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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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2,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 2365
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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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my tasting notes. Served in a 10 ounce tulip at the Great Lost Bear. The beer has a hazy, opaque golden color. There is a thin white soapy head. It looks very pretty in this glass. It has a magnificent bourbon and Belgian yeast aroma with notes of oak. It's both sweet and spicy. Flavors I can identify include candy sugar and citrus. There is alcohol and bourbon in the finish that lingers. There is a great balance of triple and bourbon qualities. I've had other cask pours of this beer that were very hot, but this is smooth and excellent; very little burn. It has low levels of carbonation, a lot of coating and a heavy body. It's all together highly drinkable. It is strong and bourbony, but oh so good. There is just enough sweet to counteract any burning sensations from the alcohol. I have and will continue to drink this beer, especially when it is available in a cask.

Serving type: cask

04-01-2010 16:21:55 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of MikeGill

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/11/10 at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Gravity cask poured into a snifter.

Light cloudy carmel color. Pin sized head with minimal lacing. Vanilla, coffee, and charred wood aromas with some tree fruits coming through as well. Definitely has a bourbon smell.

Buttery with hints of bitter chocolate and sour dough bread. Plenty of sweetness but not syrupy. Medium bodied and luscious. Smooth and complex with American oak spice. Well rounded flavor profile, starts sweet then moves to spicy bitterness and finishes dry.

Remarkably balanced and drinkable for 11% abv.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2010 00:04:50 | More by MikeGill
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-07-2009 19:10:15 | More by taigor
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3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on cask at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a hazy apricot golden color with a fluffy white head and great lacing.

S-Sweet with a heavy aroma of chardonnay grapes. No real bourbon character or funk.

T-Yeasty and sweet with just a bit of funkiness. Bourbon barrel notes really not apparent here.

M-Light to medium bodied.

D-Tasty but not up to either the bottle or tap versions. Will be interesting to see if age helps this one.


Serving type: cask

07-13-2009 13:47:14 | More by sholland119
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Julians/Providence
A - Hazy Honey color - nice light off white head.
S - Little bourbon, some sweet malt, some oak.
T - Light bourbon. some vanilla, oak, sweet malts. Alcohol lingers a bit too.
M/F - Medium body. Light and subtle carbonation. Very nice.
D - Very smooth and enjoyable. I enjoy cask beer and this one was a real treat.

Serving type: cask

05-29-2009 04:18:04 | More by ThirstyBird
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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a very clear gold color with a large-bubbled, one-finger white head. The head recedes rapidly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with hints of oak, though not a whole lot of bourbon.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The light fruit flavors are muted, giving way to sweet malts and hints of grassiness, though again there's not a whole lot of bourbon influence, with the exception of the slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with moderate carbonation for a cask offering.

Drinkability is alright. It's not hard to drink, but it'd be a lot easier to drink with some bourbon influences - at least for me.

Overall I was a bit disappointed with the cask version. I thought it would give the bourbon more of a chance to shine but I think it was weaker than the normal tap version.

Serving type: cask

04-15-2009 20:13:11 | More by glid02
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Valentine's Day cask-conditioned treat at the Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA.

A: A deep, muddy brownish with yellow highlights. A one-finger casky-bubbled head.

S: Alcoholic-tinged sweet notes of bourbon and malts dominate, with subtle fruit notes.

T: Sweetness up front with a warm, dry aftertaste. Belgian sugars present but muted by the temperature and relative flatness, which is actually pretty awesome.

M & D: What the cask conditioning does is make this much more (and dangerously) drinkable, toning down the booze bite. It drinks less like a complex aged triple and more like a session belgian white or double. If this 11% offering is wrong I don't want to be right.

Serving type: cask

02-15-2009 04:42:36 | More by timmay41
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on cask at The Moan & Dove, Amherst, MA.

Arrived in a 12oz steemed tulip with a 1" off-white head over the cloudy copper brew. Lacing is minimal. Head lasts well, with sticky lingering lace. Aroma is fruity and boozy. Taste is lightly sweet, with increasing alcohol to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is dangerously easy. Even nicer than bottle, oh my...

Serving type: cask

02-15-2009 02:13:58 | More by ppoitras
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bourbon barrel aged tripel - big, big beer. Sampled on tap two years old at the fabulous Am Flat in downtown B-town. Nice eggshell white head with a yellowing edge at the meniscus of my glass. Nice retention and irregular yet persistent lacing that banded throughout the sample. Aromas of dried cherries and raisins. Clear and rich true-gold color with some orange highlights. The flavors are deceptive (where is that 11% ALC? Oh crap... there it is...) Tropical fruits (sweetness), malty breads, bourbon depth and alcohol heat (esters) especially as it warms up. Good mouthfeel, nicely balanced, smooth and surprising. Impressive aged and will likely get better as it does so. Noted and admired.

Serving type: cask

08-20-2008 17:54:08 | More by thekevlarkid
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-cask 7/3/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, fruit, light malts, alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste malty and creamy which I wasn't expecting, with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance and there's a slightly alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, the casking seems to add the creaminess to it, whether or not that helps this particular beer is a matter of personal preference. Overall, it's a very good beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: cask

07-04-2008 15:16:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light yellow color, clear, thin white head that lasted pretty well

S- Bourbon, oak, light malts, yeast, vanilla

T- Strong bourbon flavor, vanilla, fruit, oak, creamy, mild hops

M- Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth but definite warming kick near the end

D- WOW it was awesome

You can really tell this beer was aged in Jim Bean bourbon whiskey barrels. It gives it a nice whiskey flavor but not too over powering. The oak barrels almost give it a slight chardonney flavor as well.

Serving type: cask

06-23-2008 23:23:23 | More by iceball585
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Portland, Maine at the Great Lost Bear.

Appearance was brown with a one-finger head.

Smell was strong, fragant, almost like hard booze, but still pleasant.

The taste was spicy, rich, and powerful, almost like I was drinker a Makers Mark version of a belgian beer.

Mouthfeel was full and complex, interesting.

Drinkability is good, just be sure not to have more than a couple of these.

Serving type: cask

05-14-2008 23:59:00 | More by mltobin
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Paradiso.
Pours a very hazy, cloudy medium amber to bright orange color. Just a shimmer or bright white head is formed that quickly is reduced to a covering and soon nothing. The aroma is difficult to grasp with the cask pouring (minimal carbonation hurts), but soon notes of sour cherries, citrus, moderate clove and vanilla come through. On the palate, however, things develop. Flavors of strong oak hit you hard first, followed by vanilla, spicy phenolics, and a little citrus. The cask conditioning makes things a bit muddy, with a bright citrus tripel clashing with the strong oaky and bourbon flavors. The mouthfeel is heavy with low to minimal carbonation. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and extreme beer. The oak was a bit overpowering though hindering the drinkability.

Serving type: cask

03-25-2008 19:58:01 | More by dreadnatty08
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Dirty Truth in Northampton--I love cask ale, and was excited to hear about an Allagash tripel on cask while I was there.

Pours a blonde color into a chalice-style glass. Very rich aroma, lots of citrus and other fruit flavors mixed with some hints of alcohol and also a distinct richness--I could sense complexity from the very first smell of the beer.

It may have been this pour, but the mouthfeel was surprising! I wonder if this would have been better bottled, or maybe it was the surprise of low carbonation from the cask with a distinct alcohol flavor that I more regularly associate with the powerful, viscous, mouthfeel of belgian tripels, but I would have liked a bit more richness here. The taste itself is rich and complex, not overpowering--and actually is probably more drinkable than many other of its style. However, after being so excited about the smell and it being on cask, I was a bit disappointed...definitely worth trying, and an ambitious project from Allagash.

Serving type: cask

03-10-2008 15:26:47 | More by skomahon
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4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had this on cask at The Olde Toad in Rochester, NY. Served in an 8oz. Tulip.

A - Golden hue with little to no head. Slight lacing left after each sip. Richer color than an American Pilsner, not as dark as a red. Didn't share the same color as other tripel's I've had

S - Malty. Over the top, orange peel and nutmeg were present.

T - Orange peel and nutmeg with an instant alcohol flavor. Not overpowering, no hoppiness. No bitterness, very clean aftertaste. The bourbon barrels definitely left their mark, as well as a very faint vanilla taste.

M - Just slightly carbonated, what you'd expect from an ale that had been ages in oak barrels for months. No extra carbonation at all.

D - This could be deadly. I'm glad I had a driver. This beer is amazing. I really couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 without getting hurt, but I might be willing to try.

Serving type: cask

01-12-2008 01:11:02 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the cask at the Publick House in Brookline, MA. A: Golden honey orange, very thick, legs all over the glass. S: Very sweet, the oak is definitely present, toasted malts, breads, some fruits in there as well. T: A wonderful honey/fruit sweetness up front with a nice dry bitter finish. Really fantastic. M: Thick, smooth. D: When I walked into the Publick House this was the first beer I ordered, and I was not disappointed. It's a really beautiful, extremely well balanced, well-tempered tripel. I'm going to try to make it back to the Publick House in the next few days to try it again.

Serving type: cask

12-30-2007 02:32:50 | More by PlaywrightSam
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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Beach Front Liquor, San Clemente CA
Bottled October 25, 2013
Popped and poured into an Allagash Chalice

A: clear amber-honey color, effervescent with a 1.5 inch head. Settled to .25 inch and retained as I allowed the beer to warm slightly. Quite beautiful.

N: roasted malt slightly sweet, hard to sense any bourbon. Not what I expected, very soft of the nose. Pleasant.

T: HUGE burst of flavor on initial taste. A super-intensified version of the nose. Sweet caramel malt on the tongue with unmistakable whiskey tones and yeast. Truly dramatic to sip. Bourbon lingers on the palette. Mouthfeel a little bubbly, I think I would love to try something like this with a heavier body. But it definitely holds up.

This is a must-try for even those not thrilled with this style. I'm hooked already.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:19:53 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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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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4.1/5  rDev -4%
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 +17.1%
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
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
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 -16.9%
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
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -6.3%
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
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3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
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
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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,365 ratings.