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 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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Photo of Rastacouere
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shining golden hue, honest rocky white head becomes a never disappearing 1cm foam. Superb noble hops in the aroma. It feels very natural, grassy and extremely floral. I smell a spice blend, but I can’t put any names. It smells very airy.. In mouth, once again this charming floral profile comes out very dry, champaigny almost. Spices flavor from the fermentation get a bit more defined (pepper, sage, cloves) while the malt base appear honeyish and fruity (but once again hard to put any names). Very bitter spicy and grassy finish. Pillow-soft mouthfeel, fluffy, creamy, round. Incredibly balanced and holding much more class than I can handle. I didn’t expect that much, this is a gem. Thanks Stephen!

Everytime I try this again I’m blown away. Vastly superior in terms of expanding creamy tiny bubbled velvety mouthfeel. If the nose was more expressive, this would be very close to perfection. It builds a superb foam that lasts as long as you’re willing to sit on it. The sides of the glass stay white all along while the core at the middle digs a crater. Is that rockiness or what? And the taste... woah, succulent honeysuckle, very spicy, complex and champaigny. Only a 5renders justice. Too elegant, shining and well-edged to be true with just a hint of alcohol to remind you it’s a tripel. Classy and effortlessly among the best.

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Photo of Kirkles
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at a local restaurant. It was my first legal beer and definitely took me for a ride. I came back and tried it after I had some more experience and found it to be extremely pleasant.

A: Cloudy and full

S: Fruity and spicy. Always makes me think of autumn.

T: Strong and complex. Fruity and spicy, with a hint of alcohol.

M: Slight fiz and medium body.

D: Tasty and smooth. The only limiting factor is the above average alcohol content

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch #76

This beer pours slightly foggy honey straw with a tall irregular head.

Smells of dry smoky honey, sour electric melon, oranges, and a little tart raspberry that is blended into a fantastic spicy yeast.

Tastes light and creamy with some pineapple and bits of dinner roll that collapses into a nice subtle but prominent peppery yeast that nips at the sides of my tongue. From start to finish there is a superbly flavorful musky triple yeast that jumpstarted my palate. I seriously haven’t been this excited about a beer in a long time. This one’s flavor is top notch!

The mouth feel is light and dry with a huge mouth of bubbles.

Made in America? No way! I’m impressed. This beer really got my attention and made me smile. This is a fantastic representation of the style and probably my new standard to which I’ll compare all other triples. This one’s a must!

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Bottle says under pressure - it was as it made a nice pop as the cork was removed. This bottle was batch #169.

I gave it a gentle pour into a Duvel Tulip glass (which should be renamed Allagash tulip glass) which brought forth a 2 finger white, lightly rocky head which was slow to recede and produced a bunch of lacing. It was densely hazy which produced a glowing golden color in the glass.

Before bringing the glass to the nose I could smell the yeasts and classic Belgian style. As I brought the tulip up, I noticed that the center of the glass gave a nice yeast fragrance while the edge of the glass put off a warm butter bread smell. Giving a light swirl produced evidence of some savory spices.

After enjoying the smell for some time, I found the flavors to have some ripe fruity floral notes like honeysuckle. It had great yeast, mild hops and a touch of clove.

This was a very well balanced and complex beer that had enough carbonation to release flavors and cleanse the palate but not overdone either.

The alcohol was barely noticeable and well integrated into the finish which amplified the drinkability.

Absolute world class Belgian Tripel proving that a good Belgian can be made in the USA.

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Photo of Absalom
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Opens really well, but I have to say the bottom of the glass is not nearly as favorable, hopefully because they now sell it in corked double pint bottles, you'll be too buzzed to give much of a shit by then. Delicious, really delicious.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is batch #75 -with a careful pour around 55 degrees in a New Belgium Globe Glass, the tripel poured a hazy orange with a fantastic head retention. The nose has a candy yet spicy balance. The taste is unbelievable! The 9% alcohol sits in the back, which helps to fill the palate with a complex fruit, sugar, and earthy taste. I cannot wait to go and buy more from Spec’s in Beaumont! Thanks, Allagash for the best domestic Tripel I’ve ever had!

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Photo of JJBlock
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The smoth, lingering flavor is outstanding. From the initial taste through the lasting effect, one of my favorite tripels.

The lasting head, great differentiation of flavors, and effervescent power in my mouth are differentiators.

Very difficult not to include this as "one of the best."

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Photo of thadbme
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden honey color with a full finger of head on top. Lots of bubbles from carbonation and the head seems to sit for a good bit. The beer is cloudy and not see-through.

S: Has a bit of a boozy smell to it, with some strong wheat mixed in there. A hint of some fruit that I can't quite pick out, its overwhelmed by the other smells

T: Very nice and balanced taste. Neither the wheat nor the "boozy" smell translates over to taste. This is a very nice ale. Drinks like its a 5% beer rather than the 9% that it is. Finishes with a slightly bitter malt taste in there, but goes great with the beer. Very drinkable.

M: Light to medium body, little carbonation. You can taste the head of the beer slightly. Good Mouthfeel.

O: A very good and available beer. I enjoy drinking this one quite a bit, and my wife enjoys it as well. This is something that if you need to pick up in a pinch grab one and you won't be disapointed.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was from batch 40. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden coloration. The head was towering and fluffly. The head resolved into a ring of foam. Thin lines of lacing make its way down the glass.

Smell: The beer is full of the usual suspects. There was a very nice citrus fruity taste playing with fields of malts. There was a nice posse of herbal goodness coriander, celery ect.

Taste: Dam this is a well balanced treat. The beer absolutely lives up to its smell. The beer had a pleasing grain and malt base. This supported a wonderful melange of mostly citrus fruit and very good spicy base.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is medium to full bodied. This is a very well balanced treat. Alcohol is present and creeps up on you but not in the taste or smell. Just an excellent brew.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Tripel Reserve: Batch #55

I picked up a bottle of this at Charles Street liquors last night for $5.95.

I had this out of a 750 ML brown bottle with a caged cork. Served in a wide mouth goblet. After I opened it, I let the bottle sit for about 5-10 minutes uncorked.

Appearance is a hazy golden. Beautiful, fluffy white head on top with striking lacings that are clinging all over the goblet.

Aroma has floral features. I also smell some fruit (bananas and oranges) and that classic Belgian scent.

Taste is blowing me away. Creamy vanilla and citrus up front with a syrupy honey feature. Spice and cloves on the finish. Mild alcohol warmth during digestion.

Wow. I am really impressed. Extremely well balanced and enjoyable. This is the best tasting American Tripel that I've sampled yet. Very, very drinkable at a 9.0% ABV.

Next chance I get I am stocking up some of these. This is a great deal for what is received in quality. Allagash makes a statement with this offering.

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Photo of deebo
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle from batch# 177 shared with friends over Christmas.

A-Light golden in color that is just a bit cloudy with a bubbly white head that quickly breaks down with little lacing.

S-Very fruity (citrusy), weak in spiciness with a clean malt aroma with some sweetness.

T-A sweet taste upfront thanks to the malt and fruity esters, notes of honey with a subtle well balanced spiciness. Low bitterness compared to many others with a similar profile to this beer.

M-Outstanding body for a tripel-rich, soft with a delicate mouthfeel. Hard to believe this is a 9% beer, the only hint of alcohol is felt with a warming way down low.

O-An amazing beer, the taste is complex and delicious and the mouthfeel makes it easy to drink which for me adds up to a world class tripel. If you care about BJCP, this brew would not quite hit the mark but just for overall deliciousness I'm loving this one.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch # 45 pours a hazy yellow. A thick white head reaches the top of the glass and a nice lace stays for the ride to the bottom. Aroma is sweet; fruit notes are all over, bananas, green grapes, and herbal tones, cloves, and yes the passion fruit. A slight musty yeast note is also mixed in. There is a lot going on in this beer. As it warms the tones seem to mellow but the taste improves. The flavor is of tropical fruit, a slight malt back and the fruit again is there and the spices come to play. It is sweet but not a nasty sweet. More of gentle tones of the fruit, no, wait, it is honey. It has a smooth mouthfeel and the 9.0 is hidden by everything going on in this beer. This beer is simply enjoyable to drink. Another killer beer from Allagash.

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Photo of Loki
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #35: Purchased April '03 from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA and sampled on June 26th, 2003 with friends and family. This was a great beer to share and to educate with. Most had never had a beer anywhere neer this complex. Favorite comment of the night, "This is much more complex than most wines."

The first hint of complexity was the pour. It Poured a burnished copper color, with a bubbly white head that left some nice lacing. Had small streams of tiny, champagne like bubbles.

The nose was the second clue to the complexity, or should I say dead giveaway? Scents of candy, malt, sweet fruit, ester alcohol, and then hints of grapes and subtle spice and then more candied malt. I have not the proper training, experience, or olfactory senses to properly pickout and describe all the flavors here. Truly enchanting.

The taste is nearly as complex with flavors of malt, fruit, citrus, bananas, some hints of hops and spice and candy. Wonderful sweet candied malt and little hits of refined alcohol. The flavors seem to dance on the tongue and the mouth seems to come alive with the bubbles and flavors.

This tripel was truly exceptional and it allowed me to teach a few coors light drinkers what real beer was without them say how bitter or heavy it was. I even had a wine drinker singing its praises.

Oh if only I didn't have to drive 120+ miles each way to get more. Well this will definitely make it worth the trip. I can't wait to crack open the Allagash Duppel Reserve!

I give this two pints way up!

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour with firm white, lasting foam. Aroma of apricot and other fruity esters. Tastes of honey and yeast. Smooth finish despite high carbonation, with lasting sweet, fruit flavors.

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Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #28
750ml bottle

Appearance: Using my Allagash tulip glass (thanks again Dave!) to drink this heavenly nectar, it pours a burnished gold that is perfectly clear from a careful pour. A frothy, off-white head starts out thick, then slowly shrinks down to small cap. It's easily brought back up again with a simple swirl. The lace looks a lot like soap suds overlooked on a car window in the middle of a hot, sticky summer...

Smell: Wonderfully complex aroma with suggestions of spicy fruits, banana, grape, clove, phenolics, bready yeast, alcohol, and a musty earthy note. Despite this wide array of scents, the aroma comes across as sweet. Stunning...

Taste: The flavor is sweet and spicy, with lots of fruitiness and honey on the forefront. After the initial rush of sweetness, the flavor shifts to a slighty phenolic one, along with a small burst of black pepper spiciness. The clove, yeast, and musty flavors are in there too, but play secondary roles and stay mostly in the background. The tail end has a rush of warming alcohol, which is highlighted by a touch of hops. Again, stunning...

Mouthfeel: This brew is highly carbonated, but it still manages to maintain a creamy, soft mouthfeel that is just a bit prickly on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Alcohol dries out the finish considerably. Very warming...the more I drink of this bottle, the warmer my tummy feels!

Drinkability: You have to respect a brew that makes you forget that it's 9%abv. This brew goes down quite easily, and I have to be mindful to keep from overdoing it. What a great nightcap!

One of the best tripels to be found anywhere, this brew is solid proof that not all the best Belgian-style beers come from Belgium. In other words, another winner from the brewers at Allagash!

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from batch #203.

Appearance: Deep yellow almost honey colored with slight amber hues. Nice two to three finger choppy cream colored head that held on and left a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell: Yeasty with apricots, hints of cherries, earthy tones, hints of citrus. All and all very complex in the nose.

Taste: Quick hit of sweetness upfront, followed by a complex mix of fruit, heavy apricot and strange plum like flavors. Followed up quickly by yeasty earth tones and just the slightest hop kick. Clean finish, lingering just long enough to make you want another taste. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, easy drinking especially for a tripel. Smooth and enjoyable.

Overall: One of the best tripels I've ever tried. Really look forward to trying future batches of this one to see if and how it changes.

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Photo of kkipple
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review of an Allagash beer, this one was a 750ml from batch # 69 and came into my hands via the famous Mike Brawley of Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte. Thanks Mike!

Great things from the minute the cork popped on this one. The beer explodes in the glass, with a massive foamy head and tons of lacing atop a hazy, straw colored brew. The smell is equally huge, very grassy with honey, cloves, hops and that special Belgian yeast bouquet. If they hadn't stamped "Portland, Maine" on the bottle I would've sworn this was a real good Belgian.

Allagash Tripel tastes fantastic, easily rivaling any of the best Tripels I've had. It's a superb blend of hops, cloves, fruity sweetness and that yeasty, metallic flavor that's unique to Tripels. The flavors blend together wonderfully, complementing each other rather than any one flavor dominating. This one has a great carbonation level and a dry, biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly warm, with a dry, yeasty sweetness that lingers in the mouth. It practically begs you to drink more. Why, I believe I will...

I just love this beer. It's very flavorful and fresh tasting, and hugely drinkable to boot. I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. In fact, I'm going to stock up on this next chance I get. You may want to do the same. My compliments to Allagash, you've got something special here!

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from the far off nation of Maine. This brew pours a nice gold with a big head that laces the glass all the way down. Smell is sweet and fruity, strawberries, kiwi and other tropical fruits. Taste is near perfect, very sweet, citrus fruits and champagne like alcohol bite at the end makes this a very drinkable beer. Not heavy at all. Wow, an A-plus brew from Allagash. I'm gonna have to try their other offerings as well.

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Photo of Abra
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very beautiful, cloudy sunburst yellow color.
Smell is a wonderful mix of spicy, sweet, and wheat.

Taste is really phenomenal. A complex, but nicely melded blend of Belgian spices, honey, and dried apricots. What caught my attention was the mouthfeel on this's heavy in a very good way- a nice hearty Belgian style beer with a slight dry, bitter finish.

A truly wonderful Belgian beer!
Allagash or Ommegang?? A very tough call!

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Photo of hyuga
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden brew with a slight haze and a pretty nice white head on top. Good retention. Great yeast spiciness in the aroma paired with fruitiness and backed up with a nice malty backbone. On the palate, it's no less a delight. "Tripel honey" malt, and lots of it. But that's not all, far from it. It's rather well hopped as well, playing against the malt very well. The spiciness is big as well. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, but with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is even more smooth and creamy. Huge warming effect. This is an excellent tripel, among my favorites in the style. I'm very glad this beer was made available to us here in Arizona. I had never seen any Allagash stuff here before I got this. I can't wait to try their other stuff! Highly recommended.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,746 ratings.
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