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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,899 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,899
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 336
Gots: 554 | FT: 29
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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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage poured into a snifter. Cloudy amber-gold in color with a two finger head. Leaves some nice but spotty lacing behind. Yeasty notes of the standard Allagash tripel are more subdued here. Faint notes of oak and vanilla are additional contributions from the barrels. Overall floral note with maybe some ripe pear.

The flavor follows the nose in being less fruity and yeasty with a corresponding increase in sweetness and woodiness. Dull aftertaste that kind of lingers. Some alcohol heat but no sting, which is impressive for an 11% beer. By no means a mediocre tripel, this still hits most of the right notes for the style, but the vibrancy of the fruit and yeast notes are missing.

Overall, the barrel aging doesn't really do any favors. Allagash makes an excellent tripel that isn't improved upon here.

gr0g, May 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

TomStewart, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dcloeren, May 26, 2013
Photo of alaimoa
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that came straight from the Allagash Taproom. Pours a clear gold with a really nice white lingering lace. Very bourbon forward on the smell and taste and left lingering vanilla and mild acohol notes. This beer was awesome and I was pleasently surprised with how much of the bourbon characteristics came through

alaimoa, May 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

lpayette, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jtladner, May 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

tadmuchowski, May 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

2dogbrew, May 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

JSouth, May 23, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ahhhh... yea... the rating speaks for itself. Went to Maine and visited Allagash taproom. They let us sample this.... bought 2 bottles. Couldn't find it for 4-5 months then I did.... bought 2 more bottles.... bottles were $15-$19... for a 750.... well worth it. Maine beer is impossibly smooth so the alcohol taste barely stays.... I'm a big fan of cask beers so that's maybe why I liked it so much.

pjkelley82, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CoolEthan, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

davesway10, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

lakersfan16, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

AOShabaz, May 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Busker, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

jaybags, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Rast, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

cnbrown313, May 20, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a beautiful hazy deep blonde gold color.

The aroma has a sweet caramel, barrel characteristic with oak, and sweet apricot. Lemon, spice. You can surely get that this what it is. Tripel that is barrel aged.

The taste has a barrel aged sweetness, Belgian yeast, fruity sweetness, lemon, pineapple. Then there's some rich flavors with oak, bourbon barrel with the coconut, vanilla.

There's a boozy finish as this is at 11% ABV. My favorite tripel so far. It's not your standard fare, but this really is spectacular.

dar482, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

drgonzo2k2, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Kreko7, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

LeahM, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

alanv, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

cnwillis31, May 18, 2013
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,899 ratings.