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 Mubalzich69
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the best beers I've ever had. Everything Allagash puts out is at the top of the game. Smooth to pour nice initial taste and great finish. Besides their Curieux this is my favorite beer.

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Photo of wanker
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 152.

I was about to conclude that I didn't like the Tripel style. I tried Maredsous 10, Chimay Tripel and Westmalle Tripel and found them all harsh and almost undrinkable.

Then I stumbled on Allagash Tripel Reserve. This one's a beauty. A gentle pour produces a beautiful cloudy gold without much head (head is overrated).

The taste has just a perfect bit of sweetness (sweetest tripel I've tried). I got sweet peaches as the fruit note. There is no bite or alcohol on this one, just a delicious nectar taste.

I found the mouthfeel perfect. The carbonation was just right. The mouthfeel was full and smooth without being heavy.

Drinkability? It would be easy to drink yourself under the table with this one, because the ABV is totally hidden.

Bottom line, run, don't walk, to get yourself a bottle.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allagash Brewing Company - Allagash Tripel Ale

This is a brew I have gone back to time and time again, but when I realized I had never reviewed it I decided it was time.

Look - Pours unfiltered hazy golden bubbly like a hearty champagne with extra body. Lacing slides with the brew while some sticks to the glass. Small bubbly head dissipates quickly from the 12oz pour, the corked bottle often gives a bit of a bigger head with a slower dissipation.

Smell - Fruits abound, bananas, lemon zest, orange, apples. Sweet sticky malts. Slight floral hops. Amazing and unique.

Taste - Taste yields a hyper-complex assault of spices, fruits, and floral notes. Cinnamon applesauce smashed into floral hops.

Mouthfeel - The taste leave a perfect sourdough Belgian tone sitting in the mouth, fruits and spices continue to evolve as that fades. Insane drinkability but you want to take little sips so you can try and pull all the flavors possible out of this brew. Alcohol is invisible, not a trace, not a hint.

Overall - Too many flavors to isolate. This brew constantly transforms, let it warm a bit to find new things ad infinitum. Waves and waves of spices and fruits continuously line the palate.

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Photo of cracgor
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #69. This pours a beautiful transparent, yellowish orange with a great cloudy head on top. It sticks to the glass in clumps. The carbonation just constantly just pour through this beer. It smells very yeasty and spicy. An earthy smell to it. The beer tastes sweet and fruity. A little citrusy and plenty of spices. A little of coriander. Tastes earthy and yeasty, a little like wheat beer. The spicy notes are a lot stronger than the citrusy. Mouthfeel is very clean. No feel of alcohol, just a little warmth at the back of the throat. A dry and flavorful beer. This is probably my favorite beer that I will enjoy regularly. Just a delicious product from an american company.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allagash, you're the best.

Striking beer. Lovely and foggy golden orange hue that sports an intensely thick white head. Retention is solid and lace spotty.

Like a gun shot blast of sweet floral happiness. Yeast, spice and a bouquet of complex scents are here to explore.

Akin to the smell, this is a feast of pleasures. Fruit induced, with a fresh kick, tasty aftertaste and incredibly soothing with it's approach and finish.

This medium bodied brew is as good as any Tripel I've had. You'd be splitting hairs if you think this is any worse than the best Tripels. This is as good as it gets. Allagash, you're the best.

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Photo of 1fastz28
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

well, this review might be slightly biased, i've been slowing down on my beer drinking and this is the first one i've had in gasp, 4 days. regardless, on with the review!

appearnce is beautiful, it has a wonderful golden slight orange color with a white head that laces on the glass very nicely

smell is awesome just a wonderful spicy aroma to it, the carbonation is also present. just a wonderful

taste is amazing too a very smooth and inviting flavor, just absolutely great

mouthfeel is great

everything about this is just wonderful right now


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Photo of MattBrooks
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer from this brewery. It is pale straw in color and when you drink it, it tastes like an autumn day in Maine. It has a nice head and is smooth and easy on the mouthfeel. This brew goes down easy, which can get you into trouble considering the 9.0% alc.

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Photo of Curtis
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Big bottle750ml that I bought in Calif at one of those "warehouse stores" (not sure we can give actual names here, but it starts with a "C"). I developed a love for Belgian style beers a couple of years back and this has to be the best one i've tried yet. Pours a beautiful gold, slightly hazy, (no chunks). If it was more clear, i'd be worried they had filtered out some of the "good stuff". Wonderful white foamy head that retained for some time. Therre was still traces of head with only an inch left in the glass. Aroma is excellant, slightly floral, not too strong, quite pleasing. Initial taste is very very smooth that lingers in the best way. Mouthfeel is excellant, no aftertaste or excessive "bite" that Beligians can get. Incredible balance of sweatness, hops and grain, with Belgian candy. No ingrediant is too much or missing Its wonderful. The alcohol balance is amazing. I could hardly tell it is there and would have never guessed it was 9%. Balance, balance, balance. No faults, nothing lacking, I could drink only this beer for the rest of my life and be quite happy. Good job guys, very well crafted.

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Photo of bultrey
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, well... batch # 59. Vibrant, almost neon orange. Thick, fluffy eggshell-colored meringue-like head, no matter how carefully I pour. I wish I could get meringue to look like this when I bake.
Aroma is of orange blossoms, coriander, lemon, cinnamon, and clove, with a slightly sour farmhouse edge.
This tastes like tropical fruit, such as mango and banana, as well as white fruit like peach and pear drizzled in honey, and spike with vanilla and coconut. Incredibly complex. A distinctly malty, nutty almond-like sweetness kicks in, but eventually yields to a quite crisp hay-like finish. The mouthfeel is like liquid sex. Phenomenal.
Damn Americans. Always borrowing things from other countries and doing them just as well if not better. This beer is barely trumped by (the older) Southampton Grand Cru...
By FAR my favorite brew from Allagash. I've had this on draft at Gramercy Tavern, too, and although I didn't take notes, my head nearly exploded...

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Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit cocktail aromas are joined by canned bartlett pear flavors in this creamy, buttery beer.
The texture is fat and offers up a sequence of images, one melting into another, of steamed, wilting violet petals, buttered biscuits and black cumin.
The slick texture is complemented by a firm, bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a grouler purchased at Green's on Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Cloudy gold in color with a nice white head and moderate lacing.

S: Fruity, spicy, herbal aromas with a nice sweetness that is not overpowering.

T&M: Light to medium bodied with a mildly sweet candy sugar malt flavor. Nice citrus, herbal and spicy flavor with a perfect mild hop bitterness.

This is excellent fresh or in the bottle. Great brew!

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Photo of socalparalegal
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this one from Costco recently to try it out, and was not disappointed. The golden color was the initial attraction, followed by pouring which which gave frothy look. Taste is smooth and pleasurable. I'm not pro when it comes to beers, but I do like this one.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Big white head on a cloudy golden yellow body. Nice thick lacing left behind with some lacing stuck on side of glass.
S- Big bananas and fruits come out. Some spices also come in a fill the nose. Yeast comes through also. Maybe some esters in it too.
T- A great blend of flavors. Nothing seems to be over taking. There is a light blend of bananas and other light fruits mixed in with some spices and yeast. Some alcohol warms the back of the throat nice and gently. Some light hops also come in and tickle the tongue. Light to medium bitterness is left on the tongue along with some fruit flavors and the light warming of alcohol.
M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.
D- This is an amazing beer. All flavors well blended and make for a amazing complex flavor and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of IceAce
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle stamped Batch #58

Pours a body with deep amber edges and a dark golden core capped with tight bubbled, fluffy stark white foam. The nose is candi sugar sweet swirls with alcoholic esters all ties together with a Belgian yeast bow.

Entry smoothly sneaks past the lips and lands fruit-first on the rear of the tongue. Mega malt, candi sugar, and just-right spicing highlight a midtaste which showcases a velvet mouthfeel supported by honey.

The finish is a long soothing yeast fade into the Belgian sunset.

Many thanks to BeerBuddy JiLLian for this slice of heaven!

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Photo of ironchefchris
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap what a beer! That's good stuff. Just drank a bottle from Total Wine in Midlo. I didn't know much about Tripels, but they sounded like they'd be great. Bananna was in the description at Total Wine so I had to buy it. I love banannas. Nice yellowly haze to the look. Great beery taste during, amazing fruity finish. Again...the banannas awesome. Drinkability is way up there...I could knock back a bunch of these..and with a 9.0 ABV, that's a bit scary. It's easily one of my top beers now. Bring on more Tripels...

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Photo of DeliriumHomebrew
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #155

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A: golden, straw- colored beauty (I was stunned). Head was an easy 2 finger job, but settled into some nice lacing throughout.

S: kinda like those Pillsbury croissant rolls, fresh out the gate: Butter and Bread. A little peppery, with some hints of citrus...
Corriander? Maybe.

T&M: decidedly, the best tasting tripel I've had: not as sweet as Wyerbacher, yet not as boozey as Chimay. A nice mix.
I'd like to eat a steak right now, but it's late and I digress...
M: perfect carbonation, best I've ever felt in a tripel. You could swish it around and drink it all night.
(I won't be doing so).

O: A++; and, please make sure to "Drink Good Beer."

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Photo of Mitchster
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #49, corked and caged in a pretty 750ml bottle.

Pours out to a hazy yellow-golden, forming a tall soapy bone-white head with excellent retention and very good lacing. Aroma is very fragrant and delicious...very floral with fruity esters and cloves, cleanly fermented and world-class, comparable to the finest tripels. Mouthfeel is initially fizzy upon the tongue with a medium-dense, wonderfully syrupy and slick body. Taste begins with floral abundance and piquant Belgian Funk, followed by tons of cloves, sugary esters and phenols, a firm malt body wonderfully balanced by mild to moderate floral bitterness. Very spicy stuff. Lingering notes of flowers and honey in the aftertaste. Expertly crafted with no discernable off-flavors and imperceptable alcohol.

This is a truly world-class tripel, and has everything I want in the style. Rich, complex, satisfying, and easy to drink, this one has it all. Comparable to Unibroue products in it's degree of craftsmanship, with a unique Belgian quality that is rarely found from an American brewery. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #66. Faintly foggy lemon with the merest hint of tangerine juice. The muffled gunshot during cork removal and the expansive head would suggest a well-bubbled beer, but it doesn't appear to be excessively carbonated to my eyes. The glistening pearly white head is a pillowy, softly creamy, yet sticky masterpiece of foam. The beer/head combination is clean, bright, simple... and simply outstanding.

Tripel Reserve's nose is indistinguishable from the noses of some of the finest tripels in the world. Yet again, I'm amazed at this brewery's skill in recreating authentic 'Belgian' ales in the states. Sweet-and-sour fruity with bushel baskets full of peaches, pears, apples and all manner of golden fruits. Not as bold or as clove spicy as some of my favorites, but remarkable all the same.

Phenomenal beer! I've gained an appreciation for this style over the past year or so and I can tell with one mouthful that this an impressively well-crafted tripel. If I thought the nose was bursting with orchard fruit (it is), then what word can I use to describe what happens on my tongue each time I take a drink? Explosion? Detonation?

The beer is thunderously fruity, a flavor and a sensation that is made all the more immediate by one of the most well-cloaked, yet sneakily powerful ABVs in recent memory. That is precisely why I love this style as much as I do; the combination of fruit, spice and alcohol that, when done right, is transcendent like nothing but the most resinous hop bomb.

Even though the clove and white pepper spiciness isn't overly prominent in the nose, it's present and accounted for on the palate. Not too much... not too little... but juuust right. The deeper I get into the bottle and the closer the beer gets to an estimated 60 degrees, the more I absolutely love it and the more I realize that its flavor profile is flawless.

The body is solidly medium for the style and doesn't quite match the flavor for bigness and boldness. That's not a knock though and I hate to even assign such a mundane word as 'medium'. The mouthfeel's airy, softly silky, supremely smooth, lightly syrupy nature seems a contradiction in terms, but the tactile/textural contrasts are fascinating and give the beer an incredible amount of mouth interest. I've chosen to use drinkability to reflect how badly I want another bottle. Badly. Very badly.

Tripel Reserve is, without question, the best domestic tripel that I've ever had and is second only to Tripel Karmeliet on my 'best of style' list. It's yet another bright star in the Allagash firmament and is a testament to their commitment to brew incomparable, endlessly fascinating, decidedly delicious, tremendously drinkable beer. Anyone who doesn't include Allagash in their 'top-10 breweries in America' list has a screw loose.

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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 StevieW
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Batch #34. Poured a golden honey yellow color with a gigantic white creamy head. Yeasty sediment added some cloudiness and beige color to the head. Perfect. Head stayed and staed and defines the term Belgian lace.
Initial aromas very robust citrus, grapefruit hop smells, and some freshly baked bread smells from the yeast.
Taste is much along the same line, fresh citrus, grapefruit, lemon tartness hits first. Thick full baked bread taste, malty sweetness. Fresh hop bitterness, nearly lip smacking. Citrus tastes snap by again, but leave a dry finish. Sticky on the lips. Tastes dances on your tongue then slips down to a belly warming finish.
Smooth medium to full bodied, very balanced. Nothing wrong with this one. One of my all time favorites and saved for Easter Dinner.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden-yellow, perfect, huge fluffy white head. Crazy amount of bubbles floating about, looks like champagne. Excellent lacing, beautiful beer. Smell is great, peppery Belgian yeast, floral notes, apple. Tastes... honey, lemon, apple, yeast, wheat. So good. Alcohol taste nowhere to be found, just makes a nice warm feeling in your stomach. Way, way too easy to drink. Dry peppery finish. Amazing, better than I remember. Good price too. Allagash rules.

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a great tasting full body beer. I have tried so many from so many parts of the world and I must say this one is my favorite. I just hope it becomes more readily available so others can enjoy it but I have a great seller in the Charleston Metro Area.
Savor the taste and drink it responsibly because it packs a powerful punch for beer. But even with the high alcholol content it is lower than wine or spirits so you can have more than one. There is a fruit taste but it is not overpowering. I despise fruity beverages so if I am touting this one so high it is because it has just the right amount to give it a great taste but not overpower you. Note best served slightly below room temperature. Too much chill will limit the great flavors
Enjoy it!!!!

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the brown 22oz. "bomber" bottle marked batch #134 a stunningly beautiful golden hue, a cloudy, slightly orange color that is almost too pretty to drink. Of course, the standard large foamy Belgian head fills almost half the tulip glass, with a pillar of carbonation rising from the center of the glass where the stem meets the bowl. The aroma is of sweet citrus fruit, candy & sugar. 1st sip is of sweet candied citrus fruit (orange, lemon, tangerine) peel & honey, followed by a surprisingly dry, white wine-like finish. The citrus peel flavor reappears on the swallow & lingers tantalizingly afterwards. There is a champagne sparkle on the tongue. Drinkability is off the should almost be against the law for a 9% abv beer to go down this smoothly & easily., Wow, WOW!!! This is about as good as it gets in the beer world!!!

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Photo of cokes
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch# 25.

A hazed-through lemon body sits under a majestic white crown. Fades to a skim, but loses none of its royalty.
A rose petal, floral aromatic epiphany. There are brews with more complex noses, but perhaps none with one as delicately lovely as this. Fainter, exists tiny pokes of honey, tropical fruits and lime.

Transitioning to flavor:

Cookie dough and lime kool aid.
Honey and milkweed.
Rosemary and sourdough.
Herbs and lemon drops.
Dew and pineapples.
Vanilla and attics.
Tulips and horses.
Must and daybreak.

This is like foccacia bread filtered through Ken Kesey's mind. Spiraling out in a multitude of directions.
Heavy lightness, with heft undefined.

The 9% is felt only in cumbersome fingers striking errant keys.

A tripel cubed.

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Photo of Dantes
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 750ml corked and caged bottle, labeled 9% ABV, Cork marked 2002. Batch #26. Bottle-conditioned. Expressionist forest scene on label.

Cost: $5.49 at Gary’s Wine

Presentation: tulip glass at 50º

Appearance: Semi-cloudy, brassy-gold color. Streamers of fine bubbles cut through a cloudy body. Surprisingly, head was not as voluminous as anticipated, and dissipated fairly quickly into a fine film. No lace to speak of.

Smell: Complexly floral with banana, clove, apple, pear, raisins, and hints of rum. Makes one think they are about to drink a rum punch!

Taste: The panoply of complex aromas comes to life and substance in one’s mouth, like spectres regaining their corporeal bodies. In addition come the welcome sharpness of lemon and green apple that cut through the flowery sweetness. Yeast and spice further leaven the brew. This beer blew me away with its never-ending revolving door of flavors. It challenges the drinker through the middle, all of the way to the drier, edgy, finish.

Mouthfeel: A lovely, sweet, mouthfilling brew. The carbonation is velvety and fine, despite its lack of appearance in the head and the subdued pop of the cork.

Drinkability: Oh my God is this drinkable! Absolutely no hint of the 9% hammer awaiting the person who approaches this beer too casually. Manages to be both substantial and delicate at the same time.

Wow! Quite honestly, this beer blew me away. Being a bit of a Belgian snob, I’ve often passed the Allagash brews by, always attracted to something else. What a mistake! This is a remarkable brew that will become a regular inhabitant of my refrigerator (along with his brothers; the dubbel, the grand cru, etc.) Manages to be both true to the style and individualistic. This is an incredible value. If you close your eyes while savoring a glass; you’ll swear that you are in Brussels, the dollar is strong again, the French have come down with laryngitis, and Belgium has somehow relocated to New England. An incredible value.

Bottom Line: Ayuh, you Mainers have been keeping this one under your hats! If it is available in your area, make it your business to give it a try.

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