Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.44/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Curieux opens to a banana and clove-laced Belgian nose that also bears intense apple aromas, with tart Granny Smith and sugary Golden Delicious notes spilling forth. These apple aromas fade after a few seconds, replaced by an ashy note, like faint cigarette smoke mixed with char and bourbon remnants, much like the interior of a gentleman’s club. The banana and clove notes still remain, spiced up with vanilla and peppercorn, with small touches of caramel and brown sugar for sweetness, and all that atop light sweet biscuits, berries, and blood orange slices. The ashy, faintly bourbon notes are what separate this from other Tripels, especially in the intensity of the cigarette smoke notes. As a whole, the aroma is very nice, being subtle and understated, but simultaneously potent and nuanced, and setting a high bar for other beers to follow.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a banana and clove note that is joined instantly by sour lemons and pink grapefruits, as well as maraschino cherries, berries, blood oranges, and bits of pineapple, the fruit esters being unbelievably complex and varied, as well as potent, bordering on fruit cocktail extract. Threads of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar add further levels of sweetness. The bourbon barrel aging does bring in further vanilla, but also adds light wood, and a heavy dose of smoky, spicy bourbon, coming across here like world-class spiced rum, blending excellently with the complex fruits. Biscuit, baguette, and a smidgen of rising whole wheat dough add earthiness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, though here the complex fruits are joined by one of the beer’s only weak points, being a bourbon-vodka alcohol vapor that permeates everything and somewhat spoils the taste, though it does die off somewhat after a time, leaving only a smoky, spicy bourbon note with some remaining fruits lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is excellent beer, and a fine example of the subtleties that can come from barrel aging, as opposed to the bourbon slams that often result. The beer as a whole is very well balanced between fruits and smoky, spicy alcohols, and is definitely in a class of its own, as opposed to the dozens of Tripels that seem like clones of each other in comparison. Well worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2013 23:36:51 | More by jondeelee
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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