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

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2,639 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,639
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 289
Gots: 457 | FT: 28
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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:
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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Photo of merlin48


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

September, 2004, bottling, served at cellar temperature in a goblet. Pours a clear, clover honey body that is alive with carbonation. Thousands of tiny bubbles mingle about in the glass. Head is one centimeter tall and vanilla in color, and tightknit. Excellent retention and some delicate sheets of lace are left on the sides of the goblet. Very attractive.
Aroma begins with an unexpected note of white grapes, quickly followed by oaky vanilla and some vinous alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, with effervescent Belgianesque carbonation and an alcohol sting.
Taste begins fruity, with white grape juice and some tropical pineapple and mango. Bourbon notes are prominent. Oak wood and vanilla become prominent at room temperature, along with a strong note of warming alcohol. Tropical mango and sytraight bourbon make up the finish.
Nicely executed Tripel with a great deal of complexity. Allagash is probably my favorite American brewer of Belgian styles, and Curieux doesn't disappoint. The alcohol presence could have been better concealed, as this bottle has some overdone warming that is almost "hot" at times. I would prefer their ordinary Tripel to this one, but I'm looking forward to sampling a different batch of Curieux to compare with this September, 2004, bottling.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 11:20:12 | More by merlin48
Photo of scott


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a substantial pour of thick golden peach, minimal head & lacing. From the getgo, I knew this meant business.
Smell was almost tame, but had hints of vanilla & bourbon that made it's way into your mouth. Alcohol was masked wonderfully, and the carbonation was stellar.
Allagash with casks, what more to ask for. Beautiful, if you enjoy either of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 03:07:55 | More by scott
Photo of shroompod


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

November 2006 vintage poured into wide mouth glass as recommended on the bottle.

Hazy golden color, not much of a head or carbonation apparent.

Smell has faint grassiness , some alcohol.

Taste has a tart fruitiness, some bready yeast notes, just a hint of the bourbon comes through. A very nice triple.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, good carbonation.

Drinkability is very good for a beer with such high ABV. This beer seems to be a good candidate for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 02:04:33 | More by shroompod
Photo of mdm46410


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds and served in a snifter. This beer poured a lightly hazed golden orange with a thin head of slowly fading off-white foam that left some even lines of lacing down the glass. The aroma was made up of candied oranges and pears, light clove and coriander, and also just a hint of bourbon. The flavor was bright and full of sugar-coated oranges, pears, honeycrisp apples...all tinged with a mellow bourbon note. Quite delicious! The mouthfeel was full-bodied and lush. Moderately carbonated. I love Allagash's tripel, but the bourbon barrels add another layer of flavor to a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 20:25:21 | More by mdm46410
Photo of unclejazz

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Sunswick for having the good stuff on tap.

A-light amber in color with just a bit of head and minimal lacing

S-bourbon, apricots, oak, and caramel.

T-same but a hot alcohol taste that hits in the middle, not bad to have it there.

M-a bit syrupy and slightly undercarbonated.

O-I really enjoy this stuff especially on tap. A real treat to have every one in awhile.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 13:52:37 | More by unclejazz
Photo of TheMyers

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this during American Craft Beer Week at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas.

A - Surprisingly light for a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer. Pretty clear.

S - Definitely pick up on the bourbon, however, not overpowering. Other than that, just like a tripel.

T - Never had a bourbon barrel-aged tripel before, but this is a good start. Don't know if this is the best style of beer to barrel age as we are partial to darker barrel-aged beers. We like our traditional Belgian tripels. That said, this was still pretty good. Alcohol is well hidden - the bourbon hits you at the beginning and then fades to a somewhat tart tripel.

M - Very light, little carbonation.

O - Good effort for a style of beer that isn't normally aged in bourbon barrels. Would definitely try again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 02:31:57 | More by TheMyers
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, alcohol, coconut, vanilla, and woody aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, brown sugar, spices, coconut, vanilla, some butter flavors, bourbon flavors, and wood. There is an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. A medium bodied feel as well. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great barrel-aged flavor. Interesting to see a tripel aged in bourbon barrels.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 17:18:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of illidurit


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 07, and deliberately aged until January 2008 to drink.

Pours a shimmering gold color with a fluffy white head of 3 fingers. The Duvel tulip that houses this beer maintains a foamy cap of head and is marred by dense lacing.

Aroma is very yeasty, with a distinct woody hard liquor note and some tropical fruitiness.

The bourbon barrel influence on the flavor is unmistakeable. There is a breathtaking oaky vanilla booze bite in the middle of the palate that just melts into a fruity sweetness that finishes pleasantly dry. The warmth in the chest imparted by this beer is trademark whiskey, and it blends surprisingly well with the sweet tripel notes of pear and orange.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, with a quite Belgian carbonation and a nice dry finish for such a sweet and rich beer.

This beer is a bit hot and you can feel it. The booze really comes out with too much warmth, which makes it harder to drink.

Overall this beer is interesting, unique, and delicious. One of Allagash's best.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 00:01:51 | More by illidurit
Photo of HardTarget


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Notes bottling date “December 04”, bought roughly at that time in Texas, cellared personally until sampled in March 07, 340 cases bottled, suggests a wide mouth glass. Brown 750ml corked and caged.

Aroma: Bourbon’s heady alcoholic flush, kept silently in deep wood.

Appearance: Hazy apricot glass with a thin cover and collar that leaves a bit of lace.

Flavor: Mild sweetness is almost worty, firm bourbon, an earthy wheat note, all well blended, no flavor overpowering the other. I’m not the biggest bourbon fan, but this worked very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, lively but not fizzy, dry but lingering.

Overall Impression: Easy but firm. I’ve been looking forward to this and after reading opinions in the cellaring forum voting against holding this one, I feel it stood up well to what I gave it time wise. I’ll be looking for more to hold.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 06:03:23 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Tucquan


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-12-27 in Columbia, PA. Bottled in July, 2011

A - Moderatley clear, golden with a 2-finger white head that settles quickly to 1/2-finger with sheeted lacing.

S - Fruity phenolics from the yeast, oak, very light bourbon, vanilla, raisins, touch of malt. Very pleasant and balanced.

T - Oak, peach, bourbon-soaked pear, vanilla, bit of white pepper, reasonably sweet initially but dries well. Alcohol is in the background. Finshes with oak, fruit and just enough light bitterness for balance.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Smooth and thick; not cloying. Very nice.

O - This is a very elegant beer. I like it quite a bit more than their normal Tripel. They got the barrel-aging just right; present, but doesn't dominate. Big thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:27:37 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle today at Shaws, at the urging of one of Alewifes co-workers. Bottled December, 2009.

Poured into a small Smutty tulip, the color is a cloudy, flat, golden hue. Steady and plentiful carbo rises through the liquid, helping build a fine, thin head. This topping is comprised of tight, minute white bubbles layering the surface, with some clinging well to the glass surface. Aroma consists of some pleasant tropical fruit notes battling with the bourbon characteristics emanating from the barrels. Body is very nice, much more than medium, while nearing fullness. And creamy? Damn! Fantastically smooth and velvety on the tongue.

Lightly sweet, the flavor has some mango, pear and green apple elbowing each other as they maneuver across your palate. The bourbon and oak are also right there, along with a hint of vanilla. The finish is a bit cotton-candy like, and quite dry, while the 11% ABV is, scarily, quite well-hidden. A delicious bier and, while pricey, one I'd readily partake of again.


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 21:13:55 | More by Bierman9
Photo of mikem0487


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of March 22, 2013. Poured into goblet.

A-A nice burnt orange body with great clarity. The head was a pinkies width at best with minimal head retention.

S-Oak, peach, vanilla with a overall earthiness to it. None of them are really pronounced but all melded together.

T-Really enjoy the flavor of this beer. Up front you definitely get a fruitiness of peach and mango with the vanilla coming in after it. The bourbon barrels come in with the dry finish. The barrel aging is more subtle than I was expecting but fucking awesome none the less.

M-On the heavier side for the body thats broken up by the high carbonation. Dryer finish.

O-So this beer was worth the $18 after all. Enjoyed it alot. Wish the price tag was less so I could drink this more often. I do not know the ratio of how much they blend the fresh triple with the barrel aged tripel but being that the bourbon/vanilla/aged characteristics are so subtle I would say a majority of this beer is the fresh tripel. Not complaining at all because I really enjoy this beer. I will have to grab this years and see how it taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:27:03 | More by mikem0487
Photo of kylehay2004


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: half finger head on a murky pale golden with subtle crimson hued body. nice lacing.

S: I really felt like this one had a very weak aroma. Mostly clove, oak, bourbon but I was disappointed here but the flavor makes up for it...

T: Top notch here. up front clove, banana, wheat, earthy hops fade to a bourbon and sweet cedar/oak finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation and nice moist finish.

Overall: I actually feel I have had better bourbon barreled triples but this is the best I have had that is widely distributed. Very drinkable, alcohol very very well hidden and complex. Only knock is the weak aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:25:17 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly hazy orange appearance, solid slab, of rocky white foam on top...excellent look for a tripel
Nose is full of citrus, fruits, and spice, like a wicked apricot whipping a naughty peach...and the whiskey whispers in...oak, vanilla, and sweet malt peeking over the fruit...quite unique! The more I sniff it, the more astounding it feels...honestly.
taste: big, brisk, full and bold, the alcoholic kick isn't shy at all, ...all the taste of a tripel, but kicked up a notch (how much do I owe Emeril?) ...abundant fruit, very sweet, but matched immediately with the slick character of whiskey, creating a complex union, not found in any brew yet encountered...extraordinary, really...every taste gets better...yummy, methinks...yummy McYummersons...
I am profoundly grateful to have had the oppurtunity to try this delicious creation, and thank UncleJimbo for providing....wish I could have a case in the cellar for future tastings.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 06:40:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter (one I so sneakily stole from the Shannon Rose in Clifton). Not sure how old this bottle is. Label reads 0244 over 10:19. I highly doubt this bottle is 70 years old. Maybe one or two? Who could say? The store I bought this from still had last year's Pumking on the shelf so it could have some age to it. By the way, the pour is lovely. Nice chamomile tea coloring with a two finger head. Beautiful lacing as I continue to drink.

The nose is a little disappointing, I guess. More tripel and not enough bourbon. I wanted a nice blast of booze, but didn't get it. Again, I don't know how old this is.

Taste is smooth. Very smooth. TOO smooth. This must have some age to it. The alcohol burn doesn't start until it's taken a full tour of your esophagus. Slight bourbon notes in the taste. Excellent--nay, superb--balance!

I'm going to enjoy every ML of this 750ML bottle.

Addendum: I'm an idiot. Bottling date is front and center on the bottle. January 24, 2014. Well done, Allagash. You brewed a beer that hid all its alcohol in less than 6 months and hid its bottling date in plain sight.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 00:16:29 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

World Class-ish!

I had this on a sampler flight last night and am referring to my notes on the bar napkin, BUT after reviewing the style characteristics, I upped my score from last night.

It poured a crystal clear straw color (bar lighting) with a full creamy white head that left nice sticky lacing.

It's aroma was of malts and intoxicating bourbon.

The flavor was rooted in malt sweetness with the bourbon on top and very little in the way of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was outstanding! It was medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It's pretty sweet although not real heavy, but at the end all of that fades away to an extremely pleasant lightly dry finish. It really goes through a neat transformation there.

Overall, I think it fits with the style pretty well. It's a little on the sweet side but probably one of the most pleasant beers that I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 00:30:59 | More by WissBrauSean
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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the original and best version of this style, and when I revisit it, I am always reminded why its so popular, highly acclaimed, and darn tasty. it pours a opaque bright golden color with as much head as you care to stir up. bone white and permanent. it smells really strongly of vanilla, intense bourbon whiskey notes, wheat malt, Belgian yeast, fresh oak, and warming alcohol. there are subtle floral notes from the yeast in the taste, elegant and lively, while the sweetness of the vanilla brings out the best of the cereal malts. bourbon is obvious, its familiar too, and the barrel just brings it all together. I don't taste booze at all, which shocks me at 11% abv. it drinks just way too easy. carbonated very effervescently, this beer simply dances on the palate. usually tripels are sweeter than I like, but this one comes out just right on the sugar scale. complex doesn't begin to describe curieux, which has to be up there with allagashs best work. this is one of those beers that every serious beer drinker needs to try in their lifetime.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 15:37:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This id a wonderful beer. It pours a dark yellow, without too much of a head. There is some lacing, but not a lot. It has a spicy/fruity odor to it. The taste is complex: fruit, spice, and a darker backtaste. It's feels great in the mouth, not too carbonated. A really great beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 20:44:41 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap the other night while I was fighting off a cold and really enjoyed it. Thankfully, I had the pleasure of trying it on tap again after my head cleared and wow, what a great beer.

The body is clear with an orange hue. The head was minimal and a little thin by the time the glass made it to me.

The smell is a little funky belgianesque yeast, some light fruit, possibly pear or apple, and of course, vanilla from the bourbon.

I love the flavor profile on this one. Pear, apple, and coriander spice. The bourbon is present, but not overwhelmingly strong like in most barrel aged beasts. The vanilla is the most prominant and thankfully the charred wood aspect of it is muted. It gives it more of a perfume type feel, if that makes any sense. The yeast adds a little touch of funk.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side for a tripel, but it works well with this one. Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and sparkling. The bourbon like aftertaste has pretty long retention.

This is a sipper, for sure, but it is fun to drink. It's much like drinking a fine spirit vs a beer. I'll gladly give this one a few more tries on tap while it's available.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 13:37:53 | More by Vonerichs
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully well balanced and obviously well made, quality ale. Pleasant full fruit nose with hints of whiskey; big integrated fruit/hop flavors with refined carbonation and some fresh sweet characteristics. Very pleasant bouron finish. This appears to be a drink that would impress and please most.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 09:22:56 | More by GRG1313
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a nice light orange with a creamy white head.

Smell: The smell is a almost a peanut whisky smell mixed with odd fruits. Crazy!!

Taste and Mouthfeel: It's incredible what the Bourbon did to this beer. Thier Tripel is always wonderufl, but this is just out of control. It's incredibly smooth and balanced, but even more intense than usual. What a crazy beer. The mouthfeel is superbly creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a crazy beer for sure. Allagash's beers are always good, but I'd have to say this is the most unique of their beers. It really has a flavor all to itself, and it's wonderful. If you find this, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 22:10:34 | More by santoslhalper
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling: July 2005
The beer after it’s disemboguing from the 22-ounce cork and caged bottle sets in the glass a honeyed gold color, the head is meaningful in size, the texture creamy and the color a pleasant off white, after its depletion, the lace forms a fine coating upon the glass. Nose has a citrus like crispness, hints of alcohol, corn, and a vanilla like tone, quite a sniffer this one, start is somewhat sweet with a purposeful grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, the hops bashed by the alcohol, quite dry, vinous, and a definite tummy warming noticed, a real “Hoot”, just got to love the brewers at Allagash, they certainly know how to put together one hell of a line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 19:25:54 | More by Gusler
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A bright golden amber, Medium head quickly recedes to skim surface

S- Strong bourbon and oak aromas with a little banana on the end

T- Sweet malts or pure honey and a lasting Jim Beam bourbon alcohol burn - a treat!

M- Creamy with just enough alcohol to make it interesting and delightful

D- Excellent drink-ability, the bourbon barrel paired the triple, makes it a must have - Allagash does a great job with this brew

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:32:06 | More by kms910
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled March 2009

A: Golden blond with fine clarity. Moderate white head is well retained by a constant supply of bubbles. Very attractive beer.
S: Aroma is a bundle of sweet fruity esters. Apple, pear and grape with a touch of vanilla/oak. Bourbon shows a bit at room temperature.
T: While not so noticeable in the aroma, bourbon barrels are easily distinguished here. Initial fruit flavors found in the aroma quickly move into spicy yeast and bourbon flavors. Starts out with a modest sweetness and finishes bitter with a light tannic presence.
M: Medium-bodied and carbonated just about right. Not overly heavy or boozy for a big tripel.

Having had this beer on draft a number of times, the bourbon always seems to overpower everything else about the beer. But with a year or two in the bottle, it really mellows into something special.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:19:52 | More by GeezLynn
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bwyker for this bottle, my first trade.

Allagash, i have heard so much about this brewery, but i unfortunately live in a state with no distribution. Thankfully there is BA and the beer trade so i am able to now taste this malty beverage that I read about on this very site about 2 years ago. This beer is very much a Belgian from it's 750ml champagne corked style bottle to the simple label telling of the contents and a bottling date November 2006.
This beer is also very much a Belgian is it aroma, very subtle like Chimay, I personally expected something more because its an American brewery and we do things a little over the top in the craft beer new world. there is a good yeastie, fruity, citrus with a hint of bourbon and alcohol.
The flavor is soft, malty, hints of spice and citrus, subtle herbal flavor, a very balanced background bourbon flavor, and a smooth hint of alcohol. This is a wonderful example of a Belgian Tripel, very flavorful, light, and rich.
Try it you will not be disappointed, I definitely was not.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 04:38:37 | More by plaztikjezuz
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,639 ratings.