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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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2,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,398
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 365 | 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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Ratings: 2,398 | Reviews: 904
Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a little bit lighter than expected. light orange straw color. pretty clear. some spotty lace. smell is alcohol, pepper and coriander. taste is a bit earthier than the smell... not as sweet as expected. alcohol somewhat hidden on the palete or laced in with the cane sugar. not picking up much fruit, some citrus, orange peel candy nature. some earthy apple. complex herbal lingering aftertaste. very dry. some thyme and pepper and nice hop sits there in the middle of the mouth... the sweet lingers in the tips. the earth nature giving the hop a lingering rosemary and thyme appeal. a soft meaty finish. alcohol is a bit much by the end. triples aren't my favorite but surprisingly good for american. period.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy, yeasty golden. Rich head that falls to a quarter finger, but then remains. Very dense lacing.

4.0 S: Complex. Fruity (citric, plum) then herbal. Hints of spice. More sweet than hoppy.

4.5 T: This is one spicy beer. Spicy foremost, then citric and pine. Chewy yeast is very apparent. Next is a grassy, earthy undertone. Hops are not the focus of this beer. They instead play a support role to bring out the best in the malt mix.

4.0 M: Medium body with a good balance between creaminess and carbonation. Warming sensation at finish.

3.5 D: Good beer, but I prefer a little more hop character. A sipper that is not to be fooled around with.

Photo of JRed
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden honey hue with nice clingy, crystal head. Floral aroma with some spice is quite inviting. Malt characteristics with sweetness and alcoholic kick to end the experience. Medium bodied and walks the line for being a sipping beer but light enough to enjoy on its own without the accompaniment of food. A champagne-like beer that balances the alcohol well with the fruit notes.

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

I found this on tap. It came to me a cloudy, dark blonde with thick foamy head and nice carbonation. Aromas are citrus (orange, lemon), yeast and slightly spicy. Light to medium bodied and fizzy in the mouth. Feels a little creamy. The taste is fantastic. Fruity and mildly spicy and sweet, with a little bitterness after the swallow. Very well balanced with no single flavor jumping out. I like higher ABV beers and I barely notice the 9% alcohol in this one. It drinks real smooth and easy. I will definitely be buying some bottles of this. It's a real nice beer experience.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch # 114

Prominent sour, almost pungent aroma. Spicy and fruity (citric or tart fruit: lemon, orange, etc). Creamy maltiness and citric zest suggest wheat. A little grassy, lemongrassy, and floral/herbal. Some ripe dark fruit, I'd say prune but it's been so long since I've had prunes. Smells good.

Pours medium-deep golden yellow, more translucent than clear, moderate head with good creamy retention.

With first sip it's fruity, tart, sweet, creamy and well carbonated. Puckeringly tart like green apple until my mouth adjusts. Then the zestiness rolls in with a funky swagger. Mildly spicy, a little peppery. Creamy malt base, softly malty and seemingly wheaty. Moderate sweetness contributes to this tight, interesting, and succulent flavor. Combination of slight alcohol and moderately strong, softy floral and herbal hops add depth of flavor. Extremely fruity/estery; if I ate something with the fruity part of this flavor profile I would know it was a fruit, but not one I'm familiar with.

Exeptionally creamy mouthfeel with mild-to-moderate carbonation. Energetic enough to incite intrigue without bombarding the mouth with a palate-smashing sensory overload. Feels good.

Mild yeast cake on bottle bottom.

Allagash Tripel has an incredibly tight and particularly interesting flavor profile centered on the balance between both moderately-strong malt & hop. The estery/phenolic flavors I associate with yeast contribution are the icing on the cake and award this brew an 'Unnaturally Tasty' medal from me. This beer is seriously good.

Photo of Night
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch no. 107. Pours a dark champagne-blonde with touches of amber around the edges - gentle haze. Massive sparkling pearl head. Bubbly, slightly foamy, but very solid. Aroma is grainy and yeasty with distant notes of suds and spice. Carbonation is surprisingly sharp and biting; body is light to medium. Flavor is dominated by honey and gentle malts, banana, followed by a strongly sudsy bitter backing. Light spiciness throughout, with a grassy sourness underlying. Somewhat warm, though not overbearingly so. Finish is dry and a bit numbing; aftertaste is gentle, spicy, and sour.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gleaming gold body and a chalk white head with experienced lacing. Sweet aroma of passion fruit and herbal spices. Palate says honey and banana and then is followed by a crisp, warming finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light and perfectly carbonated. Very drinkable. It tasted perfect until I uncorked a Karmeliet next and noticed that Allagash lacked the same level of complexity and character as its Belgian counterpart. However, I don't want to be misleading; for an American brewery, this far exceeded my expectations for the style. This is a very special tripel.

Photo of ClavinCliff
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually trend towards darker more aggressive beers but decided to give this one a shot. Sure glad I did! Pours a hazy orange, nice white lacey head. Smells fruity with some yeast tones, more like a bakery smell. Taste is very nice. Smooth, ohh so smooth. Not too sweet, very flavorful. Alcohol is well masked, this definitely does not taste like a beer with 9% ABV. Carbonation is perfect, just the right amount to add to the experience. My wife even tried this one and liked it (she hates beer, only one she has ever liked was some Hefewiezen we got on draft at Brick Store). This beer did undergo an interesting transformation when I let it warm up. When very cold it is a much fruitier beer, once warmed the fruit sweetness was dulled a bit and you could pick a bit of the warmth brought on by the alcohol. Either way this too is a great beer and a good introduction into the land of the Belgian Tripel.

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

A punchy beast that clocks in at 9%. Poured into my glass with a large foamy head. Liquid was a gorgeous gold with tangerine highlights. High marks in all visual aspects. Nice retention and laced like ocean waves on a beach. Smells were big and bold, juicy pear, spices, ripe fruits. Tastes were also big and fruity, figs, apples, pear, dried apricot. Maltiness is off set by yeast and some hops at the end. Well balanced. Heady and drinkable for the style. Good theory and excellent execution. Recommended.

Photo of atigerlife
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #101. Pours an opaque golden with a 2-finger white head. Tons of small carbonation rising. Very interesting looking.

Aroma of citrus [lemon], hay and some yeast.

Taste is lightly sweet, grassy, light lemon, and some grassiness. Nice spiciness comes through as it warms. Light hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a very drinkable tripel. Very good for the style. Very enjoyable. Wish I had more!

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

750ml bottle poored into a Chimay glass. Batch 115

Wow great looking beer, brillaint dark honey colored with an electric white yellow tinted large sticky head that left excellent lacing. The smell is full of all kinds of fruit with some spice and vanilla as well. Taste is again a fruit combo of orange, pear, apple and maby peaches. There is also white peper and clove and some other spicey aspect that I am having a hard time isolating. Nice vanilla flavor coming through in the finish as well. This one is a medium mouth feel with good carbination and drinkability. That was my first beer from Alligash and I am veyr happy that I also purchased a bottle of the dubbel reserve.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Allagash Triple poured into the chalice glass with a massive foam head and a hazy yellow orange color with some good sea wave ocean lacing. Very appetizing looking brew.

The aroma is spicy for sure. It is fruity and yeasty. The taste is real smooth. The malt taste is finished by the yeasty spiciness. It has a herbal essence to it. The abv doesn't really seem like it is 9 so that is real nice Clarke. Overall a wonderful effort.

Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a medium golden amber with a large off white head lots of carbonation.

smell - aroma of spice citrus and a little pepper and slight floral aroma very crisp and clean.

taste - a little sweater than expected the spice really blends well with the other flavors

mouth feel - Medium bodied, very nice mouth feel. You can feel the Alcohol just a bit quite nice

Drinkability - A very good beer overall one that I would pick up again

Photo of sweethome
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of previously described blind tripel tasting.

This was least traditional of all in tasting - which suprised me based on past tastings of this beer - always thought it was spot on.

Very hazy light gold color - traditional big white head. Nose of yeast, corriander, and hay.

Dry entry, complex floral flavors - smooth compared to others - but I like it! Big alcohol burn, fruity, honey, fresh peach. Has a bit of hops to cleanse the palate.

What a tasty, complex and satisfying brew!

Photo of corey0212
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing golden/yellowy color, massive foamy white head fades slowly, settles into 1/4" layer, lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is just explosively fruity, lots of juicy pear, some banana, some lemon rind, peppery. Taste is phenomenal! Lots of the pear, sweet honey, slight lemony tartness, pepper on the back of the tongue...wow!!! Elegantly creamy, and actually really refreshing for something this flavorful...virtually no taste from the alcohol. This may have just upset my recently-posted "Top 10 Personal Favorites" list! Allagash is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. This is a fantastic beer, a must-try!

Photo of bonbini26
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ the Tap Room @ the Somerset Hills Hotel

Appearance: A massive white head sits atop a slightly hazy golden body. The head has reasonable staying and leaves a light lacing as it slowly rescinds. Classic looks and perfect presentation for a Tripel.

Smell: Crisp and very clean lines on this one. A good mix of fruits, some hops, spices, citrus and coriander. Very nice that is very refreshing when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Excellent. Highly traditional malty beginning that makes way for the spicy banana clove middle. Some yeast and light grain in the middle. Finishes with a really good "kick" of fruits and a lemony grapefruit twang.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, slightly sweet mouthfeel .

Drinkability: Very High, especially given its strength. def one of the best tripels ive had from a US brewer

Photo of YankChef
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a val-dieu goblet

Appearance: Very cloudy murky burnt orange color with an initially thick foamy head that dissipates to a wisp that clings to the beer, nice lacing.

Smell: Buttery and rich, some orange peel as well, wheaty and bready with a good bit of yeast. Definitely some alcohol and maybe even a little diacetyl?

Taste: Rich and delicious, slightly sweet and perfectly balanced and just so smooth its pretty much ridiculous. I dont want to write anymore I just want to drink it.

Overall: This is right up there with watou tripel and val-dieu's, one of the best triples out there and one of the absolute best american stabs at a belgian style in the world.

Photo of Yotus
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a smaller cognac snifter. Beautiful clarity, bright white head that lingers and lingers.

Aromas of spices, some citrus, some pepper. Yeast and hops dominate the nose, with a very light malt character wafting through underneath everything else.

Malt-sweet on the front of the tongue; dries out nicely to a clean, crisp, long-lasting hop-accentuated bitterness. Very complex flavor profile, with some alcohol coming through in the finish. Warming and nice, with a slight almond nuttiness that adds to the complexity.

Body is light to medium despite its high gravity, suitable for a tripel.

Overall, this is an outstanding example of a Belgian-style tripel and holds its on with the classics from across the pond. A very good value for the money. Nicely done.

Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a nice cloudy orangish gold with a one and a half finger off-white head.

Aromas of tropical fruit, spicy Belgian yeast tones, and candi sugar.

Flavors start off on a fruity and spicy note, then the sweetness from the candi sugar kicks in and blends with the spicy tones. Earthy and spicy hops balance it out and linger on in the finish. A bit of alcohol as well, perhaps a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-light body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Pretty good tripel, a bit of a strange taste to it but that tends to go away as it warms. Pretty damn good other than that.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML caged and corked brown bottle batch # 119 > Flute glass.

The color is wonderful orange-hued sparkling gold color, it's much like what I imagine an early sunrise on some farm in the midwest in the late 1800's would look like. The carbonation from the lively yeast and it's tiny, buzzing and twirling bubbles creating a bone-white, smooth and creamy looking crown, at least 3" high to start. Settles very slowly with long, sticky legs. I would bellyflop of a ledge into this vibrant liquid if I could.

The nose is full of huge, parfumey flowers and fruits, the yeast smells fruity with gentle rosebuds...this stuff could be used for aroma thearapy! lilac essence spray, clover honey in the pale malt...this stuff lures me in like i was a Honeybee or something.

first impression: wow. simply, wow. It's an ultra crisp, refreshing but wildly smooth feel, it's like a massage for the palate, crisp and sweet, honey-flavored malt with current of ripe, tropical fruits, a wonderful first impression. The complexity is enjoyed with every sip, and a great balance is achieved with earthy, peppery and dry hops. The balance is the key factor, it's really divided into three equal parts, honey-sweet malt with big fruits and a grounding earthiness that keeps you inticed. The heat is really mild and only adds complexity.

Easily one of the best Belgian "style" Tripel's I've had. I was sad to see the empty bottle.

Photo of OldYoda
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden amber into a snifter, with a decent lasting head and some residual lacing.

Smell is immediately redolent of clove and raisons - you can sense the alcohol through the spicy aroma.

Taste closely follows smell - spicy with a nice carbonation and a feel of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy , finishes fairly crisp.

Drinkability is fine for a beer with this ABV but this is a potion that limits you to no more than one or two at a sitting.

Not a great fan of the style but I like this just fine.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a golden-amber color with a two-finger head and ample carbonation/cloudiness.

Aroma: Spicy with a raisin aroma. The malt shines through here.

Taste: Spicy with a very smooth malt bite. Raisin and currant show up in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and complex. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable tripel. Goes down smoothly and quite to the style. I like it.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ontap into a snifter glass. Attractive looking brew here. Pale hazy gold with a nice head that provides most excellent lacing.
The fragrance is semi sweet with Belgian yeast giving off soft fruit notes.
A crisp delivery of fruity flavor, yeast and alcohol esters. The sweetness subsides and leaves a dry finish.
At 9% this is still very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of TheMistler
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason I had expected the aroma to lean heavily on malt characteristics; while there is a definite malt character, the initial whiff was pretty hoppy. Clove and a hint of pine, followed by the malty fruit notes. This tripel has a very good, crisp smell.

Pours golden, with a white head. Lacy and a bit clingy, but not incredibly so.

The carbonation is nice, and was what I first noticed on tasting. That little bite subsides and is replaced with fruity alcohol esters. I think a detected a hint of banana. The Allagash has less of an astringent quality than some other tripels and Belgian strong golden ales. A somewhat creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

A good but not particularly great effort.

Photo of Kraken
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Light pour yields very little head, andn no lacing to speak of. Had the River Horse Tripel last night and did not want to wait 15 mins for head to subside. Poured a nice light amber, the way a tripel should look. Quite a bouquet on this one, light carmel, melons, citrus and an undertone of sweetness. On the tongue I get hints of mango and passion fruit. Light sweetness attributable to the malts, slight Belgian yeast, notes of citrus and a slight alcohol presence. Ever so slight hop bitterness in the moderately long finish. Very nice mouthfeel slightly creamy without being cloying. High drinkability for 9%. This is a nice American version of the style.

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