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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,709 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,709
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 306
Gots: 476 | 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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deac83

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-11-2013 05:17:12 | More by deac83
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WindedIndian

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-10-2013 20:14:26 | More by WindedIndian
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, bottled on August 24, 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden color, topped with a thick, sticky white head, leaves lots of excellent lacing.

S- Interesting, sort of weird mix of sweet bourbon flavors with lots of caramel and vanilla, as well as spicy, fruity esters and candi sugar.

T- Lots of fruit, esters that lend clove and banana flavors, as well as some spice and yeast. Has some nice sweet caramel and vanilla bourbon flavors, which are very tasty but seem to clash with the fruit and esters.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- An interesting beer, the bourbon flavors are really nice but it doesn't work especially nicely with the Tripel flavors in my opinion. It's worth giving a shot, but I probably won't need to try this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 05:41:32 | More by WillCarrera
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-10-2013 02:56:30 | More by laxer8811
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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MikeF11


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-09-2013 22:52:45 | More by MikeF11
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jdhugeloser

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-09-2013 18:31:50 | More by jdhugeloser
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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amalahow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-09-2013 14:15:13 | More by amalahow
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GregoryMo

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-09-2013 04:04:46 | More by GregoryMo
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Txconnesiur


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-08-2013 21:24:13 | More by Txconnesiur
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Thunder

Georgia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-08-2013 21:18:34 | More by Thunder
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elchingen

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-08-2013 01:11:19 | More by RoryOMoore
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BKArmstrong

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-07-2013 03:34:59 | More by BKArmstrong
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-07-2013 02:38:32 | More by AnitaBrewski
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-06-2013 15:10:21 | More by browniewithnuts
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-05-2013 18:31:01 | More by Sean9689
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WreckingBrew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-04-2013 23:44:15 | More by WreckingBrew
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dwoolley1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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thedoer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-03-2013 13:59:26 | More by thedoer
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marct

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-03-2013 05:42:40 | More by marct
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the complexity in the flavor of this beer cannot begin to be described, it seemed like something different every time.... spicy, bready, sweet, licorice... and all at 11% abv... you wouldn't know... the barrel aging process for beers is ingenius...

world class... no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 03:37:22 | More by klkatz
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Crunkle

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-02-2013 18:46:37 | More by Crunkle
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated September 13th, 2012.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with an enormous effervescent and fluffy off-white head. Fades at a moderate pace with great head retention. Nice island of foam refuses to dissipate. Nice thin spiderweb-like lacing left behind.

S: A bit of bourbon booziness but not as big as a lot of barrel-aged stuff (like BCBS or other big stouts). A little caramel, vanilla and oak I would say. Tripel character stands out nicely. Get some yeasty biscuits, grass and some crisp citrus. Spicy too, mainly black pepper. Get a whiff of coconut here and there too.

T: Definite caramel from the barrels up front, mixing with some grass and light citrus. Yeasty breadiness with some earthy spices kicks in in the middle. Get some vanilla in the middle and then some coconut as the flavor progresses into the finish. Lingering oak, coconut and black pepper in the aftertaste with just a pinch of yeast. A bit of boozy bourbon lingers between sips.

M: Pretty heavy but higher carbonation and bourbon cuts it decently.

O: Top notch tripel, one of the best ever in my opinion. Not a super strong, overpowering bourbon barrel character but it does add some nice complexity. I think this makes sense because it would probably overpower the crisp and yeasty flavors of the tripel (like a Jackie-O's Kentucky Monk). Having said all of that, it shouldn't be surprising because the base beer is my favorite tripel of all time (I gave it a 4.45 but that was before quarter-point scores). Honestly I'm not sure if this an improvement or not. It's different for sure, but noticeably heavier and boozier. Definitely more complex, but loses some of the crispness that really makes the base beer wonderful. Close call. Allagash definitely has the market on tripels locked down though, nothing else comes close in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 05:44:13 | More by Dope
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,709 ratings.