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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,368
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 142
Gots: 343 | 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 champ103
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden/yellow. A large white head forms and leaves some good clinging lace. True to style.
S: Typical yeasty/earthy/funky tripel nose. Again, true to style, but typical.
T: Sweet, tart, and fruity flavor. Some doughy and biscuit flavors as well. True to style. Nothing out of the ordinary.
M/D: Well carbonated and a medium dry body. The alcohol shows a bit, but good beer to sip on.

This follows the style pretty much to a T. Nice fruity flavors and a creamy body. A very good interpretation by an American brewery, but not my favorite. Though, if tripel's are your thing, then this is a must try.

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

Appearance - Excellent, a lot of carbonation when poured.

Smell - Good, like an average triple.

Taste - Citrusly, a little bite.

Mouthfeel - Excellent, had good texture and not overpowering.

Drinkability - A good one to share with a friend but do not feel it is a session beer. Enjoyable but feel that better triple's are available.

Photo of stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Allagash brew. Pours reddish orange with an off white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a smattering of lacing around the snifter. Smell is complex and sublime with big fruits and yeast up front with some spiciness and sweet malts surrounding everything and a bit of sourness in the middle. The robust maltiness is put in check with some earthiness and a slight bitterness while some fruits, candy sweetness and a biscuity essence and texture fill the palate. The alcohol taste is nearly nonexistent. Carbonation is right on, complimenting the style. This medium bodied yet smooth and highly drinkable (despite the alcohol content) brew goes head to head with the best of em'.

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

This was Tripel number 2 of three for last night. Definitely the best looking of the three with a nice yellow/orangey color, cloudy with tasty yeasties. In the nose, there was a lot of sweetness, pear, apples, a light hop aroma, and the smell of champagne. After the silky smoothness crossed my tongue, I was hit with the sweetness, a taste similar to honey. As it warmed, more banana and cloves were presiding. I had to double check the alcohol on this, as I didn't think it could possibly be as high as 9%. I was quite pleased in this selection, though not my favorite.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash is hard to get ahold of here in Oregon. Had the chance to get this one ontap at the Publick House in Boston. Yay!

Golden and a tad hazy. Bubbling fizzy carbonation and a fluffy rocky head that seemed to harden like a shell...or ice crusted snow.

Sweet aroma with some passion fruit, spicy pepper, flower (rose) petals, and other goodies. A real clean and crisp aroma. It makes me want to jam my nose right down and in...and take a huge whiff.

Fizzy carbonation opens everything up and makes the flavors more bright and pronounced. Spicy alcohol warming and a really good yeasty floral bite make this one a winner.

Drinkability is definitly there. My glass was done far quicker than I wanted it to.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade

I found this to be a big, tasty beer, but a little heavy on the clove. Belgian spice dominates the aroma and flavor, but there are still hints of earthy hops and mellow malts. For my palate, the phenols (clove and similar spice) is a bit much heavy, but it didn't prevent me from finishing off the bottle. I have to at least give it credit for being complex in the spice. Worth a try.

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

A: Pours a hazy orangy yellow color with a finger thick frothy white head. It has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Belgian yeast aroma meets the nose as it approaches the glass. There is a lemony citrus aroma that is mixed with some spicing. There is no noticeable alcohol aroma at all.

T: There is a bit of a sweet taste when it first hits the tongue. It is quickly hidden by a slightly sour lemon flavor. The spicing mixes in with the other flavors to offer some real interest. There is a hint of alcohol when the beer is swallowed. Its a great mix of flavors.

M: Its medium thickness gives it some interest in the mouth. The carbonation and spicing also adds an extra punch to the mouthfeel.

D: It is very drinkable for the style. The carbonation and spicing makes you slow down a bit though.

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

Slightly hazed golden color with a thick, creamy head that sticks all over the glass. Aromas of citrus, melon, and dried banana esters, grass, and yeast. Very flavorful on the first sip...pale fruit and peppery phenols. Fresh, pulpy citrus, sweet and peppery, and some yeast. Smooth medium body, drying, and very refreshing for its strength.

Good...might get a whole 4-pack soon.

Photo of Slynger
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy lemony yellow with a tinge of orange. It lid is creamy and white, but a bit slim for the style.

The nose is very nice. It's sweet and fruity of lemons, melons, and green pears (those are the fuits I get, though I have never had passion fruit advertised on the bottle). The fruits are balanced by yeast and sweet spices.

The medium full body is silky, syrupy, smooth and has a light creaminess that goes along with the somewhat subpar carbonation. Picks back up where the nose left of, almost exatly. Lightly sweet with many fruits and solid Belgian yeasts. Spices are sweet and white peppery, and go excellently with the previous flavors.

Allagash has done a fine job with this beer. The only drawback has to do with subpar carbonation for the style, which may only be an issue with my 12oz bottle. Absolutely will try again.

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

It's a light gold color and is a bit hazy, there's lots of carbonation and it topped off with a nice thick white and bubbly head with some good lacing to tag along. Its aroma is a little spicy; there are some sweet fruit smells that come through along with what smells like banana bread and raisins. It has a crisp clean feel on the tip of your tongue, it got a medium to full body that coats your mouth evenly and really warms things up. I do taste a bit of bitterness on the tip of my tongue and on the side of my mouth, its sweet, but that's all I can taste from this, is aftertaste is very pleasing, not dry at all and only a hint of bitterness in it.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #102

Nice hazy golden brown color with a silky white head.

Citrus and tropical fruits, sweet malts and Belgian yeast.

Very sweet mixture of fruits and candy. Nicely balanced by a collection of peppery Belgian yeast strains.

Creamy full body yet crisp and delicate. Perfect carbonation complimenting the velvety feel.

I can easily enjoy a 750 of this stuff. Fantastic American made example of the style. Right up there with the best Belgian versions.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep golden under a creamy white head. Decent lace and good retention.

S: Light tropical fruit with some earthy yeast and a wheat-like character.

T: Mostly malt and fruit, pretty boozy. Mild bitterness in the end. A little bland.

M/D: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, very nice mouthfeel. Drinkablity is good, there could be more taste, but its a decent beer.

Photo of barrelman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with good head explosion and settles to a thin lace. I was hoping for a little more yeast aroma, but I know that tripels don't bring too much. Still, i thought there could be more. Taste is smooth and flavorful with those great blossom notes. A little cloying at the end. A pleasant and slightly sharp tripel. Well done.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding rendition of a classic style. Great variation on a theme.

Perfect pillowy white head with striped lacing. Murky off-colored bronze twinge.

Subtle spice and clove aroma, minimal hops.

Perfectly balanced dry fermented crispness flanked with the cleanest of clean palate cleansing spice and hops in the finish. Absolute refreshing swallow leaves the palate unencumbered yet heavily stimulated with every sip. Bravo.

Heavy carbonation and effervescent mouthfeel and texture. Devilishly drinkable with ease.

The BEST tripel brewed stateside I have ever tasted.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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