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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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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 finepaws
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, batch # 56
Poured a hazy, golden, yellow. Bubbly, 2finger carbonation that drifted down to a small layer through out. Had a spicey, fruity, malt smell. Lots of belgian yeast tastes. Pear like sour flavor with spicey peppery notes, and warming alcohol going down. Lingering sweet flavor in mouth. This is another delicious allagash. I hate to say it, put it went delicious with pizza as well as vanilla ice cream. What a diverse flavor savor!

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Photo of larsee01
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Chimay glass goblet

A--Surprisingly little carbonation nor head upon pour. Very cloudy honey color.

S--Sweet and tropical fruity. Honey there too. No head or fizziness to really distribute much smell though.

T--No overpowering flavors--rather, well balanced and tasty. Hints of light fruitiness and spice to open. Slightly on the sweet side and very very little booziness for 9.0% ABV! Light maltiness predominant with tiny hop kiss providing just a small and appropriate touch of bitter. Malty nondescript spice at finish...coriander?

M--Not heavy at all for 9%. Rich and smooth on the palate. Not as dry as some tripels.

D--Not a chugger...savory and deceptively easy at 9%. Cuidado!

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

With Martin Sexton on the Hi-Fi- " The American " This is a 750ml Bottle which is about to be poured into a pint glass . Label shows some trees with multicolored leaves falling on a barren path . Label is also stamped Batch # 87 . Corked bottle with gold cage and gold cap . When popped gun smoke leaves the bottle and the aroma is overwhelming . Apricot , yeast , and some pear . The color in the glass is also inviting . Yellow / whitish hue that is making my mouth water . The first taste is is a bit fruity and spicy . Lots of lacing is present and the head is still there too . This is not my first Tripel . I tried my first over a month ago and it was OK . At 9.0 ABV you better watch it . This made watching the Celtics , - who lost again , can you say lottery pick - a joy . I am a Allagash fan who will walk down the Allagash Tripel path again .

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Photo of ohoove
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy rotten orange in color with medium carb and an impressive puffy head with nice lacing .
Smell dominated by clove and banana. Taste was a pleasure with the above smells on the tongue then add in the alchohol and that warm feeling and it's the makings of a very favorable tripel. Although i'm reviewing this now, it's the 3rd bomber i've had and will be buying again. Really liking the style.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A delicious orange with an amber tinge, and a healthy head. I hesitate to give it a five but really how could it look any better, perhaps swirling silvery sparkles or some sort of acid induced hallucination. The lacing is good and the the head thins out towards the middle.

Smell: The smell is faint, sweet pineapple and alcohol.

Taste: Sweeter than I would have expected, The sweetness hits you first, very fruity from a mix of delicious esters and some glorious hops no doubt, the alcohol is quite sneaky and here I am 3/4 of the way through the bottle and I'm in that perfect fleeting state of euphoria, respect that 9%, the finish is complexity at its finest, you can taste it all the aromatic hops the sweet malt and esters and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the high end of the style.

Drinkability: This beer has renewed my fervor for beer, after a few disappointing stouts. World Class!

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured bright golden translucent in color the looked gorgeously filtered to perfection. Thick frothy head complemented the color.   

S: Not really dominating or distinguished in aroma. Was left hoping for more. 

T: Holy crap this beer is so beautiful. Light crisp and unreal clovey banana that is just amazing on the taste buds. Best american belgian style beer I've ever had.

M: Really dry and unreal crisp but heavy in flavor. Just pure and simply perfect.

O: You really need to try this beauty. I want this beer inside me at all times. Do not pass up the opportunity to try this one. Shes amazing.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden amber into a snifter, with a decent lasting head and some residual lacing.

Smell is immediately redolent of clove and raisons - you can sense the alcohol through the spicy aroma.

Taste closely follows smell - spicy with a nice carbonation and a feel of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy , finishes fairly crisp.

Drinkability is fine for a beer with this ABV but this is a potion that limits you to no more than one or two at a sitting.

Not a great fan of the style but I like this just fine.

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Photo of joeland
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch# 155

A- a beatiful golden hazy color with one finger high head that leaves a thick lacing

S- a mild smell of corrinder with other spices mixed in

T- a strong alchol taste right upfront that has spices that mix weel with it

M- a medium body with a medium carbnaton

D- a smooth drinking beer. it has the alchol taste with out the burn, but i'm set with having one maybe two of these

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Photo of greenengineer
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in my Pretty Things pint glass

A - very pale yellow, big head quickly fades, persistent lacings
S - belgian sour smell, hints of apples/pears
T - belgian sour, yeasty, alcohol not overpowering. Hints of cloves.
M - not sticky, good fizz
O - not my favorite style, but not bad. Surprisingly light given the ABV.

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Photo of geetlord
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden brown with a light white head. It had a ligth flowery aroma. It has a spicy flavor with a bitter and astringent finish and a smoky aftertaste. Overall I think it is a very interesting tasting beer, but I personaly dont care for the smoky aftertaste all that much.

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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 brianjay
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color. The swirling airy head slowly fades down into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma leaves a lot to the imagination. My preconceived notion of a Belgian tripel have to be put aside for this lighter, yet well balanced, American version.

White grapes and orange flavors with a touch of brown sugar rounding out the flavors.

Mouth feel, sparkling and lively. Despite the high ABV on this one, it is smooth and drinkable, going down very easy. Would go great with salad or fish.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a Stella Artois chalice (at least I think it's a chalice, BM me if I'm wrong).

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange with a thin white head. Looks great.

The smell is sweet and fruity. I'm picking up some yeast, some orange, pear, and apple, with just a little bit of banana. Hop aroma is also noticeable, slight- but it's there.

Tastes very fruity as well. Banana and pear are noticeable. Got some bready flavors with some nice spiciness to it. Some hop bittering and a some light alcohol qualities. Very good.

Medium bodied very average to little carbonation. Very dry in the finish.

Drinkability is a little too high for this one. At 9.0% ABV this goes down pretty easily despite the dryness of the finish. Will be getting more of these.

Overall this was excellent. I had been looking forward to it and will definitely be getting more in the near future. Can't say anything bad about this one.

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent, golden beer with thick creamy head.

S: The nose of this beer seems particularly filled with esters; figs, grapes, lemongrass, slight phenol presence.

T: Dry beer with a creamy maltyness but a distinguished astringent aftertaste. Dark fruits are detectable throughout and fade into the astringent spicyness.

M: Medium light body with soft carbonation. Astringent taste comes through when I keep this beer in my mouth to think about this category.

D: Goes down slowly but well.

Notes: Drank this tripel the same night as the St. Bernardus and thought much less of them then it seems most people do. Both of these beers tasted strongly of astringent, so perhaps both bottles were stored incorrectly and skunked, or perhaps I hadn't rinsed all the soap out of my chalice, or maybe my pallet is that much more sensitive than most other peoples. I'm not sure. You decide.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 62, 22oz bottle.

Translucent honey/straw colored beer that pours nicely into my tulip glass forming a bright white head of small champagne sized bubbles, which remains througthout the beer.

The smell is of apricots and simple syrup.

With all of the sugar in the nose, I was expecting a much sweeter beer. Fortunately, it was not sweet. A nice fruity, but not too fruity, tripel that lingers on the palate with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice beer to have around. Espcially being for Maine, not exactly the beer brewery capital of the world.


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Photo of detgfrsh
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle bottled on 9/3/15. Pours a yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Kind of looks like a lager. Smells of fruit, yeast, and a little sourness. Light mouthfeel. Rich malt taste with hints of spices (like nutmeg and cardamom, not chili) and dark bread. The Belgian yeast shines through in this one.

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

Batch #90, bought at Bevmo and made sure it was settled well to leave about a half inch in the bottle and most of the yeast behind. Then ended up drinking most of the bottom anyway at the end...

A: Very clear and golden, pillowy head on top of a beautiful vigorously bubbly brew. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice spicy character with hints of fruit, maybe pineapple with a subdued herb and malt mixture. A little honey maybe, but that's subtle.

T: Spiciness, pineapple, bread yeast and some nice candy sweetness round out the alcohol warmth which lets you know this sucker is 9%. Very delicately balanced.

M: Medium bodied beer, but quite effervescent which really improves the mouthfeel. It has an almost biting quality to the carbonation which I think is perfect for the style.

D: The drinkability of this is incredible.

It's one of those beers that I should drink far more often, and it's surprisingly affordable (7 bucks) so I'm not sure why I don't. Anything this brewery makes will be fantastic, but this one really shines.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 750ml bottle with the cork present, and poured it into a Belgian wheat beer glass.

All I remember was having a reaction of: "Wow, this is an amazing brew!". The taste was fruity, malty, smooth, hints of german hefe (banana), crisp, effervescent, and far too delicious. This is one of those beers where you love the taste so much you end up drinking the beer quickly and you get punished for it. That 9% abv will do serious damage especially because you can't taste the 9% at all. You would swear it was 5%.

I've had this beer twice now and in my humble opinion this beer should get the designation of "world class" beer. I've had the best beers in the worlds. Many beers I've had that unfortunately I forgot to review while tasting it. This beer to me gets everything right. Looks amazing, smells amazing, mouthfeel is perfect, ABV is hidden like a magician's trick, and last but certainly not least: its so delicious! This beer I'd drink all the time if it didn't cost an arm and a leg. This is a masterpiece. I know a masterpiece when I taste it and this has the "stuff".

Cheers to Allagash!

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

Had this beer over New Years. Poured from 750 ml bottle to a wide mouth sniffer glass. Head retention was creamy but nominal. Light with an orange tinge and cloudy in appearance. I enjoyed the fruity aroma as a first impression. Nicely spiced and the GOP were apparent (which is what I'm assuming gave the beer its spicy peppery flavor). I enjoy the mouthfeel of other Belgains better but the beer was very drinkable. I really enjoyed it. I have seen this beer in stores before but never bought it. I'll keep this in mind next time I want a triple but don't want to pay the extra few dollars that others cost.

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Photo of MacDomer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright goldy-yellow, cloudy, with a one finger pale white head. Some visible carbonation. Head faded a bit fast, though. Retention was nice all the way through this beer.

S - Banana, clove, yeast. Hints of candied sugar. Quite nice.

T - Starts off with light fruits and a nice softer spiciness. Earthy, with some slight hopiness at the end, faint, but still there. Warming alcohol on the way down, but not too much.

M - Creamy, but not as creamy as some other tripels. Nice even carbonation throughout. Nice, but leaves me wanting for a bit more.

D - This is quite a good tripel, I'd certainly have another and will seek this out again. One of the best non-Belgian tripels I've had.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 169 from 750ml bottle poured into large, wide mouth stemmed wine glass.

Slightly cloudy golden hue with massive 3 finger head with strong retention.

The aroma is out of this world. Sweet smell with complex dried fruit pineapple and honey like with some spice of the yeast strain.

Taste alot of grain and big candied sugar ester fruit followed by some hop bite that lingers on the tongue after taste. I expected a sweeter more balanced taste but I loved this.

Mouth feel super creamy and soft with a crisp clean finish from the natural carbonation. Goes down so easy.

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

The Allagash Tripel pours a deep golden and gives a shaving-cream head that had me looking for a razor. There were hints of pear and some spicy notes, all of which seemed like they had the potential to improve with age. This big beer carries a warming 9 percent alcohol. Unlike the dubbel, which brewery workers have found peaks at one to two years, this one has greater long cellaring potential. A Maine brew that measures up well to some of the greats from Belgium.

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Photo of Onceeven
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served straight from the cellar at proper temp. Poured a honey gold with a nice thick head. The head didn't stick around as long as I'd anticipated, but still left nice thick lacing.
Poured into a red wine glass, for lack of "proper" glassware, but it did the trick, the smell is tremendous. Thick, sweet and yeasty. An assortment of sweet fruits comes to mind. A spicy note is picked up as well and is much more pronounced in the flavor.
Taste starts out on a spicy/peppery note, flips between tart and sweet, and finishes with a hint of alcohol. Supremely smooth and balanced. I'd drink this stuff all night if I could.

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

Bought a 22oz bottle of Allagash Tripel Ale at Ellwood Thompson's on 11/4/11 and poured it into an imperial pint glass (no fancy glasses in my apartment yet unfortunately).

A - Two-finger, creamy head that takes a while to dissipate into a one-finger head that stays for a looong time. As I've been writing this (5+ minutes) the head has still not dissolved, which is great. Cloudy and golden-yellow in color with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks as delicious as it tastes. 4.0

S - Esters, banana, pear, and hops are all present. Somewhat faint but the ever-resilient head helps reinforce this. 3.5

T - Taste is wonderful. Spicy, fruity flavor with malty, biscuity notes hits the palate first, followed by a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste and the tingle of moderate carbonation. Well-balanced and deceptively sweet for a beer with 9.0% abv. The hops add an odd flavor at the end that is hard to describe, sometimes it's an enjoyable bitterness, and other times it can be a bit sour. I'd consider it a minor thing overall, as this beer still tastes great. 4.0

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Definitely a beer to be sipped and enjoyed slowly. 4.0

O - Overall Allagash's Tripel Ale is a delicious beer that looks good, smells good, tastes good, and feels good. It may not be the cheapest Belgian beer out there but what you pay for is quality. Well-balanced and expertly crafted, I think Allagash has done an excellent job. 4.0

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