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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,327
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 138
Gots: 303 | 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 flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99, thanks again! (this was an "extra" in a trade!)

Batch 99

Beer pours a light gold color, slight haze, and with a nice big white head.

Aromas are spicy, yeasty and with a rock candy / sugary sweetness.

Beer is dry, but with a very bright, spicy and creamy like taste. Somewhat sweet, almost like a very dry semi sweet wine. Very crisp, a bit tart, with some fruit flavors, mostly green apple. Finish is bitter, mineral like, and balances it all out nicely. .

Mouthfeel is great. This has a creamy thick, and somewhat bubbly feel in the mouth, but not too carbonated.

Drinkability is very good. This is an excellent beer. It's light, yet very flavorful, doesn't taste heavy at all and does not hit you with a big blast of alcohol. I would love to try this again sometime... Top-notch stuff.

Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #102. sampled dec 31/07.

pours hazy golden amber colour with a big merange-like fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. alcohol. bready malt. bit of grain and crackers. light clove. pleasant yeast character.

taste is good. touch of alcohol. earthy hops. light caramel sweetness. light clove. bit of grapefruit. orange peel. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. could be a bit lighter in body, but good otherwise. the sweetness is kept in check on this one, making it quite enjoyable.

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

Sampled on-draft at The Publick House in Brookline, on to the beer:

The beer sits in the goblet a chill hazed blonde. Smell is very sweet and phenolic with ripe fruits coming out of it. The taste is more more of the same, but with the trademark fierce peppery taste to balance out the sweet flavors. This is a very good tripel that begs to be sipped on slowly, but at The Publick House, my glass of nectar looked like just another good beer being consumed.

Photo of buzzworthy
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allegash Tripel is a yellow color with a tint of orange in the body. There is a lot of carbonation that results in a frothy head pockmarked by bubbles and a persistent lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Sweet malt quickly yields to tastes of peach, apple and pear along with some spice and a bit of hopiness. An earthiness also lingers. A warming alcohol presence completes the picture and is welcome on a Christmas 2007 day. Drinkability might be curtailed by the high alcohol content - or not. I'm more familiar with and thus more partial to Brewery Ommegang, but Allegash is right in that prime territory of high quality American-made Belgian ales as well.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the "other Portland" comes another great beer...or so I'm expecting, considering Allagash's great track record so far. Not sure why it took me so long to seek out their tripel. This is batch #107.

Pours beautifully, with a thick head like sea-foam, lace abundant as the head slowly minimizes and before the glass even tilts...and a gorgeous golden/copper color with a massive amount of bubbles. Almost like champagne bubbles. This is a sight to behold.

Classic tripel aroma: fruity, floral, spicy, and a yeastiness that reminds of fresh sourdough bread. Malts seem pretty forward here, the hops light as air but still there, and the alcohol politely wafting into the nose with all the rest. A clean mineral aroma comes through, too, not sure if I'm smelling the holding tanks, their water, or if I'm just losing my mind. Anyway, it's real good, all of it.

Flavor brings in all that the nose detects, adding a distinctive clover-honey element, and even glazed donuts, in both sweetness and how it sticks inside the mouth. Despite the stickiness, the weight of the beer is on the airy side, lacking some of the gusto other tripels have, but it's still not a slouch in this department. Remains a light, flowery, bready tripel, everything evenly balanced and nothing spiking out obtrusively. The 9% alcohol is rather reserved, showing up only as a polite glow in the background.

Yeah, this is the stuff. One of the most drinkable tripels I've come across--airy in the mouth, well-concealed alcohol, and a controlled sweetness that's never cloying. I like their quadrupel most, but I'd never kick this one outta my goblet.

Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy straw colored yellow in color. Pours witha medium sized very fluffy looking white head.

s: Pleasantly sour yeast aromas and some floral hops are the most noticeable here. Mild clove/pepper and a bit of alcohol are also present.

t: Dry sour yeast flavors with some mild sweet maltiness upfront. Faint very ripe bananas and some floral hops hit next. The alcohol is discernible but mild given the ABV.

m: The carbonation does an excellent job of filling the mouth. Nice syrupy texture also.

d: Thanks to alhrabosky for splitting this with me. I'll certainly be seeking more Allagash in the future.

Photo of danburgess67
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 1/6 bbl keg at Sam's Wine and Spirits and dispensed on the home draft system.

Beautiful cloudy pour, lovely banana/citrus/clove aroma, and that wonderful Tripel taste make this a great example of the Belgian Tripel style.

Many thanks to Travis at Sam's in Downers Grove for getting telling me he had this keg available. I'm going to enjoy every drop.

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

Cloudy rotten orange in color with medium carb and an impressive puffy head with nice lacing .
Smell dominated by clove and banana. Taste was a pleasure with the above smells on the tongue then add in the alchohol and that warm feeling and it's the makings of a very favorable tripel. Although i'm reviewing this now, it's the 3rd bomber i've had and will be buying again. Really liking the style.

Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bomber with pouring instructions and a loud pop when uncorking went a long way towards reminding me of the sampling occasions of several wonderful original Tripels from Belgium. The body was cloudy yellowish orange and a lot of foam formed atop it in the tulip. The smell was a tropical forest full of flowering trees. The flavor contained banana, oranges, white pepper, cookie dough, and lemon juice. The clean and majestic taste avoided the one flaw I've dreaded in American versions of the style, that of being too sweet. The dusty, yeasty dryness was quite welcome and refreshing. Soothingly rich in the mouth, and well carbonated, so resounding burps abounded. The label says that this is well suited for cellaring, and it would definitely make an interesting experiment.

Photo of auxiliary
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - has a light orange color to it. Nice head with lace.

smell - has a sweet honey smell here.

taste - Very sweet, plus had like a brandy taste to it. Thought I was drinking hard liquor.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with alcohol present.

drinkability - The 2nd bottle we for thanksgiving. This was like the night cap drink. Was too sweet, and like I said drinking brandy here. Wasn't that bad. I left some in the glass and poured it out.

Photo of sawbones420
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 104, according to the bottle. An American take on the classic Belgian Tripel...

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a heady... head. Simmers off, but doesn't die out completely. Smell is spot on for the style: flat hop-fruitiness with a hint of that trademark Allagash spice.

Taste is exquisite. Well-balanced hops, fruit, and spice with a fantastic warm alcohol that nudges the back of the tongue on the way down your throat. In fact, most of the flavors here are for the back of your tongue, but that doesn't take away from this ale's complexity. Profile changes as it warms, becoming even more balanced as the alcohol speaks up even louder. This is one to sip and think about.

Presenting a strong competition for the "real" tripels, Allagash's offering provides a ridiculously high quality to price ratio, and will impress any beer lover out there. I'm not even typically a fan of Allagash, but they sure hit all the right notes with this one. There aren't that many North American brewers that do original Belgians true justice, but Allagash pulled out all the stops with their Tripel Reserve.

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

so many great things to say about this beer. price is right... $6.99 for a 750ml in my neck of the woods. great appearance. slightly hazy honeyish color with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves a pretty lacing as it goes. nose is fruity (green apple, grape, peach?) without being overly so, spicy (corriander, pepper, and a hint of clove), malty, and hoppy. taste exhibits all the same and is well balanced. the flavors seem to meld into one new one, creating an exeptional beer that isn't overboard. nice medium full body with just the right amount of carbonation. long lasting dry and bitter finish that is far from offensive. had this one tonight as an appertif, and it was a great way to get things rolling. bonus points for being able to hold its weight with the best of the authentic belgian tripels. gogo allagash.

Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A light but cloudy cider colored brew with a giant white head and thick lacing. The aroma is mild but suggests raisins and wheat. It tastes of figs, berries, nutmeg and a goodly amount of alcohol that warms as it goes down. It is pretty fizzy, tangy carbonation that brings out some licorice and grape highlights. Kind of refreshing but a little strong to get drinking in large quantities. The feel is substantial, a bubbly mealy smooth concoction. I could stand a little less accent on the alcohol but the flavor is impressive, high quality stuff and definitely recommended. Allagash does it again.

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

Batch #90, bought at Bevmo and made sure it was settled well to leave about a half inch in the bottle and most of the yeast behind. Then ended up drinking most of the bottom anyway at the end...

A: Very clear and golden, pillowy head on top of a beautiful vigorously bubbly brew. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice spicy character with hints of fruit, maybe pineapple with a subdued herb and malt mixture. A little honey maybe, but that's subtle.

T: Spiciness, pineapple, bread yeast and some nice candy sweetness round out the alcohol warmth which lets you know this sucker is 9%. Very delicately balanced.

M: Medium bodied beer, but quite effervescent which really improves the mouthfeel. It has an almost biting quality to the carbonation which I think is perfect for the style.

D: The drinkability of this is incredible.

It's one of those beers that I should drink far more often, and it's surprisingly affordable (7 bucks) so I'm not sure why I don't. Anything this brewery makes will be fantastic, but this one really shines.

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

Batch 103, cellared for about a month after buying in New Jersey. Pours a dark amber color, with long-lasting head. Spicy in the mouth, much better after dinner than with it. Kept a nice, strong taste and good drinkability all the way through the glass.

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

My sample is Batch 62, which I cellared for several months upon purchase in Portland, Maine. It possessed a wonderful mouthfeel initiated by a thick head that dissipates slowly leaving an amber coloered elixir with a faint citrus aroma.

This one is powerful, not for the squeamish, that thrills the taste buds. ("Taste" and "bud" in the same sentence... who'd a thunk.) Allagash Tripel is a sipping beer served at room temperature in a chalice glass.

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

Live reviewed from Collins Pub in Seattle.

Served up from the tap in a tall'n'skinny goblet with about 1/2" of very white head. Body is murky dark-gold, and just a touch grey. As I drank, the lace positively coated the glass in sheets of white.

Smells spicy and like white bread. Strong booze, even for it's weight. Fruity and floral hopping, unexpectedly so for a Belgian. Sweet malts, honestly a bit like malted milk.

Taste is neither sweet nor dry, but quite light in the sugars. Spice jumps out like cardamom and bay. Yeast is saison-like.

Feels gbood on the tongue, effervescent like soda. Only coats the palate when a little warmer. Drinkable as they come if you can stand a hair of bitterness.

In the end, a quite understated and champagne-like tripp. Subtle and easy to drink, and an interesting challenge to describe. Without a doubt one of Allagash's better mid-tier brews with none of the faults of the dubb or cru.

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

Batch #76.

A: Clear golden-bronze, fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Pleasant phenolic spicyness, cloves, tropical fruit, toffee & an underlying biscuity malt with a hint of herbs. Not a huge nose, but very well-rounded & appealing.

T: Phenolic spicyness, bread, light caramel, tropical fruit (banana, pineapple), minerals & herbs. Very well-round & subtle. The more I taste it, the more I like it. Some alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth and creamy, yet slightly prickly. Modest carbonation for the style (could be due to ~1.5 years in the cellar),

D: Incredible.

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

Appearance- Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick white head.

Smell- Wonderful citrusy smell with hint of alcohol.

Taste- Same as nose. Nice citrus taste. A bit tart like a grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Fantastic beer. Wish we could get this in New Orleans.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged Batch # 103

A: Nice thick head about two fingers with nice lacing. Color is beautiful orange-gold.

S: There is a very little sweetness to the smell. There is a spicy-citrus quality that has the smell of honey at the end. Smell had to coaxed out a bit.

T: There is a bready, yeasty quality that is pleasant. There is a tart citrus flavor mainly of grapefruit. I am not a fan of overly sweet tripels but I think that this could use a hint more sweetness but is delicious as is.

M: High carbonation. Gentle alcohol warmth.

D: One is going to be enough for the night because of the tartness and acidity. Ahh who am I kidding I will finish the bottle.

Photo of jbear725
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #103
pint glass

Pours a golden color with a slight haze. Nice foamy thick white head about an 1" thick.

Aroma is light and sweet with a bit of fruitiness.

Taste is very complex. A lot of fruits in this one, most notable is banana and orange. Has a smooth spice flavor that's mainly corriander. Alcohol is noticable but not overwhelming and leave you with a nice warm feeling as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and sweet. It has a solid body but doesn't leave any heavy stickyness. It's very smooth and has good drinkability that can actually be dangerous at 9%

Overall this beer is very pleasant. It has a lot of complexity. It's got nice spice, fruit and alcohol that are nicely balanced. This is very well suited for a sipping beer after dinner but it's hard not to drink it faster like a regular micro beer.

Photo of MiScusi
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very chill hazed golden with a bright white head. Looks pretty nice though head doesn't have much retention. Smell was very yeasty/earthy. The taste had a nice balance between the yeast and light malts and the alcohol, along with a little bit of sweetness behind the earthiness. The alcohol was not really noticeable at all, compared to say Maredsous 10. Very drinkable and enjoyable Tripel. Not too sweet and not too boozy.

Photo of cubang8r
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a 750 ml bottle

pale yellow, golden hue, light and translucent

smells powdery and yeasty with a slight hint of citrus, almost sour orange

the alcohol is covered well with candied sugar, yeast, and citrus notes all mixing well and changing as the beer warms. Flavors becoming more pronounced while the alcohol takes a back seat

smooth carbonation, not to heavy though

I could sip on this all day if it weren't for the alcohol. The taste makes me take tiny yet enjoyable sips. One of my favorites and always a special treat when my wife surprises me with it. Pick up a bottle as soon as you can.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden with a headthat could have been a little more full for the style. The smellis mostly sweet orange juice, some sweet malt and a touch of tangy yeast. Taste was somewhat sweet,with more of that luscious orange, a hit of candi sugar, and a creamy tang on the end. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Quite drinkable, but not as complex as I would have liked.

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

I love, love, love the Allagash Four, and didn't like the Dubel. AS I might have expected, this was somewhere ... in between.

Big golden color, bountiful head, just a gorgeous beer. Delicious tasting, with complex malt strains, coriander, and wonderful sweet/sour strains.

Not superlative, but very good.

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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