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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)

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Ratings: 3,315
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 419
Gots: 815 | FT: 35
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004

Allagash Curieux was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.
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Ratings: 3,315 | Reviews: 859
Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The whiskey barrel note is pronounced on this one. Very nice way to round out the Belgian yeast character. Fruity esters, slight banana, and the coconut aroma is really nice. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in the flavor but you will feel every percentage point after a glass or two. This is a great special occasion brew, right up there with classic tripels from well regarded Belgian breweries.

Photo of DrBass
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2015. Aged for the original eight weeks in the barrel, plus 4 more months.

Photo of Didier
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer by any standards, but since I'm apparently the only person here who doesn't flat out worship this beer and am only giving it an "average" rating (or has average become below average?), BeerAdvocate demands a review. Well, I'm just not that impressed by bourbon barrel aged beers. If I wanted my brew to taste like hard liquor, I'd make it a snakebite and drop a shot of whiskey in my glass. I did like this beer, it was tasty and didn't quite taste like the 11% it is (but it definitely does taste strong).

Photo of ajm5108
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In a sea of neverending bourbon barrel-aged stouts, Allagash Curieux is an oasis in the desert. Tart apple, warm honey and smooth bourbon greet you on the nose. The brew is nicely carbonated but not fizzy, silky but not thick or chewy. The bourbon is a complimentary note, not some boozey colossus here to hammer in self on your taste buds. The dry granny smith carries through with some honey and caramel from the oak. Almost too sweet and candy-like, but then the bourbon comes in to finish it off. Perfectly balanced, Exceptional beer.

Photo of austin94x
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever tasted

Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Amber-orange in color with creamy white head that dissipated in a minute or so. There is no strong aroma; a little bit of fruit but no smell of bourbon at all. Mildly fruity (cherry) but also fairly bitter throughout. After a few sips I could taste a little vanilla at the finish but less than I anticipated. This ale is medium-bodied and easy to drink. While it doesn't have a strong alcohol burn, you can definitely tell its 11% ABV; it hits hard. Overall, this is a very good ale but I'm not tasting the bourbon. Maybe that's a good thing since it is quite refreshing.

Photo of silverblaze540
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Pale amber color with active carbonation.

S - Strawberries, sour cherries. Other than the fruity smells, almost smells similar to a lager.

T - Front seemed similar to a lager at first, but those similarities went away the more I drank. The middle was sweet and there was a small amount of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body, strong alcohol burn and carbonation.

O - I found this a bit odd at first, but it grew on me more as I drank it.

Photo of GregA135
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew!

A nice hazy amber color

smooth and crisp

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a thick white head.

Smell: No scents at all really.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of light grassy notes hints of sweet bourbon and hops.

Overall: Very good brew!

Photo of mikerems
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of the style. Alcohol taste very prominent. Went down a little smoother after a cigar.

Photo of BWood
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Didn't live up to the hype for me. Was just a ok Tripel imo. And the bourbon did not complement it.

Photo of tarheels4life23
3.16/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too much bourbon flavor for my taste

Photo of ctjoumas
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Floral smell as it's being poured with a lot of small bubbles resembling soap suds, even with a slightly slow pour. Very effervescent mouthfeel like champagne, accompanied by a fruity flavor I recall from other tripels (I'm not overly familiar with this style). A bit of dryness in the back of the tongue after swallowing with a tart flavor which gives way to a subtle bourbon flavor. Nice complexity to this beer and overall enjoyable but a bit too much of the dryness in my opinion.

Photo of bluehende
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This had too much bourbon for me. If you go for the BCBS type stouts then you will love this.

Photo of tlema1
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is what a barrel aged beer should be, not overpowered by booze, there's a hint but this is such an outstanding brew...highly recommended

Photo of hp2skater
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell is very subtle, not significant in any way, but certainly pleasant- hints of vanilla bean and oak aging. Taste is on point of the tripel style, smooth up front taste of vanilla, coconut and light hints of the bourbon oak aging that follow through on the back end of the palate. Overall a delicate and fine tripel, however I wouldn't go out of my way to pay $18 a bottle again. I was once in love with the tripel style, but think I am more so a fan of strong belgian golds and darks now.

Photo of SkiSailRide
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the tap at Steins Beer Garden in Mountainview, CA. Nice lacing in the glass. Bourbon notes in the smell, taste and mouth feel. Packs a punch at 11%.

Photo of Theheroguy
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple esters! I smell them but tastewise this is a classic Belgian ale. Dry with perceived sweetness and fruitynees. This is great, the barrel aging is somewhat subtle. A well executed beer. I think the pineapple notes are most likely a result of the barrel character merging with the yeast byproducts.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A big sipper. Nice full creamy mouth. Fair amount of citrus flavors. Slightly dry. Barrel flavors mild but well integrated with other flavors.

Photo of founddrama
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Belgian tripel in a distinctly American style. A great fireside beer. Great color, great head (and retention!) Re: flavor: that distinct Belgian yeast but none of that overpowering banana esters. (OK maybe a little.) The oak-aging is subtle but works.

Photo of thebeers
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy honey-orange color with a finger's white head. Orange, tropical fruit, a little banana and some peppery notes in the aroma. Smooth flavor with prominent bourbon and oak taste and the same fruits in the smell, with a small alcohol kick. Creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a spicy pop. Pretty interesting overall, but I'm not sure of bourbon-barrel aging is what I want in a tripel.

Photo of mobrado
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasant enough, just not good value at all. Would rather have a Fin Du Monde or Westmalle Tripel for half the price (or less).

Photo of ElJacobian
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It tastes just like a great Trappist with an oak and bourbon aftertaste. Two completely different tastes that somehow balance each other out. I couldn't have more than one of these but I'll thoroughly enjoy that one.

Photo of BBS323
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very strong! Fruity taste...orange an citrus

Photo of mageek52
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing experience. Best beer I've had.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,315 ratings.