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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,368
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 143
Gots: 344 | 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 Casey10
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times and finally getting around to reviewing this. A fantastic version of the style.

A - nice banana yellow with a slight head great carbination and some nice lacing.

S - Fruity smell definate banana and that belgian yeast smell.

T - Really nice reminds me of the tripels I have had from Belguim a bit bubblegum banana sweet and so goood.

M - smooth cream frothy, the feel is really nice.

D - Lucky enough I can get this anytime the. It is for those searching the style can't go wrong here.

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

A 750 ml bottle that I purchased in August.

This poured with a nice white fluffy head and a very cloudy yellow body.

Floral, yeast and bread with citrus. Really pleasant and fresh. After it sits a while the alcohol comes through in the nose.

Taste is Belgian hops, but not as strong as some others, quite a bit of citrus with tart apple.

Mouth feel is quite carbonated and not wet.

Drinkability is good, but not exceptional.

Photo of brianjay
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color. The swirling airy head slowly fades down into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma leaves a lot to the imagination. My preconceived notion of a Belgian tripel have to be put aside for this lighter, yet well balanced, American version.

White grapes and orange flavors with a touch of brown sugar rounding out the flavors.

Mouth feel, sparkling and lively. Despite the high ABV on this one, it is smooth and drinkable, going down very easy. Would go great with salad or fish.

Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750ML bottle Batch 157

Slightly hazy golden color with a large whipped cream like head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of honey, slightly spicy and sweet malt. The alcohol is well hidden. Not the most aromatic tripel but smells like a good tripel should. The flavor is as it should be as well. Just slightly more warmth then the Belgian examples. Slightly sweet upfront from the malt, mildly spicy with hints of pepper and cloves. Some honey as well before a dry finish. A little lighter than medium in body. Nice carbonation. Could be a little more robust. A good, solid tripel here. Nicely crafted. I think they know what they are doing at Allagash. The high ABV makes drinking the entire 750ML bottle a little daunting.

Photo of Vaison
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

It settles very nicely into the glass creating a 1/2 inch dense white head which dissipated very quickly leaving only a partial ring on the outside. The color is light cloudy gold. The smell of this is floral and fruity . The taste immediately brings out the floral and honey aspects. It is fruity, perhaps banana, and has spice notes at the end which create a dry finish. It has a fair amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. The alcohol is blended very nicely.

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

I am a big fan of tripels. Having spent some time recently in Belgium, I was able to try my fair share. This beer compares nicely to those I tried over there. The aftertaste is wonderful. A great, soft taste lingers. I know this may be as expensive as some of the Belgians, but when found for cheaper, I don't think you miss much.

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a pale yellow/gold color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the beer. The head faded, but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright citrus and spice flavor with some notes of lemon, coriander, orange peel to it. It also has a bit of a fruit tartness with some apple and pear to it that really helps balance it and give it some depth.

The taste shows a lot of the citrusy, lemon, coriander, orange peel flavors that were found in the nose. Some of the tart, fruity flavors come through in the finish and help balance out the flavors. It's a very flavorful and good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it this evening. For the high abv % it hid it very well. It had some very good and bold flavors to it but still remained pretty well balanced. Very tasty triple overall.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle (from Batch # 156) into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, very pale gold color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind spotty lace. Looks a lot like a witbier.

Smell: Somewhat flowery with earthy yeasat and alcohol.

Taste: Begins with some fruitiness, finishing with a champagne-like flavor and earthy yeast with a good hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin, with carbonation a bit on the heavy side and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This isn't a bad beer, but definitely isn't the best representation of the style. I would be willing to drink this one again, but it is far from the first tripel I would reach for.

Photo of jthor018
2.46/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought three 750mL bottles of this from batch 154. Two of them were horrible. I think the bottles might have went bad. A friend of mine got a bottle from the same store and said it was the worst beer he had ever drank. The third one, from another store, was decent. Poured into a clear plastic cup (didn't have any glassware with us) it was golden and the smell reminded me of banana bread. The head on this beer was nice and thick for about 15 seconds and then was gone. It tasted okay but I think I was biased by my previous bad experiences with this beer. That said, I would buy a bottle of this from a different batch.

Photo of diechipmunk
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip
A: hazy goldend color with almost no head or lacing.

S: Earthy Spices, belgian yeats and mild fruits, slight green banna, maybe.

T: Very dry. A dominating Yeast, some spices and detectable alcohol, long finish trails off to a great finish bitterness with touch of malty sweetness and the end. The finish is the best part.

M: Good level of carbonation keeps it light.

Photo of joeland
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch# 155

A- a beatiful golden hazy color with one finger high head that leaves a thick lacing

S- a mild smell of corrinder with other spices mixed in

T- a strong alchol taste right upfront that has spices that mix weel with it

M- a medium body with a medium carbnaton

D- a smooth drinking beer. it has the alchol taste with out the burn, but i'm set with having one maybe two of these

Photo of impending
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull honey with a dense fine bubbled pure white head, very active carbonation. Batch 142.

Classic aroma of a triple but with a touch less sweetness. The fruit is an overly ripe apple and quiet citrus, the yeast is well pronounced.

Not very sweet for a triple, the yeast notes are dominant and the finish is quite dry. This could handle a very strong cheese on the side. The alcohol has a low warmth and is preceded by the strong phenols. The aftertaste is a weakness as it trails off dry, bitter and acidic. I like everything but the finish. In reading other reviews no one is noting an acidic finish, perhaps mine is a bit . . . . . !

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The body is cloudy gold in color unfiltered look.

S- Smell of fruity notes and herbs kind of like the Allagash White but more of a fruitiness present.

T- The taste of honey and spices and fruity notes. The label said Passion fruit I thought more like a Melon.

M- Wasn't to light or heavy. Somewhat dry but not to bad. The honey and spices and fruit linger through out.

D- Well this was my first Tripel and I like it. I'm sure I'll try more but this I will try again.

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

Hazy yellow beer, deep color. Good looking head.

Smells of banana-ie, citrousy, and of Belgian yeast.

Tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast and bananas. Tastes like it smells. Booze is surprisingly hidden in a smooth flavor.

This is a good beer. I do not like the "White" as much, so I was afraid to try any of the others. Also this beer has a better shelf-life than the "White", which usually stays on the self for unfavorable lengths of time. This "Tripel" and the "Black" are really great beers. Give them a shot.

Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with about a quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Big belgian tripel smell. Spicy and fruity. Very good.

T: Tripel maltiness but on the drier side. Somewhat nutty and bitter. Not bad.

M: Pretty standard for a tripel. It does leave a bitter feel in the mouth.

D: Not my favorite tripel, but a decent offering. Would drink this one again.

Photo of DeliriumHomebrew
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #155

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A: golden, straw- colored beauty (I was stunned). Head was an easy 2 finger job, but settled into some nice lacing throughout.

S: kinda like those Pillsbury croissant rolls, fresh out the gate: Butter and Bread. A little peppery, with some hints of citrus...
Corriander? Maybe.

T&M: decidedly, the best tasting tripel I've had: not as sweet as Wyerbacher, yet not as boozey as Chimay. A nice mix.
I'd like to eat a steak right now, but it's late and I digress...
M: perfect carbonation, best I've ever felt in a tripel. You could swish it around and drink it all night.
(I won't be doing so).

O: A++; and, please make sure to "Drink Good Beer."

Photo of j37geogaddi
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow pour from my bottle with little lacing.

Smells of pure belgian candy sugars and citrus with floral notes.

Taste is really nice. It's strong but pleasant. Highly citrusy and sweet but a nice bitter balance. Banana flavors and Belgian yeast comes through nicely. This is a great summer sipper, which is nice since the higher ABV usually keeps me from drinking a lot of awesome boozey craft beers.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated- on the high side for its strength but totally right for the Tripel style.

This is a really drinkable strong beer. Typically, belgian tripel's can over power with their inherent sweetness, but this is perfectly balanced.

As well known as Allagash is on the East coast, I think this beer is still under-rated. I will, one day, make the hike back up to Portland ME and visit this respected brewery.

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

Moderate spicy, yeasty aroma with notes of coriander, citrus and oranges.

Slightly hazy yellow colour with a big, creamy, white head. Decent head retention but not amazing.

Rich and sweet with a good bit of citrus to cut through. The spice is nicely balanced. Well composed with a slightly dry finish.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A tasty beer with enough going on to keep me interested and to make up for the awful drive I just endured.

Photo of BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Nice rich head which remains over time, very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Some spice but floral hops seem to dominate.

Taste: Very nice "dry" tripel, not as sweet up front as some of the Belgians, but very well balanced with a nice mild bitter finish.

Drinkability: Nicely smooth and very enjoyable!

Very solid example of the style!

Photo of jmhart
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with Frasier433 during Beer Thursday (TM).

750mL poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy pale gold with hints of brown, as if there were minuscule pits of cinnamon mixed in that are too small to pick out on their own. Poured a thick white head, 2 fingers at least, that faded into a rich and long lasting lace.

S- Bready aroma with hints of banana, butter, pepper and nutmeg. Warm and spicy. Maybe even a hint of red delicous apple.

T- Continues the flavors from the smell: Yeast rolls (butter and all) and apple, with nutmeg/cinnamon, and white pepper.

M- A fairly full bodied tripel Thick with a bite, but refreshing.

D- A great tripel. Tasty with a good combination of fruit flavors and spice. Really delicious. Definitely one of my favorite tripels.

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

Batch 153. Cork popped off extremely easily. Pours a VERY cloudy, golden-straw color with a huge white head that slowly dies down. Smell has kinda a farmhouse/saison scent to it with the yeasts and very little funk I'm getting. As I swirl the beer and it warms a bit, I pick up more zest and fruitiness. Mostly pear and lemon. Definitely some peppery smell as well. The taste is how it smells. Extremely well-balanced with some awesome flavors. The zest and spices hit immediately, quickly followed by the pears and lemon. A lot of lemon on this one. Then the taste ends with the perfect amount of booziness. I really like how balanced this triple is. The mouthfeel is how it should be for this style. Nice and full-bodies with some crisp bite to it, with solid/high carbonation. The drinkability is high.

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

hazy, heady and lacing about.
nice pour from the tap.
belgian malts and yeast dominate in the nose.
a candy like sweetness is clearly evident.
taste was very nice. full body and mouthfeel.
sweet malts, viscous and yeasty
very nice tripel, especially on draft

Photo of HalfFull
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. pry off bottle poured into a large wine glass, pouring a lemon orange with a touch of haze. Half an inch of white foam settles slowly and offers some artsy lacing.

Nose is primarily of yeast and grain and offers a bit of wet blanket funk initially. Opens to yield some lemon honey and just a hint of spice. Improves slightly with warming yet is not nearly as enticing as some of the style and rather subdued overall, yet without any real negative factors. Soft and fruity overall with sugared yeast influences.

Flavor offers a bit of spice with a spritzy delivery. Has a full wheat bread like feel and occasional blasts of peppery spice. Fruit notes of apple or pear are largely absent. Relatively dry(spice) for a Tripel yet the beer adequately masks the 9% well though without much fanfare. Bit of orange/lemon on the finish and some pepper/clove which doesn't linger much. A bit creamy in nature.

Odd take on a Tripel for me. Smell and taste are unexciting yet OK. Feel is the same. Yet it's easy to drink because it's not very Tripel-like, more like a Double Witbier. This beer is subtle and straight forward, pleasant and unobtrusive: The Tripel next door.

Photo of Naugros
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a lot paler than I had expected from a tripel, In fact, this is so straw-colored that it looks like a witbier. But I've had Allagash White and this sir, is no Allagash White. It's indeed a triple.

The nose smacks you in the face with floral and citrus hops. Strong enough to think it might be a Belgian IPA. But this is indeed a tripel.

The taste is what gives away it's true heritage. Honey and butter sweet up front with just a smattering of hops applause from the gallery. The Belgian yeast is present but not overwhelming and not too funky. All in all this is one well balanced beer.

There's a slight residual bitterness, but it doesn't last and the overall feel is pretty light, especially for a tripel. Okay, I said "pretty light". This beer has a medium body, but the carbonation makes it come off seeming lighter.

A dangerously, easily drinkable beer. I had no problem putting down the whole double deuce and my head is swimming. Loving it! I'll sleep well tonight and edit this review tomorrow for typos. And then I'll start making plans for a trip to Maine to sample at their brewery. These guys know their stuff!

Photo of Daniellobo
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair and reliable take on a tripel.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Nature illustration with a river flowing among trees over a green label. Short note on the character of the beer and ingredients, with serving notes on the neck label. Lacks beer freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9%). Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour, unremarkable head, short retention, fair surface ring and some lacing.

S - Light nose, pleasant with fruity and yeasty notes, a small lingering sweetness.

T - Moderately yeasty, with a small spicy hint, a touch of honey and fruity sweetness.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

D - Nice brew, pleasant to drink.

Notes: There isn't much remarkable about this brew, but it is pretty pleasing for what it is expected of a tripel. A bit short on the appearance, and maybe missing some depth, but quite reliable other than that.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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