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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,102 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 218 | 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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch #90) into an Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a slightly orange/golden hue with a nice white head.

S: An outstanding aroma; citrus (grapefruit & orange) along with the faint hint of spices.

T: The first taste on the palate is that of the citrus again followed by a bit of honey. However, it's not too sweet like some of the other American brewery attempts at the tripel that I've sampled. The flavor is incredibly complex.

M: Excellent mouthfeel, light light and refreshing with a very long and pleasant aftertaste.

D: This is a very drinkable beer but then the ABV creeps up on you and smacks you around a bit. I sipped the full 750ml over the course of an hour on a full stomach and it didn't hit me too bad. This is another outstanding offering by Allagash, they hit the style dead-on.

willjschmidt, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of brandoneast
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is batch #75 -with a careful pour around 55 degrees in a New Belgium Globe Glass, the tripel poured a hazy orange with a fantastic head retention. The nose has a candy yet spicy balance. The taste is unbelievable! The 9% alcohol sits in the back, which helps to fill the palate with a complex fruit, sugar, and earthy taste. I cannot wait to go and buy more from Spec’s in Beaumont! Thanks, Allagash for the best domestic Tripel I’ve ever had!

brandoneast, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of scottoale
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 94, 750ml. brown bottle with caged cork and classy label.

Poured into a New Belgium 0.4L (Fastal Crystal) goblet, a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a finger of white foamy head on top. Good carbonation and some slippery lace...looks are very enticing.

The smell is no disappointment either... sweet, fruity and spicy with nice malty and yeasty notes that unravel with complexity. Sweet fruits, banana, pear, elderberry laced with a musky, spicy yeast that really gives it the appeal of a true Belgian.

The taste is even better...and as it warms up, the alcohol really starts too shine and adds to the aroma as well. Candi-sugar and a bit of bubblegum kick in some more to the sweet flavor of this delightful Tripel.

With a medium-plus body, plenty of alcohol and a balance that's good but not typical...this stuff fits the " dangerously drinkable" catagory with no pfroblem.

Very Belgian and an extremely tasty beer ... who would have thought it was brewed in america? It really does fit it's
style to a tee, seek it and enjoy!

















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scottoale, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second beer review, so bear with me here. Since my relatively recent introduction into the world of craft brews, I have found that Tripels are my favorite style of beer. I have tried to experience as many different tripels as I can in order to get a feel for the style. I have had some of the best, as well as some of the worst (IMO) – and Allagash's Tripel Reserve definitely ranks near the top of the list of best tripels. This is a delicious beer - regardless of style. I will be reviewing batch number 86.

Poured a 750ml into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Golden/Light Honey/Orange in color. Decent amount of head - 1 1/2 finger amount. Good head retention.

Smell - A great aroma that is not at all deceptive. It smells just like it tastes – delicious. I am still not very good at pinpointing scents and flavors, but I think I smell malt, a lot of different fruit, a small amount of spice, and a hint of candy sugar.

Taste – Extremely well balanced. A friend of mine described it as “a journey of flavors”. You can taste each of the flavors as they come. None are competing against each other, each of the flavors just ease into the next one. I can taste lots of sweet malt, yeast, candy, a little bit of hops, and a small citrus kick. I hardly even notice the alcohol.

Mouthfeel – A medium-ish body and almost the perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down really smooth and creamy.

Drinkability – I can drink a few of these (if I had the money and the time) – almost too easily. And then the ABV hits.

If you haven’t tried this brew yet, make sure you do sometime during your beer drinking career. This is a delicious American interpretation of my favorite style of Belgian brew.

MiguelMandingo, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of BeerHonky
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm...batch #81. Pours a beautiful hazy, canary yellow with a nice fluffy, but not too airy head. The head widdles down to a mere noticeable lacing. Smells like ripe, juicy fruits such as pears, apricots, and bananas. Almost like an adult fruit punch! Upon big inhales, you can get a little bit of alcohol as well. Taste is exquisitely balanced. Nice yeasty, fruit flavors similar to that of the aroma hit the palate first. Then a well balanced bit of spice appears...it seems to be a splash of coriander and clove (to be expected), but there is also something else in there that I cannot figure out. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel makes this a very pleasant experience. Unknowing of the ABV, you could easily drink lots of this elixir. This is simply a FANTASTIC tripel. I would think the Belgians have some competition on their hands!

BeerHonky, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 86
Appearance is light amber in color with a heavy white head leaving a nice lace. Smell is clean with a hint of honey and spice. Taste has a good bite of spice and carbonation with light alchohol, considering . Mouthfeel and drinkabily has a creamy texture with spike that makes for a balanced beer that goes down evenly, making it worth the $ spent.

Bookseeb, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy pale orange with a thick frothy off white head that was slot to diminish and left great lacing. The aroma was of sweet fruit with some spice with a nice yeast touch as well. The taste is strong on apple with many other fruits present as well just not as strong. There is a slight yeast bite but nothing to harsh. The beer has a very appropriate level of carbonation and sits just under medium on the palate. The alcohol is also well hidden, but slightly present. This is a very enjoyable beer, quite possibly the best American interpretation of a tripel I've had so far.

atsprings, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of biking4beer
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch #75

This beer pours a perfect golden color with a nice level of haze. I did disturb the yeast a touch transporting it from house to another. Head looks like foamy frothed milk and is about 2 fingers. I poured this one into a goblet and it looked like a gift from the heavens.

Several different aromas fill the nose with this one. They are numbered, but they are very subtle. The obvious one is Belgian yeast, then apple, pineapple, pear, very slight alcohol, and peppery spiciness.

This a yeasty, grainy, and smooth beer. Reminds me a bit of apple juice with a good level of warming alcohol. I was left wanting a little more of some bite with this beer. A bold spice or fruit would have been nice.

The mouthfeel feel is great. Good level of natural carbonation. Creamy smooth. Drinkability was good considering the ABV. The whole bottle went down easily. All and all, a good Tripel, but I don't know if I would opt for this one with the choices I have. It seemed to be a little too smooth. I would have appreciated some flavor to really jump out at me, but everything was really subtle. I would like to get ahold of a fresher bottle to see what it has to offer.

After getting my tasting notes down, I paired this one with some Rochefort cheese and a pear. Definitely a nice pairing. The cheese really brought out frutiness, and the pear brought out the alcohol in a good way. Matching the two together with a sip was fantastic.

biking4beer, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine fine tripel
rich semi - sweet complex spice
blended
Clove Nut Cinnamon Sugar
Bannana
with dry alcohol finish and
mild Phenolic and yeast estery hints

Pours a hazy golden-orange yellow
with a bit of foam head and a refined lace

Smell is swirling nuanced spice
Nut clove bread cinnamon phenolic yeast sugar

Taste as was mentioned
rich complex and
spiced
excellent ,biting,
tart, mellow
and Very Nice
( complex blended feel)

Mouthfeel is enlivening
smooth with dry finish

Drinkability is good
sips and vanishes quickly

A superb Tripel
in my view.

meadhead, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of stevecee2003
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

APP: From Batch # 87. A 750 ML bottle. Hazy. Cloudy. Frothy foam, with cotton-like lace.
SMELL: Rich, fruity, and intoxicating. Smell that 9% !
TASTE: I agree with others, a sweet candy like taste. The alcohol is there, but spicy. A complex taste. And thats not bad.
FEEL: Smooth and rolls through the mouth. One-half bottle and already you will feel it. And I have had my share bottles in my time! It leaves a happy feeling on the tongue.
DRINKABILITY & NOTES: Again I agree with others, it's hard to believe that this is brewed in America, in the Belgian style. Of its type one of America's best.

stevecee2003, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Big white head on a cloudy golden yellow body. Nice thick lacing left behind with some lacing stuck on side of glass.
S- Big bananas and fruits come out. Some spices also come in a fill the nose. Yeast comes through also. Maybe some esters in it too.
T- A great blend of flavors. Nothing seems to be over taking. There is a light blend of bananas and other light fruits mixed in with some spices and yeast. Some alcohol warms the back of the throat nice and gently. Some light hops also come in and tickle the tongue. Light to medium bitterness is left on the tongue along with some fruit flavors and the light warming of alcohol.
M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.
D- This is an amazing beer. All flavors well blended and make for a amazing complex flavor and very drinkable beer.

BlindPig, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With Martin Sexton on the Hi-Fi- " The American " This is a 750ml Bottle which is about to be poured into a pint glass . Label shows some trees with multicolored leaves falling on a barren path . Label is also stamped Batch # 87 . Corked bottle with gold cage and gold cap . When popped gun smoke leaves the bottle and the aroma is overwhelming . Apricot , yeast , and some pear . The color in the glass is also inviting . Yellow / whitish hue that is making my mouth water . The first taste is is a bit fruity and spicy . Lots of lacing is present and the head is still there too . This is not my first Tripel . I tried my first over a month ago and it was OK . At 9.0 ABV you better watch it . This made watching the Celtics , - who lost again , can you say lottery pick - a joy . I am a Allagash fan who will walk down the Allagash Tripel path again .

Kudashov, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Servings 22oz bottle

Slowly poured into a short wide tulip glass revealing a bright, translucent honey-yellow beer with an appealing orange tint. A huge, fluffy cream colored head is reinforced by an army of course bubbles racing to the top to aid retention; lacing is excellent with numerous sticky white patches left clinging to the inside of the glass.

The bouquet gives away aromas of bready pale malt, vinous fruit, herbs and weedy grass with sublte hints of alcohol, honey, hops and buttery phenols.

Savory and sweet honeysuckle, alcohol, and bready pale malt flavors hit the palate giving away to a slightly sagging herby and yeast driven mid palate. Finish is semi-sweet with more honeysuckle, candy sugar, a hint of hops, phenols, bitter weeds and drying alcohol. This brew could offer up more flavor on the mid palate, perhaps a bit more hops to balance out the overall sweet malt character would be best.

Mouthfeel is slick with a touch of residual stickiness, more than adequate for the style though it doesn't coat the palate quite like other heartier brews. A hair below perfect, drinkability is superior, a slightly sweet character, delicious herbaciousness and silky mouthfeel allow this beer to go down easy from start to finish.

A damn good all-around belgian inspired brew from Allagash.

Cheers!

Jwaks, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch number 88. Pours a brilliantly clear golden straw color with a three finger head. Excellent retention slowly gives way to tremendous lacing, and a thick blanket of foam over top.

Aroma is delightfully grainy, with a bit of warming alcohol, and a huge amount of spicy yeast phenols. Very nice.

Flavor is dominated by the yeast. Huge spicy phenol flavors, backed by a slight malty sweetness. Alcohol is a bit prevalent on the finish, along with a fairly strong hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy, with agressive carbonation. Drinkability is great.

Overall, this is another winner from Allagash. Great tripel for a very fair price... this can stand with some of the best out there.

phisig137, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash strikes again! Would have thought it trappist if i couldnt read. Aromas on the pour are great- malty yeasty spices with a hint of burning alcohol. Just the way i like a tripel- slightly sweet with a hint of hops and loads of flavor. More hearty and earthy than others, and the finish is not as dry as its euro- brothers. Loads of malt, but surprisingly light bodied. Phenolic characters somewhat hide the ABV, but if you pop the cork, you know what youre getting into. Highly recommended.

kernalklink, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Infamous7100
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden brown with a crisp, light head.
S: Sweet and spice blended nicely. Fruits, both citrusy and banana are balanced with an almost peppery note. Malts also in there.
T: Awesome. Balance perfectly between the sweetness of the fruit and the "tinge" of the spice/alcohol.
M: Great. Not too think, finishes crisp and clean with just a little bit of cloying.
D: Wouldn't want to have too many in one sitting for fear of "getting used" to what this beer brings to the table. My reccomendation, have two and come back for more in a couple days.

Infamous7100, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 89 750ml

Appearance:
The beer is a very hazy straw gold color with a brown tint to it. There is a big, white, and rocky head to cap it off. The retention is great and the lacing is clumpy.

Smell:
The scent is mostly hay like with a little bit of that Belgian funk. There's a nice little apple sweetness in the background which rounds out the scent very nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The body and very full and drinks rather smooth with a little bit of alcohol bite at the back of my tongue in the fore of the drink. There's some nice fruit character of sweet red apples or pears. The finish is nice and clean leaving little aftertaste to note.

Drinkability:
Aside from the high ABV this beer goes down rather smooth and flavorful. It may be a little on the Americanized side but I think it's for the most part true to style also which makes it rather drinkable for a Belgian style in my opinion.

Bottom Line:
A pretty true to style offering if you ask me. Allagash white is one of my favorite beers so I had high hopes for this beer and I wasn't let down.

Grundle20, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of jordanmills
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to a pint glass, golden with a good bit of creamy white head.Smells spicy, a bit sweet - maybe some clove? Tastes great: thick, sweet, complex. I'm draining my glass here to chase the last bits. It has a bit of citrus and banana essence, at least how I taste it, almost like a hefeweisen. Feels thick and smooth on the tongue, light spicy finish, mellow malt aftertaste. I could drink this all night, or until the 9% got to me.

jordanmills, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Shovelbum
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger head of creamy pure white over a deep golden body. Decent head retention. Leaves a chunky web of lace when it finally recedes. Aromas of green apples, tart fruit and some elusive earthy and woody notes. Flavor is of cotton candy sweetness initially, but quickly gives way to a light tartness backed by a subtle bitterness. Earthy hop character, and some low level spices that don’t scream out, although coriander seems to be present. Lean to medium body. Smooth mouthfeel.

This ale has a bit more complexity than what I've coem to expect from a triple. Tasty and interesting.

Shovelbum, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
2.2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is batch # 89 for what ever that means.

murky yellow body with a 1 finger head .some lacing on the glass,mild carbonation rises.lacing seems to sprinkle on the glass.

yeast

first taste was orange,its very velvety on the lips,taste is very smooth going down.I can taste the yeast also but its not overpowering.there is a sorda funky aftertaste to this beer.i sorda taste spice in it.

real smooth and velvety on the tongue also.the 9% hits ya pretty fast so watch out.

I would have this again.I had higher hopes from this brewery and the taste didnt exactly live up to it,maybe im just not used to this flavor of beer.Its not bad,I think its very easy to get into and its not my favorite either.Its worth the cash though

MmmIPA, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Lambstrong
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer over New Years. Poured from 750 ml bottle to a wide mouth sniffer glass. Head retention was creamy but nominal. Light with an orange tinge and cloudy in appearance. I enjoyed the fruity aroma as a first impression. Nicely spiced and the GOP were apparent (which is what I'm assuming gave the beer its spicy peppery flavor). I enjoy the mouthfeel of other Belgains better but the beer was very drinkable. I really enjoyed it. I have seen this beer in stores before but never bought it. I'll keep this in mind next time I want a triple but don't want to pay the extra few dollars that others cost.

Lambstrong, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Andbrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 81 chilled and poured from 750ML bottle into oversize snifter.

Pours a dense cloudy rich gold. Fizzy almost champagne like bubbles climb glass. Flimsy head dissipates quickly but leaves cratered film of head on top with changing lacing only around the sipping ring.

Sweet light yeasty smell with tones of light fruit and touch of hop and phenol to the smell. No heavy tones dominate.

Bubbly to the start and slightly bitter, the feel is denser than most yet not heavy. A spice similar to that of apple wossel is present and the alcohol is apparent in mild fashion. A mild smoked wood finish which staves off any bitterness in the aftertaste which is a blend of fruit and apple wossel flavor. A bit harsh to the back of the palate which does not lend well to drinking a full 750 by oneself.

Does not in my opinion stand up to the curieux which I think may be the dominant choice in this style.

Andbrew, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of medic25
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a 750ml bottle in my Duvel tulip. Appearance is a slightly hazy golden one, with a big frothy head. Aroma is not that apparent: a little malty, a little fruity. Taste is a relatively pleasant, although certainly not as complex as many other tripel's I've had. Sweet, with hints of spice, phenols and yeast. a Drinkable beer; better than some of the previous unimpressive offerings I've had from Allagash.

medic25, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Contra
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #73 - 750 mL bottle

On a recommendation, I was going to pick up a bottle of Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue). Then I saw it was $9 & change. Certainly worth the price (going by the reviews), but I did not feel like spending that much on top of the other beers I was going to pick up. Instead, I got a bottle of Allagash Tripel, another beer I've been meaning to try. On with the review....

Appearance - A nice frothy head, and the standard golden color of a Tripel. Notably, this was a darker color than other Tripels I've had. Nothing notable, but nothing bad.

Smell - If you wanted to give someone the idea of what Tripels generally taste like, without the individual take brewers have on them, then a strong whiff of this is all that is needed. The subtleties don't stand out in the aroma, which is nice because it allows the finish to express them.

Taste - I was taken aback at how well crafted this beer is. The banana aspect is downplayed a bit, with a nice yeasty-honey flavor. Not very complex, but that's part of its appeal. Still, there is enough here that sip after sip, you notice slightly different things about it. A rare perfect score. As much as I like more complex beers, this beer perfectly captures Tripels that I would not change a thing.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth for a Tripel. Well carbonated, with a lighter body than I'm used to.

Drinkability - Considering how heavy Tripels tend to be, I can imagine knocking a few of these back without feeling overwhelmed.

Considering the price, this beer is an absolute steal. If you see it at your local distributor, pick it up. If not, you might want to consider shopping elsewhere (okay, a bit of a hyperbole, but you get the idea).

Contra, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in a Guiness pint glass.

Golden color,a bit cloudy almost clear,a few small bubbles rising,white creamy head lacing and clinging down the sides of the glass.

A moderate aroma fruity,clovey,aromas of bannanas and hints of apples,complex and inviting.

The taste was very clovey,a bit tart and fruity,bannana flavors,with a warming presence of alcohol,syrupy,with a sweetness lingering in the finish.

A prickley feel on the palate,a bit cloying,sticking to the top of the mouth, goes down better with every sip,becoming more drinkable with each taste. The alcohol takes away some of the drinkability,still mouthwatering and enjoyable.This seems to be one of those beers that grows on you. Would like to try again.

jcdiflorio, Dec 03, 2006
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.