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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 133
Gots: 277 | 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 joeland
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch# 155

A- a beatiful golden hazy color with one finger high head that leaves a thick lacing

S- a mild smell of corrinder with other spices mixed in

T- a strong alchol taste right upfront that has spices that mix weel with it

M- a medium body with a medium carbnaton

D- a smooth drinking beer. it has the alchol taste with out the burn, but i'm set with having one maybe two of these

Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull honey with a dense fine bubbled pure white head, very active carbonation. Batch 142.

Classic aroma of a triple but with a touch less sweetness. The fruit is an overly ripe apple and quiet citrus, the yeast is well pronounced.

Not very sweet for a triple, the yeast notes are dominant and the finish is quite dry. This could handle a very strong cheese on the side. The alcohol has a low warmth and is preceded by the strong phenols. The aftertaste is a weakness as it trails off dry, bitter and acidic. I like everything but the finish. In reading other reviews no one is noting an acidic finish, perhaps mine is a bit . . . . . !

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The body is cloudy gold in color unfiltered look.

S- Smell of fruity notes and herbs kind of like the Allagash White but more of a fruitiness present.

T- The taste of honey and spices and fruity notes. The label said Passion fruit I thought more like a Melon.

M- Wasn't to light or heavy. Somewhat dry but not to bad. The honey and spices and fruit linger through out.

D- Well this was my first Tripel and I like it. I'm sure I'll try more but this I will try again.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow beer, deep color. Good looking head.

Smells of banana-ie, citrousy, and of Belgian yeast.

Tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast and bananas. Tastes like it smells. Booze is surprisingly hidden in a smooth flavor.

This is a good beer. I do not like the "White" as much, so I was afraid to try any of the others. Also this beer has a better shelf-life than the "White", which usually stays on the self for unfavorable lengths of time. This "Tripel" and the "Black" are really great beers. Give them a shot.

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

Serving: 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with about a quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Big belgian tripel smell. Spicy and fruity. Very good.

T: Tripel maltiness but on the drier side. Somewhat nutty and bitter. Not bad.

M: Pretty standard for a tripel. It does leave a bitter feel in the mouth.

D: Not my favorite tripel, but a decent offering. Would drink this one again.

Photo of DeliriumHomebrew
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #155

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A: golden, straw- colored beauty (I was stunned). Head was an easy 2 finger job, but settled into some nice lacing throughout.

S: kinda like those Pillsbury croissant rolls, fresh out the gate: Butter and Bread. A little peppery, with some hints of citrus...
Corriander? Maybe.

T&M: decidedly, the best tasting tripel I've had: not as sweet as Wyerbacher, yet not as boozey as Chimay. A nice mix.
I'd like to eat a steak right now, but it's late and I digress...
M: perfect carbonation, best I've ever felt in a tripel. You could swish it around and drink it all night.
(I won't be doing so).

O: A++; and, please make sure to "Drink Good Beer."

Photo of j37geogaddi
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow pour from my bottle with little lacing.

Smells of pure belgian candy sugars and citrus with floral notes.

Taste is really nice. It's strong but pleasant. Highly citrusy and sweet but a nice bitter balance. Banana flavors and Belgian yeast comes through nicely. This is a great summer sipper, which is nice since the higher ABV usually keeps me from drinking a lot of awesome boozey craft beers.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated- on the high side for its strength but totally right for the Tripel style.

This is a really drinkable strong beer. Typically, belgian tripel's can over power with their inherent sweetness, but this is perfectly balanced.

As well known as Allagash is on the East coast, I think this beer is still under-rated. I will, one day, make the hike back up to Portland ME and visit this respected brewery.

Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate spicy, yeasty aroma with notes of coriander, citrus and oranges.

Slightly hazy yellow colour with a big, creamy, white head. Decent head retention but not amazing.

Rich and sweet with a good bit of citrus to cut through. The spice is nicely balanced. Well composed with a slightly dry finish.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A tasty beer with enough going on to keep me interested and to make up for the awful drive I just endured.

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

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Nice rich head which remains over time, very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Some spice but floral hops seem to dominate.

Taste: Very nice "dry" tripel, not as sweet up front as some of the Belgians, but very well balanced with a nice mild bitter finish.

Drinkability: Nicely smooth and very enjoyable!

Very solid example of the style!

Photo of jmhart
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with Frasier433 during Beer Thursday (TM).

750mL poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy pale gold with hints of brown, as if there were minuscule pits of cinnamon mixed in that are too small to pick out on their own. Poured a thick white head, 2 fingers at least, that faded into a rich and long lasting lace.

S- Bready aroma with hints of banana, butter, pepper and nutmeg. Warm and spicy. Maybe even a hint of red delicous apple.

T- Continues the flavors from the smell: Yeast rolls (butter and all) and apple, with nutmeg/cinnamon, and white pepper.

M- A fairly full bodied tripel Thick with a bite, but refreshing.

D- A great tripel. Tasty with a good combination of fruit flavors and spice. Really delicious. Definitely one of my favorite tripels.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 153. Cork popped off extremely easily. Pours a VERY cloudy, golden-straw color with a huge white head that slowly dies down. Smell has kinda a farmhouse/saison scent to it with the yeasts and very little funk I'm getting. As I swirl the beer and it warms a bit, I pick up more zest and fruitiness. Mostly pear and lemon. Definitely some peppery smell as well. The taste is how it smells. Extremely well-balanced with some awesome flavors. The zest and spices hit immediately, quickly followed by the pears and lemon. A lot of lemon on this one. Then the taste ends with the perfect amount of booziness. I really like how balanced this triple is. The mouthfeel is how it should be for this style. Nice and full-bodies with some crisp bite to it, with solid/high carbonation. The drinkability is high.

Photo of dmamiano
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy, heady and lacing about.
nice pour from the tap.
belgian malts and yeast dominate in the nose.
a candy like sweetness is clearly evident.
taste was very nice. full body and mouthfeel.
sweet malts, viscous and yeasty
very nice tripel, especially on draft

Photo of HalfFull
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. pry off bottle poured into a large wine glass, pouring a lemon orange with a touch of haze. Half an inch of white foam settles slowly and offers some artsy lacing.

Nose is primarily of yeast and grain and offers a bit of wet blanket funk initially. Opens to yield some lemon honey and just a hint of spice. Improves slightly with warming yet is not nearly as enticing as some of the style and rather subdued overall, yet without any real negative factors. Soft and fruity overall with sugared yeast influences.

Flavor offers a bit of spice with a spritzy delivery. Has a full wheat bread like feel and occasional blasts of peppery spice. Fruit notes of apple or pear are largely absent. Relatively dry(spice) for a Tripel yet the beer adequately masks the 9% well though without much fanfare. Bit of orange/lemon on the finish and some pepper/clove which doesn't linger much. A bit creamy in nature.

Odd take on a Tripel for me. Smell and taste are unexciting yet OK. Feel is the same. Yet it's easy to drink because it's not very Tripel-like, more like a Double Witbier. This beer is subtle and straight forward, pleasant and unobtrusive: The Tripel next door.

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

This poured a lot paler than I had expected from a tripel, In fact, this is so straw-colored that it looks like a witbier. But I've had Allagash White and this sir, is no Allagash White. It's indeed a triple.

The nose smacks you in the face with floral and citrus hops. Strong enough to think it might be a Belgian IPA. But this is indeed a tripel.

The taste is what gives away it's true heritage. Honey and butter sweet up front with just a smattering of hops applause from the gallery. The Belgian yeast is present but not overwhelming and not too funky. All in all this is one well balanced beer.

There's a slight residual bitterness, but it doesn't last and the overall feel is pretty light, especially for a tripel. Okay, I said "pretty light". This beer has a medium body, but the carbonation makes it come off seeming lighter.

A dangerously, easily drinkable beer. I had no problem putting down the whole double deuce and my head is swimming. Loving it! I'll sleep well tonight and edit this review tomorrow for typos. And then I'll start making plans for a trip to Maine to sample at their brewery. These guys know their stuff!

Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair and reliable take on a tripel.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Nature illustration with a river flowing among trees over a green label. Short note on the character of the beer and ingredients, with serving notes on the neck label. Lacks beer freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9%). Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour, unremarkable head, short retention, fair surface ring and some lacing.

S - Light nose, pleasant with fruity and yeasty notes, a small lingering sweetness.

T - Moderately yeasty, with a small spicy hint, a touch of honey and fruity sweetness.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

D - Nice brew, pleasant to drink.

Notes: There isn't much remarkable about this brew, but it is pretty pleasing for what it is expected of a tripel. A bit short on the appearance, and maybe missing some depth, but quite reliable other than that.

Photo of bogus564
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, Allagash really seems to know what they're doing in crafting beers that people like. This Tripel has a beautiful golden color, with a three-finger head. The balance is beautiful - I tend to be a hophead, and this has plenty of that, but it's quite well-balanced, as Belgian Ales tend to be. I get a lovely citrus-ey pruney sensation washing over me as I drink this; I wish that I were having salmon or tuna steak with this, or perhaps a nice codfish dish.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Batch #137.

Appearance: The bottle is caged and corked; loud pop upon uncorking. I was worried that it might gush, but that wasn't the case. The pour is a light cadmium orange and golden color. It's very hazy and slightly effervescent. Medium head retention and just a little bit of lace on the side of my glass, but it isn't glued to the side.

Smell: The nose is really quite good. Spices like coriander and pepper and fruits like pears and lemon. Just a dash of alcohol shines through as well.

Taste: The palate is similar to the nose with spice, fruit and yeast just pouring out with each sip. More coriander and pepper in the spice department. Pears, peaches and lemon bring the fruit flavors. Each sip is just dripping with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Very creamy and smooth from start to finish. Low to medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: 750mL at nine percent ABV make it a sipper for me. The flavors and aromas are very strong and make it a great beer to drink. This is a very well put together beer from Allagash.

Photo of ujsplace
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice...

Pours a bright, straw golden colored brew with a nice fluffy white head on top.

Smells of yeasts, fruits and maybe a hint of vanilla sweetness.

Tastes of peppery yeasts and sweet fruits maybe apricot and bannana. Sweetness is not overdone, but is definitely there. A little alcohol in the taste, but well hidden.

Silky smooth and creamy...

This is a dangerously good brew given the abv. A great take on the style. Really good stuff..

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see this beer and have known about it for so long before I realized that I've never actually tried it. I bought a 750 ml bottle and it was quite good. A little on the sweet side, nice bright straw color with typical belgian carbonation. Aroma is very nice, yeast and a sweet maltiness. Flavor was also very good. I'll buy this beer again.

Photo of magine
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a yellow, gold cloudy color. Has a creamy white head with a nice lace for this style.

Brew smells of banana, clove spice, yeast.

Brew is very smooth and creamy, has a bit of peppery bite to it. This is a very balanced triple, malts, yeasts, spice, cloves, banana. Very good taste, very good session brew. Finishes clean with little alcohol flavor. Slightly dry.

Not sure what the difference is between this and the "reserve" bottle, but this is an exceptional triple, and is a great example of craft brewing at its finest in the states. Great job by allagash, an impressive brewery, an impressive beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a grouler purchased at Green's on Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Cloudy gold in color with a nice white head and moderate lacing.

S: Fruity, spicy, herbal aromas with a nice sweetness that is not overpowering.

T&M: Light to medium bodied with a mildly sweet candy sugar malt flavor. Nice citrus, herbal and spicy flavor with a perfect mild hop bitterness.

This is excellent fresh or in the bottle. Great brew!

Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is like the smell, fruit, spices, slightly sweet with just a touch of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality brew.

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - an orange goldish color with about a finger of head.

Smell - floral aroma with a hint of ginger

Taste - It has a nice initial sweet taste with a mellow overlay of spices with the aftertaste. the 9% abv isn't even noticed in this beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, not bitter and no harsh alcohol flavors

Drinkability - I am definitely getting more of these.

This was my first triple ale and now i want to try more. It was a very unique beer that I find very intriguing.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6-9-10 - (batch #149) poured into a St. Bernardus goblet glass - 750ml corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a white head. Good head retention along with some lacing that sticks close to the head.

Smell: Spicy zest, white pepper, yeasty dough, banana, and a slight hint of honey.

Taste: Malt richness, spices, white pepper, and grassy hop bitterness are present in the flavor. The alcohol does not overwhelm, but warms in the crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. This beer is smooth and silky as it washes over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and tasty, mostly due to its extraordinary balance.

Comments: Overall, this was a wonderful beer. However, the smell and taste were not as developed as some other triples. I probably opened this beer too early, but I just went to a tasting featuring a few of Allagash's beers and could not wait! Maybe I can find some self-control with the next batch!

This beer paired nicely with beef.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden straw, topped with a thick and tightly packed sea foam white head. Good retention and lacing at first but that lovely Belgian lace does not last long after the first few sips.

S: Aroma is initially strange, reminded me of the crust on a Lou Malnotti's deep dish pizza, which is to say, a bit buttery, crisp and slightly spicy, get one and you will understand what I am talking about. Given time to warm

T/MF: Pear, light clove, peppery spiciness. Feel is a little over the edge of medium bodied and leans a little to the heavier side, the soft carbonation seems to give the beer an added weight and wraps itself around the tongue with each sip.

D: Tasty beer, good feel and taste but there are point to this beer that just to jive with me as well as some of the other Tripels I am familiar with, worth seeking out certainly but any Trappist tripel should get top billing.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.