Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Allagash Tripel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1109) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
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. 
Grade: 8/10

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