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 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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer has a light golden yellow body with a slight hazy. The head is a smooth creamy white with a faint yellow hint. The carbonation is lots of tiny little bubbles. There is some lacing with each sip.

S- The smell of soft light fruit with some peppery hop spice comes through very nicely. The spice is stronger than the fruit and has a slight alcohol nose to it.

T- The fruit is very faint and the hops and spice really take over. The hops and spice are enhanced by a carbonic bite and a faint alcohol note in the finish. As it warms more of an orange note comes through in the beginning but the hop bitterness is still in control. There is a faint soapy note in the middle that is odd.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture from all the carbonation.

D- This beer has big hops and spiciness which is nice but the fruit flavors are very soft and under whelming. It has some nice Tripel qualities but really needs more balance in aroma and taste.

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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 Dewey0603
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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