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

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3,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,177
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 732 | FT: 36
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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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this during American Craft Beer Week at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas.

A - Surprisingly light for a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer. Pretty clear.

S - Definitely pick up on the bourbon, however, not overpowering. Other than that, just like a tripel.

T - Never had a bourbon barrel-aged tripel before, but this is a good start. Don't know if this is the best style of beer to barrel age as we are partial to darker barrel-aged beers. We like our traditional Belgian tripels. That said, this was still pretty good. Alcohol is well hidden - the bourbon hits you at the beginning and then fades to a somewhat tart tripel.

M - Very light, little carbonation.

O - Good effort for a style of beer that isn't normally aged in bourbon barrels. Would definitely try again in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally cracked open my lone bottle of Curieux, bottled in October, 2011. Sharing with the girlfriend, and we're using Rodenbach Grand Cru tulips.

Pours with not-much-head, atypical of the style. The color is a warm, glowing, but hazy, goldenrod. When I swirl the glass, the bubbles jump to the surface and retain themselves nicely. And, now that I've done that, the head won't leave. Foam is an eggshell white in color. 4.0

Afraid to start nosing this just yet, as it's much too cold. But, I can't help myself. I notice a nice dusty yeast aroma with some banana, apricot, and pear. Just the subtle hint of oak, more so than bourbon, in the aroma that has me enraptured. It smells sweet, fruity, and a little floral. Prickly little alcohol note in the end. 4.0

A spice element gets the palate going, exposing the whiskey and providing flavors of white pepper, coriander, and a hint of dill. Banana, white wine, and pear revealed in an almost farmhouse-style yeast. A little powdery and yielding floral notes of fresh lilac. The bourbon comes through first as a sting in the back of the throat, and then mellows out with a warm finish peppered with American oak and corn mash. This tripel scales down the breadiness of the malts. Less obvious notes of sugar cookie, candi sugar, and white tea. Pretty fantastic, especially considering that it does not drink like an 11% beer. 4.5

Well-hidden alcohol. Medium body with some glaze. Very light carb with latent activity. 4.0

I'm impressed with this American tripel. Finally, a beer that is not staying true to standard Belgian brewing format AND is delicious, complex, and well-done, all at the same time. Allagash will always be one of my favorite American breweries paying homage to Belgium. Another exceptional brew from them that I'll be seeking out again in the future. 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. bottled august 2010.

pours a cloudy, dull yellow with a finger and a half of white head. retention is so-so; most of it recedes somewhat quickly although a lasting cap remains. nice walls of lacing.

in the nose i get a lot of the traditional tripel aromas: belgian yeasts, spices, fruitiness (notably lemon and a bit... almost tropical), and some subtle malt characteristics. not picking up on much bourbon, though there is a touch of booze.

flavor follows the smell to some degree but then branches out into all kinds of directions. first of all, the alcohol is a much bigger player than the nose had me believe it would be; very boozy, barely hidden at all... the fruitness combines with the spices and opens up more mid-palate, and is quite tasty... interestingly, i get some bourbon out front and then again in the aftertaste, where its presence is most felt. unique approach. delicious? not sure i'd go that far. it is good, maybe i'm just not completely in love with a boubon barrel-aged tripel.

really creamy mouthfeel with a medium body, appropriate carbonation. IMO not tremendously drinkable no matter how you look at it: too boozy to drink much of in a sitting, too cost-prohibitive to return to unless you're ga ga over it, which i'm not. maybe my expectations were too high, particularly with the price point. i'd have it again but would definitely eye splitting the bottle.

originally reviewed: 11-07-2010

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged poured into a goblet. Bottled Feb. 23, 2012. From the brewery.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 1 finger white head. Head fizzles to a thick film and sits. Can see some bubbles through the body but still cant read the other side of my glass.

S: Get some fruity dark notes with an almost sour note. Certainly the oak/vanilla and bourbon too. Alcohol is present but expected.

T: Starts with a belgiany oak infused bourbon, ends with a mellow vanilla and bourbon. Start and end being seamlessly blended together.

M: Very warming on the throat and stomach. Real easy drinking for 11%. Leaves a nice lingering taste but it isnt overpowering.

Overall a great beer. I am a fan of most things bourbon barrel aged so I'm sure I am bias. I think this is my first tripel in that field and I hope more brewers follow suit.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, 8.5oz serving in a champagne glass

A- Hazy color of dark yellowish orange. About a finger of white creamy head. Average carbonation. Leaves walls of layered lacing surrounding the glass.

S- Sweet sugary citrus (oranges, lemons, etc.) with some hints of yeast, oak, and a little bit of booze.

T- Sweet citrus, lemon, orange, maybe a hint of cherries and peaches, with vanilla, oak, and finishes with a citrusy sour, bitter taste.

M- Medium bodied, goes down very smoothly, easily drinkable, very very slight burn from the booze but not bad at all considering the 11% abv.

O- This was a great tripel from Allagash. Definitely recommended if you like Belgian beers. Has a nice complex, unique sugary sweet sour taste that is very easy to drink. Could have easily had more then an 8.5oz serving.

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