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:
2,762
Reviews:
951
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
200
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610
For Trade:
2
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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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into goblet, no bottle date. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Small amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big clove, spices, grass, pepper, honey, and banana. Nice aromas with good strength. Taste of big pepper, clove, spices, banana, and grass; with some lemon, bread, and floral notes as well. No bitterness present, but there is a fairly long finish with lingering notes of spice, pepper, banana, bread, and light fruitiness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, only a decent amount of warming is present on the finish. Very nice complex balance of all flavors, with good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Overall, and excellent tripel with great complexity and balance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a britt citrus golden color win a nice white head and some good lacing. Aroma brings spices, orange peel, and some fruity esters. Taste brings citrus zest and some fruit with a bot of breadm. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks quite well. A nice American version.

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

Pours a white head. Decent retention. Color is a bright hazed golden orange.

Aroma: A nice amount of spices and fruit. Some orange peel and cloves with a bit of peach. A lot of yeast flavors. Very dry. Belgian flavored.

Taste: Bananas and orange peel with a hint of lemon citrus. Cloves and a dry pepper flavor. Again, yeasty with a Belgian flavor to it. A lot of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a solid tripel. Fits the style well, especially for an American brewery. Good stuff.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -27.7%

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

On tap at the Corner Slice in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet a slightly hazed peach infused golden with a nice white fluffy crown atop.Stone fruit and banana/clove phenols in the nose,as it warmed sweet alcohol came into play a little.Somewhat tart with green apple-like flavors at the onset with clove-like spice and alcohol sweetness in the finish.Alot of fruit flavor in this tripel,phenols are present but not over the top,nice beer.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those beers I've had a ton of times but somehow escaped a review.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, with a line of lacing, over mostly clear semi hazy golden color.

Nose reminds me of being in Belgium, nice Belgian golden malts, sweet but not really syrupy, a bit of light candi sugar, hints of yeast addition spices, faint orange peel, and slightest coriander like spice. Then into light booze aromas with some esters a bit fruity, and light phenols as well, and a candy like aroma with faint candied orange peel.

Taste starts with sweetness, sweet golden Belgian malts with a bit of a toasty flavor, light candi sugar, and an overall candy taste. Then Belgian yeast kicks in, light spices again, hint coriander like, little orange peel, then light phenols and fruity esters with the warming tingly booze, a bit boozier than expected. It brings a light wheat like flavor as well, toasted wheat, and golden malts. Bitterness is light thanks to the orange peel and very light earthy hops I think. Finish is fairly hot with booze, more spicy earthy hops lingering, with a bit of orange peel and esters, slight sweet sticky blond malts, and faint wheat all lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, plenty of hot booze.

Overall nice, an American version of Belgian tripel that is done well. Allagash continues to make Belgian beers very well for being in Portland Maine.This reminds me a lot of many of hte beers I had while actually in Belgium, so well done guys. That being said, it does get a little too hot overall with booze, but otherwise very tasty.

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

The first careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a crystal-clear golden-orange and yellow body that teems with fine, effervescent bubbles beneath a two inch head of densely creamy white froth. The head retention is excellent and it maintains a solid quarter inch of cream as well as leaving almost completely solid walls of lace throughout the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, candy laced malt that's brightened with a touch of orange, melon, and perhaps vanilla amidst a sprinkling of coriander. In the mouth its tiny bubbles foam-up on the tongue, giving a little tingle before it becomes pillowy soft and lightly creamy. The flavor expresses what the nose suggests, but with more ferver. It's vanilla is much clearer than the nose suggests, and its delicately citrusy orange character balances the candy and vanilla alongside a sublime spiciness of coriander and white pepper. Its bitterness is well heeled; and it's superbly balanced for the style - particularily given it's 9% alcohol which never fully shows! An astounding beer that's rich without being bold enough to hinder its drinkability, and complex enough to remain interesting throughout several glasses. Additionally, this is well worth stocking up on as it should appeal to a wide variety of guests in your home, and works equally well during a cool summer evening on the back porch as it does during the holiday season!

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured cloudy golden-orange in color with a durable off-white head. The head lasted until the beer was gone, thoroughly coated the glass with lace when tilted, and left some patchy lacing on the glass.

Aroma & T: Complex and sweet aroma features tropical fruits, pear, and light spices. The taste has these characteristics too, but add some tartness, traces of wild and Belgian yeast, and some alcohol esters.

M: Medium body; medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: Excellent and well-balanced mix of flavors and aromas: an impressive Tripel even by Belgian standards.

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

On-tap 1/14/2010 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, fruit, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet & semi-tart fruit flavors, some spices and some Belgian yeast breadiness all at once creating a good complexity. A mild alcohol sting follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Belgian beer with strength and substance to drink for an evening.

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

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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intriguing spicy flavor starts right off. Sharper and hoppier than many Tripels. Clean golden color in the glass. Thin body but a big dose of flavors. Just slightly sweet, though there is plenty of malt. Tastes strong. Very nice sipping beer with a pleasant touch of yeast and a rasp of Belgian flavors.

One of my favorite Tripels and shows what a great style this can be regardless of which side of the Atlantic the brewery is on.

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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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a nearly clear, bright golden body with two fingers worth of white foam.

Smell: Spiced and sweetened sliced bananas greet the nose first, then enter some fruity notes of white peaches, Golden Delicious apples, pineapple, and maybe, just maybe even a bit of bitter orange. Background waft of whole, smile-inducing booze.

Taste: Pale malts, maybe some light wheat with a touch of overall breadiness. It starts candi sugar sweet but it instantly begins drying away. Richly fruity melange in the middle. Cracked cloves. A single, solitary drop of vanilla. Sharp floral touches alongside some hop bitterness. Peppery alcohol tries to hit you with a hammer, but the other various flavors try to keep it at bay. The other fruit flavors dim down, but the citrusy orange peel character remains. Dry, warming finish with a touch of dried herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Good! It embodies a fine line between full flavored and relatively easily drinkability despite the punchy 9% ABV.

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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 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 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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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,762 ratings.
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