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

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Reviews: 850
Hads: 3,477
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.33%
Wants: 460
Gots: 922 | 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:
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 Arbitrator
2.32/5  rDev -44.8%
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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Photo of Naugled
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
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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Photo of DogFood11
2.43/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

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.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.45/5  rDev -41.7%
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
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.
6/4/5/3/12 (3.0/5)

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
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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Photo of samfromsf
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of maxpower
2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of hopwilder
2.76/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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....

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Photo of samie85
2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had to admit this Belgian style triple with oak aged Bourbon casks was a bit dissapointing. Not much of the characteristics they mention in the product came through in the tasting (oak, vanilla, caramel/toffee).

The beer also from a mouthfeel and taste is a bit lacking as well compared to other tripels I've had. No big heavy fruit or breadyness that I was expecting, also the beer felt to heavy on the alcohol side compared to other tripels whose body and taste profile could mask the alcohol I've had. It's a good beer but I found it hard to drink, and felt it really needed to be paired with food, you couldn't just casually drink it.

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.87/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man, I was really looking forward to this bottle. I'm wondering if I might have gotten a bad bottle. I heard binny's can produce a bad bottle or 2, because if this is how it normally tastes, it is wayyy overpriced. Color was the best part, nice light murky orange. I smelled almost nothing at all on the nose. Tasted like alot of bourbon, which i do love me some bourbon forward beers, but thats all I got, nothing else. Not much hops, lightly carbonated. Like I said, I think I might have gotten a bad bottle, because this was very unimpressive if this is the norm.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap. Pours a hazy light gold with a creamy white head that leaves nice lace. Smells strongly sweet and fruity, but with plenty of oak and whiskey as well. Banana and citrus. Expected spiciness from the typical tripel yeast. Tastes of sweet, grainy malt, yeasty light fruit, and strong bourbon. It's surprising how much the whiskey comes through. Some oakiness and spice there as well. For me, the bourbon character doesn't work well at all with the flavor of a tripel. Between the dijointed flavors and the high ABV, this one doesn't drink very easily.

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Photo of jokemon
2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To put it simply.

There is way too much bourbon flavor in this beer. It tastes like they took a regular beer and added a shot of jim bean to it.

The aroma itself is somewhat pleasant. I enjoyed smelling the beer at least.

I would reccomend this beer to try at least once, but thats about it.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Overall the intensity is pretty mild. Strawberry and 7-up spritzer. tart candied oranges. Fruit smoothie (mix of bananas, berries and apples). Whiskey sour.

Taste: Slightly sour-orange woodiness with a pinch of alcohol burn and slightly stale white wine up front. Slowly melds to a middle which is dark citrus, faint light bourbon alcohol and semisweet with a white wine edge. Finish is dry white wine and is moderately fresh and citrusy.

Notes: While tripels are a beer that is often wine-like, this ends up more like and exact replica of white wine. Really didn't get the bourbon/vanilla notes that everyone else is talking about....maybe since its was on draft?

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a lift caramel color that is somewhat opaque. Nose brings forward a god dose of light bourbon along with some caramel sweetness and bread. Sligt spicing. The taste just doesn't really work for me, with some strange bread and banana interacting with the bourbon. It sounds good, but just isn't very appetizig to me. Mouthfeel is a bit boozy and thin. This one just did not work for me.

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Photo of BobZ
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with buddy and poured into my Duvel tulip. Had this bottle over a year hoping the bourbon would "mellow" a little with some age since trying my first bottle.

Appearance: Nice rich head which remains over time, very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Bourbon up front, dominant, very little else on the nose.

Taste: Again, bourbon, all about the bourbon, "bourbon uber alles". All other flavors are pretty well masked. Unlike bourbon barrel aged stouts like KBS and Cuvee Delphine where the bourbon is a component in a multi flavored balanced brew, here the bourbon is too much and does not allow the Tripel characteristics to surface at all. This also makes the alcohol noticeable.

Mouth feel: Alcohol burn but otherwise decently smooth.

Drinkability: Too boozy to make a sessionable beer, one and done, glad I was splitting the bottle.
Again, could have been a much better brew if the bourbon aging added "A component" rather the being "THE component".

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Photo of poundboy
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a good, well crafted beer. I love Allagash's triple, but the oak aging just did not do it for me. I am not a big bourbon drinker and the flavors imparted from the aging in bourbon barrells made it hard for me to drink. I guess I have just gotten sick off of bourbon one too many times and the olfactory reminders of those occurances made this an unpleasant experience for me.

Appearance: Hazy gold with minimal head.

Smell: Vanilla and smoke. Like watered down Jim Beam. Some sweetness underneath, but I detected none of the various fruit flavors others have.

Taste: Dry, with some of the fruitiness and phenols coming through. This beer is somewhat interesting in that it manages to by both sweet and dry at the same time. However the aftertaste is exactly the same as I get from a shot of bourbon. I somewhat enjoy that when I'm drinking whiskey, I did not enjoy it at all in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with some pleasant tingling, sour once swallowed.

Drinkablility: Had a bit of a hard time finishing the glass. Not the beer for me. But many others like it. It is a good beer, just not at all what I am into.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Golden to light copper color and a white head quickly diminishing to some scant lacing. Aromas display big woodsy oak barrel characters, earthiness, golden apples, soft fruits, and something lactic like yogurt. Large alcoholic burn dominates beer along with oaky bourbon flavor, vanilla, and bananas. BA spice characters meld well with those of the tripel but as it warms they seem to consume the other flavors. Typical tripel mouthfeel...thin, fizzy carbonation. Lots of alcohol and bourbon in the finish. Before I finish the bottle all I can taste is sweet, sweet, sweet aspartame and bourbon. Just couldn’t appreciate much of the tripels nuances... maybe some extensive aging would do this better justice.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 corked and caged bottle into a my DT glass. Label shows Aug 2006 bottling with 510 cases bottled. It opened with a good pop and was a clear golden honey color. It barely had a head and that went away quickly. It also had a steady small stream of carb throughout. The smell was very heavy on the oaked bourbon from the barrell. It was so dominant that no other smells really came to the front. The taste followed suit and it made me think of a bourbon and water more than a beer. This barrell trend is really hot right now and I've seen it done well where it adds some new flavor to the beer but this one barely shows any of the beer. Can't tell it was a tripel except for the identification here. I can see why some might love it but for me it's a one and done. Don't recommend. (2.5, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feb 2007 bottle.

Appearance: A rich golden color, very pronounced head and lacing.

Smell: Strong boozy bourbon with lemon, orange peel and just a touch of vanilla. The alcohol overwhelms the delicate base beer, and at the same time doesn't lend much depth itself, just a lot of heat.

Taste: Dry, boozy, slightly tart. The citrusy flavors typical of tripels and the malty vanilla character of the bourbon are equally pronounced here. The alcohol is quite noticable. I would imagine this will mellow with age, but I don't really mind it young; it's just very hot.

Mouthfeel: Extremely crisp and highly carbonated. Despite the complex flavor and heavy booze it maintains a pretty light texture. The rich flavor and alcohol really coat the tongue.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper - it would take a while to finish an entire bottle alone.

Notes: An interesting experiment, but I think I prefer the Tripel Reserve on its own - the bourbon really overpowers the delicacy of the tripel. I think this would work better with a bolder beer as a base.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light fleshy fruit aroma up front quickly smothered by the bourbon alcohol (some coconut and rubbing alcohol). Airy, bright white head fades quickly to a thin film. Slightly hazy, golden straw colored beer with a few stray bubbles rising slowly to the surface. Tastes like a bourbon infused triple. Fleshy fruit and yeasty triple flavor goes toe-to-toe with the mild bourbon tones. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. I thiink I'd rather spend my $15 on two bottles of the triple.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in May of 2007.

A golden blondish appearance. Very thick white head with some sticky lacing. Aromas of citrus, candied sugar, oak, and soft bourbon. Complex in flavor. Tastes of fruity lemon, green apple, spicy clove, vanilla, and oak. Definitely had that boozy warming effect after each sip. The oak seemed to come out more in the finish. Mouth feel smooth and soft. Moderate carbonation. Overall drinkability was interesting. The bourbon barrel aging didn’t do it for me but never the less it was fun to try. Cheers!

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.07/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle shared in wine glasses. Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of coconut, alcohol, vanilla, wood, spices, and some citrus. Taste is alcohol, bitter wood, coconut, vanilla, malt, and spices. Light body, thin texture, soft active carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I am usually very impressed with Allagash. I think they make a lineup of great beers.

Unfortunately, I did not care for this one as much.

For a triple, the carbonation was lacking. The head quickly dissipated to leave behind a trace of foam.

The aroma actually had a corn smell to it; a slight presence of DMS. The oak aging helped to offset this problem, as it brought out nice shades of vanilla as well.

Overall, the hop flavor was too muted to make the flavor complex. I did perceive a lot of malt, but without the carbonation and nice texture or hop flavor, I thought this beer was too one-dimensional.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.