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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

2,644 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,644
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 290
Gots: 459 | 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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instrumentality

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer as a housewarming gift from a buddy of mine. He tends to have good taste, and this will be my first Allagash experience (they just recently started distributing to California, from what I understand), so I'm
doubly excited.

One of the more informative labels, this one says it was bottled in August 2006, is from one of 520 cases bottled, and is 11% ABV.

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip glass, this beer emerges a cloudy golden apple cider color with minimal head that disappears quickly, leaving a foamy white halo and lace. I thought it was a tripel by look before I even identified that this truly was the style. Mouth-watering.

The odor strikes me as a mixture of phenol/band-aid, honey, and a bit of pepper. Not exactly mouth-watering, but intriguing nonetheless.

The first sip is definitely true to how I understand the style, but with a bit of a twist. Up front, the burn of alcohol is apparent, but this soon subsides into a honey sweetness before finishing off with the spiciness of cloves. What stands out, though, is the mouthfeel. At first, it almost feels flat, but then the carbonation begins to make itself known, and then the body takes on a thin yet creamy quality.

I'm not familiar with the characteristics of bourbon, so I can't say what bourbon barrel aging does for this beer, but it's definitely unique. As I take more sips, the burning becomes easier, and the honey sweetness comes more to the forefront. The mix of honey sweetness and clove spiciness doesn't entirely work for me, as it's as if the beer is trying to be refreshing and warming at the same time, and to me, these two efforts contradict each other.

However, the more I sip and the warmer this drink gets, the more everything comes together. Both the spiciness and the sweetness mellow out and the tasting experience becomes remarkably balanced due to the emergence of a third element that was previously masked by the spiciness: banana. This new medley of flavors is nearly perfect--more on the warming side than the refreshing side, but very smooth going down.

It took some time, but in the end, this beer has won me over, and if I can track it down, I will definitely buy more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 03:40:52 | More by instrumentality
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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,644 ratings.