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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 366 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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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Ratings: 2,399 | Reviews: 904
Photo of bbeane
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork popped with some authority!!

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice white pillowy head that lingers for a while and leaves a healthy coating stuck on the glass as it disappears. Beer is a somewhat cloudy straw color with little activity

S- Very sweet smelling aroma... citrus, banana yeast, phenolic, and a hint of hops

T- Pretty much tastes like it smells... malty sweet, citrus, phenolic, with a slight hop presence in the finish

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty tasty. I definintely enjoyed this one more than the Dubbel


Photo of bohemiandonut
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to love great head. This beer pours, looks, and smells like cool delicious nectar. Cloudy amber/gold. Sidestep the lemon/clove monotony to reward your face with peach, orange blossom and cantaloupe. This is a bounty of exotic fruit and flower, I guarantee you will taste honeydew on this and that is something to get excited about, is it not? Choose your favorite expensive fruit and you can probably find it here. Guava? Check. Lychee? Double check.

Those delicious Belgian off-notes are abundant here, but not in an overly sweet or cloying way. They balance off with peppery spice and alcoholic tang.

I have so much awe at the mouthfeel of this ale, so much that I'm not sure I can describe it. It is full but veers on dry. Not sticky but soft in finish and not sharp. I think to understand more I will have to finish the 4-pack, by far the most excellent way possible to package this kind of classic ale. Top marks for that.

There is a lot here to like and ponder. I might enjoy a bit more tang, but for a Tripel this hits that band-aid mark damn well without being obnoxious.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a pale golden yellow with lots of haze and a creamy white head with a nice lace left behind.

S-the nose is very sweet, light yeast notes with citrus and peach coming in behind. hints of spicy phenol and light peppery alcohol.

T-the taste is much of the same, rather sweet golden fruits with light spice and yeast surrounding. peaches and appricots with hints of alcohol and pepper.

M-medium syrupy body, smooth throughout, finish is crisp and lively with assertive carbonation. very little driness in the finish.

D-decent beer, doesn't have the things i like in a tripel. little to no spice and light on the yeast. finish isn't as dry as i'd like to see. tasty and sweet but not sugary at all.

Photo of rdickey
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: In a corked and caged 750 - batch #160 according to the label. Pours a beautiful clear gold, with a huge fluffy white head. Big bubble action from the bottom continues long after the pour.

Smell: The balance of this beer is immediately apparent in the nose. Fruit - mostly dried stone fruit, but also a hint of banana - combines with drying hops and phenols to tell you that this is going to be a complex, and massive, beer.

Taste: As promised by the nose, there's a lot going on here. The fruit in the nose continues, but now cut with a hefty dose of spice. Hop bitterness lurks in the background; it's not out front enough for me to identify the hops, but it's there and balances the beer in an important way. The alcohol comes through big time, but it's almost part of the taste balancing act and works very well.

Mouthfeel: Quite lively in the mouth, and finishes very dry.

Drinkability: High. As we all know, a Belgian (or Belgian-style) ale is not a toy, and this one does nothing to conceal the high ABV; in fact, it makes it a useful component of the beer's taste. However, I could quite happily sip these - slowly - all evening.

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

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
"Tripel Reserve" batch 141

A:Crystal clear, light gold color with a huge white fluffy head. Exactly what you would expect for the style.
S: Lots of pepper and clove, tons of belgian spice.
T: Very similar to the nose, with some yeasty fruitiness. No obvious hops, just some bitterness so you know they are in there.
M: Very crisp, but there is a "roundness" that prevents this from being too dry, not sweet at all. By the end, the attenuation starts to become apparent, it comes across as almost astringent, very drying on the tongue.
D: I like this a lot, it is very true to the style, easy to drink. I would like to compare it side by side with some Belgian versions, I suspect that it would compare quite favorably.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a britt citrus golden color win a nice white head and some good lacing. Aroma brings spices, orange peel, and some fruity esters. Taste brings citrus zest and some fruit with a bot of breadm. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks quite well. A nice American version.

Photo of Casey10
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times and finally getting around to reviewing this. A fantastic version of the style.

A - nice banana yellow with a slight head great carbination and some nice lacing.

S - Fruity smell definate banana and that belgian yeast smell.

T - Really nice reminds me of the tripels I have had from Belguim a bit bubblegum banana sweet and so goood.

M - smooth cream frothy, the feel is really nice.

D - Lucky enough I can get this anytime the. It is for those searching the style can't go wrong here.

Photo of daledeee
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle that I purchased in August.

This poured with a nice white fluffy head and a very cloudy yellow body.

Floral, yeast and bread with citrus. Really pleasant and fresh. After it sits a while the alcohol comes through in the nose.

Taste is Belgian hops, but not as strong as some others, quite a bit of citrus with tart apple.

Mouth feel is quite carbonated and not wet.

Drinkability is good, but not exceptional.

Photo of brianjay
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color. The swirling airy head slowly fades down into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma leaves a lot to the imagination. My preconceived notion of a Belgian tripel have to be put aside for this lighter, yet well balanced, American version.

White grapes and orange flavors with a touch of brown sugar rounding out the flavors.

Mouth feel, sparkling and lively. Despite the high ABV on this one, it is smooth and drinkable, going down very easy. Would go great with salad or fish.

Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750ML bottle Batch 157

Slightly hazy golden color with a large whipped cream like head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of honey, slightly spicy and sweet malt. The alcohol is well hidden. Not the most aromatic tripel but smells like a good tripel should. The flavor is as it should be as well. Just slightly more warmth then the Belgian examples. Slightly sweet upfront from the malt, mildly spicy with hints of pepper and cloves. Some honey as well before a dry finish. A little lighter than medium in body. Nice carbonation. Could be a little more robust. A good, solid tripel here. Nicely crafted. I think they know what they are doing at Allagash. The high ABV makes drinking the entire 750ML bottle a little daunting.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

It settles very nicely into the glass creating a 1/2 inch dense white head which dissipated very quickly leaving only a partial ring on the outside. The color is light cloudy gold. The smell of this is floral and fruity . The taste immediately brings out the floral and honey aspects. It is fruity, perhaps banana, and has spice notes at the end which create a dry finish. It has a fair amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. The alcohol is blended very nicely.

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

I am a big fan of tripels. Having spent some time recently in Belgium, I was able to try my fair share. This beer compares nicely to those I tried over there. The aftertaste is wonderful. A great, soft taste lingers. I know this may be as expensive as some of the Belgians, but when found for cheaper, I don't think you miss much.

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a pale yellow/gold color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the beer. The head faded, but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright citrus and spice flavor with some notes of lemon, coriander, orange peel to it. It also has a bit of a fruit tartness with some apple and pear to it that really helps balance it and give it some depth.

The taste shows a lot of the citrusy, lemon, coriander, orange peel flavors that were found in the nose. Some of the tart, fruity flavors come through in the finish and help balance out the flavors. It's a very flavorful and good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it this evening. For the high abv % it hid it very well. It had some very good and bold flavors to it but still remained pretty well balanced. Very tasty triple overall.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle (from Batch # 156) into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, very pale gold color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind spotty lace. Looks a lot like a witbier.

Smell: Somewhat flowery with earthy yeasat and alcohol.

Taste: Begins with some fruitiness, finishing with a champagne-like flavor and earthy yeast with a good hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin, with carbonation a bit on the heavy side and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This isn't a bad beer, but definitely isn't the best representation of the style. I would be willing to drink this one again, but it is far from the first tripel I would reach for.

Photo of jthor018
2.46/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought three 750mL bottles of this from batch 154. Two of them were horrible. I think the bottles might have went bad. A friend of mine got a bottle from the same store and said it was the worst beer he had ever drank. The third one, from another store, was decent. Poured into a clear plastic cup (didn't have any glassware with us) it was golden and the smell reminded me of banana bread. The head on this beer was nice and thick for about 15 seconds and then was gone. It tasted okay but I think I was biased by my previous bad experiences with this beer. That said, I would buy a bottle of this from a different batch.

Photo of diechipmunk
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip
A: hazy goldend color with almost no head or lacing.

S: Earthy Spices, belgian yeats and mild fruits, slight green banna, maybe.

T: Very dry. A dominating Yeast, some spices and detectable alcohol, long finish trails off to a great finish bitterness with touch of malty sweetness and the end. The finish is the best part.

M: Good level of carbonation keeps it light.

Photo of joeland
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch# 155

A- a beatiful golden hazy color with one finger high head that leaves a thick lacing

S- a mild smell of corrinder with other spices mixed in

T- a strong alchol taste right upfront that has spices that mix weel with it

M- a medium body with a medium carbnaton

D- a smooth drinking beer. it has the alchol taste with out the burn, but i'm set with having one maybe two of these

Photo of impending
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull honey with a dense fine bubbled pure white head, very active carbonation. Batch 142.

Classic aroma of a triple but with a touch less sweetness. The fruit is an overly ripe apple and quiet citrus, the yeast is well pronounced.

Not very sweet for a triple, the yeast notes are dominant and the finish is quite dry. This could handle a very strong cheese on the side. The alcohol has a low warmth and is preceded by the strong phenols. The aftertaste is a weakness as it trails off dry, bitter and acidic. I like everything but the finish. In reading other reviews no one is noting an acidic finish, perhaps mine is a bit . . . . . !

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The body is cloudy gold in color unfiltered look.

S- Smell of fruity notes and herbs kind of like the Allagash White but more of a fruitiness present.

T- The taste of honey and spices and fruity notes. The label said Passion fruit I thought more like a Melon.

M- Wasn't to light or heavy. Somewhat dry but not to bad. The honey and spices and fruit linger through out.

D- Well this was my first Tripel and I like it. I'm sure I'll try more but this I will try again.

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

Hazy yellow beer, deep color. Good looking head.

Smells of banana-ie, citrousy, and of Belgian yeast.

Tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast and bananas. Tastes like it smells. Booze is surprisingly hidden in a smooth flavor.

This is a good beer. I do not like the "White" as much, so I was afraid to try any of the others. Also this beer has a better shelf-life than the "White", which usually stays on the self for unfavorable lengths of time. This "Tripel" and the "Black" are really great beers. Give them a shot.

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

Serving: 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with about a quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Big belgian tripel smell. Spicy and fruity. Very good.

T: Tripel maltiness but on the drier side. Somewhat nutty and bitter. Not bad.

M: Pretty standard for a tripel. It does leave a bitter feel in the mouth.

D: Not my favorite tripel, but a decent offering. Would drink this one again.

Photo of DeliriumHomebrew
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #155

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A: golden, straw- colored beauty (I was stunned). Head was an easy 2 finger job, but settled into some nice lacing throughout.

S: kinda like those Pillsbury croissant rolls, fresh out the gate: Butter and Bread. A little peppery, with some hints of citrus...
Corriander? Maybe.

T&M: decidedly, the best tasting tripel I've had: not as sweet as Wyerbacher, yet not as boozey as Chimay. A nice mix.
I'd like to eat a steak right now, but it's late and I digress...
M: perfect carbonation, best I've ever felt in a tripel. You could swish it around and drink it all night.
(I won't be doing so).

O: A++; and, please make sure to "Drink Good Beer."

Photo of j37geogaddi
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow pour from my bottle with little lacing.

Smells of pure belgian candy sugars and citrus with floral notes.

Taste is really nice. It's strong but pleasant. Highly citrusy and sweet but a nice bitter balance. Banana flavors and Belgian yeast comes through nicely. This is a great summer sipper, which is nice since the higher ABV usually keeps me from drinking a lot of awesome boozey craft beers.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated- on the high side for its strength but totally right for the Tripel style.

This is a really drinkable strong beer. Typically, belgian tripel's can over power with their inherent sweetness, but this is perfectly balanced.

As well known as Allagash is on the East coast, I think this beer is still under-rated. I will, one day, make the hike back up to Portland ME and visit this respected brewery.

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate spicy, yeasty aroma with notes of coriander, citrus and oranges.

Slightly hazy yellow colour with a big, creamy, white head. Decent head retention but not amazing.

Rich and sweet with a good bit of citrus to cut through. The spice is nicely balanced. Well composed with a slightly dry finish.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A tasty beer with enough going on to keep me interested and to make up for the awful drive I just endured.

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

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Nice rich head which remains over time, very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Some spice but floral hops seem to dominate.

Taste: Very nice "dry" tripel, not as sweet up front as some of the Belgians, but very well balanced with a nice mild bitter finish.

Drinkability: Nicely smooth and very enjoyable!

Very solid example of the style!

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