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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,972 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,972
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 115
Gots: 174 | 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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elmocoso

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I would like to thank the BA who suprisingly parted with this gem in a trade. It is from Batch # 4.

This beer poured a cloudy orange, quite a nice hue, but with little show of head and lacing. It had very active carbination with a slight champagne smell, taste and feel. Very enjoyable!

The overall smell was light but there were difinant aromas.There was an orange crispness accompanied by a subtle maltyness with spice.

The taste was true to the smell. It warmed the mouth and lingered well into reflection.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 16:08:11 | More by elmocoso
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avylover

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a small but persistent white head. Carbonation kicking nicely. I smell buttery toffee and a mild alcohol scent. This is a pretty good tasting beer. It's got a nice ripe fruit taste up front. What keeps it from being great is the fact that the taste seems to dissappear halfway through my sip, leaving just carbonation, alcohol and a slightly buttery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is helped out by the carbonation, although it's slightly syrupy. There is something lacking with this beer. Too much fruit and not enough backbone .(Although the price is fair)

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 18:12:05 | More by avylover
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Wildman

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy yellow gold color and formed a huge foamy white head that left laticed lace as it slowly supsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present and maybe a few particles of sediment. An aroma of hops, malt, coriander and other spices with a touch of yeast. A taste of malt, coriander and grain/yeast. It has a medium body to it with a touch of the alcohol present.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 18:06:57 | More by Wildman
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 32 750ml bottle - Nice pale gold yellow color, got a tall white head of fluffy smooth stryrofoam that falls apart in sections leaving huge clumbs and ledges of foamy stringy lace. Smell is lots of bright citrus, orange, lemon, and lime, dulled a bit with some nice yeast and spicyness. Taste is subtle and complex in layers with a nice flow of citrusy lemon, orange, a bit of banana, nice leveled yeast, some grainyness squeezed in as well and lightly dancing spicyness of citrus rinds and black pepper with a good sweet malt balance the whole way through. Finishes with a light hop hold and alcohol warming. Full body, pretty rich, bold, creamy even, and a nice hold of bittering fruitness and spice. Nice complexity to this triple and is quite a nice offering in the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 13:58:36 | More by tavernjef
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beerguy101

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Abbey Tripel. Slightly yeasty, and somewhat tart. Touch of fruit, lemon and oranges, bananas and peaches. Smooth taste. Slight sweetness. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 15:18:53 | More by beerguy101
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent triple. This beer poured a dark yellow colour with a huge, creamy, white head. The aromas were of belgian candy sugar, yeast, various spices, malts, and slightly bitter and medicinal hops. The aromas were very prevalent in the taste of this beer. A very sweet and spicy triple, with a bit of a hoppy, metallic, bitter-edge to it. This almost reminds me of a more toned down version of Victorys golden monkey. The mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth and the drinkability was excellent.

Cheers!
-F

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 07:45:13 | More by francisweizen
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kindestcut

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seeing the Allagash Tripel here in Dallas was a rather odd experience, but a good one.

The Allagash Tripel poured a bright, glistening yellow-gold. The white head is quite substantial. I see a wrestling match between that head and my nose in the very near future.

The aroma is very tripelesque...spice, banana and a hint of alcohol. the aroma is very inviting...time to tackle that head. At first taste, I am impressed. The classic sweetness/faint bitterness is here along with a fruitiness and healthy carbonation.

As with most tripels, the drinkability is great. However, combined with the 9% ABV, it's a very dangerous trait!

I am a big fan of the Tripel style, and this is a great one. If I had to offer a single criticism, and I have to because I haven't found the perfect beer yet, I would say it's not as intensely flavorful as...say, La Fin Du Monde. Otherwise, this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 13:44:02 | More by kindestcut
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MJR

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #28
750ml bottle

Appearance: Using my Allagash tulip glass (thanks again Dave!) to drink this heavenly nectar, it pours a burnished gold that is perfectly clear from a careful pour. A frothy, off-white head starts out thick, then slowly shrinks down to small cap. It's easily brought back up again with a simple swirl. The lace looks a lot like soap suds overlooked on a car window in the middle of a hot, sticky summer...

Smell: Wonderfully complex aroma with suggestions of spicy fruits, banana, grape, clove, phenolics, bready yeast, alcohol, and a musty earthy note. Despite this wide array of scents, the aroma comes across as sweet. Stunning...

Taste: The flavor is sweet and spicy, with lots of fruitiness and honey on the forefront. After the initial rush of sweetness, the flavor shifts to a slighty phenolic one, along with a small burst of black pepper spiciness. The clove, yeast, and musty flavors are in there too, but play secondary roles and stay mostly in the background. The tail end has a rush of warming alcohol, which is highlighted by a touch of hops. Again, stunning...

Mouthfeel: This brew is highly carbonated, but it still manages to maintain a creamy, soft mouthfeel that is just a bit prickly on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Alcohol dries out the finish considerably. Very warming...the more I drink of this bottle, the warmer my tummy feels!

Drinkability: You have to respect a brew that makes you forget that it's 9%abv. This brew goes down quite easily, and I have to be mindful to keep from overdoing it. What a great nightcap!

One of the best tripels to be found anywhere, this brew is solid proof that not all the best Belgian-style beers come from Belgium. In other words, another winner from the brewers at Allagash!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 22:51:21 | More by MJR
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful American example of the style. Possibly a bit thinner than it's Belgian counterparts, but also less "yeasty". A nice fruity taste emerges, and gets better as you go. This beer is quite a treat. Rates with the best triples I've had. I will buy Allagash any time I have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 20:42:00 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #32, for those of you keeping score at home.
Appearance: slightly hazed, pure golden hue, some bubbling carbonation, with a large and lovely, fluffy cloud of foam on top, obviously home to a myriad of tiny angels awaiting their chance to entrance the senses.
And it is good work that they do!
Aroma: intoxicating! Senses-filling, flooding, uplifting! Rich, delicious, heady, spicy, sweet, fruity (lemon, orange, pineapple, peach), complex, and invigorating. Bewitching, beguiling, bewildering! And pretty good, too!
Taste: huge, yet soft, and sensual attack of hops, that just as soon turns to an orgy on the tongue, nothing but goodness and delight coming from it, a paroxysm of pleasure occurs, sending jolt after jolt of joy down through the nervous system and every sense receptor.
These flavors, these temptations, sweet succor to any thirst or any lack of happy feeling, they continue again and again every time lip meets cup, and ale meets tongue, again and again, without pause. Mmmmm, is all my mind can conjure to relate the exact consequences of consumption, and maybe it's that 9% ABV of this 750ml bottle (1/2 to go, and the night is still young, where to go from such bliss?) of perfectly brewed tripel?
Everything's in it's heaven in this brew, the malt, the hops, the booze, sugar, yeast, every little imp that does it's special magic has earned it's fairy dust in the production of this very fine golden ale!
Allagash, I'd tip my hat to you, but I haven't got a hat!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 19:43:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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jcalabre

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled 19 October 2002:
Batch #28. Like Allagash's own description, this beer has a subtle banana & honey flavors. It also has a great nose; reminds me a bit of a white beer. It's cloudy yellow w/ a big white frothy head. Sit back and sip this 9% ABV bad boy

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 15:01:18 | More by jcalabre
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TPoling

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Allagash Tripel pours a deep golden and gives a shaving-cream head that had me looking for a razor. There were hints of pear and some spicy notes, all of which seemed like they had the potential to improve with age. This big beer carries a warming 9 percent alcohol. Unlike the dubbel, which brewery workers have found peaks at one to two years, this one has greater long cellaring potential. A Maine brew that measures up well to some of the greats from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 17:35:15 | More by TPoling
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nomad

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch # 28

Poured a clear yellow gold that turned more oranged with its yeast mixed in (like when drinking that which came from the bottom half of the bottle). Had a thin and soft bubbly-foamy head, some stain, and little lace.

Smelled of hay, honey, and cloves. Altogether, smelled very "natural" and artisanally crafted, like a rustic Belgian. Overall, good but not outstanding.

Taste was strong: notes of honey, oats, malt, alcohol. Tasted creamy with a bitter tinge, and opened well to an ever-warm and barely sweet body. Subtle and balanced. Yeast had a bite to it when it mixed in with the bottom of the bottle.

Had a long and soft finish, barely drying, and luxurious soft mouthfeel - felt like cotton. In all, a pretty good beer, feels imported without being so.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 14:20:19 | More by nomad
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Morris729

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #38
Pours a golden apricot color with a tall pillowy white head that slowly fades into a thick and creamy lace leaving spider webs on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Nose is tropical fruit with some sweet herbal and spicy aromas. Taste is sweet candied sugar up front followed by notes of raw honey and then some nutty yeast flavors. Lots of spicy alcohol comes through towards the end with some additional notes of white pepper. A very nice brew, and yet I was still expecting a bit more. I think I’ll try aging a few bottles to see how they develop. In any event, it’s wonderful to see this beer finally available here in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 20:11:55 | More by Morris729
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL brown bottle, corked. Batch 4 (bottled March 3, 2000, according to the brewery).

This tripel poured a clear, golden color with creamy, full, white foam that left lace on the glass. The carbonation was lively. The smell was musty grapes, green apples, and pears. Very pleasant and long lasting. The taste was sweet (candy sugar) and musty (grape) and herbal, with some oak, alcohol, and hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and warming. The body was medium, with a nice crisp aftertaste. This tripel had obviously aged very nicely and was a joy to savor slowly.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 01:09:33 | More by UncleJimbo
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank god I am sharing this big bottle with David.

Batch #33, Beautiful pumpkin honey color, filled my glass right to the top with a inch of head. This dissipates, but never fully goes away, and leaves little bits of decorative lace through-out my glass.

Smell is sweet and grassy...pink clover always comes to mind. Fruity and citrusy in flavor, the alcohol is undetectable. The carbonation is nice, and the finish is rather spicy.

Very enjoyable, another great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 16:27:34 | More by PatandDavid
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare treat. Brought back from Chicago by trbeer. Three cheers for interstate beer run by a friend. This is in the 750 ml size - Batch #33. Pours gold with a distinct amber hue. Three finger head - sizeable but not overwhelming. Smell is of yeast and sugar. There is a slight chill haze. I started a bit on the cold side and let the beer warm in a tulip glass. I get a slight burning sensation of alcohol in the first sip. Some yeasty taste. Not as sweet as other tripels I've had. I'm picking up some slight bitterness hoppy taste that I'm not used to having in a tripel. The aftertaste though leaves a bit more sweetness than bitterness. The bottom of the bottle seems best. I don't know if it is all the goodness settling or the warming temperature. The alcohol defintely kicks by the end of the bottle. Did I mention trbeer is one hell of a guy?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 17:52:18 | More by mjohn27603
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WaltTrombone

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was from Batch #28, purchased from the now-legendary Half Time Beverages in NY. I put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes after storing it in my cellar at about 50-55F.

It poured a dark golden amber, with a white head that faded fast, but left some fairly robust lacing. The aroma was mostly clove and honey, with a touch of malt.

The taste was clove, malt, honey, raisins, banana, and a bit of mushy brown apples. Mild hoppiness, too...

A creamy mouthfeel, more than you might expect from a 9% ABV, or a beer with not too much hoppiness. A smooth finish, with just enough hops bitterness for me.

The 9% ABV is deceptively smooth, it sneaks up on you, rather than hitting you over the head. I've got to get some more of this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 18:20:25 | More by WaltTrombone
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BierReise

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another top quality brew from allagash. Slightly hazy orange-amber color with huge head and every visual characteristic of a Belgian style. Seemed similar to their white except for a few noticable variations. The appearance reminded me of Orval, color and head. Also fruity and a little spicy. Banana comes to mind. Fantastic brew! Best when on the warm side.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 15:29:35 | More by BierReise
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StevieW

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Batch #34. Poured a golden honey yellow color with a gigantic white creamy head. Yeasty sediment added some cloudiness and beige color to the head. Perfect. Head stayed and staed and defines the term Belgian lace.
Initial aromas very robust citrus, grapefruit hop smells, and some freshly baked bread smells from the yeast.
Taste is much along the same line, fresh citrus, grapefruit, lemon tartness hits first. Thick full baked bread taste, malty sweetness. Fresh hop bitterness, nearly lip smacking. Citrus tastes snap by again, but leave a dry finish. Sticky on the lips. Tastes dances on your tongue then slips down to a belly warming finish.
Smooth medium to full bodied, very balanced. Nothing wrong with this one. One of my all time favorites and saved for Easter Dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 04:45:52 | More by StevieW
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jaz

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 31 - 750ml bottle.

This beer poured like a bucket of sunshine after a good rain, leaving a golden light haze and billowing plume of thick, foamy, pure white head. The head thickened as I admired the beers aroma and color, becoming almost a whipped-cream like froth that actually stuck to a spoon upside down, and laced the glass beautifully all the way through.

The aroma was wonderful and strong, and defined by alcohol and fragrance of fruit, spices, and fresh baked bread.

The taste was delightfully smooth beginning malty sweetness, fruity and yeasty in the middle and ending with a tart, citrus bitterness. The taste lingered on my pallet for quite a while.

This is an excellent beer, fitting perfectly to style with the best of the Tripels. Very drinkable. I must have more!!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 15:46:49 | More by jaz
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden beer served with a white head. A bit of a hazy body. Sweet, malty aroma with some subtle spices. Very prominent alcohol sweetness up front, with a creamy malt taste. Very nice bitterness as well. Light overall, but yet very powerful. The mouthfeel is very creamy, and the drinkability is dangerously good. This beer put me at a bit of a loss for words, as I can say I truly enjoyed it, but yet I can't quite put the experience into words. A very wonderful beer that should not be overlooked or passed over if the opportunity arises.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2003 16:31:24 | More by aaronh
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goz

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch #26.
Pours a medium-dark, hazy golden color, with a large frothy white head that doesn't want to go away, clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life all the way down. Aroma is crisp - citric (lemon), spicy (clove), yeasty (banana), and light malt (doughy) . Flavor is also crisp, sweet start, making way for some banana and clove to coat the tongue in the middle, ends with some citrus - lemon and grapefruit mostly. Full body, complex flavors that get more impressive as the bottle gets more empty, only the slightest hint of alcohol at the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 09:06:15 | More by goz
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Tripel Reserve. Bottle Conditioned and offered in a 750ml (1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz) Brown Glass Bottle. Batch #34. Corked with a gold colored wired frame and steel cap.

Appearance: A massive white head sits atop a slightly hazy golden body. The head has reasonable staying and leaves a light lacing as it slowly rescinds. Classic looks and perfect presentation for a Tripel.

Smell: Crisp and very clean lines on this one. The usual suspects are lined up in the Tripel beginnings; a really good mix of fruits, some hops, spices and strong citric undertones. Beautiful nose that has a very refreshing aspect when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Excellent. Highly traditional malty beginning that makes way for the spicy banana clove middle. Some yeast and light grain in the middle. Finishes with a really good “kick” of fruits and a lemony grapefruit twang.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, slightly sweet mouthfeel that feels as comfortable as your favorite flannelette Pajamas, but it will have you sleeping naked in no time. Lines the mouth with ease and hangs around for a while after the beer is consumed.

Drinkability: Very High, especially given its strength.

Overall: This is one Serious Kick Ass Sexy Beer. Absolutely Excellent and one of the best US Tripels I have had to date. I want more.

A big Tripel Cheers to Murph for this one !

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 22:11:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked bottle. It's batch 33 and a hazy golden/burnt orange mix of color. The head is fluffy and enormous. The appearance of tripels is such a joy to stare at. A fruity aroma greets my nose, not as strong as other tripels I have tried though. But my nose is horrible, so it might be an amazing aroma. The flavors are yeasty, fruity and slightly spicy. It even has a refreshing quality to it, very smooth. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish. A wonderful tripel out of Maine, just as good as the Belgian's.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 14:45:23 | More by AudioGilz
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