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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 107
Gots: 160 | FT: 2
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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 BradLikesBrew


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

a: Beautiful clear gold body and a fluffy white head that leaves behind a sheet of lace.

s: Sweet and fruity; notes of pear and honey.

t: Pilsner malt, honey, pears, and a dry finish. Different than most tripels, no spice, no tartness, no earthy funk. More like Duvel than a tripel. That said, it is a wonderful, delicate beer.

m: Light and dry.

d: Different. Much lighter and softer than other triples. Would be a good introduction to Belgians, not too funky. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Wish I could have tried more Allagash while I had the chance, now they're leaving Colorado. Oh well, that's what trading is for.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 23:30:36 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of nick76


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

The aroma is malty with plenty of yeast, herbal hops, and some fruit. The appearance is deep golden with some haze and a nice head. The flavor is very much like imported Abbey Triples with the added bonus of not being overpowering (they do a great job of hiding the 9% ABV). It has all the elements from the aroma plus a nice dry finish. The palate is just about right. A well made beer. My only gripe would be the tiny bit of latex (grassy hops?) I am beginning to detect at the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 05:36:04 | More by nick76
Photo of Kirkles


4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at a local restaurant. It was my first legal beer and definitely took me for a ride. I came back and tried it after I had some more experience and found it to be extremely pleasant.

A: Cloudy and full

S: Fruity and spicy. Always makes me think of autumn.

T: Strong and complex. Fruity and spicy, with a hint of alcohol.

M: Slight fiz and medium body.

D: Tasty and smooth. The only limiting factor is the above average alcohol content

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 16:00:39 | More by Kirkles
Photo of aubuc1


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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle labeled batch #122 in to my trusty St Bernardus goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a white one finger head.

Smell is yeasty and fruity. Leather, banana, apple. Not overpowering, but very present and great smelling.

Very smooth crisp taste of banana, apple, light mellow malt.

Nice mouthfeel.

Not too sweet as some tripels tend to be, but another great beer from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 01:48:36 | More by aubuc1
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #120; 750ml.

Pours a murky gold-amber-orange.

No strong smells - i get pepper, cloves, herbs, and medicinal odors.

Sharp pepper taste, no finish. There is some honey sweetness. Hoppy bitterness, but it is not balanced out. Some fruity yeasts & a little golden fruit (pears, apples).

Nice mouthfeel at the start, but a watery, lacking finish.

I prefer the belgians. Karmeliet is much better, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 16:34:28 | More by craytonic
Photo of BigJim5021


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle comes a practically orange brew with a pearl white vigorous head. And there's lacing out the ying-yang.

The smell is sweet, almost reminiscent of bananas. There's some spiciness lingering around too.

The flavor, like the smell, hints of spiced bananas. There's also some definite alcohol bite in the finish. Very dry, too.

The effervescence makes for a nice mouthfeel. It's bubbly until the last sip.

For a tripel, is highly drinkable, but at 9% abv we're in one-and-done country. This is my first Allagash beer, and I want more in my future.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 05:58:56 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of Nipitato


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep yellow hue. White head with good retention but thin. Visibly effervescent. Sticky lacing.

S: Clove aroma with plenty of floral touches. Some orange like citrus character. Pretty pronounced banana character as well. A strange solvent like aroma - perhaps related so the allegedly suspect Allagash yeast strain. Sugary sweet malt.

T: As label suggests, there is some honey character in this beer. Clove flavors are strong and obvious. Peppery character less o but it is in there. good background malt flavor as well as perfume lock hops. A nice full, sweet, and dry finish.

MF: Medium body. Dry but not overly so. Some alcohoal warming but not hot.

D, notes: This is a very nice tripel. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 18:30:27 | More by Nipitato
Photo of mphopkins99


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

Batch #119

A - Nice peach/orange color, tremendously solid head and excellent lacing

S - Very sweet, but with hints of clove & spice

T - Fantastic. Very smooth, no aftertaste whatsoever.

M - Light, good carbonation

D - The 9.0 ABV doesn't lend itself to drinking many of these, but boy it sure goes doen well.

Just beginning to explore tripels, but I think I will have a hard time topping this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 21:22:16 | More by mphopkins99
Photo of LennyV

New York

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

Poured into my La Fin Dumonde Tulip glass.

Nice honey orangy color. Insane 4-5 finger head. Crazy lacing

Yeasty smell tempered with some alcohol

Perfect carbonation, full bodied syrupy feel in the mouth.

Sweet tasting slightly fruity followed by a subtle warming alcohol sensation. The alochol is well masked

Great beer to start the night with but a 9% abv will catch up with you fast.

Overall 2nd best triple I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:47:15 | More by LennyV
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a splash of apricot; the tight head caps the liquid while leaving a dancing pattern of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Juicy fruit gum, with white pepper, tropical fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: The blend of tropical fruits (papaya, banana and lemon) kicks off the flavor profile, which grows peppery by mid-palate; I know this is weird but I taste a bit of Crayola in the mix; medicinal, fruity and a complex dry flavors blend into the spicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Tripels are not my favorite style but I do respect them when they are well brewed and this is a well brewed Tripel

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 01:13:00 | More by brentk56
Photo of ryandurka

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is not too bad. i liked it. it tastes like it has a fruity complex with spicey aromas. it goes down smoothly with out a boozey aftertaste. its a classy beer that i wouuld buy again. and its a little cheaper in price than someof the imported beer it tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 11:06:26 | More by ryandurka
Photo of Stonebreaker


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

Appearance: A delicious orange with an amber tinge, and a healthy head. I hesitate to give it a five but really how could it look any better, perhaps swirling silvery sparkles or some sort of acid induced hallucination. The lacing is good and the the head thins out towards the middle.

Smell: The smell is faint, sweet pineapple and alcohol.

Taste: Sweeter than I would have expected, The sweetness hits you first, very fruity from a mix of delicious esters and some glorious hops no doubt, the alcohol is quite sneaky and here I am 3/4 of the way through the bottle and I'm in that perfect fleeting state of euphoria, respect that 9%, the finish is complexity at its finest, you can taste it all the aromatic hops the sweet malt and esters and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the high end of the style.

Drinkability: This beer has renewed my fervor for beer, after a few disappointing stouts. World Class!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 23:44:25 | More by Stonebreaker
Photo of beermanbrian


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

Batch 117. Golden color that's a little lighter than expected. Big creamy white head that coats the glass with sticky lacing. Head maintains a solid 1/8 inch that is more than the standard cap. Smell of some citrus but mostly the sweet sugary malt smell that you would expect with the style. Some light pepper notes also show. Taste is sweetness that quickly gives way to the spicy yeast and then the 9% gives some burn. Mouth is somehow smooth and syrupy at the same time. Overall a great sipper that warms you. Once of the finest tripel's I've ever had. Thanks to my family for bringing this one back from vacation in Maine.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 00:48:48 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of SickBrew


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

Purchased from the Belmont Station in Portland OR on my first visit. Was recommended at all-grain brewing class.

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellow and reminds me of some very fine Belgians in appearance. Head is good with two solid fingers that leave some lacing in my pils class. Nose is good with fruity tones of banana, pear and of course the esters rounding it all together. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer that I will be purchasing again. Give is a whirl for sure.


Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 00:09:33 | More by SickBrew
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood in Atlanta.

Poured into a goblet with a cloudy gold/orange color and a half-finger fluffy white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Great spiderweb lacing is left after the beer goes down.

Smells good. Mild light fruit aromas with a spicy kick, very peppery.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The light fruit flavors kick it off, then followed by a good hit of spices and ending with the light fruits again.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a good thickness and grainy carbonation that goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's not phenomenal tasting but it goes down very easily.

Overall this is a solid tripel, but nothing to write home about. I would gladly drink this again but there are better tripels out there. Worth a shot if you're on a Belgian kick.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2008 00:46:08 | More by glid02
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a little bit lighter than expected. light orange straw color. pretty clear. some spotty lace. smell is alcohol, pepper and coriander. taste is a bit earthier than the smell... not as sweet as expected. alcohol somewhat hidden on the palete or laced in with the cane sugar. not picking up much fruit, some citrus, orange peel candy nature. some earthy apple. complex herbal lingering aftertaste. very dry. some thyme and pepper and nice hop sits there in the middle of the mouth... the sweet lingers in the tips. the earth nature giving the hop a lingering rosemary and thyme appeal. a soft meaty finish. alcohol is a bit much by the end. triples aren't my favorite but surprisingly good for american. period.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 03:12:52 | More by rtepiak
Photo of DavoleBomb


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

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy, yeasty golden. Rich head that falls to a quarter finger, but then remains. Very dense lacing.

4.0 S: Complex. Fruity (citric, plum) then herbal. Hints of spice. More sweet than hoppy.

4.5 T: This is one spicy beer. Spicy foremost, then citric and pine. Chewy yeast is very apparent. Next is a grassy, earthy undertone. Hops are not the focus of this beer. They instead play a support role to bring out the best in the malt mix.

4.0 M: Medium body with a good balance between creaminess and carbonation. Warming sensation at finish.

3.5 D: Good beer, but I prefer a little more hop character. A sipper that is not to be fooled around with.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:23:31 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Golden honey hue with nice clingy, crystal head. Floral aroma with some spice is quite inviting. Malt characteristics with sweetness and alcoholic kick to end the experience. Medium bodied and walks the line for being a sipping beer but light enough to enjoy on its own without the accompaniment of food. A champagne-like beer that balances the alcohol well with the fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 01:21:33 | More by JRed
Photo of mtbbaboon


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

I found this on tap. It came to me a cloudy, dark blonde with thick foamy head and nice carbonation. Aromas are citrus (orange, lemon), yeast and slightly spicy. Light to medium bodied and fizzy in the mouth. Feels a little creamy. The taste is fantastic. Fruity and mildly spicy and sweet, with a little bitterness after the swallow. Very well balanced with no single flavor jumping out. I like higher ABV beers and I barely notice the 9% alcohol in this one. It drinks real smooth and easy. I will definitely be buying some bottles of this. It's a real nice beer experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 23:21:11 | More by mtbbaboon
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Batch # 114

Prominent sour, almost pungent aroma. Spicy and fruity (citric or tart fruit: lemon, orange, etc). Creamy maltiness and citric zest suggest wheat. A little grassy, lemongrassy, and floral/herbal. Some ripe dark fruit, I'd say prune but it's been so long since I've had prunes. Smells good.

Pours medium-deep golden yellow, more translucent than clear, moderate head with good creamy retention.

With first sip it's fruity, tart, sweet, creamy and well carbonated. Puckeringly tart like green apple until my mouth adjusts. Then the zestiness rolls in with a funky swagger. Mildly spicy, a little peppery. Creamy malt base, softly malty and seemingly wheaty. Moderate sweetness contributes to this tight, interesting, and succulent flavor. Combination of slight alcohol and moderately strong, softy floral and herbal hops add depth of flavor. Extremely fruity/estery; if I ate something with the fruity part of this flavor profile I would know it was a fruit, but not one I'm familiar with.

Exeptionally creamy mouthfeel with mild-to-moderate carbonation. Energetic enough to incite intrigue without bombarding the mouth with a palate-smashing sensory overload. Feels good.

Mild yeast cake on bottle bottom.

Allagash Tripel has an incredibly tight and particularly interesting flavor profile centered on the balance between both moderately-strong malt & hop. The estery/phenolic flavors I associate with yeast contribution are the icing on the cake and award this brew an 'Unnaturally Tasty' medal from me. This beer is seriously good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 04:02:42 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Night


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 07:40:37 | More by Night
Photo of itcomesnpints

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gleaming gold body and a chalk white head with experienced lacing. Sweet aroma of passion fruit and herbal spices. Palate says honey and banana and then is followed by a crisp, warming finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light and perfectly carbonated. Very drinkable. It tasted perfect until I uncorked a Karmeliet next and noticed that Allagash lacked the same level of complexity and character as its Belgian counterpart. However, I don't want to be misleading; for an American brewery, this far exceeded my expectations for the style. This is a very special tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 04:45:12 | More by itcomesnpints
Photo of ClavinCliff


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

I usually trend towards darker more aggressive beers but decided to give this one a shot. Sure glad I did! Pours a hazy orange, nice white lacey head. Smells fruity with some yeast tones, more like a bakery smell. Taste is very nice. Smooth, ohh so smooth. Not too sweet, very flavorful. Alcohol is well masked, this definitely does not taste like a beer with 9% ABV. Carbonation is perfect, just the right amount to add to the experience. My wife even tried this one and liked it (she hates beer, only one she has ever liked was some Hefewiezen we got on draft at Brick Store). This beer did undergo an interesting transformation when I let it warm up. When very cold it is a much fruitier beer, once warmed the fruit sweetness was dulled a bit and you could pick a bit of the warmth brought on by the alcohol. Either way this too is a great beer and a good introduction into the land of the Belgian Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 17:17:17 | More by ClavinCliff
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A punchy beast that clocks in at 9%. Poured into my glass with a large foamy head. Liquid was a gorgeous gold with tangerine highlights. High marks in all visual aspects. Nice retention and laced like ocean waves on a beach. Smells were big and bold, juicy pear, spices, ripe fruits. Tastes were also big and fruity, figs, apples, pear, dried apricot. Maltiness is off set by yeast and some hops at the end. Well balanced. Heady and drinkable for the style. Good theory and excellent execution. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:28:33 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of atigerlife


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #101. Pours an opaque golden with a 2-finger white head. Tons of small carbonation rising. Very interesting looking.

Aroma of citrus [lemon], hay and some yeast.

Taste is lightly sweet, grassy, light lemon, and some grassiness. Nice spiciness comes through as it warms. Light hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a very drinkable tripel. Very good for the style. Very enjoyable. Wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 20:48:51 | More by atigerlife
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