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

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2,689 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,689
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 301
Gots: 468 | FT: 29
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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.

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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. corked bottle marked March 2009. Sampled on June 20, 2009. It pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a bubbly head that builds up quickly and then diminishes. The aroma is of yeast and sour malts. The mouthfeel is pretty good while the taste is a mixture of yeast, alcohol, and grass. It is much like a Belgian style Tripel is supposed taste and it is brewed in Maine. Tastes like Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 00:45:28 | More by puboflyons
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Naerhu

Japan

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this at Bevmo in LA for $15 or so.

Appearance - Great white sticky head, with yellow yeasty body.
Smell - No bourbon in the nose, but lots of citrus fruit, tangerine, bubblegum and yeast.
Taste - Mildly sweet and delish. Again, no bourbon flavors.
Mouthfeel - Fine carbonation on a full bodied beauty.
Drinkability - Despite the high alcohol, this baby was extremely easy drinking. A little high in the alcohol to become a daily brew, but would make an awesome stand in for white wine.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 07:13:13 | More by Naerhu
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 2009 Bottling.

So the wife dragged me to the grocery store on a day when we had no kids and I snuck this bottle into the shopping cart. Shh don't tell her how much it cost :)

Pours a slightly cloudy Golden color with a big bubbly white head that sticks around for a while and coats the side of the glass. Smells of Phenolics, oak, alcohol, citrus, lightly fruity, some bubblegum, and spicy yeast. Taste is filled with fruits, oak, alcohol. A bit sweet with a semi-dry finish. Leaves a lingering alcohol hot/sweetness in the finish. Carbonation is high, body is full, mouthfeel is sweet creamy. Great Oak aged Belgianesque brew. Not something I would enjoy often, but great to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 21:25:28 | More by johnnnniee
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pops the cork with a very impressive sound. Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow with a nice thick head of crunchy, crackling milk-coloured bubbles. Great lacing. Looks a top drop.

Lots of phenolic activity on the nose. Big oaky characters, citrus, resin, a bit of wine cork, unique but refined, fresh but aged. Lots of sharp fruit as well, maybe cherries or cranberries, in a lingering overtone. Very nice indeed.

Smooth sweet entry, with a blossoming robust oak character. Sweet, lightly citric notes on the mid palate before the long finish, dry and crisp, with a noticeable alcohol heat. Mouthfeel has a perfect sheen on it, and only at the end when the big alcohol presence is felt is there a tingling on the tongue. Yet in a way the prominent alcohol character numbs this away.

For me, this is such a classic American craft beer. A Belgian style tripel aged in bourbon casks. Where else in the world could such a beer be possible?

A big beer, very refined, but somewhat hard to approach as well. There are some really lovely characters to this. The huge ABV is daunting, and to be honest, isn't necessary. There's just a bit too much of it noticeable on the palate.

But this is a very nice beer nonetheless. Not something for every day, but something worth savouring on a rare occasion. Try it once now, and then maybe again in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:04:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Julians/Providence
A - Hazy Honey color - nice light off white head.
S - Little bourbon, some sweet malt, some oak.
T - Light bourbon. some vanilla, oak, sweet malts. Alcohol lingers a bit too.
M/F - Medium body. Light and subtle carbonation. Very nice.
D - Very smooth and enjoyable. I enjoy cask beer and this one was a real treat.

Serving type: cask

05-29-2009 04:18:04 | More by ThirstyBird
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bwd110

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA 05/28/09

A: Pours a golden honey, a touch darker than your standard tripel, with a big fluffy off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Bourbon. Vaniilla. Coconut. Goodness. Slight yeasty, tart fruit smell when you dig a little deeper in this one. Very complex.

T: Goodness, this is a tasty beverage! Very well crafted, very complex. Bourbon, wood and vanilla mix SO well together. Like coconut flavor contrasts nicely to the light tart fruit notes. Almost too complex to completely describe after one sitting. Alcohol esters are prevalent, however.

M: Nothing short of perfect. Great creamy feel despite the higher level of carbonation. The barrel aging adds a real smooth texture to this one - like velvet.

D: Best shared and sipped. A big boy for sure.

I WILL be buying some bottles of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2009 18:27:40 | More by bwd110
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trbergman

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a teardrop.

A - Golden orange body with plenty of carbonation and a tall crown of white foam.

S - Aromas of spices - cloves, perhaps coriander - some esters of fruit and bubblegum. There's a hint of dry candi sugar as well.

T/M - Dry and peppery with a slightly creamy body. The barrel aging is fully evident, with a touch of astringency and the flavor and warmth of Bourbon. Wood may be too present - it could probably use more time in the bottle.

D - Delicious, and overall quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:35:55 | More by trbergman
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sweetbrew82

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ Bottled in March 2009

P: This honey-infused bronze liquid is topped with a soapy-like, off white head that's semi-dense and puffy with an expectedly below average retention from the alcohol.

A: Aromatics don't jump out of the glass like I had hoped, that's for sure. Bourbon, obviously, is the first thing I notice. It's not overpowering, but does smell sweet and delicious. Then, fruity aromas reminiscent of apples, pears, peaches and some citrus make their presence known. Some oak is definitely present here as well, along with cloves and yeast.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, but with the oak meter turned up a bit. Smooth malt bill propels the fruit to the forefront with flavors of pink apples, pears, and the sweetness of peaches that tastes great! The yeast and cloves work together to provide a nice spicy kick, while the Bourbon oversees everything with a hyper-active personality, mainly because it's so fresh. A sweet undercurrent of vanilla notes round things out.

M: Full-bodied for a tripel, smooth and slick, slightly creamy with a gentle carbonation.

Notes: While this Bourbon barrel-aged tripel tastes pretty good, it's just too damn fresh. As of right now, the flavors just don't meld together quite right. The bourbon is a bit too pronounced, which kind of disjoints the rest of the flavor profile. So obviously, the potential of this one is through the roof! Glad I got one in the cellar because it should be a fuckin' rock star in 2 to 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 20:31:30 | More by sweetbrew82
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GRG1313

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully well balanced and obviously well made, quality ale. Pleasant full fruit nose with hints of whiskey; big integrated fruit/hop flavors with refined carbonation and some fresh sweet characteristics. Very pleasant bouron finish. This appears to be a drink that would impress and please most.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 09:22:56 | More by GRG1313
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, pleasingly gold color. Not as much head as I anticipated from Belgian where you can see quite the sheet of yeast on the bottom. Does barrel aging quiet it down a bit? Nonetheless, a good head, creamy in color and appearance. Sticky lacing and nice retention.

A boozy aroma. Biscuit dough, caramel-tinged, tripel-standard sweet notes are seriously sharpened by alcohol. Wood tannins, vanilla notes. Golden raisins and citrus. Oddly, while it does have some spicy, very peppery notes, it clears the sinuses much more than I'd anticipate.

There is certainly some oak to taste, with some very subdued but nonetheless noticeable bourbon. Citrus. Somewhat bitter, alcohol-muted biscuit. Yeasty dustiness. Vanilla cream in towards the end of the taste. Alcohol drying - a mouthsmacking finish. Vanilla lingers as the aftertaste as well.

Creamy. I wouldn't necessarily say the ABV is well hidden, but it is integrated well into the structure of the beer. Crisp carbonation becomes very creamy. Medium bodied. Despite the highly noticeable ABV, this beer ranks as above average, drinkability wise.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 00:27:58 | More by TheMistler
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DoubleJ

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My co-worker asked me if I had ever had this beer before. No, I haven't. He said he tried a bottle and described this as the first beer he's ever needed a chaser for. That was my spark to buy a bottle of this over Angel's Share. Question...does an oversized wine glass qualify as a "wide mouthglass". Well, let the journey begin:

It's a very heady brew. It's looks like shaving cream on top a body of dusk orange. Smells like oak and pine. It's not nearly as strong as I would have hoped, but it's all about the taste, right?

The oak flavor is dominant, but never too intense. Where's the tripel? It's very light. Some maple notes cling on the palate into the aftertaste. It has a nice full mouthfeel without too much carbonation, and the booze is masked well. .... on second though, as it warms, the fruity sweetness associated with a tripel shows up. To my surprise, I found it very easy to drink.

This is a good barrel-aged beer considering how tame it is. It's a bit pricey in terms of flavor/price ratio (@ $14 per 750 ml), but there aren't that many 11% ABV barrel-aged beers out there with this kind of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 05:21:24 | More by DoubleJ
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konisko

California

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Woof ... this is a review after having tasted at least 5 different bottles of different batches. (Not all at the same time ... apologies to the Long Beach Hopheads)

The appearance is always truly that of amber beauty.

It's difficult to rate it's appearance because it's smell is so delicate and aromatic as to overwhelm my vision of its appearance.

Sorry ... I love this beer!!!!

I buy it when I have an extra buck to simply store it to age.

My pilgrimage this summer is to visit the brewery (and the gf's family who live near it ... lucky me ... poor them)

It tastes like a delicate bourbon, it feels like a newly freed virgin (apologies to my minister).

Drinkability ... VG ... but share the bottle ... otherwise you may see ... ok ... just drink the bottle!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:10:08 | More by konisko
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Yesac

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear amberish orange. No head, a ring forms around the edges. Little to no lacing.

S- Weak aroma. Some Belgiun yeast, some citrus and sharp alcohol.

T- Very dry and to the point. Wooden and bourbony tones seem to lay on an underlying sweet vanilla-like base. Citrus sharpness and a toasty malt finish. Hats off to Allagash for not making this overly bourbony.. its a wonderful balance.

M- medium carbonation. medium bodied. Way to dry.

D- Awesome sipper and a unique brew. The appearance is dull, the smell is weak and the dryness leaves a bad mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:14:26 | More by Yesac
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colts9016

Idaho

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 400th review on Beer Advocate.

Got this bottle from mikeale, thank you so very much for this bottle.

Poured this beer into my Chimay Glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A amber color with orange hues in the body of the beer. There a rock solid creamy white head that a half a finger thick. There is also a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haziness.

Nose: A moderate amount of spices with a bouquet of citrus aroma. There is a good maltiness to the beer with a touch of sweetness. In the background of the beer there is vanilla, oak, cloves, phenols, bananas, and floral esters.

Taste: A very nice maltiness with a touch of sweetness. There are a bouquet of citrus, vanilla, oak, banana, cloves, phenols, and floral esters. The alcohol is soft with a touch of spiciness.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and very creamy. The body of the beer is medium and finish lingers for a while on the palate. This beer is one that I have been wanting to get a hold of, thinking about a triple aged in bourbon barrels got my taste buds watering. This beer is a solid triple, well made and the aged on it just makes it shoot through the roof. I am so surprised on how incredibly creamy, rich, and peppery the beer is. I never was much a fan of the triple style but when I tried the some of the better ones, I became a fan. This is no exception. A very, very good beer. The flavors come together well, very balance, and super easy to drink. Two thumbs up, way to go Allagash, and thank you so very much mike . I am glad that I got to celebrate my 400th review with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 03:09:49 | More by colts9016
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AltBock

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked 750 ml bottle with a simple egg shell white recycled paper label. This plain and simple label has a drawing of 3 stacked barrels, the words "Ale Aged in Oak Barrels" below the name, a bottling date of November 2007, a cases bottled number of 670, and a listed ABV of 11%. Off to the left side of the label is the mandatory US information and a hot line. Off to the right side is a shot description of the beer and the proper serving glass.

Appearance: Allagash said to pour this beer into a wide mouth glass, so I couldn't think of a better glass than my Maudite Snifter to pour this beer into. Looks can be a little deceiving when it comes to Curieux. Well, just the clarity of the beer that can be a little deceiving. First glance lead me to believe that this was going to be a clear orange colored beer, but when I held it into the light, it was actually a hazy orange color. For the color of the beer, it was a shade of orange, but there was a great amount of yellow mixed in with it. This yellow color made this beer's color a pale tangerine orange. If it wasn't for the yellow, it would have been a golden orange. The head of foam wasn't as misleading as the color of the beer was. The head of foam was white as snow and about 1 1/2 inches in height. This snow white head had excellent slow retention! It left behind a 1/2 an inch skim of white foam and a large amount of sticky white streaks of lace. There were so many streaks of lace that it looked like a spider just made a web inside my glass.

Smell: I tried so hard to wake the aroma up. I swirled it around and around and I even lightly stuck my nose into the beer to see if I could get more of an aroma. All I got out of this aroma was a light citrus based aroma. My nose couldn't pick out many citrus fruits, All I found was some lemon peel and orange peel. It was the aromas behind the faint whiff of citrus fruits that made this aroma unique. Behind the citrus peels was a subtle touch of charred oak, a dash of anise, and a little bit of black licorice. The level of the last three aromas were right for this beer. It just lacked that citrus punch that I thought this beer needed more of.

Taste: The taste was dry, but don't get me wrong. It wasn't as dry as a martini. It was as dry as a bourbon barrel without the bourbon inside it. The first taste that came to me was one big flavor burst. This flavor burst consisted of a few select citrus fruits. The only citrus fruits I could taste were lemon, orange, and a gentle touch of grapefruit. Blended into the citrus fruit fibers was a hint of charred oak, a touch of candi sugar, and a splash of some lightly toasted malts. This mixed combo of flavors than lead the way for the next taste, dried yeast. That's self explanatory. The taste was not through just yet. The taste then finishes up with the taste of alcohol. It didn't have that burning taste that's usually associated with the alcohol. It was just the taste of alcohol. I know I'm repeating myself, but I think this beer could have used more citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel: Despite it's 11% ABV, it was more of a medium bodied beer than a full bodied beer. If there is one thing you have to mention about the mouthfeel, it's the fact that it masks the high 11% ABV. You can taste the alcohol a little bit, but you can't feel it. The aftertaste of this beer wasn't all that much. The aftertaste was dry with yeast, a hint of citrus fruits, a touch of oak, and a drop of alcohol.

Drinkability: I thought that Curieux was going to let the oak run wild and free, but it did a nice job containing it. I guess my only problems with this beer is the lack of citrus flavor and the price. Since it's a barrel aged beer, I can give Allagash some leverage on the high price, but not so much on the lack of citrus fruits. Would I ever buy this beer again? That's a difficult question to answer right now. I might and I may not. Is it worth a shot? It can be if you got the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 19:30:42 | More by AltBock
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mbrasi

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2008 bottling. Pours golden with a white head that dissipates into a lace. Aroma is yeast, oaky, almost saison like with spice. Palate is medium, higher than average carbonation. There is a significant amount of oak in the flavor, as well as alcohol/bourbon in the finish. Has the bread triple flavor but BAM in your face with oak and alcohol. I can tell it's a triple but I thing the bourbon is a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:07:32 | More by mbrasi
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light Golden/Cloudy

Smell: Almond, Cotton Candy, Candy Apple

Taste: Hint of Bourbon, Creamy, Cinnamon, Melon

Mouthfeel: Smoooth, Full Bodied, Spritzer finish.

Drinkability: It's like that curtain of glaze at Krispy Kreme that everyone's fantasized about putting their mouth under - I could put my mouth under a waterfall of this beer and be in heaven. It's what beer is supposed to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:59:26 | More by LauraAlberts
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glid02

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a very clear gold color with a large-bubbled, one-finger white head. The head recedes rapidly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with hints of oak, though not a whole lot of bourbon.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The light fruit flavors are muted, giving way to sweet malts and hints of grassiness, though again there's not a whole lot of bourbon influence, with the exception of the slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with moderate carbonation for a cask offering.

Drinkability is alright. It's not hard to drink, but it'd be a lot easier to drink with some bourbon influences - at least for me.

Overall I was a bit disappointed with the cask version. I thought it would give the bourbon more of a chance to shine but I think it was weaker than the normal tap version.

Serving type: cask

04-15-2009 20:13:11 | More by glid02
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with some fizzy foamy off white head, which dissipated quickly to a rim around the top. Left some nice thin satiny lacing. The beer is yellowish gold and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Spicy orange, sour orange, and a nice woody malt character.

Taste: Citrus sweet and sour orange, bourbon, strong oak wood flavor, ending with a sweet tangy malt.

Mouthfeel: Tingly and slightly tart on the tongue, medium body and carbonation, almost no alcohol presence.

Overall: Very drinkable for 11% ABV, I had this about 10 months after bottling it really needs to age longer, very raw flavors at this point. This would be delicious with at least 2 years on it, probably more though. Good flavors and aromas, but I think more subtle flavors will arise when aged for longer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:52:41 | More by natasharai
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VaTechHopHead


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium orange/light amber color with a very white thick head. Quite a bit of lace with a cloudy body as well.

S - The bourbon aroma is present right from the beginning as well as the charred oak. It finishes a bit sweet from all the malts too. Quite an awesome/exotic smell especially for a beer

T - A little bit beer, a little bit bourbon! All the way through this one you get hints of sweet malt, belgian strong ale, bourbon, and oak-iness. Very complex flavor!

M/D - Has a medium body with an above average amount of carbonation. Drinkability is tough if you're not a big bourbon fan so it'll take some time to get used to this one.

Never had a beer quite like this one...so if you're looking to impress a bourbon drinker or going to an upscale dinner party this beer is the way to go!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 22:05:33 | More by VaTechHopHead
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TripleTwenty

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to have this on tap as I probably will not get this chance again for a while.

A: Poured into a tulip glass with a solid half inch white head. The beer itself looks amazing; orangy look almost like a mix between a wit and hefe but not to hazy.

S: First smell did not produce too much, similar to most tripels but with a touch of oak and not an over powering smell of alcohol as you can get in some tripels.

T: My first question was, is this really 11% ABV? This beer is so incredibly smooth, a perfect balance of malt/hops. Not too sweet as some tripels can be and a perfect oaky finish.

M: Very light, creamy, and smooth throughout your palate.

D: At 11% ABV I can see how this can be consumed easily over and over again. Try it!

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 21:31:06 | More by TripleTwenty
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - half finger head atop a clear yellow body. Not bad. Not sure why I thought there would be haze.

Aroma was of light apples and light citrusy hops. Very well balanced.

Taste started with a strong biscuit flavor, followed by some woodiness and tannins. The barrel aging was evident here, and it worked well.

Mouthfeel was somewhat smooth, a little thick and creamy, maybe a little much for a tripel but I liked it.

Drinkability is good. Too bad this one is so expensive. But it's evident a lot of work, care, and craftsmanship went into this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:09:30 | More by connecticutpoet
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mrquartetman

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden amber, cloudy, big head

S: Citrus, spice, big malt, like a spicy cake, lots of aromatics, a clear bourbon backgrouind aroma.

T: Starts out gingery, then citrus kicks in, but is quickly overwhelmed by a huge malty surge, banana and the cake that the aroma promised. The bourbon flavor is quite present, but other great spicy flavors contend with it.

M: Dense, quite sweet, though not at all cloying; very complex, very big.

D: The temptation would be to just keep drinking this one, it is so good, but its alcohol level might be a bit of a caution.

This is truly "curious." Allagash says of it, "To make the Curieux (French for "curious"), we age our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam barrels for 8 weeks in our cellar."

This is one helluva beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:20:11 | More by mrquartetman
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jhu1995

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled date of August 2007.

Pours a golden yellow color with orange tones and thin head. For smell, first noticed a slight funkiness to it, with a second layer of bourbon and oak, and finally some orange notes and faint alcohol. The bourbon oak barrel aroma was very mild and not overpowering. On first taste, noticed the oak and bourbon, but the orange flavors start to come through. Some warming alcohol as you work through it. Would categorize as medium-bodied but had a smooth creaminess to it. Easier to drink then I thought it would be. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 11:01:41 | More by jhu1995
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PBoegel

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged, January 2009 bottling.

I think I have learned something about bourbon barrel aged beers, especially lighter malt based, let them BREATHE.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, beer is golden yellow, extremely clear, with a quickly falling egg shell white head.

Aromas are rum, coconut, banana, oak, sherry, chardonnay, pineapple. Bourbon is very noticeable on first pour, if the bottle breathes it mellows A LOT!

Flavor is very much the same as aroma, bourbon is more upfront, but as the beer breathes the bourbon character melds with the classic attributes of allagash tripel. Coconut character fades as it breathes as well (Which was the only thing that really turned me off at all) There is a definite alcohol warming, but not a harsh hotness, beer could be a little more effervescent, but still has layers of character.

This beer deserves tastings at various stages and demands cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:08:00 | More by PBoegel
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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