Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale
BA SCORE
4.14/5
2,808 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,533
Reviews:
956
Ratings:
2,808
pDev:
10.14%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
634
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,808 |  Reviews: 956
Photo of Curtis
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.

Big bottle750ml that I bought in Calif at one of those "warehouse stores" (not sure we can give actual names here, but it starts with a "C"). I developed a love for Belgian style beers a couple of years back and this has to be the best one i've tried yet. Pours a beautiful gold, slightly hazy, (no chunks). If it was more clear, i'd be worried they had filtered out some of the "good stuff". Wonderful white foamy head that retained for some time. Therre was still traces of head with only an inch left in the glass. Aroma is excellant, slightly floral, not too strong, quite pleasing. Initial taste is very very smooth that lingers in the best way. Mouthfeel is excellant, no aftertaste or excessive "bite" that Beligians can get. Incredible balance of sweatness, hops and grain, with Belgian candy. No ingrediant is too much or missing Its wonderful. The alcohol balance is amazing. I could hardly tell it is there and would have never guessed it was 9%. Balance, balance, balance. No faults, nothing lacking, I could drink only this beer for the rest of my life and be quite happy. Good job guys, very well crafted.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. the aroma has peaches, apples, cloves, Belgian yeast, and candy sugar.

Tastes much like it smells. there are peaches, apples, cloves, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, phenols, pepper, and citrus hops for some bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Light bodied with above average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is very little aftertaste from a very flavorful beer. This is a definite winner.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 SanDNigel
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll start by saying I got the "reserve-batch 195" with the cork in a 750ml bottle. Reasonable price ($13ish) + good reviews = purchase.
A- Pours golden cream with a tightly effervescent head. Gets you excited to drink.
S- Moscato with a bubbly coriander creme de platano
T- Very much like it smells; small quick sips enhance, relatively dry finish
M- Heavy intensely bubbly/creamy action mixed with light alcohol note (not as much as 9ABV hints)
Very good beer. Couldn't ask for much more getting done doing something on a hot day (or any day really when you live in San Diego). Recommend for price point
(Couldn't have come from farther away for me in the continental United States [San Diego, CA]but well worth the trip)

PS: I've been using BeerAdvocate for some time now without posting; I feel bad. It was time to post.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: None; "2362 14:43" stamped on label (no idea what this means)
Glass: Tulip

A pleasant, yeast-forward tripel, Allagash has a mix of generally bright and fruity flavors and aromas moving along well with the appearance and body of the beer. Easy to drink, little indication of its ethanol, and at $2.75 per 12-ounce bottle, this manages to outclass and outvalue many of the increasingly overpriced Belgian beers. Along with La Fin Du Monde, one to revisit repeatedly.

Pours a voluminous white head of small-sized bubbles, which lasts an incredibly long time. Head collapses into a meringue-like thick cap atop the body of the beer, still at least 1cm high, remaining throughout the entire drink. Lacing is in the form of substantial cobwebs lining the entirety of the inner glass. Body is a transparent golden orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange-yellow hues. Very strong and easily visible carbonation.

Aroma is quite yeasty (Belgian, that is, but not the Westmalle strain), with dried lemon rind, pale malt sweetness, minor banana ester and clove phenolics.

The flavor of Allagash's tripel is yeast-forward with its byproducts being close behind, the yeast-plus-phenols-and-esters are the star of the flavors here. Front of palate is yeast-heavy (Belgian), spicy from clove-like phenolics and ethanol, and pleasantly sweet from pale malt usage. Mid-palate is yeast-heavy, spicy (clove, black pepper, ethanol), citrus as from dried lemon rind, fruity as from dried pineapple and baked pear, modest banana-like ester, slight bubblegum, all above a base of pale malt sweetness. Back of palate continues to be yeasty, heavy on phenolics, slight ethanol, banana ester, with mild bitterness. Aftertaste is of Belgian yeast mixed in sweet pale malts, with spicy phenols, banana esters, and lingering light ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation intensity, resulting in a beer that foams up slightly on the palate, making it smooth and rather easy on the palate. Ethanol can be felt on the back of the throat and in the nostrils, but only slightly, not nearly as obvious as in the Westmalle. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate. Generally pleasant and unobtrusive.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pour a cloudy golden orange hue with a thick, foamy, white head that lasts forever - leaving a nice trail and huge persistent lace.

S: Complex fruity aroma hints of apples and pears – with a honey background.

T: Tart and sweet fruity flavor – also consisting of pears, apples and honey – with a Belgian yeast background.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: This was an impressive Tripel – very complex in flavor and aroma and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 2,808 ratings
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