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Beer Review – Allagash Tripel Ale


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When I become independently wealthy, and no longer have to work for a living, I will definitely spend a few summers in Coastal Maine. My wife and I spent a week sailing around the Penobscot Bay on a windjammer that sailed out of Camden, and we also spent a few days in Ogunquit. The water is frigid, the black flies are ruthless, and it takes forever to travel north on Route 1, but for whatever reason, I long to go back. Perhaps it’s because of the impossibly fresh lobster, or the quaint coastal towns, or maybe even the star filled skies. Whatever the reason, I hope to get back there as soon as possible!

You’re probably asking yourself, “So what does this little trip down memory lane have to do with beer?”. Allagash Tripel Ale is brewed in Portland, Maine (see the connection?) and is part of their “Classic Allagash” beer series, which also includes their White, Dubbel, Four, and Black varieties. If you’d like to know more about this beer style, our friends at the Beer Advocate have written a lovely history of the Belgian Tripel Ale. In a nutshell, it’s called a Tripel because it has three times the amount of malt that a traditional Trappist beer would have.

Enough nostalgia and history! Here’s the review…

  • Appearance: Very cloudy. Pale orange color. Little to no head. Minimal lacing.
  • Aroma: Coriander, lemon zest, yeast.
  • Taste: Well carbonated. Spicy at first, with some mild hop bitterness. Very dry finish which lingers for quite awhile.

Allagash Tripel Ale is a very impressive brew! Even though it has an ABV of 9%, you would never know this from the taste. It has such a rich and flavorful palate that it masks how potent it really is. This beer craves to have some really good seafood alongside it. A bowl of Belgian style mussels and frites, or a super fresh Maine lobster with some corn and boiled potatoes served with this beer would be a tremendous combination. I give the Allagash Tripel Ale an A-.

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  1. My husband and I took a short day cruise aboard a schooner out of Camden called the Surprise a few years ago, and we feel the same way about Maine…and about Allagash Tripel! If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet and you see it (I believe it is only sold on draft) try the Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black. It may be my next fave to the Rochefort 10. Fun blog you have here, and thanks for sharing!

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    • Camden is such a nice little town. We’ll be in Maine in two weeks, but will only get as far as Camp Ellis (somewhere between Kennebunkport and Portland). Hope to get my hands on some limited edition Smuttynose and Allagash plus whatever New England brews I can find. Thanks for the Bpurbon Barrel Black suggestion. If it’s half as good as the Founders KBS, then it will be fantastic.

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