lively. Despite the high ABV on this one, it is smooth and drinkable, going down very easy. Would go great with salad or fish.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a Stella Artois chalice (at least I think it's a chalice, BM me if I'm wrong).

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange with a thin white head. Looks great.

The smell is sweet and fruity. I'm picking up some yeast, some orange, pear, and apple, with just a little bit of banana. Hop aroma is also noticeable, slight- but it's there.

Tastes very fruity as well. Banana and pear are noticeable. Got some bready flavors with some nice spiciness to it. Some hop bittering and a some light alcohol qualities. Very good.

Medium bodied very average to little carbonation. Very dry in the finish.

Drinkability is a little too high for this one. At 9.0% ABV this goes down pretty easily despite the dryness of the finish. Will be getting more of these.

Overall this was excellent. I had been looking forward to it and will definitely be getting more in the near future. Can't say anything bad about this one.

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent, golden beer with thick creamy head.

S: The nose of this beer seems particularly filled with esters; figs, grapes, lemongrass, slight phenol presence.

T: Dry beer with a creamy maltyness but a distinguished astringent aftertaste. Dark fruits are detectable throughout and fade into the astringent spicyness.

M: Medium light body with soft carbonation. Astringent taste comes through when I keep this beer in my mouth to think about this category.

D: Goes down slowly but well.

Notes: Drank this tripel the same night as the St. Bernardus and thought much less of them then it seems most people do. Both of these beers tasted strongly of astringent, so perhaps both bottles were stored incorrectly and skunked, or perhaps I hadn't rinsed all the soap out of my chalice, or maybe my pallet is that much more sensitive than most other peoples. I'm not sure. You decide.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 62, 22oz bottle.

Translucent honey/straw colored beer that pours nicely into my tulip glass forming a bright white head of small champagne sized bubbles, which remains througthout the beer.

The smell is of apricots and simple syrup.

With all of the sugar in the nose, I was expecting a much sweeter beer. Fortunately, it was not sweet. A nice fruity, but not too fruity, tripel that lingers on the palate with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice beer to have around. Espcially being for Maine, not exactly the beer brewery capital of the world.


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Photo of kleffman
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #90, bought at Bevmo and made sure it was settled well to leave about a half inch in the bottle and most of the yeast behind. Then ended up drinking most of the bottom anyway at the end...

A: Very clear and golden, pillowy head on top of a beautiful vigorously bubbly brew. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice spicy character with hints of fruit, maybe pineapple with a subdued herb and malt mixture. A little honey maybe, but that's subtle.

T: Spiciness, pineapple, bread yeast and some nice candy sweetness round out the alcohol warmth which lets you know this sucker is 9%. Very delicately balanced.

M: Medium bodied beer, but quite effervescent which really improves the mouthfeel. It has an almost biting quality to the carbonation which I think is perfect for the style.

D: The drinkability of this is incredible.

It's one of those beers that I should drink far more often, and it's surprisingly affordable (7 bucks) so I'm not sure why I don't. Anything this brewery makes will be fantastic, but this one really shines.

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer over New Years. Poured from 750 ml bottle to a wide mouth sniffer glass. Head retention was creamy but nominal. Light with an orange tinge and cloudy in appearance. I enjoyed the fruity aroma as a first impression. Nicely spiced and the GOP were apparent (which is what I'm assuming gave the beer its spicy peppery flavor). I enjoy the mouthfeel of other Belgains better but the beer was very drinkable. I really enjoyed it. I have seen this beer in stores before but never bought it. I'll keep this in mind next time I want a triple but don't want to pay the extra few dollars that others cost.

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Photo of MacDomer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright goldy-yellow, cloudy, with a one finger pale white head. Some visible carbonation. Head faded a bit fast, though. Retention was nice all the way through this beer.

S - Banana, clove, yeast. Hints of candied sugar. Quite nice.

T - Starts off with light fruits and a nice softer spiciness. Earthy, with some slight hopiness at the end, faint, but still there. Warming alcohol on the way down, but not too much.

M - Creamy, but not as creamy as some other tripels. Nice even carbonation throughout. Nice, but leaves me wanting for a bit more.

D - This is quite a good tripel, I'd certainly have another and will seek this out again. One of the best non-Belgian tripels I've had.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 169 from 750ml bottle poured into large, wide mouth stemmed wine glass.

Slightly cloudy golden hue with massive 3 finger head with strong retention.

The aroma is out of this world. Sweet smell with complex dried fruit pineapple and honey like with some spice of the yeast strain.

Taste alot of grain and big candied sugar ester fruit followed by some hop bite that lingers on the tongue after taste. I expected a sweeter more balanced taste but I loved this.

Mouth feel super creamy and soft with a crisp clean finish from the natural carbonation. Goes down so easy.

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Photo of TPoling
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Allagash Tripel pours a deep golden and gives a shaving-cream head that had me looking for a razor. There were hints of pear and some spicy notes, all of which seemed like they had the potential to improve with age. This big beer carries a warming 9 percent alcohol. Unlike the dubbel, which brewery workers have found peaks at one to two years, this one has greater long cellaring potential. A Maine brew that measures up well to some of the greats from Belgium.

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Photo of Onceeven
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served straight from the cellar at proper temp. Poured a honey gold with a nice thick head. The head didn't stick around as long as I'd anticipated, but still left nice thick lacing.
Poured into a red wine glass, for lack of "proper" glassware, but it did the trick, the smell is tremendous. Thick, sweet and yeasty. An assortment of sweet fruits comes to mind. A spicy note is picked up as well and is much more pronounced in the flavor.
Taste starts out on a spicy/peppery note, flips between tart and sweet, and finishes with a hint of alcohol. Supremely smooth and balanced. I'd drink this stuff all night if I could.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz bottle of Allagash Tripel Ale at Ellwood Thompson's on 11/4/11 and poured it into an imperial pint glass (no fancy glasses in my apartment yet unfortunately).

A - Two-finger, creamy head that takes a while to dissipate into a one-finger head that stays for a looong time. As I've been writing this (5+ minutes) the head has still not dissolved, which is great. Cloudy and golden-yellow in color with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks as delicious as it tastes. 4.0

S - Esters, banana, pear, and hops are all present. Somewhat faint but the ever-resilient head helps reinforce this. 3.5

T - Taste is wonderful. Spicy, fruity flavor with malty, biscuity notes hits the palate first, followed by a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste and the tingle of moderate carbonation. Well-balanced and deceptively sweet for a beer with 9.0% abv. The hops add an odd flavor at the end that is hard to describe, sometimes it's an enjoyable bitterness, and other times it can be a bit sour. I'd consider it a minor thing overall, as this beer still tastes great. 4.0

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Definitely a beer to be sipped and enjoyed slowly. 4.0

O - Overall Allagash's Tripel Ale is a delicious beer that looks good, smells good, tastes good, and feels good. It may not be the cheapest Belgian beer out there but what you pay for is quality. Well-balanced and expertly crafted, I think Allagash has done an excellent job. 4.0

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Photo of Subvette
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Belgian yeast smell. Alcohol bite when cold, so let it warm up a little. On the dark side for a triple, almost tastes like a saison . Great taste and very well done.

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Photo of Night
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch no. 107. Pours a dark champagne-blonde with touches of amber around the edges - gentle haze. Massive sparkling pearl head. Bubbly, slightly foamy, but very solid. Aroma is grainy and yeasty with distant notes of suds and spice. Carbonation is surprisingly sharp and biting; body is light to medium. Flavor is dominated by honey and gentle malts, banana, followed by a strongly sudsy bitter backing. Light spiciness throughout, with a grassy sourness underlying. Somewhat warm, though not overbearingly so. Finish is dry and a bit numbing; aftertaste is gentle, spicy, and sour.

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

A- Hazy pale straw color with a 1 finger white head which quickly settles.

S- Orange peel, clove, spices, sweet malt.

T- More orange and clove along with that true-to-style yeasty flavor. Very upfront esters which show strong in the nose.

M- The carbonation expertly cloaks the tongue, super smooth, well balanced… but then there is a slightly odd end to it. There is a sharp but brief bitterness followed by a somewhat light but apparent mediciny phenol taste.

In my opinion it's a good beer which stays true to the style, but by no means the best tripel out there.

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Photo of J23hc
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter, a hazy yellow orange body with small white bubbly head. Lots of fruity notes on the nose, including banana and mango, a little vanilla too. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and full. Lots of bright fruity notes, mostly a modest citrus character. Big wheaty body, some hop bitterness in the finish. A fairly complex sipper, solid

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown gold color, head looks like the top of a latté, lacing is pretty good

S: fruit, herbs and spices, an overall sweet aroma alcohol notes present

T: has a strong sugar caney taste, herbal taste with a grainy flavor. Malts are certainly the focus of this brew hoppe presence is subdued and secondary. Spicey alchohol with a strangely herbal flavor overall very pleasing.

M: Creamy and refreshing pleasant carbonation

D: extremely enjoyable to drink, especially for the style

over all a very good brew, allagash brewery should be proud

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

Pours with good head explosion and settles to a thin lace. I was hoping for a little more yeast aroma, but I know that tripels don't bring too much. Still, i thought there could be more. Taste is smooth and flavorful with those great blossom notes. A little cloying at the end. A pleasant and slightly sharp tripel. Well done.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - an orange goldish color with about a finger of head.

Smell - floral aroma with a hint of ginger

Taste - It has a nice initial sweet taste with a mellow overlay of spices with the aftertaste. the 9% abv isn't even noticed in this beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, not bitter and no harsh alcohol flavors

Drinkability - I am definitely getting more of these.

This was my first triple ale and now i want to try more. It was a very unique beer that I find very intriguing.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allagash, you're the best.

Striking beer. Lovely and foggy golden orange hue that sports an intensely thick white head. Retention is solid and lace spotty.

Like a gun shot blast of sweet floral happiness. Yeast, spice and a bouquet of complex scents are here to explore.

Akin to the smell, this is a feast of pleasures. Fruit induced, with a fresh kick, tasty aftertaste and incredibly soothing with it's approach and finish.

This medium bodied brew is as good as any Tripel I've had. You'd be splitting hairs if you think this is any worse than the best Tripels. This is as good as it gets. Allagash, you're the best.

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Photo of BeerHonky
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm...batch #81. Pours a beautiful hazy, canary yellow with a nice fluffy, but not too airy head. The head widdles down to a mere noticeable lacing. Smells like ripe, juicy fruits such as pears, apricots, and bananas. Almost like an adult fruit punch! Upon big inhales, you can get a little bit of alcohol as well. Taste is exquisitely balanced. Nice yeasty, fruit flavors similar to that of the aroma hit the palate first. Then a well balanced bit of spice seems to be a splash of coriander and clove (to be expected), but there is also something else in there that I cannot figure out. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel makes this a very pleasant experience. Unknowing of the ABV, you could easily drink lots of this elixir. This is simply a FANTASTIC tripel. I would think the Belgians have some competition on their hands!

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Photo of bigeyedfish
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. No bottled on date, but it does provide a batch number (87), except unlike Russian River's website, no batch notes easily found on the website. Maybe i'll look a little harder later.

Classic looking beer; thick, hazy golden body with a half a finger of pure white head. The head fizzles out pretty normally, leaving a nice ring of racing, with a white dusting on-top of the beer.

Pretty pleasing nose; some tangerine and some mango are the dominant noses. Pretty straightforward, not a lot of underlying stuff; some more sharp tropical-fruit like elements hidden, but not by much. Just a real big, nice fruit nose. No yeast/orange/banana which is a first for me with this style.

Alcohol, orange and believe it or not, a little hop bitterness. Some lingering banana which is nice, along with some clove. A little harsher than I had imagined it would be. This is actually kind of disappointing. Almost a Sierra Mist-like finish. Except when it warms (~20 minutes after the last sentence was typed it starts to taste a bit like blueberry's on the front of the palate!)

Not as smooth as I thought this beer was going to be; a real big hit of carbonation/hop bitterness on the mid-palate that is not uncomfortable, but at the same time it's not something I enjoy.
There's some nice elements on the finish, and some wide-ranging palate grip, which is a nice reminder of the fact that you're drinking a beer with a little alcohol. Still, a pretty smooth beer with a firm enough body that without the carbonation you still feel it in your mouth.

This beer bums me out; I thought it was going to be really good; smooth, voluptuous, fruity, delicious. I didn't think it would be this; kind of harsh, rough around the edges, one-dimensional. It's 9% so if you're drinking it on draft/from a normal bottle you could drink more than one. But honestly, I don't know if you would want to. I want to find some batch notes- maybe this one was aged in oak, which would explain everything. But I have my doubts. Blast.

I realized the other day that I've reviewed more triple's than any other style of beer. I guess that's why this is that much more disappointing. I don't know. I realized I served this a little cool, and have been letting it warm. It smooths out as it warms up. So maybe that's been my problem(taste went from a 3.5 to a 4.5 with the addition of a blueberry taste). Maybe I need to post this, get another batch, serve it warmer (I let it sit out of my fridge for ~5 minutes) and re-evaluate. Good plan. Allagash be continued.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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