Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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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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4.39/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Tasted On: 07-23-2014
Freshness: Bottled 02-07-2014
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Purchased: Received in a trade
I don't concern myself too much with review numbers, but saw I was coming up on #700 and thought this would be a good milestone review...
Appearance is a clear, brilliant golden color, with a large white head that shows excellent lacing and retention.
Aromas have lemongrass, spices, musty Belgian yeast, and some Hefeweizen like qualities of cloves and banana fruitiness. Very pleasing to smell.
The taste has a sharp and tart quality up front. Woodiness and also whiskey alcohol notes then come into play. Overall it is dry, but has some sweetness of fruits to balance. Low bitterness and hop presence.
Mouthfeel has a high carbonation and finishes somewhat dry, with notes of citrus (lemon and oranges) plus some added sweetness and warmth from the bourbon barrels.
Overall a first-class beer that I'm glad to have tried.
Thanks to Treyliff for this one!
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 04:32:57 | More by sommersb
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,704 ratings.