Tripel Ale
Allagash Brewing Company

Tripel AleTripel Ale
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #10
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,056
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.1%
Reviews:
989
Ratings:
2,931
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Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Tripel AleTripel Ale
Notes: 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: 989 | Ratings: 2,931
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: white pepper, bready, Belgian yeast, crisp, spiced, clean finish. Same with the nose. Golden hue, clear with delicate head and rings of lace. medium body. Sly kick to it. 18 IBUs

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Photo of Bacardi222
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a teku glass.

A: hazy, pale gold. One finger white head slowly dissipates to a flat film clinging to the glass. Yeast particulates are noticeable and suspended throughout after rousing. The thicker pieces have settled around the entire base of the glass.

S: fruit forward. Banana fermentation esters are up front with a slightly spicy backend. Belgian yeast is prominent.



T: yeasty banana is first on the palate followed by faint spices and finishing with a balanced hop flavor. Just the right amount of bitterness attributed by the hops. There is a flavor that gets half way to something citrusy without coming to fruition. Leaves you wanting more. Very tasty.

M: medium bodied, medium plus carbonation. Dry finish. Satisfying.

O: allagash excels at producing Belgian style beers and this is no exception. Incredibly well balanced and tasty. Yeast forward but not overpowering. Alcohol is hidden very well. Recommend any beer lover gives this a try.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 2/13/19, so about 3 months old.

Hazy dull yellow body, big foamy bubbly white head replenished by slow streams of carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Very faint aromas of wine and apple.

Belgian yeast, a little banana, slightly sweet then a little bitter and even faintly sour. Also on the dry side.

Mouth between medium and full, finish is dry, slightly bitter and warm.

Overall, pleasing sipper of a tripel, usual quality you expect from Allagash.

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Photo of Lucular
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an incredibly well-balanced tripel, one of the top versions I've had (whether American or Belgian). Well-balanced with fruity esters, hints of banana, sparkling and effervescent.

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Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy with a thin head. Mildly herbal fruity nose
.Just a touch of honey on the solid Tripel base. Say they use "house yeasts " Not even the slightest alcoholic bite, the ABV is only 9 percent. Another fine American tribute to a Belgian.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow-gold, washy thin head. Aroma of meek Belgian yeast, honey, loam & citrus peel - nice, but feels a bit timid. That classic Belgian, earthy yeast flavor is more prevalent on the palate, balanced again with some sweeter notes of honey & mild fruity esters. Finishes with an herbal kick that could be smoother. A good rendition but not lacking.

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Photo of defunksta
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a hazy, pale, orange color with a strong, sticky white foam head. It becomes the beautiful effervescent color in the sunlight.
Smell: Strong Belgian spices radiate from this beer. Lots of coriander, clove, and candied belgian spice. Aromas of lemon and slightly sweet bubblegum and syrup. Maybe that is passionfruit? Yeast is definitely present. Some metallic aroma that is unpleasant.
Taste: Great Belgian spice presence. Coriander, clove, and a white pepper which radiates a metallic note. Citrus, and lemon. Followed by a peppery, but sweet honey biscuit . Finishes with a peppery and coriander finish that lingers. It has strong flavors of Belgian spices, white pepper, fruit, and honey-malt sweetness.
Feel: Heavy bodied, but smooth. Body is rather light and crisp for the style. Almost amazing for the amount of ABV!

Compared side by side to New Belgium's Trippel: This one has a lighter and more tart and citrus aroma than earthy or pine. There is a lighter and zestier yeast presence. It is dryer, but still has a well-balanced amount of citrus flavor and malt sweetness that lingers on the tongue making you want another sip. I think this Trippel is much better because of the balance of tart fruit, yeast, pale malt sweetness and spicy, dryer finish. Definitely pleasant. Almost crosses the boundry into a saison, but still contains a citrus and malt sweetness that identifies it as a Trippel.

Compared to Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse: They are relatively similar. Similar carbonation and flavors. This one is clearer and more yellow. More of a honey, pale malt sweetness. Less Belgian yeast spiciness. Finishes in a sweeter biscuit malt finish as expected in a Tripel.

Overall: Overall, This is the best Tripel IMO. I'm not a fan of the Allagash Saison or Brewer's Bridge. Allagash nailed the Tripel though The flavors focus on Belgian spices, yet it is relatively dry. The body is astonishingly light for the ABV. How it hides a 9.0% ABV is truly a wonder. I would describe it as a stronger, heavier, and sweeter Saison. Much more spice than a Belgian wit. It leans toward a saison and really finishes with the Belgian spices quite well. This and Tank 7 really nail the sweet/dry balance of imperial Belgian beers. It perfectly balances the yeast, floral hops, malt sweetness into an all-out rounded Belgian finish. This is the best Belgian Trippel I've come across.

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Photo of Toph2112
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Will try to get descriptive, though I'm new to this. Please give me some slack...

So this is my first Tripel!

Look: 2-3 finger head (depending on how aggressive you pour it), if I had a beard it would be frosty. Amber/topaz-ish/yellowy color. Happy Hazy. active carbonation.

Smell: Smells like I want to drink it right away, hah! Seriously though, at 9% ABV, I don't smell the alcohol in it, a nice sweet-ish scent. Hold on, I'm getting another beer to double-check this...yep a nice, sweet honey smell. Damn pleasant, I must say.

Taste: Hey, I still don't get a hint of a high alcohol content - very nice! It also doesn't slap your face with bitterness. Again, sweet like honey, some yeasty bready-ness in there, which I like. Again, it's not an IPA so it doesn't taste entirely like you are eating bark right off the tree. No offense, IPAs! I like 'em, but sometimes I like to switch it up.

Feel: Carbonation hits the tongue just right, not too prickly, goes down easy and your tongue feels clean.

Overall, I'm loving this Allagash Tripel Ale! Will be trying out a few more in the next few 2, 3 weeks from now to compare against this one.

PS: In future reviews, will purchase better drinking glass tech for the best effect

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

Bought a corked and caged bottle from Whole Foods in Alexandria. Poured from bottle to hotel tumbler. Pale gold in the glass, with a quick few fingers of white soapy foam. Not a lot in the way of active carbonation. Aromas of cracker, spice, clove, pear, and green apple, and herbal/spicy hops. Flavors of clove, spice, white bread, white grapes, apple, pear. Harsh right out of the fridge, this one improves with a few minutes adjusting to room temp.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12/22/11: Pours a hazy ocher with 2 fingers of loose, clumpy, lasting, white head that leaves patchy rings of lace. The continue down the glass as the brew is consumed. Aroma is fruity esters, cloves and a medicinal hint. Taste is sweet, bread, stone and white fruity esters, spicy, with a floral hint in the finish that lingers into the lightly bitter and somewhat sour aftertaste. Very NICE!

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a silky half finger head. Color is a bright hazy yellow topaz

S: Coriander, white pepper, pear, lemon, wheat, yeast

T: Fruity sweetness, pear, then carbonation kicks in along with white pepper, coriander, breadiness. Finishes clean.

O: A flavorful, but also light and refreshing beer. Undoubtedly one of the best Belgian Tripels brewed in the US.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a 2" white head that falls slowly with mild lacing. Aroma is brett forward with white bread background and floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth finish. Flavors of banana, clove, white bread, floral hops. Overall: really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Gatch
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 08/30/18. Yet another beer enjoyed during my streak of "beers I should have tried and reviewed years ago." There was a time when I wasn't a fan of this style nor Belgian beers in general. Now I'd like to go back in time to slap my old self as my life now feels diminished because I've gone so long without this beer in my life. Without a doubt one of the world's best Tripels, found in Maine nonetheless, and relatively inexpensive. It's so well-rounded, so flavorful, so delicately sweet yet perfectly balanced and never cloying. Almost a dessert beer. I am now obsessed with Tripel Ale from Allagash. Wow.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

L - Pours a hazy yellow color with cloudy head of white foam.

S- Straight up Belgian. Banana, Clove, Hay all represented.

T - Slightly spicy and citric with subtle metallic notes and moderately bitter hop finish.

F - Went done easy. light and refreshing for a beer with this big of an ABV.

A quality ale and a nice representation of this style.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy golden yellow. A finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Banana, clove, citrus, vanilla, malt.

Taste: Malt, generic sweet spice, and a little bitterness on the back end. Not quite as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than average, very high carbonation.

Overall: A decent tripel, albeit unspectacular.

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Photo of Herbabee
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For me it's just too difficult to assign any cerebral number system to this one. Just so perfectly, deliciously balanced. I can't name a single icky or off-putting thing about it. If I could easily procure it in my state (grrr/boo/hiss/harrumph!!) it would certainly be a mainstay. A monthly keg exchange program would suffice.

And admittedly, I'm also a proponent of its barrel-treated exponent, Curieux.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 750ml bottle with the cork present, and poured it into a Belgian wheat beer glass.

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've had this beer twice now and in my humble opinion this beer should get the designation of "world class" beer. I've had the best beers in the world. Many beers I've had that unfortunately I forgot to review while tasting it. This beer to me gets everything right. Looks amazing, smells amazing, mouthfeel is perfect, ABV is hidden like a magician's trick, and last but certainly not least: its so delicious! This beer I'd drink all the time if it didn't cost an arm and a leg. This is a masterpiece. I know a masterpiece when I taste it and this has the "stuff". My rating probably should be higher and I may edit it for a higher score. It should be within my top 5 favorite beers. That's how special this beer is.

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Photo of timon
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OH YEAH. This is what I've been waiting for. Finally, a tripel to displace La Fin De Monde from my #3 Tripel spot. This has the light, not to sweet, but sweet, tropical, but not IPA, complex, but yet discernable greatness that makes me want to quit work and drink it all day. I put this right behind Westmalle Trappist and the famous Westvletern 10 (good luck getting that one). The only thing off is the look, a bit cloudy, imo. The rest is top of the world Tripel stuff.

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Photo of Amendm
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow with a thin off white head that thins to a film and lasts to the end.
Sweet malt with lemon and grape to the nose.
Semi-sweet malt plus honey appear evenly throughout the taste, spicy bitterness comes in late.
The alcohol is cleverly hidden behind the honey, even as it warms.
Very malt rich even mouthfeel dispite the pale colour.
Easy to drink inspite of the heavy spice and high ABV.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant gold in color with vibrant carbonation. There's a fingernail of eggshell wright around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is of pale Belgian malt, honey, and banana. The taste is right in line with the aroma, but the pale Belgian malt is more pronounced and the honey is more subdued. As it warms I'm also tasting banana. The mouth is highly carbonated, crisp, and dry.

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a bottle into a flute-like glass.

appearance: a nice opaque gold, on the lighter side. poured with a very short white head that receded into a cap with a thin sudsy film on top. very little lacing.

smell: very sweet. honey. very slightly floral with a note of tropical fruit. not a super strong scent.

taste: initial taste is almost banana-like. follows with herbal notes and a nice semi-sweetness throughout. a fairly complex taste. hides the alcohol very well.

feel: very bubbly. medium-bodied. a decent sipper.

overall: it could be better. it seems to stick to the style of a tripel well enough but it's a little bit too light and bubbly for me. that being said, it definitely doesn't feel like a 9% until you're halfway in and you notice it. all in all it's a pretty accurate tripel but it's not my cup of tea (or beer, as it were.)

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Photo of smbslt
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden (as advertised) with a thin white head that broke down and left random deposits on the side of my Spiegelau barrel-aged glass that was tulip-styled enough
S - Tropical fruits with with a faint but evocative bread dough/yeast mixed in.
T - Ripe, juicy stone fruits with a little spic
F - A bit watery for the intensity of the flavor - almost what seems to be a brewery signature
O - Super approachable, despite the 9.0 abv although I think the the use of "Belgian-Style" is a bit of a cop-out.

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Photo of edc20
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good carbonation, luscious mouthfeel. There's a bitter floral character to the beer that dominates the more you drink it. Next most dominant taste is the spices. Citrusy passionate fruit taste that is much more apparent on the first few sips but ever present throughout. Wine-like kcal (262) to abv ratio (9%).

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Simply amazing. I lived in Germany for three years (2014-2017) and had the good fortune of being able to drink some of the finest biers Europe had to offer. When I got back I looked forward to trying some of the newer craft brews made here back home. A lot of them have not been my stein of bier. THIS however, the Allagash Tripel is the by far now my favorite. This very smooth, I love the color and feel, however I was expecting a bit more flavor *but I am by no means complaining).

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Photo of teromous
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottom right label on the bomber: "Bottled On 10/26/17 09:00:

Appearance: The head is a massive white cloud resting above a slightly hazy golden body. There is a lot of carbonation visible in the beer.

Aroma: There isn't much of an aroma to this beer. There is a bit of a metallic tinge that appears at first but it goes away pretty quickly. What replaces it is what smells like lemons. After it sits in the glass for a bit it picks up a bit of clove and allspice, then eventually there is some bubblegum. It's pretty impressive how so many aromas can develop in the beer as it opens in the glass. I would recommend letting it sit for at least a few minutes before drinking it.

Taste: There is a lot of bubblegum with a touch of clove right in the forefront of this beer. There is a bit of a bitter herb flavor to the beer in the middle and it is mixed with just a bit of alcohol. That bitter herbal character carries out to the end.

Mouthfeel: It is lighter bodied but leaning to medium. It has moderate bitterness and just a touch of alcohol. The carbonation is on point. It finishes with bitterness and just a touch of sweetness.

Overall: The beer is a bit heavy-handed on bitterness but it has very good Belgian yeast character. This alone makes it worth trying. Often people ask about how sweet a Tripel is because some tolerate more or less. This one has a light sweetness that is mostly masked by the bitterness at the end. It also seems to merge that bubblegum flavor to give it an almost "bubblegum sweetness." Overall I thought the beer was enjoyable and I would recommend it.

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Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2931 ratings