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 myyata205
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer compares well with the true Belgian's. I've always like Duvel, and find this beer to be comparable.

There is no alcohol taste, and it has a very pleasing feel. It is smooth and not heavy at all. This is a beer that I will enjoy frequently.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 54. Cloudy lemon yellow hue with a 2 finger white head with tan colored specks suspended. Spicy, peppery smell with a whiff of alcohol. Medium bodied with a prickly, highly carbonated mouthfeel.
Earthy, woody, spicy grain flavor here; pretty complex with a hint of black pepper, lemon and other fruits. Has a soft alcohol taste to finish.
Not overly sweet like some triples, my favorite of all the domestic brands I've tasted so far.

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Photo of horndecker
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden apricot, gorgeous color, with a fine dense off-white head. The foam coats the glass and hangs out for a long time.
Aromas of sweet candy, oranges, leafy green vegetables, toffee and a little bit of funk. It gets even bolder and more intricate as it warms.
The taste is bright and tangy, the first wash of sweet fruit, oranges and apricots, gives way to lots of bready malt holding it together. Then it gets darker and spicier, hints of pepper and a mild bitterness. The alcohol is apparent and warming but in just the right way. A long finish ends buttery and drying. All this along with a dense mouthfilling foam with every sip and a full body make this tripel wonderfully drinkable.
The brightness in the smell and taste characteristic of the best tripels.
My first taste of Allagash and not my last....

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay chalice, color is dense straw with a light frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of yeast, light ester, bananas cloves, very feint fruitiness and some light malt notes.

Taste is a mixture of yeasty fruitiness, apricots, bananas, esters hints of orange.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue but cleans nicely for a strong brew.

Overall, this is a great brew, perfect example of the style nice off yeast flavors and feint alcohol undertones.

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Photo of Bugsey
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer to savor.
Beautiful dark copper color, with a sweet honey, oatmeal smell.
Lacey head; not too obstructive.
Smooth mouthfeel, with no bitterness or oilyness.
Wonder malt flavor with sweet fruity hints of bananas and apricots.
Smooth finish. Very memorable.

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Photo of droomyster
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow, a pinky fingered head that recedes quickly into thin fizzy film. Smells of sour apples, raisins. Complex taste, initially yeasty with gentle hops, settles into a sweeter notes of vanilla, honey, grapefruity citrus. Swishes creamy, mmm, and finishes crisp and dry. Tastes of apple linger. My friend says it is what you would get if you were eating apple pie and drinking beer at the same time. Lively small bubbles dissipate in the glass but are reborn on your tongue. Medium bodied, very drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dry, grassy, yeasty, musty, bready aroma. The aroma is quite complex and perfect for a Tripel. The beer is brilliantly clear, a bright gold color, with a dense meringue like white head that is held up by a prodigious carbonation. The taste is sharp, astringent, lightly sweet, a bit of grain, herbal, and finishes with a bit of alcohol. This is a great interpretation by Allagash, this beer has lots of flavor, unlike the breweries Dubbel. This beer is so effervescent that it has quite a drying effect. This beer has completely restored my faith in Allagash, they can make some tasty brew.

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Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10oz clear glass snifter at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy, pale yellow with some amber highlights and frothy, tightly bubbled white half-finger head with persitent sticky lacing.

S: The aroma is lush with pineapple and passionfruit and devoid of much of the mustiness. The herbal character is a little overwhelmed by the fruitiness of the dry hopping, but it's a welcome original touch unique to the on-tap version.

T: A wonderful mixture of tropical fruity hoppiness melds with a superb tripel with the pale maltiness, with only a touch of honeylike sweetness. Some herbal note spoke through but the pineapple and pale malt combo is smooth and delicious.

M: Body is medium-full with soft carbonation and a fruity aftertaste.

O: A really nice Americanized take on the tripel and the on-tap version is markedly different than the bottle on this one with the dry hopping really showing through and providing a unique twist on the tripel style.

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Photo of gestyr
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass. Batch #176

Appearance: Pours a nice gold. Slightly cloudy with a constant stream of tiny bubbles rising through the glass. The head is thick and fluffy and lasts a long time.

Smell: Fruity and spicy with a malt background.

Taste: Follows the smell. Sweet and spicy followed by bitterness to balance it. Dry and not cloying.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and very refreshing. Plenty of carbonation and no sting.

Overall: Allagash hit a home run with this beer. I will be looking for this one again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 32.

Golden Orange in appearance with carbonation evident. The beige head forms just a film. Very slight. Really nice doughy yeast tones on the nose. At times, it almost seems to be like a cookie dough aroma. Wow. The taste of this really is nice. The yeastiness really comes shining through. But there is also a spicy presence. A pepper like characteristic. Some slight phenolic traits. Just a trace of alcohol. And some slight fruity esters...seemingly of the banana. Body is about medium-full. The finish is sweet and alcoholic (I'm starting to notice it a bit more). What a great beer though.

Allagash is certainly impressing me. It's nice to see them finally hit our market. Although, I believe I will treat this as "Special Ocassion" brews given the price.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy straw colored yellow in color. Pours witha medium sized very fluffy looking white head.

s: Pleasantly sour yeast aromas and some floral hops are the most noticeable here. Mild clove/pepper and a bit of alcohol are also present.

t: Dry sour yeast flavors with some mild sweet maltiness upfront. Faint very ripe bananas and some floral hops hit next. The alcohol is discernible but mild given the ABV.

m: The carbonation does an excellent job of filling the mouth. Nice syrupy texture also.

d: Thanks to alhrabosky for splitting this with me. I'll certainly be seeking more Allagash in the future.

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Photo of Contra
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #73 - 750 mL bottle

On a recommendation, I was going to pick up a bottle of Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue). Then I saw it was $9 & change. Certainly worth the price (going by the reviews), but I did not feel like spending that much on top of the other beers I was going to pick up. Instead, I got a bottle of Allagash Tripel, another beer I've been meaning to try. On with the review....

Appearance - A nice frothy head, and the standard golden color of a Tripel. Notably, this was a darker color than other Tripels I've had. Nothing notable, but nothing bad.

Smell - If you wanted to give someone the idea of what Tripels generally taste like, without the individual take brewers have on them, then a strong whiff of this is all that is needed. The subtleties don't stand out in the aroma, which is nice because it allows the finish to express them.

Taste - I was taken aback at how well crafted this beer is. The banana aspect is downplayed a bit, with a nice yeasty-honey flavor. Not very complex, but that's part of its appeal. Still, there is enough here that sip after sip, you notice slightly different things about it. A rare perfect score. As much as I like more complex beers, this beer perfectly captures Tripels that I would not change a thing.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth for a Tripel. Well carbonated, with a lighter body than I'm used to.

Drinkability - Considering how heavy Tripels tend to be, I can imagine knocking a few of these back without feeling overwhelmed.

Considering the price, this beer is an absolute steal. If you see it at your local distributor, pick it up. If not, you might want to consider shopping elsewhere (okay, a bit of a hyperbole, but you get the idea).

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Photo of rwrk42
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: A cloudy pale yellow. Nice white foam head which held on and did not disipate too fast.
Smell: Slight fruit smell, mix of orange and lemon with a slight spice undertone
Taste: Very smooth with light fruit flavors of orange and lemon.
A very good Tripel. Highly recommend.

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. the aroma has peaches, apples, cloves, Belgian yeast, and candy sugar.

Tastes much like it smells. there are peaches, apples, cloves, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, phenols, pepper, and citrus hops for some bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Light bodied with above average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is very little aftertaste from a very flavorful beer. This is a definite winner.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 700 mL corked bottle into a tulip, pours a hazy gold with a frothy white head, about a finger's worth of foam. Plenty of lacing occurs as well.

S: Biscuit and malt, french pastries almost come to mind, spice as well.

T: Classic semi-sweet malt on the nose as is typical with the style, that fades into a slight amount of hop-like citrus almost, some tropical fruits in the mix as well such as banana and mango, finishes with a nice peppery bite at the end. Hides the 9% ABV extremely well.

M: Medium bodied, with the proper amount of carbonation for a tripel.

O: I would like to think of Allagash's Tripel as the benchmark for how a tripel should be. There isn't anything about this beer for me that is particularly mindblowing, but it does so many things well that you have to appreciate this beer. I would make it a point to find it whenever its on sale.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uberpilsner? Looks like it with a very pale gold body and billowing virginous white head. Smells kinda like pils hopping too! A little musty, metallic, and pearish, but adds a small playful yeast note that tells me that this is going to be one subtly complex beer (I hope). Oh hell yeah. This one is smooth beyond belief. Alcohol is present in flavor, but not overly so. A little bit sweeter than I would like, this leaves a little residual sugar on the tongue. That little slickness as well as a bit of grape in the flavor reminds me of a white wine. I think the spicy nature of this brew is its real beauty. The phenolics fit in seamlessly next to the continental hops. Herbs and spices all seem represented here, though I don't dare try to name them.

Overall a great beer. As a brewer friend of mine liked to say, this is "spot-on." Very enjoyable despite the face that this is not my favorite style. Although I would still prefer one of the two great Unibroues or the Westmalle, I look forward to having this again.

Cheers Allagash!

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Photo of lpayette
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 64- noticed a later batch number on my buddy dbalsock's review, so I guess mine had aged for a bit.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big frothy head that has amazing stickage abilities.

Smells of alcohol, sugar, banana.

Tastes- a really mellowed-down tripel taste. Some sweet candy tastes. Alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hiden. Seriously. Maybe helped by the apparent aging.

This is the most drinkable tripel I've had so far. Simply amazing stuff. Allagash gets a big thumbs up once again. Could drink their dubbel and tripel all night- now I need to try more stuff from them.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - a super hazy golden ale with a frothy white two-finger head that dissipates quite quickly. A nice ring of bubbles sticks around with some effervescent, silky lacing lining the glass with every sip.
Smell - the Belgian yeast dominates here with notes of clove and, to a lesser extent, banana as well as some hints of pepper, honey, and bready malts.
Taste - pepper and clove seem to be most prominent, but I get some sweet banana and bread as well as that honey.
Feel - great carbonation, medium body, and very smooth, almost viscous, finish.
Overall, this is one of the best tripels I've had. This particular bottle is over 6 months old, and I feel like it differs (slightly worse) from the bottles I had earlier this year from the same 4-pack. But it still packs a solid Belgian-yeast punch that hits you in the nose and the mouth. I would just prefer more body to the beer, which again, might be due to the age of this particular beer because I feel like it had more of the characteristics I look for when I had it fresh.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to love great head. This beer pours, looks, and smells like cool delicious nectar. Cloudy amber/gold. Sidestep the lemon/clove monotony to reward your face with peach, orange blossom and cantaloupe. This is a bounty of exotic fruit and flower, I guarantee you will taste honeydew on this and that is something to get excited about, is it not? Choose your favorite expensive fruit and you can probably find it here. Guava? Check. Lychee? Double check.

Those delicious Belgian off-notes are abundant here, but not in an overly sweet or cloying way. They balance off with peppery spice and alcoholic tang.

I have so much awe at the mouthfeel of this ale, so much that I'm not sure I can describe it. It is full but veers on dry. Not sticky but soft in finish and not sharp. I think to understand more I will have to finish the 4-pack, by far the most excellent way possible to package this kind of classic ale. Top marks for that.

There is a lot here to like and ponder. I might enjoy a bit more tang, but for a Tripel this hits that band-aid mark damn well without being obnoxious.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at basement temp in flared glass

A: semiclear orange; great head and great lacing; wonderful bloom of head
S: grape and grapefruit; citrusy and light
T: classic Belgian trippel; very spicy: nutmeg, allspice, and a hint of banana

Overall, a fantastic trippel; cheers!

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Photo of TheStig
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent, cloudy and golden yellow. Loves to bubble. Produces no lacing but a nicely formed three finger head that is very persistent.

S- Sandalwood, spice and flowery scents that suggest highly of jasmine.

T- This can't be beer, let alone a 9% abv beer. Where's the sinus-crinkling alcohol? The first notes that hit are a sweet grapefruit taste mixed with a tart berry note like cranberry. A very gentle bitterness floats around that does more to highlight the sweetness of the complimentary flavor notes rather than overwhelm you with a full-on hop assault. Letting this linger in your mouth a little more brings out the alcohol pinch, but even that is subdued. Aftertaste is heavenly-- I don't feel like I've just ingested a glass of wheatgrass juice or liquefied lawn clippings, instead it feels like what one feels like after eating some clementines or tart apple.

M- The carbonation has a funny way of being very strong the instant it hits your tongue, but swiftly changes into a velvet blanket.

O- Not only have I never had a bad beer from Allagash, I've never had an Allagash beer that could merely be considered "acceptable" or "adequate." This is a fantastic, complex beer. I can't praise it highly enough.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #54

Appearence: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a massive white head.

Smell: Smells fruity and creamy, with huge spice and clove notes. The most interesting and intriguing tripel i've smelled to date.

Taste and Mouthfeel: 9% alcohol? You're kidding me! It's nowhere to be found while tasting it. All I can taste is fruity goodness mixing with a sweet, juciy malt back. The mouthfeel is creamy and fun.

Drinkability and Overall: Damn near one of the best big beers I've had to date. Thank God I got 12 of them... so I have 11 aging. As far as drinkability, I was pretty tanked after just 1 750 ML bottle, so I don't know if I could have another. This is my first attempt at Allagash, and I must say I'm stunned.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured a little "tune up" would be in order to prepare for the upcoming Belgian Beer Festival next month. Checking the DBF, I was pleased to see this gem hiding in the back.

750ml corked and caged bottle. This is from batch #46.

A: Moderately aggressive pour yields a snifter of beauty. Massively thick...billowing stark white head erupts to stand atop the chill-hazed bright golden-colored nectar beneath. Lots of fizzies glide up from the bottom and sides of the glass. "Soap suds" lacing all over the glass.

S: Incredibly complex array of scents drift up and out of the glass. There's ripe cantaloupe, fresh orange rind, chunks of pineapple, vanilla beans, and candied sugar. Amzing.

T: Such a smooth and well-balanced beer. Many of the scents translate into the flavor. Orange, some ripened dark fruit, delicate sweetness. Woven into this tapestry of flavor is an undercurrent of spices. Almost peppery in character, they lend a wonderful touch to the overall impression on the palate. Initally sweet on, the middle beefs up the spices and slides into a short-lived dryness that is very clean and crisp. For such a beefy-thick brew, it leaves the palate quickly.

M/D: There's a lot of fizz to this one, but it's a real palate-coater...yet it manages to finish crisp and almost dry. Too cool. ABV weighs in at 9%, yet you hardly notice it. There's nothing harsh or unbalanced in this anywhere in the tasting profile. Fantastic.

Notes: I am waiting on pins and needles to try this on tap next month at the BBF. A hearty "Hell Yeah" for the gang at Allagash!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a Stein, This was the Allagash Tripel Reserve(which I have gathered is an alias for their Triple Ale) Batch #183

Appearance: Cloudy Golden Amber color with about 3 fingers of white head, little to no lacing.

Smell: Sweet smell, almost like a banana type smell, I could not smell a lot of hops.

Mouthfeall/Taste: Sweet taste with a hoppy after taste. Smoothlight bodies and well balanced.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer, I could sit down and drink a lot of this brew at a time. Have to admit I drank all 2 pints of it I had in about an hour, did not want to share it.

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Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 31. A pleasant surprise. Pours a deep golden color with a magnificent, bubbly head that retains well in proper glassware. The nose is full of fruit and yeast at first, with notes of spiciness prevailing as the beer warms up. Taste is similar, with the spicy notes taking priority. Quite effervescent and prickly on the tongue and an excellent pairing with food. The alcohol in this certainly has its warming effects, but it's hard to notice it until the beer is long gone. To be sure, a great American-brewed tripel.

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