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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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3,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,224
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 768 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004

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.
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Ratings: 3,224 | Reviews: 844
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second beer from my four beer sampler at the Sunset Grill and Tap - 5 oz. in a miniature pokal. It appears a hazed straw with light carbonation and a small white head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is very tropical (mostly orange and pineapple) with an oaky/vanilla kick - quite distinct. It is also quite tropical on the palate, with orange, pineapple, peach, melon rind, and banana, along with notes of wheat, green hops, yeast, vanilla, oak, and a peppery character. The body is medium and very smooth, with medium carbonation and finish. It's also dangerously drinkable, hiding the alcohol well, and I especially like what the bourbon has done to this brew. Recommended - I wish I had a bottle for aging.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fro for this one.

2006 Vintage, 398 cases bottled.

A: Golden rod color with a lot of micro sediment. Head fell quick leaving wisps across the top and a solid ring of white bubbles around the glass.

S: Oak, wet hay, bourbon, vanilla and grass clippings. Interesting. Wife describes it as "wet dog". So be it.

T: Begins sweet at the tip of the tongue with melon, papaya and apricot. The oak starts sneaking in at this point with an earthy quality to it. The vanilla is nice; its not over powering or fake tasting but very smooth and attractive. A buttery orange aspect begins to develop and mingles with white peach, pineapple and golden raisins. The bourbon is most noticeable when the fruity flavors are present and becomes prevalent once the beer warms up. Finishes sweet and fruity like marmalade with lingering oak.

M: Full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.

D: This beer could use some age but its nice now. With 2-3 years under its belt, this would be really superb. As it warms, the fruit gets really sweet and the bourbon really expands in caliber. Although it becomes more flavorful, it also becomes more cloying.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a complete frothy head. The nose on this beer is quite nice. The bourbon barrel aging is very good. Just the subtlest of hints of oak and bourbon. It really compliments the beer instead of taking over. This is a real treat, something I could drink all day long. A very nice, well rounded, well put together beer. I've got absolutely no complaints.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says: Bottled August 2006 and 510 cases bottled. I drank it out of a wide mouthed wine glass in December 2007
A: Little pop when corked. Thins lace with active carbonation though. Golden-peach colored. Hazy, probably due to bottle refermentation.
S: Fruity-sweet and dry like a sauvignon blanc. A little bourbon, caramel and sweet bread.
T: Vanilla-ey smooth - first impression: amazing. Slight vegetal aftertaste.
M: Smooth yet textured well like a nice soft fleecy blanket.
D: Strong but I want more! So nice.

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

It pours a crystal clear and fairly carbonated classic ingot gold. A finger of white head drops away promptly to vestigial froth. Thin ropes of lacing string the inside of the glass.

The aroma displays a poignantly sweet grain backbone, with candy sugar and a light woody earthiness. A draft of alcohol drifts softly but notably.

Upon tasting, malted grain sweetness lays clear claim, driving forth an almost cloying rock candy presence, concentrated more by a bourbon oak directive. A creamy dollop of vanilla bends to a whiskey-esque vent of alcohol. A mellow spiciness, savory and peppered, turns to a rounded bitterness. A brief return of grain sweetness is dried by a lingering finish of muted bitterness. It has an interesting profile buoyed by a gentlemanly character.

Medium bodied, the cloying nature coats like syrup, and the result is a very pleasant feel.

The word that first springs to mind is interesting, and I'd follow that with blended, crafted, unique, and quite good. The bourbon presence is surprisingly strong, but it meshes almost seamlessly with everything else. The ABV is muscular and has a spirit quality, but it's all part of the drinkable show. Put it like this- I'd like to know which bourbon aged in this barrel first, because it goes damned well with this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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