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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,802 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1802
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%


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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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: lightly hazy honey - golden. 4 finger plus, frothy white, foamy head. lots o bubbles.
S: takes me straight to a brewery - Belgium yeast, fermenting goodness. big banana, apricot fruit, clove.
T: follows nose - sweet, big banana, apricot fruit, w. clove spice. bit of pepper/rye on the finish.
M: medium body, good carbonation. crisp.
O: well crafted. style is a bit too sweet for my sweet spot, so nice to bottle share, as this is a well crafted brew meant to be appreciated. but unlike liberace, I do not believe that too much of a good thing is wonderful - its simply too much. *F yeah, I just incorporated liberace into a BA review!!

batch 193. 750 mL bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:23:55 | More by craft_shannie
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 16 oz snifter glass.

Appearance: Pale darker gold, heavy bubbles on the body with a ridiculously thick white head rising to at least two finger's length.

Smell: Has a hard hop scent with a dose of yeast and citrus. Pleasant but not what I was expecting. Smell a little like a euro pale lager.

Taste: This is where this brew kills me as good as it looks and smells there's nothingn outstanding about it. Has a lemon feel to it with a sour yeast body. Feels like lift rye bread. Hops galore (little sour) and complex but could use some tweaking.

Mouth: heavy carbonation, sticky but light with a sour punch at the end. Not bad.

Overall: Not a bad beer but wouldn't call it exactly great. Could be a couple notches better. I like it but that about it and honestly for the price there's much better out there. Best thing you can do is to split it with a buddy and you're good. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 05:50:08 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm getting ready to vote myself off the BA Island for not having reviewed this to date... I've had at least 3-4 sixtels of this on the home bar over the past few years, Tripel is my favorite style, and yet, as I sit here sipping on another pull of it from the home bar, I somehow realize that I've never bothered to give it a formal review. What a jerk I turned out to be.

Pours perfect. 2-3F of fluffy white head over a very cloudy, chill-hazed, light golden body. Crazy good lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas are a touch light for the style, even with a swirl (maybe my sixtel is pouring too cold). Apricot and peach skin, yeast and bready quality, clove, hay/some barn, but zero alcohol essence. This is the first dangerous aspect of this beauty.

Mouthfeel is so damn creamy smooth, without being the least bit heavy or thick. The MF is the real reason this SUCH a dangerous beer! It goes down like a 5% Saison, or table BPA. Flavors are much richer than the aromas, leading with dull tree fruits - especially ripe peach, dried apricot, green bananas and navel orange. Yeast is in the house. Some green peppercorn and pepper, but not overwhelming. The juicy fruit quality wins out, though in the overall flavor profile.

Can't say enough about this beer. I have handed off literally dozens (if not hundreds) of samples of this to friends and family over the years, and never, ever had anyone say ... "meh, not my thing". Everyone loves this beer, and I'm more than glad to share it. It's what BA's do!

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 21:50:22 | More by BeerImmediately
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hopsputin

California

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: hazy straw yellow color with a 3 ginger solid marshmellow head

s: pear, green apple, sweet toffee malt, finishes with some earthy hay, peach, banana, clove. slight wheat. not as much spicy yeast as i would have expected - thats not a problem because this smells real nice

t: a little bit of booze up front, then you get hit with sweetness. pears and mango, green apple, light caramel, banana. finishes up dry and with some clove spice.

m: medium, pretty solid mouthfeel. very well carbonated

o: not as complex as the nose indicated. its a little boozy. but, its still well made, and does have nice flavors behind the initial booze hit. it does have a nice sweet to spice ration (more sweet). and it finishes with just the right amount of dryness.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:16:09 | More by hopsputin
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TruePerception

California

3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Allagash Tripel Reserve: 9% ABV, lots of carbonation, good amount of haze, 4-finger head, steadily dissolves until 2 fingers, then slows to a crawl, Appearance: hazy yellow, very active; Smell: touch of banana; Taste/Mouthfeel: slightly thick, some banana and banana peel, softer toffee with a burnt finish (not bad), touch of golden raisin; pretty good; head has darker burnt toffee taste.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 07:16:47 | More by TruePerception
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of fluffy head that slowly recedes down to a nice bubbly cap

S: Belgian yeast imparts some light spiciness and fruitiness. Bready malts behind the yeast, along with a hint of phenols from the alcohol and a nice earthy/herbal tone

T: Nicely complex. Starts off with a bit of spicy yeast and fruitiness followed by phenols and a light malt/cereal sweetness. It slowly winds its way through a spectrum of different fruits before finishing with some nice herbal notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nicely done American-brewed tripel that covers the style well. Very comparable to a lot of Belgian-brewed tripels, which is tough to do. For the most part, it is well priced in comparison to imports and stands up well. Recommended if you're into the style or Belgians in general

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 04:15:50 | More by BEERMILER12
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BeerEngineer

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

General - Had a 22 oz. bottle of this sitting in the fridge and figured that tonight was as good of a night as any to enjoy it. Had it in a partial chalice glass. Bottle is a numbered batch, Batch #195.

Appearance - Great light color with a light white head that is very airy. The head isn't that persistent but is nice while it lasts. There is a freeway of bubbles coming up from the bottom of this glass. SRM 7 or so for the hue.

Aroma - heavy fruitiness with this beer, I can get notes of citrus and banana. Maybe even a touch of apricot. There is a sweetness that is evident in the aroma, almost like a honey but almost clove like.

Taste - All those smells come to life in this. Hits of banana and some light citrus notes are prevalent along with a mild sweetness. There is also a lovely light alcohol burn, expected 9.0% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent is the best word to describe this, it's just bubbling with every sip. Slight burn, nothing unexpected. A touch on the thick side for a traditional tripel but still very good.

Overall - Really good example of an abbey still triple. I like it a lot, really worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 03:42:15 | More by BeerEngineer
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served it in my own Orval glass.

Pours a hazy golden blonde with a sliver of soapy white scuzz foam, equipped with hundreds of populated bubbles. Hardly retained in its head formation.

Biscuity bread malts, tart apple fruits, candi sugar, pear, honey, apricot, perfume, cherry blossom, and a ride cymbal ring of rosey booze. Has both boisterousness and underlying delicacy.

Uppercut strength, chalky yeast dryness, honey notes, crabapple, apricot skin, floral hops, herbal notes of mint and parsley, and hints of white cherry. A super-dry yeasty tripel with lots of malty biscuit and crumb. Outstanding composition and deviance from the much sweeter and juicier nose. Powdery dry and cakey with a bounty of floral esters and hop notes. Representative of good Belgian Golden Ales with that Abbey yeast push. Gushingly good.

Medium to medium-heavy in the body. The booze creates even more existent oiliness. Slick, but playful. On the tongue, it kisses 'spicy' while going north to dry puckerdome.

It's been too long... I used to indulge in this particular beer by the pitcher-ful with good friends at my local pub before Allagash got chased from the market. Or, pulled out. Whichever the case, good memories pollenate with every sip. A worthwhile piece of drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 03:35:14 | More by thecheapies
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dwren89

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: thick foamy white head, considerable haze, pale golden yellow color

Aroma: biscuity malt and zesty citrus with very subtle hints of pepper and coriander, slight clove nose, fresh and floral smell

Taste: zesty and peppery and a crisp and balanced swallow that slowly turns malty after a couple seconds. Great spice notes of coriander and black pepper with a little honey and citrus fruit tangyness.

Mouthfeel: playfully light bodied for a Tripel of 9.0% ABV. Crisp and zesty in the mouth with considerable carbonation.

Overall Impression: Light, zesty, fruity, and bubbly, this Tripel defies logic in its light bodied ness and supple flavors. Less malty on the drink but slowly building in notice ability after the swallow, the honey, light spices, and citrus flavors shine. Overall a nice and strong Tripel, but of much more refreshing quality than most. Very close to a Saison in body and citrus character.

4/5

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:49:35 | More by dwren89
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow; small white frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: Citrusy (orange); cloves; Belgian Yeast; cloves; Candi sugar

Taste: Sweet malt on start with a quick hit of coriander and citrus; warming alcohol in mid; bittersweet finish with a bit of honey lingering

Mouthfeel: creamy and pretty carbonated

Remarks: Excellent beer overall; gets better as it warms

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:27:31 | More by IchLiebeBier
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is our second and last bottle from Allagash. We landed this beer in a trade. Tonight we are planning on reviewing two beers. This one and Red Stripe. Sheryl said we could do two, so I am pumped to knock two more off the list. We have so many bottles on the counter that we need to review. It's exciting. We have a few more coming in a trade. We are trade happy right now.

When we reviewed Curieux, I said I wanted to try the tripel not barrel aged. Here we go! I wish we had done this one first, but I didn't really care for the Curieux, so I am pumped to try this one. Oh, and Sheryl grabbed a few bottles of Stone Farking Wheaton Woot Stout from GCM. She grabbed 4 bottles of it. Can't wait to try that one, too. Let's drink!

In the Glass: That is what a tripel is supposed to look like. Tim Weable will appreciate this… I could smell the Brett as I was pouring this. I am not saying that is a bad thing, just pointing out that I could smell it as I poured. There is a really nice lace on this, too. I am talking stuck to the side of the glass and dishwashers beware kind of lace. I hope this delivers both on aroma and flavor.

Nose: I am getting some nice banana aroma here. The Brett is blatantly obvious, but the fruit really comes through. It also has a nice drying thing going on. I am just impressed with the fruity aroma going on here. Maybe some mango? Reminds me of Piraat. Only that smells like carbonated pineapple juice.

Flavor: Pumped for this. That is WAY, and I mean WAY better than the Curieux. There is a nice subtle sweetness here, and the flavor is insanely complex. You would never know this is 9% ABV. That could be dangerous, too. It says, on the bottle, this is batch #193. I wonder how many batches they brewed/bottled of this. Still makes me mad we can't get Allagash beers here.

I bet this really opens up as it heats up, too. The Brett is actually nice. Tim… you're welcome!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and thick, with very little carbonation. If someone handed me a glass of this, I would think it was a wheat beer and wonder where the orange was. I must say, out of all the Belgian styles, I like a tripel the best. A good quad room temperature is nice… but a the sweetness of a tripel wins me over time and time again.

Aftertaste: I wish the sweetness lasted a little bit longer, but it sticks around forcing me to take another drink. We landed a bomber of this, but they also sell this in 6 packs. Also, according to BeerAdvocate, this beer has an alias.

In the future, when setting up trades, I am going to ask for all of the beers from each brewery we trade for. I did that with Allagash by accident. I think, with the trade that I did with Erick, we did that with the Lost Abbey beers. Not sure. Anyway, the Allagash Tripel is great. Sheryl liked it, too. This is a good example of a Belgian-style tripel from a great brewing company. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:23:26 | More by rickyleepotts
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Brenden

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Tripel is a bright medium-dark gold that shines, surprisingly clear, with a clean white head on top rising to one finger and slowly dropping to heavy foam. There's a good amount of stick to it, as lacing is dropped in moderate to heavy spotting that spreads a little legging around.
The smell is as potent as a trappist-brewed ale and displays white fruits flesh and skin, a bit of clove-like soft spice, and some floral notes. It's a little bit bready in the malts.
The same characteristics can be found in the flavor with the distinction that, initially, it almost seems hoppier than a typical trappist. Otherwise it's got all the fruit and breads and some honey notes, and the clove comes through. This is a very good American version of the style, though there's something deeper and more complex I get from a few others.
The mouthfeel is soft and creamy in a light to medium body. The spiciness translate to a nip in the feel. Carbonation reaches that balance of making it creamy smooth willing foaming too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 19:24:22 | More by Brenden
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dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a hazy golden yellow with a big tiny bubbled white head.

The aroma is wonderful. Banana, bready Belgian yeast, tons of spice like clove. Some citrus.

The flavor follows. There's a punch of substantial fruit with banana, maybe a bit of orange. It reminds me more La Fin du Monde than the more traditional Belgian tripels with this fruit and sweetness. Then there's a good amount of bready sweetness. The spice comes through with pepper and clove.

There's also a kind bitterness on the end. A gentle amount of booze in there too. I can get where this becomes Curieux.

This is a really nice beer. I prefer La Fin du Monde with its complexity, but this is quite interesting with the tons of banana in the flavor. Highly recommended if the traditional Belgian tripels are too vinous or dry.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 18:31:40 | More by dar482
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those beers I've had a ton of times but somehow escaped a review.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, with a line of lacing, over mostly clear semi hazy golden color.

Nose reminds me of being in Belgium, nice Belgian golden malts, sweet but not really syrupy, a bit of light candi sugar, hints of yeast addition spices, faint orange peel, and slightest coriander like spice. Then into light booze aromas with some esters a bit fruity, and light phenols as well, and a candy like aroma with faint candied orange peel.

Taste starts with sweetness, sweet golden Belgian malts with a bit of a toasty flavor, light candi sugar, and an overall candy taste. Then Belgian yeast kicks in, light spices again, hint coriander like, little orange peel, then light phenols and fruity esters with the warming tingly booze, a bit boozier than expected. It brings a light wheat like flavor as well, toasted wheat, and golden malts. Bitterness is light thanks to the orange peel and very light earthy hops I think. Finish is fairly hot with booze, more spicy earthy hops lingering, with a bit of orange peel and esters, slight sweet sticky blond malts, and faint wheat all lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, plenty of hot booze.

Overall nice, an American version of Belgian tripel that is done well. Allagash continues to make Belgian beers very well for being in Portland Maine.This reminds me a lot of many of hte beers I had while actually in Belgium, so well done guys. That being said, it does get a little too hot overall with booze, but otherwise very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 03:32:40 | More by jlindros
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright, hazy, maize-gold coloring with a filmy, bright white surface coating of head. Nose of subtle fruit sweetness, mostly tropical, with herbal spicing and subtle toasted grain characteristics. Flavors of spice and fruit on the forward tongue, with pineapple and mango blending with highlights of all-spice, coriander, and nutmeg. Sweetness transitions, with honey and fig characteristics at the end of the palate. Fruity and smooth aftertaste, very balanced. Smooth, slightly lingering finish. Very tasty, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 19:32:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy pale to golden yellow with one-finger, foamy, white head that lasted a minute. Pretty good lacing.

S: Banana, cloves, Belgian yeast.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Banana, bubble gum. Spice. Bready yeast.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp. Warm going down.

O: Good Tripel. Not my favorite though.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:33:56 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Jakestouffer

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is a wonderfully crisp Memorial Day eve and I am enjoying this straight out of the bottle and into a glass. I remember why I love this beer in the fall, because it has many of the same characteristics as a pumpkin ale - many strong sweet notes with an easy taste to begin and a sweet, smooth finish. Enjoy this one very much and bought it on a whim!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:10:33 | More by Jakestouffer
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange. One finger foamy white head that dissipated a little too quickly into a thin layer of creamy bubbles. Lots of tiny bubbles inside. Good amount of lacing. Looks

Aroma: Banana and some other tropical fruits, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, cloves...usual suspects. Faint alcohol.

Taste: Spicy, peppery. Some of the tropical fruits from the nose but more subdued. Alcohol is definitely there. Yeasty on the back palate. Dry. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe but not bitter. Spiciness dominates, combining with the drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, pretty light-bodied. Very carbonated. Drying. Again, not bad but not great.

Overall: Nice. Not my favorite but among the best readily available tripels. Very approachable and a great introduction to the style

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:18:50 | More by MistahBeah
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Zbyler

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy, cloudy yellow color. Slightly darker than allagash white

S- Not much on the nose here. Some bready malts, maybe a little citrus, spices maybe.

T- Belgian yeast, bready malts, cloves, coriander, light citrus notes, very subtle bitterness, banana, bubblegum. Definitely a bit of alcohol present. FInishes with spices and wheat.

M- Nice carbonation, slightly thick feel to it due to the alcohol I would imagine.

O- Overall a solid beer from allagash. Great flavors coming out with each sip. A bit too much alcohol presence for me though. I'll stick to the white

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:52:35 | More by Zbyler
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
Batch #: 193

A: Pours a hazy, straw-color golden yellow with 2 fingers width of white head. Excellent retention as 1/2 fingers width hangs around for the majority of the drink. Leaves lots of lacing down the sides of the glasses.

S: Peppery spice is the first aroma I pick up, followed by clove. There are sweet tropical fruit notes along with some orange-peel like citrus. Good aroma, but could be stronger.

T: White and black peppery spice hit the palate first. This is followed by lemon zest, and other citrus rind flavors. There is a pretty prominent bitterness that Im not used to getting in Tripels. Some floral notes linger in the finish. Not my favorite palate profile for the style, as its lacking the sweet esters and yeast characters.

M/D: Full body, carbonation on the higher end of the spectrum, drinkability is moderate for the style.

O: Overall, a good beer but somewhat disappointing as I am a fan of Allagash and I love Belgian style ales. This one didnt live up to expectations. It was certainly still worthy of a drink, but with Tripels like La Fin Du Monde and Westmalle nearly always available I dont think I will be picking this up one again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 23:39:57 | More by zac16125
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allagash Brewing Company - Allagash Tripel Ale

This is a brew I have gone back to time and time again, but when I realized I had never reviewed it I decided it was time.

Look - Pours unfiltered hazy golden bubbly like a hearty champagne with extra body. Lacing slides with the brew while some sticks to the glass. Small bubbly head dissipates quickly from the 12oz pour, the corked bottle often gives a bit of a bigger head with a slower dissipation.

Smell - Fruits abound, bananas, lemon zest, orange, apples. Sweet sticky malts. Slight floral hops. Amazing and unique.

Taste - Taste yields a hyper-complex assault of spices, fruits, and floral notes. Cinnamon applesauce smashed into floral hops.

Mouthfeel - The taste leave a perfect sourdough Belgian tone sitting in the mouth, fruits and spices continue to evolve as that fades. Insane drinkability but you want to take little sips so you can try and pull all the flavors possible out of this brew. Alcohol is invisible, not a trace, not a hint.

Overall - Too many flavors to isolate. This brew constantly transforms, let it warm a bit to find new things ad infinitum. Waves and waves of spices and fruits continuously line the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 22:55:17 | More by JMScowcroft
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Curtis

Utah

4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.

Big bottle750ml that I bought in Calif at one of those "warehouse stores" (not sure we can give actual names here, but it starts with a "C"). I developed a love for Belgian style beers a couple of years back and this has to be the best one i've tried yet. Pours a beautiful gold, slightly hazy, (no chunks). If it was more clear, i'd be worried they had filtered out some of the "good stuff". Wonderful white foamy head that retained for some time. Therre was still traces of head with only an inch left in the glass. Aroma is excellant, slightly floral, not too strong, quite pleasing. Initial taste is very very smooth that lingers in the best way. Mouthfeel is excellant, no aftertaste or excessive "bite" that Beligians can get. Incredible balance of sweatness, hops and grain, with Belgian candy. No ingrediant is too much or missing Its wonderful. The alcohol balance is amazing. I could hardly tell it is there and would have never guessed it was 9%. Balance, balance, balance. No faults, nothing lacking, I could drink only this beer for the rest of my life and be quite happy. Good job guys, very well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 06:38:33 | More by Curtis
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. the aroma has peaches, apples, cloves, Belgian yeast, and candy sugar.

Tastes much like it smells. there are peaches, apples, cloves, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, phenols, pepper, and citrus hops for some bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Light bodied with above average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is very little aftertaste from a very flavorful beer. This is a definite winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:56:23 | More by hardy008
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured cloudy golden-orange in color with a durable off-white head. The head lasted until the beer was gone, thoroughly coated the glass with lace when tilted, and left some patchy lacing on the glass.

Aroma & T: Complex and sweet aroma features tropical fruits, pear, and light spices. The taste has these characteristics too, but add some tartness, traces of wild and Belgian yeast, and some alcohol esters.

M: Medium body; medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: Excellent and well-balanced mix of flavors and aromas: an impressive Tripel even by Belgian standards.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 15:28:47 | More by chinchill
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SanDNigel

California

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll start by saying I got the "reserve-batch 195" with the cork in a 750ml bottle. Reasonable price ($13ish) + good reviews = purchase.
A- Pours golden cream with a tightly effervescent head. Gets you excited to drink.
S- Moscato with a bubbly coriander creme de platano
T- Very much like it smells; small quick sips enhance, relatively dry finish
M- Heavy intensely bubbly/creamy action mixed with light alcohol note (not as much as 9ABV hints)
Very good beer. Couldn't ask for much more getting done doing something on a hot day (or any day really when you live in San Diego). Recommend for price point
(Couldn't have come from farther away for me in the continental United States [San Diego, CA]but well worth the trip)

PS: I've been using BeerAdvocate for some time now without posting; I feel bad. It was time to post.

Serving type: bottle

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