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Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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936 Reviews
Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
936
Ratings:
2,673
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
17.11%
 
 
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Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 74 from Portland, Maine. Elegant tapering on the 750 ml bottle. Puffy beige/white cloud of head a solid inch thick and holding fast and showing early lacing. Nose is complex with lots of yeast and alcohol and fresh fruit. Cloudy body with few carbonation bubbles.
This is mouth watering, no other way to describe it. The taste is thicker and heavier than I expected but grounded in malt and liberally laced with alcohol. Elegant mouthfeel with terrific roundness although slightly overcarbonated. Fine balance between bitter and sweet in the aftertaste and dryer than I expected.
All in all a bit of a surprise. Very balanced and very good but not quite the signature tripel I was expecting from Allagash but still very worth picking up if you have the means.

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

750 ml caged and corked bottle, brought back from NYC. Opens easilywith a nice pop, much easier than the 750 of Sly Fox Christmas ale that needed a crescent wrench last night.

Appearance: Very large head, several inches initially. Body is a striking golden color, crystal clear, showing off the steady flow of carbonation.

Smell: Dry and fruity, pepper and yeast. The fruits are tropical, pineapple and orange, very nice.

Taste: Very sharp and immedietly the yeast and pepper flavors give you a big shot on the palate. The Belgian yeast really guides the flavors, alcohol tingles and burns, hops really lead this big, strongly flavored beer out the back. What bright, strong flavor, a sipper, highly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and sharp in the mouth, very apt.

Drinkability: Up there with my favorites in the style, sips easy, but makes you stop, think and enjoy.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Batch # 71. Pours a permanently hazed straw gold with a thick white foam that dissipates to 1/8th inch with nearly perfect lacing. Aroma is fresh cut hay and tropical fruit/citrus. Mangoes, lemons, honeydew melon, and coriander. Tastes somewhat like Hennepin, which pleases me mightily. Loads of yeast, a bit of banana, spicy as heck, almost clove like finish. Mild grapefruit twang. Very Belgian and authentic tasting. Warming ever so slightly. Mouthfeel as wonderful as wrapping yourself in warm laundry. Drinkability is tops, especially considering the ABV. This is one of the best American made triples I’ve had. As good or better than several Belgians I’ve tasted.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy golden yellow. Huge pillowy head with nice lacing.
s: Smells of sweet fruity esters.
t: Peppery, sweet candied malts. Classic belgian fruitiness (typical Allagash flavors).
m: Full bodied, creamy with peppery over tones.
d: Dispite the high alcohol, this is very easy for me to drink. Pure enjoyment in a bottle.

Before I ever tried this, I made chili with it. I place aside a few ounces aside to try and was totally floored; so enjoyable.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle labled " batch 71 " . Head of less than one finger recedes to surface skim. Some spotty, but nice lacing. Nice hazy yellow ( tending a little bit towards orange ) goldish hue. Here and there, tight columns of big fat bubbles shooting to the top.

Aroma - coriander, earthy yeast, hint of bready malt, sweet and spicy alcohol, hint of black pepper, hint of sour apple, more coriander.

Taste - pretty much as promised by nose. Coriander, yeast, bready malt and alcohol warmth are all upfront and dominates. Yet more coriander, and that black pepper assert themselves in the middle. The breadiness of the malt comes upfront with the spice and alcohol on the finish, and the aftertaste, in like a sort of spicy sweetbread. The alcohol taste I mention here comes to the brink of being harsh, but then stays definitely on the side of being sweetly flavorful, and not harsh at all, but rather nicely warming. Also, sometimes, I think that at times the alcohol that I taste may really be just an illusion created by the spices and yeast, and other times I know its definitely alcohol (but as I said before, its not bad or harsh in anyway, in fact it's part of the taste, and a good part at that ). This ale is balanced between nicely sweet and satisfyingly bitter , which it alternates between the two at times and also blends the into a unified bittersweet at other times.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, and dry. A little bit chewy, and a moderate amount of carbonation. No hop oil slickness (of course, none was expected). Somewhat of a dry finish.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, and it went down very easy. High abv of 9% limits this to one 750ml serving at any one sitting, but then again, if I didn't have to drive, or get up in the morning, or be responsilble in any meaningful way at any time in the immediate future, - I'd easily have another 750 ml ( the two 750's, mind you, being like four 12 oz.'ers ).

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 60, corked and caged, purchased in south bend last fall while down for a football game, aged since

appearance: pours into a snifter a bright and shiny apricot colour, rather clouded, a huge snowy cap that retains itself almost 100%...a delightful pour for this lovely tripel

smell: clean aromas, full of fruit...pear, apple, grapes, tangerine, slight banana...sweet malt, high yeast profile, belgian spice, clove

taste: sweet spiced malt, pear, pineapple juice, green apple, white grap, slight tangerine citrus, big clove presence, banana, "suggestions of honey", big yeast character, fresh fruit, peach, moderate alcohol...overall a strong tripel

mouthfeel: creamy head welcomes each sip, medium-full, alcohol warming, good mouthfeel all around

drinkability: smooth and easy drinking

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sunny orange color, with white foam. Hazy.

Smell: Light and sweet, equal parts herbal and fruity. The yeast makes it a little earthy, but it's mostly sweet and citric.

Taste: Crisp and tart, with tight citric sweetness and a healthy dose of earthy flavor from the yeast. Deceptively alcoholic; it warms the mouth, but it doesn't overshadow the sharp sweetness of the malt. Lush apple-orange sweetness washes over the taste buds in the finish, and it's sharpened by grassy grain flavors. Lightly hopped, just enough to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is crisp, but the mouthfeel is still somewhat creamy.

Verdict: A nice sipping beer, one you can slowly savor throughout the evening.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #66. Faintly foggy lemon with the merest hint of tangerine juice. The muffled gunshot during cork removal and the expansive head would suggest a well-bubbled beer, but it doesn't appear to be excessively carbonated to my eyes. The glistening pearly white head is a pillowy, softly creamy, yet sticky masterpiece of foam. The beer/head combination is clean, bright, simple... and simply outstanding.

Tripel Reserve's nose is indistinguishable from the noses of some of the finest tripels in the world. Yet again, I'm amazed at this brewery's skill in recreating authentic 'Belgian' ales in the states. Sweet-and-sour fruity with bushel baskets full of peaches, pears, apples and all manner of golden fruits. Not as bold or as clove spicy as some of my favorites, but remarkable all the same.

Phenomenal beer! I've gained an appreciation for this style over the past year or so and I can tell with one mouthful that this an impressively well-crafted tripel. If I thought the nose was bursting with orchard fruit (it is), then what word can I use to describe what happens on my tongue each time I take a drink? Explosion? Detonation?

The beer is thunderously fruity, a flavor and a sensation that is made all the more immediate by one of the most well-cloaked, yet sneakily powerful ABVs in recent memory. That is precisely why I love this style as much as I do; the combination of fruit, spice and alcohol that, when done right, is transcendent like nothing but the most resinous hop bomb.

Even though the clove and white pepper spiciness isn't overly prominent in the nose, it's present and accounted for on the palate. Not too much... not too little... but juuust right. The deeper I get into the bottle and the closer the beer gets to an estimated 60 degrees, the more I absolutely love it and the more I realize that its flavor profile is flawless.

The body is solidly medium for the style and doesn't quite match the flavor for bigness and boldness. That's not a knock though and I hate to even assign such a mundane word as 'medium'. The mouthfeel's airy, softly silky, supremely smooth, lightly syrupy nature seems a contradiction in terms, but the tactile/textural contrasts are fascinating and give the beer an incredible amount of mouth interest. I've chosen to use drinkability to reflect how badly I want another bottle. Badly. Very badly.

Tripel Reserve is, without question, the best domestic tripel that I've ever had and is second only to Tripel Karmeliet on my 'best of style' list. It's yet another bright star in the Allagash firmament and is a testament to their commitment to brew incomparable, endlessly fascinating, decidedly delicious, tremendously drinkable beer. Anyone who doesn't include Allagash in their 'top-10 breweries in America' list has a screw loose.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peel the label off and it may be hard to convince me that this tripel is brewed in the US and not in Belgium, from the style of bottle to the cork to the taste. The beer poured honey colored and hazy with a good size white head. It is definitely active and effervescent. It smells of bananas, cloves and bubble gum. Tastes are wheaty and sweet with spices. As it warms there is a perfuminess to the taste foloowed by a candied sweetness and a honey like finish. Mouthfeel starts as crisp with a alcohol punch in the finish and as it warms it becomes more smooth and mellowed. Overall highly drinkable and dangerous.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a fan of this brewery and decided it was time I brought out this great tripel to enjoy and review for the site.

A - soft hazy straw yellow. Lots of carbonation and a wonderful white head.
S - Honey, belgian candy sugar and the classic belgium yeast character.

T - This brew shines as an example of what a great tripel should be. As it warms from the beer cellar to room temp, the flavor comes across in waves of ripe fruit, lightly hoped spiceyness balanced in a wonderful swirl of complimentary flavors.

M - heaven as is crosses the lips. Light and refreshing with a pleasant warming effect as you cross the mid way of a 750 ml bottle.

D - so tasty and easy to drink it's hard to remember it is a 9% ABV brew.

While I may never turn down the "classics" or a new brew tasting from belgium, I feel fortunate to be in New England and have access to such an amazing brewery. No need to worry about how the beer was handled and stored as it crosses the ocean. The best of the spirit of Belgium brewed in Maine by dedicated brewers. Definitely recommended.

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

I’ve wanted to try this for some time, as I love all the Allagash beers I can get my hands on. Aroma was sweet and quite fruity. Nice lasting head with great lacing. This is a nice crisp tripel with a fruity taste to match the aroma. Surprised that there was very little yeast when I emptied the bottle. One can feel and taste the alcohol warmth. Overall, a great tripel that could get better with a little age on it. I got my hands on a case, so I hope to taste one of these every six months or so.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mine was batch #70, for the record. I poured into a goblet and discovered a slightly hazy golden color that was quite crisp and effervescent in appearance. The pou was careful and there was little, if any, yeast base in the initial pour. Thick, bright white head with good retention and lacing. The nose was strong of pear, exotic melon, and yeast. Quite sweet smelling. Maybe only slightly spicy/peppery notes are detectable. Palate is initially quite light and fruity - very lively on the tongue. Flavors of pear and alcohol are predominant, with a lot of Belgian yeast thrown in for good measure. Starts with a "bite," and mellows a bit as it warms. The sweetness increases accordingly, and more of the malt character shows through. Over all, this is a very fruity (definitely pear and maybe peach or mango) tripel, with substantial alcohol and yeast presence. Mouthfeel is light, yet substantial as it warms. I'd say medium over all. Substantial alcohol warmth and bite. Finish is warm, spicy and has a lingering yeast taste. This is really very good. I love a good Tripel and this is as good as most, if not better. This was my first beer from Allagash and I am impressed. I recommend.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head that retains well for a triple. The aroma starts off with toasted bread, candy sugar, spices (corriander, white pepper), allagash yeast and some alcohol. The flavor is also malty, with notes of toasted bread and candy sugar which are balanced with a cutting herbal and spicy bitterness, along with some alcohol. The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation and descent drinkability.

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Photo of tom444
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle w/ cork and cage.

Pours a clear light gold with a moderate head, and not too much retention.

Aroma is quite yeasty, with some spiciness and phenolic notes.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and somewhat creamy, with decent carbonation.

Taste is surprisingly light, sweet and malty at first. Some herbal, astringent, and medicinal notes, with barely any hop bitterness. Finishes fairly cleanly with some warming alcohol.

Dangerously drinkable, this is an excellent tripel by any standard, and certainly one of the top Belgian-style beers brewed in America.

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Photo of tomParis
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I reviewed this beer it was well over a year old. This one is much fresher. I definately prefer the older one.

Pours a pale pale gold, very hazy with a white fluffy head.

Taste and smell are more dominated by spice and yeast, with the fruity flavors less prominant.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability is hindered by the spicy yeast flavors.

I definately prefer this beer aged. The fruity flavors become more pronounced and balance out the spicyness. Still a good beer fresh.

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Photo of Byeast
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle is a corked 750ml of batch 73 Allagash Tripel Reserve.
Poured a brilliant , slightly hazed golden hue , with a massive frothy white head of about three inches. Much carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of candied fruits and some spice; hints of banana , apricot , pear ,passion fruit, yellow apple , herbal notes , some phenolic qualities. Sweet fruit flavors abound , most of the aromas present are melded into the complex taste , a bit of honey maltiness, some zesty spice in the finish and a very well hidden alcohol content. Leaves a pleasant and long lasting aftertaste of fruit and warming alcohol. This is an exellent Tripel. Extremely drinkable and delicious flavours in this great brew. Allagash has really done a superb job on this one.

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

Pours golden in color with a rich frothy 2-finger head. A vigorous stream of bubbles rise from the center of my Chimay chalice. Sticky lacing coats the glass as I swirl this concoction and generate more lucious head. Smells of spicy citrusy goodness enter my nostrils. Tasting brings more sweet spices like cloves and coriander to the front with citrus notes in the background. A hint of alcohol is present in the background but not overwhelming. Holding it in the mouth seems to generate more carbonation and provides a creamy mouthfeel as I swallow it down. Finishes clean with remaining sweetness of spices coating my mouth but not overpowering. Not the kind of beer you'd want to slurp down after mowing the grass, but one you'd want to savor as this brew has many complexities that can easily be missed.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a golden straw color with a full finger of cream colored head that slowly laces

S - a surprising lovely spicy aroma, it kinda overpowers the other aromas, inviting though

T - kind of a sweet taste, reminds me of clover honey

M - surprisingly smooth, worth every penny

D - cant wait to have another

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Tripal Reserve

Appearance- hazy orange/ brown with a thick white head. Heavy lacing.
Smell- Clove, pepper, orange rind, fruit punch. Slight malt.
Taste- well balanced clove, spice, and fruit ( orange, grape).
Mouthfeel- smooth and sweet. No alcohol present and no aftertaste. Goes down easy.

Overall- a delicious Tripel thats hides the alcohol well. A must drink!!

***revisited*** July 25th 2007
Batch# 96

A- Hazy orange with a big thick frothy head, leaving big foam chunks on the side of the glass. 4.5
S- Big sweet fruit nose. Alcohol detected as well. 4
T- Sweet fruit, banana, apple, pear flavor with spicey clove and pepper. Alcohol and malt throughout the body. 4
M- Sweet and fruity up front boozy throughout and finishing off chewy and warming. 4
O- A beer that I would drink for a special occasion or for a rare treat. Once again a good beer here.

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

Picked up a 750ml Batch #68 bottle from AJ's on Central right before Christmas for $7.39.

Beer poured a golden color with a huge white fluffy head that has sustained very well. Nose is of ripe fruits and malts. Taste is a wonderful medley of belgian candied sugars, sour apples, malts, with a very light hop finish. Mouthfeel has this wonderful blissful belgian, melt in your mouth kind of feel to it. Drinkability is good as this beer masks the high abv very well and is very enjoyable. This brew is a nice alternative to the more expensive belgians that are on the market.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #39
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish yellow with about a half-inch head of small fizzy white bubbles. The head stuck around for a good minute before receding back into the beer. There are a bunch of bubbles rising to keep a layer of foam on top of the beer, but there is no head to speak of.

Aroma: I wonder how old this particular example is because I know that I have smelled this beer fresher than this. Regardless there is a noticeable citrusy component to the aroma. There is a bit of a dry earthy graininess there also that I believe is enhanced by the age of the beer. As the beer warms up some, there is a pleasant floral aroma coming out; as well, the alcohol is becoming more noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is a lot smoother than the aroma suggested. The beer comes across very well attenuated and well carbonated, which make it rather dry at first. The citrus and grainy flavors also play a key role in the middle of the profile, but then there is a bit of a spicy note that sets in that leads you away from the sweetness. The finish is dry and a bit fizzy with some really apparent alcoholic warming that sets in deep in the throat and hangs around for some time. As the beer sits and warms up a bit, there is a much more apparent contribution from the hops.

Opinion: I was a little concerned with this beer at first, but then it turned out OK after it had a chance to breath for a while. I still believe that the beer may be approaching the end of its days, but it still manages to be a tasty beer. The alcohol is quite a big player in this beer, and I would prefer that it remain more in the background. There is a spicy peppery presence to this beer that detracts from the hop balance. Still a good beer, and one that I would like to drink again...fresher of course...but where’s the “born on” date? I guess I will just look for one later than batch 39.

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

comes in an impressive bottle with wire-sealed cork and really opens with gusto. eye protection is necessary. pours a two finger head that sticks around for a good three or four minutes before dissipating to about an eigth of an inch. medium yellow with just a slight touch of cloudiness. mild smell, mostly alcohol with a touch of fruit. taste mirrors the smell. a bit too un-balanced with the smell and taste of alcohol being a little too strong without other characterisitics going for it. this is a pretty good beer but at a price that demands that it be great. overall a little dissipointing. addendum(edited); ok i think my nose must have failed me the first time around on this beer, but i don't give up easy. i up'ped my grade for smell and taste since first tasting it. there is more fruit and a hint of grain to this that slipped by me on the first round. (maybe the darts and wasabi peas helped a bit also.)

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Photo of kkipple
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review of an Allagash beer, this one was a 750ml from batch # 69 and came into my hands via the famous Mike Brawley of Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte. Thanks Mike!

Great things from the minute the cork popped on this one. The beer explodes in the glass, with a massive foamy head and tons of lacing atop a hazy, straw colored brew. The smell is equally huge, very grassy with honey, cloves, hops and that special Belgian yeast bouquet. If they hadn't stamped "Portland, Maine" on the bottle I would've sworn this was a real good Belgian.

Allagash Tripel tastes fantastic, easily rivaling any of the best Tripels I've had. It's a superb blend of hops, cloves, fruity sweetness and that yeasty, metallic flavor that's unique to Tripels. The flavors blend together wonderfully, complementing each other rather than any one flavor dominating. This one has a great carbonation level and a dry, biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly warm, with a dry, yeasty sweetness that lingers in the mouth. It practically begs you to drink more. Why, I believe I will...

I just love this beer. It's very flavorful and fresh tasting, and hugely drinkable to boot. I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. In fact, I'm going to stock up on this next chance I get. You may want to do the same. My compliments to Allagash, you've got something special here!

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Photo of hero27
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch # 73.

Hazy light orange. Voluminous white head that leaves some lacing behind. Aroma is orange peel, Belgian yeast, and spices. Damn, this isn't from Europe? This is more Belgian than most Belgians I've had...if that makes any sense. 9% alcohol is well-masked but the warming you get by the time you get to the last few sips makes it pretty apparent that this is no brew to take lightly. Westmalle & St. Bernardus have insane tripels, but this one is definitely worth a try as well.

Great take on a traditional Belgian style. Allagash continues to impress.

Bottle graciously provided by Allagash-local Manosbeeroffate.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml botle, Batch#74. A golden color with a thin head and lots of bubbles when poured. It has a predominately spicy odor, with some fruitiness coming through. Taste is also mostly spice, with a little orange creeping in. A very smooth, warming beer. Very drinkable (in moderation).

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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