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

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2,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,821
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 317
Gots: 522 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

smartassboiler, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

douginromeo, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Porter, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Tom-Peters, Apr 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Brent619, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Teddy-Pickles, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DmouthCaliBrewz, Apr 16, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -8.4%

750mL into tulip. bottling September 14, 2013.

A: a hazy bright orange body. head is frothy and bright white. retention is good, thick clumps of lace left behind.

S: minor oak aroma. sweet unfermented sugars. fruity, apples especially. a relatively mild aroma.

T: a little bit of vanilla. pears. lots of oak, not nearly as much of the bourbon as I remember in the past. a little vinous. this thing is dangerously drinkable/smooth. the heat is seriously minimal. residual sweetness.

M: moderate carb, but mostly smooth. medium/full body.

D: goes down too easy. to, too easy. my one complaint is where is the bourbon? seems like they almost blended it out of the equation. otherwise a very drinkable, very smooth Belgian blond ale.

Jimmys, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

nollie77, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

stevec32, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Invictus, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

FalconA, Apr 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Poetaytoe, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

resistdefy, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JWing, Apr 12, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%

Served cold - a little too cold for such a high alcohol content beer - on tap at a Sprouts inside bar in a trumpet-shaped pilsner, which I found odd for a Tripel.

Glass filled to the top, so no head and minimum lacing.

Appearance is foggy golden yellow, with some bubbles surfacing to the top.

Hard to smell because it's so cold and my allergies, but I could make out a delicious blend of sweet flowers, fruit, and caramel with some distinct delicious barley aroma.

Taste characteristic of Belgian beers, with a delicious sweet-tingly taste of barley, malts, caramels, fruits, and licorice.

Goes down very smoothly for an 11% beer, pleasant tingling from carbonation and a warmth due to alcohol lingers.

Overall an obvious quality brew from a reputable brewery that I would be sure to try again.

retry4z, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

smccann, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on Nov 2009
Found this in the basement, purchased a couple of years ago in NJ. Probably bought too many 750s and this one got lost in the back.

A: Light golden/copper color with a 1/2 finger not-quite-white head, large than expected given the alcohol level.
S: Light bourbon and a little oak/woodiness.
T: Lots of oak character (vanilla cream) but not much in the way of tannins. There is a subtle belgian-yeast flavor (fruity esters) but not much. The bourbon is very integrated, most of what is obvious is wood vs. bourbon.
M: Crisp and yet somewhat creamy/mouthcoating, I assume this is the tripel interacting with the wood.
O: An obviously well made beer that almost certainly would have been better 2 years ago., still tastes very good, but everything is too muted to be world class. Based on this bottle and other reviews, I would definitely purchase again.

wspscott, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Retail1LO, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jplopez21, Apr 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

RollTide7, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Maillard, Apr 07, 2013
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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