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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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2,165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,165
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 froghop
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #37.

pours a semi-cloudy yellow-orange with a medium size bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly, some lacing.

smell of grain, a touch of citrus, some banana, yeast, spice, and pear.

taste of banana, apricot, pear, some spice, yeast, pineapple, dough, and malt, ends a little dry.

froghop, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed after receiving a generous $3 discount just for asking!

Appearance - Cloudy gold with a huge head and perfect lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - cloves, honey, and fresh fruit.

Taste - highly carbonated sweetness (honey) with a soothing warmth following close behind. Very mead-like without being syrupy.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and light

Drinkability - A cross between a weizen and mead. Interesting and tasty.

smanders, May 30, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, batch 114.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a thick white head that retains well.

Smells a bit fruity and honey sweet. Good esters and malts.

The taste is a bit sweeter than most trippels. A bit of molasses sugar taste with citrus or maybe pineapple fruitiness. The alcohol is mildly apparent and warms a bit going down.

Mouthfeel is appropriately fizzy and full.

A pretty good beer, one of the better Belgian style beers not actually from Belgium that I've had. A good one to try.

Cylinsier, May 24, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged a long time in the beer fridge. Batch #69!

Pours gold with strong hints of orange. One-finger head that is light and creamy, but doesn't last. Nice lacing. Bubbles collect at the bottom of the snifter, but few stream to the top.

Strong honey meade aroma leaps out of the glass. I can still smell the honey with tbe glass sitting 2 feet from me on my desk.

Pear, honey and candy sugar are all there in the taste. Slightly wheaty finish - somewhat yeasty as well. Nice, warm presence of alcohol that is not overpowering in the least.

Very thick without being overly syrupy.

Very nice on this moderately warm late spring evening.

beer2day, May 23, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass. Batch 132.

A - Light honey colored with a slight haze. Two fingers of white head rise with decent retention before falling to a thick, persistent cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Spicy aroma of lemon zest and pepper with a decent wallop of chalk. Earthy aromas with herbal and savory spice accents. A little bit of apple lurking in the corners.

T - Quick hit of honey coated apple starts things off with a sudden dive into spice. Pepper, coriander, and assorted herbs come to mind. Mid to late palate brings a persistent drawl of lemon peel with a crescendoing phenolic character. Right at the finish the lemon and chalkiness combine to form a strange sort of tangerine flavor that carries into the aftertaste along with a moderate, earthy bitterness. Alcohol is warming but well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation.

D - Obviously a well crafted tripel. More on the dry and spicy end of the spectrum than some of the more pear/apple laden examples but quite enjoyable. I prefer a little bit more sweetness and fruit in the style, but thankfully the medicinal flavors were kept in check.

PatrickJR, May 19, 2009
Photo of zdk9
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale orange into my wine glass for lack of a better specimen. It's quite cloudy. There's over a finger of lacing. The white poofy bubbles leave some nice pocadot lacing upon the sides of the glass.

S- Fuesel alcohols. Sugary- almost approaching bubble gum.

T- Alcoholic burn. I'm getting more used to this the more triples I have but the alcohol is still fairly apparent compared to other styles. There's a good amount of spice while the beer is cold- peppery, very peppery, like chiles. As it warms more fruit comes across- bannanas, ripe pears, perhaps a bit of citrus. I do like the complexity of this one.

M- Kinda syruppy, but it actually goes down the pallate quite well. While the alcohol does burn, I'm left with a sensation that I want more beer.

D- Overall I like this, though I'm thinking more and more that this style is not for me. If the alcohol is more hidden I would give it higher marks, but the complexity is right there, with good hits from the malt and hops and yeast.

zdk9, May 17, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a hazy golden orange with a thick white head. Smell was very full and fruity, pears and apples. Taste was smooth with initial fruits then mellow Belgian hops for balance. Light bite in the finish. Excellent balance and complexity, great tripel.

stingrayvr6, May 07, 2009
Photo of nickynick
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Tripel poured a light amber, with a small white head, and good lacing. Smell was loaded with fruit. The taste was of fruit, pretty sweet, hints of spice in the back. Mouthfeel was good for the style, slightly coating. Drinkability with this was hard, because it went down good, but with the high ABV, it was hard to finish. Overall this was good for the style.

nickynick, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Batch# 118. Poured a hazy tangerine with a two inch dense, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a half inch cap with thick, cloud-like bands of lacing around the circumference of the glass. Nose suggests Belgian yeast, candi sugar, coriander and citrus. Taste follows nose, but there is some additional spice; perhaps a peppery character. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied, with a dry finish; however, there's a little sharpness (not heat) that is a bit abrasive towards the back of the throat. I'm usually not a huge fan of tripels, but this is a great brew. I'm looking forward to exploring more from Allagash.

Jwale73, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 9.4 oz / 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A- Cork shot off like a rocket upon loosening the cage, but no gushing whatsoever. Pours a cloudy golden solution. 1+ finger of pure white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, incomplete cap. Fair amount of lacing noted.

S- Lots of generic fruity sweetness, and a spicy, slightly alcohol infused Belgian yeast twang.

T- Fruity sweetness and spiciness dominates. Very subdued "Belgian yeast" characteristic. Bitterness is moderately low. Alcohol is strikingly well blended / concealed. All told, a pleasing flavor.

M- Crisp with moderate carbonation. Fairly full feel.

D- Quite good. Only drank ~3/5 of this bottle, but could easily see enjoying drinking it all and then some given the time and inclination to do so. ABV is almost dangerously well concealed.

Future outlook: This was a very good beer, no doubt. More accessible (by both availability and cost) than other top examples of the style. I'd be happy to have this again.

DoctorDog, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a quarter inch of lasting head.

The aroma is very earthy with yeast and some fruit.

The brew is too thick and syrupy in the mouth. It tastes of fruit--banana, notably--hops, and alcohol.

I didn't enjoy drinking this much at all, and I doubt I'll give it another go.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork & cage bottle served in a goblet.

L - murky yellow/orange color with a creamy head of white foam that left thick lacing.

S - sweet and fruity, pears & white grapes, a light whiff of yeast as well.

T - oh so good and tasty! there's a heck of a lot going on here and it all works very well.

F - medium bodied, velvety smooth feel.

D - oh yeah, this is a good one!

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Liverpool08
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just a great example of this style. Pours a golden orange with a nice fluffy white head. Great smell of vanilla and cloves. Such a smooth and sweet taste. Spice, banana, cloves all dance on the tongue. Don't serve to cold. This needs to be a little warm to pick up the great flavors.
This is a all night drinking beer, to have with friends.

Liverpool08, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz goblet from a bottle of batch #130. Poured a hazy medium-straw color with about 1-1/2 inch of bright white head that dissipated at a moderate rate, leaving a slightly less than medium amount of lacing.

The usual Tripel spice and yeast aromas are present in the scent with clove being most noticeable. The taste follows the aroma but without any one flavor dominating. The flavors are very well balanced and blend together nicely. The body is typical for the style, coating the tongue without leaving any bad aftertastes. Nicely drinkable, as I find most of this style to be.

Overall a very good, above average version of the style. This just started showing up in grocery stores out here in the 4th Corner and I will certainly drink this again.

Edit on 12/21/09. Batch #142 poured into tulip. This one poured with a much taller, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and lacing. I agree with the rest of my original review.

beertunes, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent, light honey color with a large white head. Snowflake splatter lace and great retention.

Smells of buttermilk, yeast and fruit. Apricot, pineapple, and mango tang is balanced by a honey chamomille subtle smoothness. Perfect.

Honey chamomille malt with liquid butter heat alcohol (when fresh) and a floral hop kiss. When cellared the alcohol melds beautifully into fruit hints. Crisp, yet smooth carbonation. I've had this fresh, I've had it cellared: tripels don't get much better.

Maine is a greatly underated beer state.

donkeyrunner, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer for a while, and one night it just came into my head that I wanted a tripel. Bingo!

On the pour, I got almost no head over a yellow, slightly hazy body. When I went back for seconds, I got a one finger head, and it was a little more hazy.

Aroma was peppery spiciness, allspice, hints of clove, yeasty, doughy, and slightly sweet. Very complex.

Taste was sweet and slightly fruity, with hints of pepperiness/spiciness tickling the corners of my mouth. A light doughiness made itself known after the swallow. Well balanced

Mouthfeel was smooth, not overly heavy, and with low carbonation. Maybe it was the bottle, maybe it was the temperature I served it at (around 40°F to start, but it warmed to maybe 60°F before I was done.)

Drinkability is excellent. The alcohol was well hidden, and this one went down easily. One I will revisit.

connecticutpoet, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into goblet. Pours hazy yellow/golden, a few yeast chunk specks, some activity, modest white head fades fast, light lacing. SMELL clovey and anise spicy, vaguely fruity, tart, beligian yeasty. Has legs. Later the tartness is more fruity and less tart. TASTE is spicy clove and anise, malty sweetness, belgian yeast character, faintly noticeable hops balance and add complexity. Synergy of flavors varies quite pleasantly, and with complexity and balance. FEEL medium carb and fiz, then a light pleasant texture from a full bodied beer that finishes slightly dry and ever so faintly bitter. OVERALL not a session brew but I don't see these gals lasting long in the fridge. A rare American made Belgian that could actually pass for a true Belgian.

sprucetip, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Pours with absolutely tons of fluffy and billowy white head that retains for quite a while. Attractive, webby lacing. Body is light golden brown and opaque with visible carbonation when the glass is moved. This is an excellent looking beer. Hints of farm, yeast, lemon and clove in the nose, and no alcohol is betrayed by the smell - which is quite impressive given Allagash Tripel Reserve's ABV. There's a touch of lemon and tart in the taste, with some raisin and some pleasant breadiness. High malty character as well, and a good bitter for the style. A little too carbonated even for the style, somewhat biting and sharp. Body is about average. Fairly drinkable, gentle on the palate and overall quite pleasant. I would gladly put a few of these away.

Overall: This is a long overdue review for a brew that I enjoy quite a bit. An excellent Tripel with common flavoring and well hidden alcohol, highly recommended.

schroederm, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She was pulled into a pint...I know...I didn't have any other options...at the mellow mushroom. A crystal clear golden beauty with a heavy head of bubbles.
The smell is nice, a bit understated...the alcohol and hops are well hidden, which is nice for the style. There is some fruit, a little sweet malt, and a little more fruit. The taste is the same, excellent fruit and floral combinations that just need a little more oomph.
The mouthfeel is very nice, crisp and smooth...easy drinking like a good tripel should be. A good tripel is a scary beer to drink, they go down way too easy for the abv. This is definitely a beer one needs to be careful of.

grayburn, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cork. batch #129. poured into tulip.

clear straw color with amber tones. lots of fluffy head slowly recedes to thin layer. decent lacing.

apple and pear fruitiness upfront with hint of coriander, dried orange peel and maybe even anise. whiff of grassy hop. subtle bready malts, with gentle peppery phenols in the back.

flavors similar, with more white grape character and even citrus zest to the fruitiness (not from the hops, it seems). spicy yet moderate phenols crescendos with similarly moderate herbal hop bitterness. underlying bready malt has hint of caramel. off-dry finish.

smooth and creamy, with more fluffiness from the carbonation. faint astringency in the finish.

a decent domestic attempt at the style.

tai4ji2x, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice thick white bubbly head perched atop a honey colored liquid. Excellent lacing left behind. Good looking brew.

Smelled of honey and clove, floral notes along with some banana way back in the mix. Small sign on alcohol.

Tasted much as it smelled, although it seemed a bit sweeter and the alcohol played a bigger part as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Thick and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. One of the best beers in mouthfeel I've ever had.

This is a fine American representation of a Belgian Tripel. Normally in my opinion knockoffs like these are a letdown, but not this one. I'd happily drink this beer again.

JBogan, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, unremarkable snowy-white head. The beer itself is a opaque honey-golden, looks thicker than a typical beer in the glass. Hazy, lots of sediment floating around inside. Almost looks like a liquid lemon merengue pie. It intrigues, makes you want to get to the tasting of the beer. The nose is my favorite part, a huge yeast blast, also sweet yet spicey - like a strong wit, smells like coriander (i think) and spices of that type. Yet, has an earthiness about it like that aspect of a farmhouse ale.

Strong malt presence through out, but it isn't real sweet, more like an earthy, yeasty doppelbock in its malt presence. Slightly fruity, slightly spicy, yet you really can't pick out either aspect easily, they blend very well. It gets a little sweet in the middle, but quickly drops off to a slightly hoppy finish, which is more than I was expecting for the style. A little acetic throughout, has a vinegaric sourness that is most prevalent up front, but also resurfaces some at the end, mingling with the hops to provide the aftertaste that lasts. Crisp and a little dry, excellent fresh mouthfeel. Very clean, compared to some of the other american interpretations that try doing all kinds of crazy things. Not syrupy or overly cloying/medicinal in the least. A little boozey, detracting some from drinkability. I know their wit is Allagash's flagship, but compared to this, as a balance between flavor and sessionability. The alcohol presence is only a slight drawback to its overall drinkability. A very solid interpretation of a Belgian favorite.

damienblack, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Clear straw from the bottle, clearly effervescent caramelized golden in the glass. 2 fingered crown is tooth-white, thick, creamy, sticky, and shows outstanding retention! Finally it sinks to a thin lid on top while leaving some nice lacing.

A: Toasted malts, big orchard fruits, clove & other spices, and alcohol.

T: Smooth clean malts lay a pleasant base, while a huge wave of fruitiness rushes forth. Bananas, ripe apples, and pears dive right in and swim about in a pool of spices. Clove, maybe cardomom, and a dash of white pepper are there, and conspire with the yeast & alcohol to spice up the finish. Tastes great!

M & D: Medium-full, impressively smooth, and aggressively carbonated to make it come alive. Drinkability is good, but I couldn't imagine another. ABV means business!

Notes: Allagash Tripel is a real winner in my book! Authentic Belgian-style beer that satisfied my every wish with a big fruity, spicy, boozy concoction that danced the night away on my tongue. I very much enjoyed this one! Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lively carbonation erupts from this golden straw colored brew with flecks of orange, developing a massive off white head full of tight carbonation bubbles, giving way to a pleasant lacing that clings to the inside of the glass.

Big aroma of spices, cloves, and citrus, but also yeast and carbonation. This tripel is certainly alive.

Deep sweetness of light citrus (not candied) and spice one would expect from the style, hearty yeast and the touches of sweet fruit and peppery aftertaste bury the alcohol.

Medium body with just a touch of syrup and very controlled carbonation compared to the eruption from the pour, very balanced.

Way too easy to drink, this tripel just cruises down sip after sip.

CHADMC3, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Grandwazoo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with no head!! (Dirty glass?)

Spicy nose of banana, apple, and strong tea

Deliciuos and balanced...peppery spice with ample freah fruit and malt sweetness. Creamy and round in the mouth. Great for the tripel flavor without the overwhelming alcohol bite.

Grandwazoo, Feb 11, 2009
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,165 ratings.