Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml corked and caged bottle, September 2007 bottling, a Christmas gift from my brother Nick. Poured into a Chimay goblet is a rich golden color with a bit of chill haze and lots of bubbles both sticking to the side of the glass and rising to the top. Thick and creamy off-white head on top is a good finger and a half, and recedes to a more than adequate lace. Also leaves patches of stick on the sides, but it never quite kicks that haze.
Initially I get vanilla, oak and a nutiness on the nose, products of the barrel aging I'm guessing. Not much that would normally be there with a tripel, to be honest, other than some sweetness. Barrel dominates here but it sure smells nice. As it warms up there is some more fruitiness on the nose.
Vanilla and some bourbon flavor are prominent in the taste just as they were the smell, along with an oakiness, too. Tripel characters play more on the palate than the nose, though, as I get some malt sweetness, light spiciness and fruit. The bourbon characters really add to and complement rather than dominate (a la KBS) the flavor in this beer, although the bourbon is definitely strong. Some alcohol burn toward the end hits the back of the throat, but so what, this is damn tasty.
Mouthfeel has a chewy medium-full body and is very smooth and creamy.
This is an awesome brew! Dangerously delicious and drinkable at 11%. I found myself taking very frequent sips to explore the complexities of flavor, and even spending far more time with the glass to my nose than I do with a typical brew. I'd love to get another bottle of this and leave it in the cellar for awhile. Great stuff!
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2008 23:44:34 | More by number1bum
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4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottling date of March 22, 2013. Poured into goblet.
A-A nice burnt orange body with great clarity. The head was a pinkies width at best with minimal head retention.
S-Oak, peach, vanilla with a overall earthiness to it. None of them are really pronounced but all melded together.
T-Really enjoy the flavor of this beer. Up front you definitely get a fruitiness of peach and mango with the vanilla coming in after it. The bourbon barrels come in with the dry finish. The barrel aging is more subtle than I was expecting but fucking awesome none the less.
M-On the heavier side for the body thats broken up by the high carbonation. Dryer finish.
O-So this beer was worth the $18 after all. Enjoyed it alot. Wish the price tag was less so I could drink this more often. I do not know the ratio of how much they blend the fresh triple with the barrel aged tripel but being that the bourbon/vanilla/aged characteristics are so subtle I would say a majority of this beer is the fresh tripel. Not complaining at all because I really enjoy this beer. I will have to grab this years and see how it taste.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 01:27:03 | More by mikem0487
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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