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

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3,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 732 | FT: 36
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pops the cork with a very impressive sound. Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow with a nice thick head of crunchy, crackling milk-coloured bubbles. Great lacing. Looks a top drop.

Lots of phenolic activity on the nose. Big oaky characters, citrus, resin, a bit of wine cork, unique but refined, fresh but aged. Lots of sharp fruit as well, maybe cherries or cranberries, in a lingering overtone. Very nice indeed.

Smooth sweet entry, with a blossoming robust oak character. Sweet, lightly citric notes on the mid palate before the long finish, dry and crisp, with a noticeable alcohol heat. Mouthfeel has a perfect sheen on it, and only at the end when the big alcohol presence is felt is there a tingling on the tongue. Yet in a way the prominent alcohol character numbs this away.

For me, this is such a classic American craft beer. A Belgian style tripel aged in bourbon casks. Where else in the world could such a beer be possible?

A big beer, very refined, but somewhat hard to approach as well. There are some really lovely characters to this. The huge ABV is daunting, and to be honest, isn't necessary. There's just a bit too much of it noticeable on the palate.

But this is a very nice beer nonetheless. Not something for every day, but something worth savouring on a rare occasion. Try it once now, and then maybe again in a year or so.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 603BeerMe for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden caramel color with a small head and very nice retention. Constant bubbles racing to the top.

S: Wonderful smell. I'm getting your typical Belgian Tripel smell, but with a nice kick of liquor. The hit of liquor almost smells like vanilla. This is my first Barrel-Aged brew, so it really impresses me.

T: Smooth Belgian start, that blends into a Bourbon finish. Not as dry a finish as I'm accustomed to by this style, this is almost creamy.

MF: Light body with a nice amount of carbonation that keeps the flavors fresh.

D: This is a beer that the drinkability is interesting. I would love to drink this all the time, but I don't see it as an everyday beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Portland, Maine at the Great Lost Bear.

Appearance was brown with a one-finger head.

Smell was strong, fragant, almost like hard booze, but still pleasant.

The taste was spicy, rich, and powerful, almost like I was drinker a Makers Mark version of a belgian beer.

Mouthfeel was full and complex, interesting.

Drinkability is good, just be sure not to have more than a couple of these.

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