Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From bottle into my unfortunately-now-defunct Ommegang chalice (klutz). Lucky I have a spare...anyway, let's go to the videotape...
Body color is split down the middle between Scotch and bourbon, with additional slight orange zest-ish tones. 1st pour has a very flat head with a yeasty top - from the pop of the cork would have expected a little more head, as there is definitely some carbonation there.
I can smell the bourbon oak without trying - this gives it a nice warm feeling, although it's somewhat overpowering at first, 'cause rest is slightly obscured. Orange zest, yeast and apples are present in addition to the bourbon burn.
Wow - thick, soothing coating of bourbon, malt, yeast, sugar...maybe some white grapes and a little bit of piney hops. Carbonation makes it tingle. Needs warmth at first glance but very good. Even a slight sour tinge with a little horse blanket in there (?). Even warmth doesn't mellow out the bourbon - this one may need to age a bit more.
The mouth on this is good but not as herty as expected - it's a little clammy and disjointed at first. Again, needs warmth or even more likely age. Mouthfeel splits between a good bourbon and a mild Trippel or even a Belgian Strong Pale Ale feel. Definitely burning alcohol in there.
This isn't hard to drink but the flavor profile is a little too mild for me and heartily obscured by the oak/bourbon. This probably needs some time. Good but I expected more from this.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2008 10:14:26 | More by IBUnit63
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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.