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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 306 | FT: 2
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

This strong golden ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of banana and honey in the complex palate. The Tripel has a remarkably long and smooth finish.
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Photo of mjaskula
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 113

Served in a large wine glass. The beer pours a clear light golden with a thick and creamy head that leaves a bit of lacing. The head thins, but never leaves.

The aroma is really great leading off out of the bottle with sweet honey and alcohol. It continues on with pineapple and faint Belgian yeast and hops. Flavor is sweet and strong continuing the aroma. A bit of hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish.

Carbonation is light mouthfeel is very pleasant. Overall very enjoyable. No problem finishing the bottle.

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

pours a straw color with a good amount of haze and a one-fingered head that leaves a good film on the glass.

smells yeasty: banana and clove. but with a good amount of bread too. doughy malts and candied sugar as well.

taste is not as spicy and clove-heavy as many of the style. pretty sweet in comparison. candy sugar and sweetened, dried tropical fruits dominate the palate. clove and banana is there, as well as some white pepper, but not in the forefront. some honey sweetness as well as some bread and booze on the finish.

light-medium bodied with low, but effervescent carbonation. which is good in this instance.

drinks well, but a tad bit harsh on the finish from the alcohol, though thats not contrary to the style. some more complex spices come out as it warms up and the alcohol harshness subsides in a quality brew.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet... the beer pours a hazy orange with a thin white head very typical of the style.

The aroma is spicy with hints of fruit and a characteristic Belgian yeast smell. Very nice for an American version.

The beer has a good body to it, very floral flavor with slight hints of other spices. The alcohol presence is well masked and there's a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. I really enjoy it... I was expecting a really good tripel for not being straight out of Belgium and that's what it is.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Flipadelphia for the sample.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a 4 cm frothy white head. A thin film remains and sheds some light lace on the glass.

Smell: Initially I get a strong whiff of straw, followed by a lighter honey and booziness. Perplexing. I would have expected more. As it warms, I get more honey and more alcohol, but still nothing special.

Taste: Sweet honey pale malt up front, with a blend of spices (cloves, coriander, and a bit of pepper). Belgian yeast is also present. Herbal hops finish the off the flavor palette. Ok, but underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation gives it a crisp feel. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Overall this really didn't do anything special for me. Not really very complex or interesting.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours yellow with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: Yeast and white pepper, bitter hops, notes of sage.

T: Some semi-sweet pilsner type malt with a lot of yeast ester (pear/light apple and banana) and coriander type spice. Nice grassy hop play on the back end, with a Bananas Foster character at the very finish.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth, nice refined ethanol in the finish, balanced.

D: A beer I've had many times before, but somehow never reviewed it. While I not big on the Allagash Dubbel, the Tripel is something different. Full, defined flavours, a little American flair, but predominately Belgian. This beer is one of the hallmarks of American Belgian-style brewing, and while it's not the equal of St. Bernardus and the legendary Westmalle in this style, it can certainly hold its own.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A- Some light haze in this golden liquid. Creamy, frothy white head. Lacing is grouped into some big spots. Once I poured the whole thing, the liquid became more of a cloudy pineapple juice.

S- A little vanilla and tropical fruit. Hard to put my finger on it. something close to pina colada. Hot, spicy alcohol.

T- Tastes a little like pina colada too. Basic tripel taste though, this isn't a full on Pina Colada. At first I couldn't find the passion fruit the top label states but it came right up when the beer got warmer. Always impressive how much beer can smell like other foods. A little hops in the end reminding me of a Belgian IPA.

M- Quite smooth. Medium to full mouthfeel. Medium and very smooth/soft carbonation.

D- Great. An easy to drink and pretty satisfying brew.

Following my experience with the Allagash Dubbel, I wasn't expecting that much from this one. I really like it.

Would definitely buy this again.

Photo of beersheppard
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold, cloudy, carbonated, white head little lacing.

Smell: orange, banana

Taste: orange, banana, yeast, bread, sugar, caramel, coriander.

Mouthfeel: substantial coating.

Drinkability: an American version of a classic style, heavy on the malts, citrusy. I would buy again.

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

Batch 143

A- Straw yellow with a slight haze. Expansive, mountainous, rocky head leaves not only lace but thick foam itself on the sides of the glass. Looks very appealing!

S- A big, alluring aroma of yeasty dough, honeyed puffed cereal grains, spices, and a touch of fruitiness soars from the glass. Very nice, enticing.

T- Creamy, sweet, seductive malty richness and billowy yeast completely blankets the palate with pleasure and invites further drinking. Crusty baguette with honey and spice.

M, D- Feels gorgeous, drinks gorgeous. I thought the CO2 would be too much looking at the foam, but the level was perfect. There is a distinct warmth of volatile ethanol on the finish, but it is within the limits of easy drinkability. Yes, it is a sweet tripel with rich, generous flavor, and I like sweet tripels with rich, generous flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed the level of decadence offered up by this tripel, and already crave another.

Well done, Allagash. You have done Portland, Maine proud.

Batch 147

A- Light, cloudy golden yellow. Moderate head, with minimal lacing.

S- Pronounced, nearly profound difference in aroma from batch 143. This Batch 147 smells of grapefruit and Fir bud resin, with only very faint notes of classic Belgian character. Blindfolded, one might think this bottle to be a DIPA. Volatile alcohol quite noticeable.

T- Grapefruit, conifer resin, with sweet malt in the background. I would think Allagash would want to keep this offering very consistent, but it was unrecognizable from the previous batch. This one has much more IPA characteristics than classic Tripel. Very good, but different.

M, D- The attack is full and round, but from the mid-palate through the finish the hop bitterness dominates, with a light touch of caramel malt.

Photo of dzni
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, no head really
S - Banana, pineapple, orange, cloves
T - Hoppy, citrus, spicy
M - Heavy mouthfeel, a lot of carbonation
D - Very drinkable. Despite the heavy mouthfeel, I could keep on drinking this all night. Definitely a complex beer, and I could see this going with a wide variety of food because of its crispness.

poured into snifter

Photo of TommyW
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy, golden body with a sticky, white head.

S- Lots of spice (maybe some coriander), sweet malt with some fruits (banana and tropical types).

T- Sweet malty undertones with notes of banana, spice, yeast and a slightly dry finish due to the alcohol.

M- Slick, smooth medium body.

D- A different triple than most I've tried. A good beer overall, but a little different from the style.

Photo of Stunner97
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden wi th medium white head quickly fading away to white lacing, very murky and cloudy body, nice look expected bigger head on this pour,

Smell- beautiful tripel nose, nice sweet and fruity nose, good amount of spice making this and all around super vibrant nose, when I think of tripel this is what Id like to be smelling

Taste- rich and complex, good amount of sweetness paired with a good kick of spice and corriander, both these aspects really keep each other in check, to my tastes certainly on of the best tripels I have tasted especially for the US

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied soft and creamy with good amount dryness

Drinkability- incrediably drinkable, paired fantastically to with the meal I was eating at the time which had a bit of heat to it, very thirst quenching and still very complex, a beer I certainly will be seein more of

Photo of cjgator3
3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle
Batch #148

A- 750ml corked and caged poured into a chalice. Pours a golden yellow/orangish color with a nice off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The fruity aroma features some apples/pears along with spices and yeast.

T- The taste is fruity with some pepper-like spices and quite a bit of heat in the finish from the alcohol. Not bad, but a little bit too boozy for my tastes.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is definitely a sipper due to the high ABV. My only complaint is that the alcohol stands out way too much in this one and takes away from some of the other flavors. Worth a try, but not something I would purchase again.

Photo of philbe311
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #143

A - A fingers worth of effervescent delicate fluffy off-white head that quickly fizzes away leaving a splotchy yet intriguing lacing... A slightly hazed orange gold color... A modest amount of moderate to fast paced carbonation rises deep within...

S - Lovely Belgian yeast dominates the nose... Pear... Apple... Golden raisins... Candied sugars... Slight allusions to banana and clove... Rich, complex, and rewarding all the way around...

T - The palette is defined by a wonderful balance... The yeast is more subdued as the fruit and candied sugar characteristics rise to meet it... The raisins and pear are the dominate fruits and the candied sugar is mild but plays an important part... A very subtle hint of pepper joins at the finish for added depth and dimension...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Loaded with dense carbonation... Dry... Even...

D - Forget about the fact that this is a top notch American tripel, this can be considered amongst the best in the world... A wonderful testament to the style and one for all others to be measured against... My favorite Allagash offering to date... I can't wait to enjoy again and recommend to all...

Photo of JohnL9013
2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Hazy golden color, like an IPA, with a moderate but very impressive head and tons of lacing.

S: A very sweet, malty smell. If taken alone, this is a feature that doesn't necessarily count against this beer but it's not the best smell because it's so sweet.

T: This is, hands-down, the worst Belgian-style beer I've ever had. No hops worth mentioning, terrible malts. I poured over half of this beer down the drain, because I literally couldn't stand to finish it. Why? It's way, way too sweet. This beer is like drinking a soda that is way to sweet, and has gone flat.

M: And that's the other problem. Not enough carbonation, period. If you're going to make a beer with this bold a sweetness profile, you need to make it drinkable so it's not just sitting, stagnant in your mouth and making the drinker (myself) nearly gag with discomfort.

D: This was a drain pour for me, I'm embarassed to say. Someone told me that I needed to try anything made by Allagash because everything they make is so good, but I'm afraid to try anything else at this point. Maybe when I'm feeling adventurous I'll try a different brew of theirs.

To close, my statement would be that you can get a much better tripel from North America (La Fin Du Monde) and pretty much anything from Belgium is going to be an order of magnitude better than this. Westmalle, Konings, St. Bernardus, Chimay, all of them make Tripels that define this style and make it great. This beer is a terrible attempt and I would highly discourage trying this without hearing from the aforementioned masters first.

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled from cellar temps a bit before pouring into the glass.

A - Hazy yellow/gold with a very creamy head that lingered as long as the beer did.

S - Not overpowering in yeasty esters, but they are well balanced. The clove, banana, and candi sugars are all well represented.

T&M - Again, very well balanced. This is the perfect level of sweet/dry for the style, at least for my tastes. Same with the spices. Nothing jumps forward too much between flavors that all could stand on their own.

D - This is a treat. It was a lot of sugar by the end and I could feel the ABV creeping up on me...

Photo of katelovesbeer
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz pint glass

Appearance: Hazy deep honey color. 1/2" creamy head that didn't last long. Lots of tiny rising bubbles and pretty lacing

Smell: Sweet, fruity smell almost like banana and cloves, maybe something a little more tropical (pineapple?). Strong. Yeasty. Even the smell is effervescent.

Taste: A loud popping flavor of sweet banana-y spices and fruit; tangy lingering sting on the back of the tongue; tastes as yeasty as it smells; leaves you with a well-rounded orange/grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light, airy, effervescent to be sure. The tingly spicy tang makes the pack of your tongue pucker a tiny bit, and overall makes the beer quick a refreshing sip.

Drinkability: Lovely. Just, lovely. The comparability to champagne with the light tropical fruit and spice complexities would make this beer appealing to many crowds. I imagine this beer being fantastic in late summer, early fall - although frankly, I could sip this year 'round.

Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy light yellow with three finger white head, the head leaves spots around glass as it dissipates

S: yeast, banana, cloves, lemon, black pepper... very complex aroma

T: the fruity esters come through on the front of the palate in the form of lemons and bananas, this sweetness is balanced by a strong spicy profile, the abv is hardly detectable, very nice flavors

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a great Belgian style- very spicy and lots of complexity, plus it goes down quite easily for a 9% brew

Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours into my tulip a hazy gold with hues of orange. the head is rocky and white and recedes to nice Belgian-styled lacing.

The smell is authentic, yeasty ad fruity with a little bit of spice. Smells like a Tripel should, a feat that most American brewers fail at.

The taste is more of a letdown. It is herbal and sweet with some spice and bitterness but this is too sweet and clean for a tripel, it is sterile, like other American versions.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery, drinkability is decent theough the alcohol isn't completely unmasked.

It is a decent attempt.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #147 poured into duvel glass.

A: pours golden, some chill haze. two and a half finger foamy head that settled to a half finger layer. also laces a lot.
S: light roast malt. slight hop earthiness. smells similar to Duvel with a bit more sweetness.
T: sweeter than the nose hinted at. roasted sweet and slightly earthy malt. hops are lightly bitter and more earthy as well with a hint of citrus. taste is like a sweeter Duvel
M: crisp, which seems odd for a triple, slightly syrupy.
D: if picking up an empty glass twice means anything its a good sipper.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. This is a really good looking beer. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus orange and lemon. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruits, light alcohol and peppery spices. The alcohol mixes well with the peppery spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mkaplanes
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For such high alcohol content, this beer is amazingly smooth, both mouthfeel and going down. Really nice as a sipping beer. It ended up being a bit heavy - after I had gotten through about 75% of the 23 oz. bottle, I just couldn't have much more. If I had to do it again, I would share this with somebody.

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

Room temperature bottle poured in to a hotel glass. One has to make do when on travel.

Golden color, slightly hazy, effervescent with a nice pure white head that stays tight and thick for quite a while.

Aroma has hints of bubble gum behind some biscuity malt. A lemony alcohol note as well. Nice little bit of lemon spice in the flavor, alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Light bready malt lends to the body. Wow, alcohol does get hot in the finish, but still not unpleasant or out of place.

Medium body, very carbonated and easy to sip. I dig this American version of a tripel.

Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color, it has a decent white head with short retention. The smell is a herbal and fruity scent, though I can't quite place what fruit exactly. The flavor is of more herbal spices and fruit notes. With some very light sweet notes and hint of bready malts.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and while not overly carbonated, it would be fine with less.
Taking into account the ABV it is a very drinkable beer, and I would enjoy trying again as well as more of this style.

Photo of Da1nonlyBD
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this bottle from Al's of Hampden. The appearance is on par with most Triples, which is a a cloudy light brownish color. Smell is kind of fruity and hard to explain, but good. Taste is about average as I've had better, but by no means is it bad. Mouthfeel is great as it is not over-carbonated as some can be. Drinkability is fine as its easy going down. Cant really notice the 9% ABV.Overall not bad, but I've had better.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice:

A - Hazy yellow with thick head and lots of retention.

S - Belgian yeasty scents. Citrus, spicey complex.

T - Light fruity tastes mixed with a wheaty zing and strong alcohol aftertones. Mildly hoppy.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated...almost chewy.

D - I enjoyed this tripel but I have had better. Would buy again.

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