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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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2,235 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 129
Gots: 265 | 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 TexIndy
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottled. Was from batch #68. Nice golden color with moderate head and tons of carbonation. Had a great malty, sweet smell with honey in there. Mouthfell was good but a little too much carb. However the taste was perfect and by far the best Tripel I've had. It has 9% alcohol but it is subtle in the taste and does not overpowerful like other Tripels tend to do. Excellent beer and highly recommend. (4.5, HR/RR, T,Y)

TexIndy, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped. Pours a hazy gold/amber, huge white head forms, lots of lace, great retention as this head lasts forever, nothing wrong with how it looks, a perfect tripel in my books. Smell is sweet, caramel, spices, vanilla, citrus and some floral, little bit of yeast. Taste is caramel, spices and citrus, vanilla, yeast, some banana in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, very smooth finish. Great tripel.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a big fan of tripels, I've been hunting for this one for a long time. Pours a translucent gold color that seems to effervesces forever. Head is tremendous if you're not careful with the pour. Smell is great, very sweet with some hint of spices (traditional tripel ones). The initial taste is a bit lacking, with nothing developing until about half way through it. But it sure does explode when it does. Again with much sweetness and spices, and just the perfect amount of carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, but there is a bit too much alcohol in the mouthfeel for this to be entirely perfect. Other than that, its a damn good beer.

Toddv29424, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 750 mL bottle served in a Three Philosophers glass. The ale is cool.

Appearance: The ale is a golden yellow color with a nice thick head that laces well.

Smell: The ale has a peppery, spicy aroma that is quite strong.

Taste: The ale has a hot taste. By that, I mean that the pepper is up front and strong, giving the beer a spicy kick. The ale itself is well balanced, with no strong hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol becomes evident as you allow the beer to warm in the mouth, releasing an added level of flavor.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable and, at 9%, that can get dangerous.

akorsak, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, hazy, yellow-orange with a small head that faded quickly.

Smelled yeasty with ripe fruits and all spice.

Taste was similar with notes of banana and clove most apparent. Alcohol taste was quite noticeable and warmed my mouth and throat on the exhale.

Overall, a very good tripel.

Damian, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

think i picked this up at arrowine. bottle says "batch 77"

fine looking beer: magnificent head and a brilliant peachy gold below it. hopeful bubbles race for the surface like college students to $4.50 pitcher night. outstanding lace

smells like a saison—peppery—but sweeter. floral hops, too. tastes only vaguely saison-like (though it does have a nice tart finish). sweet pear with a peppery, slightly hot finish. the bitterness is minimal

it's a tad sweet, but otherwise quite a fine brew

bruachan, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 4oz. "taster" pour at Portland International Beerfest.

A: Pale golden yellow (clear) with a faint fizzy white head.

S: I got a huge whiff of clove and coriander yeasts, intense at first then fading. With a little agitation of the glass and some warming in my hand, it kept returning. Very nice.

T: The spicy flavors imparted by the yeast dominate (the clove/coriander), but with some flavor from the alcohol that comes across as a warm cherry or currant-like taste. Clean bitterness in the finish.

M: Sharp and somewhat tangy at times, the mouthfeel was a little harsher than I expected. There's some acidity and bite to this one.

D: Good stuff - ready to have another one.

msubulldog25, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, cloudy yellow, with rather subdued carbonation. Not too much of a nose here, just a little bit of citrus and malt. Quite citrusy on the taste, with maybe a handful of raisins and a pleasing, slightly sour finish to it.

9% ABV, but the alcohol is nearly invisible. One of those great beers that's probably just a little too drinkable for its own good. Very easy to drink a great deal of this one before you realize what you're doing.

SetarconeX, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from batch #75. Funny to see reviews dating back to the single digits.
Pours a bright yellow color. Reminds me a little bit of a pilsner. Head is thick and reminds me of a bit of a meringue.
Smell is of yeast, apricots, and a little bit of grain. Alcohol's there in the smell, but no more than a "normal" 5% brew. Compared to some other Tripel's I've had I'd say the smell's a little subdued.
Flavor is milder than I'd expect, but it's layered well. Grain, honey, fruit, and kind of a yeasty-corn are the first things I notice. I know you're thinking "corn?" but it's a flavor that most yeasty belgian style ales tend to give me. I actually enjoy it. Alcohol gives a little warmth in the finish, but the brew remains really drinkable. Much like the smell, this brew seems to take a strong flavor and keep it a little bit more under wraps than you might expect. I actually warmed this brew up for 15 minutes before drinking it, so I can only assume this is intentional. While a little unusual, it makes this beer work rather well as an after work style brew for the summer.
Mouthfeel's spot on for the style...which might be one reason the flavor seems a little mild to me.
Compared to others in the style, it however is VERY drinkable. I think the milder flavors and hidden alcohol really shine in that regard.

Not a bad American-Belgian ale. The price is right and it's highly drinkable. I'm still a little unsure on the flavor strength, but it pairs well with a poultry meal regardless.

Domingo, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highs: Appearance, straightforward, simple flavor
Lows: None

Pours bright semi-transparent yellow-orange with many tiny bubbles. Capped by a very thick, pillowy white head that fades slowly to a thick sheet, leaving good lacing behind. Nice looking beer. Nose is spices: coriander and clove. Can’t get anything else off the nose. Taste begins with a slight alcohol presence, then a distinct clove-coriander flavor, mild yeast, then to a moderately bitter finish punctuated with more clove. Overall, the taste is clean and simple, not a lot of bells and whistles here. Mouth feels watery, bubbly, and refreshing, not bad. Drinkability is good: this one goes down easy though ABV is fairly stout.

Overall: A great spiced Tripel. This is a good beer for sophisticated Summer chillin’. Makes me want to try more from this style. Recommended.

jettjon, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been spoiling myself lately with exceptional ales and lagers, courtesy of the Whole Foods Mkt of Jericho, NY, which is where this fine Tripel came from.

This poured like any other hearty ale into my 50cl glass to form a hazy blond cloud with a healthy head on top. I didn't think about it too much as I raised the glass for the first taste and the Tripel just came alive like a lead guitarist stepping out in front of the band with his black Stratocaster wailing.

The taste flowed long after the first with a malty flavors of chocolate and honey complimented by a slight citrus haze. I read the bottle after pouring the remaining into my glass and it said it would be good as an aperitif...I was not inclined to wait until the cake was served to finish the great triple.

bonbright7, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is from a 750 ml bottle, Batch 41 as it says on the front label. I purchased this from the local Giant Eagle, what a surprise to find this beer there! Served in a goblet, it pours a golden color with some slight cloudy/hazyness to it, along with a long lasting white head. There was a lot of bubbling, even a while after the pour. It smells citrusy and yeasty, with a hint of spicyness. It tastes like lemon, grapefruit, spiced malt, yeast, and some pepper. There's a small alcohol warming/burn with this beer too. The mouthfeel is medium/full, but there's too much carbonation in this beer for my taste. This is a pretty good sipping beer, I'd drink it again and recommend this to others. However, I would drink this more often if it had less carbonation. Cheers!

bluejacket74, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach color with a low off-white head and subdued carbonation for the style. Maybe due to aging ? Spicy, malty, and medicinal-like aromas with some alcohol on the nose. Tastes much better than it smells with a nice spicy dry Belgian malt and yeast flavor. Spicy phenols with some alcohol noticeable. Medium-full bodied.

Aged incredibly well but am definitely going to buy and try a fresh sample based on other reviews.

Per ABC website: OG 1078

Batch #11 (hand numbered)
Tasted: 05/15/06

($5.99 / 25.4 oz/ 750 ml tall straight brown wine-like bottle - corked and caged)

RBorsato, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with Batch 69 inscribed on the label into a tulip glass.

Only about a half inch head on this one, but as the beer warmed and I swirled it the head refreshed very well. Hazy, golden yellow color. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma typical of a tripel ale. Yeasty, lemons, apples, bananas, cloves

Flavor was very good. Moderately sweet. Alcohol pretty well hidden but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Fruits, cotton candy, yeast flavors.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Warming. Nicely carbonated. Alcohol very well hidden.

Overall a nice example of the style. I'd buy it again.

doppelmeup, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of copasetic
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently from a nice 750 mL champagne bottle. Somehow, popping the corks on these things is satisfying. Deep hazy gold, so cloudy that I immediately thought wheat beer. Formed a fluffy white head, but not as aggressive as others of the style. The aroma is sweet, a little citrusy, and full of bready yeast notes, much as I expected. The flavor and body are a pleasant surprise. In addition to the subtle sweet thickness, there's enough heat to make this a very interesting quaff. Fruity, phenolic, and full of style. Highly recommended to those who like a head-on Belgian experience.

copasetic, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Corked and caged, batch 38, brown bottle, 9% abv

Aroma: Lemon rind, spicy Belgian yeast

Appearance: Deep gold glass holds a solid ½ finger of white head that laced appropriately

Flavor: Spicy! White pepper, citric peel, mainly orange and lemon. Hard to quantify this one, light and airy, full flavor, edge of hot without going over…

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall Impression: Great beer! Light and full, fruity and spicy, just a great combination on a lot of levels. Of all the beers of my cellar party, this got the most votes.

Thanks to Pegasus for the generous gift.

HardTarget, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought for my old man and drank with him on Father's day while watching the Tarheels vs. Clemson Baseball game.

Appearance- Poured a slightly hazy but mostly golden straw hue that mixed well with the absolutely awesome bubbling. The brussel's lacing was also very exceptional. Very consistant and solid in lining the glass.

Smell- A light malt sweetnes mixed with something a bit more sugary and a candy like sweetness.

Taste- Starts out with an herbal, sweet malt mix. The light bitterness mingles with a more fruity and sugary sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel- Maybe only a hint of dryness. Other than that, its a sweet, and grainy texture along with a slight metallic and alcoholic tinge.

scruffwhor, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 77: The beer pours a nice hazy light gold, with a big healthy head that really lingers. Smell is yeasty and slightly spicy. Taste is sweet and fruity, with barely a hint of alcohol. There is a nice yeasty flavor, as well as a dry, powdery and slightly astringent flavor. There is a nice balancing bitterness as well, not too strong, but the hops are there, slightly citrusy. This was the first Belgian style beer I ever tried, and although it was too much for me a few years back, I've really grown to appreciate it.

ericj551, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip glass.

The beer pours a bright, non-transparent orangish color with an average 1.5 finger head. It does have very good retention, however. The smell is mostly of orange/lemon peels covering a light Belgian yeast and sweet maltiness. The taste much more complex. It starts in a typical Belgian style with ripe fruits, but that soon gives way to the citris detected on the nose. The finish is strong with clove and other spices. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkablity would not be any problem for me either.

Nice beer.

SethB2, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of BadBadger
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Triple Reserve is a fine and tasty beverage (even my macro drinking sister-inlaw and mother-inlaw enjoyed). It is a visually appealing semi-cloudy golden color, with a white, though short lasting, foamy head. Smell is yeasty and fruity. Taste is malty sweet. Mouthfeel is nice: very slight malty stick to the back of the tongue and a very gentle alcohol burn on the palate. I like this stuff and will get more. Definitely worthy of your time.

BadBadger, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours an airy 0.5" white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer and a ring. The beer is pale golden with some tiny floaties, despite my careful handling.

smell: Complex aromas courtesy of pale malts fermented by a funky yeast. Aromas of crisp pear and apple, funky wet barn hay, tangerine, candied peach, and chardonnay grapes. Somewhat spicy and peppery. Hops hard to detect.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is in the lighter half of the high range, but the fizzy, spiky bubbles make it feel higher. The body is a light-medium, but not thin.

taste: I love a subtle yet complex beer, and this one satisfies. Hints of apple, pear, white grape, hay, tangerine, and candied light fruits...maybe peach again. Some spice. Composed mainly of light fruity malt flavors, with just a hint of hops bitterness and even less hop flavor.

drinkability: No ethanol to be found anywhere. Almost too easy to drink at cellar temp.

Purchased at Sam's on my way to Chapel Hill for a show at the Cradle sometime around September, and cellared 8 or so months since then. The bottle is marked "Batch # 69."

blackie, May 13, 2006
Photo of clickpush
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. The appearance of the beer was quite disappointing. It poured a nice orange color but with almost no visible carbonation and about a finger of head that dissipated very quickly and left almost no lacing.

Nose: Very grand apricot appeal with hints of lemon/citrus and a strong showing of the spicy yeast character to come.

Mouth: Strong malty and alcoholic sweetness that warms the mouth through the whole experience. It starts with a pronounced carbonated presence that creams out and coats the mouth and really accentuates the spiciness of the yeast. It tastes more like a vanilla sandwich cookie with peach or apricot notes than a beer. For as disappointed as I was in the pour, I was really startled when I tasted it. This is an amazing combination of black-pepper spiciness, pitted fruits, and malty sweetness that could be served in the place of custard as a desert!

clickpush, May 10, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch #76

This beer pours slightly foggy honey straw with a tall irregular head.

Smells of dry smoky honey, sour electric melon, oranges, and a little tart raspberry that is blended into a fantastic spicy yeast.

Tastes light and creamy with some pineapple and bits of dinner roll that collapses into a nice subtle but prominent peppery yeast that nips at the sides of my tongue. From start to finish there is a superbly flavorful musky triple yeast that jumpstarted my palate. I seriously haven’t been this excited about a beer in a long time. This one’s flavor is top notch!

The mouth feel is light and dry with a huge mouth of bubbles.

Made in America? No way! I’m impressed. This beer really got my attention and made me smile. This is a fantastic representation of the style and probably my new standard to which I’ll compare all other triples. This one’s a must!

DarkerTheBetter, May 05, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 74 from Portland, Maine. Elegant tapering on the 750 ml bottle. Puffy beige/white cloud of head a solid inch thick and holding fast and showing early lacing. Nose is complex with lots of yeast and alcohol and fresh fruit. Cloudy body with few carbonation bubbles.
This is mouth watering, no other way to describe it. The taste is thicker and heavier than I expected but grounded in malt and liberally laced with alcohol. Elegant mouthfeel with terrific roundness although slightly overcarbonated. Fine balance between bitter and sweet in the aftertaste and dryer than I expected.
All in all a bit of a surprise. Very balanced and very good but not quite the signature tripel I was expecting from Allagash but still very worth picking up if you have the means.

daliandragon, May 04, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, brought back from NYC. Opens easilywith a nice pop, much easier than the 750 of Sly Fox Christmas ale that needed a crescent wrench last night.

Appearance: Very large head, several inches initially. Body is a striking golden color, crystal clear, showing off the steady flow of carbonation.

Smell: Dry and fruity, pepper and yeast. The fruits are tropical, pineapple and orange, very nice.

Taste: Very sharp and immedietly the yeast and pepper flavors give you a big shot on the palate. The Belgian yeast really guides the flavors, alcohol tingles and burns, hops really lead this big, strongly flavored beer out the back. What bright, strong flavor, a sipper, highly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and sharp in the mouth, very apt.

Drinkability: Up there with my favorites in the style, sips easy, but makes you stop, think and enjoy.

TastyTaste, May 02, 2006
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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