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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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Ratings: 2342
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 drumminbrewer


4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2011 - My 25th beer review! I have always loved Allagash, bold beers that are still complex, refined and well balanced. I've had this before at various states of age...let's see how she drinks relatively fresh. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours straw gold, morning sunshine yellow. Thick, creamy head that leaves thick layers of lacing on the glass...not bubbly patches but a chunks of head are left behind once it slowly dissipates.

Lots of bananas on the nose...starchy. Belgian yeast is predominant, bringing some fruit with just a trace of alcohol left behind.

First sip...mmm...bananas foster. Vanilla (not bourbon necessarily, but strong vanilla), butter rolls, banana & some spice (hard to identify...closest would be "allspice".

Medium to medium heavy body. Ample amount of malt hides the alcohol beautifully while lively carbonation makes it unbelievable accessible.

So interesting...I don't know of any other barrel aged triple - (BM me if you do because I'd like to try another)...but this is an exceptional beer that is both approachable and complex. Would delight a newbie or a seasoned BA...outstanding. A brewery that has constantly impressed me. Having tried this several times though, I think it's best after about a year. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 06:00:15 | More by drumminbrewer
Photo of KAF


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Lunar Brewery in Villa Park, Illinois outside of Chicago. Golden in color and slightly cloudy. Light fruity aroma with a hint of wood or oak. Bourbon/whiskey in flavor with a sugary taste as well. Alcohol is not overpowering. Amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2007 20:15:05 | More by KAF
Photo of astrasday


4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. caged bottle into a tulip. Clear amber color with a white head and excellent lacing.

Smell. Yeast, over-ripe pineapple, apples, white grapes, oak wood.

Taste. Whoa. Bourbon, smooth, delicious bourbon. Secondary flavors such as apples and a bit of white wine from the oak barrels come through, but it is minor. Truly a bourbon beer. Awesome.

Mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, oily slick and smooth. Just a touch of carbonation adds to the thick mouthfeel. Really great.

Drinkability. This beer drinks easy but is definitely a warm one. I couldn't say that it is anywhere near sessionable, but it is one to enjoy on a nice winter night. A real bourbon beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 06:42:55 | More by astrasday
Photo of edbeer

Rhode Island

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

A: Poured out of a 22 oz bottle. Good-sized, white head that stayed around for most of the drinking. Very decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer was quite cloudy, and a nice, orange-yellow color. Sediment was left in the bottom of the bottle.

S: Wow, there's a lot going on here. Quite a good amount of yeast, and definitely some orange in there too. The alcohol comes through, but not too strongly, and the oak is well tated but mellow and pleasent.

T: Just as much going on as in the aroma. Starts off tasting orange and slightly bready, from the yeast, followed by the warmth of the alcohol in the back of the throat,not overpowering though. After a few sips, the bourbon-flavor starts to come through. I picked upa little vanilla as well. Finishes ever-so-slightly dry, and the flavor lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium-bodied, and very creamy... feels extremely nice on the palate. Average carbonation balances it off perfectly.

D: This is an awesome beer to sip over a long period of time. This is truly a gourmet dinner beer.
Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 00:54:42 | More by edbeer
Photo of Cadebro


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden with a few fingers of white head.

S - Smells of caramel, vanilla and bourbon.

T - Banana and bourbon. Finishes with quite a bit of alcohol flavor.

M - The body is quite heavy but it is balanced out well with a high carbonation.

D - A heavy tripel and a mighty tasty sipper. The many layers of smell and flavor make this a very enjoyable drink. This is probably my favorite of Allagash's barrel series.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 02:39:07 | More by Cadebro
Photo of Burlyn

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

A beautiful golden honey color with a light head.

Smells sour and clean.

At first its sweet followed by a very slight sour second taste which is then finished with a bitter maltiness. Bananas. Cloves. Black bread. Bourbon.

Very viscous and oily. Heavy and thick on the tongue.

It grew on me. Very complex and layered flavors make this a joy to drink. The 11% also goes easily unnoticed unless you actively think about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 05:30:47 | More by Burlyn
Photo of djwilson


4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle, bottled february 2005.
Consumed out of a large Brandy snifter.
Aged two years.

Appearance: Very light copper color, slightly unfiltered, nice head retention. Leaves a nice Belgian lace on glass.

Smell: Very Little Oak, Big Bourbon nose, slight hint of vanilla, and caramel.

Taste: Tip of the tounge gets a heavy residual sugar hit, sides of the tounge pick up the destinct bourbon flavor, back center of tounge gets the nice sour belgian charecteristic, Finish is shorter then I expected considering the huge aroma, it does linger for several seconds gradually mellowing, with oak undertones.

Mouthfeel: Fells Light and clean, expected to be shocked with a huge bourbon kick, but it's very well balanced for a beer at 11% ABV.

Drinkability: Dangerously smooth for those who like Bourbon aged beers, Love the big bourbon aged beers but most leave me satisfied with one snifter, this one can be consumed a little to quick for a beer of this SIZE.

I will Say this at the top of my list for Bourbon aged beers. Very nicely done Allagash. Keep up the good work

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 20:50:25 | More by djwilson
Photo of sogrady


4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is, for the sake of full disclosure, my favorite beer. It's not a beer that you can consume in any real quantity, but for a glass or two it's about as well as you're going to do.

Strong even for a Tripel, the bourbon flavor is absolutely present but not dominating. It warms, complementing the existing oak, vanilla etc tones cleanly.

Appearance is a brilliant gold, and the nose is divine. One of the best examples I know of of the potential for casked aging. This beer, in short, is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:33:44 | More by sogrady
Photo of hopmonkey

New York

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hot and hoppy, but also with mellow and sweet vanilla notes. The bourbon flavor profile is hinted at, but the bountiful hops never let you forget this is a tripel, not Jim Beam. Great, lively mouthfeel. Exceptionally clean and cohesive finish for such layered flavors. Really just an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:17:27 | More by hopmonkey
Photo of pd360


4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a strange and wonderful beer. Beautiful amber, copper color with slight foamy head. The taste is unusual, sweet but not cloying, spicy but not overpowering, and strong but not too strong. I love this beer and will enjoy it for many special occasions to come.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 00:04:09 | More by pd360
Photo of Dankuel


4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured beer into a brandy snifter glass. Beer has the appearance of a typical tripel: a cloudy brown/orange color with a thin frothy head and moderate lacing on the side of the glass. At cold temperatures the estery/fruity and phenolic aromas really stand out. There is also some very light oak in the background. As the beer warms the oak comes out a bit more. The spice of the bourbon really hits the nose but compliments the esters and phenols quite well. It definitely tastes like a tripel but is extremely well balanced and complimented with the bourbon oak. The aftertaste is something to be applauded; a nice pungent burn that leaves me feeling as if I took a shot. Amazing mouthfeel, my palate begins to go dry after a few swigs of this, I love it.

Great beer, can't wait to pick up another bottle and age it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:40:34 | More by Dankuel

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented at the AOBF in Boston. I was definitely blessed at this beer fest.

Poured into the 4 oz. sampler cup a hazy golden yellow with no head to speak of. Not getting any lace from this one, but a thin syrup coats well enough.

I gave it a nice swirl and the nose jumped out of the glass. Mixed fruits soaked in bourbon. Slight vanilla aroma. A light alcohol smell is present, but it is overwhelmed by the fruits.

Wow... tart apple, grapes and orange zest meet a peppery bourbon finish that warms going down. Sweet and delicious.

Thicker mouthfeel than the Triple Reserve and IMHO much tastier.

Not gonna have a problem drinking a couple of these. Thanks to ABC for bringing such a prize.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2004 17:17:07 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of krkearney


3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled most recently on draft at Capone's (Norristown, PA) during the Allagash promo on 6/19/07. Hazy yellow, with a moderate sized off-white head. Complex aroma, fruit, oak, whisky, and yeast most notable. The wood aging adds some interesting flavors, like tropical fruit, whiskey, oak, alcohol, and yeast. Delicious beer, but I think the alcohol overwhelms the other more delicate flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 00:25:21 | More by krkearney
Photo of gearbike


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure about the color and nature of the pour from the nice corked 1 pint bottle because the great smell overwhelmed my scenes. The scent turned out to be a great indication of the taste and overall mouth feel. It has a sweet mild smell of alcohol. The flavor is just so gentle. A nice medium body with some sweetness. You can sort of tell the alcohol is present but it really does not hit until the end of the sip when a slight woody bourbon flavor kicks in. Just a terrific smooth warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 21:42:22 | More by gearbike
Photo of VtBeerRun


4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a quality beer. By the end, it leaves a good taste and I could drink more which is the best part of the beer. There isn't anything over the top about this beer. Just my opinion, but a bit over ratted for the price. This would be a go to beer if it was half the price, but it isn't one I'd line up to get at the current price. Again a good beer, but not one I'd go to again unless the price was least. It does still prove that Allagash can make quality beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:43:56 | More by VtBeerRun
Photo of kms910


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

A- A bright golden amber, Medium head quickly recedes to skim surface

S- Strong bourbon and oak aromas with a little banana on the end

T- Sweet malts or pure honey and a lasting Jim Beam bourbon alcohol burn - a treat!

M- Creamy with just enough alcohol to make it interesting and delightful

D- Excellent drink-ability, the bourbon barrel paired the triple, makes it a must have - Allagash does a great job with this brew

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:32:06 | More by kms910
Photo of cfleisher

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at The Dirty Truth in Northampton, Mass.
Light amber color with hints of honey. The bourbon added some nice hints of vanilla, putting it out front of many of the other tripels on the menu. We had this at the end of the night, four strong beers into a tasting, so take this review with a grain of salt. But I'm confident that if I ordered this again, I'd feel the same on most accounts.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 22:10:30 | More by cfleisher
Photo of SirBenton


4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer blew my mind. I had it on tap at the Barley House in Algonquin.

Pours a great golden orange with a good amount of head. Smells seductivley sweet with honey and yeast shining through. The flavers are absolutely majestic! The belgium spices with the honey and bourbon meld wondrously. The bourbon can be tasted with a good swirl in the mouth. Goes down super smooth; you can just barely taste the 11% alochol. Overall, one of the greatest beers i've had. Adding to my cellar!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 23:22:00 | More by SirBenton
Photo of SteveGNC

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another outstanding beer from Allagash. I think I have enjoyed everything I have tried from them. This one pours very frothy, nice pale orange/yellow color. Great head which dissipates slowly. Wonderful aroma - vanilla, bourbon - but not too much. The taste is fantastic. Some bourbon barrel aged brews are too heavy on the bourbon taste for me - this one gets it perfectly. This may be the first Tripel style that I have tasted that was bourbon aged. Wonderful combination in my opinion. A fantastic sipper - a little pricey, but worth it. I'm going to have to go back and buy a few more. I'm guessing this will be even better with time. This one was bottled in May 11.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:06:35 | More by SteveGNC
Photo of azagthoth


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay glass.

Appearance - A hazy golden straw in color with moderate head retention.

Smell - A puissant display of bourbon that is ever so ravishing as it overpowers hints of vanilla and tropical fruits.

Taste - Bourbon and wood first come to mind. The alcohol is much present at 11% ABV which compliments the vanilla & sweet fruit taste with a cordial spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps not as smooth as its competitors, but arguably spot on in the carbonation and quite smooth for how lightly it went down. The alcohol was also very existent.

Drinkability - Very easy to consume when you consider it's ABV, and most definitely an evening sipper. Well worth the $$$ for a single bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 18:55:57 | More by azagthoth
Photo of thebarracuda


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottled june 2007 640 cases 11% alcohol
the bottle suggested that I use my wide mouthed glass so I did.
it poured a pale cloudy orange with a slight white head. the first scent is a slightly lemony alcohol.
the first sip was amazing. I actually had to pause my movie and exclaim "WOW!"
the initial flavor was of creamy lemons the after taste is amazingly silky and creamy. I will certainly try this again!
I suggest trying this beer with some friends in a relaxed setting. not a hot day or a ballpark beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 03:32:44 | More by thebarracuda
Photo of trixdout

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling May 2011.

Appearance - Very light orange, almost like a light orange rust. There is about a finger thick head that leaves lacing. The beer itself looks a little hazy. Looks like alot of carbonation, byt the amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - I get some banana, spiciness, earthy as well as some floral qualities and some bourbon scent. Every little scent seems faint.

Taste - I get a mixture of banana, cream, bread, caramel, some apple and bourbon on the finish. There comes some spiciness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Oily and coats the whole mouth. Quite dry on the finish, too.

Overall - Very good tripel. Way better than La Fin Du Monde.

As a side note, I don't think this beer is worth the $16 it cost me. More like a $10-12 bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:08:38 | More by trixdout
Photo of Ehouse


4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionally smooth and balanced Belgian Triple. Slightly tart and spicy from the wood but not overpowering like other barrel aged beers. Personally I like the Interlude better, but, as always, Allagash comes through in making another kick ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 23:17:41 | More by Ehouse
Photo of blincoln


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good white foamy head. Large bubbles and dissipated into a thin frothy layer. Good thick lacing. Honey golden and cloudy color with lots of bubbles coming up.

Aroma: First impression – you can really smell the bourbon coming through with a sweet coconut scent. After a while, the smell does seem to be a little over powering…maybe due to some bad experiences with whiskey.

Taste: As my first beer aged in bourbon barrels – wow. That coconut taste is really at the forefront almost like a coconut rum with a mix of bourbon but not in a harsh hard alcohol way. The vanilla is really subtle, almost unnoticeable.

Palette: Smooth and carbonated. Relatively light, but definitely not a beer to be consumed quickly.

Overall: Weird and Awesome! All the opposing flavors come together to be one of the most interesting unique beers I’ve had. My only disappointment…that this beer was poured into a tumbler.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 05:03:23 | More by blincoln
Photo of jtrem14


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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - Wonderful golden/amber color which retains a very light but full head. The head remained for a long time, and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Good hints of bourbon and oak, mixed with some sweeter aromas like vanilla and fruitiness. I feel like there are some aromas I am missing, as the smell is very complex.

T - Similar to it's smell, but the bourbon flavor really begins to stand out here. The oak still comes through, but the vanilla and fruit seem to be masked a bit by the strength of the alcohol.

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Good medium body.

D - Great barrel aged beer, which really picks up the characteristics of the barrel it was aged in. A very good Tripel, which stands up to many of the greats in the world.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 12:40:19 | More by jtrem14
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