Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
750mL bottle (dated 2009) served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice (Thanks, FernMaster!)
Pours a honeyed yellow, like a Halls mentho-lyptus cough drop. FernMaster got a sizable amount of head pouring this into a pint glass while I got a nice, tight cap of white foam into my wide-mouthed chalice. The head coats the glass when tipped; lacing is strong.
Lots of sweet stuff in the nose. Plenty of sweet malt and orange zest. Something generically sweet... like a candy necklace or something. There is some vinegar sourness that I think comes from the barrel aging. There isn't so much a woodsy smell from the oak barrels but what the aging has brought is depth to the sweet scents that tripels have.
The oak barrel aging process lends more obvious elements to the taste of the beer. There is a drying, kind of vinous aspect along with vanilla flavors that go well with the bready sweetness of the tripel body. Some floral, rose petal like taste to the finish is unique. To be honest this isn't as complex as I thought it was going to be.
I love the mouthfeel of Curieux. it is very thick; I've had imperial stouts with thinner mouthfeel than this beer. I don't know if such a thick feel is the best choice for this beer, but the surprise of it is novelty enough to excite me. Drinkability is ok for the style, I suppose. There is a smidge of fusel alcohol on the back end. I don't think I would want to tackle a whole 750mL by myself.
What a cool idea -- barrel aging a tripel. Does this beer make a successful argument for more tripels undergoing barrel aging? Nah, I don't think so. This beer is very good but ultimately not going to revolutionize the style. A valiant experiment.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2009 03:44:04 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, banana, coconut, vanilla, spices and woody oak.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, coconut, banana, faint spices, some vanilla, woody oak and faint bourbon.
Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 01:31:01 | More by SebD
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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