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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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92
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2,166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,166
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 122
Gots: 239 | 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 armock
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from World Market Tracy CA

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt with spicy Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose starts off with sweet malt then the spicy Belgian yeast finishes things off

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - I am really enjoying this beer despite the abv this is drinking very easily after a long day the perfect beer to wind down with while watching some tv worth getting sometime

armock, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as poured this Tripel into a nice glass, the golden color along with a very pleasant hoppiness came through.
The first sip was super, very big and full, soft. I tasted a good amount of malt with a lot of different fruits, many tropical. Almost that I could not distinguish one as standing out above the others, but it was all good
The Malt was there along with a fairly nice yeast taste.
The finish was just as good. And that is one of the way I judge better beverages. The finish needs to be as good as the start
Another super brew from Allagash

rdilauro, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of fastsrt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour in a chalice.

A: Pours gold, slightly hazy with a stiff white head of foam.

S: Typical belgan yeast smell, yeasty bright.

T: Light sweet spice,more hops than Most, that wonderful belgan flavor profile.

M: High carbonation, crisp

D: allahash makes top Belgian style ales, sold beer but not as good as the real thing,

fastsrt, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL caged and corked.

Golden and slightly hazy, head is ok, lacing is really nice. Tons of sediment obvious in the bottle, and thus was poured carefully.

Smell is very typical of the style, and very nice. Yeasts and spices dominate, with cloves, bananas and some floral herbs.

Taste is also very good, bananas, cloves, spice, yeast, some nice light and medium fruits, and plenty of malty flavors too.

Feel is pretty thick, somewhat dry despite the sweetness, with great body and a lingering semi-bitter yeast and banana aftertaste.

This is a nice tripel and I'd happily have it again.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull gold, with beautiful puffs of head that dissipate fairly quickly, but leave unreal sheets of lace on the glass. There are not many spaces between the lace. Very, very find bubbling.

Nose is first of coriander, but then of lemon, orange, and a bit of clove/banana: basically some awesome belgian yeast came to play in this beer.

Taste is richly fruity, with the banana coming out a bit more to go with plenty of juicy citrus lemon/orange. The beer has a very bready feel to it too, which adds to the fruit that much more. Funky, slightly bitter finish is a nice twist, and the dryness is intense and a tad phenolic at the end. That final taste lingers too long for me, and is a bit too strong as well, as I'd rather be tasting the citrus and bread for a longer time. Good diversity of flavors though.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, while remaining delicate. Carbonation is just right. Drinkability suffers due to the aforementioned dry, kind of unpleasant finish, but when a beer tastes and smells good, you can't mark it down too much.

madvermin, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of kflack
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and Caged bottle, Batch #153

A: Cloudy gold. Frothy two finger head, lots of bubbles!

S: Lots of fruit, bananna, orange peel, lemon zest.

T: Very fruit forward. A little pine, lots orange and apricot. Mild hop character.

M: Light and boozie. Fruit hangs for a bit.

D: A nice Tripel. If they really wanted me to cellar this, they should have put it in a bottle with much darker glass. I am not sure if time would have helped this beer out, but then its not dated so I am not sure of its current age!

kflack, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice hazy, golden yellow with a good two inches of foam on the top of it.Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up toward the surface.

light banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had. mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back. nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it. This was a medium bodied ale; slightly lighter then that without any thinness though. Definitely not too light or bad really in any way, Nice and light with a good profile and a great flavor. Highly carbonated and with no taste of the alcohol at all.

Not your classic heavy triple by any means this was quite the nice treat. I would love to have this one again any day. Hands down this was a winner.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A golden color with a nice one finger white head that stays around.

S- A banana/yeast, some spiciness and floral notes, and sweet light fruit smell.

T- Yeast flavor is the backbone of this beer and really brings everything together. Some fruit sweetness up front, and a spicy/floral finish with a hint of a little hoppiness. I am getting a hint of alcohol in the finish and it seem out of place.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

D- Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Alcohol is a little too noticeable. I feel that one 12 oz bottle is enough for me, where I have had other Tripels that I wanted to have two or three in a sitting.

larryi86, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of JohnnyS17
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It said taste from a wide mouth glass, so I went with a goblet.

A - A touch cloudy, but rather translucent for a Belgian style ale. A murky yellow color. The head was about a half inch after the pour and lasts throughout drinking. Lots of carbonation.

S - Weak sweet aroma. Maybe a slight hint of banana. I'm not impressed.

T - Spicy but not very flavorful. It almost tastes flat or skunked.

M - Carbonated with a bite. Finishes crisp.

D - No thanks, I might not even finish this 750ml bottle.

JohnnyS17, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of bbarrows
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip glass
A: Clear light straw color. Persistent white head, some lacing
S: Pleasant spicy aroma, touch of floral and a bit of yeast (I think some sediment got into the glass.)
T: Spicy and light with a touch of malt
M: Light and dry, but not tingling or carbonic
D: Very easy drinking for 9%.

bbarrows, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allagash, you're the best.

Striking beer. Lovely and foggy golden orange hue that sports an intensely thick white head. Retention is solid and lace spotty.

Like a gun shot blast of sweet floral happiness. Yeast, spice and a bouquet of complex scents are here to explore.

Akin to the smell, this is a feast of pleasures. Fruit induced, with a fresh kick, tasty aftertaste and incredibly soothing with it's approach and finish.

This medium bodied brew is as good as any Tripel I've had. You'd be splitting hairs if you think this is any worse than the best Tripels. This is as good as it gets. Allagash, you're the best.

ElijahCSkuggs, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Sam21
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 4-pack bought at Labonne's Market in Salisbury, CT. 12oz bottle with Julian dating code etched into the base of the bottle that shows a bottling date of August 28th, 2010. Poured into chalice.

Appearance - Brilliant clarity with a vibrant golden yellow body. Fluffy white head with okay retention. Leaves sheets of great looking lace on the glass.

Smell - The nose is a balanced mix of clove, banas, malt sweetness, and nice overall palate softness.

Taste - Sweetness up front with a nice round soft feel. Notes of bana and mellow citrus. Finishes with a decent bitterness and a touch of alcohol, although the 9% is well hidden. The banana esters linger.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with a delightful fluffy feel. The carbonation has a perfect balance between effervescence and softness.

Drinkability - This is a nicely crafted tripel and goes down so smooth. I'm impressed.

Sam21, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of mpyle
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - slightly cloudy, golden color, minimal head that dispersed pretty quickly.

smell - Slightly peppery yeast note, with some sweetness and alcohol.

taste - Spicy pepper taste hits from the beginning. Yeast dominates the flavor, as it should. Finishes spicy with some alcohol. Alcohol a bit more prominent than in a great example of the style.

MF - medium body and carbonation. Definitely some alcohol warming, no astringency of creaminess.

D'ability - A pretty spicy tripel, with alcohol not as hidden as it sometimes is with the style. Slightly overpowering for the style.

mpyle, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

A: Hazy golden color with a small bubbly head that goes away pretty quick. Small lacing stays around but not a lot.

S: Pretty common tripel aromas of sweet and yeast notes mixed with banana, wheat type malts, clove, and some other bright fruit notes.

T: Follows the smell with a dry grape, fruit finish. Some citrus notes add a bitterness to the back of the palate as well. Clove spice and coriander notes are in there too with the typical belgian malt profile.

M: really dry. Medium light.

D: I'm not trilled about this one.

Dreadnaught33, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 156. 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a huge foamy, white head. Head reduces by a bit but a good 2-3 fingers of white foam stays put. Huge gobs of thick, foamy lace are left where the head does recede.

Nose is extremely fruity up front. Some yeast and some sweetness come through as well as a hint of alcohol. But the fruity aromas dominate here. Ripe apples and pears account for some of the sweetness too.

Strong fruity character in the taste as well. Not as much as the nose would indicate but there are plenty of ripe fruit flavors. Apples and pears stand out again. A spice-like character shows up in the middle before a slight warming from a hint of alcohol at the finish. Interestingly, as the beer is allowed to warm the fruity flavors become stronger and there is a longer candi sugar flavor that it finishes with. There is none of the spice-like character or any hint of alcohol as it gets warmer. Almost like two entirely different beers at the different temperatures.

Light bodied with a medium mouthfeel. There is a very smooth feel throughout, including the finish, even with the hint of alcohol.

Despite the presence of alcohol and the higher ABV the drinkability here is exceptional. A 750ml bottle went down surprisingly easy (over a very long period). That's not to say that you would want more or even as much, but it goes down very smooth.

ms11781, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of HagueBrook
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice yellow color with a good sized head that dissipates slowly. I did not have a tulip, so I used a Sam Adam's beer glass.

S: Nice aroma of brown sugar, bananas and cardamom.

T: Somewhat sweet, but not enough so that it is undrinkable. Very, very nice overall.

MF: OK, but the ABV was beginning to come through at the end.

D: Good overall to very good. I really enjoyed it. Trying to get the wife to expand her palate. She liked it "OK," but she is comparing everything to St. Bernardus Abt 12.

Serving type: 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz bottle

HagueBrook, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 5/18/10*

Poured into a tulip, this Tripel has a cloudy, gold body with 2 fingers of white head, eventually fading to a thin layer that hung around throughout consumption. The nose consist of bready malts, yeast, clove, pepper, and a hint of banana. Somewhat fruity on the tongue, with a nice dose of malts and spice balancing it out...also a bit of heat as it warms. Medium bodied, with a moderate (maybe higher) level of carbonation and slightly dry.

prdstmnky, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kristincooks for sending this in the TG it's the end of finals week BIF! Poured in my brand new Victory Golden Monkey Goblet.

A: Hazy yellow pour with a small white head. Head sticks around for a while and laces nicely.

S: Smell is of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and bananas. A bit of orange, really interesting smell.

T: Taste is sweet up front, the fruits, banana and orange. A warming boozy feeling persists throughout the entire drink.

MF: Light and crisp, very refreshing, with a nice warning of the ABV by the warming alcohol taste.

D: Nice and high if only I had access to more of it!

russwbeck, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-light cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-spicy belgian wheats and malts with some fruity tones including banana. a very nice clean scent with medium to high strength.

T-comes in with the really good spicy belgian wheats with a good strength. after that the belgian yeasts with banana come in. the taste is crisp until the after-taste comes in which is malty and tangy...very unfortunate tasting.

M-medium to high carbonation with a finish that is initially dry but actually becomes fairly watery due to the striking tanginess that comes with the after-taste.

D-this beer does not go down easily. i've had a lot of 9% beers that disappeared quite quickly but this one is a bit of a sipper. the alcohol definitely hits quickly here. I doubt i'll be revisiting this anytime soon.

I haven't found too many of this style that i enjoy, there's la fin du monde by unibroue, but other than that nothing else really has jumped out at me. this one is the closest.

AdamBear, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured with a deep straw yellow color. It poured with a small off white head with a decent retention. It does leave a small ring of lacing as you draw the brew down in the glass.

The aroma of this brew is very complex, but hard to tell exactly whats in it. I am smelling sweet fruits and a hand full of spices. In the last true note that hit the nose, I might have picked up on some lemon, oranges and a bit of bananas. There is also something else in there as well. Im not sure what it is though.

The on this brew is quite interesting. Its a blend of a bunch of grat flavors that make one heck of a brew. The front of this brew is filled with sweet malts, some light, juicy fruits (pears/bananas mostly), peppers, cloves, a nice bready, yeast flavor, and some other spices mixed in as well. There is also a bit of an alcohol flavor in the finish, but with the sweet flavors it works very well.

The mouthful on this particular brew is great. Its nice and bubbly. It goes down very smooth and is almost a creamy style brew. Its medium bodied brew and has a nice dry finish.

The drink on this one is a bit high. Its a great brew, but you could totally drink yourself silly with one or two of these. The ABV is totally hidden and it catches you fast. A great brew, my first of many brew that I will be trying by Allagash.

mattgreger, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of ramseye4
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a 1.5 finger head that stick around, great lacing that clings to the side of the glass. Aroma is of yeast, wheat, bread, orange, banana, and some citrus zest. Banana and a bit of spice hit the taste up first, citrus, wheat, and Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is medium body and fairly tightly carbonated, with moderate biterness, and the lighter body help out the drinkability.

ramseye4, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, never had this on tap before. Great hazy golden pour with a tight one finger crystal white head. Sorta a little lacing, not much. Aroma is bananas, cloves, spices, super bready. Tones of esters, and fruity notes meet the nose. Flavor is clean, fruity and spicy. Again banana, clove, spice, simple malty notes, not grainy at all. Low hop profile and bone dry. Over the palate and on down smooth and dry, you'd never know it's 9%.

pmlondrigan, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a Stella Artois chalice (at least I think it's a chalice, BM me if I'm wrong).

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange with a thin white head. Looks great.

The smell is sweet and fruity. I'm picking up some yeast, some orange, pear, and apple, with just a little bit of banana. Hop aroma is also noticeable, slight- but it's there.

Tastes very fruity as well. Banana and pear are noticeable. Got some bready flavors with some nice spiciness to it. Some hop bittering and a some light alcohol qualities. Very good.

Medium bodied very average to little carbonation. Very dry in the finish.

Drinkability is a little too high for this one. At 9.0% ABV this goes down pretty easily despite the dryness of the finish. Will be getting more of these.

Overall this was excellent. I had been looking forward to it and will definitely be getting more in the near future. Can't say anything bad about this one.

VMWhelan, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of bubbles. slightly cloudy. bright orangey copper. no head, a little tracing on the top. quite pretty.

S: Fruit -something exotic (the bottle says passion fruit) and bananas- and spices and herbs, citrus. yeast.

T: Herby and spicey, fruit follows. Maybe a little piney hops, some yeast and sweet malts.

M: Bubbly. tart. creamy. a little sour finish.

D: Very good tripel. quite tasty and easy to drink. don't taste the 9%. interesting.

Meerkey, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Jeroboam at TJ's 7th Anniversary.

Appearance: Pale orange with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Banana, some citrus, spices and yeast.

Taste: Banana, sweet sugar and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Enjoyable for a tripel, which I don't drink a lot of the style, but this is very enjoyable.

Axic10, Dec 31, 2010
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,166 ratings.