Allagash Tripel Reserve Belgian Style Ale (Batch 113)

The thing about Belgian Style Ales is they are not Belgian Ales.  There are only a handful of Belgian Ales.  So, every time I open a Belgian Style Ale I wonder is if really going to be like a Belgian Ale or an Interpretation of one.

The Triple Reserve Belgian Style Ale by Allagash Brewing in Portland Maine is on the menu tonight, I really hope live up to the style.  With an ABV of 9.0% it barely is in the range of the style, but why not push the limits, rights?

Allagash Tripel Reserve

Allagash Tripel Reserve

Pour:

Pour carefully, the head can explode if not poured carefully.

Appearance:

A cloudy golden straw color, nicely carbonated with bubbles tumbling throughout the glass.  Good frothy head, long lasting with amazing lacing.

Aroma:

Nice mild apple spice, fruity aroma with a slightly herbal fragrance.  A nice sweet aroma with a barely noticeable hop presence nicely rounds out this beer.

Taste:

Ummmm…  nice lemony peppery creamy start followed by a bready  citrus flavor.

Drinkablity:

High ABV, 9.0%, but almost unnoticeable until you have to write about it. :-)   This is a very good clingy beer.  If you haven’t had one, buy one, it is a very good example of a Belgian Style Triple!

Tasting Method: 750ml bottle

My Rating: 94

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