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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

922 Reviews
THE BROS
93
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Reviews: 922
Hads: 2,596
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 172
Gots: 501 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Reviews: 922 | Hads: 2,596
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spices dominant on the nose, coriander and some other exotics. Some tropical fruit, lighter malt and some yeast. On the palate, herbs join in, and the alcohol adds some extra peppery spice and a touch of warmth, for the better, but the yeast adds that distasteful chalky/earthy element. Dry. Perhaps not the best balanced, I'd like some more fruit, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of DJLehnherr
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I’m rating this from a 750-ml bottle. Golden color perhaps a bit more opaque than most triples, a hue a bit more brown compared to others, perhaps. Nice white foamy head, which lasts.

The sweet, yeasty smell has a musty character to it. Also raisin-like or citrus scents. The sweet taste has little or none of those citrus-like notes, however. Lots of carbonation. The character of this beer is “shallow,” I’d say, compared to other Belgian-style tripels: Not a lot of depth or complexity to the flavor. For a triple ale, it’s 1-dimensional, but that one dimension is quite good. The 9.0% ABV is hidden well enough, too, making this a very drinkable beer, especially pared with a meal.

One recommendation: As most Belgian ales should be served warmer than your refrigerator’s chilling temperature, this beer, especially, I’ve found, will improve if you let it get up near room temperature.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost . . . almost, the perfect American brewed Belgian tripel. Probably the best. But in an imperfect world, where nothing is perfect . . . This is the best !

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split between two tulips. Yeast pour reserved.

a: A gorgeous golden orange body. Hazy and juicy looking. The head is a 2 finger shock white, frothy cap that leaves behind nice patchy lacing.

s: Sweet malts and fruit along with a very pleasant Ricola like herbaceousnecss.

t: Crisp, crackery malt, passionfruit, under ripe pineapple, grapefruit rind, medicinal herbs, flowing into a sweet hint of bubble gum with a delightfully spicy finish.

mf:Medium body and lively carbonation. Nice full and dry finish.

o: With just a hint of the 9% ABV, this beer is complex, yet smooth and balanced. It is very true to style yet unique at the same time with the pronounced passionfruit, pineapple flavor I am picking up.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well balanced tripel, the fruit / honey hints provide a great flavor and disguise the 9% abv. The color was a bit lighter than I would have expected, but the smell and feel told otherwise. Great brew!

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Photo of kculrich
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking pour into a stemmed teardrop - honey-coloured, opaque with a great frothy head. Smell of bananas and honey and, I'm sorry, but fresh pee - a little off-putting. Taste: bananas and honey and sweet hay, yeasty, and yet more bananas. Fruity. Nice, full mouthfeel if, maybe, a little over-carbonated. Overall, sweet and fruity, OK, I guess I'll finish what's in the fridge but I doubt I'll revisit this one.

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Photo of AirBob
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 1/19/15

A - 1 finger of dense, white head. Opaque, unfiltered golden-straw colored body with plenty of visible carb. Ok retention and lacing. Reduces to a cap and collar.

S - Belgian yeast (bananas and clove) with strong sweet candy or honey. Slight breadiness in the back.

T - Candied banana. Bread. Slight clove. And maybe some pepper in the finish along with slight bitterness.

M - Full boded. Low-medium carb. Sticky finish.

O - Not too complex and a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of socalparalegal
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this one from Costco recently to try it out, and was not disappointed. The golden color was the initial attraction, followed by pouring which which gave frothy look. Taste is smooth and pleasurable. I'm not pro when it comes to beers, but I do like this one.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the Curieux, I figured the Trip would be almost identical; it isn't the same, but it's still a great beer. It's a beautiful golden red. It's a little more bitter than it is smooth, but it isn't hard to drink. Allagash rules.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour with firm white, lasting foam. Aroma of apricot and other fruity esters. Tastes of honey and yeast. Smooth finish despite high carbonation, with lasting sweet, fruit flavors.

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Photo of Csikic93
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged. Pours a vibrant yellow orange with a thick white head. Smells like banana and citrus. The taste is unbelievable, I really enjoy this tripel. Some tripels can be heavy but the Allagash is absolutely delicious a new favorite for sure.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You know I didnt like this tripel too much at first....I drank all but one and left it in the fridge for a good 2 months...and let me tell you...its way way better now then it was 2 months ago! Its almost a perfect belgian tripel to me! I am trying to figure out the dating on the bottle but it makes no sense! all I can tell you is to let it sit a while and all the banana yeast and the flavors all meld together and its really nice!

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Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is excellent with a huge foamy, frothy, thick, off-white head, that settles very slowly, some lace and a clear yellow color. Aroma is mainly yeast with some grain and a hint of fruit. Flavor's like nose, slightly bittersweet, some tang, honey, rye bread. Body is a tad soft. Beer is very drinkable with a little alcohol warmth.

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Photo of MadCat
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice golden color with a short white head that leaves little lacing

Smell: Clove, honey, hints of banana

Taste: More cloves, honey, banana, Belgian yeast, pepper, with a dry finish

Feel: Medium body, full carbonation with a bite

Overall: An excellent example of a classic style. Very good

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A delicious blonde-slightly orange color. One finger of large bubbled head. Moderate lacing. Fairly opaque. This beer looks amazing!

S: Some clove, not too much. Some banana and light fruit pokes it head out.

T: Awesome stuff; the yeast really makes this one. I can get some clove-like phenols. Pear, apple skin and flesh, some banana come through. A surprising amount of citrus also comes through. A slightly,delicate sweet malt base comes through at the base of the beer. It's fairly complex and not overburdening in one aspect. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, enough to the point that I got someone to think it was 4%.

F: It's not prickly like some Tripels have the tendency to be. Carbonation makes the beer seem bright and palate cleansing.

O: This is a truly stellar beer. Very drinkable, yet complex, as most Belgians should be IMO. Highly recommend. It's much cheaper than a belgian export and just as good. I would purchase this reguarly if Fin du Monde wasn't cheaper and easier for me to get.

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden amber hue with moderate head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweetness from the malt mixed with prominent banana aroma, and herbal/floral notes.

Taste: Very smooth, with rich maltiness and prominent but not overpowering banana-like taste, finishing with lingering herbal bitterness. Very nice, complex flavor profile.

Feel: Smooth, with a nice bite of carbonation but not overpowering.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.6 fl oz poured into a bulbous wine glass. Batch #217.

A - Golden orange with ruby highlights, semi cloudy, with a fluffy finger and a half head.

S - Banana, clove, candied sugar, spices.

T - Follows the nose, with some bread and dough notes.

M - Carbonation is below average, mouthfeel can be described as both creamy mid swig, but with a dry finish.

O- Always good to have an occassional tripel, this one is borderline exceptional. These beers always seem to hit me hard, more so than comparable Abv IIPA's or strong ales.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A billowy two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, honey, apple, pear, Belgian candy, powdery yeast, pale, and pilsner malts.

Taste: Nice blend of flavors as it warmed. Quite the sipper and very tasty. Warm alcohol in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, warm alcohol,

Overall: Enjoyed a lot over the years and many more in the future. Nice Belgian inspired beer readily available here in New England.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cork and cage, poured into a 'wide-mouth' Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. Batch #214.

A- Hazy pale gold color, satin sheen. The billowy white head settles to about 2f, stays lumpy, and leaves heavy lacing.

S-Belgian style yeast with light fruits. Herbal.

T- Sweet malt and Belgian style yeast. More sweet then funk. Fruit and spice round out the flavors.

M- Full body, velvety on the tongue. Not funky, but there's no denying the alcohol. The booze comes on sweet and strong.

O- Hearty and strong. Drinkability could be a challenge.

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Photo of leantom
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Have to give it up for the Allagash tripel. It's one of a kind. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Hazy gold, massive head and lacing, lots of carbonation. Looks rather perfect for a tripel.

S: If this beer were any more complex, it would not only rival Belgian tripels but exceed them. Lots of coriander, clove, white pepper, orange peel, citrus, and bready Belgian yeast.

T: Just like, if not identical to, the scents. Tons of coriander and clove, orange peel and Belgian candied-sugar. Yeast acts as the cherry on top.

M: Thick and bready. Perfect alcohol content as well (plethora of tastes really masks the alcohol quite well).

O: A classic.

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Photo of Subvette
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Belgian yeast smell. Alcohol bite when cold, so let it warm up a little. On the dark side for a triple, almost tastes like a saison . Great taste and very well done.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bomber. Batch 217. Poured into a stemmed tulip. My New Years Eve treat to myself.

A nice middle of the road tripel. A champagne like beer.

A - Pours a bit hazy. Nice three finger white head.

S - Nothing to write home about. Slight spice but rather average.

T - Malts, slight sweetness in start,

MF - Medium bodied with a dry finish. Smooth with a bite of carbonation.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Belgian tulip glass at cellar temps. There is no date on this bottle.

Appearance: pale but still golden with a nice firm head of super fine bubbles.

Nose: pear, white grapes, Belgian candi sugar, slightly spicy with some phenolics poking through in the end.

Taste: nice and rich like a Tripel should be. Pear, spicy, low hops note, very little bitterness in the finish, sweet but not cloyingly so. A little bit of herbal notes in the middle as it warms up. No alcohol notes despite the 9% girth.

Overall: Excellent tripel! I was not too impressed with their Black Belgian style stout but this one hits the mark. I'd buy a case and enjoy.

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Photo of ColdOne
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm new at this reviewing game. Gonna do it, though, as inspired by @houser.

Appearance: A pretty orange-yellow with a small ring of head.

Smell: Not extremely strong smelling… just a hint of banana there (which I like)

Taste: Balanced at first taste, then the bitterness holds on the tongue as the booze begins to dominate.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light in body, light carb

Overall: It’s good, for sure, though I’d like a bit more sweetness to balance out the alcohol. I’d drink this any time it was handed to me, but I’d like to try some other tripels soon for comparison.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 25.4 bottle into std pint glass. Clear straw color with big head which dissipated leaving nice lacing. Awesome nose with characteristic diacetyl. Flavor is my idea of perfect Belgian character. Great mouthfeel. Nice finish. My favorite Belgian Tripel.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.