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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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95
world-class

2,686 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 301
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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLING: November 2008
CASES BOTTLED: 600

It's the golden color of peach nectar. Clear with a light haze. The head of white foam is almost one-finger thick and is somewhat loose and frothy. It doesn't take too long for it to recede to a surface covering film. The lacing is somewhat thin and spotty, but nicely sticky.

A nicely large yeast presence is backed by a good amount of candi sugar presence. Nice amounts of orchard fruits are here. A very interesting touch of fresh grated coconut and a trace of toasted almonds. Good, yet restrained, caramel notes. Light hints of oak and vanilla.
Jim Beam barrels do some interesting things to this tripel.

The belgian yeast presence still appears to be prominent, but only slightly so. A nice oakiness is here, along with some vanilla, caramel, almonds/marzipan and some toasted coconut notes, which are delicious and somewhat of a highlight, for me personally. A good presence of mild notes of orchard fruits. Apples, pears, peaches, apricots and white grapes, among others. The candi sugar is much lighter than I'd anticipated from the nose, which works very well for this bottle.

This is a medium to almost full-bodied beer. The light level of carbonation suits it very well. It has just enough bubbles to keep it active, yet not enough to get in the way of enjoying the flavors.

You get a nice touch of warmth from this one, but that's about the only hint that you get about it's 11.0%abv. It is very smooth and light, which helps make it an easy one to drink. This is definitely a beer that leans towards the sweet side, but I think it is restrained enough to be enjoyable. It has a slight hint of dryness that keeps it from becoming cloying.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 17:36:48 | More by coldmeat23
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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.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.