Allagash Brewing Co. Belgian Tripel


36359948_885029425014537_1233450968880775168_n“This strong golden ale carries herbal notes and passion fruit in the aroma. Suggestions of honey and biscuit are found in Tripel’s complex, varied palate. Brewed with our 2-row barley blend, hopped with Nugget and Hallertau, then fermented on our house yeast, Tripel lingers on the palate for a complex, dry finish.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Pale golden which whips up a big and frothy three finger head that persists. Excellent retention and tonnes of lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Really hitting those traditional Tripel notes nicely. Lots of yeasty phenols, sweet malts, spice, herbal hops, honey, clove, banana runts and orange peel. Somewhat of a barnyard character going on in here – a mix of spice, hay and wheaty grains. Very subtle hints of lemon pie, pear/apple and light florals for good measure! Incredibly aromatic.

Flavour: Quite a complex fusion on entry. Yeasty phenols, semi sweet malt, candied lemons and herbal hops meet with peppery spice, honey and banana in the middle. There’s a subtle hop bitterness developing late in the piece with bubblegum, orange peel, spice and pear riding it out on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy texture, medium body and medium-high carbonation. 18 IBU’s and 9.2% ABV which is quite well concealed we must say.

Overall: A rather fine interpretation that was worth muling back from the States. Nicely balanced too – we find a lot of brewers either go too dry or too sweet but this one is well measured. This is our first crack at this breweries range and we kinda wish they were more accessible here in Australia. Solid drop.