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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought for my old man and drank with him on Father's day while watching the Tarheels vs. Clemson Baseball game.

Appearance- Poured a slightly hazy but mostly golden straw hue that mixed well with the absolutely awesome bubbling. The brussel's lacing was also very exceptional. Very consistant and solid in lining the glass.

Smell- A light malt sweetnes mixed with something a bit more sugary and a candy like sweetness.

Taste- Starts out with an herbal, sweet malt mix. The light bitterness mingles with a more fruity and sugary sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel- Maybe only a hint of dryness. Other than that, its a sweet, and grainy texture along with a slight metallic and alcoholic tinge.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. No bottle date.

Appearance - Hazy (murky, even) yellow-orange body with a very small but sustained white head. The bubbles never seem to diminish from the initial pour, modest though the pour was.

Smell - Cloves and bananas. Strong fruit presence. I couldn't put a name to it, but something tropical and sweet would do. Yeasty in that Belgian sort of way.

Taste - Clove flavor more pronounced and the tropical fruits are nearly gone, disappointingly. Banana is still prominent. Definite honey sweetness and some breadiness in the finish, but the honey isn't cloying. It's not exactly dry, though.

Mouthfeel - It's almost dry, which is pretty good for an American tripel. I hesitate to say I might even call this boozy, but it's very slight. Medium bodied.

Overall - It's good. It's no La Fin du Monde or Westmalle, but at least it isn't a sugary mess like everyone else seems to think a tripel is supposed to taste.

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Photo of EORS
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my local, served in a goblet. Initially served cold, but I allowed the beer to warm up over the course of a few games of pool.

Appearance: Hazy golden color, more than 2 fingers of billowy white head when initially poured, ran off to about a half to quarter inch sitting on the top. Lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Mostly the belgian yeast, with some citrus zest and a bit of herbal bitterness. I was expecting this to open up a bit as the beer warmed, but it never seemed to, and the yeast definitely carried the aroma.

Taste: Crisp and citrusy without being bitter, very little hop taste. Refreshing and delicious, with a little bit of booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full and not too carbonated, avoids feeling syrupy or too light.

Overall: I would drink this instead of paying the import fees for an actual Belgian ale; a really solid offering from Allagash. Will definitely buy again, and will probably adjust the review as I go.

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Photo of rallison
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #94.

A: Golden amber color with a semi-fizzy white head that basically dies.

S: Some Belgian Candi sugar with a touch of spices.

T: Belgian Candi sugar sweetness quickly cut by orange peel, coriander, and other sharp-ish spices. Alcohol bite is apparent at the end.

M: Relatively full mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Alcohol too.

D: Pretty drinkable, although the alcohol brings it down a bit.

Overall, recommended, but not my favorite tripel. However, it's still quite tasty, so go get yourself a bottle.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and spicy wheat aroma with some nice citrus. Light golden amber cloudy with light head. Silky body with medium-heavy champagne carbonation. Alcoholic with spices and herbs. Wheat, grass. Light hops. Sweet finish and after, with light bitterness. A brandy-like smoothness in the after.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $9.49 for a 750ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Batch #111. Poured into a goblet.

Pours leaving a half inch white head of medium sized bubbles. Rather transparent light gold color. Decent head retention, great lacing. Rather carbonated.

Spicy and yeasty nose.

Taste is better balanced - still spicy and yeasty, but the frutiness comes through better. Bananas dominate the fruity tones. Alcohol very well masked.

The mouth is quite carbonated. Medium body, medium finish, leaving a bready aftertaste.

Drinkability is only affected by my dislike of the wheat beer qualities this style embodies. This improves as I get closer to the end.

Probably the best Tripel I've tasted outside of Belgium.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange. One finger foamy white head that dissipated a little too quickly into a thin layer of creamy bubbles. Lots of tiny bubbles inside. Good amount of lacing. Looks

Aroma: Banana and some other tropical fruits, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, cloves...usual suspects. Faint alcohol.

Taste: Spicy, peppery. Some of the tropical fruits from the nose but more subdued. Alcohol is definitely there. Yeasty on the back palate. Dry. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe but not bitter. Spiciness dominates, combining with the drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, pretty light-bodied. Very carbonated. Drying. Again, not bad but not great.

Overall: Nice. Not my favorite but among the best readily available tripels. Very approachable and a great introduction to the style

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Photo of evanackerman
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

this beer purs a very nice apricot color with a billowing white fluffy head.

aroma is very pleasant citrus and honey.

taste is excellent, fruity and somewhat sweeti, notes of citrus, honey, coriander, and bitter hops.

drinkability ranks a bit low only because of the high alcohohl content.

overall, this is definitely the best non-belgian tripel i've ever had, very pleasant, probably as good as any i've had of this style, will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep yellow hue. White head with good retention but thin. Visibly effervescent. Sticky lacing.

S: Clove aroma with plenty of floral touches. Some orange like citrus character. Pretty pronounced banana character as well. A strange solvent like aroma - perhaps related so the allegedly suspect Allagash yeast strain. Sugary sweet malt.

T: As label suggests, there is some honey character in this beer. Clove flavors are strong and obvious. Peppery character less o but it is in there. good background malt flavor as well as perfume lock hops. A nice full, sweet, and dry finish.

MF: Medium body. Dry but not overly so. Some alcohoal warming but not hot.

D, notes: This is a very nice tripel. Well balanced.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow beer, deep color. Good looking head.

Smells of banana-ie, citrousy, and of Belgian yeast.

Tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast and bananas. Tastes like it smells. Booze is surprisingly hidden in a smooth flavor.

This is a good beer. I do not like the "White" as much, so I was afraid to try any of the others. Also this beer has a better shelf-life than the "White", which usually stays on the self for unfavorable lengths of time. This "Tripel" and the "Black" are really great beers. Give them a shot.

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Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this before/during my wedding in Maine. Poured a nice golden copper color with a decent sized head and good lacing. Nice looking brew. Smelled sweet, earthy, malty and a tiny bit funky. Very complex and well balanced. Taste is sweet with a touch of citrus and the funky flavor comes out more in the form of yeast. Not one of the flavors is too overpowering...I love how this simple brew offers so much on my palate.

Medium bodied with a bit or richness. Very, very drinkable...carbonation was decent but not overdone. Was nice downing a pint right before saying my vows!

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz bottle of Allagash Tripel Ale at Ellwood Thompson's on 11/4/11 and poured it into an imperial pint glass (no fancy glasses in my apartment yet unfortunately).

A - Two-finger, creamy head that takes a while to dissipate into a one-finger head that stays for a looong time. As I've been writing this (5+ minutes) the head has still not dissolved, which is great. Cloudy and golden-yellow in color with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks as delicious as it tastes. 4.0

S - Esters, banana, pear, and hops are all present. Somewhat faint but the ever-resilient head helps reinforce this. 3.5

T - Taste is wonderful. Spicy, fruity flavor with malty, biscuity notes hits the palate first, followed by a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste and the tingle of moderate carbonation. Well-balanced and deceptively sweet for a beer with 9.0% abv. The hops add an odd flavor at the end that is hard to describe, sometimes it's an enjoyable bitterness, and other times it can be a bit sour. I'd consider it a minor thing overall, as this beer still tastes great. 4.0

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Definitely a beer to be sipped and enjoyed slowly. 4.0

O - Overall Allagash's Tripel Ale is a delicious beer that looks good, smells good, tastes good, and feels good. It may not be the cheapest Belgian beer out there but what you pay for is quality. Well-balanced and expertly crafted, I think Allagash has done an excellent job. 4.0

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Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz goblet from a bottle of batch #130. Poured a hazy medium-straw color with about 1-1/2 inch of bright white head that dissipated at a moderate rate, leaving a slightly less than medium amount of lacing.

The usual Tripel spice and yeast aromas are present in the scent with clove being most noticeable. The taste follows the aroma but without any one flavor dominating. The flavors are very well balanced and blend together nicely. The body is typical for the style, coating the tongue without leaving any bad aftertastes. Nicely drinkable, as I find most of this style to be.

Overall a very good, above average version of the style. This just started showing up in grocery stores out here in the 4th Corner and I will certainly drink this again.

Edit on 12/21/09. Batch #142 poured into tulip. This one poured with a much taller, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and lacing. I agree with the rest of my original review.

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Photo of chaz410
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this bottle at Total Wine in Charlotte NC
Appearance is Cloudy yellow body with a gigantic froathy white head.
Smell is a little bit of bitter orange peel, come corriander, and light spices. Little bit of malts in the smell too. Some earthy hops towards the end of the inhale.
Taste is of bitter orange peel and caramel malts with typical belgian yeast funk. Slight spice hints like corriander and seeds of paradise.
Drinkability is amazingly easy for the gravity of the beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Fairly clear golden color with a half finger of billowy white head. Really nice head retention in my New Belgium snnifter. Quite a bit of visible carbonation as well.

S: Nice sweetness. Not overwhelming candi sugar. Some apple. A little like letting a fruit basket sit in the sun for a week in a good way.

T: Again a very bready tripel. I like when they achive most of the ABV from malt. This has a nice clean profile. Not that many esters in the taste.

M: Not as dry as I would like my tripels but a nice light mouthfeel. Dry. Well carbonated.

D: Easy drinking but not the complexity I am looking for in the style. We no longer get Allagash around here so this was a nice treat.

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Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a straw color with a good amount of haze and a one-fingered head that leaves a good film on the glass.

smells yeasty: banana and clove. but with a good amount of bread too. doughy malts and candied sugar as well.

taste is not as spicy and clove-heavy as many of the style. pretty sweet in comparison. candy sugar and sweetened, dried tropical fruits dominate the palate. clove and banana is there, as well as some white pepper, but not in the forefront. some honey sweetness as well as some bread and booze on the finish.

light-medium bodied with low, but effervescent carbonation. which is good in this instance.

drinks well, but a tad bit harsh on the finish from the alcohol, though thats not contrary to the style. some more complex spices come out as it warms up and the alcohol harshness subsides in a quality brew.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my experience, Allagash Tripel has always been better than the White and neck-and-neck with the dubbel. A fantastic beer that's ultra-reliable and one of the first craft beers I had that both opened my eyes and knocked my socks off. It's not auspicious by any means, but it's true to the style and executed in a way that's just egalitarian enough to be tasty and accessible.

Stronger and more effervescent than the White, it pours with an incredibly pale and expansive head and a champagne-like body that bubbles endlessly. Smell and taste are sweet and spicy, herbal and grassy with a bitterness that is rounded off by the smooth pear/mixed-fruit sweetness. The carbonation leaves an explosive light body that pastes the walls of your mouth with flavor. Very refreshing and and an Allagash standard not to be missed.

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Photo of hero27
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch # 73.

Hazy light orange. Voluminous white head that leaves some lacing behind. Aroma is orange peel, Belgian yeast, and spices. Damn, this isn't from Europe? This is more Belgian than most Belgians I've had...if that makes any sense. 9% alcohol is well-masked but the warming you get by the time you get to the last few sips makes it pretty apparent that this is no brew to take lightly. Westmalle & St. Bernardus have insane tripels, but this one is definitely worth a try as well.

Great take on a traditional Belgian style. Allagash continues to impress.

Bottle graciously provided by Allagash-local Manosbeeroffate.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - has a light orange color to it. Nice head with lace.

smell - has a sweet honey smell here.

taste - Very sweet, plus had like a brandy taste to it. Thought I was drinking hard liquor.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with alcohol present.

drinkability - The 2nd bottle we for thanksgiving. This was like the night cap drink. Was too sweet, and like I said drinking brandy here. Wasn't that bad. I left some in the glass and poured it out.

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Photo of Damian
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, hazy, yellow-orange with a small head that faded quickly.

Smelled yeasty with ripe fruits and all spice.

Taste was similar with notes of banana and clove most apparent. Alcohol taste was quite noticeable and warmed my mouth and throat on the exhale.

Overall, a very good tripel.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice hazy orange, with a thick white head that lasts. nice lacing.

aromas are of coriander, bananas, and yeast.

tastes citrusy and spicey (coriander, maybe cinnamon).some honey then slight banana as the sweetness fades. lots of yeast.

mouthfeel is sort of foamy. nicely warming on the way down.

very well balanced in the drinkabilty department, but still a lot of foam can fill you up quick.

nice beer, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Pale Golden color with lots of haze and cascading to the surface. Foamy eggshell colored head; very foamy.

A- Hops seem to spring out at me right away, but could be mistaken for some citrus fruit; mangos maybe. I also get the hint of some spice (coriander or ginger).

T- Sweet citrus fruit up front with lots of carbonation on the tip of my tongue. After holding in my mouth for a few seconds I taste the honey come through along with some spice and alcohol on the finish. Can’t complain.

F- Sharp carb up front, but a huge warmer due to the alcohol being quite hot. Maybe a bit too hot for my taste, but suits the style nicely.

D- Tasty brew, but a bit of a soapy feel. The carbonation causes bubbles in your mouth which kills some taste due to the hotness of it. Decent. I’d recommend trying but not the best triple I’ve ever had by any means.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice. Batch 130.

It pours a dark clear gold with tons of carbonation, you see it just oozing from the bottom. The color is much darker than your typical tripel. The head is about 2 fingers of very puffy white head with decent retention. The lacing is very nice and chunky.

The aroma is nothing special of note, you have your normal floral hoppiness. The smell is on the lighter side of things.

The taste is very light and uninspiring. There is not much flavor hit except some flowery malts. Mouthfeel is light but its very drinkable.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer was when Rob Tod came into my store at 9:30am on a Tuesday. Not one to refuse a complimentary beer, I partook of samples of his entire product line. Even though the rest of the workday was a little hazy, I became quite enamored with this little brewery. This particular bottle was from Batch #37, aged for over a year in my cellar (er, closet). Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a lovely white head and a never-ending flow of beautiful champagne bubbles. Interesting nose holds notes of sweet vanilla, light fruit, and lightly spicy yeast. A touch of bitterness and light astringency on the palate, with notes of fruit, yeast, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy with a touch touch of foam. High alcohol makes it a bit tough to drink more than a glass, though.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden straw, topped with a thick and tightly packed sea foam white head. Good retention and lacing at first but that lovely Belgian lace does not last long after the first few sips.

S: Aroma is initially strange, reminded me of the crust on a Lou Malnotti's deep dish pizza, which is to say, a bit buttery, crisp and slightly spicy, get one and you will understand what I am talking about. Given time to warm

T/MF: Pear, light clove, peppery spiciness. Feel is a little over the edge of medium bodied and leans a little to the heavier side, the soft carbonation seems to give the beer an added weight and wraps itself around the tongue with each sip.

D: Tasty beer, good feel and taste but there are point to this beer that just to jive with me as well as some of the other Tripels I am familiar with, worth seeking out certainly but any Trappist tripel should get top billing.

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