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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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2,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,058
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 118
Gots: 199 | 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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freeeekyyy

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Allagash Tripel from a 750ml bottle. Cloudy, with good lacing. Strong malt smell, light hop flavor. Slight orange peel and clove flavor. Head retention is decent. Lightly carbonated. Recommended.

Appearance=4
Smell=3
Taste=4.5
Mouthfeel=4
Drinkability=4

12-07-2010 01:54:49 | More by freeeekyyy
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a dark gold color with a good level of haze. Foamy head forms quickly and takes a long time to recede. A good lace of foam is left on top with great retention.

Aroma is yeasty with over ripe fruits, strong candy-like sweetness, and a touch of warming alcohol. Very potent, but I feel like it could use some more complex spice notes or hops to brighten the nose a bit.

Flavor shows much of the same of the nose. A lot of malt and fruit notes, but very little bitterness. This is a sweet balanced tripel based on simple, but potent yeast flavor. I prefer a drier, spicier tripel.

12-03-2010 00:46:41 | More by jeffthecheff
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ncfranklin

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

750ml bottle that's been setting for about a year, into a tulip glass.

A: A golden honey hue with a frothy white finger head. Lots of rolling carbonation bubbles pouring up. Quite nice looking, not translucent.

S: Bready yeast, with clove and even a bit of banana accompanied by a sweetness of honey.

T: Sweet honey with a light spice note of clove and orange. Malty in nature, with only the slightest dryness.

M: Big burst of carbonation tingle early that mellows after awhile. Body is on the heaver side of medium, wit ha tacky quality. Leaves a nice warming in the mouth. This is my favorite quality of the beer. Fantastic.

D: Very good overall. Lots of traditional Belgian Tripel feel and qualities, but with some uniqueness from this American brewery. Possibly a little sweet for some, but I enjoyed the bottle over the course of an evening quite a bit.

11-26-2010 17:46:05 | More by ncfranklin
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kirkmichel

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

From 750ml Bottle of Allagash Tripel Reserve Batch 151
Got from Hop City in Atlanta

This was not what I was expecting at all. Seemed more like a dubbel than a tripel, but it's delicious and complex and I like it. [Plus, I'm sure my opinion could be effectively argued on that point.] I took a few points away since I don't think it holds true to the style, but when I finish it I may come back and reset the numbers if needed.
A- Looks superb, but is a lot, lot lighter in color than I was expecting from a Tripel. It is a cloudy opaque, sunny straw color, with a tinge of amber. Consistent carbonation floating to the top and maintains a dense creamy white head which clings pretty nicely to the glass. Beautiful lacing there.
S- A sharp, lemony wheat with toasted malty sweetness which is almost floral.
T- Lemony & syrupy with a nice carbonation. You get a whiskey-sweet taste up front with some peppery clove; the lemon/lemon peel taste is secondary but lasts through the finish when the rest of the flavors have dissapated.
M- The carbonation levels totally make this - it might be a little heavy without it, but it's well done.
D- I love this - as I said already it wasn't exactly what I was expecting but turns out I love it anyhow. It's a shame the abv is so high, or I'd have more!

11-21-2010 20:09:02 | More by kirkmichel
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ZSimon

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -21%

750mL bottle from Total Wine, Richmond, VA. Reserve Batch #160.

Pours intensely hazy golden with a persistent, white rocky cap. From the first whiff, it is apparent that this beer hangs its entire existence on its yeast. Hops and malt, while certainly present, are an afterthought at best. Funky, minerally, earthy yeast tones dominate here, with a long, rather boozy finish. Pleasantly smooth though, with a touch of sweetness to balance.

Nothing strikes me as particularly bad, but I'm left with an overwhelming feeling of Meh.

11-20-2010 23:37:56 | More by ZSimon
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

This tripel from Allagash pours with a golden straw color with a slight haze about it. The head was alittle weak in that it wasn't big and bold like most beers of this style. Lots of carbonation.
A foamy presence is maintained through out with some nice lacing on glass.
Aroma is rich and malty with a herbal maybe even spicy hop bouquet.
Definitly dry with a rich malty taste. I can pick up some wheat beer tones from the yeast also.
Hoppy spiciness with maybe some fruity aspects to it.
Medium body in my opinion with a dry finish lingering well into the aftertatse.
Some alcohol warming.
Tates like it goes a little flat at the end, or watery.
A good sipping beer.
Drink well my friends

11-14-2010 11:38:48 | More by micromaniac129
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speter

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a wonderfully fluffy white head that persists throughout and leaves amazing lacing (enough for fortune telling).

S: Peppery Belgian yeast with cloves and hints of banana. From the influence of the label, I'd admit to some passionfruit as well.

T: Amazingly malty up front, the pepper and cloves reach a peak in the center, and the finish has hints of various fruits. Wonderfully complex!

M: Full bodied with a creamy head and a touch of warmth.

D: OK, at 9%, I can't drink many of these, but I sure would like to.

11-04-2010 01:39:10 | More by speter
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Batch 155, 750ml "Reserve"

A - 24k gold, with a fair amount of frothy white head, depositing small flecks of lace.

S - The aroma is bready, sweet and mineral-y. Pils-pale malt is tempered by grassy and green leafy hop. The yeast contributes a sort of green peppercorn spiciness.

T - The brew is very spicy overall. The hop presence contributes a green and leafy nuance, with bright herbal notes reminiscent of verbena and lemongrass. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden, mostly fusing with the bready sweetness and also being obscured by the mineral-y element. Overall, this brew bears a reasonable similarity to an authentic Belgian Tripel.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, effervescent and fairly creamy. Near-Belgian in mouthfeel.

D - A good Tripel is a beautiful thing. This is a good Tripel.

11-01-2010 16:36:46 | More by ktrillionaire
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer poured cloudy yellow in color with a finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices and yeast in the nose. Smells of clove and pepper stand out in particular; there are also some notes of bananas.
T: Flavors of bananas and other dry fruits are a little more prevalent in the taste as compared to the smell; these are nicely contrasted by the spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness that leaves you wanting another sip.
D: This is a beer that really needs to be sipped given its alcohol content and spiciness.

Note: Batch 154

10-29-2010 01:32:58 | More by metter98
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Cork popped with some authority!!

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice white pillowy head that lingers for a while and leaves a healthy coating stuck on the glass as it disappears. Beer is a somewhat cloudy straw color with little activity

S- Very sweet smelling aroma... citrus, banana yeast, phenolic, and a hint of hops

T- Pretty much tastes like it smells... malty sweet, citrus, phenolic, with a slight hop presence in the finish

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty tasty. I definintely enjoyed this one more than the Dubbel

CHEERS!!

10-23-2010 01:31:09 | More by bbeane
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bohemiandonut

California

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

10-21-2010 04:28:05 | More by bohemiandonut
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -12%

A-pours a pale golden yellow with lots of haze and a creamy white head with a nice lace left behind.

S-the nose is very sweet, light yeast notes with citrus and peach coming in behind. hints of spicy phenol and light peppery alcohol.

T-the taste is much of the same, rather sweet golden fruits with light spice and yeast surrounding. peaches and appricots with hints of alcohol and pepper.

M-medium syrupy body, smooth throughout, finish is crisp and lively with assertive carbonation. very little driness in the finish.

D-decent beer, doesn't have the things i like in a tripel. little to no spice and light on the yeast. finish isn't as dry as i'd like to see. tasty and sweet but not sugary at all.

10-12-2010 01:07:38 | More by cpetrone84
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: In a corked and caged 750 - batch #160 according to the label. Pours a beautiful clear gold, with a huge fluffy white head. Big bubble action from the bottom continues long after the pour.

Smell: The balance of this beer is immediately apparent in the nose. Fruit - mostly dried stone fruit, but also a hint of banana - combines with drying hops and phenols to tell you that this is going to be a complex, and massive, beer.

Taste: As promised by the nose, there's a lot going on here. The fruit in the nose continues, but now cut with a hefty dose of spice. Hop bitterness lurks in the background; it's not out front enough for me to identify the hops, but it's there and balances the beer in an important way. The alcohol comes through big time, but it's almost part of the taste balancing act and works very well.

Mouthfeel: Quite lively in the mouth, and finishes very dry.

Drinkability: High. As we all know, a Belgian (or Belgian-style) ale is not a toy, and this one does nothing to conceal the high ABV; in fact, it makes it a useful component of the beer's taste. However, I could quite happily sip these - slowly - all evening.

10-09-2010 23:33:31 | More by rdickey
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev 0%

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
"Tripel Reserve" batch 141

A:Crystal clear, light gold color with a huge white fluffy head. Exactly what you would expect for the style.
S: Lots of pepper and clove, tons of belgian spice.
T: Very similar to the nose, with some yeasty fruitiness. No obvious hops, just some bitterness so you know they are in there.
M: Very crisp, but there is a "roundness" that prevents this from being too dry, not sweet at all. By the end, the attenuation starts to become apparent, it comes across as almost astringent, very drying on the tongue.
D: I like this a lot, it is very true to the style, easy to drink. I would like to compare it side by side with some Belgian versions, I suspect that it would compare quite favorably.

10-09-2010 01:12:20 | More by wspscott
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a britt citrus golden color win a nice white head and some good lacing. Aroma brings spices, orange peel, and some fruity esters. Taste brings citrus zest and some fruit with a bot of breadm. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks quite well. A nice American version.

10-07-2010 11:11:00 | More by Thorpe429
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Casey10

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Have had this a few times and finally getting around to reviewing this. A fantastic version of the style.

A - nice banana yellow with a slight head great carbination and some nice lacing.

S - Fruity smell definate banana and that belgian yeast smell.

T - Really nice reminds me of the tripels I have had from Belguim a bit bubblegum banana sweet and so goood.

M - smooth cream frothy, the feel is really nice.

D - Lucky enough I can get this anytime the. It is for those searching the style can't go wrong here.

10-07-2010 02:05:12 | More by Casey10
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daledeee

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A 750 ml bottle that I purchased in August.

This poured with a nice white fluffy head and a very cloudy yellow body.

Floral, yeast and bread with citrus. Really pleasant and fresh. After it sits a while the alcohol comes through in the nose.

Taste is Belgian hops, but not as strong as some others, quite a bit of citrus with tart apple.

Mouth feel is quite carbonated and not wet.

Drinkability is good, but not exceptional.

10-05-2010 21:36:58 | More by daledeee
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brianjay

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

09-30-2010 02:02:28 | More by brianjay
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morimech

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

From 750ML bottle Batch 157

Slightly hazy golden color with a large whipped cream like head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of honey, slightly spicy and sweet malt. The alcohol is well hidden. Not the most aromatic tripel but smells like a good tripel should. The flavor is as it should be as well. Just slightly more warmth then the Belgian examples. Slightly sweet upfront from the malt, mildly spicy with hints of pepper and cloves. Some honey as well before a dry finish. A little lighter than medium in body. Nice carbonation. Could be a little more robust. A good, solid tripel here. Nicely crafted. I think they know what they are doing at Allagash. The high ABV makes drinking the entire 750ML bottle a little daunting.

09-19-2010 17:19:04 | More by morimech
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Vaison

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

It settles very nicely into the glass creating a 1/2 inch dense white head which dissipated very quickly leaving only a partial ring on the outside. The color is light cloudy gold. The smell of this is floral and fruity . The taste immediately brings out the floral and honey aspects. It is fruity, perhaps banana, and has spice notes at the end which create a dry finish. It has a fair amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. The alcohol is blended very nicely.

09-04-2010 02:02:00 | More by Vaison
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RayDeMundo

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

I am a big fan of tripels. Having spent some time recently in Belgium, I was able to try my fair share. This beer compares nicely to those I tried over there. The aftertaste is wonderful. A great, soft taste lingers. I know this may be as expensive as some of the Belgians, but when found for cheaper, I don't think you miss much.

08-29-2010 02:23:51 | More by RayDeMundo
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billab914

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a pale yellow/gold color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the beer. The head faded, but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright citrus and spice flavor with some notes of lemon, coriander, orange peel to it. It also has a bit of a fruit tartness with some apple and pear to it that really helps balance it and give it some depth.

The taste shows a lot of the citrusy, lemon, coriander, orange peel flavors that were found in the nose. Some of the tart, fruity flavors come through in the finish and help balance out the flavors. It's a very flavorful and good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it this evening. For the high abv % it hid it very well. It had some very good and bold flavors to it but still remained pretty well balanced. Very tasty triple overall.

08-24-2010 23:25:19 | More by billab914
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Mosstrooper

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from 750mL bottle (from Batch # 156) into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, very pale gold color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind spotty lace. Looks a lot like a witbier.

Smell: Somewhat flowery with earthy yeasat and alcohol.

Taste: Begins with some fruitiness, finishing with a champagne-like flavor and earthy yeast with a good hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin, with carbonation a bit on the heavy side and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This isn't a bad beer, but definitely isn't the best representation of the style. I would be willing to drink this one again, but it is far from the first tripel I would reach for.

08-20-2010 20:53:25 | More by Mosstrooper
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jthor018

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -42.2%

I bought three 750mL bottles of this from batch 154. Two of them were horrible. I think the bottles might have went bad. A friend of mine got a bottle from the same store and said it was the worst beer he had ever drank. The third one, from another store, was decent. Poured into a clear plastic cup (didn't have any glassware with us) it was golden and the smell reminded me of banana bread. The head on this beer was nice and thick for about 15 seconds and then was gone. It tasted okay but I think I was biased by my previous bad experiences with this beer. That said, I would buy a bottle of this from a different batch.

08-20-2010 05:17:22 | More by jthor018
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diechipmunk

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured from bottle into a tulip
A: hazy goldend color with almost no head or lacing.

S: Earthy Spices, belgian yeats and mild fruits, slight green banna, maybe.

T: Very dry. A dominating Yeast, some spices and detectable alcohol, long finish trails off to a great finish bitterness with touch of malty sweetness and the end. The finish is the best part.

M: Good level of carbonation keeps it light.

08-20-2010 01:39:22 | More by diechipmunk
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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