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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 128
Gots: 263 | 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 BillyB
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent example of the style!

Pours a beautiful golden straw color with a thick, rocky white head.

Fruity, citrusy aromas; orange, grapefruit, tangerine? Spicey and also some notes of honey.

Slight rummy, candi sugar taste acoompanied by the spices and mainly citrusy tastes. Nice subtle alcohol warmth.
Crisp, carbonic, fizzy mouthfeel.

Dangerously drinkable.

BillyB, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 64- noticed a later batch number on my buddy dbalsock's review, so I guess mine had aged for a bit.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big frothy head that has amazing stickage abilities.

Smells of alcohol, sugar, banana.

Tastes- a really mellowed-down tripel taste. Some sweet candy tastes. Alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hiden. Seriously. Maybe helped by the apparent aging.

This is the most drinkable tripel I've had so far. Simply amazing stuff. Allagash gets a big thumbs up once again. Could drink their dubbel and tripel all night- now I need to try more stuff from them.

lpayette, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 72, i couldn't wait any longer
appearance: pours a beautiful orange with a frothy, friendly, head that sticks around and nicely laces the side of the glass (i drank this from a beautiful goblet, it made it an almost magical experience, more magical as i kept drinking)

smell: definite citrus and fruity aroma hits my nose, some other smells too, probably different spices, but i can't identify

taste: still citrusy/fruity but sweeter than the smell. i pick up on a subtle taste of honey, but not with every sip, only occasionally do i taste that out of the sweetness. it's a very complex taste, and i can't identify most of what goes into it, but it is quite good

mouthfeel: this beer feels very smooth on the palate, and has a syrupy texture to it. the after taste also remains smooth. i like it, but it feels a little to thick... i'm pretty picky on my mouthfeel though.

drinkability: the sweetness is definitely a plus for me in this part of the rating. especially on a cold winter day (which unfortunately this is not) i would love to sip this in front of the fire. definitely something i could sip all night long.

dbalsock, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of cracgor
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #69. This pours a beautiful transparent, yellowish orange with a great cloudy head on top. It sticks to the glass in clumps. The carbonation just constantly just pour through this beer. It smells very yeasty and spicy. An earthy smell to it. The beer tastes sweet and fruity. A little citrusy and plenty of spices. A little of coriander. Tastes earthy and yeasty, a little like wheat beer. The spicy notes are a lot stronger than the citrusy. Mouthfeel is very clean. No feel of alcohol, just a little warmth at the back of the throat. A dry and flavorful beer. This is probably my favorite beer that I will enjoy regularly. Just a delicious product from an american company.

cracgor, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold with lacy head.
Smells spicy, with some malt and fruit..maybe a hint of alcohol.
Tastes very authentic Belgian....sweet , but not over the top.
Good amount of citrus, banana, spice , yeasty... hint of bubblegum( barely there).... just a bit of hop and alcohol. Very tasty stuff.
Mouthfeel is low medium...nice semi dry , semi bitter finish.
Very drinkable, even with the high ABV.

Hautacam, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was from batch 40. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden coloration. The head was towering and fluffly. The head resolved into a ring of foam. Thin lines of lacing make its way down the glass.

Smell: The beer is full of the usual suspects. There was a very nice citrus fruity taste playing with fields of malts. There was a nice posse of herbal goodness coriander, celery ect.

Taste: Dam this is a well balanced treat. The beer absolutely lives up to its smell. The beer had a pleasing grain and malt base. This supported a wonderful melange of mostly citrus fruit and very good spicy base.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is medium to full bodied. This is a very well balanced treat. Alcohol is present and creeps up on you but not in the taste or smell. Just an excellent brew.

nlmartin, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of geetlord
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden brown with a light white head. It had a ligth flowery aroma. It has a spicy flavor with a bitter and astringent finish and a smoky aftertaste. Overall I think it is a very interesting tasting beer, but I personaly dont care for the smoky aftertaste all that much.

geetlord, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of akajimmyd
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Batch #71 poured into a snifter. Copper orange. Cloudy (even thought I let it settle for quite some time.) Big head on the pour. Holds up nicely for the style.

Smell – Estery, faint bananas.

Taste – Sweet with a spice finish.

Mouthfeel – Light body, very smooth. A little “fizzy” on the tongue.

Drinkability – Very good. Goes down quickly and easily. Drinkable for the style.

akajimmyd, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #68

Poured out a gold and slight orange/amberish color. Fluffy white head about 2 inches rose. Lots of bubbles. Top of head looks like the top of cummulus (sp) clouds like your flying above on an airplane. Head, of course, sticks through the whole drink, lots of lacing.

Smell is initially spicey and alcoholic. But a great amount of sweetness comes out and some tart cirtus as well. a very creamy sweetness.

Taste is, in my opinion, a great example of a tripel. It is creamy and spiced. A slight tartness. Alcohol is present, but not accented. a bit peppery with the carbonation. Peach fruitness. Alcohol is mostly present in the swallow and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation. It is creamy, but not the best of mouthfeels of its style. Very enjoyable though.

Overall a great american belgium style beer. i wish i could get this regularly, i would get it over some belgiums. Good stuff.

acrawf6, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I know I know, I should age this guy. But I wanted to see if the hype was justified before I invested in a few of these guys to cellar.
It had a light golden-copper body with an unfiltered cloudiness. A foamy white head, good retention and lacing.
The aroma was immediately citrus, mostly lemon and some orange; not overpowering but balanced well with vanilla, honey, yeast and alcohol. Also, very mild banana and some clove.
The taste was that of...well...a tripel. Sweet candy sugars, bubblegum, close, smooth and sweet vanilla, citrus, honey.
It hits you with bititng carbonation and citrus at first, but exhibited a dry mouthfeel in the middle which faded into a smooth pleasant aftertaste. I have ot sa, this might be the best American tripel I've ever had. Extremely well-balanced and well-crafted.

sinistrsam, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of Hagbard
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Tripel is elegantly packaged in a corked and caged 750ml bottle. There is no date evident, but I'm drinking batch #72, which should help Alagash with any quality control issues. This elixer pours a pale gold with a great many different strings of carbonation. A huge white head froths up, filling the top of my tulip. This leaves an almost uninterrupted lacing. The aroma is sweet, almost like candy. However, there is a Belgian spiciness cutting through, along with a fairly strong hop aroma, which doesn't seem typical of the style (but is nice anyway). The streams of carbonation shoot the various tastes along the tongue. The candy sweetness is there, but it takes a back seat to the spiciness. There's also something akin to pepper in there. It finishes with a nice hop bite and a kick of alcohol, which is otherwise fairly subdued. This beer is silky smooth and almsot creamy, which is a nice change of pace. The drinkability is great, I easily finished the bottle and look forward to buying more. I really enjoyed this beer, it's an interesting, and exremely tasty, example of a tripel.

Hagbard, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uberpilsner? Looks like it with a very pale gold body and billowing virginous white head. Smells kinda like pils hopping too! A little musty, metallic, and pearish, but adds a small playful yeast note that tells me that this is going to be one subtly complex beer (I hope). Oh hell yeah. This one is smooth beyond belief. Alcohol is present in flavor, but not overly so. A little bit sweeter than I would like, this leaves a little residual sugar on the tongue. That little slickness as well as a bit of grape in the flavor reminds me of a white wine. I think the spicy nature of this brew is its real beauty. The phenolics fit in seamlessly next to the continental hops. Herbs and spices all seem represented here, though I don't dare try to name them.

Overall a great beer. As a brewer friend of mine liked to say, this is "spot-on." Very enjoyable despite the face that this is not my favorite style. Although I would still prefer one of the two great Unibroues or the Westmalle, I look forward to having this again.

Cheers Allagash!

waughbrew, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, slightly rosy yellow-orange with a big-bubbled head, that, for me didn't last or stick.

This beer is fruity and tangy, with a woody yeast taste, and then dry in the finish, with a definite alcohol bite. Carbonation gently tickles the tongue. Quite a good celebration beer, and quite drinkable; the 750mL bottle was gone in no time at all.

I suspect I'm not well enough versed in this style and Belgian styles in general to truly appreciate this beer, but as far as I know, this one's good.

akahn, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Illinick
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at The Sharp Edge
A: Golden, palish yellow with a big, frothy white head and foamy, sticky lacing. A treat to look at (the perfect pour certainly helped).
S: Passion fruit and other exotic fruits with bananas and slight spiced apple smell with hints of minerals and definate spice and herbal scents. Typical tripel yeast smell is there with a slight hint of sugary hops.
T: Parallels the smell: exotic fruits with a definate spiciness and tons of sugar candy and herbal flavors. The spice and fruit seem to be paired nicely and provides quite the exquisite flavor. Some bananas and the spiced apple in there as well, but the real winner is the spicy exotic fruits.
MF: Filling and smooth with just a hunt of spicy/peppery feel.
DR: Excellent! The ABV is hidden nicely so beware this could knock you on your ass. nuff said!
Overall: Allagash produces some of the highest quality brews in the nation. This is no exception. One of the best American Tripels I've had. If you didn't know Allagash was brewed in Maine you might mistake it for a true Belgian-it's that good!

Illinick, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Pig,,,
Appears a hazy gold with a decent white head in the tulip glass. Sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, peachy, bready tripel yeast that is kicking butt.
Taste is of the same aromas with a touch of honey mixed with a small amount of spices.
Mouthfeel is slightly spicy with some sugary citrus notes sticking around the palate.
Slight alcohol presence is detected, only drawing slightly from the overall enjoyment of this wonderfully done American Tripel.

weeare138, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of orsulacp
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a deep yellow with a white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The smell has a combination of peppery cloves with some orange zest and I can detect some alcohol there but not much. The taste starts fruity like the orange zest smell, then the spicy cloves come in, and it leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden behind all the other flavors, very subtle but it is there. It has a dry finish, with medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable.

orsulacp, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Prufrock
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bomber, corked and caged, poured into a red wine glass. batch 70.

hazy, yellowish-gold with a half inch of white head. leaves little lacing, but others say different...could be the glass.

citrusy, honey sweet aromas, along with a nice musty barnyard aroma and some medicinal notes that give this brew from maine a bit more belgian authenticity.

tart, sour flavors. yeasty with a hint of citrus rinds. crisp, clean flavor with few sweet hints of the high alcohol

content. very nice belgian interpretation from a good domestic brewery.

Prufrock, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of bjohnson
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this number at lunch at Bukowski's Boston with my $1.69 burger. What a tasty one this was. I was interested in the Tripel since I had the regular White back home in my fridge..gave it a whirl. Batch #25

A: Poured a golden yellowish hazy color with a nice head that left great lace on the tulip glass I was given.

S: Aroma of lemon, citrus, and a bunch of other fruit in there. Amazing, so many different aromas filled my nose.

T: Tastes of citrus and a bunch of fruit to start, then smooths out. Abv is not too noticeable--had to check it on the bottle to see what it was.

M & D: mouthfeel on this is great, very smooth considering its abv. not as carbonated as its brother the White--definately more body and better balanced. I would drink a few of these--the alcohol content being so high, I'm not sure I would be standing after 3 though.

Yea Allagash!

bjohnson, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely burnt golden color (somewhat cloudy) with loads of foam that seems to just sit there. I can detect aromas of candy, alcohol, dried fruit, and grains. The taste is as would be expected for this style; a combination of candy sugar sweetness with fruit-derived bitterness. The texture of the beer is refreshing and engaging with loads of flavors that dance together. The mouthfeel is a not as thick and creamy as other Triples I've had (St. Bernardus and Val-Dieu) and so I had a knock off a few points here. The drinkability is still high for this beer despite it's high ABV and richness.

jaluria, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 10/22/2005

Aroma is flowers and a little fruit, small white head with fair lacing-mostly diminishing. Pours a yellow/amber color. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter, slightly pale, that flower aroma is present in the taste too, complex flavors. Light to medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation, with a dry slightly bitter finish. Good flavor, some hops, Strong but doesn't taste alcoholy.

jujubeast6000, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of sockeye101
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stumbled upon this beer at the local specialty beer store and having never tried an Allagash brew I thought I'd give it a shot. Nice call on my part, if I do say so myself...

This is a great, rich, beer, one of the best Tripels I've experienced thus far. Smell is sweet and a bit fruity and poured a nice head with good lacing. The flavors were a nice array of malts and fruitiness and spices. It was one of those rare beers with so much detail and such a high ABV that just goes down amazingly smooth.

Maine apparently can brew some good Belgians...I look very much forward to trying other Allagash varieties.

sockeye101, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Chimay Chalice the beer was a bright golden orange color with a one finger frothy (cappucino like) white head that retained for the entire sample and left big rings of lace around the sides of the glass. Some carbonation bubbles streamed up the sides of the glass.

The smell was champaign like up front with fruitty aromas of orange, coriander, citrus zest, and honey as well. Slightly sweet in the nose with just a touch of alcohol apparent.

The taste was innitially soft and filled with citrus fruit upfront. A big orange character with softer spice and sweet malt in the background. A balanced taste, not overly sweet but subtley so and filling as well. Alcohol is very well masked and almost unnoticable in the taste. A bit of a saison aroma and taste. Consistant citrus notes throughout the sample with a hint of spiciness as well.

Medium body with a fair degree of carbonation.

Very enjoyable and drinkable. Deceiving for 9% abv and one that paired very well with Thanksgiving meal. Soft on the palate and perfect to sip and enjoy.

Sycodrummer, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #69. when you see 61, 70, 66 and 65 on the shelf with 69, isn't there a clear choice? 750ml.

pours a bright and very clear hearty-piss yellow. steady stream of carbonation and airy head that condenses to a respectable cloudy coating of soft foam. yeasty aroma cut with just the right amount of sweet citrus and earthiness. beginning stages of butter add just the right hint of golden cream. first thing observed upon tasting is the grassy crispness.. the carbonation plus the moderate, fresh hop levels equals refreshment.. and for 9%? continues along the earthy path, digging up some dirt and flower stalk flavors. malty sweetness is there, but at a restrained level.. providing just the right counterweight to the orange/lemon zest. lingering heat duels flawlessly with the slight hint of diacetyl.. holy crap, if this isn't the most perfectly balanced american belgian (notice i said american, not NORTH american) style ale, my name isn't jesus christ. pristine sipper.

allagash- you please me very much. keep making good belgians. the world needs more.

goodbyeohio, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Batch #67
*Cellared six mos.

Appearance: Straw gold, clear, with furious carbonation. Billowy, somewhat loose head. Sticky lace on glasswall.

Smell: Very strong clove yeast spice, sweetened citrus (orange/tangerine) and a slightly bready maltiness. Nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Surprisingly upfront clove and white pepper spice given the amount of time it's been cellared, with sweet-and-sour tropical fruit midpalette, a bit of the artificial sweetener flavor the yeast and fruit combo sometimes produce, and a nice cakebread maltiness. Honey and vanilla in lesser amounts. White pepper into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium dense and somewhat coating, but the carbonation is extremely sharp, a bit much, IMHO.

Drinkability: It's a nicely done tripel. The only issue I have with this, and other Allagash beers, is that the yeast spice tends to be very hot, and even six months didn't cool it down much. Otherwise, top-notch.

WetCoaster, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, batch #69 poured into a snifter. Pours a nice glowing golden color with a large frothy white head. Decent retention and very solid lacing. Nose is light and fruity--orange, mango, banana--with notes of yeast and just a hint of peppery spices. Taste is more fruit unfront, light and with a subdued sweetness, melon, apples, and citrus, with just a touch of honey. This gives way to some lightly floral hops overlaid with coriander and other spices, and nice dry finish. Excellent complex flavor that doesn't let any one aspect dominate. Fairly high carbonation upfront, but the bubbles are tiny and give an extremely rich and smooth mouthfeel. This is a really excellent tripel, by far the best brewed in North America, rivalling some of the great Belgians themselves.

cubedbee, Nov 18, 2005
Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.