Allagash Yakuza | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong golden ale, dry-hopped with lots of Sorachi Ace and Cascade hops.

Added by beerbiatchMD on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
163
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
5
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0
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Nice lace develops.

Smell: a nice spiciness rises from the glass and into the nose here. Some citrus tones are much softer.

Taste: big malt profile with a bunch of earthy and spicy hops, and the Sorachi hop is easy to detect here. Lemon zest, grass, and alcohol combine to make an interesting tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a little less crisp at the finish. The finish is also a bit dry. Long lasting spicy and earthy flavors stick to the tastebuds.

Overall: this was a very flavorful and well balanced beer. Slower sipping due to the style, but I had two in a session as it was very good.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours in a golden clear yellow.

The aroma has banana, bready Belgian yeast, along with tons of that lemon and clove. You can definitely see where this has picked up the aroma from Sorachi dry hopping.

The flavor has tons of fresh orange, lemon, and citrus peel. Then there’s the banana, bready, and spicy clove that is familiar from the non-dry hopped version of this delicious tripel.

The beer still has that creamy mouthfeel, but pronounced smoother finish.

This a wonderfully clean drinking tripel that is packed with aroma and flavor. The dry hopping picks up the original up and lifts it up wonderfully by adding to that big sticky banana flavor of the original and adds a big lemony nose that follows on the palate.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. A pretty beer- slightly cloudy pale golden with a glow to it and a very white head that fades to a ring. Nice lacing. Smells creamy, citrusy, and sweet. Notes of lemon and cream and typical herbal and peppery notes of a Saison. The taste is similar, with a bit of straw on the palate, followed by juicy yuzu and finishing with a note of lemon zest. Velvety soft in the mouth, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I enjoyed this as a nice change of pace.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Barcade in Philly For Beer Week 2012

A- Zakuza liquid resembles a bright golden color with some yellow within. This one is alive as about 3 fingers of dense white foam steadily rose. Excellent lacing, thick and coating.

S- I was kind of dissapointed in the smell on first sniffs as I got a hay/barnyard scent which was one sided. This opened up quickly though, with a bunch of fruits with apples up front. A good amount of spices with cloves centerstage. Some belgian yeast rounds this out.

T- Zakuza is a nice mix of both spices and fruit with Belgian yeast in between. Clove really shines with apples and pears coming through. Getting some bananers as well. Some hops in here but are not up front. A nice bready malty background.

M- The feel gets better with some warmth but as is, this is creamy and refreshing. The alcohol is barely noticable, well hidden. This one glides down with no distractions. A nice spicy aftertaste. Just dont drink it too cold.

D- My only regret is that drank it too quickly. Put off by the odor at first I was very surprised at the outcome. Very refreshing and tasty. It's high in alcohol but what the hell.

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Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Bishop's Collar in philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with pineapple blonde edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaky lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with a nice earthy, grassy hop presence that compliments the base very nicely.  Estery light fruit notes, bread, zesty spice and alcohol.

Medium bodied with a nice hop bite up front that compliments the zesty spice.  Earthy and grassy hops with peppery spice and coriander followed by bready yeast and estery light fruit notes.  Hints of apple, banana, pear and bread followed by subtle alcohol sweetness.  Really well balanced and the hops area really nice addition to the base beer.  Insanely drinkable and very refreshing with a well masked ABV.  Great beer!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy hay color. Very translucent. Head is a fluffy bun that sits atop the body. Head manages to persevere throughout the entire glass. A textbook Tripel in terms of appearance.

S-Yeasty with big notes of apples and of course pears. The dry hopping really brings out a powerful hoppiness. Super grassy hops. Also a great floral hop character. Medium to high intensity in the nose. Overall quite an attractive aroma.

T-Very bright and lively. Hoppiness is pretty strong. Really grassy and floral. The dry-hopping of American hops brings in great notes of citrus and pine as well. Underneath the hoppiness is a classic Tripel that at its bare bones is quite nice as well. I really enjoyed the flavor.

M-Enough carbonation to mellow out the higher ABV. Full bodied and a bit creamy. This went down incredibly easy.

O/D-One of the better versions of a style that I am not in love with. In fact, this may be up there with my favorite Tripels because I love the infusion of the Cascade and Sorachi Ace. Very solid brew.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front followed by spicy, lemony, and herbal hop aromas.

T: spices here as well followed by sweet breads. The hops kick in with grassy, herbal, peppery flavors. The finish is slightly bitter.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer doesn't have too thick of a body but is a bit watery.

O: a pretty decent hoppy tripel overall. It's main flaw is being under-attenuated, but otherwise is good.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Somerset Hills Tap Room in New Jersey this hard to
find brew shows a very cloudy golden amber color with a solid white cover and
great lacing. The nose hit presents subtle floral ideas and light clove wheat.
Delicate but very pleasant. The first mouthful brings out a grainy blend with more floral-clove
flavors. Sweet honey malt and grassy wheat. The body is medium but with a
somewhat light feel with plentiful but gentle carbonation. Overall a pleasure.

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Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-lemon zest, yeast, earthiness, spices

T-lemon, hints of bananas and pears, yeast, cloves, pepper

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, alcohol well-integrated

O-a good and distinctive Tripel for sipping

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Milltown

Foggy golden yellow covered with a thick, white slab of a head. Not quite as murky as when my wife had a glass earlier in the night. Nice rings of lacing plastering the glass. Aromas of hoppy lemony citrus and flowers over some pale malt. Distinct Sorachi Ace hop flavor: sweet lemon and floral notes and a more pronounced spicy yeast element. Moderate malty sweetness, retaining some of the original Tripel character, but primarily zesty and hoppy with a dry, refreshing finish. Enjoyable...Sorachi Ace is a hop that can wear me out as it can easily dominate the beer with its unique profile, but Allagash handled it pretty well, allowing the base beer to come through a bit. Happy to have gotten an opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Allagash Yakuza from Allagash Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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