Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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#3,098
Reviews:
970
Ratings:
2,874
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of CMA
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavetotheB
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Herbabee
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
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 +12.3%
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".

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of timon
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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 dafla67
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amendm
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 Knickfan3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeeBreezy
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anselm
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlfritz58
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mlatvakokko
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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 BeerMan247
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good triple really masks the high ABV very bitter at first but drinkable though the aftertaste

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Photo of probune
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yuno
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pizzabutt
3.27/5  rDev -21%
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 -5.6%
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 Permenter
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 2,874 ratings