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

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2,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,799
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 313
Gots: 508 | FT: 28
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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:
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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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

750ml bottle into a snifter bottled March 2009 - shared with a friend

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was full of vanilla, bread/yeast, belgian fruits, and malty sweetness.

T: The taste is vanilla, bready malts, and that belgian yeast flavor. I detected a bit of hop bitterness on the finish but don't know if that was just my mind playing tricks on me.

M: The feel is relatively creamy with a medium body.

D: This is damn good and I would love to have it again. The ABV had my head a litte dizzy towards the end of the glass.

This really reminded me of a few other barrel aged beers like Backwoods Bastard or Nemesis. Sweet and lots of flavor. Highly recommended.

05-15-2010 00:07:03 | More by GregSVT
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Excellent brew! I'll forgoe the classic evaluations and just give it a description.
I recently made a Belgian Triple and used honey as a priming sugar...This beer is very similar...I pretty much thought I had cracked a bottle of my Belgian Triple. I noticed what must be the bourbon flavours, although I couldn't pin them to borboun in particular as I'm not a big drinker of bourbon, but it had a rich smooth consitency that was very pleasing.
So to me this beer is a classic Belgian Triple...just as good as my home brew.

I'm just wondering where everyone else is with the honey flavour because it is right there on the top of the palate!

And yes this is a strong beer being a Triple...watch out...one 750ml bottle will leave you sleepy ;-)

05-09-2010 00:27:13 | More by WitteBelgique
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

Enjoyed this one on tap at Durty Nellies.

A: slightly cloudy, golden/orange color with a thin and dense white head. The head leaves a very thin layer that retains nicely.

S: strong bourbon presence on the front the offers huge vanilla notes which sit atop funky Belgian yeast notes, some cloves and banana notes in there as well

T: excellent balance between the sweetness and the spicy notes, I pick up the spicy notes in the mid palate and the finish is primarily bourbon. A bit warming as it goes down. Well balanced, the bourbon doesn't overwhelm...it just complements the tripel

MF: medium body, a bit sharp from high carbonation

D: this is delicious- my first bba belgian style brew, and it was awesome. If this beer weren't so spendy, I'd drink it way more often.

05-07-2010 22:56:35 | More by homebrew311
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer was one that I have had the pleasure of having on draft but never out of the bottle before.

Like many bottle conditioned beers, this one takes on a whole different feel from the bottle then it does on draft. Pours a nice gold, with a nice finger of head on it. The aroma is light fruit like pears and apples, with just a hint of alcohol. the mouth feel is smooth a refreshing. So much flavor packed in, yet so crisp. As it warms the fruit and belgian tang becomes very present. This is definetly on of my favorites!

05-06-2010 15:59:42 | More by pastradul
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -8%

Poured from a 750 (bottled Feb 2010) into a Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a deep foggy golden honey with tons of carbonation. It is hard to see the carbonation because the color is so foggy, but when held to the light, there is a party going on in the glass. The head was thin and bubbly and didn't hang for long. Really attractive for the style.

S - Very strong woody smell mixed with a tripel. Very spicy and clove-like in odor. Citric notes are more in the background on this one.

T - Very unique. The bourbon flavor is there, but blends very nicely with the tripel. The wood flavor is mixed in also giving it something different. The alcohol is very present also and almost dominates the taste. The flavor definitely opened up on additional pours.

M - Alcohol is strong and gives my mouth a lively tingle.

D - Not the most drinkable beer, but at 11%, I doubt many would look for more than just one (even when sharing).

Worth a try, but didn't live up to the hype for me. I was impressed and it is a really good beer, but the dang internet set my expectations a bit higher on this one than reality. As with most brews, the flavor really came out after a pour or two, so you might want to let it warm up a bit before drinking.

04-23-2010 21:11:27 | More by cosmicevan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle pours a dark golden orange that is clear using a chimay glass. The taste is of spicy dark fruits with a hint of yeast and oak/bourbon. Its drinkable considering the 11%, but its also not amazing by any stretch. Its pretty solid overall, but I was a bigger fan of the Odyssey.

04-22-2010 04:24:00 | More by WeedKing4
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A - fluffy white 2 finger head with a slightly hazy golden color. great lacing and staying power in the head.

S - alcohol is in the front, middle, and back. slight oak flavor and (now that I read the bossman's review) vanilla

T - bourbon is definitely in the front, but not overwhelming or offensive. alcohol is all around but there is a tripel sweetness that holds it all together. as you go through and the alcohol smooths a nice woodiness is present in the middle

M - more or less smooth but a nice bite towards the back end. the aftertaste is short. medium bodied

D - NO!! and it shouldn't be!!!! Don't get me wrong its a great beer and I enjoyed it very much, but its slow going.

04-21-2010 22:22:23 | More by drcarver
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle printed as bottled in Feb. 2010.

Pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow with thick, fluffy white head.

Light, sweet malt aroma with plenty of spicy, floral yeast notes. A touch of sourness permeates the nose. Hints of oak are present but there is no apparent bourbon character.

Lots of tannic oak and bourbon flavor notes. Spicy, yeasty, with plenty of ethanol flavor, without being overly warm or hot. Malt comes through more at the end, leaving a lingering oaky aftertaste. As the beer warms, it becomes slightly less oaky but the bourbon character comes through a little more.

The oak tannins give this beer a big, biting body. The moderate carbonation level helps to lighten it up a bit and adds to the crispness. Overall a complexly flavored brew with good balance. On the warm and alcoholic side, but surprisingly drinkable and smooth for the high ABV.

04-21-2010 17:30:46 | More by goldbot
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Nice and subtle ale with a long and pleasing range.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Simple label design with a light ocher background and brown typography crowned by an illustration of barrels, aiming to have a limited and hand-crafted aesthetic. Notes main style with a side paragraph explaining the limited and special intent of these series, main brewing procedure, character, cellaring and serving suggestions. Shows date of bottling (January 2010), cases bottled (815), and Alc. by Vol. (11%). Served in a wide tulip glass first, followed by a snifter.

A - Lightly hazy golden pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention, a persistent surface memory and some nice lacing.

S - Light yeasty notes, spices, and a bourbon whiff coating the finish.

T - Light and simple early on, as it warms up and lingers in the mouth a rich range of flavors emerge. Yeasty and malty sweetness lingering around a fruity and faintly spicy character, weaves itself into a vanilla and bourbon spectrum with a soft and warm boozy finish.

M - Medium-light body with good carbonation and a smooth, even creamy feel.

D - Nicely drinkable, it has a rich if very subtle range that makes for a nice long sipping experience.

Notes: One needs to follow the instructions... Early on I made the mistake of having the brew slightly cold and it sure does not offer half of the complexities that it reaches when it warms up to cellar or room temperature. Enjoyed in those conditions the subtle range emerges nicely and makes for quite a brilliant beer experience, otherwise one misses the richness of the brew. In fact I ended up switching from a tulip glass, which was fine, to a medium size snifter to finish it off. Not being a huge fan of tripels, in particular of some acidity found for me with some of the spicy ranges, this one coats with toffee and caramel notes a part of it, which rounds it up perfectly in my case.

04-12-2010 01:27:52 | More by Daniellobo
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3.38/5  rDev -20.8%

Tap, City Beer Store. Beer pours a hazy but bright golden color with a nice white head that sticks around well. The aroma is milder than expected. There are some light stone fruit and caramel malt notes. The oak note is one of the best parts but a bit too refined not to get pushed out of the way more than I'd liked. It also seems somewhat vinous, though it's a bit hard to tell under the bourbon. The bourbon is fairly harsh and there's too much alcohol heat. The booze really hits in the flavor. I think that I might like the base beer and I might like an aged bottle/keg, but this is too harsh for me fresh.

04-10-2010 03:49:43 | More by popery
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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden color with a hint of orange. Creamy thick head with good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Fruity yeasty aroma with pineapple, apple, and a bit of citrus.

Taste: The flavors are a bit mellow, but in a good way that gives it a light feel while still being very flavorful. The beer has a good biscuity/yeasty base with vanilla and fruits on top. Generally sweet (but not overly) with a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

Drinkability: Extremely (almost too) drinkable. There's barely any presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. Exceptionally tasty.

A really wonderful beer. Quite pricey, but totally worthwhile. Perhaps the best American-brewed Belgian-style ale.

04-10-2010 02:03:54 | More by mithrascruor
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

750ml bottle generously shared by Adam at a nice dinner get together. 2009 vintage, probably a year old at this point.

This beer looks great. An golden colored body with almost no head.

Smell is great - nice mix of Belgian yeast that puts forth some fruity esters, plus a nice bourbon note (mostly vanilla and oak). This is a combo I couldn't imagine before smelling, but it's great.

Taste is fantastic. This is such a unique blend of flavors, and Allagash put so many nice elements that go together better than I would have thought. Sweet caramel malt, a nice vanilla bourbon flavor, and then the tripel comes out. Spicey and fruity, this is close to perfect for this bourbon and Belgian lover. Bourbon hides the 11% well, no noticeable alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but the carb is good.

Drinkability was wonderful - I really enjoyed this and will purchase again. Great beer and a wonderful drinking experience.

04-09-2010 20:55:01 | More by jampics2
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Sweet Mahatma! This is one tasty beer. Please beer with me this is my first review. I guess you can consider me a person who thinks he knows more about beer than he actually does and this beverage showed me that revelation. I know enough to drink what I like and I love this beer.

Immediately upon poppin the cork the sweet aroma filled the room. It was poured into a wide mouth Chimay glass and looked like pure magic. It was bottled in Dec 09 and waited 4 months to reach my lips with its buttery almost caramel aftertaste. This isn't a chugging contest brew with its 11% ABV its best enjoyed as a night capper and would pair greatly with an apple cinnamon crisp dessert. Sit back relax and feel like royalty sipping on this fine brew fit for kings.

04-03-2010 14:03:08 | More by Kadugen
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottled Oct 2005 (picked up in Orlando). I guess I've been sitting on this one awhile. In the cellaring forum someone thought this was past it's prime, which inspired me to get going on this one.
Really nice aroma that's a mix of soft bourbon, with some stronger alcohol (pushing boozy), and more typical malt characteristics of a tripel. Some of the malt may carry a little age on it, but it still holds true to style. I do so appreciate the softness of the bourbon instead of the sledge hammer so many barrel aged beers can possess.
Poured with a white head and large bubbles with ample space between them. Settles pretty quickly to a ring, of still larger bubbles than typical. Quite clear and golden with reddish amber highlights. A pretty color.
The sweetness of the malt and the bourbon blend quite nicely, with the bourbon holding forth until the end in a long finish. The finish is dry. The opening parts of the sip are most interesting. At that point all of the best aspects arrive - soft bourbon, sweetness, vanilla, mild peppery yeast, light fruitiness - it's really quite extraordinary. Once the middle comes the barrel flavors dominate.
The body is light and reasonably soft. The carbonation is subdued, really fine, although it feels filling once inside.
The drinks dangerously quickly. I keep reaching for another sip, yet I know I need to slow down with that much abv.
Slow down Gary, slow down. Unique flavors make the grade on this one.

04-03-2010 01:38:21 | More by garymuchow
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a slightly hazy light straw color with a nice head and minimal lacing.

S: Scents of fresh Belgian yeast with citrus hops and light hints of alcohol fumes.

T&M: Nice tripel taste with quality yeast, citrus hops, warming alcohol. Smooth, light bodied.

Quality brew and glad I was able to get it locally on tap. Probably not my favorite Belgian style due the the priciness, but definitely worth a try for a special occassion.

04-02-2010 23:33:49 | More by cdizinno
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Allagash Curieux(Bourbon Barrel- aged Tripel).
11% alcohol 750ml corked and caged bottle. Cork popped off like a mofo when opening.

A- Pours a crisp and clear orange fluid with active carbonation leading to a one inch head that falls to a thick froth leaving excellent patchy lacing.

S- Scents of fresh Belgian yeast upfront with grassy and citrus hops and light bourbon hints on the nose in alcohol fumes.

T-M- Taste is very tame for what I expected. Mild touches of Triple qualities of yeast, fresh citrusy hops, warming alcohol and very smooth and light bourbon flavors. At 11% I will say i'm amazed at the smooth mouthfeel from start to finish. Alcohol is hidden even at room temp. Wow. Light carbonation on the tongue allows this Triple to go down with a slight warming of the throat as it passes down to the belly.

D- Great beer hands down but for the price of 17.49 a 750Ml i'll most likely pass. Light bourbon notes compared to a regular barrel aged beer but with the mouthfeel and drinkablity of this one who gives a shit??? Cheers!

04-01-2010 19:11:53 | More by wesbrownyeah
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Reviewed from my tasting notes. Served in a 10 ounce tulip at the Great Lost Bear. The beer has a hazy, opaque golden color. There is a thin white soapy head. It looks very pretty in this glass. It has a magnificent bourbon and Belgian yeast aroma with notes of oak. It's both sweet and spicy. Flavors I can identify include candy sugar and citrus. There is alcohol and bourbon in the finish that lingers. There is a great balance of triple and bourbon qualities. I've had other cask pours of this beer that were very hot, but this is smooth and excellent; very little burn. It has low levels of carbonation, a lot of coating and a heavy body. It's all together highly drinkable. It is strong and bourbony, but oh so good. There is just enough sweet to counteract any burning sensations from the alcohol. I have and will continue to drink this beer, especially when it is available in a cask.

04-01-2010 16:21:55 | More by ToasterChef
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

January 2010 Batch

Hands down, one of the most visually appealing tripels I have had the pleasure of pouring. A very soft, pillowy white head on top of a rich amber body.

Belgian yeast on the nose, along with some pear and apple, some spicy character, and bit of straw.

Woody, resiny smoothness does a good job of rounding out the taste. Bitterness level matches the biscuit/grain malt sweetness and is anything but harsh. Faint alcohol heat is noticeable at the swallow, but I would never guess 11%. Maybe a 8% at the most. Some herbal hops flavor and overall a very clean taste with a sweet aftertaste.

The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation works well, but a little more creaminess would have elevated this beer in my opinion. Additionally it has a tongue coating feel as well.

The balance and subtlety of the flavors in the beer work extremely well. Alcohol presence is kept restrained and makes for a dangerously drinkable tripel.

04-01-2010 14:41:55 | More by TheJollyHop
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Bottled September, 2009. Poured into a Bell's tulip. Beautiful bronze color, slightly hazy, with a huge rocky white head, which disappears rather quickly. Bourbon, vanilla, pears, apples and a bit of funk on the nose. Taking a sip, I get some sweetness, along with more bourbon, apples, pears and wood. Alcohol is nicely integrated, with a crisp body, medium carbonation. A nice warming sensation lingers at the end. Truly an amazing beer.

03-31-2010 01:42:43 | More by emmasdad
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This was the January 2010 bottling.

Appearance: rich straw hue with plenty of cloudiness and apparent effervescence. The head is a small layer of compact white foam, though I admit I poured conservatively.

Smell: aroma is of sweet malt and wood. I like it, though wood is a new one for me when it comes to tripels. Can't wait to taste.

Taste: goodness gracious, this is a woody beer indeed. I must say, I like wood in rich stouts and love it in sours, but it seems a little out of place here. The flavor is a nice malt with hints of pear and apple cider, topped with a big helping of vanilla and oak. It is certainly unique among beers I've tried so far.

I'm finding I'm liking it more and more as I get through the glass. The brashness of the oak is tempered as I get a chance to appreciate more and more of the beer's nuances.

Mouthfeel: medium body, but the creaminess is both understated and perfect. It is a richly carbonated beer, but between the slight tanniny astringency of the wood and the smooth richness of the body, this may be among my favoritely-textured beers.

Drinkability: this brew is absolutely growing on me. It is a bit on the strong side, which impairs drinkability, but I still find it extremely ... oh goodness, I can't believe I'm going here ... curieux.

03-27-2010 03:00:49 | More by flagmantho
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3.93/5  rDev -8%

The 2007 & 2009 Allagash Curieux- both poured a bit cloudy caramel color with a hint of orange. The 2009 aroma was mild but malty, sweet, a little boozy and a hint of oak. It tasted like sweet malts, some vanilla, light hops. In contrast, the 2007 had way more of a whopping smell and taste of bourbon. It tasted like honey, bitter hops and bourbon! All in all the 2009 was again, a lighter beer in comparison to the aged 2007. I am not sure if they used the same barrels and the bourbon is being used up in each batch or what.

03-25-2010 21:03:47 | More by femALEist


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Draft pour into a tulip.

A: Decent head and retention, white and bubbly eventually becoming a ring. The body is pale golden yellow in color and foggy. Minimal lacing.

S: Well mannered bourbon, vanilla and oak are the predominant aromas.

T: Sweet enough, nothing bitter and well concealed alcohol, especially given the ABV. I would have preferred that the Curieux be leaning more heavily towards the tripel end of the spectrum, as the bourbon component is less subtle than advertised.

M: Nearly perfect mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy texture with a prickly carbonation and a well endured finish with the oaky bourbon lingering on.

D: I realize that this is a very good beer. And I enjoyed it as such. Ultimately, it's drinkability comes up short for my personal preference considering I've come to accept that bourbon flavor in my beer is not a favorable flavor component. It is restrained though, and subtle enough that I think many will find this brew highly palatable.

03-22-2010 00:53:03 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

2009 Bottle

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow, very fine head that dissipates, laces nicely down the glass.

S - Citrusy, spicy, almost peppery. Smells sweet/sugary

T&M - Very smooth, vanilla and bourbon flavors are very subtle, but present. Little in the way of alcohol warmth for something that is 11%. Leaves a dryness on the pallet.

D - Again, 11%, really? Very easy to sip; happily finished the bottle with a friend, and felt like I could open another.

03-21-2010 06:08:13 | More by ZeroSignal
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

2005 Vintage Sampled Today....

Appearance: Pours a transparent pale blonde with a 2 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Holy bourbon Batman! Some sweet vanilla notes, cane sugar sweetness and plenty of charred barrel to counterbalance.

Taste: The sweet malt and yeast comes off as a honey dipped banana and mixes a touch less smoothly then in the nose to me. Still a touch of hop bitterness but they are fairly stale as one would expect them to be.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is still solid but the body is getting thin.

Drinkability: Strong abv coupled with past peak flavor profile equals not too drinkable to me.

This one is on the downhill in my opinion. 2-3 years is probably a better aging range. I should just leave this brew in the glass and smell it all night instead of drinking it.

03-18-2010 23:59:51 | More by koopa
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Bottled in Jan 2010
Pours a bright golden orange with a cloudy haze. Has a very thin white head, but creates good lacing. Aroma of belgian yeast,crisp fruits (pears and apples) and a little vanilla. First sip is that nice funky belgian yeast followed by a little difference. The bourbon adds even another level of funk to the flavor. The yeast levels out the booziness of the bourbon to create
a vanilla Tripel. Outstanding. The mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation, a very easy drinker. Another super brew from this brewery. Need to get another to cellar and see how much better it could get.

03-14-2010 23:32:51 | More by Liverpool08
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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