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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,093 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 121
Gots: 214 | 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.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Light gold yellow with a large fluffy white head that rests on top and leaves streak lacing across the glass. The beer is not clear; though, steady carbonation is obvious to the sight.

S: Fruity esters, sour medicine,spice, and sweet malt.

T: Starts out with candied sugar and malt, which is quickly followed by herbs, spice, floral notes, and sour orange. Towards the finish, the beer becomes bitter from hops, and there is a piney flavor. The finish is earthy and fruity. Some of the alcohol and gritty earthy sand sits at the back of the throat.

M: Light and dry.

O: For many the Tripel is the crown jewel of beer styles. Complex both in aroma and taste, Tripels are large and full of character. Allagash really has an excellent brew here. It has complex earthy and fruity flavors, but it is balanced by hops and malts. Even though the beer is 9%, it is so well balanced that the alcohol does not take over the beer.

ianjsullivan, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Sugarbearjones
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice 2 finger head in a glass pint. The aroma of lemon peels wafts gently across the nose. There's also a very noticable sweetness that follows the lemon aroma. Almost a vanilla essence. The honey in this is definitely noticable. Thoughts of fresh cut grass come to mind when I try to put my finger on the complex blend of spices that make this pale ale a nice example of what this line of beer can accomplish. All in all, I would recommend this pale ale to others. If you are looking for a pilsner-like drink that has a clean sharp finish and is also sweet, then this may be the beer for you.

Sugarbearjones, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of wowbagger
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong aromas of citrus hit you right away. The head is thick and lingers for a good while. An initial sip doesn't reveal much more than a generic pale flavor, but it gets fuller as it moves to the back of the mouth with a definitive tingle. You can certainly taste the alcohol content though it's not enough to be discouraging. I can easily see putting back a few of these in a night, though you're going to have to sleep it off!

wowbagger, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and slightly hazy with a huge bubble head--great retention and oh, so foamy; lacing is good

S: Grainy and yeasty with hints of lemon, banana, apple, and pear

T: Dry and fruity up front: apples, pears, and lemons--yeasty on top of a grainy bready quality; a bit spicy and peppery in the end

F: Decent medium body--just a touch thin on the back end but beer sticks nicely to the roof of the mouth

O: A very nice, dry and fruity tripel; my first experience with Allagash and I'm impressed

dbossman, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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 ...

woodychandler, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I've been aging a year.

A: Hazy and dark golden color with a huge fluffy white head that takes a while to die down.

S: Big spicy yeast notes along with some pale malts. For a while, this smelled a bit like a latex glove, but this smell died off eventually.

T: The taste is similar to the smell and full of clove, nutmeg and a wide array of spices. A little cinnamon hidden in there as well. Wonderfully complex and light on the palette.

notchucknorris, May 29, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber with an abundance of fluffy white head that lingers around. Pours oily and thick, with noticeable carbonation. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of cloves and spices, sweet cane sugar or honey, hints of apple and pear, and some earthy cedar notes. Faint hint of alcohol. Very nice smell with lots of complexity.

T: Much like the smell, with an emphasis on cloves and spices upfront. Sweet sugars quickly level out the earthy spices. Finishes with a slight bitterness thats a little surprising but works well. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: Around medium carbonation for the style. Slightly oily texture that makes for a nice mouthfeel.

D: Overall a very drinkable tripel that I would easily have again. One of my favourite tripels that I will certainly be picking up more of.

Digimaika2, May 21, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a big, rocky white head.

Smells of spice, fruit, honey, yeast.

Tastes dry and sweet with some initial bitterness and a lingering clove/fruit note.

Mouthfeel is spot on: dry and highly carbonated, making this easy to drink.

This is a great tripel that really embodies the style without pushing much in any other direction. Makes me sad that Allagash is pulling out of Texas.

TenHornsProud, May 19, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber color with a giant 3 fingers worth of white head that dissipates to about half a finger's worth.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom lead the spice charge with some bubble gum yeastiness following, finished with some slight fruity sweetness of honey, citrus, and pear.

T: Cloying tart sweetness of orange and grapefruit at the forefront, some pear in the middle, and finished with dry, grassy hops, touch of spice, and booze.

M: Thick and cloying, warms nicely, great carbonation

O: This has to be my first tripel, and it's pretty good. Not sure if I'd get it again, but it's not bad. I still prefer delirium tremens and even 668 over this one, but this is a good example. I tried it warmer than I should've, so I might give this one another chance down the road.

Krakistophales, May 19, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 750mL into a glass. Thanks, to Drazzamatazz for this one.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange body with an ample, but not excessive, off-white head. The foam rises to 2" in height and settles into a thin cap on the beer, with the occasional trail of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: A great, fruity aroma of pear, apricot, cantaloupe, and apple. The aroma doesn't capture much in the way of phenols; I expect Belgian yeast strains to deliver notes of cloves, coriander, or pepper, but those are muted or even nonexistent in this bottle.

T: The taste, however, is Belgian through and through. Once again, the fruitiness manifests in flavors of pears, apricots, cantaloupe, apples, and a touch of orange. It also presents a balanced finish of white pepper and clove that the nose did not hint at.

M: Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Unlike La Fin du Monde, which is one of my gold standards for tripels, this is not overcarbonated, and its medium body delivers estery flavors with a perfect sweetness to complement them. The ABV is deceptive.

O: I can see why people insisted I had been too quick in writing Allagash off. Their staples really are overlooked, and this is a particularly impressive one. It runs a little more than some competitors, but I'm impressed enough by the quality that I'll pony up the extra from time to time.

Arbitrator, May 17, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color into a tulip glass. A massive head which dissipates very slowly.

Aroma of slightly funky Belgian yeast, along with some spiciness.

Taste is sweet up front, with bitterness lingering in the back.

Mouthfeel is like and very drinkable, with a nice carbonation level.

Overall, this is one of the best Tripel's I've had, although I'm not an expert in the style. A really nice beer to sip on a Saturday evening during the thunderstorm.

ebby82, May 15, 2011
Photo of EORS
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my local, served in a goblet. Initially served cold, but I allowed the beer to warm up over the course of a few games of pool.

Appearance: Hazy golden color, more than 2 fingers of billowy white head when initially poured, ran off to about a half to quarter inch sitting on the top. Lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Mostly the belgian yeast, with some citrus zest and a bit of herbal bitterness. I was expecting this to open up a bit as the beer warmed, but it never seemed to, and the yeast definitely carried the aroma.

Taste: Crisp and citrusy without being bitter, very little hop taste. Refreshing and delicious, with a little bit of booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full and not too carbonated, avoids feeling syrupy or too light.

Overall: I would drink this instead of paying the import fees for an actual Belgian ale; a really solid offering from Allagash. Will definitely buy again, and will probably adjust the review as I go.

EORS, May 03, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fridge chilled bottle is poured into my tulip-like Allagash glass. The beer is golden colored and slightly cloudy. Many streams of tiny bubbles are rising within. The head is about a finger thick, colored slightly off-white, and leaves very good lacing. Even though it was brewed in an industrial park in Maine, looking at this beer you'd swear it was made in a Belgian abbey.

The nose is more spice than sweet. I find this to be very impressive, considering the 9% abv. Many American versions of this style would end up sweet, but I don't detect much of that here, just a bit of Belgian sugar syrup. The spices I can make out are coriander, peppercorns and citrus zest. Some of the Belgian style house yeast provides a bit of mustiness to round things out.

The flavor is crisp and refreshing, with just a bit of alcoholic kick. Pale malts and candi sugar make up the base and give it a slightly orange-like flavor. The yeast provides plenty of spices, but never gets too peppery. Alcohol is present in the finish, but just enough to remind you to limit yourself if you driving home. Hops are mild.

Very nice mouthfeel. This beer isn't very sticky. It has a full body, and despite all the apparent carbonation, I don't feel all that much of it. There isn't much coating, but what's there has some good flavor. Although the alcohol can be tasted, it doesn't leave behind any alcoholic vapors.

This is really a great tripel. I could drink this beer all of the time. Having it brewed locally means I have no qualms about buying a lot of it. If you haven't had this beer before, it is worth seeking out.

ToasterChef, May 02, 2011
Photo of gfreed
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No matter how good any tripel might taste, the color is always the same... awful. A tripel basically looks the same going in as it does going out. That aside, this was decent if typical: puffy head, floral aroma with plenty of nutmeg; taste leads with orange juice and tails with a mildly spicy, dry sting. Not worth stockpiling in the basement, and it's no Westmalle tripel, but it will do.

gfreed, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is from Batch 150.

Beer is pale golden in colour, with a small white head.

Smell is mainly of light fruits, notably peach, with some banana as well. A hint of spiciness is present as well, as is Belgian yeast.

Taste is in line with the nose- fruit and spice, and I agree with the description on the bottle which states that the flavour is reminiscent of honey. Finishes quite dry.

Feel is a slight let down. I found it to be too carbonated, even for the style. A little too much action for my tastes. Beer is otherwise nicely medium bodied.

Overall, a very nice tripel, particularly for one not brewed in Belgium. Greatly enjoyed.

jrenihan, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Batch #164. Sampled on April 18, 2011. It pours a murky pale-yellow to olive green with a significant burst of head and lively carbonation. The aromas are fruity of the sweet kind like passion fruit rather than the less sweet kind like banana. There is also a nice supply of yeast and malts. The body is of good weight. The taste is also quite sweet with a friendly hop bite at the the end. The higher ABV is not noticeed. Very nice.

puboflyons, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle. Served in an Allagash Goblet.
Define the Tripel style and this brew will sit smack dab in the middle of the definition.
Slick golden-hued amber with a snow-white on top and gobs of sticky and trailing lacing.
Smells like a Tripel! Sweet malt, citrusy and resinous hops, light clove and banana bread aromas. Just a light whiff of rummy alcohol is noticed.
The flavors of caramel, banana bread, orange and grapefruit bitterness, and a nice light rum alcoholic kick going down.
The body is a tad thin for the style, but holds up well throughout.
Allagash really does a remarkable job of capturing the essence of the Belgian style, and this Triple is no different.

BeerResearcher, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This will be an odd review. On-tap at Isaac Newton's and I must say an unimpressive looking beer sits in a tulip in front of me.Completely flat with no heading whatsoever not even after a few swirls to try an agitate it.

The aroma was not bad at all. Very medicinal,earthy,sweet and sugary.Slight bit of banana also.

With really no carbonation whatsoever to sting my tongue. I am getting nothing but lingering flavors of lighter tart notes,lemon zest,and coriander. Which all linger for just a little while.

This taste reminds me of the White only jacked up on steroids.Very nice.

I do not think Allagash would send out unprimed kegs so I do think it is Isaac's fault for this pour tapping. My wife also had an IPA which was the same way completely flat.I would love to try this one again in a bottle or a properly tapped keg.

TheFightfan1, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my experience, Allagash Tripel has always been better than the White and neck-and-neck with the dubbel. A fantastic beer that's ultra-reliable and one of the first craft beers I had that both opened my eyes and knocked my socks off. It's not auspicious by any means, but it's true to the style and executed in a way that's just egalitarian enough to be tasty and accessible.

Stronger and more effervescent than the White, it pours with an incredibly pale and expansive head and a champagne-like body that bubbles endlessly. Smell and taste are sweet and spicy, herbal and grassy with a bitterness that is rounded off by the smooth pear/mixed-fruit sweetness. The carbonation leaves an explosive light body that pastes the walls of your mouth with flavor. Very refreshing and and an Allagash standard not to be missed.

petacutlasaurus, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a beer festival poured into a sampler glass. From notes: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large frothy white head. Nose is sweet, spicy, and fruity with some banana and golden raisins, yeast, and just a hint of hops. Starts fairly sweet up front. Medium bodied, big hit of spice along with a light fruitiness. Earthy yeast figures prominently. The finish is dry with just a slight hoppy bitterness and lingering fruit and spice notes. Overall, a nice tripel.

CuriousMonk, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash Chalice. Nice frothy off-white head that stays for the duration of my popcorn eating. The color is clear and golden. The bubbles rising to the top of the beer look amazing.

The aroma consists of cereal grain, a lot of spicy yeast, and a touch of honey. I get the impression the esters add a bit of appley fruitiness as well.

The taste is mildly sweet throughout; with an emphasis on the spicy yeast flavor in the finish. The apple flavors are also noticed somewhere in the middle.

Nice medium body with a crisp carbonation. This is a really really good tripel, one of my favorites from Allagash (and a steal in the 4-packs).

andrewinski1, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good American take on a Tripel. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Small, delicate white head with a lot of bubbles. Good enough retention for the style and abv. Some wispy head remained to almost the end. Lacing is a filmy covering on the sides of the glass.

Smell is good. Everthing in there: apples, pears, coriander, candi sugar and belgian yeast.

Taste is good also. More fruit than yeast, still not too sweet, with pepper and other spices kicking in.

Mouthfeel is what makes this less than some other Tripels (including the American Schlafly version). The alcohol is a bit too noticible. To me, the best Tripels are seductively rich and smooth where alcohol serves to warm without any harshness. This one let me know to take it easy, sipping it.

Overall, a good Tripel, a style I really like. I would drink this one again.

JayQue, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 750ml corked and caged bottle with the denotation "batch #166". Pours a sunny hazy gold with minimal head. Some winey alcohol, buttery diacetyl and fruity esters in the nose, pronounced apricot in the mouth. Creamy, cottony carbonation with astringent powdered sugar finish. Owing to the strength, this stuff will numb your tongue quickly, so enjoy it while you can!

PS The bottle has warmed since my first pour. Aroma now includes that much prized horse blanket. Taste has opened up to include massive peppery qualities which now overshadow initial apricot. Carbonation has subsided, which is also a good thing.

ExtraStout, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright hazy golden-orange color with a thick two fingers of frothy white head. The head retention is excellent with some very nice lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of citrus fruits (lemon and orange). Also some light Belgian yeast and some spices (coriander). Some sweet malt also comes through a bit.

T - Starts off with some sweet malt and some nice citrus fruit and coriander. Some yeast in the background from the start. Through the middle the transition is smooth to some heavier citrus/tropical fruit with some more yeast flavor. The finish is a mix of some nice sweet malt, some yeast, and a touch of bread that lingers very nicely. Excellent balance.

M - Medium-light to medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Really smooth and crisp. Finish is nice and light feeling, but has some really nice lingering taste.

D - Very drinkable. For 9% abv, super drinkable. Flavor is very well balanced and excellent. Also looks amazing in the glass. Super refreshing and crisp.

ngeunit1, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a clouded golden-orange color with a finger of snow-white head that recedes into a bullseye-looking film that laces very well.

S: Lemon, orange, Belgian yeast, and strong maltiness. The coriander and clove spicing isn't very apparent like many true Belgian versions.

T: Juicy citrus, sweet berries, caramel, yeasty spice, some sneaky hoppiness, and a little bit of doughy malt on the back end.

M: It is very thirst-quenching and juicy with a medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: This is probably the best American-made Belgian Tripel.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 31, 2011
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