Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Tripel Ale
What the brewers say
“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.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Beautiful aroma with notes of banana, tree fruits, cloves, black pepper, and honey. Light spice and fruit. Herbal hops aroma, with an ester profile that is Belgian but doesn’t seem like one of the classic strains. Lemony accents suggest coriander or perhaps even a touch of lemon zest.”
Flavor: “Crisp carbonic character compliments the spice notes of clove, banana, and pepper. An unusual Belgian yeast profile offers lychee, peach, and a little bit of spice. Malt is there, but in a supporting role. Herbal/grassy hops flavor is moderate and more British than Continental. Tends toward the sweeter side of the style.”
Overall: “A textbook tripel. Checks every box: nice spice, Belgian yeast, sweet maltiness with a dry finish, fruity alcohols, and all present in a well-balanced package with good level of bitterness and carbonation.”
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