1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,907 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,907
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 340
Gots: 557 | FT: 30
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,907 | Reviews: 789 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jpd7374, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of TectonicFun
1/5  rDev -76.6%

TectonicFun, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of mttdls
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -6.3%

doucmehu, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of mgironta
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The label on the brew said that this was from the October 2010 batch and 750 cases were bottled. The brew poured with a one finger white head into my Rogue chalice. Every time I use these glasses, I think that are darn heavy. Anyways, the head dissipated and didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The color is a light yellow with a hint of orange and presents with moderate carbonation. The body is clear. On the nose, I got a lot of bready and yeasty notes. Then, I get some golden fruit and sugars. I don’t smell much of the oak that I thought I would from being aged in bourbon barrels. On the taste, the first thing I say is, “Damn, this is a good beer.” There is a lot going on with this. There is a definite wood/vanilla characteristic, then the fruit, then some breadiness and spices. The alcohol, which is hefty at 11%, really only makes itself known on the finish, when it really warms the throat. There is light carbonation on this brew, which is perfect. The brew itself is lighter than I thought and not really syrupy. I love this brew.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of DimWit
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DimWit, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of JoeInTheBean
3.5/5  rDev -18%

JoeInTheBean, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of caseyjacks
4/5  rDev -6.3%

caseyjacks, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of BigLittleHokis
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

BigLittleHokis, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of AndrewDeci
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

AndrewDeci, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of ReeseMax3
5/5  rDev +17.1%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The foam on this is almost three fingers tall and a little off-white, slight yellow. Some good lacing. Body is a mostly clear wheat color.

S - A nice sweet to this, almost cotton candy like. A little vanilla and banana. Very creamy.

T - I can't figure this thing out. A truly unique experience. The bourbon is there and forward (along with some alcohol). I guess it fits what it is going for, a bourbon barrel aged tripel. Vanilla, slight banana, a little clove, and some pepper.

M - Alcohol burn, drying, great carbonation and body, and goes down easy. Even though there is that alcohol burn, it still drinks very easy.

O - Like I've said, this is weird. But it is so drinkable and pleasant, that I can't put it down.

RuckusDu, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Pdrufo
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Pdrufo, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of ThePaleRider
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Golden yellow with a white head that sticks to the glass and stays there.

S- a beautiful mixture of whiskey and ale.

T- in my opinion this triple has no equal. The perfect blend of triple and barrel aging is seamless. Honestly not sure what more a whiskey lover would desire in an ale. Amazing balance that really leaves you wondering if this is really %11.

M- so smooth for %11. The after taste really leaves you wanting more and leaves the tongue saturated in Jim Beam.

O- best beer of all time, especially for beers that aren't seasonal. Bottle or tap, I've never been disappointed.

ThePaleRider, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - hazy orangish yellow with no head

S - coriander, pepper, fruity, funky, a hint of orange

T - fruity, spicy, banana, bubblegum, orange peel, serious booze

M - boozy, warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid Tripel. The flavor is fantastic. There is no mistaking the alcohol content here though. You know what you've gotten yourself into. At some points I thought the booze overcame some of the more subtle flavor notes. Otherwise, this was a really good beer.

tdm168, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Trulius_Slackerus
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Trulius_Slackerus, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

mychalg9, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of yossarian14
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of luvbier
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

luvbier, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Tareq
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Tareq, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of bougz
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

bougz, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of tylermains
3/5  rDev -29.7%

tylermains, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bostonryan, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of GeoffK
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

GeoffK, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of heymikew
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the better efforts from Allagash
Rich golden color
Heady/Yummy dark fruit nose
Heady and intense
Banana and pear fruit with a nice Bourbon (barrels from JB) presence, bit of vanilla.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Good for a late evening beside the fireplace

heymikew, Sep 04, 2012
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,907 ratings.