Allagash Brewing Company

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4.16 | pDev: 10.1%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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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Newtobeet345 from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Typical beer color golden clear.
Nose has malt coriander and orange
Finish is smooth with slight orange.
Overall a really nice beer. Was not expecting so much

Tuesday at 07:49 AM
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
bottled on 10 22 2020
L: hazy golden body with a thin white head
S: grass, herbal, spicy yeast, lemon; a little skunky
T: spicy yeast, lemongrass, tart passion fruit, pale grain, herbal/spicy/grassy hops
F: fuller body, moderate carbonation, tangy on the tongue, spicy Belgian yeast lingers on the dry finish
O: not as good as expected, but still very good

Jun 02, 2021
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Spike from England

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

330ml bottle. A full-on yeast and esters Belgian-style pale ale from Maine, USA. Loads of banana, lemon and cloves. Foaming carbonation and an effortlessly smooth but rich mouthfeel. Massive ABV, well hidden. A true-to-style but incredibly approachable tripel. Excellent.

May 14, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#1793 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Paler than golden, it's into mid-straw territory. Ever so slightly hazy (sediment left stuck to base of bottle) and poured with a 10mm fine-bubble white head that looks like sticking around...
S- Subtle, some antique/aromatic timber notes.
T- BOOOOOF!! I wasn't expecting that! Mega Belgian yeast ester notes, massive - there is absolutely ZERO doubt what style of beer this is. Solid spice notes, mega-banana, dripping in yeasty-esters...
F- Deep complex and yet not heavy or wearisome on the palate.
O- This is front and centre, left, right and behind Belgian yeast notes in spades. Use this on a beer-innocent friend as a solid demo of what Belgian yeast notes can be like when it's really maxed up. Then, I have to remind myself and tip my hat, this beer is not Belgian at all but American. Oh yes, that'll suprise some people, the land of Milwaukee Ice can also yield forth such gems as this. Wow, again, what a wonderful surprise this is....
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! They talk of notes of passion-fruit and honey. Luckily I get neither outright, I just get a reeeeally nice 1 in 50-100 darn superb beer experiences... Wow it's 9%, but it's not shouty about it at all. AND big WOW again it cost £7.30 for a 355ml bottle, jeez!! Well I'm glad I enjoyed it so much.
330ml bottle BB: 22/10/21 (1yr post-bottling date shown). Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

May 01, 2021
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ChiefRobot from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a large 750ml bottle after it sat out for 20 minutes. Bottled on 5/7/20. Light foam and lacing that quickly disappeared. Nice light golden color with a slightly tart taste and very refreshing and enjoyable. Where does Allagash hide the alcohol?

Apr 23, 2021
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Cloudwater Online Shop (£5.50):
Golden with slightly darker tinges in areas & a thin, foamy white head covering the surface with a touch of lacing on the glass. The nose is fruity, slightly floral with pears, a little yeast but it's not overly pronounced really. It's strongly carbonated & light with pear, yeast & subtle citrus before some banana flavours come through. It's fluffy & balanced with the alcohol well hidden & some spice to close; pleasant but there's plenty better Belgian tripel's if go for over this one.

Mar 28, 2021
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izraelc from New York

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

Pours a hazy gold. Light herbal aroma. Big malt and spice flavors. Tastes more like a hefeweizen than a triple. Solid malt finish. It's was quite good.

Mar 14, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light golden yellow from the bottle, 1.5" white head that slow fades to a solid coaster, mild lacing. Nose is banana, clove, rising dough, light canned peach, yeast esters; blind I could easily think it's a hefeweizen except for a deeper malt presence as it warms and some noticeable alcohol. Taste follows with a big banana punch up front followed by strong spice - mace, nutmeg, and white pepper; sweet, fruity, yeasty flavors become more pronounced through the drink. Alcohol very well hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is full and crisp. An easy drinking, spicy drink.

Mar 07, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Tripel! Their parents and knows is pretty basic and understated, but wow... Delicious and super smooth. .. I have no idea where the ABV is hiding on this one, but I'm guessing I'll find out after my second...

Feb 28, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered gold appearance with a small white head and modest lacing. Yeasty aroma layered with peppery, clove like spices, a bit of citrus and floral hops. Spices remain a recurring feature on the taste buds. Soft fruit more so than citrus,
along with some honey inspired sweetness. Grainy but not coarse mouthfeel. ABV obvious but unobtrusive.

Jan 22, 2021
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. One of those beers that your stunned you've never had. Pours a just barely hazed, glowing gold. Persistent, yet thin head. Head is dense and lacey. Dried spices and phenolic elements on the nose. Dry, pale malt. Fruity sweetness. Saw a review refer the nose as smelling like Juicy Fruit gum, which is a great description. Flavor is very stylistically sound but super approachable. I have always had a difficult times getting into Triples. The dryness, booze, and phenols usually threw me for a loop. I have since begun to grow an affinity towards the style but regardless, I can tell this is an excellently crafted beer. Dried apple and banana slices, pear, pepper, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, hay. Hits a ton of flavors. The booze is set to a level that isn't off-putting yet it lets you know it's present. Not as cloying and harsh as many Tripels. Yeah, I'd say this one can stand toe-to-toe with the beers from the style's motherland.

Dec 19, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at my favorite tap room in Greenville NC.
Appears golden yellow with a nice foamy head and nice lacing.
Smells fruity and yeasty.
Taste follows the nose nicely no strong alcohol taste despite the 9.0 ABV
Overall a very nice Belgian Tripel that I would definitely order again.

Dec 16, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, fluffy white head with great retention. Fast rising bubbles.

Aroma: Floral hops, fruity esters. Yeast forward.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Yeasty flavors, floral & fruity. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Finish is dry.

Mouth-feel: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Medium length finish.

Overall: Excellent quality golden ale. Light and yeast forward. Too high in abv to be sessionable, but it is an enjoyable sip. One of the few Belgian styles I like.

Dec 07, 2020
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bbrandow from New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: An opaque, hazy soft golden color. A tight 1.5-finger white head. Cloudy with minimal carbonation.

Aroma: Honey and lemon. Soft but very fresh.

Taste: Like the bottle says ... Passionfruit and honey. Coriander and spices. Blue-Moon-like flavors in a tremendously more sophisticated beer. Sweet but dry, especially on the aftertaste.

Feel: Soft and smooth.

Overall: A really fantastic aroma with a smooth mouthfeel and a clear roundness yet softness to the flavor. Phenomenally drinkable. The look, taste, and mouthfeel don't match the top-notch tripels, in my opinion, but the aroma may well. And it is fantastically well balanced. Smooth but flavorful. Just bitter enough but just sweet enough. A great representative of the tripel style.

Dec 07, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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

Golden yellow with a heavy haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with good retention. Sweet estery banana flavors with sweet bready malt. Medium bodied with soft, medium high carbonation. Lightly creamy feel through the middle followed by expanding boozy warmth that turns prickly toward the end. Sweet banana and honey flavors with light peppery esters emerging through the middle. Medium light bitterness. Finished with banana and peppery esters and prickly booziness that slowly fades. Sweet and spicy esters are well balanced along with a sweet malty backbone. Friendly booziness reminds you that this is a Tripel.

Oct 09, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy with a finger of white head and moderate fine bubble carbonation.

It smells of coriander Belgian yeasts.

The taste follows the nose only it’s even more intense loaded with hints of pear and quince.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I’m taking this in Redding California September 13, 2020.

Sep 13, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love this style and this beer is really good, but not great, for the style.

Pours a hazy straw yellow. Smells of yeast and lots of spice. The flavor is very "belgian" with a bit heavy on the spice, especially cloves. This is a weird critique but compared with the beers I consider "excellent" in this style, it's a bit heavy on the clove-flavor vs a more balanced spiciness. It ends up being a bit "lopsided" in this respect and that keeps it from the top-tier of Belgian tripel's for me.

Still, an _amazing_ style and a very drinkable beer (esp given the ABV!), worth every penny.

Aug 30, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour with big foamy white head. Lasts a good while... fantastic lacing.

S: Yeast and hops. Floral, herbal, and fruity.

T.F: Semi-sweet up front with toasted grains and yeasty esters. Complex. Banana and clove... black tea, herbal hops, and spice. Lemongrass and fruit. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Surprisingly dry at the finish.

O: Allagash does Belgians well, and this is a lovely beer. One of the better American tripels out there.

Aug 11, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left nice lacing on the glass. It smelled of candy sugar, spices and caramel. Sweet caramel and yeasty taste with spices. Crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

Jul 04, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale yellow with a 2 inch thick, foamy head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma of cloves, banana, esters, yeast, spice.

Taste is malty, cloves, coriander, banana, yeast.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Semi-dry, tangy finish.

Wow! This is an excellent Belgian style ale.

Jun 27, 2020
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Yaroslav from New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've finally been directed to banana as a part of the recipe of Belgian style strong pale ale/tripels. This is my favorite style of beer but I've never liked banana. But yes it is there in this brew and most in this style. It's been a blind spot. Hard to reconcile. Makes it more of a masterwork to get me to like anything with banana and continue to cherish this style of which Allagash masters. Duvel remains #1, La fin du monde #2, Allagash #3

May 06, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

*Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass*

Poured an attractive hazy honey-yellow, had a thin lace of white head with not a whole lot of retention. There were a good amount of yeast and protein particles floating around, which might be frightening to people unfamiliar with this style.

Predictably, this was pretty yeast forward beer. Had a rich smell of banana and cloves, with a hint of some canned apricots and mandarins. Also got a bit of its hop character presenting a light hint of grapefruit and oranges. Very rich, vibrant, and satisfying.

Similar to the aromas, I was hit with a big yeasty taste of bananas, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. While the spiciness of the yeast took over the majority of my taste buds, I did pick up on a small bit of fruity characters such as pears, citrus, and apricots. Later on, the taste kind of devolved for me, and became a little too rich and heavy. Probably won't be able to drink more than a bottle of this at a time.

For 9% ABV, this was dangerously drinkable. I barely got any hint of an alcoholic taste in it. At times I felt as if I was drinking straight juice. Which might be good or bad depending on what you look for in a beer. It had medium body with a medium-light carbonation which made for a creamy smooth feel and finish.

TLDR; a very nice and refreshing Tripel. Very yeast forward presenting spicy notes of cloves, ginger, and a bit of cinnamon while also presenting some fruity esters such as bananas and oranges. At first, the feel is smooth and medium bodied, making this a creamy, rich, and refreshing Tripel, however, it might feel too rich and heavy for you the more you drink it.

Apr 28, 2020
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding representative of the style. Prior to this, my only Allagash experience was with their white beer, a style of which I'm not the biggest fan. But their Tripel delivers on all cylinders... and it has an unusually high drinkability, something which we can't say about most of them. (Side note: I'm drinking this during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown; I sure hope the package store I bought it at will still be open on Monday, I need more!!)

Mar 29, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

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

12oz bottled 11/21/19. Opened 3/7/20.
1 finger ivory head, good retention down at 1/4". Opaque and pale golden color Tripel. Nice lacing top to bottom.
Spice, honey, chalky yeast, clove, coriander, faint citrus, apple skin. A lot going on here, this is a beer you can have your nose in for a while and still find something new going on. Smells great.
Honeyed malt goodness, good dose of herbal hops. Sweet fruit (a little banana) and spice. Layered
Bright, medium body, creamy mouthfeel and medium high carbonation. Extreme drinkability @ 9%, very well hidden. Lengthy finish with a touch of sweetness but ultimately a dry finish.
Masterpiece. A pleasure to drink.

Mar 08, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this Maine version on a Belgian Tripel...golden on the pour, slighty cloudy with a big pillowy head and wonderful lacing. Smell is sweet malt, yeasty, with light herbal hops. Notes of honey and banana. Taste is smooth but complex, finish is dry. One of the best triples at a great price. This is one of my new favorites!

Mar 01, 2020
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