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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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3,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,172
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 393
Gots: 731 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to N8DAGR8 for sending me this as an extra.

Aroma is unique, lots of wood, mild bourbon, dominated by malt character, something 'old' smelling that is hard to place, like the malt profile of an old ale maybe? I don't really get the pear/apple/yeast aromas that are typical of the style and that other reviews mention.

Taste is pretty similar but a little better. Lots of wood/bourbon character from the barrel, but it's a pretty unique barrel character, very different from the way bourbon barrels usually interact with stouts for example, much more subtle. Again, an unusual and complex malt character that reminds me in some ways of an old ale.

A very good and unique beer. This pour was somewhat different from how I remembered the beer, would like to revisit this review after I try it again.

8.0/10

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml corker and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange-gold color. There is a huge, soft, bright-white head which fades moderately quickly to a thin cap and thick ring of foam. Lacing is moderate but really sticks to the glass.

S: The aroma is light and sweet but potent. Overtones of clove, fruity esters and to a lesser extent, banana define the aroma. Light, crystal malt/sugar sweetness give a little depth and a light touch of alcohol, especially as the beer warms.

T: The attack is classic tripel. Candi-sugar provides a light sweetness to contrast the spicey, earthy clove note that develops to prominence in the mid-palate. Only now to I detect any bourbon. It is a dry, alcoholic bourbon flavor that complements the already dry, alcohol flavor of the beer. The finish is moderate in strength and length, showcasing the bourbon in contrast to the earthy clove.

M: Fairly thin with notable but pleasant alcohol heat. Good for the style. Low but effervescent carbonation and slightly oily/sticky.

O Great beer. Excellent, earthy tripel. Bourbon is well integrated. Pleasure to drink, intent to get another bottle to cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Portion of a 750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy light gold color betraying strong carbonation behind the hazy body. The head is a one finger white shade that retains itself nicely for 11%. Also, it never fully fades away.

S: The bourbon influence is moderate here. It really comes across as oaky more than anything, though you do get subtle vanilla and coconut qualities in the aroma. The tripel qualities that pop up are very neutral - not really sweet, but not bitter smelling, either.

T: Sweeter than the aroma. The base tripel comes through more strongly here, as well. Initially, there's a neutral oaky tannin quality (which pops up in the finish as well), while most of the tripel flavors appear in the midtaste. Tons of candied sugar occupy the aforementioned middle of the palate. Finish is a combination of bread-like malt, spicy yeast, and oak tannins, while the bourbon contributes a subtle presence throughout. I'm amazed how well the booze is hidden given its dryness. While that disappointingly doesn't give it the dangerous drinkability it could have, it really gives it a sense of finesse. Sure, a sliiight heat is evident, but this isn't hot at all - if you told me this was 7%, I would have believed you completely.

M: A bit heavy and sweet - but when the booze is hidden this well, it doesn't really matter. Dry at first, but the syrupy nature builds up after a while. Healthy carbonation tries to aid drinkability some, but the thick, sweet flavor renders this a slow sipper.

O: I don't know if its better than La Fin Du Monde, but it's really damn good regardless. The booze is hidden (almost) so brilliantly I can't help but applaud - especially given its BA roots. Is it worth $18-20? Not really, there isn't quite enough Holy Shit Quotient in the flavors here. Then again, I'm not a massive fan of the style. Having said that, it's an excellent choice for those who love tripels and bourbon barrel aging.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a rich metallic gold with a snow white one finger head that has foamy latte retention. Great lacing. The beer is replete with quickly ascending bubbles.

S: Ripe pears, candy, spiced peaches, alcohol, wet grass

T: Great Tripel character. Dried fruit. More peaches. Slight woodiness. Alcohol hides in the background, being much less present than the ABV would suggest. A dry finish that suggests an enjoyable pairing with a sharp Irish cheddar or a similar cheese.

M: Silky and light, but with gravity. Expands and fills the mouth. A creamy rather than an overly carbonated character. Carbonation is very light.

O: This is a great Tripel that is given an enhanced and slightly different flavor profile thanks to the barrel aging. The balanced mouthfeel and taste is extraordinary, avoiding the extremes of being either too heavy and boozy or too fizzy and dry. It rests in the middle with the mouthfeel gravity and character of a fat balloon and classic Tripel taste with added unique dimensions. Among those of the style I have yet tried, this is second only to Chimay Blue, or maybe even better.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,172 ratings.