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 obywan59
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Batch 173.

Pours a rich, golden color with light orange. The first glass was semi-transparent, the second was simply translucent. 2 finger off-white head with decent lacing. Yhe carbonation is evident.

Spicy, fruity aroma with substantial earthiness. Sometimes I get overripe citrus, and at other times yeasty bread, or toasted malt.

Very lightly sweet, but mainly dry. Some lemony tartness, with light spice (coriander?) More earthiness, and a bitterness that won't quit.

Medium-bodied with peppery carbonation. Light warming alcohol in the throat. Somewhat drying on the tongue.

Very good. Very drinkable. A sipper worth revisiting.

More of a sipper than a drinker.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white head. Decent retention. Color is a bright hazed golden orange.

Aroma: A nice amount of spices and fruit. Some orange peel and cloves with a bit of peach. A lot of yeast flavors. Very dry. Belgian flavored.

Taste: Bananas and orange peel with a hint of lemon citrus. Cloves and a dry pepper flavor. Again, yeasty with a Belgian flavor to it. A lot of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a solid tripel. Fits the style well, especially for an American brewery. Good stuff.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz bottle of Allagash Tripel Ale at Ellwood Thompson's on 11/4/11 and poured it into an imperial pint glass (no fancy glasses in my apartment yet unfortunately).

A - Two-finger, creamy head that takes a while to dissipate into a one-finger head that stays for a looong time. As I've been writing this (5+ minutes) the head has still not dissolved, which is great. Cloudy and golden-yellow in color with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks as delicious as it tastes. 4.0

S - Esters, banana, pear, and hops are all present. Somewhat faint but the ever-resilient head helps reinforce this. 3.5

T - Taste is wonderful. Spicy, fruity flavor with malty, biscuity notes hits the palate first, followed by a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste and the tingle of moderate carbonation. Well-balanced and deceptively sweet for a beer with 9.0% abv. The hops add an odd flavor at the end that is hard to describe, sometimes it's an enjoyable bitterness, and other times it can be a bit sour. I'd consider it a minor thing overall, as this beer still tastes great. 4.0

M - Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Definitely a beer to be sipped and enjoyed slowly. 4.0

O - Overall Allagash's Tripel Ale is a delicious beer that looks good, smells good, tastes good, and feels good. It may not be the cheapest Belgian beer out there but what you pay for is quality. Well-balanced and expertly crafted, I think Allagash has done an excellent job. 4.0

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Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this before/during my wedding in Maine. Poured a nice golden copper color with a decent sized head and good lacing. Nice looking brew. Smelled sweet, earthy, malty and a tiny bit funky. Very complex and well balanced. Taste is sweet with a touch of citrus and the funky flavor comes out more in the form of yeast. Not one of the flavors is too overpowering...I love how this simple brew offers so much on my palate.

Medium bodied with a bit or richness. Very, very drinkable...carbonation was decent but not overdone. Was nice downing a pint right before saying my vows!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy light amber color with a white pillowy head with good lacing and retention

S-fruit and slight spice notes and hints of yeast

T-fruit and slight sweet up front with a slight bitter hop finish an

F-medium body and fair amount of carbonation

O-nice tripel ale, well-balanced and easily drinkable with alcohol content balanced quite nicely

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, batch 171.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Pale amber color with two fingers of head that refuses to retreat. It sits so perfectly in the glass.
All sorts of fruit on the nose: banana, lemon, pear and lemongrass.
It tastes also exactly like it smells: banana, lemon and bread. Then at the end is a yeasty/bitter taste, which was out of place. On the pleasant side, there is a nice alcohol after taste.
Smooth and bubbly, then crisper at the end.
Superb looking and good smelling. The taste was right on until the end with the yeast/bitter taste that just did not belong. Maybe it was this batch or bottle.

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

Reviewing again after mediocre experience. I love it.

Nose: Ripe bananas, nilla wafers, lemon zest, tiniest touch of clove, coriander, pear.

Taste: Clove bite, peppery, sweet fruits, pear, apple, honey. Yeast funk controlling the show from behind the curtains. You know it's a real tripel.

MF: Relatively heavy mouthfeel, but not cloying at all. Carbonation is great and balancing.

I like this beer a lot. If you're in the Northeast? I don't think there is a cleaner and more "accurate" representation of the style. La Fin Du Monde is good, and semi-regional, but I'm less fond of their yeast and body.

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

Intriguing spicy flavor starts right off. Sharper and hoppier than many Tripels. Clean golden color in the glass. Thin body but a big dose of flavors. Just slightly sweet, though there is plenty of malt. Tastes strong. Very nice sipping beer with a pleasant touch of yeast and a rasp of Belgian flavors.

One of my favorite Tripels and shows what a great style this can be regardless of which side of the Atlantic the brewery is on.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow with 1.5 inch head, brilliant white with great lacing, micro bubbles which cling to the glass when swirled.

Aroma is a bit sweet, with some hint of clove and banana. Taste is complex, a bit of banana, some clove again but definitely a pepper quality coming through, with a slight hot finish, but gets better as it warms, more biscuity, a bit of pine as well.

Good thickness, a bit creamy as well. Very smooth with good carbonation throughout, just a slight too boozy, will see if smooths with a little time.

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

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw-orange, with a very pillowy white 3 finger head.

I'm not going to lie. This smells like straight lit marijuana. Nothing but weed. That's all I smell. At the risk of illegitimacy in my reviewing. That is all.

Starts relatively sweet and fruity. Dries down somewhat bitter next to the attack though, almost in an attempt to clean up, but only halfway.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, just slightly sticky or oily, but never in a way that is unpleasant. Remains light and airy simultaneously in a sort of beautiful paradox that really is both at the same time.

Overall, a lush, opulent and generally tasty brew that is unfortunately rather expensive. The price tag is merited, but I don't know that I really love it enough to get it more often than on special occasions, for instance. Well crafted though, and a very good introduction to Allagash.

Drink after dinner, with scones or maybe sugar cookies over honey.


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Photo of MacQ32
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a special edition dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace and Cascade hops courtesy of the Charleston Beer Exchange

A - Pours a light orange yellow with a thick white head, great lacing and retention

S - Belgian musky flavors of wheat, fruit, peppery spice & a little hoppy. Kind of faint overall

T - As it smells, suprising hop bite nice dry to sweet finish

M - Surprisingly thick and smooth, darn good medium to full bodied. appropriate carbonation

O - Surprising profile overall really enjoyable and complex brew

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Photo of thadbme
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden honey color with a full finger of head on top. Lots of bubbles from carbonation and the head seems to sit for a good bit. The beer is cloudy and not see-through.

S: Has a bit of a boozy smell to it, with some strong wheat mixed in there. A hint of some fruit that I can't quite pick out, its overwhelmed by the other smells

T: Very nice and balanced taste. Neither the wheat nor the "boozy" smell translates over to taste. This is a very nice ale. Drinks like its a 5% beer rather than the 9% that it is. Finishes with a slightly bitter malt taste in there, but goes great with the beer. Very drinkable.

M: Light to medium body, little carbonation. You can taste the head of the beer slightly. Good Mouthfeel.

O: A very good and available beer. I enjoy drinking this one quite a bit, and my wife enjoys it as well. This is something that if you need to pick up in a pinch grab one and you won't be disapointed.

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Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10oz clear glass snifter at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy, pale yellow with some amber highlights and frothy, tightly bubbled white half-finger head with persitent sticky lacing.

S: The aroma is lush with pineapple and passionfruit and devoid of much of the mustiness. The herbal character is a little overwhelmed by the fruitiness of the dry hopping, but it's a welcome original touch unique to the on-tap version.

T: A wonderful mixture of tropical fruity hoppiness melds with a superb tripel with the pale maltiness, with only a touch of honeylike sweetness. Some herbal note spoke through but the pineapple and pale malt combo is smooth and delicious.

M: Body is medium-full with soft carbonation and a fruity aftertaste.

O: A really nice Americanized take on the tripel and the on-tap version is markedly different than the bottle on this one with the dry hopping really showing through and providing a unique twist on the tripel style.

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Photo of Bowman2001
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, hay-colored golden color. One finger head. Smells of spice, herbs, and has an earthy quality. The taste is the same but has a medicinal quality to it. Taste is also peppery and spicy. I don't get much banana as is often the case with tripels. Not as smooth and creamy as other, better tripels. Lots of carbonation, nice body. Seek westmalle, chimay, st. bernardus tripels instead.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Corner Slice in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet a slightly hazed peach infused golden with a nice white fluffy crown atop.Stone fruit and banana/clove phenols in the nose,as it warmed sweet alcohol came into play a little.Somewhat tart with green apple-like flavors at the onset with clove-like spice and alcohol sweetness in the finish.Alot of fruit flavor in this tripel,phenols are present but not over the top,nice beer.

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

Cloudy and opaque golden color with billowy three-finger head.

Great banana and spicy yeast aroma.

Creamy and bready beer behind a sharp carbonation. A nicely complex flavor. Apples, bananas, sourdough bread, anise, cloves, and golden malts.

An example of a mellow yet complex beer. Flavorful, creamy, filling. Great.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A lot lighter in color than I was expecting. Golden yellow with almost no head, and the little head there is has no retention and leaves almost no lacing. The yeast in the bottle was VERY loose.

S: Really big hit on tropical fruits, along with a biscuity yeast smell and alcohol. Underlying it all is a small hint of spice.

T: Nice big flavor, with a yeast, candied plums and raisins flavor up front which gives way to yeast and finishes with warming alcohol and honey sweetness, though it is nicely balanced at the end with hops.

M: Heavier than one would expect from looking at it in the glass. Medium bodied, with very little carbonation, coats the mouth with stickiness.

O: A solid beer. Not all that representative of the tripels that I've had, but not a huge departure either. I would definitely drink this beer again and it is absolutely worth checking out.

As an aside, the blurb on the label is super pretentious sounding. I don't need to be told that this beer is "Perfect as an aperitif" nor that it has a "complex palate." Let the damn beer speak for itself...

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Not sure of the bottling date.

A- A very nice, cloudy golden yellow. Nice thick head with a little bit of lacing.

S- Maybe it's my nose, but I don't get a whole lot in the smell department. A little bit of fruit and a little sweet.

T- comes across fruity, citrusy and spicey. A little bit with some nice residual spice notes.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O- A very good Tripel. Excellent example of the style. This is my fourth beer from Allagash and I have liked all of them. Nice job!

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Photo of grover37
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the cellar into a Chouffe tulip. About a year old I think. Celebrating/commiserating a job offer (back to gov't).

Appearance (5): A very nice, fluffy but dense off-white, two-finger head which doesn't die much. Great retention at the beginning, reducing to just under a finger with clumpy lacing. Pretty clear but not quite see-through. A touch darker than straw but not quite golden. A really great looking beer at the pour, but could be clearer (tried to leave the yeast out but could be my fault). Full, thick lacing all the way down the back of the glass.

Smell (4): Candied sugar and apricot or mango up front. A pretty bold grain aroma mixes with some more subtle spicy esters. A touch of ethanol perhaps, but mostly just fruity esters and a strong, golden pilsner malt presence.

Taste (4.5): The esters hit you first and with a seriously bold flavor. Much more spicy than fruity like the nose. A full, malt presence comes through immediately, which reminds me almost of Munich if I didn't know better. A touch of sweetness and booziness come through in the middle and the finish is slightly bitter with the strong, yeasty phenols making a re-appearance. Slightly drying in the finish with a lingering candy sweetness and a touch of that fruit from the nose.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Full of flavor and fairly heavy yet still light and effervescent on the tongue. Full bodied and medium to high carbonation. Fairly slick at first, then very drying with a lingering almost bitterness which is probably just the phenols. The booze sticks with you in the back of the mouth a bit after a you get through a handful of sips. Very enjoyable and exactly how I expect a Tripel to feel.

Overall (4.5): One of the best American takes on the style in my opinion; hell, one of the best of anyone's take on the style. This is definitely one of my favorite Tripels and it has everything I would expect from a well-made Tripel; strong esters, a touch of sweetness, and a dry finish. I tend to forget how good this one is.

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Photo of TheStig
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent, cloudy and golden yellow. Loves to bubble. Produces no lacing but a nicely formed three finger head that is very persistent.

S- Sandalwood, spice and flowery scents that suggest highly of jasmine.

T- This can't be beer, let alone a 9% abv beer. Where's the sinus-crinkling alcohol? The first notes that hit are a sweet grapefruit taste mixed with a tart berry note like cranberry. A very gentle bitterness floats around that does more to highlight the sweetness of the complimentary flavor notes rather than overwhelm you with a full-on hop assault. Letting this linger in your mouth a little more brings out the alcohol pinch, but even that is subdued. Aftertaste is heavenly-- I don't feel like I've just ingested a glass of wheatgrass juice or liquefied lawn clippings, instead it feels like what one feels like after eating some clementines or tart apple.

M- The carbonation has a funny way of being very strong the instant it hits your tongue, but swiftly changes into a velvet blanket.

O- Not only have I never had a bad beer from Allagash, I've never had an Allagash beer that could merely be considered "acceptable" or "adequate." This is a fantastic, complex beer. I can't praise it highly enough.

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

A - Reminds me of apple cider, cloudy with a beige orange color. Huge, frothy head. Lacing slides down the glass.

S - A very nice scent, caramel and malts.

T - I've had better tripels, but this one is good.

M - Nice warming from the alcohol.

O - A good tripel.

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Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a very spicy, yeasty one with a citrus character as well. Certainly not overally sweet by any means.

Pours golden and cloudy with an extremely impressive head...I think I could float a bottle cap on that. Very thick.

Taste is a bit sweeter than would have been thought of by the nose. Has a fair amount of sweet fruity esters present on the body, with a nice spicy presence from the cloves. Then there's just a tad of that Belgian yeast present, and the booze peeks through as well to make itself noticed alongside the rich fruitiness. Just a slight touch of hops finishes the beer out.

Very nice beer with good balance. Sweet, but not too sweet. Good spice character. Alcohol is present, but not strongly. This is a winner from the folks at Allagash.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. 2009 vintage?

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a fluffy ivory head that fades to lots of lacing.

Smells like sweet fruits and candy. Lots of banana aroma. Very yeasty.

Taste is fruity and dry. Can't say enough good things about this so I'll just say excellent!

Mouthfeel is medium with tons of carbonation.

Overall is great. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle, batch 172, poured into an Allagash tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat color with a huge (half the glass) head, it slowly fades to have large craters and a ton of thick sticky lacing. Nose is yeasty, spicy and classically Belgian. There's a bit of an earthy herbal note as well.

Taste is sweet, think candi sugar not syrupy, a bit hoppy and quite crisp. There's a very spicy bite as well that lingers on your tongue for quite a while. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking for me, it isn't flat but it doesn't quite have that huge booming mouthfeel that some Belgian tripels have (think Westmalle), it's a bit thicker as well.

Overall though it is very tasty.

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Photo of nickd717
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review dated 9/4/2010. Finally got around to ticking this ol’ classic. 750ml bottle, corked n’ caged, from Chip’s in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Pours a beautiful clear golden - well hazy when you get to the bottom of the bottle - with a large lasting white head.

The aroma is nicely fruity with tropical notes, Belgian yeast, honey, and spice. Very, very nice.

The flavor is also excellent, slightly Americanized but I think this actually helps it. Sweet pale malts and honey, banana, spice, passion fruit, mango, Belgian yeast, and orangey hops.

Medium-full bodied with somewhat prickly carbonation and a great smoothness to it.

Really excellent example of the style. Thoroughly enjoyable. I killed most of the 750 myself.

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