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Allagash Tripel
Rating
8
Allagash Tripel

Family Belgian Ale Style Pale Belgian Ale
Country USA (ME) ABV 9.0%
Price $$$$ Packaging 12oz/355ml, 25.4oz/750ml bottle
Characteristics Malty, strong, unusual, yeasty

Overview In the beer world, there’s plenty of railing against the use of adjuncts (mostly corn, rice, and sugar) to lighten the body of a beer, but the tripel style is a fairly persuasive counterargument. Sugar is used to bring alcohol into balance with intense yeast flavors without leaving the body heavy and sweet.

Flavors and aromas Traditionally bright, fruity esters make up the prominent part of the nose, but there’s also a hint of darker sugars. The palate is, for the most part, a conventional tripel, with esters, yeasty spices, and light residual sweetness, but there’s also a pleasant, mild hop bitterness that is unusual for the style. The overall impression is of a deft, charming beer.
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