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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,057 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 863
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 119
Gots: 199 | 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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Lambstrong

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Had this beer over New Years. Poured from 750 ml bottle to a wide mouth sniffer glass. Head retention was creamy but nominal. Light with an orange tinge and cloudy in appearance. I enjoyed the fruity aroma as a first impression. Nicely spiced and the GOP were apparent (which is what I'm assuming gave the beer its spicy peppery flavor). I enjoy the mouthfeel of other Belgains better but the beer was very drinkable. I really enjoyed it. I have seen this beer in stores before but never bought it. I'll keep this in mind next time I want a triple but don't want to pay the extra few dollars that others cost.

01-05-2007 17:50:03 | More by Lambstrong
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Andbrew

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

Batch 81 chilled and poured from 750ML bottle into oversize snifter.

Pours a dense cloudy rich gold. Fizzy almost champagne like bubbles climb glass. Flimsy head dissipates quickly but leaves cratered film of head on top with changing lacing only around the sipping ring.

Sweet light yeasty smell with tones of light fruit and touch of hop and phenol to the smell. No heavy tones dominate.

Bubbly to the start and slightly bitter, the feel is denser than most yet not heavy. A spice similar to that of apple wossel is present and the alcohol is apparent in mild fashion. A mild smoked wood finish which staves off any bitterness in the aftertaste which is a blend of fruit and apple wossel flavor. A bit harsh to the back of the palate which does not lend well to drinking a full 750 by oneself.

Does not in my opinion stand up to the curieux which I think may be the dominant choice in this style.

12-29-2006 05:57:13 | More by Andbrew
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medic25

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Served a 750ml bottle in my Duvel tulip. Appearance is a slightly hazy golden one, with a big frothy head. Aroma is not that apparent: a little malty, a little fruity. Taste is a relatively pleasant, although certainly not as complex as many other tripel's I've had. Sweet, with hints of spice, phenols and yeast. a Drinkable beer; better than some of the previous unimpressive offerings I've had from Allagash.

12-26-2006 04:04:08 | More by medic25
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Contra

New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

Batch #73 - 750 mL bottle

On a recommendation, I was going to pick up a bottle of Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue). Then I saw it was $9 & change. Certainly worth the price (going by the reviews), but I did not feel like spending that much on top of the other beers I was going to pick up. Instead, I got a bottle of Allagash Tripel, another beer I've been meaning to try. On with the review....

Appearance - A nice frothy head, and the standard golden color of a Tripel. Notably, this was a darker color than other Tripels I've had. Nothing notable, but nothing bad.

Smell - If you wanted to give someone the idea of what Tripels generally taste like, without the individual take brewers have on them, then a strong whiff of this is all that is needed. The subtleties don't stand out in the aroma, which is nice because it allows the finish to express them.

Taste - I was taken aback at how well crafted this beer is. The banana aspect is downplayed a bit, with a nice yeasty-honey flavor. Not very complex, but that's part of its appeal. Still, there is enough here that sip after sip, you notice slightly different things about it. A rare perfect score. As much as I like more complex beers, this beer perfectly captures Tripels that I would not change a thing.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth for a Tripel. Well carbonated, with a lighter body than I'm used to.

Drinkability - Considering how heavy Tripels tend to be, I can imagine knocking a few of these back without feeling overwhelmed.

Considering the price, this beer is an absolute steal. If you see it at your local distributor, pick it up. If not, you might want to consider shopping elsewhere (okay, a bit of a hyperbole, but you get the idea).

12-15-2006 22:15:12 | More by Contra
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in a Guiness pint glass.

Golden color,a bit cloudy almost clear,a few small bubbles rising,white creamy head lacing and clinging down the sides of the glass.

A moderate aroma fruity,clovey,aromas of bannanas and hints of apples,complex and inviting.

The taste was very clovey,a bit tart and fruity,bannana flavors,with a warming presence of alcohol,syrupy,with a sweetness lingering in the finish.

A prickley feel on the palate,a bit cloying,sticking to the top of the mouth, goes down better with every sip,becoming more drinkable with each taste. The alcohol takes away some of the drinkability,still mouthwatering and enjoyable.This seems to be one of those beers that grows on you. Would like to try again.

12-03-2006 01:41:18 | More by jcdiflorio
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: Clear deep golden color, with a huge white head, slowly and gradually falls to a half-inch. The carbonation is profuse, with excellent lacing.

Aroma: Profound earthy, yeasty, spicy aroma, citric fruits, and slight notes of alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a profound sweet alcohol note, very warming, with pepper, citrus rind, and aniseed. Midway through the taste there is a profound earth and yeast note. Finishes with a lingering, sweet alcohol note, and a mild, lingering herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Excellent, with all of the character of a Belgian-brewed Tripple.

12-02-2006 15:59:17 | More by Pegasus
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Gasp100

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

I should not review this one right now because I'm suffering from a major head cold, sinus congestion, etc.... but actually that is the reason for having to review this now.
A - beautiful hazy golden straw color with light foamy white lacing down the glass.
S - from what little my nose will provide, pears, dates, figs, biscuit, honey dew... extremely impressed that I can smell anything at all.
T - Lemony, tart, sweet, grainy, citrus, honey dew
M - bright, slightly acidic, carbonation level is BEYOND perfect.
D - The alcohol is slightly noticeable but used in a great, warming way. There is no discernable hop level that I can detect but the overall bouquet is gorgeous. This is truely healing elixir... I bailed on the Westmalle Triple for $11 to try this one for $7 and I'm glad I did - I will get the Westmalle of course, but I can find this anywhere and the price is right.

11-13-2006 21:42:29 | More by Gasp100
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MrHurmateeowish

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

750ml bottle (Batch 84) from A-1 to-go in Gardiner... Murky orange-yellow body with a finger or so of off-white head. Smells mostly citrusy/orange peel with some spice also evident. Tastes sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Remarkably well-balanced. Alcohol is somewhat evident, but is very well-hidden. Fairly full in body. Very drinkable and enjoyable. And at 6$/bottle, it is a steal for sure.

11-05-2006 02:15:15 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

I was very impressed with this beer, from start to finish, and if I can find it, I will purchase it again.

The packaging was a large, cork-sealed single serve. Even before I opened it, this beer demonstrated a significant amount of sediment. I hung onto it for several months before drinking.

Poured a hazy gold with abundant white head (appealing). Odor was floral and citrusy, but not outstanding.

Flavor was very good and the highlight of the beer...there was a grapey chardonnay sweetness balanced with a wine-like sourness. There was no hop content and limited malt flavor but the flavor was very good and (to my limited knowledge) very appropriate for the style. I was impressed with this beer and plan on having it again, when it's once again available to me.

A 22-ounce bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, reportedly "Batch 77."

10-22-2006 01:35:09 | More by BeerBelcher
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

from notes 7/26/05

750 ml bottle, batch no 60.

Pours out cloudy golden with a thick creamy beaten egg white head. As it slowly dissapates thick patces of lace are left behind.

Aroma is fruity, banana, lemon with some vanilla and honey deep down.

Flavor is lightly sweet, with a honey lemon middle, and a light bitter finish.

Alcohol is masked very well.

10-14-2006 07:20:55 | More by Padron4KM
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Batch 75 (750 ml bottle)

Pours an efferevescent bronze with a rocky 4 fingers+ white head. Insane lacing & superoir head retention

S: Lemon skins & phenolic notes

T: Pepper & lemons up front; then a little alcohol. Hints of woodyness & dryness follow. Hints of apricot follow. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: A little slick with perfect carbonation, skews a little too sweet to me


Drinks pretty good, a technically sound tripel; just not one of my favorite styles. Tripel fans & Belgian beer nuts will love this

10-08-2006 22:44:21 | More by russpowell
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Beerzebub

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Batch # 78, cellared upright for 1 month.

Golden color, slightly hazy, big white head. Good chunky lacing.

Smells of butternut squash, roasted corn, peach, spices, hint of solventy alcohol. Really good.

Big yeast character. Tastes spicy, fruity, quite dry. There's some refreshing bitterness like orange rind, and a bit of a crisp impression of acidity. Remarkably savory, refreshing, and well balanced. The elements are cohesive, the beer has a distinct personality.

Creamy, slightly astringent mouthfeel. Can get a little too fizzy, perhaps the beer's only flaw.

A great interpretation of the tripel style. This beer gives me the feeling of autumn, and I don't think it's just the label playing a trick on me. This is a beer to be shared with some squirrels and deer at a holiday feast in the forest (yikes, maybe the 9% is kicking in).

10-04-2006 06:04:51 | More by Beerzebub
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jsimon816

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Golden color with a tint of orange. Nice head consistant with most corked bottles. Slight fruity/spiced aroma which finished smooth. First time trying a Tripel and enjoyed it smooth taste, not as flavorful as a Belgium Strong Ale but very nice. Very drinkable, an outstanding product.

10-03-2006 14:13:43 | More by jsimon816
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Cloudy golden apricot, gorgeous color, with a fine dense off-white head. The foam coats the glass and hangs out for a long time.
Aromas of sweet candy, oranges, leafy green vegetables, toffee and a little bit of funk. It gets even bolder and more intricate as it warms.
The taste is bright and tangy, the first wash of sweet fruit, oranges and apricots, gives way to lots of bready malt holding it together. Then it gets darker and spicier, hints of pepper and a mild bitterness. The alcohol is apparent and warming but in just the right way. A long finish ends buttery and drying. All this along with a dense mouthfilling foam with every sip and a full body make this tripel wonderfully drinkable.
The brightness in the smell and taste characteristic of the best tripels.
My first taste of Allagash and not my last....

09-18-2006 00:55:43 | More by horndecker
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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
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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