Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.9/5 rDev +14.8%
A; When I poured this beer I noticed a orangish gold color and a slight cloudiness, this beer had about a one finger head foam, and very little lace.
S: The first hint of smell was over welming with the bourbon, but as the beer past through is seem to have a nutty/fruity smell to it and even a citrus hint as well.
T: At first it seemed a nutty sweet flavor then turned to a citrus orangey lemoney fruity flavor, and then came the heat of the bourbon as it passed through the mouth.
I wasnt sure what to expact when I purchesed this beer but I was very please with how it turned out, I recommend to try this beer if you come acrossed it, unless your not a fan of bourbon, but again one of the best beers Ive had.
M: Not to heavy, smooth, with a little bourbon feel
D: slow sipping beer, but gets better and better with each sip.
03-24-2011 09:56:56 | More by afrye29
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
January 2009 bottle, cellared for about 18 months then spent about 6 months in the DBF. Consumed on March 5, 2011.
A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear, light honey-golden in color with a small white head. Leaves behind no lace.
S: At first the bourbon overwhelms any other smells, but as it warms (or I get used to it) I get some sweet malt underneath it.
T: First impression is really all about the end of the sip, which is where the bourbon flavor - and heat - kicks in. But after the palate adjusts to that I can better discern the rest of the beer. And what I get, I like: sweet malt - doughy and bready with some fruit and even a slight nuttiness as well - and lemony, citrusy flavors. Some vanilla is there too.
Other than big stouts, I usually find that I'm not a big fan of bourbon-aged beers, as the bourbon tends to overwhelm. Here, however, at least after a couple sips, the bourbon compliments the underlying beer rather than destroying it. Nicely done.
M: Medium in heft, fairly smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low.
D: Solid. Definitely a sipper, but it grows on you.
03-11-2011 17:15:28 | More by Kendo
4.4/5 rDev +3%
750ml bottle into a wine glass. Bottled October 2010, 11% ABV.
Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch fluffy, somewhat bubbly white head that dissipates slowly, leaving-- like the rest of the beer-- spread out but numerous lacing islands. Pours a semi-translucent gold.
Smell: At first, Belgian yeast, apple, some faint spices, a little bready. Smells like Allagash Tripel. Light caramel and bourbon appear not long after pouring. Well into the bottle, the aroma rounds out nicely from the growing bourbon and booze influence.
Taste: Great right away. Lots of bourbon up front, but quickly segues to spice and Belgian yeast, carried along by an amazingly creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol heat, spice, and high carbonation give the flavor a lot of punch. Long, smooth aftertaste of bourbon with some Belgian yeast highlights.
You would think that bourbon would overpower an often delicate beer like a tripel, and actually I remember getting that impression the first time I tried this beer. Either that bottle wasn't as good or I wasn't ready for it, because the balance between bourbon/oak influence and strong base beer flavor is excellent. It's a very good tripel with just enough bourbon. Extremely satisfying.
Mouthfeel: This is probably where the beer really excels. Medium bodied, with a divinely silken feel. Perhaps it's a little overcarbonated, but that's probably necessary for that beautiful creaminess.
Drinkability: Great beer to sit with for a long time, or share with friends. It's too harsh to drink fast, but a beer this luscious, flavorful, and (yes) expensive is something you want to take your time with anyway.
Allagash Curieux is a real luxury beer. For $15~$20 per 750ml bottle, I can't say it's the world's greatest deal, nor would I buy it often, but it's a great special occasion bottle for beer lovers who appreciate well done Belgian styles and barrel aging. For my money, it's probably the best of Allagash's line up, and I like their whole spread (the wild ales, the stouts, the abbey styles, etc).
03-10-2011 08:28:27 | More by Pahn
3.63/5 rDev -15%
On draft, poured into a snifter
Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy finger of white head. Good retention and a little lacing.
Smell- Banana, slightly phenolic with some Belgian yeast. Slight caramel, vanilla, and oak from the bourbon barrel.
Taste- Caramel is right up front on the palate, leading into your classic triple flavor notes. Banana, Belgian yeast, a slight spiciness, some clove. The bourbon influence is noted again on the finish, vanilla, oak, and caramel again. Lingering taste is more "bourbon" rather than "triple", and fairly short.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation, creamy and smooth. Also, I had no idea this was 11% until now! The ABV's go completely undetected.
Overall- An interesting style to barrel age. And honestly not my favorite. I like triples, I am a big fan of most things thrown into a barrel, but this style sort of clashes for me. It is worth trying at least once, but I probably won't be revisiting this one. I like trying Allagash's experiments, an "A" for effort, but this was a slight miss for me.
03-02-2011 21:12:02 | More by JLeege
4.1/5 rDev -4%
A-Hazy golden straw color, thin off white head.
S-Light oakiness, mild diacetyl buttery aroma. Like movie theatre popcorn. I assume this can be attributed to the barrel.
T/M-Light, prickly mouthfeel. A fairly straightforward tripel in terms of the base flavors, but there is a light grapey fruit acidity about halfway through. The buttery, light bourbon characteristics round out the finish. They are very well integrated into the beer, complementing the flavors rather than overpowering them.
D-Doesn't live up to the hype or the price. It's good.
02-27-2011 18:52:11 | More by DaveHS
3.83/5 rDev -10.3%
A: Hazy light gold in color with a cream colored ring on top.
S: A ton of bourbon and some sweet malts that come out a little more as the beer warms. Pretty boozy.
T: A good tripel and contains that great yeast flavor along with a solid malt backbone. The bourbon is nice, but a little overwhelming, especially as the beer warms. This would be perfect to age for a while to smooth it out a bit.
02-25-2011 01:35:00 | More by notchucknorris
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Sampled this brew at Philly Winter Beer Fest, got a full drink on draft at Capones in East Norriton
The pour on this brew poured a deep golden color with a decent amount of carbonation. It has a great bright white head that doesn't have a whole lot of retention, which is expected with such a high ABV brew. It did have a pretty decent amount of lacing as you drink the brew.
The aroma begins with a great presense of floral notes. After that you begin to great solid boozy aroma, definitly bourbon. Which actually warms the nose. There is also something sweet in the nose as well, an oaky vanilla or sugar that mix with the booze aroma and come together very well.
The flavors from the aroma carry over into the flavor of the brew, but there is also more there as well. Its got a very nice bitter/sweetness and alcohol burn. There is a bit of a grainy flavor that is also in the front, as teh brew warms a bit there is a nice citrus hops that give the brew a bitter taste, but they are balanced out with the sugars from the alcohol. There is also that woody, vanilla flavors as well. As in a good bourbon(at least for me) as the brew warms, it actually makes me enjoy it even more.
The mouthful on this brew is full of carbonation that feeds the nice alcohol burn from the bourbon barrels. It actually gives the mouth a nice tingle in the first few sips. Its a very warming feeling. Its a nice medium body. It smooth and creamy and goes down very well. Great brew by Allagash.
For a brew with a such a high ABV, I am really impressed. I could drink much more of this brew. However, for those who don't always have these kind of brews, the brew must be respected. It must be done as a sipper. Enjoy. I know I did
02-25-2011 01:27:07 | More by mattgreger
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
Awesome! I've found so many beers taste alike ... this one dares to be different. I like Tripels ... I like oak barrel aging ... fantastic marriage!
There are some delightful flavors (vanilla, caromel) present in this beer which are missing in any other Dubbel/Tripel I've tried.
Sweetness is certainly present ... so if you like sweetness in your beer you're in luck!
02-23-2011 03:39:51 | More by Vierenner
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
July 2010 vintage.
Hazy light gold with a bright white 3 finger head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has oak, pale malts, vanilla, bourbon, and overripe bananas. It is also phenolic.
The taste has bourbon, oak, some vanilla, pale malts, and is quite sweet. No bananas in the flavor. The sweetness is not overbearing, which is nice. I would have guessed that aging this beer in a bourbon barrel would have given it a lot of heat. surprisingly, that is not the case.
Medium bodied, heavily carbonated, somewhat creamy, and beer to be sipped and enjoyed. No reason to hurry through this one. Sit back and enjoy it. This is yet another very nice beer from Allagash.
02-21-2011 02:13:54 | More by hardy008
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
appearance; nearly cystal clear, deep gold with lots of carbonation. Beautiful bleached-white head that diisipates to an attractive film; spirals with a raised center, Remineds me of a distant galaxy. Delicate lacing.
smell; sweel floral notes of mild honey suckle. Also honey and pollen, mixed with sugar cereal grains. Some alcohol aromas mingle with citrusy hops. Caramel malts, when sniffed from the bottle. Pretty complex but the alcohol aroma is a little strong.
taste; very rich, bitter-sweet yeast and alcohol. Some syrupy canned pear flavors, mixed with grainy malts. Tasty citrus rind hops are mild but produce enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying. Some pastry-like malts remain in the aftertaste. Some slightly nutty and acidic flavors come out, similar to eating an acorn from a white oak, mellowed out with a fatty neutralizer. Taste improves as the beer warms.
mouthfeel; nice blast of carbonation and alcohol burn. Numbs the mouth in a warm pleasant way. The body is medium, very lavish and warm, like lobster dipped in clarified butter. Finishes slick and loose, a very smooth drink.
drinkability; An easy drink for 11% abv. but the effects of the alcohol are to be respected.
02-16-2011 18:18:30 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Opened a 750ml and finished in one setting
when I took this out of the fridge it was a bit too cold for the first half glass, the flavors really come out as it warms a bit. This bottle says it was bottled June 2010, it is now Feb 2011.
The beer pours a bright yellow, almost clear, with a fizzy head that lasts. The aroma is apricots, a little yeast and some citrus.
The flavor is a little citrus, with apricot again and some vanilla and a very faint hint of the bourbon in the background, not nearly as much as I was expecting. The Allagash site says there is a soft coconut flavor in there, I dont get that at all. The fizz is nice and sharp, compliments the smooth feel for me.
I am not a huge fan of this style of beer, being a big hops drinker, however this is one of the best I've had. easily drinkable, finishing the 750 will leave you with a smile at 11% abv also.
I was hoping for a bit more of the bourbon to come through but overall I really like this beer.
02-16-2011 01:10:08 | More by t0nydean
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
Had at the Philly Winter Beer Fest. Servied in the classy plastic goblet.
A- Foamy white head pours atop a cloudy, apple core colored brew. Good levels of carbonation in this.
S- Sweet aromas of honey, apple, and pear fruit. You can also pick up hints of wood and vanilla from the barrel at the end of the inhale.
T- Definite bourbon and sweet whiskey flavors in this. The beer version of Jim Beam. Good tripel flavors are still present. You get the apple flavor and a tangy sweetness. The tripel responded very well with the barrel in this project.
M- Very smooth feel with some heat, either from the barrels or the 11%abv. Light to medium bodied brew.
D- A sipper for sure. Delicious. The blend of the triple and barrel aging went very well for Allagash. One of the better offerings at the festival.
02-15-2011 23:48:34 | More by haazer
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
A: poured a hazy golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: had nice bourbon character with slight funky bretty, honey, mild apple, oaky, with a little belgian yeast coming through as well.
T: the belgian yeast flavor was more apparent on the taste with oaky, bretty, apple, bourbon, spice, vanilla accents and a touch of citrus but plenty of booze.
M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bourbon, oaky, fruity, and boozy finish.
D: definitely a sipper due to the ABV and was a very nice example of a barrel aged tripel.
02-11-2011 02:12:13 | More by Gobzilla
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.
A: mildly hazy, pale straw yellow color. One inch bubbly white head settles quickly. The lack of head can probably be attributed to the barrel aging. Lacing consists of spotty, sticky patches of fine bubbles.
S: Tropical and fruity esters of mild pineapple, pear, and green apple. Floral and coconut scents. Light whiff of spicy alcohol. Woody vanilla. Soft, fragrant, and complex.
T: Fruity tropical notes of pineapple, pear, and white grapes. Soft coconut and floral impression. A bit of chalky yeast. Light hints of bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Delicate straw and cracker-like malt base. Spicy alcohol packs more of a wallop than usual for a tripel, but again, one should expect that from a bourbon barrel-aged iteration. Peppery, slightly clovey phenols. Extremely crisp, dry finish.
M: Light in body, creamy, and with aggressive, effervescent carbonation. Spot-on for the style.
D: This is one to enjoy slowly. It's light enough to sit comfortably in the stomach, but the stronger than average alcohol burn and the 11% abv itself command respect.
Notes: Very good. There is a pleasant, soft complexity to this one. A perfect beer with which to celebrate special occasions, and a perfect substitute for Champagne. I am celebrating the purchase of a new car tonight. A new car that I now won't be driving for at least an hour or so while I work off this little buzz.
02-05-2011 00:11:48 | More by ryan1788a5
4/5 rDev -6.3%
On tap in a tulip. Glowing hazy gold with a dense cap of creamy head. Nice retention with scattered sheets of lacing.
In the nose and flavor profile, there's a very nice Bourbon/Belgian interplay. Jim Beam seems to be a good fit; it's a little raw and rough around the edges, matching well with the peppery and spicy qualities of the base beer. Plenty of tangy yeast and candi sugar, a big dash of vanilla, a bowlful of apples and pears. Interesting feel, a light and silky body, but with prickly carbonation constantly bubbling through. Quite tasty.
Overall impression: Nice example of how barrel-aging can complement a beer. Recommended.
02-02-2011 21:00:10 | More by PDXHops
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
I love any kind of bourbon barrel aged beer, so I decided to pick this one up from the local store.
A - Pours a hazy medium-light golden colour with a decent 2to 3 finger head. Almost perfect for a tripel, if not a touch hazier, which I do love.
S - A subtle not an in-your-face kind of aroma with fruity esters, a bit of banana and clove, and a touch of vanilla. A touch of sweetness, and a fair presence of alcohol. Very pleasurable and well balanced.
T - Pretty obvious sweet alcohol presence, esp as the brew warms, but not harsh or unpleasant at all which has a nice balance of a delicate sourness. A bit of woody taste, almost oak or mild cedar with it's effervescence. Hints of light/noncitrus fruits- tannic apples, bananas, and maybe slight touch of dark grape peel. Lingering effect of the alcohol sweetness, that is in no way cloying or off-putting. Very nice finish that reminds you that you just took a sip of a great brew.
M - Not very carbonated, but enough to give you a pleasant mouthfeel and balance out the flavors. Ever so slightly tingly and enjoyable to let the tastes linger on your palate.
D - For being an 11 percent brew, this is more than drinkable. The alcohol is present, but not off-putting. It is dangerously enjoyable, and has the ability to put an uncontrolled aficionado on his ass rather quickly. Too good for it's own sake.
02-01-2011 06:28:56 | More by HeeNalu
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
Bottled September 2009. This ale appears hazy orange with a full bodied great looking white head.
It smells initially of oats and dry bread like malts, and peppery, fruity yeast. I get a nice very mellow vanilla smell, there is a bit of a mellow alcohol smell. There is also a nice light citrusy lemon smell. It smells fairly mellow but it also smells quite complex.
It tastes initially of earthy oak. I get a bit of a mild sour like quality to the beer. A Belgian fruity and peppery yeast flavor is also very noticeable in this beer. There is a bit of a nice lemon like flavor. I get a mild but noticeable bourbon flavor to this beer. This is a very well balanced beer, I was not sure how a tripel would do with the flavors of bourbon but this beer was executed perfectly. There are a lot of different flavors mingling with each other but all of the different flavors work well with each other.
The carbonation is moderate low. The mouth feel is like there is a smooth creamy texture to the beer.
The drinkability for this beer is fantastic. For how high it is in Alcohol it goes down smooth. It is flavorful but it is smooth and easy to drink.
Overall a fantastic beer. It is amazingly drinkable. It has a unique flavor to it. The best beer I have had by Allagash.
01-26-2011 05:33:33 | More by chumba526
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
looks gorgeous - huge head, perfect looking, tons of lacing could not look better, tons of head at 11%!!!
smell is an amazing mixture of fruity, yeasty esters, sourness and a big base of woody vanilla.
taste is beautiful, soooo geared...woody yeasty incredible round oak character mixed with a subtle but not overwhelming sweetness - a wholly unique brew, bright yet deep.
mouthfeel is nice, solid not slick, lots of carbonation even after warming
Drinkability is 6.0!!! this is friggin unreal for 11% -better drinkability than almost all real belgians at that percentage! so balanced and beautiful
01-20-2011 05:32:54 | More by benclimbs
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
A- Poured into my DFH snifter... starts with a nice bone white head that disappears leaving behind a nice coating of lacing stuck to the glass. Beer is a cloudy orangish color with little activity
S- First wiff produces a sweet woody scotch-like aroma. After some swirls of the snifter, I get more of the belgian tripel... very sweet with fruits and belgiany sugar with a ever so little hint of hops
T- Has all the great tastes of a quality tripel... belgian candied sugar, yeast, fruity, spices; with the added bonus of the wood barrel aging giving it a bourbony hot alcoholic finish
M- Light/medium body with light carbonation... little thin
D- Had this one for awhile, but I think I remember it being a bit pricey... regardless, it was worth it IMO. Allagash is starting to creep up in my list of "go to" breweries. Alot of quality stuff from them. If you haven't had any of their stuff, start trying them
01-17-2011 03:14:49 | More by bbeane
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Got it off the growler station at GBX.
A - Poured from a growler into a Bedazzled chalice. Pours hazy straw colored, cloudy but mostly opaque. Thin white head dissipates to a thin ring clinging to the glass.
S - Light lemon-lime citrus, light fruits, with subtle notes of pineapple, mango, and green apples. Slight vanilla and pepper aroma from the bourbon barrel.
T - Pretty interesting. There's a slightly starchy fruity banana taste not totally different from a wheat beer, but quickly the flavor turns into a light malty backend that fades into a dry, faintly tannic, alcoholic finish.
M - Light bodied, mild carbonation.
01-15-2011 01:23:16 | More by HeyItsChili
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
22% ABV. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle (Bottled in October 2010) at Smith Commons in DC ($25). Allagash Curieux is a unique beer that was aged for 8 weeks in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels. Allagash brews a batch of the Triple and placed it in Bourbon barrels from Kentucky. There are only 750 cases bottled. This beer gave off a dark amber golden color which I found suprising as I expected a darker appearance. I could smell the bourbon and Belgian yeast at first whiff. Mouthability showed a well-made medium body with ongoing carbonation. Drinkability was smooth and enjoyed picking up oaky flavors of bourbon. This is a very dangerous beer as I didn't realize I was drinking a 22% beer so the alcohol is masked extremely well. I rarely drink bourbon barrel aged beer, so this was a very nice and special treat that I shared with a buddy. I would have this style again to wither away my sorrows or for a nice drink to accompany my cigars with friends on a cold night. I'd definitely be a buyer of this type of beer as it would be an excellent cellar beer to have for the holidays, celebrations, and what have you.
01-14-2011 16:11:12 | More by CuriousMonk
3.71/5 rDev -13.1%
Another winner from Allagash. After opening the wire cage and taking the first aroma, we knew we would be in for a treat.
The pour was light golden with a small creamy head.
Taste was big, but it was so smooth during the after taste.
We let the beer sit for a while and kept on tasting. As it reached room temperature, there were more flavors. You could almost taste the 'corn' from the bourbon casks.
A definite winner
01-14-2011 00:20:38 | More by rdilauro
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
It's fizzy like a Coke product, but I suppose it's supposed to be. A bourbon barrel-aged tripel--I haven't had many of these, but it's far lighter in color than I expected: hardly yellow; mostly white; but cloudy. From a harsher perspective, it looks like a Bud Light served in a dirty glass; even from a more appreciative and respectful perspective, it looks like cloudy piss. Like cloudy piss, in fact, its contents are mysterious and curious.
The smell is provocatively fruity. There's some dirty but subtle bourbon backbone to what is a banana and green apple tree. The yeast brings about a spicy, peppery olfactory tingle. It's remarkable!
Dry white pepper combines with a freeze-dried banana vibe. This is a beer I would take hiking...to wash down my trail mix. The touch of bourbon is more of a smell and a feel than a taste. It makes me think either the bourbon wasn't that strong, the barrel was only freshly used, and/or the beer sat within the barrel only for a limited time. It's good. It's weird, though. It harly tastes like a beer. It's a carbonated refreshment to accompany my cashew and raisin mix! I mean, really, never have I so associated a beer with a mountain hike!! Course, an 11% 750 to the dome might not be the best to bolster survival skills.
The feel is dry like a chardonnay. That peppery Beligan yeast tickle is a tad spicy. It's a concoction--like something cooked in a cauldron. It's the most impressive beer I've tasted that looks like it looks. Really, I could set it up next to Natty Light in a dirty glass and you'd have to investigate a bit to discriminate the difference. I could do with a little more bourbon, but I respect the fact that it imparts only a minimal influence.
Drinkability's good, but it's that peculiar dryness that probably most hinders quaffability. Being that it's 11%, it's noteworthy that something besides alcohol solvency hampers drinkability! I like it, it's neat, it's worth sharing, and it's of a quality that deems it worthy of just having around.
12-31-2010 20:01:19 | More by marvin213
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to Dim for this.
A: Golden w/ white head. Good amount of carbonation.
S: Belgian yeast, spicy. The bourbon is there, but not over powering. More of a nice compliment than the main event. I like it.
T: Vanilla, bourbon, light fruits. Very enjoyable.
M: Bubbly w/ carbonation. Medium body.
D: This is very drinkable as the alcohol isn't all that present. It's there, but not strong.
This is the first Allagash that I've tried and it's a tremendous first impression. Thank you Dan.
12-27-2010 01:53:41 | More by titosupertramp
2.95/5 rDev -30.9%
750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with buddy and poured into my Duvel tulip. Had this bottle over a year hoping the bourbon would "mellow" a little with some age since trying my first bottle.
Appearance: Nice rich head which remains over time, very good lacing throughout.
Smell: Bourbon up front, dominant, very little else on the nose.
Taste: Again, bourbon, all about the bourbon, "bourbon uber alles". All other flavors are pretty well masked. Unlike bourbon barrel aged stouts like KBS and Cuvee Delphine where the bourbon is a component in a multi flavored balanced brew, here the bourbon is too much and does not allow the Tripel characteristics to surface at all. This also makes the alcohol noticeable.
Mouth feel: Alcohol burn but otherwise decently smooth.
Drinkability: Too boozy to make a sessionable beer, one and done, glad I was splitting the bottle.
Again, could have been a much better brew if the bourbon aging added "A component" rather the being "THE component".
12-18-2010 18:05:33 | More by BobZ
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,763 ratings.