Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My final LIF brew; thank you once again, Stankonia. And this Allagash Tripel is one that’s been on my list for way too long. All the way from Portland, Maine…bottoms up!

Brewed about two years ago (looks like March 11, 2010 from the “1070” on the bottom of the bottle).

A: Beautiful! As I pour, a velvety head appears, smoothing out over two-and-a-half fingers of stark white cream; a pillow of gorgeous bubbles that leave thick, unbroken lacing in their wake. There’s a heavy, constant stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my glass, so it retains an inch of foam over the golden body for as long as I’m drinking it. It’s actually more of a light straw-yellow with a hint of golden shine. Reminds me of Duvel.

S: Aromas of Duvel, too: banana, clove, biscuit dough, and phenolic yeast. It’s a sweet smell, one that culminates in notes of banana bread and fruit (kiwi and passion fruit) with cream. Lightly herbal, too, with a backbone of crystal malts. These scents are straight out of Belgium, and very well-done.

T: It’s a powerful palate, spicy and thick from first sip to last. Its flavor front is rich vanilla pudding with bananas over smooth, grassy hay. The bitters pop with fruity, spicy Belgian hops, and an astringent pepper flavor. There are some complex tastes underneath: baked apples, herbs (clove and rosemary), honey, French toast, light licorice, and citrus. Dry and a bit syrupy in the aftertaste. This beer has a great palate.

M: This does not drink like a 9.0% beer: it’s light and creamy. Lightly astringent, as a good hoppy Belgian should be, though it’s a fleeting bitterness.

O: This has to be one of the best representations of a Belgian style from an American brewer that I’ve ever tried. Rich, drinkable, and definitely memorable – an experience that I wish so many other brewers could replicate.

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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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12oz bottle poured into an Allagash cervoise.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw color, with a ton of carbonation swirling like a vortex or funnel which feeds the 3-fingers of ivory head. Of course, the head has the consistency and retention of other Allagash beers; that is, frothy and thick, like cream, and a long-lasting presence. The lacing is great as well with foam covering most of the sides.

S - The nose is heavy with spice and fruit, more specifically clove and banana. There is actually quite a bit of depth here, with strong yeast phenols, lemongrass, crushed black pepper, and citrus. A touch of alcohol astringency arises near the end, but overall this is an addicting beer.

T - The taste is a melange of flavors, from sweet, to spicy, to somewhat sour as well. A citrus profile leads the way, with oranges and tangerines, before a strong clove, honey, and wheat influence cuts it short. This lingers for a while, before ending with a spicy finish. Each sip brings a new aspect to this beer, with more and more enjoyment stemming from the results.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly yet clean on the palate, this finishes dry to whet the palate even more.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This definitely ranks high up on the list of my favorite Tripels, especially ones domestically produced. It has all the subtle complexities of an authentic Belgian while being more accessible (however, living in Pittsburgh with no Allagash distribution, authentic Belgians are easier to come by). My final thought at the end of the glass was: "A 12oz bottle isn't enough for a beer this good". I am kicking myself for not buying the 750ml one.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 2,825 ratings
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