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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: 3,284
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 411
Gots: 792 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
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: 3,284 | Reviews: 855
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.

Photo of byronic
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sometimes looks can be deceiving. When poured this looks like any other triple, although it's nice bouquet of citrus and a touch of sweetness. The flavour is where this brew really hits home for me. It has all the qualities of a Tripel but with some extra refinement. Perhaps this is where the barrel aging pays dividence. The usual notes are balanced by a sweetness and only the sligthest notes of a barrel finish are present. This brew is silky smooth and hides it's abv dangerously well.

Photo of fx20736
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

received as a gift, March 2015. Poured in a goblet at dcellar temp.

Look: Old Gold, fizzy white head, good lacing

Smell: vinegar, maybe some Noble Hops

Taste: unexpected skunk note, pale malt, orchard fruit, some alcohol ester

Feel: soft, mousse like

Overall: major disappointment. Was really looking forward to this one

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

I expected something great when I bought this, and it didn't disappoint. Curieux pours a beautiful golden brown and smells like citrus and oak. How does it taste? Like scotch...if scotch could be beer. It has a sweetness to it that's followed by somewhat of a creamy finish, but after you've swallowed it, it has oaky notes that make you think you just had a sip of scotch. Absolutely fantastic stuff.

Photo of Mattygross44
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Its good i mean im a whiskey drinker so i expect a little more boozy taste of bourbon but let me tell you its soooo smooth im glad i bought it. And at 11% it will sneak up on you. Allagash did very well with this brew and i cant say nothing bad about this amazing brew. If you're reading this deciding on buying it or not ...put your phone down and go try it!! It wont disappoint!

Photo of MadCat
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice hazy golden yellow with a short white head that left good lacing

Smell: Sweet, Belgian yeasts that have been mellowed out a bit

Taste: Mellow Belgian yeasts, subtle bourbon and oak

Feel: Medium body, full crisp carbonation

Overall: Excellent tripel, however I wouldn't have guessed that it is barrel aged if I wasn't told. However, I think the barrel here mostly serves to mellow out some of the stronger flavors and bring harmony to everything. So maybe the barrel not being obvious is a good thing and shows some real benefit rather than a hot boozy mess that tastes like weak bourbon.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,284 ratings.