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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,332 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,332
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 309 | 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 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%.

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.

Photo of Sam21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of mpyle
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of ms11781
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of HagueBrook
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of AdamBear
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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.

Photo of ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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%.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Meerkey
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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.

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

Tasty beer. Sweet honey overtones and nicely balanced sweet, bitter, grain brew. Not nearly as complex as some of the tripels, but with the human palate only able to comprehend about 5 flavors, who cares...

All in all, for the style it is no masterpiece, but for the price and perfect balance in this recipe, very few beers compare. Bravo.

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

Had this on 2010-04-22 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, Va (from tasting notes)

A - Light gold with a 1/2 finger white head

S - Yeast, fruit (including banana) and herbs.

T - Fruity from the yeast, banana, strong alcohol, sour and a slight bitter aftertaste. Very nice. Kind of reminds me of a Delerium Tremens.

M - Creamy with medium body and carbonation

D - Quite enjoyable and well-balanced.

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

A:Fairly clear golden color with a half finger of billowy white head. Really nice head retention in my New Belgium snnifter. Quite a bit of visible carbonation as well.

S: Nice sweetness. Not overwhelming candi sugar. Some apple. A little like letting a fruit basket sit in the sun for a week in a good way.

T: Again a very bready tripel. I like when they achive most of the ABV from malt. This has a nice clean profile. Not that many esters in the taste.

M: Not as dry as I would like my tripels but a nice light mouthfeel. Dry. Well carbonated.

D: Easy drinking but not the complexity I am looking for in the style. We no longer get Allagash around here so this was a nice treat.

Photo of smakawhat
2.91/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A big three finger simple white head with uniform bubbles that are somewhat small. Dark buttery gold color not very cloudy fairly clear and a very soapy shampoo like appearance. Some retention.

Bouquet is a good spicy/sweetness with mild yeast. Faint orange citrus but not much else and not particularly obvious on smells.

Taste becomes fairly hop dominant with very little chew or sweet tones, and a fair alcohol sharpness on the finish. Medicinal bitter finish with little body, and a rotten fish taste. Too obvious on alcohol for the ABV. I am not to keen on wanting more but I've had worse.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pop the cage and cork on our 750 mL bottle of "Batch 155" of the Tripel Reserve. It pours a pale straw color, hazy, with medium carbonation visible. There is much sediment at the bottom of the bottle, eventually making it into the final glass. The head is stark white, and two fingers high. It retains nicely, and leaves thick lacing as it goes. The nose is filled with clovey phenols, malts, and faint esters. The outlier is a bright and heavy lemon character. The aroma is otherwise a bit sweet and fruity, but becomes difficult to further differentiate past the citrus. As the beer warms, the aromatic alcohols become more apparent. The taste begins with malts, with a fruity tang and some ripe banana-like esters. Moving to the middle, the clove and spice begin to work their way in among the sweetness. The transition to the finish, and balance, is achieved with alcohol. This, along with spice, hits far back on the palate, for a bittersweet end. The aftertaste is of this alcohol, faintly, with citrus and spice fighting for the other half. The body here is light to medium, with a medium carbonation. The beer sips creamily, and generously coats the mouth, but is, curiously, a bit watery. The mouth is left watery and satiated. The abv is nice and appropriate, but the beer feels better as a sipper.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the complex fruity and estery blend in the taste. This really helps to create a freshness, or cleanliness, of the palate. The alcohol was also an interesting point. It was palpable but inherently hidden among the sweetness mustered by the other flavors, making for a tasty, but fairly standard, tripel.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy, orange/yellow hue, solid head, good lacing.

S: citrus, honey, malt.

T: sweet malt bread upfront, hint of citrus and mild bitterness

M: medium body, nice smooth feel.

D: Very nice beer, once again Allagash has not disappointed me. This is a sipper and if you want to give a Belgian style brew made in the USA a go, look no further.


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

First had: 750 ml bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA
Note: it was the Tripel Reserve that I had.

A: Coppery, cloudy, nice white head and some lacing.

S: Some honey, malty sweetness.

T: Sweet, malty, with some citrus and bready qualities.

M: Medium body, somewhat creamy.

D: Highly drinkable, and worth the few extra bucks.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

About a year old large format bottle, aged in the cellar forgot to write down the batch number, I believe it was 140 or so.

A: The beer is a little too cloudy, even after sitting, but beyond that it's great. A beautiful, firm white puffy head looks like whipped cream. 4.5

S: There's some honey and just a hint of some Belgian yeasts, but it could be sweeter. 4

T: Cooked honey, appropriate sweetness, a little barnyard, but not a scary amount, just enough to make it intriguing. (On a side note, my last few sips of this served as a chaser, in the most civilized method, to some moonshine, and it was fantastic). The beer could be a little more complex, maybe a little sharper, but overall, very good. 4

M: Here's where this beer really falls apart in my mind, it was much too rich, creamy, and thick. It needs a little less body and some more pinpoint carbonation. 3.5

D: A great sipper or a great quencher. A very good beer all around. 4.5

Photo of freeeekyyy
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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