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 Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from batch #75. Funny to see reviews dating back to the single digits.
Pours a bright yellow color. Reminds me a little bit of a pilsner. Head is thick and reminds me of a bit of a meringue.
Smell is of yeast, apricots, and a little bit of grain. Alcohol's there in the smell, but no more than a "normal" 5% brew. Compared to some other Tripel's I've had I'd say the smell's a little subdued.
Flavor is milder than I'd expect, but it's layered well. Grain, honey, fruit, and kind of a yeasty-corn are the first things I notice. I know you're thinking "corn?" but it's a flavor that most yeasty belgian style ales tend to give me. I actually enjoy it. Alcohol gives a little warmth in the finish, but the brew remains really drinkable. Much like the smell, this brew seems to take a strong flavor and keep it a little bit more under wraps than you might expect. I actually warmed this brew up for 15 minutes before drinking it, so I can only assume this is intentional. While a little unusual, it makes this beer work rather well as an after work style brew for the summer.
Mouthfeel's spot on for the style...which might be one reason the flavor seems a little mild to me.
Compared to others in the style, it however is VERY drinkable. I think the milder flavors and hidden alcohol really shine in that regard.

Not a bad American-Belgian ale. The price is right and it's highly drinkable. I'm still a little unsure on the flavor strength, but it pairs well with a poultry meal regardless.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a clear golden amber, topped with a thin, bone colored head. Great sticky lacing. Very attractive.
Aroma is replete with sweet belgian malts, light candi sugar, and plenty of estery goodness. Hints of apple, pear, raisin, and fig. Very fruity, with a faint whiff of hops beneath the sweetness. A touch of spice. No apparent alcohol.
On the initial sip, the beer is sweet and estery, with a light phenolic taste in your mouth. Full bodied and malty, with a light, tingly carbonation. Hints of fig, spice, clove, apple, raisin and plum. Belgian candi sugar comes through in the middle, mingling with the fruity esters. A peppery spiciness follows, finishing with a very light citric hoppiness and some alcohol. Finish is slightly dry, leaving a light malty sweet aftertaste.
Very nice beer. A bit of an americanized version of a tripel, with a more agressive hopping and less overwhelming sweetness. Tasty, but the alcohol content assures that I can only take a couple pints of this stuff.

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Photo of smanders
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed after receiving a generous $3 discount just for asking!

Appearance - Cloudy gold with a huge head and perfect lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - cloves, honey, and fresh fruit.

Taste - highly carbonated sweetness (honey) with a soothing warmth following close behind. Very mead-like without being syrupy.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and light

Drinkability - A cross between a weizen and mead. Interesting and tasty.

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Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love, love, love the Allagash Four, and didn't like the Dubel. AS I might have expected, this was somewhere ... in between.

Big golden color, bountiful head, just a gorgeous beer. Delicious tasting, with complex malt strains, coriander, and wonderful sweet/sour strains.

Not superlative, but very good.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Stella glass.

A: A medium golden color with a big one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing that eventually fades back into the beer.

S: Yeasty flavors with some sweet sugary notes and sweeter fruits. Slight alcohol smell.

T: Sweeter fruit flavors and musty yeast notes come out first. Fruits of banana, pear, some green grape are coupled with the musty spicy yeast. This is overcome by the sugary sweetness that lets just a hint of spicyness back in before completely finishing sweet. Sweetness lingers with a coating finish and minimal (if any) traces of hop.

M: Coating and full with a sweetness that stays on the tongue. A trace of alcohol is tasted, but it is welcome.

D: For me it's just a tad too sweet for more than one. If you are a sweet fan, this one goes down smoothly.

Overall a very good tripel that is well made and affordable. I prefer my tripels with a bit more hop bite so this was not a favorite of mine. I can still appreciate how well it's made within the style, and for that it gets high ratings. Allagash does a nice job.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a little bit lighter than expected. light orange straw color. pretty clear. some spotty lace. smell is alcohol, pepper and coriander. taste is a bit earthier than the smell... not as sweet as expected. alcohol somewhat hidden on the palete or laced in with the cane sugar. not picking up much fruit, some citrus, orange peel candy nature. some earthy apple. complex herbal lingering aftertaste. very dry. some thyme and pepper and nice hop sits there in the middle of the mouth... the sweet lingers in the tips. the earth nature giving the hop a lingering rosemary and thyme appeal. a soft meaty finish. alcohol is a bit much by the end. triples aren't my favorite but surprisingly good for american. period.

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Photo of akahn
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, slightly rosy yellow-orange with a big-bubbled head, that, for me didn't last or stick.

This beer is fruity and tangy, with a woody yeast taste, and then dry in the finish, with a definite alcohol bite. Carbonation gently tickles the tongue. Quite a good celebration beer, and quite drinkable; the 750mL bottle was gone in no time at all.

I suspect I'm not well enough versed in this style and Belgian styles in general to truly appreciate this beer, but as far as I know, this one's good.

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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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