Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

905 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 905
Hads: 2,488
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 153
Gots: 427 | 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:
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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Reviews: 905 | Hads: 2,488
Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.6 fl oz poured into a bulbous wine glass. Batch #217.

A - Golden orange with ruby highlights, semi cloudy, with a fluffy finger and a half head.

S - Banana, clove, candied sugar, spices.

T - Follows the nose, with some bread and dough notes.

M - Carbonation is below average, mouthfeel can be described as both creamy mid swig, but with a dry finish.

O- Always good to have an occassional tripel, this one is borderline exceptional. These beers always seem to hit me hard, more so than comparable Abv IIPA's or strong ales. (540 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A billowy two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, honey, apple, pear, Belgian candy, powdery yeast, pale, and pilsner malts.

Taste: Nice blend of flavors as it warmed. Quite the sipper and very tasty. Warm alcohol in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, warm alcohol,

Overall: Enjoyed a lot over the years and many more in the future. Nice Belgian inspired beer readily available here in New England. (687 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cork and cage, poured into a 'wide-mouth' Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. Batch #214.

A- Hazy pale gold color, satin sheen. The billowy white head settles to about 2f, stays lumpy, and leaves heavy lacing.

S-Belgian style yeast with light fruits. Herbal.

T- Sweet malt and Belgian style yeast. More sweet then funk. Fruit and spice round out the flavors.

M- Full body, velvety on the tongue. Not funky, but there's no denying the alcohol. The booze comes on sweet and strong.

O- Hearty and strong. Drinkability could be a challenge. (553 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Have to give it up for the Allagash tripel. It's one of a kind. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Hazy gold, massive head and lacing, lots of carbonation. Looks rather perfect for a tripel.

S: If this beer were any more complex, it would not only rival Belgian tripels but exceed them. Lots of coriander, clove, white pepper, orange peel, citrus, and bready Belgian yeast.

T: Just like, if not identical to, the scents. Tons of coriander and clove, orange peel and Belgian candied-sugar. Yeast acts as the cherry on top.

M: Thick and bready. Perfect alcohol content as well (plethora of tastes really masks the alcohol quite well).

O: A classic.

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Photo of Subvette
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Belgian yeast smell. Alcohol bite when cold, so let it warm up a little. On the dark side for a triple, almost tastes like a saison . Great taste and very well done. (171 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bomber. Batch 217. Poured into a stemmed tulip. My New Years Eve treat to myself.

A nice middle of the road tripel. A champagne like beer.

A - Pours a bit hazy. Nice three finger white head.

S - Nothing to write home about. Slight spice but rather average.

T - Malts, slight sweetness in start,

MF - Medium bodied with a dry finish. Smooth with a bite of carbonation. (378 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Belgian tulip glass at cellar temps. There is no date on this bottle.

Appearance: pale but still golden with a nice firm head of super fine bubbles.

Nose: pear, white grapes, Belgian candi sugar, slightly spicy with some phenolics poking through in the end.

Taste: nice and rich like a Tripel should be. Pear, spicy, low hops note, very little bitterness in the finish, sweet but not cloyingly so. A little bit of herbal notes in the middle as it warms up. No alcohol notes despite the 9% girth.

Overall: Excellent tripel! I was not too impressed with their Black Belgian style stout but this one hits the mark. I'd buy a case and enjoy. (665 characters)

Photo of ColdOne
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm new at this reviewing game. Gonna do it, though, as inspired by @houser.

Appearance: A pretty orange-yellow with a small ring of head.

Smell: Not extremely strong smelling… just a hint of banana there (which I like)

Taste: Balanced at first taste, then the bitterness holds on the tongue as the booze begins to dominate.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light in body, light carb

Overall: It’s good, for sure, though I’d like a bit more sweetness to balance out the alcohol. I’d drink this any time it was handed to me, but I’d like to try some other tripels soon for comparison. (587 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 25.4 bottle into std pint glass. Clear straw color with big head which dissipated leaving nice lacing. Awesome nose with characteristic diacetyl. Flavor is my idea of perfect Belgian character. Great mouthfeel. Nice finish. My favorite Belgian Tripel. (262 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A gorgeous hazy golden that glares at you like sunlight. I got a nice bubble bath of head that retained as a frothy ring of lace throughout.
Aroma: Lovely fruity smells that reminded me of peaches and pears.
Taste: Delicious blend of tastes. Malty and fruity sweetness combined with alcohol. Mild hops and spices evident in the finish. As the drink warmed I detected a grape like taste that reminded me of a white wine.
Feel: So drinkable! Moderate carbonation that tingles the tongue when cold. Medium bodied and filling like a meal.
I have rated Allagash highly on every occasion. This is no exception. Perhaps my favorite Allagash yet! (652 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a very fizzy head. The smell is full of Belgian wheat with some sweet fruits such as banana and passion fruit with a bit of spice on the end. The taste was great with full flavors through out the beer of toasted bread, banana, and what tastes like a bit of allspice. Very agreeable. (313 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What I may love most about Tripels is their ability to conjure the summer with lucid notes of the ripest, brightest fruits and yet also provide enough spice and substance to warm you on even the coldest, darkest winter nights. Allagash Tripel even does so just looking at it; a shinning, sunny golden tone radiates from a glass full of bubbles that flutter with the agitation of an aggressively shaken snow globe. All this under a giant bank of white powder you need a plow to get through.

It's perfectly accurate to say that beer in the United States underwent a radical revolution in the past decade, but not all of it can be chalked up to originality and innovation. Perhaps "renaissance" - meaning rebirth or revival - is a more accurate word; lots of inspiration came from the 'Old World' where certain styles, brewed for centuries in their respective regions though relatively unknown outside of them, were (re)discovered and happen to be just perfect the way they were.

This is something that Allagash - a brewery that should be credited among the founding fathers of the craft beer revol... err, renaissance - understood from day one. The recipes existed. The challenge was a matter of matching the quality and mimicking the unique characteristics. To this end, insofar as it concerns Belgian traditions, there may be none more adept than these guys.

Exhibit A: their Tripel. This beer bursts out the glass with fresh orchard fruit esters and citrus zests, clean cereal grain and fresh-cut flowers. The taste is pleasant and gentle yet has larger-than-life notes of oranges and garden herbs, bready malt and white pepper, as well as just a hint of sugar. It has a flavour profile that roars like a lion but goes down with the softness of a pussycat.

It used to be that American microbrewers floundered when it came to Belgian ales, with some notable exceptions - Allagash has always been outstanding at emulating the essence of styles such as Tripel and is one of the rare few whose brands can easily pass for the work of authentic monks. This is as fantastic an example you're going to find anyone in the world. Highly recommended. (2,152 characters)

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Batch #210. Spiced yeast, banana, orange peel and alcohol. Quite light for a tripel and very drinkable. A good representation of a tradtionnal belgian tripel. (158 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with a big white head. Nice looking beer. Sort of glows, in a way.

Aroma: This beer has a fruity, herbal smell with some touches of banana and maybe grapefruit.

Taste: I get the banana and honey that the ad copy alludes to. Great flavor - a very nice balance of fruitiness and herbal presence. There's even some pineapple in there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, approachable beer - remarkable considering its ABV. Some pleasant alcohol burn is noticeable and doesn't distract from the fruity, yeasty, honey flavors.

Overall: Allagash > you. They can do no wrong! This brew is yet more proof. (650 characters)

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a wonderful golden color. Nice White head, lacing left on the glass. Fruity flavor, kind of hard to narrow down which one(s). Same on the taste. Nice carbonation. Very good drink. recommended. (201 characters)

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely wonderful beer.

Look: Pours a stunning gold with minimal head and a nice ring of lace

Smell: Lots of tropical fruit (passion fruit, pineaple), and some belgian yeast

Taste: Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Banana, Belgian Yeast, a tiny bit of hop bitterness at the back end.

Feel: Good amount of carbonation, very nice mouthfeel

Absolutely outstanding representation of the tripel. (391 characters)

Photo of bfred805
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a golden haze. Everything about this beer, wow. Can't say enough about allagash. Honey notes, bready and malty with a good ol fashioned Belgian yeast kick. Can this brewery do wrong? (188 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy, medium yellow in color; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: could smell it from a couple feet away; bready; banana; peach; apricot

T: ripe peach and apricot up front; coriander at mid-palate; tartness builds from mid-palate to finish, then fades;

M: light bodied; creamy carbonation;

O: complex aroma and flavors; delicious; (378 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cloudy orange. Even lacing down the side of the glass, very finely carbonated. About a finger of head. Heavier body, velvety. Smells of belgian yeast and banana esters. Smooth version of that on the palate with the subtle addition of clove spice and a light alcoholic undertone. Mild bitterness is well integrated. Overall impression is of a well-balanced tripel. Very nice. (388 characters)

Photo of Absalom
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Opens really well, but I have to say the bottom of the glass is not nearly as favorable, hopefully because they now sell it in corked double pint bottles, you'll be too buzzed to give much of a shit by then. Delicious, really delicious. (236 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A tripel that delivers. Belgian yeast dominates, with fruity and tuti fruti notes. Long, complex finish that hints at herbal characteristics. Very subtle bubblegum on the finish is it warms. Nice. (196 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +12%

Fruit and spice nose
Pours hazy gold with a slight orange tint under a 2" off-white, quickly dissipating, moussey foam cap. Easily roused and leaves big lace.
Yeast driven beer begins with biscuit malt flavors and then tropical fruit, spice and herbal flavors take over leading to a pleasant, balancing hop bitterness on the finish.
Medium body, above average carbonation, very creamy and smooth, slight warming. (413 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

I'm going off memory for this one. I had it in a 750ml bottle with the cork present.

All I remember was having a reaction of: "Wow, this is an amazing brew!". The taste was fruity, malty, smooth, hints of german hefe (banana), crisp, effervescent, and far too delicious. This is one of those beers where you love the taste so much you end up drinking the beer quickly and you get punished for it. That 9% abv will do serious damage especially because you can't taste the 9% at all. You would swear it was 5%.

I'm making a conservative rating because I'm going to try this later down the road again and it may end up in my top three for favorite brews. That's how much I enjoyed it.

Cheers to Allagash! (704 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours hazy golden yellow. Creamy foam that falls slowly. Bread and light malty sweetness. Deep stone fruity, citrusy floral backnote. Taste is sugar sweet with a honey fruit peel and spice. Faint icy lemon peel. Faint banana. Earthy mouthfeel with a bite from dry grain and from carbonation. Soft biscuit malt and it's sweet perfume. Fruit is sweet lie syrup. Snappy drink with a brisk crisp middle. Firm malt with a nice honey taste. Fruity nose dry cracker. Bitter hop finish and tart fruit with some spice. (520 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from bottle into an Allagash glass, nice hazy yellow gold, with an abundant two finger head that stays. Excellent retention and lacing

Aroma has a generic fruity smell, with a hint of floral honey.

Taste is wonderful with very subtle fruit notes, I had mostly pear/plum at the front, with some banana as a very mild background note. Not overly sweet, which requires a little thought to notice the fruit.

Medium body, very good carbonation, very nice finish with no aftertaste. You would never know it was a Tripel until it was two late!

I agree with others that it is very faithful to style, and compares right with Chimay Cinque Cent in color, flavor and finish. Allagash is right on the money with this one. (730 characters)

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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