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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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1,976 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 118
Gots: 175 | 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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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A- Some light haze in this golden liquid. Creamy, frothy white head. Lacing is grouped into some big spots. Once I poured the whole thing, the liquid became more of a cloudy pineapple juice.

S- A little vanilla and tropical fruit. Hard to put my finger on it. something close to pina colada. Hot, spicy alcohol.

T- Tastes a little like pina colada too. Basic tripel taste though, this isn't a full on Pina Colada. At first I couldn't find the passion fruit the top label states but it came right up when the beer got warmer. Always impressive how much beer can smell like other foods. A little hops in the end reminding me of a Belgian IPA.

M- Quite smooth. Medium to full mouthfeel. Medium and very smooth/soft carbonation.

D- Great. An easy to drink and pretty satisfying brew.

Following my experience with the Allagash Dubbel, I wasn't expecting that much from this one. I really like it.

Would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 01:24:44 | More by Yoonisaykul
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beersheppard

Texas

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

Appearance: gold, cloudy, carbonated, white head little lacing.

Smell: orange, banana

Taste: orange, banana, yeast, bread, sugar, caramel, coriander.

Mouthfeel: substantial coating.

Drinkability: an American version of a classic style, heavy on the malts, citrusy. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:02:28 | More by beersheppard
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 143

A- Straw yellow with a slight haze. Expansive, mountainous, rocky head leaves not only lace but thick foam itself on the sides of the glass. Looks very appealing!

S- A big, alluring aroma of yeasty dough, honeyed puffed cereal grains, spices, and a touch of fruitiness soars from the glass. Very nice, enticing.

T- Creamy, sweet, seductive malty richness and billowy yeast completely blankets the palate with pleasure and invites further drinking. Crusty baguette with honey and spice.

M, D- Feels gorgeous, drinks gorgeous. I thought the CO2 would be too much looking at the foam, but the level was perfect. There is a distinct warmth of volatile ethanol on the finish, but it is within the limits of easy drinkability. Yes, it is a sweet tripel with rich, generous flavor, and I like sweet tripels with rich, generous flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed the level of decadence offered up by this tripel, and already crave another.

Well done, Allagash. You have done Portland, Maine proud.

Batch 147

A- Light, cloudy golden yellow. Moderate head, with minimal lacing.

S- Pronounced, nearly profound difference in aroma from batch 143. This Batch 147 smells of grapefruit and Fir bud resin, with only very faint notes of classic Belgian character. Blindfolded, one might think this bottle to be a DIPA. Volatile alcohol quite noticeable.

T- Grapefruit, conifer resin, with sweet malt in the background. I would think Allagash would want to keep this offering very consistent, but it was unrecognizable from the previous batch. This one has much more IPA characteristics than classic Tripel. Very good, but different.

M, D- The attack is full and round, but from the mid-palate through the finish the hop bitterness dominates, with a light touch of caramel malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 14:58:50 | More by WhiteOak
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dzni

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, no head really
S - Banana, pineapple, orange, cloves
T - Hoppy, citrus, spicy
M - Heavy mouthfeel, a lot of carbonation
D - Very drinkable. Despite the heavy mouthfeel, I could keep on drinking this all night. Definitely a complex beer, and I could see this going with a wide variety of food because of its crispness.

poured into snifter

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 00:49:27 | More by dzni
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy, golden body with a sticky, white head.

S- Lots of spice (maybe some coriander), sweet malt with some fruits (banana and tropical types).

T- Sweet malty undertones with notes of banana, spice, yeast and a slightly dry finish due to the alcohol.

M- Slick, smooth medium body.

D- A different triple than most I've tried. A good beer overall, but a little different from the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:20:35 | More by TommyW
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden wi th medium white head quickly fading away to white lacing, very murky and cloudy body, nice look expected bigger head on this pour,

Smell- beautiful tripel nose, nice sweet and fruity nose, good amount of spice making this and all around super vibrant nose, when I think of tripel this is what Id like to be smelling

Taste- rich and complex, good amount of sweetness paired with a good kick of spice and corriander, both these aspects really keep each other in check, to my tastes certainly on of the best tripels I have tasted especially for the US

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied soft and creamy with good amount dryness

Drinkability- incrediably drinkable, paired fantastically to with the meal I was eating at the time which had a bit of heat to it, very thirst quenching and still very complex, a beer I certainly will be seein more of

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 17:18:08 | More by Stunner97
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cjgator3

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle
Batch #148

A- 750ml corked and caged poured into a chalice. Pours a golden yellow/orangish color with a nice off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The fruity aroma features some apples/pears along with spices and yeast.

T- The taste is fruity with some pepper-like spices and quite a bit of heat in the finish from the alcohol. Not bad, but a little bit too boozy for my tastes.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is definitely a sipper due to the high ABV. My only complaint is that the alcohol stands out way too much in this one and takes away from some of the other flavors. Worth a try, but not something I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 14:47:52 | More by cjgator3
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #143

A - A fingers worth of effervescent delicate fluffy off-white head that quickly fizzes away leaving a splotchy yet intriguing lacing... A slightly hazed orange gold color... A modest amount of moderate to fast paced carbonation rises deep within...

S - Lovely Belgian yeast dominates the nose... Pear... Apple... Golden raisins... Candied sugars... Slight allusions to banana and clove... Rich, complex, and rewarding all the way around...

T - The palette is defined by a wonderful balance... The yeast is more subdued as the fruit and candied sugar characteristics rise to meet it... The raisins and pear are the dominate fruits and the candied sugar is mild but plays an important part... A very subtle hint of pepper joins at the finish for added depth and dimension...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Loaded with dense carbonation... Dry... Even...

D - Forget about the fact that this is a top notch American tripel, this can be considered amongst the best in the world... A wonderful testament to the style and one for all others to be measured against... My favorite Allagash offering to date... I can't wait to enjoy again and recommend to all...

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 17:15:16 | More by philbe311
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JohnL9013

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Hazy golden color, like an IPA, with a moderate but very impressive head and tons of lacing.

S: A very sweet, malty smell. If taken alone, this is a feature that doesn't necessarily count against this beer but it's not the best smell because it's so sweet.

T: This is, hands-down, the worst Belgian-style beer I've ever had. No hops worth mentioning, terrible malts. I poured over half of this beer down the drain, because I literally couldn't stand to finish it. Why? It's way, way too sweet. This beer is like drinking a soda that is way to sweet, and has gone flat.

M: And that's the other problem. Not enough carbonation, period. If you're going to make a beer with this bold a sweetness profile, you need to make it drinkable so it's not just sitting, stagnant in your mouth and making the drinker (myself) nearly gag with discomfort.

D: This was a drain pour for me, I'm embarassed to say. Someone told me that I needed to try anything made by Allagash because everything they make is so good, but I'm afraid to try anything else at this point. Maybe when I'm feeling adventurous I'll try a different brew of theirs.

To close, my statement would be that you can get a much better tripel from North America (La Fin Du Monde) and pretty much anything from Belgium is going to be an order of magnitude better than this. Westmalle, Konings, St. Bernardus, Chimay, all of them make Tripels that define this style and make it great. This beer is a terrible attempt and I would highly discourage trying this without hearing from the aforementioned masters first.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 05:16:50 | More by JohnL9013
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled from cellar temps a bit before pouring into the glass.

A - Hazy yellow/gold with a very creamy head that lingered as long as the beer did.

S - Not overpowering in yeasty esters, but they are well balanced. The clove, banana, and candi sugars are all well represented.

T&M - Again, very well balanced. This is the perfect level of sweet/dry for the style, at least for my tastes. Same with the spices. Nothing jumps forward too much between flavors that all could stand on their own.

D - This is a treat. It was a lot of sugar by the end and I could feel the ABV creeping up on me...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 21:29:17 | More by dougofthefuture
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katelovesbeer

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz pint glass

Appearance: Hazy deep honey color. 1/2" creamy head that didn't last long. Lots of tiny rising bubbles and pretty lacing

Smell: Sweet, fruity smell almost like banana and cloves, maybe something a little more tropical (pineapple?). Strong. Yeasty. Even the smell is effervescent.

Taste: A loud popping flavor of sweet banana-y spices and fruit; tangy lingering sting on the back of the tongue; tastes as yeasty as it smells; leaves you with a well-rounded orange/grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light, airy, effervescent to be sure. The tingly spicy tang makes the pack of your tongue pucker a tiny bit, and overall makes the beer quick a refreshing sip.

Drinkability: Lovely. Just, lovely. The comparability to champagne with the light tropical fruit and spice complexities would make this beer appealing to many crowds. I imagine this beer being fantastic in late summer, early fall - although frankly, I could sip this year 'round.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 01:26:35 | More by katelovesbeer
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy light yellow with three finger white head, the head leaves spots around glass as it dissipates

S: yeast, banana, cloves, lemon, black pepper... very complex aroma

T: the fruity esters come through on the front of the palate in the form of lemons and bananas, this sweetness is balanced by a strong spicy profile, the abv is hardly detectable, very nice flavors

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a great Belgian style- very spicy and lots of complexity, plus it goes down quite easily for a 9% brew

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 03:53:53 | More by homebrew311
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crossovert

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours into my tulip a hazy gold with hues of orange. the head is rocky and white and recedes to nice Belgian-styled lacing.

The smell is authentic, yeasty ad fruity with a little bit of spice. Smells like a Tripel should, a feat that most American brewers fail at.

The taste is more of a letdown. It is herbal and sweet with some spice and bitterness but this is too sweet and clean for a tripel, it is sterile, like other American versions.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery, drinkability is decent theough the alcohol isn't completely unmasked.

It is a decent attempt.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 20:48:57 | More by crossovert
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #147 poured into duvel glass.

A: pours golden, some chill haze. two and a half finger foamy head that settled to a half finger layer. also laces a lot.
S: light roast malt. slight hop earthiness. smells similar to Duvel with a bit more sweetness.
T: sweeter than the nose hinted at. roasted sweet and slightly earthy malt. hops are lightly bitter and more earthy as well with a hint of citrus. taste is like a sweeter Duvel
M: crisp, which seems odd for a triple, slightly syrupy.
D: if picking up an empty glass twice means anything its a good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 01:41:48 | More by rootbeerman
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. This is a really good looking beer. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus orange and lemon. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruits, light alcohol and peppery spices. The alcohol mixes well with the peppery spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 03:51:43 | More by Mora2000
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mkaplanes

Illinois

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

For such high alcohol content, this beer is amazingly smooth, both mouthfeel and going down. Really nice as a sipping beer. It ended up being a bit heavy - after I had gotten through about 75% of the 23 oz. bottle, I just couldn't have much more. If I had to do it again, I would share this with somebody.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 04:03:51 | More by mkaplanes
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Room temperature bottle poured in to a hotel glass. One has to make do when on travel.

Golden color, slightly hazy, effervescent with a nice pure white head that stays tight and thick for quite a while.

Aroma has hints of bubble gum behind some biscuity malt. A lemony alcohol note as well. Nice little bit of lemon spice in the flavor, alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Light bready malt lends to the body. Wow, alcohol does get hot in the finish, but still not unpleasant or out of place.

Medium body, very carbonated and easy to sip. I dig this American version of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 21:07:31 | More by ZimZamZoom
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vkv822

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color, it has a decent white head with short retention. The smell is a herbal and fruity scent, though I can't quite place what fruit exactly. The flavor is of more herbal spices and fruit notes. With some very light sweet notes and hint of bready malts.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and while not overly carbonated, it would be fine with less.
Taking into account the ABV it is a very drinkable beer, and I would enjoy trying again as well as more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 19:50:28 | More by vkv822
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Da1nonlyBD

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this bottle from Al's of Hampden. The appearance is on par with most Triples, which is a a cloudy light brownish color. Smell is kind of fruity and hard to explain, but good. Taste is about average as I've had better, but by no means is it bad. Mouthfeel is great as it is not over-carbonated as some can be. Drinkability is fine as its easy going down. Cant really notice the 9% ABV.Overall not bad, but I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 00:01:20 | More by Da1nonlyBD
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BeerisfoodLLC

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice:

A - Hazy yellow with thick head and lots of retention.

S - Belgian yeasty scents. Citrus, spicey complex.

T - Light fruity tastes mixed with a wheaty zing and strong alcohol aftertones. Mildly hoppy.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated...almost chewy.

D - I enjoyed this tripel but I have had better. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 20:52:24 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Tripel Ale. 750ml. 2009 Vintage.

Appearance:
It has a cloudy honey color with a big, mushrooming white head. It pours about 2 and a half finger which eventually settles down to about half a finger. It doesn't sport a remarkable color, head, or lacing, but all in all there's not much to complain about either.

Aroma:
The smell is big, refreshing and packs a punch. Rounded orange zest, and spicy yeast dominate up front, but allspice, coriander, maybe even nutmeg jostle in towards the end.

Taste:
Again, peppery orange flavors take the foreground. There's definitely a hoppy punch towards the end, but it's not too pronounced. It finishes with a medium alcohol burn. The flavors are interesting, but I must say I prefer the balance of Chimay Tripel.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
I found it to be deliciously thick, but seriously lacking in carbonation. As others have pointed out, it's also not as dry as most tripels I enjoy. The mouthfeel slightly hurts the drinkability, but honestly, I still found drinking it enjoyable and easy on the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:59:42 | More by BeerNemesis
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ironchefchris

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap what a beer! That's good stuff. Just drank a bottle from Total Wine in Midlo. I didn't know much about Tripels, but they sounded like they'd be great. Bananna was in the description at Total Wine so I had to buy it. I love banannas. Nice yellowly haze to the look. Great beery taste during, amazing fruity finish. Again...the banannas awesome. Drinkability is way up there...I could knock back a bunch of these..and with a 9.0 ABV, that's a bit scary. It's easily one of my top beers now. Bring on more Tripels...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 01:17:50 | More by ironchefchris
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden-yellow, perfect, huge fluffy white head. Crazy amount of bubbles floating about, looks like champagne. Excellent lacing, beautiful beer. Smell is great, peppery Belgian yeast, floral notes, apple. Tastes... honey, lemon, apple, yeast, wheat. So good. Alcohol taste nowhere to be found, just makes a nice warm feeling in your stomach. Way, way too easy to drink. Dry peppery finish. Amazing, better than I remember. Good price too. Allagash rules.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 14:30:40 | More by Chico1985
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Pecorasc

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass on tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

A- Presented with a dense, white, fluffy head with a myriad of different bubble sizes. As the dense head dissipates, it leaves a sticky lacing on all of the different angles of the glass. Even after the head settles, it manages to retain some thickness. This is an extremely hazy triple, casting orange and tangerine colors. The haze makes the tulip almost glow, but maybe not in a good way: this looks more like a wheat beer than a tripel. No visible carbonation.

S- The mouth of the glass is just bursting with aroma. Orange and lemon zest dominate this refreshing aroma, with coriander, allspice, and a tiny bit of nutmeg providing complexity. This is very crisp and extremely refreshing. Nice job Allagash.

T- Initially, dominated by orange zest and an explosion of yeasty spiciness. The spiciness turns to a harsh pepperiness that I can't decide if I like. Finishes with a moderate alcohol burn. This beer certainly doesn't lack character, but it may be a bit harsh in some aspects. Enjoyable nevertheless.

M- Two complaints on the mouthfeel. First, for a tripel, this beer is not dry enough. It would probably benefit a lot from a lower final gravity. Second, there is a major lack of carbonation. Especially being a Belgian, this could use a lot more. The lowest point for an otherwise very enjoyable beer.

D- Despite the poor mouthfeel, this is still moderately drinkable for a tripel. The alcohol burn is not overwhelming and I could have a couple tulips. A pretty decent tripel that could be great with a couple of changes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 23:54:04 | More by Pecorasc
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny orange color thats a bit opaque. On top is a thin head that may have been bigger and badder if I had let the bottle warm up for a bit longer.

Smells sweet and sugary with some clove and banana coming through. Some alcohol notes come through along with some herbal or medicinal smells.

Such a delicious beer. Lots of sweetness marked with bitterness that finishes at the tip of the tongue. Very crisp and quite juicy and refreshing (apple juice?). The stomach warming effects add a nice little sensation that definitely rounds out a quite enjoyable drinking experience. In plain words, the Tripel is outstanding. I'll need to get a corked bottle and age it a bit and see just how good this one can get.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:59:47 | More by indiapaleale
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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