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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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2,095 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,095
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 121
Gots: 215 | 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.

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

Cloudy rotten orange in color with medium carb and an impressive puffy head with nice lacing .
Smell dominated by clove and banana. Taste was a pleasure with the above smells on the tongue then add in the alchohol and that warm feeling and it's the makings of a very favorable tripel. Although i'm reviewing this now, it's the 3rd bomber i've had and will be buying again. Really liking the style.

ohoove, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bomber with pouring instructions and a loud pop when uncorking went a long way towards reminding me of the sampling occasions of several wonderful original Tripels from Belgium. The body was cloudy yellowish orange and a lot of foam formed atop it in the tulip. The smell was a tropical forest full of flowering trees. The flavor contained banana, oranges, white pepper, cookie dough, and lemon juice. The clean and majestic taste avoided the one flaw I've dreaded in American versions of the style, that of being too sweet. The dusty, yeasty dryness was quite welcome and refreshing. Soothingly rich in the mouth, and well carbonated, so resounding burps abounded. The label says that this is well suited for cellaring, and it would definitely make an interesting experiment.

rajendra82, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - has a light orange color to it. Nice head with lace.

smell - has a sweet honey smell here.

taste - Very sweet, plus had like a brandy taste to it. Thought I was drinking hard liquor.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with alcohol present.

drinkability - The 2nd bottle we for thanksgiving. This was like the night cap drink. Was too sweet, and like I said drinking brandy here. Wasn't that bad. I left some in the glass and poured it out.

auxiliary, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of sawbones420
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 104, according to the bottle. An American take on the classic Belgian Tripel...

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a heady... head. Simmers off, but doesn't die out completely. Smell is spot on for the style: flat hop-fruitiness with a hint of that trademark Allagash spice.

Taste is exquisite. Well-balanced hops, fruit, and spice with a fantastic warm alcohol that nudges the back of the tongue on the way down your throat. In fact, most of the flavors here are for the back of your tongue, but that doesn't take away from this ale's complexity. Profile changes as it warms, becoming even more balanced as the alcohol speaks up even louder. This is one to sip and think about.

Presenting a strong competition for the "real" tripels, Allagash's offering provides a ridiculously high quality to price ratio, and will impress any beer lover out there. I'm not even typically a fan of Allagash, but they sure hit all the right notes with this one. There aren't that many North American brewers that do original Belgians true justice, but Allagash pulled out all the stops with their Tripel Reserve.

sawbones420, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so many great things to say about this beer. price is right... $6.99 for a 750ml in my neck of the woods. great appearance. slightly hazy honeyish color with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves a pretty lacing as it goes. nose is fruity (green apple, grape, peach?) without being overly so, spicy (corriander, pepper, and a hint of clove), malty, and hoppy. taste exhibits all the same and is well balanced. the flavors seem to meld into one new one, creating an exeptional beer that isn't overboard. nice medium full body with just the right amount of carbonation. long lasting dry and bitter finish that is far from offensive. had this one tonight as an appertif, and it was a great way to get things rolling. bonus points for being able to hold its weight with the best of the authentic belgian tripels. gogo allagash.

timtim, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A light but cloudy cider colored brew with a giant white head and thick lacing. The aroma is mild but suggests raisins and wheat. It tastes of figs, berries, nutmeg and a goodly amount of alcohol that warms as it goes down. It is pretty fizzy, tangy carbonation that brings out some licorice and grape highlights. Kind of refreshing but a little strong to get drinking in large quantities. The feel is substantial, a bubbly mealy smooth concoction. I could stand a little less accent on the alcohol but the flavor is impressive, high quality stuff and definitely recommended. Allagash does it again.

Durge, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of kleffman
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #90, bought at Bevmo and made sure it was settled well to leave about a half inch in the bottle and most of the yeast behind. Then ended up drinking most of the bottom anyway at the end...

A: Very clear and golden, pillowy head on top of a beautiful vigorously bubbly brew. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice spicy character with hints of fruit, maybe pineapple with a subdued herb and malt mixture. A little honey maybe, but that's subtle.

T: Spiciness, pineapple, bread yeast and some nice candy sweetness round out the alcohol warmth which lets you know this sucker is 9%. Very delicately balanced.

M: Medium bodied beer, but quite effervescent which really improves the mouthfeel. It has an almost biting quality to the carbonation which I think is perfect for the style.

D: The drinkability of this is incredible.

It's one of those beers that I should drink far more often, and it's surprisingly affordable (7 bucks) so I'm not sure why I don't. Anything this brewery makes will be fantastic, but this one really shines.

kleffman, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of ahogue
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 103, cellared for about a month after buying in New Jersey. Pours a dark amber color, with long-lasting head. Spicy in the mouth, much better after dinner than with it. Kept a nice, strong taste and good drinkability all the way through the glass.

ahogue, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of jjboesen
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sample is Batch 62, which I cellared for several months upon purchase in Portland, Maine. It possessed a wonderful mouthfeel initiated by a thick head that dissipates slowly leaving an amber coloered elixir with a faint citrus aroma.

This one is powerful, not for the squeamish, that thrills the taste buds. ("Taste" and "bud" in the same sentence... who'd a thunk.) Allagash Tripel is a sipping beer served at room temperature in a chalice glass.

jjboesen, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live reviewed from Collins Pub in Seattle.

Served up from the tap in a tall'n'skinny goblet with about 1/2" of very white head. Body is murky dark-gold, and just a touch grey. As I drank, the lace positively coated the glass in sheets of white.

Smells spicy and like white bread. Strong booze, even for it's weight. Fruity and floral hopping, unexpectedly so for a Belgian. Sweet malts, honestly a bit like malted milk.

Taste is neither sweet nor dry, but quite light in the sugars. Spice jumps out like cardamom and bay. Yeast is saison-like.

Feels gbood on the tongue, effervescent like soda. Only coats the palate when a little warmer. Drinkable as they come if you can stand a hair of bitterness.

In the end, a quite understated and champagne-like tripp. Subtle and easy to drink, and an interesting challenge to describe. Without a doubt one of Allagash's better mid-tier brews with none of the faults of the dubb or cru.

ojiikun, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #76.

A: Clear golden-bronze, fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Pleasant phenolic spicyness, cloves, tropical fruit, toffee & an underlying biscuity malt with a hint of herbs. Not a huge nose, but very well-rounded & appealing.

T: Phenolic spicyness, bread, light caramel, tropical fruit (banana, pineapple), minerals & herbs. Very well-round & subtle. The more I taste it, the more I like it. Some alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth and creamy, yet slightly prickly. Modest carbonation for the style (could be due to ~1.5 years in the cellar),

D: Incredible.

Derek, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick white head.

Smell- Wonderful citrusy smell with hint of alcohol.

Taste- Same as nose. Nice citrus taste. A bit tart like a grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Fantastic beer. Wish we could get this in New Orleans.

Beerbuddha, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged Batch # 103

A: Nice thick head about two fingers with nice lacing. Color is beautiful orange-gold.

S: There is a very little sweetness to the smell. There is a spicy-citrus quality that has the smell of honey at the end. Smell had to coaxed out a bit.

T: There is a bready, yeasty quality that is pleasant. There is a tart citrus flavor mainly of grapefruit. I am not a fan of overly sweet tripels but I think that this could use a hint more sweetness but is delicious as is.

M: High carbonation. Gentle alcohol warmth.

D: One is going to be enough for the night because of the tartness and acidity. Ahh who am I kidding I will finish the bottle.

Biscuit033, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of jbear725
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #103
750ml
pint glass

Pours a golden color with a slight haze. Nice foamy thick white head about an 1" thick.

Aroma is light and sweet with a bit of fruitiness.

Taste is very complex. A lot of fruits in this one, most notable is banana and orange. Has a smooth spice flavor that's mainly corriander. Alcohol is noticable but not overwhelming and leave you with a nice warm feeling as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and sweet. It has a solid body but doesn't leave any heavy stickyness. It's very smooth and has good drinkability that can actually be dangerous at 9%

Overall this beer is very pleasant. It has a lot of complexity. It's got nice spice, fruit and alcohol that are nicely balanced. This is very well suited for a sipping beer after dinner but it's hard not to drink it faster like a regular micro beer.

jbear725, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very chill hazed golden with a bright white head. Looks pretty nice though head doesn't have much retention. Smell was very yeasty/earthy. The taste had a nice balance between the yeast and light malts and the alcohol, along with a little bit of sweetness behind the earthiness. The alcohol was not really noticeable at all, compared to say Maredsous 10. Very drinkable and enjoyable Tripel. Not too sweet and not too boozy.

MiScusi, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of cubang8r
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a 750 ml bottle

pale yellow, golden hue, light and translucent

smells powdery and yeasty with a slight hint of citrus, almost sour orange

the alcohol is covered well with candied sugar, yeast, and citrus notes all mixing well and changing as the beer warms. Flavors becoming more pronounced while the alcohol takes a back seat

smooth carbonation, not to heavy though

I could sip on this all day if it weren't for the alcohol. The taste makes me take tiny yet enjoyable sips. One of my favorites and always a special treat when my wife surprises me with it. Pick up a bottle as soon as you can.

cubang8r, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden with a headthat could have been a little more full for the style. The smellis mostly sweet orange juice, some sweet malt and a touch of tangy yeast. Taste was somewhat sweet,with more of that luscious orange, a hit of candi sugar, and a creamy tang on the end. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Quite drinkable, but not as complex as I would have liked.

Georgiabeer, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love, love, love the Allagash Four, and didn't like the Dubel. AS I might have expected, this was somewhere ... in between.

Big golden color, bountiful head, just a gorgeous beer. Delicious tasting, with complex malt strains, coriander, and wonderful sweet/sour strains.

Not superlative, but very good.

Overlord, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Hemi
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch#97
Translucent yellowish orange appearance with 2 finger white head that disappears fairly quickly leaving some lacing behind. Banana, clove, honey and coriander nose. Orange peel, banana, clove, honey, coriander notes with citric character hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. Warm alcoholic taste that lingers. Very nice tasting Triple for a US brew I must say. Very well done. Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a nice co2 bite. As I feel about many other Belgium Triples this has a medicore drinkability but I can finish off a 750ml bottle fairly easily. Definitely worth a try.

Hemi, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #66, housed in a 750ml Belgian style corked and caged bottle. Cellared for approximately 18 months, this should be good.

Served at cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- This beer pours a beautifully rich, medium gold and it supports a relatively small snow white head. While most tripels I've had really go wild in the glass with regard to a five-ish finger crown, I'm surprised at the barely two we've got here. It settles to a thin film, and there is some sporadic light lacing.

Smell- Flowers, Belgian hops, honey, and candi sugar. Extremely fragrant and balanced, with a superior fullness to the aroma. The nose also expresses a dessert quality, not unlike vanilla ice cream in its subtle sweetness. The more this beer is swirled, the better it gets.

Taste- A most graceful and balanced display of all ingredients, with not a single element outdoing the others. Smooth, round flavors of honey, and those hops are perfectly showcased all wrapped in fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The prickly entrance wanes and eases nicely to a slick, foamy mouthfeel. Very good, but not perfect. The flavors in this beer are so complex and so outright enjoyable, I would love to pair this with so many types of foods... from mussels to a pear and goat cheese salad to Thanksgiving dinner.

Outstanding and well worth the money. Do try this.

yelterdow, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed (repeatedly) a 750 ml pored in a chilled challis.

A - Gold color that is slightly cloudy. It poured with a healthy head that remained long into the drink.

S - Beautiful malty aroma... The rich full aromas of the malts and yeast are complemented by spices that make the smell of the alcohol receded until almost unnoticeable..

T – The lightly toasted malt flavored with honey and lightly spiced makes this beer a joy to taste…again…and…again.

M - Medium carbonation, with a creamy, malty mouthfeel. Its like having a beer shake its full bodied without been heavy. It has a very clean finish leaving a pleasant flavor that begs to for another sip.

D - This is an extremely drinkable beer. It rates close to the best of the Belgium Tipples and exceeds any domestic attempt I have had the opportunity to taste.

Comment – Finally a superior domestic Belgium-styple Tripple. Congrats to the brewers…they got it right. I have cleaned out my local grocery store of this gem several times.

dnichols, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of orfeu
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #83. Been holding on to this one for a while, several months at least. Spun gold meets hazy peach in the color with a foamy snow-white froth that looks incredibly sticky, but actually doesn't stay around for that long. Good solid sheets of lacing, though. A bouquet of fermenting pineapple predominates at first with aromas of sprouted grains, Golden Delicious apple juice, and ground coriander seed making noteworthy appearances along the way. The taste is a bit of a surprise for me -- it starts out fine enough with a sharp and sugary apple/pear/pineapple medley that merges into a warm, uncooked bread dough character, but the finish just seems off, with a very hard fusel alcohol presence and a sustained earthy mineral note at the very end. Tart and funky-fruity burps pique my interest enough to take further sips, and while the first half of each sip blends nicely, the alcohol-mineral edge remains every time -- even if the mineral part does soften slightly, the overall angular harshness never completely goes away. Not as crisp and dry, or as carbonated for that matter, as I like my tripels. No slickness, overall light on the palate, and never cloying. I went in expecting to like this one quite a bit more, as I'm a huge Allagash fan. Based on other experiences I've had with tripels, I get the impression that it is an extremely hard style to brew. I'm a novice homebrewer, and I'm not particularly interested in brewing Belgian styles, but the sheer complexity that must go into pulling off a drinkable example of this style is just too daunting for me to even consider. Kudos to Allagash for the attempt, but I think this is my least favorite of their offerings.

orfeu, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of jcipa88
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's not only a great feeling drinking a Belgian, but having one out of the 1p 9.4fl oz is something special. Ok the hue of gas exporting out of the top of the opening after removing the cork was something to see. Yahoo - you know you have something unique in your hands, or in this case on the counter top in my kitchen. Getting to the sent - Warning, let it sit for a few minutes, there was a much better scent, swirl and taste after letting it rest for a few.

The sent of fruit was evident, but I felt like there was vanilla in there somewhere. Swirl it around like a wine - smell it, stick the nose right there - not that close, just right on top of the lip. It's reminiscent of a special Belgium brew, maybe you've had the opportunity to get out to Brussels or beyond. But this Allagash brew is right up in Portland, ME. If you have the time - get up there and enjoy a brew or two, tours Mon – Fri, see the website.

Oops, my bad - I'm tailing off. The plan is to sniff and taste, slowly - do not rush this. I warn you, any Belgium should be enjoyed during a relaxing moment @ home, after dinner, just between you or others who like the company. I noticed that the 9% abv was especially noticeable after 20-30 minutes. But that's the way it goes - c'mon get with it here, I wasn't even a huge fan of Belgium brews, but this is local (ala Northeast) brew to enjoy and enjoy sitting at a bar or at home.

The head remained true throughout, a very first-rate indicator that you have a good batch at hand. Now swish it around the mouth and move that tongue around, feel the tingle around the inner walls. Wow! I'm loving this. Next time - I will definitely keep a bottle and store it. Until the next, enjoy it, brew it if you can.

JC

jcipa88, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from the far off nation of Maine. This brew pours a nice gold with a big head that laces the glass all the way down. Smell is sweet and fruity, strawberries, kiwi and other tropical fruits. Taste is near perfect, very sweet, citrus fruits and champagne like alcohol bite at the end makes this a very drinkable beer. Not heavy at all. Wow, an A-plus brew from Allagash. I'm gonna have to try their other offerings as well.

saintwarrick, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Freshie
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful Bottle that could give wine makers a run for their money. Batch No. listed on front. Instructions on how to pour and glass type on side. Also, tasting notes etc. I have cellared this bottle for well over a year now. One of my first experiments in cellaring. I think it matured very nicely too. I felt sad popping the cork. Like I lost a child or something, well maybe not that bad, but still, a loss.

Poured into snifter. Golden color and thick, frothy white head. Many bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell is sweet and alcoholic. Fruity with earthy/grassy spice.

The taste is sweet, almost like a cider, but then, alochol warms the palate and creates a nice smokey balance. Sweet and dry in the mouth.

A sipper no doubt. But nice to sip.

Freshie, Jul 17, 2007
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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