Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by WankelEngine:
4.29/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750ml corker and caged bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a lightly hazy orange-gold color. There is a huge, soft, bright-white head which fades moderately quickly to a thin cap and thick ring of foam. Lacing is moderate but really sticks to the glass.
S: The aroma is light and sweet but potent. Overtones of clove, fruity esters and to a lesser extent, banana define the aroma. Light, crystal malt/sugar sweetness give a little depth and a light touch of alcohol, especially as the beer warms.
T: The attack is classic tripel. Candi-sugar provides a light sweetness to contrast the spicey, earthy clove note that develops to prominence in the mid-palate. Only now to I detect any bourbon. It is a dry, alcoholic bourbon flavor that complements the already dry, alcohol flavor of the beer. The finish is moderate in strength and length, showcasing the bourbon in contrast to the earthy clove.
M: Fairly thin with notable but pleasant alcohol heat. Good for the style. Low but effervescent carbonation and slightly oily/sticky.
O Great beer. Excellent, earthy tripel. Bourbon is well integrated. Pleasure to drink, intent to get another bottle to cellar.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2013 03:53:12 | More by WankelEngine
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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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