Wittales (644) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was cloudy light gold with lasting white fizzy creamy 1 finger head, lacing throughout. Aromas are fruity ester yeasts of banana, clove with slight pale, graham cracker, phoenals, no alcohol. Taste are sweet pale, crystal malts upfront, spicy clove and mild alcohol midway, then slight grapefruit bitter hop ending. Palate was creamy smooth CO2 with medium-full body, then the well-balanced smooth spicy fruity finish. A wonderful American triple, try it. Warms up well, sweeter.
Chad9976 (1225) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 2/6/14 and came as part of a four-pack for $11.99 ($3 per bottle or $0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright, almost glowing shade of lemon-skin yellow. Fairly clear with visible carbonation. Pours to an average sized, white, soapy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Banana, flowers, vanilla, and some spice.
Taste: There’s a definite difference between American Belgian-style tripels and authentic tripels from Belgium. It’s not that one’s better or worse, they’re both unique and enjoyable in their own way. Allagash Tripel is definitely one of the better American offerings on the style as it’s traditional at the core, though a bit different in the details.
The palate here is pretty familiar, though plenty tasty. Banana, clove, light citrus and tropical fruits are all quite prominent up front. The Belgian yeast plays a major component in the taste profile as it imparts a perfume or soapy quality. There’s a richer sweetness on the finish, akin to rum, as well as an intense peppery spice (the alcohol has a lot to do with this, too). Light bitterness through the middle helps the transition from the light sweetness to the spicy crescendo. Overall, an highly enjoyable, well-balanced palate.
Drinkability: Allagash Tripel is pretty potent at 9% ABV, and that intensity makes itself known via the robust palate, but also in the lingering warming sensation. The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, though it does go down quite smoothly. A lingering, peppery dryness in the aftertaste is to be expected, but it’s easily tolerable.
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: medium gold. Aroma: passion fruit, pine. Taste: very tart, hint of honey, maybe clove? Finish: long and slightly spicy/tart. Notes: "lost" rating from 2010-ish, from scant notes. Probably better than I remember, will need to try again.
Chadski4 (125) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge pillowy white head on top of a golden yellow. Boozy, herbal aroma more evident in the nose than in the taste. Very dry palate with a nice tropical fruit flavor and a light honey finish.
SlimHabib (198) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. Golden with good foamy head. Complex aroma with hints of orange, banana, coriander, and caramel. Medium body. Long lasting taste with flavors of everything in the aroma. Very good beer.
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hopbag (104) - - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color and foamy white head. Dry finish and phenolic spice. Hint of sweetness but pretty dry. Warming towards the back. Belgian yeast aftertaste.
jdb288 (562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Uno (Hamilton, NJ). Pours yellow gold with decent white head. Aroma is banana, clove, wildflower, bread dough. Taste is sweet and spicy - the banana is still present, pick up some of the sweet/earthy/floral tones from the honey. Alcohol is warming and present on the tongue. Quite a good representation of the style.
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bue en bouteille. Blond doré stylé belgian triple. Peu de sucre. Cool surtout aux US ! ;)
Dacrza (533) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: March 4, 2014... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: going out with a bang before a sober Lenten journey begins... APPEARANCE: hazy active light amber body; thin, uneven snow white head; random tracings... AROMA: intense orange peel, coriander, slight raisin, and melon--complex and inviting...PALATE: fizzy, medium-bodied; cutting, warm aftertaste that is also refreshing early...TASTE: sweet honey puckers the lips; soft herbal textures round the flavor into an extremely pleasant experience; startlingly unassuming for a tripel... OVERALL: elevational! By the bottle’s end, I was hoping for more...clean, floral hops sift between the stronger citric presence...a fitting Fat Tuesday celebratory beer, round, complex and alcoholic enough to be a party in itself...
BrettTaylor (521) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle from cellar (54F). Pours a slightly hazy gold with thick creamy white head. Aroma is spicy, wheat, butterscotch, and caramel. Taste follows the aroma, leaves a nice, creamy long finish on the palate. Really really good.