Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
2,763
Reviews:
951
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
200
Gots:
611
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy pour, with cream on the tongue, the glass. Fruity apricot and bannana and orange and apricot, and spices, the latter penetrating the nose. Coriander. A long and dry bitter tart aftertaste yet satisfying. A curious combination. Had to finish the bomber after lunch. Rye grain?

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a murky pale golden with slight copper hue body. nice lacing.

S: sweet tropical fruit, breads, yeast and herbal notes.

T: lemon custard provides both tart and sweetness. Belgian yeast, banana with herbs including corriander and clove with this one being a touch bitter.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. very crisp.

Overall: This one is well made and nicely represents the style especially in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, honey, and spices. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my liking.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a nice looking golden yellow color. The beer has enough haze to it that it doesn't allow much clarity. The head was fluffy and white leaving behind a decent lacing. The smell of the beer has a good amount of Belgian yeast and floral aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer had some spice to it, a little sweetness and a pretty good dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was very drinkable. Could put down a few of these in a sitting probably. Overall it's a damn good brew from Allagash.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy yellow in color with a finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices and yeast in the nose. Smells of clove and pepper stand out in particular; there are also some notes of bananas.
T: Flavors of bananas and other dry fruits are a little more prevalent in the taste as compared to the smell; these are nicely contrasted by the spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness that leaves you wanting another sip.
D: This is a beer that really needs to be sipped given its alcohol content and spiciness.

Note: Batch 154

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What's the ideal Tripel taste like? Well, you probably have to go to Belgium to learn that. But staying State-side, this is as close as it gets! There's supple sweetness, earthen pungency, spicy pepper and wine-like acidity that plays into the ales profile. Let's explore further...

Firmly straw in color, the ale is bright in light gold hues but is modest in its haze- when back lit, the ale simply glows with an impressive demonstration. Its strong effervescence builds a cottony white head that's fairly arid in its largely laced bubbles.

Strong lemon, pear, and apple esters flood the nose with a scent that's truly fruit-forward. But a quick strike of white pepper, honeysuckle, soft coriander, and light winey note balances that fruit with ease. Heading into taste, the foundation of light bread, yeast and dough give early impressions of sugar cookies and grain. The middle palate releases the bulk of sweetness and invites peppery spice, earthen hops, and sheer acidity. Finishing sharp, earthy, and with a Chardonnay-like effervescence- the ale is refreshing, rustic and complex.

Medium-light in body, its hard to think of the ale as a lighter offering especially since the taste and alcohol are both robust. But the lift of champagne carbonation and the lack of residual sweetness allows for a zesty dryness that this style deserves. Warm and peppery late, the beer lingers with wine and straw.

Forget America! This beer is at home in any country. Class knows what class knows and it finds home at Allagash. Its a classy Tripel and who cares where its brewed!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a splash of apricot; the tight head caps the liquid while leaving a dancing pattern of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Juicy fruit gum, with white pepper, tropical fruit and fusel alcohol

Taste: The blend of tropical fruits (papaya, banana and lemon) kicks off the flavor profile, which grows peppery by mid-palate; I know this is weird but I taste a bit of Crayola in the mix; medicinal, fruity and a complex dry flavors blend into the spicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Tripels are not my favorite style but I do respect them when they are well brewed and this is a well brewed Tripel

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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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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy blond, nearly opaque. The white frothy head retains extremely well, covering the glass in lace.

Smell - On the sweeter side with a spicy balance. Tropical fruits and white pepper come to mind.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very phenolic initially with a big banana flavor and undertones of green apple. Crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. A spicy, peppery flavor clings to the back of the mouth, riding through until the finish.

Notes - One of the better American-made tripels I've tried.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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