Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by tavernjef:
4.4/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A perfect gleam of sunlit, clear chilled lemony yellow. Until the end has reached the bottle and it gets all opaque from the yeast and looks like a gorgeous plastic mold of lemon ochre. Starchy, weakened, plummeting capping of off-white, loose foam creates the roofing. A settled dense, bubbly foam is left at the edges to collar the top like soft ice cream pushed up from a spoon. Inky drawn out lacing splats across the glass with a light embrace.
Softly delicate, lush, and inviting nose of plump citrusy juices, soured candied sugars, and some semi sharp white grapey wine-likeness sweeps to the front on every wiff. Smells much like a fine Italian lemon sorbet.
Taste is vibrant, full, and seeping with a long lasting heated touch of bourbonyness soaked into every inch of the citrusy Tripel ale envelope. Sealed with many malty edges, this sucker gets right in there and makes itself welcome in your soul. Wonderfully pungent and yet soft and delicate in nature along the path of its bittering citrus notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and tangerine juices, pith, and peels. Perfect malty balance underneath with a semi sweet and tenderly present candy tone. Throw in the always present twinge of bourbony twisted heat and grapey-like flavors and this is one hell of a fun package to open.
Feel is about medium bodied; closing in on fullish; good malt presence sticks it to you right quick and lets all the little things play their part as it firms up the hold of absolutely fantastic, mildly pungent, citrusy sugars, and fun, take their time to unfold under the heat of a great and grapey bourbony kick.
The 11% is evident in smell and taste but not really taken into account while consuming as it goes down with ease. That said, the bourbon that is there does hamper a bit of its overall downability. But not enough to really take away from the performance at hand(bottle). A very solid offering from Allagash!
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2007 22:25:22 | More by tavernjef
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4.44/5 rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at Beach Front Liquor, San Clemente CA
Bottled October 25, 2013
Popped and poured into an Allagash Chalice
A: clear amber-honey color, effervescent with a 1.5 inch head. Settled to .25 inch and retained as I allowed the beer to warm slightly. Quite beautiful.
N: roasted malt slightly sweet, hard to sense any bourbon. Not what I expected, very soft of the nose. Pleasant.
T: HUGE burst of flavor on initial taste. A super-intensified version of the nose. Sweet caramel malt on the tongue with unmistakable whiskey tones and yeast. Truly dramatic to sip. Bourbon lingers on the palette. Mouthfeel a little bubbly, I think I would love to try something like this with a heavier body. But it definitely holds up.
This is a must-try for even those not thrilled with this style. I'm hooked already.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 02:19:53 | More by Bonsall_Phil
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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