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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 306 | 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 adamette
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. The third of four Allagash 750 ML corked and caged bottles that I picked up at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood. This one was $6.49. I was especially happy to find this at this price since Tripels are my favorite style and The Allagash Tripel is one of the highest rated ones out there. Batch # 135. Poured into my gold rimmed Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A 4 inch fluffy, bountiful head that could easily get away from you after a vigorous pour. Body is a golden yellow but translucent one with a few lines of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. A classic tripel look and Allagash demonstrates its mastery already in the look of this beer. 4.5

S Light, sweet malt and Belgian yeast in (again) a classic presentation for the smell. There may also be some spice like smells that I have found consistent in many tripels. Spices that I pick up might be a faint ginger or even cinnamon but I had to sniff several times to pick these up. 4.0

T Enjoyed at just below cellar temperature (a message on the side of the bottle called for serving it at cellar temp), taste is a classic tripel taste of sweet malt, the mentioned Belgian yeast grain taste that I love and just a sense of spices to make it well rounded and delicious. Again, I use the word classic to describe this masterfully made tripel. 4.5

M Wonderfully syrupy, somewhat sticky as it lingers in the mouth for a minute or more with that great, classic tripel taste. There is a measure of carbonation feel as well with bubbles dancing across the tongue as you take it in. 4.0

D As I enjoyed what amounted to about 2 tulip glasses of this beer I thought: "This is so much better than any bottle of wine that I have ever had." I think that says it all. Within the style, it has excellent drinkability. This is a rather high ABV beer (not as high as an average wine though!) and that should drive down the drinkability from the highest reaches. 4.0

Notes: One of the highest rated Tripels (my favorite style) that I waited until rating number 785 to consume. It was worth the wait and what a nice, classic tripel that it is. I think that this is a very reasonable price too, again much better than a same sized bottle of wine. Next up is the Curieux.

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

Big thanks to Yesac for hooking me up with this beer. 750ml. Batch #141.

A: slightly cloudy gold in color with a dense, enormous white head, a good two inches thick. Excellent head retention, pretty violently carbonated, as there is a huge stream coming up from the nucleation point. Incredible lacing too, just a ring of dense thick foam sticking to the side of the glass. Very nice.

S: Sweet and malty, and quite floral as well. Honey, noble hop spicyness, and a big time Belgian spice profile. Pears come to mind as well. Very nice.

T: Malty profile of honey, pilsener malts, slightly oaty, has a few notes of vanilla, spice from both alcohol, Belgian yeast strain esters, and also from the hops. Floral nose follows nicely to the mouth as well. Very tasty, one of the better tripels I've had in a long time.

M: Medium bodied, a little more on the light side, decent carbonation, and dry. Slight alcohol warmth. Hits all those notes right.

D: Fairly easy to drink, and the 9.0% is hidden fairly well, but I think this one would wear on me before being truly able to session it. One 750ml is more than enough. Excellent offering from Allagash. Highly recommended.

Thanks Casey!

Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This bottle is labeled as batch #142.

Appearance: quite hazy light golden yellow hue with tons of apparent effervescence and a huge white head. Very nice, though a bit lighter than most tripels I've had.

Smell: rich, sweet malty aroma with a little bit of wheat. Not particularly complex, but very nice for what it is.

Taste: epic and delicious. Malt, apples, pears, even some light cherry and other berry flavors. Not terribly bitter but a very light hop flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: for me, perfect. Beers like this are why I love tripels and Belgian pale ales. Medium-thick body with huge carbonation makes for a velvety, extremely creamy texture which I love. Highest marks.

Drinkability: exceptionally drinkable. This beer is outstanding.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honeyed gold with a slight, white skim head and a touch of lacing.

Scents of tropical fruit, honey, and herbs. Whiff of chemical alcohol.

Interesting brew. First sip is raw honey, some tropical fruit, and a bitter burn of grain alcohol. Some yeastiness and light bready flavors as well, but more like sweet jam smeared on white toast. Spices fight through, with some white pepper burn and a mild bitter finish. I know this is 9%, but the booze gets in the way here a bit.

Medium bodied, and well carbonated. This helps the drinkablity alot, but not enough to make this super easy to drink. Bitterness and booziness make this more of a sipper. A very well meade beer, but I think I will find some of their other tripels to compare. This is ok to good.

Photo of ryanonline
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice hazy orange, with a thick white head that lasts. nice lacing.

aromas are of coriander, bananas, and yeast.

tastes citrusy and spicey (coriander, maybe cinnamon).some honey then slight banana as the sweetness fades. lots of yeast.

mouthfeel is sort of foamy. nicely warming on the way down.

very well balanced in the drinkabilty department, but still a lot of foam can fill you up quick.

nice beer, but not exceptional.

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange-gold in color, cloudy, one inch head, high carbonation

Smell: alcohol, yeast, and banana

Taste: banana, yeast, light bread, and some citrus

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: I could have two at most. The carbonation is a little overbearing. An above average tripel. Tasty but not too far out of the ordinary.

Photo of FranksRedHot
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a batch #143 750 mil bottle in to a tulip.

A: Bright golden color with a hint of copper, puffy bright white head around two fingers in height. Tight effervescent carbonation.

S: Sweet malt and yeast forward followed by a light mellow orange and mixed citrus profile with a hint of clove and white pepper turning too sweet honey with a wisp of its 9% abv.

T: An almost mirror to the smell but with the yeast dominating lending to a more banana bubblegum flavor. The 9% abv let's you know it's presence in the finish

M: Slick and oily with a slight astringency.

D: A real sipper for sure. Enjoy it with a pairing of UnieKaas cave aged Gouda, Prosciutto San Danielle and a crusty baguette.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber with a minimal amount of head formation. I was expecting more from a beer brewed in this style.

The aroma has scents of lemon, grass, spice, yeast, and some possible banana, all wrapped up in a subtle, complex package.

Tastes of lemon peel, pepper, with some faint bitterness. Subtle sweetness masks the ABV perfectly. Very well balanced beer that is complex with many flavor nuances.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy, and mildly carbonated. Overall highly drinkable as it is balanced and the alcohol has no harsh overtones. While I would have preferred some more carbonation, this beer was definitely an enjoyable sipper.

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

Pours a hazey golden color with an almost white head that is pretty low for what was (by accident) a fairly vigorous pour. still looks pretty good on first sight. moving onto the smell.

sweet. With an odd note to it that im not quite able to place. very fruity with that sense of natural sweetness, not really a sugary aroma, but instead a juice like sweetness to it. bottle mentions passion fruit. not sure if I get that particularly... though I dont go around sniffing passion fruit in my free time. I am getting more of a apple or pear aroma to it.

first sip... wow that has a lot more of a bite to it up front than the aroma would have suggested. it is sweet, but it has that sharp, bitter bite to it up front that fades quickly in the presence of the fruit, but the bitterness creeps back in with a mild but noticeable hop ending. Does have a bit of an alcohol-taste to it at the end, not sure how I quite feel about that, but on the whole its very enjoyable about half way in.

medium carbonation witha light consistency. if it werent for the abv I could see this as a fairly frequent drinking beer. though at 9% its near approaching twice what a usual session beer runs for me.

Overall I am very impressed with Allagash, as always. I remember my first experience with Allagash at a beer tasting at Higgins Armory in Worcester, MA. One of the other patrons of the event asked the Allagash brewer if their beer was anything like blue moon. The brewer then proceded to go on a rant about how blue moon was far inferior compared to their beer. Got to say I agree with them.

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

On Sunday night we did a blind tasting of four tripels at Shawn's place. Facing off against each other were Allagash Tripel and Urthel Hibernus Quentum, and La Fin du Monde and Tripel Karmeleit. Allagash won its battle and Tripel Karmeleit took the prize in its contest. It would be difficult for me to pick an overall winner, as they seemed to be at opposite ends of the style spectrum, and showed that there is variation within the tripel category.

In general, I noticed some consistency between samples when it came to appearance and mouthfeel. On pouring all the samples displayed a brilliant light gold, with a tight white head that produced some spots and streaks of lace. Some of the samples were cloudier than others, but I'd put this down to disturbed sediment (I'd just brought a couple and they may have been a bit shaken up). Only in taste and aroma did they seem to differ - falling into either a dry graininess, or a sweeter honey-like profile. The bodies were invariably medium-light with a high, pillowy carbonation.

The Allagash won its contest with Urthel by a landslide, partly because it hid its alcohol a lot better. What I got out of it was a lot of honey, and if you gave it to me and asked me to place it into a style I would have said it was a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, which really shows how fuzzy the boundaries between some styles are. While it didn't meet my expectation of what a tripel is supposed to be, it did tick all the right boxes for what I like in a beer. The honey malt and sweetness gave it some great depth. There was a lot of graininess and the spicy finish you would expect, but there was also a surprising phenolic character, which came through in both the flavour and the aroma. I loved Allagash White, so it should not come as a shock that this one gets two thumbs up from me.

Thanks to sstackho for sharing!

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

22 oz corked and caged, batch 142

A - pours a hazy golden brown, almost rustic orange. Slightly off white 2-finger head that lingers well, solid lacing.

S - primarily clove with some floral/citrus accents. alcohol lingers in the back, but not too noticeable - just enough.

T - Spicier (cloves, nutmeg, maybe even some coriander) than I expected, with strong honey flavors - almost a bit sweet. Very well balanced, explores the whole palette.

M - Solid carbonation keeps it nice and light. Right to the brain!

D - good.

Photo of ScarletLady
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle. Love the cork.

A - pours a golden color with tight white head, some lacing. Lively carbonation.

S - aroma is clove first, then a hint of fruit. Slight detection of alcohol. Overall pretty well balanced.

T - somewhat spicy and surprisingly mild. I was expecting bigger flavor. A little too carbonated for my taste taking away from the overall flavor experience. Main flavor to me was the clove.

M - pretty good, again a little too carbonated

D - an easy drinking beer, could definitely drink more than one given it's mildness

Photo of Risser09
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter - cellar temp - Batch 55 (2004)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden honey yellow and orange. Ample amounts of effervescence moves to the surface. A 1" white head builds with decent retention. Some lace rings remain. Yeast swirling makes the beer orange.

Smell: Belgian spicy yeast, clove and pepper. Biscuity crackers and pale malts. A subtle hop bouquet shows off lemon and earthy aromas. Plenty of spice in this beer.

Taste: Biscuits, clove, pepper, alcohol, honey and Belgian candi sugar. Plenty of flavors that is true to what a traditional tripel should be. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, boozy and malty with a moderate hop bitterness. A lingering sweetness mingles with the heat of the residual alcohol.

Drinkability: An excellent tripel that could go even longer in the cellar. Lots of flavor, complexity and spiciness. Would pair well with lots of foods.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. This brew is a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head.
Sm. Very strong spicy, lemony, ctirisy aroma.
Ta. Follows the smell with a spicy lemony flavor with some sweetness in there somewhere.
Mf. Light, unremarkable.
Dr. It certainly goes down easily, but there are many other beers I'd rather have.

Photo of jrallen34
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice. Batch 130.

It pours a dark clear gold with tons of carbonation, you see it just oozing from the bottom. The color is much darker than your typical tripel. The head is about 2 fingers of very puffy white head with decent retention. The lacing is very nice and chunky.

The aroma is nothing special of note, you have your normal floral hoppiness. The smell is on the lighter side of things.

The taste is very light and uninspiring. There is not much flavor hit except some flowery malts. Mouthfeel is light but its very drinkable.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a modestly hazy yellow-orange color. The off-white head has a dense, creamy, frothy texture. Retention is good, and some nice rings of lace are left along the glass.

S: Tangy yeastiness and some sugary sweetness. Rather fruity - golden apples and ripe pears mostly, with hints of passionfruit and peach. A bit spicy/phenolic, but less so than many other tripels.

T: Fruity flavors and a firm bitterness dominate the palate. Apples, pears, and some tropical juiciness. An underlying herbal bite accompanies spicy phenols and clovelike flavors. Sweetness is rather low for the style. A bit of alcohol is also present.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is very creamy and lush. Rather astringent and dry. A bit of alcoholic heat as well.

D: A very good tripel from Allagash, although I hesitate to call it great. Surprisingly dry and bitter for the style - not in a bad way, but it's definitely a little different. Well brewed and worth seeking out.

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

Corked and caged 750.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-orange with a thick, soft white head. This looks great. Spotty but thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit (apples and pears), very spicy (clove at least), and lots of yeasty goodness.

Taste: Up front the fruit and spice dominates. This is so fruity and juicy tasting. The spice becomes quite peppery as it goes down. There is briefly a very hot alcohol bite and some bitterness, but that is replaced with a long bready finish and a hot, hot feeling in my stomach.

Mouthfeel: This feels nice and full for the style. Its slightly syrupy, but its so well carbonated that it doesnt feel overly sticky. The bubbles are tingly and foamy.

Drinkability: I mean, its just great. I truly dislike an ill-prepared tripel. This one is done right. Not overly sweet is an important characteristic for me. The alcohol is not all that well hidden, but that doesnt bother me too much. This is a sipper and a sharer.

Photo of ledemie
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown gold color, good head nice and fluffy,good lacing.

S: fruit, herbs and spices, an overall sweet aroma, alcohol notes present.

T: has a strong sugar taste, herbal taste with a grainy flavor. the beer is a tad sweet for a Trippel.

M: Creamy, the after taste is a little all over the place

D: a nice beer, cellaring could add some complexity.

over all a good brew.

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled into my DFH signature glass.

A - The color of white grape juice w/ mildly hazy appearance and sudsy cap of snow measuring about 2 fingers. The lace collects and holds moderately well/good retention + pin sized bead

S - Great aroma of fruity yeast esters w/ mango and passionfruit leading to a dried pineapple type sugary crystal type aroma w/ hints of green apple and pear

M - A crisp carbonation leads w/ medium thick body and leafy spiced middle, a creamy feel w/ mild alcohol and nutty spiced yeasty finish

T - A hint of fruit, tropical notes up front + light nutty grainy malt w/ smooth and creamy notes w/ subtle spice. The hop and juice note collide w/ a pineapple and sugared lemon note. The taste of golden raisins w/ a hint of ginger leads to more spice and alcohol as is finishes w w/ a honey-like sweet edge

D - A fantastic ale, but I must admit, not one I would really reach for unless I am satisfied w/ relaxing for at least 1hr, it is not smooth as some Belgians are but is as close as American Tripels may get- very spicey and strong.

Photo of rickmick
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After pouring into a 16 oz pint glass, a large head appeared then devolved into a nice looking, two finger head.

The smell is nice but nothing special, just a couple of weak spices.

Appearance is mix between golden & straw.

The brew isn't too chewy, nor is it watery. Not a lot of carbonation in the brew. This is probably a good thing. There is a lot of flavor at the back end, not so much up front. The aftertaste is strong, and the finish is a strong alcohol flavor.

Overall a very good triple. Not terribly drinkable but also not too harsh.

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

Pours from the brown 22oz. "bomber" bottle marked batch #134 a stunningly beautiful golden hue, a cloudy, slightly orange color that is almost too pretty to drink. Of course, the standard large foamy Belgian head fills almost half the tulip glass, with a pillar of carbonation rising from the center of the glass where the stem meets the bowl. The aroma is of sweet citrus fruit, candy & sugar. 1st sip is of sweet candied citrus fruit (orange, lemon, tangerine) peel & honey, followed by a surprisingly dry, white wine-like finish. The citrus peel flavor reappears on the swallow & lingers tantalizingly afterwards. There is a champagne sparkle on the tongue. Drinkability is off the charts...it should almost be against the law for a 9% abv beer to go down this smoothly & easily. Overall...wow, Wow, WOW!!! This is about as good as it gets in the beer world!!!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, batch #129 drank from a duvel tulip glass. Pours a very hazy dark golden color with a huge off-white foam that fades at an incredibly slow rate and leaves large chunks of lacing on the glass. Excellent looking tripel.

The smell is heavy on the fruity yeast esters with a decent dose of alcohol. Lemons, tangerines and peaches come to mind. A few hints of peppery spiciness are there as well as a bit of sourdough bread.

Spicy flavor with a crackery, crisp finish that definitely has some bitterness to it. Not much sweetness in this tripel, but it is fairly complex. The 9% ABV is very well hidden despite a drying effect on the tongue from the alcohol. Some of the fruity esters make it into the flavor and mingle with the hops to provide some citrus peel flavors and for some reason passionfruit. I am not a big fan of ageing tripels, but I think some of the flavors might meld together better with 6 months to a year on it. Very good tripel, and one of the best American renditions. Highly recommended.

Photo of mirish72
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that I bummed that I didn't like this beer more than I did. I am a big fan of all of the other Allagash brews I have tried and this one was a bit of a disappointment.

Pours a golden pale yellow with a slight one finger head. Smells of light spices, some citrus and clove, but nothing too overpowering. It tasted kind of bland with a sweet aftertaste, but I was left wanting something more. Hides the alcohol well and was fairly easy drinking.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap at the Union Brewhouse for Allagash night. Poured a hazy lemony yellow color with absolutely no clarity at all. A small head to it that fades very quickly, far less than average lacing. Smell is very sweet. Aroma of I would guess tropical fruits and smells quite sweet. Taste is pretty good, but a I find many tripels to be too sweet for my taste and this is no exception, has the slightest of slight alcohol taste to it and you really have to look for it which is impressive for being 9%. Mouthfeel is good, no carbonation bite at all, very refreshing to the pallet. Drinkability is above average, but again the sweetness is a bit much for me. I think fans of Tripels would certainly enjoy this thoroughly.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in Wells, ME on August 7, 2009

Pale yellow color and hazy. The aroma is complex. I have a hard time getting things... some fruits (pears)... The taste is slightly metallic. Some herbal notes too. Not bad... however there is more complex and tasty tripel out there...

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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