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

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Reviews: 846
Hads: 3,451
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 23.04%
Wants: 452
Gots: 899 | 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 HamdenHector
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy, but not quite cloudy; golden yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: the bourbon clearly comes through, but it doesn't overwhelm the coriander, orange peel, banana, and peppery spice from the original tripel;

T: complex; a moment of bourbon and vanilla, then a rush of citrus - mostly lemon; the finish is a combination of all of that, along with some black pepper;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; a little alcohol warming, but not much; really smooth;

O: one of the best beers I've every had; it's always a treat when I get a taste of this;

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Photo of WalterSobchak
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this 2009 release but temptation won over tonight. 750ml into a tulip. Excellent packaging, of course.

Poured a light honey color with a white head, small bubbles, well carbonated.

Spicy alcohol notes are right up front. The bourbon barrels impart significant aroma and overpower the pine notes of the hops .

This one gets better as it breathes and warms up. Still, spicy alcohol prevails but again the bourbon and oak add balance. Very tasty vanilla and hops linger with the bourbon.

The carbonation and malt combined with the bourbon-like attributes make this an exceptional drinking experience. So good...

This is an easy replacement for a scotch or bourbon session.

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Photo of bosco7
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden color. Nice fluffy white head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing.

Lemon rind, pear, spicy hops, acetic acid, and a hint of toasted malt.

The aroma of this beer is misleading, in that it smells like it was inoculated with a bit of wild microbes. Tastes completely different. Big malt up front: biscuit and light caramel come to mind. Estery flavors follow which include: banana, pear, and apple. Barrels definitely add to the complexity to this beer; very smooth, some light tannin pucker, vanilla and oaky flavors apparent. The beer finishes spicy, phenolic, and a bit of subtle tartness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect and provides a counterpoint to the heavier than normal body.

Taste is definitely this beer's strong point but everything else is well above average. I would stash this away until Fall when the nights become cooler and thoughts deeper.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Frank for bringing this over.

A - Pear gold. Fine white head. Nice lace and retention.

S - Oak, white table wine, caramel, and vanilla. Soft and well integrated.

T - Silky and incredibly smooth. Mellow booze elevates caramel, Chardonnay, oak, and a fantastic vanilla bean note. Oak, vanilla, and honey linger through the finish.

M - Medium/full body with a soft and super smooth frame.

O - Stellar.

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Photo of Guden
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Fairly cloudy pale copper with a small white layer of little bubbles. Nothing bad, just not super exciting.

S- Definite oakiness with light citrus and banana fruitiness. A pleasant balance between whiskey and a tripel.

T- Oak and bourbon lead the way with a rich, sweet creaminess fighting them back before a lemon flavor finish that sticks on the tongue.

M- Creamy and mouth filling. Let's all the flavors shine through and finishes reasonably dry.

O- Very drinkable and interesting at the same time. The oak and bourbon are strong enough to really enhance without overpowering or wearing on the palate.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - translucent yellow/orange pour, slightly clouded. An initially frothy head recedes to a thin cap and hefty collar. Spotty lacing, a great looking beer.

Aroma - yeast, oak, and bourbon dominate. Settles to a lightly sour oak smell.

Taste - sweet and yeasty to start. Developing oak and bourbon flavors come on beautifully. Smoothly delivered bourbon flavors take over. Finishes sweetly, warmly, and nothing like you'd expect an 11% beer to finish. I don't taste any hop influence and really don't mind.

Mouthfeel - smooth, just like a good bourbon. Right on the spot.

Drinkability - a great oak-aged beer that will give your temperance skills a challenge.

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Photo of buffettfan
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bomber, into my Allagash Glass!
Poured a cloudy, gold. With a think, pouris head, that seemed to last forever, clinging to the glass the whole time I drank this beer.

Aroma was a typical tripel. A sort of spice, with a little citrus was easy to detect.

At first sip, I was in love with this beer! A warming alcohol presence was noticable upfront, along with an orange/citrus hint.

Very smooth, very enjoyable beer. A light, refreshing mouthfeel.

I would love to get my hands on more of this beer. Belgiens are not my favorite, but man, if all beligians tasted like this, I would drink them all the time.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours hazy light orange-gold, with a creamy white head and nice, solid lacing.

Nose - hints of bourbon and vanilla, slight booziness, meld with sweet apricot and passion fruit, with just a bit of yeast. Vanilla really comes through as a nice, smooth vanilla sweetness, apricots dipped in cream with a slightly boozy aspect.

Taste - Begins with an underlying note of vanilla, moves to a much larger, more prominent bourbon note to complement a nice, sweet apricot presence with just a hint of dryness. Finish is yeasty, dry, a bit more bourbon comes through. Really a fantastic balance between the barrel and the beer. Really top notch, one of my favorite Allagash experiences.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft, fluffy carbonation.

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Photo of taigor
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from cask into snifter.

A - Golden color with medium white head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing around glass.

S - Yeasty, spicy upfront with hints of citrus.

T - Yeasty to start but slowly turns fruity with a hint of spices and that 11% abv comes through at the end.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Surprisingly very good drinkability even though it is high in abv. Very tasty and smooth.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml my friend I brew with had been aging for about a year and a half...2009 bottle...head was not huge on top of light and pretty clear body...

Nose is huge bourbon...tons of smooth bourbon aroma, with the hops and malt taking a back seat. Aging was a good call with this brew, and I admire the discipline to sit it down for that long.

Bourbon is heavy on the tongue too, but quite smooth.

I believe this is 11% alcohol but at the same time it's hard to believe.

Quite a winner, I recommend having this once.

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Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. It is a Belgian Strong Pale ale aged in Bourbon barrels; very nice.

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is perfect. It boasts of pale malts, corriander, orange peels, and a strong bourbon odor. The taste is very good. It has a nice pale malt base, but the flavor is all bourbon. It feels like drinking a weak whiskey, but very flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation. This is a fine brew for sure. I've never tasted anything like this. I don't know if this is going to be a regular offering, but I hope so.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on tap at Durty Nellies.

A: slightly cloudy, golden/orange color with a thin and dense white head. The head leaves a very thin layer that retains nicely.

S: strong bourbon presence on the front the offers huge vanilla notes which sit atop funky Belgian yeast notes, some cloves and banana notes in there as well

T: excellent balance between the sweetness and the spicy notes, I pick up the spicy notes in the mid palate and the finish is primarily bourbon. A bit warming as it goes down. Well balanced, the bourbon doesn't overwhelm...it just complements the tripel

MF: medium body, a bit sharp from high carbonation

D: this is delicious- my first bba belgian style brew, and it was awesome. If this beer weren't so spendy, I'd drink it way more often.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bottle marked "bottled may 2011"

Poured into a tulip this trippel is hazy golden with a thick and cakelike off-white head which leaves small patches of fuzzy lace

The scent wafts from the pour. Cake batter. Bourbon and maraschino cherries. Candy sugar. Overripe pineapples.

Taste is initially sweet, then briefly sour, woody. Very long finish. Herbal hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Pears. Pineapple. Bourbon. Woody notes. Slight sourness. Touch of vanilla. Sweet bread dough notes appear reminiscent of a sweet holiday bread.

Oily, weighty mouthfeel; high viscosity.

Drinkability good. ABV of 11% belied only by a mild warming in the throat.

Complex, balanced and very satisfying trippel.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tasting at the Draught House Anniversary Party...

A: Good-looking beer. Pale-golden, hazy, with excellent lacing.

S: Boozy, but pretty restrained for the most part. Citrus, vanilla, a little cinnamon. Yeasty.

T: Sugary, vanilla. Not too boozy at all, but rather excellent bourbon flavors.

M: Very silky smooth, full body. Great mouthfeel.

D: Pretty darn good for the style, very easy drinking.

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Photo of BeerHonky
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is fantastic. It pours a bright and hazy golden yellow with slight orange highlights here and there. A thin, prickly looking head doesn't stay for long.

Immediately you can smell a bouquet of citrus fruits. Many come to mind but its very hard to pin point any particular one that stands out amongst the aroma.

This beer also has a fantastic balance of fruity belgian flavor, hints of bourbon, and alcohol. I love bourbon and this was a perfect marriage of the two libations. This is a beer that will also become more flavorful as it warms up. If you can't taste the bourbon, give it some time and you'll start to notice it towards the end.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smellysell for this bottle.

Pours a dark straw, bordering on orange with a thick two finger head that settles, eventually, to a thick cap. The lacing leaves a solid sheet of foam on the glass.

Smell; oak and vanilla with a little coconut kick things off. The fruits are more prevalent than I though they would be with the barrel aging, with some apricots and pineapple.

Taste; the bourbon is very evident, but is not overpowering. Oak and vanilla mix nicelyl with apricots, pineapples and coconut. It's pretty sweet but the bourbon, a bit of a hop spiciness and a dryness from the barrels help to keep it moderate. Overll this is one awesome beer, with the bourbon barrel aging being an integral part instead of taking over the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth creamy carbonation. The drinkability is really good, despite a noticeable alcohol presence.

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Photo of chumba526
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2009. This ale appears hazy orange with a full bodied great looking white head.

It smells initially of oats and dry bread like malts, and peppery, fruity yeast. I get a nice very mellow vanilla smell, there is a bit of a mellow alcohol smell. There is also a nice light citrusy lemon smell. It smells fairly mellow but it also smells quite complex.

It tastes initially of earthy oak. I get a bit of a mild sour like quality to the beer. A Belgian fruity and peppery yeast flavor is also very noticeable in this beer. There is a bit of a nice lemon like flavor. I get a mild but noticeable bourbon flavor to this beer. This is a very well balanced beer, I was not sure how a tripel would do with the flavors of bourbon but this beer was executed perfectly. There are a lot of different flavors mingling with each other but all of the different flavors work well with each other.

The carbonation is moderate low. The mouth feel is like there is a smooth creamy texture to the beer.

The drinkability for this beer is fantastic. For how high it is in Alcohol it goes down smooth. It is flavorful but it is smooth and easy to drink.

Overall a fantastic beer. It is amazingly drinkable. It has a unique flavor to it. The best beer I have had by Allagash.

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Photo of SirBenton
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer blew my mind. I had it on tap at the Barley House in Algonquin.

Pours a great golden orange with a good amount of head. Smells seductivley sweet with honey and yeast shining through. The flavers are absolutely majestic! The belgium spices with the honey and bourbon meld wondrously. The bourbon can be tasted with a good swirl in the mouth. Goes down super smooth; you can just barely taste the 11% alochol. Overall, one of the greatest beers i've had. Adding to my cellar!

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Photo of wcintula
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm at a loss for words on this delicious beer. Poured from a 750 that I enjoyed with my dinner.
Bottled April 2010, batch 691.

A- Great big cascading head containing large pockets over a cloudy, honey-colored body.

S- Strong bourbon and oak smells.

T- Tastes of bourbon, oak, malts, and fruits.

M- Smoooth, baby. Medium-full body, nice coating properties, and the high %ABV is masked very well.

D- I drank a 750 by myself with dinner and was super content. Great beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed this a while back for something like 6.99 so I went into this with little expectations.
Nov 2006 bottling.

A: Hazy golden color. Minimal white head. Looked like a standard tripel in the glass.

S: The smell was the one flaw in the beer for me and it was still decent. You could smell the oak and the yeast which was an unusual combo. Behind that I did get hints of grapes.

T: Really hard to describe. It was really sweet with a hint of bourbon and some sugar. The barrel aging totally did something unuiqe to this beer. Really hard to describe.

M: Really good mouthfeel on this. Very traditional take on the style.

D: I would give this beer a 17 on drinkability if I could. If you handed me a glass of this and then told me to guess the ABV I would tell you around 5%. Simply put amazing.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy golden color with a not much head , but a thin ring of tiny bubbles.
Has a wonderful aroma of oak,straw and complex fruits.
It hits the mouth with champagne like carbonation and that same vanilla/oak flavor and a definite alcohol note but is still very,very smooth.
An amazingly complex and tasty brew.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I saw this I had to buy it. This pours a darkish gold color with a nice white head. The smell is a alcohol,bourbon, and oak aged aroma. The smell is something special. The bourbon taste is alot stronger than I expected. I like this,but if you don't like bourbon don't try it. Like the smell, the taste has a full alcohol and whiskey flavor. The oak wood brings out a earthy and vanilla flavor that is really outstanding. The m/f is medium with a range of flavors that mix perfectly. This beer is one for the ages and if you can find it, buy it. I love this beer.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer into two tulip glasses revealed a richly colored golden ale with a thick, lovely white head. The aroma and flavor are a lovely blend of spicy yeast, warming alcohol, light fruit, with subtle bourbon and vanilla from the barrel. Flavors are bold without sweetness. Mouthfeel is luscious giving way to a dry finish. This is a remarkably well-made beer.

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Photo of BrewBakerE
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at beachwood bbq. pours a hazy orange, almost ipa color. aroma of bourbon and belgian yeast. lighter carbonation than expected from a belgian, but thats welcome in this beer. finishes with citrius and bourbon. all in all a delicious beer. highly recomended, completly different than in bottles in a good way.

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Photo of colts9016
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 400th review on Beer Advocate.

Got this bottle from mikeale, thank you so very much for this bottle.

Poured this beer into my Chimay Glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A amber color with orange hues in the body of the beer. There a rock solid creamy white head that a half a finger thick. There is also a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haziness.

Nose: A moderate amount of spices with a bouquet of citrus aroma. There is a good maltiness to the beer with a touch of sweetness. In the background of the beer there is vanilla, oak, cloves, phenols, bananas, and floral esters.

Taste: A very nice maltiness with a touch of sweetness. There are a bouquet of citrus, vanilla, oak, banana, cloves, phenols, and floral esters. The alcohol is soft with a touch of spiciness.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and very creamy. The body of the beer is medium and finish lingers for a while on the palate. This beer is one that I have been wanting to get a hold of, thinking about a triple aged in bourbon barrels got my taste buds watering. This beer is a solid triple, well made and the aged on it just makes it shoot through the roof. I am so surprised on how incredibly creamy, rich, and peppery the beer is. I never was much a fan of the triple style but when I tried the some of the better ones, I became a fan. This is no exception. A very, very good beer. The flavors come together well, very balance, and super easy to drink. Two thumbs up, way to go Allagash, and thank you so very much mike . I am glad that I got to celebrate my 400th review with this beer.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.