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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 305 | 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 Chico1985
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden-yellow, perfect, huge fluffy white head. Crazy amount of bubbles floating about, looks like champagne. Excellent lacing, beautiful beer. Smell is great, peppery Belgian yeast, floral notes, apple. Tastes... honey, lemon, apple, yeast, wheat. So good. Alcohol taste nowhere to be found, just makes a nice warm feeling in your stomach. Way, way too easy to drink. Dry peppery finish. Amazing, better than I remember. Good price too. Allagash rules.

Photo of Pecorasc
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass on tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

A- Presented with a dense, white, fluffy head with a myriad of different bubble sizes. As the dense head dissipates, it leaves a sticky lacing on all of the different angles of the glass. Even after the head settles, it manages to retain some thickness. This is an extremely hazy triple, casting orange and tangerine colors. The haze makes the tulip almost glow, but maybe not in a good way: this looks more like a wheat beer than a tripel. No visible carbonation.

S- The mouth of the glass is just bursting with aroma. Orange and lemon zest dominate this refreshing aroma, with coriander, allspice, and a tiny bit of nutmeg providing complexity. This is very crisp and extremely refreshing. Nice job Allagash.

T- Initially, dominated by orange zest and an explosion of yeasty spiciness. The spiciness turns to a harsh pepperiness that I can't decide if I like. Finishes with a moderate alcohol burn. This beer certainly doesn't lack character, but it may be a bit harsh in some aspects. Enjoyable nevertheless.

M- Two complaints on the mouthfeel. First, for a tripel, this beer is not dry enough. It would probably benefit a lot from a lower final gravity. Second, there is a major lack of carbonation. Especially being a Belgian, this could use a lot more. The lowest point for an otherwise very enjoyable beer.

D- Despite the poor mouthfeel, this is still moderately drinkable for a tripel. The alcohol burn is not overwhelming and I could have a couple tulips. A pretty decent tripel that could be great with a couple of changes.

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

Pours a sunny orange color thats a bit opaque. On top is a thin head that may have been bigger and badder if I had let the bottle warm up for a bit longer.

Smells sweet and sugary with some clove and banana coming through. Some alcohol notes come through along with some herbal or medicinal smells.

Such a delicious beer. Lots of sweetness marked with bitterness that finishes at the tip of the tongue. Very crisp and quite juicy and refreshing (apple juice?). The stomach warming effects add a nice little sensation that definitely rounds out a quite enjoyable drinking experience. In plain words, the Tripel is outstanding. I'll need to get a corked bottle and age it a bit and see just how good this one can get.

Photo of climax
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a completely cloudy tangerine orange. The white head was small and dissipated quickly. Some lace clings after i aggravate it with a few swirls.

Nose is quite strong and complex. Strong tones of alcohol are obvious and accompanied by honey, wheat, and some tropical fruit. Lesser notes of banana, coriander, and spice are also present. As it warms some sweet malted milk balls and pear begin to surface. The aroma gets more interesting the longer it sits.

Taste has good potency as well. Alcohol once again is clearly evident and holds throughout. Bitter is the general consensus. Honey, spice, and some softer coriander make up a nice flavor.

The feel is soft and mouth-coating with a good clean chalky finish. The body is good and full and the carbonation is spot on. For the ABV and body this one's pretty easy to put down too. Good brew.

Photo of Stigs
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with my better half, served in Chimay chalices

A - big two fingers of dense and soapy white foam that very slowly retreats to a thin layer with spotty lacing. the beer is a cloudy, very carbonated strong golden color. quite the scene.

S - typical Belgian yeast, some spice, clove, citrus (especially orange), faint sourness and hoppy bite at the end as it warms. alcohol definitely bites at the nose.

T - yeast and sweet fruits start the show before the carious spices kick in, some black pepper and clove, lemon zest joins in...ending with a fairly swift and potent grassy hop attack and some boozy zip. the aftertaste is of citrus and crackery malt. intense and complex.

M - fair amount of extremely tight carbonation complements the dancing flavors. well bodied and slightly sticky, yet refreshing at the same time.

D - found this near the back of my beer fridge, and boy was i impressed. in the running for my favorite on the style, and a steal at $7 a 750ml. Allagash impresses again.

Photo of Taverner420
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden. Looks like a Tripel!
S - Smells of yeasty and fruity esters
T - Has a true to form Tripel taste, with lots of strong apricot notes.
M - Fuller and more body, not false like some ATs but full and engaging.
D - Very drinkable.

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

(12 oz. bottle into trappist) Poured a light cloudy orange with a small head. The initial nose was of a general sweetness with a little hint of pepper and citrus and as it sat, banana. The flavor was at first heavily of the spice but the slight banana did develop in the mouth afterward. The alcohol was well masked at first, but as the glass went on, you could feel it warming you up and the sharpness of the alcohol came forward strong to the front of the palate. Would have been MUCH better had the alcohol stayed in the back longer, but this is not terrible either.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/14/2010 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, fruit, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet & semi-tart fruit flavors, some spices and some Belgian yeast breadiness all at once creating a good complexity. A mild alcohol sting follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Belgian beer with strength and substance to drink for an evening.

Photo of jpaltan
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thick clinging head. plenty of lacing. straw colored, golden orange. nose is peppery with hints of orange peel. some banana and clove is present too. taste is those same spicy peppercorns and the matching banana and clove from the nose. it's kind of spicy like candied ginger. a bit of barnyard funk too. finish is try with some heat and booziness. all in all, not bad. nothing i'd go out of the way to purchase again, especially considering the price point.

Photo of wilbrew
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer from a 750ml caged cork bottle. It was batch #105. I enjoyed this beer and it is a good example of the Belgian Style Tripel.

Golden color with a slight cloudiness from the yeast. The head had a thick white appearance. The yeast presence is quite strong with a bready aroma. The yeast profile is also present in the taste with hints of banana. The high alcohol content is noticeable but not overpowering due to the balance with other flavors. Slight texture gives this beer a nice mouthfeel. This beer is very drinkable for a high abv special occasion beer.

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a magnum. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a white head. Has steady and high carbonation and the head leaves behind a lot of lacing. Very cool looking beer.

A very crisp aroma filled with great fruit esters and flavors. Smells almost exactly like La Fin Du Monde.

Beer is yeasty in flavor, medium to low bodied, slightly bitter and drinkability is really high. The carbonation does a good job providing connectivity to the initial sweetness and the final bitterness.

Photo of Samichlaus
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Allagash Tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent gold with a three finger white head. Head dissipates to a tight 1/4" thick cap. Minimal lacing.

S: Smell is faint, yeasty, with hint of a burnt sugar kind of aroma. Fruity esters and a zesty herbal aroma develop as it warms. Light spicy hop character.

T: Light fruity sweetness. Yeast and biscuit characters. Spice of the hops coming through. Drying yeasty finish.

M: Medium body. Slightly chewy, slightly oily. Very nice medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable but too big and dry of a beer to session in my opinion.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cage-corked bottle into a fluted champagne glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden, amber yellow color with orange and rose highlights under a huge cap of white carbonation bubbles which left a fine layer of retention.

S: Smells herbal and citrusy, with hints of lemon and mint as well as grapefruit and clove.

T: Flavor is a nice blend of semisweet cereal malts and finely milled grain coupled with the citrusy backbone of hops. A slight wheaty, yeasty flavor combines nicely with the bold spiciness and brash crispness of the brew with is clean and slightly minty with hints of banana and clove in the mix.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, but very sharp and well carbonated with a mellow, lingering wheat finish.

D: Very solid-drinking tripel with American flair, as Allagash and breweries like Ommegang have built their reputations upon. At 9% ABV and with such strong Belgian yeast and sugar flavors, I'd reserve this one for special occasions and for sharing with others. Very tasty though and easily recommended for such celebratory services.

Photo of monkeyturtle
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this one so much more than I did. I picked this up because my local store didn't carry Allagash White, which is a favorite of mine. Knowing that I've had good experience with many tripels, I thought this would be a sure winner.

Appearance: Good, full head with reasonable lacing; the color was cloudy, wheaty

Smell: very mild, fruity, hints of banana

Taste: way too bitter for my taste. This is not a brew that hides its alcohol content well. Starts with a deceptive gentleness that rolls right into a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: average

I was taken aback by the averageness of this beer.

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

Poured from an aged corked and caged 750 (batch 122) into a Chimay Chalice.

I will preface this review by saying I am not a huge fan of Tripels. That being said, I do appreciate a nicely done example...so lets see how this goes.

A-Beautiful medium amber with a creamy eggshell head that will not settle. Filtered clarity in the initial pour with effervescent bubble rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-Sweet Belgian malts...bananna, lemon, a hint of pepper, yeast, and something fresh here, like kiwi perhaps. Nice, overall.

T-Very interesting. The peppery, bananna nose carries over to the taste, with a hint of clove and a bit more hops than I expected balancing it all out in a dry astringent finish. Slight warming alcohol in the end, but only minor. A very nice brew.

M-Well balanced overall

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer. Not really my cup of tea, but damn...I actually am enjoying this. Another Belgian clone by the guys who do it very well.

Photo of Minotaur
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy golden ale with a one finger head. The head remains for a bit and leaves a thick white skim on top of the beer; there is a smooth lacing left along the edge of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with a slight hint of bread and spice. Apples, cloves and a light sugar aroma.

The taste is a light, latently sweet in a crisp and bready kind of way. The flavor of pear, grape and a slight citrus peak through. The yeast is present but not unsettling. A little hop bitterness comes through especially as the ale warms. As it is consumed a slight sourness comes through on the back of the tongue and on the inhale.

The mouthfeel is light and clean but also has a pleasant density. The beer is very drinkable and smooth despite the high alcohol.

Photo of Mavajo
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow - a bit darker than I expected actually, but definitely an acceptable color. Beautiful frothy white head that retains very well - it eventually recedes, but maintains a nice frothy film throughout. No or minimal lacing.

Aroma is wonderful - honey, light fruits, banana, sweet, with a hint of grains or maybe bread? Taste isn't quite as special as the aroma, but it's still great. All the same notes appear here - honey, light fruits, banana, and a bready/grainy notion. Honey is likely at the forefront here. There's a slight aftertaste, but it's minimal and doesn't last very long - which is perfect in my book. I can't say that I found the alcohol very noticeable - I certainly wouldn't have pegged this as 9%. Mouthfeel is somewhat pedestrian, but inoffensive. Thin to medium bodied with generous carbonation. A bit prickly across the tongue. Drinkability is superb - very refreshing, but doesn't compromise and maintains an interesting taste. You can drink this down, or you can sip it.

Probably my second favorite Tripel to date, behind only Chimay White.

Photo of Frotus
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Tripel. Granted it is one of the few I get to enjoy fresh since it is brewed by the fine people up in Maine. Very easy to find around Boston.

The head is ridiculous. Thick, full and doesnt subside. This head isn't gonna take your guff! Beautiful gold in color. Immediatly you can taste the distinct Belgian yeast strain. The other flavors are very complex. Citrus, malt, honey and a few others I cant even identify. Drink this slowly and enjoy them all!

The Drinkability of this one is almost perfect. The only thing holding me back from giving it a 5 is the high ABV. Not that this a problem, but some people might be turned off by it. I actually love that this beer hides the high ABV remarkably well.

Photo of Throckmorton
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, one of my favorite American Tripels.

A - these are never beautiful beers as beers go, but looked like a tripel.

S - had some nice earthy tones - even horsey, but subtle, not unpleasant. had some grass notes, perhaps slight citrus.

T - just right, dry, slight bitter tang, multiple flavors that change from sip to swallow.

M - good, more thick than thin. mine was pretty carbonated,

D - Hi EtOH, but I sure did want another.

Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Stella glass.

A: A medium golden color with a big one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing that eventually fades back into the beer.

S: Yeasty flavors with some sweet sugary notes and sweeter fruits. Slight alcohol smell.

T: Sweeter fruit flavors and musty yeast notes come out first. Fruits of banana, pear, some green grape are coupled with the musty spicy yeast. This is overcome by the sugary sweetness that lets just a hint of spicyness back in before completely finishing sweet. Sweetness lingers with a coating finish and minimal (if any) traces of hop.

M: Coating and full with a sweetness that stays on the tongue. A trace of alcohol is tasted, but it is welcome.

D: For me it's just a tad too sweet for more than one. If you are a sweet fan, this one goes down smoothly.

Overall a very good tripel that is well made and affordable. I prefer my tripels with a bit more hop bite so this was not a favorite of mine. I can still appreciate how well it's made within the style, and for that it gets high ratings. Allagash does a nice job.

Photo of berley31
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that gradually diminished to 1/2-finger. Body is dark yellow and hazy.

S: Very nice aroma... strong with orange and other citrus smells, with some light yeast.

T: Lots of fruit in the flavor, and again the yeast is lurking, but not too prevalent. Finishes slightly bitter, almost an astringent taste to it.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: A solid tripel, which is no less than what I would expect from Allagash.

Photo of tanousa
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Peachy , golden color with decent lace foam.

S- A lot of different fruits , herbal aroma , hints of honey.

T- orange peel, yeast , alcohol and clove.

M- a little dry finish , good carbonation.

D- ok beer,alcohol content at 9 % makes it a little dangerous if you like it, not one of my favorites but I can share one here and there.

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

Just an all around good beer, I'd say. Pours a nice golden color with decent white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is a nice combination of yeast, cloves, apples, and pale malt. Taste follows suit, just a solid tripel. Did catch a slight metallic character. Decent leafy hop bitterness. Got this one discounted because Allagash is moving out of Indiana, great deal! MF is light with decent carbonation, right for a tripel. Really enjoyable, great session, refreshing.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This one pours a hazy, golden orange color, somewhat similar to apricot nectar. A fluffy, creamy, two-finger head of eggshell white colored foam sits on top. The retention is fairly impressive, especially for 9.00%abv. The lacing looks like swiss cheese lining the side of my glass.
Very nice.

It's like biscuits made with honey, bananas and cloves. Good yeastiness level, which is not overdone, at all, it's damn near perfect. Nice notes of orchard/white fruits. Pears, apples, bananas, white grapes, apricots and even a light touch of pineapple. Nice hints of clove and cardamon and a touch of cinnamon. Candi sugar and caramel malt sweetness.

Nicely, the honey covered bananas are out front, taste-wise. The fruits, spices and sweetness, from the nose, all play together, just below the surface. This is all supported by a very nice yeasty base.
This is one tasty tripel!

This one is full-bodied with a nice medium to full level of carbonation. It is filled with loads of those teeny, tiny little bubbles that I love so much. This gives a delightful creaminess to this already very smooth beer.

The slightly high abv is effectively masked within this glass. This is a very easy drinking beer. My only concern is that the abv and sugar/sweetness would catch up with you if you aren't careful.

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

Batch #142.

Smells like honey and banana bread. The head is wicked crazy. Looks like a big cloud.

Doesn't taste as sweet as other tripel's I've had. I'd say the spicyness doesn't really fit in. It's tasty when I first take a drink, but after a second the spicyness beats up the sweetness and steals its lunch money.

It's a neat beer. Maybe I should have let it sit for a while -- the label says it cellars well.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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