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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 343 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of philbe311
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #143

A - A fingers worth of effervescent delicate fluffy off-white head that quickly fizzes away leaving a splotchy yet intriguing lacing... A slightly hazed orange gold color... A modest amount of moderate to fast paced carbonation rises deep within...

S - Lovely Belgian yeast dominates the nose... Pear... Apple... Golden raisins... Candied sugars... Slight allusions to banana and clove... Rich, complex, and rewarding all the way around...

T - The palette is defined by a wonderful balance... The yeast is more subdued as the fruit and candied sugar characteristics rise to meet it... The raisins and pear are the dominate fruits and the candied sugar is mild but plays an important part... A very subtle hint of pepper joins at the finish for added depth and dimension...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Loaded with dense carbonation... Dry... Even...

D - Forget about the fact that this is a top notch American tripel, this can be considered amongst the best in the world... A wonderful testament to the style and one for all others to be measured against... My favorite Allagash offering to date... I can't wait to enjoy again and recommend to all...

Photo of JohnL9013
2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Hazy golden color, like an IPA, with a moderate but very impressive head and tons of lacing.

S: A very sweet, malty smell. If taken alone, this is a feature that doesn't necessarily count against this beer but it's not the best smell because it's so sweet.

T: This is, hands-down, the worst Belgian-style beer I've ever had. No hops worth mentioning, terrible malts. I poured over half of this beer down the drain, because I literally couldn't stand to finish it. Why? It's way, way too sweet. This beer is like drinking a soda that is way to sweet, and has gone flat.

M: And that's the other problem. Not enough carbonation, period. If you're going to make a beer with this bold a sweetness profile, you need to make it drinkable so it's not just sitting, stagnant in your mouth and making the drinker (myself) nearly gag with discomfort.

D: This was a drain pour for me, I'm embarassed to say. Someone told me that I needed to try anything made by Allagash because everything they make is so good, but I'm afraid to try anything else at this point. Maybe when I'm feeling adventurous I'll try a different brew of theirs.

To close, my statement would be that you can get a much better tripel from North America (La Fin Du Monde) and pretty much anything from Belgium is going to be an order of magnitude better than this. Westmalle, Konings, St. Bernardus, Chimay, all of them make Tripels that define this style and make it great. This beer is a terrible attempt and I would highly discourage trying this without hearing from the aforementioned masters first.

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled from cellar temps a bit before pouring into the glass.

A - Hazy yellow/gold with a very creamy head that lingered as long as the beer did.

S - Not overpowering in yeasty esters, but they are well balanced. The clove, banana, and candi sugars are all well represented.

T&M - Again, very well balanced. This is the perfect level of sweet/dry for the style, at least for my tastes. Same with the spices. Nothing jumps forward too much between flavors that all could stand on their own.

D - This is a treat. It was a lot of sugar by the end and I could feel the ABV creeping up on me...

Photo of katelovesbeer
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz pint glass

Appearance: Hazy deep honey color. 1/2" creamy head that didn't last long. Lots of tiny rising bubbles and pretty lacing

Smell: Sweet, fruity smell almost like banana and cloves, maybe something a little more tropical (pineapple?). Strong. Yeasty. Even the smell is effervescent.

Taste: A loud popping flavor of sweet banana-y spices and fruit; tangy lingering sting on the back of the tongue; tastes as yeasty as it smells; leaves you with a well-rounded orange/grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light, airy, effervescent to be sure. The tingly spicy tang makes the pack of your tongue pucker a tiny bit, and overall makes the beer quick a refreshing sip.

Drinkability: Lovely. Just, lovely. The comparability to champagne with the light tropical fruit and spice complexities would make this beer appealing to many crowds. I imagine this beer being fantastic in late summer, early fall - although frankly, I could sip this year 'round.

Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy light yellow with three finger white head, the head leaves spots around glass as it dissipates

S: yeast, banana, cloves, lemon, black pepper... very complex aroma

T: the fruity esters come through on the front of the palate in the form of lemons and bananas, this sweetness is balanced by a strong spicy profile, the abv is hardly detectable, very nice flavors

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a great Belgian style- very spicy and lots of complexity, plus it goes down quite easily for a 9% brew

Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours into my tulip a hazy gold with hues of orange. the head is rocky and white and recedes to nice Belgian-styled lacing.

The smell is authentic, yeasty ad fruity with a little bit of spice. Smells like a Tripel should, a feat that most American brewers fail at.

The taste is more of a letdown. It is herbal and sweet with some spice and bitterness but this is too sweet and clean for a tripel, it is sterile, like other American versions.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery, drinkability is decent theough the alcohol isn't completely unmasked.

It is a decent attempt.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #147 poured into duvel glass.

A: pours golden, some chill haze. two and a half finger foamy head that settled to a half finger layer. also laces a lot.
S: light roast malt. slight hop earthiness. smells similar to Duvel with a bit more sweetness.
T: sweeter than the nose hinted at. roasted sweet and slightly earthy malt. hops are lightly bitter and more earthy as well with a hint of citrus. taste is like a sweeter Duvel
M: crisp, which seems odd for a triple, slightly syrupy.
D: if picking up an empty glass twice means anything its a good sipper.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a white head. This is a really good looking beer. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus orange and lemon. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruits, light alcohol and peppery spices. The alcohol mixes well with the peppery spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mkaplanes
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For such high alcohol content, this beer is amazingly smooth, both mouthfeel and going down. Really nice as a sipping beer. It ended up being a bit heavy - after I had gotten through about 75% of the 23 oz. bottle, I just couldn't have much more. If I had to do it again, I would share this with somebody.

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

Room temperature bottle poured in to a hotel glass. One has to make do when on travel.

Golden color, slightly hazy, effervescent with a nice pure white head that stays tight and thick for quite a while.

Aroma has hints of bubble gum behind some biscuity malt. A lemony alcohol note as well. Nice little bit of lemon spice in the flavor, alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Light bready malt lends to the body. Wow, alcohol does get hot in the finish, but still not unpleasant or out of place.

Medium body, very carbonated and easy to sip. I dig this American version of a tripel.

Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color, it has a decent white head with short retention. The smell is a herbal and fruity scent, though I can't quite place what fruit exactly. The flavor is of more herbal spices and fruit notes. With some very light sweet notes and hint of bready malts.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and while not overly carbonated, it would be fine with less.
Taking into account the ABV it is a very drinkable beer, and I would enjoy trying again as well as more of this style.

Photo of Da1nonlyBD
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this bottle from Al's of Hampden. The appearance is on par with most Triples, which is a a cloudy light brownish color. Smell is kind of fruity and hard to explain, but good. Taste is about average as I've had better, but by no means is it bad. Mouthfeel is great as it is not over-carbonated as some can be. Drinkability is fine as its easy going down. Cant really notice the 9% ABV.Overall not bad, but I've had better.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice:

A - Hazy yellow with thick head and lots of retention.

S - Belgian yeasty scents. Citrus, spicey complex.

T - Light fruity tastes mixed with a wheaty zing and strong alcohol aftertones. Mildly hoppy.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated...almost chewy.

D - I enjoyed this tripel but I have had better. Would buy again.

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

Allagash Tripel Ale. 750ml. 2009 Vintage.

It has a cloudy honey color with a big, mushrooming white head. It pours about 2 and a half finger which eventually settles down to about half a finger. It doesn't sport a remarkable color, head, or lacing, but all in all there's not much to complain about either.

The smell is big, refreshing and packs a punch. Rounded orange zest, and spicy yeast dominate up front, but allspice, coriander, maybe even nutmeg jostle in towards the end.

Again, peppery orange flavors take the foreground. There's definitely a hoppy punch towards the end, but it's not too pronounced. It finishes with a medium alcohol burn. The flavors are interesting, but I must say I prefer the balance of Chimay Tripel.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
I found it to be deliciously thick, but seriously lacking in carbonation. As others have pointed out, it's also not as dry as most tripels I enjoy. The mouthfeel slightly hurts the drinkability, but honestly, I still found drinking it enjoyable and easy on the stomach.

Photo of ironchefchris
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap what a beer! That's good stuff. Just drank a bottle from Total Wine in Midlo. I didn't know much about Tripels, but they sounded like they'd be great. Bananna was in the description at Total Wine so I had to buy it. I love banannas. Nice yellowly haze to the look. Great beery taste during, amazing fruity finish. Again...the banannas awesome. Drinkability is way up there...I could knock back a bunch of these..and with a 9.0 ABV, that's a bit scary. It's easily one of my top beers now. Bring on more Tripels...

Photo of Chico1985
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden-yellow, perfect, huge fluffy white head. Crazy amount of bubbles floating about, looks like champagne. Excellent lacing, beautiful beer. Smell is great, peppery Belgian yeast, floral notes, apple. Tastes... honey, lemon, apple, yeast, wheat. So good. Alcohol taste nowhere to be found, just makes a nice warm feeling in your stomach. Way, way too easy to drink. Dry peppery finish. Amazing, better than I remember. Good price too. Allagash rules.

Photo of Pecorasc
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass on tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

A- Presented with a dense, white, fluffy head with a myriad of different bubble sizes. As the dense head dissipates, it leaves a sticky lacing on all of the different angles of the glass. Even after the head settles, it manages to retain some thickness. This is an extremely hazy triple, casting orange and tangerine colors. The haze makes the tulip almost glow, but maybe not in a good way: this looks more like a wheat beer than a tripel. No visible carbonation.

S- The mouth of the glass is just bursting with aroma. Orange and lemon zest dominate this refreshing aroma, with coriander, allspice, and a tiny bit of nutmeg providing complexity. This is very crisp and extremely refreshing. Nice job Allagash.

T- Initially, dominated by orange zest and an explosion of yeasty spiciness. The spiciness turns to a harsh pepperiness that I can't decide if I like. Finishes with a moderate alcohol burn. This beer certainly doesn't lack character, but it may be a bit harsh in some aspects. Enjoyable nevertheless.

M- Two complaints on the mouthfeel. First, for a tripel, this beer is not dry enough. It would probably benefit a lot from a lower final gravity. Second, there is a major lack of carbonation. Especially being a Belgian, this could use a lot more. The lowest point for an otherwise very enjoyable beer.

D- Despite the poor mouthfeel, this is still moderately drinkable for a tripel. The alcohol burn is not overwhelming and I could have a couple tulips. A pretty decent tripel that could be great with a couple of changes.

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

Pours a sunny orange color thats a bit opaque. On top is a thin head that may have been bigger and badder if I had let the bottle warm up for a bit longer.

Smells sweet and sugary with some clove and banana coming through. Some alcohol notes come through along with some herbal or medicinal smells.

Such a delicious beer. Lots of sweetness marked with bitterness that finishes at the tip of the tongue. Very crisp and quite juicy and refreshing (apple juice?). The stomach warming effects add a nice little sensation that definitely rounds out a quite enjoyable drinking experience. In plain words, the Tripel is outstanding. I'll need to get a corked bottle and age it a bit and see just how good this one can get.

Photo of climax
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a completely cloudy tangerine orange. The white head was small and dissipated quickly. Some lace clings after i aggravate it with a few swirls.

Nose is quite strong and complex. Strong tones of alcohol are obvious and accompanied by honey, wheat, and some tropical fruit. Lesser notes of banana, coriander, and spice are also present. As it warms some sweet malted milk balls and pear begin to surface. The aroma gets more interesting the longer it sits.

Taste has good potency as well. Alcohol once again is clearly evident and holds throughout. Bitter is the general consensus. Honey, spice, and some softer coriander make up a nice flavor.

The feel is soft and mouth-coating with a good clean chalky finish. The body is good and full and the carbonation is spot on. For the ABV and body this one's pretty easy to put down too. Good brew.

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

750ml bottle split with my better half, served in Chimay chalices

A - big two fingers of dense and soapy white foam that very slowly retreats to a thin layer with spotty lacing. the beer is a cloudy, very carbonated strong golden color. quite the scene.

S - typical Belgian yeast, some spice, clove, citrus (especially orange), faint sourness and hoppy bite at the end as it warms. alcohol definitely bites at the nose.

T - yeast and sweet fruits start the show before the carious spices kick in, some black pepper and clove, lemon zest joins in...ending with a fairly swift and potent grassy hop attack and some boozy zip. the aftertaste is of citrus and crackery malt. intense and complex.

M - fair amount of extremely tight carbonation complements the dancing flavors. well bodied and slightly sticky, yet refreshing at the same time.

D - found this near the back of my beer fridge, and boy was i impressed. in the running for my favorite on the style, and a steal at $7 a 750ml. Allagash impresses again.

Photo of Taverner420
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden. Looks like a Tripel!
S - Smells of yeasty and fruity esters
T - Has a true to form Tripel taste, with lots of strong apricot notes.
M - Fuller and more body, not false like some ATs but full and engaging.
D - Very drinkable.

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

(12 oz. bottle into trappist) Poured a light cloudy orange with a small head. The initial nose was of a general sweetness with a little hint of pepper and citrus and as it sat, banana. The flavor was at first heavily of the spice but the slight banana did develop in the mouth afterward. The alcohol was well masked at first, but as the glass went on, you could feel it warming you up and the sharpness of the alcohol came forward strong to the front of the palate. Would have been MUCH better had the alcohol stayed in the back longer, but this is not terrible either.

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

On-tap 1/14/2010 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, fruit, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet & semi-tart fruit flavors, some spices and some Belgian yeast breadiness all at once creating a good complexity. A mild alcohol sting follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Belgian beer with strength and substance to drink for an evening.

Photo of jpaltan
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thick clinging head. plenty of lacing. straw colored, golden orange. nose is peppery with hints of orange peel. some banana and clove is present too. taste is those same spicy peppercorns and the matching banana and clove from the nose. it's kind of spicy like candied ginger. a bit of barnyard funk too. finish is try with some heat and booziness. all in all, not bad. nothing i'd go out of the way to purchase again, especially considering the price point.

Photo of wilbrew
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer from a 750ml caged cork bottle. It was batch #105. I enjoyed this beer and it is a good example of the Belgian Style Tripel.

Golden color with a slight cloudiness from the yeast. The head had a thick white appearance. The yeast presence is quite strong with a bready aroma. The yeast profile is also present in the taste with hints of banana. The high alcohol content is noticeable but not overpowering due to the balance with other flavors. Slight texture gives this beer a nice mouthfeel. This beer is very drinkable for a high abv special occasion beer.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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