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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,161
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 121
Gots: 239 | 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 wedge
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden color with a thick, creamy head that sticks all over the glass. Aromas of citrus, melon, and dried banana esters, grass, and yeast. Very flavorful on the first sip...pale fruit and peppery phenols. Fresh, pulpy citrus, sweet and peppery, and some yeast. Smooth medium body, drying, and very refreshing for its strength.

Good...might get a whole 4-pack soon.

wedge, May 12, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy lemony yellow with a tinge of orange. It lid is creamy and white, but a bit slim for the style.

The nose is very nice. It's sweet and fruity of lemons, melons, and green pears (those are the fuits I get, though I have never had passion fruit advertised on the bottle). The fruits are balanced by yeast and sweet spices.

The medium full body is silky, syrupy, smooth and has a light creaminess that goes along with the somewhat subpar carbonation. Picks back up where the nose left of, almost exatly. Lightly sweet with many fruits and solid Belgian yeasts. Spices are sweet and white peppery, and go excellently with the previous flavors.

Allagash has done a fine job with this beer. The only drawback has to do with subpar carbonation for the style, which may only be an issue with my 12oz bottle. Absolutely will try again.

Slynger, May 09, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a light gold color and is a bit hazy, there's lots of carbonation and it topped off with a nice thick white and bubbly head with some good lacing to tag along. Its aroma is a little spicy; there are some sweet fruit smells that come through along with what smells like banana bread and raisins. It has a crisp clean feel on the tip of your tongue, it got a medium to full body that coats your mouth evenly and really warms things up. I do taste a bit of bitterness on the tip of my tongue and on the side of my mouth, its sweet, but that's all I can taste from this, is aftertaste is very pleasing, not dry at all and only a hint of bitterness in it.

vickersspitfire, May 06, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #102

Nice hazy golden brown color with a silky white head.

Citrus and tropical fruits, sweet malts and Belgian yeast.

Very sweet mixture of fruits and candy. Nicely balanced by a collection of peppery Belgian yeast strains.

Creamy full body yet crisp and delicate. Perfect carbonation complimenting the velvety feel.

I can easily enjoy a 750 of this stuff. Fantastic American made example of the style. Right up there with the best Belgian versions.

rye726, May 04, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep golden under a creamy white head. Decent lace and good retention.

S: Light tropical fruit with some earthy yeast and a wheat-like character.

T: Mostly malt and fruit, pretty boozy. Mild bitterness in the end. A little bland.

M/D: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, very nice mouthfeel. Drinkablity is good, there could be more taste, but its a decent beer.

NCSUdo, May 04, 2008
Photo of barrelman
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with good head explosion and settles to a thin lace. I was hoping for a little more yeast aroma, but I know that tripels don't bring too much. Still, i thought there could be more. Taste is smooth and flavorful with those great blossom notes. A little cloying at the end. A pleasant and slightly sharp tripel. Well done.

barrelman, May 02, 2008
Photo of Sixpoint
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding rendition of a classic style. Great variation on a theme.

Perfect pillowy white head with striped lacing. Murky off-colored bronze twinge.

Subtle spice and clove aroma, minimal hops.

Perfectly balanced dry fermented crispness flanked with the cleanest of clean palate cleansing spice and hops in the finish. Absolute refreshing swallow leaves the palate unencumbered yet heavily stimulated with every sip. Bravo.

Heavy carbonation and effervescent mouthfeel and texture. Devilishly drinkable with ease.

The BEST tripel brewed stateside I have ever tasted.

Sixpoint, May 02, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL into a chalice style glass.
Bottle states the batch is number 110.

A: Golden orange in color, hazy with an incredible thick white foamy head. The retention was phenominal, staying thick and frothy for most of the drink. Lacing was, well, good, but it was more like clinging white foam.

S: Modest spices swimming in rich pale & caramel malts. Something slightly citrus clings to the nose as well.

T&M: Mild malts nicely spiced ride a creamy texture all the way through the tasting. Carbonation is light but persistent and helps keep that fantastic head alive through the course of the drink. This tripel is slightly sweet but still has a relatively quick and dry finish. The malts and the spices combine with enjoyable complexity. This is a fantastic brew!

D: I really loved this brew! It was easy to drink, smooth and creamy, and full of complex tastiness. Fantastic! I'm definitely going to seek this out and would highly recommend it.

SIRIUS2, May 01, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a pale gold with the smallest hint of orange copper hue in the middle of the glass. The head rose to a snow white 3/4 inch which settled to a skim after 5 minutes or so. Constant, slightly effervescent carbonation release and decent lacing apparent down the glass.

S= Lots of fruity Belgian yeast aromas up front with a slight medicinal smell in the middle. A definite alcohol smell presents itself as well.

T= This ale gives a lot of sweet, fruity flavors up front. Candied sugar and sweet malts certainly dominate. Like the aroma, there is a definite and not unpleasant medicinal/phenolic flavor. Hops are definitely in the backseat here, but they are there under everything else keeping it in balance. The alcohol flavors come out in the finish providing a nice warming sensation.

MF= Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation, yet it is still a soft mouthfeel beer.

D= This is an outstanding beer! As for Belgian Tripels brewed outside of Belgium, I would say this brew is second only to Unibroue's La Fin du Mond. Definitely one of the greats.

spointon, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden-peach with a thin, white layering that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely soft.

S: a nice sour funky, farmhouse scent wit musky oranges and lemons. The overall aroma was soft, citrusy and very pleasant.

T: fresh citrus with some bananas, cloves and oranges. The flavor was very sharp and clean in delivery before finishing with a citrusy and refreshing nature that would satisfy greatly on a hot summer day.

M: light, with a citrusy/lemony tang and a subtle yeasty sourness.

D: Very good drinkability, refreshing, citrusy and extremely smooth and perfect for the summer time or any time for that matter.

beerthulhu, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, batch 72.

Into a St Bernardus chalice, pours a crystal clear golden amber, a beautiful frothy white head forming for a while before settling down. Lacing arches form here and there, and when the second half is poured, it turns cloudy and more orangish.

The aroma gives lots of candied sugars and light fruits or orange, melon, pineapple, and is even more flavorful, very juicy. There is the slightest herbal hopping, and the yeast is just fantastic. Its delicious. The mouth, somewhere between medium and full, is smooth, sweet, soft and delicate. Just a fantastic beer.

objectivemonkey, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of kenco12
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a little issue with the cork, but I can tell it was in there to lock in the flavor. Had it in a 750 ml container, and it was good down to the last ml.

For one to like Tripels, this was almost like a different feel. I had it after a Dragonmeade Final Absolution, and I think it even added to the flavor.

Smell was great, taste was great, look, well, I drank it straight from the bottle. Overall, a must have for all Tripel favorites.

kenco12, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of HugoGrim
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch #108, no freshness date.

Poured into a chalice. Peach/gold body with a creamy foamy white head. Some lace.

Aroma is spicy, though weak initially. As it sits aroma becomes fruitier and a honey sweetness develops. Apple and apricot.

Flavors of sour fruits and spices. Fairly standard for the style, though the finish is quite dry and bitter. Alcohol a bit heavy for my liking.

HugoGrim, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of dhd1491
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, rich off-white head. Light-golden, slightly cloudy color. Big cloves in aroma and taste. Rich taste, but low viscosity and light mouth-feel. Perfect fruity sweetness, but could use a little more bitter balance. Sweet, citrusy taste lingers. This would be an excellent choice on a hot summer day, which seems unusual given its high ABV.

Similar taste profile to the Duvel I sampled recently, but without the somewhat unpleasant coppery aftertaste.

750 ml bottle (25.4 oz) $8...31 cents per oz.

dhd1491, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AdamB84 for my introduction to the beers of Allagash.

Pours off-yellow with a little orange in it - no head whatsoever. Smells great, lots of fruit & alchohol.

Tastes like Ommegang's Hennepin. I'd like to taste them side by side to compare, but this is precisely what I remember it tasting like. Warm on the palate, nice touch of fruitiness. A little sourness in the back, smooth, light, easy to drink.

Goes down easily. Drinks easy. A little too sweet, after a half glass I can feel my mouth starting to pucker a touch. I like it.

maximum12, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a big 750 ml bottle to a chalice had an amber color and a thick texture. Very small head, but nice lacing.

S: Fruity smell, some apples, apricots.

T: There was a distinct bitterness in the taste (the apricots?). This was decently complex, but the alcohol was a little too noticable.

M: Balanced amount of carbonation and a decently dry finish. A good mouthfeel, except for some bitterness.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer, but not as good as some of Allagash's others. Worthwhile, though.

avalon07, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy light yellow with white head. It smelled like perfume and yeast with some hops too. It tasted super sweet, like hops and apricot. It was smooth, not too thick and slightly carbonated, with an interesting sweet/bitter aftertaste. Overall, this seemed similar to the other tripels I've had, so I'm definitely starting to understand the style. Unfortunately, it's not the style I really prefer (too sweet).

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 750mL with a buddy.
A-Poured golden/straw color with 2 inch fluffy white head in oversized wine glass-nice looking in the glass.
Smell-Sweet, Tart Apple and yeasty aromas
T-Unpleasant bitter on first taste combined with yeasty flavor, lacking the fruit from the smell. Wished for more of the smell in the taste. As it warmed, there was more of the tart apple flavor and some citrus that come through. More balanced as it warmed. Alcohol was failry evident.
M-Very carbonated with bubbly feel-a little foamy in the mouth.
D-Taste is very dominated by yeast and the for me that cuts down the drinkability. A nice beer but not the most complex tripel. A decent tripel.

hopsleeroy, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Magnolia's in Purcellville, VA (run by the same guy from Tuskarora Mill in Leesburg, VA).

A - Great milky, frothy head that stayed the entire time. Coated the sides of the pilsner glass, not just laced it. Slightly cloudy tan/orange body with good amount of carbonation.

S - Sweet with earthy aromas. I smell some yeast and some orange or some kind of citrus.

T - Exactly as a tripel should taste. Sweet candy sugar and exotic fruit. Like a peach-mango flavor. Hop bitterness is minimal but there is some in the background as an aftertaste. I get a nice yeasty taste that comes with a good hefeweizen as it warms and goes down my throat. Alcohol is noticable but only in a good way.

M - Very smooth and a good carbonation presence. Carb gives it a slightly dry mouthfeel.

This is a great tripel. I would definitely not guess this was from New York. A nice, delicate brew that left me really wanting more. I had this with a steak sandwich with sauteed spinach. A great match for lunch.

MrIncognito, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Batch #109 - Poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed golden with a thin, lasting, bubbly turning creamy, white head. Spotted lacing sticks to glass after trailing lace descends.

The smell is of orange peel, honey, clove. Bready and spicy.

The taste is initially honeyish and malty with orange peel fruitiness quickly entering in. A balancing spicy/herbal dryness soon follows (esp. in the finish). A bready, tasty yeast strain adds to the complexities. Alcohol adds warmth without interfering in taste or smoothness.

Light-to-medium-bodied. It is effervescent, yet creamy. Very much on-target for the style.

This is one fine tripel - true to style with a wonderful aroma, nice taste and deceiving drinkability!

jwc215, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy blond, nearly opaque. The white frothy head retains extremely well, covering the glass in lace.

Smell - On the sweeter side with a spicy balance. Tropical fruits and white pepper come to mind.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very phenolic initially with a big banana flavor and undertones of green apple. Crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. A spicy, peppery flavor clings to the back of the mouth, riding through until the finish.

Notes - One of the better American-made tripels I've tried.

largadeer, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
"Batch Number 85"...
A slow pour resulted in a golden-colored, light-amber, strawish hue with an intense foamy and frothy head that exhibited remarkable staying power...
Intricate, rich smell, bursting with characteristic fruity, and floral Tripel aromas...
Excellent, smooth, robust, creamy flavor, bursting with fresh fruit, light florals, sweet nectars, slight grapefruit, caramel, honey, vanilla, and sweet cream...
Very full-bodied and extremely rich and flavorful depiction of a Triple, and one of the best Allagash brews I've had to date...
Wonderfully creamy and rich mouthfeel lead to a perilously easy level of drinkability, where the hefty 9% ABV is well-masked behind a rich conglomeration of sweet flavors...
Excellent stuff...

dsa7783, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfectly clear yellow with a tinge of orange. Features a very white frothy head that is well supported by the large number of tiny bubbles rushing to the top from the etching in the bottom of my Chimay glass.

The aroma is very fruity with tones of green apple, orange peal and even hints of cherry. Sweet candy sugar resides beneath the fruit. There are also moments of hay and slight yeasty funk. I felt transported to Belgium with its scent.

Slightly sweeter than the nose had implied, but much more of the same in the taste. The fruit isn't the centerpiece as much as the orange and cherries fade to the back. Apple is still there. Finishes with a slightly bitter note of yeast. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Lots of carbonation jumping around. Highly drinkable, but dangerous given the abv. Expensive to buy regularly, but a fine treat and up there with the best of the Belgian offerings.

Pairs well with triple creme cheese and salmon.

Jmamay22, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with a big frothy white head that doesnt dissipate and hangs around forever. Beer itself is a slightly hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation apparent.

Smell- Pungent spices, nutmeg and cinnamen, with strong hints of alcohol.

Taste- Initial taste of malt, quickly gives way to alcohol warmth, and fruit, medium sweet.

Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage, nothing too spectacular though.

Drinkability- A pretty drinkable beer, not one for quaffing, but an excellent example of the style.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 at cellar temperature into trusty Ommegang chalice.

Uniform 1-2 finger head-fades with a little lacing. Ample carbonation from apple juice-colored body. Very clean.

Scent prominent at eye level-powerful aroma here of nice coriander, banana ester, apple and a little ginger and cinnamon - may even some white grapes? Carbonation distribtes aroma quickly-yeast, malt and hops in staunch background.

Taste doesn't disappoint-apple, spice, yeasty carbonations with a little honey finish. Malt is in back with grassy hops on well-balanced finish. Alcohol is present but in background until last 1/3 of bottle. Wow.

Carbonation tickles the mouth and distributes the spice, other front flavors, malt, yeast and hop finish very well.

Enjoyable even as approaching room temperature-in a lotta ways, maybe more! Way too drinkable for style-admittedly did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did for whatever reason (I have no idea), but damn good $#!+ right here.

IBUnit63, Feb 27, 2008
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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