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

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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,059 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,059
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 357
Gots: 623 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004)
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2.3/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. November 2008 bottling.

A: Pours a cloudy golden body with a finger of off-white head that retains moderately and collapses into a medium collar with very light film on top. No lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, butter, oak. Citrus (lemon, apricot, maybe even tangerine), banana, spice. A little boozy warmth.

T: Bourbon; definitely bourbon, yes. Buttery oak and vanilla also emerge at the front. I thought those flavors would recede over time, so it makes me wonder what this beer was like a year and a half ago. The base beer comes out more in the mid-taste, but not fully. The barrel character has overwhelmed it. I can get hints of lemon, apricot, tangerine, as well as banana. The finish is spicy at first, but it gets pretty warm from the booze, though I would hesitate to call it hot.

M: Definitely chewy, but it is medium-bodied. Carbonation is good (to my palate), but I acknowledge it is low for a tripel.

D: I didn't really enjoy this experiment. Bourbon-barrel tripels are rare, so I can't really judge to "the style," but I know Cascade's Vlad had some bourbon-tripel in there, and it was worlds better than this one. Won't even consider buying this again at $17.

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2.4/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fairly clear golden orange body with a tall foamy white head. Some scattered light lacing was left around the glass. Aroma was a mix of sweet fruits and strong bourbon alcohol notes. There was minimal spice as well but the more this warmed the more the alcohol and bourbon drowned out everything else. Taste was more of the same. Too much bourbon and alcohol to let anything else but some sweetness gets through. There were light fruit and spice notes but as the bottle warmed the alcohol became even more evident. Very unpleasant towards the end of the bottle. I really dig their standard triple but this was way too hot to enjoy. I figured it might have mellowed some but that was not the case. Mouthfeel was solid. Drinkability was shot to hell by the alcohol. Seems like triples and bourbon barreling don’t mix well.

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2.42/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml corked in bottle. Bottle date of Oct 2008 and a whopping 11% alcohol. Handsome packaging.

Appearance: Cloudy hazy gold, tightly carbonated with nice white head that dissipates quickly. Good for style.

Smell: Way too oaky. It just hits you in the olfactories. A sugary coconut smell

Taste: Way too oaky here too. I can't get past the coconut flavor, it almost tastes imitation, but I trust it's not. I can taste hints of the tannin in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, but nothing outstanding. Carbonation is crisp and body is smooth.

Drinkability: Not impressed.

Maybe with aging the oakiness will diminish, but not impressed enough to buy one to age at this price.

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2.42/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

light copper, perfectly clear, tons of small fine carbs support the spritzy head.

Burbon smell is predominant although you can pick out the typical fruity tripel aroma.

After my first bottle I thought it needed some cellar time. This one is just a young 6 months old and its not ready yet in my opinon. Still a bit harsh around the edges. sweet malts add to the sugary aspect. The alcohol did make the movie "bad santa" pretty entertaining.

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2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

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2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 9/13/08. Bottle, May 2008. Pours a cloudy bright orange with a small white head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of melon rind and sharp spices (some pepper, clove), and bourbon. In the flavor the bourbon really comes out with the tripel background. Not overpowering bourbon although you can certainly taste it. At least it feels like you're still drinking beer...I'm not really a fan of bourbon-flavored beers. This isn't the worst, but it's still too bourbony for me.
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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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