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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,966 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 114
Gots: 173 | 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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Kudashov

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With Martin Sexton on the Hi-Fi- " The American " This is a 750ml Bottle which is about to be poured into a pint glass . Label shows some trees with multicolored leaves falling on a barren path . Label is also stamped Batch # 87 . Corked bottle with gold cage and gold cap . When popped gun smoke leaves the bottle and the aroma is overwhelming . Apricot , yeast , and some pear . The color in the glass is also inviting . Yellow / whitish hue that is making my mouth water . The first taste is is a bit fruity and spicy . Lots of lacing is present and the head is still there too . This is not my first Tripel . I tried my first over a month ago and it was OK . At 9.0 ABV you better watch it . This made watching the Celtics , - who lost again , can you say lottery pick - a joy . I am a Allagash fan who will walk down the Allagash Tripel path again .

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 14:04:16 | More by Kudashov
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Jwaks

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Servings 22oz bottle

Slowly poured into a short wide tulip glass revealing a bright, translucent honey-yellow beer with an appealing orange tint. A huge, fluffy cream colored head is reinforced by an army of course bubbles racing to the top to aid retention; lacing is excellent with numerous sticky white patches left clinging to the inside of the glass.

The bouquet gives away aromas of bready pale malt, vinous fruit, herbs and weedy grass with sublte hints of alcohol, honey, hops and buttery phenols.

Savory and sweet honeysuckle, alcohol, and bready pale malt flavors hit the palate giving away to a slightly sagging herby and yeast driven mid palate. Finish is semi-sweet with more honeysuckle, candy sugar, a hint of hops, phenols, bitter weeds and drying alcohol. This brew could offer up more flavor on the mid palate, perhaps a bit more hops to balance out the overall sweet malt character would be best.

Mouthfeel is slick with a touch of residual stickiness, more than adequate for the style though it doesn't coat the palate quite like other heartier brews. A hair below perfect, drinkability is superior, a slightly sweet character, delicious herbaciousness and silky mouthfeel allow this beer to go down easy from start to finish.

A damn good all-around belgian inspired brew from Allagash.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 01:38:43 | More by Jwaks
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phisig137

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch number 88. Pours a brilliantly clear golden straw color with a three finger head. Excellent retention slowly gives way to tremendous lacing, and a thick blanket of foam over top.

Aroma is delightfully grainy, with a bit of warming alcohol, and a huge amount of spicy yeast phenols. Very nice.

Flavor is dominated by the yeast. Huge spicy phenol flavors, backed by a slight malty sweetness. Alcohol is a bit prevalent on the finish, along with a fairly strong hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy, with agressive carbonation. Drinkability is great.

Overall, this is another winner from Allagash. Great tripel for a very fair price... this can stand with some of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 00:29:37 | More by phisig137
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kernalklink

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash strikes again! Would have thought it trappist if i couldnt read. Aromas on the pour are great- malty yeasty spices with a hint of burning alcohol. Just the way i like a tripel- slightly sweet with a hint of hops and loads of flavor. More hearty and earthy than others, and the finish is not as dry as its euro- brothers. Loads of malt, but surprisingly light bodied. Phenolic characters somewhat hide the ABV, but if you pop the cork, you know what youre getting into. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 19:32:32 | More by kernalklink
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden brown with a crisp, light head.
S: Sweet and spice blended nicely. Fruits, both citrusy and banana are balanced with an almost peppery note. Malts also in there.
T: Awesome. Balance perfectly between the sweetness of the fruit and the "tinge" of the spice/alcohol.
M: Great. Not too think, finishes crisp and clean with just a little bit of cloying.
D: Wouldn't want to have too many in one sitting for fear of "getting used" to what this beer brings to the table. My reccomendation, have two and come back for more in a couple days.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 14:16:46 | More by Infamous7100
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Grundle20

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 89 750ml

Appearance:
The beer is a very hazy straw gold color with a brown tint to it. There is a big, white, and rocky head to cap it off. The retention is great and the lacing is clumpy.

Smell:
The scent is mostly hay like with a little bit of that Belgian funk. There's a nice little apple sweetness in the background which rounds out the scent very nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The body and very full and drinks rather smooth with a little bit of alcohol bite at the back of my tongue in the fore of the drink. There's some nice fruit character of sweet red apples or pears. The finish is nice and clean leaving little aftertaste to note.

Drinkability:
Aside from the high ABV this beer goes down rather smooth and flavorful. It may be a little on the Americanized side but I think it's for the most part true to style also which makes it rather drinkable for a Belgian style in my opinion.

Bottom Line:
A pretty true to style offering if you ask me. Allagash white is one of my favorite beers so I had high hopes for this beer and I wasn't let down.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 14:20:48 | More by Grundle20
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jordanmills

Texas

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to a pint glass, golden with a good bit of creamy white head.Smells spicy, a bit sweet - maybe some clove? Tastes great: thick, sweet, complex. I'm draining my glass here to chase the last bits. It has a bit of citrus and banana essence, at least how I taste it, almost like a hefeweisen. Feels thick and smooth on the tongue, light spicy finish, mellow malt aftertaste. I could drink this all night, or until the 9% got to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 02:04:58 | More by jordanmills
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger head of creamy pure white over a deep golden body. Decent head retention. Leaves a chunky web of lace when it finally recedes. Aromas of green apples, tart fruit and some elusive earthy and woody notes. Flavor is of cotton candy sweetness initially, but quickly gives way to a light tartness backed by a subtle bitterness. Earthy hop character, and some low level spices that don’t scream out, although coriander seems to be present. Lean to medium body. Smooth mouthfeel.

This ale has a bit more complexity than what I've coem to expect from a triple. Tasty and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 23:29:24 | More by Shovelbum
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is batch # 89 for what ever that means.

murky yellow body with a 1 finger head .some lacing on the glass,mild carbonation rises.lacing seems to sprinkle on the glass.

yeast

first taste was orange,its very velvety on the lips,taste is very smooth going down.I can taste the yeast also but its not overpowering.there is a sorda funky aftertaste to this beer.i sorda taste spice in it.

real smooth and velvety on the tongue also.the 9% hits ya pretty fast so watch out.

I would have this again.I had higher hopes from this brewery and the taste didnt exactly live up to it,maybe im just not used to this flavor of beer.Its not bad,I think its very easy to get into and its not my favorite either.Its worth the cash though

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 13:37:33 | More by MmmIPA
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Lambstrong

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer over New Years. Poured from 750 ml bottle to a wide mouth sniffer glass. Head retention was creamy but nominal. Light with an orange tinge and cloudy in appearance. I enjoyed the fruity aroma as a first impression. Nicely spiced and the GOP were apparent (which is what I'm assuming gave the beer its spicy peppery flavor). I enjoy the mouthfeel of other Belgains better but the beer was very drinkable. I really enjoyed it. I have seen this beer in stores before but never bought it. I'll keep this in mind next time I want a triple but don't want to pay the extra few dollars that others cost.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 17:50:03 | More by Lambstrong
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Andbrew

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 81 chilled and poured from 750ML bottle into oversize snifter.

Pours a dense cloudy rich gold. Fizzy almost champagne like bubbles climb glass. Flimsy head dissipates quickly but leaves cratered film of head on top with changing lacing only around the sipping ring.

Sweet light yeasty smell with tones of light fruit and touch of hop and phenol to the smell. No heavy tones dominate.

Bubbly to the start and slightly bitter, the feel is denser than most yet not heavy. A spice similar to that of apple wossel is present and the alcohol is apparent in mild fashion. A mild smoked wood finish which staves off any bitterness in the aftertaste which is a blend of fruit and apple wossel flavor. A bit harsh to the back of the palate which does not lend well to drinking a full 750 by oneself.

Does not in my opinion stand up to the curieux which I think may be the dominant choice in this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 05:57:13 | More by Andbrew
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medic25

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a 750ml bottle in my Duvel tulip. Appearance is a slightly hazy golden one, with a big frothy head. Aroma is not that apparent: a little malty, a little fruity. Taste is a relatively pleasant, although certainly not as complex as many other tripel's I've had. Sweet, with hints of spice, phenols and yeast. a Drinkable beer; better than some of the previous unimpressive offerings I've had from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 04:04:08 | More by medic25
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Contra

New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #73 - 750 mL bottle

On a recommendation, I was going to pick up a bottle of Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue). Then I saw it was $9 & change. Certainly worth the price (going by the reviews), but I did not feel like spending that much on top of the other beers I was going to pick up. Instead, I got a bottle of Allagash Tripel, another beer I've been meaning to try. On with the review....

Appearance - A nice frothy head, and the standard golden color of a Tripel. Notably, this was a darker color than other Tripels I've had. Nothing notable, but nothing bad.

Smell - If you wanted to give someone the idea of what Tripels generally taste like, without the individual take brewers have on them, then a strong whiff of this is all that is needed. The subtleties don't stand out in the aroma, which is nice because it allows the finish to express them.

Taste - I was taken aback at how well crafted this beer is. The banana aspect is downplayed a bit, with a nice yeasty-honey flavor. Not very complex, but that's part of its appeal. Still, there is enough here that sip after sip, you notice slightly different things about it. A rare perfect score. As much as I like more complex beers, this beer perfectly captures Tripels that I would not change a thing.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth for a Tripel. Well carbonated, with a lighter body than I'm used to.

Drinkability - Considering how heavy Tripels tend to be, I can imagine knocking a few of these back without feeling overwhelmed.

Considering the price, this beer is an absolute steal. If you see it at your local distributor, pick it up. If not, you might want to consider shopping elsewhere (okay, a bit of a hyperbole, but you get the idea).

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 22:15:12 | More by Contra
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in a Guiness pint glass.

Golden color,a bit cloudy almost clear,a few small bubbles rising,white creamy head lacing and clinging down the sides of the glass.

A moderate aroma fruity,clovey,aromas of bannanas and hints of apples,complex and inviting.

The taste was very clovey,a bit tart and fruity,bannana flavors,with a warming presence of alcohol,syrupy,with a sweetness lingering in the finish.

A prickley feel on the palate,a bit cloying,sticking to the top of the mouth, goes down better with every sip,becoming more drinkable with each taste. The alcohol takes away some of the drinkability,still mouthwatering and enjoyable.This seems to be one of those beers that grows on you. Would like to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2006 01:41:18 | More by jcdiflorio
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep golden color, with a huge white head, slowly and gradually falls to a half-inch. The carbonation is profuse, with excellent lacing.

Aroma: Profound earthy, yeasty, spicy aroma, citric fruits, and slight notes of alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a profound sweet alcohol note, very warming, with pepper, citrus rind, and aniseed. Midway through the taste there is a profound earth and yeast note. Finishes with a lingering, sweet alcohol note, and a mild, lingering herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Excellent, with all of the character of a Belgian-brewed Tripple.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 15:59:17 | More by Pegasus
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Gasp100

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should not review this one right now because I'm suffering from a major head cold, sinus congestion, etc.... but actually that is the reason for having to review this now.
A - beautiful hazy golden straw color with light foamy white lacing down the glass.
S - from what little my nose will provide, pears, dates, figs, biscuit, honey dew... extremely impressed that I can smell anything at all.
T - Lemony, tart, sweet, grainy, citrus, honey dew
M - bright, slightly acidic, carbonation level is BEYOND perfect.
D - The alcohol is slightly noticeable but used in a great, warming way. There is no discernable hop level that I can detect but the overall bouquet is gorgeous. This is truely healing elixir... I bailed on the Westmalle Triple for $11 to try this one for $7 and I'm glad I did - I will get the Westmalle of course, but I can find this anywhere and the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 21:42:29 | More by Gasp100
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (Batch 84) from A-1 to-go in Gardiner... Murky orange-yellow body with a finger or so of off-white head. Smells mostly citrusy/orange peel with some spice also evident. Tastes sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Remarkably well-balanced. Alcohol is somewhat evident, but is very well-hidden. Fairly full in body. Very drinkable and enjoyable. And at 6$/bottle, it is a steal for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 02:15:15 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this beer, from start to finish, and if I can find it, I will purchase it again.

The packaging was a large, cork-sealed single serve. Even before I opened it, this beer demonstrated a significant amount of sediment. I hung onto it for several months before drinking.

Poured a hazy gold with abundant white head (appealing). Odor was floral and citrusy, but not outstanding.

Flavor was very good and the highlight of the beer...there was a grapey chardonnay sweetness balanced with a wine-like sourness. There was no hop content and limited malt flavor but the flavor was very good and (to my limited knowledge) very appropriate for the style. I was impressed with this beer and plan on having it again, when it's once again available to me.

A 22-ounce bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, reportedly "Batch 77."

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 01:35:09 | More by BeerBelcher
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes 7/26/05

750 ml bottle, batch no 60.

Pours out cloudy golden with a thick creamy beaten egg white head. As it slowly dissapates thick patces of lace are left behind.

Aroma is fruity, banana, lemon with some vanilla and honey deep down.

Flavor is lightly sweet, with a honey lemon middle, and a light bitter finish.

Alcohol is masked very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 07:20:55 | More by Padron4KM
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 75 (750 ml bottle)

Pours an efferevescent bronze with a rocky 4 fingers+ white head. Insane lacing & superoir head retention

S: Lemon skins & phenolic notes

T: Pepper & lemons up front; then a little alcohol. Hints of woodyness & dryness follow. Hints of apricot follow. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: A little slick with perfect carbonation, skews a little too sweet to me


Drinks pretty good, a technically sound tripel; just not one of my favorite styles. Tripel fans & Belgian beer nuts will love this

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 22:44:21 | More by russpowell
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Beerzebub

California

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 78, cellared upright for 1 month.

Golden color, slightly hazy, big white head. Good chunky lacing.

Smells of butternut squash, roasted corn, peach, spices, hint of solventy alcohol. Really good.

Big yeast character. Tastes spicy, fruity, quite dry. There's some refreshing bitterness like orange rind, and a bit of a crisp impression of acidity. Remarkably savory, refreshing, and well balanced. The elements are cohesive, the beer has a distinct personality.

Creamy, slightly astringent mouthfeel. Can get a little too fizzy, perhaps the beer's only flaw.

A great interpretation of the tripel style. This beer gives me the feeling of autumn, and I don't think it's just the label playing a trick on me. This is a beer to be shared with some squirrels and deer at a holiday feast in the forest (yikes, maybe the 9% is kicking in).

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 06:04:51 | More by Beerzebub
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jsimon816

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a tint of orange. Nice head consistant with most corked bottles. Slight fruity/spiced aroma which finished smooth. First time trying a Tripel and enjoyed it smooth taste, not as flavorful as a Belgium Strong Ale but very nice. Very drinkable, an outstanding product.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 14:13:43 | More by jsimon816
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden apricot, gorgeous color, with a fine dense off-white head. The foam coats the glass and hangs out for a long time.
Aromas of sweet candy, oranges, leafy green vegetables, toffee and a little bit of funk. It gets even bolder and more intricate as it warms.
The taste is bright and tangy, the first wash of sweet fruit, oranges and apricots, gives way to lots of bready malt holding it together. Then it gets darker and spicier, hints of pepper and a mild bitterness. The alcohol is apparent and warming but in just the right way. A long finish ends buttery and drying. All this along with a dense mouthfilling foam with every sip and a full body make this tripel wonderfully drinkable.
The brightness in the smell and taste characteristic of the best tripels.
My first taste of Allagash and not my last....

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 00:55:43 | More by horndecker
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured as part of a tasting into a sampler wine glass. Fancy bottle, with the tag and everything, although unfortunately I didn't take down the batch number. I got a very large portion as it was later in the tasting and we had a few people opting out.

Tripels are rapidly becoming one of my favourite styles, and this is a fantastic example. Aroma was spicy and yet a little sweet, with a peppy hop backbone that told me this was going to be a well-balanced beer. Taste is actually quite light and refreshing for the style, with the spiciness remaining in combination with decent carbonation, some fruit notes (peaches and nectarines, mainly, with a little bit of winey grapes). Slight earwarming alcohol as it goes down, with a pleasant sherry-soaked wood aftertaste.

Definitely a beer for special occasions, but I will look for it again when I'm in the Eastern US and maybe bring back another bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 20:35:08 | More by crwills
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #80. The cork on my 750 popped loudly as I opened the bottle. Hazed gold with a bright white head. Nice retention for a thinnish head and streaky lacing of fine bubbles was apparent throughout. Plenty of spicy cloves and lemony citrus in the aroma with a mild, creamy maltiness, nearly caramel. Same in the flavour, but with moderate bitterness and a kiss of hops at the mid. Spice is a little more peppery and coriander towards the end. It finishes on the dry side and with smooth alcohol warmth. Generous, creamy carbonation and medium body. This is really tasty stuff. It's nice to see US brewers doing such a great job with this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 23:17:45 | More by DrJay
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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