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

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

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world-class

2,700 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,700
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 304
Gots: 472 | FT: 28
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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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

01-19-2013 19:08:49 | More by ChrisPro
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-28-2013 19:42:19 | More by cosmonick
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

11-15-2013 04:00:42 | More by RochefortChris
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-10-2014 13:03:35 | More by Nolen12
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-04-2013 01:39:44 | More by KJ2013
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sloelco

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-29-2014 03:11:11 | More by sloelco
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Goliath

Illinois

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

May 2007 bottling

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a very thin layer of white head sitting on top. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is really nice. Smells really fruity, with banana and pineapple. The bourbon I think enhances that. Just really pretty.

Taste is pretty damn good. Nice fruity notes, pineapple dominates, but seemingly a touch of banana and almost coconut. Strong hints of bourbon enhance the flavor and burn on the way down. Really just great.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, fairly thick, and slightly syrupy. There's a nice carbonation tingle to it as well. The kicker is the alcohol warmth which is apparent in both taste and mouthfeel and lingers all the way down.

Drinkability is moderate. Really great flavors and feel making for a great drinking experience. However, at 11% you really feel almost every bit of it. A sipper for sure, and an ass kicker no doubt.

Side note: I'm like 2/3 into the bottle and just loving it. I'm over 2 hours into this beer and have a ridiculous buzz going! I was not expecting this, definitely take even more time with this beer!

Just finished my final sip. Just wanted to say that overall, this beeer is just phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 19:45:22 | More by Goliath
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Kromes

Georgia

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

A: Hazy orange with a finger width head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Oak, alcohol, bubble gum, tropical fruit.

T: The bourbon, alcohol, and oak flavors are very pronounced. There is a tripel somewhere in the background with some sweet tropical fruit flavor. The finish is mostly alcohol burn in this one.

M: Light at first, but the high carbonation comes and fills it out. Leaves a spice along with the alcohol burn.

O: I really like bourbon aged anything and this one doesn't disappoint. Lots of different flavors going on. More so as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:53:32 | More by Kromes
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mithrascruor

California

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden color with a hint of orange. Creamy thick head with good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Fruity yeasty aroma with pineapple, apple, and a bit of citrus.

Taste: The flavors are a bit mellow, but in a good way that gives it a light feel while still being very flavorful. The beer has a good biscuity/yeasty base with vanilla and fruits on top. Generally sweet (but not overly) with a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

Drinkability: Extremely (almost too) drinkable. There's barely any presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. Exceptionally tasty.

A really wonderful beer. Quite pricey, but totally worthwhile. Perhaps the best American-brewed Belgian-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:03:54 | More by mithrascruor
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-01-2013 05:09:02 | More by Anonymous1
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nzerbe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18%

03-30-2013 15:26:47 | More by nzerbe
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stortore

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-02-2014 04:54:19 | More by stortore
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

07-31-2013 04:38:05 | More by bmjivi221
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Jordy777

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-06-2014 18:43:47 | More by Jordy777
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07-06-2013 17:19:05 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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pperez38

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-06-2011 05:06:49 | More by pperez38
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samie85

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

December 2010 bottling.

A-Pours a hazy blond/orange color with with a half-finger fine-bubbled white head

S-Smells a little tart like a lambic/wild ale with light hints of apple and pear.

T-Big bourbon heat with some tart, cidery notes with a pronounced bitterness.

M-Really quite light bodied with a very present alcohol warmth and a very drying finish.

D-I thought the bourbon barrel-aging might make this tripel more up my alley, but this is just really not my thing. There is no body or malt presence to compliment the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 01:00:10 | More by samie85
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-17-2014 14:54:29 | More by cfinch2
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Wowcoolman

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-26-2014 01:24:42 | More by Wowcoolman
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2013 11:37:46 | More by jtladner
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marburg

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Exquisite, malty, lively, bourbon-flavored, oaky, complex tripel -- minus the tripel. An explanation:

The dirty blond beer and moderate head look nice enough. The lively carbonation? Check. Some phenolic hints in the aroma. Excellent! Not much left of the tripel after that. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- just somewhat unexpected. Bourbon, oak, dried terragon, hints of vanilla and orange. Quite an amazing nose, really. I'm especially sensative to whiskey-like flavors, and I get a big dose up front here. Malty but dry. Certainly some oak here, and leafy herb -- sage, perhaps? The sweet bourbon-like alcohol isn't overpowering, and this is actually quite a dry beer lacking in any real fruit characteristics -- citric, exotic, or otherwise.

A stunningly complex little brew worthy of note and more than worth trying for the sake of pondering it alone. But it's intense and not something I'd consider "drinkable."

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 01:55:33 | More by marburg
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dcloeren

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-26-2013 16:44:59 | More by dcloeren
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wtkphoto

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-28-2013 14:32:05 | More by wtkphoto
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-02-2012 21:38:25 | More by theminutemen
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-12-2012 18:50:25 | More by HamGlade10
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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