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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,094
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 121
Gots: 214 | 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.

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Photo of beermebeerman
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw this beer for a long time before I bought it, and the first time I tried it was on a whim. Bought at a local grocery store here in Hillsboro. The first thing I noticed was the satisfying pop from uncorking the bottle, and the first pour starting my tastebuds salivating. The head is solid and holds through to the end of the glass, and the color is a golden amber. Smell is light and matches with the taste, being very smooth and rich. Probably could be descibed as buttery and somewhat fruity (my opinion). Amazing that the 9% doesn't overwhelm the flavor in the least, and in fact compliments it very well. This is a sipping beer, and I enjoyed it quite a bit by itself after dinner. Some may dislike the amount of alcohol, but I think it fits the style well. Overall a great beer, I look forward to trying more of Allagash's brews.

beermebeerman, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- beautiful champagne body with thick foamy white head. Head fades to be smaller and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- alcohol, yeast, and spices.

T- Taste has banana, belgian sugar, yeast spices, and an overtone of alcohol. FInish is quite dry leaving a slight alcohol afterburn.

M- nice smooth body with medium carbonation.

D- the alcohol is very present in this brew. Not a bad thing but it decreases the drinkability of it. Its one that I will probably have again.

PittBeerGirl, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Been looking forward to trying this.

Appearance: Nice gold straw hazy yellow color with lots of bubbles floating to the top. The head wasn't as pillowy as I expected, but as it warms and with a swirl or two, the frothiness sticks a little more and becomes a bit tougher in going away, with some nice uniform clumps of lacing around the top.

Smell: Heavy and earthy phenolic presence, with lots of yeast, banana, vanilla, bread crust, hints of sweet cream, lemon grass, lemon zest, spiciness that's a bit peppery and dark green herb, maybe hints of oregano. As it should, it gets more complex as it warms, and there's much to discover.

Taste: As with the aroma, and though as it warms it's not as overpowering, the phenolic earthiness and slight funk creeps in at first, then allows the candi sugar, banana, vanilla, milder yeast, bread crust, lemon, slight hops twang, and the herbal nature to come in. The finish is extremely long and complex, with hints of fruit coupled with the phenolic activity, and a bit of citrus hops to lighten the sweetness, which is not as sweet as I expected, and helps to bring everything else to the surface.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with the carbonation sparkling in the sense that the creaminess only enhances the ability for the flavors to come out, leaving the fantastic finish on the tongue.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable brew, but it's one that I'll probably share next time. It's so complex that it truly does need to be savored. Not that I'm doing anything but sipping it currently, but still, sometimes it's easier to drink a whole bottle faster than you'd like. Plus, at around, I think, $8 or less, this is truly a steal.

asabreed, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer straight from the brewery. The company's commitment to Belgian style brewing really comes through. Appearance is a hazed over gold. Head is lacking though. Really wish the marshmallow like head that starts would last a little longer. The smell has bananna and rock candy profile. Flavor is very well balanced. Has a suprising dry finish leaving me wanting more. So many Belgian ales are too sweet. This ale is certainly not that way. Sweet malt, intriguing yeast esters and identifiable hop bitterness really makes this an exceptional drink.

Hau weg den Scheiss


jneiswender, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Bugsey
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer to savor.
Beautiful dark copper color, with a sweet honey, oatmeal smell.
Lacey head; not too obstructive.
Smooth mouthfeel, with no bitterness or oilyness.
Wonder malt flavor with sweet fruity hints of bananas and apricots.
Smooth finish. Very memorable.

Bugsey, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a light haze. Nice two-finger head with spotty lace. After 20 minutes, there's no remaining head and the lace is largely gone.

Soft aromas from this Belgian beer. Crisp and clean without any of the earthy smells that are often common in this style.

Spicy flavors of corriander and all spice. Some sweetness up front, but the finish is very dry. Despite alcohol content, there is no oiliness to the brew. Good body and high carbonation.

smcolw, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had not had this beer in some time. It was on tap at Mahaffey's last night, so....

The beer pours an impressive hazy orange gold color, with excellent head retention and nice lacing. On the nose one gets an enticing aroma of oranges and honey. Almost a noticeable tartness in the aroma. On the palate this beer is quite impressive. It has a sweet melon, honey and butter flavor, but with some intriguing tartness on the mid palate. The beer is not the least bit heavy or cloying, and the 9% abv. is well disguised. The beer has a nice mouthfeel, one that is rich and smooth, but also with a touch of dryness/hoppiness at the end. An excellent beer from Allagash.

John_M, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of dgallina
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle marked batch 86.

Pours clear gold with lots of bubbles and an inch of creamy white head. Excellent aroma includes plenty of spicy white and black pepper notes, herbal hop undertones. Everything is layered over a lemony alcohol fruitiness. The flavor is drier & less overtly fruity. Initial earthy yeast flavor blends into a lemon and orange peel center. Finish is dry, perhaps a touch over-loaded with hops. Somewhat medicinal warming alcohol lingers afterwards. The feel is spot-on for the style. Moderately substantial and creamy yet surprisingly well-carbonated and drinkable. Good job Allagash!

dgallina, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #90

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a substantial head that dissipates slowly.

Sweet malt, orange and exotic fruit to the nose.

Taste echoes the nose with hops but noticeable in the background with alcohol perceptible in the finish.

Mouthfeel good, feels like more carbonation than displayed. Crisp and clean, medium bodied.

Drinkability good, an enjoyable tripel. Beware of the ABV.

techdiver, May 25, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam's Downers Grove

Batch #94

Allagash Tripel Reserve a hazy golden that turns straw when held to the light. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise quickly to the thin wispy white cap that sits up top. Really not much in the looks department.

The aroma makes up for the lack of appearence. Sweet rip peaches and tangerines start things off. Biscuity malts are faint and in the background. Hint's of candi sugar come forward. There's a zesty sweet snap in there from the tangerines.

Flavor is similiar to the aroma with ripe juicy fruits coming from every direction. Sweet tangerine zestiness up front with a mild dusty yeastiness. Candi sugar and mild alcohol come through mid palate but are quickly overtaken by juicy peaches on the finish. Very nicely done.

Lively mouthfeel with prickly carbonation and a zestiness that awakens the tastebuds. Each sip leaves me wanting another.

Easy drinker for the abv involved. Refreshing and tasty.

A solid offering from Allagash that has that X factor I can't put my finger on but keep wanting more. Very nicely done.

joe1510, May 19, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had several of these. it's an excellent example of the Tripel style. The scores are adjusted for what I think the beer deserves. My previous review is from an aged bottle, I figured it would be the more useful one to leave up. Recommended.

This is my second review, this was the batch 56, aged for about 4 1/2 years. I don't think the length of cellaring has been very good to this beer, despite the bottle's claim.

Note-- After realizing that the others around the table had very differing views, We decided to pass the glasses around. It turned out that I had the worst glass... that despite our effort to pour them evenly, they were totally different. And mine was the only one that tasted like vinegar.

A- Just like normal Allagash Tripel. Cloudy gold, with beautiful tight head that lasts forever.

S- STRONG vinegar and fermented apple. Smells like a sour ale, not a tripel.

T- Still some decent malt, but overwhelmed by a sour vinegar flavor... and not much else.

M- Smooth and good... low carbonation, and a smooth, clean finish.

D- Not drinkable. Like drinking a doppelbock infused with white vinegar.

khiasmus, May 19, 2007
Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fours across the board for this tripel. Looks hazy, straw-yellow-gold with a small white head. Good lacing. Nose is sweet sugarcane and yeast, with bits of bread. Taste is honey coated malts and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is great for the style, very pleasant. Drinkability is good if you're careful about the ABV.

shivtim, May 15, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #91 out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy orange-brown color with a pillowy white head that left some great lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is of candi sugar, juicy fruit, and tart apple. Not too sweet of a smell. The taste starts off sweet, then blends nicely to a spicy and tart ending. The candi sugar and tart apple stands out. The alcohol finds its way to the taste buds towards the end. This brew is on more of the tart side for a tripel. The feel is fizzy, though finishes pretty smooth. A very drinkable tripel though a bit on the tart side. On of the best Amercian made tripels I have had though not quite as good as the Beligans.

Gmann, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of rallison
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #94.

A: Golden amber color with a semi-fizzy white head that basically dies.

S: Some Belgian Candi sugar with a touch of spices.

T: Belgian Candi sugar sweetness quickly cut by orange peel, coriander, and other sharp-ish spices. Alcohol bite is apparent at the end.

M: Relatively full mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Alcohol too.

D: Pretty drinkable, although the alcohol brings it down a bit.

Overall, recommended, but not my favorite tripel. However, it's still quite tasty, so go get yourself a bottle.

rallison, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of scorched
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #89, this was bought in a 750ml bottle.

It pours an orange-peel color, with a cloud-white, thick head. The head goes down, but does not dissipate. The head stays throughout the entire experience and remains mostly thick.

The smell is absolute heaven. Sweet and floral. A fantastic smelling tripel.

The taste... wow. Once again, sweet and SMOOOTH. An alcoholic bite at the end, revealing its 9% abv.

Mouthfeel: SMOOOTH, which leads to the incredible drinkability. I would drink this every day. All day long.


scorched, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of BobThomas
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle into a chalice.

I served this beer from a very cold fridge which was a mistake. Pours a light hazy color with about an inch of white head which lingered for a few minutes then faded to a thick lacing. My first smell was that of a really big budweiser. As if 4 budweisers were condensed into one. Taste brought the same sensation. This is when i decided to let my beer warm up a bit. Upon this the nose revealed a honeyed melon aroma backed with slight floral hops and a lot of alcohol. The taste was not quite as sweet as the smell, but more of the same, with a slightly smoother and less alcoholic taste than an average triple. This beer is pretty light in the mouth but has a big presence. Would've loved to drink the whole bottle if I hadn't shared it with my friend.

BobThomas, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date, but "Batch 87" on the front of the label. Pours a fairly clear deep gold with a two finger head and good lace. Smells of citrus and honey mixed with some earthy yeast and subtle hop floralness. Tasting brings honey like malts mixed with some citrus and yeast. Lots of phenols with a decent hop bitterness - decent for a triple anyway. Somewhat alcoholic but fairly smooth. A nice American version of the style.

sabrills70, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch #90) into an Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a slightly orange/golden hue with a nice white head.

S: An outstanding aroma; citrus (grapefruit & orange) along with the faint hint of spices.

T: The first taste on the palate is that of the citrus again followed by a bit of honey. However, it's not too sweet like some of the other American brewery attempts at the tripel that I've sampled. The flavor is incredibly complex.

M: Excellent mouthfeel, light light and refreshing with a very long and pleasant aftertaste.

D: This is a very drinkable beer but then the ABV creeps up on you and smacks you around a bit. I sipped the full 750ml over the course of an hour on a full stomach and it didn't hit me too bad. This is another outstanding offering by Allagash, they hit the style dead-on.

willjschmidt, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of brandoneast
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is batch #75 -with a careful pour around 55 degrees in a New Belgium Globe Glass, the tripel poured a hazy orange with a fantastic head retention. The nose has a candy yet spicy balance. The taste is unbelievable! The 9% alcohol sits in the back, which helps to fill the palate with a complex fruit, sugar, and earthy taste. I cannot wait to go and buy more from Spec’s in Beaumont! Thanks, Allagash for the best domestic Tripel I’ve ever had!

brandoneast, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of scottoale
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 94, 750ml. brown bottle with caged cork and classy label.

Poured into a New Belgium 0.4L (Fastal Crystal) goblet, a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a finger of white foamy head on top. Good carbonation and some slippery lace...looks are very enticing.

The smell is no disappointment either... sweet, fruity and spicy with nice malty and yeasty notes that unravel with complexity. Sweet fruits, banana, pear, elderberry laced with a musky, spicy yeast that really gives it the appeal of a true Belgian.

The taste is even better...and as it warms up, the alcohol really starts too shine and adds to the aroma as well. Candi-sugar and a bit of bubblegum kick in some more to the sweet flavor of this delightful Tripel.

With a medium-plus body, plenty of alcohol and a balance that's good but not typical...this stuff fits the " dangerously drinkable" catagory with no pfroblem.

Very Belgian and an extremely tasty beer ... who would have thought it was brewed in america? It really does fit it's
style to a tee, seek it and enjoy!


scottoale, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second beer review, so bear with me here. Since my relatively recent introduction into the world of craft brews, I have found that Tripels are my favorite style of beer. I have tried to experience as many different tripels as I can in order to get a feel for the style. I have had some of the best, as well as some of the worst (IMO) – and Allagash's Tripel Reserve definitely ranks near the top of the list of best tripels. This is a delicious beer - regardless of style. I will be reviewing batch number 86.

Poured a 750ml into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Golden/Light Honey/Orange in color. Decent amount of head - 1 1/2 finger amount. Good head retention.

Smell - A great aroma that is not at all deceptive. It smells just like it tastes – delicious. I am still not very good at pinpointing scents and flavors, but I think I smell malt, a lot of different fruit, a small amount of spice, and a hint of candy sugar.

Taste – Extremely well balanced. A friend of mine described it as “a journey of flavors”. You can taste each of the flavors as they come. None are competing against each other, each of the flavors just ease into the next one. I can taste lots of sweet malt, yeast, candy, a little bit of hops, and a small citrus kick. I hardly even notice the alcohol.

Mouthfeel – A medium-ish body and almost the perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down really smooth and creamy.

Drinkability – I can drink a few of these (if I had the money and the time) – almost too easily. And then the ABV hits.

If you haven’t tried this brew yet, make sure you do sometime during your beer drinking career. This is a delicious American interpretation of my favorite style of Belgian brew.

MiguelMandingo, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of BeerHonky
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm...batch #81. Pours a beautiful hazy, canary yellow with a nice fluffy, but not too airy head. The head widdles down to a mere noticeable lacing. Smells like ripe, juicy fruits such as pears, apricots, and bananas. Almost like an adult fruit punch! Upon big inhales, you can get a little bit of alcohol as well. Taste is exquisitely balanced. Nice yeasty, fruit flavors similar to that of the aroma hit the palate first. Then a well balanced bit of spice appears...it seems to be a splash of coriander and clove (to be expected), but there is also something else in there that I cannot figure out. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel makes this a very pleasant experience. Unknowing of the ABV, you could easily drink lots of this elixir. This is simply a FANTASTIC tripel. I would think the Belgians have some competition on their hands!

BeerHonky, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 86
Appearance is light amber in color with a heavy white head leaving a nice lace. Smell is clean with a hint of honey and spice. Taste has a good bite of spice and carbonation with light alchohol, considering . Mouthfeel and drinkabily has a creamy texture with spike that makes for a balanced beer that goes down evenly, making it worth the $ spent.

Bookseeb, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy pale orange with a thick frothy off white head that was slot to diminish and left great lacing. The aroma was of sweet fruit with some spice with a nice yeast touch as well. The taste is strong on apple with many other fruits present as well just not as strong. There is a slight yeast bite but nothing to harsh. The beer has a very appropriate level of carbonation and sits just under medium on the palate. The alcohol is also well hidden, but slightly present. This is a very enjoyable beer, quite possibly the best American interpretation of a tripel I've had so far.

atsprings, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of biking4beer
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch #75

This beer pours a perfect golden color with a nice level of haze. I did disturb the yeast a touch transporting it from house to another. Head looks like foamy frothed milk and is about 2 fingers. I poured this one into a goblet and it looked like a gift from the heavens.

Several different aromas fill the nose with this one. They are numbered, but they are very subtle. The obvious one is Belgian yeast, then apple, pineapple, pear, very slight alcohol, and peppery spiciness.

This a yeasty, grainy, and smooth beer. Reminds me a bit of apple juice with a good level of warming alcohol. I was left wanting a little more of some bite with this beer. A bold spice or fruit would have been nice.

The mouthfeel feel is great. Good level of natural carbonation. Creamy smooth. Drinkability was good considering the ABV. The whole bottle went down easily. All and all, a good Tripel, but I don't know if I would opt for this one with the choices I have. It seemed to be a little too smooth. I would have appreciated some flavor to really jump out at me, but everything was really subtle. I would like to get ahold of a fresher bottle to see what it has to offer.

After getting my tasting notes down, I paired this one with some Rochefort cheese and a pear. Definitely a nice pairing. The cheese really brought out frutiness, and the pear brought out the alcohol in a good way. Matching the two together with a sip was fantastic.

biking4beer, Mar 13, 2007
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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