Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Allagash Tripel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
942 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 942 | Ratings: 2,712
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have read a number of good things about Allagash Brewery on this site, and this was my first chance to try it- first time I have seen it in stores in CA. Batch 51.

Pours a light golden, slightly translucent, with a nice creamy frothy white head. Very nice aroma but the yeast profile is different than the Belgian Tripels I have had. Yeast isn't as strong or characteristic as in those brews. This was very nice too, just different. Aroma of my mom's pineapple upside down cake. Notes of citrus and honey and some spices. Flavor includes lemon, banana, and is more tart than sweet. Leaves a pleasant tartness on the tongue. Mouthfeel very creamy and rich.

So I can now say I have tried Allagash, and I was very pleased with the experience. I would gladly drink this again, and I wll be making a stop at my favorite store to pick up some of their other offerings. UPDATE: I have now tried several of these, and my enjoyment/love of this beer is growing. The aroma just makes me let out a sigh of happiness. The flavor and mouthfeel just makes my mouth happy. What else can you ask for? Scores adjusted accordingly.

 1,122 characters

Photo of Quaffer
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle, batch #45. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a bright golden yellow with just a hint of chill haze. The stark white head rose up toa finger only after I roughened up the pour quite a bit. It disappeared quickly. A steady bead provided a thin layer of bubbles for the entire drink, along with some thick patches where the bubbles breached the surface. There was some light lacing left behind.

Smell: Very light and fruity without much depth or bottom end. Spicy alcohol and hops cut through a fine layer of sweet fruit that reminded me of grapes more than anything else. That was about all there was.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and very smooth upfront. It gained a little bit of texture as it moved back into the mouth, but still remained very smooth.

Taste: Very dry when it first hit the mouth, but then a sweet apple flavor kicked in. This was overshadowed very quickly by spciy alcohol and a herbal, and somewhat muddled, hops flavor. The aftertaste contained a little bit of yeast, but was mainly comprised of the aforementioned hops and alcohol.

Not a bad beer, but kind of one-dimensional.

 1,150 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 56, caged and corked bottle. A nice pop as the cork goes. Wonderful cloudy golden honey color with a big 3 finger head on top. Rings of lacing stick to the side of the glass. Impressive. Fruity notes mix with a nice spiciness, I pick out clove and some peppery tones. The fruit and spice scents play off each other nicely.

First sip is an lovely mix of tropical fruit flavor and spices. Cloves, honey and hints of pepper flow under a bed of fruit and hints of caramel. A nice balance in flavors and just a damn tasty brew all around.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy with some nice bubbly carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. This is a very tasty brew that I could see pairing well with food. Easily drinkable, the 9% is nearly non-existant in the taste. Cheers to Allagash for brewing a great tripel. I look forward to trying more of their brews.

 856 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #55. Had a cloudy golden color with vigorous carbonation pushing up and maintaining a bright white head that had the consistancy of meringue. Sticky gobs of lace littered the walls of the glass.
Floral, fruity nose. Smelled a lot of tropical fruits (mango, papaya) and lilac and honeysuckle with coriander, vanilla and white pepper notes. Lurking under all this was an odd soapy fragrance that was mildy off-putting.
The well balanced and complex taste erased any issues I had with the nose. Pleasant yeasty malt flavor with hints of bubblegum, light banana and tropical fruits up front. Honey-dipped tropical fruits lent a solid sweetness that was matched by the spicy back half of each taste. Coriander was dominant with support thrown in by pepper and clove. Nice herbal hops bite in the finish. The feel was full, soft and creamy, almost airy thanks to the tremendous carbonation.
Allagash's tripel is definitely the best of their line I've tried to date. Complex and well-matched between the malt and hops profiles, it's got an ease of drinkability that's hard to top. A great American example of the style and worth picking up.

 1,142 characters

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

This review was from a 750ml-corked bottle. Appearance is a fairly clear yellow with and in inch of white foamy head sitting a top. The body is very bubbly and the head leaves some rings of lace as this is consumed. Aroma is spicy with a strong doughy malt presence. Also present are fruity notes and a touch of sweetness. The flavor starts off with a strong spicy character before a bit of sweet fruitiness balances it out. Plenty of doughy malt was there holding up the back as this finished with a short lingering dry spiciness. Mouthfeel is about medium with ample carbonation. Very good drinkability for the style with a great complex flavor and well-hidden alcohol this could definitely sneak up on you. Another great offering from Allagash.

 747 characters

Photo of GreenWBush
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Canary yellow with a spumous pillow-head. Commanding lace.

Spry clove and overpowering alcohol pervades the nose. Candied sugar and carmel apple with hints of overripe fruit.

Taste is largely alcoholic, a fixture of the beer I didn't find in other reviews. I couldn't get past the heat until the beer was at room temperature. Much better warm than at cellar temp.

Maltiness peeks out at this temperature; clobbering semi-sweetness melts well with the booze to calm things down.

Something like alcoholic diet-soda on steroids ... but not to say I didn't enjoy it. The mouthfeel was quite nice per style with an oily stickiness intercepted with an almost acrid tartness.

I've got another laid down, we'll see if my opinion changes...

 746 characters

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

750ml bottle, batch 38. I've been aging it about a year. Served in a New Belgium brewing goblet glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange, bits of yeast suspended. Nice lasting head, and good lacing.

Aroma: Very spicy yeast nose, a touch phenolic. After sitting a moment, some fruit comes out too.

Flavor: Very spicy, almost pepper yeast character. Fruity flavors are fairly large, reminding me of tart apple, especially toward the close. Vanilla and banana notes are also present. A touch of bitterness at the end too. And a very lengthy, lingering finish. After a couple swallows, a nice alcoholic warmth comes through.

Body: Big body, but not heavy. Smooth and creamy texture.

An absolute top-quality Belgian-style beer: unique, complex, and very very tasty. I should have tasted it side-by-side with a new bottle, to see if any changes had taken place.

 862 characters

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Batch # 55 present and accounted for, sir!. “Open cautiously. Contents under pressure.” Well, truer words have yet to be spoken. This cork popped out of the bottle like a kid in bed with ADD on Christmas morning! Time for the Duvel tulip, of course.

Huge porcelain white meringue head packed in the top of me Duvel capping off a hazy lemon orange hued offering. Lace is sticking plenty with excellent retention. Endless steady effervescent carbonation beading rising up. (Second yeast pour: Scrod! I broke my head! There is a volcano dent in the tight solid 2” head cap. Turbid cloudiness increased as well) A few healthy swirls and the ½” head is back and reporting for duty.

Plenty of strong peppery Belgian yeastiness. Airy aromas of banana and clove hints. When a bit warmed, some Christmas fruitcake scents are evident.

First Swigs: Spicy doughy Belgian yeast runs the show. Some awl-kee-hawl is palatable. The doughy character is fresh wet dough. Cloves and pungent esters. Lingering aftertaste. Pancake malts seem to be somewhat present, but overpowered by the spices. Sugar sweetness is a common denominator throughout the palate.

Excellent soft fizzy foam and sticky. Medium body that is perfect for this style. A bit hot, perhaps needing to sit in a cellar for a spell. Maxwell house-ian good to the last drop.

Last Swigs: Brouwerij Allagash! Remarkably Belgian-esque cloves and yeast.! Like Duvel. But Spicier. You could fool a monk with this one! The 9.0% ABV isn’t hidden, but oddly is well intermingled instead. Extremely enjoyable. One in the cellar will be reviewed at a later date. Purchased from the Beeryard in a mixed case for $55 for 12 big boys of varied ALLAGASH. Whenever a 5/5 is employed, an explanation is in order. Appearance could not be improved on this one. A work of art. That of which a sushi chef could appreciate.

Beer is good. Happy happy happy tripel tripel tripel beering beering beering.

 1,981 characters

Photo of Onceeven
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served straight from the cellar at proper temp. Poured a honey gold with a nice thick head. The head didn't stick around as long as I'd anticipated, but still left nice thick lacing.
Poured into a red wine glass, for lack of "proper" glassware, but it did the trick, the smell is tremendous. Thick, sweet and yeasty. An assortment of sweet fruits comes to mind. A spicy note is picked up as well and is much more pronounced in the flavor.
Taste starts out on a spicy/peppery note, flips between tart and sweet, and finishes with a hint of alcohol. Supremely smooth and balanced. I'd drink this stuff all night if I could.

 625 characters

Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a tall white head that takes its time in falling and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was spicy and fruity and has a large bit of sweetness. The flavor was dominated by the spice and sweetness but it also has a nice bit of fruit character. Finishes very dry with a nice bitterness. This is a well made beer.

 365 characters

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

Allagash Tripel Reserve: Batch #55

I picked up a bottle of this at Charles Street liquors last night for $5.95.

I had this out of a 750 ML brown bottle with a caged cork. Served in a wide mouth goblet. After I opened it, I let the bottle sit for about 5-10 minutes uncorked.

Appearance is a hazy golden. Beautiful, fluffy white head on top with striking lacings that are clinging all over the goblet.

Aroma has floral features. I also smell some fruit (bananas and oranges) and that classic Belgian scent.

Taste is blowing me away. Creamy vanilla and citrus up front with a syrupy honey feature. Spice and cloves on the finish. Mild alcohol warmth during digestion.

Wow. I am really impressed. Extremely well balanced and enjoyable. This is the best tasting American Tripel that I've sampled yet. Very, very drinkable at a 9.0% ABV.

Next chance I get I am stocking up some of these. This is a great deal for what is received in quality. Allagash makes a statement with this offering.

 1,007 characters

Photo of Mitchster
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #49, corked and caged in a pretty 750ml bottle.

Pours out to a hazy yellow-golden, forming a tall soapy bone-white head with excellent retention and very good lacing. Aroma is very fragrant and delicious...very floral with fruity esters and cloves, cleanly fermented and world-class, comparable to the finest tripels. Mouthfeel is initially fizzy upon the tongue with a medium-dense, wonderfully syrupy and slick body. Taste begins with floral abundance and piquant Belgian Funk, followed by tons of cloves, sugary esters and phenols, a firm malt body wonderfully balanced by mild to moderate floral bitterness. Very spicy stuff. Lingering notes of flowers and honey in the aftertaste. Expertly crafted with no discernable off-flavors and imperceptable alcohol.

This is a truly world-class tripel, and has everything I want in the style. Rich, complex, satisfying, and easy to drink, this one has it all. Comparable to Unibroue products in it's degree of craftsmanship, with a unique Belgian quality that is rarely found from an American brewery. Highly recommended!

 1,078 characters

Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy yellow color wtih an explosive head that falls to just coat the beer. The nose had a nice citrusy orange and lemon to it along with some good sweetness. The flavor is also good, with an apparent alcohol and a good orange and a good spiceyness from the yeast. The feel was relatively thick, and nice. The drinkability was good as well, not an easy drinking beer, but I don't think it should be.

 416 characters

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

I figured a little "tune up" would be in order to prepare for the upcoming Belgian Beer Festival next month. Checking the DBF, I was pleased to see this gem hiding in the back.

750ml corked and caged bottle. This is from batch #46.

A: Moderately aggressive pour yields a snifter of beauty. Massively thick...billowing stark white head erupts to stand atop the chill-hazed bright golden-colored nectar beneath. Lots of fizzies glide up from the bottom and sides of the glass. "Soap suds" lacing all over the glass.

S: Incredibly complex array of scents drift up and out of the glass. There's ripe cantaloupe, fresh orange rind, chunks of pineapple, vanilla beans, and candied sugar. Amzing.

T: Such a smooth and well-balanced beer. Many of the scents translate into the flavor. Orange, some ripened dark fruit, delicate sweetness. Woven into this tapestry of flavor is an undercurrent of spices. Almost peppery in character, they lend a wonderful touch to the overall impression on the palate. Initally sweet on, the middle beefs up the spices and slides into a short-lived dryness that is very clean and crisp. For such a beefy-thick brew, it leaves the palate quickly.

M/D: There's a lot of fizz to this one, but it's a real palate-coater...yet it manages to finish crisp and almost dry. Too cool. ABV weighs in at 9%, yet you hardly notice it. There's nothing harsh or unbalanced in this anywhere in the tasting profile. Fantastic.

Notes: I am waiting on pins and needles to try this on tap next month at the BBF. A hearty "Hell Yeah" for the gang at Allagash!

 1,582 characters

Photo of Bruiser81
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a wonderful appearance. A bright orange glow with a sort of creamy, sort of bubbly head.
The aroma is full of malt and sweets. I can also catch a strong whiff of alcohol and some spices.
Taste is sweet with all different types of fruit, orange, apricot, and peaches. Again a strong alcohol presence but not bad in anyway.
Probably wouldn't want another right away, sort of dry, but not bad for sitting around on a Sunday watching football, taking your time.

 474 characters

Photo of carln26
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at RedBones today, and was poured in a 10.5 oz goblet. The color was bright hold, hazy with a huge white head. A sheen of white lace stayed for only part of the beer. The nose has a lot of candy with hints of figs sugar from the malt. The taste is bright malt and candy with some alcohol bite. It had a nice light mouth feel, but only above average drinkability due to the alcohol bite.

 402 characters

Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent brew! Poured a hazy yellow with a pillow-like head...lacing was outstanding. Smell suggested cinnamon and spice...very inviting. Tatse is sweet with fruit essences and a clove undertone...nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing and crisp. Finish is nice and dry. For a 9.0 abv, this was very drinbkable...I felt it the next day, so be careful!

 372 characters

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

On tap at a friend's house.

Bright white 1" head with good retention that finally fades to the sides and leads to some intricate lacing throughout the glass. A golden yellow with an orange hue in appearance.

Orange, vanilla, corriander, and some coconut (?) aromatics.

Citrus flavors in addition to some mellow vanilla and cream. A pretty strong corriander spiciness cuts through the flavors mid sip along with moderate carbonation. A lot going on in this Tripel in terms of flavors. Virtually no aftertaste.

Coats the palate with ease; very soft and silky smooth.

This guy is dangerous. You never would've guessed the 9% abv it goes down so smoothly. You definitely need to restrain yourself from drinking these all night.

 738 characters

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

Who knew that anybody in maine even about belgian beers, let along were able to duplicate classic styles with tremendous aplomb. In Allagash Triple Reserve, the have done just that. Our 750 ml bottle was from batch 53.
This is a wheat to pale gold hued triple with an ample though fleeting head which left moderate lacing on my tulip glass. To me it tasted like a true Belgian triple, with fruity esters, phenols and alcohol dominating. My finace noticed a strong hop bitterness, which I could only note in the aftertaste. Overall an excellent beer that I will probably buy with some regularity, especially since it only cost 5.30 as opposed to upwards of 10 for the same amount of the belgian equivalents.

 708 characters

Photo of twelvsies
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great Belgian beer not actually brewed in Belgium. I typically am skeptical of those "Belgian style" brews but I've had Allagash before and I know they are a solid company and not simply trying to rip-off that Belgian taste. It looks neon yellow and opaque. Very frothy head that tastes oh so good and creamy. Smells very complex, spicy, herby, yeasty, and a friend said "it's like medicine," which I think is a good assessment. Is there a twinge of gunpowder scent in there? What the hell is that? I swear I smell fireworks. Wow, intense. Tastes fabulous. I love the frothy head, it adds so much to the taste unlike some other beers where you're kind of avoiding drinking the head. Very breadlike and full bodied, embodies the Belgian thing perfectly. Feels silky going down and I don't really have to say this but it's very satisfying to drink. Those folks up in Maine do a hell of a job on a Belgian beer. A'yuh.

 925 characters

Photo of rdrummer
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is a great example of a Belgian Tripel brewed in the US. Batch #55 poured a crystal clear, golden color with a large white head that was rather long lasting. There were sheets of lacing from top to bottom on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt with hints of citrus, vanilla, and spice.

The taste is transporting. Transporting back to the Belgian Tripels that I love. This has a flavor very reminiscent of the Westmalle Tripel with a huge sweet malt, candy, citrus, coriander, vanilla, and finally hoppy love fest. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with a nice carbonation and creamy feel. The 9.0% alcohol level makes this a beer to be cautious with but the taste makes it a beer to celebrate.

 703 characters

Photo of Doppel07
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange body with significant carbonation and a tight sudsy white head. Orange citrus, bananas, and biscuits in the aroma. Great sweet-sour-bitter balance in the flavor make this a very nicely rounded tripel. Includes some spice, phenols, and earthy muskiness. A prototype tripel, this beer typifies the style in my experience.

 333 characters

Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 52. Great idea to label that. Rich golden color, but with surprisingly nice density. Very herbal hop aroma. Pours great with a bright white head that is dense like meringue. Flavor starts with a very herbal spice, with hops following, finishing with a cidery tartness and slightly honey notes. Plus a warming alcohol zing. As it breathes a bit, the herbs and hops broaden and deepen, and the honey notes get richer. Not an overly malty sweetness. Also, a tropical yeasty flavor branches out. The mouth feel is quite velvety and syrupy, not something expected based on the light color. The head has some nice activity, but is mostly just tight and dense. Overall a bit sweet, but with incredible spicy depth and character. I think I will buy another bottle, to age. I think this should be a great beer to compare to itself, at a later date. I'll have to run right out to get another of the same batch. A 750ml bottle left a lasting impression. Recommended

 960 characters

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

Pours a glowing yellow-orange with a fluffy white head that left some stickage around the sides of the goblet. Sweet malts and tropical fruity yeast collide with a hoppier-than-most-tripels type of aroma. Initailly sweet, fruity, honey-like and almost cloying on the palate, but then about-faces into a clovey, phenolic, dry finish with lingering bitterness from the hops and ethanol. Healthy carbonation keeps this high ABV beer at a level that I could say is modestly drinkable. Lacing is good. It goes down smoother than some Belgians of the same strength. Truly better as it warms to about 55-60 degrees, more tropical esters come into play. My friend said it tasted like plastic. I cannot eat plastic for religious reasons, so I wouldn't know. I think he was picking up on the phenols. Overall, an excellent tripel that has its own hopped up American flair to it.

 868 characters

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

Allagash Triple was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle, labeled batch #38. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an attractive hazed golden-straw color, and was blanketed by a white head that left good sheet lacing. The nose was superbly spiced, with notes of bitter-orange peel, juicy citrus, fall leaves, coriander, and some non-descript herbalness. An awesome sour-tartness served as a counter accent to the nutmeg tinged maltiness. On the palate, an immediately spicy, lightly astringent apple-pear fruit malt base starts things off with cinnamon, nutmeg, light musky coriander, and orange juice. A tart bitterness kicked in, leading to the orange-spice finish that left nice lingering orange-tinged spice-coriander notes. A bit of warming was felt, but no alcohol was detected. This triple was masterfully balanced, and possessed a wonderful flow of flavor. The body was smooth and sort of creamy, working very well with the flavors and character of the beer. Allagash Triple is an all around excellent example of the style.

 1,031 characters

Allagash Tripel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,712 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!