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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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2,043 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 119
Gots: 194 | 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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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured as part of a tasting into a sampler wine glass. Fancy bottle, with the tag and everything, although unfortunately I didn't take down the batch number. I got a very large portion as it was later in the tasting and we had a few people opting out.

Tripels are rapidly becoming one of my favourite styles, and this is a fantastic example. Aroma was spicy and yet a little sweet, with a peppy hop backbone that told me this was going to be a well-balanced beer. Taste is actually quite light and refreshing for the style, with the spiciness remaining in combination with decent carbonation, some fruit notes (peaches and nectarines, mainly, with a little bit of winey grapes). Slight earwarming alcohol as it goes down, with a pleasant sherry-soaked wood aftertaste.

Definitely a beer for special occasions, but I will look for it again when I'm in the Eastern US and maybe bring back another bottle or two.

09-15-2006 20:35:08 | More by crwills
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Batch #80. The cork on my 750 popped loudly as I opened the bottle. Hazed gold with a bright white head. Nice retention for a thinnish head and streaky lacing of fine bubbles was apparent throughout. Plenty of spicy cloves and lemony citrus in the aroma with a mild, creamy maltiness, nearly caramel. Same in the flavour, but with moderate bitterness and a kiss of hops at the mid. Spice is a little more peppery and coriander towards the end. It finishes on the dry side and with smooth alcohol warmth. Generous, creamy carbonation and medium body. This is really tasty stuff. It's nice to see US brewers doing such a great job with this style.

09-09-2006 23:17:45 | More by DrJay
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shroompod

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Batch 41 , thats been cellared for awhile.

Has a rocky head with plenty of lacing throughout the beer.

Smell has a faint citrus smell , freshly cut grass , along with the alcohol.

Taste is kinda thin , very little malt. Some hop bite with alcohol notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light , very good carbonation.

Drinkabitly of this beer is very good. Perhaps a little past it's prime , but good nonetheless.

09-09-2006 22:05:41 | More by shroompod
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KyleVick4

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

750 mL bottle, with cage batch #64

As a disclaimer, Im still struggling to understand the wonderful world of Belgian beer. Bear with me as this may not be the bast review as I do not yet know the terms/what to look for when tasting... With that said on with the review!

A: Not as cloudy as I expected, a light gold color with lots of bubbles. The head is very nice and decent lacing. Head really lingers on the top of the beer.

S: Lots of new smells here, smells mediciney and sharp. A touch of alcohol in the nose. A very small hint of hops with lots of spicyness about.

T: Mmmm 9.0% abv? Yea right. No hint of alcohol just spicyness and maybe the dryness of what i think is honey. As it warms it get spicier and i think I taste cloves?

M: I really like this mouthfeel. Its almost light bodied due to so much carbonation. The carbonation hits hard and aggressive, which I find pleasing. Feels really refreshing, and not a clue of 9.0 abv

D: Im drinking this pretty easy. Very good leaves a nice aftertaste making you want one more sip. Very good,

09-03-2006 01:15:39 | More by KyleVick4
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stephendr

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Gold hazy color – white medium head – nose of honey , cream , yeast , elderberries , watermelon – taste of malts , yeast , cereals , grains , bitter chocolates , sour apple – champagne body , dry style – aftertaste slightly bitter , yeast , and malts

08-31-2006 02:08:50 | More by stephendr
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cbl2

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%

2/25/2005 $5.99 750 mL 9.00% No best by date. Batch #61.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear straw-gold with finely beaded carbonation that yields a 2" foamy head.

Aroma:

Bursts of star fruit & black pepper dominate. An excellent blend of sugar & spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

A very good approximation of a Belgian Tripel. Sweet fruit presence is coupled with a dry spicy quality, that draws out the finish. Interesting how Curieux, which is based on this lacks the same flavor characteristics.

08-28-2006 19:29:48 | More by cbl2
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle, Batch 77

Poured a cloudy, light, gold with a medium white head. The head was smaller than I expected but the full lacings remained throughout.

Aroma is sweet malt, pepper, coriander, a floral bouquet and some slight esthers.

Sweet up front with thick malt, apple, grape balancing with an alcoholic, champagne presence. The finish possesses subtle hops and spices to produce a slightly dry and mildly bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly complex and authentic for a domestic. I've been holding off on trying this one but it lives up to its hype.

Lightly syrupy, medium palate with champagne-like carbonation.

Quite drinkable as a sipping beer. I highly recommend letting this brew warm and breathe a bit to bring out all the flavors and aromas.

Kudos to Allagash for a fine domestic Tripel!

08-26-2006 23:59:20 | More by Estarrio
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Batch # 41... Poured a hazy dark golden color with a large fluffy white head, beautiful lacing and bubbles that never stop! Spicy aroma of yeast, citrus, and banana. Sweet taste of citrus fruit, some funky yeast, hops and a light citrus alcoholic finish. A great Belgian style beer made on the left side of the Atlantic.

08-26-2006 12:36:09 | More by egajdzis
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TexIndy

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottled. Was from batch #68. Nice golden color with moderate head and tons of carbonation. Had a great malty, sweet smell with honey in there. Mouthfell was good but a little too much carb. However the taste was perfect and by far the best Tripel I've had. It has 9% alcohol but it is subtle in the taste and does not overpowerful like other Tripels tend to do. Excellent beer and highly recommend. (4.5, HR/RR, T,Y)

08-15-2006 00:47:39 | More by TexIndy
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Corked and capped. Pours a hazy gold/amber, huge white head forms, lots of lace, great retention as this head lasts forever, nothing wrong with how it looks, a perfect tripel in my books. Smell is sweet, caramel, spices, vanilla, citrus and some floral, little bit of yeast. Taste is caramel, spices and citrus, vanilla, yeast, some banana in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, very smooth finish. Great tripel.

08-14-2006 03:07:14 | More by Viggo
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

As a big fan of tripels, I've been hunting for this one for a long time. Pours a translucent gold color that seems to effervesces forever. Head is tremendous if you're not careful with the pour. Smell is great, very sweet with some hint of spices (traditional tripel ones). The initial taste is a bit lacking, with nothing developing until about half way through it. But it sure does explode when it does. Again with much sweetness and spices, and just the perfect amount of carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, but there is a bit too much alcohol in the mouthfeel for this to be entirely perfect. Other than that, its a damn good beer.

08-12-2006 00:50:49 | More by Toddv29424
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1%

This is a 750 mL bottle served in a Three Philosophers glass. The ale is cool.

Appearance: The ale is a golden yellow color with a nice thick head that laces well.

Smell: The ale has a peppery, spicy aroma that is quite strong.

Taste: The ale has a hot taste. By that, I mean that the pepper is up front and strong, giving the beer a spicy kick. The ale itself is well balanced, with no strong hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol becomes evident as you allow the beer to warm in the mouth, releasing an added level of flavor.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable and, at 9%, that can get dangerous.

07-28-2006 12:42:54 | More by akorsak
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured a dark, hazy, yellow-orange with a small head that faded quickly.

Smelled yeasty with ripe fruits and all spice.

Taste was similar with notes of banana and clove most apparent. Alcohol taste was quite noticeable and warmed my mouth and throat on the exhale.

Overall, a very good tripel.

07-26-2006 22:30:45 | More by Damian
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

think i picked this up at arrowine. bottle says "batch 77"

fine looking beer: magnificent head and a brilliant peachy gold below it. hopeful bubbles race for the surface like college students to $4.50 pitcher night. outstanding lace

smells like a saison—peppery—but sweeter. floral hops, too. tastes only vaguely saison-like (though it does have a nice tart finish). sweet pear with a peppery, slightly hot finish. the bitterness is minimal

it's a tad sweet, but otherwise quite a fine brew

07-24-2006 02:28:03 | More by bruachan
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A 4oz. "taster" pour at Portland International Beerfest.

A: Pale golden yellow (clear) with a faint fizzy white head.

S: I got a huge whiff of clove and coriander yeasts, intense at first then fading. With a little agitation of the glass and some warming in my hand, it kept returning. Very nice.

T: The spicy flavors imparted by the yeast dominate (the clove/coriander), but with some flavor from the alcohol that comes across as a warm cherry or currant-like taste. Clean bitterness in the finish.

M: Sharp and somewhat tangy at times, the mouthfeel was a little harsher than I expected. There's some acidity and bite to this one.

D: Good stuff - ready to have another one.

07-22-2006 00:34:54 | More by msubulldog25
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Hazy, cloudy yellow, with rather subdued carbonation. Not too much of a nose here, just a little bit of citrus and malt. Quite citrusy on the taste, with maybe a handful of raisins and a pleasing, slightly sour finish to it.

9% ABV, but the alcohol is nearly invisible. One of those great beers that's probably just a little too drinkable for its own good. Very easy to drink a great deal of this one before you realize what you're doing.

07-19-2006 03:27:06 | More by SetarconeX
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Domingo

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

This is from batch #75. Funny to see reviews dating back to the single digits.
Pours a bright yellow color. Reminds me a little bit of a pilsner. Head is thick and reminds me of a bit of a meringue.
Smell is of yeast, apricots, and a little bit of grain. Alcohol's there in the smell, but no more than a "normal" 5% brew. Compared to some other Tripel's I've had I'd say the smell's a little subdued.
Flavor is milder than I'd expect, but it's layered well. Grain, honey, fruit, and kind of a yeasty-corn are the first things I notice. I know you're thinking "corn?" but it's a flavor that most yeasty belgian style ales tend to give me. I actually enjoy it. Alcohol gives a little warmth in the finish, but the brew remains really drinkable. Much like the smell, this brew seems to take a strong flavor and keep it a little bit more under wraps than you might expect. I actually warmed this brew up for 15 minutes before drinking it, so I can only assume this is intentional. While a little unusual, it makes this beer work rather well as an after work style brew for the summer.
Mouthfeel's spot on for the style...which might be one reason the flavor seems a little mild to me.
Compared to others in the style, it however is VERY drinkable. I think the milder flavors and hidden alcohol really shine in that regard.

Not a bad American-Belgian ale. The price is right and it's highly drinkable. I'm still a little unsure on the flavor strength, but it pairs well with a poultry meal regardless.

07-17-2006 18:58:32 | More by Domingo
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jettjon

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Highs: Appearance, straightforward, simple flavor
Lows: None

Pours bright semi-transparent yellow-orange with many tiny bubbles. Capped by a very thick, pillowy white head that fades slowly to a thick sheet, leaving good lacing behind. Nice looking beer. Nose is spices: coriander and clove. Can’t get anything else off the nose. Taste begins with a slight alcohol presence, then a distinct clove-coriander flavor, mild yeast, then to a moderately bitter finish punctuated with more clove. Overall, the taste is clean and simple, not a lot of bells and whistles here. Mouth feels watery, bubbly, and refreshing, not bad. Drinkability is good: this one goes down easy though ABV is fairly stout.

Overall: A great spiced Tripel. This is a good beer for sophisticated Summer chillin’. Makes me want to try more from this style. Recommended.

07-12-2006 23:10:02 | More by jettjon
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bonbright7

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +8%

I have been spoiling myself lately with exceptional ales and lagers, courtesy of the Whole Foods Mkt of Jericho, NY, which is where this fine Tripel came from.

This poured like any other hearty ale into my 50cl glass to form a hazy blond cloud with a healthy head on top. I didn't think about it too much as I raised the glass for the first taste and the Tripel just came alive like a lead guitarist stepping out in front of the band with his black Stratocaster wailing.

The taste flowed long after the first with a malty flavors of chocolate and honey complimented by a slight citrus haze. I read the bottle after pouring the remaining into my glass and it said it would be good as an aperitif...I was not inclined to wait until the cake was served to finish the great triple.

07-11-2006 03:32:58 | More by bonbright7
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

This is from a 750 ml bottle, Batch 41 as it says on the front label. I purchased this from the local Giant Eagle, what a surprise to find this beer there! Served in a goblet, it pours a golden color with some slight cloudy/hazyness to it, along with a long lasting white head. There was a lot of bubbling, even a while after the pour. It smells citrusy and yeasty, with a hint of spicyness. It tastes like lemon, grapefruit, spiced malt, yeast, and some pepper. There's a small alcohol warming/burn with this beer too. The mouthfeel is medium/full, but there's too much carbonation in this beer for my taste. This is a pretty good sipping beer, I'd drink it again and recommend this to others. However, I would drink this more often if it had less carbonation. Cheers!

07-08-2006 22:55:13 | More by bluejacket74
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Hazy peach color with a low off-white head and subdued carbonation for the style. Maybe due to aging ? Spicy, malty, and medicinal-like aromas with some alcohol on the nose. Tastes much better than it smells with a nice spicy dry Belgian malt and yeast flavor. Spicy phenols with some alcohol noticeable. Medium-full bodied.

Aged incredibly well but am definitely going to buy and try a fresh sample based on other reviews.

Per ABC website: OG 1078

Batch #11 (hand numbered)
Tasted: 05/15/06

($5.99 / 25.4 oz/ 750 ml tall straight brown wine-like bottle - corked and caged)

07-06-2006 18:03:34 | More by RBorsato
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with Batch 69 inscribed on the label into a tulip glass.

Only about a half inch head on this one, but as the beer warmed and I swirled it the head refreshed very well. Hazy, golden yellow color. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma typical of a tripel ale. Yeasty, lemons, apples, bananas, cloves

Flavor was very good. Moderately sweet. Alcohol pretty well hidden but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Fruits, cotton candy, yeast flavors.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Warming. Nicely carbonated. Alcohol very well hidden.

Overall a nice example of the style. I'd buy it again.

06-23-2006 22:23:51 | More by doppelmeup
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copasetic

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured gently from a nice 750 mL champagne bottle. Somehow, popping the corks on these things is satisfying. Deep hazy gold, so cloudy that I immediately thought wheat beer. Formed a fluffy white head, but not as aggressive as others of the style. The aroma is sweet, a little citrusy, and full of bready yeast notes, much as I expected. The flavor and body are a pleasant surprise. In addition to the subtle sweet thickness, there's enough heat to make this a very interesting quaff. Fruity, phenolic, and full of style. Highly recommended to those who like a head-on Belgian experience.

06-22-2006 01:25:14 | More by copasetic
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HardTarget

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Bottle Inspection: Corked and caged, batch 38, brown bottle, 9% abv

Aroma: Lemon rind, spicy Belgian yeast

Appearance: Deep gold glass holds a solid ½ finger of white head that laced appropriately

Flavor: Spicy! White pepper, citric peel, mainly orange and lemon. Hard to quantify this one, light and airy, full flavor, edge of hot without going over…

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall Impression: Great beer! Light and full, fruity and spicy, just a great combination on a lot of levels. Of all the beers of my cellar party, this got the most votes.

Thanks to Pegasus for the generous gift.

06-19-2006 04:22:47 | More by HardTarget
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Bought for my old man and drank with him on Father's day while watching the Tarheels vs. Clemson Baseball game.

Appearance- Poured a slightly hazy but mostly golden straw hue that mixed well with the absolutely awesome bubbling. The brussel's lacing was also very exceptional. Very consistant and solid in lining the glass.

Smell- A light malt sweetnes mixed with something a bit more sugary and a candy like sweetness.

Taste- Starts out with an herbal, sweet malt mix. The light bitterness mingles with a more fruity and sugary sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel- Maybe only a hint of dryness. Other than that, its a sweet, and grainy texture along with a slight metallic and alcoholic tinge.

06-19-2006 02:57:54 | More by scruffwhor
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,043 ratings.