Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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2.3/5 rDev -46.1%
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.
02-11-2010 02:20:41 | More by Arbitrator
2.4/5 rDev -43.8%
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 dont mix well.
07-21-2005 15:43:55 | More by meathookjones
2.42/5 rDev -43.3%
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.
02-12-2009 01:38:05 | More by Naugled
2.42/5 rDev -43.3%
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.
Notes: These bourbon type brews are tough. some peppery content came through late in the aftertaste but it just seemed like a watered down black velvet blend.
12-29-2005 06:54:47 | More by DogFood11
2.55/5 rDev -40.3%
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 Im not that in to barrel aging of most beers.
08-17-2006 16:53:28 | More by DaPeculierDane
2.55/5 rDev -40.3%
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.
12-26-2008 17:27:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
2.63/5 rDev -38.4%
I heard great things about this beer. I was looking forward to tasting this beer and bought Belgian ale glass just for this. Poured from 750ml bottle. The appearance is something in between lager and pale ale. the nose is not as bad as the taste., This beer is something of cross between, Berliner weise, Pilsner and Belgian ale. I am not sure that the fuss is about it. It's over hyped, over priced. There so many pother great beers from Firestone and Stone brewery.
08-04-2014 03:09:45 | More by samfromsf
2.65/5 rDev -37.9%
Corked and caged 750 ml bottled October 2004, pours cloudy golden yellow with a nice lasting head of large bubbles, good lacing in my glass. Sweet fruity and bourbon aromas, smoky and woody flavors, the bourbon taste almost overwhelming at first but mellows throughout, medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel, not as carbonated as most tripels, finishes dry. At 13.99 a bottle no thank you.
01-09-2005 20:55:00 | More by maxpower
2.73/5 rDev -36.1%
Appearance - Is unfortunately my favorite part of this brew. Pours a beautiful golden, amber color, while an almost cotton white head develops. The lacing disappears fairly quickly, but a nice wispy cover remains.
Smell - The alcohol dominates the scent here, there is also a powerful odor from the bourbon barrels, not much more to it.
Taste - Was also dominated by the alcohol and barrels, not much else can even get in, disappointing for Allagash.
Mouthfeel - A surprisingly light and fluffy initial hit, but the alcohol quickly takes over a sharp feel.
Drinkability - Again, the booze just overpowers everything in the brew, making it tough for me to finish a 750ml.
Disappointed because I love Allagash....
01-05-2010 22:55:26 | More by hopwilder
2.75/5 rDev -35.6%
December 2010 bottling.
A-Pours a hazy blond/orange color with with a half-finger fine-bubbled white head
S-Smells a little tart like a lambic/wild ale with light hints of apple and pear.
T-Big bourbon heat with some tart, cidery notes with a pronounced bitterness.
M-Really quite light bodied with a very present alcohol warmth and a very drying finish.
D-I thought the bourbon barrel-aging might make this tripel more up my alley, but this is just really not my thing. There is no body or malt presence to compliment the bourbon.
07-27-2011 01:00:10 | More by samie85
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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