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

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2,758 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,758
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 313
Gots: 495 | FT: 28
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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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sprucetip

Alaska

4.4/5  rDev +3%

On tap at the Great Lost Bear, where you can drink Allagash cheaper than you can buy it in the bottle, 13oz pour for $6.25

Very attractive beer. hazy golden, active, thick creamy white head with good retention and patchy lacing.

Smell is spicy, fruity and yeasty, with a touch of sweetness. later a bit of tart funkness come into play. As it warms, the wood and bourbon emerge and add some depth.

Tastes alot like the nose. Peppery spicy, almost lemon fruity yeast profile lead. Big sweet malty body is solid, and the wood bourbon barrel add complexity. Vaguely boozy with very light bitterness.

Smooth, very little warming, thick and rich full body, high viscosity and finishes clean and crisp.

Wicked smooth and tasty, and a very easy drinking special treat. Maybe too sweet for some (such as the beer geeks near me at the bar who had it in their sampler flight and didn't like it) but not unexpected for the style. Been a while since I'd had this, and it was good to become reacquainted.

01-27-2010 14:44:54 | More by sprucetip
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220emaple

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into my tulip--with my first wiff I was woken up by the beautiful bourbon aroma with undertones of vanilla.

The taste also includes a vibrant bourbon/vanilla flavor while incorporating the triple style characteristics ----with bourbon notes increasing as the beer sits.

At 11%, it is one powerful beer. Definitly recomend.

01-17-2010 01:32:45 | More by 220emaple
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Allagash Curiuex 2009 Bourbon Barrel tripel

G- Riedel 6416/07

A- Hazy, honey gold. Lots of hanging Belgian lace.

S- Vanillin oak lactones, Fruity citrus/banana esters. Bready Belgian yeast. Spicy clove phenolics.

T- Substantial gravity here. Malt, spice, fruits, apricots, coconut.

M- Creamy. Refined, beautifully polished, balanced and integrated.

Serving: Corked bomber.

Comments: This interpretation of a tripel may be unconventional, but it is wonderfully complex, and seductive to enjoy.

01-14-2010 01:11:13 | More by WhiteOak
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Picked up a 750ml bottle today at Shaws, at the urging of one of Alewifes co-workers. Bottled December, 2009.

Poured into a small Smutty tulip, the color is a cloudy, flat, golden hue. Steady and plentiful carbo rises through the liquid, helping build a fine, thin head. This topping is comprised of tight, minute white bubbles layering the surface, with some clinging well to the glass surface. Aroma consists of some pleasant tropical fruit notes battling with the bourbon characteristics emanating from the barrels. Body is very nice, much more than medium, while nearing fullness. And creamy? Damn! Fantastically smooth and velvety on the tongue.

Lightly sweet, the flavor has some mango, pear and green apple elbowing each other as they maneuver across your palate. The bourbon and oak are also right there, along with a hint of vanilla. The finish is a bit cotton-candy like, and quite dry, while the 11% ABV is, scarily, quite well-hidden. A delicious bier and, while pricey, one I'd readily partake of again.

Prosit!!

4.3
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

1203

01-13-2010 21:13:55 | More by Bierman9
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asabreed

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%

25.4 oz. caged and coked bottle, poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

Bottled October 2004.

I wasn't extremely impressed with the Odyssey from around this time, so we'll see what happens with this.

Appearance: The cork comes off with a very soft pop, though it was slightly tough to pop it from the top. That said, there's a ton of yeast at the bottom of this, so hopefully that's helped to do it's work with the carbonation after five plus years. The body's a lighter peach-colored hazy orange, and there are weird vertical lines of lace, in addition to decent drops of lacing around the bulb of the glass. With some carbonation mildly still floating above the body, this looks like it's hopefully held up in the long run.

Smell: Huge aroma of maple syrup from the beginning, along with vanilla. And then monster whiffs of bourbon. I mean, obviously the bourbon would probably hold if this were buried in someone's backyard for twenty years, but wow. There's also some banana caramel cream combination going on too, though the Tripel flavors don't come through as much, mostly because of the bourbon, I imagine.

Taste: Here's some banana and vanilla coming through, along with some wood flavors, in addition to, you guessed it, the strong presence of bourbon. And again, big maple syrup flavors, probably from the bourbon and barrels I'm guessing. I'm not sure if I would've known this was a Tripel or not if I had just seen "Ale aged in bourbon barrels," but there's a good spiciness, notes of vanilla, and wood and booze flavors coming through, yet the finish brings on good spiciness and wood characteristics without being too sweat. And I wonder if that's the good thing here: that after five years this isn't some sugary malt bourbon bomb. There's also some citrus on the finish, though it's mild, a bit of orange and lemon peel, and a vagueness of hops going on.

Mouthfeel: More carbonation's here than I thought would be present, which is very nice, considering that this is a pretty strong and bigger brew. Mildly creamy, though the carbonation doesn't lend itself to being bumped up a notch. However, it's good enough to stand the test of time after five years, which I'm pretty impressed by.

Drinkability: Not sure if I've reached the end of this beer or not, as far as age. I'm sure it could still hold up, but what seems to be the case -- or what I can gather from at least imagining a fresh bottle -- is that the bourbon, obviously, has held up the most, while the more fruit ester flavors of the Tripel style haven't dissipated as much as they've integrated themselves into the wood and barrel and bourbon flavors. So this is what it comes down to. If you're a fan of bourbon, after five years you're going to love this. If you're not, well, I'm not sure how much of a fan you're going to be. I do have to say, though, that after this long, this has held up very well, and I feel like things have gone the way they were supposed to.

01-13-2010 05:11:36 | More by asabreed
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euroslvt

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Hazy copper pour, the constant stream of bubbles from the etched glass add to the firm creamy head. While the head shrinks to a small covering, the excellent lacing continues without fault.

S: Typical Belgian smell, although maybe slightly more alcoholic. For some reason I am also getting a slight wheat smell. And of course the expected Bourbon/Oak from the ageing.

T: Alcohol up front, followed by the Bourbon and Oak. Some Vanilla makes it through the much stronger alcohol notes. Very well rounded.

M: Just enough carbonation. Medium'ish feel. Slightly creamy and dry, makes me want to have another sip.

D: An easily drinkable barrel aged offering from Allagash. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the carbonation is perfect for this style. When it comes down to it, it is not hard to drink the 750ml yourself.

01-11-2010 01:43:00 | More by euroslvt
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jtrem14

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - Wonderful golden/amber color which retains a very light but full head. The head remained for a long time, and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Good hints of bourbon and oak, mixed with some sweeter aromas like vanilla and fruitiness. I feel like there are some aromas I am missing, as the smell is very complex.

T - Similar to it's smell, but the bourbon flavor really begins to stand out here. The oak still comes through, but the vanilla and fruit seem to be masked a bit by the strength of the alcohol.

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Good medium body.

D - Great barrel aged beer, which really picks up the characteristics of the barrel it was aged in. A very good Tripel, which stands up to many of the greats in the world.

01-08-2010 12:40:19 | More by jtrem14
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hoegaardenhero

California

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

November 2007 straight from the cellar:

a: nice hazy golden color with some oragne rust in the center; light fluffy white head that never quite fades but leaves some foam sticking on the glass and a coating on the top

s: vanilla; some oak; sweet fruit; suede; sugar; light bourbon; generally very sweet flavorful and delicious but difficult to put a finger on; some underripe pear;

t: very sweet; bourbon in the back end provides some balance; so mellow; some warm wheat; vanilla; basically no abv for an 11% brew; some herbiage like grape leaves or dolmas

m: lightly oily; medium/light body; very light carb; good

d: such a good beer and so mellow; i would definitely drink it again; good complex flavors

01-06-2010 05:23:09 | More by hoegaardenhero
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hopwilder

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -36.1%

Appearance - Is unfortunately my favorite part of this brew. Pours a beautiful golden, amber color, while an almost cotton white head develops. The lacing disappears fairly quickly, but a nice wispy cover remains.
Smell - The alcohol dominates the scent here, there is also a powerful odor from the bourbon barrels, not much more to it.
Taste - Was also dominated by the alcohol and barrels, not much else can even get in, disappointing for Allagash.
Mouthfeel - A surprisingly light and fluffy initial hit, but the alcohol quickly takes over a sharp feel.
Drinkability - Again, the booze just overpowers everything in the brew, making it tough for me to finish a 750ml.

Disappointed because I love Allagash....

01-05-2010 22:55:26 | More by hopwilder
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Good stuff, and thanks to chonyr for bringing this out. A nice looking golden hued ale. A decent, almost tight off white head formed on the pour.

Some golden cake, a touch of phenolics, cinnamon, clove, banana, as well as a good dose of caramel and vanilla.

No real surprises here in the taste. A rich golden ale with some oak and bourbon to compliment it. Reminiscent in some ways of the 08 AS, although nowhere near as malty.

Medium in body, smnooth and slightly creamy in feel. Almost dry, and the balance comes from the nice touch of bourbon barrel aging.

A tasty big brew. Nice use of barrel aging with a nice and subtle kiss of bourbon that never gets in your face. Recommended, and something i would love to drink again someday.

01-02-2010 04:05:26 | More by demcorhip
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

A - This beer poured a nice, light golden yellow color that produced a beautiful, fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma produced by this beer were along the nose of a good Tripel, lots of grain, some fruit, and a smoked wood characteristic as the beer warms up

T - The taste of this beer is a happy mix of a good Tripel and a glass of Bourbon, nothing overpowers the other, and a healthy mix of cherries, golden apples, some vanilla from the oak, this is very tasty beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth

D - Another Allagash creation impresses the hell out of me, and with out a doubt this is one of the tastiest beers I have ever had, mad respect should go to the folks at Allagash

12-31-2009 19:35:49 | More by cvfish
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Schmaltzy

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay glassware.

A- Nice murky apricot golden color with a nice 2 finger white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S- Good tripel smells with nice candied pineapple/mango smells and a nice vanilla bourbon/oak smell.

T- Smooth tripel tastes with nice belgian yeast and that candied fruit flavor that flows well with the vanilla bourbon oak flavors that follow. Alcohol is high but not very noticeable.

M- Very nice, smooth medium/heavy beer with ample fine/smooth carbonation.

D- Any BA's that enjoy barrel aged heavy beers, like me, would really enjoy this beer. Drank the 750ml bottle and looking for another, very easy to drink.

12-31-2009 19:21:48 | More by Schmaltzy
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

750mL bottle (dated 2009) served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice (Thanks, FernMaster!)

Pours a honeyed yellow, like a Halls mentho-lyptus cough drop. FernMaster got a sizable amount of head pouring this into a pint glass while I got a nice, tight cap of white foam into my wide-mouthed chalice. The head coats the glass when tipped; lacing is strong.

Lots of sweet stuff in the nose. Plenty of sweet malt and orange zest. Something generically sweet... like a candy necklace or something. There is some vinegar sourness that I think comes from the barrel aging. There isn't so much a woodsy smell from the oak barrels but what the aging has brought is depth to the sweet scents that tripels have.

The oak barrel aging process lends more obvious elements to the taste of the beer. There is a drying, kind of vinous aspect along with vanilla flavors that go well with the bready sweetness of the tripel body. Some floral, rose petal like taste to the finish is unique. To be honest this isn't as complex as I thought it was going to be.

I love the mouthfeel of Curieux. it is very thick; I've had imperial stouts with thinner mouthfeel than this beer. I don't know if such a thick feel is the best choice for this beer, but the surprise of it is novelty enough to excite me. Drinkability is ok for the style, I suppose. There is a smidge of fusel alcohol on the back end. I don't think I would want to tackle a whole 750mL by myself.

What a cool idea -- barrel aging a tripel. Does this beer make a successful argument for more tripels undergoing barrel aging? Nah, I don't think so. This beer is very good but ultimately not going to revolutionize the style. A valiant experiment.

12-30-2009 03:44:04 | More by Reaper16
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottled November 2008

Pours a white head. Decent retention with splattered lace left. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Oak/wood, a lot of spice flavor, I get a little bourbon as well. Some dry light fruits, peaches stick out a lot.

Taste: A lot of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Raisins, cherries, pepper, spice. Nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little amount of heat showing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with the -bal aged flavors.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for it. However, I really like the bourbon -bal aging that was done to the triple.

12-29-2009 18:10:59 | More by mothman
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLING: November 2008
CASES BOTTLED: 600

It's the golden color of peach nectar. Clear with a light haze. The head of white foam is almost one-finger thick and is somewhat loose and frothy. It doesn't take too long for it to recede to a surface covering film. The lacing is somewhat thin and spotty, but nicely sticky.

A nicely large yeast presence is backed by a good amount of candi sugar presence. Nice amounts of orchard fruits are here. A very interesting touch of fresh grated coconut and a trace of toasted almonds. Good, yet restrained, caramel notes. Light hints of oak and vanilla.
Jim Beam barrels do some interesting things to this tripel.

The belgian yeast presence still appears to be prominent, but only slightly so. A nice oakiness is here, along with some vanilla, caramel, almonds/marzipan and some toasted coconut notes, which are delicious and somewhat of a highlight, for me personally. A good presence of mild notes of orchard fruits. Apples, pears, peaches, apricots and white grapes, among others. The candi sugar is much lighter than I'd anticipated from the nose, which works very well for this bottle.

This is a medium to almost full-bodied beer. The light level of carbonation suits it very well. It has just enough bubbles to keep it active, yet not enough to get in the way of enjoying the flavors.

You get a nice touch of warmth from this one, but that's about the only hint that you get about it's 11.0%abv. It is very smooth and light, which helps make it an easy one to drink. This is definitely a beer that leans towards the sweet side, but I think it is restrained enough to be enjoyable. It has a slight hint of dryness that keeps it from becoming cloying.

12-29-2009 17:36:48 | More by coldmeat23
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jeffjeff1

California

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

I picked this up at work a couple days ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice head

Smell- wonderful aroma, fruit, oak

Taste- smooth, there is some bourbon flavor in there., very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Excellent, This is a superb beer. Allagash has done a wonderful job.

12-29-2009 04:38:56 | More by jeffjeff1
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alkchrios

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Not exactly what I was expecting but pretty good none the less. Poured at about 60 degrees into a pint glass. This beer while not too too full of flavor...packs a pretty decent punch..not so much to the pallet but, you get at 11 percent ABV you get the idea

A- copper slightly transparent...almost comparable to a good wheat beer.

S- great. not overly hop smelling... slightly fruity aromas. oak

T- I taste a slight hint of orange..not as overbearing as say a la fin de mont

M- rather carbonated but not overdone...smooth...almost creamy.

D- One or Two 22 Oz bottles to cap off the day sounds about right.

I was aging this beer for sometime when I decided to give it a try... this is one of the only beers i have aged that i didnt try first. Im glad I opened it now as I am not too sure this is the best one for aging!

I wouldnt say its an amazing brew but its still pretty good.

12-22-2009 21:44:37 | More by alkchrios
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Wow...what a treat! Another great Allagash beer. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Mad Elf tulip. Cloudy caramel color with a thick frothy head that slowly dissapates to a mild ring with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is mild, but malty and sweet. A little boozy too. Hints of boutbon in the scent.
Very good flavor of ripe fruits, sweet malts, and solid booze. Great flavor and addictive!

12-19-2009 02:18:56 | More by ShadesOfGray
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

I drank this from the 22 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer is a great dark gold with just a hint of orange. It has a nice bubbly finger head that is white lasting about 2 minutes, then leaving behind a light white filmy head. The lacing is great.

The aroma is pretty light, wish it was a little more full. There are some light flowers with just the tiniest scent of oak.

The taste is great the frone end is what you expect of a triple light and hoppy and floral and drinkable. Then at the end it comes burst with more flavor with some really nice oak nots.

The feel is great and nice lasting feel. It is highly drinkable.

This beer is awesome. Not a huge triple fan but the oak aging gives it some great adden ummphff.

12-18-2009 01:24:03 | More by jrallen34
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aggiearcher13

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Notes from tasting at the Draught House Anniversary Party...

A: Good-looking beer. Pale-golden, hazy, with excellent lacing.

S: Boozy, but pretty restrained for the most part. Citrus, vanilla, a little cinnamon. Yeasty.

T: Sugary, vanilla. Not too boozy at all, but rather excellent bourbon flavors.

M: Very silky smooth, full body. Great mouthfeel.

D: Pretty darn good for the style, very easy drinking.

12-14-2009 02:15:21 | More by aggiearcher13
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

bottled January 2008

Poured a golden haze. Straw with a nice white foamy head.

Smelled sweet like vanilla from bourbon. A touch of Tripel yeast was there, but subtle.

It tasted like heaven! I don't like tripel's but this one was great. Smooth, sweet, with a touch of bite from bourbon yet.

Very easy drinker, smooth across your tongue and it goes down easy. Which is scary at 11%!

Well done! Glad I have 1 left!

12-10-2009 14:08:16 | More by madtowndmb1
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adamette

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Live review. The fourth of four Allagash 750 ML corked and caged bottles that I picked up at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood. This one was $13.99. I was especially happy to find this since Tripels are my favorite style and this one is one of the highest rated ones out there. Bottling February 2008. Cases Bottled 650. 11% ABV. Poured into my gold rimmed Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Bold golden yellow body (darker than the Allagash Tripel reserve that I sampled and rated yesterday under a similar fluffy white head of about 3 inches. Great lacing on the inside of the tulip and even some visible sediment (the yeast?) in the bottom of the glass. My second tulip glass (presumably from the bottom of the bottle) was darker than the first, probably due to the sediment. Allagash yet again displays its mastery of a style just in the look of this beer. 5.0

S Just a great smell of bourbon barrel aged goodness with the great sweet malt and Belgian yeast of the Allagash Tripel that admired in their very good Tripel Reserve. The bourbon smells really create a fruity, caramel kind of bigness to the beer that suits it very well. The smell cannot be improved. 5.0

T All of the promise that the smell displayed carries right over into the taste. What a great idea to take a great beer to begin with (the Tripel) and bourbon barrel age it. I had RIS Bourbon barrel aged in the past but this shows me that it should be done more often with "lighter" beers such as this tripel. The taste reminds me of Great Lakes Rackhouse Ale (another Bourbon Barrel aged light colored beer). For most the taste would likely be too sweet and the sweetness is high for sure but I love this level of sweetness. There is more "warmth" from the alcohol in this one vs. the Tripel Reserve. I love the combination of flavors here. There is a great light caramel like flavor from the bourbon and sweet malt. 5.0

M As suggested, really big and syrupy sweetness in just a great mouthfeel. 4.5

D For this high of an ABV it is insanely drinkable. I found the bottom of both tulip glasses very quickly indeed. Due to its bigness (taste and ABV) I cannot give it the highest ratings for drinkability. These two tulips will be enough for me tonight. 4.0

Notes: Simply a great beer from Allagash that everyone reading this should try. I can easily see buying one of the 650 cases that were produced in February 2008. Tripel is my favorite style and this and Weyerbacher Merry Monks are probably my favorite examples.

12-07-2009 23:54:01 | More by adamette
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taigor

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from cask into snifter.

A - Golden color with medium white head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing around glass.

S - Yeasty, spicy upfront with hints of citrus.

T - Yeasty to start but slowly turns fruity with a hint of spices and that 11% abv comes through at the end.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Surprisingly very good drinkability even though it is high in abv. Very tasty and smooth.

12-07-2009 19:10:15 | More by taigor
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Zaccone

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

From a magnum purchased from the brewery.

Smells somewhat like a normal tripel though less sweet. Feels bubbly in the mouth. Finish is dry and long.

Midway through the glass, I walked out to the kitchen and sampled some bourbon to make sure I wasn't imagining how bourbony this beer is. By golly, they weren't lying.

This is an enjoyable beer. I will be buying more.

12-02-2009 03:38:39 | More by Zaccone
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pd360

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

What a strange and wonderful beer. Beautiful amber, copper color with slight foamy head. The taste is unusual, sweet but not cloying, spicy but not overpowering, and strong but not too strong. I love this beer and will enjoy it for many special occasions to come.

11-18-2009 00:04:09 | More by pd360
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,758 ratings.