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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 133
Gots: 275 | 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 JamnesCameron
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle received for my b-day into a belgian goblet.

A - hazy golden straw colored, light, fluffy head that disappears quickly to leave a thin lace on top.

S - candied orange peel, light citrus, faint alcohol, fruity

T - fruity, yeasty esters, light bitterness, little to no alcohol burn until the very end, becomes quite warming

M - warming alcohol, mouth coating, slightly sweet but not cloying, full

D - very nice tripel. Would definitely go back for more. Good beer to kick back a relax with.

Photo of jimiv73
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well as you can see not one of my favorites i got this one from the local whole foods store it was a batch #138 measuring at 9.0% its no joke the smell was the best thing about this beer being very fruity but the finish left a lil to be desired for myself and lil too long! i was expecting a better beer coming from maine thats all

Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 133

Pours out a darker tawny yellow with a huge white head - very impressive retention. Sweet with lots of fruity aroma, especially lemon. Belgian yeast is there in full force. Big honey and fruit flavors immediately catch your attention. Yeast, pepper, and coriander are also there overlying a caramel malt. The finish is bitter and dry with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, good beer. Flavors could run together better, and it was a little hot, but is still the best American Tripel I have been lucky enough to drink.

Photo of TLove
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at World Market in DC for $6.

Great hazy, deep yellow with a white, creamy head and decent retention. Smell was slightly spicy and peppery, with a touch of orange and banana and herbal malts. Taste was wet and soft, although a bit drier than the Dubbel. Yeasty and salty. Very malty, with light, fruity, banana taste with orange and dried fig.

No single characteristic overpowers. Well-carbonated and very well-structured. The softness of the finish, with the slight sweetness eases the onset of strong hops and a high 9% ABV. Great balance and full consistency.

One of the best Belgian-style Tripels I've had.

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

Rich golden color with a copious, fluffy white head. Nose is not as present as I expected: notes of sweetness, alcohol, and, dare I say, banana.

Flavor is excellent. I feel like this Tripel is on the drier end of the spectrum, though not bone-dry. There is a residual candy sweetness. Spiciness in flavor. Heat in alcohol strength. Some caramel in the aftertaste. Champagne-like carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, but not huge. A dangerously smooth 9 percent.

Allagash does extremely well with this style. One of the best non-belgian tripels I've tasted.

Photo of chaz410
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this bottle at Total Wine in Charlotte NC
Appearance is Cloudy yellow body with a gigantic froathy white head.
Smell is a little bit of bitter orange peel, come corriander, and light spices. Little bit of malts in the smell too. Some earthy hops towards the end of the inhale.
Taste is of bitter orange peel and caramel malts with typical belgian yeast funk. Slight spice hints like corriander and seeds of paradise.
Drinkability is amazingly easy for the gravity of the beer.

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

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
Golden hued with hints of passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma and subtle hints of banana and honey on the palate. 9% abv

What I had to say:
Real Belgian brew! Citrus hops turn pleasantly bitter. There is a lovely creaminess on the palate. I am not getting the passion fruit, but I am getting the herbal quality - coriander? and a nice spicy kick. It tastes a lot like Leffe Blond with an American personality. I could drink the hell out of this beer!

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

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, yeast, sweet corn malt. Flavor of sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit and citrus. light spices, yeast, and sweet malt. Sweet but not overpowering. Light and crisp palate. This is super tasty! Very nice tripel!

Photo of HopBacchus
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown gold color, head looks like the top of a latté, lacing is pretty good

S: fruit, herbs and spices, an overall sweet aroma alcohol notes present

T: has a strong sugar caney taste, herbal taste with a grainy flavor. Malts are certainly the focus of this brew hoppe presence is subdued and secondary. Spicey alchohol with a strangely herbal flavor overall very pleasing.

M: Creamy and refreshing pleasant carbonation

D: extremely enjoyable to drink, especially for the style

over all a very good brew, allagash brewery should be proud

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

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Batch #135. Consumed on my B-day.

A- Allagash Triple has a loud pop upon opening the cork. The liquid resembles a bright golden color with some yellow within. This one is alive as about 3 fingers of dense white foam steadily rose. Excellent lacing, thick and coating.

S- I was kind of dissapointed in the smell on first sniffs as I got a hay/barnyard scent which was one sided. This opened up quickly though, with a bunch of fruits with apples up front. A good amount of spices with cloves centerstage. Some belgian yeast rounds this out.

T- Triple Reserve is a nice mix of both spices and fruit with Belgian yeast in between. Clove really shines with apples and pears coming through. Getting some bananers as well. Some hops in here but are not up front. A nice bready malty background.

M- The feel gets better with some warmth but as is, this is creamy and refreshing. The alcohol is barely noticable, well hidden. This one glides down with no distractions. A nice spicy aftertaste. Just dont drink it too cold.

D- My only regret is that drank it too quickly. Put off by the odor at first I was very surprised at the outcome. Very refreshing and tasty. It's high in alcohol but what the hell, it's my birthday.

This was one of my 1st offerings in the craft beer realm about seven years ago, and it's always good to go back to where you started from time to time. This triple is no exception.

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

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Oak and dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet oak, bready and some orange peel at finish. Decent triple. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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

A - clear, effervescent, beautiful gold colour, creamy white head, excellent retention, very fine bubbles, great lacing

S - spicy, light pepper, lemon, light sweetness

T - gentle malt sweetness, honey, peppery spice, aftertaste is kinda flabby, nothing really different from the rest of the beer except for some alcohol

M - well carbonated, very smooth, dry alcohol finish

D - this is a nice tripel, but nothing earth shattering

This is my first taste of Allagash beer. Nice stuff indeed, but considering this is not my first taste of tripel, it just comes off as a little predictable. World class, but not overly memorable or distinct. Does that make sense?

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a nearly clear, bright golden body with two fingers worth of white foam.

Smell: Spiced and sweetened sliced bananas greet the nose first, then enter some fruity notes of white peaches, Golden Delicious apples, pineapple, and maybe, just maybe even a bit of bitter orange. Background waft of whole, smile-inducing booze.

Taste: Pale malts, maybe some light wheat with a touch of overall breadiness. It starts candi sugar sweet but it instantly begins drying away. Richly fruity melange in the middle. Cracked cloves. A single, solitary drop of vanilla. Sharp floral touches alongside some hop bitterness. Peppery alcohol tries to hit you with a hammer, but the other various flavors try to keep it at bay. The other fruit flavors dim down, but the citrusy orange peel character remains. Dry, warming finish with a touch of dried herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Good! It embodies a fine line between full flavored and relatively easily drinkability despite the punchy 9% ABV.

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

Poured bottle of batch 129 into a Chimay glass. Immediate aromas of banana, peppers and citrus. Creamy white head with decent retentiion. Pours a hazy golden color. The beer definately gets better as it warms up. Initially tasted some pepper, candy sugar and some vanilla. As it warmed up I started getting the banana flavors mixed with some honey. A very good triple style ale. Allagash never dissapoints. Excellent beer.

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

batch #37.

pours a semi-cloudy yellow-orange with a medium size bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly, some lacing.

smell of grain, a touch of citrus, some banana, yeast, spice, and pear.

taste of banana, apricot, pear, some spice, yeast, pineapple, dough, and malt, ends a little dry.

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

Reviewed after receiving a generous $3 discount just for asking!

Appearance - Cloudy gold with a huge head and perfect lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - cloves, honey, and fresh fruit.

Taste - highly carbonated sweetness (honey) with a soothing warmth following close behind. Very mead-like without being syrupy.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and light

Drinkability - A cross between a weizen and mead. Interesting and tasty.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, batch 114.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with a thick white head that retains well.

Smells a bit fruity and honey sweet. Good esters and malts.

The taste is a bit sweeter than most trippels. A bit of molasses sugar taste with citrus or maybe pineapple fruitiness. The alcohol is mildly apparent and warms a bit going down.

Mouthfeel is appropriately fizzy and full.

A pretty good beer, one of the better Belgian style beers not actually from Belgium that I've had. A good one to try.

Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged a long time in the beer fridge. Batch #69!

Pours gold with strong hints of orange. One-finger head that is light and creamy, but doesn't last. Nice lacing. Bubbles collect at the bottom of the snifter, but few stream to the top.

Strong honey meade aroma leaps out of the glass. I can still smell the honey with tbe glass sitting 2 feet from me on my desk.

Pear, honey and candy sugar are all there in the taste. Slightly wheaty finish - somewhat yeasty as well. Nice, warm presence of alcohol that is not overpowering in the least.

Very thick without being overly syrupy.

Very nice on this moderately warm late spring evening.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass. Batch 132.

A - Light honey colored with a slight haze. Two fingers of white head rise with decent retention before falling to a thick, persistent cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Spicy aroma of lemon zest and pepper with a decent wallop of chalk. Earthy aromas with herbal and savory spice accents. A little bit of apple lurking in the corners.

T - Quick hit of honey coated apple starts things off with a sudden dive into spice. Pepper, coriander, and assorted herbs come to mind. Mid to late palate brings a persistent drawl of lemon peel with a crescendoing phenolic character. Right at the finish the lemon and chalkiness combine to form a strange sort of tangerine flavor that carries into the aftertaste along with a moderate, earthy bitterness. Alcohol is warming but well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation.

D - Obviously a well crafted tripel. More on the dry and spicy end of the spectrum than some of the more pear/apple laden examples but quite enjoyable. I prefer a little bit more sweetness and fruit in the style, but thankfully the medicinal flavors were kept in check.

Photo of zdk9
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale orange into my wine glass for lack of a better specimen. It's quite cloudy. There's over a finger of lacing. The white poofy bubbles leave some nice pocadot lacing upon the sides of the glass.

S- Fuesel alcohols. Sugary- almost approaching bubble gum.

T- Alcoholic burn. I'm getting more used to this the more triples I have but the alcohol is still fairly apparent compared to other styles. There's a good amount of spice while the beer is cold- peppery, very peppery, like chiles. As it warms more fruit comes across- bannanas, ripe pears, perhaps a bit of citrus. I do like the complexity of this one.

M- Kinda syruppy, but it actually goes down the pallate quite well. While the alcohol does burn, I'm left with a sensation that I want more beer.

D- Overall I like this, though I'm thinking more and more that this style is not for me. If the alcohol is more hidden I would give it higher marks, but the complexity is right there, with good hits from the malt and hops and yeast.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a hazy golden orange with a thick white head. Smell was very full and fruity, pears and apples. Taste was smooth with initial fruits then mellow Belgian hops for balance. Light bite in the finish. Excellent balance and complexity, great tripel.

Photo of nickynick
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Tripel poured a light amber, with a small white head, and good lacing. Smell was loaded with fruit. The taste was of fruit, pretty sweet, hints of spice in the back. Mouthfeel was good for the style, slightly coating. Drinkability with this was hard, because it went down good, but with the high ABV, it was hard to finish. Overall this was good for the style.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Batch# 118. Poured a hazy tangerine with a two inch dense, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a half inch cap with thick, cloud-like bands of lacing around the circumference of the glass. Nose suggests Belgian yeast, candi sugar, coriander and citrus. Taste follows nose, but there is some additional spice; perhaps a peppery character. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied, with a dry finish; however, there's a little sharpness (not heat) that is a bit abrasive towards the back of the throat. I'm usually not a huge fan of tripels, but this is a great brew. I'm looking forward to exploring more from Allagash.

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

Presentation: 1 pint, 9.4 oz / 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A- Cork shot off like a rocket upon loosening the cage, but no gushing whatsoever. Pours a cloudy golden solution. 1+ finger of pure white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, incomplete cap. Fair amount of lacing noted.

S- Lots of generic fruity sweetness, and a spicy, slightly alcohol infused Belgian yeast twang.

T- Fruity sweetness and spiciness dominates. Very subdued "Belgian yeast" characteristic. Bitterness is moderately low. Alcohol is strikingly well blended / concealed. All told, a pleasing flavor.

M- Crisp with moderate carbonation. Fairly full feel.

D- Quite good. Only drank ~3/5 of this bottle, but could easily see enjoying drinking it all and then some given the time and inclination to do so. ABV is almost dangerously well concealed.

Future outlook: This was a very good beer, no doubt. More accessible (by both availability and cost) than other top examples of the style. I'd be happy to have this again.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a quarter inch of lasting head.

The aroma is very earthy with yeast and some fruit.

The brew is too thick and syrupy in the mouth. It tastes of fruit--banana, notably--hops, and alcohol.

I didn't enjoy drinking this much at all, and I doubt I'll give it another go.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.