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Allagash Tripel AleAllagash Tripel Ale

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.

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Photo of joeyels
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rich light amber color with orange tinting. Very well carbonated, tiny bubbles rush to the top, almost like champagne. Thin off-white head, not much retention. Smell has a spicy quality to it, faint smell of apples and maybe a light citrus. Taste is overwhelmingly spicy, lots of clove and finishes with a ginger aftertaste. Small traces of fruit on the palate. Has a smooth crisp finish to it, faint detection of alcohol, very well hidden behind the flavors. Extremely refreshing for the style. A lot of flavor in this beer, not the flavors that I prefer, but overall a very nice offering.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the market basket in Rockport. Pours a hazy gold orange color. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste, well it's a bit more sweet than I'm used to. Some spices are here along with some dried fruit flavors but the sweetness dominates. Finishes sweet to. Not bad at all, A little overbearing on the sweetness but still quite good, may need some aging.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy yellow gold with a huge foamy head and tons of carbonation. The smell is very sweet and has a "bisquity" aroma to it. The taste has a sweet malt flavor with a back ground of wheat,fruit,and somewhat floral. This mixture makes for a very creamy light m/f that's well balanced and a real treat. This is another classic from Allagash and should not be missed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What's the ideal Tripel taste like? Well, you probably have to go to Belgium to learn that. But staying State-side, this is as close as it gets! There's supple sweetness, earthen pungency, spicy pepper and wine-like acidity that plays into the ales profile. Let's explore further...

Firmly straw in color, the ale is bright in light gold hues but is modest in its haze- when back lit, the ale simply glows with an impressive demonstration. Its strong effervescence builds a cottony white head that's fairly arid in its largely laced bubbles.

Strong lemon, pear, and apple esters flood the nose with a scent that's truly fruit-forward. But a quick strike of white pepper, honeysuckle, soft coriander, and light winey note balances that fruit with ease. Heading into taste, the foundation of light bread, yeast and dough give early impressions of sugar cookies and grain. The middle palate releases the bulk of sweetness and invites peppery spice, earthen hops, and sheer acidity. Finishing sharp, earthy, and with a Chardonnay-like effervescence- the ale is refreshing, rustic and complex.

Medium-light in body, its hard to think of the ale as a lighter offering especially since the taste and alcohol are both robust. But the lift of champagne carbonation and the lack of residual sweetness allows for a zesty dryness that this style deserves. Warm and peppery late, the beer lingers with wine and straw.

Forget America! This beer is at home in any country. Class knows what class knows and it finds home at Allagash. Its a classy Tripel and who cares where its brewed!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was provided in trade by mentor. Great stuff. Pours to a clear golden color with a hell of a carbonation supporting a towering fluffy white head. Lacing is immaculate. Looks great, and the head stays with it the whole way through.

The smell is great. Lots of banana and clove. Plenty of grain and candy sugar. One of the better tripels I've had the pleasure of smelling.

The taste doesn't translate quite as beautifully, but it is still good. Very dry with a finish of banana and clove. A hint of candi sugar peaks its way out from the dryness. A slight hop finish brings it all together.

The beer has a medium body. Very good mix between sweet, dry, and bitter. The carbonation and alcohol give a tender burn. Overall a very good, drinkable tripel.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Batch #69 (dude!)...

Pours a rather clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing around the glass.

Pleasantly mild bready aroma. A slight fruity aroma appears now and then.

Slightly sweet and malty upfront with a nice bready flavor. A mild taste of hops in the middle and finishes slightly bitter..

Ample carbonation, average body...

Quite drinkable, but really just an average tripel.

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

Excellent example of the style!

Pours a beautiful golden straw color with a thick, rocky white head.

Fruity, citrusy aromas; orange, grapefruit, tangerine? Spicey and also some notes of honey.

Slight rummy, candi sugar taste acoompanied by the spices and mainly citrusy tastes. Nice subtle alcohol warmth.
Crisp, carbonic, fizzy mouthfeel.

Dangerously drinkable.

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

Batch 64- noticed a later batch number on my buddy dbalsock's review, so I guess mine had aged for a bit.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big frothy head that has amazing stickage abilities.

Smells of alcohol, sugar, banana.

Tastes- a really mellowed-down tripel taste. Some sweet candy tastes. Alcohol is EXTREMELY well-hiden. Seriously. Maybe helped by the apparent aging.

This is the most drinkable tripel I've had so far. Simply amazing stuff. Allagash gets a big thumbs up once again. Could drink their dubbel and tripel all night- now I need to try more stuff from them.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 72, i couldn't wait any longer
appearance: pours a beautiful orange with a frothy, friendly, head that sticks around and nicely laces the side of the glass (i drank this from a beautiful goblet, it made it an almost magical experience, more magical as i kept drinking)

smell: definite citrus and fruity aroma hits my nose, some other smells too, probably different spices, but i can't identify

taste: still citrusy/fruity but sweeter than the smell. i pick up on a subtle taste of honey, but not with every sip, only occasionally do i taste that out of the sweetness. it's a very complex taste, and i can't identify most of what goes into it, but it is quite good

mouthfeel: this beer feels very smooth on the palate, and has a syrupy texture to it. the after taste also remains smooth. i like it, but it feels a little to thick... i'm pretty picky on my mouthfeel though.

drinkability: the sweetness is definitely a plus for me in this part of the rating. especially on a cold winter day (which unfortunately this is not) i would love to sip this in front of the fire. definitely something i could sip all night long.

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Photo of cracgor
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #69. This pours a beautiful transparent, yellowish orange with a great cloudy head on top. It sticks to the glass in clumps. The carbonation just constantly just pour through this beer. It smells very yeasty and spicy. An earthy smell to it. The beer tastes sweet and fruity. A little citrusy and plenty of spices. A little of coriander. Tastes earthy and yeasty, a little like wheat beer. The spicy notes are a lot stronger than the citrusy. Mouthfeel is very clean. No feel of alcohol, just a little warmth at the back of the throat. A dry and flavorful beer. This is probably my favorite beer that I will enjoy regularly. Just a delicious product from an american company.

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

Medium gold with lacy head.
Smells spicy, with some malt and fruit..maybe a hint of alcohol.
Tastes very authentic Belgian....sweet , but not over the top.
Good amount of citrus, banana, spice , yeasty... hint of bubblegum( barely there).... just a bit of hop and alcohol. Very tasty stuff.
Mouthfeel is low medium...nice semi dry , semi bitter finish.
Very drinkable, even with the high ABV.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was from batch 40. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden coloration. The head was towering and fluffly. The head resolved into a ring of foam. Thin lines of lacing make its way down the glass.

Smell: The beer is full of the usual suspects. There was a very nice citrus fruity taste playing with fields of malts. There was a nice posse of herbal goodness coriander, celery ect.

Taste: Dam this is a well balanced treat. The beer absolutely lives up to its smell. The beer had a pleasing grain and malt base. This supported a wonderful melange of mostly citrus fruit and very good spicy base.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is medium to full bodied. This is a very well balanced treat. Alcohol is present and creeps up on you but not in the taste or smell. Just an excellent brew.

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Photo of geetlord
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden brown with a light white head. It had a ligth flowery aroma. It has a spicy flavor with a bitter and astringent finish and a smoky aftertaste. Overall I think it is a very interesting tasting beer, but I personaly dont care for the smoky aftertaste all that much.

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Batch #71 poured into a snifter. Copper orange. Cloudy (even thought I let it settle for quite some time.) Big head on the pour. Holds up nicely for the style.

Smell – Estery, faint bananas.

Taste – Sweet with a spice finish.

Mouthfeel – Light body, very smooth. A little “fizzy” on the tongue.

Drinkability – Very good. Goes down quickly and easily. Drinkable for the style.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #68

Poured out a gold and slight orange/amberish color. Fluffy white head about 2 inches rose. Lots of bubbles. Top of head looks like the top of cummulus (sp) clouds like your flying above on an airplane. Head, of course, sticks through the whole drink, lots of lacing.

Smell is initially spicey and alcoholic. But a great amount of sweetness comes out and some tart cirtus as well. a very creamy sweetness.

Taste is, in my opinion, a great example of a tripel. It is creamy and spiced. A slight tartness. Alcohol is present, but not accented. a bit peppery with the carbonation. Peach fruitness. Alcohol is mostly present in the swallow and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation. It is creamy, but not the best of mouthfeels of its style. Very enjoyable though.

Overall a great american belgium style beer. i wish i could get this regularly, i would get it over some belgiums. Good stuff.

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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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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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