Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Tripel AleTripel Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian 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 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

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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Photo of CRJMellor
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, Batch #41

Cork absolutely exploded and got lodged in one of my wife's plants about 8 feet up. I knew I had a special beer when this happened !

Pours honey yellow with a beautiful white head, great lace and amazingly big carbonation bubbles. Aroma of honey, grass, yeast, citrus and wheat bread. Had a faint hint of champagne.
Flavors was wonderful light honey start then a crisp middle a powerful spicy yet smooth alcoholic finish. Alcohol kick was just enough to add to the experience and not overpower it. Beer was wonderfully alie in the mouth with great richness, majoirty of the alcohol was hidden by the rich flavors. I served this one in my Piraat glass and more than lived up to that wonderful beer.
Best Trippel I've ever tasted. Perfect to style and wonderfully delicious.

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Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dirty orange with a nice spumous Belgian style head. An absolutely magnificent color on this one. A great sticky lace as well left on the glass. Nice head retention and a feast for the eyes.

Light fruits rise in the nose. Lots of banana, clove, grapes, lemon, some spicy fruits like pineapple. Smells yeasty as well with the faintest hint of alcohol. Nice nose on this one!

Nice flavor. I'm beginning to love the style. BIG flavor but very mellow and smooth. Starts out sweet and then shifts to in onslaught of juicy hops that was almost overbearing but ended up being very pleasing. Lots of light fruits similar to the aroma. Starts out with the light fruits and then leads to the sour ones on the finish. Nice brew!

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Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a St. Bernardus goblet. The color is golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is yeasty. The taste is fairly sweet; nice and fruity with a nice yeasty taste, and the alcohol is a bit noticable. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than average. Drinkability-wise, could have many of these!

Easily one of the best tripel-styles made in America. A very flowery, candi sugar filled tripel is a great homage to the great beers of Belgium. Fantastic, and one I will have in the future.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #43 from a 750 ml bottle. It's hazy gold with a fluffy white head that comes back to life every time the glass is swirled. The smell is spicy with a wide variety of fruit flavors, including a bit of banana and some green fruit like apple or pear. The taste is exceptionally smooth with only a hint of the 9% abv. Although some of the funky musty smells particular to Belgians are present, the spice and fruit really dominate the taste. As for drinkability, the 750 was gone in no time. I hope to track down more Allagash in the near future.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch # 45 pours a hazy yellow. A thick white head reaches the top of the glass and a nice lace stays for the ride to the bottom. Aroma is sweet; fruit notes are all over, bananas, green grapes, and herbal tones, cloves, and yes the passion fruit. A slight musty yeast note is also mixed in. There is a lot going on in this beer. As it warms the tones seem to mellow but the taste improves. The flavor is of tropical fruit, a slight malt back and the fruit again is there and the spices come to play. It is sweet but not a nasty sweet. More of gentle tones of the fruit, no, wait, it is honey. It has a smooth mouthfeel and the 9.0 is hidden by everything going on in this beer. This beer is simply enjoyable to drink. Another killer beer from Allagash.

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Photo of marburg
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Allow me a moment of poetic nonsense: This brew is "fluffy like cloud" in every possible way. Sticky, puffy, bright wheat head graces the top of a shining, hazed yellow beer.

Sweet, estery aromas lazily drift about -- banana, pear, corn syrup. Has a little bit of that aroma you get in a building where they make apple cider from the mashed, exposed apples. Very delicate and sweet. Sensations continue to the palate and are cleaned up with a slight alcohol-driven bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit cocktail aromas are joined by canned bartlett pear flavors in this creamy, buttery beer.
The texture is fat and offers up a sequence of images, one melting into another, of steamed, wilting violet petals, buttered biscuits and black cumin.
The slick texture is complemented by a firm, bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of byrd
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle - Batch #44: My wife was heading out with her girl friends this evening for a martini party, so while I was out with her to pick up martini supplies, I picked up a bottle of Allagash to enjoy for my impending evening alone. It was less then 5 bucks for the 750mL bottle, and I’ve heard it was pretty good, so I figured I’d give it a shot. What a great brew!...

This tripel pours a golden-amber color with a foamy, slightly sticky off white head that slowly recedes to a full lace. There’s a little carbonation seen bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet with light honey notes. Some spice, pepper, and citric notes are also on the nose. The start is smooth with slight malt sweetness of candied sugar or honey. There’s a nice carbonation that gives the brew a fluffy mouthfeel, yet it also adds a slight bite that leads into some spicy notes towards mid swallow. Pepper and clove are noticeable. The finish is a bit tart with hops that are a little citric, but lean again toward spicy in the aftertaste. There’s a warming sensation to this brew, but it is still very easy to drink. This brew has a nice mouthfeel that is both delicate and bold at the same time. The color is almost clear upon the first pour, but becomes very cloudy upon the last pour when the yeast is poured from the bottom of the bottle. The flavors seem to become a bit more mellow and smooth as the beer warms a little and the remaining yeast is poured into the glass. Yeast notes, not surprisingly, pick up a bit at this point.

I don’t have a large amount of Belgians under my belt at this point (maybe a dozen or so), but I can easily say that this is one of the best so far. I’ll certainly be looking for this one again. Wonderful brew that is very drinkable. Despite the 9.0% ABV, I had no problem finishing off the 750mL bottle with no additional help.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
2.92/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Batch #42
Pours a cloudy golden color with a fine white head, silky lace and nice pearling. The head diminished rather quickly – leaving a fine film. The clouding reduced some, but never completely cleared. Aroma of fruit and very yeasty—not very complex or aromatic, but still pleasant. The taste was tart with some sweetness and a dry biting finish. The mouthfeel was rather flat – not a lot of body and quite one-dimensional.
IMHO: Not a lot of character or body. Numerous qualities that can work in a well balanced beer were either under or over represented. It looks as if there have been other batches of this beer that have been much better.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #43

Pours bright and brassy, sparkling with a big white head. Lots of lace. Nice looking beer. Smells fruity and spicy with caramel aromas.

Smooth and malty up front with caramel undertones. Slight bitter alcohol finish, warms on the way down. Very smooth for such a strong beer and very well balanced. Nice fullbodied feel.

Not an everyday beer but hey, it's not trying to be. Good brew to stick in the cellar to let it mellow. A nice source of warmth for winter.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

And here's the kicker of the Z-test adventure, part #3. Batch #41 (750 mL corked and caged bottle)

This Tripel is a translucent, golden color with a small, white head, with bubbles coming few and far between. This brutal brew smells soft and innocent, but it's far from it. One sip and I can tell this is going to kick my ass. It has a strong alcohol finish, which is nice and warm, but the overall flavor is dominated (a bit too much) by the alcohol. There's an undeterminable sweetness--perhaps honey and a bit of generic fruit? I've had better tripels, but not since I got back from Belgium.

Now, if only I could buy this regularly here in NC...

Part #3 of the Z-Test Adventure.

(Original Ratings: 3.8 overall: A 4.0, S 3.5, T 4.0, M 3.5, D 3.5)


Edit: 1/25/2008

It's been more than four years since I originally reviewed this beer, and to say my palate has developed significantly is an understatement, especially when it comes to handling high ABV beers. I'm not going to look at my original review until after I finish this one.

750 mL corked & caged bottle marked "Batch #107."

It poured a very attractive cloudy, hazy orange in color with a thin film of creamy bubbles that lace the Chimay goblet persistently. An aroma of fruit esters and slight spice wafts from the glass, accompanied by a light touch of hay and hops.

The first sip is a revelation; I remember my original brew being low compared to the field, but I don't think that will be the case this time around. Apricot, orange, lemon and banana esters are balanced by a nice bite of hops and a dry, wheaty, biscuit-yeast finish with the slightest hint of coriander. I've had deeper tripels, but few that were so well-balanced. The kiss of hops in the finish leaves the palate clean and primed for more. Its drinkability belies its high ABV -- you'd never know it packs such a punch.

An outstanding American version of the Belgian style.

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Photo of beerinator
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Golden, slightly cloudy. White head with fine retention.

Aroma: The nose is sweet malt, with a hint of spice. Candyish.

Taste: Sweet spicyness upfront on the tongue. The flavor smooths out and leaves a nice aftertaste. The carbonation throughout the tasting lends to a nice mouthfeel. Tingly alcohol shows signs of it's power.

Notes: Very flavorful tripel with a nice body.

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

Poured a nice golden color with a slight haze. A decent head slowly disappeared during the sample. The slight yeast, floral, and citrus aroma was very pleasant. The triple was smooth, with a nice balance of malts and hops with a mild yeast overtone. The malt and citrus notes lingered on the tongue. The alcohol was barely noticable, making this very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL corked and caged bottle of batch #42. Served slightly chilled into a Maudite glass as it resembles the Allagash one. I also hoped to treat my glass to something better than the swill if last contained.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow topped by a sizable white head. A 3:2 ratio of liquid to foam. Head shrinks to a layer of bubbles on the surface. Nice little globules of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nicely complex nose. In order of dominance: pepper, lemon, coriander, honey and yeast. Hints of grapefruit and orange.

Taste: Initial sharp mettalic pepper twang followed by some unpleasantly herbaceous medicinal flavor on the finish. Fairly sweet with a hint of lemon. Alcohol not masked all that well.

Mouthfeel: Leaves an unpleasant cottony feeling in the mouth, possibly due to the alcohol warming it.

Drinkability: I had some problems finishing this bottle. I pondered tossing it, but it wasn't that truly horrendous. The drinkability is severely hampered by the off taste and mouthfeel.

Other: I think something might be off with either my bottle or the batch. Was my bottle too young, mayhaps? I'll give this one another shot sometime down the road.

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Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 2,883 ratings