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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 121
Gots: 237 | 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 Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 for this brew as an extra, Thanks Steve

Batch 99

Poured into chalice a nice hazy golden yellow/orange color, awesome carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy white head, lots and lots of creamy sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, yeasty, slight citrus (tangy), and some spices. The taste is very nice, malty/yeasty, sligth sweetness, tangy, with those spicyness. The alcohol is present, but has a nice little warming effect. Full body. Very drinkable, not really a big fan of Tripel's, but this one is an exception. Nicely done Allagash.

Wasatch, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of evanackerman
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

this beer purs a very nice apricot color with a billowing white fluffy head.

aroma is very pleasant citrus and honey.

taste is excellent, fruity and somewhat sweeti, notes of citrus, honey, coriander, and bitter hops.

drinkability ranks a bit low only because of the high alcohohl content.

overall, this is definitely the best non-belgian tripel i've ever had, very pleasant, probably as good as any i've had of this style, will definitely buy again.

evanackerman, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the local liquor stores had a few of these bottles on the shelves for who knows how long. I've seen them for at least a year just waiting to be bought. I purchased a fresh Allagash Tripel a month ago at different store and really enjoyed it, reminded me of Mardesous 10 Tripel as far as strong belgian candi smell & taste and the alcohol out in the front. I managed to get a reduced price on this bomber due to it's age (lots of dust on the cap) .. $4.99 (vs the $7.99 sticker)! I figured what the heck, what do I gotta lose and bought 2 bombers of the Tripel. Batch #68.

The pour was great ... lots of bubbles, lots of sticky wax-like Belgian lace, a nice golden color. Very pleased to see this one hasn't lost any carbonation due to age.

Lots of banana and yellow apple aroma on this one. Very hefeweizen-like. I'm getting almost no fusel alcohol on the nose and hardly any Belgian candi smell. There is a bit of barnyard funkyness I can barely sniff out.

The taste was almost comparable to a fresh Allagash Tripel. Lots of banana overall with hints of orange, lemon and Belgian candi. Almost no alcohol taste or hoppiness to be found. This bomber has definitely mellowed out. More of the funkyness came out on the taste, the first thing that comes to mind is an Orval-like sourness. I didn't get this taste on a fresh bomber at all ... I'm really digging it.

The mouthfeel is so smooth ... it's so easy to pick out the flavors on this one. No harsh carbonation at all (which admittely I like especially on my favorite tripel - La Fin du Monde). Towards the end I do get a bit of dryness & yeastiness. A sharp contrast compared to the first sip!

I think one bomber is enough for one night. So drinkability gets a 4.5. The flavors are very complex in this older bottle, more so than a fresh one. Definitely not a 'session' beer, but I don't go out much so this one hits the spot on yet another cold night.

diamondc, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of david131
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 102.

A- Very clear, crisp, and golden. Some streams of rising carbonation give way to a beautiful, fluffy, white head. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Bready, zesty, with some noticeable Belgian yeast. Light and crisp. A little floral. Very good for a tripel.

T- Bready, zesty, lemony. Complex while being very impressive and enjoyable. The alcohol is warm and slightly noticeable.

M- Very crisp and clean with good amounts of carbonation. Light but not foamy at all.

D- Very enjoyable. One of (if not the best) tripel I've ever had.

david131, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent, golden beer with thick creamy head.

S: The nose of this beer seems particularly filled with esters; figs, grapes, lemongrass, slight phenol presence.

T: Dry beer with a creamy maltyness but a distinguished astringent aftertaste. Dark fruits are detectable throughout and fade into the astringent spicyness.

M: Medium light body with soft carbonation. Astringent taste comes through when I keep this beer in my mouth to think about this category.

D: Goes down slowly but well.

Notes: Drank this tripel the same night as the St. Bernardus and thought much less of them then it seems most people do. Both of these beers tasted strongly of astringent, so perhaps both bottles were stored incorrectly and skunked, or perhaps I hadn't rinsed all the soap out of my chalice, or maybe my pallet is that much more sensitive than most other peoples. I'm not sure. You decide.

BeerLover729, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99, thanks again! (this was an "extra" in a trade!)

Batch 99

Beer pours a light gold color, slight haze, and with a nice big white head.

Aromas are spicy, yeasty and with a rock candy / sugary sweetness.

Beer is dry, but with a very bright, spicy and creamy like taste. Somewhat sweet, almost like a very dry semi sweet wine. Very crisp, a bit tart, with some fruit flavors, mostly green apple. Finish is bitter, mineral like, and balances it all out nicely. .

Mouthfeel is great. This has a creamy thick, and somewhat bubbly feel in the mouth, but not too carbonated.

Drinkability is very good. This is an excellent beer. It's light, yet very flavorful, doesn't taste heavy at all and does not hit you with a big blast of alcohol. I would love to try this again sometime... Top-notch stuff.

flexabull, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #102. sampled dec 31/07.

pours hazy golden amber colour with a big merange-like fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. alcohol. bready malt. bit of grain and crackers. light clove. pleasant yeast character.

taste is good. touch of alcohol. earthy hops. light caramel sweetness. light clove. bit of grapefruit. orange peel. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. could be a bit lighter in body, but good otherwise. the sweetness is kept in check on this one, making it quite enjoyable.

grub, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-draft at The Publick House in Brookline, on to the beer:

The beer sits in the goblet a chill hazed blonde. Smell is very sweet and phenolic with ripe fruits coming out of it. The taste is more more of the same, but with the trademark fierce peppery taste to balance out the sweet flavors. This is a very good tripel that begs to be sipped on slowly, but at The Publick House, my glass of nectar looked like just another good beer being consumed.

DoubleJ, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of buzzworthy
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allegash Tripel is a yellow color with a tint of orange in the body. There is a lot of carbonation that results in a frothy head pockmarked by bubbles and a persistent lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Sweet malt quickly yields to tastes of peach, apple and pear along with some spice and a bit of hopiness. An earthiness also lingers. A warming alcohol presence completes the picture and is welcome on a Christmas 2007 day. Drinkability might be curtailed by the high alcohol content - or not. I'm more familiar with and thus more partial to Brewery Ommegang, but Allegash is right in that prime territory of high quality American-made Belgian ales as well.

buzzworthy, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the "other Portland" comes another great beer...or so I'm expecting, considering Allagash's great track record so far. Not sure why it took me so long to seek out their tripel. This is batch #107.

Pours beautifully, with a thick head like sea-foam, lace abundant as the head slowly minimizes and before the glass even tilts...and a gorgeous golden/copper color with a massive amount of bubbles. Almost like champagne bubbles. This is a sight to behold.

Classic tripel aroma: fruity, floral, spicy, and a yeastiness that reminds of fresh sourdough bread. Malts seem pretty forward here, the hops light as air but still there, and the alcohol politely wafting into the nose with all the rest. A clean mineral aroma comes through, too, not sure if I'm smelling the holding tanks, their water, or if I'm just losing my mind. Anyway, it's real good, all of it.

Flavor brings in all that the nose detects, adding a distinctive clover-honey element, and even glazed donuts, in both sweetness and how it sticks inside the mouth. Despite the stickiness, the weight of the beer is on the airy side, lacking some of the gusto other tripels have, but it's still not a slouch in this department. Remains a light, flowery, bready tripel, everything evenly balanced and nothing spiking out obtrusively. The 9% alcohol is rather reserved, showing up only as a polite glow in the background.

Yeah, this is the stuff. One of the most drinkable tripels I've come across--airy in the mouth, well-concealed alcohol, and a controlled sweetness that's never cloying. I like their quadrupel most, but I'd never kick this one outta my goblet.

Metalmonk, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy straw colored yellow in color. Pours witha medium sized very fluffy looking white head.

s: Pleasantly sour yeast aromas and some floral hops are the most noticeable here. Mild clove/pepper and a bit of alcohol are also present.

t: Dry sour yeast flavors with some mild sweet maltiness upfront. Faint very ripe bananas and some floral hops hit next. The alcohol is discernible but mild given the ABV.

m: The carbonation does an excellent job of filling the mouth. Nice syrupy texture also.

d: Thanks to alhrabosky for splitting this with me. I'll certainly be seeking more Allagash in the future.

DIM, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of danburgess67
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 1/6 bbl keg at Sam's Wine and Spirits and dispensed on the home draft system.

Beautiful cloudy pour, lovely banana/citrus/clove aroma, and that wonderful Tripel taste make this a great example of the Belgian Tripel style.

Many thanks to Travis at Sam's in Downers Grove for getting telling me he had this keg available. I'm going to enjoy every drop.

danburgess67, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy rotten orange in color with medium carb and an impressive puffy head with nice lacing .
Smell dominated by clove and banana. Taste was a pleasure with the above smells on the tongue then add in the alchohol and that warm feeling and it's the makings of a very favorable tripel. Although i'm reviewing this now, it's the 3rd bomber i've had and will be buying again. Really liking the style.

ohoove, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bomber with pouring instructions and a loud pop when uncorking went a long way towards reminding me of the sampling occasions of several wonderful original Tripels from Belgium. The body was cloudy yellowish orange and a lot of foam formed atop it in the tulip. The smell was a tropical forest full of flowering trees. The flavor contained banana, oranges, white pepper, cookie dough, and lemon juice. The clean and majestic taste avoided the one flaw I've dreaded in American versions of the style, that of being too sweet. The dusty, yeasty dryness was quite welcome and refreshing. Soothingly rich in the mouth, and well carbonated, so resounding burps abounded. The label says that this is well suited for cellaring, and it would definitely make an interesting experiment.

rajendra82, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - has a light orange color to it. Nice head with lace.

smell - has a sweet honey smell here.

taste - Very sweet, plus had like a brandy taste to it. Thought I was drinking hard liquor.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with alcohol present.

drinkability - The 2nd bottle we for thanksgiving. This was like the night cap drink. Was too sweet, and like I said drinking brandy here. Wasn't that bad. I left some in the glass and poured it out.

auxiliary, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of sawbones420
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 104, according to the bottle. An American take on the classic Belgian Tripel...

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a heady... head. Simmers off, but doesn't die out completely. Smell is spot on for the style: flat hop-fruitiness with a hint of that trademark Allagash spice.

Taste is exquisite. Well-balanced hops, fruit, and spice with a fantastic warm alcohol that nudges the back of the tongue on the way down your throat. In fact, most of the flavors here are for the back of your tongue, but that doesn't take away from this ale's complexity. Profile changes as it warms, becoming even more balanced as the alcohol speaks up even louder. This is one to sip and think about.

Presenting a strong competition for the "real" tripels, Allagash's offering provides a ridiculously high quality to price ratio, and will impress any beer lover out there. I'm not even typically a fan of Allagash, but they sure hit all the right notes with this one. There aren't that many North American brewers that do original Belgians true justice, but Allagash pulled out all the stops with their Tripel Reserve.

sawbones420, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so many great things to say about this beer. price is right... $6.99 for a 750ml in my neck of the woods. great appearance. slightly hazy honeyish color with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves a pretty lacing as it goes. nose is fruity (green apple, grape, peach?) without being overly so, spicy (corriander, pepper, and a hint of clove), malty, and hoppy. taste exhibits all the same and is well balanced. the flavors seem to meld into one new one, creating an exeptional beer that isn't overboard. nice medium full body with just the right amount of carbonation. long lasting dry and bitter finish that is far from offensive. had this one tonight as an appertif, and it was a great way to get things rolling. bonus points for being able to hold its weight with the best of the authentic belgian tripels. gogo allagash.

timtim, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A light but cloudy cider colored brew with a giant white head and thick lacing. The aroma is mild but suggests raisins and wheat. It tastes of figs, berries, nutmeg and a goodly amount of alcohol that warms as it goes down. It is pretty fizzy, tangy carbonation that brings out some licorice and grape highlights. Kind of refreshing but a little strong to get drinking in large quantities. The feel is substantial, a bubbly mealy smooth concoction. I could stand a little less accent on the alcohol but the flavor is impressive, high quality stuff and definitely recommended. Allagash does it again.

Durge, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of kleffman
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #90, bought at Bevmo and made sure it was settled well to leave about a half inch in the bottle and most of the yeast behind. Then ended up drinking most of the bottom anyway at the end...

A: Very clear and golden, pillowy head on top of a beautiful vigorously bubbly brew. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice spicy character with hints of fruit, maybe pineapple with a subdued herb and malt mixture. A little honey maybe, but that's subtle.

T: Spiciness, pineapple, bread yeast and some nice candy sweetness round out the alcohol warmth which lets you know this sucker is 9%. Very delicately balanced.

M: Medium bodied beer, but quite effervescent which really improves the mouthfeel. It has an almost biting quality to the carbonation which I think is perfect for the style.

D: The drinkability of this is incredible.

It's one of those beers that I should drink far more often, and it's surprisingly affordable (7 bucks) so I'm not sure why I don't. Anything this brewery makes will be fantastic, but this one really shines.

kleffman, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of ahogue
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 103, cellared for about a month after buying in New Jersey. Pours a dark amber color, with long-lasting head. Spicy in the mouth, much better after dinner than with it. Kept a nice, strong taste and good drinkability all the way through the glass.

ahogue, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of jjboesen
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sample is Batch 62, which I cellared for several months upon purchase in Portland, Maine. It possessed a wonderful mouthfeel initiated by a thick head that dissipates slowly leaving an amber coloered elixir with a faint citrus aroma.

This one is powerful, not for the squeamish, that thrills the taste buds. ("Taste" and "bud" in the same sentence... who'd a thunk.) Allagash Tripel is a sipping beer served at room temperature in a chalice glass.

jjboesen, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live reviewed from Collins Pub in Seattle.

Served up from the tap in a tall'n'skinny goblet with about 1/2" of very white head. Body is murky dark-gold, and just a touch grey. As I drank, the lace positively coated the glass in sheets of white.

Smells spicy and like white bread. Strong booze, even for it's weight. Fruity and floral hopping, unexpectedly so for a Belgian. Sweet malts, honestly a bit like malted milk.

Taste is neither sweet nor dry, but quite light in the sugars. Spice jumps out like cardamom and bay. Yeast is saison-like.

Feels gbood on the tongue, effervescent like soda. Only coats the palate when a little warmer. Drinkable as they come if you can stand a hair of bitterness.

In the end, a quite understated and champagne-like tripp. Subtle and easy to drink, and an interesting challenge to describe. Without a doubt one of Allagash's better mid-tier brews with none of the faults of the dubb or cru.

ojiikun, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #76.

A: Clear golden-bronze, fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Pleasant phenolic spicyness, cloves, tropical fruit, toffee & an underlying biscuity malt with a hint of herbs. Not a huge nose, but very well-rounded & appealing.

T: Phenolic spicyness, bread, light caramel, tropical fruit (banana, pineapple), minerals & herbs. Very well-round & subtle. The more I taste it, the more I like it. Some alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth and creamy, yet slightly prickly. Modest carbonation for the style (could be due to ~1.5 years in the cellar),

D: Incredible.

Derek, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick white head.

Smell- Wonderful citrusy smell with hint of alcohol.

Taste- Same as nose. Nice citrus taste. A bit tart like a grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Fantastic beer. Wish we could get this in New Orleans.

Beerbuddha, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged Batch # 103

A: Nice thick head about two fingers with nice lacing. Color is beautiful orange-gold.

S: There is a very little sweetness to the smell. There is a spicy-citrus quality that has the smell of honey at the end. Smell had to coaxed out a bit.

T: There is a bready, yeasty quality that is pleasant. There is a tart citrus flavor mainly of grapefruit. I am not a fan of overly sweet tripels but I think that this could use a hint more sweetness but is delicious as is.

M: High carbonation. Gentle alcohol warmth.

D: One is going to be enough for the night because of the tartness and acidity. Ahh who am I kidding I will finish the bottle.

Biscuit033, Oct 13, 2007
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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