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 bonbright7
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been spoiling myself lately with exceptional ales and lagers, courtesy of the Whole Foods Mkt of Jericho, NY, which is where this fine Tripel came from.

This poured like any other hearty ale into my 50cl glass to form a hazy blond cloud with a healthy head on top. I didn't think about it too much as I raised the glass for the first taste and the Tripel just came alive like a lead guitarist stepping out in front of the band with his black Stratocaster wailing.

The taste flowed long after the first with a malty flavors of chocolate and honey complimented by a slight citrus haze. I read the bottle after pouring the remaining into my glass and it said it would be good as an aperitif...I was not inclined to wait until the cake was served to finish the great triple.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is from a 750 ml bottle, Batch 41 as it says on the front label. I purchased this from the local Giant Eagle, what a surprise to find this beer there! Served in a goblet, it pours a golden color with some slight cloudy/hazyness to it, along with a long lasting white head. There was a lot of bubbling, even a while after the pour. It smells citrusy and yeasty, with a hint of spicyness. It tastes like lemon, grapefruit, spiced malt, yeast, and some pepper. There's a small alcohol warming/burn with this beer too. The mouthfeel is medium/full, but there's too much carbonation in this beer for my taste. This is a pretty good sipping beer, I'd drink it again and recommend this to others. However, I would drink this more often if it had less carbonation. Cheers!

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Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach color with a low off-white head and subdued carbonation for the style. Maybe due to aging ? Spicy, malty, and medicinal-like aromas with some alcohol on the nose. Tastes much better than it smells with a nice spicy dry Belgian malt and yeast flavor. Spicy phenols with some alcohol noticeable. Medium-full bodied.

Aged incredibly well but am definitely going to buy and try a fresh sample based on other reviews.

Per ABC website: OG 1078

Batch #11 (hand numbered)
Tasted: 05/15/06

($5.99 / 25.4 oz/ 750 ml tall straight brown wine-like bottle - corked and caged)

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with Batch 69 inscribed on the label into a tulip glass.

Only about a half inch head on this one, but as the beer warmed and I swirled it the head refreshed very well. Hazy, golden yellow color. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma typical of a tripel ale. Yeasty, lemons, apples, bananas, cloves

Flavor was very good. Moderately sweet. Alcohol pretty well hidden but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Fruits, cotton candy, yeast flavors.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Warming. Nicely carbonated. Alcohol very well hidden.

Overall a nice example of the style. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of copasetic
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently from a nice 750 mL champagne bottle. Somehow, popping the corks on these things is satisfying. Deep hazy gold, so cloudy that I immediately thought wheat beer. Formed a fluffy white head, but not as aggressive as others of the style. The aroma is sweet, a little citrusy, and full of bready yeast notes, much as I expected. The flavor and body are a pleasant surprise. In addition to the subtle sweet thickness, there's enough heat to make this a very interesting quaff. Fruity, phenolic, and full of style. Highly recommended to those who like a head-on Belgian experience.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Corked and caged, batch 38, brown bottle, 9% abv

Aroma: Lemon rind, spicy Belgian yeast

Appearance: Deep gold glass holds a solid ½ finger of white head that laced appropriately

Flavor: Spicy! White pepper, citric peel, mainly orange and lemon. Hard to quantify this one, light and airy, full flavor, edge of hot without going over…

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall Impression: Great beer! Light and full, fruity and spicy, just a great combination on a lot of levels. Of all the beers of my cellar party, this got the most votes.

Thanks to Pegasus for the generous gift.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought for my old man and drank with him on Father's day while watching the Tarheels vs. Clemson Baseball game.

Appearance- Poured a slightly hazy but mostly golden straw hue that mixed well with the absolutely awesome bubbling. The brussel's lacing was also very exceptional. Very consistant and solid in lining the glass.

Smell- A light malt sweetnes mixed with something a bit more sugary and a candy like sweetness.

Taste- Starts out with an herbal, sweet malt mix. The light bitterness mingles with a more fruity and sugary sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel- Maybe only a hint of dryness. Other than that, its a sweet, and grainy texture along with a slight metallic and alcoholic tinge.

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Photo of ericj551
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 77: The beer pours a nice hazy light gold, with a big healthy head that really lingers. Smell is yeasty and slightly spicy. Taste is sweet and fruity, with barely a hint of alcohol. There is a nice yeasty flavor, as well as a dry, powdery and slightly astringent flavor. There is a nice balancing bitterness as well, not too strong, but the hops are there, slightly citrusy. This was the first Belgian style beer I ever tried, and although it was too much for me a few years back, I've really grown to appreciate it.

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Photo of SethB2
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip glass.

The beer pours a bright, non-transparent orangish color with an average 1.5 finger head. It does have very good retention, however. The smell is mostly of orange/lemon peels covering a light Belgian yeast and sweet maltiness. The taste much more complex. It starts in a typical Belgian style with ripe fruits, but that soon gives way to the citris detected on the nose. The finish is strong with clove and other spices. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkablity would not be any problem for me either.

Nice beer.

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

Allagash Triple Reserve is a fine and tasty beverage (even my macro drinking sister-inlaw and mother-inlaw enjoyed). It is a visually appealing semi-cloudy golden color, with a white, though short lasting, foamy head. Smell is yeasty and fruity. Taste is malty sweet. Mouthfeel is nice: very slight malty stick to the back of the tongue and a very gentle alcohol burn on the palate. I like this stuff and will get more. Definitely worthy of your time.

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Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours an airy 0.5" white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer and a ring. The beer is pale golden with some tiny floaties, despite my careful handling.

smell: Complex aromas courtesy of pale malts fermented by a funky yeast. Aromas of crisp pear and apple, funky wet barn hay, tangerine, candied peach, and chardonnay grapes. Somewhat spicy and peppery. Hops hard to detect.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is in the lighter half of the high range, but the fizzy, spiky bubbles make it feel higher. The body is a light-medium, but not thin.

taste: I love a subtle yet complex beer, and this one satisfies. Hints of apple, pear, white grape, hay, tangerine, and candied light fruits...maybe peach again. Some spice. Composed mainly of light fruity malt flavors, with just a hint of hops bitterness and even less hop flavor.

drinkability: No ethanol to be found anywhere. Almost too easy to drink at cellar temp.

Purchased at Sam's on my way to Chapel Hill for a show at the Cradle sometime around September, and cellared 8 or so months since then. The bottle is marked "Batch # 69."

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Photo of clickpush
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. The appearance of the beer was quite disappointing. It poured a nice orange color but with almost no visible carbonation and about a finger of head that dissipated very quickly and left almost no lacing.

Nose: Very grand apricot appeal with hints of lemon/citrus and a strong showing of the spicy yeast character to come.

Mouth: Strong malty and alcoholic sweetness that warms the mouth through the whole experience. It starts with a pronounced carbonated presence that creams out and coats the mouth and really accentuates the spiciness of the yeast. It tastes more like a vanilla sandwich cookie with peach or apricot notes than a beer. For as disappointed as I was in the pour, I was really startled when I tasted it. This is an amazing combination of black-pepper spiciness, pitted fruits, and malty sweetness that could be served in the place of custard as a desert!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch #76

This beer pours slightly foggy honey straw with a tall irregular head.

Smells of dry smoky honey, sour electric melon, oranges, and a little tart raspberry that is blended into a fantastic spicy yeast.

Tastes light and creamy with some pineapple and bits of dinner roll that collapses into a nice subtle but prominent peppery yeast that nips at the sides of my tongue. From start to finish there is a superbly flavorful musky triple yeast that jumpstarted my palate. I seriously haven’t been this excited about a beer in a long time. This one’s flavor is top notch!

The mouth feel is light and dry with a huge mouth of bubbles.

Made in America? No way! I’m impressed. This beer really got my attention and made me smile. This is a fantastic representation of the style and probably my new standard to which I’ll compare all other triples. This one’s a must!

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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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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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