Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Lovely lemon-yellow hue with a thin, lively white head (<1 finger). Nearly opaque; hazy yet lively. Lovely flat lacing.
Fresh Tripel scent: dry and bright, with hints of citrus (especially lemon), wheat, and Belgian yeast and candi. Very gentle Tripel nose, with a hint of bourbon in the background on deep inhalations.
The bourbon may be hiding in the scent, but not in the flavor! I am completely blown away, in all regards. First: gentle, standard Tripel, albeit less hoppy. Lemon, wheat, and yeast hit your tongue immediately. Just as you think this is an ordinary (but very, very good) Tripel, the bourbon influence washes over your tongue. Strong notes of bourbon, vanilla, and pineapple (no idea where that's from), in varying strengths and representations.
At 11% ABV, this isn't the strongest beer, yet the bourbon makes itself known yet again via a very pleasant - and noticeable - warming effect down your throat. This is a medium-full brew, lively but not stinging in the mouth, with an easy foaming effect. I can't say the ABV is hidden (see: bourbon), but it's extremely smooth and drinkable. Coats your mouth thickly (and pleasantly).
I love Tripels; I hate bourbon. When the two meet, then, who is the winner? You, the consumer, my friend! This maybe lacks some of the normal complexity of a standard Tripel, but then massively makes up for it with the bourbon influence. An absolutely incredible and delightful experience. I would love to try one of these bottle aged, just to see if the Tripel flavors become more dominant, and the bourbon more subdued.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2013 22:01:29 | More by Roguer
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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
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