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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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3,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,126
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 385
Gots: 693 | 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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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Curieux opens to a banana and clove-laced Belgian nose that also bears intense apple aromas, with tart Granny Smith and sugary Golden Delicious notes spilling forth. These apple aromas fade after a few seconds, replaced by an ashy note, like faint cigarette smoke mixed with char and bourbon remnants, much like the interior of a gentleman’s club. The banana and clove notes still remain, spiced up with vanilla and peppercorn, with small touches of caramel and brown sugar for sweetness, and all that atop light sweet biscuits, berries, and blood orange slices. The ashy, faintly bourbon notes are what separate this from other Tripels, especially in the intensity of the cigarette smoke notes. As a whole, the aroma is very nice, being subtle and understated, but simultaneously potent and nuanced, and setting a high bar for other beers to follow.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a banana and clove note that is joined instantly by sour lemons and pink grapefruits, as well as maraschino cherries, berries, blood oranges, and bits of pineapple, the fruit esters being unbelievably complex and varied, as well as potent, bordering on fruit cocktail extract. Threads of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar add further levels of sweetness. The bourbon barrel aging does bring in further vanilla, but also adds light wood, and a heavy dose of smoky, spicy bourbon, coming across here like world-class spiced rum, blending excellently with the complex fruits. Biscuit, baguette, and a smidgen of rising whole wheat dough add earthiness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, though here the complex fruits are joined by one of the beer’s only weak points, being a bourbon-vodka alcohol vapor that permeates everything and somewhat spoils the taste, though it does die off somewhat after a time, leaving only a smoky, spicy bourbon note with some remaining fruits lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and a fine example of the subtleties that can come from barrel aging, as opposed to the bourbon slams that often result. The beer as a whole is very well balanced between fruits and smoky, spicy alcohols, and is definitely in a class of its own, as opposed to the dozens of Tripels that seem like clones of each other in comparison. Well worth trying.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

General - I got this 22 oz bottle from a store a couple of weeks ago. Really nice corked bottle. Drinking it out of a chalice type glass that I had.

Appearance - The color is around an SRM 7 or so, beautiful light golden. Head was a light white frothy but it quickly faded. Fairly clear with just a touch of chill haze. This is a little too cold to be drinking right now, just out of the fridge.

Aroma - MMMM Bourbon! This thing has a big hit of the bourbon barrel that it was aged in. There is also an alcohol scent, not unsurprising with the 11% ABV on this bad boy. in the background there are some light citrus scents with a touch of banana. Really great scent.

Taste - If God were to brew a beer, it would taste like this. Seriously this is one of if not the best triples that I've had. The flavor of bourbon is perfect with the alcoholic burn and slight fruitiness. Amazing is all I can say.

Mouthfeel - A slightly thin feeling with a moderately high carbonation level. There is an alcoholic burn on the back of the throat also.

Overall - Wow, this is awesome. I couldn't ask for a better beer after a long day. Refreshing yet strong with a lot of great flavor.

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