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

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2,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 351
Gots: 587 | FT: 32
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 pat61
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%

One of the nicer things done in a bourbon barrel in a very long time.
Nose: light fruit, hint of caramel, vanilla, light malts. spice
Hazy straw to gold under a quickly dissipating yet clingy and easy roused 1" foam cap with a very fine bead.
A yeast driven palate beginning with caramel, melon, banana, light fruit, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, a little nuttiness and a faint touch of pepper and a suggestion of hops. The beer shows astounding balance of flavor between the layers of malt, yeast, bourbon barrel and alcohol flavors.
The alcohol is stealthy - a slight warming announces its presence but there are no harsh, hot or solventy flavors to betray its presence. The body is just below medium and the carbonation is above average but not harsh or carbonic.
Le petit Jésus en culotte de velours

pat61, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A golden beer with an orange hue and moderate haze. The white head is a mix of mostly compact bubbles with a few larger soapy bubbles mixed in. It leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong orange aroma with medium-light black pepper note and a light malt sweetness. The oak brings medium aromas of vanilla and coconut notes with a subtle whisky character in the background. There is a low floral alcohol aroma.

T: There is a blend of flavors matching the aroma just differing in intensity. The orange still dominates but the honey-like malt sweetness taken with coconut and vanilla from the oak and the light perfume-like, floral quality from the alcohol combine into a sort of adult candy thing, in the vain of how a black licorice or horehound isn't a kids candy. With a medium hops bitterness and a near equal sweetness the balance is about even, but the bitterness has a bit more staying power in the medium finish. The aftertaste is of orange and a slight orange peel bitterness with a light spice note.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A flavorful Belgian Tripel with a balanced oak character that compliments the beer and adds to the complex flavors.

MadScientist, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mildy spritzy tiny bubbled head, dusty golden hue with some light haze.

The alcoholic aroma of the triple with wafts of bourbon wood (vanilla) and some mixed tropical fruit.

Very smooth with a mellow but stiff alcohol character, warming with undertones of vanilla and ripe fruit. The woody character melds well with the hop bitterness and spiciness of the alcohol with a drying bite.

Simply amazing. Amazing within the realm of barrel aged beer let alone doing it with a more delicate Belgian Style Trippel.

Jason, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This special Allagash offering is dark, hazy orange in color with a smallish head.

Smell – The yeast backbone is substantial here and well complimented with some good, unsweetened orangish notes and a bit of pepper. The threat of alcohol looms large at the nose.

Taste – Yes, this is a big ABV Allagash. The first part of the taste is almost like a strong orange liqueur. The yeast eases up a bit but not much and the spices are a bit powdery.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Tripel will dry your mouth with its powdery spices and sting your tongue with its high ABV.

Drinkability – If you like big, high-ABV Belgian yeast bombs (like I do) then this is for you.

Comments – I think this was one of the most frequently-ordered brews at the Anam Cara Belgian Beer Fest pre-party. It was quite the party favorite.

RoyalT, Nov 12, 2004
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

thereal_adam, Today at 01:20 AM
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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

xShoWTeKx, Yesterday at 03:04 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

SurlyUtopia, Friday at 04:09 AM
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

tappangordo, Friday at 03:33 AM
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Martyrob, Thursday at 06:32 PM
Photo of Hazer115
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Oh my gosh! Light, sweet, honey, hops...yep this beer has it all going on. If you have the chance to try this one, don't pass it up!

Hazer115, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of RavenForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

RavenForBeer, Nov 17, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +4%

OGShotzy, Nov 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Jakethesnake503, Nov 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Domvan, Nov 16, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

harryhops, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

YeastEnthusiast, Nov 15, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

marcfromphilly, Nov 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Cbmccarthy, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

EuphonicHops, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of AuntBea
3.5/5  rDev -18%

I liked it. Good taste but, stronger in ABV than I realized.

AuntBea, Nov 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

precious, Nov 13, 2014
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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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