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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Ratings: 2,875 |  Reviews: 970
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A high quality example of a style I am really starting to enjoy....

Pours a semi-hazy golden color...with an awesome creamyt, fluffy 1/4 inch head....

A sweet, candy like aroma along with some banana..

Taste is outstanding....starts off sweet and sugary...then the banana fruitiness emerges....finishes peppery and dry...fascinating....

Mouthfeel is about perfect...medium...firm....pretty highly carbonated...

This rates high in drinkability too as I would love to enjoy a bottle of this a week..

Overall....a high quality American made Belgian...

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

Batch #35: Purchased April '03 from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA and sampled on June 26th, 2003 with friends and family. This was a great beer to share and to educate with. Most had never had a beer anywhere neer this complex. Favorite comment of the night, "This is much more complex than most wines."

The first hint of complexity was the pour. It Poured a burnished copper color, with a bubbly white head that left some nice lacing. Had small streams of tiny, champagne like bubbles.

The nose was the second clue to the complexity, or should I say dead giveaway? Scents of candy, malt, sweet fruit, ester alcohol, and then hints of grapes and subtle spice and then more candied malt. I have not the proper training, experience, or olfactory senses to properly pickout and describe all the flavors here. Truly enchanting.

The taste is nearly as complex with flavors of malt, fruit, citrus, bananas, some hints of hops and spice and candy. Wonderful sweet candied malt and little hits of refined alcohol. The flavors seem to dance on the tongue and the mouth seems to come alive with the bubbles and flavors.

This tripel was truly exceptional and it allowed me to teach a few coors light drinkers what real beer was without them say how bitter or heavy it was. I even had a wine drinker singing its praises.

Oh if only I didn't have to drive 120+ miles each way to get more. Well this will definitely make it worth the trip. I can't wait to crack open the Allagash Duppel Reserve!

I give this two pints way up!

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was highly disappointed by this tripel. Maybe because it was in the top 50 beers, I expected more. This Belgian style ale came from batch #38. It poured a very cloudy brown with a fair head, for the style. The aroma was not very complex and only a slight malt smell. No esters or cloves and no hops. The fruitiness and cloves were absent in the taste as well. THe malty sweetness was there and might have been offset by some hoppiness, but not really sure. It did leave a sweet after taste.The mouthfeel was medium light with a fair amount of carbonation. I had to keep swirling it in my Duval glass to maintain head so not to impressed. The price was good - under $6.00 for a 750 ml bottle but Chimay is a better value in my book.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I would like to thank the BA who suprisingly parted with this gem in a trade. It is from Batch # 4.

This beer poured a cloudy orange, quite a nice hue, but with little show of head and lacing. It had very active carbination with a slight champagne smell, taste and feel. Very enjoyable!

The overall smell was light but there were difinant aromas.There was an orange crispness accompanied by a subtle maltyness with spice.

The taste was true to the smell. It warmed the mouth and lingered well into reflection.

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Photo of avylover
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a small but persistent white head. Carbonation kicking nicely. I smell buttery toffee and a mild alcohol scent. This is a pretty good tasting beer. It's got a nice ripe fruit taste up front. What keeps it from being great is the fact that the taste seems to dissappear halfway through my sip, leaving just carbonation, alcohol and a slightly buttery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is helped out by the carbonation, although it's slightly syrupy. There is something lacking with this beer. Too much fruit and not enough backbone .(Although the price is fair)

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

This beer poured a slightly hazy yellow gold color and formed a huge foamy white head that left laticed lace as it slowly supsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present and maybe a few particles of sediment. An aroma of hops, malt, coriander and other spices with a touch of yeast. A taste of malt, coriander and grain/yeast. It has a medium body to it with a touch of the alcohol present.

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

Batch # 32 750ml bottle - Nice pale gold yellow color, got a tall white head of fluffy smooth stryrofoam that falls apart in sections leaving huge clumbs and ledges of foamy stringy lace. Smell is lots of bright citrus, orange, lemon, and lime, dulled a bit with some nice yeast and spicyness. Taste is subtle and complex in layers with a nice flow of citrusy lemon, orange, a bit of banana, nice leveled yeast, some grainyness squeezed in as well and lightly dancing spicyness of citrus rinds and black pepper with a good sweet malt balance the whole way through. Finishes with a light hop hold and alcohol warming. Full body, pretty rich, bold, creamy even, and a nice hold of bittering fruitness and spice. Nice complexity to this triple and is quite a nice offering in the style.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Abbey Tripel. Slightly yeasty, and somewhat tart. Touch of fruit, lemon and oranges, bananas and peaches. Smooth taste. Slight sweetness. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

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

An excellent triple. This beer poured a dark yellow colour with a huge, creamy, white head. The aromas were of belgian candy sugar, yeast, various spices, malts, and slightly bitter and medicinal hops. The aromas were very prevalent in the taste of this beer. A very sweet and spicy triple, with a bit of a hoppy, metallic, bitter-edge to it. This almost reminds me of a more toned down version of Victorys golden monkey. The mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth and the drinkability was excellent.


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

Seeing the Allagash Tripel here in Dallas was a rather odd experience, but a good one.

The Allagash Tripel poured a bright, glistening yellow-gold. The white head is quite substantial. I see a wrestling match between that head and my nose in the very near future.

The aroma is very tripelesque...spice, banana and a hint of alcohol. the aroma is very inviting...time to tackle that head. At first taste, I am impressed. The classic sweetness/faint bitterness is here along with a fruitiness and healthy carbonation.

As with most tripels, the drinkability is great. However, combined with the 9% ABV, it's a very dangerous trait!

I am a big fan of the Tripel style, and this is a great one. If I had to offer a single criticism, and I have to because I haven't found the perfect beer yet, I would say it's not as intensely flavorful as...say, La Fin Du Monde. Otherwise, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #28
750ml bottle

Appearance: Using my Allagash tulip glass (thanks again Dave!) to drink this heavenly nectar, it pours a burnished gold that is perfectly clear from a careful pour. A frothy, off-white head starts out thick, then slowly shrinks down to small cap. It's easily brought back up again with a simple swirl. The lace looks a lot like soap suds overlooked on a car window in the middle of a hot, sticky summer...

Smell: Wonderfully complex aroma with suggestions of spicy fruits, banana, grape, clove, phenolics, bready yeast, alcohol, and a musty earthy note. Despite this wide array of scents, the aroma comes across as sweet. Stunning...

Taste: The flavor is sweet and spicy, with lots of fruitiness and honey on the forefront. After the initial rush of sweetness, the flavor shifts to a slighty phenolic one, along with a small burst of black pepper spiciness. The clove, yeast, and musty flavors are in there too, but play secondary roles and stay mostly in the background. The tail end has a rush of warming alcohol, which is highlighted by a touch of hops. Again, stunning...

Mouthfeel: This brew is highly carbonated, but it still manages to maintain a creamy, soft mouthfeel that is just a bit prickly on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Alcohol dries out the finish considerably. Very warming...the more I drink of this bottle, the warmer my tummy feels!

Drinkability: You have to respect a brew that makes you forget that it's 9%abv. This brew goes down quite easily, and I have to be mindful to keep from overdoing it. What a great nightcap!

One of the best tripels to be found anywhere, this brew is solid proof that not all the best Belgian-style beers come from Belgium. In other words, another winner from the brewers at Allagash!

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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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Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 2,875 ratings