Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
3.93/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 750 (bottled Feb 2010) into a Chimay chalice.
A - Pours a deep foggy golden honey with tons of carbonation. It is hard to see the carbonation because the color is so foggy, but when held to the light, there is a party going on in the glass. The head was thin and bubbly and didn't hang for long. Really attractive for the style.
S - Very strong woody smell mixed with a tripel. Very spicy and clove-like in odor. Citric notes are more in the background on this one.
T - Very unique. The bourbon flavor is there, but blends very nicely with the tripel. The wood flavor is mixed in also giving it something different. The alcohol is very present also and almost dominates the taste. The flavor definitely opened up on additional pours.
M - Alcohol is strong and gives my mouth a lively tingle.
D - Not the most drinkable beer, but at 11%, I doubt many would look for more than just one (even when sharing).
Worth a try, but didn't live up to the hype for me. I was impressed and it is a really good beer, but the dang internet set my expectations a bit higher on this one than reality. As with most brews, the flavor really came out after a pour or two, so you might want to let it warm up a bit before drinking.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2010 21:11:27 | More by cosmicevan
More User Reviews:
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
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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