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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,314
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
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Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004

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.
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Ratings: 3,314 | Reviews: 859
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. corked bottle marked March 2009. Sampled on June 20, 2009. It pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a bubbly head that builds up quickly and then diminishes. The aroma is of yeast and sour malts. The mouthfeel is pretty good while the taste is a mixture of yeast, alcohol, and grass. It is much like a Belgian style Tripel is supposed taste and it is brewed in Maine. Tastes like Belgium.

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Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%

One of the nicer things done in a bourbon barrel in a very long time.
Nose: light fruit, hint of caramel, vanilla, light malts. spice
Hazy straw to gold under a quickly dissipating yet clingy and easy roused 1" foam cap with a very fine bead.
A yeast driven palate beginning with caramel, melon, banana, light fruit, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, a little nuttiness and a faint touch of pepper and a suggestion of hops. The beer shows astounding balance of flavor between the layers of malt, yeast, bourbon barrel and alcohol flavors.
The alcohol is stealthy - a slight warming announces its presence but there are no harsh, hot or solventy flavors to betray its presence. The body is just below medium and the carbonation is above average but not harsh or carbonic.
Le petit Jésus en culotte de velours

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This special Allagash offering is dark, hazy orange in color with a smallish head.

Smell – The yeast backbone is substantial here and well complimented with some good, unsweetened orangish notes and a bit of pepper. The threat of alcohol looms large at the nose.

Taste – Yes, this is a big ABV Allagash. The first part of the taste is almost like a strong orange liqueur. The yeast eases up a bit but not much and the spices are a bit powdery.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Tripel will dry your mouth with its powdery spices and sting your tongue with its high ABV.

Drinkability – If you like big, high-ABV Belgian yeast bombs (like I do) then this is for you.

Comments – I think this was one of the most frequently-ordered brews at the Anam Cara Belgian Beer Fest pre-party. It was quite the party favorite.

Photo of MadScientist
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A golden beer with an orange hue and moderate haze. The white head is a mix of mostly compact bubbles with a few larger soapy bubbles mixed in. It leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong orange aroma with medium-light black pepper note and a light malt sweetness. The oak brings medium aromas of vanilla and coconut notes with a subtle whisky character in the background. There is a low floral alcohol aroma.

T: There is a blend of flavors matching the aroma just differing in intensity. The orange still dominates but the honey-like malt sweetness taken with coconut and vanilla from the oak and the light perfume-like, floral quality from the alcohol combine into a sort of adult candy thing, in the vain of how a black licorice or horehound isn't a kids candy. With a medium hops bitterness and a near equal sweetness the balance is about even, but the bitterness has a bit more staying power in the medium finish. The aftertaste is of orange and a slight orange peel bitterness with a light spice note.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A flavorful Belgian Tripel with a balanced oak character that compliments the beer and adds to the complex flavors.

Photo of Jason
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mildy spritzy tiny bubbled head, dusty golden hue with some light haze.

The alcoholic aroma of the triple with wafts of bourbon wood (vanilla) and some mixed tropical fruit.

Very smooth with a mellow but stiff alcohol character, warming with undertones of vanilla and ripe fruit. The woody character melds well with the hop bitterness and spiciness of the alcohol with a drying bite.

Simply amazing. Amazing within the realm of barrel aged beer let alone doing it with a more delicate Belgian Style Trippel.

Photo of dramer
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to skip describing every category in the rating here and just say...WOW. Best beer I've ever had, period.

Photo of MadCat
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice hazy golden yellow with a short white head that left good lacing

Smell: Sweet, Belgian yeasts that have been mellowed out a bit

Taste: Mellow Belgian yeasts, subtle bourbon and oak

Feel: Medium body, full crisp carbonation

Overall: Excellent tripel, however I wouldn't have guessed that it is barrel aged if I wasn't told. However, I think the barrel here mostly serves to mellow out some of the stronger flavors and bring harmony to everything. So maybe the barrel not being obvious is a good thing and shows some real benefit rather than a hot boozy mess that tastes like weak bourbon.

Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sticks ans Stones tonight.Poured into a goblit a lightly hazed lighter golden with a nicely formed white head.Aromas are big in the bourbon barrel department with mild phenols and spiced pears,a nice mix of things going on.Sweet bourbon vanilla flavors along with more sweet alcohol,spiced phenols are there but kept in check pretty well,some boozy fruit in the finish.A nice barrel aged tripel not over the top bourbon wise but it packs a kick.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.65/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Roman's in Milwaukee.

Dusty orange gold body with spritzer carbonation and a healthy white cloud atop.

Huge vanilla/oak aroma is surprisingly balanced out by a luscious tropical fruit medley of lime, apricot, papaya, and an abundance of peach skin.

Smooth and warming feel with a bit of an alcohol bite/burn. Tropical fruit flavors are overwhelmed by the boozey/oaky/vanilla character. I find the barrel aging to be a detraction from an already solid, albeit delicate beer. Some spice and hop bitterness manages to shine through the booze.

Drinkability is destroyed by the barrel aging.

Not my cup of tea at all, but I’m not that in to barrel aging of most beers.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allagash Curieux(Bourbon Barrel- aged Tripel).
11% alcohol 750ml corked and caged bottle. Cork popped off like a mofo when opening.

A- Pours a crisp and clear orange fluid with active carbonation leading to a one inch head that falls to a thick froth leaving excellent patchy lacing.

S- Scents of fresh Belgian yeast upfront with grassy and citrus hops and light bourbon hints on the nose in alcohol fumes.

T-M- Taste is very tame for what I expected. Mild touches of Triple qualities of yeast, fresh citrusy hops, warming alcohol and very smooth and light bourbon flavors. At 11% I will say i'm amazed at the smooth mouthfeel from start to finish. Alcohol is hidden even at room temp. Wow. Light carbonation on the tongue allows this Triple to go down with a slight warming of the throat as it passes down to the belly.

D- Great beer hands down but for the price of 17.49 a 750Ml i'll most likely pass. Light bourbon notes compared to a regular barrel aged beer but with the mouthfeel and drinkablity of this one who gives a shit??? Cheers!

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10oz glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Fantastic 2-fingers or so of head sitting on top of a slightly hazy light golden yellow brew. Lots of active carbonation. Head retention was very good and lacing was strong almost all the way down the glass.

The aroma is the first hint of something different here - there is a nice hint of the bourbon-vanilla-oak thing, presumably from the barrel aging. It's complex with some other fruit aromas mingling in there as well.

Trips are a favorite of mine and I wasn't sure about messing with it, but I'm glad Allagash did because this was awesome. The notes of oak, vanilla, and the spice notes of the tripel are simply a great combination. There is definitely a warming from the alcohol content, especially on the finish.

Overall a great brew. I love the tripel style and I like Allagash's take on the style. Nice!

Photo of Dmann
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. It poured a medium golden color with a little cloudiness to it and a small white head that lingered till the last sip. The smell right away was full of vanilla alchohol and bourbon. The taste was very unique. It started out like a tripple with a bit of frutiness and malt sweetness and then as you are about to swallow the oak barrel characteristics kick in. The vanilla sweetness comes around and finnishes with a very smoothe, Maker's Mark-esque flavor. After pouring the yeast from the bottle, the flavor had a little more sweetness an frutiness. I would suggest setting the bottle on the side for a bit and letting all the yeast mix in as it yields a more flaverfull beer imo. But it is defiantly recommedned nonetheless.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with my dad this afternoon. Bottled September 2004. After struggling with the cork a bit it popped out nicely. The beer poured a wonderful bright golden color with a small bubbly white head. A touch cloudy with lots of active carbonation. Aromas of bountiful tropical fruit with a fresh yeastiness. Candy sweet scents meld into a warm bourbon undertone. Hints of vanilla and wood work their way into the simply lovely aroma. Each inhalation beckons me to take a sip.

Curieux brings a smooth, slightly creamy maltiness accented by a mix of tropical fruit flavors, coconut and vanilla. Midway through I get a nice yeastiness with a warming stream of bourbon. Finishes beautifully, a bit dry with a touch of lingering wood. An awesome barrel aged tripel, easily the best I've ever sampled. Delicately balanced with only a hint of alcohol and the perfect marriage of bourbon flavors from the barrel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Goes down so easily and is actually quite refreshing. This is almost deceptively drinkable, at over 9% abv I could be in trouble before I know it with this one. A treat to drink, I'm sad this is my only bottle. Hopefully I will come across this beer again. Cheers to Allagash for creating a Jim Beam barrel aged work of art.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells fascinating... like some kind of moldy exotic cheese. Complex and beyond my capability of description.

A lighter colored beer. Cloudy golden pale. Small head.

Taste... well, you can really taste the bourbon & oak notes, specifically on the first sip & the finish. But only very subtley. It doesnt hit you in the face with the alcohol like you might expect. Masterfully blended. Very full-bodied and tons of character. You'll need to have more than one bottle to fully dissect this beer.

Drinkability? As I can only find this in one specific location, a nearby bar, I will be trying this again sometime in the near future, probably near christmas. I look forward to the opportunity. An excellent, complex beer. To be savored.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This id a wonderful beer. It pours a dark yellow, without too much of a head. There is some lacing, but not a lot. It has a spicy/fruity odor to it. The taste is complex: fruit, spice, and a darker backtaste. It's feels great in the mouth, not too carbonated. A really great beer to drink.

Photo of marvin213
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's fizzy like a Coke product, but I suppose it's supposed to be. A bourbon barrel-aged tripel--I haven't had many of these, but it's far lighter in color than I expected: hardly yellow; mostly white; but cloudy. From a harsher perspective, it looks like a Bud Light served in a dirty glass; even from a more appreciative and respectful perspective, it looks like cloudy piss. Like cloudy piss, in fact, its contents are mysterious and curious.

The smell is provocatively fruity. There's some dirty but subtle bourbon backbone to what is a banana and green apple tree. The yeast brings about a spicy, peppery olfactory tingle. It's remarkable!

Dry white pepper combines with a freeze-dried banana vibe. This is a beer I would take hiking...to wash down my trail mix. The touch of bourbon is more of a smell and a feel than a taste. It makes me think either the bourbon wasn't that strong, the barrel was only freshly used, and/or the beer sat within the barrel only for a limited time. It's good. It's weird, though. It harly tastes like a beer. It's a carbonated refreshment to accompany my cashew and raisin mix! I mean, really, never have I so associated a beer with a mountain hike!! Course, an 11% 750 to the dome might not be the best to bolster survival skills.

The feel is dry like a chardonnay. That peppery Beligan yeast tickle is a tad spicy. It's a concoction--like something cooked in a cauldron. It's the most impressive beer I've tasted that looks like it looks. Really, I could set it up next to Natty Light in a dirty glass and you'd have to investigate a bit to discriminate the difference. I could do with a little more bourbon, but I respect the fact that it imparts only a minimal influence.

Drinkability's good, but it's that peculiar dryness that probably most hinders quaffability. Being that it's 11%, it's noteworthy that something besides alcohol solvency hampers drinkability! I like it, it's neat, it's worth sharing, and it's of a quality that deems it worthy of just having around.

Photo of euroslvt
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Hazy copper pour, the constant stream of bubbles from the etched glass add to the firm creamy head. While the head shrinks to a small covering, the excellent lacing continues without fault.

S: Typical Belgian smell, although maybe slightly more alcoholic. For some reason I am also getting a slight wheat smell. And of course the expected Bourbon/Oak from the ageing.

T: Alcohol up front, followed by the Bourbon and Oak. Some Vanilla makes it through the much stronger alcohol notes. Very well rounded.

M: Just enough carbonation. Medium'ish feel. Slightly creamy and dry, makes me want to have another sip.

D: An easily drinkable barrel aged offering from Allagash. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the carbonation is perfect for this style. When it comes down to it, it is not hard to drink the 750ml yourself.

Photo of Guden
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Fairly cloudy pale copper with a small white layer of little bubbles. Nothing bad, just not super exciting.

S- Definite oakiness with light citrus and banana fruitiness. A pleasant balance between whiskey and a tripel.

T- Oak and bourbon lead the way with a rich, sweet creaminess fighting them back before a lemon flavor finish that sticks on the tongue.

M- Creamy and mouth filling. Let's all the flavors shine through and finishes reasonably dry.

O- Very drinkable and interesting at the same time. The oak and bourbon are strong enough to really enhance without overpowering or wearing on the palate.

Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

September, 2004, bottling, served at cellar temperature in a goblet. Pours a clear, clover honey body that is alive with carbonation. Thousands of tiny bubbles mingle about in the glass. Head is one centimeter tall and vanilla in color, and tightknit. Excellent retention and some delicate sheets of lace are left on the sides of the goblet. Very attractive.
Aroma begins with an unexpected note of white grapes, quickly followed by oaky vanilla and some vinous alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, with effervescent Belgianesque carbonation and an alcohol sting.
Taste begins fruity, with white grape juice and some tropical pineapple and mango. Bourbon notes are prominent. Oak wood and vanilla become prominent at room temperature, along with a strong note of warming alcohol. Tropical mango and sytraight bourbon make up the finish.
Nicely executed Tripel with a great deal of complexity. Allagash is probably my favorite American brewer of Belgian styles, and Curieux doesn't disappoint. The alcohol presence could have been better concealed, as this bottle has some overdone warming that is almost "hot" at times. I would prefer their ordinary Tripel to this one, but I'm looking forward to sampling a different batch of Curieux to compare with this September, 2004, bottling.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BTAH in NYC, as part of the Very Special Cask night. Poured hazy, golden yellow, cloudy, with a minimal white tiny bubble head, leaving very light lacing. Bourbon and alcohol notes in the nose. Tart, fruity,yeasty,strong bourbon/whiskey notes in the not too distant background. It all adds up to a complex, interesting, tasty and strong brew. Not your typical tripel. Track some of this stuff down if you can.

Photo of mrquartetman
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden amber, cloudy, big head

S: Citrus, spice, big malt, like a spicy cake, lots of aromatics, a clear bourbon backgrouind aroma.

T: Starts out gingery, then citrus kicks in, but is quickly overwhelmed by a huge malty surge, banana and the cake that the aroma promised. The bourbon flavor is quite present, but other great spicy flavors contend with it.

M: Dense, quite sweet, though not at all cloying; very complex, very big.

D: The temptation would be to just keep drinking this one, it is so good, but its alcohol level might be a bit of a caution.

This is truly "curious." Allagash says of it, "To make the Curieux (French for "curious"), we age our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam barrels for 8 weeks in our cellar."

This is one helluva beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern Plymouth—served into an Allagash tulip.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, dark gold in color, clear

Smell: big time oak and bourbon

Taste: I got a huge dose of oak, bourbon, small vanilla, and even slighter citrus. The oak really dominates.

Mouthfeel: sweet and oaky, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: I do like this one due to its heavy oaky nature. That said the tripel portion of the beer I find is very subtle—almost overwhelmed by the oak. I am not sure if that is a bad thing—just different. I may go out and get this again, but there are other Allagash beers I would get first.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle from the brewery, brought back across the border for a beer tasting - cheers Brad!

Poured into a wine glass. Tawny golden, lovely haze, good head of foam, loads of lacing. Great looking tripel. Paired with some sharp Ontario white cheddar and prosciutto.

Nose is terrific - Belgian yeast, lemon, spice, herbal hops, peach and bourbon, and I get a remarkably subtle hint of cherry that almost reminded me of an American kriek.

Tasty brew, the bourbon added a nice complexity and oak to the brew that would otherwise be a serviceable tripel. Peach, lemon, herbs, a bit of yeast and spice, bourbon.

Thinner bodied, but lively carbonation gives this brew a nice feel.

Great brew - I would love to have a whole bottle of this to enjoy myself (though the alcohol will probably destroy me). I love the way the bourbon added to this brew, though I really did not expect it would have such an effect.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Anam Cara.

Poured a bubbly golden-hued color with a crackly white head that dies away to a respectable level. Lacing on the glass is a nice sheeting action. Aromas are a bourbon-tinged tripel: spicy/peppery/yeasty. Flavor is a barrel-aged complexity of peppery-sweetness with some yeast twang. Hot finish with a lot of bourbon notes. Novel and well-done.

Photo of 1Adam12
2.87/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man, I was really looking forward to this bottle. I'm wondering if I might have gotten a bad bottle. I heard binny's can produce a bad bottle or 2, because if this is how it normally tastes, it is wayyy overpriced. Color was the best part, nice light murky orange. I smelled almost nothing at all on the nose. Tasted like alot of bourbon, which i do love me some bourbon forward beers, but thats all I got, nothing else. Not much hops, lightly carbonated. Like I said, I think I might have gotten a bad bottle, because this was very unimpressive if this is the norm.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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