Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 910
Hads: 2,520
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 157
Gots: 452 | 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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Reviews: 910 | Hads: 2,520
Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch number 194. I let it age a bit. As I released the cork, I heard a stomp.
Golden color, just slightly hazy, with apparent carbonation and a huge thick head with excellent retention. It simply doesn’t go away.
Aroma of bananas, pears, pineapple, peaches, passion fruit juice and champagne. Actually every time I would smell it searching for aromas I would get a new fruit.
Flavor of pears, green apples, herbal hops, a hint of candied sugar, cloves and white peppers, nectarines, white grapes, some banana and passion fruit and oranges. Slightly tart. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation, slightly effervescent. Alcohol of 9% abv is in harmony with the overall beer.
This has aged well with good attenuation; it doesn’t feel sweet at all. Faithful to style, maybe a bit bitter, which is welcomed. This is sure an elegant and flawless Tripel that has nothing to lose to its Belgian top counterparties. Recommendable.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Orval chalice

A: Pours a hazy yellow-golden with plenty of sediment floating in the beer. Thin, quickly dissipating snow-white head.

S: Fruity, sweet aromas with sweetbreads, pie spices and green apples.

T: Pale malt sweetness and earthy hop bitterness are the dominant tones here. Mead, granny smith apples and herbal tones are what I’m getting. Some pine resin flavors in the lasting bitter finish let you know that this is still and American brew.

M: Medium to slightly viscous body with medium to high-ish carbonation.

O: An excellent American representation of a Tripel. There was more bitterness than I expected, but this was not necessarily unwelcome. Allagash really shows that they can take on the Belgians at their own game with their Tripel.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wife and I both thought there was a "bad beer" smell (Not skunked, but like a lower end beer). We also both experienced an unpleasant, especially bitter aftertaste that lingered after a smooth beginning. It is possible that we got a bad batch, so we will definitely try again. However, if this is the product in all its glory, the Dubbel is much better.

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Photo of clumsyninja7
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid amber color with a decent head when poured from a bottle.

S: hints of fruit with spices.

T: Delicious. Solid beer all around. Have already had the White, Double, and Double Reserve. This is quite good with a light texture and great taste.

M: sufficiently carbonated and light on the tongue, hints of spices and fruits. Delicious. Have already compared with the White, Dubel, Dubel Reserve, and Tripel today.

O: Solid beer. Would be happy to drink in just about any situation. Pretty fantastic.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the carefully handled bomber procured from Allagash directly and then cold/cooler-kept until consumption today.

A: slightly hazy gold with 1 finger head that dissipates to a 4 mm disk, no lacing on this glass.

S: strong belgian breadiness followed by a classic belgian tripel yeast profile. Very on-point sewery, sweet yeast and hop notes. Balanced for the style. Sewery hops do present at very end of nose.

T: Of course the nose and finish are Belgian Triple ale...and the taste follows the yeasty, bready nose. No overtly obnoxious flavors present now.

M: no creamy or filling mouthfeel, and middle road to boot.

O: worth a quaff if you can find it.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy golden body with a towering head when first poured that shrinks but sticks around

N - all I get from this is a breast yeast aroma. Not bad but I was expecting more fruit

M - creamy carbonated feel

T - again, bready yeast but I can also pick up some banana flavor. I also get some tart sour favors on the finish

O - this was my first tripel. I liked it. Maybe I was expecting too much but I wanted more fruit tones. I'll have to try some European variations for comparison but overall a nice brew that I wouldn't mind having again.

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

Served on 6/15/14, 750ml bottle stamped 3313 (March 31 2013?), from batch 205, making this beer slightly over a year old.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden honey color. Nice thick head that quickly reduced to a thin lace.

Smell: Predominately honey, fruit (banana and orange), bread, spice.

Taste: Yeasty bread, tart citrus. Crisp, well balanced beer. Malty but not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a dry finish, a refreshing quaff even at 9% ABV.

Overall: A good example of an American-brewed Belgian tripel, not quite up to par with the European originals but a pleasant experience nevertheless. I found this for $9 and it was well worth it. I actually enjoyed this more than the $20 Curieux, which I'm hoping will taste this good in a year.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/10/14 or so based upon 1004 bottle labeling. Poured into my Chimay goblet.
Aroma is less sweet than many. Somewhat sweet but the doughy malt character is quite prominent. Soft spicing with some hints of pepper.
Relatively small head for style but quite white. Rather cloudy yellow.
This shines in the flavor. Complex with fruit, spice and alcohol. An interesting lingering malt character on the reasonably dry finish. Hop flavors seem to stick on tip of tongue for a long time. A little doughy malt, a little fruit, some spice and a clear stream of alcohol. Nice balance and some richness.
Fullness in the carbonation otherwise appropriate thinner body. Nice feel with some softness and richness.
The flavor and feel stand out on a solid and enjoyable triple.

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

Really delicious creamy take on a tripel. It pours gorgeous and has an everlasting creamy tan head. The nose is incredibly yeasty and doughy and spicy with lots of floral sweetness that shows up in the taste along with citrus and baking spices. Creamy palate, medium bodied, nearly perfect. Mmmm...

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Photo of Beejay
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow in color with plentiful white head on top. Ever so slightly hazy.

S: Coriander, spice and citrus notes. A little bit of clove in there. Something sweet in the finish.

T: Biscuity bread goodness, with notes of raisons, clove, and citrus. Sweet, but the lively carbonation keeps it from being cloying. Nice fruity finish.

M: Medium to medium light. Slightly dry finish, and lively carbonation.

O: Overall very good, but it doesn't quite reach the upper echelon of the style.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a billowing, frothy ivory head that lingers.

Peach, pear, tangerine, clove, and white pepper form the aroma, with notes of coriander and candi sugar adding complexity.

Flavor reveals peach and pear skins at the base, with tart notes of nectarines countering the slightly sweet, bready malt. The finish is a touch bitter, with floral and earthy hops dominating the aftertaste.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Great ester character. The alcohol is a bit too noticeable. Not as light as some examples.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brilliant, hazy gold, with white creamy foam. Spotty lacing.

S - Smells musty, yeasty, with light cloves and banana. Honey takes over as the beer warms.

T - Bright, buttery taste, with pine, vanilla, pineapple and banana. There's also a vinous, white/green grape thing going on. A nice honey coating on the finish keeps it from drying out too quickly.

M - big, smooth, buttery mouthfeel that doesn't seem as sharp and dry as most strong Belgians.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $3

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Cloves, breads/grains, banana, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves, and lemons/oranges. There is also some yeast notes and some banana flavour.

Overall - A great mix of fruit and spice. The booze is well hidden and it is incredibly drinkable. A great tripel worthy of its high ratings.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly streaming from the bottom of the glass with some golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spices (clove + pepper) and Belgian yeast with a lighter aroma of sweet light fruits/stone fruits including peach, apricot, and pear. Hints of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly grainy malts with moderate flavors of light + stone fruit sweetness with peach, apricot, and pear all present. Light to moderate flavors of banana and moderate flavors of clove + black pepper spices from the yeast as well as the distinctive Belgian yeast flavors (which my wife describes as childhood paste). Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice example of a Tripel and is a very easy to drink beer though I would recommend slowly sipping on it as it can easily sneak up on you (with the alcohol being very well hidden). Definitely a recommended beer for the style.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from batch #203.

Appearance: Deep yellow almost honey colored with slight amber hues. Nice two to three finger choppy cream colored head that held on and left a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell: Yeasty with apricots, hints of cherries, earthy tones, hints of citrus. All and all very complex in the nose.

Taste: Quick hit of sweetness upfront, followed by a complex mix of fruit, heavy apricot and strange plum like flavors. Followed up quickly by yeasty earth tones and just the slightest hop kick. Clean finish, lingering just long enough to make you want another taste. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, easy drinking especially for a tripel. Smooth and enjoyable.

Overall: One of the best tripels I've ever tried. Really look forward to trying future batches of this one to see if and how it changes.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: March 4, 2014... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: going out with a bang before a sober Lenten journey begins... APPEARANCE: hazy active light amber body; thin, uneven snow white head; random tracings... AROMA: intense orange peel, coriander, slight raisin, and melon--complex and inviting...PALATE: fizzy, medium-bodied; cutting, warm aftertaste that is also refreshing early...TASTE: sweet honey puckers the lips; soft herbal textures round the flavor into an extremely pleasant experience; startlingly unassuming for a tripel... OVERALL: elevational! By the bottle's end, I was hoping for more...clean, floral hops sift between the stronger citric presence...a fitting Fat Tuesday celebratory beer, round, complex and alcoholic enough to be a party in itself...

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Photo of Abra
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very beautiful, cloudy sunburst yellow color.
Smell is a wonderful mix of spicy, sweet, and wheat.

Taste is really phenomenal. A complex, but nicely melded blend of Belgian spices, honey, and dried apricots. What caught my attention was the mouthfeel on this's heavy in a very good way- a nice hearty Belgian style beer with a slight dry, bitter finish.

A truly wonderful Belgian beer!
Allagash or Ommegang?? A very tough call!

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Photo of cratez
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Allagash Tripel Ale – 9% ABV – Consumed October 18, 2012.

Appearance: pours an unfiltered, hazy golden hue with one finger of white head and big globs of webbed lacing on the tulip glass. Very attractive brew.

Smell: unripe banana, anjou pear, pineapple, doughy-yeasty notes, big tropical fruit aromas, candied nectarine, alcohol esters, and grainy malt. Hugely aromatic and complex nose.

Taste: pear, pineapple, candied pit fruit, yeast, spice box, light bitterness, exotic fruit and alcohol esters on the cough. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: fuller than medium-bodied, lush, tangy and spicy middle, prickly hop bitterness transitions to a drying finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Stellar feel.

Overall: an exemplary tripel, balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden copper. Large fluffy white head with great rentention. Looks as appetizing as any other tripel I've had.

S: honey and banana

T: Yea this is nice... first is a soft sweet honey taste before moving to some fruity esters before finishing dry. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Do not taste the 9%. Flavors change throughout while on the palate but none overpower the others. Compelx.

M: Pretty thick. Like I mentioned, finishes dry.

O: Great tripel. Was not my favorite style at first, but beers like Chimay tripel and this one have really changed my mind.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours into goblet lightly hazy golden to deep yellow in color with a bubbly white head that settles out entirely.
S: Complex esters of orange and red grapefruit with a good peppery spicy note. Floral and perfumy hop notes are low but present. Light clove notes come in as it warms. Alcohol notes are present but not too hot.
T: Spicy and pleasant fruity esters dance together. Some orange, honey and candi sugar with light roasted pilsner malt. Hops deliver floral notes that are light but complimentary. Complex and estery yeast gives a traditional clove-like flavor.
M: Medium body with a crisp bubbly carbonation and a hidden alcohol warmth that eventually becomes present. Finish is slightly sweet.
O: A good American version of the style with its nice complexity and solid overall taste. Alcohol is not overdone and this beer is worth repeating. Not my favorite from Allagash.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All top reviewers appear to agree about Allagash: top notch brewer!

However in my 2d review - close on the heels of reviewing Orval, Chimay, Acchouffe - Sorry Allagash, this beer is good, but not close to a Trappiste.

2nd Review 2/15/14
A: Pours clear into a tulip, the yeast stays in the bottle. Delightful rising head and lacing. Not as energetic or pillowy as the best Belgians, not their pin point color or champagne like carbonation. 4
S: Too much clove & Pineapple, not enough complexity and pepper. 3.75
T: Very good, alcohol hidden, but too one-sided toward pineapple and clove. 4
MF: Alcoholic, drying, peppery, nice bitter finish.

8-18-13 review - 1st time
A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, a cresting head that can over top the glass, with fair retention and lotsa lacing. Hazy straw body color.

S: Fruit and spice. A bit of old church. Pepper, clove, pineapple & Banana.

T: Classic and balanced. Clean yet complex. Follows smell with more pepper and spice, bananas and fruits dominate, contrasted by the spices. It's almost that the pepper replaces the bitter tingle we hop heads love so much in IPAs.

M: Medium-bodied w tingly, peppery carbonation. Finishes dry, some alcohol, as in like a vodka drink, but in a good way.

D: Meditation beer for its alcohol content and spiciness. Very warming. the alcohol comes late, a better winter beer than summer.

Food: Asian, seafood, raw bar (yes!), caviar, or a cheese course perhaps. Not really right for tomato based garden prima vera we're having tonight.

I actually put it away in favor of a Dales Pale for my dinner and saved it as an "after dinner beer".

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Photo of 01001111
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: When held up to the light it is a radiant lemon gold.

S: Honey, pineapple, pear, and funk.

T: Initially reminiscent of a thick, pear cider. The spicy, saison-like, barnyard funk comes through afterwards. The finish is bitter fruit.

M: Syrup coats the tongue.

O: Nice and fruity but not quite complex enough.

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Photo of bball208
2.19/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This ranks in the bottom half of tripels that are out there.

My judgement may have been affected by the fact that I had this right after having a Gulden Draak 9000 (which was heavenly). Which means everything that I have to say about this beer will be in the less-than format.

Appearance, not bad. typical belgian with a nice khaki fluffy head, 2-3 fingers.

Smell - Too much floral. Not balanced, and was on the verge of being compared to even the smell of fruity flour. I've smelled this before, so it's not groundbreaking, or breaking any rules for that matter, but it's a style that in my opinion, isn't very nice.

Taste- what a mess. Off-balance. The floral component was overbearing and off-putting. Now mind you, I may not be this critical if i didn't have to pay $15 for a 22oz bomber, so I'm going to review this also based on how much I had to pay. The value per dollar for each part of this beer left me feeling shortchanged. You could easily buy a no-namer belgian and get the same satisfaction. This beer is not going to rock your world, make you open your eyes to the art of craft beer, or even make you smile. It's just a plain jane, over-priced, off-balance, bouquet of flowers and sugar.

Not buying/drinking this one again.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a friend that got it at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Batch 199. From notes.

A - Deep golden pour with two fingers of white head. Cloudy. Good lace rings and good retention.

S - Bubblegum, spice, apples, banana.

T - Apples, spice, sweet spice, yeasty, less sweet than other examples.

M - Strong carbonation, medium to full body, very dry to finish.

O/D - A nice Tripel. A bit spicy for me, but it worked nonetheless. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured into an tall Allagash glass. The beer produced a towering, creamy head with a steady stream of bubbles racing up the center of the glass. The beer itself is a clear golden color. The stream of bubbles maintains a thin head for the duration and leaves thin lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Nice level of potency. Some sweetness, maybe a little lemongrass, and a few yeasty notes.

T - Also very nice. Bubblegum sweetness up front, followed by a tiny bit of lemon and some mild peppery spice. There is just a touch of alcohol present on the finish, which is also a nice touch.

M - I can barely go above average here. The only thing that distinguishes this from water for me is a tiny bit of a tingle on my tongue. Oddly enough, with all the visible carbonation in this beer, I can barely detect any once I start drinking it. Also a bit of a lingering off-flavor that I only detect on the finish. Not really part of the flavor profile.

O - I want to like this, but as I get closer to the bottom of the glass I find that its really not for me. The mouthfeel in particular was a major letdown, particularly considering how absolutely gorgeous this beer is.

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