Name: Allagash Tripel Reserve
Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Portland, Maine
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.00%
First Brewed: 1998
Golden with a billowing pillow of foam that wafts mellow notes of honey, pear, and apple with a hint of herbal hops. Crisp, tingling, but not overwhelming yeast character enhances the sweet, fresh, fruit like flavor. The finish is sweet and warming, but not overly alcoholic. A true tripel.
This is our second and last bottle from Allagash. We landed this beer in a trade. Tonight we are planning on reviewing two beers. This one and Red Stripe. Sheryl said we could do two, so I am pumped to knock two more off the list. We have so many bottles on the counter that we need to review. It’s exciting. We have a few more coming in a trade. We are trade happy right now.
When we reviewed Curieux, I said I wanted to try the tripel not barrel aged. Here we go! I wish we had done this one first, but I didn’t really care for the Curieux, so I am pumped to try this one. Oh, and Sheryl grabbed a few bottles of Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout from GCM. She grabbed 4 bottles of it. Can’t wait to try that one, too. Let’s drink!
In the Glass: That is what a tripel is supposed to look like. Tim Weable will appreciate this… I could smell the Brett as I was pouring this. I am not saying that is a bad thing, just pointing out that I could smell it as I poured. There is a really nice lace on this, too. I am talking stuck to the side of the glass and dishwashers beware kind of lace. I hope this delivers both on aroma and flavor.
Nose: I am getting some nice banana aroma here. The Brett is blatantly obvious, but the fruit really comes through. It also has a nice drying thing going on. I am just impressed with the fruity aroma going on here. Maybe some mango? Reminds me of Piraat. Only that smells like carbonated pineapple juice.
Flavor: Pumped for this. That is WAY, and I mean WAY better than the Curieux. There is a nice subtle sweetness here, and the flavor is insanely complex. You would never know this is 9% ABV. That could be dangerous, too. It says, on the bottle, this is batch #193. I wonder how many batches they brewed/bottled of this. Still makes me mad we can’t get Allagash beers here.
I bet this really opens up as it heats up, too. The Brett is actually nice. Tim… you’re welcome!
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and thick, with very little carbonation. If someone handed me a glass of this, I would think it was a wheat beer and wonder where the orange was. I must say, out of all the Belgian styles, I like a tripel the best. A good quad room temperature is nice… but a the sweetness of a tripel wins me over time and time again.
Aftertaste: I wish the sweetness lasted a little bit longer, but it sticks around forcing me to take another drink. We landed a bomber of this, but they also sell this in 6 packs. Also, according to BeerAdvocate, this beer has an alias.
In the future, when setting up trades, I am going to ask for all of the beers from each brewery we trade for. I did that with Allagash by accident. I think, with the trade that I did with Erick, we did that with the Lost Abbey beers. Not sure. Anyway, the Allagash Tripel is great. Sheryl liked it, too. This is a good example of a Belgian-style tripel from a great brewing company. Cheers!
Allagash Tripel Reserve – The bottle says: “PERFECT AS AN APERITIF OR TO TOAST A SPECIAL OCCASION . OUR GOLDEN COLORED TRIPEL RESERVE HAS A COMPLEX FRUIT AND SICE AROMA. COMPLEMENTED BY A FULL PALTE WITH SUGGESTIONS OF HONEY. A LONG, WARM AND SOOTHING FINISH FOLLOWS. ALLAGASH TRIPEL IS WELL SUITED TO CELLARING, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MATURE IN THE BOTTLE AND IMPROVE WITH AGE. SERVE ALLAGASH TIRPEL RESERVE AT NATURAL CELLAR TEMPERATURES IN A WIDE MOUTH GLASS.”
“POUR SLOWLY INTO WIDE MOUTH GLASS”
Ricky let me pick tonight’s beer, so I picked the bottle in the fridge that looked the best to me. It was another Allagash beer – our last one on the list, he says. Sounds good to me!
When he poured it into the glass, it had a LOT of foam in his glass. We had to wait for it to go down some. It’s the clingy, soapy kind of foam too. I can already see mine sticking to the side of my glass. The beer itself is a thick golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top. It smells citrusy with a hint of spice. I’m getting a bit of lemon smell out it. This one should be interesting. Let’s find out!
Mmm… that’s pretty good. It’s got quite a bit of carbonation to it, which I could tell with the bubbles floating around in there. But it’s not too much. It’s well-balanced. There’s not as much spice as I expected, but it is relatively citrusy. It’s got a fun mouthfeel to it. Between the bubbles, the citrus, and the heat to it (it’s 9% ABV), it’s a good combination. It’s got a good taste as well as a nice aftertaste that lingers around for a bit, letting that heat hang on. I like it. This bottle looked good and didn’t disappoint. Definitely one I might check out again if I get the chance.