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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,160 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 121
Gots: 239 | 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 sweethome
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of previously described blind tripel tasting.

This was least traditional of all in tasting - which suprised me based on past tastings of this beer - always thought it was spot on.

Very hazy light gold color - traditional big white head. Nose of yeast, corriander, and hay.

Dry entry, complex floral flavors - smooth compared to others - but I like it! Big alcohol burn, fruity, honey, fresh peach. Has a bit of hops to cleanse the palate.

What a tasty, complex and satisfying brew!

sweethome, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing golden/yellowy color, massive foamy white head fades slowly, settles into 1/4" layer, lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is just explosively fruity, lots of juicy pear, some banana, some lemon rind, peppery. Taste is phenomenal! Lots of the pear, sweet honey, slight lemony tartness, pepper on the back of the tongue...wow!!! Elegantly creamy, and actually really refreshing for something this flavorful...virtually no taste from the alcohol. This may have just upset my recently-posted "Top 10 Personal Favorites" list! Allagash is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. This is a fantastic beer, a must-try!

corey0212, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ the Tap Room @ the Somerset Hills Hotel

Appearance: A massive white head sits atop a slightly hazy golden body. The head has reasonable staying and leaves a light lacing as it slowly rescinds. Classic looks and perfect presentation for a Tripel.

Smell: Crisp and very clean lines on this one. A good mix of fruits, some hops, spices, citrus and coriander. Very nice that is very refreshing when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Excellent. Highly traditional malty beginning that makes way for the spicy banana clove middle. Some yeast and light grain in the middle. Finishes with a really good "kick" of fruits and a lemony grapefruit twang.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, slightly sweet mouthfeel .

Drinkability: Very High, especially given its strength. def one of the best tripels ive had from a US brewer

bonbini26, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a val-dieu goblet

Appearance: Very cloudy murky burnt orange color with an initially thick foamy head that dissipates to a wisp that clings to the beer, nice lacing.

Smell: Buttery and rich, some orange peel as well, wheaty and bready with a good bit of yeast. Definitely some alcohol and maybe even a little diacetyl?

Taste: Rich and delicious, slightly sweet and perfectly balanced and just so smooth its pretty much ridiculous. I dont want to write anymore I just want to drink it.

Overall: This is right up there with watou tripel and val-dieu's, one of the best triples out there and one of the absolute best american stabs at a belgian style in the world.

YankChef, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Yotus
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a smaller cognac snifter. Beautiful clarity, bright white head that lingers and lingers.

Aromas of spices, some citrus, some pepper. Yeast and hops dominate the nose, with a very light malt character wafting through underneath everything else.

Malt-sweet on the front of the tongue; dries out nicely to a clean, crisp, long-lasting hop-accentuated bitterness. Very complex flavor profile, with some alcohol coming through in the finish. Warming and nice, with a slight almond nuttiness that adds to the complexity.

Body is light to medium despite its high gravity, suitable for a tripel.

Overall, this is an outstanding example of a Belgian-style tripel and holds its on with the classics from across the pond. A very good value for the money. Nicely done.

Yotus, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a nice cloudy orangish gold with a one and a half finger off-white head.

Aromas of tropical fruit, spicy Belgian yeast tones, and candi sugar.

Flavors start off on a fruity and spicy note, then the sweetness from the candi sugar kicks in and blends with the spicy tones. Earthy and spicy hops balance it out and linger on in the finish. A bit of alcohol as well, perhaps a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-light body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Pretty good tripel, a bit of a strange taste to it but that tends to go away as it warms. Pretty damn good other than that.

roadhouse, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML caged and corked brown bottle batch # 119 > Flute glass.

The color is wonderful orange-hued sparkling gold color, it's much like what I imagine an early sunrise on some farm in the midwest in the late 1800's would look like. The carbonation from the lively yeast and it's tiny, buzzing and twirling bubbles creating a bone-white, smooth and creamy looking crown, at least 3" high to start. Settles very slowly with long, sticky legs. I would bellyflop of a ledge into this vibrant liquid if I could.

The nose is full of huge, parfumey flowers and fruits, the yeast smells fruity with gentle rosebuds...this stuff could be used for aroma thearapy! lilac essence spray, clover honey in the pale malt...this stuff lures me in like i was a Honeybee or something.

first impression: wow. simply, wow. It's an ultra crisp, refreshing but wildly smooth feel, it's like a massage for the palate, crisp and sweet, honey-flavored malt with current of ripe, tropical fruits, a wonderful first impression. The complexity is enjoyed with every sip, and a great balance is achieved with earthy, peppery and dry hops. The balance is the key factor, it's really divided into three equal parts, honey-sweet malt with big fruits and a grounding earthiness that keeps you inticed. The heat is really mild and only adds complexity.

Easily one of the best Belgian "style" Tripel's I've had. I was sad to see the empty bottle.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden amber into a snifter, with a decent lasting head and some residual lacing.

Smell is immediately redolent of clove and raisons - you can sense the alcohol through the spicy aroma.

Taste closely follows smell - spicy with a nice carbonation and a feel of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy , finishes fairly crisp.

Drinkability is fine for a beer with this ABV but this is a potion that limits you to no more than one or two at a sitting.

Not a great fan of the style but I like this just fine.

OldYoda, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a golden-amber color with a two-finger head and ample carbonation/cloudiness.

Aroma: Spicy with a raisin aroma. The malt shines through here.

Taste: Spicy with a very smooth malt bite. Raisin and currant show up in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and complex. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable tripel. Goes down smoothly and quite to the style. I like it.

Brad007, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ontap into a snifter glass. Attractive looking brew here. Pale hazy gold with a nice head that provides most excellent lacing.
The fragrance is semi sweet with Belgian yeast giving off soft fruit notes.
A crisp delivery of fruity flavor, yeast and alcohol esters. The sweetness subsides and leaves a dry finish.
At 9% this is still very drinkable and enjoyable.

Stinkypuss, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason I had expected the aroma to lean heavily on malt characteristics; while there is a definite malt character, the initial whiff was pretty hoppy. Clove and a hint of pine, followed by the malty fruit notes. This tripel has a very good, crisp smell.

Pours golden, with a white head. Lacy and a bit clingy, but not incredibly so.

The carbonation is nice, and was what I first noticed on tasting. That little bite subsides and is replaced with fruity alcohol esters. I think a detected a hint of banana. The Allagash has less of an astringent quality than some other tripels and Belgian strong golden ales. A somewhat creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

A good but not particularly great effort.

TheMistler, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Light pour yields very little head, andn no lacing to speak of. Had the River Horse Tripel last night and did not want to wait 15 mins for head to subside. Poured a nice light amber, the way a tripel should look. Quite a bouquet on this one, light carmel, melons, citrus and an undertone of sweetness. On the tongue I get hints of mango and passion fruit. Light sweetness attributable to the malts, slight Belgian yeast, notes of citrus and a slight alcohol presence. Ever so slight hop bitterness in the moderately long finish. Very nice mouthfeel slightly creamy without being cloying. High drinkability for 9%. This is a nice American version of the style.

Kraken, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a decent head and tight lacing action.
The aroma is of bananas,cloves and fruit with a hint of alcohol.
The taste is cloves,bananas as the aroma might indicate, some alcohol in the brew especially as it warms.
There is some light spice and a finish of cream and fruit notes.
A good carbonation and the a balance that molds all the flavors very well.

Notes: This is how I like my Tripel,well balanced,creamy and the alcohol well hidden. If you have to do a Tripel in America this is probably one of the better examples in my opinion.

Lexluthor33, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of GJ40
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle (batch #108).

A - Light golden color with good clarity (just a little hazy), a huge white head and lots of tiny bubbles. It looked very inviting.

S - Slightly sweet with clove and banana.

T - A mix of sweetness, bitterness and spice. I didn't think much of it upon the first sip or two but it then quickly grew on me.

M - Good body and carbonation.

D - It hides the 9% alcohol very well. This is a very enjoyable beer and quite easy to drink. A nice American brewed Belgian.

GJ40, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of jamiejohnson
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripels are not my favorite style, so I try to go for recommended examples only. I was told this is an excellent American version of the Belgian style. I can't argue with that - this contains all the vital elements of a Belgian Tripel, a mixture of candyish malt and just the right amount of hops all grown up with a Belgiany yeast strain. Nice aroma suitable for the style. 750 ML's of this stuff goes down dangerously easy after becoming accustomed to the initial taste, so at 9% take care. In my Allagash samplings, the brewery is now 2 for 2. Can't wait to try their Double.

Allagash, Allagash,
Can't go wrong.
Couple of these Tripels
Have you sing'n a song!

jamiejohnson, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of cdog3
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite everyday beers. Pouring at 9% ABV you can dink a 750 ml bottle by yourself at leisurely pace just about any evening. It is golden yellow and slightly cloudy with a fine creamy white head that last and last. The aroma is spicy and fruity with just the faintest scent of alcohol at the end. when you take this beer in your mouth you feel a nice medium to better body that borders on creamy. Sweet and spicy up front with a nice rounded maltiness and a hint of alcohol warming in the finish. If you haven't had this you should and if you have you should probably pick up another one just to remind yourself how good it is.

cdog3, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold, almost orangish hue with a good head that died slowly and left a good amount of lace. A very fruity smell, mostly dark fruits and some light traces of sweet malts.
A fruity taste, mostly tropical, yet medium-bodied and smooth and the malts (like caramel or honey) seem to round out the sides. Some nice hops on the backend for a touch of dryness and feeling on the end. My review doesn't do it justice; this is a solid Belgian triple, and it comes from an American brewer which makes the brew even something more to appreciate.

clayrock81, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden/yellow. A large white head forms and leaves some good clinging lace. True to style.
S: Typical yeasty/earthy/funky tripel nose. Again, true to style, but typical.
T: Sweet, tart, and fruity flavor. Some doughy and biscuit flavors as well. True to style. Nothing out of the ordinary.
M/D: Well carbonated and a medium dry body. The alcohol shows a bit, but good beer to sip on.

This follows the style pretty much to a T. Nice fruity flavors and a creamy body. A very good interpretation by an American brewery, but not my favorite. Though, if tripel's are your thing, then this is a must try.

champ103, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Excellent, a lot of carbonation when poured.

Smell - Good, like an average triple.

Taste - Citrusly, a little bite.

Mouthfeel - Excellent, had good texture and not overpowering.

Drinkability - A good one to share with a friend but do not feel it is a session beer. Enjoyable but feel that better triple's are available.

tbeck, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Allagash brew. Pours reddish orange with an off white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a smattering of lacing around the snifter. Smell is complex and sublime with big fruits and yeast up front with some spiciness and sweet malts surrounding everything and a bit of sourness in the middle. The robust maltiness is put in check with some earthiness and a slight bitterness while some fruits, candy sweetness and a biscuity essence and texture fill the palate. The alcohol taste is nearly nonexistent. Carbonation is right on, complimenting the style. This medium bodied yet smooth and highly drinkable (despite the alcohol content) brew goes head to head with the best of em'.

stephens101, May 30, 2008
Photo of avaulteriam
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was Tripel number 2 of three for last night. Definitely the best looking of the three with a nice yellow/orangey color, cloudy with tasty yeasties. In the nose, there was a lot of sweetness, pear, apples, a light hop aroma, and the smell of champagne. After the silky smoothness crossed my tongue, I was hit with the sweetness, a taste similar to honey. As it warmed, more banana and cloves were presiding. I had to double check the alcohol on this, as I didn't think it could possibly be as high as 9%. I was quite pleased in this selection, though not my favorite.

avaulteriam, May 29, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash is hard to get ahold of here in Oregon. Had the chance to get this one ontap at the Publick House in Boston. Yay!

Golden and a tad hazy. Bubbling fizzy carbonation and a fluffy rocky head that seemed to harden like a shell...or ice crusted snow.

Sweet aroma with some passion fruit, spicy pepper, flower (rose) petals, and other goodies. A real clean and crisp aroma. It makes me want to jam my nose right down and in...and take a huge whiff.

Fizzy carbonation opens everything up and makes the flavors more bright and pronounced. Spicy alcohol warming and a really good yeasty floral bite make this one a winner.

Drinkability is definitly there. My glass was done far quicker than I wanted it to.

SurlyDuff, May 19, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade

I found this to be a big, tasty beer, but a little heavy on the clove. Belgian spice dominates the aroma and flavor, but there are still hints of earthy hops and mellow malts. For my palate, the phenols (clove and similar spice) is a bit much heavy, but it didn't prevent me from finishing off the bottle. I have to at least give it credit for being complex in the spice. Worth a try.

tempest, May 16, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orangy yellow color with a finger thick frothy white head. It has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Belgian yeast aroma meets the nose as it approaches the glass. There is a lemony citrus aroma that is mixed with some spicing. There is no noticeable alcohol aroma at all.

T: There is a bit of a sweet taste when it first hits the tongue. It is quickly hidden by a slightly sour lemon flavor. The spicing mixes in with the other flavors to offer some real interest. There is a hint of alcohol when the beer is swallowed. Its a great mix of flavors.

M: Its medium thickness gives it some interest in the mouth. The carbonation and spicing also adds an extra punch to the mouthfeel.

D: It is very drinkable for the style. The carbonation and spicing makes you slow down a bit though.

GatorBeerNerd, May 14, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden color with a thick, creamy head that sticks all over the glass. Aromas of citrus, melon, and dried banana esters, grass, and yeast. Very flavorful on the first sip...pale fruit and peppery phenols. Fresh, pulpy citrus, sweet and peppery, and some yeast. Smooth medium body, drying, and very refreshing for its strength.

Good...might get a whole 4-pack soon.

wedge, May 12, 2008
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,160 ratings.