Tripel Ale
Allagash Brewing Company

Tripel AleTripel Ale
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #11
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,187
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.1%
Reviews:
1,001
Ratings:
2,961
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Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Year-round
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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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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.

Saturday at 11:01 PM
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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.
Outstanding.

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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CharlesForbin from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ou bottle. $12.50 a 4 pack here in PA USA. Without repeating other reviews this is truly one of the best takes on the style. Light bodied with no alcohol apparent yet it reads 9% on the bottle. By the time you figure out all the flavor notes the beer is gone. Another please. Wait. This is a 9% beer. Maybe that is why they sell it in 4 packs. My first from Allagash and can't wait to try others. For a beer of this quality it is inexpensive. Wish I could have another but it is a "school night".

Jan 25, 2020
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scootny from New York

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big dense head, golden amber with a bit of cloudiness. A slow fade keeps a thick covering with a bit less lace than you'd expect. Beer stays covered though.

Nose is stupendous. A perfect blend of sweet malt, Belgian yeast and light herbal hops. Notes of honey, banana, anise. So much complexity.

Taste is textbook. Honeyed malt. Light toasted grains, bananas and Belgian yeast. Anise with light apples and pears. Mild hops with a long full finish. Dry and refreshing.


Feel is full and super creamy. One of the best feeling beers I've ever had. Smooth carbonation gives a velvety swallow.

One of the best triples out there and st under 10 bucks a bottle a real steal.

Jan 11, 2020
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irs from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice golden color with nice effervescence. good solid foam on top.
I'm not getting a huge nose, maybe the beer is a little too warm. Mostly banana and a touch of caramel I guess. Definite hop presence, but the nose is mostly driven by the yeast.
Taste is more hop forward and very dry. The hops bitterness is very present with a complex malty flavor behind it. Mouthfeel is the light and dry beer floating on the effevescense of the carbonation. Super nice....

Dec 23, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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

Pours a foggy straw-yellow with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good, with lackluster lacing left behind. Aroma is lemon grass, grapefruit, cracked black pepper, banana and clove. Yeast is punchy and strong, offering up a bread-like quality. Flavor profile is banana, clove, cracked black pepper, grapefruit and lemon grassy hops. Yeast is present throughout, but really comes on strong at the end, swelling the banana, clove, and bready qualities. Mouth feel is velvety and soft with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, lightly fruity with oodles of banana and clove yeast zest to it. Really fun to sip through.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Nov 02, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very fluffy white foam head that quickly exploded in the glass, while taking several minutes to compress down to a 1/4 inch foam head. Look is a pale, hazy straw with a touch of orange color. Scent is...a wide mixture that I cannot quite put my finger on: sweet-ish, floral-ish, and the label says passion fruit which I would also give an ish to. Taste comes across as surprisingly fruitier than expected -- still quite enjoyable. Also surprised at the subdued booziness for something at 9.2%. Body is medium to full and has a bit of lingering honey and -- finally -- a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Enjoyable overall.

Oct 26, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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

Jul 29, 2019
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Bacardi222 from Maryland

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.

May 26, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

May 13, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Apr 26, 2019
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Inpraiseoffolly from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 05, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 31, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

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.

Mar 15, 2019
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Toph2112 from Rhode Island

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

Mar 01, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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.

Feb 01, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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!

Jan 25, 2019
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penguinsgoboom from California

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.

Jan 24, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

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.

Dec 29, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

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.

Dec 24, 2018
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