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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,398
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 366 | 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 DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 153. Cork popped off extremely easily. Pours a VERY cloudy, golden-straw color with a huge white head that slowly dies down. Smell has kinda a farmhouse/saison scent to it with the yeasts and very little funk I'm getting. As I swirl the beer and it warms a bit, I pick up more zest and fruitiness. Mostly pear and lemon. Definitely some peppery smell as well. The taste is how it smells. Extremely well-balanced with some awesome flavors. The zest and spices hit immediately, quickly followed by the pears and lemon. A lot of lemon on this one. Then the taste ends with the perfect amount of booziness. I really like how balanced this triple is. The mouthfeel is how it should be for this style. Nice and full-bodies with some crisp bite to it, with solid/high carbonation. The drinkability is high.

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

hazy, heady and lacing about.
nice pour from the tap.
belgian malts and yeast dominate in the nose.
a candy like sweetness is clearly evident.
taste was very nice. full body and mouthfeel.
sweet malts, viscous and yeasty
very nice tripel, especially on draft

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

12 oz. pry off bottle poured into a large wine glass, pouring a lemon orange with a touch of haze. Half an inch of white foam settles slowly and offers some artsy lacing.

Nose is primarily of yeast and grain and offers a bit of wet blanket funk initially. Opens to yield some lemon honey and just a hint of spice. Improves slightly with warming yet is not nearly as enticing as some of the style and rather subdued overall, yet without any real negative factors. Soft and fruity overall with sugared yeast influences.

Flavor offers a bit of spice with a spritzy delivery. Has a full wheat bread like feel and occasional blasts of peppery spice. Fruit notes of apple or pear are largely absent. Relatively dry(spice) for a Tripel yet the beer adequately masks the 9% well though without much fanfare. Bit of orange/lemon on the finish and some pepper/clove which doesn't linger much. A bit creamy in nature.

Odd take on a Tripel for me. Smell and taste are unexciting yet OK. Feel is the same. Yet it's easy to drink because it's not very Tripel-like, more like a Double Witbier. This beer is subtle and straight forward, pleasant and unobtrusive: The Tripel next door.

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

This poured a lot paler than I had expected from a tripel, In fact, this is so straw-colored that it looks like a witbier. But I've had Allagash White and this sir, is no Allagash White. It's indeed a triple.

The nose smacks you in the face with floral and citrus hops. Strong enough to think it might be a Belgian IPA. But this is indeed a tripel.

The taste is what gives away it's true heritage. Honey and butter sweet up front with just a smattering of hops applause from the gallery. The Belgian yeast is present but not overwhelming and not too funky. All in all this is one well balanced beer.

There's a slight residual bitterness, but it doesn't last and the overall feel is pretty light, especially for a tripel. Okay, I said "pretty light". This beer has a medium body, but the carbonation makes it come off seeming lighter.

A dangerously, easily drinkable beer. I had no problem putting down the whole double deuce and my head is swimming. Loving it! I'll sleep well tonight and edit this review tomorrow for typos. And then I'll start making plans for a trip to Maine to sample at their brewery. These guys know their stuff!

Photo of Daniellobo
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair and reliable take on a tripel.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Nature illustration with a river flowing among trees over a green label. Short note on the character of the beer and ingredients, with serving notes on the neck label. Lacks beer freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9%). Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold pour, unremarkable head, short retention, fair surface ring and some lacing.

S - Light nose, pleasant with fruity and yeasty notes, a small lingering sweetness.

T - Moderately yeasty, with a small spicy hint, a touch of honey and fruity sweetness.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

D - Nice brew, pleasant to drink.

Notes: There isn't much remarkable about this brew, but it is pretty pleasing for what it is expected of a tripel. A bit short on the appearance, and maybe missing some depth, but quite reliable other than that.

Photo of bogus564
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, Allagash really seems to know what they're doing in crafting beers that people like. This Tripel has a beautiful golden color, with a three-finger head. The balance is beautiful - I tend to be a hophead, and this has plenty of that, but it's quite well-balanced, as Belgian Ales tend to be. I get a lovely citrus-ey pruney sensation washing over me as I drink this; I wish that I were having salmon or tuna steak with this, or perhaps a nice codfish dish.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Batch #137.

Appearance: The bottle is caged and corked; loud pop upon uncorking. I was worried that it might gush, but that wasn't the case. The pour is a light cadmium orange and golden color. It's very hazy and slightly effervescent. Medium head retention and just a little bit of lace on the side of my glass, but it isn't glued to the side.

Smell: The nose is really quite good. Spices like coriander and pepper and fruits like pears and lemon. Just a dash of alcohol shines through as well.

Taste: The palate is similar to the nose with spice, fruit and yeast just pouring out with each sip. More coriander and pepper in the spice department. Pears, peaches and lemon bring the fruit flavors. Each sip is just dripping with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Very creamy and smooth from start to finish. Low to medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: 750mL at nine percent ABV make it a sipper for me. The flavors and aromas are very strong and make it a great beer to drink. This is a very well put together beer from Allagash.

Photo of ujsplace
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice...

Pours a bright, straw golden colored brew with a nice fluffy white head on top.

Smells of yeasts, fruits and maybe a hint of vanilla sweetness.

Tastes of peppery yeasts and sweet fruits maybe apricot and bannana. Sweetness is not overdone, but is definitely there. A little alcohol in the taste, but well hidden.

Silky smooth and creamy...

This is a dangerously good brew given the abv. A great take on the style. Really good stuff..

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see this beer and have known about it for so long before I realized that I've never actually tried it. I bought a 750 ml bottle and it was quite good. A little on the sweet side, nice bright straw color with typical belgian carbonation. Aroma is very nice, yeast and a sweet maltiness. Flavor was also very good. I'll buy this beer again.

Photo of magine
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a yellow, gold cloudy color. Has a creamy white head with a nice lace for this style.

Brew smells of banana, clove spice, yeast.

Brew is very smooth and creamy, has a bit of peppery bite to it. This is a very balanced triple, malts, yeasts, spice, cloves, banana. Very good taste, very good session brew. Finishes clean with little alcohol flavor. Slightly dry.

Not sure what the difference is between this and the "reserve" bottle, but this is an exceptional triple, and is a great example of craft brewing at its finest in the states. Great job by allagash, an impressive brewery, an impressive beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a grouler purchased at Green's on Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Cloudy gold in color with a nice white head and moderate lacing.

S: Fruity, spicy, herbal aromas with a nice sweetness that is not overpowering.

T&M: Light to medium bodied with a mildly sweet candy sugar malt flavor. Nice citrus, herbal and spicy flavor with a perfect mild hop bitterness.

This is excellent fresh or in the bottle. Great brew!

Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is like the smell, fruit, spices, slightly sweet with just a touch of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality brew.

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - an orange goldish color with about a finger of head.

Smell - floral aroma with a hint of ginger

Taste - It has a nice initial sweet taste with a mellow overlay of spices with the aftertaste. the 9% abv isn't even noticed in this beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, not bitter and no harsh alcohol flavors

Drinkability - I am definitely getting more of these.

This was my first triple ale and now i want to try more. It was a very unique beer that I find very intriguing.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6-9-10 - (batch #149) poured into a St. Bernardus goblet glass - 750ml corked bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a white head. Good head retention along with some lacing that sticks close to the head.

Smell: Spicy zest, white pepper, yeasty dough, banana, and a slight hint of honey.

Taste: Malt richness, spices, white pepper, and grassy hop bitterness are present in the flavor. The alcohol does not overwhelm, but warms in the crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. This beer is smooth and silky as it washes over the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and tasty, mostly due to its extraordinary balance.

Comments: Overall, this was a wonderful beer. However, the smell and taste were not as developed as some other triples. I probably opened this beer too early, but I just went to a tasting featuring a few of Allagash's beers and could not wait! Maybe I can find some self-control with the next batch!

This beer paired nicely with beef.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden straw, topped with a thick and tightly packed sea foam white head. Good retention and lacing at first but that lovely Belgian lace does not last long after the first few sips.

S: Aroma is initially strange, reminded me of the crust on a Lou Malnotti's deep dish pizza, which is to say, a bit buttery, crisp and slightly spicy, get one and you will understand what I am talking about. Given time to warm

T/MF: Pear, light clove, peppery spiciness. Feel is a little over the edge of medium bodied and leans a little to the heavier side, the soft carbonation seems to give the beer an added weight and wraps itself around the tongue with each sip.

D: Tasty beer, good feel and taste but there are point to this beer that just to jive with me as well as some of the other Tripels I am familiar with, worth seeking out certainly but any Trappist tripel should get top billing.

Photo of papaloukas
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the color of gold-leaf with a nice 1/4", snow white head and some cloudy yeast. A very strong yet beautiful, vanilla/fruit aroma.

Nice carbonation. Tiny bubbles kept rising to the surface long after it was poured. No lacing that we noticed however.

Interesting taste. Sweet, but not too sweet. Spicy but not overpowering like some others I've tried. This was my first tripel ale so I can't compare it to others but I really liked the uniqueness and complexity of this beer.

The 9% abv was noticeable. Not a session beer. More for sipping. I shared this beer with a friend and after only 6oz was nice and warm. We liked it.

Photo of wanker
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 152.

I was about to conclude that I didn't like the Tripel style. I tried Maredsous 10, Chimay Tripel and Westmalle Tripel and found them all harsh and almost undrinkable.

Then I stumbled on Allagash Tripel Reserve. This one's a beauty. A gentle pour produces a beautiful cloudy gold without much head (head is overrated).

The taste has just a perfect bit of sweetness (sweetest tripel I've tried). I got sweet peaches as the fruit note. There is no bite or alcohol on this one, just a delicious nectar taste.

I found the mouthfeel perfect. The carbonation was just right. The mouthfeel was full and smooth without being heavy.

Drinkability? It would be easy to drink yourself under the table with this one, because the ABV is totally hidden.

Bottom line, run, don't walk, to get yourself a bottle.

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

Batch 113

Served in a large wine glass. The beer pours a clear light golden with a thick and creamy head that leaves a bit of lacing. The head thins, but never leaves.

The aroma is really great leading off out of the bottle with sweet honey and alcohol. It continues on with pineapple and faint Belgian yeast and hops. Flavor is sweet and strong continuing the aroma. A bit of hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish.

Carbonation is light mouthfeel is very pleasant. Overall very enjoyable. No problem finishing the bottle.

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

pours a straw color with a good amount of haze and a one-fingered head that leaves a good film on the glass.

smells yeasty: banana and clove. but with a good amount of bread too. doughy malts and candied sugar as well.

taste is not as spicy and clove-heavy as many of the style. pretty sweet in comparison. candy sugar and sweetened, dried tropical fruits dominate the palate. clove and banana is there, as well as some white pepper, but not in the forefront. some honey sweetness as well as some bread and booze on the finish.

light-medium bodied with low, but effervescent carbonation. which is good in this instance.

drinks well, but a tad bit harsh on the finish from the alcohol, though thats not contrary to the style. some more complex spices come out as it warms up and the alcohol harshness subsides in a quality brew.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet... the beer pours a hazy orange with a thin white head very typical of the style.

The aroma is spicy with hints of fruit and a characteristic Belgian yeast smell. Very nice for an American version.

The beer has a good body to it, very floral flavor with slight hints of other spices. The alcohol presence is well masked and there's a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. I really enjoy it... I was expecting a really good tripel for not being straight out of Belgium and that's what it is.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Flipadelphia for the sample.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a 4 cm frothy white head. A thin film remains and sheds some light lace on the glass.

Smell: Initially I get a strong whiff of straw, followed by a lighter honey and booziness. Perplexing. I would have expected more. As it warms, I get more honey and more alcohol, but still nothing special.

Taste: Sweet honey pale malt up front, with a blend of spices (cloves, coriander, and a bit of pepper). Belgian yeast is also present. Herbal hops finish the off the flavor palette. Ok, but underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation gives it a crisp feel. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Overall this really didn't do anything special for me. Not really very complex or interesting.

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

A: Pours yellow with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lace.

S: Yeast and white pepper, bitter hops, notes of sage.

T: Some semi-sweet pilsner type malt with a lot of yeast ester (pear/light apple and banana) and coriander type spice. Nice grassy hop play on the back end, with a Bananas Foster character at the very finish.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth, nice refined ethanol in the finish, balanced.

D: A beer I've had many times before, but somehow never reviewed it. While I not big on the Allagash Dubbel, the Tripel is something different. Full, defined flavours, a little American flair, but predominately Belgian. This beer is one of the hallmarks of American Belgian-style brewing, and while it's not the equal of St. Bernardus and the legendary Westmalle in this style, it can certainly hold its own.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A- Some light haze in this golden liquid. Creamy, frothy white head. Lacing is grouped into some big spots. Once I poured the whole thing, the liquid became more of a cloudy pineapple juice.

S- A little vanilla and tropical fruit. Hard to put my finger on it. something close to pina colada. Hot, spicy alcohol.

T- Tastes a little like pina colada too. Basic tripel taste though, this isn't a full on Pina Colada. At first I couldn't find the passion fruit the top label states but it came right up when the beer got warmer. Always impressive how much beer can smell like other foods. A little hops in the end reminding me of a Belgian IPA.

M- Quite smooth. Medium to full mouthfeel. Medium and very smooth/soft carbonation.

D- Great. An easy to drink and pretty satisfying brew.

Following my experience with the Allagash Dubbel, I wasn't expecting that much from this one. I really like it.

Would definitely buy this again.

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

Appearance: gold, cloudy, carbonated, white head little lacing.

Smell: orange, banana

Taste: orange, banana, yeast, bread, sugar, caramel, coriander.

Mouthfeel: substantial coating.

Drinkability: an American version of a classic style, heavy on the malts, citrusy. I would buy again.

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

Batch 143

A- Straw yellow with a slight haze. Expansive, mountainous, rocky head leaves not only lace but thick foam itself on the sides of the glass. Looks very appealing!

S- A big, alluring aroma of yeasty dough, honeyed puffed cereal grains, spices, and a touch of fruitiness soars from the glass. Very nice, enticing.

T- Creamy, sweet, seductive malty richness and billowy yeast completely blankets the palate with pleasure and invites further drinking. Crusty baguette with honey and spice.

M, D- Feels gorgeous, drinks gorgeous. I thought the CO2 would be too much looking at the foam, but the level was perfect. There is a distinct warmth of volatile ethanol on the finish, but it is within the limits of easy drinkability. Yes, it is a sweet tripel with rich, generous flavor, and I like sweet tripels with rich, generous flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed the level of decadence offered up by this tripel, and already crave another.

Well done, Allagash. You have done Portland, Maine proud.

Batch 147

A- Light, cloudy golden yellow. Moderate head, with minimal lacing.

S- Pronounced, nearly profound difference in aroma from batch 143. This Batch 147 smells of grapefruit and Fir bud resin, with only very faint notes of classic Belgian character. Blindfolded, one might think this bottle to be a DIPA. Volatile alcohol quite noticeable.

T- Grapefruit, conifer resin, with sweet malt in the background. I would think Allagash would want to keep this offering very consistent, but it was unrecognizable from the previous batch. This one has much more IPA characteristics than classic Tripel. Very good, but different.

M, D- The attack is full and round, but from the mid-palate through the finish the hop bitterness dominates, with a light touch of caramel malt.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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