Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale
BA SCORE
89.8%
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4.14 w/ 2,802 ratings
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,531
Reviews:
956
Ratings:
2,802
Liked:
2,516
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
10.14%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
630
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,802 |  Reviews: 956
Photo of ppavlick
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mordath
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on 6/15/14, 750ml bottle stamped 3313 (March 31 2013?), from batch 205, making this beer slightly over a year old.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden honey color. Nice thick head that quickly reduced to a thin lace.

Smell: Predominately honey, fruit (banana and orange), bread, spice.

Taste: Yeasty bread, tart citrus. Crisp, well balanced beer. Malty but not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a dry finish, a refreshing quaff even at 9% ABV.

Overall: A good example of an American-brewed Belgian tripel, not quite up to par with the European originals but a pleasant experience nevertheless. I found this for $9 and it was well worth it. I actually enjoyed this more than the $20 Curieux, which I'm hoping will taste this good in a year.

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Photo of Casterbridge
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What I may love most about Tripels is their ability to conjure the summer with lucid notes of the ripest, brightest fruits and yet also provide enough spice and substance to warm you on even the coldest, darkest winter nights. Allagash Tripel even does so just looking at it; a shinning, sunny golden tone radiates from a glass full of bubbles that flutter with the agitation of an aggressively shaken snow globe. All this under a giant bank of white powder you need a plow to get through.

It's perfectly accurate to say that beer in the United States underwent a radical revolution in the past decade, but not all of it can be chalked up to originality and innovation. Perhaps "renaissance" - meaning rebirth or revival - is a more accurate word; lots of inspiration came from the 'Old World' where certain styles, brewed for centuries in their respective regions though relatively unknown outside of them, were (re)discovered and happen to be just perfect the way they were.

This is something that Allagash - a brewery that should be credited among the founding fathers of the craft beer revol... err, renaissance - understood from day one. The recipes existed. The challenge was a matter of matching the quality and mimicking the unique characteristics. To this end, insofar as it concerns Belgian traditions, there may be none more adept than these guys.

Exhibit A: their Tripel. This beer bursts out the glass with fresh orchard fruit esters and citrus zests, clean cereal grain and fresh-cut flowers. The taste is pleasant and gentle yet has larger-than-life notes of oranges and garden herbs, bready malt and white pepper, as well as just a hint of sugar. It has a flavour profile that roars like a lion but goes down with the softness of a pussycat.

It used to be that American microbrewers floundered when it came to Belgian ales, with some notable exceptions - Allagash has always been outstanding at emulating the essence of styles such as Tripel and is one of the rare few whose brands can easily pass for the work of authentic monks. This is as fantastic an example you're going to find anyone in the world. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tohibii
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My review is for a draft version of this beer. I also cellared a bomber for 18 months. My notes for that version are at the end of each section. The rating numbers relate to my original review.

A: cloudy, medium yellow in color; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing; After 18 months, the yeast had settled, so it was quite clear. The head receded quickly and there was no lacing.

S: could smell it from a couple feet away; bready; banana; peach; apricot; After 18 months, the aroma was the same, but less pungent.

T: ripe peach and apricot up front; coriander at mid-palate; tartness builds from mid-palate to finish, then fades; After 18 months, the tartness was less noticeable and there was a very light bitterness on the finish.

M: light bodied; creamy carbonation; After 18 months, the creaminess in the carbonation was gone.

O: complex aroma and flavors; delicious; This was still very good after 18 months of aging, but I definitely preferred the fresher version.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golled yellow, nice fluffy head, yeast and fruit in the nose. another winner from Allagash. Well balanced, long yeasty finish. Lemon, yeast, straw, hops at the finish. Easy to drink.Dry with Alcohol at the end. I want to track this one down on tap.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. 2009 vintage?

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a fluffy ivory head that fades to lots of lacing.

Smells like sweet fruits and candy. Lots of banana aroma. Very yeasty.

Taste is fruity and dry. Can't say enough good things about this so I'll just say excellent!

Mouthfeel is medium with tons of carbonation.

Overall is great. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a clouded golden-orange color with a finger of snow-white head that recedes into a bullseye-looking film that laces very well.

S: Lemon, orange, Belgian yeast, and strong maltiness. The coriander and clove spicing isn't very apparent like many true Belgian versions.

T: Juicy citrus, sweet berries, caramel, yeasty spice, some sneaky hoppiness, and a little bit of doughy malt on the back end.

M: It is very thirst-quenching and juicy with a medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: This is probably the best American-made Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow with 1.5 inch head, brilliant white with great lacing, micro bubbles which cling to the glass when swirled.

Aroma is a bit sweet, with some hint of clove and banana. Taste is complex, a bit of banana, some clove again but definitely a pepper quality coming through, with a slight hot finish, but gets better as it warms, more biscuity, a bit of pine as well.

Good thickness, a bit creamy as well. Very smooth with good carbonation throughout, just a slight too boozy, will see if smooths with a little time.

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Photo of mdecross
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kromes
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A pale orange color with a thick, fluffy white head and sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian spice with some tropical fruit and grassy hop.

T: A nice sweet malt flavor with some pineapple, lemon and hop. A big boozy flavor that burns into the finish that is sweet and slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation that adds a nice peppery feel to the beer.

O: A very good tripel. A great example of one of my favorite styles of beer.

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Photo of RayDeMundo
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of tripels. Having spent some time recently in Belgium, I was able to try my fair share. This beer compares nicely to those I tried over there. The aftertaste is wonderful. A great, soft taste lingers. I know this may be as expensive as some of the Belgians, but when found for cheaper, I don't think you miss much.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a slight haze. A decent head slowly disappeared during the sample. The slight yeast, floral, and citrus aroma was very pleasant. The triple was smooth, with a nice balance of malts and hops with a mild yeast overtone. The malt and citrus notes lingered on the tongue. The alcohol was barely noticable, making this very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a pale gold with the smallest hint of orange copper hue in the middle of the glass. The head rose to a snow white 3/4 inch which settled to a skim after 5 minutes or so. Constant, slightly effervescent carbonation release and decent lacing apparent down the glass.

S= Lots of fruity Belgian yeast aromas up front with a slight medicinal smell in the middle. A definite alcohol smell presents itself as well.

T= This ale gives a lot of sweet, fruity flavors up front. Candied sugar and sweet malts certainly dominate. Like the aroma, there is a definite and not unpleasant medicinal/phenolic flavor. Hops are definitely in the backseat here, but they are there under everything else keeping it in balance. The alcohol flavors come out in the finish providing a nice warming sensation.

MF= Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation, yet it is still a soft mouthfeel beer.

D= This is an outstanding beer! As for Belgian Tripels brewed outside of Belgium, I would say this brew is second only to Unibroue's La Fin du Mond. Definitely one of the greats.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden haze with a monstrous white rocky head and gobs of lace. Smell is spicy Belgian yeast. Taste starts with spices, citrus peel, and a dry palate wash of malts. Superb. Mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is quite good for a big beer. Highly recommended. Allagash has some big winners and the Tripel is one of the biggest.

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Photo of Anthony666
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wcintula
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love you Allagash!

Bottle stamped 2711 18:27

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice with a small head and moderate lacing. Nice looking hazy golden body with enough activity after the pour. Smell of faint phenols, yeast grape peel, touch of alcohol. As it warms, and toward the end I'm getting a faint pleasant leathery aroma. The taste follows through with the smell profile with a very present-yet-subdued Belgian yeast flavor.

Well layered, complex and delicious. Lots going on in the beer but not too much that I think any person won't appreciate it. If you see this beer on the shelf, do yourself and buy the whole four pack, don't add it to a mixed pack.

Thank me later..

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Photo of dwagner003
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the Tripel that best transcends the differences between Belgian Tripels and American Tripels. Americans tend to have inferiority complexes when comparing their Belgians to the real deal. Widely known that Belgians have the most interesting and distinctive yeasts, Americans typically have not been able to copy the real deal... so they often rent it from a Belgian brewery. While renting often is an improvement, it is not the same... and usually less so for the second batch.

So into this learning curve comes Allagash who, to me, has figured it out. I don't know the origins of their yeast, but it is what makes their Tripel (and the oak-aged rendition called Curieux) one of the world's great beers. With 952 reviews before me, it is improbable I will say something new about this tripel. But I can say something genuine: this certainly is one of the world's Top 10 tripels in one of my most favorite styles.

And why did Allagash nail this? Because it didn't go for flair: it made a simple, honest and lasting brew.
Had many times before this review... I think I need to taste this overtime and with different foods (and not lose my notes... thanks BA!)

7/27/17 Had again mostly with a variety of appetizers. And the beer was such a complement that I kept it mostly to myself and, instead, should have shared unselfishly the bomber at the party... also because I was the designated driver. Beware the temptations of this tripel !

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Photo of khiasmus
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had several of these. it's an excellent example of the Tripel style. The scores are adjusted for what I think the beer deserves. My previous review is from an aged bottle, I figured it would be the more useful one to leave up. Recommended.

This is my second review, this was the batch 56, aged for about 4 1/2 years. I don't think the length of cellaring has been very good to this beer, despite the bottle's claim.

Note-- After realizing that the others around the table had very differing views, We decided to pass the glasses around. It turned out that I had the worst glass... that despite our effort to pour them evenly, they were totally different. And mine was the only one that tasted like vinegar.

A- Just like normal Allagash Tripel. Cloudy gold, with beautiful tight head that lasts forever.

S- STRONG vinegar and fermented apple. Smells like a sour ale, not a tripel.

T- Still some decent malt, but overwhelmed by a sour vinegar flavor... and not much else.

M- Smooth and good... low carbonation, and a smooth, clean finish.

D- Not drinkable. Like drinking a doppelbock infused with white vinegar.

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Photo of BierReise
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another top quality brew from allagash. Slightly hazy orange-amber color with huge head and every visual characteristic of a Belgian style. Seemed similar to their white except for a few noticable variations. The appearance reminded me of Orval, color and head. Also fruity and a little spicy. Banana comes to mind. Fantastic brew! Best when on the warm side.

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Photo of WasupBeerQueen
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 153. Cork popped off extremely easily. Pours a VERY cloudy, golden-straw color with a huge white head that slowly dies down. Smell has kinda a farmhouse/saison scent to it with the yeasts and very little funk I'm getting. As I swirl the beer and it warms a bit, I pick up more zest and fruitiness. Mostly pear and lemon. Definitely some peppery smell as well. The taste is how it smells. Extremely well-balanced with some awesome flavors. The zest and spices hit immediately, quickly followed by the pears and lemon. A lot of lemon on this one. Then the taste ends with the perfect amount of booziness. I really like how balanced this triple is. The mouthfeel is how it should be for this style. Nice and full-bodies with some crisp bite to it, with solid/high carbonation. The drinkability is high.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.8% out of 100 with 2,802 ratings
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