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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)

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2,683 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,683
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 299
Gots: 468 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Allagash Curieux was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004)
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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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sommersb

Tennessee

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
Glassware: Snifter
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
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patre_tim

China

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear filtered gold with a softness to it, a fair amount of champagne like carbonation, a finger of stark white head. Nice lacing.

S: Tripel all the way. A sweetness, Belgian yeasts, coriander and offal in a Blue Ribbon way. Light notes of bubble gum and emptied shot gun cartridges just shot. Vanilla? Perhaps but muted in the sort of way you never think of vanilla being in chocolate cake but its there. Coconut (as said on the label) perhaps, as its in a lot of d shelved foods as coconut oil but but goes unnoticed as its mild.

T: Here it comes. Wow. The flavours of a great Tripel – the Belgian yeasts, coriander and fruity flavours are there but mild due to aging, and the lovely bourbon barrels come in strong. Definite woodiness, bourbon, and a softened coconut feel, creamy and smooth and yes vanilla notes. A fair sweetness is there, but not syrupy.

M: Light and smooth, good rich foamy, powdery dry carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Was questioning it on the nose, but overwhelmed on the flavor. Bought at Greenlife Asheville, drank on the beach at Deerfield Beach, FL, July 17th, 2014.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 03:20:43 | More by patre_tim
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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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