Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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92
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2,778 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
Ratings:
2,778
Reviews:
954
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
204
Gots:
618
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of gr0g
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber, hazy, with a creamy two and a half finger head. Head retention is very good with some lacing that rivals the best Belgian tripels. Yeasty phenols are prominent on the nose. The aroma also showcases plenty of fruity esters - ripe pear, apple, and white grape.

A "spicy" yeastiness hits first on the palate with notes of equal parts banana and clove. Semi sweet, with hop bitterness picking up mid palate to bring things into balance. More fruit notes, primarily of apple. A delicious and complex flavor profile that falls just short of the best of the best in style (Westmalle). The vigorous bottle conditioned carbonation is well-tempered and smooth, making this highly drinkable for a big beer.

This Allagash tripel is excellent. It rightfully belongs with the elites of the style, rivaling the best from Belgium.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1.5" white head with little rentention/lacing.

S- Big fresh orange zest, grass, dark fruits, cloves, wheat, slightly tropical. Potent aroma, very inviting.

T- Cloves, sweet banana, belgian spices, orange zest, slightly boozy. Finishes with a slightly bitter pineapple note.

M- Low carbonation, medium body.

Quite a tasty brew. It really makes me think about how broad of a spectrum belgian/belgian styles can have. On a scale of lighter tropical fruits to darker belgians with dark fruit notes, this is definitely on the tropical end. It's allagash white on steroids. Highly recommendable.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of deebo
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle from batch# 177 shared with friends over Christmas.

A-Light golden in color that is just a bit cloudy with a bubbly white head that quickly breaks down with little lacing.

S-Very fruity (citrusy), weak in spiciness with a clean malt aroma with some sweetness.

T-A sweet taste upfront thanks to the malt and fruity esters, notes of honey with a subtle well balanced spiciness. Low bitterness compared to many others with a similar profile to this beer.

M-Outstanding body for a tripel-rich, soft with a delicate mouthfeel. Hard to believe this is a 9% beer, the only hint of alcohol is felt with a warming way down low.

O-An amazing beer, the taste is complex and delicious and the mouthfeel makes it easy to drink which for me adds up to a world class tripel. If you care about BJCP, this brew would not quite hit the mark but just for overall deliciousness I'm loving this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, honey, and spices. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my liking.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The liquor shows a light golden, bit hazy (sediment) with a webby-foamy white head that leaves a moth-eaten blanket of lace in spots. "Typical" Belgian aromas - spicy/fruity orange-citrus, flowery alcohol and some vague clove. Some doughy notes as well. Kind of a weak overall scent. Light honey flavors up front, later filled out by more malt character, but the above aromas come through in the taste - some mildly peppery spiciness that bites a little. A mellow degree of heat, later warmth. The finish is quite dry, however, the body has a nice smooth roll to it - the visual, in-the-glass "legs" effect, just over the taste buds, down the gullet. The body really saves this.

In the end, this comes across as fairly standard, yet well-made, American interpretation of a Tripel. More distinction or complexity in flavor would be juts about all it needs to really have a winner.

UPDATE 25 Dec 2015 - Pops got me a 750 - bottled in July - pretty damn good!... bigger, older conditioned vessel the way to go...

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,778 ratings.
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