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

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2,842 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,842
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 320
Gots: 525 | FT: 27
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Belgianbeerz, Aug 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a bottle and poured it into a chalice.

A nice rich golden brew with a 1/2" head that was fairly stiff. I normally like a Tripel to have a stiffer head, but considering this is no ordinary Tripel (if there is such a thing as ordinary Tripel), I'm cool with it.

The smell was crisp, definitely some delicate malts and a slight scent of the bourbon barrel.

The taste was fantastic, some peach and candy notes. And the bourbon barrel was not overpowering, only hinted at, contributing to the overall taste. A very sweet tasting beer.

The mouthfeel was clean and refreshing, the right amount of effervescence to compliment the taste.

Overall it was an incredibly enjoyable beer. Will definitely have this again and enjoy it thoroughly.

ChrisAceGates, Aug 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

swooshjtb, Aug 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

LordVodka, Aug 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

raythealeman, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mbs11, Aug 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Peller80, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from September 2009. So almost three years old. Poured into a chalice. The color is slightly hazy and golden. There is a small quarter inch head.

The aroma has some nice peach and vanilla with a touch of oak.

This one is full of bourbon barrel oak to go along with sweet malt. There is a slightly fruity peach and plum like component that comes from the yeast. There is a subtle bourbony taste in the finish.

This is full bodied. There is a soft but effervescent mouthfeel. This is a pretty nice treat to have every now and then; lots of complexity.

andrewinski1, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kell50, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Holland, Aug 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Psychmusic, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TimoP, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Uvastephanie, Aug 01, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to tour the brewery in Portland, Maine.

First off, fantastic brewery, staff of 40 or so, well kept, great atmosphere to just sit, drink, and talk.

The Curieux is their strongest brew. They get their barrels from Jim Beam which have only been used once.

The color is a deep brown ale-look. The smell has a mixture of the trippels fruit...but it is over powered by the bourbon.

At first you get a dark and heavy taste of a true dark ale with hints of honey and wheat, but then you kind of get punched with a taste of the bourbon. This is a brew that would be best enjoyed by itself.

Fantastic brew. Maybe not for all, but definitely a favorite on my list. Too bad they stopped exporting to Texas. They said Texas would be the first state to receive Allagash again as soon as they can meet demand.

vinhgoh, Aug 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

stunna, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rabiddawg, Jul 31, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer surprised me! I have not had many beers from Allegash and I picked up a 2011 bottle. Well this beer is good! it has a mild bourbon flavor and good carbonation. For a barrel aged beer this was very smooth. At $15.00 buck a bottle I would not buy it again due to wanting to try other beers at this cost. That said to me it's totally worth the $15.00 bucks. If you have not had it, try it it's very good.

Bottom line; Worth the money a well made brew!

themind, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

creez, Jul 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

kwmcmillan, Jul 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Chugs13, Jul 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

HopBrain, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

oldp0rt, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

admonster00, Jul 28, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured beer into a brandy snifter glass. Beer has the appearance of a typical tripel: a cloudy brown/orange color with a thin frothy head and moderate lacing on the side of the glass. At cold temperatures the estery/fruity and phenolic aromas really stand out. There is also some very light oak in the background. As the beer warms the oak comes out a bit more. The spice of the bourbon really hits the nose but compliments the esters and phenols quite well. It definitely tastes like a tripel but is extremely well balanced and complimented with the bourbon oak. The aftertaste is something to be applauded; a nice pungent burn that leaves me feeling as if I took a shot. Amazing mouthfeel, my palate begins to go dry after a few swigs of this, I love it.

Great beer, can't wait to pick up another bottle and age it.

Dankuel, Jul 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

carrollmel7, Jul 26, 2012
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,842 ratings.