Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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

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#1,758
Reviews:
969
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2,872
pDev:
10.14%
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4.15
 
 
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Ratings: 2,872 |  Reviews: 969
Photo of Doppel07
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange body with significant carbonation and a tight sudsy white head. Orange citrus, bananas, and biscuits in the aroma. Great sweet-sour-bitter balance in the flavor make this a very nicely rounded tripel. Includes some spice, phenols, and earthy muskiness. A prototype tripel, this beer typifies the style in my experience.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 52. Great idea to label that. Rich golden color, but with surprisingly nice density. Very herbal hop aroma. Pours great with a bright white head that is dense like meringue. Flavor starts with a very herbal spice, with hops following, finishing with a cidery tartness and slightly honey notes. Plus a warming alcohol zing. As it breathes a bit, the herbs and hops broaden and deepen, and the honey notes get richer. Not an overly malty sweetness. Also, a tropical yeasty flavor branches out. The mouth feel is quite velvety and syrupy, not something expected based on the light color. The head has some nice activity, but is mostly just tight and dense. Overall a bit sweet, but with incredible spicy depth and character. I think I will buy another bottle, to age. I think this should be a great beer to compare to itself, at a later date. I'll have to run right out to get another of the same batch. A 750ml bottle left a lasting impression. Recommended

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing yellow-orange with a fluffy white head that left some stickage around the sides of the goblet. Sweet malts and tropical fruity yeast collide with a hoppier-than-most-tripels type of aroma. Initailly sweet, fruity, honey-like and almost cloying on the palate, but then about-faces into a clovey, phenolic, dry finish with lingering bitterness from the hops and ethanol. Healthy carbonation keeps this high ABV beer at a level that I could say is modestly drinkable. Lacing is good. It goes down smoother than some Belgians of the same strength. Truly better as it warms to about 55-60 degrees, more tropical esters come into play. My friend said it tasted like plastic. I cannot eat plastic for religious reasons, so I wouldn't know. I think he was picking up on the phenols. Overall, an excellent tripel that has its own hopped up American flair to it.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Triple was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle, labeled batch #38. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an attractive hazed golden-straw color, and was blanketed by a white head that left good sheet lacing. The nose was superbly spiced, with notes of bitter-orange peel, juicy citrus, fall leaves, coriander, and some non-descript herbalness. An awesome sour-tartness served as a counter accent to the nutmeg tinged maltiness. On the palate, an immediately spicy, lightly astringent apple-pear fruit malt base starts things off with cinnamon, nutmeg, light musky coriander, and orange juice. A tart bitterness kicked in, leading to the orange-spice finish that left nice lingering orange-tinged spice-coriander notes. A bit of warming was felt, but no alcohol was detected. This triple was masterfully balanced, and possessed a wonderful flow of flavor. The body was smooth and sort of creamy, working very well with the flavors and character of the beer. Allagash Triple is an all around excellent example of the style.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer was when Rob Tod came into my store at 9:30am on a Tuesday. Not one to refuse a complimentary beer, I partook of samples of his entire product line. Even though the rest of the workday was a little hazy, I became quite enamored with this little brewery. This particular bottle was from Batch #37, aged for over a year in my cellar (er, closet). Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a lovely white head and a never-ending flow of beautiful champagne bubbles. Interesting nose holds notes of sweet vanilla, light fruit, and lightly spicy yeast. A touch of bitterness and light astringency on the palate, with notes of fruit, yeast, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy with a touch touch of foam. High alcohol makes it a bit tough to drink more than a glass, though.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is mild coriander and honey and flowers, sweet malt in the background.

Taste is sweeter than it smells with lots of coriander and floral flavors. Flavor is really close to Hennepin. Nice mild flavored trippel.

Mouthfeel is good.

Great Drinkability, added to my normal Duvel, and Hennepin, light Belgians that I drink all the time slot

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I liked the way this beer looked. The pale amber color of the beer made it almost too good to drink. The pour as without any head, and no lace formed around the glass as I drank. The flavor was pretty fruity. It had strong tones of apple cider and almost a wheat taste. The hops, while very much present, were not enough to take away from the sweetness of the apple taste. The alcohol was also very noticeable on the tongue.

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Photo of oelergud
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml brown bottle, corked & caged, Batch 49.

Beautiful golden brew, low carbonation and white uneven rocky head, great retention and lace. Even as I was done with my glass there were still big clumps of lace sticking to the glass.

Definitely a strong floral scent mingled with bread, grass, honey
and spice. Sweet, bold but somehow still subtle and elegant.

Wow, this tasty good, really good actually, strong sweet spice, some pear, brown sugar and caramel. Hops manages to muscle through in the aftertaste but the malt doesn't budge much and stays on the palate to form a nice layer of lingering flavors. The alcohol is very well managed as it's not apparent at all.

Thick and creamy, very sticky and rich body. Alcohol is revealed by the warm sensation drinking this brew gives.

This is a highly drinkable brew though strong enough to knock you on your arse, you have been warned!

-Oelergud

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown bottle, 750 ml size, corked & caged. Batch #47 (bottled 10/31/03), sampled at 18 months.

Cork lets go with a gunshot of a pop. I quickly start to pour before the bottle begins to gush - didn't loose a drop! A pale golden elixer rushes forth & is capped by a pillowy white head. Intense carbonation of tiny bubbles rush to the surface to help sustain that impressive cap of foam. Sheets of sticky lace cling all over the glass, making for some great eye candy.

A wonderful aroma of earthy, herbal hops, with crazy fruit bouncing around - melons & tropical fruits. Some spicy notes sneak around as well all adding up to a heavenly aroma.

Holy deal! A quick whack of sweetness, followed by an amazing combination of fruit flavours - pears, melons, & tropical I can't even figure it out (I just know I like it). A touch of honey works its way in before it dries out & finishes with a slightly peppery mix of earthy, herbal, grassy hop flavours.

Soft, medium bodied, intense pin point carbonation.

Absolutely stunning.

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Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice, dry pale malt scent with a slight fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich, pale malt flavor with dry yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and warms with a wonderful mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent Tripel, but I've had better. It lacks a little spice and fruitiness. It's a little too dry for me.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #36. 750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. The cork was a biotch to get out, the only mushroom cork I've ever had to take a corkscrew to, but it's well worth the effort. Anyways, it pours a hazy orange-yellow color with three fingers of head. There is sticky lacing left all over the glass. The smell is very fruity with bartlett pear, granny smith apple, and white grapes. A little bit of peppery spice in the nose as well. The taste is fairly sweet at first, with more fruit coming through, and bits of honey and sugar. A slightly tart and spicy finish with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is superbly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great too for a 9% brew. Yet another great offering from Allagash.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first careful pour from a long-standing bottle delivers a crystal-clear golden-orange and yellow body that teems with fine, effervescent bubbles beneath a two inch head of densely creamy white froth. The head retention is excellent and it maintains a solid quarter inch of cream as well as leaving almost completely solid walls of lace throughout the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, candy laced malt that's brightened with a touch of orange, melon, and perhaps vanilla amidst a sprinkling of coriander. In the mouth its tiny bubbles foam-up on the tongue, giving a little tingle before it becomes pillowy soft and lightly creamy. The flavor expresses what the nose suggests, but with more ferver. It's vanilla is much clearer than the nose suggests, and its delicately citrusy orange character balances the candy and vanilla alongside a sublime spiciness of coriander and white pepper. Its bitterness is well heeled; and it's superbly balanced for the style - particularily given it's 9% alcohol which never fully shows! An astounding beer that's rich without being bold enough to hinder its drinkability, and complex enough to remain interesting throughout several glasses. Additionally, this is well worth stocking up on as it should appeal to a wide variety of guests in your home, and works equally well during a cool summer evening on the back porch as it does during the holiday season!

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy pour, with cream on the tongue, the glass. Fruity apricot and bannana and orange and apricot, and spices, the latter penetrating the nose. Coriander. A long and dry bitter tart aftertaste yet satisfying. A curious combination. Had to finish the bomber after lunch. Rye grain?

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear champagne gold with a huge marshmellowy white head. Head settles out in to beautiful white sheet of swirled lace.

Smells very grassy and yeasty. Perhaps a little lemon hiding in there as well.

The taste is something to behold in an american belgian style beer. Big rush of herbal/grassy malt overpowers you. Very drying and tart. Then it turns quite grainy and almost a little rye like. Finishes slightly sweet and very very dry.

Mouthfeel is fairly epic.

I could sip on this nectar all night long.

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Photo of JamesBerry
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After uncorking this beauty, I was hit by a sweet aroma with hints of fruitiness. It poured out a pale golden color with creamy white head. The flavor was much more dry and malty than I expected it to be, and it went down with a creamy yet tingling body. Afterwards, a slightly sour aftertaste became noticeable on the palate, but not so much as to detract from the experience.

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Photo of ctrlfreak
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml
9% Alc.
Batch# 32

Apperarance: cloudy golden in color with a big head
The Aroma: citric but well balanced with an aroma of spice present
The Taste: mellow honey/spice flavor
Mouthfeel: Sweet finish and after, with light bitterness
Drinkability: go slow or it will catch up with you in a hurry

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Photo of ark57
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a slight cloudy golden in color with a big head. It has a big hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. It is medium bodied with sweet maltiness and corriander is evident. There are some spicy phenols as well. It finishes too wet for lack of a better term. It should finish a little drier and be a little more spicy.

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

This beer has a dry, grassy, yeasty, musty, bready aroma. The aroma is quite complex and perfect for a Tripel. The beer is brilliantly clear, a bright gold color, with a dense meringue like white head that is held up by a prodigious carbonation. The taste is sharp, astringent, lightly sweet, a bit of grain, herbal, and finishes with a bit of alcohol. This is a great interpretation by Allagash, this beer has lots of flavor, unlike the breweries Dubbel. This beer is so effervescent that it has quite a drying effect. This beer has completely restored my faith in Allagash, they can make some tasty brew.

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Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle labeled as batch 40. Poured into a glass, this wonderful beer presented itself cloudy orange with a white head. Observing the bubbles rise to the top is a thing of beauty. Smell was very citric but well balanced with an aroma of spice present as well. This being my first Tripel, I am perplexed by the spicy fruitiness of this beer. At first the beer had strong apricot notes but quickly gave way to a pleasant Belgian strong pale ale type spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden in this beer but at 9% you can definitely feel the effects before finishing the 750. Mouthfeel is creamy and bubbly. This is certainly a solid beer that I would love to have available at all times.

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Photo of Foxman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crisp, clear vivid gold, with highlights twinkling. A prompt white head swells moderately, and soon drops to a thin, frothy gauze. Slippery lacing slides slowly down the sides of the glass.

The aroma brings a rock candy malt sweetness along with a playful essence of currants. An undercurrent of dry citrus dances quietly with gentle spice notes. A yeasty tartness cedes to a glimpse of alcohol as the aroma fades to an end.

A light grain sweetness creeps along the sides of the tongue as nutmeg and cloves settle on the center. Currants and berries swirl into the mix and combine with the carbonation to lend a sparkling presence. Alcohol slips in almost subversively but makes a warm impression. The elements fade toward the end to allow a slight smooth yeast sourness to impart a champagne-like glow at the finish.

Medium bodied, it slickly coats and the bright components are distributed nicely to leave a lingering, even tactile, legacy.

This assertive Maine product fills the palate without overwhelming. The flavors glide about and co-exist in a tantalizing balance. Many beers have a lot of one thing, but this one has just enough of each thing. You sip and sip, hardly noticing how much you've had, but the ABV won't forget to remind you before too long! Still, you can't help but enjoy every drop in one big bottle. It's a happy person who has Allagash available in his/her neck of the woods. I know I am.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a generous white that leaves great lace on the glass.

There are citrus and spice notes in the nose as well as a bit of grass or straw--very vegetal and pleasant.

The taste is not as good as the smell and is sort of a muted version of the great aroma. The citrus and spice are toned down to almost nothing and the flavor is a bit lifeless.

The mouthfeel is light and pleasant with both a sharp and dry bite.

This beer could be excellent and would be a great drinking beer if the flavor was more pronounced. I would try it again to give it another chance.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and spicy wheat aroma with some nice citrus. Light golden amber cloudy with light head. Silky body with medium-heavy champagne carbonation. Alcoholic with spices and herbs. Wheat, grass. Light hops. Sweet finish and after, with light bitterness. A brandy-like smoothness in the after.

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Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750ml, batch 44. Very nice that you can email the brewery and they will promptly email you with the bottled date. This one was bottled on 8/15/03, according to Sabrina, at Allagash. This one hasn't yet reached its prime, but I can't resist popping the cork. Pours into a goblet a clear, bright golden colour, with a moderate white head made of very tiny bubbles. Attractive Belgian style lacing. Spices hit the nose immediately, with a blast of clove, coriander, and anise. Pears and strawberries soon follow. Toffee/caramel malt aromas appear out of nowhere, midway through this sublime experience.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and has a dryness that defies the aroma.
Taste is drier than the nose would suggest, but this one really plays games with my tastebuds. One moment, I'm tasting pine and citrusy hops, then, suddenly, it's caramel and toffee malts. This one is really a fun experience to savor. The multiplicity of tastes come together so extremely well as it approaches room temperature. Damn, I wish I had a case of these stored in my basement cellar. I can only dream of how well this stuff will age a year, or two, down the road. Alcohol warmth from the high abv is quite welcome on a very cold winter evening. Wow! The folks at Allagash have some great ales on the market, and this is certainly one of their best.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golled yellow, nice fluffy head, yeast and fruit in the nose. another winner from Allagash. Well balanced, long yeasty finish. Lemon, yeast, straw, hops at the finish. Easy to drink.Dry with Alcohol at the end. I want to track this one down on tap.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy golden-yellow color with a three fingers chunky white head. The aroma is fresh, medicinal, hay-like, with a lemony, phenolic aroma. The flavor is medicinal, some-what estery, and yeasty. It has a drying alcoholic finish. It is a smooth, easy drinking tripel. A fine Belgian brew.

Sampled 11/29/03

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Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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