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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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92
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2,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 305 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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 Crossmd
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw-orange, with a very pillowy white 3 finger head.

I'm not going to lie. This smells like straight lit marijuana. Nothing but weed. That's all I smell. At the risk of illegitimacy in my reviewing. That is all.

Starts relatively sweet and fruity. Dries down somewhat bitter next to the attack though, almost in an attempt to clean up, but only halfway.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, just slightly sticky or oily, but never in a way that is unpleasant. Remains light and airy simultaneously in a sort of beautiful paradox that really is both at the same time.

Overall, a lush, opulent and generally tasty brew that is unfortunately rather expensive. The price tag is merited, but I don't know that I really love it enough to get it more often than on special occasions, for instance. Well crafted though, and a very good introduction to Allagash.

Drink after dinner, with scones or maybe sugar cookies over honey.

91.

Photo of MacQ32
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a special edition dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace and Cascade hops courtesy of the Charleston Beer Exchange

A - Pours a light orange yellow with a thick white head, great lacing and retention

S - Belgian musky flavors of wheat, fruit, peppery spice & a little hoppy. Kind of faint overall

T - As it smells, suprising hop bite nice dry to sweet finish

M - Surprisingly thick and smooth, darn good medium to full bodied. appropriate carbonation

O - Surprising profile overall really enjoyable and complex brew

Photo of thadbme
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden honey color with a full finger of head on top. Lots of bubbles from carbonation and the head seems to sit for a good bit. The beer is cloudy and not see-through.

S: Has a bit of a boozy smell to it, with some strong wheat mixed in there. A hint of some fruit that I can't quite pick out, its overwhelmed by the other smells

T: Very nice and balanced taste. Neither the wheat nor the "boozy" smell translates over to taste. This is a very nice ale. Drinks like its a 5% beer rather than the 9% that it is. Finishes with a slightly bitter malt taste in there, but goes great with the beer. Very drinkable.

M: Light to medium body, little carbonation. You can taste the head of the beer slightly. Good Mouthfeel.

O: A very good and available beer. I enjoy drinking this one quite a bit, and my wife enjoys it as well. This is something that if you need to pick up in a pinch grab one and you won't be disapointed.

Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10oz clear glass snifter at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy, pale yellow with some amber highlights and frothy, tightly bubbled white half-finger head with persitent sticky lacing.

S: The aroma is lush with pineapple and passionfruit and devoid of much of the mustiness. The herbal character is a little overwhelmed by the fruitiness of the dry hopping, but it's a welcome original touch unique to the on-tap version.

T: A wonderful mixture of tropical fruity hoppiness melds with a superb tripel with the pale maltiness, with only a touch of honeylike sweetness. Some herbal note spoke through but the pineapple and pale malt combo is smooth and delicious.

M: Body is medium-full with soft carbonation and a fruity aftertaste.

O: A really nice Americanized take on the tripel and the on-tap version is markedly different than the bottle on this one with the dry hopping really showing through and providing a unique twist on the tripel style.

Photo of Bowman2001
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, hay-colored golden color. One finger head. Smells of spice, herbs, and has an earthy quality. The taste is the same but has a medicinal quality to it. Taste is also peppery and spicy. I don't get much banana as is often the case with tripels. Not as smooth and creamy as other, better tripels. Lots of carbonation, nice body. Seek westmalle, chimay, st. bernardus tripels instead.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Corner Slice in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet a slightly hazed peach infused golden with a nice white fluffy crown atop.Stone fruit and banana/clove phenols in the nose,as it warmed sweet alcohol came into play a little.Somewhat tart with green apple-like flavors at the onset with clove-like spice and alcohol sweetness in the finish.Alot of fruit flavor in this tripel,phenols are present but not over the top,nice beer.

Photo of birderbeerer
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and opaque golden color with billowy three-finger head.

Great banana and spicy yeast aroma.

Creamy and bready beer behind a sharp carbonation. A nicely complex flavor. Apples, bananas, sourdough bread, anise, cloves, and golden malts.

An example of a mellow yet complex beer. Flavorful, creamy, filling. Great.

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

A: A lot lighter in color than I was expecting. Golden yellow with almost no head, and the little head there is has no retention and leaves almost no lacing. The yeast in the bottle was VERY loose.

S: Really big hit on tropical fruits, along with a biscuity yeast smell and alcohol. Underlying it all is a small hint of spice.

T: Nice big flavor, with a yeast, candied plums and raisins flavor up front which gives way to yeast and finishes with warming alcohol and honey sweetness, though it is nicely balanced at the end with hops.

M: Heavier than one would expect from looking at it in the glass. Medium bodied, with very little carbonation, coats the mouth with stickiness.

O: A solid beer. Not all that representative of the tripels that I've had, but not a huge departure either. I would definitely drink this beer again and it is absolutely worth checking out.

As an aside, the blurb on the label is super pretentious sounding. I don't need to be told that this beer is "Perfect as an aperitif" nor that it has a "complex palate." Let the damn beer speak for itself...

Photo of lostandwandering
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Not sure of the bottling date.

A- A very nice, cloudy golden yellow. Nice thick head with a little bit of lacing.

S- Maybe it's my nose, but I don't get a whole lot in the smell department. A little bit of fruit and a little sweet.

T- comes across fruity, citrusy and spicey. A little bit with some nice residual spice notes.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O- A very good Tripel. Excellent example of the style. This is my fourth beer from Allagash and I have liked all of them. Nice job!

Photo of grover37
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the cellar into a Chouffe tulip. About a year old I think. Celebrating/commiserating a job offer (back to gov't).

Appearance (5): A very nice, fluffy but dense off-white, two-finger head which doesn't die much. Great retention at the beginning, reducing to just under a finger with clumpy lacing. Pretty clear but not quite see-through. A touch darker than straw but not quite golden. A really great looking beer at the pour, but could be clearer (tried to leave the yeast out but could be my fault). Full, thick lacing all the way down the back of the glass.

Smell (4): Candied sugar and apricot or mango up front. A pretty bold grain aroma mixes with some more subtle spicy esters. A touch of ethanol perhaps, but mostly just fruity esters and a strong, golden pilsner malt presence.

Taste (4.5): The esters hit you first and with a seriously bold flavor. Much more spicy than fruity like the nose. A full, malt presence comes through immediately, which reminds me almost of Munich if I didn't know better. A touch of sweetness and booziness come through in the middle and the finish is slightly bitter with the strong, yeasty phenols making a re-appearance. Slightly drying in the finish with a lingering candy sweetness and a touch of that fruit from the nose.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Full of flavor and fairly heavy yet still light and effervescent on the tongue. Full bodied and medium to high carbonation. Fairly slick at first, then very drying with a lingering almost bitterness which is probably just the phenols. The booze sticks with you in the back of the mouth a bit after a you get through a handful of sips. Very enjoyable and exactly how I expect a Tripel to feel.

Overall (4.5): One of the best American takes on the style in my opinion; hell, one of the best of anyone's take on the style. This is definitely one of my favorite Tripels and it has everything I would expect from a well-made Tripel; strong esters, a touch of sweetness, and a dry finish. I tend to forget how good this one is.

Photo of TheStig
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent, cloudy and golden yellow. Loves to bubble. Produces no lacing but a nicely formed three finger head that is very persistent.

S- Sandalwood, spice and flowery scents that suggest highly of jasmine.

T- This can't be beer, let alone a 9% abv beer. Where's the sinus-crinkling alcohol? The first notes that hit are a sweet grapefruit taste mixed with a tart berry note like cranberry. A very gentle bitterness floats around that does more to highlight the sweetness of the complimentary flavor notes rather than overwhelm you with a full-on hop assault. Letting this linger in your mouth a little more brings out the alcohol pinch, but even that is subdued. Aftertaste is heavenly-- I don't feel like I've just ingested a glass of wheatgrass juice or liquefied lawn clippings, instead it feels like what one feels like after eating some clementines or tart apple.

M- The carbonation has a funny way of being very strong the instant it hits your tongue, but swiftly changes into a velvet blanket.

O- Not only have I never had a bad beer from Allagash, I've never had an Allagash beer that could merely be considered "acceptable" or "adequate." This is a fantastic, complex beer. I can't praise it highly enough.

Photo of LuthersMug
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reminds me of apple cider, cloudy with a beige orange color. Huge, frothy head. Lacing slides down the glass.

S - A very nice scent, caramel and malts.

T - I've had better tripels, but this one is good.

M - Nice warming from the alcohol.

O - A good tripel.

Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a very spicy, yeasty one with a citrus character as well. Certainly not overally sweet by any means.

Pours golden and cloudy with an extremely impressive head...I think I could float a bottle cap on that. Very thick.

Taste is a bit sweeter than would have been thought of by the nose. Has a fair amount of sweet fruity esters present on the body, with a nice spicy presence from the cloves. Then there's just a tad of that Belgian yeast present, and the booze peeks through as well to make itself noticed alongside the rich fruitiness. Just a slight touch of hops finishes the beer out.

Very nice beer with good balance. Sweet, but not too sweet. Good spice character. Alcohol is present, but not strongly. This is a winner from the folks at Allagash.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. 2009 vintage?

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a fluffy ivory head that fades to lots of lacing.

Smells like sweet fruits and candy. Lots of banana aroma. Very yeasty.

Taste is fruity and dry. Can't say enough good things about this so I'll just say excellent!

Mouthfeel is medium with tons of carbonation.

Overall is great. I enjoyed this a lot.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle, batch 172, poured into an Allagash tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat color with a huge (half the glass) head, it slowly fades to have large craters and a ton of thick sticky lacing. Nose is yeasty, spicy and classically Belgian. There's a bit of an earthy herbal note as well.

Taste is sweet, think candi sugar not syrupy, a bit hoppy and quite crisp. There's a very spicy bite as well that lingers on your tongue for quite a while. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking for me, it isn't flat but it doesn't quite have that huge booming mouthfeel that some Belgian tripels have (think Westmalle), it's a bit thicker as well.

Overall though it is very tasty.

Photo of nickd717
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review dated 9/4/2010. Finally got around to ticking this ol’ classic. 750ml bottle, corked n’ caged, from Chip’s in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Pours a beautiful clear golden - well hazy when you get to the bottom of the bottle - with a large lasting white head.

The aroma is nicely fruity with tropical notes, Belgian yeast, honey, and spice. Very, very nice.

The flavor is also excellent, slightly Americanized but I think this actually helps it. Sweet pale malts and honey, banana, spice, passion fruit, mango, Belgian yeast, and orangey hops.

Medium-full bodied with somewhat prickly carbonation and a great smoothness to it.

Really excellent example of the style. Thoroughly enjoyable. I killed most of the 750 myself.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into goblet, no bottle date. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Small amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big clove, spices, grass, pepper, honey, and banana. Nice aromas with good strength. Taste of big pepper, clove, spices, banana, and grass; with some lemon, bread, and floral notes as well. No bitterness present, but there is a fairly long finish with lingering notes of spice, pepper, banana, bread, and light fruitiness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, only a decent amount of warming is present on the finish. Very nice complex balance of all flavors, with good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Overall, and excellent tripel with great complexity and balance.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I hadn't tried this before and it had been a while since I reviewed a beer that was this strong. While this was a bit tough for me to down due to the strong presence of alcohol, this was a nicely crafted beer that could match up with Tripel's imported from Belgium, both in terms of appearance and the actual taste of the beer.

Nice pour to this as the hue was a beautiful shade of gold with just a hint of cloudiness to it. The head lasted for quite a long time although the lacing didn't quite match up to it. This was quite strong, as was to be expected, but the flavors were numerous and deep. Lots of banana, some pumpkin, a bit of spice, and an Earthy undertone to everything. The complexity expected in a Belgian beer is here and the sugary sweetness ties everything together and through to the aftertaste. There was a slight burn to this beer but because it was so strong, it actually added to my overall drinking experience.

While this isn't for everyone, those who love Tripels will not be disappointed by this. It's worth pouring into a goblet and savoring as it warms up and this beer can match up to its Belgian counterparts quite easily. This took me quite a while to down and at the end, the potency and strength of this beer are a reminder of how true to form this is. It's a welcome change from styles that are more popular and accessible.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice off white head. the smell is belgiany spicy and earthy. the flavor is spicy belgian flavors up front followed by the earthy and an almost bready flavor. the mouthfeel is light to medium boddied with high carbonation. overall this is a great beer and one of my favorite tripels.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with a large amount of carbonation. Head is small but there are big globs of bubbles and a thick ring around the glass. Nose is bold peppery/banana yeast and dried then candied tangerines. Flavor is a mix of wheat and banana yeast. The candied orange comes through again with a small amount of lemon peel for the finish. A sharp but pleasant sourness is left on the back of your throat. Crisp body with a great combination of flavors. No trace of the 9% abv.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 171 caged and corked poured into Bruery snifter

A: Massive white head with heavy lacing, clear goldenrod color with many visible bubbles floating to the top.

S: Sweet belgian candy sugars mixing with belgian yeast , daffodils and some booze.

T: Banana , clove, belgian yeast and belgian candy sugar are the prominent flavors in here. There is a very sweet pear and sugarplum taste as well from candied sugar and some caramelized sugars mixing nicely with the belgian yeast strain notes. I can pick up some noble hops in the background and aftertaste.

M: Lightly carbonated even though you can see bubbles jumping from the bottom of the glass. There is a medium to heavy body for the style.

Overall this is nicely done and I would definitely get again at a later time. I would prefer to have this in a 12 oz bottle but will settle for the larger one this time.

Photo of sommersb
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 08-08-2011
Freshness: Batch 161
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, caged and corked
Glassware: Chalice
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a bright, clear golden color, with very visible carbonation seen. Head is 2 fingers and white, with just a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is very appealing, with strong and sweet fruit notes, dominated by banana, which are combined with both flowery and Belgian yeast smells.

Taste follows the nose with lightly sweet fruitiness, but overall it is a dry beer, with some wine-like flavors. Complex and rich, there are elements of grapes, bananas and wheat. There is a light bitterness that balances the sweetness well.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, with a medium body. Finishes smooth and dry, with the fruit flavor lingering.

Overall a very well done, elegant beer.

Thanks to nickd717 for this one!

Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #138:

A lovely golden orange color with a clean head of creamy white foam. Lots of lacing and excellent retention.

Pear and apple are quite abundant in the nose. Some spices as well. A little clove perhaps? Some honey sweetness as well.

Mmm, fruity, spicy and mildly boozy. Pear and apple are present in the taste as well with clove and wild honey sweetness. Very little alcohol detected. Quite flavorful and complex.

Quite dry feeling and a little bit thin for the style, but hardly. Smooth with extremely soft carbonation.

An extremely well made beer. Very close in resemblance to an actual belgian tripel. Quite drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tripel Reserve- Batch 172

A- Pours a beautiful dark gold color w/ an amazing two and a half finger off white head. Massive carbonation and excellent lacing. The cloud like head sticks around forever. Beautiful tripel.

S- Apple, pear, malt, yeast, pepper, clove. The nose is just about as good as any Belgian Tripel I've had. Sweet/Sour fruit thing happening. Really just about perfect, maybe a little more yeast in the nose, but that's nitpicking. Very balanced, and really excellent.

T- Ah.... This is by far the best American Tripel I've tried. This is really close to the best from Belgium. It definitely has its own personality, but it's totally world class for the style. The spices come out a little more in the taste, and it just melts in your mouth. Other than that, it's pretty close to the nose profile. This could easily be a 5.

M- Sweet/Sour feel to it, as well as a smooth/bitter vibe. Really easy going down. Very easy for a 9% ABV beer.
If anything, it might be on the thin/dry side for me, but that's the only thing that keeps it from being a 5...

O- This is a fantastic beer, and you owe it to yourself to pick it up. Goes toe to toe w/ Belgium's best Tripels, and holds its own. Highly Recommended!

Photo of tripelhops
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass and the color and aroma is pretty typical of Belgian Tripel style. Golden yellow with the classic Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is sweet and a little pepper-y, decent mouthfeel. A big flavorful beer and the 9% alcohol is hidden well, it's very easy to keep drinking it.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,328 ratings.