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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,090 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,090
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 122
Gots: 214 | 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 oelergud
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

750 ml brown bottle, corked & caged, Batch 49.

Beautiful golden brew, low carbonation and white uneven rocky head, great retention and lace. Even as I was done with my glass there were still big clumps of lace sticking to the glass.

Definitely a strong floral scent mingled with bread, grass, honey
and spice. Sweet, bold but somehow still subtle and elegant.

Wow, this tasty good, really good actually, strong sweet spice, some pear, brown sugar and caramel. Hops manages to muscle through in the aftertaste but the malt doesn't budge much and stays on the palate to form a nice layer of lingering flavors. The alcohol is very well managed as it's not apparent at all.

Thick and creamy, very sticky and rich body. Alcohol is revealed by the warm sensation drinking this brew gives.

This is a highly drinkable brew though strong enough to knock you on your arse, you have been warned!


oelergud, May 31, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +13%

Brown bottle, 750 ml size, corked & caged. Batch #47 (bottled 10/31/03), sampled at 18 months.

Cork lets go with a gunshot of a pop. I quickly start to pour before the bottle begins to gush - didn't loose a drop! A pale golden elixer rushes forth & is capped by a pillowy white head. Intense carbonation of tiny bubbles rush to the surface to help sustain that impressive cap of foam. Sheets of sticky lace cling all over the glass, making for some great eye candy.

A wonderful aroma of earthy, herbal hops, with crazy fruit bouncing around - melons & tropical fruits. Some spicy notes sneak around as well all adding up to a heavenly aroma.

Holy deal! A quick whack of sweetness, followed by an amazing combination of fruit flavours - pears, melons, & tropical I can't even figure it out (I just know I like it). A touch of honey works its way in before it dries out & finishes with a slightly peppery mix of earthy, herbal, grassy hop flavours.

Soft, medium bodied, intense pin point carbonation.

Absolutely stunning.

xgrigorix, May 04, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice, dry pale malt scent with a slight fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich, pale malt flavor with dry yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and warms with a wonderful mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent Tripel, but I've had better. It lacks a little spice and fruitiness. It's a little too dry for me.

WesWes, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Batch #36. 750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. The cork was a biotch to get out, the only mushroom cork I've ever had to take a corkscrew to, but it's well worth the effort. Anyways, it pours a hazy orange-yellow color with three fingers of head. There is sticky lacing left all over the glass. The smell is very fruity with bartlett pear, granny smith apple, and white grapes. A little bit of peppery spice in the nose as well. The taste is fairly sweet at first, with more fruit coming through, and bits of honey and sugar. A slightly tart and spicy finish with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is superbly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great too for a 9% brew. Yet another great offering from Allagash.

SheepNutz, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

The first careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a crystal-clear golden-orange and yellow body that teems with fine, effervescent bubbles beneath a two inch head of densely creamy white froth. The head retention is excellent and it maintains a solid quarter inch of cream as well as leaving almost completely solid walls of lace throughout the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, candy laced malt that's brightened with a touch of orange, melon, and perhaps vanilla amidst a sprinkling of coriander. In the mouth its tiny bubbles foam-up on the tongue, giving a little tingle before it becomes pillowy soft and lightly creamy. The flavor expresses what the nose suggests, but with more ferver. It's vanilla is much clearer than the nose suggests, and its delicately citrusy orange character balances the candy and vanilla alongside a sublime spiciness of coriander and white pepper. Its bitterness is well heeled; and it's superbly balanced for the style - particularily given it's 9% alcohol which never fully shows! An astounding beer that's rich without being bold enough to hinder its drinkability, and complex enough to remain interesting throughout several glasses. Additionally, this is well worth stocking up on as it should appeal to a wide variety of guests in your home, and works equally well during a cool summer evening on the back porch as it does during the holiday season!

NeroFiddled, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Very creamy pour, with cream on the tongue, the glass. Fruity apricot and bannana and orange and apricot, and spices, the latter penetrating the nose. Coriander. A long and dry bitter tart aftertaste yet satisfying. A curious combination. Had to finish the bomber after lunch. Rye grain?

Sammy, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a crystal clear champagne gold with a huge marshmellowy white head. Head settles out in to beautiful white sheet of swirled lace.

Smells very grassy and yeasty. Perhaps a little lemon hiding in there as well.

The taste is something to behold in an american belgian style beer. Big rush of herbal/grassy malt overpowers you. Very drying and tart. Then it turns quite grainy and almost a little rye like. Finishes slightly sweet and very very dry.

Mouthfeel is fairly epic.

I could sip on this nectar all night long.

yankeeheel, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of JamesBerry
4.18/5  rDev +1%

After uncorking this beauty, I was hit by a sweet aroma with hints of fruitiness. It poured out a pale golden color with creamy white head. The flavor was much more dry and malty than I expected it to be, and it went down with a creamy yet tingling body. Afterwards, a slightly sour aftertaste became noticeable on the palate, but not so much as to detract from the experience.

JamesBerry, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of ctrlfreak
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

9% Alc.
Batch# 32

Apperarance: cloudy golden in color with a big head
The Aroma: citric but well balanced with an aroma of spice present
The Taste: mellow honey/spice flavor
Mouthfeel: Sweet finish and after, with light bitterness
Drinkability: go slow or it will catch up with you in a hurry

ctrlfreak, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

It is a slight cloudy golden in color with a big head. It has a big hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. It is medium bodied with sweet maltiness and corriander is evident. There are some spicy phenols as well. It finishes too wet for lack of a better term. It should finish a little drier and be a little more spicy.

ark57, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +8%

This beer has a dry, grassy, yeasty, musty, bready aroma. The aroma is quite complex and perfect for a Tripel. The beer is brilliantly clear, a bright gold color, with a dense meringue like white head that is held up by a prodigious carbonation. The taste is sharp, astringent, lightly sweet, a bit of grain, herbal, and finishes with a bit of alcohol. This is a great interpretation by Allagash, this beer has lots of flavor, unlike the breweries Dubbel. This beer is so effervescent that it has quite a drying effect. This beer has completely restored my faith in Allagash, they can make some tasty brew.

Gueuzedude, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

From a 750 ml bottle labeled as batch 40. Poured into a glass, this wonderful beer presented itself cloudy orange with a white head. Observing the bubbles rise to the top is a thing of beauty. Smell was very citric but well balanced with an aroma of spice present as well. This being my first Tripel, I am perplexed by the spicy fruitiness of this beer. At first the beer had strong apricot notes but quickly gave way to a pleasant Belgian strong pale ale type spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden in this beer but at 9% you can definitely feel the effects before finishing the 750. Mouthfeel is creamy and bubbly. This is certainly a solid beer that I would love to have available at all times.

soper2000, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

It pours a crisp, clear vivid gold, with highlights twinkling. A prompt white head swells moderately, and soon drops to a thin, frothy gauze. Slippery lacing slides slowly down the sides of the glass.

The aroma brings a rock candy malt sweetness along with a playful essence of currants. An undercurrent of dry citrus dances quietly with gentle spice notes. A yeasty tartness cedes to a glimpse of alcohol as the aroma fades to an end.

A light grain sweetness creeps along the sides of the tongue as nutmeg and cloves settle on the center. Currants and berries swirl into the mix and combine with the carbonation to lend a sparkling presence. Alcohol slips in almost subversively but makes a warm impression. The elements fade toward the end to allow a slight smooth yeast sourness to impart a champagne-like glow at the finish.

Medium bodied, it slickly coats and the bright components are distributed nicely to leave a lingering, even tactile, legacy.

This assertive Maine product fills the palate without overwhelming. The flavors glide about and co-exist in a tantalizing balance. Many beers have a lot of one thing, but this one has just enough of each thing. You sip and sip, hardly noticing how much you've had, but the ABV won't forget to remind you before too long! Still, you can't help but enjoy every drop in one big bottle. It's a happy person who has Allagash available in his/her neck of the woods. I know I am.

Foxman, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a generous white that leaves great lace on the glass.

There are citrus and spice notes in the nose as well as a bit of grass or straw--very vegetal and pleasant.

The taste is not as good as the smell and is sort of a muted version of the great aroma. The citrus and spice are toned down to almost nothing and the flavor is a bit lifeless.

The mouthfeel is light and pleasant with both a sharp and dry bite.

This beer could be excellent and would be a great drinking beer if the flavor was more pronounced. I would try it again to give it another chance.

filabrazilia, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Sweet and spicy wheat aroma with some nice citrus. Light golden amber cloudy with light head. Silky body with medium-heavy champagne carbonation. Alcoholic with spices and herbs. Wheat, grass. Light hops. Sweet finish and after, with light bitterness. A brandy-like smoothness in the after.

ChicoraBoy, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Corked and caged 750ml, batch 44. Very nice that you can email the brewery and they will promptly email you with the bottled date. This one was bottled on 8/15/03, according to Sabrina, at Allagash. This one hasn't yet reached its prime, but I can't resist popping the cork. Pours into a goblet a clear, bright golden colour, with a moderate white head made of very tiny bubbles. Attractive Belgian style lacing. Spices hit the nose immediately, with a blast of clove, coriander, and anise. Pears and strawberries soon follow. Toffee/caramel malt aromas appear out of nowhere, midway through this sublime experience.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and has a dryness that defies the aroma.
Taste is drier than the nose would suggest, but this one really plays games with my tastebuds. One moment, I'm tasting pine and citrusy hops, then, suddenly, it's caramel and toffee malts. This one is really a fun experience to savor. The multiplicity of tastes come together so extremely well as it approaches room temperature. Damn, I wish I had a case of these stored in my basement cellar. I can only dream of how well this stuff will age a year, or two, down the road. Alcohol warmth from the high abv is quite welcome on a very cold winter evening. Wow! The folks at Allagash have some great ales on the market, and this is certainly one of their best.

merlin48, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours golled yellow, nice fluffy head, yeast and fruit in the nose. another winner from Allagash. Well balanced, long yeasty finish. Lemon, yeast, straw, hops at the finish. Easy to drink.Dry with Alcohol at the end. I want to track this one down on tap.

Billolick, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours to a hazy golden-yellow color with a three fingers chunky white head. The aroma is fresh, medicinal, hay-like, with a lemony, phenolic aroma. The flavor is medicinal, some-what estery, and yeasty. It has a drying alcoholic finish. It is a smooth, easy drinking tripel. A fine Belgian brew.

Sampled 11/29/03

BeerBuilder, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

750ml bottle, Batch #41

Cork absolutely exploded and got lodged in one of my wife's plants about 8 feet up. I knew I had a special beer when this happened !

Pours honey yellow with a beautiful white head, great lace and amazingly big carbonation bubbles. Aroma of honey, grass, yeast, citrus and wheat bread. Had a faint hint of champagne.
Flavors was wonderful light honey start then a crisp middle a powerful spicy yet smooth alcoholic finish. Alcohol kick was just enough to add to the experience and not overpower it. Beer was wonderfully alie in the mouth with great richness, majoirty of the alcohol was hidden by the rich flavors. I served this one in my Piraat glass and more than lived up to that wonderful beer.
Best Trippel I've ever tasted. Perfect to style and wonderfully delicious.

CRJMellor, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Pours a hazy dirty orange with a nice spumous Belgian style head. An absolutely magnificent color on this one. A great sticky lace as well left on the glass. Nice head retention and a feast for the eyes.

Light fruits rise in the nose. Lots of banana, clove, grapes, lemon, some spicy fruits like pineapple. Smells yeasty as well with the faintest hint of alcohol. Nice nose on this one!

Nice flavor. I'm beginning to love the style. BIG flavor but very mellow and smooth. Starts out sweet and then shifts to in onslaught of juicy hops that was almost overbearing but ended up being very pleasing. Lots of light fruits similar to the aroma. Starts out with the light fruits and then leads to the sour ones on the finish. Nice brew!

Crosling, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +7%

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a St. Bernardus goblet. The color is golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is yeasty. The taste is fairly sweet; nice and fruity with a nice yeasty taste, and the alcohol is a bit noticable. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than average. Drinkability-wise, could have many of these!

Easily one of the best tripel-styles made in America. A very flowery, candi sugar filled tripel is a great homage to the great beers of Belgium. Fantastic, and one I will have in the future.

beergeek279, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
4.43/5  rDev +7%

Batch #43 from a 750 ml bottle. It's hazy gold with a fluffy white head that comes back to life every time the glass is swirled. The smell is spicy with a wide variety of fruit flavors, including a bit of banana and some green fruit like apple or pear. The taste is exceptionally smooth with only a hint of the 9% abv. Although some of the funky musty smells particular to Belgians are present, the spice and fruit really dominate the taste. As for drinkability, the 750 was gone in no time. I hope to track down more Allagash in the near future.

mickeymac, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Batch # 45 pours a hazy yellow. A thick white head reaches the top of the glass and a nice lace stays for the ride to the bottom. Aroma is sweet; fruit notes are all over, bananas, green grapes, and herbal tones, cloves, and yes the passion fruit. A slight musty yeast note is also mixed in. There is a lot going on in this beer. As it warms the tones seem to mellow but the taste improves. The flavor is of tropical fruit, a slight malt back and the fruit again is there and the spices come to play. It is sweet but not a nasty sweet. More of gentle tones of the fruit, no, wait, it is honey. It has a smooth mouthfeel and the 9.0 is hidden by everything going on in this beer. This beer is simply enjoyable to drink. Another killer beer from Allagash.

Stubbie1, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Allow me a moment of poetic nonsense: This brew is "fluffy like cloud" in every possible way. Sticky, puffy, bright wheat head graces the top of a shining, hazed yellow beer.

Sweet, estery aromas lazily drift about -- banana, pear, corn syrup. Has a little bit of that aroma you get in a building where they make apple cider from the mashed, exposed apples. Very delicate and sweet. Sensations continue to the palate and are cleaned up with a slight alcohol-driven bitterness on the finish.

marburg, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Fruit cocktail aromas are joined by canned bartlett pear flavors in this creamy, buttery beer.
The texture is fat and offers up a sequence of images, one melting into another, of steamed, wilting violet petals, buttered biscuits and black cumin.
The slick texture is complemented by a firm, bitter bite on the finish.

putnam, Nov 02, 2003
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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