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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

2,821 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,821
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 317
Gots: 522 | 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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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%

Thanks to Normyk for the opportunity to try this. I had missed this beer many times over.

Appearance
Much lighter than I expected. It seems like the barrels barely had an effect on the color. Its a pale golden. Clear and bright with a white head and good lacing.

Aroma
Again, the barreling is very understated, allowing the beer to be more of a Tripel. Lemon notes, and understated, almost bretty funkiness with light, sweet dough. Some yeasty spice is there as well. Things are smoothed over by a little bit of butter and coconut.

Taste
Very tripel like with very little in the way of bourbon. Spicy and chalky yeast with some apple-like fruitiness. There is some faint vanilla and lemon mixed in.

Mouthfeel
The carbonation is too high, that seems to be the way of Allagash though. This beer finishes hot and dry.

Overall
Not what I expected at all. After this, Black and a couple others I've had I'll be removing the rest of the Allagash beers from my wants list now.

MbpBugeye, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Reviewed from notes: had on draft at the Pickled Pig Pub.

appearance: murky yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, banana, spices, bourbon,

taste: bourbon, caramel, spices,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a delicious beer. I'm hoping the bottle I have is as good as this beer was on draft.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of wahnee86
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Tasted 1/2011

A full mouthful with hints of vanilla let you know this beer is definitely a little different. Different sips sometimes presented additional notes, including oak, but overall a very consistent and delicious tasting beer. A quality product that is unique as compared to many of Allagash's other products in taste, though consistent in terms of high quality.

wahnee86, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

Review dated 12/19/2008.

Expensive as hell ($18 for 750ml) but good.

Golden color with moderate-to-high carbonation. Lemony and creamy with vanilla and some serious bourbon on the finish. Booouuuurbon! (obscure reference to "My New Haircut: Senior Citizen Edition") Some pale malt and Belgian yeast hides behind it. Some oak. Medium-bodied and fairly boozy.

nickd717, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of trixdout
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottling May 2011.

Appearance - Very light orange, almost like a light orange rust. There is about a finger thick head that leaves lacing. The beer itself looks a little hazy. Looks like alot of carbonation, byt the amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - I get some banana, spiciness, earthy as well as some floral qualities and some bourbon scent. Every little scent seems faint.

Taste - I get a mixture of banana, cream, bread, caramel, some apple and bourbon on the finish. There comes some spiciness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Oily and coats the whole mouth. Quite dry on the finish, too.

Overall - Very good tripel. Way better than La Fin Du Monde.

As a side note, I don't think this beer is worth the $16 it cost me. More like a $10-12 bomber.

trixdout, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottled April 2011.

Pours an almost opaque, bright yellowish-copper. Though I can barely see the shadow of my fingers through the glass, it is not cloudy or hazy. The beer itself almost looks soft. Big white head, fluffy, many small tight bubbles make the head look creamy while some bigger, "soapy" looking bubbles congregate amongst them.

Has quite a nose. Smells vaguely of clove or banana, perhaps. For a lack of better vocabulary, it smells to me primarily like a tripel. Not a lot of bourbon coming through. Perhaps a ting of alcohol coming through, as well.

Tastes very mild and pleasant. A little bit of spice or pepper up front, a little bit of sweet bourboniness in the finish. Doesn't taste of alcohol, but it certainly warms on the way down. Definitely a sipper, definitely tasty.

Smooth and thick (of medium thickness), with small abrasive bubbles (in the best possible way).

Definitely a classic. Wish I had let it chill a little longer to see a greater range of flavors as it warmed, but still a nice experience. I've been craving this one all week.

JimmieFrisbee, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A - Appearance on this was very different than what I had supposed. A dark champagne color with a nice blond cap.

S -Very light floral, reminded me of summer.

T - Awesome, nothing was overwhelming and a very distinct bourbon taste, very well done.

M - Great carbonation, medium. Very light but the hiding of the alcohol did not come from the consistency, the taste is what did it for me.

O - I'm not a big fan of tripels at all, but this one seemed worth the try on tap during an Allagash takeover of a local restaurant. Mekong in Richmond VA. The added flavor from the barrel process is to me a perfect example of how to show case that process on an already strong beer. This revived my interest in Tripels.

YumYumGumGum, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

A: pours a clouded, opaque straw gold into a tulip with a finger of pure white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a beautiful lacing on the way down the glass.

S: some yellow fruits, bananas, white grapes, apricots and an amazing amount of pineapple with out a whole lot of spice or bread qualities. And the alcohol scent scares me a bit.

T: a lot like the nose the fruit smells are in the mouth in doubles, but there is a bit more of a pronounced spice and yeast quality to it then lead to believe what was possible from the nose. The alcohol is there and very noticeable but the nice flavors tone it down a bit.

MF: a tad on the side of heavy, ok effervescence, hot and dry.

O: an interesting triple that adds a new page to my previous triple experience. I would not pass this beer up if I saw it again but I wouldn't look for it specifically.

nickthetick, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of snpub540
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

On tap at Hollingshead's. Poured a hazy orange hue with a small white head. It leaves some delicate lacing on the glass the entire drink.

Aroma seems very faint. A little spice and some earthy yeastiness mixed with a nice vanilla from the barrel.

Nice hay and grain flavors upfront with phenolic yeast notes in the finish. Spicy and tasty. A little bourbon and heat as it warms. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is crisp and refreshing. Nice drinking beer.

snpub540, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of dtivp
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a hazy golden orange with a half finger white head, very little retention and light lacing.

Aroma of bourbon, spice and yeast.

Taste of yeast and strong alcohol, bourbon, a slight vanilla sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium body, very light carbonation, creamy, crisp and very warm from the booze.

Overall if you like the bourbon aged beers this is a good one, sip it and use caution.

dtivp, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Another of my favorite beers. This beer started me on the quest for Bourbon Barrel-aged beers. A light colored almost golden in color beer. Cloudy with a thin ivory-colored head. A very light nose of bourbon and clove. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy with slight effervense. The bourbon taste is very pronounced with hints of clove, and honey.

angelogarcia3, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of JorgeH
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%

June 2010 batch.

OMFG, this is stupendous!!! Aged in used Jim Beam barrells, the bourbon imparts just a kiss of vanilla/bourbon flavor and not a whack across the head like many beers this style can often turn out to be. Gorgeous hazy, light gold with a snow white head that clings for a good time and leaves plenty of lacing. Complex aromas of baked citrus, caramel, vanilla. Immensely drinkable with a lovely texture and a great warming sensation provided by the 11% and bourbon notes. Aftertaste lingers on forever.

One of the best beers I've drunk in a while.

JorgeH, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

750mL bottle (bottled December 2010) poured into a Hennepin glass.

Hazy straw yellow with a rich foamy head. Vigorous carbonation, par for the style.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, pepper, coriander, and clove - almost hefeweizen-ish, minus the banana. Some bourbon and white wine notes as it warms.

Taste is smooth and creamy, with just a subtle hint of oak and bourbon. A bit of vanilla too. Alcohol heat on the finish, revealing the 11% ABV. Super smooth mouthfeel coats the tongue with some nice dry carbonation on the finish. This is one to sip and savor.

If Parabola were a tripel, this is what it would taste like.

draheim, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of samie85
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

December 2010 bottling.

A-Pours a hazy blond/orange color with with a half-finger fine-bubbled white head

S-Smells a little tart like a lambic/wild ale with light hints of apple and pear.

T-Big bourbon heat with some tart, cidery notes with a pronounced bitterness.

M-Really quite light bodied with a very present alcohol warmth and a very drying finish.

D-I thought the bourbon barrel-aging might make this tripel more up my alley, but this is just really not my thing. There is no body or malt presence to compliment the bourbon.

samie85, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of blincoln
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Good white foamy head. Large bubbles and dissipated into a thin frothy layer. Good thick lacing. Honey golden and cloudy color with lots of bubbles coming up.

Aroma: First impression – you can really smell the bourbon coming through with a sweet coconut scent. After a while, the smell does seem to be a little over powering…maybe due to some bad experiences with whiskey.

Taste: As my first beer aged in bourbon barrels – wow. That coconut taste is really at the forefront almost like a coconut rum with a mix of bourbon but not in a harsh hard alcohol way. The vanilla is really subtle, almost unnoticeable.

Palette: Smooth and carbonated. Relatively light, but definitely not a beer to be consumed quickly.

Overall: Weird and Awesome! All the opposing flavors come together to be one of the most interesting unique beers I’ve had. My only disappointment…that this beer was poured into a tumbler.

blincoln, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%

At the time of this review, this is the #7 Tripel on beeradvocate. I wanted to try this beer for so long but the size of the bottle, the ABV, and the cost prevented me from doing so, but I will get a 6 ounce pour of it for 4$ at a local bar. Neat. Served in a tumbler for some stupid reason.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a lazy thin wispy head of small bubbles, some carbonation, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is like dilute whiskey, nothing else.

Beer is thin and watery with a strong dry finish, lots of whiskey, the whole thing is like drinking a whiskey with a little bit of bitters in it. Not very enjoyable as a beer, as the liquor character shades the entire beer. I'm glad I didn't buy a 25 ounce bottle.

drabmuh, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

07/08/11- Review of a 750mL bottle.
A: Cloudy amber with a white head and lacing.
S: Clean, floral and fruity, not quite cidry . Mild must, almost coffee cake sweetness, and cream.
T: Very mild vanilla and macadamian nut and cream, but with hot alcohol (not very harsh, but noticeable), mild wood. Interesting.
M: Thicker, very creamy but slick, crisp finish.
O: Good. Not overly impressed, but it's solid.

ne0m00re, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Finger of white, foamy head. Cloudy orangey gold. Some bubbles.

S: Smells like a tripel. Some alcohol. Peppery? Not a very strong smell.

T: Good. weird. Tripel-y. Some alochol (i'm guessing it's the bourbon) and peppery/spicy? Touch of honey.

M: Carbonated. Clean, refreshing. Quite good.

O: Taste and mouthfeel redeemed the meh smell. I like it. Recommended.

Meerkey, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%

appearance: Slightly hazy golden with an off white reasonably sized (for an 11%) head.
smell: Sugary malt though more subdued than expected. No hint of the bourbon barrel aging.
taste: tasty, not great. Fairly average tripel imo. Missing the barrel aging.
overall: this one's tasty but not worth the price and not exceptional imo.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

A: A hazy orange that leaves about a finger of off white head at the top, and nice lacing around the glass.

S: Tropical fruit, some sweet candy scent, and oak from the barrels is present as well.

T: Very Tripelesque! Tropical fruit up front and somewhat booze taste with oak flavor all over each sip.

M: A bit of spice, lots of carbonation that taste nothing short of fantastic!

O: This beer is fantastic, I enjoyed it very much, would love another!

thedoubler55, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of stmartinpale
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

This maybe my favorite beer. I love triples and I haven't found one that beats this. I understand that Fin de Monde is good and fairly inexpensive but it does not have the complexity of Curieux nor the flavor. Each time I try it, I find something new. Bananas,nutmeg, spice, certainly bourbon, booze and it all blends perfectly. I love Val Dieu and St Bernardus, even Fin de Monde but Curieux is the cat's ass. It don't get no better.

stmartinpale, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Enjoyed on-tap @ Silvio's Brazilian BBQ in Hermosa Beach, CA for $9. Tapped from the Allagash Wooden Handle into a 8.5oz Wine Glass.

Aroma- Orange and citrus aroma from the start with hop in the background. A little bit of alcohol is found (with the 11%) and there is a hint of spiciness.

Appearance- Eye candy from the start! Luscious, bubbly, 1 finger head that stays around for a while and leaves a very moderate lacing. Has a deep gold body with a semi-clear body.

Flavor- Strong start with high spice and malt flavor (and possibly some alcohol). Bit of orange but only a hint and then the drink becomes bittersweet. The finish was full of hop and citrus.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, High Carbonation, and Leaves hop on the palate. Nothing huge happened here but it was still good.

Overall Impression- For being a 11% beer, you couldn't taste the alcohol at all or even know it was present! It was a very complexed beer with strong attributes. I would tell you to enjoy this anytime possible on tap but can't turn you away from the bottle either... The Bourbon Barrel-Aged attribute was almost never present but made the Tripel even better when it came down to it.

DCon, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

On draft at Brixx pizza in Charlottesville, VA.

Thin head (small glass, and not poured by me) and complex lacing, like a fractal. Clouded golden body.

Citrus and tangy hops on the nose.

Taste is amazing. Oaky, smooth, sweetish, malty-- complex and excellent on several levels. Buttery, faintly citrusy; completely balanced and utterly luxurious. This is the taste of privilege. Clean finish and almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious to mathc. Smooth-textured and creamy.

One of the best I've had this year. To nitpick, the smell was really unassuming, but I got a pour with a very thin head, so that may explain that. It's easy to see now why the bottles command such a high price, but it was quite reasonable on draft.

zaphodchak, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a hazy straw with a freshly fallen snow head.
Smells like bourbon. A little Belgian spice on the back end.
Bourbon is toned down on the tongue, but still very present. Booze obviously there with light vanilla notes dancing in the bourbon. If you have enough of this, you will probably reek of bourbon.
This is amazing. Bourbon aged stouts? Soooo overdone! An adventurous take on the style. And just when I was getting bored with tripels.

dbmernin83, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured at basement temp in snifter (good call for the aroma)

A: cloudy yellow; thin head, good carbonation
S: powerful bourbon smell with streaks of leather; very, very pleasant
T: this is pretty much a bourbon with a trippel; not very hoppy; a woody flavor is prominent; highly spiced
M: buzzy

This is a beer you can chew on; it's expensive, so save it for friends; you will not be disappointed, they will be deeply impressed

Arithmeticus, Jul 01, 2011
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,821 ratings.