Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by WanderingFool:
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This bottle of Allagash Curieux dated September 2004 was aged for more than a year in my beer cellar. The beer pours a hazy light amber color with a medium sized creamy white head on top. In the glass large bubbles cling to the bottom as streams of smaller bubbles float up to the surface. Meanwhile, up on top the foam dissolved quickly down to thin sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace around the glass. An interesting aroma of bread, yeast, alcohol and apple cider hovers over the beer.
Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is a well balanced combination oak, vanilla and toasted coconut. Towards the end some fruity notes come through with a pineapple flavor. At the end alcohol and a hint of hop bitterness finish off each sip. Once gone oak and vanilla flavors linger on the palate.
I think the time this beer spent in my cellar helped soften the alcohol burn and tame the burbon flavor. As it warmed in my glass different flavors came through with each sip. I've got to get a couple more bottles to drink now and age for later.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2007 22:42:13 | More by WanderingFool
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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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