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Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,579
Reviews:
958
Ratings:
2,819
pDev:
10.14%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
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208
Gots:
644
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,819 |  Reviews: 958
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!

#21

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

750 ml caged and corked bottle, batch #23. Pours hazy bright golden orange in color, decent cream colored lasting head. Fuity and spicy aromas. Fruity butter scotch and spicy, very dry and crisp finish. Full bodied with a full but crisp mouthfeel, man what a good American made tripple.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle-conditioned 750ml bottle out of batch # 33.

it poured to a cloudy copper colored brew with a pillowy white head, that died in a bit to a lace that left nice trails on the glass. there is a lot of fruit in the aroma as well as a kick of alcohol in the end of a whiff.

In the flavor, you will pick up fruits and yeast with a bready taste. The alcohol is hidden pretty well until the finish, when you are hit with a kick in the aftertaste. You will get a smooth honey flavor that adds to the silkiness of this fine brew. The carbonation is tingly and compliments the beer well. It is a brew worth sampling as a good example of an American-brewed Belgian tripel.

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

Hazy golden-amber brew, plenty of apparent carbonation surging toward the surface. Thick, creamy, white head. Retention a bit weaker than I'm used to in the style. The head does not maintain it's thickness like many I've had, but it does stick around and leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Sweet and spicy aroma, slightly fruity. Intense fruity (a bit apple-like, with plenty of citrus notes) and spicy flavor, with a very bready/yeasty flavor in the finish. Alcohol makes its presence known in the finish, but is surprisingly subdued for a 9% abv brew. Body is moderate, leaning toward full. Slightly rough mouthfeel from carbonation.


[Batch 31 - Hey, they put it on the bottle, so it must be important...]

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Photo of zerk
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange gold, with absolutely no head. Aroma of fresh tropical fruit, mild spices, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor begins fruity and sweet... with some cookie dough qualities. The alcohol is noticable, and adds a nice warming effect. Has medium to full body. A very well done Tripel, but I will try this one out of the bottle. Belgians on tap sometimes suffer in their appearance.

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

750ML corked and caged. Batch#34. Pours a hazy, yellow, gold with a large head that does not hold and falls to a thin surface covering. First aroma is if Belgian candy sugar, and a swirl of the glass reveals some light citrus. Another swirl brings back a small head, and the first sip confirms the candy sugar, citrus, as well as a tart grapefruit mouthfeel. Nice carbonation, light, lemony feel across the tongue, and a crisp, dry finish. Slight notice of alcohol, not a lot. Not bad, not a Belgian, not bad though.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #32...hazy orange, very "Tripel-like", 1/2 inch head of very fine bubbles in a tulip-shaped glass. Laces in globs. Slight brown sugar and astringent lemon aromas. Fizzy mouthfeel, lots of a sense of lemon rind and some pith, a bit of unripe mellon and an impressive hop balance with a sound bitter close in the mouth. Fruit lends just the maltiness I tend to look for, even in a dry style. Dryness at the end is well-done and not harsh and leads to a more complex impression overall. Astringent, not my favorite Belgian style, still Allagash measures up on flavor qualifications.

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

Batch # 32.

Golden Orange in appearance with carbonation evident. The beige head forms just a film. Very slight. Really nice doughy yeast tones on the nose. At times, it almost seems to be like a cookie dough aroma. Wow. The taste of this really is nice. The yeastiness really comes shining through. But there is also a spicy presence. A pepper like characteristic. Some slight phenolic traits. Just a trace of alcohol. And some slight fruity esters...seemingly of the banana. Body is about medium-full. The finish is sweet and alcoholic (I'm starting to notice it a bit more). What a great beer though.

Allagash is certainly impressing me. It's nice to see them finally hit our market. Although, I believe I will treat this as "Special Ocassion" brews given the price.

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

Batch # 31. A pleasant surprise. Pours a deep golden color with a magnificent, bubbly head that retains well in proper glassware. The nose is full of fruit and yeast at first, with notes of spiciness prevailing as the beer warms up. Taste is similar, with the spicy notes taking priority. Quite effervescent and prickly on the tongue and an excellent pairing with food. The alcohol in this certainly has its warming effects, but it's hard to notice it until the beer is long gone. To be sure, a great American-brewed tripel.

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

Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a huge sticky/creamy white head that leaves a great lace all the way down the glass. Great fruity aromas of some banana/oranges/peaches and some very nice subtle spiciness as well. Awesome fruity tastes with some great light fruitiness and awesome subtle spiciness. Tha high alcohol only makes itself known in the warming effect it has. Smooth and creamy this beer is just a pleasure to drink. Absolutely awesome and a no brainer for the price.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark golden hue, w/ a hint of ale haze topped by a dense, bumpy, very well retained porcelain white head that leaves lace. Sweet, tropical fruity esters consisting of ripe mango and lychees dominate the aroma, with yeast mustiness and hints of bready malt secondary. Unfiltered, pure honey sweetness hits the palate at first, then yields to pleasantly spicy black pepper and mellow clove. Fruity esters that mirror the aroma emerge mid palate and when combined with the lightly peppery alcohol notes leave a sweet, but rich black licorice flavor. Although hop bitterness is paltry, residual sweetness is well controlled and integrated into the overall fruity profile. Moderate in body and lacking the aggressive carbonation common to many Tripels. Truly dangerous in drinkability. Finishes with a fructose like sweetness fading quickly. Although initially mild, ethanol warmth grows progessively stronger after each taste. An absolutely delcious tripel. It's batch # 22... I suspect if I had the willpower to cellar this fine brew it would be even better.

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Photo of John
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #20. Cheers to Allagash for an very good representation of the Belgian style tripel. Huge off white head that lasts forever, so dense it protruded 3/4" over the top of the glass. Fruity aroma with classic fruit and spice flavor. A real treat and ranks right up there with it's Belgian counterparts.

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

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle ... corked and caged. Batch #8. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Tarnish gold in colour with a rich and dense white lace, almost looks like frothed milk on top.

Smell: Exotic fruit, herbal and medicinal all make for a sweet aroma.

Taste: Light to medium in body with a sweet candy sugar malt flavour. This is soon cut by herbal, grain and phenolic flavour. Hop bitterness is complacent and is only in the background. Lots of spicy alcohol with hints of celery leaves and pine. Earthy yeast with its raw exotic fruity character laces the palate with more complexity. The fruity flavour lingers with a touch of grain and a heavy hand of warming alcohol ties up the finish.

Notes: Another stellar brew from Allagash. Top shelf here, perfect example of the style. Rich in intricacies and incredibly drinkable. One of the greatest American Beers brewed in the Belgian style.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bier (batch #21) has a nice cloudy, golden color, with a white creamy head. Lacing in the glass is quite decent, too! Nose has malty, yeasty and spicy notes to me. Good body, and very nice feel on the tongue, with some of the typical Belgian foamy-creamy carbonation. Candy sugar sweetness/yeastiness and fruit come through, along with a spicy, peppery zip! Feel it warming you as it goes down. Quite tasty! A very well-made Tripel!!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of beerluvr
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second only to Stoudt's Triple. A very, very, very good beer Nice 'n alcoholic, worth seeking out.

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