Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

915 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 915
Hads: 2,542
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 162
Gots: 474 | FT: 3
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Allagash Tripel Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 915 | Hads: 2,542
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".

 1,639 characters

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.

 314 characters

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.

 1,247 characters

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.

 453 characters

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.

 1,173 characters

Photo of BierJager89
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy golden with a white ring of head.

S: Nose has tripelesque spices (Cardamom, nutmeg), but is more light fruit forward, a bit like white wine.

T: Basically the same things in the taste, and it's really good.

M: Medium bodied and typical foamy tripel mouthfeel.

O: An excellent tripel, not the best, not the worst, but damn good.

 338 characters

Photo of CochonKing
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice blonde with gold with a lasting thick head with excellent lacing. The nose is a little flat not bringing out many phenols but malt is detected. Not an amazing beer. Just kind of ok. The taste is flat and watery as well. No beer flaws present, just unsure of the beer itself

 286 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a semi-hazy yellow color. The head is a finger high, with a bone white shade and a creamier texture than what I'm used to from the style. Its staying power isn't fantastic, unfortunately, but it does leave a good ring of lacing down the glass.

S: Oh wow, this is quite intriguing. After being immediately poured, it's a rather peppery, bready smell - let it sit, though, and it develops great fruit notes. It's heavily skewed towards bananas and lemons in particular. Candied sugar is quite prevalent. In fact, my only complaint is that it could be a little more subdued. Still, there's no denying this has a wonderful aroma.

T: The flavors in general are pretty uniform - that is, it doesn't start with flavor X and finish with flavor Y. Its notes of banana, wheat, candied sugar, lemon, and black pepper are consistent from start to finish. Some suggestions of herbal bitterness try to sneak their way into the back end, and this singular note is enough to convince me I'm drinking something very, very good.

M: It's fairly sweet, and slightly less carbonated than its Belgian counterparts. The lingering sugar is felt, but there's just enough dryness to help this go down easily. I think because the sweetness is rather chalky and coarse, it doesn't stick to the palate like other high-gravity beers do.

O: This is a very solid tripel. Honestly, with many 'Murican made Belgian styles, there's something - maybe subtle, maybe shameless, but it's there - that tells me 'yep, this is as 'Murican as apple pie and obesity.' But with this, I'd swear it's as Belgian as french fries if served to me blindly. It's balanced, delicate, and easy to drink; that's enough for me.

 1,720 characters

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

A: Straw yellow with a pure white soapy head. disappears quickly but comes back with a nice swirl.

S: Lemon zest, fresh peppercorns, perfectly ripened banana covered in wildflower honey.

T: Lemon, banana, spice. And nice honey sweetness on the finish balances out the light spices.

O: Smooth refreshing and easy to drink. Easily one of the best Tripels I've had. Maybe THE best. Just realized today that I had never had this so I went and got one. Sure glad I did.

 467 characters

Photo of getlonely
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour—poured from 12oz fresh bottles (capped a week ago), into pint glass. lighter ochre color than most tripels, head hangs around for 3 minutes, still cloudy after that and still nice and warm-colored. Also, after several sips get nice lacing on glass, which always makes me smile.

smell--Definitely robust tripel aromas, lots of orange peel/coriander; its important to get this beer fresh and out at about 40 degrees F, just more lively that way. To me, this is where the men and the boys separate themselves in tripel territory--olfactory satisfaction, check plus.

taste--several large sips through moderate head that remains after 3 minutes, crisp tang initially then settles into traditional tripel ester-feel; would like a bit more action on the back end, just kinda falls away into coppery tones. But considering it's 9% abv, nice job allagash making it feel like a [dangerous] session.

feel-- Again, drink this cold and fresh and can't imagine any issues with body of beer, though some uber-tripel fans might find it bit flat on palate. Me though, love the silkiness and the lacing is gorgeous. Reminds me of the halve-moon tripel in Brugges, also a dangerous "session" feel.

overall--nice job allagash getting the essence of the tripel (to me, the pinnacle of trappist brews). Maybe not as springy as the stuff I've had while living in Belgium--but hey for an American brewery can't beat this tripel and its price.

 1,430 characters

Photo of JJBlock
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The smoth, lingering flavor is outstanding. From the initial taste through the lasting effect, one of my favorite tripels.

The lasting head, great differentiation of flavors, and effervescent power in my mouth are differentiators.

Very difficult not to include this as "one of the best."

 289 characters

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

Poured into a snifter out of a bottle

A: It pours a golden yellow, bottle conditioning is visible due to the somewhat cloudy appearance, The head stays for the whole glass, very foamy, it holds a nice lacing.

S: Yeasty smell with a small amount of banana esters and a little bit of fruit.

T: It is a big beer but not too sweet. It leaves a nice dry taste at the end. The sweetness is hidden by the herbal, spicy, and bannana esters from the yeast. It is a nice ballance to the beer. I taste some bitterness on the end.

M: It is highly carbonated with a medium body. It drinks smooth.

O: Allagash has created a great American Tripel. It is not overly sweet. A go to beer.

 677 characters

Photo of TWStandley
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Urthel glass.

Appeared a hazy golden-orange color with a 4 finger fluffy white head. Left some nice lacing on my glass as it dissipated.

Smell is very citrusy - lemons and oranges, with a nice smelling belgian yeast quality.

Taste summed up in one word: "refreshing." I could picture myself drinking this after a long summer hike. Definite citrus taste followed up by the typical belgian yeast flavors. Slight tangyness to it. Sweet but not bitter.

Loved the body on this one. A bit light for the style but that added to the refreshing qualities of this beer. Active carbonation.

This is perhaps my favorite Allagash offering. After living in Belgium for some time, I became a bit "tired" of the standard Tripel flavors. This one has gotten me back on the wagon because it is so damn refreshing!

 829 characters

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a snifter.
Pours medium amber with half a finger of frothy head.
Smells of honey, yeast, light malts.
Taste is right in line with aromas. Very nice wild yeast flavor, mild and drinkable.
Finish is crisp. Lingering yeast, pleasant.
Very nice light and drinkable Tripel.

 296 characters

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A slightly foggy golden color with an absolutely towering bleach white creamy head. The head takes about a minute or two to deflate, but holds steady at 1/4" - 1/2", fortified by legions of small bubbles rising from the center. A fair amount of silky white lace down the glass.

S: Very fruity with a hint of citrus. Detecting banana, a hint of apples and pears, some lemon, with a small touch of coriander spice. This smells like something straight out of the Yankee Candle catalog.

T: The taste follows suit with the nose in that it's extremely fruity. Bananas, apples, pears, followed by some spicy coriander and that alcoholic bite that is to be expected in the finish of a Tripel. As I sit here describing the flavors, it sounds so basic and simple, but there's something happening in my mouth that I can't quite describe. The flavor profile may be simple, but there's nothing plain or boring about the taste of this brew. Simply exquisite.

M: The mouthfeel department is not quite as impressive as the others, but it's by no means a disappointment. I expected a big brew like this to pack a huge body, but this one falls more towards medium, medium-large. Even still, this boasts an exceptionally smooth, silky, and creamy texture that's a recipe for superb drinkability.

O: Allagash has proven once again why they're always on the tips of people's tongues during the conversation of "best US breweries." Allagash Tripel is, quite frankly, unlike anything I've ever drank before. Profoundly aromatic, a flavor that challenges the drinker to find a word other than "perfect" to describe it, and a mouthfeel to match. This has become my go-to brew for the style. You'd be smart to make it yours as well.

 1,750 characters

Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Triple batch 161

Appearance: lemon yellow, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast, some citrus, and a little spice.

Taste: light yeast, faint hops, slight orange peel, dash of lemon, and some coriander.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a good brew. It is full of flavor and is tasty.

 320 characters

Photo of tillmac62
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well balanced for 9.0% brew with the alcohol well hidden. The taste is actually quite light. Light / Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. A slight maltiness is present with a lack of hop flavor. A fairly clean finish coupled with an afterglow of bitterness and alcohol.

 271 characters

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a hazy deep straw color with a vibrant 1/2 finger white head

S - deep fruity notes banana heavy with clove, sweet malt notes, very pleasant, no harsh or off notes.

T - taste is very similar to the nose. A nice fruit forward banana and clove yeast character. Some biscuity malt and finishes nice a dry. Very complex taste, one of the better triples I've had.

M - medium to syrupy, ample carb, for 9% it is very smooth.

O - ubiquitous allagash triple, brewed in my home town, at all the stores I frequent but i always pass it over, I will stop making that's silly mistake. This is one of the best triples I have had. From my experience the style generally is more try and more attenuated. This is sweeter, huge flavors, and the just delicous.

 759 characters

Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking the alias (or new name) "reserve, batch #199"

A: cloudy golden yellow with good amount of head that is slow to dissipate, light lacing
S: Belgian yeast, a light nose of a tart apple or some other non-citrus fruit (apricot, maybe). I also get some banana.

M: Carbonation is prevalent, sustaining the head and visible, and also felt on the tongue. The sugary coating in the mouth after a taste lingers for a while, any dryness seems to stem from the releasing of the carbonation
T: starts with almost a soda taste, like a lightly syrup-ed Sprite (guessing than means the tartness is "limon"). It is drier than a soda and not as sweet (probably obvious), and does have a hint of banana (which comes on a bit stronger as the carbonation dies). There is also more depth to the beer, I think the hops peeks through a bit with a woody feel.

O: quite a strong offering, although it likely won't blow your socks off in any way. Very drinkable, smooth, and a subtle depth as explained.

 987 characters

Photo of craft_shannie
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

 669 characters

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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!

 901 characters

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

 1,517 characters

Photo of hopsputin
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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. as with the flavor, the more i'm drinking the more i'm picking up the aroma of the malt bill - smells like nice sweet wort; which in this case is a good thing

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. theres also a nice subtle funk character in here as well that plays really nicely with the fruits and spices. really well crafted. what i'm really enjoying about the taste also is that you can really taste the malt bill in here as well. not something i'm able to do a lot

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.

 1,190 characters

Photo of TruePerception
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

 467 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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

 845 characters

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.