Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel 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.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I know I know, I should age this guy. But I wanted to see if the hype was justified before I invested in a few of these guys to cellar.
It had a light golden-copper body with an unfiltered cloudiness. A foamy white head, good retention and lacing.
The aroma was immediately citrus, mostly lemon and some orange; not overpowering but balanced well with vanilla, honey, yeast and alcohol. Also, very mild banana and some clove.
The taste was that of...well...a tripel. Sweet candy sugars, bubblegum, close, smooth and sweet vanilla, citrus, honey.
It hits you with bititng carbonation and citrus at first, but exhibited a dry mouthfeel in the middle which faded into a smooth pleasant aftertaste. I have ot sa, this might be the best American tripel I've ever had. Extremely well-balanced and well-crafted.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Tripel is elegantly packaged in a corked and caged 750ml bottle. There is no date evident, but I'm drinking batch #72, which should help Alagash with any quality control issues. This elixer pours a pale gold with a great many different strings of carbonation. A huge white head froths up, filling the top of my tulip. This leaves an almost uninterrupted lacing. The aroma is sweet, almost like candy. However, there is a Belgian spiciness cutting through, along with a fairly strong hop aroma, which doesn't seem typical of the style (but is nice anyway). The streams of carbonation shoot the various tastes along the tongue. The candy sweetness is there, but it takes a back seat to the spiciness. There's also something akin to pepper in there. It finishes with a nice hop bite and a kick of alcohol, which is otherwise fairly subdued. This beer is silky smooth and almsot creamy, which is a nice change of pace. The drinkability is great, I easily finished the bottle and look forward to buying more. I really enjoyed this beer, it's an interesting, and exremely tasty, example of a tripel.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uberpilsner? Looks like it with a very pale gold body and billowing virginous white head. Smells kinda like pils hopping too! A little musty, metallic, and pearish, but adds a small playful yeast note that tells me that this is going to be one subtly complex beer (I hope). Oh hell yeah. This one is smooth beyond belief. Alcohol is present in flavor, but not overly so. A little bit sweeter than I would like, this leaves a little residual sugar on the tongue. That little slickness as well as a bit of grape in the flavor reminds me of a white wine. I think the spicy nature of this brew is its real beauty. The phenolics fit in seamlessly next to the continental hops. Herbs and spices all seem represented here, though I don't dare try to name them.

Overall a great beer. As a brewer friend of mine liked to say, this is "spot-on." Very enjoyable despite the face that this is not my favorite style. Although I would still prefer one of the two great Unibroues or the Westmalle, I look forward to having this again.

Cheers Allagash!

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Photo of akahn
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, slightly rosy yellow-orange with a big-bubbled head, that, for me didn't last or stick.

This beer is fruity and tangy, with a woody yeast taste, and then dry in the finish, with a definite alcohol bite. Carbonation gently tickles the tongue. Quite a good celebration beer, and quite drinkable; the 750mL bottle was gone in no time at all.

I suspect I'm not well enough versed in this style and Belgian styles in general to truly appreciate this beer, but as far as I know, this one's good.

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Photo of Illinick
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at The Sharp Edge
A: Golden, palish yellow with a big, frothy white head and foamy, sticky lacing. A treat to look at (the perfect pour certainly helped).
S: Passion fruit and other exotic fruits with bananas and slight spiced apple smell with hints of minerals and definate spice and herbal scents. Typical tripel yeast smell is there with a slight hint of sugary hops.
T: Parallels the smell: exotic fruits with a definate spiciness and tons of sugar candy and herbal flavors. The spice and fruit seem to be paired nicely and provides quite the exquisite flavor. Some bananas and the spiced apple in there as well, but the real winner is the spicy exotic fruits.
MF: Filling and smooth with just a hunt of spicy/peppery feel.
DR: Excellent! The ABV is hidden nicely so beware this could knock you on your ass. nuff said!
Overall: Allagash produces some of the highest quality brews in the nation. This is no exception. One of the best American Tripels I've had. If you didn't know Allagash was brewed in Maine you might mistake it for a true Belgian-it's that good!

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Pig,,,
Appears a hazy gold with a decent white head in the tulip glass. Sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, peachy, bready tripel yeast that is kicking butt.
Taste is of the same aromas with a touch of honey mixed with a small amount of spices.
Mouthfeel is slightly spicy with some sugary citrus notes sticking around the palate.
Slight alcohol presence is detected, only drawing slightly from the overall enjoyment of this wonderfully done American Tripel.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a deep yellow with a white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The smell has a combination of peppery cloves with some orange zest and I can detect some alcohol there but not much. The taste starts fruity like the orange zest smell, then the spicy cloves come in, and it leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden behind all the other flavors, very subtle but it is there. It has a dry finish, with medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bomber, corked and caged, poured into a red wine glass. batch 70.

hazy, yellowish-gold with a half inch of white head. leaves little lacing, but others say different...could be the glass.

citrusy, honey sweet aromas, along with a nice musty barnyard aroma and some medicinal notes that give this brew from maine a bit more belgian authenticity.

tart, sour flavors. yeasty with a hint of citrus rinds. crisp, clean flavor with few sweet hints of the high alcohol

content. very nice belgian interpretation from a good domestic brewery.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this number at lunch at Bukowski's Boston with my $1.69 burger. What a tasty one this was. I was interested in the Tripel since I had the regular White back home in my fridge..gave it a whirl. Batch #25

A: Poured a golden yellowish hazy color with a nice head that left great lace on the tulip glass I was given.

S: Aroma of lemon, citrus, and a bunch of other fruit in there. Amazing, so many different aromas filled my nose.

T: Tastes of citrus and a bunch of fruit to start, then smooths out. Abv is not too noticeable--had to check it on the bottle to see what it was.

M & D: mouthfeel on this is great, very smooth considering its abv. not as carbonated as its brother the White--definately more body and better balanced. I would drink a few of these--the alcohol content being so high, I'm not sure I would be standing after 3 though.

Yea Allagash!

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Photo of jaluria
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely burnt golden color (somewhat cloudy) with loads of foam that seems to just sit there. I can detect aromas of candy, alcohol, dried fruit, and grains. The taste is as would be expected for this style; a combination of candy sugar sweetness with fruit-derived bitterness. The texture of the beer is refreshing and engaging with loads of flavors that dance together. The mouthfeel is a not as thick and creamy as other Triples I've had (St. Bernardus and Val-Dieu) and so I had a knock off a few points here. The drinkability is still high for this beer despite it's high ABV and richness.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 10/22/2005

Aroma is flowers and a little fruit, small white head with fair lacing-mostly diminishing. Pours a yellow/amber color. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter, slightly pale, that flower aroma is present in the taste too, complex flavors. Light to medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation, with a dry slightly bitter finish. Good flavor, some hops, Strong but doesn't taste alcoholy.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stumbled upon this beer at the local specialty beer store and having never tried an Allagash brew I thought I'd give it a shot. Nice call on my part, if I do say so myself...

This is a great, rich, beer, one of the best Tripels I've experienced thus far. Smell is sweet and a bit fruity and poured a nice head with good lacing. The flavors were a nice array of malts and fruitiness and spices. It was one of those rare beers with so much detail and such a high ABV that just goes down amazingly smooth.

Maine apparently can brew some good Belgians...I look very much forward to trying other Allagash varieties.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Chimay Chalice the beer was a bright golden orange color with a one finger frothy (cappucino like) white head that retained for the entire sample and left big rings of lace around the sides of the glass. Some carbonation bubbles streamed up the sides of the glass.

The smell was champaign like up front with fruitty aromas of orange, coriander, citrus zest, and honey as well. Slightly sweet in the nose with just a touch of alcohol apparent.

The taste was innitially soft and filled with citrus fruit upfront. A big orange character with softer spice and sweet malt in the background. A balanced taste, not overly sweet but subtley so and filling as well. Alcohol is very well masked and almost unnoticable in the taste. A bit of a saison aroma and taste. Consistant citrus notes throughout the sample with a hint of spiciness as well.

Medium body with a fair degree of carbonation.

Very enjoyable and drinkable. Deceiving for 9% abv and one that paired very well with Thanksgiving meal. Soft on the palate and perfect to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #69. when you see 61, 70, 66 and 65 on the shelf with 69, isn't there a clear choice? 750ml.

pours a bright and very clear hearty-piss yellow. steady stream of carbonation and airy head that condenses to a respectable cloudy coating of soft foam. yeasty aroma cut with just the right amount of sweet citrus and earthiness. beginning stages of butter add just the right hint of golden cream. first thing observed upon tasting is the grassy crispness.. the carbonation plus the moderate, fresh hop levels equals refreshment.. and for 9%? continues along the earthy path, digging up some dirt and flower stalk flavors. malty sweetness is there, but at a restrained level.. providing just the right counterweight to the orange/lemon zest. lingering heat duels flawlessly with the slight hint of diacetyl.. holy crap, if this isn't the most perfectly balanced american belgian (notice i said american, not NORTH american) style ale, my name isn't jesus christ. pristine sipper.

allagash- you please me very much. keep making good belgians. the world needs more.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Batch #67
*Cellared six mos.

Appearance: Straw gold, clear, with furious carbonation. Billowy, somewhat loose head. Sticky lace on glasswall.

Smell: Very strong clove yeast spice, sweetened citrus (orange/tangerine) and a slightly bready maltiness. Nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Surprisingly upfront clove and white pepper spice given the amount of time it's been cellared, with sweet-and-sour tropical fruit midpalette, a bit of the artificial sweetener flavor the yeast and fruit combo sometimes produce, and a nice cakebread maltiness. Honey and vanilla in lesser amounts. White pepper into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium dense and somewhat coating, but the carbonation is extremely sharp, a bit much, IMHO.

Drinkability: It's a nicely done tripel. The only issue I have with this, and other Allagash beers, is that the yeast spice tends to be very hot, and even six months didn't cool it down much. Otherwise, top-notch.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, batch #69 poured into a snifter. Pours a nice glowing golden color with a large frothy white head. Decent retention and very solid lacing. Nose is light and fruity--orange, mango, banana--with notes of yeast and just a hint of peppery spices. Taste is more fruit unfront, light and with a subdued sweetness, melon, apples, and citrus, with just a touch of honey. This gives way to some lightly floral hops overlaid with coriander and other spices, and nice dry finish. Excellent complex flavor that doesn't let any one aspect dominate. Fairly high carbonation upfront, but the bubbles are tiny and give an extremely rich and smooth mouthfeel. This is a really excellent tripel, by far the best brewed in North America, rivalling some of the great Belgians themselves.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle: batch 69. Poured into a Chimay goblet:

Appearance: light orange tint, sort of looks like a pale ale. nice thick and creamy head head. carbonation continues to fizzle from the bottom of the glass. Unbelievable lacing. This is a gorgeous beer.

Smell: Very light smell. No alcohol. Slight hint of citrus. Maybe even some bananas.

Taste: Citrus really takes presence. Slight honey aftertaste. Hop bitterness is minimal. Perfect warmth of alcohol as it slides down. Not too sweet, which is actually refreshing from the style (I had the Chimay white the other night which I found to be way too sweet). It's a little bit of a letdown though, as I feel that there really isn't that much to it.

Mouthfeel: The frothy head makes a terrific balance with the beer. Really mellow and a great sipping beer.

Drinkability: Oh so easy. I am so glad I have this whole bottle to myself. I would not want to share. The perfect night cap.

A great beer, albeit a little plain. Doesn't have the complexity of the St. Bernadus, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Pale Golden color with lots of haze and cascading to the surface. Foamy eggshell colored head; very foamy.

A- Hops seem to spring out at me right away, but could be mistaken for some citrus fruit; mangos maybe. I also get the hint of some spice (coriander or ginger).

T- Sweet citrus fruit up front with lots of carbonation on the tip of my tongue. After holding in my mouth for a few seconds I taste the honey come through along with some spice and alcohol on the finish. Can’t complain.

F- Sharp carb up front, but a huge warmer due to the alcohol being quite hot. Maybe a bit too hot for my taste, but suits the style nicely.

D- Tasty brew, but a bit of a soapy feel. The carbonation causes bubbles in your mouth which kills some taste due to the hotness of it. Decent. I’d recommend trying but not the best triple I’ve ever had by any means.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch # 69

Pours out a bright golden yellow with a Duvelesque head that damn near reaches the top of my Piraat tulip. Head retention is moderate as is lacing.

Aromas are bright and fruity, most notably pear, apple, and banana. There's a honey sweetness contrasted by a dry, peppery, minerality. There's a notion of spice with plenty of authentic yeast notes.

Flavor certainly exceed the nose's expectations with layers of crisp harvest fruit, honeysuckle, banana, light spices, and yeast. It's less sweet than some tripels which is a nice change. It has a solid white pepper and coriander presence and a drying note of crushed rock minerality. Nice notes of citrus and floral hops. Quite complex. Are you sure this isn't really brewed in Belgium? Coulda' fooled me.

Body is medium, with a light, fluffy mouthfeel. Great drinkability. I cracked a 750 to share w/ my folks after a top-notch sushi dinner.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shining golden hue, honest rocky white head becomes a never disappearing 1cm foam. Superb noble hops in the aroma. It feels very natural, grassy and extremely floral. I smell a spice blend, but I can’t put any names. It smells very airy.. In mouth, once again this charming floral profile comes out very dry, champaigny almost. Spices flavor from the fermentation get a bit more defined (pepper, sage, cloves) while the malt base appear honeyish and fruity (but once again hard to put any names). Very bitter spicy and grassy finish. Pillow-soft mouthfeel, fluffy, creamy, round. Incredibly balanced and holding much more class than I can handle. I didn’t expect that much, this is a gem. Thanks Stephen!

Everytime I try this again I’m blown away. Vastly superior in terms of expanding creamy tiny bubbled velvety mouthfeel. If the nose was more expressive, this would be very close to perfection. It builds a superb foam that lasts as long as you’re willing to sit on it. The sides of the glass stay white all along while the core at the middle digs a crater. Is that rockiness or what? And the taste... woah, succulent honeysuckle, very spicy, complex and champaigny. Only a 5renders justice. Too elegant, shining and well-edged to be true with just a hint of alcohol to remind you it’s a tripel. Classy and effortlessly among the best.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

batch #70 purveyed at its freshest from a distributor friend in the know. This beer pours a beautiful creamy head and beautiful gold color, smell intensely of a fine chardonnay- bananna, pears, apples and a spicey effect(corriander). First taste has a nice hop and malt balance. Exquisite moutfeel, with a balanced spice and nice warming through the taste and down the throat. Very balanced beer that well represents the style and for me as good as any triple that I have had in a long time . A truly wonderful beer. I am sorry to say I only have one bottle.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 54. Pours a cloudy golden color and offers a nice creamy white head. Smell is of ripened fruit and yeast with a slightly spicy tinge.

This brew has a medium body with a moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is very good, with the alcohol only making it's presence known once the brew warms. Taste is predominately malt, yeast and grain, but the hops add sufficient balance although they never break through. Taste ends in a nice creamy, fruity bath that is very exquisite. In summary a damn fine brew that I cannot afford to drink on a regular basis. A well crafted tripel.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10/29/05- Purchased at Beverages and More on a close out for $2.99!

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Batch number on the front label. Has been aging for at least a year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded pour with a huge fat creamy head and nice lacing. Furious stream of bubbles rises from the basin.

Smell- Light scented, but it smells oh so good. Mild fruit scents, kinda tropical in nature, plus various spices.

Taste- Has lovely fruit flavors with just the right mix of corriander and other spices. Maybe some apple, grape, papaya? Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Thought this would be overly carbonated, but it was suprisingly creamy and very smooth going down. Best mouthfeel for a tripel I think I have had. This is a great beer at any price, no less at $2.99. This is right up there with St. Bernardus for me.

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Photo of palma
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch # 58

Appearance: Light gold body, white bubbly head. Leaves a very nice lace all over the sides of the glass. The head was not as large nor retentive as I had expected for such a well-renowned triple - still a good showing.

Nose: Big-time clove and pepper. Predominately spicy with some fruity notes.

Taste: This beer is pilsner-like bitter with a lot of spice and ample fruity overtones. Loads of pepper, which is something that I like very much. Maybe some banana if you look hard enough. Finishes semi-dry with an apple aftertaste. Very complex, very nice. This beer would make for a great aperitif.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied. Smooth on the palate, yet lively with a delicate bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, it's all good. You just have to watch your back at 9.00% ABV.

Notes: The nose and flavor of this beer remind me of Duvel a little. Went very well with my Ritz and extra sharp cheddar. Yes, I said Ritz. get some MF!

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Photo of EStreet20
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle labeled batch 53 poured into Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a light golden color with a little reddish tint in there. One and a half to two finger white head, very nice looking in the glass. As head subsides a tiny bit before I drink I can already see some lacing forming.

S - Very fruity smell with a faint honey aroma in the background. A little yeasty as with many Belgians.

T - A different taste. A little bit of sourness initially, with some spice following it up. Notes of nuts and/or possibly grain??? I can't really tell but it makes for a nice mix of flavors. I didn't get the fruits coming through as much on the flavor as the aroma, but a little of the honey sweetness is in the aftertaste. Quite a bit of alcohol kick in there as well. Definitely a winner even though tripels have never been my favorite style of beer.

M - Nice feel on the tongue with lots of tiny bubbles. Some nice smooth warming at the end.

D - Going down nice and smooth for a big beer

Notes: Well Allagash is two for two for me right now. I tried the four and loved it so went and bought out the last few bottles my liquor store had to age. This is a winner as well, although I prefer the four as I love Quadrupels. However the last thing I'll ever do is turn this beer down. Highly recommended.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,756 ratings.
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