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 mmorris15
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

batch #69. when you see 61, 70, 66 and 65 on the shelf with 69, isn't there a clear choice? 750ml.

pours a bright and very clear hearty-piss yellow. steady stream of carbonation and airy head that condenses to a respectable cloudy coating of soft foam. yeasty aroma cut with just the right amount of sweet citrus and earthiness. beginning stages of butter add just the right hint of golden cream. first thing observed upon tasting is the grassy crispness.. the carbonation plus the moderate, fresh hop levels equals refreshment.. and for 9%? continues along the earthy path, digging up some dirt and flower stalk flavors. malty sweetness is there, but at a restrained level.. providing just the right counterweight to the orange/lemon zest. lingering heat duels flawlessly with the slight hint of diacetyl.. holy crap, if this isn't the most perfectly balanced american belgian (notice i said american, not NORTH american) style ale, my name isn't jesus christ. pristine sipper.

allagash- you please me very much. keep making good belgians. the world needs more.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 171 caged and corked poured into Bruery snifter

A: Massive white head with heavy lacing, clear goldenrod color with many visible bubbles floating to the top.

S: Sweet belgian candy sugars mixing with belgian yeast , daffodils and some booze.

T: Banana , clove, belgian yeast and belgian candy sugar are the prominent flavors in here. There is a very sweet pear and sugarplum taste as well from candied sugar and some caramelized sugars mixing nicely with the belgian yeast strain notes. I can pick up some noble hops in the background and aftertaste.

M: Lightly carbonated even though you can see bubbles jumping from the bottom of the glass. There is a medium to heavy body for the style.

Overall this is nicely done and I would definitely get again at a later time. I would prefer to have this in a 12 oz bottle but will settle for the larger one this time.

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

It pours a crisp, clear vivid gold, with highlights twinkling. A prompt white head swells moderately, and soon drops to a thin, frothy gauze. Slippery lacing slides slowly down the sides of the glass.

The aroma brings a rock candy malt sweetness along with a playful essence of currants. An undercurrent of dry citrus dances quietly with gentle spice notes. A yeasty tartness cedes to a glimpse of alcohol as the aroma fades to an end.

A light grain sweetness creeps along the sides of the tongue as nutmeg and cloves settle on the center. Currants and berries swirl into the mix and combine with the carbonation to lend a sparkling presence. Alcohol slips in almost subversively but makes a warm impression. The elements fade toward the end to allow a slight smooth yeast sourness to impart a champagne-like glow at the finish.

Medium bodied, it slickly coats and the bright components are distributed nicely to leave a lingering, even tactile, legacy.

This assertive Maine product fills the palate without overwhelming. The flavors glide about and co-exist in a tantalizing balance. Many beers have a lot of one thing, but this one has just enough of each thing. You sip and sip, hardly noticing how much you've had, but the ABV won't forget to remind you before too long! Still, you can't help but enjoy every drop in one big bottle. It's a happy person who has Allagash available in his/her neck of the woods. I know I am.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cork. batch #129. poured into tulip.

clear straw color with amber tones. lots of fluffy head slowly recedes to thin layer. decent lacing.

apple and pear fruitiness upfront with hint of coriander, dried orange peel and maybe even anise. whiff of grassy hop. subtle bready malts, with gentle peppery phenols in the back.

flavors similar, with more white grape character and even citrus zest to the fruitiness (not from the hops, it seems). spicy yet moderate phenols crescendos with similarly moderate herbal hop bitterness. underlying bready malt has hint of caramel. off-dry finish.

smooth and creamy, with more fluffiness from the carbonation. faint astringency in the finish.

a decent domestic attempt at the style.

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Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #37.

pours a semi-cloudy yellow-orange with a medium size bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly, some lacing.

smell of grain, a touch of citrus, some banana, yeast, spice, and pear.

taste of banana, apricot, pear, some spice, yeast, pineapple, dough, and malt, ends a little dry.

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Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of phishbone23
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kingmaker
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gwiedman1
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Had on tap at Taco mac. Pours to a bright red-orange color with nice thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Initial nose is a pleasant mix of malty fruit and spices, and as the beer warms, the 9% abv makes itself known as well. Mouthfeel is full and slightly tingly, and the taste follows the nose perfectly, again with the alcohol making a late appearance. This all leads to a nice, well rounded finish.

Good job by Alagash in re-creating a Belgian classic.

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

Photo of daledeee
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle that I purchased in August.

This poured with a nice white fluffy head and a very cloudy yellow body.

Floral, yeast and bread with citrus. Really pleasant and fresh. After it sits a while the alcohol comes through in the nose.

Taste is Belgian hops, but not as strong as some others, quite a bit of citrus with tart apple.

Mouth feel is quite carbonated and not wet.

Drinkability is good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This one pours a hazy, golden orange color, somewhat similar to apricot nectar. A fluffy, creamy, two-finger head of eggshell white colored foam sits on top. The retention is fairly impressive, especially for 9.00%abv. The lacing looks like swiss cheese lining the side of my glass.
Very nice.

It's like biscuits made with honey, bananas and cloves. Good yeastiness level, which is not overdone, at all, it's damn near perfect. Nice notes of orchard/white fruits. Pears, apples, bananas, white grapes, apricots and even a light touch of pineapple. Nice hints of clove and cardamon and a touch of cinnamon. Candi sugar and caramel malt sweetness.

Nicely, the honey covered bananas are out front, taste-wise. The fruits, spices and sweetness, from the nose, all play together, just below the surface. This is all supported by a very nice yeasty base.
This is one tasty tripel!

This one is full-bodied with a nice medium to full level of carbonation. It is filled with loads of those teeny, tiny little bubbles that I love so much. This gives a delightful creaminess to this already very smooth beer.

The slightly high abv is effectively masked within this glass. This is a very easy drinking beer. My only concern is that the abv and sugar/sweetness would catch up with you if you aren't careful.

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Photo of MNBeer1017
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (Batch 84) from A-1 to-go in Gardiner... Murky orange-yellow body with a finger or so of off-white head. Smells mostly citrusy/orange peel with some spice also evident. Tastes sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Remarkably well-balanced. Alcohol is somewhat evident, but is very well-hidden. Fairly full in body. Very drinkable and enjoyable. And at 6$/bottle, it is a steal for sure.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a nice cloudy orangish gold with a one and a half finger off-white head.

Aromas of tropical fruit, spicy Belgian yeast tones, and candi sugar.

Flavors start off on a fruity and spicy note, then the sweetness from the candi sugar kicks in and blends with the spicy tones. Earthy and spicy hops balance it out and linger on in the finish. A bit of alcohol as well, perhaps a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-light body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Pretty good tripel, a bit of a strange taste to it but that tends to go away as it warms. Pretty damn good other than that.

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Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit cocktail aromas are joined by canned bartlett pear flavors in this creamy, buttery beer.
The texture is fat and offers up a sequence of images, one melting into another, of steamed, wilting violet petals, buttered biscuits and black cumin.
The slick texture is complemented by a firm, bitter bite on the finish.

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

Bottle into chalice. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a creamy 1-finger off-white head that lasts practically forever.

Aroma is fruity and sweet - ripe golden (passion) fruit, spicy yeast, honey.

Taste is banana and ripe golden fruit, honey sweet malt, and a crisp, dry, slightly bitter yeast spiciness. Finish is dry and yeasty with a bit of alcohol, and a faint, balancing bitterness from the yeast and alcohol, and maybe a slight herbal hop undertone.

Carbonation is crisp, with a creamy, medium body. Really a fantastic tripel.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,772 ratings.
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