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Allagash Tripel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

906 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 906
Hads: 2,502
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 157
Gots: 442 | 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: 906 | Hads: 2,502
Photo of Mitchster
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #49, corked and caged in a pretty 750ml bottle.

Pours out to a hazy yellow-golden, forming a tall soapy bone-white head with excellent retention and very good lacing. Aroma is very fragrant and delicious...very floral with fruity esters and cloves, cleanly fermented and world-class, comparable to the finest tripels. Mouthfeel is initially fizzy upon the tongue with a medium-dense, wonderfully syrupy and slick body. Taste begins with floral abundance and piquant Belgian Funk, followed by tons of cloves, sugary esters and phenols, a firm malt body wonderfully balanced by mild to moderate floral bitterness. Very spicy stuff. Lingering notes of flowers and honey in the aftertaste. Expertly crafted with no discernable off-flavors and imperceptable alcohol.

This is a truly world-class tripel, and has everything I want in the style. Rich, complex, satisfying, and easy to drink, this one has it all. Comparable to Unibroue products in it's degree of craftsmanship, with a unique Belgian quality that is rarely found from an American brewery. Highly recommended! (1,078 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy yellow color wtih an explosive head that falls to just coat the beer. The nose had a nice citrusy orange and lemon to it along with some good sweetness. The flavor is also good, with an apparent alcohol and a good orange and a good spiceyness from the yeast. The feel was relatively thick, and nice. The drinkability was good as well, not an easy drinking beer, but I don't think it should be. (416 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured a little "tune up" would be in order to prepare for the upcoming Belgian Beer Festival next month. Checking the DBF, I was pleased to see this gem hiding in the back.

750ml corked and caged bottle. This is from batch #46.

A: Moderately aggressive pour yields a snifter of beauty. Massively thick...billowing stark white head erupts to stand atop the chill-hazed bright golden-colored nectar beneath. Lots of fizzies glide up from the bottom and sides of the glass. "Soap suds" lacing all over the glass.

S: Incredibly complex array of scents drift up and out of the glass. There's ripe cantaloupe, fresh orange rind, chunks of pineapple, vanilla beans, and candied sugar. Amzing.

T: Such a smooth and well-balanced beer. Many of the scents translate into the flavor. Orange, some ripened dark fruit, delicate sweetness. Woven into this tapestry of flavor is an undercurrent of spices. Almost peppery in character, they lend a wonderful touch to the overall impression on the palate. Initally sweet on, the middle beefs up the spices and slides into a short-lived dryness that is very clean and crisp. For such a beefy-thick brew, it leaves the palate quickly.

M/D: There's a lot of fizz to this one, but it's a real palate-coater...yet it manages to finish crisp and almost dry. Too cool. ABV weighs in at 9%, yet you hardly notice it. There's nothing harsh or unbalanced in this anywhere in the tasting profile. Fantastic.

Notes: I am waiting on pins and needles to try this on tap next month at the BBF. A hearty "Hell Yeah" for the gang at Allagash! (1,582 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a wonderful appearance. A bright orange glow with a sort of creamy, sort of bubbly head.
The aroma is full of malt and sweets. I can also catch a strong whiff of alcohol and some spices.
Taste is sweet with all different types of fruit, orange, apricot, and peaches. Again a strong alcohol presence but not bad in anyway.
Probably wouldn't want another right away, sort of dry, but not bad for sitting around on a Sunday watching football, taking your time. (474 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at RedBones today, and was poured in a 10.5 oz goblet. The color was bright hold, hazy with a huge white head. A sheen of white lace stayed for only part of the beer. The nose has a lot of candy with hints of figs sugar from the malt. The taste is bright malt and candy with some alcohol bite. It had a nice light mouth feel, but only above average drinkability due to the alcohol bite. (402 characters)

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

This is an excellent brew! Poured a hazy yellow with a pillow-like head...lacing was outstanding. Smell suggested cinnamon and spice...very inviting. Tatse is sweet with fruit essences and a clove undertone...nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing and crisp. Finish is nice and dry. For a 9.0 abv, this was very drinbkable...I felt it the next day, so be careful! (372 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a friend's house.

Bright white 1" head with good retention that finally fades to the sides and leads to some intricate lacing throughout the glass. A golden yellow with an orange hue in appearance.

Orange, vanilla, corriander, and some coconut (?) aromatics.

Citrus flavors in addition to some mellow vanilla and cream. A pretty strong corriander spiciness cuts through the flavors mid sip along with moderate carbonation. A lot going on in this Tripel in terms of flavors. Virtually no aftertaste.

Coats the palate with ease; very soft and silky smooth.

This guy is dangerous. You never would've guessed the 9% abv it goes down so smoothly. You definitely need to restrain yourself from drinking these all night. (738 characters)

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

Who knew that anybody in maine even about belgian beers, let along were able to duplicate classic styles with tremendous aplomb. In Allagash Triple Reserve, the have done just that. Our 750 ml bottle was from batch 53.
This is a wheat to pale gold hued triple with an ample though fleeting head which left moderate lacing on my tulip glass. To me it tasted like a true Belgian triple, with fruity esters, phenols and alcohol dominating. My finace noticed a strong hop bitterness, which I could only note in the aftertaste. Overall an excellent beer that I will probably buy with some regularity, especially since it only cost 5.30 as opposed to upwards of 10 for the same amount of the belgian equivalents. (708 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great Belgian beer not actually brewed in Belgium. I typically am skeptical of those "Belgian style" brews but I've had Allagash before and I know they are a solid company and not simply trying to rip-off that Belgian taste. It looks neon yellow and opaque. Very frothy head that tastes oh so good and creamy. Smells very complex, spicy, herby, yeasty, and a friend said "it's like medicine," which I think is a good assessment. Is there a twinge of gunpowder scent in there? What the hell is that? I swear I smell fireworks. Wow, intense. Tastes fabulous. I love the frothy head, it adds so much to the taste unlike some other beers where you're kind of avoiding drinking the head. Very breadlike and full bodied, embodies the Belgian thing perfectly. Feels silky going down and I don't really have to say this but it's very satisfying to drink. Those folks up in Maine do a hell of a job on a Belgian beer. A'yuh. (925 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is a great example of a Belgian Tripel brewed in the US. Batch #55 poured a crystal clear, golden color with a large white head that was rather long lasting. There were sheets of lacing from top to bottom on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt with hints of citrus, vanilla, and spice.

The taste is transporting. Transporting back to the Belgian Tripels that I love. This has a flavor very reminiscent of the Westmalle Tripel with a huge sweet malt, candy, citrus, coriander, vanilla, and finally hoppy love fest. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with a nice carbonation and creamy feel. The 9.0% alcohol level makes this a beer to be cautious with but the taste makes it a beer to celebrate. (703 characters)

Photo of Doppel07
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange body with significant carbonation and a tight sudsy white head. Orange citrus, bananas, and biscuits in the aroma. Great sweet-sour-bitter balance in the flavor make this a very nicely rounded tripel. Includes some spice, phenols, and earthy muskiness. A prototype tripel, this beer typifies the style in my experience. (333 characters)

Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 52. Great idea to label that. Rich golden color, but with surprisingly nice density. Very herbal hop aroma. Pours great with a bright white head that is dense like meringue. Flavor starts with a very herbal spice, with hops following, finishing with a cidery tartness and slightly honey notes. Plus a warming alcohol zing. As it breathes a bit, the herbs and hops broaden and deepen, and the honey notes get richer. Not an overly malty sweetness. Also, a tropical yeasty flavor branches out. The mouth feel is quite velvety and syrupy, not something expected based on the light color. The head has some nice activity, but is mostly just tight and dense. Overall a bit sweet, but with incredible spicy depth and character. I think I will buy another bottle, to age. I think this should be a great beer to compare to itself, at a later date. I'll have to run right out to get another of the same batch. A 750ml bottle left a lasting impression. Recommended (960 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing yellow-orange with a fluffy white head that left some stickage around the sides of the goblet. Sweet malts and tropical fruity yeast collide with a hoppier-than-most-tripels type of aroma. Initailly sweet, fruity, honey-like and almost cloying on the palate, but then about-faces into a clovey, phenolic, dry finish with lingering bitterness from the hops and ethanol. Healthy carbonation keeps this high ABV beer at a level that I could say is modestly drinkable. Lacing is good. It goes down smoother than some Belgians of the same strength. Truly better as it warms to about 55-60 degrees, more tropical esters come into play. My friend said it tasted like plastic. I cannot eat plastic for religious reasons, so I wouldn't know. I think he was picking up on the phenols. Overall, an excellent tripel that has its own hopped up American flair to it. (868 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Triple was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle, labeled batch #38. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an attractive hazed golden-straw color, and was blanketed by a white head that left good sheet lacing. The nose was superbly spiced, with notes of bitter-orange peel, juicy citrus, fall leaves, coriander, and some non-descript herbalness. An awesome sour-tartness served as a counter accent to the nutmeg tinged maltiness. On the palate, an immediately spicy, lightly astringent apple-pear fruit malt base starts things off with cinnamon, nutmeg, light musky coriander, and orange juice. A tart bitterness kicked in, leading to the orange-spice finish that left nice lingering orange-tinged spice-coriander notes. A bit of warming was felt, but no alcohol was detected. This triple was masterfully balanced, and possessed a wonderful flow of flavor. The body was smooth and sort of creamy, working very well with the flavors and character of the beer. Allagash Triple is an all around excellent example of the style. (1,031 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer was when Rob Tod came into my store at 9:30am on a Tuesday. Not one to refuse a complimentary beer, I partook of samples of his entire product line. Even though the rest of the workday was a little hazy, I became quite enamored with this little brewery. This particular bottle was from Batch #37, aged for over a year in my cellar (er, closet). Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a lovely white head and a never-ending flow of beautiful champagne bubbles. Interesting nose holds notes of sweet vanilla, light fruit, and lightly spicy yeast. A touch of bitterness and light astringency on the palate, with notes of fruit, yeast, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy with a touch touch of foam. High alcohol makes it a bit tough to drink more than a glass, though. (793 characters)

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

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is mild coriander and honey and flowers, sweet malt in the background.

Taste is sweeter than it smells with lots of coriander and floral flavors. Flavor is really close to Hennepin. Nice mild flavored trippel.

Mouthfeel is good.

Great Drinkability, added to my normal Duvel, and Hennepin, light Belgians that I drink all the time slot (378 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I liked the way this beer looked. The pale amber color of the beer made it almost too good to drink. The pour as without any head, and no lace formed around the glass as I drank. The flavor was pretty fruity. It had strong tones of apple cider and almost a wheat taste. The hops, while very much present, were not enough to take away from the sweetness of the apple taste. The alcohol was also very noticeable on the tongue. (424 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml brown bottle, corked & caged, Batch 49.

Beautiful golden brew, low carbonation and white uneven rocky head, great retention and lace. Even as I was done with my glass there were still big clumps of lace sticking to the glass.

Definitely a strong floral scent mingled with bread, grass, honey
and spice. Sweet, bold but somehow still subtle and elegant.

Wow, this tasty good, really good actually, strong sweet spice, some pear, brown sugar and caramel. Hops manages to muscle through in the aftertaste but the malt doesn't budge much and stays on the palate to form a nice layer of lingering flavors. The alcohol is very well managed as it's not apparent at all.

Thick and creamy, very sticky and rich body. Alcohol is revealed by the warm sensation drinking this brew gives.

This is a highly drinkable brew though strong enough to knock you on your arse, you have been warned!

-Oelergud (914 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown bottle, 750 ml size, corked & caged. Batch #47 (bottled 10/31/03), sampled at 18 months.

Cork lets go with a gunshot of a pop. I quickly start to pour before the bottle begins to gush - didn't loose a drop! A pale golden elixer rushes forth & is capped by a pillowy white head. Intense carbonation of tiny bubbles rush to the surface to help sustain that impressive cap of foam. Sheets of sticky lace cling all over the glass, making for some great eye candy.

A wonderful aroma of earthy, herbal hops, with crazy fruit bouncing around - melons & tropical fruits. Some spicy notes sneak around as well all adding up to a heavenly aroma.

Holy deal! A quick whack of sweetness, followed by an amazing combination of fruit flavours - pears, melons, & tropical I can't even figure it out (I just know I like it). A touch of honey works its way in before it dries out & finishes with a slightly peppery mix of earthy, herbal, grassy hop flavours.

Soft, medium bodied, intense pin point carbonation.

Absolutely stunning. (1,034 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice, dry pale malt scent with a slight fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich, pale malt flavor with dry yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and warms with a wonderful mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent Tripel, but I've had better. It lacks a little spice and fruitiness. It's a little too dry for me. (495 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #36. 750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. The cork was a biotch to get out, the only mushroom cork I've ever had to take a corkscrew to, but it's well worth the effort. Anyways, it pours a hazy orange-yellow color with three fingers of head. There is sticky lacing left all over the glass. The smell is very fruity with bartlett pear, granny smith apple, and white grapes. A little bit of peppery spice in the nose as well. The taste is fairly sweet at first, with more fruit coming through, and bits of honey and sugar. A slightly tart and spicy finish with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is superbly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great too for a 9% brew. Yet another great offering from Allagash. (723 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a crystal-clear golden-orange and yellow body that teems with fine, effervescent bubbles beneath a two inch head of densely creamy white froth. The head retention is excellent and it maintains a solid quarter inch of cream as well as leaving almost completely solid walls of lace throughout the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, candy laced malt that's brightened with a touch of orange, melon, and perhaps vanilla amidst a sprinkling of coriander. In the mouth its tiny bubbles foam-up on the tongue, giving a little tingle before it becomes pillowy soft and lightly creamy. The flavor expresses what the nose suggests, but with more ferver. It's vanilla is much clearer than the nose suggests, and its delicately citrusy orange character balances the candy and vanilla alongside a sublime spiciness of coriander and white pepper. Its bitterness is well heeled; and it's superbly balanced for the style - particularily given it's 9% alcohol which never fully shows! An astounding beer that's rich without being bold enough to hinder its drinkability, and complex enough to remain interesting throughout several glasses. Additionally, this is well worth stocking up on as it should appeal to a wide variety of guests in your home, and works equally well during a cool summer evening on the back porch as it does during the holiday season! (1,401 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy pour, with cream on the tongue, the glass. Fruity apricot and bannana and orange and apricot, and spices, the latter penetrating the nose. Coriander. A long and dry bitter tart aftertaste yet satisfying. A curious combination. Had to finish the bomber after lunch. Rye grain? (287 characters)

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

Pours a crystal clear champagne gold with a huge marshmellowy white head. Head settles out in to beautiful white sheet of swirled lace.

Smells very grassy and yeasty. Perhaps a little lemon hiding in there as well.

The taste is something to behold in an american belgian style beer. Big rush of herbal/grassy malt overpowers you. Very drying and tart. Then it turns quite grainy and almost a little rye like. Finishes slightly sweet and very very dry.

Mouthfeel is fairly epic.

I could sip on this nectar all night long. (534 characters)

Photo of JamesBerry
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After uncorking this beauty, I was hit by a sweet aroma with hints of fruitiness. It poured out a pale golden color with creamy white head. The flavor was much more dry and malty than I expected it to be, and it went down with a creamy yet tingling body. Afterwards, a slightly sour aftertaste became noticeable on the palate, but not so much as to detract from the experience. (377 characters)

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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