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

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Ratings: 3,365
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 434
Gots: 841 | FT: 36
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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: 3,365 | Reviews: 869
Photo of khmel
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The spicey and dry beauty of a tripel with the mellow, soft mouthfeel and vanilla-oak nose of bourbon-barrel aged beer. What else can be said? Amazing!

Photo of BuccoFan
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was actually a little disappointed with the barrel flavoring. I found it more weak than subtle. I think I'd give it high grades in a blind taste as a tripel, but I was looking forward to a relatively unique barrel aged pairing (a la Founders' Doom).

Photo of ordybill
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
Aroma-Hops and yeast
Appearance- A nice gold color with a small white head
Taste- Hops and a bourbon back end, very nice
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- An outstanding beer, very well made

Photo of fishyakLA
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply, put I love this beer. (I also like tripels AND bourbon so this is no surprise.) The barrel aging gives just enough bourbon flavor to be a hint, not a hammer. I had this at Yard House, but I've had it on a number of occasions including bottled at home. IMO, this beer pairs well with pork, like grilled pork chops or BBQ. As beers go, its expensive, so I put it in the treat versus daily category.

Photo of THoff94
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Delicious sweet bourbon taste. Much better from a bottle than on tap.

Photo of Elie-Ka
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy feel. Silky, cascading foam. Looks like the golden juices of Aphrodite's sweet wet pussy.

Photo of Prasm
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely get the oak on the nose in the sense of vanilla and coconut cream. In the mouth the bourbon barrel aging is apparent in the creamy mouth-feel and the coconut and vanilla flavors. Overall this is an impressive effort that has enough substance to cover up the 11% abv with creamy coconut and vanilla flavors. If there is a down side it's that this is all about creamy coconut and vanilla, if that's not to you're liking you'll not enjoy this - but it works for me.

Photo of mynie
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

Pours dark gold, very effervescent, with a tight white head. Basically looks like a strong Belgian blonde. Maybe not quite as pretty as Duvel, but close.

Smells at first like a strong Belgian Blonde: heavy yeast, big spice complexities. After a few minutes it opens up a bit more and strong nodes of hop come through along with a little hint of bourbon.

Tastes like a bourbony Orval, if that makes any sense. Pronounced hops and spice start things off, moving into a lightly tart and boozy middle with nodes of white pepper and green apples. Ends swimmingly, with the hops returning against pleasant whiskey burn. There's a ton going on here, and it all comes together perfectly.

Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a chalice
Bottled on: March 12th, 2015


A: A rusty, dark golden body with less than 1 fingers width of white colored head. Its hazy to the point of being opaque. Head dissipates down pretty quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4

S: Spicy characters and a bit of fruity esters, very subtle oaky vanilla. Some booze. Surprisingly the aromas as a whole are very muted, I don’t get much at all. 3.25

T: Much more flavorful than the aroma implied. Barrel notes are noticeable right away with oaky vanilla bourbon character. There are some dark fruit characters and candied sugar that’s reminiscent of a barley. A bit of biting bitterness. Some spicy characters and fruity esters show the base beer. A bit of booze shows the ABV. I am surprised how noticeable the bourbon characters are considering it was only barrel aged for 8 weeks. Good balance and quite complex. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end which is appropriate, a biting quality from the combo of booze/spice/bitterness, ABV is noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is above average for the ABV. 4

O: Not much going on with the aroma, but very good flavor. An enjoyable beer, but not worth the nearly $20 a bottle price tag. 4

Photo of TBonez477
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why I was expecting to enjoy this one. Was hoping for stronger barrel flavor, also did not look closely enough when ordering to see it was a Tripel base beer. Can't get past the Belgian yeast.

Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The whiskey barrel note is pronounced on this one. Very nice way to round out the Belgian yeast character. Fruity esters, slight banana, and the coconut aroma is really nice. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in the flavor but you will feel every percentage point after a glass or two. This is a great special occasion brew, right up there with classic tripels from well regarded Belgian breweries.

Photo of DrBass
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had the 2015. Aged for the original eight weeks in the barrel, plus 4 more months.

Photo of Didier
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer by any standards, but since I'm apparently the only person here who doesn't flat out worship this beer and am only giving it an "average" rating (or has average become below average?), BeerAdvocate demands a review. Well, I'm just not that impressed by bourbon barrel aged beers. If I wanted my brew to taste like hard liquor, I'd make it a snakebite and drop a shot of whiskey in my glass. I did like this beer, it was tasty and didn't quite taste like the 11% it is (but it definitely does taste strong).

Photo of ajm5108
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In a sea of neverending bourbon barrel-aged stouts, Allagash Curieux is an oasis in the desert. Tart apple, warm honey and smooth bourbon greet you on the nose. The brew is nicely carbonated but not fizzy, silky but not thick or chewy. The bourbon is a complimentary note, not some boozey colossus here to hammer in self on your taste buds. The dry granny smith carries through with some honey and caramel from the oak. Almost too sweet and candy-like, but then the bourbon comes in to finish it off. Perfectly balanced, Exceptional beer.

Photo of austin94x
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever tasted

Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Amber-orange in color with creamy white head that dissipated in a minute or so. There is no strong aroma; a little bit of fruit but no smell of bourbon at all. Mildly fruity (cherry) but also fairly bitter throughout. After a few sips I could taste a little vanilla at the finish but less than I anticipated. This ale is medium-bodied and easy to drink. While it doesn't have a strong alcohol burn, you can definitely tell its 11% ABV; it hits hard. Overall, this is a very good ale but I'm not tasting the bourbon. Maybe that's a good thing since it is quite refreshing.

Photo of silverblaze540
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Pale amber color with active carbonation.

S - Strawberries, sour cherries. Other than the fruity smells, almost smells similar to a lager.

T - Front seemed similar to a lager at first, but those similarities went away the more I drank. The middle was sweet and there was a small amount of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body, strong alcohol burn and carbonation.

O - I found this a bit odd at first, but it grew on me more as I drank it.

Photo of GregA135
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew!

A nice hazy amber color

smooth and crisp

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a thick white head.

Smell: No scents at all really.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of light grassy notes hints of sweet bourbon and hops.

Overall: Very good brew!

Photo of mikerems
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of the style. Alcohol taste very prominent. Went down a little smoother after a cigar.

Photo of BWood
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Didn't live up to the hype for me. Was just a ok Tripel imo. And the bourbon did not complement it.

Photo of tarheels4life23
3.16/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too much bourbon flavor for my taste

Photo of ctjoumas
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Floral smell as it's being poured with a lot of small bubbles resembling soap suds, even with a slightly slow pour. Very effervescent mouthfeel like champagne, accompanied by a fruity flavor I recall from other tripels (I'm not overly familiar with this style). A bit of dryness in the back of the tongue after swallowing with a tart flavor which gives way to a subtle bourbon flavor. Nice complexity to this beer and overall enjoyable but a bit too much of the dryness in my opinion.

Photo of bluehende
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This had too much bourbon for me. If you go for the BCBS type stouts then you will love this.

Photo of tlema1
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is what a barrel aged beer should be, not overpowered by booze, there's a hint but this is such an outstanding brew...highly recommended

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,365 ratings.