Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Ranked #13
Ranked #4,541
4.14 | pDev: 10.14%
Saturday at 12:45 AM
Nov 08, 2001
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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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by entheos from California

Very smooth for a boozy beer.

Apr 03, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice semi-transparent yellow with white head. Nose is honey, lemon, wheat, peaches, grass, and yeast. Really nice! Taste is nice and sweet. Candy, slight hops, honey, peach, leather, grass. Amazing. Mouthfeel is fairly light and refreshing. Overall, a fantastic tripel.

Apr 02, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by officerbill from New York

a slowish pour (to keep out sediment) shows lots of small continuous bubbles in a light golden honey colored beer and ghives you a thin head that quickly becomes a long lasting film

not much of an aroma, some banana, clove, a bit of tropical fruit

Sweetish with bananas, cloves, a touch of honey, and a hint of tropical fruit (the passion fruit?), no pepper or any other kind of bite

Lots of fizzy carbonation give this a full and smooth mouthful leaving a slight banana/clove aftertaste and a thin film on your tongue

The major drawback is the sweetness. There is a lack of complexity and finish, the flavors are well balanced, but they all lean towards the sweet end of the spectrum and there isn't anything other than the carbonation to provide a clean finish.

Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice tripel. I certainly wouldn't turn it down and, considering the reasonable price, I will likely be buying more.

Mar 26, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my chalice. Bottled on 11/17/2021. Picked up for the tripel tasting a few weeks ago and in my cellar since.
The beer pours a partly hazy golden color with a fizy bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up. This foam sticks around as one large island and a sturdy edge layer throughout the sampling.
the aroma is a nice mix and fairly complex with fruity notes of white grape mixing with a bit of honey and some spicy yeast notes too, cloves is what I find. No hint of booze and the beer has a nice aroma overall. After a few swirls the head foams back up to a sturdy full surface layer.
First sip reveals a medium body with fine tingly carbonation and a smooth texture. The beer drinks easy on the physical traits.
Flavor is some bready malt and general fruitiness mixing with some banana too. I also get some black pepper and cloves and then a very dry finish. Dont really get any ABV warmth. Not really a hop note and the finish lingers with a bit of peppery bite too.
A nice beer that seems to be easier to find and from a brewery that seems to know what they are doing with Belgian style beers.

Mar 26, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mvogt from Massachusetts

Smell: definitely picking up the hops as well as the yeast. I am getting the passion fruit mentioned in the description.

Look: perfectly reasonable yellow, I didn't get much of a head but I think it's the glass.

Taste/feel: sweet, chewy, fizzy, feels like eating a delicious foamy candy. An alcoholic one. The alcohol is not shy.

Probably not my absolute favorite of the style but still an excellent beer.

Mar 25, 2022
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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

A careful pour from a chilled but not cold couple of stout brown bottles into a clear glass liter mug yielded almost the same inches of foam as liquid. It's that ugly starchy white foam, with relatively large bubbles that recedes unevenly and leaves scant lacing inside the glass. Self-described as a golden ale, that aspiration falls short. The color beneath the head is a pale yellow-amber, bright and a bit cloudy. The smell is definitely of a Belgian ale, with its yeasty aspect that is unmistakable. Yet, this drinks cleanly and with only a little of that "banana" taste reference than can be annoying to many. Although not super complex, there's enough malt for some honey like sweetness as well as a good body. The rest of the tastes include moderately bitter hopping, a vague fruitiness, a noticeable, but not detracting, alcohol presence and even some spicy hints during the finish. Even those that don't like Belgians should find this a drinkable offering. There's plenty to like within the taste and the mouthfeel is excellent. Quite the recovery from the initial pour.

Mar 22, 2022
5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Mar 13, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by deleted_user_995920

Pours a murky translucent deep lemon color with a short lived white creamy/foamy head.Smell is hard to explain, like a clean earthy essence, which is nice. a little Belgian yeast banana scent. At first a citrus hint which turns into a banana, combined with the malt give it sort of a banana bread essence. Feels medium bodied, not chewy,a tad bit syrupy , you know you are drinking a big beer. The ABV is not hidden all too well. Overall a good sipping ale. Would not take this out on any summer occasion. Too thick. Compared to Duvel which is a similar strength Belgian golden ale the Duvel is way more refreshing and drinkable in my opinion. Allagash is the best American brewery who brew Belgian style beers. I like other Allagash beers better-

Mar 04, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by dofo777 from Oregon

Smooth mouth feel, honey banana yet not "sweet", ultra long finish. Luscious mouth feel with a little fizz.

Feb 12, 2022
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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Absolutely huuuuge head. Smell is classic tripel- yeast, bread, hints of banana, esters, coriander. The taste is rich- the esters really stand out, along with the yeast, and is backed up with just enough hoppiness. Hints of coriander, lemon, and honey too, and a wonderful sweet, grassy finish. The alcohol is noticeable. Semi dry finish. This is a wonderful beer.

Dec 28, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

This was a very interesting concoction for a tripel - passionfruit and honey, and then they somehow made it dry - it was a truly amazing experience to savor. The booze is hidden behind the light notes of the fruit and honey, but the booze finally catches up to you. Definitely worth the try...

Dec 09, 2021
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 03, 2021
3.83 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 07, 2021
4.03 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Oct 30, 2021
4.24 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Oct 11, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. 1/01/22 date, I assume that's a best by date.

L---Lightly cloudy, bright medium golden color. Fluffy white head had nice retention and left beautiful lacing.

S---Coriander is strong. Some yeast as well.

T---Honey and passionfruit. Coriander shows up. Super long finish showcases the passionfruit.

F---Medium/full body with a little bit of heat from either the coriander or the ABV. Ample carbonation.

O---A really nice one. Hard to believe I've never had this one before.

Sep 16, 2021
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Sep 12, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a fairly clear yellow with fine, soapy head.

Smell is fruity and yeasty with a phenolic twist. Notes of citrus, dried fruit, bananas, apples and some passionfruit.

Taste is fruity and spicy with a nice yeasty touch. Notes of dried fruit, citrus, banana, slightly peppery rye dough and hint of passionfruit and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with frothy carbonation.

Overall, a terrific tripel, probably the best non-Belgian I've had.

Sep 03, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

(From 12fl bottle into tulip glass)
L: color is a golden yellow. Head is pure white, very quickly dissipated compared to most other triples. Bubbles don’t combine into a soapy texture, rather they stay independent when they meet the surface. Not much lacing

S: fruity (apple, pear, passion fruit). Some sweet malt and thick honey. Floral.

T: Honey is forefront. Floral and a fruity bite towards the middle-end. Nice yeast character. Touch of sweet malt. I’m not getting much hops.

F: Very smooth; no carbonation rush or hops. Odd aftertaste and finish, kind of finishes rather “bleh” or unremarkable. Medium bodied.

O: I middling tripel. It was smooth and enjoyable, but did not have a lot of the characteristics and notes that I’ve come to expect from some of the best triples. You do get the honey notes, so if that’s of interest I would recommend trying it.

Aug 31, 2021
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3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by FannYu from Taiwan

I really don't taste anything more special in this tripel than in the others. Overall it's a quite average drink. The only thing that stands out is the lingering after taste. Should've gotten Allagash White instead.

Aug 03, 2021
4.05 by caffeinelogic from New York on Jul 29, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12oz bottle, bottled on 02/04/21 14:28. Served in a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Thin white head with islands and sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, with classic Belgian yeast fruity esters.

Taste: Honey, fruity esters, a bit of tropical fruit, old noble hop bitterness at the finish. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation - a little prickly on the tongue and it leaves some spiciness at the finish. Nicely thick underneath, with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkabilility: Delightful. Well balanced, lots of good flavor, enjoyable from start to finish, and a delight to look at in the glass. Everything one would want in a Tripel. Well done and well crafted!

Jul 25, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a golden with opulent white head retention. Banana and warming spices on the nose. There's banana and golden raisin sweetness coupled with enough bitterness so as not to give the whole Christmas fruit cake vibe. While it has the requisite Tripel character, it feels well attenuated and kinda dry. There's a bready finish. It's smooth and pleasant.

Jul 25, 2021
4 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Jul 10, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

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

Jun 08, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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
4.27 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on May 16, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Spike from England

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
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
4.21 by zotzot from Vermont on May 01, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

#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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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ChiefRobot from Minnesota

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
4.51 by Cashbail from New Hampshire on Apr 20, 2021
4.2 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by flyingpig from Scotland

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
4.98 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Mar 24, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by izraelc from New York

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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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

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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