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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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2,279 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 132
Gots: 276 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork & cage bottle served in a goblet.

L - murky yellow/orange color with a creamy head of white foam that left thick lacing.

S - sweet and fruity, pears & white grapes, a light whiff of yeast as well.

T - oh so good and tasty! there's a heck of a lot going on here and it all works very well.

F - medium bodied, velvety smooth feel.

D - oh yeah, this is a good one!

Photo of Liverpool08
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just a great example of this style. Pours a golden orange with a nice fluffy white head. Great smell of vanilla and cloves. Such a smooth and sweet taste. Spice, banana, cloves all dance on the tongue. Don't serve to cold. This needs to be a little warm to pick up the great flavors.
This is a all night drinking beer, to have with friends.

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz goblet from a bottle of batch #130. Poured a hazy medium-straw color with about 1-1/2 inch of bright white head that dissipated at a moderate rate, leaving a slightly less than medium amount of lacing.

The usual Tripel spice and yeast aromas are present in the scent with clove being most noticeable. The taste follows the aroma but without any one flavor dominating. The flavors are very well balanced and blend together nicely. The body is typical for the style, coating the tongue without leaving any bad aftertastes. Nicely drinkable, as I find most of this style to be.

Overall a very good, above average version of the style. This just started showing up in grocery stores out here in the 4th Corner and I will certainly drink this again.

Edit on 12/21/09. Batch #142 poured into tulip. This one poured with a much taller, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and lacing. I agree with the rest of my original review.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent, light honey color with a large white head. Snowflake splatter lace and great retention.

Smells of buttermilk, yeast and fruit. Apricot, pineapple, and mango tang is balanced by a honey chamomille subtle smoothness. Perfect.

Honey chamomille malt with liquid butter heat alcohol (when fresh) and a floral hop kiss. When cellared the alcohol melds beautifully into fruit hints. Crisp, yet smooth carbonation. I've had this fresh, I've had it cellared: tripels don't get much better.

Maine is a greatly underated beer state.

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

I had this beer for a while, and one night it just came into my head that I wanted a tripel. Bingo!

On the pour, I got almost no head over a yellow, slightly hazy body. When I went back for seconds, I got a one finger head, and it was a little more hazy.

Aroma was peppery spiciness, allspice, hints of clove, yeasty, doughy, and slightly sweet. Very complex.

Taste was sweet and slightly fruity, with hints of pepperiness/spiciness tickling the corners of my mouth. A light doughiness made itself known after the swallow. Well balanced

Mouthfeel was smooth, not overly heavy, and with low carbonation. Maybe it was the bottle, maybe it was the temperature I served it at (around 40°F to start, but it warmed to maybe 60°F before I was done.)

Drinkability is excellent. The alcohol was well hidden, and this one went down easily. One I will revisit.

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

bottle into goblet. Pours hazy yellow/golden, a few yeast chunk specks, some activity, modest white head fades fast, light lacing. SMELL clovey and anise spicy, vaguely fruity, tart, beligian yeasty. Has legs. Later the tartness is more fruity and less tart. TASTE is spicy clove and anise, malty sweetness, belgian yeast character, faintly noticeable hops balance and add complexity. Synergy of flavors varies quite pleasantly, and with complexity and balance. FEEL medium carb and fiz, then a light pleasant texture from a full bodied beer that finishes slightly dry and ever so faintly bitter. OVERALL not a session brew but I don't see these gals lasting long in the fridge. A rare American made Belgian that could actually pass for a true Belgian.

Photo of schroederm
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Pours with absolutely tons of fluffy and billowy white head that retains for quite a while. Attractive, webby lacing. Body is light golden brown and opaque with visible carbonation when the glass is moved. This is an excellent looking beer. Hints of farm, yeast, lemon and clove in the nose, and no alcohol is betrayed by the smell - which is quite impressive given Allagash Tripel Reserve's ABV. There's a touch of lemon and tart in the taste, with some raisin and some pleasant breadiness. High malty character as well, and a good bitter for the style. A little too carbonated even for the style, somewhat biting and sharp. Body is about average. Fairly drinkable, gentle on the palate and overall quite pleasant. I would gladly put a few of these away.

Overall: This is a long overdue review for a brew that I enjoy quite a bit. An excellent Tripel with common flavoring and well hidden alcohol, highly recommended.

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

She was pulled into a pint...I know...I didn't have any other options...at the mellow mushroom. A crystal clear golden beauty with a heavy head of bubbles.
The smell is nice, a bit understated...the alcohol and hops are well hidden, which is nice for the style. There is some fruit, a little sweet malt, and a little more fruit. The taste is the same, excellent fruit and floral combinations that just need a little more oomph.
The mouthfeel is very nice, crisp and smooth...easy drinking like a good tripel should be. A good tripel is a scary beer to drink, they go down way too easy for the abv. This is definitely a beer one needs to be careful of.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cork. batch #129. poured into tulip.

clear straw color with amber tones. lots of fluffy head slowly recedes to thin layer. decent lacing.

apple and pear fruitiness upfront with hint of coriander, dried orange peel and maybe even anise. whiff of grassy hop. subtle bready malts, with gentle peppery phenols in the back.

flavors similar, with more white grape character and even citrus zest to the fruitiness (not from the hops, it seems). spicy yet moderate phenols crescendos with similarly moderate herbal hop bitterness. underlying bready malt has hint of caramel. off-dry finish.

smooth and creamy, with more fluffiness from the carbonation. faint astringency in the finish.

a decent domestic attempt at the style.

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

Nice thick white bubbly head perched atop a honey colored liquid. Excellent lacing left behind. Good looking brew.

Smelled of honey and clove, floral notes along with some banana way back in the mix. Small sign on alcohol.

Tasted much as it smelled, although it seemed a bit sweeter and the alcohol played a bigger part as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Thick and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. One of the best beers in mouthfeel I've ever had.

This is a fine American representation of a Belgian Tripel. Normally in my opinion knockoffs like these are a letdown, but not this one. I'd happily drink this beer again.

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

Thin, unremarkable snowy-white head. The beer itself is a opaque honey-golden, looks thicker than a typical beer in the glass. Hazy, lots of sediment floating around inside. Almost looks like a liquid lemon merengue pie. It intrigues, makes you want to get to the tasting of the beer. The nose is my favorite part, a huge yeast blast, also sweet yet spicey - like a strong wit, smells like coriander (i think) and spices of that type. Yet, has an earthiness about it like that aspect of a farmhouse ale.

Strong malt presence through out, but it isn't real sweet, more like an earthy, yeasty doppelbock in its malt presence. Slightly fruity, slightly spicy, yet you really can't pick out either aspect easily, they blend very well. It gets a little sweet in the middle, but quickly drops off to a slightly hoppy finish, which is more than I was expecting for the style. A little acetic throughout, has a vinegaric sourness that is most prevalent up front, but also resurfaces some at the end, mingling with the hops to provide the aftertaste that lasts. Crisp and a little dry, excellent fresh mouthfeel. Very clean, compared to some of the other american interpretations that try doing all kinds of crazy things. Not syrupy or overly cloying/medicinal in the least. A little boozey, detracting some from drinkability. I know their wit is Allagash's flagship, but compared to this, as a balance between flavor and sessionability. The alcohol presence is only a slight drawback to its overall drinkability. A very solid interpretation of a Belgian favorite.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Clear straw from the bottle, clearly effervescent caramelized golden in the glass. 2 fingered crown is tooth-white, thick, creamy, sticky, and shows outstanding retention! Finally it sinks to a thin lid on top while leaving some nice lacing.

A: Toasted malts, big orchard fruits, clove & other spices, and alcohol.

T: Smooth clean malts lay a pleasant base, while a huge wave of fruitiness rushes forth. Bananas, ripe apples, and pears dive right in and swim about in a pool of spices. Clove, maybe cardomom, and a dash of white pepper are there, and conspire with the yeast & alcohol to spice up the finish. Tastes great!

M & D: Medium-full, impressively smooth, and aggressively carbonated to make it come alive. Drinkability is good, but I couldn't imagine another. ABV means business!

Notes: Allagash Tripel is a real winner in my book! Authentic Belgian-style beer that satisfied my every wish with a big fruity, spicy, boozy concoction that danced the night away on my tongue. I very much enjoyed this one! Highly recommended

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lively carbonation erupts from this golden straw colored brew with flecks of orange, developing a massive off white head full of tight carbonation bubbles, giving way to a pleasant lacing that clings to the inside of the glass.

Big aroma of spices, cloves, and citrus, but also yeast and carbonation. This tripel is certainly alive.

Deep sweetness of light citrus (not candied) and spice one would expect from the style, hearty yeast and the touches of sweet fruit and peppery aftertaste bury the alcohol.

Medium body with just a touch of syrup and very controlled carbonation compared to the eruption from the pour, very balanced.

Way too easy to drink, this tripel just cruises down sip after sip.

Photo of Grandwazoo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with no head!! (Dirty glass?)

Spicy nose of banana, apple, and strong tea

Deliciuos and balanced...peppery spice with ample freah fruit and malt sweetness. Creamy and round in the mouth. Great for the tripel flavor without the overwhelming alcohol bite.

Photo of darklordlager
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemon yellow colour with an orange tint. Great colour. Cloudy, with a very small head from the pour.

Smell is of a fragrant belgian yeast, coriander and orange peel. Huge, pleasant spiciness to it. Banana, esters, orange citrus and bubblegum. A bit of sourness lingering in the background as well.

Taste starts out with a light citric orange, flying through a multitude of flavours. Sour wheat, coriander, a little pear, belgian yeast. Alcohol is barely detectable, even as it warms. <--Hides it very well.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, which was expected for the style.

Drinkability is great. Very refreshing.

Photo of katan
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mil bottle poured into a goblet. batch 109.

A - Pours a darker golden color - very hazy and thick looking. Carbonation / head is very potent, which appears as a bright white 1mm head. It dissipates to a film quickly.

S - A highly yeasty scent dominates - edgy and spicy. Certainly captures the belgian yeast very well. Some acidity, alcohol, and sour notes are in there as well.

T - Starts off with a light astringency of some kind - a little bit husky. Mid-stream does develop some bitterness and yeast spice. Finishes with a sweet malt plus phenolic flavor - very overt. Aftertaste is noticeably sour.

M - Moderate body, but very very biting from the strong carbonation profile. The aftercoat is a bit creamy and oily - clingy.

D - The carbonation and higher than normal ABV level does make this beer more of a solo operation. But, I would find that it is very refreshing - and would appear to be very good under warm summer conditions.

I guess you can't get much closer to Belgium than Maine.

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

Bottle into chalice. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a creamy 1-finger off-white head that lasts practically forever.

Aroma is fruity and sweet - ripe golden (passion) fruit, spicy yeast, honey.

Taste is banana and ripe golden fruit, honey sweet malt, and a crisp, dry, slightly bitter yeast spiciness. Finish is dry and yeasty with a bit of alcohol, and a faint, balancing bitterness from the yeast and alcohol, and maybe a slight herbal hop undertone.

Carbonation is crisp, with a creamy, medium body. Really a fantastic tripel.

Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full-on cloudy yellow-orange color with a strong luminescent glow, not entirely opaque. The head is strong on the pour, quick to dissolve, the lacing like beach froth, momentarily deep before swiftly pulling away. The nose has a bluntness to it which shortens the clove, ginger spice as well as orange, lemon citrus. The scents of yeast and dough also light and lacking in richness, there's a little more thrust in the banana, apricot fruit scents. Medium-bodied, a big foam in the mouth scatters things and destabilizes the clarity of the beer's core message. Here the bready, yeasty component leads, followed on by clove, cinnamon spice, white citrus, honey and pear, apricot, banana fruit. Lacks true density and intensity but no problem with its general drinkability. Perfunctory finish, pacing of a toiler flushing, not fast but inevitable.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $9.49 for a 750ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Batch #111. Poured into a goblet.

Pours leaving a half inch white head of medium sized bubbles. Rather transparent light gold color. Decent head retention, great lacing. Rather carbonated.

Spicy and yeasty nose.

Taste is better balanced - still spicy and yeasty, but the frutiness comes through better. Bananas dominate the fruity tones. Alcohol very well masked.

The mouth is quite carbonated. Medium body, medium finish, leaving a bready aftertaste.

Drinkability is only affected by my dislike of the wheat beer qualities this style embodies. This improves as I get closer to the end.

Probably the best Tripel I've tasted outside of Belgium.

Photo of cliffnorm
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy golden yellow. small pillowy head with nice lacing.

s: Smells of fruity esters and alcohol.
t: clovey, sweet malts. Classic belgian fruitiness.

m: Full bodied, creamy with peppery over tones and a bit sticky.

d: Dispite the high alcohol, this is very easy for me to drink. Pure enjoyment in a bottle.

Thoughs:
this is a good triple, But for the same $$$ I will go with La Fin Du Monde next time...

Photo of larsee01
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Chimay glass goblet

A--Surprisingly little carbonation nor head upon pour. Very cloudy honey color.

S--Sweet and tropical fruity. Honey there too. No head or fizziness to really distribute much smell though.

T--No overpowering flavors--rather, well balanced and tasty. Hints of light fruitiness and spice to open. Slightly on the sweet side and very very little booziness for 9.0% ABV! Light maltiness predominant with tiny hop kiss providing just a small and appropriate touch of bitter. Malty nondescript spice at finish...coriander?

M--Not heavy at all for 9%. Rich and smooth on the palate. Not as dry as some tripels.

D--Not a chugger...savory and deceptively easy at 9%. Cuidado!

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

Poured an impressive hazy orange gold color. None is oranges and honey. Almost a noticeable tartness in the aroma. Taste of this beer is quite impressive. 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.

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

Pours a beautiful hazy honey-golden with some white head. Aroms is crisp, fruity and malty, with hints of honey and lemon. Malty flavor is a little tart with a fruity undertone and a touch of caramel. Texture is very smooth, and finish is just a little sweet. Very satisfying.

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

Ordered one this past weekend at Common Ground. Served in a small 10oz tulip glass. Did not leave much room for head retention. Nice color though, beautiful yellow. Taste and smell are both world class. Allagash Tripel is one of the best versions made by an American brewer (and the dubbel is no slouch either). A wonderful beer to drink. Served in a small glass due to high abv, which you can sense on the palate, but I could drink this all day.

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

A - Poured into a goblet. Pours a hazy gold that's slightly amber with a medium, foamy, white head.

S - Yeasty and citrusy like a wheat, but with a stronger alcohol essence.

T - A lot of fruit and citrus balanced by a bread taste and sweetness.

M - Medium to thick bodied, creamy, with some carbonation.

Notes - Very drinkable. Bottle marked batch # 126.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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