Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

949 Reviews
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 ctrlfreak
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

9% Alc.
Batch# 32

Apperarance: cloudy golden in color with a big head
The Aroma: citric but well balanced with an aroma of spice present
The Taste: mellow honey/spice flavor
Mouthfeel: Sweet finish and after, with light bitterness
Drinkability: go slow or it will catch up with you in a hurry

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Canary yellow with a spumous pillow-head. Commanding lace.

Spry clove and overpowering alcohol pervades the nose. Candied sugar and carmel apple with hints of overripe fruit.

Taste is largely alcoholic, a fixture of the beer I didn't find in other reviews. I couldn't get past the heat until the beer was at room temperature. Much better warm than at cellar temp.

Maltiness peeks out at this temperature; clobbering semi-sweetness melts well with the booze to calm things down.

Something like alcoholic diet-soda on steroids ... but not to say I didn't enjoy it. The mouthfeel was quite nice per style with an oily stickiness intercepted with an almost acrid tartness.

I've got another laid down, we'll see if my opinion changes...

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Photo of jpaltan
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thick clinging head. plenty of lacing. straw colored, golden orange. nose is peppery with hints of orange peel. some banana and clove is present too. taste is those same spicy peppercorns and the matching banana and clove from the nose. it's kind of spicy like candied ginger. a bit of barnyard funk too. finish is try with some heat and booziness. all in all, not bad. nothing i'd go out of the way to purchase again, especially considering the price point.

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Photo of CochonKing
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice blonde with gold with a lasting thick head with excellent lacing. The nose is a little flat not bringing out many phenols but malt is detected. Not an amazing beer. Just kind of ok. The taste is flat and watery as well. No beer flaws present, just unsure of the beer itself

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Photo of Bowman2001
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, hay-colored golden color. One finger head. Smells of spice, herbs, and has an earthy quality. The taste is the same but has a medicinal quality to it. Taste is also peppery and spicy. I don't get much banana as is often the case with tripels. Not as smooth and creamy as other, better tripels. Lots of carbonation, nice body. Seek westmalle, chimay, st. bernardus tripels instead.

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Photo of 01001111
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: When held up to the light it is a radiant lemon gold.

S: Honey, pineapple, pear, and funk.

T: Initially reminiscent of a thick, pear cider. The spicy, saison-like, barnyard funk comes through afterwards. The finish is bitter fruit.

M: Syrup coats the tongue.

O: Nice and fruity but not quite complex enough.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This will be an odd review. On-tap at Isaac Newton's and I must say an unimpressive looking beer sits in a tulip in front of me.Completely flat with no heading whatsoever not even after a few swirls to try an agitate it.

The aroma was not bad at all. Very medicinal,earthy,sweet and sugary.Slight bit of banana also.

With really no carbonation whatsoever to sting my tongue. I am getting nothing but lingering flavors of lighter tart notes,lemon zest,and coriander. Which all linger for just a little while.

This taste reminds me of the White only jacked up on steroids.Very nice.

I do not think Allagash would send out unprimed kegs so I do think it is Isaac's fault for this pour tapping. My wife also had an IPA which was the same way completely flat.I would love to try this one again in a bottle or a properly tapped keg.

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Photo of kculrich
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking pour into a stemmed teardrop - honey-coloured, opaque with a great frothy head. Smell of bananas and honey and, I'm sorry, but fresh pee - a little off-putting. Taste: bananas and honey and sweet hay, yeasty, and yet more bananas. Fruity. Nice, full mouthfeel if, maybe, a little over-carbonated. Overall, sweet and fruity, OK, I guess I'll finish what's in the fridge but I doubt I'll revisit this one.

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Photo of diechipmunk
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip
A: hazy goldend color with almost no head or lacing.

S: Earthy Spices, belgian yeats and mild fruits, slight green banna, maybe.

T: Very dry. A dominating Yeast, some spices and detectable alcohol, long finish trails off to a great finish bitterness with touch of malty sweetness and the end. The finish is the best part.

M: Good level of carbonation keeps it light.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #34.The appearance was a large sized white head that consisted of fine-small sized bubbles.There was was carbonation observed with this beer along with a cloudy body.The hue was yellow and the nose consisted of malt, hops, fruit, and cloves.The flavor was sour, tart, and fruity.It had bubbly and smooth mouthfeel along with a medium body.There was virtually no lacing with this beer.

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Photo of Da1nonlyBD
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this bottle from Al's of Hampden. The appearance is on par with most Triples, which is a a cloudy light brownish color. Smell is kind of fruity and hard to explain, but good. Taste is about average as I've had better, but by no means is it bad. Mouthfeel is great as it is not over-carbonated as some can be. Drinkability is fine as its easy going down. Cant really notice the 9% ABV.Overall not bad, but I've had better.

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Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange-gold in color, cloudy, one inch head, high carbonation

Smell: alcohol, yeast, and banana

Taste: banana, yeast, light bread, and some citrus

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: I could have two at most. The carbonation is a little overbearing. An above average tripel. Tasty but not too far out of the ordinary.

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Photo of geetlord
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden brown with a light white head. It had a ligth flowery aroma. It has a spicy flavor with a bitter and astringent finish and a smoky aftertaste. Overall I think it is a very interesting tasting beer, but I personaly dont care for the smoky aftertaste all that much.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy golden body with a towering head when first poured that shrinks but sticks around

N - all I get from this is a breast yeast aroma. Not bad but I was expecting more fruit

M - creamy carbonated feel

T - again, bready yeast but I can also pick up some banana flavor. I also get some tart sour favors on the finish

O - this was my first tripel. I liked it. Maybe I was expecting too much but I wanted more fruit tones. I'll have to try some European variations for comparison but overall a nice brew that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labelled "Allagash Tripel Reserve" Batch 176. 1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a plastic cup (a proper transparent one, not a dixie cup or anything). Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery, from which I've yet to have a bad brew.

A: Pours a five finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy orange.

Sm: Honey, coriander, clove, yeast, orange citrus esters, and light warm alcohol. A mild strength aroma.

T: Honey foundation with bright orange fruit esters. Some yeast. Mellow. Some pleasant well balanced spices. Quite enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and light on the palate. Suits the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable and mellow. Hides its ABV well. I like it. I'd like to try it on draught or bottle aged. I imagine it would age quite well. Might be worth picking up a few for the cellar.


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Photo of filabrazilia
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a generous white that leaves great lace on the glass.

There are citrus and spice notes in the nose as well as a bit of grass or straw--very vegetal and pleasant.

The taste is not as good as the smell and is sort of a muted version of the great aroma. The citrus and spice are toned down to almost nothing and the flavor is a bit lifeless.

The mouthfeel is light and pleasant with both a sharp and dry bite.

This beer could be excellent and would be a great drinking beer if the flavor was more pronounced. I would try it again to give it another chance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, batch 171.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Pale amber color with two fingers of head that refuses to retreat. It sits so perfectly in the glass.
All sorts of fruit on the nose: banana, lemon, pear and lemongrass.
It tastes also exactly like it smells: banana, lemon and bread. Then at the end is a yeasty/bitter taste, which was out of place. On the pleasant side, there is a nice alcohol after taste.
Smooth and bubbly, then crisper at the end.
Superb looking and good smelling. The taste was right on until the end with the yeast/bitter taste that just did not belong. Maybe it was this batch or bottle.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold color with a good level of haze. Foamy head forms quickly and takes a long time to recede. A good lace of foam is left on top with great retention.

Aroma is yeasty with over ripe fruits, strong candy-like sweetness, and a touch of warming alcohol. Very potent, but I feel like it could use some more complex spice notes or hops to brighten the nose a bit.

Flavor shows much of the same of the nose. A lot of malt and fruit notes, but very little bitterness. This is a sweet balanced tripel based on simple, but potent yeast flavor. I prefer a drier, spicier tripel.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Flipadelphia for the sample.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a 4 cm frothy white head. A thin film remains and sheds some light lace on the glass.

Smell: Initially I get a strong whiff of straw, followed by a lighter honey and booziness. Perplexing. I would have expected more. As it warms, I get more honey and more alcohol, but still nothing special.

Taste: Sweet honey pale malt up front, with a blend of spices (cloves, coriander, and a bit of pepper). Belgian yeast is also present. Herbal hops finish the off the flavor palette. Ok, but underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation gives it a crisp feel. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Overall this really didn't do anything special for me. Not really very complex or interesting.

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Photo of Andbrew
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 81 chilled and poured from 750ML bottle into oversize snifter.

Pours a dense cloudy rich gold. Fizzy almost champagne like bubbles climb glass. Flimsy head dissipates quickly but leaves cratered film of head on top with changing lacing only around the sipping ring.

Sweet light yeasty smell with tones of light fruit and touch of hop and phenol to the smell. No heavy tones dominate.

Bubbly to the start and slightly bitter, the feel is denser than most yet not heavy. A spice similar to that of apple wossel is present and the alcohol is apparent in mild fashion. A mild smoked wood finish which staves off any bitterness in the aftertaste which is a blend of fruit and apple wossel flavor. A bit harsh to the back of the palate which does not lend well to drinking a full 750 by oneself.

Does not in my opinion stand up to the curieux which I think may be the dominant choice in this style.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

metallic from start to finish....I'll have to buy this again as this may not be the best tasted like the bottlcap in liquid form....
Super presentation with a nice bold white frothy head that stands up and says hi....

some warming and millions of tiny carb's...excellent retention....

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had in a pint glass, but had it again in a borrowed chalice (nothing really changed):

A: golden-orange colored body with a small off-white head that doesn't last, lacing is fairly thick and slides down the glass as it goes down

S: iced apples/pear, light citrus, light honey, coriander, strong Belgian yeast

T: spicy but sweet with the citrus and honey with just a slight bitterness, sweet dry aftertaste and finish

M: medium, crisp, alcohol not felt initially but after given a little bit of time it'll get ya, fairly sessionable

O: good for the style, but I'm unsure if I'd have this again, probably just something I'd have to get used to

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Photo of ColdOne
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm new at this reviewing game. Gonna do it, though, as inspired by @houser.

Appearance: A pretty orange-yellow with a small ring of head.

Smell: Not extremely strong smelling… just a hint of banana there (which I like)

Taste: Balanced at first taste, then the bitterness holds on the tongue as the booze begins to dominate.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light in body, light carb

Overall: It’s good, for sure, though I’d like a bit more sweetness to balance out the alcohol. I’d drink this any time it was handed to me, but I’d like to try some other tripels soon for comparison.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes 7/26/05

750 ml bottle, batch no 60.

Pours out cloudy golden with a thick creamy beaten egg white head. As it slowly dissapates thick patces of lace are left behind.

Aroma is fruity, banana, lemon with some vanilla and honey deep down.

Flavor is lightly sweet, with a honey lemon middle, and a light bitter finish.

Alcohol is masked very well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color beer with great carbonation and good head retention. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice floral background. Taste is sweeter then expected but well balance by some spices and wheat. Would have been better with a bit more kick (spices, it seems a bit light compared to Westmalle or De Dolle Tuve. Still very enjoyable but it seems a bit overrated compared to some other abbey tripel beer out there.

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