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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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2,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 132
Gots: 275 | 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 SIRIUS2
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL into a chalice style glass.
Bottle states the batch is number 110.

A: Golden orange in color, hazy with an incredible thick white foamy head. The retention was phenominal, staying thick and frothy for most of the drink. Lacing was, well, good, but it was more like clinging white foam.

S: Modest spices swimming in rich pale & caramel malts. Something slightly citrus clings to the nose as well.

T&M: Mild malts nicely spiced ride a creamy texture all the way through the tasting. Carbonation is light but persistent and helps keep that fantastic head alive through the course of the drink. This tripel is slightly sweet but still has a relatively quick and dry finish. The malts and the spices combine with enjoyable complexity. This is a fantastic brew!

D: I really loved this brew! It was easy to drink, smooth and creamy, and full of complex tastiness. Fantastic! I'm definitely going to seek this out and would highly recommend it.

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

Poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a pale gold with the smallest hint of orange copper hue in the middle of the glass. The head rose to a snow white 3/4 inch which settled to a skim after 5 minutes or so. Constant, slightly effervescent carbonation release and decent lacing apparent down the glass.

S= Lots of fruity Belgian yeast aromas up front with a slight medicinal smell in the middle. A definite alcohol smell presents itself as well.

T= This ale gives a lot of sweet, fruity flavors up front. Candied sugar and sweet malts certainly dominate. Like the aroma, there is a definite and not unpleasant medicinal/phenolic flavor. Hops are definitely in the backseat here, but they are there under everything else keeping it in balance. The alcohol flavors come out in the finish providing a nice warming sensation.

MF= Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation, yet it is still a soft mouthfeel beer.

D= This is an outstanding beer! As for Belgian Tripels brewed outside of Belgium, I would say this brew is second only to Unibroue's La Fin du Mond. Definitely one of the greats.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden-peach with a thin, white layering that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely soft.

S: a nice sour funky, farmhouse scent wit musky oranges and lemons. The overall aroma was soft, citrusy and very pleasant.

T: fresh citrus with some bananas, cloves and oranges. The flavor was very sharp and clean in delivery before finishing with a citrusy and refreshing nature that would satisfy greatly on a hot summer day.

M: light, with a citrusy/lemony tang and a subtle yeasty sourness.

D: Very good drinkability, refreshing, citrusy and extremely smooth and perfect for the summer time or any time for that matter.

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

750 mL bottle, batch 72.

Into a St Bernardus chalice, pours a crystal clear golden amber, a beautiful frothy white head forming for a while before settling down. Lacing arches form here and there, and when the second half is poured, it turns cloudy and more orangish.

The aroma gives lots of candied sugars and light fruits or orange, melon, pineapple, and is even more flavorful, very juicy. There is the slightest herbal hopping, and the yeast is just fantastic. Its delicious. The mouth, somewhere between medium and full, is smooth, sweet, soft and delicate. Just a fantastic beer.

Photo of kenco12
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a little issue with the cork, but I can tell it was in there to lock in the flavor. Had it in a 750 ml container, and it was good down to the last ml.

For one to like Tripels, this was almost like a different feel. I had it after a Dragonmeade Final Absolution, and I think it even added to the flavor.

Smell was great, taste was great, look, well, I drank it straight from the bottle. Overall, a must have for all Tripel favorites.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch #108, no freshness date.

Poured into a chalice. Peach/gold body with a creamy foamy white head. Some lace.

Aroma is spicy, though weak initially. As it sits aroma becomes fruitier and a honey sweetness develops. Apple and apricot.

Flavors of sour fruits and spices. Fairly standard for the style, though the finish is quite dry and bitter. Alcohol a bit heavy for my liking.

Photo of dhd1491
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, rich off-white head. Light-golden, slightly cloudy color. Big cloves in aroma and taste. Rich taste, but low viscosity and light mouth-feel. Perfect fruity sweetness, but could use a little more bitter balance. Sweet, citrusy taste lingers. This would be an excellent choice on a hot summer day, which seems unusual given its high ABV.

Similar taste profile to the Duvel I sampled recently, but without the somewhat unpleasant coppery aftertaste.

750 ml bottle (25.4 oz) $8...31 cents per oz.

Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AdamB84 for my introduction to the beers of Allagash.

Pours off-yellow with a little orange in it - no head whatsoever. Smells great, lots of fruit & alchohol.

Tastes like Ommegang's Hennepin. I'd like to taste them side by side to compare, but this is precisely what I remember it tasting like. Warm on the palate, nice touch of fruitiness. A little sourness in the back, smooth, light, easy to drink.

Goes down easily. Drinks easy. A little too sweet, after a half glass I can feel my mouth starting to pucker a touch. I like it.

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a big 750 ml bottle to a chalice had an amber color and a thick texture. Very small head, but nice lacing.

S: Fruity smell, some apples, apricots.

T: There was a distinct bitterness in the taste (the apricots?). This was decently complex, but the alcohol was a little too noticable.

M: Balanced amount of carbonation and a decently dry finish. A good mouthfeel, except for some bitterness.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer, but not as good as some of Allagash's others. Worthwhile, though.

Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy light yellow with white head. It smelled like perfume and yeast with some hops too. It tasted super sweet, like hops and apricot. It was smooth, not too thick and slightly carbonated, with an interesting sweet/bitter aftertaste. Overall, this seemed similar to the other tripels I've had, so I'm definitely starting to understand the style. Unfortunately, it's not the style I really prefer (too sweet).

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 750mL with a buddy.
A-Poured golden/straw color with 2 inch fluffy white head in oversized wine glass-nice looking in the glass.
Smell-Sweet, Tart Apple and yeasty aromas
T-Unpleasant bitter on first taste combined with yeasty flavor, lacking the fruit from the smell. Wished for more of the smell in the taste. As it warmed, there was more of the tart apple flavor and some citrus that come through. More balanced as it warmed. Alcohol was failry evident.
M-Very carbonated with bubbly feel-a little foamy in the mouth.
D-Taste is very dominated by yeast and the for me that cuts down the drinkability. A nice beer but not the most complex tripel. A decent tripel.

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

Had on tap at Magnolia's in Purcellville, VA (run by the same guy from Tuskarora Mill in Leesburg, VA).

A - Great milky, frothy head that stayed the entire time. Coated the sides of the pilsner glass, not just laced it. Slightly cloudy tan/orange body with good amount of carbonation.

S - Sweet with earthy aromas. I smell some yeast and some orange or some kind of citrus.

T - Exactly as a tripel should taste. Sweet candy sugar and exotic fruit. Like a peach-mango flavor. Hop bitterness is minimal but there is some in the background as an aftertaste. I get a nice yeasty taste that comes with a good hefeweizen as it warms and goes down my throat. Alcohol is noticable but only in a good way.

M - Very smooth and a good carbonation presence. Carb gives it a slightly dry mouthfeel.

This is a great tripel. I would definitely not guess this was from New York. A nice, delicate brew that left me really wanting more. I had this with a steak sandwich with sauteed spinach. A great match for lunch.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Batch #109 - Poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed golden with a thin, lasting, bubbly turning creamy, white head. Spotted lacing sticks to glass after trailing lace descends.

The smell is of orange peel, honey, clove. Bready and spicy.

The taste is initially honeyish and malty with orange peel fruitiness quickly entering in. A balancing spicy/herbal dryness soon follows (esp. in the finish). A bready, tasty yeast strain adds to the complexities. Alcohol adds warmth without interfering in taste or smoothness.

Light-to-medium-bodied. It is effervescent, yet creamy. Very much on-target for the style.

This is one fine tripel - true to style with a wonderful aroma, nice taste and deceiving drinkability!

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy blond, nearly opaque. The white frothy head retains extremely well, covering the glass in lace.

Smell - On the sweeter side with a spicy balance. Tropical fruits and white pepper come to mind.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very phenolic initially with a big banana flavor and undertones of green apple. Crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. A spicy, peppery flavor clings to the back of the mouth, riding through until the finish.

Notes - One of the better American-made tripels I've tried.

Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
"Batch Number 85"...
A slow pour resulted in a golden-colored, light-amber, strawish hue with an intense foamy and frothy head that exhibited remarkable staying power...
Intricate, rich smell, bursting with characteristic fruity, and floral Tripel aromas...
Excellent, smooth, robust, creamy flavor, bursting with fresh fruit, light florals, sweet nectars, slight grapefruit, caramel, honey, vanilla, and sweet cream...
Very full-bodied and extremely rich and flavorful depiction of a Triple, and one of the best Allagash brews I've had to date...
Wonderfully creamy and rich mouthfeel lead to a perilously easy level of drinkability, where the hefty 9% ABV is well-masked behind a rich conglomeration of sweet flavors...
Excellent stuff...

Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfectly clear yellow with a tinge of orange. Features a very white frothy head that is well supported by the large number of tiny bubbles rushing to the top from the etching in the bottom of my Chimay glass.

The aroma is very fruity with tones of green apple, orange peal and even hints of cherry. Sweet candy sugar resides beneath the fruit. There are also moments of hay and slight yeasty funk. I felt transported to Belgium with its scent.

Slightly sweeter than the nose had implied, but much more of the same in the taste. The fruit isn't the centerpiece as much as the orange and cherries fade to the back. Apple is still there. Finishes with a slightly bitter note of yeast. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Lots of carbonation jumping around. Highly drinkable, but dangerous given the abv. Expensive to buy regularly, but a fine treat and up there with the best of the Belgian offerings.

Pairs well with triple creme cheese and salmon.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with a big frothy white head that doesnt dissipate and hangs around forever. Beer itself is a slightly hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation apparent.

Smell- Pungent spices, nutmeg and cinnamen, with strong hints of alcohol.

Taste- Initial taste of malt, quickly gives way to alcohol warmth, and fruit, medium sweet.

Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage, nothing too spectacular though.

Drinkability- A pretty drinkable beer, not one for quaffing, but an excellent example of the style.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 at cellar temperature into trusty Ommegang chalice.

Uniform 1-2 finger head-fades with a little lacing. Ample carbonation from apple juice-colored body. Very clean.

Scent prominent at eye level-powerful aroma here of nice coriander, banana ester, apple and a little ginger and cinnamon - may even some white grapes? Carbonation distribtes aroma quickly-yeast, malt and hops in staunch background.

Taste doesn't disappoint-apple, spice, yeasty carbonations with a little honey finish. Malt is in back with grassy hops on well-balanced finish. Alcohol is present but in background until last 1/3 of bottle. Wow.

Carbonation tickles the mouth and distributes the spice, other front flavors, malt, yeast and hop finish very well.

Enjoyable even as approaching room temperature-in a lotta ways, maybe more! Way too drinkable for style-admittedly did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did for whatever reason (I have no idea), but damn good $#!+ right here.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on cask at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA.

I think the fact that this came off the hand pump made this beer a little prettier than it normally would be. Nice white head with lots of body and staying power to it. Standard golden/yellow color.

Typical peppery yeast smell with some sweetness.

Taste is very mellow and balanaced. Probably a little too tame for me. Peppery yeast tastes dominates followed by some citrus. I detect a little bit of malt in the background. Hides the 9%ABV well. I detect almost no alcohol actually, maybe the cask helped it out in this area, I can't be sure.

Not much to say about mouthfeel, it's just good, no more no less.

Great drinkability for how strong this beer is.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-bronze color with a nice slightly off-white head. Head is about .5-in. and gradually becomes a heavy film. Leaves a bit of lacing too.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with some herbs, wheat (or other grains), and a bit of fruit in the background. Slightly bitter aftertaste with a mask of yeast and a little hint of alcohol.

Taste: Lots of yeast with some wheat, but not quite bready. Bits of fruit (especially apple) along with spices.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light-bodied. Extremely light, slightly tingly, carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is masked well and the flavor is enjoyable yet not overwhelming.

Definitely the best American tripel I've had -- and one of the better American attempts at a classic Belgian style. Recommended; an enjoyable beer that I'll get again.

Photo of gwong
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 105

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a thin white head. Lacing remains on the glass after each sip.

S: Yeasty aroma with a nice faint fruity scent.

T: Bittersweet hop and fruit flavor.

M: Crisp with enough carbonation to keep it light on the tongue.

D: The crispness and mild carbonation make it very easy to drink.

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

750 corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. No bottled on date, but it does provide a batch number (87), except unlike Russian River's website, no batch notes easily found on the website. Maybe i'll look a little harder later.

Classic looking beer; thick, hazy golden body with a half a finger of pure white head. The head fizzles out pretty normally, leaving a nice ring of racing, with a white dusting on-top of the beer.

Pretty pleasing nose; some tangerine and some mango are the dominant noses. Pretty straightforward, not a lot of underlying stuff; some more sharp tropical-fruit like elements hidden, but not by much. Just a real big, nice fruit nose. No yeast/orange/banana which is a first for me with this style.

Alcohol, orange and believe it or not, a little hop bitterness. Some lingering banana which is nice, along with some clove. A little harsher than I had imagined it would be. This is actually kind of disappointing. Almost a Sierra Mist-like finish. Except when it warms (~20 minutes after the last sentence was typed it starts to taste a bit like blueberry's on the front of the palate!)

Not as smooth as I thought this beer was going to be; a real big hit of carbonation/hop bitterness on the mid-palate that is not uncomfortable, but at the same time it's not something I enjoy.
There's some nice elements on the finish, and some wide-ranging palate grip, which is a nice reminder of the fact that you're drinking a beer with a little alcohol. Still, a pretty smooth beer with a firm enough body that without the carbonation you still feel it in your mouth.

This beer bums me out; I thought it was going to be really good; smooth, voluptuous, fruity, delicious. I didn't think it would be this; kind of harsh, rough around the edges, one-dimensional. It's 9% so if you're drinking it on draft/from a normal bottle you could drink more than one. But honestly, I don't know if you would want to. I want to find some batch notes- maybe this one was aged in oak, which would explain everything. But I have my doubts. Blast.

I realized the other day that I've reviewed more triple's than any other style of beer. I guess that's why this is that much more disappointing. I don't know. I realized I served this a little cool, and have been letting it warm. It smooths out as it warms up. So maybe that's been my problem(taste went from a 3.5 to a 4.5 with the addition of a blueberry taste). Maybe I need to post this, get another batch, serve it warmer (I let it sit out of my fridge for ~5 minutes) and re-evaluate. Good plan. Allagash Triple...to be continued.

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.

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.

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.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.