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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

839 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 839
Hads: 3,405
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 5%
Wants: 441
Gots: 879 | FT: 36
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of damienblack
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 2008, enjoyed with thanksgiving dinner.

Pours a lovely golden brown, the color of fresh honey. Small head, but with enough carbonation to keep the beer looking lively when swirled in my Allagash tulip. Smells of sweet belgian sugars and spices, some wood/pine that helped smooth over the sugar, with a slight whiff of alcohol. An intoxicating odor.

The barrel aging gave the tripel a little bit more of a kick than I thought it would. It also tasted more spiced than I expected, it almost tasted like this year's Fluxus with a bit of a bourbon alcoholic bite to it. Overall, a far more complex profile than the standard tripel. As the beer got warmer, it definitely opened up, the spice became a little less overbearing and complemented the sweet tripel. On the other hand, Fluxus at this temperature was undrinkable for me. The bourbon taste was all up front on my palate, but mellowed as the beer warmed. I was enjoying this more a half hour after opening, rather than 10 minutes out of the fridge at opening. Average carbonation, which fits the character of the beer perfectly as a slow sipper. Drinkability improved as it warmed, and while the alcohol taste is pretty mellow (as the bourbon aging helps smooth over the sweetness of the belgian style), it's most definitely a sipper. (1,306 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottled December '04 (11% abv version)

Pours a hazy, bright, slightly yellowed orange. blinding white head forms and quickly fades. Collar is nice but not particularly impressive.
Smell is peaches, pears, green apples, bourbon whiskey, a woodsy aroma, and a slight bit of hops. Alcohol prominent as is a fairly nice yeast characteristic.
Taste is fruity, bourbon (LOTS of bourbon), bitter hops - quite a bit more than I expected - and oaky sweetness.Yeastiness is present as well. Alcohol is strong, but not overwhelming. The flavor of the bourbon is intense but there is very little heat to the 11% here. The problem I am having with this one is that the bourbon kind of overtakes much of the other flavors in the beer (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just mentioning it).
Mouthfeel is okay, decent carbonation, no overwhelming sweetness, or alcohol.
Overall, A nice experiment from Allagash. Very glad I tried this one, but I'm not sure that it was worth the $15.99 I paid for it. Nevertheless, I bought it like 3 months ago and it's been cellaring since, so I'm not that upset. Drinkability suffers only because of the abv and the intensity of the bourbon flavors. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into tulip. bottling September 14, 2013.

A: a hazy bright orange body. head is frothy and bright white. retention is good, thick clumps of lace left behind.

S: minor oak aroma. sweet unfermented sugars. fruity, apples especially. a relatively mild aroma.

T: a little bit of vanilla. pears. lots of oak, not nearly as much of the bourbon as I remember in the past. a little vinous. this thing is dangerously drinkable/smooth. the heat is seriously minimal. residual sweetness.

M: moderate carb, but mostly smooth. medium/full body.

D: goes down too easy. to, too easy. my one complaint is where is the bourbon? seems like they almost blended it out of the equation. otherwise a very drinkable, very smooth Belgian blond ale. (737 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dense cloudy appearance with a pale orange caramel color. It ours with a frothy white foam which quickly dissipates. The aroma is dominated by charred oak with possible notes of resin, leather, and clove. It has a full body-- a creamy, thick feel with soft carbonation. The initial flavor is that of a tripel. It's lightly bitter and almost salty. It has a spicy finish of bourbon, black pepper and alcohol. This is basically a tripel that is treated with the charred oak flavor of bourbon. Quite unique.
(rated 1/14/2007) (538 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber light orange with a frothy white head that develops into a thin collar. The beer is slightly hazy with very lively carbonation. The oak bourbon barrels impart a wonderfully complex aroma of vanilla and tropical fruit. The fruitiness is complex with several layers that is very enjoyable. Slightly phenolic and spicy as well from the yeast.

The beer begins with an initial full mouthfeel and creaminess that imparts a vanilla sweetness. Sweeter than I would prefer that inhibits drinkability and takes away from some of the finer subtle qualities of the yeast. It's difficult to differentiate whether the sweetness is imparted from the vanilla notes of the bourbon barrel or simply the attenuation of the beer. That said it is a little nitpicking and personal preference.

Sweetness aside the phenols and spiciness are somewhat subdued compared to the scent. Very full mouthfeel as one would expect from the style. Throughout the beer the barrel aging is very evident, but there isn't a hint of alcohol presence. (1,042 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Tulip. Bottled in August 2009.

Pours a light golden amber with a small light white head. The nose is like light bourbon, spicy Belgian yeast and a nice sharp bite.

Taste is very well balanced, it's got some bourbon bit it's not in your face, it's got a nice burnfrom the alcohol mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. (388 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet... a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Great retention. Still looking strong after the minute or so it took to bring up this site and type this far.

The smell is characteristic Tripel. Floral, bits of honey... not a lot of bourbon barrel on it yet.

The bourbon comes a little more on the taste... really balances well with the Tripel flavors and Belgian spices. The honey and bourbon are a great compliment to each other and neither is overpowering.

It's kind of a weird flavor... but it's good. I guess bourbon barrel aging isn't as well suited to this style as a stout, but it's still a good beer. (642 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear yellow with a little bit of head

S-very strong bourbon, and little bit of yeast

T- the bourbon is very unbalanced with the beer. You can really taste it and that is not good. Would be very good if it was more mellow

M-medium body and smooth finish

O-good beer. Wish it was more balanced (299 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at manny browns in philly

Pours a clouded golden color with some fluffy white head - fades out slowly with patchy lacing and retention.

Strong bourbon scents with wood and dark fruit. Raisins, cherry, and dates all swirl together with alcohol heat.

Plenty of wood notes up front with bourbon. Dark candied fruit and burnt sugar with alcohol. Bready malt with crust and sugar. Finishes with bourbon, wood, alcohol heat, and fruit sweetness.

Fuller medium body, lighter carbonation, sticky and chewy. Drinks pretty nice, plenty of bourbon barrel flavor, definitely something I want again, but hot up front. (617 characters)

Photo of snpub540
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead's. Poured a hazy orange hue with a small white head. It leaves some delicate lacing on the glass the entire drink.

Aroma seems very faint. A little spice and some earthy yeastiness mixed with a nice vanilla from the barrel.

Nice hay and grain flavors upfront with phenolic yeast notes in the finish. Spicy and tasty. A little bourbon and heat as it warms. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is crisp and refreshing. Nice drinking beer. (476 characters)

Photo of dherling
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy beer, honey golden with a small bubbly off white head. The nose is alcoholic, with woodyness, vanilla, and a little fruityness. The taste is like straight forward alcohol, but not totally harsh. It's warming, balanced out with vanilla, wood, and fruit again. Has a thick slick mouthfeel and a fairly dry finish, but the alcohol does repeat a bit. (362 characters)

Photo of nase
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Carbonation was rather high initially but completely went away as it warmed; Smell and taste of bourbon blends well with the citrus lending to adequate drinkability; mouthfeel is creamy

think i might prefer allagash's regular tripel but hard to say

Appearance - 3.0
Smell - 4.0
Taste - 4.0
Mouthfeel - 4.0
Drinkability - 3.5 (334 characters)

Photo of trbergman
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a teardrop.

A - Golden orange body with plenty of carbonation and a tall crown of white foam.

S - Aromas of spices - cloves, perhaps coriander - some esters of fruit and bubblegum. There's a hint of dry candi sugar as well.

T/M - Dry and peppery with a slightly creamy body. The barrel aging is fully evident, with a touch of astringency and the flavor and warmth of Bourbon. Wood may be too present - it could probably use more time in the bottle.

D - Delicious, and overall quite pleasant. (513 characters)

Photo of bceagles39
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Looks like cloudy applejuice. Dense white head that laces nicely throughout.

Vanilla and woody aromas overpower.

Tastes smoky and toasty with a whisky finish. I didn't get much of the classic triple flavors to come through.

Great creamy mouthfeel.

Very fun to try, the smokiness was almost a little too exagerrated. But enjoyed trying it. (414 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy honey-amber golden with a nice thick head. Aroma is fruity and malty with strong banana and lemon tones. The rich wheaty flavor fairly fills the mouth, and the strong hoppy bitter undertone gives it a nice kick! It goes down smoothly with a strong alcohol bite that is more like hard liquor than beer. (310 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on Nov 2009
Found this in the basement, purchased a couple of years ago in NJ. Probably bought too many 750s and this one got lost in the back.

A: Light golden/copper color with a 1/2 finger not-quite-white head, large than expected given the alcohol level.
S: Light bourbon and a little oak/woodiness.
T: Lots of oak character (vanilla cream) but not much in the way of tannins. There is a subtle belgian-yeast flavor (fruity esters) but not much. The bourbon is very integrated, most of what is obvious is wood vs. bourbon.
M: Crisp and yet somewhat creamy/mouthcoating, I assume this is the tripel interacting with the wood.
O: An obviously well made beer that almost certainly would have been better 2 years ago., still tastes very good, but everything is too muted to be world class. Based on this bottle and other reviews, I would definitely purchase again. (903 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into the elongated Stone Tulip

A - Light murky honey, small white head, slightly sudsy lacing that stays pretty well.

S - Lemon, bread and wood (new wood, like tannic freshly planed wood).

T- Tripel style for sure. Wood, banana, sugar and yeast, finished with slightly bitter dryness.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation.

D - As is often true with beers of this style, you need to let it sit and warm up a bit to get the true value of the beer. It deepens as you wait. Still, not a beer I want all night. (507 characters)

Photo of ctjoumas
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Floral smell as it's being poured with a lot of small bubbles resembling soap suds, even with a slightly slow pour. Very effervescent mouthfeel like champagne, accompanied by a fruity flavor I recall from other tripels (I'm not overly familiar with this style). A bit of dryness in the back of the tongue after swallowing with a tart flavor which gives way to a subtle bourbon flavor. Nice complexity to this beer and overall enjoyable but a bit too much of the dryness in my opinion. (484 characters)

Photo of weazal
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SMELL: Warm, sweet citrus. Pulpy in the likes of mandarin oranges and tropical fruits. Full, potent aroma that's immensely pleasing and begs you to take a sip. There is a balanced spiciness to it along the lines of white pepper.

TASTE: Starts off mildly spicy with a prevalent, but not overpowering degree of bourbon, alcohol, and dryness. The citrus and sweetness from the aroma is much more toned down if not even really present at all. Enjoyable, fuller mouthfeel and balanced carbonation.

More enjoyable in small sips with the mindset of sipping bourbon. Unique, but not a favorite. (588 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not sure if I have had any beers from Allagash. We can't get them here, and I had to get this and the other bottle on our list in a trade. I guess this beer is rare. I was looking for this beer online, and found it on RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. This beer is rated 99 on RateBeer and 100 on BeerAdvocate. It must be good! I have been on a tripel kick lately. I am not a huge fan of blond (or blonde) beers, love a good dubbel, and don't really care for most quads. However, most tripels deliver.

Now that I think about it, I don't know many breweries from Maine. I saw they were from Portland, and thought… Portland, Maine? Never heard of such a place! Doesn't mean they don't know how to make good beer. Actually, doesn't mean they don't know how to luck into making good beer. Fun story on how this beer was first discovered. The bottling date on the bottle says, "February 1, 2013"… and I am sure a few years on this would help. But we are impatient. Oh, and it's the 4th of July. Might as well celebrate. Cheers!

In the Glass: This looks like a glass of champagne. There are TONS of bubbles here. The beer looks like a tripel in the glass, with a nice thick white head. Funny story… I am getting a text message from Josh Williams about the Founders Devil Dancer. It's a triple IPA. Not the same as this… but funny they both sound the same. Anyway, this beer is inviting especially knowing they use Jim Beam barrels.

Nose: Not much bourbon on the nose. It has a nice somewhat sweet aroma with a hint of honey. Speaking of honey, I bought some honey for a recipe the other day. I have been eating a spoon of it every morning. It's SO good. The beer still has a pretty thick head, so I will wait for a few minutes.

Flavor: The flavor just coats my palate and gives me a typical tripel experience at first. Then, as I swallow the booze becomes obvious; it's a little bit too hot. I am sure a few years in the bottle would fix that. It is also a bit too cold. I could spend an hour with this bottle if I had to. Maybe I will… it's a holiday. I don't have anything else going on today.

I swished the beer around in my mouth on the second sip, and the sweetness really opened up. For as much as this beer is, and for the trouble we had to go to get it, I am not blown away with the flavor. I would like to try the tripel without the barrels. You don't really get much bourbon flavor here. Not as much as I was expecting. Cool story on where they get their bottles, though.

Mouthfeel: Like I said, there are a ton of bubbles in the glass. Not as much when you sip it. They aren't obvious, and the beer isn't that carbonated. I bet, as this beer heats up, the bubbles will mellow out and the beer will also mellow out in terms of the complexity. This beer has high ratings online, and it's good… but it's not "world-class".

Aftertaste: The finish is nice and somewhat drying, but not the typical sweetness that I get from a good Belgian tripel. Barrel aged beers are tough for me. They are either amazing and you can really taste the bourbon, or they are like this and you pick up some of the flavors from the barrel, but you don't taste the bourbon itself. I wonder if I were to toss in a splash of bourbon and mix it up if that would change the flavor of the beer. I'm not going to, but it's a though!

According to the label, they only bottled 1400 cases of this beer. It's rare… but it didn't blow me away. Also, as I was tracking this beer on Untappd, I see they have a Booker's Barrel, and a Four Roses Barrel offering. Does anyone know if that is more rate than this? I would love to try them all side by side. Maybe I will get a bottle oft heir Tripel in my next trade to compare. Not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting. Cheers and happy 4th of July, everyone! (3,800 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

Appearance-Pours a lightly yellowed golden with just the sligtest orange highlights. Some significant white head rises and bubbles away leaving solid rings of lace and a dusting of white wisps along the top.

Aroma-There's the faint undercurrent of the base triple but the aroma is dominated by woodsy bourbon-soaked oak.

Taste-Same as the aroma with a stiff alcohol-kick, bourbon flavor throughout, undertones of oak and woodiness. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel-Crisp and spritzy with ample carbonation, a tad thin for a triple by my reckoning though.

Drinkability-The drinkability is decent, but the bourbon character can get a bit overwhelming. (670 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

May 2008 bottling.

Pours quite cloudy and dark gold in color. One-finger white head is so dense and fine it is hard to see the individual suds. Great retention as well, the appearance on this is just ideal.

Smell has a very light bourbon feel along with a rich caramel, butter, and somewhat grassy character. I dig the malt presence and the bourbon, but the light grassy character overtakes them both.

The flavor comes through with a lot more bourbon than the nose, probably the most prominent characteristic, but it is very easy on the palate for a barrel aged beer. Grassy hops accompany the bourbon, then caramel and a slight buttery twist enrich it. Everything comes together fairly well. Tastes better than it smells, but not as good as it looks. Feels medium with a good level of carbonation for a tripel, works well with the spirit too.

Overall this is pretty tasty, though it has a sort of grassy character throughout the beer which takes away from the delicious bourbon and buttery caramel. (1,004 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bad guy has been sitting in my fridge for 6 months since buying it at Allagash. Never seems to be a good time to drink a large bottle of 11% beer by mtwelfth. What the hell, I may as well ruin everyone's weekend and drink it tonight. Wow, the smell is overpowering. A bit of an orangish intro as you drink it, but there is a bit of an odd odor. Maybe this is too old now. Great soothing that though - can see this being great on a cold night. Very yeasty bomb that is nice, but not sure I get a ton of bourbon out of this. 11% bit too much for me. I love Allagash, but this isn't for me. (601 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Bottling served at room temperature
A - Under reasonable pressure. Pours a cloudy golden color with a single finger of white head. The head is long lasting leaving a nice amount of lacing.
S - Has a yeasty, floral nose with a hint of grapefruit.
T - Hints of bourbon (very light) with similar qualities to the smell.
M - Moderately full mouth feel with no coating qualities. Very carbonated
O - A nice Belgian style ale. I don't imagine it spent very much time at all in the bourbon barrels. I wouldn't get it again but it was worth trying once. (552 characters)

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.