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.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, with cage batch #64

As a disclaimer, Im still struggling to understand the wonderful world of Belgian beer. Bear with me as this may not be the bast review as I do not yet know the terms/what to look for when tasting... With that said on with the review!

A: Not as cloudy as I expected, a light gold color with lots of bubbles. The head is very nice and decent lacing. Head really lingers on the top of the beer.

S: Lots of new smells here, smells mediciney and sharp. A touch of alcohol in the nose. A very small hint of hops with lots of spicyness about.

T: Mmmm 9.0% abv? Yea right. No hint of alcohol just spicyness and maybe the dryness of what i think is honey. As it warms it get spicier and i think I taste cloves?

M: I really like this mouthfeel. Its almost light bodied due to so much carbonation. The carbonation hits hard and aggressive, which I find pleasing. Feels really refreshing, and not a clue of 9.0 abv

D: Im drinking this pretty easy. Very good leaves a nice aftertaste making you want one more sip. Very good,

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

750ml bottle poored into a Chimay glass. Batch 115

Wow great looking beer, brillaint dark honey colored with an electric white yellow tinted large sticky head that left excellent lacing. The smell is full of all kinds of fruit with some spice and vanilla as well. Taste is again a fruit combo of orange, pear, apple and maby peaches. There is also white peper and clove and some other spicey aspect that I am having a hard time isolating. Nice vanilla flavor coming through in the finish as well. This one is a medium mouth feel with good carbination and drinkability. That was my first beer from Alligash and I am veyr happy that I also purchased a bottle of the dubbel reserve.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well balanced tripel, the fruit / honey hints provide a great flavor and disguise the 9% abv. The color was a bit lighter than I would have expected, but the smell and feel told otherwise. Great brew!

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass on tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH.

A- Presented with a dense, white, fluffy head with a myriad of different bubble sizes. As the dense head dissipates, it leaves a sticky lacing on all of the different angles of the glass. Even after the head settles, it manages to retain some thickness. This is an extremely hazy triple, casting orange and tangerine colors. The haze makes the tulip almost glow, but maybe not in a good way: this looks more like a wheat beer than a tripel. No visible carbonation.

S- The mouth of the glass is just bursting with aroma. Orange and lemon zest dominate this refreshing aroma, with coriander, allspice, and a tiny bit of nutmeg providing complexity. This is very crisp and extremely refreshing. Nice job Allagash.

T- Initially, dominated by orange zest and an explosion of yeasty spiciness. The spiciness turns to a harsh pepperiness that I can't decide if I like. Finishes with a moderate alcohol burn. This beer certainly doesn't lack character, but it may be a bit harsh in some aspects. Enjoyable nevertheless.

M- Two complaints on the mouthfeel. First, for a tripel, this beer is not dry enough. It would probably benefit a lot from a lower final gravity. Second, there is a major lack of carbonation. Especially being a Belgian, this could use a lot more. The lowest point for an otherwise very enjoyable beer.

D- Despite the poor mouthfeel, this is still moderately drinkable for a tripel. The alcohol burn is not overwhelming and I could have a couple tulips. A pretty decent tripel that could be great with a couple of changes.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz corked and caged, batch 142

A - pours a hazy golden brown, almost rustic orange. Slightly off white 2-finger head that lingers well, solid lacing.

S - primarily clove with some floral/citrus accents. alcohol lingers in the back, but not too noticeable - just enough.

T - Spicier (cloves, nutmeg, maybe even some coriander) than I expected, with strong honey flavors - almost a bit sweet. Very well balanced, explores the whole palette.

M - Solid carbonation keeps it nice and light. Right to the brain!

D - good.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch #75

This beer pours a perfect golden color with a nice level of haze. I did disturb the yeast a touch transporting it from house to another. Head looks like foamy frothed milk and is about 2 fingers. I poured this one into a goblet and it looked like a gift from the heavens.

Several different aromas fill the nose with this one. They are numbered, but they are very subtle. The obvious one is Belgian yeast, then apple, pineapple, pear, very slight alcohol, and peppery spiciness.

This a yeasty, grainy, and smooth beer. Reminds me a bit of apple juice with a good level of warming alcohol. I was left wanting a little more of some bite with this beer. A bold spice or fruit would have been nice.

The mouthfeel feel is great. Good level of natural carbonation. Creamy smooth. Drinkability was good considering the ABV. The whole bottle went down easily. All and all, a good Tripel, but I don't know if I would opt for this one with the choices I have. It seemed to be a little too smooth. I would have appreciated some flavor to really jump out at me, but everything was really subtle. I would like to get ahold of a fresher bottle to see what it has to offer.

After getting my tasting notes down, I paired this one with some Rochefort cheese and a pear. Definitely a nice pairing. The cheese really brought out frutiness, and the pear brought out the alcohol in a good way. Matching the two together with a sip was fantastic.

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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 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 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 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 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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