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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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2,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 2344
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%

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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Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

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

A: A hazy orange that leaves about a finger of off white head at the top, and nice lacing around the glass.

S: Tropical fruit, some sweet candy scent, and oak from the barrels is present as well.

T: Very Tripelesque! Tropical fruit up front and somewhat booze taste with oak flavor all over each sip.

M: A bit of spice, lots of carbonation that taste nothing short of fantastic!

O: This beer is fantastic, I enjoyed it very much, would love another!

Serving type: growler

07-15-2011 16:56:17 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it off the growler station at GBX.

A - Poured from a growler into a Bedazzled chalice. Pours hazy straw colored, cloudy but mostly opaque. Thin white head dissipates to a thin ring clinging to the glass.

S - Light lemon-lime citrus, light fruits, with subtle notes of pineapple, mango, and green apples. Slight vanilla and pepper aroma from the bourbon barrel.

T - Pretty interesting. There's a slightly starchy fruity banana taste not totally different from a wheat beer, but quickly the flavor turns into a light malty backend that fades into a dry, faintly tannic, alcoholic finish.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2011 01:23:16 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of akorsak


4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A growler of Curieux filled on 6/19 at Capone's and opened on 7/22. This concludes my Allagash week, a big HUGE thanks to Matt C. and Capone's for the chance to try these beers on tap.

A: The ale is not nearly as hazy at it appeared to be in Capone's. It is an orange-yellow color, moderately translucent with an apparent haze that prevents complete visibility. The head has maintained itself nicely, measuring near 1.5 fingers and lacing extensively in the glass.

S: The nose, as always, is silky sweet bourbon. Buttery with vanilla and a strong undercurrent of alcohol. The bourbon is so strong that you expect a mouthful of Basil Hayden's (my bourbon of choice), hot damn I love it. The nose just keeps getting better and better over time.

T: Even fresh out of the fridge, the ale shows off its robust bourbon body. The sweetness of the barrel brings out a sweet yellow corn taste that is augmented with some buttery oak and vanilla. Tripel flavors emerge immediately from a sip, kicking up a bit of peppery zest that is quickly gobbled up by the bourbon. The sugary sweetness of the finish is enough to keep one coming back for more.

M: This is bourbon without the big alcohol component, how could you ever disparage that? I couldn't, so don't even try...

D: This is a monumental drink, so smooth and so delicious. The growler, between my wife and I, didn't survive the night. The flavor is so robust, so strong and profound that words barely do it justice. Showstopping work from the Allagash crew.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2007 01:41:32 | More by akorsak
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4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Photo of rawfish


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, smooth pour into a globe glass nets a fluffy white, finger high head over a clear golden toffee body. Good head retention and lacing left on the glass.

Belgian tripel first and foremost, fruity yeast esters, pineapple, ear and red apple skins, sweetness is reserved to a light caramel and oatmeal cookies that blends well with the fruit. Oak and bourbon is very subtle adding a vanilla cream film. Grassy and lightly citric hops.

Sweetness is cookie dough and the bourbon and wood is featured more adding vanilla to the Belgian spices and fruity esters. I get some apples and lemony hops in with clove and black pepper spices. Finishes with muted grassy hops and yellow citrus, dilute bourbon and Belgian yeast.

Moderate body and carbonation that is smooth and calm bringing balance to the active Belgian yeast and barrel influence. Alcohol is present but complementary to the flavor profile and it releases from the palate nicely.

I was expecting a much heavier and more intense beer and was surprised by how mild and bright this is. Belgian spices and fruity esters dance about with a thin veil of vanilla, oak and whiskey to keep it together.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:11:42 | More by rawfish
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Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this for the 2nd time last night from a 750ml.
Loved it the first time I had it and even more the second time.
It's just that price tag that keeps me away (but damn, it's worth it when you can shell it out)

A. Hazy, yellow, frothy, beautiful carbonation. Head lasts forrrrevvveerrrr.

S. Apple/Pear, boozy, fruity. Belgian esters, but nicely restrained and not blowing my face off.

T. I love this. How is this 11%? I don't get overwhelmed by the bourbon/high abv. Nice retrained belgian taste to go with the esters.

M. Get moar in my mouth.

I love this. I have nothing else to say. Take the plunge and spend the $18-$20. Worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 14:05:29 | More by BeeryMcbeerenstein
Photo of stephens101


4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brass with pure clarity and a white froth. Pear, slight smoke and ripe orange to the nose. Tastes of more pear, taffy, a bit of grain, apple, burtn sugar and water-logged oak. Alcohol is prominent. Body is medium to heavy. This is my first, and hopefully not my last, go at a BA Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:08:20 | More by stephens101
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured beautiful, cloudy golden color with a nice head which quickly died down to a thin lacing around the glass. Very nice smell of peach and oak. First glass was bitter peach flavor on front, with bourbon coming through on back end. Second glass was much less peach flavor and much, much stronger bourbon. Not sure how long bottle had been on the shelf, but it would have benefitted from gentle swirling before opening to mix up the flavors. Good carbonation. This is a beer to be sipped slowly just as you would with a glass of bourbon.

Overall, hard to determine the true characteristics of this beer as the flavors seemed to separate in the bottle, heavier bourbon taste at the bottom and the fruit at the top. Recommend swirling your bottle before opening for a better experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 12:49:40 | More by BeernerdJeff
Photo of mikem0487


4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been on my list of beers to try for some time now. I had this on draft years ago, and I believe the keg was infected.

The appearance is translucent and light copper with a fluffy, tan head. The aroma brings an odd combination of Belgian yeast, citric spice, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Not off-putting, just unusual. Certainly an interesting brew. A lot going on, though I must say, I would prefer any of the better tripel beers to this. While the barrel-aging is well executed, I don't believe it adds to a beer of this ilk. There are some flavors that just naturally clash, and perhaps bourbon and tripels were not meant to be united. All that said, this was decent, though I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 15:17:29 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of jwchestnut


3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really gorgeous beer. Golden straw color, small tight bubbles, wonderful creamy pillowy head that staid around for quite a while. The nose is sweet malts, banana, coriander, maybe some grapes and white wine - definitely sweet. Sadly no discernible or strong barrel characters in the nose and similar in the taste. Similar to the nose with some faint oak, but definitely sweet malts and spicy belgian yeasts, faint tart like lemon rind - would never have guessed it was 11%. Very tight carbonation but moderate feel for such a sweet beer goes down easy and dry. All in all this was a fantastic tripel but the consensus was that as there was little apparent barrel character it was somewhat disappointing. If the price point was lower I would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:59:10 | More by jwchestnut
Photo of Nugganooch


4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle gifted by my bro – Cheers to him!
02/13/14 -Split with friends – FW Snifter for me

A: Thick and compact khaki cream whip on top. Superior stay power on this one. Light Caramel color body with a hazy distortion to it and some orangey tones. Looks very enticing really with some light etches of sticky lace left behind.

S: Smell is more Tripel than Bourbon with golden pear, faint banana peel, sweetened breads, and coriander like spices. Touch of vanilla and some earthy oak there but it gets a little muted by the base beer. Fairly nice nose to it but very mellow with the Bourbon.

T: Golden fruit and a light peppery spice with coriander take lead. Very subtle oak wood presence with some vanilla crème however not a very forward Bourbon character otherwise. Getting some faint lemon peel and green apple skins there. But it is just so smooth and creamy with the alcohol really well tamed for 11% ABV. More peppery spice at the finish with the alcohol becoming more influential. Quite delish all things considered.

M: It is light and frothy with an upper amount of carb it seems. Moderate body feel. Very dry at the finish with more popping carbonation.

D: Although light on the actual Bourbon spirit notes for me this is probably one of the better Tripels I have had. Very tasty, smooth, and well crafted. A bit pricey if you ask me but would definitely enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 19:04:42 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this one along in a trade. He's never let me down before, and I seriously doubt this will be the first time that occurs. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with a label that lists a bottling date of 4/19/2013 and notes the fact that this is one of 750 cases bottled. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a translucent golden body with amber highlights. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising up throughout the glass replenishes the bone-white head on top. At initial pour, the head is about a finger thick, but dissipates to a thick permafilm across the top that never completely goes away due to the aforementioned carbonation bubbles. Lacing is pronounced only insofar as the foam leaves a small sheet of lacing just above the top of the body, but that fades as I drink it down, with no stick to speak of.

Smell - I honestly expected more whiskey characteristics, which come through in faint notes of vanilla and coconut, with slightly stronger profiles of toasted oak and bourbon. Mostly, however, this gives the impression of a nice tripel, with generic fruity phenols of plantain, nectarine and pear. There is a touch of spiciness, which reminds me of ginger in some ways. As the bottle continues to warm, the woodiness of the barrel becomes more pronounced but never rises to the level of heat that I would expect--the base beer certainly holds it's own against the assault of the whiskey.

Taste - Here, the bourbon is more noticeable, even at fridge temperature, but like the smell, the whiskey elements become more pronounced with warmth. The fruit isn't as obvious at this point, instead making way for the yeasty spice (like clove) that is so common in the Belgian style that serves as the starting point for this barrel-aged beer. King's Hawaiian and fresh-baking bread come through, but as it warms, there are wonderfully subtle notes of brown sugar, coconut and again, vanilla. Unlike in the smell, the taste has a component that brings straight Kentucky bourbon to mind.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and fairly thin of mouthfeel, which is to be expected of a barrel-aged beer, especially one that doesn't start out with the body that a hefty stout might. Carbonation is moderate and makes for a slightly creamy, effervescent feel. Finish is slightly sweet.

Overall, a style that I've not tried from barrels before, and while it was interesting, I must admit to being a little bit let down by my high expectations. Not the beer's fault by any means, and in fairness, my expectations didn't come from anywhere other than excitement at the uniqueness of this take on the style. Would be curious to try it again with less age, or another barrel-aged tripel, just to see how they compare.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 07:10:59 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Ryanm1


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Allagash a perfector of the Belgian style came through with a twist on this beer, barrel aging. This company decided to barrel age their already stellar Triple. Now this doesn't come in over the top super potent heavy alcohol barrel aged feel but more so a slightly whisky-ish notes at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 19:33:01 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of riy3rd


4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not one for all the nuances that a lot of reviewers go into. I do agree that the nose isn't as good as the taste though. This is my favorite beer since I can't get Heady Topper (which I have had). Curieux is smooth and easily drinkable with a wonderful taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 18:01:13 | More by riy3rd
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, yellow gold, with 1 finger foamy creamy white head. Magnificent lacing
S: strange that the nose is the less appealing part of this beer. Picked up some hints of vanilla.
T: Wow! This is the BEST part of this beer! Vanilla and coconut hit you up front, then the bourbon aged oak barrels make their presence known. Not a hint of alcohol, which is very nice.
M: Warm, all encompassing, covered mouthfeel. A delight.
O: Haven't been impressed with Allagash beers, but this one is on another level. Not only is it delicious, but it is easy drinking. This is I. The top 10 so far!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:09:14 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of gatornation


4.41/5  rDev +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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3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a shop in Cali but can't remember where. Big cork and caged bomber dated "Bottling June 27, 2013." Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a tall fluffy white head. Not a lot of aroma to speak of, some sweet pears, banana, honey, yeast, and a hint of bourbon for sure. Heavy oak up front flavor with some light vanilla and coconut. This fades into honey and light sweet fruits and banana midpalate and down the throat and leaves an oaky vanilla honey flavor on the palate for a while. Slick palate with adequate carbonation. On the heavy side for the style as expected to stand up to bourbon barrels. Overall this was an interesting treat but I don't think I would go for it again. I don't really get the big love for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:54:51 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of BierJager89


4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange, a bit hazy, with a somewhat creamy white head.

S: Oak, burnt sugar, vanilla, tripelesque spices, ligther fruits in the nose.

T: Vanilla, oak, orange, chocolate(?).

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth.

O: This isn't the first type of beer I'd put in a bourbon barrel. I feel like Scotch or rum might have been more interesting, but it was a delicious beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:05:03 | More by BierJager89
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Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a 750ml bottle at Le Mondial.

A very nice treat. Dark in appearance, boozy in aroma and flavor but with a depth that showcases the Belgian flavors mixed with the bourbon. Sweet tasting and easy to drink. A real treat!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 14:03:08 | More by papat444
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber light orange with a frothy white head that develops into a thin collar. The beer is slightly hazy with very lively carbonation. The oak bourbon barrels impart a wonderfully complex aroma of vanilla and tropical fruit. The fruitiness is complex with several layers that is very enjoyable. Slightly phenolic and spicy as well from the yeast.

The beer begins with an initial full mouthfeel and creaminess that imparts a vanilla sweetness. Sweeter than I would prefer that inhibits drinkability and takes away from some of the finer subtle qualities of the yeast. It's difficult to differentiate whether the sweetness is imparted from the vanilla notes of the bourbon barrel or simply the attenuation of the beer. That said it is a little nitpicking and personal preference.

Sweetness aside the phenols and spiciness are somewhat subdued compared to the scent. Very full mouthfeel as one would expect from the style. Throughout the beer the barrel aging is very evident, but there isn't a hint of alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 20:45:16 | More by Jmamay22
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3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, orange-gold color, with a finger of off-white head that quickly faded and left no lacing. Pretty typical appearance for the style.

S: Grapes. White wine. Some faint vanilla and oak aromas as well.

T: Just a hint of malt sweetness initially. Tart,fruity flavors dominate the middle; oak and buttery diacetyl are definitely there as well -- in fact, they are detracting with their forceful presence. The finish is moderately bitter, and slightly phenolic. In short: It tastes more like wine than beer.

M: Moist and well-carbonated, a touch chewy for the style. The finish was rather dry. There's no subtlety to the booze, either.

O: It really tastes like they mixed a tripel with a chardonnay. It's interesting, and good enough to finish, but not good enough for me to buy another. I know that bourbon-barrel aging is all the rage in craft brewing these days, but it seems to suit the stronger/heavier styles better, as the barrel-aging mellows their rough edges; a tripel's delicate flavors are just overwhelmed by the oak.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 17:49:32 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
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 -11.4%
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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3.09/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz (750 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottling September 13, 2012
Served in a tulip

The hazy, yellow-amber liquid was topped by an inch-tall crown of sudsy, off-white froth. Splotches of lacing coated the glass. The head faded to a thin, lasting film.

Belgian yeast notes were apparent in the nose. Crisp, fruity and phenolic. Slightly sweet with subtle vanilla notes. Touch of citrus. Lemon peel was most apparent. Hints of bourbon came through as well.

The flavor profile was rather lackluster. Belgian yeast notes appeared on the front end. Slightly phenolic. Subtle bready, toasty notes were present as well. Crisp, dry and lemony in the center. Hints of tart and bitter citrus rind were noticeable on the back end. The finish was oaky, dry and much hotter than I anticipated. I was amazed that this was only 11%.

The mouthfeel was one of the better things about this beer. It was smooth, supple and frothy. The liquid contained a fine, lively effervescence.

Curieux was a huge letdown, especially considering that I paid nearly $20 for this bottle. Not only was the flavor profile simplistic and quite harsh, but the bourbon element was practically non-existant. Allagash makes some terrific beers, but this definitely is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 16:27:33 | More by Damian
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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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