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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 BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #66. Faintly foggy lemon with the merest hint of tangerine juice. The muffled gunshot during cork removal and the expansive head would suggest a well-bubbled beer, but it doesn't appear to be excessively carbonated to my eyes. The glistening pearly white head is a pillowy, softly creamy, yet sticky masterpiece of foam. The beer/head combination is clean, bright, simple... and simply outstanding.

Tripel Reserve's nose is indistinguishable from the noses of some of the finest tripels in the world. Yet again, I'm amazed at this brewery's skill in recreating authentic 'Belgian' ales in the states. Sweet-and-sour fruity with bushel baskets full of peaches, pears, apples and all manner of golden fruits. Not as bold or as clove spicy as some of my favorites, but remarkable all the same.

Phenomenal beer! I've gained an appreciation for this style over the past year or so and I can tell with one mouthful that this an impressively well-crafted tripel. If I thought the nose was bursting with orchard fruit (it is), then what word can I use to describe what happens on my tongue each time I take a drink? Explosion? Detonation?

The beer is thunderously fruity, a flavor and a sensation that is made all the more immediate by one of the most well-cloaked, yet sneakily powerful ABVs in recent memory. That is precisely why I love this style as much as I do; the combination of fruit, spice and alcohol that, when done right, is transcendent like nothing but the most resinous hop bomb.

Even though the clove and white pepper spiciness isn't overly prominent in the nose, it's present and accounted for on the palate. Not too much... not too little... but juuust right. The deeper I get into the bottle and the closer the beer gets to an estimated 60 degrees, the more I absolutely love it and the more I realize that its flavor profile is flawless.

The body is solidly medium for the style and doesn't quite match the flavor for bigness and boldness. That's not a knock though and I hate to even assign such a mundane word as 'medium'. The mouthfeel's airy, softly silky, supremely smooth, lightly syrupy nature seems a contradiction in terms, but the tactile/textural contrasts are fascinating and give the beer an incredible amount of mouth interest. I've chosen to use drinkability to reflect how badly I want another bottle. Badly. Very badly.

Tripel Reserve is, without question, the best domestic tripel that I've ever had and is second only to Tripel Karmeliet on my 'best of style' list. It's yet another bright star in the Allagash firmament and is a testament to their commitment to brew incomparable, endlessly fascinating, decidedly delicious, tremendously drinkable beer. Anyone who doesn't include Allagash in their 'top-10 breweries in America' list has a screw loose.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: 750 ml bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA
Note: it was the Tripel Reserve that I had.

A: Coppery, cloudy, nice white head and some lacing.

S: Some honey, malty sweetness.

T: Sweet, malty, with some citrus and bready qualities.

M: Medium body, somewhat creamy.

D: Highly drinkable, and worth the few extra bucks.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice hazy, golden yellow with a good two inches of foam on the top of it.Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up toward the surface.

light banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had. mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back. nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it. This was a medium bodied ale; slightly lighter then that without any thinness though. Definitely not too light or bad really in any way, Nice and light with a good profile and a great flavor. Highly carbonated and with no taste of the alcohol at all.

Not your classic heavy triple by any means this was quite the nice treat. I would love to have this one again any day. Hands down this was a winner.

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

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly streaming from the bottom of the glass with some golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spices (clove + pepper) and Belgian yeast with a lighter aroma of sweet light fruits/stone fruits including peach, apricot, and pear. Hints of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly grainy malts with moderate flavors of light + stone fruit sweetness with peach, apricot, and pear all present. Light to moderate flavors of banana and moderate flavors of clove + black pepper spices from the yeast as well as the distinctive Belgian yeast flavors (which my wife describes as childhood paste). Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice example of a Tripel and is a very easy to drink beer though I would recommend slowly sipping on it as it can easily sneak up on you (with the alcohol being very well hidden). Definitely a recommended beer for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled into my DFH signature glass.

A - The color of white grape juice w/ mildly hazy appearance and sudsy cap of snow measuring about 2 fingers. The lace collects and holds moderately well/good retention + pin sized bead

S - Great aroma of fruity yeast esters w/ mango and passionfruit leading to a dried pineapple type sugary crystal type aroma w/ hints of green apple and pear

M - A crisp carbonation leads w/ medium thick body and leafy spiced middle, a creamy feel w/ mild alcohol and nutty spiced yeasty finish

T - A hint of fruit, tropical notes up front + light nutty grainy malt w/ smooth and creamy notes w/ subtle spice. The hop and juice note collide w/ a pineapple and sugared lemon note. The taste of golden raisins w/ a hint of ginger leads to more spice and alcohol as is finishes w w/ a honey-like sweet edge

D - A fantastic ale, but I must admit, not one I would really reach for unless I am satisfied w/ relaxing for at least 1hr, it is not smooth as some Belgians are but is as close as American Tripels may get- very spicey and strong.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 75 (750 ml bottle)

Pours an efferevescent bronze with a rocky 4 fingers+ white head. Insane lacing & superoir head retention

S: Lemon skins & phenolic notes

T: Pepper & lemons up front; then a little alcohol. Hints of woodyness & dryness follow. Hints of apricot follow. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: A little slick with perfect carbonation, skews a little too sweet to me

Drinks pretty good, a technically sound tripel; just not one of my favorite styles. Tripel fans & Belgian beer nuts will love this

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

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle ... corked and caged. Batch #8. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Tarnish gold in colour with a rich and dense white lace, almost looks like frothed milk on top.

Smell: Exotic fruit, herbal and medicinal all make for a sweet aroma.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a sweet candy sugar malt flavour. This is soon cut by herbal, grain and phenolic flavour. Hop bitterness is complacent and is only in the background. Lots of spicy alcohol with hints of celery leaves and pine. Earthy yeast with its raw exotic fruity character laces the palate with more complexity. The fruity flavour lingers with a touch of grain and a heavy hand of warming alcohol ties up the finish.

Notes: Another stellar brew from Allagash. Top shelf here, perfect example of the style. Rich in intricacies and incredibly drinkable. One of the greatest American Beers brewed in the Belgian style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a light haze. Nice two-finger head with spotty lace. After 20 minutes, there's no remaining head and the lace is largely gone.

Soft aromas from this Belgian beer. Crisp and clean without any of the earthy smells that are often common in this style.

Spicy flavors of corriander and all spice. Some sweetness up front, but the finish is very dry. Despite alcohol content, there is no oiliness to the brew. Good body and high carbonation.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden/straw color with a thick white head that reduces rather quickly. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Light fruit, a little banana, lemon zest, and a little orange. There is some coriander and pepper in the middle. Slight hint of alcohol at the end.

T: Very grassy with a nice level of spice, some clove, coriander, and pepper. Light fruit, orange, lemon, and a little bit of banana.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and smooth. Even though there was a hint of alcohol on the aroma, it does not show up in the flavor profile.

O: Really nice tripel, dangerously drinkable. Another solid beer from Allagash.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a pale yellow/gold color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the beer. The head faded, but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright citrus and spice flavor with some notes of lemon, coriander, orange peel to it. It also has a bit of a fruit tartness with some apple and pear to it that really helps balance it and give it some depth.

The taste shows a lot of the citrusy, lemon, coriander, orange peel flavors that were found in the nose. Some of the tart, fruity flavors come through in the finish and help balance out the flavors. It's a very flavorful and good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it this evening. For the high abv % it hid it very well. It had some very good and bold flavors to it but still remained pretty well balanced. Very tasty triple overall.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of tone77, helping me to keep my bottle stats in line with The CANQuest (TM). I feel like starting out small and segueing into some barleywine later. It was a crappy day with having to break the news to some Seniors that they had failed my course and would not be graduating. Also, I need to get revved up for PHL Beer Week, which starts tomorrow.

From the bottle: "Our golden hued 9% ABV Tripel Ale is marked by Passion Fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of honey surfacing from its complex palate. Perfect as an aperitif or compliment to fine cuisine." No mention of the chicken salad on a croissant that I just ate. Onward!

My pour netted a finger of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a very hazy orangish-yellow, thanks to my having agitated it the way I agitate my students. The nose had a tropical fruitiness, although I might not have been able to identify Passion Fruit, along with a black pepper spiciness and even some mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium and riotous with flavor, initially tropical fruit on the tongue, but then the black pepper and mustiness kicked in and it got really dry really fast. How quickly can I put this away? Kidding! It has me wondering about those "herbal notes" - Grains of Paradise? Coriander? Much too easy drinking to be safe. Jesus, it was evaporating from my glass, or so it seemed. I may have to lie down after this ...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash of Portland, Maine is probably more known for their white beer, but this Triple that I had on tap at the Sharp Edge is quite a tasty treat. It pours a slightly hazy gold with a rather thin white head and it barely sticks to the glass. Aroma is spiced up with some cinnamon like tones, and a mild banana tone on top of all of the estery alcoholic fragrance that creeps upon my senses. Flavor profile contains a full alcoholic, slight honey full sweetness that is warming to the sipper of this fine beer. There is also pleasant notes of yeast within this highly carbonated offering from our friends in New England. I would say the texture has a medium body with a slightly sticky candied sugar mouthfeel. I could drink this beer one right after another, but I wouldn't recommend due to 9% ABV.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. No bottle date.

Appearance - Hazy (murky, even) yellow-orange body with a very small but sustained white head. The bubbles never seem to diminish from the initial pour, modest though the pour was.

Smell - Cloves and bananas. Strong fruit presence. I couldn't put a name to it, but something tropical and sweet would do. Yeasty in that Belgian sort of way.

Taste - Clove flavor more pronounced and the tropical fruits are nearly gone, disappointingly. Banana is still prominent. Definite honey sweetness and some breadiness in the finish, but the honey isn't cloying. It's not exactly dry, though.

Mouthfeel - It's almost dry, which is pretty good for an American tripel. I hesitate to say I might even call this boozy, but it's very slight. Medium bodied.

Overall - It's good. It's no La Fin du Monde or Westmalle, but at least it isn't a sugary mess like everyone else seems to think a tripel is supposed to taste.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Batch #109 - Poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed golden with a thin, lasting, bubbly turning creamy, white head. Spotted lacing sticks to glass after trailing lace descends.

The smell is of orange peel, honey, clove. Bready and spicy.

The taste is initially honeyish and malty with orange peel fruitiness quickly entering in. A balancing spicy/herbal dryness soon follows (esp. in the finish). A bready, tasty yeast strain adds to the complexities. Alcohol adds warmth without interfering in taste or smoothness.

Light-to-medium-bodied. It is effervescent, yet creamy. Very much on-target for the style.

This is one fine tripel - true to style with a wonderful aroma, nice taste and deceiving drinkability!

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Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark golden yellow with a huge, white, dense, foamy, head that has great retention

S - white grapes, alcohol, fruit

T - white grapes, warm alcohol, faint grassy hops, some straw-like notes, a bit bitter in the finish

M - big amounts of warming alcohol, well carbonated, medium to full bodied

This is a very nice Tripel with all the traditional markers. The flavors and aromas remind me of the traditional Tripels I have had from Belgium. This is a warm, high ABV, fully flavored, well composed offering from Allagash that is certainly worth your attention.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A big three finger simple white head with uniform bubbles that are somewhat small. Dark buttery gold color not very cloudy fairly clear and a very soapy shampoo like appearance. Some retention.

Bouquet is a good spicy/sweetness with mild yeast. Faint orange citrus but not much else and not particularly obvious on smells.

Taste becomes fairly hop dominant with very little chew or sweet tones, and a fair alcohol sharpness on the finish. Medicinal bitter finish with little body, and a rotten fish taste. Too obvious on alcohol for the ABV. I am not to keen on wanting more but I've had worse.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #32, for those of you keeping score at home.
Appearance: slightly hazed, pure golden hue, some bubbling carbonation, with a large and lovely, fluffy cloud of foam on top, obviously home to a myriad of tiny angels awaiting their chance to entrance the senses.
And it is good work that they do!
Aroma: intoxicating! Senses-filling, flooding, uplifting! Rich, delicious, heady, spicy, sweet, fruity (lemon, orange, pineapple, peach), complex, and invigorating. Bewitching, beguiling, bewildering! And pretty good, too!
Taste: huge, yet soft, and sensual attack of hops, that just as soon turns to an orgy on the tongue, nothing but goodness and delight coming from it, a paroxysm of pleasure occurs, sending jolt after jolt of joy down through the nervous system and every sense receptor.
These flavors, these temptations, sweet succor to any thirst or any lack of happy feeling, they continue again and again every time lip meets cup, and ale meets tongue, again and again, without pause. Mmmmm, is all my mind can conjure to relate the exact consequences of consumption, and maybe it's that 9% ABV of this 750ml bottle (1/2 to go, and the night is still young, where to go from such bliss?) of perfectly brewed tripel?
Everything's in it's heaven in this brew, the malt, the hops, the booze, sugar, yeast, every little imp that does it's special magic has earned it's fairy dust in the production of this very fine golden ale!
Allagash, I'd tip my hat to you, but I haven't got a hat!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

A - Great looking triple. Fluffy white head with great retention and lace. Was able to avoid the sediment in the bottle for a crystal clear wheat gold body.

S - Apple, pear, touch of green banana, white grape, riesling wine, honeydew mellon, touch of booze.

T - Huge bosh pear flavor, white grape, apple skins, honey, light dandelion.

M - Great mouthfeel; full with a creamy backend.

O - A great, relatively easy to access triple. Sweet and loaded with fruit.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright, hazy, maize-gold coloring with a filmy, bright white surface coating of head. Nose of subtle fruit sweetness, mostly tropical, with herbal spicing and subtle toasted grain characteristics. Flavors of spice and fruit on the forward tongue, with pineapple and mango blending with highlights of all-spice, coriander, and nutmeg. Sweetness transitions, with honey and fig characteristics at the end of the palate. Fruity and smooth aftertaste, very balanced. Smooth, slightly lingering finish. Very tasty, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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 drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a magnum. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a white head. Has steady and high carbonation and the head leaves behind a lot of lacing. Very cool looking beer.

A very crisp aroma filled with great fruit esters and flavors. Smells almost exactly like La Fin Du Monde.

Beer is yeasty in flavor, medium to low bodied, slightly bitter and drinkability is really high. The carbonation does a good job providing connectivity to the initial sweetness and the final bitterness.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10/29/05- Purchased at Beverages and More on a close out for $2.99!

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Batch number on the front label. Has been aging for at least a year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded pour with a huge fat creamy head and nice lacing. Furious stream of bubbles rises from the basin.

Smell- Light scented, but it smells oh so good. Mild fruit scents, kinda tropical in nature, plus various spices.

Taste- Has lovely fruit flavors with just the right mix of corriander and other spices. Maybe some apple, grape, papaya? Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Thought this would be overly carbonated, but it was suprisingly creamy and very smooth going down. Best mouthfeel for a tripel I think I have had. This is a great beer at any price, no less at $2.99. This is right up there with St. Bernardus for me.

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Photo of stevoj
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up back east. Alcohol burn is more noticeable in this American variety than in its Belgian cousins, but the flavor is spot on. A good example of the tripel style

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade

I found this to be a big, tasty beer, but a little heavy on the clove. Belgian spice dominates the aroma and flavor, but there are still hints of earthy hops and mellow malts. For my palate, the phenols (clove and similar spice) is a bit much heavy, but it didn't prevent me from finishing off the bottle. I have to at least give it credit for being complex in the spice. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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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