Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Tripel AleTripel 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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Ratings: 2,839 |  Reviews: 962
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful American example of the style. Possibly a bit thinner than it's Belgian counterparts, but also less "yeasty". A nice fruity taste emerges, and gets better as you go. This beer is quite a treat. Rates with the best triples I've had. I will buy Allagash any time I have the opportunity.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #32, for those of you keeping score at home.
Appearance: slightly hazed, pure golden hue, some bubbling carbonation, with a large and lovely, fluffy cloud of foam on top, obviously home to a myriad of tiny angels awaiting their chance to entrance the senses.
And it is good work that they do!
Aroma: intoxicating! Senses-filling, flooding, uplifting! Rich, delicious, heady, spicy, sweet, fruity (lemon, orange, pineapple, peach), complex, and invigorating. Bewitching, beguiling, bewildering! And pretty good, too!
Taste: huge, yet soft, and sensual attack of hops, that just as soon turns to an orgy on the tongue, nothing but goodness and delight coming from it, a paroxysm of pleasure occurs, sending jolt after jolt of joy down through the nervous system and every sense receptor.
These flavors, these temptations, sweet succor to any thirst or any lack of happy feeling, they continue again and again every time lip meets cup, and ale meets tongue, again and again, without pause. Mmmmm, is all my mind can conjure to relate the exact consequences of consumption, and maybe it's that 9% ABV of this 750ml bottle (1/2 to go, and the night is still young, where to go from such bliss?) of perfectly brewed tripel?
Everything's in it's heaven in this brew, the malt, the hops, the booze, sugar, yeast, every little imp that does it's special magic has earned it's fairy dust in the production of this very fine golden ale!
Allagash, I'd tip my hat to you, but I haven't got a hat!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled 19 October 2002:
Batch #28. Like Allagash's own description, this beer has a subtle banana & honey flavors. It also has a great nose; reminds me a bit of a white beer. It's cloudy yellow w/ a big white frothy head. Sit back and sip this 9% ABV bad boy

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

The Allagash Tripel pours a deep golden and gives a shaving-cream head that had me looking for a razor. There were hints of pear and some spicy notes, all of which seemed like they had the potential to improve with age. This big beer carries a warming 9 percent alcohol. Unlike the dubbel, which brewery workers have found peaks at one to two years, this one has greater long cellaring potential. A Maine brew that measures up well to some of the greats from Belgium.

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

Batch # 28

Poured a clear yellow gold that turned more oranged with its yeast mixed in (like when drinking that which came from the bottom half of the bottle). Had a thin and soft bubbly-foamy head, some stain, and little lace.

Smelled of hay, honey, and cloves. Altogether, smelled very "natural" and artisanally crafted, like a rustic Belgian. Overall, good but not outstanding.

Taste was strong: notes of honey, oats, malt, alcohol. Tasted creamy with a bitter tinge, and opened well to an ever-warm and barely sweet body. Subtle and balanced. Yeast had a bite to it when it mixed in with the bottom of the bottle.

Had a long and soft finish, barely drying, and luxurious soft mouthfeel - felt like cotton. In all, a pretty good beer, feels imported without being so.

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Photo of Morris729
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #38
Pours a golden apricot color with a tall pillowy white head that slowly fades into a thick and creamy lace leaving spider webs on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Nose is tropical fruit with some sweet herbal and spicy aromas. Taste is sweet candied sugar up front followed by notes of raw honey and then some nutty yeast flavors. Lots of spicy alcohol comes through towards the end with some additional notes of white pepper. A very nice brew, and yet I was still expecting a bit more. I think I’ll try aging a few bottles to see how they develop. In any event, it’s wonderful to see this beer finally available here in Texas.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL brown bottle, corked. Batch 4 (bottled March 3, 2000, according to the brewery).

This tripel poured a clear, golden color with creamy, full, white foam that left lace on the glass. The carbonation was lively. The smell was musty grapes, green apples, and pears. Very pleasant and long lasting. The taste was sweet (candy sugar) and musty (grape) and herbal, with some oak, alcohol, and hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and warming. The body was medium, with a nice crisp aftertaste. This tripel had obviously aged very nicely and was a joy to savor slowly.

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

Thank god I am sharing this big bottle with David.

Batch #33, Beautiful pumpkin honey color, filled my glass right to the top with a inch of head. This dissipates, but never fully goes away, and leaves little bits of decorative lace through-out my glass.

Smell is sweet and clover always comes to mind. Fruity and citrusy in flavor, the alcohol is undetectable. The carbonation is nice, and the finish is rather spicy.

Very enjoyable, another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare treat. Brought back from Chicago by trbeer. Three cheers for interstate beer run by a friend. This is in the 750 ml size - Batch #33. Pours gold with a distinct amber hue. Three finger head - sizeable but not overwhelming. Smell is of yeast and sugar. There is a slight chill haze. I started a bit on the cold side and let the beer warm in a tulip glass. I get a slight burning sensation of alcohol in the first sip. Some yeasty taste. Not as sweet as other tripels I've had. I'm picking up some slight bitterness hoppy taste that I'm not used to having in a tripel. The aftertaste though leaves a bit more sweetness than bitterness. The bottom of the bottle seems best. I don't know if it is all the goodness settling or the warming temperature. The alcohol defintely kicks by the end of the bottle. Did I mention trbeer is one hell of a guy?

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

This was from Batch #28, purchased from the now-legendary Half Time Beverages in NY. I put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes after storing it in my cellar at about 50-55F.

It poured a dark golden amber, with a white head that faded fast, but left some fairly robust lacing. The aroma was mostly clove and honey, with a touch of malt.

The taste was clove, malt, honey, raisins, banana, and a bit of mushy brown apples. Mild hoppiness, too...

A creamy mouthfeel, more than you might expect from a 9% ABV, or a beer with not too much hoppiness. A smooth finish, with just enough hops bitterness for me.

The 9% ABV is deceptively smooth, it sneaks up on you, rather than hitting you over the head. I've got to get some more of this one!

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

Another top quality brew from allagash. Slightly hazy orange-amber color with huge head and every visual characteristic of a Belgian style. Seemed similar to their white except for a few noticable variations. The appearance reminded me of Orval, color and head. Also fruity and a little spicy. Banana comes to mind. Fantastic brew! Best when on the warm side.

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Photo of StevieW
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Batch #34. Poured a golden honey yellow color with a gigantic white creamy head. Yeasty sediment added some cloudiness and beige color to the head. Perfect. Head stayed and staed and defines the term Belgian lace.
Initial aromas very robust citrus, grapefruit hop smells, and some freshly baked bread smells from the yeast.
Taste is much along the same line, fresh citrus, grapefruit, lemon tartness hits first. Thick full baked bread taste, malty sweetness. Fresh hop bitterness, nearly lip smacking. Citrus tastes snap by again, but leave a dry finish. Sticky on the lips. Tastes dances on your tongue then slips down to a belly warming finish.
Smooth medium to full bodied, very balanced. Nothing wrong with this one. One of my all time favorites and saved for Easter Dinner.

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Photo of jaz
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 31 - 750ml bottle.

This beer poured like a bucket of sunshine after a good rain, leaving a golden light haze and billowing plume of thick, foamy, pure white head. The head thickened as I admired the beers aroma and color, becoming almost a whipped-cream like froth that actually stuck to a spoon upside down, and laced the glass beautifully all the way through.

The aroma was wonderful and strong, and defined by alcohol and fragrance of fruit, spices, and fresh baked bread.

The taste was delightfully smooth beginning malty sweetness, fruity and yeasty in the middle and ending with a tart, citrus bitterness. The taste lingered on my pallet for quite a while.

This is an excellent beer, fitting perfectly to style with the best of the Tripels. Very drinkable. I must have more!!

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Photo of aaronh
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden beer served with a white head. A bit of a hazy body. Sweet, malty aroma with some subtle spices. Very prominent alcohol sweetness up front, with a creamy malt taste. Very nice bitterness as well. Light overall, but yet very powerful. The mouthfeel is very creamy, and the drinkability is dangerously good. This beer put me at a bit of a loss for words, as I can say I truly enjoyed it, but yet I can't quite put the experience into words. A very wonderful beer that should not be overlooked or passed over if the opportunity arises.

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Photo of goz
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch #26.
Pours a medium-dark, hazy golden color, with a large frothy white head that doesn't want to go away, clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life all the way down. Aroma is crisp - citric (lemon), spicy (clove), yeasty (banana), and light malt (doughy) . Flavor is also crisp, sweet start, making way for some banana and clove to coat the tongue in the middle, ends with some citrus - lemon and grapefruit mostly. Full body, complex flavors that get more impressive as the bottle gets more empty, only the slightest hint of alcohol at the end.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Tripel Reserve. Bottle Conditioned and offered in a 750ml (1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz) Brown Glass Bottle. Batch #34. Corked with a gold colored wired frame and steel cap.

Appearance: A massive white head sits atop a slightly hazy golden body. The head has reasonable staying and leaves a light lacing as it slowly rescinds. Classic looks and perfect presentation for a Tripel.

Smell: Crisp and very clean lines on this one. The usual suspects are lined up in the Tripel beginnings; a really good mix of fruits, some hops, spices and strong citric undertones. Beautiful nose that has a very refreshing aspect when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Excellent. Highly traditional malty beginning that makes way for the spicy banana clove middle. Some yeast and light grain in the middle. Finishes with a really good “kick” of fruits and a lemony grapefruit twang.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, slightly sweet mouthfeel that feels as comfortable as your favorite flannelette Pajamas, but it will have you sleeping naked in no time. Lines the mouth with ease and hangs around for a while after the beer is consumed.

Drinkability: Very High, especially given its strength.

Overall: This is one Serious Kick Ass Sexy Beer. Absolutely Excellent and one of the best US Tripels I have had to date. I want more.

A big Tripel Cheers to Murph for this one !

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked bottle. It's batch 33 and a hazy golden/burnt orange mix of color. The head is fluffy and enormous. The appearance of tripels is such a joy to stare at. A fruity aroma greets my nose, not as strong as other tripels I have tried though. But my nose is horrible, so it might be an amazing aroma. The flavors are yeasty, fruity and slightly spicy. It even has a refreshing quality to it, very smooth. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish. A wonderful tripel out of Maine, just as good as the Belgian's.

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

Golden brew with a slight haze and a pretty nice white head on top. Good retention. Great yeast spiciness in the aroma paired with fruitiness and backed up with a nice malty backbone. On the palate, it's no less a delight. "Tripel honey" malt, and lots of it. But that's not all, far from it. It's rather well hopped as well, playing against the malt very well. The spiciness is big as well. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, but with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is even more smooth and creamy. Huge warming effect. This is an excellent tripel, among my favorites in the style. I'm very glad this beer was made available to us here in Arizona. I had never seen any Allagash stuff here before I got this. I can't wait to try their other stuff! Highly recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash of Portland, Maine is probably more known for their white beer, but this Triple that I had on tap at the Sharp Edge is quite a tasty treat. It pours a slightly hazy gold with a rather thin white head and it barely sticks to the glass. Aroma is spiced up with some cinnamon like tones, and a mild banana tone on top of all of the estery alcoholic fragrance that creeps upon my senses. Flavor profile contains a full alcoholic, slight honey full sweetness that is warming to the sipper of this fine beer. There is also pleasant notes of yeast within this highly carbonated offering from our friends in New England. I would say the texture has a medium body with a slightly sticky candied sugar mouthfeel. I could drink this beer one right after another, but I wouldn't recommend due to 9% ABV.

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Photo of aracauna
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tonight was a good night. "Why," you ask? Because I discovered this beer and I discovered 2 hours of Kids in the Hall on Comedy Central. While the Allagash Tripel was all spiced cream and fruits (mostly bananas and peaches), Kids in the Hall is Funny. While Allagash is made in Maine, the Kids in the Hall are Canadian. While this beer's beautiful bright golden amber body sparkled with constant effervescence and the thick, creamy white head sheeted and even chunked the side of the glass, it was not funny. At least not in the cross-dressing, irreverent, absurdist humor way that the Kids in the Hall were. Damn this is a fine beer, probably my favorite in the style. True connoisseurs of the style would probably disagree but I like the smoothness, the lack of the cottony mouth feel and harsh yeast-spiciness of many of the real-deal tripels. True connoisseurs of comedy, however aren’t allowed to disagree with me that Bruce McCullough was possibly one of the funniest men of all time.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As this winsome beer sits in the triple glass a slightly hazy golden amber color, the head behemothic, frothy in its texture, brilliant white and as it evanesces leaves behind a glutinous sheet of lace to smother the glass. Malt dominates the nose, citrus crisp, fresh and clean, with just the slightest tinge of yeast, start is malt and somewhat sweet, the top middling in its feel. Stingingly acidic is the finish, hops pronounced in their spiciness, the aftertaste droughty and long lasting, a quite quaffable beer in my humble opinion.

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Photo of Dantes
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 750ml corked and caged bottle, labeled 9% ABV, Cork marked 2002. Batch #26. Bottle-conditioned. Expressionist forest scene on label.

Cost: $5.49 at Gary’s Wine

Presentation: tulip glass at 50º

Appearance: Semi-cloudy, brassy-gold color. Streamers of fine bubbles cut through a cloudy body. Surprisingly, head was not as voluminous as anticipated, and dissipated fairly quickly into a fine film. No lace to speak of.

Smell: Complexly floral with banana, clove, apple, pear, raisins, and hints of rum. Makes one think they are about to drink a rum punch!

Taste: The panoply of complex aromas comes to life and substance in one’s mouth, like spectres regaining their corporeal bodies. In addition come the welcome sharpness of lemon and green apple that cut through the flowery sweetness. Yeast and spice further leaven the brew. This beer blew me away with its never-ending revolving door of flavors. It challenges the drinker through the middle, all of the way to the drier, edgy, finish.

Mouthfeel: A lovely, sweet, mouthfilling brew. The carbonation is velvety and fine, despite its lack of appearance in the head and the subdued pop of the cork.

Drinkability: Oh my God is this drinkable! Absolutely no hint of the 9% hammer awaiting the person who approaches this beer too casually. Manages to be both substantial and delicate at the same time.

Wow! Quite honestly, this beer blew me away. Being a bit of a Belgian snob, I’ve often passed the Allagash brews by, always attracted to something else. What a mistake! This is a remarkable brew that will become a regular inhabitant of my refrigerator (along with his brothers; the dubbel, the grand cru, etc.) Manages to be both true to the style and individualistic. This is an incredible value. If you close your eyes while savoring a glass; you’ll swear that you are in Brussels, the dollar is strong again, the French have come down with laryngitis, and Belgium has somehow relocated to New England. An incredible value.

Bottom Line: Ayuh, you Mainers have been keeping this one under your hats! If it is available in your area, make it your business to give it a try.

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Photo of cokes
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch# 25.

A hazed-through lemon body sits under a majestic white crown. Fades to a skim, but loses none of its royalty.
A rose petal, floral aromatic epiphany. There are brews with more complex noses, but perhaps none with one as delicately lovely as this. Fainter, exists tiny pokes of honey, tropical fruits and lime.

Transitioning to flavor:

Cookie dough and lime kool aid.
Honey and milkweed.
Rosemary and sourdough.
Herbs and lemon drops.
Dew and pineapples.
Vanilla and attics.
Tulips and horses.
Must and daybreak.

This is like foccacia bread filtered through Ken Kesey's mind. Spiraling out in a multitude of directions.
Heavy lightness, with heft undefined.

The 9% is felt only in cumbersome fingers striking errant keys.

A tripel cubed.

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Photo of inebrius
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now here is a tasty American Tripel! Pours a hazed pale yellow under a fluffy, sticky white cap. Majestic bouquet of lime leaves, white pepper, coastal rain forests, biscuits and clover honey and a couple dozen other pleasant smelling things I won't bore you with...oyster mushrooms, crystallized ginger, leather...sorry. Superbly balanced through a draught, starts neutral building candied sweetness leapfrogged by a spicy alcohol that splits its skull and bleeds lingering hop and you sit and watch the fracas in a sort of stupified delight while your heart pumps heated blood through to your toe-tips. I like it. Charged, but not harsh. Light, but not unsubstantial.

Thanks Venom!


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

I had the sense of mind to remember the bach number, #34. It poured a cloudy yellow, with a lot of carbonation. I t had what I could best say is a tart taste. Not that it was unpleasant, in fact it gave it a dry quality, not unlike champagne. Overall it was a great offering.

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Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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