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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 TerribleTaste
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn near........a perfect beer....

I opened a 750ml corked bottle after an entire day of 4wheeling in the snow with some buddies. Two of us being IPA dogs and one person not really being a beer person. All 3 of us shared this beer and everyone was incredibly impressed! And we where all just flabberghasted at how tasty and fulfilling that beer was. I got the old school farm style ales, lots of bready, earthy, fruity mixes into the ale with a perfect amount of carbonation. But everything was just SO refined, each taste had its own sharp presence and the bitter hop aftertaste was not a bad touch at all either!

This beer was a hit, 4 weeks later and we are still talking about havin' a bottle of that goodness
To bad I was only able to purchase it on a vacation x.x

I would suggest this ale to ANYONE....its such an impressive offering

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a growler at my local bottle shop. Poured into tulip a very slightly hazy golden straw color with a persistent snow white head. Has a notable fruity and floral aroma. The first taste is tropical fruity, banana, mango, peach perhaps and then the whole Belgian yeast flavor of clove and coriander comes on. Finishes with a slightly malty sweetness and a bit of hop dryness. This is a good beer, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of BeerLover50
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy gold with not much of a head. Has a tropical scent with many floral notes. VERY drinkable, but still delivers that belgian taste. Solid beer by a solid brewer.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cloudy golden yellow, with ample white head.

Smell: Tropical fruit and honey

Taste: Sweet tropical fruit; light closing bitterness

Feel: Full, extremely prickly on the tongue, high carbonation.

Overall: An interesting beer. Packs a wallop. Can't believe
it was only 9%: Felt "fuzzy" for two hours afterwards. Will
be interested to compare to others in this style.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

n the docket: 750ml cork & cage Allagash Tripel Ale, bottle date: 8/6/15.

Poured into: Chimay etched chalice

S: A quickly rising, stark-white whip of head formed on the surface of a nearly Ticonderoga #2 pencil-colored body. The head will settle down, clinging to the top in a ¾ thumb-width. Tiny bubbles zip to the surface. There is a visible cloudiness in the body, but this treat was bottle conditioned, so that’s just fine by me.

A: Light, malty sweetness works in partnership with a dry, spicy note of clove. Gentle banana and bubblegum (and I mean really gentle) yeast esters also emanate from the head. A mild fruitiness (Allagash says passionfruit). Spicy, earthy hops probably feel overlooked, but I waved at them, made them feel appreciated.

T: Dry clove spice and an earthy, husky/straw flavor meet your senses immediately. One will also detect some sweetness from the malt and the candi sugar. There’s certainly a little fruitiness in the mouth, too. Peach? Apricot? Mango? I’ll chalk that up to the yeast. Honey wends its way into the flavor. The hops and the higher alcohols show up in the finish. It’s a slight warming tingle, but by no means unpleasant. Tripels are dangerous– light body, great flavor, and well-integrated alcohol. This one comes in at 9% abv. Take your time with this cork and cage beauty.

F: Light, fluffy, tingly, and like they said on the bottle, a long finish. A great sipper.

O: An excellent interpretation of a cherished Belgian style by an American brewery. High marks to Allagash. If you think this one is good, try their barrel-aged releases.

Suggested food pairing: Rich creamy Blue cheese, Italian or clove seasoned pork-loin, fruit tart or maybe even a slice of apple pie a la mode

S: 4.25 A: 4.5 T: 4.75 F: 4.5 O: 4.5

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Photo of KevCan
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles from Whole Foods. Poured from the bottle straight from the fridge into a tulip glass. Paired with mom's cauliflower stew recipe :)

Look: Nice golden yellow, very cloudy. A bit of off-white head, dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell: First impression is the classic banana smell of a Belgian Tripel. No hops. Some fruitiness and honey. Amazing banana bread smell when I agitate it.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Not too boozy for 9.0% ABV. Makes me want to keep drinking!

Feel: Warming, sweet and sticky. Lots of carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Coats the mouth.

Overall: A great example of a Belgian Tripel. I think next time, I should taste this side-by-side with La Fin du Monde.

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Photo of Mubalzich69
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the best beers I've ever had. Everything Allagash puts out is at the top of the game. Smooth to pour nice initial taste and great finish. Besides their Curieux this is my favorite beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Ommegang glass.
A - Pours an opaque golden color with a 2 finger that settles quickly with some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a funky lemony. And I like it.
T - Flavor is grassy and earthy with a little bitterness
M - Medium high mouth feel and carbonation. Creamy feel.
O - An interesting Tripel, very drinkable and another great brew from Allagash.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had nothing but good beers from Allagash and this one is no exception. I would not place it among the top-tier tripels IMO (St Bernardus, Golden Monkey, certainly not with Curieux) but still a very solid offering in the style.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this baby after inadvertently keeping it in my basement for six months. Poured a hazy light gold with frothy head. Notes of fruit and spice, namely coriander, lemon, orange and hay. Although hay is neither a fruit nor spice. Taste follows suit with an addition of banana, honey and pepper. Dry finish puts this Tripel over. Outstanding beer on point with its international brethren.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 2/29/12...that's right, leap day.

L: Pours with a large billowy head and a color that is a tad darker than straw. Some serious lacing here.

S: Very nice. Peppery, semi-dry, and light fruit notes—green apple in particular. The aroma has spicy phenolics, some subtle noble hop character and Belgian candi sugar. Overall I’d describe the aroma as bright and vibrant.

T: Like the nose, this beer is semi-dry upfront. Has a peppery and sweet-malty character with a bit more hop bitterness than I would have thought. A little bit of perceptible alcohol in the taste.

F: Has a medium body with moderate-high carbonation. Some heat from the alcohol, but not a lot.

Overall: A very nice and drinkable tripel. Not too sweet, not too dry. A much better than average beer of the style and one I wouldn’t hesitate to come back to.

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Photo of dank203
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is a decent tripel. pours a glowing orange with a bright white head. good amount of lacing on the glass. aromas of clove, banana. flavors are yeasty. a hint of lemon/orange peel. really refreshing. I expect more spice note with a tripel though. more on the fruity side. still a solid selection

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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 Budlum
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The body is a golden straw color, topped with a creamy white head for the whole glass. The nose is classic Belgian tripel with a strong presence of clove, banana, bubble gum, and some pepper spice. The flavor profile matches the nose word for word. I had initially scored taste higher, but the a slightly chalky yeast flavor became apparent as the beer warmed. This is a great representation of a classic tripel.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a very light-colored beer. Kind of hazy, too; looks like a wit. Think milky golden. There is no head whatsoever, only a faint semblance of bubbles.

The smell is nice, with a very fruity and floral scent. Some spices and even a bit of alcohol.

Pleasant taste mimics the nose. A little pineapple comes out, along with Hefe-like banana and cloves. Alcohol evolves and builds.

It's a little aggressive in the mouth. Feels like Belgian yeast with spicy pepper notes. It does start off on the sweet side but the spicy feels grows and finishes warm, bordering on hot.

My first beer from Allagash and I'm impressed. It's strong and while the ABV is fairly high, it's subdued except for the warmth. Pretty flavorful.

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Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very cloudy gold color that’s close to orange, with a 2 finger foamy eggshell colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly leaving really goof foamy lacing and a layer on top. The head stuck around for a few minutes and through the cloudy brew you can see lots of active carbonation as bubbles race up like champagne.

Smells of yeast with light funk, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, light floral hops, lemon zest, honey, butter, lightly toast grains, fruit, flowers and bread crust. It’s very complex and sweet smelling, but besides what I already described all the aromas seem to blend together into one big intertwined, dynamic malt bill that has a bunch of fruity and spicy complementary notes and just a hint of alcohol. Rather soft smelling like a nice beer bouquet.

Tastes similar to the nose but with a lot more fruity aspects like green apple, pear, souring white grape, orange peel and some aspirin or chalk to go along with the sweet malt, yeast, light funk, honey, biscuit, coriander, pepper, bubblegum, light brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, twigs or dry hay. Seems like more earthy notes come out in the flavor and the spices blend well with the fruits and allow the herbs and floral hops to cut through at the end and limit the alcohol level. Really tasty and enjoyable, each sip has the same components but they seem to rearrange and showcase different flavors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, velvet and soft butter come to mind – honestly, super smooth and one of the nicest feeling beers of all time, it slides down like butter dripping off a hot biscuit; mild carbonation with a medium body that is on the thick side yet feels thin at times for an odd contradiction. Aftertaste is sweet and grainy, letting the spices come through again as it fades on the dry side with a minor alcohol warmth.

Really enjoyable tripel that was a great example of the style. I haven’t had one in years, but I plan to drink this on a regular basis now since it was very tasty.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful amber/ golden color with a fluffy 3 finger head. Lacing is very present.

S - Simple and pleasant aroma. A fairly sweet aroma overall with massive hints of banana. Other more subtle tones are present, most prominently clove. Notes of bread as well.

T - Is perfectly on par with the aroma. Overall very little bitterness present, fairly sweet. Most defining taste upfront is banana, followed by a mixture of the bread and clove hints noted in the aroma. Some spice notes on the back end. Simple and very enjoyable

M - Incredible feeling beer. Very smooth and full bodied. Sweet and very crisp finish leaving no lingering aftertaste aside from mild hints of banana (hence the sweetness).

O - Amazing beer overall. Very smooth and simplistic aroma and flavorings. A very summer-esque beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright golden color with fluffy white head

Smell - banana, clove, ginger

Taste - banana is most prominent upfront, also in the mix are ginger and coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront, spices come thru after that initial blast of banana, finish is slightly imperfect/rough around the edges

Overall - adequate American version of a Belgian style tripel. Certainly worth a try for fans of the style

Price Point - $11.99/4 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer in my opinion may be a little over rated as a Tripel. It is tasty no doubt, but it doesn't hold up to the best of the Belgian versions in this category. For one thing a Tripel should have a much more prodigious head. It nails the color and for the most part the aroma I expect. The nose includes banana, Belgian yeast, and baking spices. Flavor wise a pleasantly sweet malt bill makes an appearance, perhaps candied sugar. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp with no astringency or bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spices dominant on the nose, coriander and some other exotics. Some tropical fruit, lighter malt and some yeast. On the palate, herbs join in, and the alcohol adds some extra peppery spice and a touch of warmth, for the better, but the yeast adds that distasteful chalky/earthy element. Dry. Perhaps not the best balanced, I'd like some more fruit, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of DJLehnherr
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I’m rating this from a 750-ml bottle. Golden color perhaps a bit more opaque than most triples, a hue a bit more brown compared to others, perhaps. Nice white foamy head, which lasts.

The sweet, yeasty smell has a musty character to it. Also raisin-like or citrus scents. The sweet taste has little or none of those citrus-like notes, however. Lots of carbonation. The character of this beer is “shallow,” I’d say, compared to other Belgian-style tripels: Not a lot of depth or complexity to the flavor. For a triple ale, it’s 1-dimensional, but that one dimension is quite good. The 9.0% ABV is hidden well enough, too, making this a very drinkable beer, especially pared with a meal.

One recommendation: As most Belgian ales should be served warmer than your refrigerator’s chilling temperature, this beer, especially, I’ve found, will improve if you let it get up near room temperature.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip snifter

Good Belgian

Golden yellow in appearance, pencil thin white foam ring

Taste of malt, fruits

Feel the 9% Abv

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost . . . almost, the perfect American brewed Belgian tripel. Probably the best. But in an imperfect world, where nothing is perfect . . . This is the best !

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split between two tulips. Yeast pour reserved.

a: A gorgeous golden orange body. Hazy and juicy looking. The head is a 2 finger shock white, frothy cap that leaves behind nice patchy lacing.

s: Sweet malts and fruit along with a very pleasant Ricola like herbaceousnecss.

t: Crisp, crackery malt, passionfruit, under ripe pineapple, grapefruit rind, medicinal herbs, flowing into a sweet hint of bubble gum with a delightfully spicy finish.

mf:Medium body and lively carbonation. Nice full and dry finish.

o: With just a hint of the 9% ABV, this beer is complex, yet smooth and balanced. It is very true to style yet unique at the same time with the pronounced passionfruit, pineapple flavor I am picking up.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well balanced tripel, the fruit / honey hints provide a great flavor and disguise the 9% abv. The color was a bit lighter than I would have expected, but the smell and feel told otherwise. Great brew!

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