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174. Allagash Tripel

I had this on tap at the Allagash tour and decided I needed to review this beer. Eventually I will work my way through all of the Allagash beers but they tend to be expensive and most are not available in 12 oz bottles. The beer is worth it though as Allagash brews some of the best Belgian style beer available in the US. This one pours a great golden color with solid bright white head that lasts. Aroma has lots of citrus and fruit and just a hint of alcohol. Taste is complex and you get the banana and honey noted in the brewer notes. The beer is smooth, easy to drink and the alcohol content is well hidden by the complex flavors. I may review this again when I purchase the 750 ml bottle if it seems like a different beer. If you enjoy the Tripel you should also try the Curieux which is this same beer aged in bourbon barrels. The aging process changes the beer entirely.
Pros: Everything
Cons:
Alcohol Content:
9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Allagash
Brewers Description: This strong golden ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of banana and honey in the complex palate. The Tripel has a remarkably long and smooth finish.

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Allagash Brewing Visit (2/10/2012)

I visited the Allagash Brewing Company facility in Portland, ME on February 10th 2012. The building is located on Industrial Way which also has a number of other breweries which makes it easy for beer lovers to visit more than one in an afternoon. In addition to the brewing facility they have a warehouse located about one mile away where they store their beer prior to distribution. It is a modern facility that was expanded last year and continues to grow as Allagash expands their reach. The brewery grew by nearly 50% last year and expects similar growth in 2012.
They recently had to pull out of a few states as they could not meet demand. It is a nice problem to have but at the same time a very tough decision to make for a craft brewery. While waiting to take the tour you get to browse their retail shop which has hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and of course beer. I was fortunate to visit on the day Coolship resurgem was released and was able to pickup a couple of bottles. In addition they have many of their awards on display

One thing that was kind of cool to see was the use of Doles Orchard boxes to display their beer for sale. I grew up in Limington, ME so it cool to see this in a brewery that many beer drinkers from around the country come to visit.

Before the tour of the brewery starts you get samples!!. What a great way to start a tour. The day I visited they started with Allagash White which is their flagship beer and I assume this is served at every tour. After the White we had the Tripel and then the Curieux which is the Tripel ages in barrels. The barrel aging gives this a completely different color, aroma and flavor profile. It also increases the alcohol content slightly.

Tripel
Curieux
White
After the tasting is done the tour starts and you get to see  all that shiny steel.

Probably my favorite part of the tour was the barrel rooms. Hundreds and hundreds of barrels full of who knows what. This includes Coolship, Curieux and many other test brews from employees. Also there was a barrel of Pleepleus from the day the guys from Drinking Made Easy visited the brewery.

Coolship Resurgem.

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163. Allagash Dubbel

I shipped an Allagash Dubbel and Tripel out to Wisconsin as part of a beer trade this week and decided it was time to review them. I bought the 12 oz version but may go back and by the 750 ml bottle as I like Allagash’s bottles. The aroma is all fruit and the taste has plenty of malt flavors. Quite sweet and a slight alcohol warmth but overall well balanced and easy to drink. Overall not a bad choice but it is not as good as White or the Curieux I had while visiting the brewery last week.
Pros: Color, aroma
Cons:
Alcohol Content:
 7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Allagash
Brewers Description: Allagash Dubbel boasts a deep red color and a complex malty taste. The finish is dry with subtle hints of chocolate and nuts. The yeast asserts itself by lending a classic Belgian fruitiness.

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145. Allagash White (draft)

Went to a Portland Red Claws game last night with one of insurance companies and we stopped at the Dogfish Cafe in Portland for dinner before the game. They had a decent selection of beer including Allagash White on-tap so I decided to give this a try as I enjoyed it from the bottle and draft beer always seems better. The beer came with an orange slice which helps to enhance the already fruity aroma of the beer but I quickly removed and set it aside. Minimal head but nice lacing on the glass. Color is the typical of the style a cloudy pale yellow. Taste and feel are very similar to the bottle version but there is just something about draft beer that makes it better than from a bottle. Maybe it is enjoying the beer outside of my home with good food or the social aspect of drinking in a bar or restaurant. If you like this style of beer and Allagash is an option when you go out give it a try – you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Color, great example of a Belgian wheat
Cons: Served with an orange slice
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.

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113. Allagash White

This beer had been on my list to review since I started this blog and I finally got around to it. Belgian style beer is quite unique and it seems like people either really enjoy or really dislike the style. Many of those that dislike Belgian beer are probably not drinking the beer at the correct temperature or do not enjoy the fruity flavor of Belgian style beer. The recommended serving temp for this beer is 38°-50°F and I would recommend somewhere in the middle of that range. When drinking Belgians you will get an entirely different taste when it is really cold and this is not what the brewer intended.

This beer is a very good example of a Belgian wheat. Color is a nice light yellow (photo actually make it look darker than it really is) with a slight head that has good retention. Lots of spicy aromas and taste is smooth with lots of coriander (I did not even know what coriander was a few months ago). Smooth fruity finish. If you tried this beer in the past and did not enjoy it, buy another and let it warm slightly.
Pros: Color, great example of a Belgian wheat

Cons: Coriander is overpowering if the beer is too cold
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.
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102. Allagash Brewing Four Ale

This was my post-Thanksgiving dinner beer so the review may be slightly skewed as I was full of turkey and good food at the time. I was really excited to try this beer and I believe this is also my first Allagash review which is too bad it took me 100+ beers to come back around to Allagash as I always enjoy their beer. This one has a great color too it, photo is very accurate with a nice amber appearance and crisp white head. Smell is sweet and a bit yeasty (if that is a word). Taste is excellent and very well balanced. No hint of alcohol even though it is 10% ABV. Just a really good beer from Allagash.
Pros: Color, taste, very well balanced
Cons: Expensive
Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: We brew this beer with four malts, four sugars, four hop varieties and we ferment it four times, using four different yeast strains. The complexity of the brewing process is matched by the complexity of this unique beer. Flavors of raisin, candied fruit and plum express themselves throughout.

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