Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: 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.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears a tiny bit paler than your average Belgian Tripel, with a bit of quickly-dissipating foam to join the party. Lovely aromas of fruit and different syrups. Sour-sweet flavor of malts, fruit, yeasty goodness, and a pinch of spices. There is a gentle microfoam that consistently massages your palate. Light body, bready aftertaste, and deceptively easy to drink - just like a true Tripel. Another great beer from Allagash, and one of my favorite American-made Tripels.

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Photo of Tohibii
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is quite nice as an American Tripel, being quite true to the style with a bouquet of very well balanced spice and sweetness (it mentions honey and fruit on the label and I would say that's not a stretch). Balances sweet and dry rather admirably while bringing proper complexity into the fold, IMO.

For me it's something of a dog fight between Le Fin Du Monde and this one for my 'quality' North American Tripel. Allagash's is much milder with less of a biting carbonation like La Fin Du Monde, but I'm still finding it a toss up between these. Both are wonderful options for tripel lovers and really comes down to preference on what you're looking for.

Overall it's very credible, an actual authentic Tripel and a real credit to Allagash for putting it together. This will always tempt me as an option on Any Given Sunday and is a testament to the skill of American brewers. Anyone who likes the style and lives in America really needs to try it and see how it goes for you personally because it could potentially become a real favorite.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz shorty into standard pint glass.

L: Hazy yellow, finger width white head that slowly recedes. Good lacing.

S: Good herbal and spicy fruitiness in the aroma.

T: Follows the nose well. Tasty.

F: Light bodied and crisp.

O: Great brew from Allagash.

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Photo of Jliscin
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A cloudy golden hazed color to this beer with a somple head on it
S: A nice pleasant sent with strong fruit notes
T: it has a smooth fruity taste to it with a sweet honey taste and a small tarte after taste
F: strong carbonation but goes done smooth
O: A very well made tripel ale with lots of flavor to it.

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Photo of LeRose
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a three finger head of white foam in the tulip. Head falls rapidly, but great cling to the glass.

Aroma is of bread dough, fruit (bananna and more subtle tropical fruit), grape, phenloics and the Belgian spice mix.

Taste follows with just enough bitterness to balance. Very slightly sweet undertone. Apple and pear notes emerge on the taste, and a mild honey-like flavor underscores the floral and fruity notes, mellowing out the spiciness on the finish. Just a hint of the ample alcohol. Mild herbal qualities - almost a minty character. Ver pleasant.

Full-bodied, lively carbonation, and extremely smooth.

Overall, a smooth drinking, relatively high ABV beer. Full flavor and character and a worthy brew.

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Photo of Holderness
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Turbid gold with a one finger white head that dissipates quite quickly. Slight lacing
S -- Doughy yeasts, almond, honey, banana, peach, clove, vanilla. Very pleasant and comforting
T -- Spices (nutmeg, cardamom, clove, pepper), fried dough-tasting yeast, and a honey sweetness take center stage, with a mild malt finish.
F -- Full bodied and a complex, nuanced balance of flavors. Moderate carbonation
O -- Probably Allagash's 'best value' brew: ~$10 for a four-pack of one of their best and highest ABV offerings

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Photo of hoojAmAphut
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Develops a good head. Keeps it for a while. It's a bit more subtle in all its flavor notes aside from the bitter ones. Probably among the top 10 for me personally.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow-gold with a soft white blanket.

Smell is white bread dough, banana, apple, lemon, butterscotch, and some phenols.

Taste is very well balanced between all of the above described aroma elements, plus a touch more of that Belgian spicy yeast, a little woodiness, wheat, honey, and a hint of booze and bittering hops.

This beer is really soft and frothy, with a medium body. I had some particularly bad home brews before drinking this, and what a relief it was to be able to ease my palate with such a well made Allagash brew.

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Photo of Wxb1111
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a pint glass with a beautiful golden color with rapidly rising bubbles. Foamy finger sized head with lacings reminiscent of it tracing the empty glass. You can smell the slight hoppiness and fruity bouquet. The taste is slightly bitter, and this makes it all the more enjoyable to me. I want to taste the malts\, but I want to taste other flavors as well, like many good Belgian Triples. I recommend this as a light tasting beer with the lingering of cloves and honey . This is a beer I would buy in a 4 pack when I can find it.

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Photo of bdaggett
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It seems like the Allagash Tripel is very heavy on the spices and malts, opposed to other Tripels that are more malt heavy. The beer is well-balanced otherwise, but the spices can be a little overwhelming, like some other Allagash beers.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Translucent, hazy straw with a fluffy white head. The retention isn't great, but there's lots of lacing.

S: Smells of banana, pear, apple, honey, lemon, cracker, straw, honeydew melon, white grapes, white wine, clover, coriander, and clove.

T: The taste follows the nose. Green apple, pear, banana candy, and lemon peel upfront. Cracker, honey, and a hint of alcohol warmth in the middle. Honeydew melon, white grape, vanilla, and passion fruit in the finish. Finishes dry and spicy with lingering notes of clove, coriander, pepper, grass, and oak-like tannins.

F: Medium-full body, carbonation is bright and smooth, the beer is dry, effervescent, and drinks like a charm. The alcohol is ridiculously well-hidden.

O: This is absurdly good. This is on par with its Belgian counterparts. Truly a work of art!

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass a beautiful golden color with rapidly rising bubbles. Foamy finger sized head with lacings reminiscent of it tracing the empty glass. You can smell the slight hoppiness and fruity bouquet. The taste is slightly bitter, and this makes it all the more enjoyable to me. I want to taste hops, but I want to taste other flavors as well, like malt and fruits. Definitely a light tasting beer with the lingering of banana. Definitely a beer I would buy in a six or more pack, but with a 9% ABV, I'm sure I wouldn't consume many in a day!

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - a super hazy golden ale with a frothy white two-finger head that dissipates quite quickly. A nice ring of bubbles sticks around with some effervescent, silky lacing lining the glass with every sip.
Smell - the Belgian yeast dominates here with notes of clove and, to a lesser extent, banana as well as some hints of pepper, honey, and bready malts.
Taste - pepper and clove seem to be most prominent, but I get some sweet banana and bread as well as that honey.
Feel - great carbonation, medium body, and very smooth, almost viscous, finish.
Overall, this is one of the best tripels I've had. This particular bottle is over 6 months old, and I feel like it differs (slightly worse) from the bottles I had earlier this year from the same 4-pack. But it still packs a solid Belgian-yeast punch that hits you in the nose and the mouth. I would just prefer more body to the beer, which again, might be due to the age of this particular beer because I feel like it had more of the characteristics I look for when I had it fresh.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, bright gold beer with a bright white head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma contains bright citrus, passion fruit, bready yeast, banana, clove and honey. The taste is amazing with a nice sweet passionfruit, banana and clove taste with fruity yeast and a peppery finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and substantial. This is a truly great american beer that would be at home in a Belgian monastery.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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 worlds. 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".

Cheers to Allagash!

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Photo of EMH73
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a half inch head. Smell is fruity and yeasty. Tastes of bananas, spices (cloves, nutmeg and pepper), sweet fruits and the classic Belgian yeast flavor. Very smooth and creamy, alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast and over ripe bananas. Flavor follows the nose and has some sweetness that provides a smooth balanced finish. Easy drinks smooth feel and overall really nice.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle bottled on 9/3/15. Pours a yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Kind of looks like a lager. Smells of fruit, yeast, and a little sourness. Light mouthfeel. Rich malt taste with hints of spices (like nutmeg and cardamom, not chili) and dark bread. The Belgian yeast shines through in this one.

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Photo of allswells
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of Allagash Brewing Company already, so when I found this in stock at a local place I was ecstatic. Was not disappointed, VERY strong showing!

Look: Pours a nice round head, great head retention

Smell: Smells of citrus, very fruity, very nice

Taste: Delicious! A lot of banana at the onset, followed by more subtle notes of citrus. Tastes more like a white ale than a tripel, but that's okay, still a very strong beer.

Feel: Very creamy. The banana gives it a very full body and rounds it out nicely.

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Photo of sandsonik
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Long review got deleted accidentally. Not doing again. Short version: amazing tasting, complex beer, could happily drink the rest of my life. Beware, alcohol well hidden but it's there. Awesome

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Photo of Vixie
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually looks like a wheat beer to me. Cloudy yellow with a small white head that dissipates fairly fast, leaving a little lacing across the top.

A lot of citrus in the smell, mainly lemon. Also some yeast and floral notes, reminds me a lot of a saison.

Has a bit of lemon up front. There are floral and grassy notes as well. Some banana and clove like spice are present.

Not a bad feel, the carbonation really makes itself know going down.

Overall I would say this is a really good beer, although tastes almost more like a wheat beer than a triple. There is a lot of flavor here, and it is one of the better examples of a US made triple. I have been looking for some time for this beer, and glad I got to try it. Worth checking out.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a very fluffy white head. Head retention is really nice even after 20 minutes.

Smells faintly of lemons, spiced fruit, and spicy hops. The alcohol is mildly prominent in the nose.

Tastes very neutral as far as the Belgian yeast flavor that I expected. Some banana but almost like the banana laffy-taffy rather than the fruit. Some pleasant spice pairs well with the yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and prickly. Coats the mouth but is too dry to really be sticky. The finish lasts a long time.

Overall a great tripel. Belgians, more specifically Belgian yeast strains, are something I'm still trying out. This is one of my favorites.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid tripel style ale. Tons of yeast esters, some phenols as well. Has that wheat beer flavor going on as well.
Beer pours a pretty clear straw yellow color, nice frothy white head. A little bit drier than other examples but still super smooth and delicious.

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Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 8oz hotel hiball glass from bomber. Nice 3 finger head recedes to about 1 finger that leaves nice lacing. Hazy yellow to look at. Smells Belgian. Taste, pick up some nice esters. Nice lingering sweetness and some peppery notes come thru.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a full flavored tasty beer. The smell is Belgian yeast, sweet grains, some apple and peach fruits. The taste is smooth and full with some peppery spicy and a lingering finish. yb

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