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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,102 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of patm1986
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

shufon, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

bnewall3, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

thestranger99, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Elfastball7
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +20.8%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -3.4%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

garuda, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of KMcG
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 750 mL bottle in August and drank it in November

A: The color is golden with hint of orange. 1-2 fingers of head that is lacy.

S: Pears, spice, yeast and country bread

T: There is sweetness with quite mild hops. Some of the taste follows the nose, but the spice might be more identifiable as cloves and coriander.

M: The alcohol presence is noticeable, nice carbonation, and it is definitely smooth. Medium to heavy.

KMcG, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of obywan59
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Batch 173.

Pours a rich, golden color with light orange. The first glass was semi-transparent, the second was simply translucent. 2 finger off-white head with decent lacing. Yhe carbonation is evident.

Spicy, fruity aroma with substantial earthiness. Sometimes I get overripe citrus, and at other times yeasty bread, or toasted malt.

Very lightly sweet, but mainly dry. Some lemony tartness, with light spice (coriander?) More earthiness, and a bitterness that won't quit.

Medium-bodied with peppery carbonation. Light warming alcohol in the throat. Somewhat drying on the tongue.

Very good. Very drinkable. A sipper worth revisiting.

More of a sipper than a drinker.

obywan59, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

mothman, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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

rudolphjacksonm, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of MsRif
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this before/during my wedding in Maine. Poured a nice golden copper color with a decent sized head and good lacing. Nice looking brew. Smelled sweet, earthy, malty and a tiny bit funky. Very complex and well balanced. Taste is sweet with a touch of citrus and the funky flavor comes out more in the form of yeast. Not one of the flavors is too overpowering...I love how this simple brew offers so much on my palate.

Medium bodied with a bit or richness. Very, very drinkable...carbonation was decent but not overdone. Was nice downing a pint right before saying my vows!

MsRif, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy light amber color with a white pillowy head with good lacing and retention

S-fruit and slight spice notes and hints of yeast

T-fruit and slight sweet up front with a slight bitter hop finish an

F-medium body and fair amount of carbonation

O-nice tripel ale, well-balanced and easily drinkable with alcohol content balanced quite nicely

MDDMD, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, batch 171.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Pale amber color with two fingers of head that refuses to retreat. It sits so perfectly in the glass.
All sorts of fruit on the nose: banana, lemon, pear and lemongrass.
It tastes also exactly like it smells: banana, lemon and bread. Then at the end is a yeasty/bitter taste, which was out of place. On the pleasant side, there is a nice alcohol after taste.
Smooth and bubbly, then crisper at the end.
Superb looking and good smelling. The taste was right on until the end with the yeast/bitter taste that just did not belong. Maybe it was this batch or bottle.

Fatehunter, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing again after mediocre experience. I love it.

Nose: Ripe bananas, nilla wafers, lemon zest, tiniest touch of clove, coriander, pear.

Taste: Clove bite, peppery, sweet fruits, pear, apple, honey. Yeast funk controlling the show from behind the curtains. You know it's a real tripel.

MF: Relatively heavy mouthfeel, but not cloying at all. Carbonation is great and balancing.

I like this beer a lot. If you're in the Northeast? I don't think there is a cleaner and more "accurate" representation of the style. La Fin Du Monde is good, and semi-regional, but I'm less fond of their yeast and body.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

mactrail, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of DAllspaw
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow with 1.5 inch head, brilliant white with great lacing, micro bubbles which cling to the glass when swirled.

Aroma is a bit sweet, with some hint of clove and banana. Taste is complex, a bit of banana, some clove again but definitely a pepper quality coming through, with a slight hot finish, but gets better as it warms, more biscuity, a bit of pine as well.

Good thickness, a bit creamy as well. Very smooth with good carbonation throughout, just a slight too boozy, will see if smooths with a little time.

DAllspaw, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw-orange, with a very pillowy white 3 finger head.

I'm not going to lie. This smells like straight lit marijuana. Nothing but weed. That's all I smell. At the risk of illegitimacy in my reviewing. That is all.

Starts relatively sweet and fruity. Dries down somewhat bitter next to the attack though, almost in an attempt to clean up, but only halfway.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, just slightly sticky or oily, but never in a way that is unpleasant. Remains light and airy simultaneously in a sort of beautiful paradox that really is both at the same time.

Overall, a lush, opulent and generally tasty brew that is unfortunately rather expensive. The price tag is merited, but I don't know that I really love it enough to get it more often than on special occasions, for instance. Well crafted though, and a very good introduction to Allagash.

Drink after dinner, with scones or maybe sugar cookies over honey.

91.

Crossmd, Oct 15, 2011
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.