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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,116
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 122
Gots: 222 | 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 largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy blond, nearly opaque. The white frothy head retains extremely well, covering the glass in lace.

Smell - On the sweeter side with a spicy balance. Tropical fruits and white pepper come to mind.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very phenolic initially with a big banana flavor and undertones of green apple. Crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. A spicy, peppery flavor clings to the back of the mouth, riding through until the finish.

Notes - One of the better American-made tripels I've tried.

largadeer, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
"Batch Number 85"...
A slow pour resulted in a golden-colored, light-amber, strawish hue with an intense foamy and frothy head that exhibited remarkable staying power...
Intricate, rich smell, bursting with characteristic fruity, and floral Tripel aromas...
Excellent, smooth, robust, creamy flavor, bursting with fresh fruit, light florals, sweet nectars, slight grapefruit, caramel, honey, vanilla, and sweet cream...
Very full-bodied and extremely rich and flavorful depiction of a Triple, and one of the best Allagash brews I've had to date...
Wonderfully creamy and rich mouthfeel lead to a perilously easy level of drinkability, where the hefty 9% ABV is well-masked behind a rich conglomeration of sweet flavors...
Excellent stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfectly clear yellow with a tinge of orange. Features a very white frothy head that is well supported by the large number of tiny bubbles rushing to the top from the etching in the bottom of my Chimay glass.

The aroma is very fruity with tones of green apple, orange peal and even hints of cherry. Sweet candy sugar resides beneath the fruit. There are also moments of hay and slight yeasty funk. I felt transported to Belgium with its scent.

Slightly sweeter than the nose had implied, but much more of the same in the taste. The fruit isn't the centerpiece as much as the orange and cherries fade to the back. Apple is still there. Finishes with a slightly bitter note of yeast. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Lots of carbonation jumping around. Highly drinkable, but dangerous given the abv. Expensive to buy regularly, but a fine treat and up there with the best of the Belgian offerings.

Pairs well with triple creme cheese and salmon.

Jmamay22, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with a big frothy white head that doesnt dissipate and hangs around forever. Beer itself is a slightly hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation apparent.

Smell- Pungent spices, nutmeg and cinnamen, with strong hints of alcohol.

Taste- Initial taste of malt, quickly gives way to alcohol warmth, and fruit, medium sweet.

Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage, nothing too spectacular though.

Drinkability- A pretty drinkable beer, not one for quaffing, but an excellent example of the style.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 at cellar temperature into trusty Ommegang chalice.

Uniform 1-2 finger head-fades with a little lacing. Ample carbonation from apple juice-colored body. Very clean.

Scent prominent at eye level-powerful aroma here of nice coriander, banana ester, apple and a little ginger and cinnamon - may even some white grapes? Carbonation distribtes aroma quickly-yeast, malt and hops in staunch background.

Taste doesn't disappoint-apple, spice, yeasty carbonations with a little honey finish. Malt is in back with grassy hops on well-balanced finish. Alcohol is present but in background until last 1/3 of bottle. Wow.

Carbonation tickles the mouth and distributes the spice, other front flavors, malt, yeast and hop finish very well.

Enjoyable even as approaching room temperature-in a lotta ways, maybe more! Way too drinkable for style-admittedly did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did for whatever reason (I have no idea), but damn good $#!+ right here.

IBUnit63, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on cask at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA.

I think the fact that this came off the hand pump made this beer a little prettier than it normally would be. Nice white head with lots of body and staying power to it. Standard golden/yellow color.

Typical peppery yeast smell with some sweetness.

Taste is very mellow and balanaced. Probably a little too tame for me. Peppery yeast tastes dominates followed by some citrus. I detect a little bit of malt in the background. Hides the 9%ABV well. I detect almost no alcohol actually, maybe the cask helped it out in this area, I can't be sure.

Not much to say about mouthfeel, it's just good, no more no less.

Great drinkability for how strong this beer is.

Hojaminbag, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-bronze color with a nice slightly off-white head. Head is about .5-in. and gradually becomes a heavy film. Leaves a bit of lacing too.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with some herbs, wheat (or other grains), and a bit of fruit in the background. Slightly bitter aftertaste with a mask of yeast and a little hint of alcohol.

Taste: Lots of yeast with some wheat, but not quite bready. Bits of fruit (especially apple) along with spices.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light-bodied. Extremely light, slightly tingly, carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is masked well and the flavor is enjoyable yet not overwhelming.

Definitely the best American tripel I've had -- and one of the better American attempts at a classic Belgian style. Recommended; an enjoyable beer that I'll get again.

mithrascruor, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of gwong
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 105

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a thin white head. Lacing remains on the glass after each sip.

S: Yeasty aroma with a nice faint fruity scent.

T: Bittersweet hop and fruit flavor.

M: Crisp with enough carbonation to keep it light on the tongue.

D: The crispness and mild carbonation make it very easy to drink.

gwong, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of bigeyedfish
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. No bottled on date, but it does provide a batch number (87), except unlike Russian River's website, no batch notes easily found on the website. Maybe i'll look a little harder later.

Classic looking beer; thick, hazy golden body with a half a finger of pure white head. The head fizzles out pretty normally, leaving a nice ring of racing, with a white dusting on-top of the beer.

Pretty pleasing nose; some tangerine and some mango are the dominant noses. Pretty straightforward, not a lot of underlying stuff; some more sharp tropical-fruit like elements hidden, but not by much. Just a real big, nice fruit nose. No yeast/orange/banana which is a first for me with this style.

Alcohol, orange and believe it or not, a little hop bitterness. Some lingering banana which is nice, along with some clove. A little harsher than I had imagined it would be. This is actually kind of disappointing. Almost a Sierra Mist-like finish. Except when it warms (~20 minutes after the last sentence was typed it starts to taste a bit like blueberry's on the front of the palate!)

Not as smooth as I thought this beer was going to be; a real big hit of carbonation/hop bitterness on the mid-palate that is not uncomfortable, but at the same time it's not something I enjoy.
There's some nice elements on the finish, and some wide-ranging palate grip, which is a nice reminder of the fact that you're drinking a beer with a little alcohol. Still, a pretty smooth beer with a firm enough body that without the carbonation you still feel it in your mouth.

This beer bums me out; I thought it was going to be really good; smooth, voluptuous, fruity, delicious. I didn't think it would be this; kind of harsh, rough around the edges, one-dimensional. It's 9% so if you're drinking it on draft/from a normal bottle you could drink more than one. But honestly, I don't know if you would want to. I want to find some batch notes- maybe this one was aged in oak, which would explain everything. But I have my doubts. Blast.

I realized the other day that I've reviewed more triple's than any other style of beer. I guess that's why this is that much more disappointing. I don't know. I realized I served this a little cool, and have been letting it warm. It smooths out as it warms up. So maybe that's been my problem(taste went from a 3.5 to a 4.5 with the addition of a blueberry taste). Maybe I need to post this, get another batch, serve it warmer (I let it sit out of my fridge for ~5 minutes) and re-evaluate. Good plan. Allagash Triple...to be continued.

bigeyedfish, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 for this brew as an extra, Thanks Steve

750ml
Caged/Corked
Batch 99

Poured into chalice a nice hazy golden yellow/orange color, awesome carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy white head, lots and lots of creamy sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, yeasty, slight citrus (tangy), and some spices. The taste is very nice, malty/yeasty, sligth sweetness, tangy, with those spicyness. The alcohol is present, but has a nice little warming effect. Full body. Very drinkable, not really a big fan of Tripel's, but this one is an exception. Nicely done Allagash.

Wasatch, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of evanackerman
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

this beer purs a very nice apricot color with a billowing white fluffy head.

aroma is very pleasant citrus and honey.

taste is excellent, fruity and somewhat sweeti, notes of citrus, honey, coriander, and bitter hops.

drinkability ranks a bit low only because of the high alcohohl content.

overall, this is definitely the best non-belgian tripel i've ever had, very pleasant, probably as good as any i've had of this style, will definitely buy again.

evanackerman, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the local liquor stores had a few of these bottles on the shelves for who knows how long. I've seen them for at least a year just waiting to be bought. I purchased a fresh Allagash Tripel a month ago at different store and really enjoyed it, reminded me of Mardesous 10 Tripel as far as strong belgian candi smell & taste and the alcohol out in the front. I managed to get a reduced price on this bomber due to it's age (lots of dust on the cap) .. $4.99 (vs the $7.99 sticker)! I figured what the heck, what do I gotta lose and bought 2 bombers of the Tripel. Batch #68.

The pour was great ... lots of bubbles, lots of sticky wax-like Belgian lace, a nice golden color. Very pleased to see this one hasn't lost any carbonation due to age.

Lots of banana and yellow apple aroma on this one. Very hefeweizen-like. I'm getting almost no fusel alcohol on the nose and hardly any Belgian candi smell. There is a bit of barnyard funkyness I can barely sniff out.

The taste was almost comparable to a fresh Allagash Tripel. Lots of banana overall with hints of orange, lemon and Belgian candi. Almost no alcohol taste or hoppiness to be found. This bomber has definitely mellowed out. More of the funkyness came out on the taste, the first thing that comes to mind is an Orval-like sourness. I didn't get this taste on a fresh bomber at all ... I'm really digging it.

The mouthfeel is so smooth ... it's so easy to pick out the flavors on this one. No harsh carbonation at all (which admittely I like especially on my favorite tripel - La Fin du Monde). Towards the end I do get a bit of dryness & yeastiness. A sharp contrast compared to the first sip!

I think one bomber is enough for one night. So drinkability gets a 4.5. The flavors are very complex in this older bottle, more so than a fresh one. Definitely not a 'session' beer, but I don't go out much so this one hits the spot on yet another cold night.

diamondc, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 102.

A- Very clear, crisp, and golden. Some streams of rising carbonation give way to a beautiful, fluffy, white head. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Bready, zesty, with some noticeable Belgian yeast. Light and crisp. A little floral. Very good for a tripel.

T- Bready, zesty, lemony. Complex while being very impressive and enjoyable. The alcohol is warm and slightly noticeable.

M- Very crisp and clean with good amounts of carbonation. Light but not foamy at all.

D- Very enjoyable. One of (if not the best) tripel I've ever had.

david131, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent, golden beer with thick creamy head.

S: The nose of this beer seems particularly filled with esters; figs, grapes, lemongrass, slight phenol presence.

T: Dry beer with a creamy maltyness but a distinguished astringent aftertaste. Dark fruits are detectable throughout and fade into the astringent spicyness.

M: Medium light body with soft carbonation. Astringent taste comes through when I keep this beer in my mouth to think about this category.

D: Goes down slowly but well.

Notes: Drank this tripel the same night as the St. Bernardus and thought much less of them then it seems most people do. Both of these beers tasted strongly of astringent, so perhaps both bottles were stored incorrectly and skunked, or perhaps I hadn't rinsed all the soap out of my chalice, or maybe my pallet is that much more sensitive than most other peoples. I'm not sure. You decide.

BeerLover729, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99, thanks again! (this was an "extra" in a trade!)

Batch 99

Beer pours a light gold color, slight haze, and with a nice big white head.

Aromas are spicy, yeasty and with a rock candy / sugary sweetness.

Beer is dry, but with a very bright, spicy and creamy like taste. Somewhat sweet, almost like a very dry semi sweet wine. Very crisp, a bit tart, with some fruit flavors, mostly green apple. Finish is bitter, mineral like, and balances it all out nicely. .

Mouthfeel is great. This has a creamy thick, and somewhat bubbly feel in the mouth, but not too carbonated.

Drinkability is very good. This is an excellent beer. It's light, yet very flavorful, doesn't taste heavy at all and does not hit you with a big blast of alcohol. I would love to try this again sometime... Top-notch stuff.

flexabull, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #102. sampled dec 31/07.

pours hazy golden amber colour with a big merange-like fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. alcohol. bready malt. bit of grain and crackers. light clove. pleasant yeast character.

taste is good. touch of alcohol. earthy hops. light caramel sweetness. light clove. bit of grapefruit. orange peel. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. could be a bit lighter in body, but good otherwise. the sweetness is kept in check on this one, making it quite enjoyable.

grub, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-draft at The Publick House in Brookline, on to the beer:

The beer sits in the goblet a chill hazed blonde. Smell is very sweet and phenolic with ripe fruits coming out of it. The taste is more more of the same, but with the trademark fierce peppery taste to balance out the sweet flavors. This is a very good tripel that begs to be sipped on slowly, but at The Publick House, my glass of nectar looked like just another good beer being consumed.

DoubleJ, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of buzzworthy
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allegash Tripel is a yellow color with a tint of orange in the body. There is a lot of carbonation that results in a frothy head pockmarked by bubbles and a persistent lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Sweet malt quickly yields to tastes of peach, apple and pear along with some spice and a bit of hopiness. An earthiness also lingers. A warming alcohol presence completes the picture and is welcome on a Christmas 2007 day. Drinkability might be curtailed by the high alcohol content - or not. I'm more familiar with and thus more partial to Brewery Ommegang, but Allegash is right in that prime territory of high quality American-made Belgian ales as well.

buzzworthy, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the "other Portland" comes another great beer...or so I'm expecting, considering Allagash's great track record so far. Not sure why it took me so long to seek out their tripel. This is batch #107.

Pours beautifully, with a thick head like sea-foam, lace abundant as the head slowly minimizes and before the glass even tilts...and a gorgeous golden/copper color with a massive amount of bubbles. Almost like champagne bubbles. This is a sight to behold.

Classic tripel aroma: fruity, floral, spicy, and a yeastiness that reminds of fresh sourdough bread. Malts seem pretty forward here, the hops light as air but still there, and the alcohol politely wafting into the nose with all the rest. A clean mineral aroma comes through, too, not sure if I'm smelling the holding tanks, their water, or if I'm just losing my mind. Anyway, it's real good, all of it.

Flavor brings in all that the nose detects, adding a distinctive clover-honey element, and even glazed donuts, in both sweetness and how it sticks inside the mouth. Despite the stickiness, the weight of the beer is on the airy side, lacking some of the gusto other tripels have, but it's still not a slouch in this department. Remains a light, flowery, bready tripel, everything evenly balanced and nothing spiking out obtrusively. The 9% alcohol is rather reserved, showing up only as a polite glow in the background.

Yeah, this is the stuff. One of the most drinkable tripels I've come across--airy in the mouth, well-concealed alcohol, and a controlled sweetness that's never cloying. I like their quadrupel most, but I'd never kick this one outta my goblet.

Metalmonk, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy straw colored yellow in color. Pours witha medium sized very fluffy looking white head.

s: Pleasantly sour yeast aromas and some floral hops are the most noticeable here. Mild clove/pepper and a bit of alcohol are also present.

t: Dry sour yeast flavors with some mild sweet maltiness upfront. Faint very ripe bananas and some floral hops hit next. The alcohol is discernible but mild given the ABV.

m: The carbonation does an excellent job of filling the mouth. Nice syrupy texture also.

d: Thanks to alhrabosky for splitting this with me. I'll certainly be seeking more Allagash in the future.

DIM, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of danburgess67
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 1/6 bbl keg at Sam's Wine and Spirits and dispensed on the home draft system.

Beautiful cloudy pour, lovely banana/citrus/clove aroma, and that wonderful Tripel taste make this a great example of the Belgian Tripel style.

Many thanks to Travis at Sam's in Downers Grove for getting telling me he had this keg available. I'm going to enjoy every drop.

danburgess67, Dec 12, 2007
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
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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