Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by BrewMaster:
4.78/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Labeled as "Bottling February '05." 11% ABV.
Appearance: Poured into a 25 oz crystal sniffer. Cloudy reddish orange with a thick, creamy white head. Excellent head retention. Very smooth head. Light swirling revives the head to full size.
Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, grass, and a strong alcohol scent. There's also a flutter of a wood aroma.
Taste: Smoky and slightly toasty flavor. Sweet, dry scotch flavor. Sandy, with a big malty and fruity flavor. Light apple, lemon, and a crisp wood flavor that lasts through into the aftertaste. The wood is very much like hickory or mesquite in flavor. It reminds me of the wood chips used to smoke meat. Earthy and gritty in a good way. A light hop ending as well with a bit of yeasty spice. There's also a very light lingering alcohol flavor that is balanced very well with the woody malt flavors. This tastes great. It is not your ordinary tripel.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety. Well carbonated but not sharp on the palate at all. Coats the palate very well and the flavor opens up nicely.
Drinkability: This beer is absolutely delectable. Wonderfully smooth with a balanced and complex flavor. Other brewers should strive to brew something this good.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2005 03:47:50 | More by BrewMaster
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4.44/5 rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at Beach Front Liquor, San Clemente CA
Bottled October 25, 2013
Popped and poured into an Allagash Chalice
A: clear amber-honey color, effervescent with a 1.5 inch head. Settled to .25 inch and retained as I allowed the beer to warm slightly. Quite beautiful.
N: roasted malt slightly sweet, hard to sense any bourbon. Not what I expected, very soft of the nose. Pleasant.
T: HUGE burst of flavor on initial taste. A super-intensified version of the nose. Sweet caramel malt on the tongue with unmistakable whiskey tones and yeast. Truly dramatic to sip. Bourbon lingers on the palette. Mouthfeel a little bubbly, I think I would love to try something like this with a heavier body. But it definitely holds up.
This is a must-try for even those not thrilled with this style. I'm hooked already.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 02:19:53 | More by Bonsall_Phil
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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