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

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

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2,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 2352
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%

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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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the Allagash Brewery following a tour. Really unique beer from Allagash...even at 11% ABV, it doesn't come off as "too boozy" like some beers might. Great execution and a beer worth trying (again and again). Hats off to Allagash on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 20:42:37 | More by ConMac
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a slightly hazed orange/yellow color with a 1 finger fresh head
S-sweet malts with vanilla and white fruits bourbon and wood
T- outstanding sweet fruity tripel mixes well with the jim beam bourbon vanilla and coconut
M- some ABV heat but the soft tripel mixes well
O- outstanding BA tripel

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 18:33:17 | More by gatornation
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4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass
A-light straw color with white head good lacing
S-smell of tropical fruits and a wood oak and vanilla
T-taste spices at first with a sweet candy and the bourbon oak finish
M-medium body with good carbonation that finishes crisp
O-this is great version of a Belguim triple

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 14:09:52 | More by reebtaerG
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3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. pour into a tulip at Barcade, Philly.

A- Hazy golden body. Thin white head leaves a little lacing.

S- Quite fruity, with the Belgian yeast coming out. A little bit of an earthy, booze hint as well.

T- A dry earthiness, woody hint is rather apparent, along with a very sweet fruit and booze combination. I think the aging brings out the grain in the flavor as well.

M- Pretty light body. Easy to drink and bubbly; champagne-esque.

O- Pretty yummy. I think the barrel aging really brings out some new attributes to the traditional Tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 01:53:46 | More by BWED
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South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Greenville.
Very pale golden; light Haze.
Sweet aroma with a pronounced contribution from Bourbon barrel aging. The Bourbon barrel is even more obvious in tasting and approaches, but does not exceed, a reasonable level. Still, a bit more Bourbon flavor than I would prefer. Good thing this is a blend of BB and fresh ale.
High ABV is partly hidden but there is some inevitable warming.
Medium-light body with ample carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 16:16:40 | More by chinchill
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District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: when I first had this beer a couple months back I did not enjoy it. I am not a fan of having my "beer tastes" invaded by "whiskey tastes", in general. That being said..

A: cloudy yellow with decent retention and lacing
S: strong on the wood, with some notes of the whiskey. A citrus-pineapple undertone seems present
T/M: initial tastes are like the smell, up front is a little flat beer taste, immediately followed by the bourbon barrel taste to save the day. This taste is subdued by the fruit flavor in the beer, my initial thoughts reminded me of pineapple, and the combo almost of piña colada. The end wood notes fade into a taste of paper (strange but not off-putting)
O: I think this beer could grow on me. The bourbon does not overpower the beer as much as some. The ABV is also pretty well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 21:58:07 | More by cjgiant
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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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North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham. into a flute glass.

pours a cloudy yellow with a nice inch thick white head. smell is faint bourbon, could be more there. the taste however is amazing... great bourbon character but not too strong, balanced very well with the triple. you know its a triple and not just straight bourbon. medium bodied with medium carbonation. goes down smooth and easy.

overall a superb triple. allagash always impresses.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 18:54:56 | More by Axnjxn
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. pour into a footed Allagash chalice.

Appearance: Pours a golden blonde with a small head that remains visible for a while, subtle lacing on the glass.

Smell: The bourbon and oakiness is evident, yet not overpowering, and it is accompanied in the nose with belgian yeast and some citrusy sweetness. I also get malty sweetness and a bit more fruit.

Taste: A bit of caramel and honey with some earthy qualities from the yeast. A bit of oak and just a hit of bourbon, delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess. The alcohol is noticeable but it still is drinkable for its size.

Overall: This is definitely one of the best tripels I have had, and probably even better than their standard tripel. Not easy to get but definitely worth a try if you can get it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 19:36:08 | More by Mikecap
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North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery tasting room, the beer is a slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a white filmy ring on the surface. Nose of grain and sweetness, with a heavy bourbon overlay. There is spicing that helps to cut the richness in the aromas. Flavors of bourbon initially, with booze and warmth, followed by a toasted grain backbone, honey and vanilla sweetness, and subtle earthiness. Smooth and surprisingly light in body, there is a boozy and rich aftertaste with a slick, slow lingering finish. Wow!

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 19:37:03 | More by GarthDanielson
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ahhhh... yea... the rating speaks for itself. Went to Maine and visited Allagash taproom. They let us sample this.... bought 2 bottles. Couldn't find it for 4-5 months then I did.... bought 2 more bottles.... bottles were $15-$19... for a 750.... well worth it. Maine beer is impossibly smooth so the alcohol taste barely stays.... I'm a big fan of cask beers so that's maybe why I liked it so much.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 06:10:42 | More by pjkelley82
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New York

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a beautiful hazy deep blonde gold color.

The aroma has a sweet caramel, barrel characteristic with oak, and sweet apricot. Lemon, spice. You can surely get that this what it is. Tripel that is barrel aged.

The taste has a barrel aged sweetness, Belgian yeast, fruity sweetness, lemon, pineapple. Then there's some rich flavors with oak, bourbon barrel with the coconut, vanilla.

There's a boozy finish as this is at 11% ABV. My favorite tripel so far. It's not your standard fare, but this really is spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 06:29:58 | More by dar482
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with great carbonation for lots of head and lace patches on top of at first is a lightly tart, funky smell with some sour and tropical fruit notes and spice. Got some sweet fruit and sugariness out of the aroma too but not much woodiness or bourbon. Taste is the same as the barrel aging helps out in the mouthfeel with some smoothness and the bourbon notes are quiet but add some heat on the back but not overpowering. More of a traditional tripel in regards to taste with a solid balance of some tropical fruits like orange peel and banana, some sweetness from sugary malts and possibly tropical fruit and touches of spice thanks to some clove and even a slight sourness (I swear I got a taste of sour apple). Not a traditional tripel in the strictest sense but the addition of bourbon barrel aging is a nice complement to the brew and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 16:56:59 | More by clayrock81
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sticks ans Stones tonight.Poured into a goblit a lightly hazed lighter golden with a nicely formed white head.Aromas are big in the bourbon barrel department with mild phenols and spiced pears,a nice mix of things going on.Sweet bourbon vanilla flavors along with more sweet alcohol,spiced phenols are there but kept in check pretty well,some boozy fruit in the finish.A nice barrel aged tripel not over the top bourbon wise but it packs a kick.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 23:48:36 | More by oberon
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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cold - a little too cold for such a high alcohol content beer - on tap at a Sprouts inside bar in a trumpet-shaped pilsner, which I found odd for a Tripel.

Glass filled to the top, so no head and minimum lacing.

Appearance is foggy golden yellow, with some bubbles surfacing to the top.

Hard to smell because it's so cold and my allergies, but I could make out a delicious blend of sweet flowers, fruit, and caramel with some distinct delicious barley aroma.

Taste characteristic of Belgian beers, with a delicious sweet-tingly taste of barley, malts, caramels, fruits, and licorice.

Goes down very smoothly for an 11% beer, pleasant tingling from carbonation and a warmth due to alcohol lingers.

Overall an obvious quality brew from a reputable brewery that I would be sure to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 23:07:22 | More by retry4z
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4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 01:58:16 | More by Guden
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If there is beer in heaven, you can rest assured that this brew will be on draft, there. It is an amazing, but pricey brew that requires special permission from my Mrs. of 35+ years for me to purchase. I would wax her car, put on a new roof, cut down trees, build a new deck, or complete just about any chore she laid out for me, just to earn that special permission. :)

As a perfectionist, I am not one to call many things perfect, but, as beers go, this is one perfectly perfect, brew. The deep rich color, the bourbon ale fragrance, the high end boiler maker taste, and the crisp, yet rich, sweet taste in your mouth, all says this is one, very special beer.

This, however, is NOT a beer that you would want to have in the summer time. Not that you wouldn't enjoy it, because, I believe I would, but, after some heavy chores in the hot sun, and stoping to enjoy a few pints of this, you can rest assured that not much else would get done that day. :)

It is one outstanding beer that you can be proud to server your best friend, your best client, your boss, or your future father in law. It is a pleasant beer for sipping, tasting, drinking, paring with any and all healthy or unhealthy foods. It is, as I mentioned earlier, a beer that will likely be on my expected brews list in heaven, assuming I get there. :)

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 03:52:51 | More by TequilaGeorge
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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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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the complexity in the flavor of this beer cannot begin to be described, it seemed like something different every time.... spicy, bready, sweet, licorice... and all at 11% abv... you wouldn't know... the barrel aging process for beers is ingenius...

world class... no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 03:37:22 | More by klkatz
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely translucent yellow golden color with a quickly dissipating pure white head. A lot going on with the bouquet. Bubble gum, vinegar, olive, and green grape. Mouthfeel is nice. Medium-bodied, wet, and with just the slightest bite of carbonation at the finish. I get the bubble gum right away. There's a bit of tartness, but it is very mild. Everything about the flavor of this beer is mild. I know it's been aged in bourbon barrels, but I get a hint of Chardonnay. It finishes with a very pleasant oaky vanilla. Very good trippel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 00:23:07 | More by DocJitsu
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3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours hazy and the color of honey. Head is very small. Not a complete layer.

S-I was really expecting more here. It's not very intense. The barrel aging didn't do much for the nose. Of course, the oak is there, but boy is it soft. On the contrary, I really enjoyed how the nose is not violently yeasty like most Tripels. It has its goods and bads.

T-Pretty good. Pale fleshed fruit, honey and moderate spice. Again, happy that there isn't an excessive yeast boom. Sweet. Barrel aging again comes up short. Just mild notes of oak, vanilla and Bourbon.

M- Light for the ABV. Dry with some booze. Sweetness lends a sticky feel.

O/D-I have actually been waiting to try this for quite a while. I am disappointed. Lacks a hearty barrel-influenced flavor. I enjoyed its rather mellow degree of Belgian yeast, but the flavor is still a bit bland. High potential, low yield.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 00:53:12 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-banana, malt, hints of yeast and bourbon

T-bananas, yeasty bread, malt, vanilla, bourbon

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-blended

O-a delicious triple, the bourbon barrel adds nicely to the overall taste and balance

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 22:53:18 | More by MDDMD
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Golden yellow with a white head that sticks to the glass and stays there.

S- a beautiful mixture of whiskey and ale.

T- in my opinion this triple has no equal. The perfect blend of triple and barrel aging is seamless. Honestly not sure what more a whiskey lover would desire in an ale. Amazing balance that really leaves you wondering if this is really %11.

M- so smooth for %11. The after taste really leaves you wanting more and leaves the tongue saturated in Jim Beam.

O- best beer of all time, especially for beers that aren't seasonal. Bottle or tap, I've never been disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 21:38:16 | More by ThePaleRider
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - hazy orangish yellow with no head

S - coriander, pepper, fruity, funky, a hint of orange

T - fruity, spicy, banana, bubblegum, orange peel, serious booze

M - boozy, warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid Tripel. The flavor is fantastic. There is no mistaking the alcohol content here though. You know what you've gotten yourself into. At some points I thought the booze overcame some of the more subtle flavor notes. Otherwise, this was a really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 09:33:13 | More by tdm168
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap during an allagash event at Kudu coffee house Charleston, SC

A- A beer that deserves the correct glass. Beautiful haze of golden yellow, with a perfect two finger head that possess some serious lasting power. You can practically see the texture Curieux possess.

S-For those who don't know, this particular beer is aged in Jim Beam barrels and that first becomes apparent in the small. The scent is unmistakable as the bourbon vanilla is abundant with very faint fruit hints that the tripel possesses.

T- Woah. Not quite like anything I have ever tasted. The initial taste is unmistakably Jim Beam, but to my surprise the latter notes of the tripel manage to shine through and compliment the alcoholic vanilla quite well.

M- A bit too creamy for the taste it creates. Curieux cascades throughout the mouth and coats the palate making some of the flavors go dormant towards the end of the glass.

O- Highly recommendable. Fully enjoyable without parings, one I will certainly seek out in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 13:26:40 | More by RussBecker1
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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.