Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

batch # 58

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

750 ML bottle labeled batch 53 poured into Chimay chalice.

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

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

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

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

D - Going down nice and smooth for a big beer

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

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Photo of IceAce
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle stamped Batch #58

Pours a body with deep amber edges and a dark golden core capped with tight bubbled, fluffy stark white foam. The nose is candi sugar sweet swirls with alcoholic esters all ties together with a Belgian yeast bow.

Entry smoothly sneaks past the lips and lands fruit-first on the rear of the tongue. Mega malt, candi sugar, and just-right spicing highlight a midtaste which showcases a velvet mouthfeel supported by honey.

The finish is a long soothing yeast fade into the Belgian sunset.

Many thanks to BeerBuddy JiLLian for this slice of heaven!

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Photo of Brian700
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice clear golden color with a cream white head that stays put. Very nice lacing going on.

The aroma is of baked apples and honey. Excellent nose on this beer even when I am a little stuffed up.

The flavor of this beer is also extraordinary. It to is of sweet apples with just a very small touch of raw cinnamon. I can also pick up on a pear-like flavor here as well. There is a perfect amount of alcohol present.

The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a great beer and I am definately going to try and get this one again. I highly recommend this highly drinkable beer.

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

750 ml corked bottle, batch # 56
Poured a hazy, golden, yellow. Bubbly, 2finger carbonation that drifted down to a small layer through out. Had a spicey, fruity, malt smell. Lots of belgian yeast tastes. Pear like sour flavor with spicey peppery notes, and warming alcohol going down. Lingering sweet flavor in mouth. This is another delicious allagash. I hate to say it, put it went delicious with pizza as well as vanilla ice cream. What a diverse flavor savor!

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Photo of pentathlete
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden haze with a monstrous white rocky head and gobs of lace. Smell is spicy Belgian yeast. Taste starts with spices, citrus peel, and a dry palate wash of malts. Superb. Mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is quite good for a big beer. Highly recommended. Allagash has some big winners and the Tripel is one of the biggest.

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

This is my favorite beer from this brewery. It is pale straw in color and when you drink it, it tastes like an autumn day in Maine. It has a nice head and is smooth and easy on the mouthfeel. This brew goes down easy, which can get you into trouble considering the 9.0% alc.

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Photo of bultrey
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, well... batch # 59. Vibrant, almost neon orange. Thick, fluffy eggshell-colored meringue-like head, no matter how carefully I pour. I wish I could get meringue to look like this when I bake.
Aroma is of orange blossoms, coriander, lemon, cinnamon, and clove, with a slightly sour farmhouse edge.
This tastes like tropical fruit, such as mango and banana, as well as white fruit like peach and pear drizzled in honey, and spike with vanilla and coconut. Incredibly complex. A distinctly malty, nutty almond-like sweetness kicks in, but eventually yields to a quite crisp hay-like finish. The mouthfeel is like liquid sex. Phenomenal.
Damn Americans. Always borrowing things from other countries and doing them just as well if not better. This beer is barely trumped by (the older) Southampton Grand Cru...
By FAR my favorite brew from Allagash. I've had this on draft at Gramercy Tavern, too, and although I didn't take notes, my head nearly exploded...

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Photo of DogFood11
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

metallic from start to finish....I'll have to buy this again as this may not be the best tasted like the bottlcap in liquid form....
Super presentation with a nice bold white frothy head that stands up and says hi....

some warming and millions of tiny carb's...excellent retention....

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from 750 ml bottle into Watou chalice. Stamped as batch 41.

Appearance: Just on the yellow side of orange. Pillowy white head.

Smell: Spicy fruity smell, kind of classic tripel aroma.

Taste: Definitely fruity, but with a very tart bitter aftertaste. I think this uses a very similar yeast strain to Ommegang ale. It has a very similar odor and runs in the same direction flavor-wise.

Notes: I liked this, but not as much as Pranqster or Golden Monkey. I think the bitter aftertaste dropped my opinion of this a llittle. Still, I'll probably try another batch sometime to verify if the bitterness is part of the beer's DNA, or was just a problem with batch 41.

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

A light, yellow-golden hue with a delicate, foamy head. Ample lacing down a large snifter. Smells of fruits and alcohol. Carbonation gives a softness to the overall body.

Warm and rich flavors of honey, dried fruit, vanilla and an earthy undertone that rounds out an alcohol note. Bitterness is low key, which should be for style. The spicy warmth in the finish works well with the alcohol characteristic. No huge points for any experimental fancy work, just a good, solid ale that deserves respect.

Medium bodied and approachable, a good choice for a before or after dinner apertif.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 54. Cloudy lemon yellow hue with a 2 finger white head with tan colored specks suspended. Spicy, peppery smell with a whiff of alcohol. Medium bodied with a prickly, highly carbonated mouthfeel.
Earthy, woody, spicy grain flavor here; pretty complex with a hint of black pepper, lemon and other fruits. Has a soft alcohol taste to finish.
Not overly sweet like some triples, my favorite of all the domestic brands I've tasted so far.

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

Appearance - Massive creamy head, with a hazy light orange color.

Smell - Characteristic spicy (phenoilc) Belgian aroma, with hints of sweet malt. No hops. The sweetness comes more in the finish.

Taste - spicy and sweet, almost like candy. This beer also tastes nice and fresh, making it that much better. There is a spicy, rum-like taste of alcohol in the finish. Some slight bitterness makes its way though everything else.

Mouthfeel - This beer has a medium body which hides the 9% alcohol well. Carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Drinkability - This beer is very inviting. It tastes so darn good that I want more and more.

Comments - Fresher is better. Because this beer is made in the U.S., I get to enjoy Belgian style beer without the long trip from Europe. Get your hands on this beer. You will be glad you did!

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

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful murky but light orange in color with a gorgeous white head that came up nicely and left a good film on top of the liquid.

Smell – The light malts are laded with Belgian yeast. This is a very good yeast aroma that I’m getting early on, even before the beverage warms. The fruity citrus has some strong orange in it but doesn’t let this overpower the bouquet. I can also pick up some sensuous lemon notes along with some fresh lime and light peach.

The spices are mild and consist mostly of the traditional white pepper and coriander favored by the authentic Belgian breweries. There’s just a touch of vodka to the nose but otherwise the high ABV goes unnoticed.

Taste – I literally moaned with pleasure on the first sip. The flavors are so intense that they take a moment to get used to.

The yeasty malt makes a terrific backbone to the giant fruits. The fruits come on full bore at the taste and are very complex. The alcohol picks things up a notch from the nose as do the spices. This is a very intense flavor rush, so be ready.

Mouthfeel – This Tripel is in between medium and full-bodied with some extraordinary carbonation that just explodes in the cheeks.

Drinkability – This was spot on for my preference in the style and very drinkable in my book. I just couldn’t get enough of this wonderful offering from Allagash!

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL, corked and caged, batch #64 - served slightly chilled in a goblet. Pours with a 2 finger white head that pokes above the rim with a careful pour. It is a very hazy golden/yellow and there is nice lacing all the way down. On the nose there is bananas, cloves, spices (coriander?), yeast, grassiness, and a hint of skunk that I think is coming from the hops. Lots of spiciness on the palate with noticeable alcohol that warms the body. It has the same characteristics of the aroma but with a hop spiciness, band-aids, honey, some sweetness, and perhaps some lemon. The phenols increase as it warms. It is dry and has a full body with a hefty carbonation at the beginning but it smooths out by the end. It's not as delicate as I thought it would be and maybe a bit too in-your-face to give it a higher drinkability. But overall it is tasty and different than other tripels I've had.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 62, 22oz bottle.

Translucent honey/straw colored beer that pours nicely into my tulip glass forming a bright white head of small champagne sized bubbles, which remains througthout the beer.

The smell is of apricots and simple syrup.

With all of the sugar in the nose, I was expecting a much sweeter beer. Fortunately, it was not sweet. A nice fruity, but not too fruity, tripel that lingers on the palate with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice beer to have around. Espcially being for Maine, not exactly the beer brewery capital of the world.


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

Batch number 63 purchased for $6 at BevMo.

Appearance: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. It pours a copper to yellow to orange color with a slight haze in it. Big, billowing white head that sits creamy on the top of the beer. The head settles to a stiff and lacy 4 cm thick frosting. It leaves sticky lacing on t he side of the glass as it is consumed. Beautiful beer.

Smell: Spicy pear, apple, corriander, and a peppery malt aroma.

Taste: Sharp spiciness to open with a peppery character. Light maltiness covered with sugary fruit. More pear and apple like the smell. there is a sandy, saltiness to the beer almost like sea spray. The alcohol really shows in the middle to end and lingers in the aftertaste. A very light earthy a nd citrusy hop bitterness tags onto the end of the beer but is somewhat hidden or overpowered by the base sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The opening is a bit aggressive on the palate. The beer is well carbonated but that same carbonation seems to attack the roof of my mouth as it washes away. Very odd and somewhat off.

Drinkability and Notes: Not a bad beer but it needs some work. The malts are right on and bring a great sweetness but the yeasty spiciness is a bit out of whack I think. I would gladly drink this beer again, but I won't be hunting for it.

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

22oz bottle condition from Ryan and Casey in Greenfield.

A strong beer in every sense. Poured hazy gold-orange with a 1/4 inch retained head (very fine carbonation bubbles), laced nicely all the way through. Smell is very pleasant; the alcohol is present but in no way overpowering. I taste heavy cloves and spices, leaves a little burn at the end. A good beer from what I suspect to be a pretty good brewery. I'll definitely look for some of their other offerings.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color beer with great carbonation and good head retention. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice floral background. Taste is sweeter then expected but well balance by some spices and wheat. Would have been better with a bit more kick (spices, it seems a bit light compared to Westmalle or De Dolle Tuve. Still very enjoyable but it seems a bit overrated compared to some other abbey tripel beer out there.

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

The beer poured crystal clear golden with a white frothy head that lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was nice with fruity esters and a complexity that only aging a corked Belgian beer can provide. The fruits present were slightly floral and earthy and more prominent was a slight citrus note and some slight phenolic spiciness.

The flavor was incredibly light and delicate with only the slightest hint of alcohol. The beer began on the palate slightly sweet but quickly dried into a nice balance of light maltiness and Belgian yeast character and light spicy nature. The flavor had some medicinal flavors which added complexity and did not detract.

The finish was dry with lasting spicy character. The body was medium. The alcohol was only present in the finish and not overdone at 9.0%.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Batch 21, must be at least a 2001 beer. This beer was procured from a Stout Stogie and Single Malt affair tasting by ncbrewerbun many, many years ago after we poured beers at the event. Dave handed it to me as we were leaving the event. Nothing like a five finger discount followed by a fridge find.

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Photo of droomyster
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow, a pinky fingered head that recedes quickly into thin fizzy film. Smells of sour apples, raisins. Complex taste, initially yeasty with gentle hops, settles into a sweeter notes of vanilla, honey, grapefruity citrus. Swishes creamy, mmm, and finishes crisp and dry. Tastes of apple linger. My friend says it is what you would get if you were eating apple pie and drinking beer at the same time. Lively small bubbles dissipate in the glass but are reborn on your tongue. Medium bodied, very drinkable.

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

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a full, rocky creamy white head that lingers like meringue. Smells of fruit esters and sweet malty bananas. Maybe some honey in there too? Tastes of bread, yeast and sweet malt. Maybe its just me, but this tastes awfully similar to many of the better hefeweizens out there. It is definitely more complex, though...I like it. Medium carbonation and body. This one is easy to drink.

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a chalice; batch #51.
Pours a murky blond with a thin white head.
Smells and tastes fruity and spicy in a citrus kind of way; has more of a bitter presence than other tripels I've tried so far. Mild candy flavors, rich malt flavors. Lots of depth, clearly well made. The 9% alcohol is very well masked, though still detectable.
A sophisticated brew.

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Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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