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

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3,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,178
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 732 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy topped white powdering with some lacing. Body hazy as well with a light caramel, oxidized apple color.

S: Lots of green apples, a dosing of bourbon and vanilla wooden oak

T: First sip is green granny smith apple with caramelized sugars. Shortly after the green apple flavors , bourbon and american oak take hold. Strong American oak flavors along with a vanilla imparted by the barrels and a very light bourbon. I love bourbon and will almost never say no to more bourbon however the balance on this bourbon barrel aged tripel is fantastic. This is extremely smooth with balance all over. Malt is well balanced with a nice light belgian tripel spicing mixing with the bourbon barrel flavors.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation. Just about perfect.

O: I would definitely get this again, I just hate the pricetags on some beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled March 2009

A: Golden blond with fine clarity. Moderate white head is well retained by a constant supply of bubbles. Very attractive beer.
S: Aroma is a bundle of sweet fruity esters. Apple, pear and grape with a touch of vanilla/oak. Bourbon shows a bit at room temperature.
T: While not so noticeable in the aroma, bourbon barrels are easily distinguished here. Initial fruit flavors found in the aroma quickly move into spicy yeast and bourbon flavors. Starts out with a modest sweetness and finishes bitter with a light tannic presence.
M: Medium-bodied and carbonated just about right. Not overly heavy or boozy for a big tripel.

Having had this beer on draft a number of times, the bourbon always seems to overpower everything else about the beer. But with a year or two in the bottle, it really mellows into something special.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09-2010 bottle opened 12/31/11. Poured murky gold with a finger of fairly quick-fading off-white head. Mild aroma of yeasty banana and some warm bourbon oak.

Slightly below moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity banana up front with woody vanilla notes and a spicy finish with some long-lingering boozy heat.

This wasn't as whiz-bang as I had been expecting, but the flavors were really nice. I liked that the tripel base wasn't too sweet -- the more malty and spicy characteristics played well with the bourbon.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5 oz tasting at encintas ale house

A- pours a light hazy gold with a thin head. No visable lacing.

S- a variety of fruits upfront with banana, white grape, pear and peach, vanilla, spices, and biscuit malt. This smells like it was aged in wine barrels rather than Jim bean.

T- unripe banana, vanilla, white grape, pear, peach and green apple followed by some peppery spice, oak, and biscuit malt. Again, there seems to be a lack of Jim bean presence, with just a hint of sweet bourbon at the finish.

M- medium carbonation and light body. Finishes sweet with a little heat.

O- An interesting beer that was a good triple, but not sure how the barrel aging really enhanced this beer. Only issue was that it got a big cloying at the end.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and caged.

A: Pours hazy golden orange color with a thin white head that sticks around. Tons of lacing.

S: Oak dominant, Vanilla, Bourbon, Cloves, Banana, Corriander, and a slight booziness follow. The barrel presents more aroma then the Tripel.

T: Taste was great but a was a bit muttled by carbonation and hotness. Oaky vanilla bourbon flavors up front followed by subtle tripel accents that were presented in the nose quite, boozy.

M: Hot, full bodied, and a bit overcarbonated. I drank this one slowly and swirled a lot. After the carbonation came down more of the flavors were revealed. Not a style I'd ever think about making but wow did it work, awesome beer!

Notes: I feel like this beer would be great to age since it's flavorful, complex and pretty hot. I threw two into the cellar so I can see how they mature over the years. To be continued..

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,178 ratings.