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

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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,640 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,640
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 290
Gots: 457 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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SeaOfShells

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-08-2013 21:31:20 | More by SeaOfShells
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-08-2013 18:51:16 | More by rowingbrewer
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TARDIS

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-07-2013 23:36:27 | More by TARDIS
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Matty-K

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-06-2013 20:30:02 | More by Matty-K
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Lebby

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-06-2013 05:22:13 | More by Lebby
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Portion of a 750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy light gold color betraying strong carbonation behind the hazy body. The head is a one finger white shade that retains itself nicely for 11%. Also, it never fully fades away.

S: The bourbon influence is moderate here. It really comes across as oaky more than anything, though you do get subtle vanilla and coconut qualities in the aroma. The tripel qualities that pop up are very neutral - not really sweet, but not bitter smelling, either.

T: Sweeter than the aroma. The base tripel comes through more strongly here, as well. Initially, there's a neutral oaky tannin quality (which pops up in the finish as well), while most of the tripel flavors appear in the midtaste. Tons of candied sugar occupy the aforementioned middle of the palate. Finish is a combination of bread-like malt, spicy yeast, and oak tannins, while the bourbon contributes a subtle presence throughout. I'm amazed how well the booze is hidden given its dryness. While that disappointingly doesn't give it the dangerous drinkability it could have, it really gives it a sense of finesse. Sure, a sliiight heat is evident, but this isn't hot at all - if you told me this was 7%, I would have believed you completely.

M: A bit heavy and sweet - but when the booze is hidden this well, it doesn't really matter. Dry at first, but the syrupy nature builds up after a while. Healthy carbonation tries to aid drinkability some, but the thick, sweet flavor renders this a slow sipper.

O: I don't know if its better than La Fin Du Monde, but it's really damn good regardless. The booze is hidden (almost) so brilliantly I can't help but applaud - especially given its BA roots. Is it worth $18-20? Not really, there isn't quite enough Holy Shit Quotient in the flavors here. Then again, I'm not a massive fan of the style. Having said that, it's an excellent choice for those who love tripels and bourbon barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:03:20 | More by ThisWangsChung
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johnh7

New York

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-05-2013 23:17:23 | More by johnh7
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Newbiebeer

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-05-2013 18:40:43 | More by Newbiebeer
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-04-2013 06:49:30 | More by JellyJacket
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-04-2013 00:36:08 | More by bbrown12
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-03-2013 13:31:54 | More by NickyDee21
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jesus808

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-03-2013 07:47:02 | More by jesus808
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liquoredgoat

California

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a rich metallic gold with a snow white one finger head that has foamy latte retention. Great lacing. The beer is replete with quickly ascending bubbles.

S: Ripe pears, candy, spiced peaches, alcohol, wet grass

T: Great Tripel character. Dried fruit. More peaches. Slight woodiness. Alcohol hides in the background, being much less present than the ABV would suggest. A dry finish that suggests an enjoyable pairing with a sharp Irish cheddar or a similar cheese.

M: Silky and light, but with gravity. Expands and fills the mouth. A creamy rather than an overly carbonated character. Carbonation is very light.

O: This is a great Tripel that is given an enhanced and slightly different flavor profile thanks to the barrel aging. The balanced mouthfeel and taste is extraordinary, avoiding the extremes of being either too heavy and boozy or too fizzy and dry. It rests in the middle with the mouthfeel gravity and character of a fat balloon and classic Tripel taste with added unique dimensions. Among those of the style I have yet tried, this is second only to Chimay Blue, or maybe even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 06:59:45 | More by liquoredgoat
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sneaks2210

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-02-2013 01:04:45 | More by sneaks2210
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Dbrag

Maine

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-01-2013 18:27:46 | More by Dbrag
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2GOOFY

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-01-2013 06:52:12 | More by 2GOOFY
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Ajlvt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-31-2012 18:15:47 | More by Ajlvt
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-31-2012 16:50:20 | More by fdig23
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FlyingKelly

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-31-2012 04:28:27 | More by FlyingKelly
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mrbojangles31

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

12-30-2012 02:00:10 | More by mrbojangles31
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Tabnasty

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-29-2012 15:21:51 | More by Tabnasty
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BrookeATL

Georgia

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-28-2012 22:56:47 | More by BrookeATL
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TheHurtMerchant

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-28-2012 01:26:19 | More by TheHurtMerchant
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streetcommander

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at 58F

This is perhaps the best beer I've ever had. Many times the product can't match hype and propaganda, but this is the impressive exception we all painstakingly drink so many beers searching for.

I'm not generally a fan of high gravity beers or the state of Maine, but I give a sincere hat tip to the folks at this brewery, they are true artisans.

Cold crisp and refreshing. No booze taste, no sweet syrups, no chemical adjuncts, just simple perfection, just as Almighty God intended it.

My only consternation is the price. A craftsman is due his craft's market value, that I will never deny him, but damnit, this stuff should flow from fast food fountain drink dispensers with free refills...in my Utopia. The price of admission is steep, at $15 per 22oz. At $50 per 22oz, it would still be worthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 00:44:14 | More by streetcommander
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,640 ratings.