Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 750 ml bottle (bottled on April 19, 2013) into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated September 2, 2013.
A-The brew pours with a thin, white head. Retention is decent. The beer is lighter in color for the style, nearly straw-colored or very-light golden. There is a slight haze.
S-The smell is lightly oaked...I don't get much in the way of boozy bourbon, but rather, some smooth vanilla and caramel to go along with the grassy, sweet-pear flavors of the base tripel. Incredibly mild for 11% ABV.
T-The taste is also restrained (mostly in a good way). The tripel beer underneath is pleasant with light fruits and a bit of spicy grass. The barrel comes through mostly in the form of vanilla, with some caramel and a bit of drying, oaky character. Again, alcohol is incredibly well-concealed for the high ABV.
M-The feel is a nice match for the flavors. Medium heft with moderate carbonation.
O-This is a really classy beer. The barrel-aging is noticeable, but not hit-you-in-the face boozy or drying or funky. You can also tell that the base beer is a solid tripel. The best trick this beer can perform, however, is making you think you are drinking a normal beer not an 11% monster. All the positives notwithstanding, I could have used a little more complexity in the profile to nudge this beer from great to world-class.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2013 01:16:54 | More by spoony
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