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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,332 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,332
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 307 | 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 Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep yellow hue. White head with good retention but thin. Visibly effervescent. Sticky lacing.

S: Clove aroma with plenty of floral touches. Some orange like citrus character. Pretty pronounced banana character as well. A strange solvent like aroma - perhaps related so the allegedly suspect Allagash yeast strain. Sugary sweet malt.

T: As label suggests, there is some honey character in this beer. Clove flavors are strong and obvious. Peppery character less o but it is in there. good background malt flavor as well as perfume lock hops. A nice full, sweet, and dry finish.

MF: Medium body. Dry but not overly so. Some alcohoal warming but not hot.

D, notes: This is a very nice tripel. Well balanced.

Photo of mphopkins99
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #119

A - Nice peach/orange color, tremendously solid head and excellent lacing

S - Very sweet, but with hints of clove & spice

T - Fantastic. Very smooth, no aftertaste whatsoever.

M - Light, good carbonation

D - The 9.0 ABV doesn't lend itself to drinking many of these, but boy it sure goes doen well.

Just beginning to explore tripels, but I think I will have a hard time topping this one.

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

Poured into my La Fin Dumonde Tulip glass.

Nice honey orangy color. Insane 4-5 finger head. Crazy lacing

Yeasty smell tempered with some alcohol

Perfect carbonation, full bodied syrupy feel in the mouth.

Sweet tasting slightly fruity followed by a subtle warming alcohol sensation. The alochol is well masked

Great beer to start the night with but a 9% abv will catch up with you fast.

Overall 2nd best triple I have had to date.

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a splash of apricot; the tight head caps the liquid while leaving a dancing pattern of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Juicy fruit gum, with white pepper, tropical fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: The blend of tropical fruits (papaya, banana and lemon) kicks off the flavor profile, which grows peppery by mid-palate; I know this is weird but I taste a bit of Crayola in the mix; medicinal, fruity and a complex dry flavors blend into the spicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Tripels are not my favorite style but I do respect them when they are well brewed and this is a well brewed Tripel

Photo of ryandurka
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is not too bad. i liked it. it tastes like it has a fruity complex with spicey aromas. it goes down smoothly with out a boozey aftertaste. its a classy beer that i wouuld buy again. and its a little cheaper in price than someof the imported beer it tastes like.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A delicious orange with an amber tinge, and a healthy head. I hesitate to give it a five but really how could it look any better, perhaps swirling silvery sparkles or some sort of acid induced hallucination. The lacing is good and the the head thins out towards the middle.

Smell: The smell is faint, sweet pineapple and alcohol.

Taste: Sweeter than I would have expected, The sweetness hits you first, very fruity from a mix of delicious esters and some glorious hops no doubt, the alcohol is quite sneaky and here I am 3/4 of the way through the bottle and I'm in that perfect fleeting state of euphoria, respect that 9%, the finish is complexity at its finest, you can taste it all the aromatic hops the sweet malt and esters and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the high end of the style.

Drinkability: This beer has renewed my fervor for beer, after a few disappointing stouts. World Class!

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

Batch 117. Golden color that's a little lighter than expected. Big creamy white head that coats the glass with sticky lacing. Head maintains a solid 1/8 inch that is more than the standard cap. Smell of some citrus but mostly the sweet sugary malt smell that you would expect with the style. Some light pepper notes also show. Taste is sweetness that quickly gives way to the spicy yeast and then the 9% gives some burn. Mouth is somehow smooth and syrupy at the same time. Overall a great sipper that warms you. Once of the finest tripel's I've ever had. Thanks to my family for bringing this one back from vacation in Maine.

Photo of SickBrew
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Belmont Station in Portland OR on my first visit. Was recommended at all-grain brewing class.

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellow and reminds me of some very fine Belgians in appearance. Head is good with two solid fingers that leave some lacing in my pils class. Nose is good with fruity tones of banana, pear and of course the esters rounding it all together. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer that I will be purchasing again. Give is a whirl for sure.


Photo of glid02
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood in Atlanta.

Poured into a goblet with a cloudy gold/orange color and a half-finger fluffy white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Great spiderweb lacing is left after the beer goes down.

Smells good. Mild light fruit aromas with a spicy kick, very peppery.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The light fruit flavors kick it off, then followed by a good hit of spices and ending with the light fruits again.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a good thickness and grainy carbonation that goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's not phenomenal tasting but it goes down very easily.

Overall this is a solid tripel, but nothing to write home about. I would gladly drink this again but there are better tripels out there. Worth a shot if you're on a Belgian kick.

Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a little bit lighter than expected. light orange straw color. pretty clear. some spotty lace. smell is alcohol, pepper and coriander. taste is a bit earthier than the smell... not as sweet as expected. alcohol somewhat hidden on the palete or laced in with the cane sugar. not picking up much fruit, some citrus, orange peel candy nature. some earthy apple. complex herbal lingering aftertaste. very dry. some thyme and pepper and nice hop sits there in the middle of the mouth... the sweet lingers in the tips. the earth nature giving the hop a lingering rosemary and thyme appeal. a soft meaty finish. alcohol is a bit much by the end. triples aren't my favorite but surprisingly good for american. period.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy, yeasty golden. Rich head that falls to a quarter finger, but then remains. Very dense lacing.

4.0 S: Complex. Fruity (citric, plum) then herbal. Hints of spice. More sweet than hoppy.

4.5 T: This is one spicy beer. Spicy foremost, then citric and pine. Chewy yeast is very apparent. Next is a grassy, earthy undertone. Hops are not the focus of this beer. They instead play a support role to bring out the best in the malt mix.

4.0 M: Medium body with a good balance between creaminess and carbonation. Warming sensation at finish.

3.5 D: Good beer, but I prefer a little more hop character. A sipper that is not to be fooled around with.

Photo of JRed
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden honey hue with nice clingy, crystal head. Floral aroma with some spice is quite inviting. Malt characteristics with sweetness and alcoholic kick to end the experience. Medium bodied and walks the line for being a sipping beer but light enough to enjoy on its own without the accompaniment of food. A champagne-like beer that balances the alcohol well with the fruit notes.

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

I found this on tap. It came to me a cloudy, dark blonde with thick foamy head and nice carbonation. Aromas are citrus (orange, lemon), yeast and slightly spicy. Light to medium bodied and fizzy in the mouth. Feels a little creamy. The taste is fantastic. Fruity and mildly spicy and sweet, with a little bitterness after the swallow. Very well balanced with no single flavor jumping out. I like higher ABV beers and I barely notice the 9% alcohol in this one. It drinks real smooth and easy. I will definitely be buying some bottles of this. It's a real nice beer experience.

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

Batch # 114

Prominent sour, almost pungent aroma. Spicy and fruity (citric or tart fruit: lemon, orange, etc). Creamy maltiness and citric zest suggest wheat. A little grassy, lemongrassy, and floral/herbal. Some ripe dark fruit, I'd say prune but it's been so long since I've had prunes. Smells good.

Pours medium-deep golden yellow, more translucent than clear, moderate head with good creamy retention.

With first sip it's fruity, tart, sweet, creamy and well carbonated. Puckeringly tart like green apple until my mouth adjusts. Then the zestiness rolls in with a funky swagger. Mildly spicy, a little peppery. Creamy malt base, softly malty and seemingly wheaty. Moderate sweetness contributes to this tight, interesting, and succulent flavor. Combination of slight alcohol and moderately strong, softy floral and herbal hops add depth of flavor. Extremely fruity/estery; if I ate something with the fruity part of this flavor profile I would know it was a fruit, but not one I'm familiar with.

Exeptionally creamy mouthfeel with mild-to-moderate carbonation. Energetic enough to incite intrigue without bombarding the mouth with a palate-smashing sensory overload. Feels good.

Mild yeast cake on bottle bottom.

Allagash Tripel has an incredibly tight and particularly interesting flavor profile centered on the balance between both moderately-strong malt & hop. The estery/phenolic flavors I associate with yeast contribution are the icing on the cake and award this brew an 'Unnaturally Tasty' medal from me. This beer is seriously good.

Photo of Night
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch no. 107. Pours a dark champagne-blonde with touches of amber around the edges - gentle haze. Massive sparkling pearl head. Bubbly, slightly foamy, but very solid. Aroma is grainy and yeasty with distant notes of suds and spice. Carbonation is surprisingly sharp and biting; body is light to medium. Flavor is dominated by honey and gentle malts, banana, followed by a strongly sudsy bitter backing. Light spiciness throughout, with a grassy sourness underlying. Somewhat warm, though not overbearingly so. Finish is dry and a bit numbing; aftertaste is gentle, spicy, and sour.

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

Gleaming gold body and a chalk white head with experienced lacing. Sweet aroma of passion fruit and herbal spices. Palate says honey and banana and then is followed by a crisp, warming finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light and perfectly carbonated. Very drinkable. It tasted perfect until I uncorked a Karmeliet next and noticed that Allagash lacked the same level of complexity and character as its Belgian counterpart. However, I don't want to be misleading; for an American brewery, this far exceeded my expectations for the style. This is a very special tripel.

Photo of ClavinCliff
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually trend towards darker more aggressive beers but decided to give this one a shot. Sure glad I did! Pours a hazy orange, nice white lacey head. Smells fruity with some yeast tones, more like a bakery smell. Taste is very nice. Smooth, ohh so smooth. Not too sweet, very flavorful. Alcohol is well masked, this definitely does not taste like a beer with 9% ABV. Carbonation is perfect, just the right amount to add to the experience. My wife even tried this one and liked it (she hates beer, only one she has ever liked was some Hefewiezen we got on draft at Brick Store). This beer did undergo an interesting transformation when I let it warm up. When very cold it is a much fruitier beer, once warmed the fruit sweetness was dulled a bit and you could pick a bit of the warmth brought on by the alcohol. Either way this too is a great beer and a good introduction into the land of the Belgian Tripel.

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

A punchy beast that clocks in at 9%. Poured into my glass with a large foamy head. Liquid was a gorgeous gold with tangerine highlights. High marks in all visual aspects. Nice retention and laced like ocean waves on a beach. Smells were big and bold, juicy pear, spices, ripe fruits. Tastes were also big and fruity, figs, apples, pear, dried apricot. Maltiness is off set by yeast and some hops at the end. Well balanced. Heady and drinkable for the style. Good theory and excellent execution. Recommended.

Photo of atigerlife
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #101. Pours an opaque golden with a 2-finger white head. Tons of small carbonation rising. Very interesting looking.

Aroma of citrus [lemon], hay and some yeast.

Taste is lightly sweet, grassy, light lemon, and some grassiness. Nice spiciness comes through as it warms. Light hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a very drinkable tripel. Very good for the style. Very enjoyable. Wish I had more!

Photo of jordoo
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poored into a Chimay glass. Batch 115

Wow great looking beer, brillaint dark honey colored with an electric white yellow tinted large sticky head that left excellent lacing. The smell is full of all kinds of fruit with some spice and vanilla as well. Taste is again a fruit combo of orange, pear, apple and maby peaches. There is also white peper and clove and some other spicey aspect that I am having a hard time isolating. Nice vanilla flavor coming through in the finish as well. This one is a medium mouth feel with good carbination and drinkability. That was my first beer from Alligash and I am veyr happy that I also purchased a bottle of the dubbel reserve.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Allagash Triple poured into the chalice glass with a massive foam head and a hazy yellow orange color with some good sea wave ocean lacing. Very appetizing looking brew.

The aroma is spicy for sure. It is fruity and yeasty. The taste is real smooth. The malt taste is finished by the yeasty spiciness. It has a herbal essence to it. The abv doesn't really seem like it is 9 so that is real nice Clarke. Overall a wonderful effort.

Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a medium golden amber with a large off white head lots of carbonation.

smell - aroma of spice citrus and a little pepper and slight floral aroma very crisp and clean.

taste - a little sweater than expected the spice really blends well with the other flavors

mouth feel - Medium bodied, very nice mouth feel. You can feel the Alcohol just a bit quite nice

Drinkability - A very good beer overall one that I would pick up again

Photo of sweethome
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of previously described blind tripel tasting.

This was least traditional of all in tasting - which suprised me based on past tastings of this beer - always thought it was spot on.

Very hazy light gold color - traditional big white head. Nose of yeast, corriander, and hay.

Dry entry, complex floral flavors - smooth compared to others - but I like it! Big alcohol burn, fruity, honey, fresh peach. Has a bit of hops to cleanse the palate.

What a tasty, complex and satisfying brew!

Photo of corey0212
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing golden/yellowy color, massive foamy white head fades slowly, settles into 1/4" layer, lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is just explosively fruity, lots of juicy pear, some banana, some lemon rind, peppery. Taste is phenomenal! Lots of the pear, sweet honey, slight lemony tartness, pepper on the back of the tongue...wow!!! Elegantly creamy, and actually really refreshing for something this flavorful...virtually no taste from the alcohol. This may have just upset my recently-posted "Top 10 Personal Favorites" list! Allagash is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. This is a fantastic beer, a must-try!

Photo of bonbini26
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ the Tap Room @ the Somerset Hills Hotel

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. A good mix of fruits, some hops, spices, citrus and coriander. Very nice that is very refreshing 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 .

Drinkability: Very High, especially given its strength. def one of the best tripels ive had from a US brewer

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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